Brendan Godfrey
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Brendan Godfrey

Candidate for IEEE-USA

2020 President Elect, 2021 President


Focused Agenda to Maximize Results

  •  Enhance Government Relations to provide stronger DC voice for IEEE-USA members

  •  Continue initiatives of current President, President Elect

  •  Effectively represent U.S. members at IEEE Board of Directors

 Active Contributor to IEEE

  •  IEEE-USA Leadership (Board Member, Vice-President, Committee Chairs)

  •  Lead author of several important policy positions

  •  Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Leadership

  •  IEEE Life Fellow (also APS Fellow)

Career in Government and Industry

  •  Management and research in FFRDC, small business, U.S. Air Force

  •  Responsible for as many as 1500 people (mostly professionals), budgets as large as $500M

  • Many advisory committees (National Academies, governments, universities, etc.)

  •  PhD – Princeton University


      Emphasize increasing effectiveness of Government Relations

  • Enhance visibility, internally and externally (InSightarticles, talks, Op-Eds, social media, etc.)

  • Mobilize membership for advocacy (Consider impact of 5% of members contacting Congress!)

  • Recruit more volunteers, especially younger members

  • Provide training and advice for advocacy at Section level

  • Strengthen partnerships with other professional organizations

  • Address additional important issues: (H-1B reform, privacy, cyber security, export control, etc.) While continuing initiatives of current President, President Elect

  • Partner with other IEEE components to increase general awareness of what IEEE and IEEE-USA do 

  • Collaborate with Sectors to increase membership in U.S. Regions

  • Conduct hands-on workshops connecting engineers with venders of cutting-edge technology tools And effectively representing U.S. members at IEEE Board of Directors

  • Collaborate with Region directors to identify and promote issues important to U.S. members

  • Explore alternative membership and financial models for a changing environment

  • Promote openness and transparency

 IEEE-USA’s Government Relations provides a valuable voice in DC for our members.  With nine years’ experience as an IEEE-USA volunteer and many more years as a Senior Executive in government, I am well prepared to strengthen the program.   If elected, I shall focus on Government Relations over my two years (one as President-Elect, one as President) in office, while not ignoring the other responsibilities of the positions. 

Active Contributor to IEEE

IEEE-USA Volunteer

  • Member, Board pf Directors

  • Vice President - Government Relations

  • Chair, Government Relations Council

  • Chair, R&D Policy Committee

  • Founding Chair, Artificial Intelligence & Automated Systems Policy Committee

  • Authored several high priority position statements

  • Numerous Congressional visits

    Solid Government Relations results over past four years

  • Increased federal support for S&T research

  • Overturned restrictions on conference attendance by federal S&Es

  • Educated Congress on H-1B visa abuses

  • Made R&D tax credit permanent

  • Improved internal operations as well

 Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

  • Member, Administrative Committee (3 terms)

  • Chair, Plasma Science and Applications Technical Committee

  • Member, PSAC ExCom (several times elected, appointed, or ex officio)

  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (and other journals)

  • Member, organizing committees of several plasma science conferences

    IEEE Life Fellow (also APS Fellow)


Career in Government and Industry 


  • Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland

  •  OSD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Research 

U.S. Air Force Senior Executive Technical Manager 

  • Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  • Deputy Director, Brooks Air Force Base

  • Director of Plans and Programs, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Director, Armstrong Lab (Aerospace medicine and public health)

  • Director, High Power Microwave Program

  • Chief Scientist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory

Mission Research Corporation

  • Member, Board of Directors

  • Vice-President, New Mexico Operations

  • Founding Director, Plasma Sciences Division

  • Founding Leader, Particle Beams Applications Group

Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Founding Leader, Intense Particle Beam Applications Group

  • Staff Member, Laser Fusion Theory Group

Air Force Weapons Laboratory

  • Staff Scientist, Ionospheric Plasmas


  • Ph. D, Princeton University

  • B. S., University of Minnesota


  • IEEE Life Fellow, APS Fellow

  • Meritorious Presidential Rank Award (3), Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2), others

  • Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi

Boards and Advisory Committees

  • National Academy of Sciences (6)

  • Department of Energy (3)

  • Department of Defense (2)

  • State of Texas

  • City of San Antonio (3)

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (3)

  • University of New Mexico (3)

  • Council on Competitiveness

  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

  • Texas Research Park Foundation

  • Ars Lyrica Houston Board of Directors

  • United States Air Force Reserve (Col.)


Kathryn and Brendan Godfrey have been married almost 48 years.  They reside in suburban Houston and have three adult children.

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