The overall governance of IEEE-HKN is the responsibility of the Board of Governors, a volunteer organization of IEEE-HKN members that have prominent positions in academia and industry. The Board consists of a president, president-elect, past president, and treasurer, each of whom serves a one-year term. Regional Governors serve the IEEE-HKN’s geographic regions (now aligned with the IEEE Regions), and four at-large members each serve one three-year term. There is a pair of student governors who serve  one-year terms.

The 2018 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Election will include elections for each of the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Region 3 & 4 Governor
  • Governor at Large
  • 2 Student Governors

Only chapters located in Region 3 or 4 are eligible to vote for the Region 3/4 Governor. All eligible chapters may vote for the remaining positions.


The candidates were invited to participate in a forum hosted by President Steve Watkins. A recording of that forum is available here.

President-Elect 2019: Ronald (Ron) Jensen

Inducted: 1972 – Nu Chapter

Iowa State University


Candidate Biography

Ron Jensen received the BSEE from Iowa State University and MSEE from Syracuse University. He continued with Ph.D. level courses from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at IBM in semiconductor process and chip development (East Fishkill, NY facility). He held positions in semiconductor applications and test (Rochester, MN facility) followed by many years of system design, system architecture and project management.  He has been a leader through various management positions since 1983. He participated in an IBM Faculty Loan program for one year where he taught circuits and microprocessor design. He has been involved in the development of numerous IBM families of computers and servers and recently in Fulfillment systems.  He retired as Chief Engineering Manager for data and process strategy with a team of people across 3 geographies covering IBM server hardware and software.  Jensen is a member of Project Management Institute.


HKN Activities:

  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
    • NU induction 1972
    • HKN Treasurer 2015-18
    • HKN Region 3-4 Director 2016-18

Student Branches

  • Iowa State University member 1969-72





  • MGA Vice Chair Geographic Unit Operations and Support 2018
  • MGA Vice Chair Member Development 2014-5, Past Chair 2016-7
  • MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee Chair 2014-5
  • MGA OpCom 2014-5, 2018
  • MGA Potentials Editorial Advisory Board 2014-15
  • MGA Member Recruitment & Recovery Committee, corresponding 2014-15
  • IEEE HKN Treasurer 2015-18
  • IEEE Tellers Committee 2015-17
  • IEEEUSA Employment and Career Services Committee 2012-18
  • IEEE Board 2005-6, 2011
  • IEEE Audit Committee, Liaison to Finance Committee, 2008-12;
  • IEEE ITAC ad hoc Chair 2009-10
  • IEEE New Initiatives Committee, Member, 2007-10;
  • IEEE Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), Chair, 2007-08; Member 2009-10
  • Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board, Member, 2007-10;
  • MGA vTools Project, Project Leader, 2006-10, Past Chair 2011-12;
  • MGA IT Coordination and Oversight Committee, Member, 2008-10;
  • IEEE-USA: Board of Directors 2005-06, 2010-12;
  • IEEE-USA N&A 2012-13
  • IEEE-USA OpCom, Member, 2006;
  • IEEE-USA VP Communications and Awards 2016-17
  • IEEE Finance Committee, Member, 2007;
  • RAB Treasurer 2007
  • RAB Finance Committee, Chair, 2007; Member, 2008;
  • RAB Operating Committee, Member, 2007;
  • IEEE Audit Committee, Chair, 2006; Member, 2005, 2007;
  • IEEE Information Technology Strategy Committee, Member, 2005-08;
  • RAB Simplification Project, Project Leader, 2006-07.
  • Regional Activities Board (RAB) 2005-6
  • IEEE Conferences Committee, Member, 2003-05;
  • RAB Strategic Planning Committee, Member, 2004-05;
  • IEEE Conferences Committee, RAB Representative, 2003-04


  • Region 4 Advisor 2009-18
  • Region 4 Region Vitality Committee 2014-16
  • Region 4, Past Director, 2007-08;
  • Region 4 Nominations & Appointments Committee, Chair, 2007-08;
  • Region 4 Regional Policy & Procedures Review Committee, Member, 2007-08;
  • Region 4 Director, 2005-06;
  • Region 4 Director-Elect, 2003-04;
  • Region 4 Long Range Planning & Strategic Planning, Chair, 2000-04;
  • Region 4 Treasurer, 2000-02;
  • Region 4 Area Chair – West, 1997-2000;
  • Region 4 Pre-College Education Committee, Chair, 1999-2001;
  • Region 4 Committee Member 1996-99


  • Southern Minnesota Membership Development Committee, Chair, 1999-2003, 2006-17
  • Southern Minnesota Computer Society Southern Minnesota Chapter, Chair, 2004-17
  • Southern Minnesota Life Members Affinity Group 2016-17
  • Southern Minnesota Consultants Network Affinity Group Chair 2014-16
  • Southern Minnesota ExCom member 1995-2017
  • Southern Minnesota Section, Chair, 1996-99;
  • Southern Minnesota Section Vice Chair, 1995-96;


  • Computer Society member
  • Power & Energy Society member
  • Industry Applications Society member
  • Communications Society member
  • Education Society member
  • Technology and Engineering Management Society member


  • IEEEUSA Annual Meeting Program Chair 2014
  • IEEEUSA Annual Meeting Program Committee 2015
  • Sections Congress ’96, ’99, ’02, ’05, ’08, ’11, ‘14; Speaker, ’02, ’05, ’08, ‘11.

