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 2021 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Election will include elections for each of the following positions:

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

Only chapters located in Region 3 or 4 are eligible to vote for the Region 3 and 4 Governor.

President-Elect 2022: Bernard Thomas Sander

Inducted: 1966 – Delta Psi Chapter

Saint Louis University


Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Sander is an IEEE Life Senior Member who joined IEEE and was inducted into the Delta Psi Chapter of HKN as a student at Saint Louis University.  He has held several IEEE positions including R4 Director 2017-2018 and IEEE-HKN Secretary 2020-present.

Bernie is retired from Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies where he spent over 31 years in the development of radar and switching systems. Following retirement from Bell Labs, Bernie has consulted at Northwestern and Marquette University in the design and construction of equipment used for research in human movement studies.  Bernie has held several technical and management positions.  His areas of technical expertise include phased array radar systems, wire-line and CDMA switching systems and engineering safety.

Bernie has been recognized for outstanding personal commitment and contributions to Affirmative Action at Bell Labs Indian Hill.  Bernie has also been recognized with the IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award for leadership in expanding the Science Kits for Public Libraries program In Region 4.

Bernie and his wife Toni have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.  Together they have volunteered time and talent to numerous ventures. For example, they have volunteered for over 25 years in Marriage Enrichment and in preparation of couples for Marriage.

Dr Sander has degrees in Electrical Engineering from SLU, CalTech and Washington University in St Louis.

IEEE Activities

IEEE Committees/Boards

  • IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee – 2020
  • IEEE TAB/PSPB Publications and Services Committee – 2019
  • IEEE Board of Directors, R4 Director/Delegate – 2017-2018
  • IEEE-USA Awards Committee Chair – 2016
  • IEEE Awards Committee – 2015-2018
  • IEEE-USA Board – 2017-2018
  • IEEE MGA Board – 2017-2018
  • IEEE Ad hoc on Continuous Improvement – 2017
  • IEEE MGA Alignment Committee – 2018
  • IEEE MGA Reorganization Committee – 2018
  • IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee – 2017-2018
  • IEEE Technical Conference and Exhibition Program Committee – 2015
  • IEEE Committee on Communications P0licy – 2005-2021


  • Director Region 4 – 2017-2018
  • Director-Elect – 2015-2016
  • Treasurer 2011-2014
  • Area Chair – 2008-2010

Sections/Chapters/Affinity Groups

  • IEEE Chicago Section Chair – 2008-2009
  • IEEE Chicago Section Vice-Chair – 2007
  • IEEE Chicago Section – Treasurer – 2006-2007
  • IEEE Central Area Support Chair – 2006-2008
  • Science Kits For Public Libraries Board – 2006-2007

Society/Technical Council

  • IEEE TAB/PSPB Publications and Services Committee -2019


  • Secretary for HKN Board of Governors – 2018-2021
  • Inducted into Delta Psi Chapter at Saint Louis University – 1965


  • General Chair of the Chicago Section 125th Anniversary Celebration – 2019
  • Chicago Section Conference Review Committee – 2006-2009

Major Accomplishments

  • As secretary of HKN, established with the support of the HKN Board of Governors a Operations Committee so that the monthly BoG meeting could focus on more strategic issues. It has been well supported by the Board and is seen as a model for future operations support within HKN and possibly other Operational Units in IEEE as well.
  • Established a student branch in Rwanda. I came away with a new appreciation of the challenges for IEEE in Africa but also the potential.
  • The establishment of joint R4/R6 region meetings.
  • Board member for the early Science Kits for Public Libraries.
  • General Chair of the 125th Anniversary celebration of the Chicago Section.


  • I have had the opportunity to serve HKN as secretary for the last 2+ years – providing an opportunity to see its workings and that of its Board of Governors up close and personal. I have also had an opportunity to chair the Operations Committee and to contribute in a major way to a successful effort to restructure agendas and enabling the BoG to focus more energy on strategic issues.
  • As a volunteer and Region Director, I have developed skills in managing a team of volunteers and running successful meetings. I have the opportunity to visit regions around the world and to work closely with IEEE in Africa (6 months in Rwanda).  These Experiences have given me an appreciation for the range of challenges and opportunities faced by a global organization like IEEE.
  • I am a patient listener and have demonstrated ability to build relationships and consensus among global diverse teams.
  • I am open to new ideas and am quite willing to fund trials of new ideas as demonstrated by the organization structure trials within Region 4. In those trials, we experienced some success but also are still learning from our failures.
  • I have 6 years of experience as treasurer and director of Region 4 and have developed an appreciation for the financial challenges faced by IEEE. My experience as an officer and member of the board have given me an appreciation of both the flexibility and inflexibility of IEEE.
  • I am energized by the prospect of growing HKN.

Position Statement

My membership in HKN has always been special to me. I see it as affirmation of values I believe in and support in making decisions in my own life. Members of IEEE-HKN are invited to be members because of their commitment to a set of core values – Scholarship, Character and Attitude. They come to HKN as successful students or professionals who have contributed much prior to becoming a member. They have high hopes and high expectations of this world and their place in it. They are gifted and interested in supporting efforts to make our world a better place.

I see my role as a future leader of HKN as one of empowering and supporting these special members of IEEE. I must strive to be an example of HKN values (Scholarship, Character and Attitude). I need to support and nurture the efforts of our members.

IEEE-HKN has done an outstanding job of developing events and programs for the benefit and enrichment of the professional lives of members. It has also opened the door for new members who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the values of HKN. I would continue to support these efforts. In addition, I look forward to working with members of HKN on new opportunities and efforts identified for the benefit of the world and HKN.

Some of the efforts I would continue support are the Student Leadership Conference and the HKN Experience. I am also interested in providing access to events to more of our members perhaps with more virtual or hybrid events. I am also interested in maintaining a focus on development as IEEE and HKN struggle with financial viability.

