I first met Greg Adamson in person at the University of Wollongong in 2005. I kept hearing about this new Chair of the SSIT Victoria Section (who later became Chair of the SSIT Australia Chapter) who worked for a large Australian-owned bank, and who had great ideas about how SSIT could contribute to the IEEE charter. It is because of Greg's example that we now have a New South Wales Chapter of SSIT in Australia, that the Australia Chapter is so active, and that so many other SSIT chapters have sprouted up all over the world.
In my capacity, as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE T&S Magazine, as a host of the 2013 ISTAS in Toronto, as a delegate at the IEEE Norbert Wiener conferences in Boston and in Melbourne, and as an ex officio member of the Board of Governors, I witnessed firsthand the momentous contributions that Greg has brought to SSIT, and IEEE at large. It has been transformational to SSIT, and I dare to say revolutionary. He has worked tirelessly throughout his presidency, was a wonderful listener, and was able to take action and see these actions through to real outcomes. As a result, the global IEEE organization has noted the important role that our SSIT has in critical socio-ethical discussions in areas like drone warfare, robotics, artificial intelligence, and responsible engineering practices.
Above all, Greg has been visible and present. Whether it was at the 5-year review of T&S Magazine's PRAC, or TAB meetings, or endless committee meetings for other IEEE Societies, or throughout Asia as a keynote, Greg did incalculable outreach and networking on behalf of SSIT. More recently he saw the great need for SSIT to connect with other disciplinary pockets of technology and society groups like S4 Society for Social Studies of Science. He has also written wonderful, well-researched papers on Norbert Wiener for our conference, magazine, and for the Proceedings of the IEEE.
Thank you Greg— we wish you all the best in your future endeavours, and hope you will remain integral to the revamped vision of IEEE SSIT that you drove to create while you were president. You are an exceptional leader.
Citation: Katina Michael, "Thank you to Greg Adamson", IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2017, pp. 6 - 64. DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2017.2675679