The Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer Program promotes the field of systems engineering to the scientific community and the public at large. The goal of the program is to increase awareness about topics relevant to Systems Council by creating a pool of subject matter experts and scholars to present to IEEE and Systems Council Chapters, Sections and other venues such as universities and companies.

How to Apply to Become a Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer

The requirements to be a speaker for the Systems Council DL program:

  • Presentation topic is relevant to Systems Council mission and objectives
  • Topic has been successfully presented in at least one significant public setting, such as a conference

The Systems Council reserves the right to invite speakers to join our program, based on their demonstrated expertise and speaking engagements.  Invitees will be asked to complete a speaker form and follow the same process as volunteer speakers.

If you are invited or would like to volunteer to become a speaker for the Systems Council DL program, please complete our speaker enrollment form along with your presentation slides.

The DL Chair will convene the DL Review Committee to review your slides and decide whether to accept your application.  For accepted speakers, your presentation topic may be accepted  “as is” or “with changes,”  Additionally, on behalf of the Systems Council, the DL Chair may request that you elaborate or extend your presentation. The Chair may also ask you to use a Systems Council slide template if you are not using a standard template from your employer.  Additionally, will be asked to preface/suffix your presentation with IEEE Systems Council slides (i.e., standard descriptive slides about the Systems Council and the Distinguished Lecture Program).

Note:  DL Committee members may request to become a speaker with the Systems Council, however, they will be ineligible to participate in the review of their slides.

For more information or questions about System Council’s DL Program, please contact the Distinguished Lecturers Chair.

The Distinguished Lecturer submission deadline is 30 June.


Request a Distinguished Lecturer

The Systems Council DL program is primarily for Chapters and Sections, however, is open to any IEEE entity. To request a speaker:

  • Contact the speaker to establish availability and a tentative date.
  • Submit a speaker request form at least 6 weeks prior to the tentative date.

Financial reimbursements will not be provided without prior authorization.

The requestor is responsible to provide the speaker with details of the presentation site, expected attendance, and other arrangements. The speaker provides the chapter with travel arrangements and presentation needs (audiovisual, helpers, materials, etc.).

During the presentation, the chapter officer should keep a record of the topic, total attendance, and notes on technical content, oral, and overall presentation. Afterward, the chapter should fill out the Evaluation Form, and send it to DL Chair as soon as possible, but no later than one month after the event.

A chapter may arrange up to three DL visits per calendar year. Approvals must be obtained in advance. Additional visits can be requested subject to the availability of funds, with preference given to those chapters who have not requested a speaker during the program year.

Request a DL Speaker   DL Feedback Form

Financial Guidelines

The Systems Council will reimburse up to $1,000 (USD) per speaking event for traveling within a continent and will reimburse up to $1,500 (USD) per speaking event for traveling across continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America).

Speakers should purchase economy class round-trip tickets, and schedule travel during cost-saving days whenever possible, to stay within the reimbursable limit. Speakers should also be conscientious of not exceeding local expenses as agreed to with the host chapter.

Expenses and reimbursements will be submitted via Concur. Additional resources can be found here:

Note:  To avoid IRS tax forms, no honoraria will be awarded, and actual receipts must be submitted for all expenses.