IEEE Vehicular Technology Society History

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Background[edit | edit source]

At the end of World War II, the then Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) was seeing an explosion of technology in the form of radio, radar, television and more. Members were being encouraged by IRE to form professional groups around each of these various technologies.

One such group formed in Detroit in 1949, the Professional Group on Vehicular Communications (PGVC), headed by James Evans of the Michigan State Police. All of the original members were involved with 2-way radio, or what is termed Land Mobile Radio Services. One of the members was from the Chrysler Corporation and involved with radio installed in vehicles. Thus, the term "vehicular" was included in the group's name.

In 1963, the IRE and the AIEE merged to become the IEEE. The PGVC then went through a series of name changes before becoming the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) in 1978.

The VTS remained small, having on the order of 2,000 members in the 1950 - 1983 era. But land mobile began to change as transistors replaced vacuum tubes, and it became possible to have a land mobile radio that did not need to be installed in a vehicle. The advent of cellular radio changed the picture radically. The public could enjoy the advantages of "wireless" telephones. From cellular radio's start in late 1983, membership has grown to over 5,500 today.

The advent of electric and hybrid motor vehicle developments from year 2000 onwards has seen additional interest in the Society, even though electric powered vehicles were being mooted around the same time that combustion engine vehicles were still being prototyped.

Group Development Calendar[edit | edit source]

  • April 5, 1949 - IRE Professional Group on Vehicular and Railroad Radio Communications
  • July 12, 1950 - IRE Professional Group on Vehicular Communications
  • March 25, 1963 - Professional Technical Group on Vehicular Communications
  • June, 1964 - IEEE Vehicular Communications Group
  • November, 1966 - IEEE Vehicular Group
  • December, 1967 - IEEE Vehicular Technology Group
  • January 1, 1978 - IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
  • August 1985 – Field of Interest revision (TAB)

According to Evans, "Birth & Growth of VTS," IEEE T-VT, vol. VT-30, no 4, Nov. 1981.

Society officers[edit | edit source]

IRE Professional Group chairs[edit | edit source]

  • 1950, A.B. Buchanan
  • 1951, Austin Bailey
  • 1952, Frederick T. Budelman
  • 1953, Waldo A. Shipman
  • 1954, Waldo A. Shipman
  • 1955, Newton Monk
  • 1956, Newton Monk
  • 1957, Charles M. Heiden
  • 1958, Charles M. Heiden
  • 1959, Angus A. MacDonald
  • 1960, Richard P. Gifford
  • 1961, Richard P. Gifford
  • 1962, Solon C. Bartlett

IEEE[edit | edit source]

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Past Officers and Editors
Year Chair Vice-chair Secretary Treasurer Transactions editor
1965 W.J Weisz J.R. Neubauer J.J. Renner W.G. Chaney H.W. Nylund
1966 John R. Neubauer William G. Chaney R.J. Evans J.J. Renner H.W. Nylund
1967 John R. Neubauer William G. Chaney R.J. Evans J.J. Renner H.W. Nylund
1968 J.J. Renner R.E. Bloor R.J. Evans M. Cooper H.W. Nylund
1969 J.J. Renner R.E. Bloor N. Alimpich M. Cooper C.N. Brooks
1970 R.E. Bloor M. Cooper S. Lane N. Alimpich C.N. Brooks
1971 R.E. Bloor M. Cooper W.E. Elder N. Alimpich C.N. Brooks
1972 M. Cooper N. Alimpich W.E. Elder S. Lane C.N. Brooks
1973 M. Cooper N. Alimpich T. McKee S. Lane C.N. Brooks
1974 N. Alimpich S. Lane T. McKee W.E. Elder C.N. Brooks
1975 N. Alimpich S. Lane T. McKee J.F. Cassidy C.N. Brooks
1976 S. Lane J.F. Cassidy T. McKee Roger D. Madden George F. McClure
1977 S. Lane John F. Cassidy, jr George J. Mitchell Roger D. Madden George F. McClure
1978 John F. Cassidy, jr Roger D. Madden George J. Mitchell vacant George F. McClure
1979 Roger D. Madden Stuart F. Meyer George J. Mitchell Stuart F. Meyer George F. McClure
1980 Roger D. Madden Stuart F. Meyer Samuel A. Leslie William H. Chriss George F. McClure
1981 Stuart F. Meyer George J. Mitchell Samuel A. Leslie Robert E. Fenton George F. McClure
1982 Stuart F. Meyer George J. Mitchell Samuel A. Leslie Robert E. Fenton George F. McClure
1983 January - 1983 May Stuart F. Meyer S.R. McConoughey Samuel A. Leslie Robert E. Fenton George F. McClure
1983 June - 1984 May S.R. McConoughey Robert E. Fenton Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1984 June - 1985 May S.R. McConoughey Robert E. Fenton Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1985 June - 1986 May Robert E. Fenton R.D. Madden Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1986 June - 1987 May Robert E. Fenton R.D. Madden Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1987 June - 1987 December S.F. Meyer George F. McClure Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1988 S.F. Meyer George F. McClure Samuel A. Leslie A. Goldsmith George F. McClure
1989 George F. McClure R.D. Madden J.M. Sears Samuel A. Leslie S.B. Rhee
1990 George F. McClure R.D. Madden J.M. Sears Samuel A. Leslie S.B. Rhee
1991 R.D. Madden Samuel A. Leslie J.M. Sears A.K. Johnson S.B. Rhee
1992 R.D. Madden Samuel A. Leslie J.M. Sears A.K. Johnson S.B. Rhee
1993 Samuel A. Leslie L.S. Boehmer J.M. Sears A.K. Johnson S.B. Rhee
1994 Samuel A. Leslie L.S. Boehmer J.C. Chen A.K. Johnson S.B. Rhee
1995 L.S. Boehmer E.B. Richards J.C. Chen A.K. Johnson S.B. Rhee
1996 L.S. Boehmer E.B. Richards J.C. Chen A.K. Johnson J.R. Cruz
1997 E. Schimmel A.K. Johnson E. Sourour C.A. Backof J.R. Cruz
1998 E. Schimmel A.K. Johnson E. Sourour C.A. Backof J.R. Cruz
1999 A.K. Johnson J.R. Cruz E. Sourour C.A. Backof J.R. Cruz
2000 A.K. Johnson J.R. Cruz E. Sourour C.A. Backof J.R. Cruz
2001 J.R. Cruz D. Bodson Y.P.E. Wang C.A. Backof G. Bottomley

Further Reading[edit | edit source]

Link to IEEE Vehicular Technology Society