John Vig received the B.S. degree from the City College of New York and the Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1964 and 1969, respectively; both in physics. He has spent his professional career performing and leading R&D programs in government research laboratories developing high stability frequency control devices, mostly quartz crystal resonators and oscillators. From 1980 to 1997 he led the US Department of Defense's R&D programs in frequency control technologies. Since 1997 he has been a technical advisor to DARPA on programs ranging from micro- and nanoresonators to chip-scale atomic clocks and radioactive isotope based power sources. He is an IEEE Fellow, and is the recipient of the IEEE Cady and the IEEE Sawyer Awards. He was the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society in 1992-93, served as the president of the UFFC Society, and was the founding president of the IEEE Sensors Council. He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors for six years. In 2009, he was IEEE President and CEO. He has been awarded 55 patents and is the author of more than 100 publications, including nine book chapters.