April 27 & 28 2023

HKN TechX is IEEE-HKN’s premier technical conference and networking event, focused on emerging technologies and their applications, and inspiring attendees to become the next generation of engineering leaders. Expert leaders in their fields to present thought provoking, engaging and inspiring sessions, conduct meaningful discussions and share insights with the next generation of industry professionals.  There will also be 2 devoted time blocks (27 April, 1:15-2:50pm ET, and 28 April, 11:15am-12:50pm ET) for our special Recruitment Fair to meet with Industry recruiters or learn about the IEEE Technical Societies.

Take a look (below) at the speakers and topics we’re bringing you at this year’s event!

Keynote Speaker

Dejan Milojicic

IEEE Fellow

Member of Mu Nu Chapter, Politecnico Di Torino

Dejan Milojicic  is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Milpitas, CA. He leads research on Future Architectures and is the Principal Investigator of the Heterogeneous Serverless Computing that spans Hewlett Packard Labs. In his HP(E) career, he contributed to numerous research efforts spanning software, distributed computing, systems management, and HPC. Dejan led large industry-government-academia collaborations, such as Open Cirrus for the HPC in Cloud program and New Operating System for The Machine program. Dejan has written over 240 papers, 2 books and 79 patents. Dejan is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Engineer, and HKN and USENIX member. Dejan was on 8 PhD thesis committees, and he mentored over 100 interns. He founded and taught Cloud Management class at San Jose State University.

 Dejan was President of the IEEE Computer Society (2014), IEEE presidential candidate (2019), editor-in-chief of IEEE Computing Now and IEEE Distributed Systems Online and he has served and continues to serve on many editorial boards, technical program committees and steering committees.  Previously, Dejan worked in the OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA and Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, Belgrade, Serbia. He contributed to novel systems software and parallel and distributed systems that were deployed throughout Europe. Dejan received his Ph.D. from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany; and his MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia.


Keynote Address: Technology and Mega Trends Predictions

No one can say with high certainty what path the future will take. However, we have learned from the recent past the importance of predictions, as accurate as we can make them. Whether and when to close and then open economies in presence of COVID, how to quickly modify supply chains and replace oil and guess imports, how to sequence genes for new vaccines, and many others, are becoming essential questions to answer for humankind’s existence. Technology plays a central part in these deliberations, for example, performing large-scale simulations of virus spread, applying additive manufacturing for replaceable parts in the absence of supply chains, achieving digital transformation of the energy sector, and many others. IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) and its Industry Advisory Board (IAB) have been conducting Megatrends research and the IEEE Computer Society has predicted technologies for more than 10 years. In this talk, we will present megatrends and technology predictions for the likelihood of their success, their impact on humanity, maturity, relative market adoption, and the horizon to broad adoption.


GRAD LAB LIVE: Build your future

Are you stuck on how you can build the future of your career during your research degree? Join our special TechX session of GradLab where University of South Alabama ECE chair Hulya Kirkici will use her 30+ years of academic experience to teach us the why and how graduate students can kick start their career growth in academic research. During this webinar, we will explore how to set your focus and build key skills that will help you flourish in industry or academia, build towards your end goals, set expectations with your principal investigator and more. This session will have a live Q&A afterwards to have all your questions answered.


Prof. Mohamed Essaaidi, PhD

Prof. Mohamed Essaaidi, PhD is Director General of Moroccan School of Engineering Sciences (since January 2023), Chief of Party of Interactive Digital Center Morocco (since November 2020) and a Professor and past Dean of ENSIAS School of Computer Science of Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco (since 2011), Past Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of General Affairs & Governance, Morocco (2019), and past faculty member (Professor & Assistant Professor) at the Faculty of Science of Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco (1993-2011).

He is IEEE HTB Programs Committee, Chair, IEEE Global Cities Alliance, MEA Chair (2021-2022), IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Assessment Committee Member (2021-2022), IEEE EAB Teaching Excellence Editorial Hub, Member (2021-2022), and IEEE Public SafetyTechnology, Education Chair (2022). He is the founder and past Chairman of the IEEE Morocco Section (2005-2016), co-founder and chair of IEEE Morocco APS/MTT-S joint Chapter (2005-2010), IEEE Communications / Computer Society Chapter (2006-2008) and IEEE Education Society Morocco Chapter chair from 2007 to 2009.

He has authored and co-authored 10 books and more than 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences in the field of Electrical and Computer engineering and its diverse applications. He has been Guest Editor of several international journals. He is also an active member of the editorial boards of several international journals in the same fields mentioned above.

