AME chair Baillieul elected VP, board member at IEEE

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John Baillieul, chair of the AME Department
John Baillieul, chair of the AME Department

Professor John Baillieul, chairman of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, has been elected vice president of publication services and products for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The IEEE’s publications constitute “the biggest business line of the IEEE,” according to Baillieul, who is on the IEEE board of directors and chairs the publication services and products board.

“We’re in the process of doing mainly strategic planning, looking at the finances of publications and taking care of policies,” said Baillieul. “There is more of an interest in scholarly and technical publishing throughout the world.”

Due to new technology, scholarly and technical publishing has gone through large changes since its beginnings, according to Baillieul.

“About 20 years ago all scholarly publication was through technical journals,” he said. “Everybody who published would publish through these journals and people would join organizations in order to have access to the journals so they could keep up with their fields.”

In the last five years virtually all technical publications have become available on the Internet, with some authors bypassing established journals by self-publishing. “There are search engines that index all of these things,” said Baillieul. “The whole business has changed.”

As the new vice president of publication services and products, Baillieul has to ensure that the IEEE is fully utilizing these new technologies to create archives of their own publications.

“One of the things that you have to be concerned about if you are running a $400 million corporation, whose business is publishing, is how to continue to deliver value and make this something that is a real service and worth money,” said Baillieul.

“This is an extraordinary honor and responsibility for John,” said Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen. “He will undoubtedly bring the leadership and vision to address quality in these publications and the operational challenges. From the College’s perspective we are very proud that someone of John’s scientific and professional stature derives from Boston University.”

Baillieul has been a member of IEEE’s Control Systems Society since 1983. The IEEE is the largest international organization for professional engineers, comprising 39 societies and 5 technical councils, each representing an area of electrical and electronics engineering.