When I have been serving as Director of a university department and Director of a PhD program, I started understanding and appreciating the value and the power of diversity and collegiality to achieve better solutions and engage people. Their importance became even clearer and more significant to me when I have been serving as volunteer in IEEE as chair of technical committees and general/program chair of conferences. Transparency, trust, and participation of people are essential.
I am proud of having catalyzed the efforts on environmental technologies, methodologies, standards, and applications in IEEE by promoting the creation of the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative (http://environmental.ieee.org).
Volunteers are extraordinary and willing to embrace new challenges for the advancement of science and technology, for improving the economic and social conditions of people, for ensuring a sustainable future to the humanity and better living conditions. Knowledge, competences, and enthusiasm of volunteers have been and will always be the powerful and tireless engine of IEEE.