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 2019 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Election will include elections for each of the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Governor at Large
  • Region 1-2 Governor
  • Region 7-10 Governor
  • 2 Student Governors

Only chapters located in Region 1 or 2 are eligible to vote for the Region 1 and 2 Governor. That is the same for Region 7-10 as well. All eligible chapters may vote for the remaining positions.

President-Elect 2020: Ronald (Ron) Jensen

Inducted: 1972 – Nu Chapter

Iowa State University

Contact: r.jensen@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

I’ve had the honor to be involved in IEEE over many years in significant roles but this is a list of the ones that I consider important and useful to HKN.

  • HKN Activities
    • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
      • Nu Chapter (Iowa State University) induction 1972
      • HKN Treasurer 2015-19
      • HKN Region 3-4 Director 2016-18
      • HKN Committees: Journey Mapping, Finance, Strategic Planning, MGA Alignment, Faculty Advisor, Membership, PR & Communications.
    • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Accomplishments

      • Developed HKN Financial Plan for HKN financial growth and expansion
      • Led Journey Mapping of the member, Faculty Advisor and Chapter Officer Experience
      • Implemented strategy and action plan for integration with IEEE systems and services
      • Oversaw plan to increase social media presence, website updates, and communication strategies to support HKN growth
      • Contributed to regional strategies to support chapters through training and Regional Governor support
  • Student Branches
    • Iowa State University member 1969-72
  • IEEE ACTIVITIES:
    • Committees/Boards
      • MGA Vice Chair Geographic Unit Operations and Support 2018-19
      • MGA Vice Chair Member Development 2014-15, Past Chair 2016-17
      • MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee Chair 2014-15
      • Numerous other positions in MGA and IEEE
    • Regions
      • Region 4 Director
    • Sections/Chapters
      • Numerous positions in Southern Minnesota Section
    • Societies
      • Computer Society member
      • Power & Energy Society member
      • Industry Applications Society member
      • Communications Society member
      • Education Society member
      • Technology and Engineering Management Society member
    • Other Memberships
      • Women In Engineering
      • Consultants Network affinity group

Position Statement

HKN is the members! We are about recognizing outstanding students and encouraging them and growing their skills. Our chapters deliver the experience that, time and again, members say has positively impacted their student years, and years into their professional lives.

My passion for HKN stems from the great experience I had as a student at Nu Chapter, how HKN positively influenced my career, and the personal satisfaction I receive from serving HKN. I request your support in my bid to be your President Elect so that I may help navigate HKN’s path forward so it offers the same tremendous experience to all members that it offers me.

The Board is responsible to support each chapter and member to make that experience great.

As a member of the HKN Board of Governors, Treasurer, Committee Chair and Member, and through my IEEE volunteer activities, I have led our “Journey Mapping” exercises: We have mapped and identified the desired experience and resources for:

  1. Member join and onboarding
  2. Faculty Advisor
  3. Chapter Leader
  4. Alumni, early career and retiree

MY PLATFORM:

  • Chapter Support
    • Implement the Regional Strategy developed by the Board of Governors, which includes:
      • Ensuring that HKN chapter programs are part of Regional Meetings
      • Fostering multi-chapter events
      • Training Chapter leaders at local events
      • Boosting the role of Regional Governors, whose job descriptions have been updated to include chapter visits, regional conference calls, connections with Engineering Departments and Faculty Advisors
      • Focusing on Chapter sustainability, officer transitions, chapter-to-chapter mentoring
    • Establish a Chapter Sustainability Program
      • Chapter-to-Chapter mentoring
      • Global events and support to sustain our international presence
      • Establish a task force to develop resources and solutions
  • Resources
    • Grow the financial resources of HKN through Industry partnerships and sponsorship, and reduce the reliance on student induction fees
    • Grow the Corporate Sponsorship Program to $100,000 per year
    • Increase donations from individuals by 50%
    • Expand advertising revenue in THE BRIDGE and on the website
  • Community Service
    • As a core element of HKN, increase programs and support for chapters to participate in and find funding for community service projects
      • Create and develop HKN Cares, mini-grants for chapters to create impactful programs
      • Partner with IEEE organizations, i.e. EPICS in IEEE, SIGHT, Humanitarian Activities, Technical Societies
  • Early Career Resources
    • HKN is a lifetime membership. The Journey Mapping exercise has identified the Early Career experience, along with the Retired Member experience, as the best opportunity to grow and expand HKN.
      • Implement the strategies identified in the alumni journey mapping, i.e. support for early career professionals
      • Further develop the “Pathways” program to support students as they prepare to enter the workforce. This expansion would include workshops, podcasts, conference calls and social media.
      • Establish HKN networking in areas using the Alumni Chapters and Corporate partners
      • Introduce an “HKN Connect” network to assist members as they move to new cities, or meet professionals in their company or local area
      • Grow resources via our HKN Job Board to include mentoring and “life hacks,” budgeting, negotiating, presentation skills, leading teams, with the help of HKN alumni worldwide.
  • IEEE integration: systems, branches, sections, Regions and Societies
    • Access to IEEE volunteer tools and services
    • Index scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and support available throughout IEEE
    • Integration with IEEE Sections and Regions to increase funding for HKN Chapters, participation in Region and Section events, cooperation with IEEE Student Branches

The continued success of HKN is best served by a holistic approach to planning — expand our financial resources; increase volunteerism and alumni engagement; invest in chapter development and support, and identify partners (inside of IEEE and corporate). Each member and chapter is critical to making this happen. I am running for President Elect to be able to continue this effort for a better experience today and to accomplish our envisioned future for HKN.

I pledge to use my experience and skills to extend the HKN journey beyond the University years into a lifetime relationship for you in your career and beyond. My experience and contacts in Member and Geographic Activities will help me to accomplish these goals. I will continue to be involved regardless of the outcome of this election.

I hope I have earned your trust and your vote to lead the Board and to move HKN forward.

