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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 two at-large members each serve one three-year term. There is a student governor who serves a one-year term.

The operations manual (PDF, 546 KB) provides direction for the day-to-day operations of the society. The Board of Governors determines policy with the approval of the IEEE Educational Activities Board of IEEE, provides oversight, and acts in an advisory capacity to college chapters. Subsidiary documents to the operations manual are in draft stage and will serve as the organization's process manual (PDF, 117 KB).


IEEE-HKN New Board of Governors members

Congratulations to the following new Board members, joining in 2017:




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President-Elect 2017: Steve Watkins

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Steve E. Watkins is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla or UMR) where he directs the Applied Optics Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. and B.S. degrees from UMR. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the USAF Academy for 2016-17. He was a 2004 IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, the Faculty-Member-in-Residence for the 2005 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) Program, a visiting physicist for the USAF Phillips Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base, and a visiting scholar for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan. He has 1 patent, 3 book chapters, 50 archival papers, and 85 other works. He is active in IEEE-HKN, IEEE (senior member), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and SPIE (senior member). He was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu in 1981. 

Position Statement

Eta Kappa Nu has a long and distinguished history as an independent organization and now as a part of IEEE. It has done much to promote the electrical and computer engineering profession, to recognize excellence within the profession, and to foster high ideals among its members. I have been pleased to be involved as a student, as a faculty advisor, as a board member, and as THE BRIDGE Editor-in-Chief.
The core work of HKN is done in the chapters. Through recognition, faculty-student interaction, industry partnerships, and service activities, chapters develop leadership and communication skills among the student members as well as an awareness of professional and career issues.

Consequently, the traditional and appropriate focus of the organization has been on development activities for chapters and members. My goals in this position would be:

• To ensure that the headquarters support for chapters and members and that the resources available through IEEE meet organizational, professional, and career needs;

• To continue development of our signature programs such as the Student Leadership Conferences, THE BRIDGE magazine, recognition awards, and the Virtual Campus as benefits to chapters, members, alumni, and the profession; and

• To encourage the involvement of industry, alumni, and professional partners in HKN activities at both the chapter and above-the-chapter levels. Although the organization has accomplished much in recent years, more remains to be done toward developing its financial resources and integrating into the IEEE structures.

I hope to have this opportunity to contribute to the HKN community and to be a spokesman for the organization. Open communication among chapters, student members, alumni, and the board are necessary for the health of HKN.


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Region 1-2 Governor 2017-2019: Karen Panetta

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Dr. Karen Panetta is a Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Panetta received the B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. She is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at Tufts University.

Karen has traveled around the globe to inspire youth to pursue engineering through her internationally acclaimed “Nerd Girls” Program, a program that shows how engineers and scientists are creating innovations for the benefit humanity.

She is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2011, US President Obama presented Karen with the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Position Statement

IEEE-HKN has made tremendous strides revitalizing alumni chapters and student chapters. This has brought attention to the fact that our members are role models for all engineers and are recognized for their unwavering commitment to ethical practices and for life-long learning.

IEEE-HKN members should also be recognized as the most prevalent trusted sources for engineering and technology expertise. One of the most important aspects of this pivotal role is ensuring that our governments' leaders are well informed and understand the implications that their decisions will have on society. Not only should we be disseminators of leading technology, we should also be forging new paths for innovation and economic growth for our IEEE-HKN members by supporting entrepreneurship, diversity in the workforce and inspiring future generations of youth to view engineering and science as a means of achieving a healthy, successful living.

IEEE-HKN can continue to grow and flourish by:

1. Strengthening Industry partnerships. Our volunteers are leaders in the world's most progressive companies. Industry leaders can provide valuable input to help IEEE-HKN prioritize the greatest challenges through round tables and forums with government leaders.

2. Changing the public perception of engineers and scientists in the media. It is important that we collaborate with other expert organizations to promote more realistic and positive images of engineers, while stressing the importance of the profession for benefiting humanity.

