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 2022 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Election will include elections for each of the following positions:
- Region 1-2 Governor
- Region 7-10 Governor
- Governor At-Large
- 2 Student Governors
Only Chapters located in Region 1 and 2 are eligible to vote for region 1 and 2 Governor
Only Chapters located in Region 7,8,9 and 10 are eligible to vote for region 7-10 Governor
Chapter Leaders please scroll to bottom of page for additional information on Voting.
Dr. Ryan Bales is a Principal Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Lab, and has 17 years of experience in applied research in embedded systems and electronic warfare. He has led the development of the digital signal processor for the Angry Kitten advanced electronic warfare program since its inception in 2011, and has flown in 18 flight test events across the country. Ryan mentors junior engineers in the areas of embedded system design and signal processing, and encourages service as part of their professional growth. He has published 19 papers in the fields of radar, embedded system design, and machine vision, and teaches short courses on radar system engineering and electronic attack techniques. He is the 2019 recipient of the GTRI Distinguished Performance Award for Outstanding Performance in Research & Development.
Ryan received his B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2004 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2006, both from the University of Missouri – Rolla. While there in 2002, he was inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of HKN and went on to serve in several roles throughout undergrad and grad school, including President, Vice President, Bridge Correspondent and Marketing Chair. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011.
Ryan strongly believes in service to both the profession and to the community. Ryan has served on the IEEE-HKN Professional Membership committee since 2017, and was elected to the Board of Governors in 2020. He was active on the Governance Task Force and Strategic Planning Committees prior to becoming chair of the Graduate and Professional Activities Committee in 2022. He has been an officer for the Atlanta IEEE AESS/GRSS Joint Chapter since 2013, and currently serves as chair. He is active in the IEEE Atlanta Section, and is a member of the Association of Old Crows. He has a deep enthusiasm for promoting and supporting STEM education, and has served as a judge at 40 regional, state, and international science fairs. Ryan is a Georgia Certified Water Quality Assurance Volunteer, and regularly tests the water quality of the Etowah River near his home. He is the 2021 recipient of the Upper Etowah River Alliance Volunteer of the Year award. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia since 2015.
I was inducted into Gamma Theta chapter at the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 2002. That was the beginning of a long history of service with Eta Kappa Nu. My involvement with Gamma Theta spanned my undergraduate and graduate career there, and I count that involvement among the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences of my career. In that time, I took on the roles of Bridge Correspondent, Vice President, and President. I attended a very well-executed centennial-themed Student Leadership Conference hosted by Alpha Chapter. That was when I discovered that my experience with HKN was not unique; I met students from dozens of other chapters with the same enthusiasm, work ethic, and geniality, and I realized the scale of the impact that HKN has on the profession. That impact is what I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to on the Board of Governors, and is what I’m excited to continue if elected President.
While Eta Kappa Nu recognizes academic and professional achievement, to me it is first and foremost a service organization. That is a quality I am particularly proud of. Students become Eta Kappa Nu members having already demonstrated excellence in scholarship, character, and attitude. Eta Kappa Nu provides an avenue for applying that excellence to benefit our profession, our communities, and humanity.
The student experience is the core of HKN. That’s the reason we exist as an organization. Getting chapters the resources they need to thrive and provide value to their members is a top priority of the Board of Governors. We have weathered the events of recent years remarkably well, and we can continue the best practices we’ve developed in that time to regain momentum to grow and strengthen our chapters.
One of the areas I want to focus on is growing members’ expectations of HKN as a career-long society. Expanding interactions with grad students, professionals and alumni can add great value to undergraduate students and chapters, while also enriching their own careers and personal lives. The benefit is bidirectional.
We can accomplish that in several ways. One way is to expand the scope of our programming and events to add professional development value at all career stages. Over the past few years, our graduate student governors and related committees have done a phenomenal job growing the amount of graduate student-oriented programming we offer. That is a trend that we must continue. Graduate students have an important role within chapters, often providing continuity, mentorship, and diverse networking resources. Another way is letting members know that there are places for them in HKN throughout their careers. There are opportunities for staying connected with their inducting chapters, and there might be other chapters that could benefit from their experiences. We’ve recently worked to improve engagement with alumni, and that has been well-received. I think many students have positive experiences in their chapters, and would appreciate opportunities to stay involved post-graduation.
I have volunteered for STEM activities for 18 years, including serving in over 40 local, regional, and state science fairs and other pre-college competitions. I love these kinds of events and support them whenever I can because they enable students to experience the scientific process firsthand. Science and engineering aren’t just subjects for reading and memorization (though an understanding of fundamentals is necessary for growth). “Science” is a process that is meant to be performed. There is no greater recruiting tool for the STEM professions than the excitement students feel from designing and performing their own experiments, not knowing a priori what the results will be. As top-performing, service-minded electrical and computer engineers, Eta Kappa Nu members are perfectly suited to share their enthusiasm and expertise with pre-college students. There are many science fair categories in which ECE expertise is relevant. In addition, many students pursue projects for which their teachers and parents have difficulty offering advice. I would like to encourage Eta Kappa Nu members (students and alumni alike) to get involved in communities and schools to bridge those gaps.
Having come from strong chapters as a student, I have experienced first-hand the impact and enrichment that IEEE-HKN can have on both careers and personal lives. I look forward to continuing to support IEEE-HKN in every capacity I am able for the benefit of current and future students. Thank you for your consideration.
Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Sander is a 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. They spent time in Rwanda where Bernie helped establish a Rwanda Student Branch.
Dr Sander has degrees in Electrical Engineering from SLU, CalTech and Washington University in St Louis.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- IEEE-USA Regional Professional Award – 2012
- Bell Labs IH Supervisory Affirmative Action Award – 1991
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 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. I am particularly interested in expanding our development efforts as IEEE struggles with financial viability.
Thanks for your support. I look forward to serving IEEE-HKN as your director elect.
Enrique Tejera In 1981 he received a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Panama and in 1983 a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX. During his career he has participated in numerous conferences, technical activities, seminars and courses.
Mr. Tejera is an engineer with extensive experience in the design of power systems, operation and maintenance, including generation, transmission and distribution. Electromechanical engineer with a proven track record of success in the management of large-scale electromechanical engineering projects, power systems planning, behavior analysis of electrical power systems, project management, budgets, contracts and preparation and review of technical specifications and consulting.
He worked in the Panama Canal since 1991 to 2021, occupying various technical positions as electrical design engineer, electrical engineer in charge of the protective relying and project management of systems in the Energy Division. He is currently the Manager of the High Voltage Section of the Energy Division, responsible for directing all maintenance activities of high voltage equipment in the power system facilities of the Panama Canal.
Prior to the Panama Canal, he worked for 12 years at the local electric utility company in Panama, where he was the Manager of the Transmission and Distribution Planning Section responsible for the preparation of expansion plans for the transmission and distribution systems of the Republic of Panama.
He has provided consulting and design services for transmission, distribution and generation projects, industrial, residential and commercial facilities, and has also worked as a part-time professor at the Technological University of Panama.
He has presented papers at technical conferences in Latin America and the USA which have been published in technical journals and conference proceedings. Currently, he works as a reviewer of technical documents for conferences, prizes and international publications, he is PES Distinguished Lecturer Editor in Chief of the PES Power & Energy Magazine Spanish version.
He has been a member of the IEEE since 1979 and Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) since 2015. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has held volunteer positions at the local, regional and global levels including the period 2010-2011 where he served as Director of the Division VII on the IEEE Board of Directors representing the Power & Energy Society.
From 2017 to 2019 he served as Governor at the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors representing Region 7 (Canada), Region 8 (Europe and Africa), Region 9 (Latin America) and 10 (Asia and Oceania) and presently Region 9 Director 2022-2023. He has promoted the formation of new HKN Chapters in Region9 and also the nomination of new professional members for HKN membership.
Member of IEEE since 1979. S’79, M’81, SM92
COMMITTEE/BOARDS: IEEE Audit Committee 2022-2023; IEEE History Committee Vice-Chair 2021-2022; IEEE History Committee Member 2019-2020; HKN Board of Governors 2017-2019; IEEE MGA Board as TAB Representative 2013-15; IEEE Board of Directors as Division VII Director 2010-11; IEEE Audit Committee 2010-2012; IEEE MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee 2011-2012; Nominations and Appointments Committee, Member-at-Large, 2005-07, 2013-14.
REGION: R9 Director 2022-2023; R9 Director Elect 2020-21; Region 9, Awards and Recognitions Chair 2012-13; Technical Activities Committee, Chair, 2006-07 and 2018-2019; Student Activities Committee Chair, 2004-05; Student Activities Committee RSAC 2004-05; AdHoc Globalization Committee Chair, 2004-05.
COUNCIL: Central America and Panama Council (CAPANA), Treasurer/Secretary, 1994-95.
SECTION: Section Awards Chair 2015-2016; Section SSAC 2013-214; Panama Section Secretary, 1998; Membership Development Chair, 1993; Chair, 1992; Vice-Chair, 1991; Treasurer, 1989.
CHAPTERS: PES Panama Chapter, Chair, 1997-2000; Vice Chapter Chair, 1984; Universidad Tecnologica de Panama Student Branch PES Chapter Counselor, 1997-2014; Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua Student Branch Counselor, 1988-89.
SOCIETIES: Power & Energy Society Magazine Editor in Chief – Spanish Version 2015-2022; Division VII Director 2010-2011; Division VII Director Elect, 2009; PES Distinguished Lecturer 2014-2015; IAS Distinguished Lecturer 2014-2015; Power & Energy Society Chapter Activities Vice-President, 2008; Power Engineering Society Membership and Chapter Activities Vice-President, 2004-07; Region 9 PES Chapter North Area Representative, 2000-03.
As HKN President I would like to work on three basic initiatives, Membership, Communication and Volunteers
- In Regions 1-7 consolidate the existing chapters we have and incentive the participation in more joint activities with the local Student Branches. IEEE is having difficult times in terms of membership in these regions, especially in the student’s population, so, I think that working together with HKN we may give them another reason to join and stay as IEEE members supported by the Chapters activities, both from HKN Chapters and Student Branches.
- Expand the presence of HKN to more IEEE Sections and Student Branches around the world. This will provide them the same positive effect in our IEEE membership giving them a good reason to join and stay. The approach here may be different due to culture barriers that will have to be considered.
- For all that we need to have a plan and a simple way to guide students on how to form a chapter, how to engage the faculty in the process and create the opportunity to form new chapters.