One of the very real opportunities and challenges is the recruitment and engagement of graduate students and professional members. I have seen the excitement of new professional members, but also believe that there is very real potential for further engagement of these members in new efforts. One possibility being investigated is a partnership between HKN Alumni and Science Kits for Public Libraries.

I have had management experience both as a technical manager at Bell Labs and as a volunteer, board member and director in IEEE and in other non-profit organizations. In those roles, I have developed skills in motivating and managing volunteers. I have had the opportunity to work with diverse teams spread across the globe – providing challenges and opportunities in helping team members reach goals and build skills and expertise in becoming leaders themselves. I see that experience as being critical to making HKN a continuing successful and growing part of IEEE.

Thanks for your support. I look forward to serving IEEE-HKN as your president.

President-Elect 2022: Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

Inducted: 2013 – Epsilon Delta Chapter

Tufts University



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 TV, IEEE spectrum, USA today, E-week, AI-news and IEEE transmitter, The Bridge and ACM-News.

As an active IEEE Eta Kappa NU (HKN) member, Sampath enjoys volunteering and serves in numerous global engineering forums to promote the advancement of engineering and technology. He has extensively contributed to numerous IEEE-HKN’s global programs and IEEE global committees. He currently chairs the 2021 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award global committee. He was a member of the 2020 HKN strategic planning committee which defined the 2020-2025 HKN strategic direction. He served as the IEEE Member & Geographic Activities Governor-At-Large (2015-2017) on the IEEE HKN board of governors (BoG) and strengthened the collaboration between HKN and IEEE MGA entities. He successfully led the outstanding chapter award program (2016-2018)  and delivered significant growth for the program. He also spearheaded and  established  Vtool support for HKN chapters at grassroots. In his 16 years of volunteering journey, he has spearheaded and delivered numerous high-impactful programs which significantly scaled up the growth of 20+ global IEEE programs/committees such as IEEE-HKN, IEEE History committee, IEEE Humanitarian Activities committee, IEEE SIGHT, IEEE EMCC, IEEE public visibility initiatives, IEEE educational activities, IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Women in Engineering, IEEE Standards and IEEE Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS).

As the Global chair of 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (IEEE HAC) appointed by the IEEE Board of Directors, Sampath spearheads the global strategy and portfolio of sustainable development and humanitarian engineering programs to deliver impactful programs to benefit IEEE members (400k+) at grass root-level in 160+ countries. He is credited with launching several transformative programs that have empowered IEEE members to deliver technology for social goods  and have made IEEE a world leader in the sustainable development space. Sampath was the Global Chair (2019-2020) of IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian technologies (SIGHT), leading the program to record-breaking growth (4500 members (2018) to 18500+ now)  through high-impact, technology-driven sustainable programs benefiting members in 119+ countries. He is the founding chair for the IEEE SIGHT day (2020)  and SIGHT week (2019), a global program that showcases the impactful IEEE technology-based humanitarian programs. He currently heads the IEEE Standard’s 2021 corporate sustainability global efforts.

Sampath’s exemplary scholarly contributions and leadership excellence accredited him with numerous global awards and honors like IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award (2013), IEEE Larry K Wilson Transnational Award (2016), IEEE “New Face of Engineering” (2011), IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award (2014), IEEE MGA Achievement Award (2008 & 2013) and IEEE Presidents’ ‘Change the World’ Award. He was most recently accredited with the 2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Professional Award for his technical and leadership excellence. He received M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, India (2005). He currently works as a senior technology and program management leader with Alexa Artificial Intelligence Group at Amazon, USA.

Position Statement

Dear esteemed HKN members and Chapter leaders, 


As a 2022 IEEE-HKN president-elect candidate, I humbly seek your support and vote in this election. IEEE-HKN has been an integral part of my professional and leadership journey. As a student, IEEE-HKN provided a strong path to follow my passion in serving differently-abled children, impoverished students, and women in developing nations. Today as a leading technologist, IEEE-HKN’s core values and volunteering experience strongly shaped my vision and passion for serving under-served communities. These values and volunteering experience empowered me to invent technological solutions and deliver global programs with profound impact in improving the living conditions of marginalized communities globally.

I strongly believe thatStudents, chapter advisers, alumni, and professional members are the pillars of IEEE-HKN. Without you, the story of HKN’s progress and growth is not complete”. My mission is to serve the needs of the HKN chapters and deliver unique member-enriching experiences at the grassroots. In the last 16 years, I have served in 20+ IEEE global boards/committees and have delivered high-impactful member engagement global programs.

I’m committed to building a vibrant life-long global community that will inspire, connect, and engages HKN members to advance technology for the benefit of humanity and deliver an inclusive and prosperous future for everyone. I will launch a portfolio of high-impactful programs that will promote career development, increase transnational networking opportunities, strengthen partnerships with industry and global organizations, and make IEEE-HKN one of the world’s top trusted sources in technology and innovations. 

My top priorities for IEEE-HKN members are as follows:

Deliver strategic global programs and partnerships to enrich the HKN membership experience 

  • Launch joint programs between HKN and IEEE global programs like IEEE MGA, Technical societies, Standards, and EAB to foster shared vision and stronger collaboration at the grassroots.
  • Establish IEEE-HKN regional council to deliver unique region-oriented programs. Rollout regional HKN chapter summits, student and Alumni leadership conferences to strengthen member engagement, expand networking opportunities, and chapter growth.
  • Introduce IEEE-HKN technology-based sustainable development programs in partnership with global organizations to empower HKN members to apply their technical expertise in addressing global challenges faced by underserved communities. 
  • Establish a community of practices among HKN chapters to share best practices, lessons learned, and success stories in reactivating dormant chapters.
  • Offer career-relevant educational programs to strengthen the professional skill development of HKN members through online conferences, webinars, workshops, and training courses in IEEE Learning Network.
  • Provide transnational micro-volunteering opportunities to increase HKN member engagement and serve their emerging career needs.

