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 2020 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Election will include elections for each of the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Governor at Large
  • MGA Governor at Large
  • Region 5-6 Governor
  • 2 Student Governors

Only chapters located in Region 5 or 6 are eligible to vote for the Region 5 and 6 Governor.

President-Elect 2021: James (Jim) Conrad

Inducted: 1989 – Beta Eta Chapter

North Carolina State University


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.



  • IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, 2018-2020.
  • IEEE Board of Directors, IEEE-USA President 2020.
  • IEEE Board of Directors, Region 3 Director/Delegate 2016-2017.
  • IEEE Board of Directors Liaison to the IEEE Foundation, 2016-2017.
  • IEEE MGA FinCom 2016.
  • IEEE MGA OpCom 2017.


  • IEEE MOVE Project Charter Volunteer, 2014-present.
  • IEEE Region 3, Conferences Committee Vice-Chair, 2011 – 2013.
  • IEEE, NC Council, Chair 2008- 2009


  • IEEE Education Society, Charlotte Chapter, Chair 2007 – present.
  • IEEE, Charlotte Section, Chair, 2006 – 2007.
  • IEEE Eastern NC Section Volunteer, 2001-2003.
  • IEEE Computer Society, Charlotte Chapter, Chair 2005.


  • Advisor, UNC Charlotte Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch, 2008-present
  • Counselor, UNC Charlotte IEEE Student Chapter, 2004 – 2009.


  • IEEE Computer Society, Press Operations Committee, 2002 – 2009.
  • IEEE Computer Society, Membership Activities Board, Student Act. Comm., 1993 – 1995.
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Computing Futures Magazine, 1990-1991.



  • General Chair, 2010 IEEE SoutheastCon.
  • Co-Program Chair, 2009 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems.
  • Technical Program Committee member for many IEEE sponsored conferences



  • I work with students every day, so I understand the demands on their time and finances. I also understand their desire to improve the world through service, and their desire to be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments.
  • I have served as an IEEE Student Branch Counselor and currently serve as an IEEE Society Student Branch Advisor. I understand how to engage students in a student organization, how to mentor leadership, and how to gently nudge the organization to fulfill their duties and accomplish their goals without doing the work myself.
  • Since I serve (and have served) IEEE as IEEE-USA President and IEEE Region 3 Director, I understand the structure of IEEE and how to navigate the organization, including how to obtain assistance and resources.
  • Since I serve on the IEEE Foundation as the IEEE Board of Directors Liaison, I understand how IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu obtains their funding (EAB and IEEE Foundation), and the mechanisms needed to help the organization to increase revenue.
  • Since I have worked with IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu and Nancy Ostin for many years, I am fully aware of the challenges that IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu faces, but also I am aware of the opportunities that IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu has before it.
  • As a frequent visitor to/speaker at universities around the world, I am aware of the cultural differences of the different regions of the world, but also the similarities and desires to make the world a better place.

Position Statement

“IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) is the student honor society of IEEE and is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest.”  The organization has come a long way from its early history of being a stand-alone honor society for Electrical Engineering students.  Its mission and purpose contains two important concepts:  recognition and service.

“Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia.”  Therefore, not only is membership in IEEE-HKN an honor, it also carries with it a responsibility to give back to the technical community, as well as the worldwide community.

Based on my experiences and background, I feel I would be an excellent advocate for IEEE-HKN inside and outside IEEE.  Also, based on my experiences and background I feel I could help with the strategic direction of the organization, including identifying several initiatives that could serve the members and community:

  • Identifying additional revenue sources for IEEE-HKN so that we could run more leadership training and outreach activities.
  • Coordination more interaction between local sections and IEEE-HKN Chapters, thus helping Sections identify future Young Professional leaders of their operating units.
  • Spearheading a world-wide effort by all chapters to identify a technical, global need that helps humanity, and working with all chapters to formulate plans to address that need. This has the wonderful benefit of having thousands of students world-wide working together in one common effort, thus making a large global impact.

My recent and substantial involvement with IEEE-HKN as a Governor and Conferences Committee Chair shows my commitment to the principles and activities of our organization.  It is my desire to help IEEE-HKN realize its next level of performance!


  • Currently serve as IEEE-HKN Governor and Conferences Committee Chair. In this role, I have led the effort to expand the scope and activities of the Student Leadership Conference to include more interaction with industry, including industry talks, exhibits, and job fairs.
  • Served IEEE-HKN at many levels, including serving as a student leader of my Eta Kappa Nu Chapter, helping to establish a chapter at UNC Charlotte, organizing a professional installations at IEEE Region 3 Meetings, helping with the installation of the East Carolina University Chapter, and participating in IEEE-HKN Committees since 2017.
  • Led IEEE-USA to provide a wide array of member benefits, like free webinars, free e-books, and other professional development opportunities during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Led Region 3 to concentrate on member engagement, Senior Member Elevation, and service to the community. In 2016, Region 3 was the US leader in membership retention rate and Senior Member Recognition rate.
  • Provided leadership for the IEEE MOVE project through active participation in all aspect of the development/operations of vehicle and outreach activities. Have included students in the development and maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Led the revitalization of the Charlotte Section by providing monthly membership development meetings and networking opportunities.
  • Organized the Region 3 SoutheastCon 2010 conference to include extensive industry participation and opportunities for professional development. Expanded the offerings available to students in technical and professional development topics.  The conference included the most number of open tutorials and workshops, as well as the largest industry exhibition (including a job-fair for students) in recent SoutheastCon history.

President-Elect 2021: Arthur Winston

Inducted: 2003 – Epsilon Delta Chapter

Tufts University



 Candidate Biography:

B.A.Sc… University of Toronto,   Engineering Physics

Ph.D., MIT,  Physics

1961-1987, Dr. Winston founded or co-founded a series of high-tech companies to implement programs of international importance in oil exploration, nuclear test monitoring, and the Apollo manned space program. Of notewere the creation, development and installation of        a worldwide monitoring system for the  detection of clandestine nuclear detonations and           the development of a temperature monitoring  system for the  Apollo  heat shield which was employed on all        manned flights.

