Change Makers

Meet the 2017 WIE ILC Volunteers. Coming from 23 different countries and from the local Santa Clara Valley Women in Engineering group, these volunteers are excited to welcome you.

Lost? Have a question? Seek out these incredible leaders at registration and throughout the conference to help you out.

Volunteers are selected from IEEE Women in Engineering leaders from around the world. They not only contribute their time during this event but assist with varied programs around the globe through IEEE WIE’s 725+ affinity groups and 20,000+ members to inspire, engage and advance women in engineering. Join today at https://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/women/women_join.html

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Brigitte Lanz

Doctor of Science (Technology) (University of Oulu, Finland)
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I am excited to get this grant opportunity to participate the IEEE WIE ILC 2017. For me the attendance is a great opportunity regarding professional and soft skills development, networking/team-spirit with like-minded attendees and sharing IEEE activity experiences/motivations.
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Dr. Annapurna P. Patil

Professor, Department of CSE, Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
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“I had often wondered whether a senior IEEE Member and Women Leader, like myself, would get an opportunity to connect to the global society. This time it’s proved yes! I thank the Committee for encouraging me and recognizing my interest to be a part of IEEE WIE ILC 2017.”
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Sonia Al-Zoghoul

WIE Chairperson, Jordan Section; Project Coordinator, Modern Arabia for Solar Energy (MASE)
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“I am very excited to travel and meet all of the international female leaders. By learning their strengths,I can also become a role model for others. I am looking forward to inspire and get inspired by leaders.”
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Malavika Vasudevan Menon

Student, University of New Orleans
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“I am excited about this opportunity as it gives me a chance to meet and network with many motivatingand talented women. It would inspire me to believe that gender is not a factor to decide whether aperson can be a great leader.”
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Daryna Pesina

Junior researcher, O.Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics NAS of Ukraine
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“This grant enables my participation in the WIE ILC which provides many opportunities for networking,making new contacts among peers and supporters, learning from speakers, and growing as a leader.Bringing all of the experience that I gain back to the affinity group I am currently chairing is, also, of high importance.”
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Dilrukshi Gamage

Graduate Student, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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“I am excited to meet new people, network with female leaders around the world, and learn from them.Moreover, I am excited that I can share this experience with my fellow WIE members and encourage more female leadership in Sri Lanka.”
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Georgina Ramos

Electrical Engineer Student, University of El Salvador
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“I’m thrilled to have the chance to go to San José, California. My main goal is to meet other proud to beengineer girls, like myself. I want to get to know their personal and professional experiences; I have a lotto learn from them! I’m really looking forward to being a part of the event and meeting women leaders because they are the examples we need. I’d be honored to follow theirs steps.”
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Dr. Jalpa Shah

Lead Engineer ­ Corporate Research & Technology, Eaton
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“What makes this volunteer opportunity special?- Opportunity to demonstrate leadership and team work- Represent Eaton’s technical leadership along with diversity and inclusion- Increase my professional network beyond technology- Facilitate knowledge sharing and future collaborations- Provide support to create communities and advocate STEM- Identify the benefits for Eaton to be a strategic partner in future events”
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Juana Cordova

Student,MSc Design and Engineering of Communication Networks, IMT Atlantique
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“Attending this conference is a great opportunity for me because I will be able to share and listen tostrong and outstanding women who have changed the world we live in. My main goal as an engineer isdoing this as well.”
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Juhaina Bilal Elijuhani

Mechatronics Engineering, Hashemite University
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“I'm excited to receive this grant because I will gain a whole new experience and will be visiting a country on my own.”
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Sumeyra Karababa

Electrical Electronics Engineering Student, Karadeniz Technical University
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“I was the founder leader of WIE at my college and I am working on a STEAM committee at TurkishWINNetwork. I would love to attend WIE ILC this year and share my experience with WIE KTU members. Also, I can learn a lot about global STEAM.”
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Maria Clara Magalhães

Student at Federal University of Campina Grande, Electrical Engineering
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“There are some opportunities in our lives that we need to catch. Volunteering for the WIE ILC 2017 isone of them! Meeting and networking with international students, professors, engineers and executiveswill be an awesome experience. It is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a culture of innovation. Ibelieve that I can change the world, and being a volunteer for WIE ILC is one of the first steps.”
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Marie-­Luise Wille

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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“I am very excited about the opportunity to attend WIE ILC 2017 because it enables me to get involvedin the global IEEE WIE community and provides me with a huge platform for networking and learning from leading women in engineering.”
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Mounica Prakash

WIE Chairperson, IEEE UVCE
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“IEEE is the best platform for new technologies and networking and WIE ILC is a conference for me tonetwork with techies all over the world. Volunteering is my passion and through this conference I canexplore more challenges on my way to exceed, enjoy my work as a volunteer, and learn about thecutting edge technology of today’s world at the same time.”
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Muhammad Bilal Javed

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker
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"I am excited to be part of WIE ILC to learn, unlearn and relearn. I am also looking forward to providingonsite social media marketing services for the event via my startup WeClip App and to network withother fellow entrepreneurs, volunteers and leaders."
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Omiya Hassan

Secretary, IEEE UIU Student Branch; Chair, IEEE UIU SB WIE Affinity Group
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“I think WIE ILC would be a perfect opportunity for me to not only apply my experiences from the lastfour years of volunteering, but also I would get the chance to meet new and exciting people that areessential to my personal development as a future leader. Moreover, I want to inspire girls, like myself,from my country to volunteer, take initiatives, and work in as many varying places as possible to build up confidence and leadership skills.”
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Romina Fairbairn

Biomedical Engineering student, Universidad Favaloro, Argentina
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“I am sure this is going to be a unique opportunity to get inspired by other women leaders. Sharingexperiences with other WIE affinity groups will help us grow. Also, it will make our work stronger in reducing the gender gap in technology.”
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Sachinthana Pathirana

Software Engineer, MillenniumIT Software (Pvt.) Ltd, Sri Lanka
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“WIE ILC 2017 is definitely the place to expand our network and get experience about the true potentialof women who can shape the vision of WIE. It’ll be inspiring, motivating and a means to empower theemerging women leaders with the latest advances from the world.”
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Samira Rahimi

Postdoctoral Fellow at Laval University; Family Medicine Fellow; Mechanical Engineer (Ph.D.)
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“I am extremely excited to participate in WIE ILC to: I) acquire knowledge on leadership skills from topleaders; II) strengthen and extend my network; III) extend my activities on an international level; and IV)connect with wonderful leaders from all over the world. This is the opportunity that I have alwayslooked for and it will directly affect my current and future works.”
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Skander Mansouri

Software Engineering Graduate Student; Chair, IEEE MESYP 2017
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“I'm super excited to get this grant because it will allow me to discover the famous Sillicon Valleymindset and to learn from different speakers and women leaders on the importance of empoweringwomen in our society.”
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Jennifer Dela Cruz

Chair, IEEE PS Women in Engineering
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Lucia Pia Maria Torres

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Being able to attend WIE ILC excites me because I will have the opportunity to share experiences with other women professionals and leaders in their areas. Together I trust that we can project opportunities for cooperation between countries, in order to further promote the insertion of women in the hard sciences, and build a better future for humanity.
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Nasim Abdollahi

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