Foster career-relevant skill development programs to benefit students, young professionals, and alumni members

  • Launch strategic leadership and career guidance programs to train and transform HKN students and early-career professionals into world-class leaders.
  • Launch an industry connection program to prepare HKN student members for the industry workforce. Offer skill development on emerging technologies through hands-on boot camps, provide career counseling, and internship opportunities.
  • Launch unique partnership programs with IEEE humanitarian activities to empower HKN students and professional members to leverage their technical skills for social good.  
  • Increase donor support for student scholarships by strengthening donor outreach and awareness of the impactful work carried out by HKN chapters.
  • Deliver a  global entrepreneurship program to train HKN members and create future leaders to drive innovations. 
  • Launch a member spotlight program to increase public awareness of HKN and showcase the impactful technological work carried out by HKN members.

Offer unique global member engagement opportunities for leadership growth 

  • Launch a global HKN mentorship program to connect student and Alumni members with academic and Industrial HKN leaders to provide career guidance
  • Create an industry consortium involving key industry leaders and HKN professional members to strengthen the partnership between HKN and the industry.
  • Establish a global chapter/faculty advisor forum to bring together advisors and facilitate information exchanges on chapter best practices and excellence.
  • Create an alumni engagement program to foster opportunities to re-connect, network, collaborate on professional development activities.  
  • Launch a global recognition program to highlight the outstanding contributions of chapters, advisors, and alumni members.

Strengthen and scale-up IEEE-HKN chapter development and growth – “Think globally and act locally”

  • Deliver impactful member engagement opportunities to sustain the growth of existing HKN chapters.
  • Expand partnership with IEEE regions to sustain engagement and scale-up chapter growth in regions with limited presence.
  • Launch a global HKN chapter support program to facilitate close interaction with HKN Board in regular cadence to seek guidance on chapter operational excellence
  • Foster cross-regional collaboration among HKN chapters and expand networking opportunities.
  • Collaborate with IEEE-IT to provide self-serve tools to simplify annual reporting, chapter health monitoring, and awards nomination.

My sustained volunteering experience across multiple global IEEE programs, passion, and commitment to HKN’s growth has prepared me strongly to lead and serve IEEE-HKN members globally. Please participate in the upcoming election and kindly support my candidature. Thank you!


Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan


Governor Regions 3 & 4: Jennifer Marley

Inducted: 2010 – Beta Eta Chapter

North Carolina State University


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.

Jennifer’s research interests include power system optimization, the integration of renewable energy sources including wind and solar generation, and the planning and operation of transmission-level energy storage devices. Her work focuses on developing optimization algorithms for solving the AC-Optimal Power Flow (OPF) problem on realistically large transmission networks by employing a successive linearization solution method. She has developed improved initialization procedures for this method that offer improvements in operating cost and execution time. She has applied scenario-based stochastic optimization techniques to extend such methods to address the inherent uncertainty that the variability of renewable generation sources introduces into power systems. She has also investigated multiperiod OPF formulations that take into account demand forecasts when scheduling the operation of energy storage.

Jennifer teaches courses across all four years of the undergraduate Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering curricula at Valparaiso University. Her teaching experience ranges from first-year courses such as fundamentals of engineering and fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering to upper-level electives in power systems analysis and control system design. She also teaches technical writing for electrical and computer engineers and ethical considerations in engineering. Her focus in teaching is on developing strategies for incorporating active learning in the classroom. Her pedagogical research has focused on course development to improve student self-confidence, to address the challenges of decreasing student attention spans, and to complete significant laboratory experiences in shorter class periods.

Position Statement

Both as a student and now as a chapter faculty advisor, I have seen the impact that IEEE-HKN has on students, alumni, and professionals. It is an organization that truly embodies the meaning of community, service, and leadership. Particularly over the past 18 months, IEEE-HKN has provided continued support, demonstrated creativity in adapting to ever-changing circumstances, and showed genuine interest in helping every chapter and member succeed in maintaining their involvement. My focus as Governor, Regions 3-4 would be to continue to grow such efforts and develop inclusive, accessible programs that help strengthen the IEEE-HKN community.

I serve as faculty advisor for the Mu Rho Chapter of IEEE-HKN, an enthusiastic and motivated group of students. In this role, I support and help students plan a variety of events ranging from laser tag with faculty to alumni and professional speaker series. I am always impressed with the extent to which these students are concerned with integrating new members into our chapter and welcoming new students to the University. As regional Governor, I would like to find more opportunities for chapters and members to exchange ideas for events, speaker series, and other best practices. Sharing successful ideas not only improves the organization as a whole, but doing so fosters a stronger sense of community among members. A few ideas for doing so include online webinars and panel sessions, social media “highlights” of fun and successful events, expanding the online resources to include a searchable repository of event ideas, and pairing chapter leaders having similar struggles and interests with each other and with professional members to improve their experience.

The service provided by IEEE-HKN takes many forms. Chapters host events to help other students succeed academically and personally. They create shared spaces for members to collaborate and enjoy each other’s company. Members are continually identifying the needs of the communities surrounding them. There are also opportunities to expand this service. Consistently connecting students with alumni and professionals could help do so. In addition to increasing engagement, this could expose students to more diverse perspectives and may help them offer wider-reaching service. We can also expand the types of service offered; learning from the adaptations required during the last 18 months, we can employ new technology to reach members who may currently have limited access to resources such as presentations.

IEEE-HKN is uniquely positioned to foster leadership in its members. Mentorship opportunities could be offered by connecting newer members to the extensive network of accomplished professionals and alumni. Social media could be leveraged to showcase careers of members that might inspire other members. Active chapters could be paired with those seeking to increase their presence on campus, providing leadership opportunities for students in both chapters. Closely tied to community, we can provide more networking to encourage newer members to take initiative and to share their vision for the future of IEEE-HKN.