Ron Jensen

P.S. I would love to hear from you, please contact me. r.jensen@ieee.org

President-Elect 2020: Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

Inducted: 2013 – Epsilon Delta

Tufts University

Contact: Sampathkumar.v@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, an internationally recognized technologist is best known for his pioneering leadership and technological innovations in developing large-scale computing systems, advanced software technologies and systems engineering solutions to solve complex real-world computing challenges across multidisciplinary domains such as healthcare, disabilities, education, poverty alleviation, assistive technologies and security. Throughout his career, he spearheaded numerous complex research engineering programs, and successfully delivered innovative computing technologies to address pressing global humanitarian challenges. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India (2005).

Veeraraghavan’s exemplary scholarly contributions and leadership accredited him with numerous global honors such as IEEE-HKN outstanding young professional award (2013), IEEE Global Larry K Wilson Transnational Award (2016), IEEE USA and National Engineers’ Week Foundation’s “New Face of Engineering” (2011), IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award (2014), IEEE Global MGA Achievement Award (2008 & 2013) and IEEE Presidents’ ‘Change the World’ Award.

He is the founder and director of the technology-based humanitarian program “The Brahmam” (meaning knowledge) which aims to address pressing global and local humanitarian challenges in developing nations through advanced technological solutions. For over a decade, he delivered technology-based sustainable programs that brought together the engineering community, Non-Government Organizations, Governmental agencies, engineers, students and disability advocacy groups to improve the living conditions of children with disabilities, impoverished women and students in developing nations. Currently, he works as a Technical Program Manager at Amazon, Massachusetts, USA.

As an active IEEE & HKN volunteer, he enjoys volunteering and serves in global engineering forums to promote the advancement of engineering and technology. Currently, he serves as the global Chair of the 2019 IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee. As such, he is a member of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) established by the IEEE Board of Directors. He made seminal contributions in leading numerous technology-based IEEE humanitarian programs that facilitated trans-national collaboration and enriched IEEE volunteering experience globally. He has been the IEEE Member & Geographic Activities Governor-At-Large (2015-2017) on the global IEEE HKN board of governors, served as the Chair for the SIGHT Projects committee (2015-2017) and IEEE EPICS proposal committee (2016-2019). Over a decade, he made exemplary volunteering contributions to numerous IEEE global boards like IEEE Young professionals, IEEE HKN, IEEE History committee, IEEE SIGHT, IEEE EMCC, IEEE Public Visibility initiatives, IEEE educational activities, IEEE EPICS and IEEE HAC which resulted in strong collaboration and engagement among IEEE global entities.

Position Statement

My journey with IEEE HKN started as a student involved in developing assistive technologies to support differently-abled children in developing nations. Over the years, I have spearheaded and contributed to several key IEEE HKN global initiatives such as HKN – IEEE MGA integration, HKN outstanding chapter awards and V-tools support for HKN chapters. I strongly believe that HKN students, advisers and professional members are the pillars of HKN activities. Without you, the story of HKN progress and growth is not complete.

I humbly seek your support in the IEEE-HKN president election to provide me with an opportunity to serve the HKN chapters at the grassroots level and work with members like you as a team to promote HKN as one of the world’s trusted sources in technology and innovations. Over a decade, I have successfully spearheaded and delivered high impactful member engagement global initiatives in numerous IEEE global boards/committees and have gained strong expertise and experience in managing global IEEE programs. I have served in the 2015-2017 HKN BoG as the MGA governor at-large and have strong experience in the HKN global programs, BoG process and policy. On the personal front, this volunteering journey with IEEE HKN has strong alignment with my passion to serve the under-represented communities through technological innovations which aligns perfectly with HKN‘s mission of fostering technological advancement to benefit Humanity.

My mission is to serve the needs of the HKN chapters at grassroots level and enrich their volunteer experience by launching impactful global HKN programs that will promote career development, increase transnational networking opportunities and strengthen partnership with industry and IEEE societies. If given an opportunity, I’m committed to deliver following goals:

  1. Strengthen and expand HKN partnership with IEEE MGA entities and IEEE technical societies by introducing joint programs that promote shared vision and strong collaboration among IEEE-HKN chapters and IEEE MGA entities at grassroots level.
  2. Establish IEEE-HKN regional council to drive region specific growth strategies and deliver impactful programs like HKN regional chapter summits, HKN regional student leadership conference, integrated IEEE-STEP and IEEE-HKN-induction events aimed to facilitate professional development, strengthen member recruitment and retention, expand networking opportunities, and promote best practices on HKN chapter management.
  3. Strengthening industry partnerships. HKN alumni/professional members are key leaders in global companies and we should engage them in career development programs to deliver valuable training to HKN student members to prepare them for industry workforce.
  4. Introduce IEEE-HKN technology-based humanitarian programs by partnering with IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT) and create transnational opportunities for HKN members to apply their technical expertise in addressing global sustainable challenges faced by underserved communities. Engage HKN branch advisors, alumni and senior members as mentors to guide HKN students to drive IEEE-HKN technology-based humanitarian programs in their local communities.
  5. Enrich global HKN member experience by providing useful resources, social-media forums, and online tools on career development, continuing education, IEEE/HKN conferences, award programs, THE BRIDGE articles, and Region/Section/Chapter newsletters.
  6. Deliver HKN career guidance and professional development programs to benefit HKN students and early-career professional members by organizing online conferences, webinars, training workshops and IEEE-HKN advisor summit.
  7. Deliver quality-member engagement opportunities to sustain the growth of existing HKN chapters and accelerate the growth of HKN chapters in regions with limited presence.
  8. Launch a global HKN chapter support program to facilitate close interaction between HKN chapters and HKN BoG leadership in a regular cadence to provide guidance on topics related to HKN activities.
  9. Foster cross-regional collaboration among HKN chapters and expand networking opportunities for HKN members.
  10. Deliver a 5-year strategic roadmap plan for HKN.