3. Communicating volunteer opportunities for our out-of-work members. Engineers that have been out of the workforce need new contributions on their resumes. IEEE educational and volunteer programs can help transition our out of work engineers back into the work force. Whether they participate in outreach programs, serving as reviewers for conferences or creating new curriculum for engineering education, providing their professional expertise to products and curricula is a winning synergy.


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Region 7-10 Governor 2017-2019: Enrique Tejera

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Born in Panama, received BSc in EE and ME from University of Panama,1981; MSc in EE from UT, Arlington. 1983.

Professional with extensive experience in design, operation and maintenance of power systems, including generation and T&D. Electrical and mechanical engineer with proven record of success in management of large-scale projects, consulting services, power systems analysis, systems studies, project management, budgets, contracts and specifications.

From 1979 to 1991 worked at the Panama National utility with last position as Chief of T&D Planning

From 1991 to the present has worked with the Panama Canal occupying positions from electrical engineer to his present one as manager of the High Voltage Section

Provides consultant services for T&D and generation and electrical design

Also, was part-time professor at the UTP for some electrical engineering career courses.

Has presented papers at technical conferences in Latin America and the U.S. published in technical journals and conference proceedings.

Position Statement

I am new to the IEEE-HKN activities but at the same time well experienced in IEEE where I have served as a volunteer for more than 37 years.

So, all this experience as an IEEE Volunteer where I have had the opportunity to work with members all around the world when I served as VP of Membership and Chapters in the Power and Energy Society for five years (2004-2008), provides me with the knowledge and experience to move ahead programs and new initiatives within IEEE-HKN.

During my time serving as a volunteer I have had also the opportunity to work with students in Region 9, serving as Region RSAC and also as part the IEEE SAC in several occasions.

On these terms serving as a PES VP I was able to complete many achievements changing membership declining trends to positive numbers, creating new programs, awards and activities for chapters all around.

Also, at the student activities I was able to promote new initiatives, ways to manage student activities in the region and also establishing motivating new awards and prizes for volunteers and supporters.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I may be new to IEEE-HKN activities but I consider myself well prepared to take new responsibilities and challenges based on my experience and knowledge and also the dedication I offer as a volunteer. As a member of the IEEE Board (2010-2011) I was able to participate in the discussion for the IEEE-HKN relation which gives me also the knowledge the organization.


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Governor At-Large 2017-2019: Kyle Lady

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Kyle Lady is a Senior R&D Engineer at Duo Security, where he wrangles data, makes pretty graphs, and writes blog posts, all to support Duo's Engineering, Product, Marketing, and Sales teams. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Michigan, with a focus on software systems.

In his free time, Kyle participates in local government, currently serving as the vice chair of the Ann Arbor Taxicab Board; he also live-snarks City Council meetings via #a2council on Twitter.

Position Statement

As an HKN Governor, my focus would be on continuing to modernize HKN, to ensure both operating efficiency and continued relevance. First and foremost, to achieve the goals for the society, we need to make sure our staff can do their job in the most efficient manner.

They presently spend a lot of time working with antiquated organizational systems, and it consumes time that could otherwise be allocated to the goals of the Board and the society. The Board can support staff in this area by taking a step back and, working with staff, evaluate more efficient means of solving problem and aid transitions to new systems/workflows.

If elected, I will take a more active role in the society by visiting chapters, something that doesn't happen nearly enough right now (and I'll encourage my fellow governors to do so as well). While we absolutely should be putting time into strategic planning and long-term goals, there's more to being a leader of the society than just that, and chapters will benefit from interacting with governors more than once a year at the conference.

Finally, HKN can improve its alumni outreach so as to keep alumni involved, even if they don't have the time to be on the Board or a committee. We have a few alumni chapters, but that's meaningless unless it's clear what their mission is in regards to the broader society. It's a difficult question, but it's a conversation that needs to happen.