Dr. Winston was requested by Colonel Edwin Aldrin to help his son, Buzz, determine a career path.  Winston recommended that Buzz become an astronaut which he did and was part of the first landing on the moon.

1987– 2007, was a co-founder   of the Gordon Institute, a first-of-its-kind graduate school in engineering management,   focused on leadership and entrepreneurship.  In    1992, he integrated the Institute into Tufts University as the Gordon Institute     of         Tufts University and served as its Director.  The       program and Winston and two colleagues were recognized by the  National Academy of Engineering in 2007. The Academy stated that there was no Nobel Prize in Engineering and that the Academy award was equivalent to it.

Retired in 2007 as Director Emeritus but assisted for a few years as Professor of  Practice.

IEEE related:

Acting IEEE Executive Director and COO 11 months, 2005, while searching for a permanent candidate.

IEEE President, 2004

President /member United Engineering  Foundation, represented IEEE,   2005 – 2009

Vice President, IEEE Foundation,            2006 – 2013

Chair, EAB SERC, 2013 – 2017

Member, Governance Committee, 2008 – 2009

Chair,    N&A,    2005

Chair, Infrastructure and Oversight Committee,  2005

EAB VP, 1998 – 1999

Chair, Pre-University Education  Coordinating  Committee, 2005 – 2008

Member, BoD,  1996 – 1999,  2003 – 2005

Member USA BoD, 1996 – 1997

Member, Investment Committee,

Chair, Audit Committee, 1997

Alternate Representative, ABET, 1997 – 2000

Chair of one and member of two Presidential Search Committees, 2005, 2008 – 2009

Member of numerous ad hoc and standing committees  including 2015 – 2016 electioneering committee

Chair, Electioneering Oversight Committee, 2020

Member, Region 1 Board of Governors to 2017

Chair, Region 1  Strategic Planning Committee, 2008 – 2017

Region  1 Director, 1996 – 1997

Several Region  1 positions including N&A, Budget, 1998            – 2017

Chair or Co-Chair of several conferences.

IEEE Fellow 1991

Resolution in Honor of Dr. Arthur W. Winston   – IEEE Board of Directors, 2011

William Terry Award – 2012

EAB Meritorious Service Citation, 2010

EAB Major Educational  Innovation Award, 1995

IEE (now IET) Fellow, 2004

Boston  Section Leadership Award, 2002

IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000

Robert  S.  Walleigh  Award, 2015

Worked between the US Government, Office of Foreign Asset Control and IEEE to solve publication issues involved with                listed non-US entities.  Affected publishers worldwide in addition to IEEE and received worldwide acclaim.

HKN related:

Reviewed HKN/IEEE merger agreement for IEEE Education Activities Board

Reviewed HKN/IEEE merger agreement for IEEE Foundation

Served as Master of Ceremonies for merger signing event at IEEE Board Series

At request of Nancy Ostin served as host for an award and recognition meeting at MIT to honor the “Father of India software.”

Led project at EAB to develop presentations for HKN students that would help them in their school work and relationship with professors.  Presentations designed to be delivered by HKN students with guidance incorporated from EAB

Position Statement

First let me state that I am honored to be considered as a candidate for President – Elect of HKN.  My views or approach might be different from others.  I am strongly interested in education and strongly support an honor society within IEEE.  In fact, I was involved in the merger process.  It provides a further avenue to learn, participate, and contribute than strictly being an IEEE member.

But, I was born and attended undergraduate school in Canada.  I participated in the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.  I still wear my iron ring.  I became an HKN member in the US.   Also, I have played several roles in education dealing with students, faculty advisors and several aspects of the field of education.   In [articular, I and two colleagues were recognized by the National Academy of Engineering for introducing leadership aspects into engineering education and which has now been adopted throughout the US.

I understand why a student would want to join HKN.  My experience shows me that the bigger and more successful student groups correlate with a committed faculty advisor.  My experience also tells me that upon graduation, there are many diversions and how do you keep a member associated.  You need to keep the individual involved or ultimately the association will disappear with time.

The pandemic is causing many problems and a change in life-style.  But it is a great opportunity for HKN alumni to play a big role in helping students face online learning and other imposed restrictions.  Also, IEEE and HKN Foundations are501 c(3) organizations and there is a public imperative – do good for society.  There are many opportunities for students and alumni to be involved and productive, not just as a result of the pandemic issue. . Further, keeping members involved will lead to eventual financial donations as the individual becomes more established.

IEEE is a worldwide organization, even though it is of ten accused of being an US one.  It is intriguing to continue to extend the aims and goals pf HKN worldwide.  But most countries have national professional societies.  Have we communicated and worked along side them?

It should be an exciting time furthering the aims and goals of HKN.

Governor Regions 5 & 6: Anthony (Tony) Maciejewski

Inducted: 1981 – Gamma Chapter

The Ohio State University


Candidate Biography

Anthony A. Maciejewski received the B.S.E.E (summa cum laude), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, all from The Ohio State University under the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowship. From October of 1985 to September of 1986 he was an American Electronics Association Japan Research Fellow at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan where he performed work on the development of parallel processing algorithms for computer graphic imaging and simulation.

In 1988, Prof. Maciejewski joined the faculty of Purdue University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Full Professor in 1998. In August of 2001 he joined Colorado State University (CSU) where he is currently a Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). In 2018-2019 he served as President of the ECE Department Head’s Association (ECEDHA).