Jawad Yaseen Siddiqui

Jawad Yaseen Siddiqui is currently working as a Visiting Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, India (On leave). He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta in 2005. He worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada and Visiting Researcher at Queen’s University, Canada at different periods during 2008-2021. He has more than 150 publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. His research areas include printed circuits and antennas, radar and nano-photonics. He is a Co-Principal Investigator of Stratosphere Troposphere (ST) Radar Project at the University of Calcutta. He is the recipient of 2022 Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)-S.N. Mitra Memorial Award for contribution and leadership role in radio broadcast science and technology.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is currently the IEEE AP-S Committee Chair for AP-S SIGHT Committee. He is a Member of the APS COPE Committee. He is also a Member of IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee and Member Management Council, IEEE Smart Village. He is a Member, MTT-S Meetings and Symposia Committee. He served as Chair for the AP-S and MTT-S Jt. Chapter in IEEE Kolkata Section and SIGHT Chapter, IEEE Kolkata Section. He is Vice Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Chapter Activities Committee.

Dr. Luis Kun

Dr. Luis Kun is the (2023 and 2024) IEEE President of the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National Security (CHDS/NDU). Born in Montevideo, he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Uruguay and holds a BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degree in BME, all from UCLA. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, a Fellow of the: American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. He is the founding Editor in Chief of Springer’s Journal of Health and Technology 2010-2020. He spent 14 years at IBM and was the Director of Medical Systems Technology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. As Senior IT Advisor to AHCPR, he formulated the IT vision and was the lead staff for High Performance Computers and Communications program and Telehealth. In July 1997, he was an invited speaker to the White House and was largely responsible for the first Telemedicine Homecare Legislation signed by President Clinton in August 1997.

Fred Schindler

Fred Schindler is IEEE VP-elect Technical Activities, past Division IV Director, past chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee. He served as MTT Society President in 2003 and General Chair of the International Microwave Symposium in 2009. He is active in several boards and committees in IEEE and the MTT. He currently works as an independent consultant and serves as CTO of Anlotek Ltd. Previously he has led managed organizations at Qorvo, RFMD, IBM, ATN Microwave and Raytheon, focused on RF and microwave semiconductors. His column has appeared in IEEE Microwave Magazine since 2011.

Lwanga Herbert
HTB Chair 2023

Lwanga Herbert, is a Technology promoter, innovator, researcher, entrepreneur and enthusiast best known for promoting technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for the benefit of communities and society as whole. Additionally, he puts his emphasis on promoting those technologies that address humanitarian challenges that prevail with diverse communities and the world at large. Lwanga Herbert currently serves a Global chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board (HTB) that focuses on supporting impactful and ethically informed volunteer-led initiatives, programs and projects, and mutually beneficial partnerships, as well as to inform policy formulation that harness technology and innovation to address societal challenges in a responsive, effective, and sustainable way. Previously (2021 – 2022) he served as a Chair of IEEE SIGHT. He is also a co-founder of Logel Science Foundation, a non-profit organization which focuses on conducting research, development and innovation activities whose end results are aimed to benefit humanity. The organization also uplifts the efforts of upcoming innovators and technologists to ensure that they transform communities through concrete engineering and technology approaches.

In his career development, he also co-founded LOG`EL GROUP Ltd a technology company which emphasizes use of local talent to develop technology solutions that address locally based challenges and concerns. Through this approach, the local talent is bound to grow and develop as it addresses societal challenges using a home grown approach. Previously, he has won different awards among others which includes the Ugandan Presidential Innovation Award 2005 – that focused on rewarding young innovators.

Dr. Hulya Kirkici

Dr. Hulya Kirkici is Professor and the Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Alabama. She received B.S. and M.S. in physics from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey; and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (currently NYU), NY.  Previously, Dr. Kirkici was Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Auburn University (1992-2016), visiting scholar and Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory – Wright Patterson Air Force Base, (2014-2015), and visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (1999-2000).

Dr. Kirkici is a Fellow of IEEE for “contributions to high frequency, high field dielectric breakdown and electrical insulation for space and aerospace power systems” and a recipient of the IEEE Eric O. Forster Distinguished Service Award and the IEEE William G. Dunbar Award (High Voltage Technical award).  Dr. Kirkici served as 2019 IEEE Vice President – Publications, IEEE Director and was a Member of the IEEE Board of Directors and the Chair of Publications Services and Products Board.  She was the President of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, the Vice President of IEEE Sensors Council (2014-2015), and Treasurer and Finance Chair of IEEE PSPB (2011-2014).  She serves as the 2023 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governor-At-Large and Chair of its Alumni Committee.

Thank You to the Sponsors and Partners of the 2023 TechX Conference

Thank you to our IEEE Society Content Contributors

IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society

IEEE Technical Activities Board

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society