Other Memberships

  • Women In Engineering
  • Consultants Network affinity group
  • Computer Society Technical Committees


  • Third Millennium Medal, 2000;
  • RAB Achievement, 2001.

Position Statement

This is a request for your support for election to HKN President Elect 2019.

I have been involved with the HKN Board of Governors as Treasurer for 4+ and the last 3 years as Region 3, 4 Governor. In support of our strategic planning I have had the opportunity to work on Journey or Experience mapping. This is a technique used by corporations and nonprofits to improve the experience of members.

We first looked at student inductions and student member experiences with the goal of helping more prospective students become inductees and more inductees get as much as possible from their experience.

This experience can be helped with better materials, clearer statements of the value of HKN, better processes and education. Next, we set priorities then make assignments within HKN and committees to develop the improvements.

We followed this up with the experience of Faculty Advisors as they play such a key role in Chapters and student and Chapter officer experiences.

Now, we are working on the experiences of Chapter Officers with the hope of making that experience in leadership as valuable as possible in future careers. You will obviously be hearing more from HKN as we move forward.

I’m explaining this to help you understand that my focus is on HKN members, volunteers and successful Chapters. We have limited resources but we certainly want to accomplish as much as possible.

I’m interested in becoming President because HKN has been important to me in my career. Because of my educational success I was recognized by HKN and was inducted into the Nu Chapter. I was able to have a successful professional career (actually 13 smaller careers), the opportunity to get my Master’s and pursue PHD classes, assigned technically challenging work, leadership opportunities both technically and in people management, and last the opportunity to support my profession and my community.

I hope that your HKN experience will give you similar opportunities and challenges that lead to a successful career for you.

Thank you for your support and interest.
Ron Jensen

p.s. If you have any questions or thoughts please contact me.

President-Elect 2019: Ed Rezek

Inducted: 1975 – Delta Zeta Chapter

Washington University, St. Louis


Candidate Biography

Edward A. Rezek received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an AB degree in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1976; he received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL in 1977 and 1980. He retired from Northrop Grumman Space Technology (formerly TRW Space & Electronics Group), an entity specializing in electronics development for US Government and commercial applications, in 2015 after 35 years of service.  His work experience has ranged from basic R&D to manufacturing and has covered the spectrum from advanced technology development for US Government space applications to manufacturing low cost components for commercial applications.  He has received 19 patents and has >50 publications in refereed journals.  He is the 1993 recipient of the TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation and the 2006 recipient of the Northrop Grumman Distinguished Innovator Award.  He is an IEEE Fellow.


I have been an active IEEE volunteer since 1991, and have supported nearly 50 different groups similar to HKN.  As a volunteer I don’t watch activity happening around me, but always take an active role, and if a leadership need or opportunity comes up, I fill that role and try to cause change.  I have been an officer or a chair of nearly 2/3 of the groups I have volunteered for.  I developed a passion for HKN after watching Director Ostin rejuvenate and grow HKN.  HKN isn’t just another IEEE position to me.  The chapters, through things like community service, tutoring, explaining STEM opportunities to local high schools and encouraging enrollment, bringing industry representatives to talk to students, etc., can enrich their community and their fellow students in ways that other IEEE groups cannot.  As an HKN leader I feel obligated to help the chapters do this.


Before I was elected to the Board in 2016 I was actively helping HKN.  I worked with 2013 President Orr to create a business plan to make HKN profitable by 2018. This was the first business plan ever developed by HKN.   In 2013 I got $175K from the IEEE and an additional $50K from the IEEE Foundation in 2015 and 2016 to start on that plan.  Elements of that plan were later integrated into the 2016 HKN strategic planning session.  After I became a Governor in 2016 I have caused significant change and moved HKN forward:


  • I was the Governor that jump-started the 2017 strategic plan implementation, producing our strongest organization ever by the end of the year. I created the Strategic Planning Committee and defined a structure that engages the Past President, current President, and President-Elect, ensuring continuity and focus in planning the HKN future. A Student Governor is also a member of the Committee.
  • I made a governance change to add 1 more Student Governor and 1 more Governor at Large to the Board. This increased student representation, added more volunteers to the Board, but also ensured that every chapter would always be able to vote for a Governor Position on the Board.
  • I made a governance change to increase the number of people eligible to run for the President-Elect position, thus expanding the pool of candidates and giving us a stronger slate
  • The process used to induct professional members after the merger lacked rigor comparable to the undergraduate candidate screening process  I made a governance change to specify requirements to qualify for induction as a professional member, and created a review process to ensure that they were being met.
  • In 2018 I helped Director Ostin reach out to IEEE Societies and suggest opportunities for HKN student and chapters to engage with them
  • I am in the process of changing the Outstanding Chapter Award evaluation process, identifying metrics and grading criteria which had not been previously documented. When finished, we will explain the process to the chapters – something that has never been done
  • I lobbied to enhance the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) to include workshops for professional development and for transitioning from being a student to being a professional. We have a 2019 pilot program for this.
  • For 2 years I lobbied to hire experts at developing financial donors. Tau Beta Pi has a gift revenue exceeding $2M/year while HKN has revenue of less than $40K.  TBP has 2 full-time professionals working on this while HKN has none.  This year the Board approved funding 1 full-time professional staff as the first step towards improving this revenue source.

