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.
2021 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors
I 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 me. Many years later I was asked if I could help HKN by becoming Treasurer and I couldn’t say no, I wanted to give back to this organization. We have had the opportunity to make progress financially in supporting the mission of HKN. I’ve now had the opportunity to attend 3 Student Leadership Conferences and I’ve been very impressed with the students who have attended and the program that they developed. Absolutely makes me want to continue working and supporting HKN.
James M. Conrad
James Conrad has spent an equal amount of time working in industry and academia. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a professor at the UNC Charlotte and Associate Department Chair. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has worked for IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and two start-up companies. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, artificial intelligence, and engineering education. He has published eight books in the field of embedded systems and robotics. Dr. Conrad also serves IEEE as an ABET Program Evaluator, and serves the community on the Board of Directors for FIRST North Carolina, the state organization supporting the FIRST Robotics program.
Edward A Rezek
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 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 after 35 years. 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 a recipient of the TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation and a Northrop Grumman Distinguished Innovator Award. He is an IEEE Fellow for qualification of GaAs microelectronics for space applications.
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.
Michael Benson is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan’s Radiation Laboratory and has served on the HKN Board of Governors as the student governor for both 2017 and 2018. A 2009 recipient of NASA’s Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship, Michael studies multi-modal remote sensing of the environment with a focus on radar. During his tenure at Michigan, Michael has been actively engaged in his community having chaired his Department’s inaugural graduate research poster symposium in 2009 as well as serving three elected terms as the President of the University of Michigan’s graduate student body. 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 has taught the introductory programming course for students entering the College of Engineering for 2.5 years; the last year as the course’s head GSI. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in Electrical Engineering and hails from Weston, MA. Since initiating into Eta Kappa Nu, Michael has held a variety of leadership positions within the Beta-Epsilon chapter including serving as a mentor for potential new members (electees), serving in numerous committee chair positions, and serving as an officer of the chapter as an advisor for the past three years. In addition to his work within his chapter, Michael also served as the general co-chair of the IEEE-HKN 2016 Student Leadership Conference in Ann Arbor, MI. During his tenure on the Board, Michael has aggressively represented the interests of the society’s student members. He has initiated and lead monthly gatherings for chapter leaders to share best practices and discuss pressing issue. These meetings have enabled Michael to remain in close contact with our chapters and has enhanced his ability to lead the IEEE-HKN Ritual Committee which focuses on enhancing the experience of our members. Michael is also an active participate on the society’s new strategic planning committee and has helped to chart a path forward for the Board and our chapters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Sandro Sartoni studied Electronic Engineering at Università di Firenze, where he received his Bachelor Degree in July 2017 and then moved to Turin, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Embedded Systems in October 2019. He currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. This is second term as Student Governor for IEEE-HKN.
Sandro served as chair of the Social Media Subcommittee of the HKN Board of Governors in 2020, and was essential in the growth and impact of HKN’s social media messaging, platforms and audience. He also mentored the officers of the chapters in Waseda, Japan and the two new Chapters in Spain. He was President of the Mu Nu chapter for the 2018-2019 academic year. That role enabled him to be more involved in international HKN activities and in the beginning of 2019, he became part of the HKN Board’s Public Relations and Communications Committee. In July 2019, he took part at COMPSAC, the IEEE Computer Society annual conference, in which, together with Nancy Ostin, presented what HKN is and what chapters do throughout the world.
Joseph Greene 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.
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