These clearly are challenging areas, and it's not instantly going to be perfect, but, if given the opportunity, I want to give back to the society by purposefully guiding it toward incremental improvement and continued relevance.


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Student Representative 2017: Michael Benson

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Michael Benson is a PhD candidate in the University of Michigan’s Radiation Laboratory. A 2009 recipient of NASA’s Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship, Michael studies multimodal remote sensing of the environment with a focus on radar. 

During his tenure at Michigan, Michael has been actively engaged in his community having chaired his Department’s inaugural graduate research poster symposium in 2009 as well as serving three elected terms as the President of the University of Michigan’s graduate student body and two terms of the nationwide Student Advocates for Graduate Education. 

Since initiating into Eta Kappa Nu, Michael has held a variety of leadership positions within the Beta-Epsilon chapter including serving as a mentor for potential new members (electees), serving in numerous committee chair positions, and serving as an officer of the chapter as an advisor for the past three years. In addition to his work within his chapter, Michael also served as the general co-chair of the IEEE-HKN 2016 Student Leadership Conference in Ann Arbor, MI.  

Position Statement

If elected, I will work on four key initiatives. Each of these initiatives fall into a general vision of good organizational stewardship while also taking needed steps forward. 

First, I will work with the Board to continue the push by the first two student governors and engage with the student membership in a regular and meaningful way. In addition to hosting a set of monthly conference calls with chapter presidents, I hope to work with the Board to create a meaningful role for our student chapters in the governance and long-term planning of the society. 

Second, I will build on my experience in student government and will bring a coordinated chapter development practises to IEEE-HKN including a sharing of best practises mechanism outside of the annual student leadership conference. 

Third, as a society, we need to improve our recruitment of new members and retention of existing members. Currently, two chapters of IEEE-HKN may operate entirely differently in terms of potential member outreach, semester activities, meeting formats, as well as the process leading to induction. This isn’t ideal. A key component of any future development campaign is the need to augment student members’ positive experiences with their chapters to the overall organization. A first step in this process is to provide a set of guidelines for chapters beyond what can currently be found in the Operational Procedures document. 

Finally, a critical aspect for the society to address is the role of alumni, particularly non-faculty alumni. These members of our society are removed from their school chapters and may or may not be involved in an alumni chapter. As an organization, we should work to engage these people in either volunteer roles, alumni chapter roles, mentorship, and/or professional outreach. The Board needs to act to pick a path forward; we can’t let this untapped resource continue untapped.


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IEEE-HKN Board of Governors Elections

Elections shall be held every year during the period of 1 October–1 November. The slate of candidates shall be finalized by the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors by 1 August and shall be publicized to all IEEE-HKN school and alumni chapters, as well as to the IEEE-HKN membership, via the IEEE-HKN website in September.


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2016 IEEE-HKN Board of Governors


2015 President-Elect S.K. Ramesh  2015 Governor-At-Large Timothy Kurzweg2015 President Evelyn Hirt RonaldJensen 

S.K. Ramesh

Timothy Kurzweg

Past President
Evelyn Hirt

Treasurer and Governor- Regions 3 & 4
Ronald Jensen

 2015 Governor Regions 1 & 2 Kenneth R. Laker Governor Regions 5&6 Gordon Day2015 Governor Regions 7-10 Mo El-Hawary IEEE-HKN BOG candidate Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan 
Governor - Regions 1 & 2

Kenneth R. Laker

Governor - Regions 5 & 6

Gordon Day


 Governor - Regions 7-10
Mo El-Hawary

 IEEE Member & Geographic Activities Governor-At-Large
Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan 

 2015 Governor-At-Large Nita PatelEd Rezek headshot Leann Krieger headshot IEEE-HKN Director Nancy Ostin 

Nita Patel

Ed Rezek

 Student Representative
Leann Krieger

Nancy M. Ostin 




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IEEE-HKN Contact Information

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Phone: +1 732 465 5846
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