Keynote Speakers-2014

Keynote Speakers (PDF Version)

Ethics in Science and Engineering

Ethics in science and engineering build on the foundation of ethics at home and in the pre-university environments. Although the scene changes as the career matures certain principles remain the same. Other principles are modified to adapt to the specific phase in the life cycle of the scientist and engineer. IEEE-USA has developed a code of ethics that works extremely well in both academia and industry.

Gary L. Blank, PhD, P.E.

President, IEEE-USA 2014
Engineering Update Institute
Plato Center, Illinois, USA


GBDr. 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

Plenary Session Speakers

Engineers: Excellent By Design

Dr. John J. Tracy, chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations&Technology, will discuss how a culture of integrity and ethics have enabled Boeing to be a global leader in technology
and innovation. Tracy will explain how people and teams at Boeing are making the company more competitive by emphasizing the connection between engineering excellence and an open culture.

Tracy is joined by Ellen Martin, vice president, Ethics and Business Conduct of The Boeing Company, who will provide further insight about the importance of ethics from both a company and industry perspective. Audience members will
have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.

John Tracy, PhD

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Operations&Technology
The Boeing Company


JTDr. John Tracy is Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. In this position, he oversees the development and implementation of Boeing’s technology investment strategy and provides strategic direction to functions, business organizations and initiatives involving more than 100,000 employees. These include Boeing’s Engineering, Operations, and Supplier Management functions; the company’s Information Technology, Research & Technology, Test & Evaluation, Intellectual Property Management, and Environment, Health and Safety organizations; and Boeing’s Development Program Excellence and Information Services & Information Management initiatives.

Previously, Dr. Tracy was vice president of Engineering & Mission Assurance for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Dr. Tracy had functional management responsibility for the IDS engineering processes, engineering tools, and the 32,000-person engineering team. In addition to being an Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Tracy has authored more than 35 publications, received numerous Hispanic Engineering honors, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology and on the engineering advisory board for several leading universities.

Dr. Tracy earned his PhD in Engineering from the University of California – Irvine and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Physics from California State University, Los Angeles and California State University, Dominguez Hills, respectively.


Ellen Martin

Vice President, Ethics and Business Conduct, Office of Internal Governance, The Boeing Company


EMEllen Martin is vice president of Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC) for The Boeing Company. Named to her position in October 2011, Martin is responsible for leading Boeing’s global ethics program and has oversight for the corporate investigations group.

Martin works companywide to promote compliant and ethical business conduct that optimizes performance. She leads Boeing initiatives that encourage employees to communicate openly, work cooperatively in identifying and resolving issues and integrating the Boeing values into all aspects of the work environment. She serves on the Office of Internal Governance Leadership Team and is a member of the Boeing Compliance Risk Management Board. Before being named to her current position, Martin served as director of Ethics and Business Conduct for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In that role she was responsible for ensuring appropriate application of Boeing’s ethics program across BDS and for working with leaders to consistently promote an open and inclusive workplace environment.

Martin joined The Boeing Company in 1990 as a process engineer at Boeing – Irving Co a wholly-owned subsidiary in Irving, Texas and has held leadership roles in program management, supply chain management and human resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from State University of New York College at Buffalo, a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate in Supply Chain Management from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she is recognized as a certified compliance and ethics professional by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Martin also represents Boeing on a subcommittee for the Defense Industry Initiative, a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of U.S. defense companies promoting ethical business conduct as well as a member of The International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) Steering Committee.