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, each of whom serves a one-year term.  (The president-elect will then serve on the Board for 2 more years – one as president and one year as past-president.)
  • A treasurer and a secretary, each of whom serves a one-year term
  • 4 Regional Governors serve the IEEE-HKN’s geographic regions (now aligned with the IEEE Regions), each for one three-year term
  • 4 At-Large Governors, each serving one three-year term
  • 2 Student Governors who serve one-year terms

2022 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors

President James M. Conrad

James M. Conrad is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has also worked at IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and BPM Technology.  Dr. Conrad is a Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  He will serve as IEEE-HKN President in 2022.  He previously served on the IEEE Board of Directors as IEEE Region 3 Director in 2016-2017, and as IEEE-USA President in 2020.

President-Elect Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a globally renowned technologist best known for his technological innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. He is credited with launching impactful global programs in humanitarian engineering which successfully inspired and engaged students and young professionals in sustainable development activities globally. He is a seasoned technology and business leader with over 16 years of experience in Top 500 Fortune companies. Throughout his career, he has led  business critical strategic  global programs and successfully delivered cutting-edge technologies in areas of conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Understanding, cloud computing, enterprise systems, infrastructure technologies, assistive and sustainable technologies. He served as an expert in the 2020 Broadband Commission working group on school connectivity co-chaired by UNESCO, UNICEF and ITU to drive “GIGA,” a Global School Connectivity Initiative. He is the founder and president of “The Brahmam,” a technology-based humanitarian program that delivers next-generation social innovations to achieve sustainable development through technological advancements and benefit marginalized communities globally. For over a decade, he has successfully launched large-scale transformational global initiatives that brought together academic institutions, industries and government agencies to address pressing global challenges faced in developing nations and improved the living conditions of children with disabilities, impoverished women and students from marginalized communities. He has delivered 250+ invited talks in international forums, premier technology conferences, industry panels organized by UN, IEEE, ITU, World IoT forum and Top universities around the globe. He has authored  and published 30+ research publications and thought leadership articles in leading global conferences, journals and magazines. His technological innovations and leadership excellence  were featured in cover stories of global media such as IEEE TVIEEE spectrum, USA today, E-week, AI-news and IEEE transmitter, THE BRIDGE and ACM-News.

Past President Ronald Jensen

Ronald Jensen was inducted into HKN shortly before graduation and didn’t have much involvement in the Chapter. But, there was something about being selected for induction that stuck with him. Many years later he was asked if he could help HKN by becoming Treasurer, and he couldn’t say no. Ron wanted to give back to this organization. He said the HKN Board of Governors has had the opportunity to make progress financially in supporting the mission of HKN. He has attended three Student Leadership Conferences, and has been very impressed with the students who have attended and the program that they developed. This absolutely makes him want to continue working and supporting HKN.

Governor, Regions 1-2 Jason Hui

Dr. Jason K. Hui is Senior Manager, Systems Engineering at Textron Systems.  His interests are in systems engineering of aerospace and electronic systems, and engineering and technology 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 Johns Hopkins University.  He has worked at Elbit Systems of America, BAE Systems, Draper, and The Aerospace Corporation.  Dr. Hui is an IEEE Senior Member, AIAA Associate Fellow, and certified 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 Project Management Institute (PMI) New Hampshire Chapter Individual of the Year Award in 2016.

Governor Regions 3-4 Jennifer Marley

Jennifer Marley received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems from North Carolina State University in 2012. She earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering: Systems from the University of Michigan in 2014 and 2017, respectively. She joined the faculty of Valparaiso University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2017 and currently holds the Frederick F. Jenny, Jr. Professorship of Emerging Technology.

Jennifer first joined IEEE-HKN in 2010 as an undergraduate student inductee of the Beta Eta Chapter located at North Carolina State University. She now serves as the faculty advisor of the Mu Rho Chapter of Valparaiso University. She is the 2020 recipient of the IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award and was selected “for excellence as a teacher, her contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and her mentoring of undergraduate research students.” She has been a member of IEEE and the IEEE Power and Energy Society since 2012. Since 2019, she has served on the board of the Calumet Section of IEEE in the following capacities: Student Activities Chair, Publicity Chair, and Secretary.

Governor, Regions 5-6 Christopher Sanderson

Christopher Sanderson is an Organizational Leadership Effectiveness coach and keynote speaker. He is an US Army Veteran with multiple Honorable Tours of Duty and numerous corporate and non-profit recognitions. During his time in the military, he lived by the motto “Mission First, People Always!” He is passionate about emboldening people to live and lead better in a better #VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) world. As a manager, consultant, speaker, coach and leadership facilitator, he is been fortunate to be a part of some amazing organizations in the military, corporations and non-profit teams from around the world in helping them make better decisions and even braver actions to amplify their impact. As the IEEE Region 5 South Area Chair and Houston Section Chair, he has been given the opportunity to support the future leaders that will be “Advancing Technology for Humanity” today and tomorrow.

Governor, Regions 7-10 Lorena Garcia

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.

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

Governor-at-Large M. Ryan Bales

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. 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.

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.