Governor Regions 1 & 2: Jason Hui

Inducted: 2015 – Epsilon Delta Chapter

Elbit Systems of America

Contact: jason.k.hui@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

Dr. Jason K. Hui is a Senior Staff Program Engineering Manager at Elbit Systems of America.  He has been in the aerospace and defense industry for over 17 years with primary interests in systems engineering and technology and engineering management.  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.  Dr. Hui previously worked at BAE Systems, Draper, and The Aerospace Corporation.  He is an IEEE Senior Member, AIAA Associate Fellow, and a certified Project Management Professional.  He has received several awards over the course of his professional career 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 PMI New Hampshire Chapter Individual of the Year Award in 2016.

Dr. Hui has served in many IEEE volunteer positions at the Section, Region, MGA, Society, IEEE-USA, and corporate levels over the years including his current roles as Region 1 Awards and Recognition Chair, IEEE History Committee Vice Chair (as well as Milestone Subcommittee Chair), IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee Member (also MGA Representative to that body), IEEE MGA Awards and Recognition Committee Member, IEEE Tellers Committee Member, IEEE EAB Educational Products Editorial Committee Member, IEEE TEMS AdCom Member, IEEE Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board Member, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Engineering Management Review.  In addition, he is presently serving on the IEEE-HKN Strategic Planning Committee.

His previous IEEE experiences include a two-year stint as Region 1 Northeastern Area Chair (covering Boston, New Hampshire, Maine, Providence, and Worcester County Sections) which makes him an ideal candidate for IEEE-HKN Region 1-2 Governor as he has the background and tenacity to interact with local chapters in a broad geographic area and ensuring they have the best possible support from IEEE-HKN.  Dr. Hui has a can-do attitude, and has the relevant skills in leading initiatives, solving complex problems, and participating in and managing cross-functional teams that bring tasks to closure.

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 in Regions 1 and 2, continue marketing the IEEE-HKN brand and membership to IEEE members, and promote the annual Student Leadership Conference.

Governor Regions 1 & 2: Charles Rubenstein

Inducted: 1975 – Greater NY Alumni Chapter

Pratt Institute

Contact: c.rubenstein@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

Dr. Charles P. Rubenstein

Professor of Engineering & Information Science

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

Charles Rubenstein was born and raised in New York City. He is a tenured professor of engineering and information science at Pratt Institute in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Science. He is also an adjunct professor of electrical engineering technology at the Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Farmingdale, New York.

He has an earned doctorate in bioengineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York) and a master’s in library and information science (Pratt Institute).  He has received many IEEE honors including IEEE’s Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Professionalism Award, an IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, IEEE Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer Award and IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and an IEEE Regional Activities Board Innovation Award.

An internationally known distinguished lecturer for Engineering Management and Computer Society Tutorial Programs, he has delivered HTML/Web design, eCommerce, wireless technology, mobile applications, leadership skills, and scalability of membership presentations, tutorials and workshops throughout the world.

His 2007 text, Crash Course in Web Design for Libraries sold over 1000 copies and his enlarged and updated textbook version: Web Design for Libraries was published in August 2014.

Dr. Rubenstein was 2017 chair of the IEEE-HKN Alumni Committee and is Chair of the IEEE-HKN Greater New York Alumni Chapter. He is the current IEEE Student Activities Chair and Sections Congress/Conferences Coordinator for the Region 1 Board of Governors and was chair of the IEEE-USA Conferences Committee and a member of IEEE’s Conferences Committee from 2012-2017. He served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors and as Region 1 Chair (NE USA) 2010-2011 and has served as a member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board, IEEE Publications Products and Services Board, IEEE Technical Activities Board, and the IEEE United States Activities Board. A Member Emeritus of the Technology and Engineering Management Society, he has also served as its Parliamentarian, VP Conferences and VP Membership. He is Chair or Treasurer of several IEEE conferences, as well as an Executive Co-Chair and International Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Wireless in Space and Extreme Environments Conference (WiSEE).

Rubenstein is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies. He is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the IET (UK), and serves as Chair of the IET New England Network, Member of the Americas Community Committee, and as an International Professional Registration Advisor.

Position Statement

An HKN Regional Governor/Member of the HKN Board of Governors needs to be aware of the broader aims and goals of IEEE and where HKN fits into these and the plans of the IEEE Educational Activities Board.

Having served as Region 1 Director on the IEEE Board of Directors gave me insight to how IEEE works It was also my honor to have served as a member of the EA Board as both a major Committee Chair and an IEEE-USA Liaison in the past. Those leadership roles have given me a level of knowledge of how EA works.

It is my position that that my experience, coupled with my many years of student activities work at the Student Branch, Section, Region and MGA Student Activities Committee levels make me an ideal candidate for the HKN Board of Governors who can work with our HKN Student Branch Chapters and Alumni Chapters in HKN Regions 1 and 2.

My work in the HKN Alumni Committee further focused my attention to the fact that although most of our intake are only an HKN member/inductee for a year or so at the Student chapter level, we need to instill in them the awareness of HKN Alumni Chapters – creating at least one in every IEEE Region – and the IEEE as a parent organization they should continue to belong to. Showing that there is ‘life after graduation’ and induction

I would like to try to incorporate into the Student Chapter activities a greater sense of the worth of continued IEEE membership than is imparted to the Student Branches to make this happen. Indeed, it would seem that we are dealing with the brightest of our IEEE students and under using their talents present and future. These are the IEEE Fellows of the future. Shouldn’t they know the path they should be taking to take their position as a future Fellow?

As to working with larger umbrella groups and our various IEEE Regions, I have had the opportunity to work together with IEEE Region 2 leadership to create several joint Region 1 – Region 2 Student Conferences and Joint Region 1/Region 2/WIE/IEEE-USA WIE Forums and have worked with Region 1 through 6 during my six years as IEEE-USA Conferences Committee chair delivering to Region Meetings across the US presentations on how to create local one-day conferences.

 

If elected I would apply that same energy to creating a set of slides for regional presentations at both Region Meetings and Student Conferences that would focus on the benefits and opportunities for empowering the HKN Student and Alumni Chapters at the IEEE Region level and possible try to pilot one or more Alumni/Student chapter events during my term of office.