As an educator, I have experience facilitating groups, identifying the needs of students, and developing activities to maintain engagement and share ideas. As a faculty advisor, I have experience growing a student chapter. As regional Governor, I would be excited to help chapters in my regions develop and expand their role within IEEE-HKN. Thank you for considering me for this position. I look forward to continuing my role within IEEE-HKN.

Governor Regions 3 & 4: John McWilliams

Inducted: 1976 – Nu Chapter

Iowa State University




Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1978

Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 2003

Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2010

Graduate Certificate, Biorenewable Resources, Iowa State University, 2011

Professional Development Prog., Innovation and Emerging Technologies, Stanford University, 2020

Employment History:

Westinghouse Electric Corp., Electrical Engineer, 1978 – 1988

AVO International (Megger), Regional Technical Manager, 1988 – 1999

Dairyland Power Cooperative, Senior Innovation Engineer, 1999 – Present


International Assignments:

Saudi Arabia                                       Westinghouse Electric Corp.  1981 – 1982 and 1983 – 1986

England                                                AVO International (Megger)             1992 and 1996 – 1999

Malaysia                                              AVO International (Megger)                            1994 – 1996

Professional Qualifications:

IEEE – Senior Member                       Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – 29 years

IEEE Industry Applications Society – 19 years

IEEE Power & Energy Society – 28 years

IEEE Technology & Eng. Management Society – 7 years

IEEE Smart Grid Community – 8 years

IEEE Tech Ethics Community – 5 years

IEEE Transportation Electrification Community – 9 years

Member                                               IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu – Nu Chapter – 1976

                                                                        Strategic Planning Follow Up Committee

                                                                        Professional Member Committee – Chair

                                                                        Alumni Committee – Chair

                                                                        Outstanding Chapter Award Committee


Energy Policy Committee

Program Evaluator                         ABET – Electrical Engineering

Manager                                           EPRI Technology Transfer

Professional Engineer                  State of Wisconsin

Position Statement

Dear Chapter Leaders,

My involvement with IEEE-HKN started with my induction into the Nu Chapter at Iowa State University in November, 1976.  In 2015, I was invited by Nancy Ostin, Director of IEEE-HKN, to attend the Student Leadership Conference at Iowa State.  Meeting the incredible students that attended that conference led me to volunteering my time and donating my resources to help grow IEEE-HKN.  Currently, I serve on several subcommittees including the Outstanding Chapter Award, the Professional Member and the Alumni Committee.  I enjoy working on the subcommittees and the opportunity it gives me to interact with fellow IEEE-HKN members and students.

If elected to the Board of Governors for Region 3-4, I will strive to:

  1.  Continue my work on the subcommittees as these are important avenues to encourage the growth of membership through helping students to get involved with IEEE-HKN and the recognition that comes with it, assisting outstanding professionals to join to share their expertise, experiences and wisdom and to promote ongoing involvement of IEEE-HKN past the educational period of their career.
  2. Take leadership positions on the Board that make use of my 40 plus years of experiences.  Leadership isn’t simply about occupying a position.  It is about getting into what needs to be done and working to make it so.
  3. Make myself available to students and alumni to answer questions and help promote their involvement in IEEE-HKN.  I will be representing you and will need your input and your assistance.
  4. Enjoy getting to know more of you and helping IEEE-HKN grow.

Thank you for your consideration in this important role in IEEE-HKN.

Please stay safe and healthy.



Governor At-Large: Manuel Castro

Inducted: 2019 – Eta Chapter


Manuel Castro (M’87-SM’94-F’08) received Industrial Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the ETSII/UPM, Spain. He received in 1988 the Extraordinary Doctoral Award and the Viesgo Award, and in 1999 UNED’s Social Council Award. He works in Industrial Electronics, IoT systems, Renewable Energies, and distance learning systems being involved in the development of cybersecurity and remote laboratories in Engineering Education, leading the VISIR federation.

He is Professor and Past Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNED and was UNED’s New Technologies Vice-Rector, Information Services Center Director, and Engineering School Vice-Director. He worked 5 years in Digital Equipment Corporation as senior system engineer. He publishes technical, research and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences.

He actively participated at IEEE journals and conferences, publishing articles and chairing sessions, as well as publishing in the Transactions on Industrial Electronics and Magazine, Transactions on Education, IEEE Access as well as being reviewer.

He is IEEE Education Society Emeritus President, Past Chair of the IEEE Spain Section, Past Chair and founder of the IEEE Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society, Counselor and founder of the IEEE UNED Student Branch and Counselor and founder of the IEEE HKN Nu Alpha at UNED. He has been awarded with the Meritorious Service Award at the IEEE EDUNINE 2017 and IEEE EDUCON 2011; the IEEE Education Society Awards: William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education, Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service, Distinguished Member and Distinguished Chapter Leadership as well as the TAEE Professional Life Award and the Nicola Tesla Chain of the IGIP International Society. He is Honor Ambassador of Madrid Convention Bureau and co-editor of IEEE-RITA.

He co-chaired the conferences WEEF/GEDC 2021, IEEE LWMOOCs 2018, REV 2016, IEEE FIE 2014, IEEEE EDUCON 2010 and TAEE 2010 in Madrid, Spain, as well as IEEE EDUCON 2018 (Canary Islands, Spain) and IEEE EDUNINE 2017 (Santos, Brazil).

He is Past IEEE Division VI Director and was member of IEEE Board of Directors and TAB.