Within IEEE there is still too much to know about HKN and all the good things this organization does. I think we need to work in plans where the HKN message is delivered, and make sure is received, to all IEEE Organizational Units, and they will know this exists and then we can work together with common objectives. The presence of HKN volunteers in major IEEE activities is necessary to work on these promotional activities especially where volunteers and leaders from sections and student branches are meeting (regional meetings, student branches meetings, etc.)
Volunteers are the main asset to work in organizations such as IEEE where resources are limited. I think we need to work on how to move and convert those new members that are inducted as volunteers, and they can be our way to disseminate the message and bring more members and activities. We already have many of them participating in scholar activities, they can set the initial seed in the institution for the creation of new chapters. So, we need to empower those members and give them the opportunity to act as volunteers by guiding them and proving the tools and support required.
Besides those specific focuses we need to maintain what we are doing which I consider is excellent. I think we count with an outstanding support staff team that also need our volunteers support and where there is opportunity for improvement work on that immediately.
Ramon De la Cruz has spent 23 years working in the semiconductor equipment industry as test development and process technical lead, design engineer, subject matter expert and consulting roles.
He is currently at Teradyne, Inc. New Product Introduction Group (NPI), where he participates in operations strategy workgroups to define processes and methods supporting next-generation system and instrumentation development for current and future Automated Test Equipment (ATE) Platforms.
Ramon is an IEEE-HKN Member actively serving on the IEEE-HKN conference program committee, and on the IEEE Boston Section Executive Committee. His IEEE volunteering includes serving as the 2020 IEEE Boston Section Chair, as the 2018 IEEE Boston Section Secretary and Treasurer, and as the IEEE Boston Joint Section Reliability Chapter Chair (2009-11) and Vice-Chair (2008, 2012-14).
He’s a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Chapter of the Electrostatic Discharge Association (NE-ESDA, 2009-2022).
Ramon holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. His background includes Design for Testability, Process FMEA, Systems and Circuit Analysis, Risk Assessment, and Highly Accelerated Stress Testing.
He enjoys evaluating consumer electronics and designing, modifying and improving state-of-the-art audio equipment. Other interests include digital photography, space and aircraft, artificial intelligence, and staying current on the latest science and technology trends.
If elected to the position, here are a few of my goals
- Work with the HKN BoGs to increase our community impact and general public awareness.
- Attract and retain younger HKN members and continue to grow membership through engagement.
- Lead the HKN to continue creating an exciting future and help fulfill its mission of service to others.
- Help HKN develop new ways to work and learn and embark on grand adventures to strengthen the chapters.
- Continue to build local and global networks, and invest in the people and ideas that will change our world.
Denise Griffin received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. She began her career in Systems Engineering with GTE Government Systems and then worked for startup companies where she experienced what it was like to share the common goal of building the business. After one of the startup companies was acquired by Cisco Systems, she created and managed the Technology Partner Program, supporting companies as they integrated their products with Cisco through a software API. Denise then took several years off to raise her family, during which time she volunteered extensively in both IEEE and SWE, creating many impactful programs and events. She successfully returned to work in industry in 2011 and credits volunteer work for helping her to regain employment. Since 2011 she has focused on Customer Success roles, and currently works as a Customer Success Manager at Parlance. She is an invited speaker at schools and conferences on STEM and professional development topics.
Denise was inducted into IEEE-HKN in 2018 as a professional member of the Epsilon Delta Chapter at Tufts University. She will be the Chair of the HKN Pathways to Industry event being held in early 2023. She has been a member of IEEE since 1987, serving as Chair at Tufts University and then professionally in the Boston Section where she currently serves as Section Chair. For 10 years she was the IEEE Liaison to Engineers Week New England, partnering with non-profits and companies to run a yearly event during Engineers Week. Her role was to run the Career Fair, recruiting companies and showing them on the value of partnering with IEEE.
Denise has done extensive volunteering for IEEE Women in Engineering. She is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Women in Engineering magazine, has served as the Boston WIE Chair, and now is the Region 1 WIE Coordinator for a second time. She has been on the IEEE WIE Forum USA East Steering Committee since the conference began and is runs the Career Fair, encouraging companies to participate. She is active in the WIE Committee at the international level and has participated in (7) WIE International Leadership Conferences (ILC). In 2022 she made a large impact on the ILC Sponsorship Committee.
As a result of her efforts in connecting IEEE with industry, Denise was a recipient of the IEEE Region 1 Enhancing IEEE & Industry Relationship and the IEEE USA Regional Professional Leadership Award.
Denise feels strongly about recognizing volunteer service through awards and serves on the IEEE USA Awards & Recognitions Committee. Prior to that, she nominated several colleagues for awards. She has also been a reference for many IEEE members seeking elevation to Senior Membership.
Denise volunteers for Tufts University for the Admissions, Alumni Reunion and Alumni Corporate Network committees. She has interviewed Tufts applicants for 15 years and enjoys helping to shape the future of the university.
As a student at Tufts University and now as a professional member, I have seen the impact that IEEE has on students, alumni, and professionals. IEEE has had an extremely important role in the professional lives of many people in my network, including my own.
I feel strongly about connecting IEEE to industry and helping both IEEE and companies understand the value of partnering – I truly believe it is a win-win situation.