Position Statement

HKN has completed nearly all the critical organizational and administrative changes and we have a strong, vibrant and growing organization.  We’re better…but we can get better still:

  • We must continue to think and act strategically, and update our plan as we progress. The basic strategic plan will be 2 years old in 2019, and we are moving fast enough that we need to review, revise, and enhance the plan to move us into 2020.   So I will have new strategic planning session, and we will create a new plan.  The plan will integrate our current strategic activities; no ideas or progress will be lost.
  • We must put enough labor and money into the 2019 SLC pilot program and make it succeed, because that type of venue can create industry financial sponsorship, and be a tremendous resource for HKN students.
  • This change to the SLC means that we need to have a separate program to train students on the leadership skills necessary to run a chapter. We have a 2019 pilot program for this as well. Leadership training will be held regionally in the spring, and recorded for chapters to view at any time.  We need to provide the resources for this to succeed because proper officer training is critical for chapter success.
  • We need to better engage our Faculty Advisors, train them, and give them the tools to be a better resource to the chapters. It would be appropriate to add a Faculty Advisor Governor position on the Board, so I will lobby for that governance change.
  • Graduate students are an untapped chapter resource. They remain at the university longer than HKN undergrads, and can provide valuable continuity. I will develop a program to help chapters engage and induct graduate candidates
  • Chapters generally have little engagement with alumni after graduation, yet this group has much to offer the chapter. Recent graduates can share their experiences as they transitioned into the professional community.  I will develop a process where chapters can reach out to alumni in their area, whether they were inducted into that chapter or another chapter, and tap their experience.
  • In 2018 we are working to develop a simple mission statement and a strong HKN brand that can be used to educate prospective inductees on the value of membership, and educate department faculty on the value of the chapter. If we don’t close on that in 2018, that will become a very high priority goal in 2019.
  • The 2017-2018 journey mapping initiatives have been successful beyond our expectations in defining elements of the HKN member experience. Some ideas have not yet been operationalized, and other elements of journey mapping have not yet completed.  We will complete the entire process, review our findings, and incorporate lessons learned into operational tasks, or new strategic tasks.
  • HKN undergraduate students have very little understanding of the IEEE, what it is, what it does, and how it can be useful to HKN members in their careers. As an example, IEEE Societies and Councils award over $600,000 in student scholarships, grants, and fellowships each year in various electrical engineering disciplines; HKN students are eligible for this money but are generally unaware of how to get it.  The IEEE also provides a wealth of opportunities for HKN members to get involved in technical activities that can be meaningful in a professional career. I will develop a formal process where HKN students can learn about the IEEE and how to get involved with it
  • HKN leadership has its eyes on growth and program development, and we need more money to make that all happen. Our revenue has been about $500K per year, and we have done wonderful things with that cap.  If we can add significantly to that revenue, we can really broaden existing programs, and offer new programs.  The most probable source of significant new revenue will come from gift giving.  We need to carefully nurture our donor office and help it grow to something as effective as what TBP has.
  • One of our strengths in 2016 through 2018 has been the phenomenal people we have had as Governors. No amount of strategic planning will be successful unless there are strong volunteers to carry out the strategic tasks. So I will challenge each Governor in their last year of service to search for several qualified candidates to succeed them.  Our volunteer pipeline has to grow if HKN is to grow.

Governor Regions 3 & 4: Michael Benson

Inducted: 2011 – Beta Epsilon Chapter

University of Michigan


Candidate Biography

Michael Benson is an advanced imaging research scientist at Radiant Solutions and is concluding his doctoral work at the University of Michigan’s Radiation Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI.  A prior recipient of NASA’s Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship, Michael’s research interests include multimodal remote sensing of the environment, with a focus on radar. During his tenure at Michigan, Michael was actively engaged in his community. He chaired his Department’s inaugural graduate research poster symposium, served three elected terms as the president of the University of Michigan’s graduate student body, and more. During his tenure as student body president, Michael spearheaded numerous policy initiatives resulting in real and meaningful changes for current and future graduate students. A 2015 recipient of the University’s Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors, Michael has been recognized for his commitment to learning and student success and taught the introductory programming course for students entering the College of Engineering for 2.5 years, the last year of which as the course’s head TA. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in Electrical Engineering and hails from Weston, MA.