His research and teaching interests center on the analysis, simulation, and control of kinematically redundant robotic systems. His current work focuses on how kinematic redundancy can be utilized to design failure tolerant robotic systems for remote operations. He has over 300 publications, directs a research laboratory and has developed graduate courses in these areas. His commitment to education resulted in his receiving five undergraduate teaching awards, including CSU’s “Instructional Innovation Award” and multiple NSF education grants, including the first Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant awarded to an ECE Department. The RED project at CSU received the National Society of Professional Engineers – Colorado chapter “Public Project of the Year” award in 2019 and the ECEDHA “Innovative Program” award in 2020. His robotics research has been supported by NSF, Sandia Nat’l Lab, Oak Ridge Nat’l Lab, DARPA, NASA, Nat’l Imagery and Mapping Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Non-lethal Technology Innovation Center, the NEC Corporation, Caterpillar, AT&T, H-P, Intel, Chrysler, Wolf Robotics, and the TRW Foundation.

Prof. Maciejewski is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for contributions to the design and control of kinematically redundant robots,” and has received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the society as VP for Financial Activities and AdCom member as well as other roles. He has served on the editorial boards of nine different journals and as Editor in Chief of the Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) Conference Paper Review Board. He also was Program Chair for the 2002 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and has served on over 100 other conference program committees. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Some of his major IEEE/HKN Activities include:

Gamma Chapter (Ohio State University), member 1981-
Beta Chapter (Purdue University), faculty advisor, Outstanding Chapter, and Outstanding Teacher Award 1989

IEEE Activities
Region 5 Society Liaison (2016-2017)
Region 5 Student Activities Chair (2018-2019)
Awards Board: Medal for Environmental & Safety Technologies (2015; Chair 2016)
TAB Finance Committee Member 2006, 2013-2015, 2017
EAB Faculty Resource Committee Member 2018-2021
EAB University Resource Committee Member 2019-

IEEE Ed Society Activities
BoG member at large (2017-2019)
Fellow Evaluation Committee (2020)

IEEE SMC Society Activities
BoG member (2011-13)
Technical Program Committee: SMC (2005-2011)
Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (2003-2011)

IEEE RA Society Activities
Fellow “For contributions to the design and control of kinematically redundant robots”
Vice-President for Finance (2004-06), (2012-15)
Vice-President for Technical Activities (2020-2021)
Awards Nominations Committee Chair (2014)
Parliamentarian (2012-2014)
Fellow Nominations Committee Chair (2013), Member (2008, 2012)
Fellow Evaluation Committee (2010-11)
AdCom member (2000-04), (2017-2019)
Finance Board member (2002-06)
Publications Board member (2002-06)
Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair (1996-99), Member (2011)
Secretary (1996-99)
Technical Program Committee: IROS (10 years)
Technical Program Committee: ICRA (13 years)
Technical Program Chair: ICRA 2002.
Technical Co-Chair: ICRA ’97
Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation (1998-2003)
Editor in Chief: IEEE Intelligent Robots and Systems (2017-2019)

Position Statement

IEEE-HKN is the premier organization for student and professional leaders in the electrical and computer engineering community. I am committed to continually improving the quality of its activities and increasing its impact on the community, and society in general. Some areas that I believe the society should focus on include: providing outreach for more student involvement, increasing our collaborations with other related societies, and providing leadership to position IEEE-HKN as a solution to the educational challenges that are of global importance. I believe that the electrical and computer engineering community as a whole is currently in a precarious position and must deal with a relative decline in students pursuing electrical and computer engineering, which is related to an inaccurate perception of our profession by the general public. I believe that IEEE-HKN can play a pivotal role in addressing this issue. Because of my broad experience with conferences, publications, finance functions, student activities and other societies boards, I believe that I have a unique perspective to represent the IEEE-HKN membership on the Board of Governors in order to achieve these goals.

Governor Regions 5 & 6: Christopher Sanderson

Inducted: 2018 – Zeta Lambda Chapter

Prairie View A&M

Candidate Biography

Christopher graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a military Officer Commission into the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Branch in 1995.  His military service in the United States Army Reserves, expands both the Enlisted (Sergeant E-5) and Officer s (2nd Lieutenant) ranks. His military accommodations include 2-Army Achievements Medals, Texas Faithful Service Medal, National Defense Medal, with numerous accommodations and two Honorable Tours of Duty.


After finishing his distinguished eight years of honorable service in the US Army he went to work for Schneider Electric (formerly Square D – Group Schneider).  Christopher’s business leadership experience includes key corporate recognition’s from several Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations with a global presence in the electrical industry. He has worked for companies like Schneider Electric (formerly Square D), General Electric (GE), SIEMENS Energy & Automation (SIEMENS), and ABB (Asea Brown Boveri).


He is also a member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and is currently the Co-Director of NSBE Process Improvement (PI) Special Interest Group (SIG) (NSBEPISIG). Where he is co leading their initiative focused on Change Management, Continuous Improvement (Six Sigma), Data Analytics, Process Improvement/Management, Project Management, and Quality Management Systems in the area of members career development and organization effectiveness strategies. The group has partnered and delivered industry recognized certifications in the area Six Sigma (ASQ), Big Data (Microsoft, IBM, AWS), Project Management (PMP).



Christopher has served as an IEEE Volunteer for 7 years. Some of his major activities include:


  • R5 Houston Section Chair, 2020 – 2021
  • EAB Section Professional Development Award, 2020
  • R5 Outstanding Section Award, 2017
  • R5 South Area Chair, 2018 – 2021
  • R5 Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, 2019, 2020
  • R5 Jim Leonard Outstanding Member Award, 2018
  • IEEE Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee Recognition, 2018, 2019
  • VoLT 17′ (Volunteer Leadership Training Program Graduate), 2017
  • SMIEEE, 2016
  • IEEE-USA Professional Development Committee, 2019, 2020
  • IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee Senior Membership Review Board, 2019, 2020
  • IEEE TryEngineering Volunteer STEM Portal Initiative, 2020
  • PVAMU College of Engineering Technology – IEEE Industry Board, 2015


Christopher was inducted to the HKN Zeta Lambda Chapter in 2018.


Out of all of the achievements and recognitions he has received, he is most proud of his IEEE STEM mentoring efforts. He has been and continues to be the mentor to IEEE Members and many others. It’s not easy being a mentee of Christopher, but if you want to get closer to your dreams he is a shoulder to lean on and help lift you to achieve them.