My focus as Governor, Regions 1-2 would be to:
- Increase the role of industry in the IEEE-HKN experience
- Enhance the quality of inclusive, accessible programs that we can provide to the IEEE-HKN community
- Create easier ways to connect student and professional members
As Governor, I would like to find more opportunities for student members to be exposed to professionals in industry. I believe this will help students to:
- Gain perspective on what the working world is like after graduation
- Understand the various paths they can take in their career journey
- Realize the value of keeping IEEE-HKN in their lives
I also believe in “giving back” and feel that HKN senior members are in a unique position to help the younger generation. The power of social media can be used to help establish connections between members and to promote events and programs.
Through my many roles in IEEE, I have built teams and motivated volunteers. I try to be inclusive and recognize that there many types of volunteers; not everyone has the same amount of free time, depending upon the particular stage of their life. I thoroughly enjoy networking and have made extensive connections within the various parts of IEEE and between industry and IEEE. As Regional Governor, I would bring these skills to help the chapters in Regions 1 and 2 expand their role within IEEE-HKN.
Thank you for considering me for this position.
Supavadee Aramvith received the B.S. (first class honors) degree in Computer Science from Mahidol University in 1993. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She joined Chulalongkorn University in June 2001. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, specializing in Video Technology. She has successfully advised 11 Ph.D., 27 Master’s, and 36 Bachelor’s Graduates. She published over 140 papers in International Conference Proceedings and Journals with 5 International Book Chapters. She has rich project management experiences as the project leader and former technical committee chair to the Thailand Government bodies in Telecommunications and ICT. She is very active in the international arena with leadership positions in the international network such as JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, and professional organizations such as IEEE, IEICE, APSIPA, and ITU.
She has successfully spearheaded and delivered high impactful member engagement and global and regional initiatives on various IEEE boards and committees. She has gained strong expertise and experience managing global and regional IEEE programs. The accomplishments have been proved by themselves as to the contributions, countless volunteer services, and consecutive appointments into IEEE leadership roles, including five years as an IEEE EAB member (2015, 2018-2021), eight years as IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee (2011-2016, 2019-2020), and three years as IEEE Consumer Technology Society BOG member (2019-2021). In EAB, she served as a Pre-University Education Coordination Committee Chair, Section Education Outreach Committee Chair, Awards & Recognition Committee, and MGA representative. She was inducted as an HKN professional member in 2015 and a faculty advisor of the Mu Theta Chapter at Chulalongkorn University. The chapter won the HKN outstanding chapter award in 2016. She served HKN Globalization Committee from 2016-2017.
IEEE Activities (selected):
- Voting member, IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) (2015, 2018-2021)
- Chair, EAB Pre University Education Coordination Committee (2018-2019)
- Chair, EAB Section Education Outreach Committee (2020-2021)
- Member, EAB Awards & Recognition Committee (2018-2021)
- Member, IEEE New Initiatives Committee (2019-2022)
- Member, IEEE Nominations & Appointments Committee (2021-2022)
- Member, MGA Awards and Recognition Committee (2022)
- Communications Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (2019-2021)
- Member, IEEE Awards Board Publicity & Presentation Committee (2020-2022)
- Member, IEEE Medal for Environment & Safety Technologies Committee (2019-2021)
- Member, EAB Nominations & Appointments Committee (2018-2019)
- Member, EAB EPICS in IEEE Committee (2015-2017)
- MGA Appointed member, IEEE EAB (2015)
- Member, IEEE WIE Committee (2015)
- Member, EAB Section Education Outreach Committee member (2011-2014, 2016)
- Candidate, IEEE 2021-2022 Region 10 Director Elect (2020)
- Region 10 Section & Chapter Committee Chair (2019-2020)
- Region 10 Educational Activities Coordinator (2011-2014, 2016)
- Region 10 Women in Engineering Coordinator (2015)
- IEEE Consumer Technology Society Board of Governors member (2019-2021)
- Vice President (Education), IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (2021-2023)
- IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society Board of Governors member (2022-2024)
SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: – Thailand Section
- Vice Chair, IEEE Thailand Section (2022-2023)
- Membership Development Chair, IEEE Thailand Section (2017-2021)
- Chair, Thailand Section WIE AG Chair (2016-2021)
If elected as IEEE-HKN Region 7-10 Governor, I will commit to bringing in my globalized experiences with transformational leadership and establishing collaborative partnerships for the mutual benefits of IEEE-HKN members. The missions are to vitalize the HKN Chapters to their fullest potential and to serve the IEEE-HKN family: students, chapter advisors, alums, and professional members. I certainly support IEEE-HKN vision to grow the network globally.
My priorities are:
- Increase the new chapter formation, especially in region 7-10, and work with regional leadership to integrate the resources to support the chapter.
- Enhance the membership value and experiences with better value programs and services.
- Vitalize HKN chapters and synergize the strength of chapters for cross-collaboration among regions and chapter development.
- Strengthen globalized partnership programs with IEEE Boards, Regions, Technical Societies, Councils, and International Organizations.
- “Groom to grow” – develop a global HKN mentorship program connecting students, academicians, and Industry leaders.
- Collaborate with Industry and major IEEE technical societies for the skill development program.
Heba Shaban received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in 2000 and 2003, respectively. She received
the Ph.D. degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2010.
Prof. Shaban has been with the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at AASTMT since 2000, as a TA until 2003, Assistant Lecturer until 2009, Assistant Professor until 2014, Associate Professor until
2019, and since 2019 she has been a Professor of Wireless Communications until present. In 2011, she co-founded the Wireless Communications and Networks Research Group (WiNG) at AASTMT, and since 2016 she has been the director of the group. The group serves undergraduate and graduate students, and focuses on communications in
harsh environments with a big deal of research focused on biomedical applications. She published two book-
chapters and more than 45 conference and journal articles.