Since 2013, Michael has served as a chapter advisor for the Beta Epsilon chapter at the University of Michigan. In this capacity, Michael has worked with 12 different groups of chapter officers and has helped them transition and thrive in their roles. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, Michael has served as a member of the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors. During that time, he has aggressively represented the interests of the society’s student members and has successfully led the IEEE-HKN Ritual Committee, Student Advisory Committee, and the Student Leadership Conference Coordination Committee. Specifically, Michael’s achievements on behalf of the members of IEEE-HKN include:

  1. Developing a strong model for sharing of best practices and connecting chapter leaders across the globe. As the student governor, Michael’s responsibilities include facilitating bidirectional communication between the Board of Governors and our chapters as well as facilitating inter-chapter communication. Michael implemented a three-pronged approach to achieve these goals:
    1. Hosting monthly chapter leader meetings with a focus on sharing of best practices and providing regular opportunities for chapter officers to interact with the members of the Board of Governors.
    2. Launching a IEEE-HKN Slack team to enable chapter leaders to interact at will.
    3. Hosting chapter leadership and best practice sessions at the 2017 student leadership conference.  First, by hosting monthly virtual meetings with our chapter leaders and also hosting specific best practice sessions at the annual HKN Student Leadership Conference.
  1. As the chair of the HKN Ritual Committee, Michael shepherded a change to our induction materials to both respect  history while also being welcoming to members in our diverse fields of interest. The committee is currently working on developing a new program to provide every chapter with recipes to effectively replicate successful activities from all of our chapters.
  2. Successful planning and execution of two of the past three IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conferences including directly running the 2016 IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference. Serving as co-chairs, Kyle Lady (Current HKN Governor At-Large) and Michael planned and executed the 2016 conference with minimal help from the assigned IEEE-HKN staff. Together, they raised funds for the conference, organized all activities, logistics, and more. When registration numbers were exceptionally low, we undertook a campaign to recruit more attendees; we went from having fewer than 30 registrations to over 170.
  3. Worked with members of the Board of Governors and our staff to develop a strategic vision and implementation plan for the future of IEEE-HKN including creating a new strategic planning committee which is charting a path forward for our budget, chapters, conferences, budget, faculty advising, and all other aspects of the society.
  4. Lead the multi-year initiative within the Board to have IEEE-HKN re-join the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). This initiative is in progress and I am hopeful that the ACHS Board will vote on our application in early 2020. Rejoining this association will provide numerous new opportunities for IEEE-HKN inductees, including an automatic pay raise for members applying for a job with the United States federal government.
  5. Helped to spearhead the addition of two new positions on the Board of Governors: a 2nd student governor position and an additional at-large governor, so that every chapter is able to vote for at least one governor-at-large, two student governors, and a president-elect every year. This more than doubled each chapter’s connection with the Board.

Position Statement

Hi HKN! Since inducting into our society, I’ve been humbled and privileged to serve my home chapter, Beta Epsilon (University of Michigan), and IEEE-HKN at large in a number of capacities as you can see in my biography. It has been my deepest honor to serve you these past two years on the IEEE-HKN board of governors, and I have strived to promote and enhance the HKN experience by increasing communication between chapters and  improving the value our chapters perceive in the broader HKN organization. I am asking for your support to continue to serve our society as the governor representing the southeastern and central USA (Regions 3 and 4, respectively). Since taking office, I’ve worked to ensure that your voices are heard in every decision made by the Board of Governors.  Electing me as your regional governor will continue my ability to support our chapters and alumni, while also focusing on region-specific initiatives.

If elected, I will continue to work to create a meaningful role for our student chapters in the governance and long-term planning of the society, as well as a role for our alumni. I firmly believe that HKN is only as strong as our members, and, as such, I would like to establish a tradition where each chapter has at least one member serve on a regional or HKN-wide committee. With more diverse member involvement, HKN will flourish as an interconnected organization that can provide resources and support for every chapter. I will work on four key initiatives to support good organizational stewardship while also building on our collective accomplishments:

First, we need to work to grow and deepen our society’s connection to industry. In the 20th century, simply being a member opened doors when hunting for jobs. I want you to also benefit from career support! In addition to raising our visibility with industry, I will work with each of our regions’ chapters to grow corporate relations programs, both as a source for interesting technical speakers and chapter revenue.

Second, we need to work to improve our brand recognition. Our corporate relations, recruitment of new members, and fundraising efforts suffer due to poor public understanding of IEEE-HKN. The Board of Governors should develop a plan to raise the society’s visibility in order to support the first goal, particularly in regard to companies in close proximity to our chapters. Chapters should have easy access to these companies, both in terms of recruiting our members and in soliciting chapter support.

Third, we need to do more to support our current and future officers to ensure that the job of running a chapter isn’t onerous and that resources are abundant. We will develop virtual and in-person officer training sessions with a focus on leadership, communication, and professional development skills. Additionally, we will recruit distinguished speakers within our regions that are willing to visit your campus and provide their perspectives on these topics.

Finally, we need to do a better job of defining the role of HKN after graduation, and helping our members transition from being students to alumnus life. Working at the regional perspective provides an excellent opportunity to improve in this area. I want to start to strengthen our alumni experience by building new alumni chapters and hosting alumni gatherings across our regions. I will lead the Board of Governors to pursue a path forward to provide value for all of our alumni.