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy and qualifications, and your vote of confidence.

Governor Regions 7-10: Lorena Garcia

Inducted: 2016 – Eta Chapter

Sergio Arboleda University

Contact: lorenagarcia@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

Lorena Garcia received her Electronic Engineering degree from Universidad del Norte (2006) and the M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (2008). She has more than 10 years of experience in academic administration, teaching and research in important institutions in Colombia like Universidad de Los Andes, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Prof. Garcia has been Associate Dean of Electronic Engineering and Systems and Telecommunications Engineering programs at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, and Business Director of the Center of Excellence and Adoption on Internet of Things. She has also been a consultant on design and certification of internal telecommunications networks. Currently, she is Professor and Director of Laboratories and Facilities of the Faculty of Engineering and Basic Sciences of Universidad Central.

Lorena has served as an IEEE volunteer for 17 years. Some of her major activities include:

  • Region 9 Secretary, 2018-19
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Member, 2016-2019
  • HKN Globalization Committee Member, 2019
  • EAB TISP (Teacher-In-Service Program) Champion
  • Awards Board, 2019
  • Women in Engineering (WIE) Awards Liaison and WIE Awards Subcommittee Chair, 2019
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operation Support Committee Member, 2016-17
  • Circuits and Systems Society Board of Governors Member, 2015-17
  • Colombia Section Chair, 2015-17
  • Circuits and Systems Society Colombia Chapter Chair, 2011-14
  • Colombian Caribbean Subsection Chair, 2006
  • Universidad del Norte Student Branch Chair, 2004
  • IEEE Colombia Section Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2011

Professor Garcia was inducted to the HKN Eta Chapter in 2016. During 2019, she has served as an HKN Globalization Committee Member.

Position Statement

As an Educational Activities Board member for the last 4 years, I have gained a good understanding of HKN as an organization, its strengths, and its current challenges. Eta Kappa Nu is an important association that offers great value to its members, unfortunately, its presence is concentrated in the United States. I truly believe that there is a strong potential for growth worldwide, to continue promoting excellence in the profession and education. We should continue working hard in recognizing Scholarship, Character, and Attitude in all IEEE Regions, to strengthen our community.

If elected, I will focus on spreading the word of HKN to increase the number of chapters around the world. I also want to encourage more IEEE members, especially volunteers, to apply for the Eta chapter, and organizing induction ceremonies in Regional meetings, when applicable. In that way, we will motivate section chairs to support the creation of local chapters.

For the other side, I will support the HKN Board of Governors on all initiatives that will help us to continue the path to a successful future. Offering to our membership more and better benefits, including opportunities for networking, entrepreneurship, and social programs, that let us consolidate as the home for the distinguished members of IEEE.

Governor Regions 7-10: Paolo Montuschi

Inducted: 2015 – Eta Chapter

Polytechnic University of Turin

Contact: paolo.montuschi@polito.it

Candidate Biography

Paolo Montuschi (M’90-SM’07-F’14) (http://staff.polito.it/paolo.montuschi/) is a full Professor of Computer Engineering and Member of the Board of Governors (2016-2020) at Polytechnic of Turin. He was the Department Chair and Deputy-Chair (2003-11; 2012-2014), as well as Chair/Member of several Boards and Committees including: BoG, Financial Affairs, Spinoff and Patents. He has been serving as Chair or Member of scientific and management national and international Boards, receiving awards and acknowledgments for his services and scientific research. He holds a PhD in Computer engineering and his research interests cover computer arithmetic, graphics and electronic publications. He is an IEEE Fellow, a CS Golden Core Member, a life Member of the International Academy of Sciences of Turin, a Member of HKN, the Honor Society of IEEE.

He is serving as 2019 (interim) Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing. He is currently serving as the 2017-19 IEEE Computer Society Awards Chair, first non-USA Committee Chair in the history (since 1955) of the Awards of the IEEE Computer Society.

In the IEEE he is also serving as a Member-at-Large of the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) (2015-2017 and 2018-2020), as Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee (2019), as a member of the 2019 TAB/PSPB Ad Hoc Committee on Joint Publications Strategy, as a member of the 2019 IEEE Strategy and Alignment Ad Hoc Committee, and as a Member of the IEEE TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC). Since 2019 he is also serving as a Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Globalization Committee.

He is currently serving as the 2018/19 Faculty Advisor of the first Italian and European Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) IEEE Chapter (Chapter Mu Nu at Politecnico di Torino, Italy), founded on March 20, 2017 by Ms. Silvia Vitali and 14 other students, under his mentorship. The Mu NU Chapter has won the HKN Outstanding Chapter Award in 2017 and 2018.

In July 2019 he represented IEEE HKN in the foundation and installment ceremony of the first Chapter (Mu Tau) in Japan, at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. The installment of the Mu Tau Chapter has been made possible due to the collaboration with the Mu Nu Chapter, with the support of Professor Hironori Kasahara.

In March 2018 he represented IEEE HKN in the foundation and installment ceremonies of the first Chapters in the United Arab Emirates, Chapter Lambda Phi at Khalifa University at Abu Dhabi, and Chapter Lambda Lambda at American University of Sharjah.

During his service as Chair of the Awards Committee of the Computer Society in 2018 he defined and launched, first in the history of the Computer Society, a recognition program for the good performing Editors-in-Chiefs at the end of service.

Previously, from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (two terms, 2015-18). He has been the first EiC resident outside the USA and Australia, in the 64 years since the foundation of the journal. While serving as Editor-in-Chief, he led the journal from an impact factor (in 2015 – up to year 2014) value of 1.723 to 3.131 (in 2019 – up to year 2018. He also introduced several innovative changes in addition to significantly reducing the turnaround time.