Prof. Shaban joined the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) society in 2018 as the founding Faculty Advisor of Mu Beta Chapter, the first IEEE-HKN Chapter in Egypt and Africa, and has been serving as the Faculty Advisor of the Chapter since then. In 2020, the Mu Beta Chapter initiated a STEM outreach program called Mu Beta Kidzineers.
Prof. Shaban is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), and a senior member of URSI.
Professional Engineer State of Wisconsin
IEEE-HKN is a one of a kind society, as it is a part of IEEE organization, the largest technical professional organization. IEEE members and volunteers from all over the world consider it as their professional home. HKN as the honor society of IEEE promotes excellence in leadership through service.
I have been an IEEE member for 15 years, and have had the honor of being the founding faculty advisor of the Mu Beta Chapter, the first HKN chapter in Egypt and Africa. This advantage gave me the opportunity to work with chapter members and volunteers to create a unique volunteering experience, and to find ways to promote excellence in leadership and foster the ideals of HKN of Scholarship, Character and Attitude. In four years of active chapter service, we have been able to receive the key chapter recognition and outstanding chapter award three times in a row. We have also created a successful STEM outreach program namely, Mu Beta Kidzineers, a pre-university mentoring program. The program is available on the TryEngineering STEM volunteer portal, and won the IEEE Region 8 Acceleration Contest 2021 (pre-university education).
If elected to the Board of Governors for Region 7-10, I will strive to:
- Foster chapter and member engagement in HKN community though inter-chapter activities
- Work on an HKN mentorship program
- Establish chapter development strategies
- Promote HKN STEM outreach programs and activities
- Engage HKN chapters with IEEE programs
Anis Ben Arfi completed his PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the iRadio Lab – University of Calgary, Canada in 2019, and joined Analog Devices Inc, in Ottawa, as a Systems Engineer. Currently, in his role as Senior Systems Engineer, Anis works on next generation software defined radio transceivers and validates signal processing techniques. His research work focuses on 5G wireless systems and efficient RF power amplification.
Dr. Anis has been involved in IEEE Rising Stars Conference since 2016. He found his passion volunteering with the conference team and, in 2020 he served as the IEEE Rising Stars general chair. From 2014 to 2018, Ben Arfi has been part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Southern Alberta Section and has been instrumental in organizing events, industry tours as well as giving lectures. Currently, he volunteers with IEEE Ottawa Section where he conducts a STEM outreach program. He chaired the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee from 2018 to 2021, He is currently a member of IEEE SIGHT steering committee since 2020 and this year he chairs the IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) 2022.
Anis is Senior member of the IEEE and he actively volunteers with IEEE technical societies, where he coordinates the IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lectures Program and co-chairs the IEEE Ottawa MTT-S/AP-S joint chapter. Over the course of his studies, Anis has participated in several national and international events and conferences and has won numerous awards.
My involvement with IEEE-HKN started with my induction into the ETA Chapter, 2020. Since then, I have been involved in IEEE HKN conference organization and awards subcommittees. As an active volunteer, I the value opportunity it gives me to interact with fellow IEEE-HKN members and students. Moreover, I have successfully nominated my peers from IEEE Canada Young Professionals to be inducted to IEEE HKN.
If elected to the Board of Governors, Governor at-Large, I will strive to:
Filling my IEEE HKN Board of Governors responsibilities, I vow to be aware and attentive to the needs of IEEE-HKN members. In addition, I want to contribute to the best procedures and policies to meet these needs. I truly believe that IEEE-HKN members can be more engaged without conflicting with their academic and social lives, and I will work along the board members to increase the members engagement.
Strengthen and expand IEEE-HKN chapters to enlarge the IEEE HKN presence worldwide, at the same time, focus on the growth of each HKN chapter locally. This could be done by establishing partnership with IEEE regions to sustain engagement and scale-up the chapters’ growth. The goal is to balance the number of chapters between the 10 IEEE regions.
Focus on strategic global programs and partnerships to enhance the value offered to HKN members. Particularly, getting IEEE HKN students and young professionals involved in technical societies and humanitarian technology initiatives.
Provide opportunities to increase HKN member engagement and create an internships/jobs platform bringing industry stakeholders to help serve the emerging career needs of IEEE HKN members.
In a Post-COVID context, I aim to contribute to the ramp up of IEEE HKN in-person activities and provide opportunities for chapters and members to exchange ideas for events and best practices, not only improving the organization as a whole, but also foster a stronger sense of community and belonging to IEEE HKN among members.
Amy Jones graduated from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2003 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minors in Business, Mathematics, and Psychology of Leadership. She received her Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2014 and a certificate in Systems Design and Management from MIT in 2018.
