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

Brigitte Lanz
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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. "
Dr. Annapurna P. Patil
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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.”
Sonia Al-Zoghoul
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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.”
Malavika Vasudevan Menon
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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
Daryna Pesina
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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
Dilrukshi Gamage
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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
Georgina Ramos
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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
Dr. Jalpa Shah
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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”
Juana Cordova
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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.”
Juhaina Bilal Elijuhani
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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.”
Sumeyra Karababa
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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.”
Maria Clara Magalhaes
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Maria Clara Magalhaes

Electrical Engineering Student, Federal University of Campina Grande
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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
Marie-­Luise Wille
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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
Mounica Prakash
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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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Omiya Hassan

Secretary, IEEE UIU Student Branch; Chair, IEEE UIU SB WIE Affinity Group
Omiya Hassan
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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
Romina Fairbairn
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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.”
Sachinthana Pathirana
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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.”
Samira Rahimi
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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.”
Skander Mansouri
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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.”
Jennifer Dela Cruz
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Jennifer Dela Cruz

Chair, IEEE PS Women in Engineering
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Lucia Pia Maria Torres

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

M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada
Nasim Abdollahi
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"Regarding my interest in attending IEEE WIE ILC 2017, I would say that, there are many things, which this conference will give to me. First of all, it is a great opportunity for me as a student to become more familiar with industries and companies, let say the real world where I can apply my knowledge in my career future. I have a real passion towards leadership, and it makes me more and more enthusiastic about attending this conference to meet successful leaders and learn about their leadership skills and experiences, to learn about their successes and the ways they cope difficulties and failures. I am also super excited about meeting other WIE leaders and knowing about their activities. Moreover, volunteering at this conference will build up my network and make me more passionate in getting closer to my goals of making a better world."
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Prof.Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

Associate Professor of Engineering Ohlone College, California
Prof.Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua
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"I am so excited about the IEEE WIE ILC. It is an amazing opportunity to network with women in tech from all over the globe. There will be lots of knowledge and experiences shared especially in leadership and innovation".
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Jashira Nicole Vilcapoma Simeon

Student at National University Federico Villareal
Jashira Nicole Vilcapoma Simeon
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"This opportunity is a great professional and personal growth for me. It will be a great experience, where I can develop myself in front of other colleagues from different parts of the world. Moreover I would like to develop my skills and the love for the technology."
Lois R. Gray
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Lois R. Gray

Curriculum Leader for Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
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“I am delighted to be volunteering at WIE ILC, as this inspirational Conference will provide personal professional development focussed on my new leadership role in a male dominated faculty. The grant provides invaluable financial assistance and has convinced my employer of my commitment, thus allowing me leave to attend.”
Liliane Peters
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Liliane Peters

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“I'm very excited about the opportunity to attend WIE ILC 2017. It enables me to meet many extraordinary women within the global IEEE WIE community. It is an opportunity to facilitate knowledge sharing and opens a door to future collaborations. “
Dr. Vijayalaxmi Bradar
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Dr. Vijayalaxmi Bradar

Chair IEEE WIE AG Hyderabad Section; Associate Professor; Department of ECE, Vignan Institute of Technology and Science
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"I thank the committee for granting me this opportunity to attend WIE ILC 2017, its like a dream come true for me. I am excited to meet and network the people from different countries. This is a best platform to share and enrich my knowledge and get recognized on a global platform."
Kathleen Rege
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Kathleen Rege

Chief of Staff, Western Digital, Data Center Systems
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"This will be my 3rd year volunteering for the ILC. Each year I've met wonderful, talented women, shared ideas and learning, and learned about myself both as a mentor and leader. I am really looking forward to connecting with an awesome community!"
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Lin Chao

Incubator Director, Vreelin Engineeering
Lin Chao
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"I’m so excited to attend the 2017 WIE’s ILC to connect with other women who are creating disruptive technologies, to embrace our passion for engineering, and to aspire together to build a better world for humanity."
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Wendy Zapata Gomez

WIE Hero, IEEE section Honduras; Expert Trainer in Roboting My World Project
Wendy Zapata Gomez
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“I am very excited to attend WIE ILC 2017, learn from other cultures, volunteer, and inspire others to do so.”
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Fatima Hamdan

Digitization consultant at Unicef, Data Analyst at Data Aurora
Fatima Hamdan
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“After being the WIE chair of Lebanon section and the chair of IEEE at the Lebanese American University in the past years, I felt I belong to this family. In the past 6+ years being IEEE member, all my exposure was to the local community of IEEE. Though I attended the SBC in Poland in 2014 and I was exposed to IEEE R8, I still feel I want to meet the big family of WIE in the world. I am sure networking with women leaders in STEM will be inspiring for all women attending the conference. “
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Claudia Liliana Zuniga Canon

Chair IEEE Computer Society Colombia; Professor, Director Mobile Computing Lab COMBA R&D, Santiago de Cali University.
Claudia Liliana Zuniga Canon
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“I feel very happy and enthusiastic for this great opportunity to share with all communities at WIE ILC 2017. IEEE is the best way to increase the empowerment of women and our leadership in technology.”
Selene Zamarripa
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Selene Zamarripa

Ph.D Candidate in Computer Science. Cinvestav, Mexico.
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"It is a great opportunity for me to participate in this conference that gather a great diversity of successful women. I am excited to hear and learn from exhibitors in the technology area. The sponsors are for me an inspiration to be part of your team someday. I would love to enjoy my volunteer work to achieve the success of the conference. And keep learning from these great experiences."
Joyce M. Tang
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Joyce M. Tang

DPC Debug Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Intel
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"I want to do my part in making sure there is a community for our brilliant rising leaders."