To achieve these goals, I will collaborate with other members of the Board, chapter leaders, and alumni. The first steps will be to form a regional leadership committee, consisting of a representative from each of our chapters  and from our alumni. This committee will provide input in setting priorities to serve each of our chapters and to host in-person multi-chapter gatherings each year in each of the two regions. HKN is a community of communities, and being able to interact in-person with other HKN inductees is a critical way to network, exchange technical expertise, build our brand, and have fun!

I hope you’ve found just as much value in HKN as I have. I hope we’ve been able to meet at least via conference call. Should you have any questions about my candidacy or platform, please don’t hesitate to contact me at I hope to hear from you!

Governor Regions 3 & 4: Bernard Sander

Inducted: 1965 – Delta Psi Chapter

St. Louis University


Candidate Biography

Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Sander is retired from Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies where he spent over 31 years in the development of radar and switching systems. Bernie has held several technical and management positions with Bell Labs/Lucent, including hardware and software development in wire-line and CDMA switching, systems engineering and project management.  Projects included many successful international deliveries.   In retirement, Bernie has consulted at Northwestern and Marquette Universities in the design and construction of equipment used for research in human movement studies.

Bernie has been recognized for outstanding personal commitment and contributions to Affirmative Action at Bell Labs-Indian Hill.  Bernie is also the recipient of the IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award.  Bernie and his wife Toni of 44 years have volunteered in outreach programs to couples preparing for marriage and in marriage enrichment.  They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Dr. Sander has degrees in Electrical Engineering from St. Louis University(BS), California Institute of Technology(MS) and Washington University in St. Louis (DSc).  Bernie has been a member of HKN since 1965.

IEEE Member of Awards Committee -2015 to present

IEEE Life Senior Member (Continuous member since undergraduate)

IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Member – Elected 1965

IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award 2013 (For leadership in expanding the Science Kits for Libraries Program in Region 4)

IEEE Technical Conference and Exhibition Program Committee


IEEE Positions:

IEEE Region 4 Director 2017-2018

IEEE Region 4 Director-Elect 2015-2016

IEEE Region 4 Central Area Support Chair 2010-2014

IEEE Region 4 Treasurer 2011-2014

IEEE USA Awards Committee Chair 2016

IEEE Chicago Section – Chair 2008-2009, Vice-Chair,

IEEE Chicago Section – Chair 2007-2008, Vice-Chair,

IEEE Chicago Section – Treasurer 2006-2007

IEEE Chicago Section – Fox Valley Subsection Chair

Position Statement

HKN has always been home to the best of the engineering profession. The IEEE-MGA seems like a natural home for HKN but full integration into IEEE is a challenge and must be part of any expansion of the organization and the opportunities it provides for members. As a member of the Board of Governors, I would work to enhance HKN as the premier organization for students and professionals in the field of electrical engineering. This includes providing friendly access to HKN programs and information through existing IEEE tools and databases. It includes promotion of HKN to students as something to aspire to. I would support creation of opportunities for existing members to be active as students and as professionals. I have been active in the committee on the alignment of MGA and HKN and commit to making the efforts of that committee a success.

Governor At-Large: Preeti Bajaj

Inducted: 2018 – Mu Pi Chapter

G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering

Candidate Biography

Dr. Preeti Bajaj is an Electronics Engineer Graduated in 1991, Post graduate in 1998 and doctorate in Electronics Engineering in 2004. Having 27 year of experience, currently she is Director of G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur with 5500 students. She is known for her strategic planning, project management, innovations and out of box thinking. Her research interest includes Intelligent Transportation System, Soft Computing, Hybrid Intelligent Systems & Applications of Fuzzy logic in ITS. Her professional society affiliation includes Fellow- Institute of Engineers, Fellow IETE, Senior Member- IEEE. She is presently Secretary-IEEE India Council. She was also on Standing Committee of Global accreditation of IEEE Education Board. Six Doctoral students have been awarded PhD, 3 have submitted and 4 are pursuing & 30 have done Masters under her.

Her major contribution is in design and development of driver assistance systems like drivers fatigue detection system, driver’s action and emotion detection system, driver’s behavior modeling and applying hybrid fuzzy /genetic/PSO to various Intelligent Transportation Systems. She has also been instrumental to design and development of ITS systems in public and private sector on various areas of specialization like toll collection/toll audit system/highway traffic management system and advanced traveler Information systems.

She is founder General Chair of ICETET series of Seven IEEE Conferences. Dr. Bajaj holds awards like Best Teacher award, “Bhaskar Woman’s Award” for year 2010 and “Faculty of Month”. She is resource person for creating awareness of Outcome Based Education and also is Ex-member of General Council of NBA. Her current efforts include thrust on Innovations, internships, and entrepreneurships. Strong belief in innovations, she is putting all efforts to create an ecosystem for innovations and entrepreneurship. Her efforts have turned 208 projects into patents leading to transform a private Engineering institution into India’s premier, Engineering and Research Institute in last 5 years.

