President-Elect 2020: Ronald (Ron) Jensen

Inducted: 1972 – Nu Chapter

Iowa State University

Contact: r.jensen@ieee.org

Biography

I’ve had the honor to be involved in IEEE over many years in significant roles but this is a list of the ones that I consider important and useful to HKN.

  • HKN Activities
    • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
      • Nu Chapter (Iowa State University) induction 1972
      • HKN Treasurer 2015-19
      • HKN Region 3-4 Director 2016-18
      • HKN Committees: Journey Mapping, Finance, Strategic Planning, MGA Alignment, Faculty Advisor, Membership, PR & Communications.
    • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Accomplishments

      • Developed HKN Financial Plan for HKN financial growth and expansion
      • Led Journey Mapping of the member, Faculty Advisor and Chapter Officer Experience
      • Implemented strategy and action plan for integration with IEEE systems and services
      • Oversaw plan to increase social media presence, website updates, and communication strategies to support HKN growth
      • Contributed to regional strategies to support chapters through training and Regional Governor support
  • Student Branches
    • Iowa State University member 1969-72
  • IEEE ACTIVITIES:
    • Committees/Boards
      • MGA Vice Chair Geographic Unit Operations and Support 2018-19
      • MGA Vice Chair Member Development 2014-15, Past Chair 2016-17
      • MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee Chair 2014-15
      • Numerous other positions in MGA and IEEE
    • Regions
      • Region 4 Director
    • Sections/Chapters
      • Numerous positions in Southern Minnesota Section
    • Societies
      • Computer Society member
      • Power & Energy Society member
      • Industry Applications Society member
      • Communications Society member
      • Education Society member
      • Technology and Engineering Management Society member
    • Other Memberships
      • Women In Engineering
      • Consultants Network affinity group

Governor Regions 1 & 2: Jason Hui

Inducted: 2015 – Epsilon Delta Chapter

Elbit Systems of America

Contact: jason.k.hui@ieee.org

Biography

Dr. Jason K. Hui is a Senior Staff Program Engineering Manager at Elbit Systems of America.  He has been in the aerospace and defense industry for over 17 years with primary interests in systems engineering and technology and engineering management.  He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, all from UCLA.  He also received the M.S. degree in Systems Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Hui previously worked at BAE Systems, Draper, and The Aerospace Corporation.  He is an IEEE Senior Member, AIAA Associate Fellow, and a certified Project Management Professional.  He has received several awards over the course of his professional career including the IEEE New Hampshire Section’s Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2010, the AIAA Sustained Service Award in 2013, and the PMI New Hampshire Chapter Individual of the Year Award in 2016.

Dr. Hui has served in many IEEE volunteer positions at the Section, Region, MGA, Society, IEEE-USA, and corporate levels over the years including his current roles as Region 1 Awards and Recognition Chair, IEEE History Committee Vice Chair (as well as Milestone Subcommittee Chair), IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee Member (also MGA Representative to that body), IEEE MGA Awards and Recognition Committee Member, IEEE Tellers Committee Member, IEEE EAB Educational Products Editorial Committee Member, IEEE TEMS AdCom Member, IEEE Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board Member, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Engineering Management Review.  In addition, he is presently serving on the IEEE-HKN Strategic Planning Committee.

His previous IEEE experiences include a two-year stint as Region 1 Northeastern Area Chair (covering Boston, New Hampshire, Maine, Providence, and Worcester County Sections) which makes him an ideal candidate for IEEE-HKN Region 1-2 Governor as he has the background and tenacity to interact with local chapters in a broad geographic area and ensuring they have the best possible support from IEEE-HKN.  Dr. Hui has a can-do attitude, and has the relevant skills in leading initiatives, solving complex problems, and participating in and managing cross-functional teams that bring tasks to closure.