Amy began her career as a Project Engineer at Sachs Electric Company in St. Louis, where she was responsible for the successful execution of over large scale industrial and commercial construction projects. In 2010, Amy joined John Deere full-time as a Software Verification and Validation Engineer in the Construction and Forestry Division, where she had previously completed three internships as an undergraduate. As a test engineer, she received recognition for leading the first team to successfully implement the complete embedded software development process on a construction product line. In 2014, Amy accepted a position as Senior Systems Engineer for the Excavators Outside the Americas product line. In this role, she supervised and led a global team to define, develop, and implement electrical systems that meet the needs of a diverse customer base. Her team was widely recognized for innovation and execution, delivering eleven models to production in four years. Amy holds eight patents and received an enterprise collaboration award for her work on excavators. In 2020, Amy became the supervisor of the Operator Station Systems and Module team, where she was responsible for supporting factory production of cabs as well as leading new development of common components and systems for the Construction division. Currently, Amy is the Display Product Manager, where she leads strategic portfolio development for display platforms.
Amy has a driving passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach, which began during her undergraduate education where she completed an honors project on the adaptation of interdisciplinary engineering concepts to elementary science classes. Since then, Amy has dedicated herself to creating opportunities for thousands of students in eastern Iowa, including FIRST LEGO League, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Mom’s Night Out for STEM, and a MathCOUNTS Regional Competition. In 2014, Amy was chosen as IEEE-USA’s New Face of Engineering for her professional growth and outstanding efforts to improve public welfare and in 2017 was selected as SAE/AEM’s Outstanding Young Engineer. In 2016, Amy’s book “Quietly, Clearly, and Authoritatively” was published by IEEE as part of their digital series on Women In Engineering.
Amy is a Senior Member of IEEE and a proud alumna of the Gamma Theta chapter of IEEE-HKN. Amy currently chairs the IEEE-HKN subcommittee on Young Alumni Engagement. Under her leadership, the committee has contributed content to multiple HKN programs and publishes a podcast series “Career Conversations”, which seeks to support members as they navigate career transitions. In 2021, Amy received an Honorable Mention for the IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading and spending time with her husband B.J. and two young children, Lark and Milo.
If elected, I’d welcome the opportunity to work with the board on the following, as well as any other projects:
- Continue to focus on supporting our Young Alumni as they navigate post-undergraduate transitions. Lead the Young Alumni sub-committee to publish content and create programs that share lessons learned, promote volunteer opportunities within IEEE-HKN, and build professional and mentoring relationships within the organization.
- Build on our student experience by supporting chapters as they develop initiatives. Consider opportunities to proactively share best practices, including leveraging our Young Alumni to mentor and support chapters.
- Promote IEEE-HKN to employers as a source of key talent, which in turn provides concrete benefits to our members seeking employment. Encourage employers to develop strong relationships with chapters as appropriate.
- Investigate how IEEE-HKN can support our members to achieve higher membership grades within IEEE.
I was born in 1996 in a small town near Turin (IT). My story began in high school, where I realized that I was passionate and curious about science and STEM. I did my first projects with Arduino and electronics became my passion and then also a life choice. In parallel I was studying music from a private teacher, and being able to see in action amplifiers, effects and various audio equipment had the only effect of increasing my curiosity.
I then moved to Turin to attend the faculty of engineering at the Politecnico di Torino in 2015. Here I enrolled in Electronics and Communications engineering. During these years I tried more and more to get involved and engaged, and for several years I was a member of the PolitOcean student team, which was involved in the design, fabrication and prototyping of remotely operated underwater vehicles.
During these years I also discovered HKN and the Mu Nu chapter which had just been founded. I participated in many of the activities that the chapter was doing during those years, and those activities were the ones that convinced me to join the chapter as soon as possible.
Once I completed my bachelor’s degree, I enrolled in a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering with a focus on Devices and Integration for Electronics and Optoelectronics.
Here I realized that I am very intrigued by the world of devices and optoelectronics, becoming so passionate that I chose a Ph.D. on these arguments.
During my M.Sc., I joined HKN and my university’s Mu Nu chapter. Here, first of all I found a group of friends and here I was able to test myself and I realized how important it is to be part of an association like HKN.
It was a great surprise and a great pleasure for me to try different activities, organizing events and participating in HKN’s international events. In these activities I realized how much through this you can give to the local and international community. I have had the role of head of the tutoring and study groups area and I am currently the chapter’s corresponding secretary until this October.
Finally, I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Politecnico di Torino in the Microwave and Optoelectronic group. Here I have the opportunity to work and study on topics of my passions for electronics, but also to get in touch with a lot of professionals and discover that a lot of them are HKN members. This past year as corresponding secretary of my chapter has given me the impetus to want to do more for others, and I think HKN is the best opportunity for me to do that.
If I will be elected, I promise to respect and honor commitment to the role I take on. I firmly believe that commitment and perseverance is necessary for this job and I would like to convey these values of mine to everyone.
Given my current role as a Ph. D student I realize how crucial networking is, and I would like both professional and student members of HKN to be more involved in this activity. HKN is a unique opportunity for both sides and should be properly utilized.
I believe and would like to have more interaction between the Chapters: given the opportunities that have happened during the last few years and how much they have enriched our chapter and our members, I think it is critical for every chapter to attend and get involved in international events.
Finally, given the years I have spent inside my Chapter in leadership roles, I would like to be able to share with other Chapters some of our way of doing things and organize the chapter, which I have helped to actively create during these years, since they might be good practice for everybody.
