The Milwaukee section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elected Metro MLS Chief Information Officer Chris Lambrou its vice-chair. Lambrou will serve a two-year term as the vice-chair, starting Jan. 1, 2021, before assuming a two-year term as the Milwaukee section’s chair.
Lambrou, a 15-year IEEE volunteer, serves as the IEEE Milwaukee Science Kits for Public Libraries program lead. It is a program he brought to the Milwaukee section in 2019. IEEE Milwaukee provides grants to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities to communities through the Milwaukee-area public libraries. The goal is for science kits to be just as easy to check out as a library book.
“I’m honored to help serve on this prestigious executive committee,” Lambrou said. “It is a distinguished group of individuals volunteering their time and efforts towards the same goal.”
IEEE touches a variety of industries and plays an impactful role in society. IEEE has the Smart Grid initiative, Smart Cities program, and the Green and Clean Technology standards that directly relate to the real estate industry.
Smart Grid is a worldwide revolutionary initiative that entails new communications and control capabilities, energy sources, generation models, and adherence to cross-jurisdictional regulatory structures.
The organization also has the Smart Cities initiative. It brings together IEEE’s technical societies and organizations to advance state-of-the-art smart city technologies.
Lambrou is actively involved in the Milwaukee community. He also serves on committees at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Real Estate Standards Organization.
Lambrou joined Metro MLS as its CIO in March 2016. He also is the vice president of WIREdata Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro MLS. He oversees data services, focusing on quality, accuracy and delivery methods.
“It’s volunteer leadership roles like this that help pay it forward to the community and promote the MLS in territories not usually considered,” Lambrou said. “IEEE is much more than a world standards organization – it’s outreach in local markets provides a resource for innovation, assistance, and education for all.”
The IEEE Milwaukee section started in 1910. It includes societies in computers, education, power and energy, industrial applications, medicine and biology, magnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, and women in engineering and control systems.
IEEE Milwaukee also includes active student branches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. Founded in 1884, IEEE serves 400,000-plus members in 160 countries involved in all aspects of electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization. Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell are two of the earliest IEEE members.