Governor Regions 7-10: Lorena Garcia

Inducted: 2016 – Eta Chapter

Sergio Arboleda University

Contact: lorenagarcia@ieee.org

Biography

Lorena Garcia received her Electronic Engineering degree from Universidad del Norte (2006) and the M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (2008). She has more than 10 years of experience in academic administration, teaching and research in important institutions in Colombia like Universidad de Los Andes, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Prof. Garcia has been Associate Dean of Electronic Engineering and Systems and Telecommunications Engineering programs at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, and Business Director of the Center of Excellence and Adoption on Internet of Things. She has also been a consultant on design and certification of internal telecommunications networks. Currently, she is Professor and Director of Laboratories and Facilities of the Faculty of Engineering and Basic Sciences of Universidad Central.

Lorena has served as an IEEE volunteer for 17 years. Some of her major activities include:

  • Region 9 Secretary, 2018-19
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Member, 2016-2019
  • HKN Globalization Committee Member, 2019
  • EAB TISP (Teacher-In-Service Program) Champion
  • Awards Board, 2019
  • Women in Engineering (WIE) Awards Liaison and WIE Awards Subcommittee Chair, 2019
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operation Support Committee Member, 2016-17
  • Circuits and Systems Society Board of Governors Member, 2015-17
  • Colombia Section Chair, 2015-17
  • Circuits and Systems Society Colombia Chapter Chair, 2011-14
  • Colombian Caribbean Subsection Chair, 2006
  • Universidad del Norte Student Branch Chair, 2004
  • IEEE Colombia Section Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2011

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

Governor At-Large: M. Ryan Bales

Inducted: 2002 – Gamma Theta

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Contact: mrbales@ieee.org

Biography

Dr. M. Ryan Bales is a Senior Research Engineer in the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Lab (SEAL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He specializes in FPGA and embedded system design, and real-time signal processing for electronic warfare applications. His work has been the subject of 19 scholarly refereed publications, and he is an IEEE Senior Member and a professional engineer licensed in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Bales is passionate about community and professional service. He has served as treasurer of the Atlanta IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society / Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society joint chapters since 2013, and is engaged with the leadership of the Atlanta Section. He is a member of the Association of Old Crows, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Order of the Engineer. He was a very active member of the Gamma Theta chapter of Eta Kappa Nu for four years as an undergraduate and graduate student, having served as President, Vice President, Bridge Correspondent, and Marketing Chair. He received the Gamma Theta Advisor’s Leadership Award and the Founder’s Award for Service for his work in these roles. He continues involvement with HKN today, having served on the Professional Membership Committee since 2017. At GTRI, he represents SEAL on the GTRI Faculty Senate for the 2017-2020 term, acting as a liaison between over 220 SEAL research faculty and the Georgia Tech governing body. In 2018, he helped organize a petition to increase GTRI representation on the Georgia Tech Presidential Search Committee. He regularly volunteers in K-12 and collegiate STEM activities. Since 2006 he has served as a judge at more than 30 local, regional, and state science fairs in three states. Dr. Bales is certified by the state of Georgia to test and report water quality in Georgia watersheds, and collects data on the Etowah River.

At GTRI, Dr. Bales’ work has focused on jamming technology and radar target generation for national defense. He has led digital system development for the Angry Kitten advanced electronic attack suite since its inception in 2011, resulting in delivered products to 15 sponsored programs and over 20 sponsored field tests. These programs have resulted in over $40 million in funding. He was promoted to Senior Research Engineer at GTRI in recognition of his technical acumen, project leadership, mentorship of junior engineers, and service to the Institute and his community.

His research interests include FPGA-based embedded systems, radar and electronic warfare applications, machine vision, real-time signal processing, and STEM education. Dr. Bales has published in the areas of machine vision, embedded video surveillance and engineering education in IEEE and ASEE-sponsored conferences, and in the areas of radar and electronic warfare digital design in IEEE RadarCon and the Tri-Service Radar Symposium. In 2016, he co-developed Georgia Tech’s Radar Systems Engineering short course, and delivers the lectures for the Digital Subsystems portion. He also developed and routinely presents courses on GTRI’s DRFM Target Generator architecture and Technique Description Language.