Position Statement

I am a proud member of Eta Kappa Nu and we’ve done so many great things as an honor society, Still, there are some challenges that we and other organization will need to address post COVID-19 and that are close to my heart, that I feel that my running for the HKN Board of Governors Region 5 & 6 position is important.


What distinguishes Eta Kappa Nu? Most respondents would say its multidisciplinary characters. Many would point to our growing contributions in science and research. Others would identify our distinguish alumni. Eta Kappa Nu is positioned to unite many constituencies in the advancement of scholarship, attitude, and character in the communities we reside in. We also look to reflect in our membership, the communities we reside in, especially the local chapters, to meet the challenges of the times. The Board of Governors Region 5 & 6 can serve as a model for developing strategic partnerships with diverse opportunities.


It has been my privilege to lead and support different strategic planning initiatives, to help foster technology shared opportunities within our IEEE Student Branches, to work on STEM programs that support and supplement STEM opportunities for our educators and students. From these experiences I have been trained in and learned about human resource development, visioning, collaboration, setting action agendas and following through on tasks. It is my hope to offer my experience and acquired skills to support the Board of Governors Regions goals.



  1. Improving Career Development

In an recent IEEE-USA Webinar entitled “Who Moved The Cheese?…My Cheese Workbook” I shared some insights and correlations to the book Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and In Your Life, by Dr. Spencer Johnson. One of the insights I shared about Change, was an article in Forbes Magazine entitled “8 Job Skills To Succeed In A Post-Coronavirus World” by Bernard Marr published on April 2020. In his article he shares the importance of the following skills:

  1. Adaptability and Flexibility
  2. Tech Savviness
  3. Creativity and Innovation
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Digital and Coding Skills
  6. Leadership
  7. Emotional Intelligence
  8. Commit to a Lifetime of Learning


The webinar for some was a refresher of the book, but for many others it was a first time acknowledgement of the importance of Change. We all know that careers will open up new opportunities and challenges that will be interesting, satisfying, and rewarding. It must be recognized that there is a major opportunity for career development and mentoring for HKN members as they articulate throughout their careers. It is a serious opportunity to those who will be looking to us, and we can help addressed this as an honor society. This is an opportunity to address the challenge and as you’re elected HKN Board of Governors Region Representative, I will work on developing career programs.


  1. Membership Engagement

Maintaining membership roles in HKN is always an ongoing opportunity. I understand that with membership comes expectations, the lifeblood of any organization is meeting its membership expectation and organizational mission. There is still so much potential that we must maintain the interests and engagement of our HKN members. Currently, I believe we have the opportunity to support Best Practice opportunities at the chapter level that can be shared across chapters with similar challenges. This is where the strength of HKN really lies. As you’re elected HKN Board of Governors Region Representative, I will work on

a system, that shares those Best Practices and develops a  scorecard matrix to measure its results. I will help mentor those HKN members to join and stay active for life.


  1. Partnership Opportunities

The opportunity for local HKN chapters to develop local fundraising partnership with local businesses and organization is another way to help bridge local and national opportunities in the area community service, career opportunities, and leadership programs. This would help forge stronger relationships with area IEEE Sections, HKN Chapters and companies to facilitate key partnership opportunities. As you’re elected HKN Board of Governors Region Representative, I will work on identifying those partnerships with Key Performance Indicator (KPI) measurements.


Thank for your support and vote of confidence. Together we are “Advancing Technology for Humanity”

MGA At-Large Governor: Sean Haynes

Inducted: 1991 – Gamma Beta Chapter

Northeastern University


Candidate Biography

Sean 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.  Sean has held many positions in IEEE including:

  • Region 3 Conference Committee Chair
  • Region 3 Section’s Congress Coordinator
  • Region 3 Area 1 Chair
  • Region 3 GOLD Committee Chair
  • Virginia Council Chair
  • IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committee
  • Virginia Council Vice-Chair
  • IEEE Teller’s Committee
  • Central Virginia Section Newsletter Editor
  • Central Virginia Section Chair
  • Central Virginia Section Secretary/Treasurer
  • Northeastern University Student Branch Secretary


  • IEEE-HKN Experience (2020)
  • IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference (2019)
  • IEEE SoutheastCon Chair (2007, 2016)
  • IEEE-USA Leadership Development Workshop Chair (2003)
  • IEEE-USA Leadership Development Workshop Vice-Chair (2002)
  • IEEE-USA Professional Development Workshop, GOLD Subcommittee (1998 – 2000)
  • IEEE-USA Professional Development Workshop, GOLD Subcommittee Chair (2000)

Position Statement

Our IEEE-HKN Members and Alumni are going through an unprecedented event in our generation.  We have had to quickly adapt to a new education, post-education, and career environment with limited support and training.  IEEE-HKN is uniquely positioned to provide this support to not only our members, but also our alumni.  As a member of the program committee for this year’s IEEE-HKN Experience I am working to provide study-life/work-life sessions to help our current members and alumni deal with the added stress of this new environment.

Also, the way employers are performing job searches and interviews has changed.  The traditional in-person and phone interviews are being replaced with video chat.  The etiquette, and non-verbal queues of this type of interview are different than traditional interviews.  IEEE-HKN is in a position to provide training and mock sessions for these types of interviews.

As a member of the Board of Governors I will work to provide more educational materials for our members, recent graduates, and alumni.  This year’s IEEE-HKN Experience will showcase the potential of the type of sessions we can continue to provide in the years to come.

