- Welcome to 2002 a new year; I hope you all had an
enjoyable holiday with your family and friends, my
best wishes to you all.
- It is with great honor that I accept the position
of Chairman of the IEEE Central Florida Executive
- We had very active and successful 2000 and 2001
under the leadership of Dr. Issa Batarseh and Dr.
David Flinchbaugh, and I recognize that it will be a
great challenge to improve on that, but we are going
- It is my stated goal to continue on the tradition
of an active and vibrant section and at the same
timework on increasing member's participation at all
functions, sponsoring member oriented professional and
social activities, and at the same time improve the
engineer visibility and recognition in our community
promoting and recognizing our membership participation
at all levels.
- We will also work on trying to reactivate existing
chapters that are now inactive.
- As always, all our activities are open to all
members, including the EXCOM meetings, my telephone
and Email address is also published in the website for
- I realize this is not an easy task specially we
our hectic schedules, but I am confident that together
we can do it.
- Today I call on all member, old and new, active or
inactive, to come forward, if you have any idea or
concern, or just want to participate in any way, our
doors are open, we need to hear from you because you
are the IEEE.
- For the enhancement of our profession, I am
counting on you.
- Meet the new Chairman
Pirela is the president of Engineering
Professional Services, Inc. his Consulting firm, where
he provides Engineering Consulting Services to the
EPS, Inc, He worked for major engineering consulting
and industrial firms both locally and abroad; in his
career, he has done design and consulting in various
areas including, power, data processing, controls and
Mr. Pirela has an
extensive experience in power studies and issues
related to coordination, harmonics, and short
circuits; he regularly provides consulting services to
Major Electrical Contractors and Fortune 500 companies
in these areas.
He was born in
Maracaibo Venezuela, went to school at the Polytechnic
Institute of Brooklyn. He holds a National Engineering
Certification, and is a registered Professional
Engineer in Florida and Alabama. He is a member of the
Florida Engineering Society and the National Society
of Professional Engineers. Mr. Pirela was recently
listed in Who's Who Worldwide registry of Business
Leaders and he and his family are active in their
Mr. Pirela is
married to Cecilia (an MD) and they have two children
Elizabeth and Alexander.
- Robert J.
- IEEE Orlando Section