Governor At-Large Hulya Kirkici

Hulya Kirkici is Professor and the Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Alabama. She received B.S. and M.S. in physics from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey; and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (currently NYU), NY.  Previously, Dr. Kirkici was Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Auburn University (1992-2016), visiting scholar and Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory – Wright Patterson Air Force Base, (2014-2015), and visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (1999-2000).

Dr. Kirkici is a Fellow of IEEE for “contributions to high frequency, high field dielectric breakdown and electrical insulation for space and aerospace power systems” and a recipient of the IEEE Eric O. Forster Distinguished Service Award and the IEEE William G. Dunbar Award (High Voltage Technical award).  Dr. Kirkici served as 2019 IEEE Vice President – Publications, IEEE Director and was a Member of the IEEE Board of Directors and the Chair of Publications Services and Products Board.  She was the President of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, the Vice President of IEEE Sensors Council (2014-2015), and Treasurer and Finance Chair of IEEE PSPB (2011-2014).

Governor at-Large Russell Meier

Dr. Meier is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. His computer engineering specialty is Computer Architecture. Dr. Meier is a member of IEEE, IEEE-HKN, and the IEEE Computer, Education, and Professional Communications societies. He joined IEEE as a student and has a 30-year history of membership and service.

Dr. Meier grew up on a large farm in Nebraska and agricultural machines fascinated him. He loved examining and fixing tractor engines, augers, combines, automatic livestock feeders, and other equipment. He also like solving agriculture problems using tools and determination. In high school, the personal computer era dawned and fantastic new machines running software changed his world. These machines had parts hidden inside ceramic chips and magically used electricity to do cool things! The Apple II and TI-99/4a were simple compared to modern computers, but they became his platforms to explore automation and control using the BASIC and Pascal programming languages. He quickly discovered his passion for computing and enjoyed helping his classmates learn about how computer hardware and software work. By the end of high school, it was clear that a professional career in engineering and engineering education was his future. Dr. Meier enrolled as a first-generation college student and had an amazing freshman year because he got to learn Fortran – a language he stills writes programs in today.

As a professor at MSOE, he mentors future engineers in the areas of digital logic, computer architecture, digital electronics, and computer networking. He has a 29-year history of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching skills have been recognized with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award, the Iowa State University Warren B. Boast Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and the MSOE Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. His research interests include engineering education, embedded systems, evolvable hardware, and computer architecture. His NSF funded research explores how first year students develop computational thinking.

MGA Governor at-Large Sean Haynes

Sean Haynes graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. While at Northeastern University, Sean was inducted into the Gamma Beta Chapter of HKN and was Secretary of IEEE Student Chapter. As a Co-op Student Sean worked as a Software Tester and Software Developer for General Electric Automated Systems Department in Burlington, MA. After graduation Sean obtained a job with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Newport, RI as Systems Tester. In 1993, Sean started his Master’s Study at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA. In 1994, Sean relocated to Charlottesville, VA to start a job with Avionics Specialties, Inc. working as Software Developer on embedded avionics software. Sean continued his Master’s study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and graduated in 1996 with a Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. In 1998, Sean started work at Litton Marine Systems, now Northrop Grumman. Sean has been employed with Northrop Grumman since 1998 and now works at Undersea Systems in Annapolis, MD. While in Charlottesville, Sean continued his active volunteer work in IEEE as Secretary/Treasurer and eventually Chair of the Central Virginia Section. He is program chair for the 2020 IEEE-HKN Experience.

Student Governor Joseph Greene

Joseph Greene, who is in his second term as IEEE-HKN Student Governor, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computational Imaging at Boston University with the support of a NSF Neurophotonics Research Trainee Fellowship and a BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2018 and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2019 from Boston University. He was inducted into the Kappa Sigma Chapter in his junior year, and began to see himself as a member of a global community of like-minded engineers dedicated toward changing society on many levels. He served as a member and later as the twice-elected Vice President of Kappa Sigma. He developed and hosted an Arduino microprocessor workshop that taught the basics of coding and electronics to interested students as well as helped organize invited technical talks from Kappa Sigma alumni and professional associates to foster a desire for continual learning in the Chapter. He also organized tutoring sessions around finals.

Student Governor Ashley Kuhnley

Ashley Kuhnley is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Her emphasis is in biomedical engineering which has been supported through graduate coursework, research on numerically modelling bioelectromagnetic activity in the heart, and in a senior capstone project. She is applying to biomedical and electrical engineering doctorate programs where she can contribute to the field of implantable cardiac devices. She was inducted to the Lambda Beta Chapter of IEEE-HKN in Spring 2021, when theChapter was reactivated. She is the Lambda Beta Chapter President.

As a first-generation transfer student and someone who returned to school with a family of her own while working, she finds it rewarding to work with people from different backgrounds and disciplines while building lasting relationships that extend beyond the formalities of position or roles. She works closely with the department chair, and has worked extensively to support students directly and indirectly at CSUN. She is a peer mentor for 17 students through the AIMS2 and Badge Project programs at CSUN, where she supports students by helping them find their confidence in their academics and build and strengthen the skills needed to succeed. She created a senior design catalog for the ECE students by working with all ECE faculty who are leading projects and collecting various data like recommended coursework, programming languages, and software proficiencies that help students identify which faculty and projects they would like to participate in.

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