MGA At-Large Governor: Ahmed Refaey Hussein

Inducted: 2020 – Gamma Alpha Chapter

Manhattan College


Candidate Biography

Ahmed Refaey Hussein (M’07-SM’15) is a Faculty member and the Director of the IoT Research Lab at the ECE department, Manhattan College as well as an Adjunct Research Professor at Western and York Universities, Canada. Previously, Dr. Hussein’s positions included: a Sr. Embedded Systems Architect, R& D group, Mircom Technologies Ltd from 2013-2016; and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at ECE department, Western University from 2012-2013; and Professional Researcher at the LRTS lab, Laval University in the field of wireless communications hardware implementations from 2007-2011. Prior to joining Laval University, Dr. Hussein was a System/ Core Network Engineer leading a team of junior engineers and technicians in the telecom field in the three prominent companies of Fujitsu, Vodafone, and Alcatel-Lucent. Dr. Hussein received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2003 and 2005, respectively; and Ph.D. degree from Laval University, Quebec, Canada in 2011. Dr. Hussein is the author and co-author of more than 45 technical papers, 2 patents granted, and 3 patent applications addressing his research activities. He served a number of roles for journals, including an associate editor for the IEEE-CJECE, a guest editor for Mathematical Problems in Engineering Journal as well as different roles for IEEE journals and Transactions. Currently, Dr. Hussein is an active member of IEEE and regularly participates in organizing committees of major IEEE conferences (as TPC Chair IEEE-CCECE 2020, IST 2018, and 2019, Symposium Chair in IWCMC 2018, 2019, and 2020, etc.).

Dr. Hussein was elected as Chair of the IEEE London Section in 2019 and re-elected in 2020.  Also, since 2019 Dr. Hussein has served as the Faculty advisor for the IEEE HKN Gamma Alpha Chapter. During his time in these roles, both the  Gamma Alpha Chapter and IEEE London section were awarded the IEEE-HKN Outstanding Chapter Award (in 2019) and the IEEE Region 7 Exemplary Small Section Award (in 2020). Dr. Hussein is currently serving as the Vice-chair of the Publications and Communications Group in IEEE Region 7.

Position Statement

The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors (IEEE-HKN-BOG) is the governing body that develops and reviews all matters of IEEE-HKN and reports to the Educational Activities Board. Our IEEE-HKN offers extraordinary character, knowledge, expertise, and inspiration from all the individuals and groups that make up its parts. The greatness of IEEE-HKN can be harnessed towards the common good of both IEEE-HKN and our profession. Therefore, my main goal is to propel an agenda that enables this purpose.

My goals are summarized below:

  • Serving and encouraging engagement from the IEEE-HKN members and the professional community by honing in and addressing their needs and concerns.
  • Promoting transparency and empowerment in matters of finance and the decision-making process in regards to awards, developing active member participation, focusing on ensuring the suitability of chapter members in management.
  • Actively enable academic and educational strategies and appointing/ inducting policy to increase the female presence in the IEEE-HKN. IEEE-HKN should strive to be a leader in reaching 50% Female-male presence in IEEE worldwide. This can be achieved by advocating at the chapter level via different venues.
  • Being a source of world-class knowledge, education, and research, by creating innovative and out-of-the-box policies to enable the creation and access of education, research, and data that will benefit both academia and the industry.

I have the commitment, vision, and drive to serve the IEEE-HKN community while navigating by HKN values.  I am confident of my capabilities of encouraging participation and inspiring the diverse abilities and aspirations of fellow members. I envision a holistic view of supporting diversity and Women in Engineering. As my time as a professor, my classrooms have been attended by people with disabilities, veterans, different ethnicities, students of differing socioeconomic statuses, and much more. It is my belief that the combination of diverse backgrounds allows for people to learn, teach, research, create, and develop extraordinary things.

Governor At-Large: Hulya Kirkici

Inducted: 1994 – Xi Chapter

Auburn University


Candidate Biography

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’s research interests span from electrical insulation and high-frequency dielectric breakdown to repetitive pulsed power. She has published her work widely and given plenary and invited talks nationally and internationally over the years.

Dr. Kirkici served as 2019 IEEE Vice President – Publications, IEEE Director and was Aa Member of the IEEE Board of Directors and the Chair of Publications Services and Products Board.  She has served variety of high level IEEE Committees, and 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)

Position Statement

I am an IEEE volunteer for over two decades serving on multiple areas from conference organizations to financial matters to publications and leadership.  My initial involvement with IEEE volunteer activities started with an invitation from a mentor, asking me to Chair a conference.  Little I knew then that, this would open a whole world of opportunities to volunteer and serve the community and the profession.  Throughout my education and professional career, I have been fortunate to have mentors and supportive, family, friends, professors, and community.  My volunteer activities for the profession is to honor those individuals by paying forward to the next generation of engineers and scientist – the students and the young professionals.

When I was appointed as the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and joined the University of South Alabama a few years ago, I was happy to know how active the IEEE section was.  However, the IEEE student chapter and HKN chapter were not as active and not guided well.  I worked with the faculty and students to make both of these student chapters to be rewarding place for our students, by creating opportunities, finding funding, and providing mentorship for them to get involved.  I am happy to know that they are very excited about these opportunities.

While I was serving as the President of my home society, Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, I realized the significance of the educational activities that IEEE can provide to the students.  Among many activities, such as creating travel awards, conference paper awards, and job/employment matching programs for students, I have created “lunch and learn” sessions at society sponsored conferences and invited all student attendees as well as some professional.  This was a great way to celebrate students’ success and have them interact with seasoned professionals and be mentored by them.

I served on IEEE Publications Services and Products Board, in several different roles.  I am familiar with the significance of IEEE publication, not just as an author, reviewer, or an Editor of a Transactions but also as someone who can support the publications business and contribute to its improvements.  Currently I am serving as a member of the Editorial Board of the HKN Bridge Magazine.  This is an excellent magazine and gives me a different perspective to the importance of the IEEE publications, and impact of it on students and young professionals.  Magazine bring current and advance technologies, explores creativity, and builds communities.

