Emily Sopensky

Emily Sopensky, longtime IEEE member and volunteer, passed away on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. Her service within IEEE spanned decades, including developing and organizing conferences and guiding IEEE’s interests in RFID policy. After 20 years in Central Texas, in 2004 Emily became the second IEEE-USA State Department Fellow in Washington, D.C., relocating to Northern Virginia.

Some of her many awards and achievements include: 2007 IEEE-USA Special Citation, 2008 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Individuals Award, 2009 IEEE New Technology Directions Committee on RFID Award, and being inducted into the IEEE TAB Hall of Honor in 2017.

Equally at home diving into technical topics, riding a horse or hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro, Emily touched and inspired many people during a truly exceptional life. She will be deeply missed.

A personal note from Chris Brantley, Managing Director, IEEE-USA:

“Emily Sopensky was a ball of energy always championing a new project or activity. She was very active in IEEE in Texas, before being named an IEEE-USA Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. State Department. She caught Potomac Fever and relocated to the Washington, DC suburbs, where she became active in IEEE-USA public policy and DC-area section activities. RFID technology and policy became one of her passions and she did some very impactful work launching the IEEE RFID Conference and working to address policy implications of RFID technologies in health care settings. She was totally unconcerned with pursuing positions and titles, never took no for an answer, shared credit profusely, and always found a way to get things done. She was a real pleasure to work with and she was also a good friend.”