He served as Vice Chair of the 2016, 2017 and 2019 IEEE Computer Society Fellows Committee, Chair of the Computer Society Technical Achievement Award Subcommittee (2015-16), Chair of the Magazine Operations, the Electronic Products and Services and the Digital Library Operations  Committees, Member of Electronic Products and Services Committee, Member-at-Large of the Computer Society’s Publications Board, Member of the Conference Publications Operations Committee, Member of the Nominations Committee, and Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. In the IEEE he served as a Member of: the Publication Services and Products Board representing The Institute (2014), the TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2014-2016), the PSPB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2015-16), the Strategic Planning Committee of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board, and the IEEE TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC, 2014, 2017).

He served as Guest/Associate Editor and Associate Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers from 2000 to 2004, from 2009 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2014, Member of the steering committee and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (2013-2015, 2018), Member of the Advisory Board of Computing Nowand Co-Chair, Program and Steering Committee Member of several conferences.

For more and frequently updated information, please visit http://staff.polito.it/paolo.montuschi/

Position Statement

In my 30-years’ experience as educator and meeting each year 450-500 new students (more than 25% from Countries all around the world), I have experienced that (still) a large majority of students are tied to the area where they currently live and study. The day they move and study abroad for a period at another top University, they soon realize the need to find a way to get in touch with peers, faculty and professionals at their desired destination, so beyond institutional channels. They realize, probably for the first time, the need to be in an international highly reputed network. For top students, HKN is and should be the answer. A point, as we look at numbers, is that HKN accounts for more than 260 Chapters in the world, of which 22 are outside the USA, plus another two already approved and awaiting installation, i.e. less than 10%. Another point is that except some peer-to-peer cases, the 22 region 7-10 Chapters are scattered and, in general, have seldom contacts among themselves.

MORE THAN OPPORTUNITIES, THIS IS PART OF HKN’S MISSION

As Members of HKN we have exciting win-win-win-… opportunities to be captured: to expand HKN in Regions 7-10 and increase their contacts and collaboration. It is a multiple-win opportunity: for the US Chapters to expand the “overseas” network of contacts, for Regions 7-10 Chapters to bring new ideas, culture and vision, for HKN to increase its geographical diversity, its visibility and its pervasiveness of engagement.

To expand HKN in Regions 7-10 and at the same time to bridge the gap of collaboration among its “overseas” Chapters, we have to consider several factors including: limited visibility of HKN outside the USA, culture, language, tradition, mentality, and local conditions, as well as sustainability and dedicated support. I have elaborated some ideas to tackle these issues:

  • Connect the Chapters with the goal to encourage, nurture, strengthen and reward peer-to-peer links between Chapters. The following are possible actions to be taken:
    1. Increase the knowledge about HKN by expanding local meeting opportunities, such as having HKN events at Region Student Meetings to introduce HKN as well as to train, mentor and support current and perspective HKN Students;
    2. Lower the impact of the local “barriers” and facilitate the startup operations as well as future life through ad-hoc actions, such as:
      1. For each new Chapter perspective installation, encourage the “mutual help”, by another Chapter (e.g., https://hkn.ieee.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Thebridge_October_2018.pdf pages, 28-29);
      2. Launch and acknowledge partnership programs and initiatives opened to small clusters (i.e. two or three) of Chapters belonging to different geographical areas, to strengthen the international relationships and reciprocal knowledge.
  • Acknowledge the existence of different needs and “local environments” for Chapters in Region 7-10, and support and facilitate their sustainability through appropriate actions, such as:
    1. Study, approve and implement alternative models for Chapter Development outside the US. This could also include to launch and sustain (in collaboration with the IEEE) humanitarian and diversity actions through Chapters.
    2. Improve the involvement and visibility of Region 7-10 Chapters. For example, regularly include a section of The Bridge specifically dedicated to the activities of non-US Chapters, and advertise their local initiatives. Furthermore, launch a multimedia library, in different languages (with English subtitles) to share experiences, to advertise HKN and to call for international collaboration.
  • Engage our Professional and International Members in developing new chapters and supporting collaboration among existing chapters. Possible actions are:
    1. Use the existing international HKN network of Professional/Faculty contacts to expand HKN and create new opportunities. Personal contacts could be very efficient and effective, likely more than a generic invitation to consider joining HKN.
    2. Selectively invite top reputed Professionals/Faculties, meeting HKN requirements and with high visibility and reputation inside and outside the IEEE, to launch new Chapters (aka strategic/targeted Inductions)

CONCLUSIONS

My commitment, if elected as Region 7-10 Governor, will be focused towards addressing these issues and others which will emerge, with flexibility and open-mind. In my nature I am a builder and a “practical” dreamer, i.e. with positive attitude, flexibility and enthusiasm. I have capacity as a consensus builder as well as experience and achievements in research and management with diverse technical and strategic visions from mainstream. My reputation, visibility, commitment and achievements are my business card. I am ready to bring to the table of the HKN BoG my experience, as well as my different perspectives and points of view. I thank you in advance for your consideration and your vote.

Governor At-Large: M. Ryan Bales

Inducted: 2002 – Gamma Theta

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Contact: mrbales@ieee.org

Candidate Biography

Dr. M. Ryan Bales is a Senior Research Engineer in the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Lab (SEAL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He specializes in FPGA and embedded system design, and real-time signal processing for electronic warfare applications. His work has been the subject of 19 scholarly refereed publications, and he is an IEEE Senior Member and a professional engineer licensed in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Bales is passionate about community and professional service. He has served as treasurer of the Atlanta IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society / Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society joint chapters since 2013, and is engaged with the leadership of the Atlanta Section. He is a member of the Association of Old Crows, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Order of the Engineer. He was a very active member of the Gamma Theta chapter of Eta Kappa Nu for four years as an undergraduate and graduate student, having served as President, Vice President, Bridge Correspondent, and Marketing Chair. He received the Gamma Theta Advisor’s Leadership Award and the Founder’s Award for Service for his work in these roles. He continues involvement with HKN today, having served on the Professional Membership Committee since 2017. At GTRI, he represents SEAL on the GTRI Faculty Senate for the 2017-2020 term, acting as a liaison between over 220 SEAL research faculty and the Georgia Tech governing body. In 2018, he helped organize a petition to increase GTRI representation on the Georgia Tech Presidential Search Committee. He regularly volunteers in K-12 and collegiate STEM activities. Since 2006 he has served as a judge at more than 30 local, regional, and state science fairs in three states. Dr. Bales is certified by the state of Georgia to test and report water quality in Georgia watersheds, and collects data on the Etowah River.

