Roger U. Fujii

Roger U Fujii

Roger U. Fujii

Nominated by the IEEE Board of Directors

Fujii Systems, Inc – Trusted Systems
Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA

Roger is an IEEE Fellow and served in elected positions including VP Technical Activities, Division VIII Director (Board), and President, Computer Society. He was a Vice President (retired) at Northrop Grumman who grew his division’s revenues to $1B and spearheaded the invention of an airborne communication system. Roger created the methodology for certifying critical systems codified in IEEE Standard 1012.

As chair of “IEEE in 2050 and Beyond,” Roger is leading vital changes to prepare IEEE for the future. Previously, Roger implemented improvements in financial transparency, service center efficiency, and membership engagement.

He was a Xiamen University guest professor and a UCLA and California State University lecturer. Roger authored numerous papers, many classified. He served on the National Academy of Sciences council (Space Shuttle).

Notable awards include Eta Kappa Nu and Richard Merwin Service Medallion. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA.

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At the front of our acute global challenges, IEEE has the unique opportunity to contribute technical leadership and innovations toward lasting solutions. To seize it, we need to develop our organization to be more responsive in serving our community and resilient in an increasingly uncertain operating environment. To this end, as President, I will pursue a strategy to transform IEEE with the following objectives:

  • A proactive, inclusive community that uses technology for the good of others. We will continue to increase our membership and its diversity. We will expand collaborations with industry, government, students, and others who strive to use technology to make the world better.
  • Provide sustainable solutions to the world. Working with a more inclusive community gives us more influence and brain trust to innovate for the world’s systemic challenges – climate change, reliable food sources, accessible healthcare, clean environments, and sustainable energy sources.
  • Deliver more quantifiable value to our members. We will engage more members and invest IEEE funds to develop products and services that deliver real, differentiated value.  Our products and services must be more relevant and useful to our entire community of volunteers and members.
  • Build a resilient organization. For IEEE to last in any operating environment, we will establish the processes and governance to operate efficiently and continually evolve our organization. We must include emerging multi-disciplinary communities and the members in growing global regions.


Changing IEEE For the Future

  1. Led a strategic workgroup to produce Defining IEEE in 2050 and Beyond, which identified future world scenarios and implications for IEEE. The paper was the impetus for current workgroups to revitalize IEEE by developing a new organizational model, creating more relevant products and services, and solving societal challenges.
  2. Enforced requirements from Financial Report Transparency in implementing the IEEE financial system, which empowered volunteers with greater control of their activities.
  3. Defined the Shared Service Center Model currently implemented in staff services. This model creates centers of excellence to produce world-class results while reducing staff costs.

New Products and Services

  1. Developed the methodology for certifying critical system (e.g., nuclear power instrumentation and control, manned space system) as codified in IEEE Std 1012. It assures regulatory bodies and developers of a system’s safety, performance, and security.
  2. Convinced US agencies to adopt IEEE standards in government contracting, fostering greater collaboration among global workforces.
  3. Developed ISO/IEC/IEEE Std 12207 (Software Life Cycle Processes) as USA delegation chair. It set a unified software development terminology for the global workforce.
  4. Negotiated the Computer Society book program (now IEEE Book Program) with Wiley Press. The program provides a proven process for producing and distributing books worldwide.
  5. Drafted the journal incentives plan for the IEEE Publications Open Access Strategy. This created 20+ Open Access journals and a robust channel for IEEE authors to publish Open Access research papers.

Engagement and Membership

  1. Formed the Technical Activities committee on Society/Council Engagement with operating units (e.g., MGA local groups). It provides a direct channel for members to keep current with emerging technologies.
  2. Created a Multidisciplinary Membership Engagement Model that offers members a discount to pursue cross disciplinary interests and provides a way to address society’s grand challenges.

After graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, I joined Northrop Grumman where I developed the system and software verification and validation methodology that certified the correctness and safety of strategic nuclear systems for Minuteman, Peacekeeper, ground and sea/submarine launched cruise missiles.  This was codified in IEEE Std 1012.  I applied the methodology to evaluate the Space Shuttle flight software for the National Academy of Sciences.

I was a Vice President for 15 years.  I grew an engineering division to $1.086B annual revenues by designing an innovative airborne communication system (Battlefield Airborne Communication Network) interconnecting different protocols into a single interoperable network.

I was a Guest Professor at Xiamen University and lecturer at California State University lecturing on system engineering principles.  I earned an MBA (UCLA) and Executive Management Strategy certification (Harvard, Darden).

I led the USA delegation to International Systems Engineering standards organization (ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7) for 4 years culminating in adoption of ISO/IEC/IEEE std 12207 (Software Life Cycle Processes).

As IEEE volunteer for 30 years, I served as IEEE Computer Society President, IEEE TAB Vice President, Division VIII Director (BOD), Director of IEEE Foundation, and numerous committees (Finance, Fellows, strategic planning, ethics & member conduct, electioneering, etc).

  1. IEEE Fellow (2009) – For the methodology for certifying the correctness and safety of critical systems and codified in IEEE Std 1012 – Systems, Software, and Hardware Verification and Validation and used by NASA (manned missions), FDA (radiation therapy), Defense (nuclear weapon), and governmental agencies.
  2. Strategic Planning: Defining IEEE in 2050 and Beyond– Defining the vision of IEEE in 2050. Others include a). Open Access Plan (incentive); b) TAB Objectives/Goals; c) Computer Society Strategy.
  3. Business Model: Chaired Chart of Accounts, Financial Transparency Reporting, Shared Service Center, and Climate Change Initiative business model.
  4. Executive of the Year Award (2010): For the innovation as Northrop Grumman Vice President, Network Communications Division.
  5. Battlefield Airborne Communication Network Awards: Aviation Week: Systems Innovation, and Daedalian Order: Systems Engineering Excellence.
  6. Awards: Richard E. Merwin Service Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, Golden Core
  7. Publications: Most of my work is classified.  Others include:
    1. “Software Verification and Validation”, Software Magazine
    2. NASA Workshop: “Systems, Software, and Hardware Verification and Validation: A Return to Systems Engineering”
    3. Encyclopedia of Software Engineering, chapter – Software Verification and Validation
    4. Software Engineering, chapter – Software Verification and Validation for High Critical Systems

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