Dr. Bales received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering as an Honors Academy Fellow in 2004 and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, both from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011.

Student Governor: Katelyn Brinker

Inducted: 2016 – Gamma Theta Chapter

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Contact: katelyn.brinker@mst.edu

Biography

My name is Katie Brinker. I am currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) with the support of a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship and while working as a NASA Pathways Intern at Goddard Space Flight Center. I graduated in May of 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2019 from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

In my time as a student I have been heavily involved on my campus and in IEEE, and I have also been the recipient of the DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering 2017 IEEE-USA award and the HKN 2017 Outstanding Student Award. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of the Missouri S&T world champion Mars Rover Design Team where I held the positions of PR and Outreach Chair, Chief Technology Officer, Science Team Lead, and R&D Team Lead during my 4 years on the team. These roles provided me with experience in event organization, publicity, project management, and leadership, which allowed me to effectively serve as the Missouri S&T IEEE Student Branch President for the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 school years and the HKN Gamma Theta Chapter President in Spring of 2017. I have also served as the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Undergraduate Student Representative and Graduate Student Representative, on the IEEE STL Section Editorial Board, and on the HKN Conference Committee. Through these experiences I’ve gotten to meet and make connections with HKN and IEEE members from all over the world and in the process I’ve gained a lot of perspective on the different challenges faced by various IEEE organizational units, including HKN chapters, and how culture also affects how initiatives are received. I’ve also learned a lot about creating student programs for a global audience.

I have also served on the Board of Governors as a student governor over the course of 2019. In this position, I have been on the Strategic Planning Committee, the PR and Communications Committee, and the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) Committee, beyond performing the duties of a member of the Board of Governors. As part of these committees, I have helped to bolster our social media presence, provide a student perspective for future HKN initiatives, redesign our SLC, and plan the 2019 SLC. I have also led monthly student leadership calls.

I believe that I can continue to bring this experience, perspective, and passion for service into a position on the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors to help grow our organization and our member engagement.

Student Governor: Sandro Sartoni

Inducted: 2018 – Mu Nu Chapter

Polytechnic University of Turin

Contact: sandro.sartoni@hknpolito.org

Biography

My name is Sandro Sartoni, I’m an Electronic Engineering student and President of the Mu Nu chapter from Turin, Italy.

I attended my Bachelor Degree Course in Electronic Engineering at the University of Florence in which I graduated in 2017, scoring a 110/110 cum Laude. I then enrolled at the Politecnico di Torino university where I’m attending my MSc Degree in Electronic Engineering – Embedded Systems.

I’ve always considered group activities and associations in general an important aspect of the University life since they offer the opportunity of fostering skills that would otherwise be hard to improve, as well as offering the opportunity to meet new people and friends. This is why I joined the Squadra Corse – a team of engineers with the aim of designing and building race cars – during my last year in Florence and the Mu Nu Chapter in Turin, as soon as I arrived there.

I was thrilled since the first day I was admitted in my chapter – a lot of skilled and friendly people was cooperating all together to improve other university students’ life as well as honing their own soft skills, enjoying the time they spent while doing this. In my first year, I helped my chapter by taking part in the Tutoring Group, my role was to help other students understanding topics and solving exercises in one of their University courses. It was a great experience since it allowed me to get in touch with many different students and professors, who appreciated the help we gave them and helped us reach out more students as well.

At the end of my first year I decided to candidate as President of the Mu Nu chapter for the 2018-2019 academic year. I was officially elected in June 2018. Thanks to this, I had the chance to be more involved in international HKN activities and since the beginning of 2019 I’m part of the Public Relations and Communications Committee. During this year I worked hard to ensure the growth of my chapter and its members, as well as the promotion of IEEE-HKN on social medias. Lastly, in July 15th-19th 2019, I took part at COMPSAC, the IEEE Computer Society annual conference, in which, together with Nancy Ostin, we presented what HKN is and what chapters do throughout the world.