At GTRI, Dr. Bales’ work has focused on jamming technology and radar target generation for national defense. He has led digital system development for the Angry Kitten advanced electronic attack suite since its inception in 2011, resulting in delivered products to 15 sponsored programs and over 20 sponsored field tests. These programs have resulted in over $40 million in funding. He was promoted to Senior Research Engineer at GTRI in recognition of his technical acumen, project leadership, mentorship of junior engineers, and service to the Institute and his community.

His research interests include FPGA-based embedded systems, radar and electronic warfare applications, machine vision, real-time signal processing, and STEM education. Dr. Bales has published in the areas of machine vision, embedded video surveillance and engineering education in IEEE and ASEE-sponsored conferences, and in the areas of radar and electronic warfare digital design in IEEE RadarCon and the Tri-Service Radar Symposium. In 2016, he co-developed Georgia Tech’s Radar Systems Engineering short course, and delivers the lectures for the Digital Subsystems portion. He also developed and routinely presents courses on GTRI’s DRFM Target Generator architecture and Technique Description Language.

Dr. Bales received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering as an Honors Academy Fellow in 2004 and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, both from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011.

Position Statement

I was inducted into Gamma Theta chapter at the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 2002. That was the beginning of a long history of service with Eta Kappa Nu. My involvement with Gamma Theta spanned my undergraduate and graduate career there, and I count that involvement among the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences of my career. I immediately leveraged my publishing experience by taking on the role of Bridge Correspondent. I next moved into the roles of Vice President, where I led the induction process for Gamma Theta, and President. In that time, I attended a very well-executed Student Leadership Conference hosted by Alpha Chapter for the centennial. For the following year, I served in the new position of Marketing Chair, where I led activities to promote awareness of HKN on campus and in the ECE department. Among our activities was a Friday Morning Coffee Shop hosted in the ECE lobby. This relaxed atmosphere fostered camaraderie among students and faculty, and became a tradition that was continued for many years. I received the Gamma Theta Advisor’s Leadership Award and the Founder’s Award for Service for my contributions during that time. I also have broader involvement in IEEE, coming from undergraduate and graduate schools that have strong student chapters. Since 2013, I have been treasurer of the joint Atlanta chapter of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Societies. I have served on the HKN Professional Membership Committee since 2017, reviewing the credentials and characters of professionals who have been nominated for induction.

While HKN recognizes academic and professional achievement, to me it is first and foremost a service organization. That is a quality I am particularly proud of. In my time at UMR, Gamma Theta was one of the most active, recognized organizations on campus. We regularly raised money for local charities and scholarships, and organized outreach activities for elementary and middle school students. Eta Kappa Nu members are not by nature content to rest on their laurels.

I have volunteered in STEM activities for 15 years, including serving in over 40 local, regional, and state science fairs and other pre-college competitions. I love these kinds of events and support them whenever I can because they enable students to experience the scientific process firsthand. Science and engineering aren’t just subjects for reading and memorization (though an understanding of fundamentals is necessary for growth). “Science” is a process that is meant to be performed. There is no greater recruiting tool for the STEM professions than the excitement students feel from designing and performing their own experiments, not knowing a priori what the results will be. The iterative process of designing an experimental method is as rewarding as the outcome. As top-performing, service-minded electrical and computer engineers, HKN members are perfectly suited to share their enthusiasm and expertise with younger students. Every science fair I have judged has needed more judges, and there are many science fair categories in which ECE expertise is relevant. In addition, many students pursue projects for which their teachers and parents have difficulty offering advice. I would like to encourage HKN members to get involved in communities and schools to bridge those gaps.

During my time in Gamma Theta, I discovered several boxes of old photos of social events, induction ceremonies, and service projects going back to the founding of the chapter. The boxes were tucked away and hadn’t been touched in years. I made digital scans of as many as I could, and recorded whatever captions or dates I could find written on the backs. We made a slideshow to play during induction ceremonies. It was inspiring to see snapshots of the chapter’s roots, and to sense the depth of history of which new members were becoming a part. Preserving that history honors those who have come before by ensuring that their stories and contributions are remembered, and provides perspective for our own time. I would like to encourage chapters to preserve such history—not only of their own activities, but those of their departments as well—particularly as we approach our 115th anniversary. That mindset also encourages us to do things that are worth remembering.

I look forward to working with the HKN board and its committees on these and other issues to strengthen both the organization and the profession.

Governor At-Large: Ljiljana Trakovic

Inducted: 2015 – Eta Chapter

Simon Fraser University

Contact: ljilja@cs.sfu.ca

Candidate Biography

Ljiljana Trajkovic received the Dipl. Ing. degree from University of Pristina, Yugoslavia, in 1974, the M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1979 and 1981, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, in 1986.

She is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. From 1995 to 1997, she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, University of California, Berkeley. She was a Research Scientist at Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ, from 1990 to 1997, and a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, from 1988 to 1990. Her research interests include high-performance communication networks, control of communication systems, computer-aided circuit analysis and design, and theory of nonlinear circuits and dynamical systems.