Throughout my career I cared about the students and their success.  I have recently created several endowed scholarships and student awards, one of which is through IEEE-HKN, named Student Best Paper Award.  I realize that the primary responsibility of a member of the HKN Board of Governors is to be responsible for “the assets, activities, and procedures within IEEE-HKN” and I am dedicated to support and nurture next generation students and professionals, by taking these responsibilities. These are the fundamental building block of HKN. If I am elected I do my best to support the activities, be mindful of the assets and, most importantly, support our students by providing excellent programs.

Governor At-Large: John McDonald

Inducted: 1971 – Beta Chapter

Purdue University


Candidate Biography

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business.  John has 46 years of experience in the electric utility industry. John joined GE on December 3, 2007 as General Manager, Marketing for GE Energy’s Transmission and Distribution business. In 2010 John accepted the new role of Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Digital Energy. In January 2016 John assumed his present role with the integration of Alstom Grid and GE Digital Energy to form GE Grid Solutions.

John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy (2010-2011). John was the Chair of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board (2010-2015 end of 1Q), coordinating Smart Grid standards development in the US and global harmonization of the standards. John was one of eleven US Smart Grid experts selected by NIST for their Smart Grid Advisory Committee to provide input on Smart Grid standards, priorities, and gaps, on the overall direction, status, and health of the Smart Grid implementation by the Smart Grid industry, and on the direction of Smart Grid research and standards activities (2017-2019). John was one of thirty US industry experts in energy selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the inaugural US DOE Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) (2008).

John is Past President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) (2006-2007), Finance Committee Chair of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) Board (2011-present), VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE (2006-present), and Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee (2001-2002). He was on the IEEE Board of Directors as the IEEE Division VII Director (2008-2009). John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference (1996-present), on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the GridWise Alliance and Finance Chair (2016-present), Past Vice Chair of the Texas A&M University Smart Grid Center Advisory Board (2013-2019), and past member of the Purdue University Strategic Research Advisory Council (2016-2019). John serves on the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee (2017-2020). He is an IEEE Foundation Director-Elect (2020) and will serve as a Director (2021-2023). John received the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University (2009).

John teaches Smart Grid courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer (1999-present). John has published 150 papers and articles and is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University (1973 and 1974 respectively), and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley (1978). John is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Association (Electrical Engineering Honorary), being admitted into membership on May 2, 1971 at the Beta Chapter (Purdue University). John is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Association (Engineering Honorary), being admitted into membership on November 28, 1972 at the Indiana Alpha Chapter (Purdue University). John is a Life Fellow of IEEE (member for 49 years), and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award (2002), the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award (2003), the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award (2015), the CIGRE Distinguished Member Award (2016) and the CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award (2016).

John has co-authored five books: Automating a Distribution Cooperative from A to Z: A Primer on Employing Technology (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – 1999); Electric Power Substations Engineering (Third Edition) (CRC Press – 2012); Power System SCADA and Smart Grids (CRC Press – 2015); Big Data Application in Power Systems (Elsevier – 2017); Smart Grids: and Advanced Technologies and Solutions (Second Edition) (CRC Press – 2018). John has one US Patent (9,853,448) on Systems and Methods for Coordinating Electrical Network Optimization (December 26, 2017).

John earned his Eagle Scout rank (1965) and was a Cub Scout Den Leader and Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster when his son, Mark, was in Scouting. Mark earned his Eagle Scout rank (2000). John was on the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors (2010-2019) and established an Explorer Post at GE on STEM for high school boys and girls (2013-2019).

John has been married to Jo-Ann for 40 years, has a daughter, Sarah, a son, Mark, and two grandchildren, Ashley and Nolan.

Position Statement

2021 will be my 50th year of membership in IEEE-HKN as well as my 50th year of membership in IEEE! As I said in my interview in the current issue, May 2020, of The Bridge, I was initiated into HKN on May 2, 1971 at the Beta Chapter at Purdue University. This was the end of my second year at Purdue. HKN was the first validation for me that I was doing well in Electrical Engineering and gave me tremendous confidence. I had a very challenging curriculum with being in the Honors Program, beginning to take graduate courses in my third year, getting my BSEE in four years, and my MSEE in just one additional year with a thesis in addition to course work. I was in the Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity, living in the fraternity house and had an active social life! The confidence HKN gave me in my own abilities was what I needed to do well with this challenging curriculum. This confidence has stayed with me for my entire life and positively impacted me to accept challenging assignments and to work hard and do well.

I am long overdue to give back to HKN, to leverage my knowledge and experience to help HKN in every way I can. I recently participated in the focus group conducted by HKN’s consultants, Campbell & Company, to define the value proposition to prospective donors. Specifically, we discussed how philanthropy elevates the HKN experience and supports members as leaders in our field and the world. I have participated in similar activities for these organizations:

  • Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity – have many best practices (programs to encourage long-term pledges, recognition of donors by students with handwritten notes, personal visits by national staff, frequent email and social media interaction by national staff, invitations to speak at regional training activities) to share with HKN.
  • Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative – Founding Board Member and Finance Committee Chair => value propositions to gain new members and retain existing members.
  • GridWise Alliance – Board and Executive Committee Member and Finance Chair => value propositions to gain new members and retain existing members.
  • Smart Grid Interoperability Panel – Board Chair => led transition of government-funded organization (NIST) to a member-funded organization, with emphasis on tailoring value propositions of membership for 22 different industry stakeholder groups.
  • IEEE Power Engineering Society in 2002-2003 => on Governing Board as Secretary, developed “What’s In It for Me” brochure detailing value propositions of membership for the individual and for the individual’s company.
  • IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Long Range Planning Committee Subcommittee 3 Chair on Chapter Activities, Membership Development, and Outreach (2018 to present) => defining value propositions of membership for students, for young professionals, and for experienced professionals – with emphasis on the transition from student to young professional. Other goals and actions include reinvigorating chapter communications with its members (created social media contest), establishing mentorship program (both individual and chapter), and tracking and improving chapter health (developed chapter health index tool).
  • IEEE Foundation Director-Elect in 2020 and Director in 2021-2023 => have been very involved in the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus program since its beginning (evaluating student applications, defining value proposition for students to apply, and being a significant donor).