Arthur C Depoian II (Art) is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of North Texas. Art’s research is in the area of computer vision and machine learning. He has 15 peer reviewed publications and won 1st place in the IEEE Metrocon student poster competition in 2020. He has been an IEEE member for 5 years, an IEEE-HKN member for 3.5 years, and an active member of 8 IEEE societies. Art has been a phenomenal source of inspiration and help to the Lambda-Zeta chapter and community as a whole since his service as the chapter’s president in the 2019-2020 academic year and his continued support as student advisor. He founded the IEEE UNT signal processing society (SPS) in 2020, and has served as founding member and advisor of IEEE UNT’s robotics and automation society (RAS) and SPS branches since their founding in 2020. Additionally, he assisted in the creation of the engineering in medicine and biology society (EMBS) and the reformation of the computer society (CS) at UNT in 2021.
Art was pivotal in the creation of the IEEE North Tech-SAS (Students Advancing Society) Summit, the annual flagship event of IEEE-HKN and IEEE at UNT which invites speakers of high prestige and technical background, including IEEE Fellows, distinguished lecturers, and industry professionals to come share knowledge and network with guest professional and student attendees. Beginning under Art’s direction, a highlight of the North Tech-SAS Summit is the HKN Student Poster Competition with participants from all over the world. The North Tech-SAS summit has seen expanded scope each successive year, with Art being a large reason for the continued advancement. With his guidance over the course of his service in the chapter, he has helped facilitate the winning of four consecutive outstanding chapter awards. As a token of gratitude for all of his continued help and service to the IEEE UNT and HKN Lambda Zeta community as a whole, Art received the prestigious Garcia-Varanasi Award in 2021.
As IEEE-HKN Lambda Zeta president, Art began a tradition of service and involvement with other local IEEE entities. From creating the first student organized study hall and recitation programs in the UNT College of Engineering to working closely with the IEEE Fort Worth Section and IEEE Dallas SPS Chapter, Art is constantly looking for ways to benefit students. When the pandemic prevented traditional STEM outreach, Art worked with his fellow HKN members to create the Future Innovators Workshop (FIW), a virtual student-led event to teach basic circuits and microcontrollers to K-12 students of any skill level.
Whether it be the future of students around him, his social interactions or his academic research, Arthur Depoian maintains an intense, ceaseless focus on higher objectives, and has made monumental improvements to every project and organization he has been part of.
To serve in the highest position available to a student member of IEEE-HKN is a great honor and with it comes the immense responsibilities to represent your fellow student members. I will work to expand upon the successes of my predecessors, who have consistently expanded the role of IEEE-HKN Student Governor over the time of my membership and helped see us through the recent challenges.
As IEEE-HKN has made such a significant impact on my life, I will strive to further the legacy through the expansion of STEM outreach programing, become a conduit of knowledge connecting all HKN chapters, and a push to grow IEEE-HKN membership.
STEM outreach is possibly the most important thing that HKN does, student members are our greatest asset to educate our future members. I have felt the impact of these programs from both sides as both the student and the instructor, it is what drove me to the field of electrical engineering and my involvement as a volunteer is what continues to drive me most.
I want to further expand the interfacing between chapters, be it the electronic sharing of information through git repositories or the continued expansion of HKN virtual gatherings. It has also come to my attention that many of our student members would like to meet up in person at regional meetings and IEEE conferences to network and share ideas.
There are three ways to grow the membership of HKN, expand to more campuses, recruit more professional members, and possibly the easiest would be to increase the membership of our current chapters. I believe again that the student members of HKN are our biggest asset. Having participated in the expansion of the Lambda Zeta chapter membership, with a 72% increase in new members over the last 3 years, I have become astute at turning every member into a great recruiter, although I will admit it is easy to sell a great product. Overwhelmingly professional membership was offered to professors at the university, in the last few years we have expanded our horizon of membership recruitment at Lambda Zeta to include many local industry professionals. This emphasis has led to many great opportunities for our chapter, and I want to help my fellow members understand the value of these members and how to attract them to HKN globally. I will expand IEEE-HKN to new campuses, working with the faculty and students to bring the opportunity to them. I have a number of universities in mind that I have been surprised to find out do not have HKN chapters. It is no small task to start up a new chapter, but I am committed to giving my fellow high performing engineers, mathematicians and scientists the membership we all enjoy, to properly honor their success.
Hello! My name is Elanor Jackson, but I go by Ellie. I recently graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in May 2022. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T as a GAANN Fellow. I was inducted into the Gamma Theta Chapter of HKN in Spring 2020 and served in a variety of chapter roles including two-terms as president. I received the chapter’s Advisors’ Leadership Award and the IEEE St. Louis Section Outstanding Undergraduate Award. As an undergraduate, I participated in a research exchange with the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, worked as a summer intern for Garmin, and conducted research on cybersecurity.
During my freshman and sophomore years of college, I floated between various clubs and organizations, but never really found a home in any of them. When I initially got the invitation to join HKN, I was very hesitant and nervous (meeting new people is scary). However, through the joining process for my chapter, I discovered a sense of community that gave me a sense of belonging in my ECE Department. However, during the semester that I joined, COVID struck and campus shut down. I had a very unique joining process of it being half in person and half online.
During my two years as an HKN member, I have had the pleasure of serving in multiple different capacities. The semester immediately following my induction, I served as the Chapter’s Recording Secretary. During this semester I was responsible for maintaining our communication and social medias. I took it upon myself to reach out to our alumni to gather current emails so that we could remain in touch with them and the Gamma Theta Chapter.
In the Spring 2021 semester I was the Chapter Vice President. In this role, I coordinated an Alumni Panel in association with the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering and pioneered a Recent Alumni Panel. I thoroughly enjoyed these moments because I was able to see the lifetime of impact that HKN can have on a person. It inspired me to continue actively participating and encouraging others to join HKN.
