Image from IEEE Canada Student Congress 2014
Maike Luiken
Image from IEEE Canada Student Congress 2014
IEEE Sections Congress 2011 - IEEE London Section receives the MGA Outstanding Small Section Award - From left to right: Murray MacDonald, Weiming Shen, Maike Luiken, Howard E. Michel





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My Vision for IEEE Canada

IEEE's members represent immense human capital. Sharing our ideas, experiences and knowledge, engaging with others - together we can solve local, regional and global challenges. Creativity, commitment, the development and use of technologies; that is innovation for the benefit of humanity.

Elected in the IEEE Canada/IEEE Elections 2015

Region 7 Director-Elect / IEEE Canada President-Elect 2016-2017

Region 7 Director / IEEE Canada President 2018-2019

2015 IEEE Elections

Vision. Commitment. Experience.

Short Biography

Maike Luiken is the founding director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) (2013) following eight years as Dean at Lambton College, first as Dean, School of Technology, Applied Sciences and Apprenticeship, Fire School, Applied Research (2005), then as Dean of Applied Research and Innovation, Business Development and Sustainable Development (2007). Maike provided strategic leadership to the development of the applied research capacity and portfolio at Lambton College and led research funding proposals attracting more than 10 million CAD in public research envelope funding to the college.

Prior to her engagement at Lambton College, she was Vice-President Research Alliances at the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) in Ottawa. NCIT was a 5 year initiative to enhance collaborative research in telecommunications spanning industry, academia and government laboratories with the goal to grow the telecommunications industry.

Maike has more than 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, leadership and community building; especially in linking industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology initiatives. She has working experience in the public and private sectors in Canada, USA and Germany.

Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnologies with particular interest in how progress in one area, for example in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, enables advances in other disciplines.

Maike obtained her Staatsexamen in Mathematics and Physics from the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig, Germany (1979) and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (1982). She spent a year at the University of Manitoba studying for a Master’s in Electrical Engineering.

Maike is currently serving/has been serving on numerous Boards of Directors and Committees, including Nano Ontario, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board; Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, Rotary Club of Sarnia; Southwestern Ontario Bio-Products Innovation Network (SOBIN), Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Unmanned Systems Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board.

She contributes frequently to the IEEE Canadian Review as Associate Editor and Editorial Focus Advisor, Technology.

In addition to her academic career and volunteer activities Maike owns a technology consulting practice and has been engaged in the private sector for 15 years.

Maike is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Questions for the Candidate

Question 1 - What do you believe are the major issues facing the IEEE?

The IEEE, like other organizations, government and business, needs to increase its value-proposition to the member community in the face of rapid technological and societal change.

  • Maintaining and growing relevance and on-going value to the member and potential new member in the face of strong pressure for open access to publications.
  • Attracting members from Industry, the practitioners. – How can we engage them?
  • More cross-fertilization between the various IEEE organizations – different societies.
  • Data and knowledge management - with volunteer turn-over comes a big box (electronic folder) – or a small one or nothing to the next volunteer in that role, who may or may not have timely easy access to training for that role.
  • Need for increased implementation of input from the recommendation development aspect of Section’s Congress.

Question 2 - What do you think is the number one goal for the IEEE leadership?

I believe the number one goal is to challenge (IEEE) industry and academia to develop new technology and to innovate.

Steps include:

  • Providing value to students and young professionals, engage them to participate -> engaging the next generation.
  • Differentiating the IEEE “home” from other possible “professional homes”.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate: the IEEE voice – internally and to the public.
  • Partner with the public (community) to deliver on the IEEE vision; that is technology advances only become innovation when they are “used”.

Question 3 - What qualifies you for the job?

Vision. Commitment. Experience.


I firmly believe that IEEE members have the opportunity and obligation to contribute very significantly to addressing today’s economical and societal issues – through aiding the implementation of appropriate technologies. It would be my privilege to help enable this goal.


I am a committed IEEE volunteer – I have given importance to the volunteer commitments while having a very successful career.


I have had the opportunity to contribute, together with many volunteers, extensively at the section, chapter, area, IEEE Canada, society, conferences, standards and the IEEE level. I have served on boards with various organizations and have international working experience.