In summary, I look forward to utilizing my background and experience to make significant contributions to HKN. I must admit that I do not know the details of HKN’s governance or operations but am anxious to learn. Given that I am new to the inner workings of HKN, I propose to help HKN in these ways:

  • Continue work on defining the value proposition of HKN membership and participation for four stakeholder groups: student, young professional, mid-career professional, and senior professional.
  • Encourage IEEE society professional chapters to have joint activities with IEEE-HKN chapters in their local area (assume the IEEE society student chapters are the same chapter or already do this).
  • Increase contact with alumni, convey corresponding value proposition, and provide each the opportunity to give back to HKN by donating and/or participating in HKN activities.
  • Provide feedback from students to donors on a regular basis (e.g., I receive a handwritten note of thanks on a post card from a student at a Delta Sigma Phi chapter leadership training event).
  • Increase participation of alumni, especially donors, in HKN activities and events (e.g., keynote speaker at chapter leadership training event).
  • Increased interaction of HKN staff with donors.
  • Create and utilize chapter health index tool, individual and chapter mentoring program, and chapter social media contest.

Student Governor: Sandro Sartoni

Inducted: 2018 – Mu Nu Chapter

Polytechnic University of Turin


Candidate Biography

My name is Sandro Sartoni. I studied Electronic Engineering at Università di Firenze, where I received my Bachelor Degree in July 2017 and then moved to Turin where I received my Master of Science Degree in Embedded Systems in October 2019. I’m currently pursuing a PhD in the field of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.

Throughout my academic career I have always been an active student, taking part in many different student teams and associations. When I was studying in Florence, I was part of the “Firenze Race Team” that focuses on the development of a race car (a student version of the Formula 1 competition), where I helped in the development of electronic systems and their wiring in an autonomous driving car. In August 2017 we took part in a competition in Hockenheim, Germany, with teams coming from all around the world. This experience helped me in developing my teamwork skills in a team with different areas (not only Electronic Engineering but also Mechanical Engineering, Finance, etc). In Turin, aside from HKN, I also helped another university team, PACE Team, in developing Electronic Control Units in a small electric vehicle.

As soon as I moved to Turin, I joined the Mu Nu chapter of IEEE-HKN. In my first year, November 2017 through June 2018, I served my chapter as a member of the tutoring area. I was inducted by the end of the first year and I was elected as President for the following academic year, 2018-2019. Thanks to this role, I was able to take part in our monthly Chapter Leaders Calls and this helped me in getting to know more about IEEE-HKN and their chapters. I was fascinated by this and decided to be more involved, serving as a member of the PR & Communication committee, of which I am still part as of today as the responsible of Social Media. After presenting our chapter at COMPSAC in Milwaukee in July 2019, I decided to candidate for the Student Governor position. In the last academic year, I served IEEE-HKN as one of the two Student Governors and as the Corresponding Secretary of the Mu Nu chapter and, from time to time, helped out with some tutoring activities.

I don’t think I can effectively put into words the huge set of skills and knowledge I acquired thanks to IEEE-HKN. In a span of one and a half year I learned how to lead international teams, manage events with sponsors from the academic world as well as the industry, conduct discussions during our monthly calls, develop a social media profile for our association and lived wonderful experiences in our last Student Leadership Conference. For this reasons, I am grateful to IEEE-HKN and I am willing to serve it for another academic year.

Position Statement

I really do believe the work Katie and I have done this year has been beneficial to the growth of IEEE-HKN, even considering all the unfortunate events that occurred. For this reason, my main goal. if elected, would be to keep up the (hopefully) good work by focusing on three aspects:

  • Support every chapter and member, helping them when needed and providing lots of insights on how to make our chapters thrive in our University communities
  • Provide online social activities to bring people together and create a worldwide network, also aiming to reach out alumni, when possible
  • Continue the work we have done so far with our social media, as this is how we present ourselves to external communities.

The commitment I have seen from many different chapters is incredible, I believe our role is to do everything in our power to support our chapters with the hope that in such good environment people can thrive and grow as much as they can.

Student Governor: Zeus Gannon

Inducted: 2018 – Gamma Iota Chapter

University of Kansas


Candidate Biography

My name is Zeus Gannon. I’m currently pursuing a master’s in electrical engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). My focus is applied electromagnetics, which consists of using radar and other remote sensing techniques. I was inducted to the Gamma Iota chapter of IEEE-HKN in 2018 and have served as President since. As President of my chapter I have worked with my officers to plan and execute events for our engineering department. Many of our event focus on building a connection between the students and our faculty. These activities range from BBQs, to shooting pool, to a student vs. teacher volleyball game every spring.

I have a unique perspective as I am a non-traditional student (10+ years since graduating high school). This has allowed me to identify and relate to students and faculty to bridge the gap between them. There are a couple of examples of how this perspective has helped me in my studies. One was being a part of the senior design team voted best in show by my peers. Another is that I was selected as the outstanding senior for my graduating class by my professors.

This perspective has also helped in my service to IEEE-HKN. Firstly, I increased faculty turnout for events by utilizing my personal connections with many of them. The increase in faculty turnout led to a student obtaining a research position. Secondly, in obtaining support for chapter operations above and beyond what we had received in the past. I would like to serve IEEE-HKN beyond my local chapter by putting this unique perspective to use as a Student Governor. I believe I would be well suited for it because a major component of the position is to serve as an interface between the students and the rest of the Board.

Position Statement

If elected to the position of Student Governor, my priority would be to represent the students on the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors. I would accomplish this by being available for questions and suggestions from my fellow students. Then I would be able to present those suggestions to the rest of the Board. I would be able to serve as an avenue for students to gain in-depth understand of decisions made by the Board. I would also continue the practices of our current Student Governors, such as being active on the organization’s Slack and organizing the monthly call for chapter leaders.