Dr. Trajkovic serves as IEEE Division X Delegate/Director (2019–2020) and served as IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect (2018). She also serves as Senior Past President (2018–2019) of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society and served as Junior Past President (2016–2017), President (2014–2015), President-Elect (2013), Vice President Publications (2012–2013, 2010–2011), Vice President Long-Range Planning and Finance (2008–2009), and a Member at Large of its Board of Governors (2004–2006). She served as 2007 President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2004–2005, 2001–2003). She is Chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society joint Chapter of the Vancouver/Victoria Sections. She was Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems (1998). She is General Co-Chair of SMC 2020 and SMC 2018 Workshop on BMI Systems and served as General Co-Chair of SMC 2016 and HPSR 2014, Special Sessions Co-Chair of SMC 2017, Technical Program Chair of SMC 2017 and SMC 2016 Workshops on BMI Systems, Technical Program Co-Chair of ISCAS 2005, and Technical Program Chair and Vice General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2004. She served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (Part I) (2004–2005, 1993–1995), the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (Part II) (2018, 2002-2003, 1999–2001), and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine (2001–2003). She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2010–2011, 2002–2003). She is a Professional Member of IEEE-HKN and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Position Statement

It is an honor and privilege to run for the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Governor At-Large. Ever since I graduated from UCLA in 1986, I wanted to become a member and was very pleased that the opportunity arose when in 2009 HKN became the Honor Society of IEEE. Twenty years later, in 2015, I was inducted as a Professional into IEEE-HKN.

I am very passionate about research and teaching. During my academic career, I have graduate a large number of graduate students and have taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical and computer engineering.

In a global environment increasingly affected by technological change, IEEE-HKN is in a unique leadership position to engage students and young professionals by promoting “excellence in the profession and in education through an emphasis on scholarship, character, and attitude.” The original vision of the HKN founders “for the honor association combined collegiate engagement with a professional community to aid student and alumni members and to support the general profession” remains a noble and worthily goal to pursue 115 years later. It is more important than ever to recognize “scholarship and academic excellence and identifying student leaders, young professionals and eminent scholars in the IEEE’s technical fields of interest.”

I have spent the past 25 years interacting with the global IEEE community in my roles as an IEEE Division X Delegate/Director, a Past President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, a Past President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and as an IEEE Fellow. I have interacted with IEEE members and leaders who share a vision of what we can achieve when we work together by:

  • Encouraging technical excellence.
  • Inspiring a new generation of innovators and contributors to address new demands in emerging technical fields of interest to IEEE.
  • Promoting technical, geographical, gender, and age diversity.
  • Supporting interactions with broader technical communities, industrial partners, and educational institutions with common research interests.
  • Providing additional support to participate in IEEE Initiatives such as Big Data, Brain, Smart Cities, Smart Village.

If elected to the HKN Governor At-Large, I will serve with diligence and integrity and will devote expertise, energy, and time to contribute to the advancement of IEEE-HKN and its members.

Student Governor: Katelyn Brinker

Inducted: 2016 – Gamma Theta Chapter

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Contact: katelyn.brinker@mst.edu

Candidate Biography

My name is Katie Brinker. I am currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) with the support of a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship and while working as a NASA Pathways Intern at Goddard Space Flight Center. I graduated in May of 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2019 from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

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 and 2018-2019 school years and the HKN Gamma Theta Chapter President in Spring of 2017. I have also served as the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Undergraduate Student Representative and Graduate Student 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 have also served on the Board of Governors as a student governor over the course of 2019. In this position, I have been on the Strategic Planning Committee, the PR and Communications Committee, and the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) Committee, beyond performing the duties of a member of the Board of Governors. As part of these committees, I have helped to bolster our social media presence, provide a student perspective for future HKN initiatives, redesign our SLC, and plan the 2019 SLC. I have also led monthly student leadership calls.

I believe that I can continue to 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 for a second term, I would continue to share these lessons and resources with other chapters and also do the following:

  • Provide support for chapters to help them reach their service and induction goals.
  • Help connect chapters to opportunities within IEEE, such as scholarships, conferences, and design competitions, and help connect chapters to their IEEE sections and regions, which can provide support and resources
  • 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.
  • Promote successful practices provided by chapters in their activity reports to encourage chapters to experiment with new initiatives and create new programs.
  • 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 additional financial resources 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.
  • Build on the initiatives of past Student Governors.

Student Governor: Gabriel Paree-Huff

Inducted: 2018 – Epsilon Eta Chapter

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Contact: pareehgl@rose-hulman.edu

Candidate Biography

I am Gabriel Paree-Huff and I am running for one of the Student Governor positions for IEEE-HKN. Currently, I attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where I am studying Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science, Mathematics, Robotics, and Music.

At the end of my Sophomore year in the Spring of 2018, I was inducted into the Epsilon-Eta chapter of IEEE-HKN. Shortly after induction, I was nominated for Recording Secretary, accepted the nomination, and was elected to the position.  I served as this role during the 2018-2019 school year and did my best to help the chapter improve and grow. I was consistent in attendance to meetings, only missing one due to a family situation. One activity in particular I regularly took part in was our chapter’s ECE tutoring service. We provide tutoring in primarily first year but also some second year ECE core classes. I attended weekly, with a few exceptions, in an effort to ensure this useful resource continues to be available.

This last spring during my chapter’s officer elections, I ran for and was elected President of the chapter. As is the tradition for our chapter as both an end of year celebration and a dry run for the new officer team, we run a spring cookout for the department. This was a demonstration of my ability to organize and delegate to run the event with the support of the rest of the officer team. In addition, I have taken point in organizing our SLC trip, communicating details to interested members and beginning the coordination of travel details. One of the more difficult tasks on this front was assembling the meeting and obtaining a vote by the chapter to spend the money on the trip as we were within the final week before the summer. I have done and will continue to do what I can to grow and improve my HKN chapter.

I have also earned recognition and experience outside of HKN. At Rose-Hulman I have been recognized as both a Hemingway Scholar and a Paul N. Bogart Scholar for academic achievements. The largest activity I take part in outside of HKN is my role as a Communications Officer of Maker Lab. This organization provides a space for students to work on independent projects and learn new skills. In that role, I help to organize, promote, and run events and classes for the Maker Lab. I have also worked two internships, one at Northwind Electronics and one at Weil-McLain. The latter provided a great insight into how a larger company runs and how meetings should flow in addition to my technical growth.