She is very Active IEEE Volunteer for last 18 plus, Worked regional, council, section level, subsection, branch level, above all counselor for regional and students group for IEEE activities and taking them to wonderful world of innovations through IEEE. Her passion is to connect bringing industry institutions and community at one place and brining need-based innovations through technology for students by students.


IEEE Engagement of Dr Preeti Bajaj

Currently: Secretary India Council, Nagpur Subsection chair, Member CGAA EAB standing committee 2016 & 2017 , Member India Strategic Initiative 2017 Committee appointed by President IEEE, R-10 Students Retention India, Member MGA SAC 2017, 2018


Activities | Chapters:

Chair, 2009-2011 SMC chapter Chair IEEE Bombay Section


Activities | Student Branches:

Student Branch: Counselor 2004-2006 GH Raisoni College of Engineering Nagpur All five branches of Nagpur region mentored by and run by GHRCE. Mentor for Asia largest IEEE student Branch with 1900 plus members. Best Branch award 2017 by IEEE India Council.


Activities | Subsection:

Applied for petition of Subsection for Nagpur- as interim chair (approval awaited)

Founder Chair of Nagpur Subsection 2017, 2018 with largest membership across all regions


Activities | Societies:

SMCS Society activities- Co chair HCTS (Human Centered Transportation System 2009-2014

HMS representative to the Conferences and Meetings Committee of SMCS for 2009-2010,

Represented her TC at Miami coordinated Feb 2011

Member of Technical activities from 2009 till date for HCTS


Activities | IEEE India Council:

Currently Secretary, India Council, Region 10, responsible for all operations and coordinating between 11 sections of India.

Vice chair student Activities IEEE India Council 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Organized AISC 2013, 2014 and AISYC (All India Student and Young professional Congress for 2015), Organized AISYWC (All India Student and Young professional and Women in Engineering Congress for 2016, 2017)


Activities | Conferences:

Served on IEEE SMCS Technically sponsored/cosponsored conferences as General Chair ICETET (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), collaborated with SMC chapters at Hungary, UK, Japan, Region 8, Japan council and many others for SMCS activities, and organized special sessions on Human Centered transportation system under her TC at many conferences. Few of them includes Annual Conference SMC 2009, SMC2010, SMC2011,SMC2012, SMC2013 and SMC 2014, ICETET- 09, ICETET-10, ICETET 11, ICETET-12, ICETET-13, ICETET-15


Activities | R-10:

Member CGAA EAB 2016, 2017, on committee of in 2017

Subcommittee Lead Students Internship & Skill Connect (Adhoc committee of R-10 (Did pilot for 150 plus students) in 2016

Activities | MGA:

MGA: Part of India Initiative in 2015

Member of SAC 2017, 2018

ETA KAPPA NU: Established third chapter of HKN In India (MU PI) in 2018 and campus director and additional faculty advisor and also inducted as professional member. Many activities on social and community issues are being conducted at Nagpur, India

Position Statement

IEEE needs to offer more value to the HKN Society, its members its chapter. It brings rewards, honor and acceptance to an individual and the university. The same has to be within every section of IEEE as it has some eligibility it has to be obtained and qualified Its Honor Society and compared to United States, the chapters in rest of the world are very less.. So I wanted to bring more Eta Kappa Nu chapters within Asians countries. Looking at retention issues of IEEE student members there is need to bring more value, more humanitarian activities, more social projects which considers community needs to be undertaken.


IEEE HKN should work more closely and more effectively. Being active volunteer of IEEE for 19 years, and professional member of HKN wish to bring more association between the two.


I wish to start students congress within asian countries specially for Eta Kappa Nu Chapter chairs and Members.

Governor At-Large: Jason Hui

Inducted: 2015 – Epsilon Delta Chapter

Tufts University


Candidate Biography

Dr. Jason Hui is a Senior Staff Project Engineering Manager at Elbit Systems of America.  His interests are systems engineering and technical management for aerospace and defense.  He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, all from UCLA.  He also received the M.S. degree in Systems Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.  He has worked for BAE Systems, Draper Laboratory, and The Aerospace Corporation.  Jason is an IEEE Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow, and Project Management Professional.  He is the recipient of several awards including the IEEE New Hampshire Section’s Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2010, the AIAA Sustained Service Award in 2013, and the 2016 Project Management Institute (PMI) New Hampshire Chapter Individual of the Year Award.

Jason has served in various IEEE volunteer leadership positions at the Section, Area, Region, Society, and IEEE-USA levels over the years including his current roles as Region 1 Awards and Recognition Chair, Milestone Subcommittee Chair of the History Committee, Associate Editor of the IEEE Engineering Management Review journal, and ABET Program Evaluator.

He has been involved with the IEEE Region 1 Student Conference since 2012 and is a coach on his daughter’s FIRST LEGO League Jr. team.

