Engineering Update Institute
Plato Center, Illinois, USA
Dr. Blank has successfully divided his professional career between industry and academia. After graduating with his Ph.D. he worked as an employee in industry for Honeywell Aerospace, Litton Guidance and Control (navigation), and Unisys Systems in the areas of controls and electronics, while teaching part-time at nearby universities. He then chose to leave industry and teach full-time and was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Northern Illinois University, Marquette University, and U.C.L.A. He started consulting part-time in industry while teaching. He has published dozens of technical papers including the Best Paper and Presentation at the Pan American Congress of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He earned several grants for his universities from industrial corporations to support research and product development.
He became and still is a full-time consultant and has provided consulting services for over 40 industrial corporate clients. His clients include General Motors, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, United Technology Aerospace Systems, Parker-Hannifin, L-3 Communications, Rockwell-Collins, Hughes Aircraft, Allied Health Care Systems, Woodward, and Xerox. He was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy and I.I.T. to create and conduct courses in renewable energy, smart grid, and electric vehicles. He teaches electronics and controls part-time at nearby universities. He has created successful recorded home-study review courses for both the FE/EIT and PE exams.
He has been an active volunteer in the IEEE. He is the originator and creator of IEEE-USA’s first Employment Network. He is responsible for the start-up of many of IEEE’s Consultants Networks both in the USA and overseas. He was involved in the creation of the IEEE’s consultants’ database which enables industrial clients to find IEEE consultant members. He has done many webinars and seminars on consulting, employment, entrepreneurial activities, K-12 STEM Literacy, and Professional Licensure and Registration. He has been an invited speaker at every IEEE Sections Congress since 1999. The IEEE-USA membership (200,000+) elected him as their President for 2014.
Dr. Blank received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ford Foundation Fellow), M.S. from the University of Idaho (Kaiser Corp. Fellow), and B.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology (Ingersoll Foundation Scholar). All degrees are in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Blank is a member of IEEE-HKN (Eta Kappa Nu honorary society) and was inducted into the Beta Omicron Chapter (Marquette University) in 1977.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Originator and creator of IEEE-USA’s first Employment Network in 2011, combining IEEE-USA’s resources and local area H.R. managers. Eight new networks started to copy success pattern
Prepared and conducted 4 training webinars for IEEE-USA members, now archived, on consulting, employment, and networking
Conducted several 6-hour workshops for various Sections on consulting, and started 16 of IEEE-USA’s 40 consultants networks
Involved in the creation of IEEE-USA’s on-line consultants database for marketing the services of members
Speaker at all five Sections Congresses 1999-2011
As a member of IEEE’s Center for Leadership Excellence, involved in the preparation of the on-line training for Treasurers and Affinity Group Chairs
Speaker/trainer at IEEE’s Metro Area Workshops
Authored several “Toolkits” in IEEE-USA’s “Today’s Engineer”
As IEEE-USA Vice-President, Career and Member Services, 2010-2012, responsible for these six committees:
· Employment and Career Services
· Entrepreneurs Activities
· AICN, Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks
· K-12 STEM Literacy
· Licensure and Registration
· Innovative Institute
Recent IEEE-USA Committee Membership includes:
· Finance, 2011-12
· Member Engagement, 2011-12
IEEE-USA Board Member, 2003-04, 2008-12
IEEE-USA Operating Committee, 2003-04, 2009-12
IEEE-USA Member-At-Large, 2008-09
IEEE-USA Vice-President, Member Activities, 2003-04
National Chair, Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks, 1998-2002, 2008-09
Pre-College Education, 2003-04
Awards and Recognition, 2003-04
Employment and Career Services, 2003-04
Individual Benefits and Services, 2001-02, 2005-07
EAB: Educational Activities Board, Engineering Skills Assessment Program, 1992-93
MGA: Student Activities, 1989-94
Founder, IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants Network, 1996
REGION: Region 4 Student Activities, Chair, 1986-91; Region 4 Major Conferences Chair, 1987-91; Region 4 Representative and Member of the Midcon Board of Directors, 1987-91; Midcon Conference and Convention, Chair, 1991; Region 4 Student Paper Contest, Chair, 1984-86.
SECTION: Rock River Valley Section: Awards and Recognition Committee Chair, 1985-87; Student Activities Chair, 1988-89. Received Section’s Outstanding Leadership Award, 2010.
STUDENT BRANCHES: Faculty Counselor, NIU IEEE Student Branch, 1982-86; S-PAC Presenter, 1991-2012.