Not only do I have academic and leadership achievements to bring to a position as Student Governor, I also have the requisite soft skills of communication, organization, and motivation. My communication skills have grown during my time in college from a legitimate weakness to a comfortable strength. In my role with Maker Lab I have interacted effectively both with faculty for promoting classes and events to campus and with members at events, such as helping people work on soldering skills at our annual soldering class. I have also held an on campus job at Ask Rose Homework Help, formerly the Homework Hotline, answering calls on a weekly basis from students ranging from elementary school to the occasional college student with math and science. This also helped me to build listening skills as I worked out how best to work with each new student calling in.

Organization and motivation are two of my strongest skills that would help me in a leadership role such as this. I keep tasks and responsibilities carefully in order, very rarely letting anything slip under the radar. I also maintain a successful work life balance, and won’t break under pressure from added responsibility. Self-reflective and thoughtful time management is in my mind the most important tool in both of these. I also make sure and work early and without the need for external pressures. This means I accomplish goals without a lack of time detracting from quality and don’t require constant pushing to finish my work. My healthy and productive work habits would greatly benefit the Student Governor position.

I am excited to be running for Student Governor. My accomplishments and skills make me a good candidate. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I very much look forward to this next year of HKN and hope to see the organization grow.

Position Statement

As we all do, I would like to see HKN grow and develop, always striving to provide better and better           community and resources for chapters. My experience with HKN has been very positive and I want that to be available to as many members as possible. The HKN community provides both professional and personal growth. I would also like to see this community continue to reach beyond just the campus to professionals and alumni. This sense of inclusion and comradery has been the greatest part of HKN to me, and I want to help work to promote it among chapters.

The first thing I want to do is to encourage chapters to build out their on campus communities. The support and positivity that comes with the vibrant HKN community have palpable benefits to both members of the chapter and members of the department. My first interaction with HKN was also the event that made me feel the most welcome in my new community of the ECE department at Rose-Hulman. I’ve seen the effect that these social events as well as tutoring and outreach have and want to encourage their growth.

The monthly web calls are also something I would like to see continue. While I’ve only attended a couple so far, I saw immediately their utility and benefit over relying on only written communication with chapters. I’d like to see chapters encourage more officers to attend these meetings; I was aware  they occurred but didn’t realize that they could be of use to the Recording Secretary. The information present is helpful to anyone trying to contribute to their chapters and I think they are an invaluable channel of communication. These meetings help to make the very large HKN community throughout the world feel more personal.

Last year, my chapter inducted a professional member who had been missed during his time at the school. Through the presentation he gave for the department and direct interaction with him around induction I saw some real benefit to this sort of involvement. He brought unique industry experience and advice, and it felt good to be recognizing someone with his sort of career and who truly deserved it. After seeing that, I am hoping to promote further involvement with professionals for both my chapter and HKN as a whole. That knowledge and experience is a resource that should be utilized when available, providing both networking/learning and genuinely enjoyable experience.

Along similar lines with my previous point, I would like to encourage the continued involvement of HKN alumni. There are multiple benefits. First, it provides a clear route to more professional involvement with chapters. It will also strengthen both the HKN community and the community of the departments these chapters are in. Finally, it would allow more graduated HKN members to continue to feel a part of their chapters and former campuses. This interaction can start with just single events open to alumni or periodic updates on the chapter.

These expansions of community to varying groups connected to chapters would help HKN grow. Members gain lessons from life and professional experiences, their departments see community and collaboration, and alumni/professional members get to help the next group of professionals and feel more of a connection to their chapter or local community. If allowed to contribute to HKN as Student Governor, I would work to promote this growth.

Student Governor: Sandro Sartoni

Inducted: 2018 – Mu Nu Chapter

Polytechnic University of Turin

Contact: sandro.sartoni@hknpolito.org

Candidate Biography

My name is Sandro Sartoni, I’m an Electronic Engineering student and President of the Mu Nu chapter from Turin, Italy.

I attended my Bachelor Degree Course in Electronic Engineering at the University of Florence in which I graduated in 2017, scoring a 110/110 cum Laude. I then enrolled at the Politecnico di Torino university where I’m attending my MSc Degree in Electronic Engineering – Embedded Systems.

I’ve always considered group activities and associations in general an important aspect of the University life since they offer the opportunity of fostering skills that would otherwise be hard to improve, as well as offering the opportunity to meet new people and friends. This is why I joined the Squadra Corse – a team of engineers with the aim of designing and building race cars – during my last year in Florence and the Mu Nu Chapter in Turin, as soon as I arrived there.

I was thrilled since the first day I was admitted in my chapter – a lot of skilled and friendly people was cooperating all together to improve other university students’ life as well as honing their own soft skills, enjoying the time they spent while doing this. In my first year, I helped my chapter by taking part in the Tutoring Group, my role was to help other students understanding topics and solving exercises in one of their University courses. It was a great experience since it allowed me to get in touch with many different students and professors, who appreciated the help we gave them and helped us reach out more students as well.

At the end of my first year I decided to candidate as President of the Mu Nu chapter for the 2018-2019 academic year. I was officially elected in June 2018. Thanks to this, I had the chance to be more involved in international HKN activities and since the beginning of 2019 I’m part of the Public Relations and Communications Committee. During this year I worked hard to ensure the growth of my chapter and its members, as well as the promotion of IEEE-HKN on social medias. Lastly, in July 15th-19th 2019, I took part at COMPSAC, the IEEE Computer Society annual conference, in which, together with Nancy Ostin, we presented what HKN is and what chapters do throughout the world.

Position Statement

If elected as Student Governor, along with the responsibilities I’ll be given, I commit to:

  • Promote the chapters cooperation to build connections among people throughout the world,
  • Keep on promoting HKN on social medias, allowing chapters to show their work and events,
  • Help out smaller chapters growth.

I firmly believe these points are among those that are vital to keep on improving our great community.

The connection and cooperation of members from different chapters should improve members’ experience as well as allowing the creation of a network of excellent people that may be relevant, among other aspects, when looking for an employment. This requires the participation of each and every chapter that may be interested, even the smaller ones. Lastly, we should increase our presence on social media in order to acquire even more visibility, in order to show who we are and what great features are achieved by our members.

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