Position Statement

A rich collaborative life engaged at IEEE and other professional engineering societies bring my best reference and qualifications as I have been involved (and started and push them to sustainability) in leading Student Branch, Sections, Chapters, Societies and BoD, having a good overview of the IEEE activities in MGA, EA and TA as well as collaborating in other IEEE activities, (Publications, Conferences, Standards and Accreditation). My major effort in the volunteer side of the professional societies is the management and sustainability of the
organizational units and activities that allow members to mature themselves to start a new leadership way, having in mind the needs of diversity accomplishments allowing to develop the majority of the members’ needs inside the association.

After being a member of the highest committees inside IEEE (Board of Directors and Assembly) as well as to the TAB and Director’s Forum, and having positions in many OU levels (chapter, section, Region, Societies, Division, student branch, HKN chapter) the vision of the major processes and activities inside IEEE are really familiar. And as being involved in several levels and positions inside them, the previous experience as member and chair of different committees should be of added value for a three-year member of the IEEE HKN BoG.

The experience during recent years inside different committees has been until now really interesting and productive, allowing me to have a closer look at different aspects of IEEE organizations. After several years of collaborating within IEEE Student branches and after being inducted as IEEE-HKN professional member we performed in 2020 the installation of the two first chapters in Spain that we were preparing for several years including the first distance/online University inside the IEEE HKN. With this first year experience as counselor and advisor/director department of the chapter is a good time to be involved as a member of the BoG of IEEE-HKN and to participate in the management of chapters, students, alumni, teachers and professionals inside IEEE-HKN. The main idea is to continue supporting the initiatives and projects for the membership of IEEE HKN and to return value to them.

Governor At-Large: Dr. Russ Meier

Inducted: 2018 – Eta Chapter


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.

In addition to his teaching career, Dr. Meier works to improve engineering education as part of his professional service. Over two decades, he helped the IEEE Education Society create multiple workshops, conferences, and online seminars for engineering and computer science professors. He began his Education Society service as a Board member and progressed to Vice President of Conferences, President-Elect, President, and is now Junior Past President. He has a proven track record leading international teams, leading a large Board of Governors, balancing budgets, making personnel decisions, updating master brands, building relationships, completing project assessment using key performance indicators, and building diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization.

More recently, Dr. Meier has increased his professional service with IEEE Educational Activities and IEEE-HKN. In IEEE-EA, he has helped multiple committees design, develop, and deliver webinars, websites, and marketing messages. He is currently an IEEE Technical Activities representative on the IEEE Educational Activities Board. He is also a member of the Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities. In IEEE-HKN, he Chairs the Outstanding Teaching Award subcommittee and serves on the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Dr. Meier has received multiple service awards from IEEE societies. In addition, the International Society for Engineering Education awarded him the title “International Engineering Educator Honoris Causa” in 2012 for outstanding contributions in engineering education. And, in 2017, IEEE elevated Dr. Meier to the rank of Fellow for his contributions to global online engineering education.

Major IEEE and IEEE-HKN activities:

  • IEEE Education Society: Junior Past President (2021, 2022), President (2019, 2020), President-Elect (2017-2018), Vice President of Conferences (2008 – 2017), Board of Governors Member-at-Large, (2003 – 2008)
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board: TAB Representative (2021),
  • IEEE Educational Activities: Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (2016-2021), Faculty Resources Committee Chair (2018, 2019), University Resources Committee (2018, 2021),
  • IEEE-HKN: Award and Recognition Committee (2020, 2021), Outstanding Teaching Award Subcommittee Chair (2020, 2021),
  • IEEE: Ad-Hoc on Future Financial Stability of Societies and Councils (2021), Technical Activities Board (2019, 2020), Future Directions Committee (2019), Conferences Committee (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • IEEE Region 4: Conferences Committee Chair (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • IEEE Milwaukee Section: Past Chair (2017, 2018), Chair (2015, 2016), Vice Chair (2014, 2015), Education Society Chapter Chair (2008-2021), Executive Committee (2008-2021)

Position Statement

Engineers apply math, science, and ethics to build products that benefit humanity. That is a noble profession in my opinion. That is what I love about engineering.

What I love about education is the opportunity to mentor people that have had their own ah-hah moments finding their passion for engineering. When I watch the eyes of a student light up and see their brain make connections to the material they are studying, it reinforces my deepest professional love of helping people better themselves for a brighter future. Engineering education begins informally in childhood where curiosity drives exploration and the creativity to build and try things. By the time students reach the university, formal education has taught them theory and skills; they are now dreaming about giving back to the world and making it a better place. That’s powerful motivation.

I believe that the love for what they study, and the powerful motivation of how they will change the world drives IEEE-HKN members to achieve the excellence they demonstrate academically and professionally. As a Board member, I will work collaborative with colleagues and committees to ensure the organization retains its dual mission of supporting students and professionals.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people state that “everything will change.” I, of course, cannot predict the future. Perhaps universities and workplaces will return to normal once the pandemic abates. Or perhaps the lessons of these COVID years may lead to accepted efficiencies, strategies, and techniques for hybridized learning and work. Regardless, an agile organization is prepared to respond to whatever dynamic its members face. I promise that I will actively participate with the Board, brainstorm strategy, and work to keep IEEE-HKN agile and responding to its members needs. Agility requires excellence in:

  • Financial responsibility: We must ensure that IEEE-HKN identifies revenue streams that allow it to continue building high-quality programming for members, to work with members to grow programming in the K-12 engineering pipeline, to recognize award-winning excellence in members and chapters, and to grow and prosper even if faced with something as challenging as a pandemic. We must also exercise financial prudence in expenditure to best utilize the limited funds in an annual budget. We must accomplish this without burdening members with annual membership fees or an increased induction fee.
  • Programming: We must adopt techniques, tools, and technologies that allow us to deliver continuing professional development to members at all stages of the educational pipeline in both in-person and hybrid formats. Imagine an IEEE-HKN chapter that virtually visits a K12 classroom to talk about engineering and generate excitement for science and math. Then imagine an IEEE-HKN where student chapters hold programming in a hybrid format. And, perhaps imagine a worldwide virtual event joining student, alumni, and professional members together for learning and networking. Some of these things have already happened. Others may be in our future. Regardless, the need to deliver programming equally well in-person and at a distance is a lesson we have learned these past two years. It is a must for success in the current world.
  • Membership: Excellence in academics and professional life is not limited geographically. As IEEE-HKN grows, we must recognize cultural differences, pursue diversity and inclusion, and embrace a worldwide mutual motivation to better humanity through engineering. We must actively work to establish chapters throughout the world and grow our talent. Together, our distinguished members can and should apply a servant-leadership approach within local communities. We must foster an understanding of servant-leadership, help chapters deploy servant-leadership in practice, and recognize our chapters for servant-leadership accomplishments.

