Thomas M. Coughlin – 2019 President, IEEE-USA

Thomas M. Coughlin HeadshotTom Coughlin, president, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst and business/technology consultant. He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, published by Newnes Press and with a new edition from Springer coming soon. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom has been General Chair of the annual Flash Memory Summit as well as founder and chair of the Storage Visions and Creative Storage Conferences. He is active with several professional organizations including the IEEE, SMPTE and SNIA.

IEEE Accomplishments & Activities


  • 2016-2017 Chair, IEEE Public Visibility Committee
  • 2017 VP, IEEE USA Professional Activities
  • 2017 Member, NIC Committee
  • 2017 Member, Industry Adhoc Committee


  • 2013-2017 Past-DirectorDirector/Director-Elect, IEEE Region 6
  • 2008-2009 Region 6 Central Area Chair

Sections/Chapters/Affinity Groups:

  • 2016-2017 Member of the Board, IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley
  • 2007-2016 Trainer for IEEE SF Bay Area Council Leadership Training
  • 2012 SCV Section Chair Special Award for leadership
  • 2007 Chair, IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Council
  • 2005-2007 Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section
  • 2006 Chair, Santa Clara Valley IEEE CE Society Chapter
  • 2004 Chair, Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section PACE
  • 2002 Chair, Santa Clara Valley IEEE MagSoc Chapter Chair (also in 1992)

Society/Technical Council:

  • 2013-2017 VP and Chair, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Future Directions Committee
  • 2009-2017 Senior and Associate Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Newsletter and Magazine
  • 2016 Member of TAB Membership AdHoc Committee
  • 2010-2017 Associate and Senior Editor, IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
  • 2012-2017 Member of Cloud Computing Initiative
  • 2011-2013 Reviewer, IEEE Magnetics Letters
  • 2010-2012 Vice President of Operations and Planning for IEEE CE Society
  • 2007-2012 and 2014-2017 Elected Member of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Adcom
  • 2011-2015 Member of TAB Future Directions Committee
  • 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • 2010 Membership Chair, IEEE Consumer Electronic Society
  • 2009-2017 Member of Technical Program Committee, IEEE CE Society
  • 2008-2012 Distinguished Lecturer, Consumer Electronics Society


  • 2013-2014 Member of 2014 IEEE Sections Congress Committee
  • 2013 Local Chair of the Region 6 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference
  • 2008-2011 Chair of IEEE 2011 Sections Congress
  • 2004 Publicity Chair for IEEE Magnetics Society TMRC Conference (also in 2002, 1996 and 1992)


  • 2013-2017 Trainer for the IEEE VoLT Program
  • 2017 Interim Chair and Advisor of San Francisco Bay Area HKN Alumni Group
  • 2016 Member of HKN
  • Senior Member of IEEE (1992), Member (1981) and Student Member (1978)
  • Member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology, Communications, Computer, Consumer Electronics and Magnetics Societies