Public policies to foster innovation, advance technology leadership and benefit engineers


By Tom Coughlin, 2019 IEEE-USA President

As a former President of IEEE USA, Tom Coughlin will enlighten us on how advocacy work can impact Public policies to benefit our country, technical communities, and the wellbeing of IEEE-Members.  Tom will illustrate IEEE-USA's methods to develop public policies in various needed areas and how those public policies influence decision-makers in the Congress, Senate and White House as well as at the State and local government. He will also talk about the coming Congressional Visit day (CVD) on April 12th, 2021. On the State level, he will illustrate the valuable efforts he led with a group of enthusiastic IEEE Members on the California's AB-5 bill and its profound impact on technology consultants and small businesses.

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  • Date: 05 Apr 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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  • Dr.  Sheree Wen,

    Chair of Government relations, IEEE REgion 6. 

    Chair, Communication Policy committee IEEE-USA.  

    Chair,  The Computer Society , IEEE Seattle. 

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Regio 6 Government relations
  • Starts 25 March 2021 11:37 AM
  • Ends 05 April 2021 11:00 AM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


Tom Coughlin, 2019 IEEE-USA of IEEE


Public policies to foster innovation, advance technology leadership and benefit engineers


For over 20 years, Tom Coughlin has been devoted to the engineering communities and the wellbeing of IEEE members. Tom has served as the President of IEEE-USA (2019),   Chair of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee (2020),  Director Elect/Director/Past Director for IEEE Region 6 (years) and a member of the  IEEE board of Directors (3 years) .  He served as the past Chair and still active in the IEEE Santa Clara Valley section and is a board member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  He was General Chairman of the 2011 IEEE Sections Congress in San Francisco.

In 2019 and 2020 Tom was a leader in working with IEEE consultants to address the impact of California’s AB-5 legislation on engineering and business consultants.  He and other IEEE consultants met with several state legislators to discuss the impact of this bill and ask for modification to mitigate this impact.  Tom was also part of a panel discussion on AB-5 at a 2019 CNSV meeting.

Tom Coughlin is a recipient of the 2020 MGA Leadership Award.

Tom is the founder and organizer of the Storage Visions Conferences ( as well as the Creative Storage Conferences ( He is a founder and organizer of the popular Rising Stars conference for IEEE young professionals. He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years. 

Tom Coughlin is an IEEE Fellow and HKN member.  Dr. Coughlin has numerous technical publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of several books include Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which is now in it’s second edition with Springer..  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom founded Coughlin Associates, Inc. that provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage and Memory Technical and Business Consulting services.

For more information on Tom Coughlin and his work and publications go to


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