Professional Bio


Lucent Technologies (Retired) - Naperville, Illinois, USA

John W. Walz retired from Lucent Technologies / AT&T with more than 20 years of management/coaching experience, covering positions in hardware and software engineering, quality planning and auditing, standards development and implementation, and strategic planning. Walz has coauthored three books covering the use of IEEE Software Engineering Standards to support CMMI, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma. He is also a contributor to the Computer Society ReadyNotes, industry webinar programs, and IEEE 730:2015.

Walz held leadership positions in national and international industry and professional organizations, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group on Quality Management ISO 9001 and Risk Management ISO 31000; American Society for Quality (ASQ) Electronics and Communications Division and its Sarbanes-Oxley Forum; the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications Forum, which developed and deployed TL 9000 Quality Management System requirements and measurements; and the Information Integrity Coalition.

Received BS and MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.


Three years serving on the IEEE Board

To understand duties and legal responsibilities

Five years serving on TAB

To understand Society needs for sustainability and growth

Ten years serving on Society Executive Committee

Demonstrating highest standards of collaboration and collegiality, leadership, strategic planning, project creation and successful deployment

Twenty years as Technical Manager

To gain business judgement, effective processes, financial systems, compliance to law and corporate policies, internal controls, leadership, strategic planning, project creation and successful deployment

IEEE Accomplishments

My principle accomplishment in the IEEE has been to build a stronger and more effective organization. I addressed and improved the vitality of organizational units, boards, committees/sub-committees within the IEEE and in the IEEE Computer Society. I brought contentious boards together, developed ways of recruiting new volunteers, and promoted the Society to practitioners and academics. I have served as your society president, technical activities and conferences vice-president, standards boards, and as your current Division XIII Director.

To the IEEE, I used my 20+ years of industry leadership experience to bring volunteers together, help them make sound judgments and plans for the future, while strengthening the IEEE structure. I have resolved contentions among different parts of the IEEE and helped operating units be successful.

I have been particularly effective in communicating with volunteers and helping them understand IEEE’s purpose and benefits. I have been successful in helping members understand the value of the Society and the Institute, its goals, policy, organizational design, project plans, budgets, measures, assessments, improvement plans, and leadership.


IEEE Volunteer Positions

Committees / Boards

  • 2015-2016 Division VIII Director, 2014 Director-Elect
  • 2016 Chair, Audit Committee, 2015 Member
  • 2016 Conference Quality Committee
  • 2015 Board Holistic Information Technology Ad Hoc
  • 2014-2016, 2012 Technical Activities Board (TAB)
  • 2015 Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Communities
  • 2015-2016 TAB Finance Committee
  • 2015-2016 TAB, Financial Transparency Ad Hoc
  • 2014 Board Information Technology Ad Hoc
  • 2014-2015 Secretary/Treasurer, Life Sciences Technical Community
  • 2013-2015 TAB Conference Committee
  • 2015-2016, 2009-2010 TAB/PSPB Conference Publications Committee
  • 2013 Chair, Conference Branding Ad Hoc
  • 2012-2013 Co-Chair, TAB Ad Hoc Attracting Industry Practitioners
  • 2012 TAB Awards and Recognition Committee
  • 2012 TAB Ad Hoc on Society Member Interest Identification
  • 2011-2013 Chair, Life Sciences New Initiative, Member/Roadmap/Branding Subcommittee
  • 2008 Co-Chair, TAB Ad Hoc on Standards


  • 2014-2015 Co-Chair, Board New Initiatives Seed Grant on Chapters Recordings and Distribution for R4 and R6
  • 2014 contributor, Sections Congress


  • 2012-2016 President Emeritus, IEEE Computer Society
  • 2014 Chair, Conference Ad Hoc on Conference Finances
  • 2013 Past-President
  • 2013 Chair, Nominations Committee
  • 2013 Chair, Inter-society Cooperations Committee
  • 2012 President
  • 2011 President-elect
  • 2011-2013 Industry Advisory Board
  • 2011 Chair, Planning Committee
  • 2011 Chair, Constitution & Bylaws Committee
  • 2010 Electronic Products & Services Committee (EPSC) Special Interest Group
  • 2009-2010 VP, Technical & Conference Activities Board
  • 2007 Technical Activities Board New Practitioners Committee
  • 2007-2008 VP, Standards Activities Board, 1985-2006 Secretary
  • 2007-2016 Executive Committee
  • ????-???? History Committee
  • 2003-2006 Chair, CS Hans Karlsson Award Committee


  • 2014-2016, COMPSAC Standing Committee
  • 2014 General Chair, COMPSAC, CS Signature conference


  • 2008-2011 Vice-Chair, P730 Software Quality Assurance Process Working Group
  • 2004-2011 Planning Chair, Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee
  • 2000-2016 IEEE Standards Association

Other Volunteer Positions

  • 2000-2016 Senior Member, American Society of Quality (ASQ) Software and Electronics & Communications Divisions
  • 2001-2011 Member, US TAG to ISO Technical Committee 176 Quality Management
  • 2007-2011 Member and Liaison to U.S. TAG to ISO TMB Risk Management
  • 2007-2011 Judge, Information Integrity Coalition
  • 2008-2009 Secretary, ASQ Electronics & Communications Division
  • 2006-2009 Coordinator, U.S. Z1 Quality Management, CMMI Task Group,
  • 2005-2008 Membership Chair, ASQ Electronics & Communications Division
  • 1998-2001 Delegation Leader, Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Forum,