Position Statement

It’s an honor to be a member of IEEE-HKN and I can think of no better way to give back then by serving as a volunteer leader.  If elected, I plan to work on further development and vitalization of existing chapters, advocating the formation of new chapters particularly outside Regions 1-6, continue marketing the IEEE-HKN brand and membership to IEEE members, and promoting the Student Leadership Conference.

Student Governor: Katelyn Brinker

Inducted: 2016 – Gamma Theta Chapter

Missouri University of Science and Technology


Candidate Biography

My name is Katelyn Brinker. I am currently pursuing a graduate  degree in electrical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) with the support of a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, having graduated in May of 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the same university. In my time as a student I have been heavily involved on my campus and in IEEE, and I have also been the recipient of the DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering 2017 IEEE-USA award and the HKN 2017 Outstanding Student Award. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of the Missouri S&T world champion Mars Rover Design Team where I held the positions of PR and Outreach Chair, Chief Technology Officer, Science Team Lead, and R&D Team Lead during my 4 years on the team. These roles provided me with experience in event organization, publicity, project management, and leadership, which allowed me to effectively serve as the Missouri S&T IEEE Student Branch President for the 2016-2017 school year and the HKN Gamma Theta Chapter President in Spring of 2017. I have also served as the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Undergraduate Representative, on the IEEE STL Section Editorial Board, and on the HKN Conference Committee. Through these experiences I’ve gotten to meet and make connections with HKN and IEEE members from all over the world and in the process I’ve gained a lot of perspective on the different challenges faced by various IEEE organizational units, including HKN chapters, and how culture also affects how initiatives are received. I’ve also learned a lot about creating student programs for a global audience. I believe that I can bring this experience, perspective, and passion for service into a position on the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors to help grow our organization and our member engagement.

Position Statement

Since my induction into HKN, I have seen my own chapter face both challenges and successes. I have also talked extensively with other HKN chapters and have seen the challenges they have faced. Through this all, I have noted the lessons of these challenges and the resources that could have helped us better address these challenges. If elected to the Board of Governors, I would share these lessons and resources with other chapters and also do the following:

  • Identify universities from around the world with active IEEE student branches but no HKN chapters, and work with them to start their own HKN chapters.
  • Create activity guides for chapters containing event ideas for various purposes, such as recruitment or service, and a basic outline of what needs to be done to implement these events.
  • Grow and invigorate less active or newer chapters by connecting them to very active chapters.
  • Enhance our brand recognition to both industry and students by increasing our social media presence and by working with other IEEE organizational units as an avenue to reach students and professionals involved with IEEE, but not yet involved with HKN.
  • Update and grow the transition documentation available on the HKN website, including perspectives of various chapters so that the documentation can be as universally helpful as possible.
  • Create a financial guide for chapters that would help them navigate fundraising, getting corporate sponsors, and manage a budget and income plan.
  • Get past chapter leaders involved with Alumni chapters.
  • Develop a mentorship program between our professional/alumni members and our student members.
  • Build on the initiatives of past Student Governors.

Student Governor: Pietro Inglese

Inducted: 2017 – Mu Nu Chapter

Politecnico di Torino


Candidate Biography

I began my university career in Genoa, my hometown, with the bachelor degree in Electronic and telecommunication engineering.
During my junior year in Genoa, I had the opportunity to become the student representative for my course. From that moment I became involved in different tasks (and more representative roles) and I lived the university also from another point of view.

After graduating, I went to Turin, where I began the Master Degree in Electronic Engineering, focusing on Embedded Systems. After one month of lectures, I had the chance to help to install the IEEE-HKN Mu Nu Chapter at Politecnico di Torino. Since then, I have been a part of the beautiful family that is a chapter and this experience made me broaden my horizons unexpectedly. At the same time, I became the student representative for my course and for the “College of Electronic, Physics and Telecommunication Engineering”.
Since the installation until the beginning of my second master’s year, I’ve been head of fundraising. During the second year (this past year) I was part of the board of the Mu Nu Chapter, more specifically its recording secretary.

By being a member of the Mu Nu chapter, I had the opportunity to organize with a colleague of mine a “Smart City” chain of events (3 total events, around 150 participants) that gave me the chance to meet different people from different background. I managed to find sponsors that provided free location and money.

This experience as a board member gave me the opportunity to understand the essence of a responsibility role in serving as an officer for our society. That said, I strongly believe it has changed my point of view in considering student societies and the benefits a student community can achieve from them.

Position Statement

Hi HKN! In case I am elected, I will do exactly what I love: support HKN in every way I can.
During my almost 2 years of HKN experience, I learned that the HKN experience has a very important value in our education and for our future, and I think HKN deserves to make this experience even more unforgettable.

I strongly believe that the collaboration among chapters is key to improve and make HKN even greater.

– I will keep a monthly meeting (i.e. WebEx) as it is a good practice that has to continue since it gives the possibility to share ideas and suggestions. It also allows having a good and easy way to communicate with the board of governors. My main objective is to help all of you, therefore I will be more than happy to listen to you.

– I will work to increase the use of Slack with the objective to share ideas and projects. Different chapters organize workshops and/or hackathons: sharing guides and how-tos explaining the experience and how to do it could really be a help for other chapters officers.