Most recently, I served two terms as President of the Gamma Theta Chapter of HKN (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). During my year as President, I pioneered our return to campus and in-person activities. This involved planning and hosting our annual Career Fair Banquet where we bring in company recruiters to have one-on-one time with HKN members and candidates. The Fall 2021 Career Fair Banquet saw at least one full time job offer and 3 internships throughout the attendees. Because of COVID, our Chapter suffered from lack of engagement and name recognition – a massive challenge for any organization. So, I planned for HKN to reinstate previous programs and start new ones as well. We brought in 4 companies to give Company Talks and allow students to meet with recruiters and learn more about the companies. We hosted soldering and programming workshops for interested students. A program called Lab Hours, designed to attract any students who need assistance with homework, labs, or personal projects and hosted by Chapter Officers (along with our IEEE Student Branch) were reinstated. The Chapter also joined forces with our IEEE Student Branch and ACM Chapter to cross-promote each organization to increase engagement and opportunities throughout the CS and ECE Departments. This helped our Chapter induct more CS members and introduce ourselves to the department as a whole.
During my time as an HKN member and officer, I have helped induct 23 undergraduates, 1 graduate, and 4 professional members. I have immersed myself in a fantastic HKN community of current students and alumni. As a graduate student, I want to help spread the word about HKN to all students in EE, CpE, and CS so that everyone knows that HKN is there to help. I want to give back to an organization that made the last two years of my college education meaningful and full of memories. My goal is to make HKN a home for everyone – an organization that is there to help those who might be struggling, to celebrate student accomplishments, to provide new opportunities, and to remain steadfast in our commitment to the community and to the campus through Scholarship, Character, and Attitude.
For me, HKN means opportunity. The opportunity to connect with your peers. The opportunity to become a better student. The opportunity to develop a network and professional connections. The opportunity to develop yourself as an individual. And, the opportunity to have fun while doing it.
Student Governors have the privilege of giving a student voice in all matters HKN. In particular, their understanding of chapter operations gives them insights into avenues for making HKN better. If elected, I hope to support HKN opportunities by facilitating
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However, to create these opportunities, chapters might struggle with a huge obstacle: funding. I view accessibility as an unofficial pillar of HKN. Therefore, funding should not be a barrier to entry for any chapters who want to provide programming and funding to their members and university. To this end, I would like to prioritize funding opportunities for our chapters. This can take shape in many ways: corporate partnerships where a company can sponsor a small activity for a chapter or by creating a database or spreadsheet for grants (learning from those before and spreading the knowledge). A large part of this initiative will be to continuing to support, publicize, and inform chapters of the Chapter Support Grant that is currently available.
Similarly, scheduling these opportunities can be difficult. What is the best spacing between events? What kind of events does the Chapter want to participate in? For new and recently reactivated chapters or even chapters that want to increase their activities, a large portion of the battle is deciding on and planning events. This task can seem monumental and perhaps insurmountable. The Gamma Theta Chapter has our semester plans worked out in a practically scientific manner: we have honed in the number of workshops and company presentations the student body will participate in and the best spacing between prospective member meetings to avoid major tests and holidays and even when to hold officer elections to ensure a smooth transition. Therefore, I would propose extending the Successful Practice Database one step further and creating a Successful Semester Guide (or something similar) with the goal of easing the stress for new and reactivated (or any) Chapters. This guide would use the input from Chapter Leaders and the Successful Practice Database to create a suggested calendar on which activities to plan and how events can be spaced. This idea can be furthered into a chapter-to-chapter mentoring and collaboration.
HKN is a fantastic organization, but it is geared toward junior/senior students. These members will undergo the joining process and be members of Chapters for roughly 0.5 – 2 years. This can create large amounts of turnover in the member base which can lead to a disruption or downturn in activity participation. Managing and increasing engagement across Chapter activities is a continual issue exacerbated by COVID. Through my participation in HKN, I have found that when students are eligible to join, many have not heard of HKN. I believe that to gain name recognition and continual engagement, HKN Chapters should create and sponsor activities geared toward freshman/sophomore students. Another way to increase engagement is to look past the traditionally associated degree programs of electrical and computer engineering. I have helped the Gamma Theta Chapter work with our Computer Science Department and ACM chapter to introduce HKN to CS students and make the department aware of what we offer as an organization. I feel like this expansion into other departments is a fantastic way to gather a diverse group of individuals who value the pillars of HKN: scholarship, character, and attitude.
Lastly, communication is the bridge that ties everything together. As one of your student governors, I would support communication in all forms – email, Slack channels, video calls, social medias, carrier pigeon, and even smoke signals. All of these forms of communication are critical to accomplish organizational wide goals and chapter specific goals. I want to support and encourage communication between chapters and between the chapters and headquarters.
In summary, I believe that HKN is an organization that provides opportunity. However, for Chapters to meaningfully and continually create and engage around opportunities, we need to provide more funding opportunities and support, create a Successful Semester Guide to ease the planning process for new and reactivated chapters, and to expand activities with freshman and sophomore students and other departments to increase awareness and engagement with HKN.
Voting: 1 October to 1 November
Chapter Presidents and Advisors of active chapters are eligible to cast a ballot. Only a single ballot, per eligible chapter, will be accepted.