Bill Gates once said that “success requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.” I have a proven track record of organizational leadership that has done just that. I hope to bring that leadership to IEEE-HKN as a Board member and I hope to help it continuously improve as our century continues.

Thank you for your support.

Student Governor: Aaron Burke

Inducted: 2019 – Gamma Theta Chapter

Missouri University of Science and Technology


My name is Aaron Burke, and I am a senior pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. As a freshman, I found my home in IEEE. My student branch of IEEE-HKN provided me with educational, career, and engagement opportunities that I could not find anywhere else. I attended workshops developing my technical skills such as soldering, coding, and electrical design. I took part in valuable networking events where I met with company representatives that were interested in me, because I was associated with IEEE-HKN. I have participated in the Region 5 Competition every year since I was a freshman, which culminated in my partner and I taking first place in the Region 5 Ethics Competition this past year. All of these events and experiences that define my early time at Missouri S&T were only made possible by the hard work and determination of the IEEE-HKN students and professors that make up the student branch at my university.

I felt a duty to give back to the organization that gave so much to me, and so as a sophomore I joined the IEEE officer team as the Fundraising Chair. It was my responsibility to provide volunteer opportunities to our members, put on various fundraising events, and ultimately raise over 10,000 dollars for our operational expenses for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. As an officer team we sold merchandise, applied for grants, and solicited donations to eventually exceed the 10,000 dollar fundraising budget. Being on the IEEE officer team taught me how to be a leader, how to seek help, and how to collaborate with others to achieve our goals.

As a junior, I had finally qualified to pledge as an HKN member and was inducted in Spring of 2019. During the pledging process, I noticed one of my fellow pledges stopped attending the IEEE-HKN events that were hosted throughout the semester. I discovered that their personal life was disrupting their chances to complete the pledging process, but this was their last semester to become an HKN member. Not wanting them to miss out on the opportunity to pledge, I supplied them with the study information, plaque materials, and event details they needed to be successful. My proudest accomplishment as an HKN member is standing beside them as we were inducted in the same pledge class.

Following that experience, I wanted to help others accomplish their goals of joining the prestigious group of HKN. I became the Pledge Chair for the Gamma Theta Chapter for the Spring 2021 semester. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of Pledge Chair, I also presented at the ECEDHA/IEEE-HKN Town Hall, attended Chapter Leader Meetings throughout the semester, and served on the events planning committee for my chapter. My time as an officer for the Gamma Theta Chapter gave me a true appreciation for the three pillars of HKN: Scholarship, Character, and Attitude. I exemplified Scholarship by being the primary resource for any questions the pledges had. From event dates, to pledging requirements, to exam resources, I demonstrated a supreme understanding of all aspects of the pledging process. I displayed Character by working with pledges to navigate around the pitfalls of the pandemic during the pledging process. It was important to me to lead by example and emphasize honesty, sound judgement, capacity for hard work, and communication skills while interacting with the pledges. I exhibited Attitude by holding paramount the safety of the pledges, and still demanding the qualities of HKN members out of them. By staying positive, being flexible, and reaching out to my fellow officers, I helped to induct 11 members into the Gamma Theta Chapter during my tenure as Pledge Chair.

Now, as I stand on the precipice of my final year as an undergraduate student, I feel the responsibility to continue giving back to this wonderful community. I hope that you will consider me for Student Governor to the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors.

Position Statement

My number one priority as Student Governor is to represent the needs of students to the Board of Governors. With this responsibility in mind, I vow to be accessible. I want IEEE-HKN members, university faculty, industry professionals, pledges, prospective students, and everyone in between to feel comfortable coming to me with questions, concerns, and solutions. I believe the solutions to the issues students face reside in the communities surrounding the students. I trust that I can best represent the needs of the students by being the central hub for their communities to access. I hope that this multidisciplinary, open-communication approach will help me to be the voice of students during my tenure.

My second priority as Student Governor is to continue the best practices we have discovered during the pandemic. With this responsibility in mind, I vow to be aware. I want to be attentive to the needs of our IEEE-HKN members. In addition, I want to provide the best procedures and policies to meet these needs. I believe that we should continue recording and storing IEEE-HKN resources online. By providing this service, we ensure that current and future students will be engaged with IEEE-HKN without conflicting with their academic and social lives. Furthermore, I hope to expand the online communities we have developed between IEEE-HKN Chapters. I envision IEEE-HKN Chapters continuing to collaborate on important and fun projects together, both virtually and in-person, in the coming months. Finally, I intend to continue the amazing work of the Student Governors who came before me and ensure their legacy is maintained. The future of IEEE-HKN looks bright, and I think we can utilize the lessons learned from the pandemic while moving towards that bright future.

My third and final priority as Student Governor is to grow our social media presence. With this responsibility in mind, I vow to be consistent. I will readily admit that I am no social media guru. However, I understand that the social media platforms are built on consistency. I hope to regularly provide interesting, valuable, and varied information across all social media platforms. I want students to be aware of the massive amounts of opportunities, resources, and events that IEEE-HKN provides. To that end, I intend to try various social media campaigns so that our resources are broadcast as wide as possible. I am confident that an increase in social media engagement will have an enormous impact on the IEEE-HKN student population.