– From my “Italian” point of view, HKN is still unknown: I will work with the aim of making HKN more visible and known worldwide. I think that the HKN brand needs to grow so that its value will be even more appreciated by students and companies.

– Again, by being outside the US, I think that the HKN outside the US needs to be driven in order to stay close to our US chapters, in order to have a cohesive group of chapters that can share experience, knowledge and projects together.

Student Governor: Panagis Samolis

Inducted: 2017 – Kappa Sigma Chapter

Boston University


Candidate Biography

My name is Panagis D. Samolis. I was born in Ogden Utah, raised in Greece and nearly five years ago came to Boston to pursue my undergraduate degree from the College of Engineering at Boston University. I graduated “Magna Cum Laude” in May 2017, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Currently I am pursuing my PhD degree at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also at BU.

During my studies I always sought opportunities to be engaged in activities beyond coursework, including, research, working as a teaching assistant in various courses and involvement in student organizations. I spent the summer of my sophomore year at the Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Lab at BU volunteering as a researcher under the mentorship of Professor Theodore Moustakas.  The summer of my junior year I joined the Ultrafast Optic Lab at BU and worked as a STARS (Summer Term Alumni Research Scholar) under the mentorship of Professor Michelle Sander. The following year I completed my Bachelor Thesis in the same lab on the design and characterization of novel ultrafast fiber laser systems, which led to a poster presentation at the Boston Photonics centennial conference (2017), and co-writing a conference proceeding (CLEO 2017) and journal publication (IEEE JSTQE). During my PhD, I got involved into more interdisciplinary research related on to the use of ultrafast sources for super-resolution photothermal imaging of biomedical samples and characterization of nanomaterials.  Up until this point, my work has led to two poster presentations (Boston Centennial 2018, MRS), an invited conference talk (SPIE Optics and Photonics 2018) and an SPIE proceeding. I’ve also been awarded the BU Nano Cross-disciplinary fellowship award for the upcoming academic year (2018-2019).

Apart from research, I draw a lot of enthusiasm from interacting with my colleagues and fellow students. This has motivated me to be an active member in student organizations, with the highlight being my involvement at the board of the BU IEEE Student Chapter/IEEE-HKN Student Chapter for the last two years. I was honored to serve as vice-president and president of the board and I am very excited to continue serving the society as president for the upcoming year as well. My tasks included organizing the activities, distributing roles among the board members, working closely with our faculty adviser Professor Min-Chang Lee, seeking funding sources and marketing methods to advertise our events within the BU community. My goal was to host an abundance of social and academic related activities (invited talks, journal club meetings, workshops, social gatherings etc.) and make the IEEE-HKN chapter a unique platform for our members to use for networking and outreach opportunities.

In addition I have also been involved in activities outside the community of Electrical Engineers and BU, including volunteering work and teaching in the Cambridge Greek-American community. As a result of this extracurricular involvement I was honored to receive a scholarship award by the Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation. Other hobbies/passions include, travelling, reading, photography and swimming.

Position Statement

I am extremely honored to be considered as a nominee to serve in the position for the IEEE/HKN Student Governor. When I first got involved in the board of my university’s chapter, I was very excited to be part of an honors society oriented towards the community of electrical engineers within Boston University, and I consider it an even greater opportunity to be involved in a national level. I’ve come to realize during my studies that the field of electrical engineering is extremely broad and interdisciplinary, making networking and communication between colleagues if not the most important, definitely a key aspect for success, whether you are working in academia or industry. The way I envision the society is for it to serve as a unique platform to get informed about the technological advances, achievements and discoveries that take place beyond one’s own academic and work environment. Even though in the age of media, information and news spread extremely fast, it is my personal belief that in-person communication is extremely beneficial especially in terms of sharing and communicating your work, as well as reaching for collaborations. If I get elected, I will work towards the following points.

  • Suggesting the organization of outreach opportunities oriented towards high school students of different backgrounds. Diversity consists a key aspect for advancement and progress. It is fact that students can be discouraged to pursue careers in science based on gender or ethnicity before applying for college. In my opinion in order to effectively address the issue of getting people of all backgrounds involved and excited about electrical engineering and generally the STEM fields, reaching out to them early on is of most importance. For example organizing science fairs on university campuses could be an opportunity to motivate high school students for all the exciting work and research that is being done.


  • Suggesting the organization of a journal club, with members from different universities within a reasonable distance from each other. This could meet once every 3 months or so, and it could be separated into sections depending on different fields as well. It can include both students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as faculty members. It will be a great opportunity for networking and members to get exposed about research that is being done in various fields from other groups, in a less formal context than one would find at a conference. This can stand as a great opportunity for students to talk and meet with professors they would like to work with but also for professors to meet in person prospective graduate students and or/researchers. As I mentioned in person communication is way better than impersonal emails.


  • Suggesting the organization of workshops which members can use to advance their knowledge and skill set on various topics which can be more practical and experimental or more oriented towards advancing communication skills (i.e. presentation/teaching skills).

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