My plan to help support the future success of IEEE-HKN is to grow the membership of the organization. To accomplish this, I would use a two-step approach. The first step would be to focus on retention of prospective members at our individual universities. The second step would be for chapters to visit local high schools to generate interest in pursuing electrical and computer engineering.

To accomplish the first step, I would propose development of a best practice that would consist of an awards ceremony. This would encourage the underclassmen (sophomores and freshmen) to continue their exemplary scholarship. This is an annual event at my local chapter of Gamma Iota that we’ve carried out for the past nine years, two of which I’ve organized. Not only would this event encourage the underclassmen, but it would also serve as an outreach opportunity to improve the visibility of the chapter.

For the second step I would lead the creation of an interactive demonstration for the two dominant majors of our organization. This demonstration would consist of remote sensing to showcase electrical engineering and microcontrollers to showcase computer engineering. The demonstration kit could be constructed of components that a university should already have on hand. A base script and playbook would be made for the demonstration. Room would be left for chapters to add additional modules that show their local universities’ specialty. Chapters would then take the show on the road to high schools in the local area, with priority being given to those that need encouragement the most.

In addition to these plans I would also be willing to develop new plans depending on what the student body wants. Thank you for your consideration.

Student Governor: Joseph Greene

Inducted: 2018 – Kappa Sigma Chapter

Boston University


Candidate Biography

My name is Joseph Greene and I am currently 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. Previously, I graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2018 and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2019. Over my time at Boston University, I have heard a common saying that students should strive to be Societal Engineers, who are engineers that are attentive to the needs of our society and use their technical prowess to address those needs. While I admired the message, I found it difficult to imagine how I, as a solitary engineer, could leverage my existing skills to affect society in such an impactful manner. However, during my junior year, I readily joined our local IEEE chapter, where I began to see myself as a member of a global community of like-minded engineers dedicated towards changing our society on many levels.

Over the subsequent years, I whole-heartedly applied myself to our chapter, first as a member and later as the twice-elected Vice President of Kappa Sigma. Over my tenure, I learned how to grow and inspire our community on a local level using the pillars of IEEE-HKN as a guide:

Scholarship: I 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 our chapter.

Character: I organized tutoring sessions hosted by our IEEE-HKN and E-board members around finals as well as encouraged our members to volunteer as host committee members during the previous IEEE-HKN Student leadership conference to promote leadership qualities and a sense of charity in our members.

Attitude: Throughout the year, I proposed a series of game nights and other social events to bring our IEEE and IEEE-HKN communities together so they could build a diverse, inclusive community centered on engaging with our peers.

Though this role, I have learned how to plan events, publicize our chapter, form lasting professional relationships as well as build the necessary leadership skills to guide a community of my peers.

IEEE has also allowed me to build the necessary relationships to begin leading projects to address the needs of communities outside my immediate bubble. During my senior year, for example, I used my relationship with an IEEE Fellow and Professor at Boston University to propose a thesis project, where I led a small team in designing and implementing an automated microscope with a microfluidic add on to rapidly identify antibiotic resistant genes in bacteria using gold nanoparticles. The subsequent year, I co-founded a social media startup company with two fellow IEEE chapter members over the duration of 6 months. Finally, I placed 3rd out of 26 teams in an intern design challenge at MIT Lincoln Lab, where a team including an IEEE Chapter member and me developed a river cleanup system to prevent plastic debris from entering the ocean. These experiences have taught me how to lead groups outside of an academic setting, learn how to balance my professional life with my academic requirements and learn how to listen to my peers and colleagues to achieve more than I ever could have independently. Most importantly, I have experienced firsthand how IEEE can bring us together to address issues that affect our society beyond our local community.

This coming academic year will bring with it some unprecedented uncertainties. However, if elected, I will leverage my experiences and bring my passion for IEEE-HKN into the Board of Governors to help our chapters thrive amidst the challenging global state and help grow our organization on an international level.

Position Statement

These previous months have brought a number of challenging questions into the limelight, which we as IEEE-HKN members are beginning to address in our chapters and in larger formats, such as our monthly student leaders’ call or diversity round table.

How can we ensure diversity in our university chapters and provide an inclusive environment?

How may we encourage and engage with our members while our universities are switching to remote learning?

How may we support under-represented groups and communities amidst these challenging times?

While no singular individual may hold the answer to all these points, I have quickly learned how ready, willing and creative our IEEE-HKN leaders and members are in tackling these challenges. From participants in our student leaders’ call suggesting mental health check-ins with our members, to my fellow E-board members in Kappa Sigma proposing a women and minorities in STEM day, I am continually inspired by our discussions.

As student governor, I vow to help mitigate these difficult times by listening to our chapters and bringing your comments, concerns and questions to our collective attention. To that end, I intend to act as an approachable face on our Board of Governors. If you have concerns about the semester or simply need another individual to bounce an idea off of, I will gladly listen and give some feedback. If you have a chapter-wide issue or notice an aspect that we, as IEEE-HKN, could be doing better, I will gladly help get those concerns addressed. In addition, I will discuss with the Board to see what new ways we may bring our communities together, on or offline, to help IEEE-HKN continue to grow as an interconnected network of peers. Through this, I intend to help grow our inclusive community as well as uphold our sense of connection when so many individuals may be physically apart.

I also vow to bring a new perspective on Board issues and use the position of student governor to propose initiatives that celebrate and grow our diverse society of engineers. Some ideas include:

Working alongside the IEEE-HKN Alumni and Pathways-to-Industry programs to investigate how we may assist under-represented IEEE-HKN members and alumni pursue their academic and career goals.

Pitching an online tool where IEEE-HKN members may post and vote on new ideas for events, policy changes and feedback so no voice goes unheard.

Working with the Outstanding Chapter Award Committee to weigh favorably IEEE-HKN events that involve other student organizations, so we may help bring individual organizations together and form more inclusive university environments.

Finally, I vow to go into the position with an open mind so I may learn about the many cultures that comprise IEEE-HKN and learn how to develop initiatives for our global society.

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