In summary, I vow to be accessible, to be aware, and to be consistent. I vow to be accessible to all people; to listen to all concerns, questions, and requests intently; and to engage with all members of the IEEE-HKN organization. I vow to be aware of current and former best practices, to attend to the needs of IEEE-HKN members, and to remain flexible in my handling of our policies. I vow to be consistent in my dealings with IEEE-HKN members, in my resolution to expand IEEE-HKN, and in my positive representation of IEEE-HKN. I make these promises in hopes to best represent the needs of students to the Board of Governors. I thank you for your consideration of my nomination as Student Governor to the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors.

Student Governor: Joseph Greene

Inducted: 2018 – Kappa Sigma Chapter

Boston University


Hello! In case we have not had the opportunity to get acquainted, I am Joseph Greene, one of the two 2021 IEEE-HKN Student Governors. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate studying computational imaging at Boston University with the assistance of the National Science Foundation Neurophotonics Research Trainee: Understanding the Brain Fellowship and Boston University Nanotechnology Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship. I also received my B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2018 and 2019 respectively. During my time at BU, I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of student groups, initiatives and organizations, ranging from student run journal clubs to our local Optical Society of America branch. However, HKN, through its tenants of Character, Attitude and Scholarship, has taught me a powerful message that still resonates in me; that pursuing a path of excellence goes beyond academic pursuits. From encouraging outreach and volunteering, to building student-lead communities, HKN provides its members with the means to better themselves and their community in the process. In a pandemic and post-pandemic world, I believe an outward focused mindset will be critical to our physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Last year, I decided to run for student governor to aid our chapters in these trying times and help increase engagement during a period that could feel very isolating. We had our challenges, but we also had our successes. Each helped shape me into a better student governor and helped me recognize the service that the title incurs towards our chapters. Now, invigorated to continue building a stronger HKN community, I ask for your consideration for re-election. Below, I will detail my personal journey and projects within HKN as well as my platform for 2022. As always, please reach me at if you have any questions about my bio, platform or to chat about any other topic not relating to this election. Thank you.

I first learned of Eta Kappa Nu during my Junior year of undergrad when my chapter, Kappa Sigma, approached me as a candidate for induction. Up until this point, I was an active member of our local IEEE student branch with tangential knowledge of HKN. I gleefully accepted, if only I knew what I was getting myself into! From there, my community gave me my first opportunity to lead as vice president of the chapter under the platform of expanding the technical events available to our chapter. Through that year, I developed an intro to a coding/Arduino workshop for our community (which is free for any chapter to use, email me for details) and hosted a number of technical speakers. However, the most impactful part of that tenure was when I was invited onto the host committee for the Tufts University Student Leadership Conference. This was my first exposure to our international HKN community and seeing our interweaved community of student leaders helped me recognize the extent of our organization, the importance of building non-local ties, and HKN as a community of peers striving for excellence. In addition, it helped me recognize how I could better our recently re-activated chapter (re-activated the year before my induction) using the model of you, our visionary chapters. Invigorated, I ran for president for 2019 and 2020 where I was able to quadruple our number of active participants, instate proper HKN practices and grow our ties by collaborating with other groups ranging from HKN chapters to local outreach initiatives. Through these experiences, I learned that collaboration is our strongest tool for success and the extent of our chapters is only as far as our imagination can reach. HKN has shaped me as a leader, engineer and individual and for those reasons; I am indebted to our society. That is why, last year, I ran for Student Governor, so I could service the community that has given my peers and me so much in trying times and ensure that each of our members can have the memorable experience I have had through HKN.

IEEE/IEEE-HKN Volunteer History

           Graduate Student Ad Hoc Committee Member Mar. 2021 – Present

           HKN Student Governor Jan. 2021 – Present

           HKN Connections Podcast Host/Co-Developer Jan. 2021 – Present

           Successful Practices Database Editor/Co-Developer Jan. 2021 – Present

           Social Media Sub-Committee Member Oct. 2020 – Present

           Kappa Sigma Alumni Advisor May 2021 – Present

           Kappa Sigma & Boston University IEEE Student Chapter President May 2019 – May 2021

           Tufts SLC Host Committee Member Mar. 2019 – Nov. 2019

           Kappa Sigma & Boston University IEEE Student Chapter Vice President May 2018 – May 2019

Position Statement

Last year, I ran on a platform that stressed three goals:

  1. Embrace the diverse, global cultures that comprise HKN to better aid our individual chapters and represent you on the Board of Governors.
  2. Mitigate the challenges of the pandemic by helping our organization build ties across our chapters and engage our members.
  3. Encourage our society to continue the important conversation of diversity and inclusion and discover new avenues to perform outreach.

As a result, I was able to help HKN achieve these goals and more to strengthen our community. By engaging with you through inductions, chapter events and our chapter leaders’ call, you have shown me the unique individualities of our chapters and helped me recognize how I can better address your needs within the Board of Governors. By co-developing the Successful Practices Database and HKN Connections podcast, engaging in chapter level collaborations, and using the chapter leaders’ call as an avenue for pertinent discussion we were able to strengthen our peer-to-peer relations and find best practices to address our variable pandemic situations. Alongside Kappa Sigma, WIE, oSTEM, and many other organizations, I proposed and co-organized a Day of Diversity event for STEM practitioners in our extended HKN family to teach each other how we can better open our organizations to celebrate individuals from diverse backgrounds. By working with IEEE SIGHT/HAC, I helped our chapters find new avenues to affect communities near and far. By engaging in the graduate student ad hoc committee and alumni committee, I have assisted HKN in developing programming, such as the upcoming HKN Grad Lab, for underutilized members of our community.

While I was able to affect HKN through these goals, there are many more directions where I may help our organization grow. After spending a year listening to our members, I have devised a focused set of aims that will synergize last year’s progress to aid HKN on a local and international level. For 2022, I will:

  1. Invest in you, our chapters, by expanding the scope of Chapter Leaders’ Calls through inviting more IEEE assets, such as TAB or Educational Activities, to build stronger ties between IEEE, HKN and our chapters. I will also developed new resources for chapters, such as a pandemic recovery plan for chapter leaders, informational documents and advertising materials to help chapters induct and integrate graduate students/professionals to expand local networks, as well as collaborative initiatives to encourage ties across our international society.
  2. Continue my work on the social media sub-committee, the HKN Connection podcast and Successful Practices Database to keep HKN readily inform about our news, initiatives, and best practices.
  3. Listen and adapt to the needs of our chapters as they recover from the challenges of this past year and look ahead to new challenges to better advise our student leaders and better represent you on the board of governors.
  4. Continue to increase the value of membership by working with the new Graduate and Professionals Committee to develop programming that will aid all members of our community, such as career-focused seminar series, mentorship programs and research spotlights.
  5. Work with student leaders, graduate students, professional members and alumni to reinforce our network of peers and mentors so all our members may tangibly contribute to local chapters and HKN.

Through these efforts, I intend to develop an organizational framework and resources to help chapters effectively pursue a path of excellence through a culture of outreach, collaboration and success within HKN.

Student Governor: Ashley Kuhnley

Inducted: 2021 – Lambda Beta Chapter

California State University, Northridge


My name is Ashley (Ash) Kuhnley and I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). My emphasis is in biomedical engineering which has been supported through graduate coursework, research on numerically modelling bioelectromagnetic activity in the heart, and in my senior capstone project. I am applying to biomedical and electrical engineering doctorate programs where I can contribute to the field of implantable cardiac devices. I was inducted to the Lambda Beta Chapter of IEEE-HKN in Spring 2021 which was our reactivation of the chapter and am president of Lambda Beta.

As a first-generation transfer student and someone who returned to school with a family of my own while working, I find it rewarding working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines while building lasting relationships that extend beyond the formalities of position or roles. I work closely with our department chair and will be inducting her August 2021, and I have worked extensively to support our students directly and indirectly at CSUN. I am a peer mentor for 17 students through the AIMS2 and Badge Project programs at CSUN where I support students by helping them find their confidence in their academics and build and strengthen the skills needed to succeed. I created a senior design catalog for our ECE students by working with all our 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. The catalog also covers the basics of who qualifies to register for senior design, what it is, and its importance in their undergraduate coursework and after graduating. This was a real need by both students and the department that I was able to identify and address, and the catalog went out to over 800 undergraduate students last Spring.

I have also organized several IEEE-HKN events over the summer for students including workshops for lab writing skills, transfer student expectations, and preview sessions of our fundamental courses that have high failure rates. I am hosting our linear systems and signals preview sessions, as well as the lab writing and transfer workshops, while my other dedicated officers are hosting the other sessions. I created a Lambda Beta Chapter channel for our CSUN students with videos on how to handle some of the lab requirements like how to use myDAQ and PSPICE, with more videos to come.

I am a founding member and president of Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) at CSUN, where our founders, leadership, and membership work to build a welcoming and supportive transfer community while CSUN works to create the resources our transfers need to succeed. I have brought in several speakers from CSUN and student-led organizations to bring awareness to what students have access to and what other communities our students can be involved in. I’ve also led several workshops about scholarships, how to ask for letters of recommendation, and the benefits of peer mentorship through TSA.

My dedication is to our student outcomes, which allows me to work directly with faculty and the department to continue improving opportunities while also being an advocate for our students when working with our dean’s office. Given the circumstances of the pandemic and virtual learning environments thrust upon all of us, giving the students a louder voice, access, and accommodations to complete our coursework and programs successfully is vital.

Position Statement

If elected as one of your student governors, I will support our chapters in increasing and maintaining engagement with their members and their student communities. These last two years have shown us how resilient and creative our students and chapters are. It will be beneficial to find ways to continue community engagement and let students know that they have support from our chapters, and our chapters have support from our Board of Governors. Each chapter and university community has unique challenges and working with each chapter to find ways they can address their challenges will make them more visible to potential candidates. Having the resolve to help our chapters thrive in 2022 includes actively listening to chapter leadership, connecting chapters to each other, and connecting chapters to other student-led organizations on their campus.

One of my objectives is to help chapters create their own playbooks and videos on the HKN YouTube channel with information to help with Chapter Operations. Because leadership tends to be juniors and seniors, the leadership teams tend to be a revolving door of students entering and leaving the next year. It is important that a chapter’s vision and goals are shared with supporting information and feedback. It’s equally important to include clear information about things that were not accomplished with specific details so the new leadership has clear expectations. This can also be done at the organizational level where I will propose initiatives to provide more content available on the HKN website for existing and reactivating chapters, and those looking to start a chapter, with real and practical information about the different aspects and challenges of running a chapter. This will also help bolster the support from our organization and give chapters additional confidence in reaching out to organizational leadership, as well as encouraging use of our existing resources like the monthly student leader’s call and the IEEE-HKN Successful Practices Database.

As student governor, I would also work with our Board of Governors and staff to hold the Student Leadership Conference in 2022. The Student Leadership Conference provides great opportunities for students to develop their networks, to advance their leadership and professional skills, and to share and learn from the experiences of other student chapters. Our future conferences can be held virtually if we’re still facing the pandemic, allowing all chapters to participate. We need to also look further and find productive ways to adapt the Student Leadership Conference in a hybrid format that will offer activities for both in person and virtual attendees to increase opportunity and access for student members post-pandemic.

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