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Panel Discussion: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion for Engineering and Technology Education in Emerging Areas

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On the heels of IEEE Education Week, IEEE WIE felt it was important to inspire WIE members to tap into the top technology areas available from IEEE Societies (39) and Councils (8).

WIE has organized this panel of WIE Society Liaisons to leverage their knowledge about the resources and networking opportunities available from Societies/Councils that can enable WIE members to shape their careers and continue their lifelong learning journey. The panel will highlight different platforms, avenues, tools, data, and key takeaways from their Society/Council that will help nurture members’ potential for education in Engineering and Technology. This will help members embrace the resources and networking avenues in IEEE and technical societies/councils to potentially reshape their lives.

IEEE WIE desires to encourage members to continue their lifelong learning to promote diversity and inclusion in education in engineering and technology in emerging areas of IEEE-designated fields.

Presenters: Ya-Jun Pan, Claire Migliaccio, P Susthitha Menon

Moderator: Manisha Guduri

Speaker Bios:

Ya-Jun Pan 
Ph.D., P.Eng, Professor, FCAE, FEIC, FASME, FCSME

Ya-Jun Pan is a Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada, where she founded the Advanced Control and Mechatronics Lab (acm.me.dal.ca). Dr. Pan’s research interests are mainly in robust nonlinear control, cyber-physical systems, intelligent mechatronics, and robotics with more than 190 authored journal and conference papers published. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE’2023), Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC’2021), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME’2017), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (FCSME’2023) and awarded the research excellence award (2008) at Dalhousie University and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2016) from Germany.

She is a Senior Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, and a member of IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board from 2023. She has served in several conference organizing committees, VP Atlantic for CSME (2018~2020), as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (2016~2023), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2019~2021), and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2015~2020). Currently she serves as the Chair for IES Distinguished Lecturer Program and the Chair for Women in Engineering in the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

P Susthitha Menon
Associate Professor, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), National University of Malaysia (UKM)

P Susthitha Menon is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), The National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia-UKM) since 2009. She completed her B.Eng (Hons) degree at UKM specializing in Electric, Electronics and System Engineering in 1998 under the sponsorship of Intel Products Malaysia Pte. Ltd. She was a Product Engineer (mobile modules and motherboard systems) with Intel Malaysia until 2002 during which she had a 6-month stint as a product transfer engineer at Intel’s System Manufacturing and Technology Division (SMTD), Oregon, USA in 1999. In 2005, she completed her M.Sc. degree specializing in Microelectronics at UKM and in 2008, she completed her Ph.D. degree (Optoelectronics) with Distinction at IMEN-UKM. Her expertise is in the field of plasmonic biosensing, optoelectronics and nanophotonics. She is the principal investigator for 6 national projects under the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and has published more than 200 indexed international journals and proceedings. In 2012 and 2018, she received the Excellent Service Award from UKM. Dr Menon is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Past Chair of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Malaysia Chapter which won the prestigious 2014 & 2018 IEEE EDS Region 10 Chapter of the Year Award and the 2017 & 2018 IEEE Malaysia Section Best Chapter Award. She is currently a member of IEEE EDS’s Board of Governors, Chair of IEEE Women in Electron Devices (WiED) and is the winner of the 2022 Outstanding Women in Engineering Volunteer in IEEE Malaysia Section.

Claire Migliaccio
Full Professor at Université Côte d’Azur

After an Engineer degree in 1993 and a PhD from INP Grenoble, France, in 1996, Claire Migliaccio was appointed as Assistant Professor at Université Côte d’Azur where she became Full Professor in 2007. Her research interests range from microwave to millimeter-wave systems for radar and imaging applications, including antenna design, measurements and imaging techniques. She has conducted or participated to more than 30 collaborative research projects involving academic and industrial partners at national and international levels. She has co-authored more than 100 scientific contributions. Her main achievements deal with mm-Wave radar for rescue helicopters or FOD detection and mm-Wave scanners for security, food safety and archaeological applications. Since 2012, she has held several leadership positions at university and national and international level, including the Direction of the IT Doctoral School (2017-2022), election at the University Academic Council (2020-2023), the vice-presidency of the ASTRID committee of the French National Agency (2023-2025), elected member of the National Council of French Universities (2023-2027), elected AdCom member (2020-2022), founder and chair of the IEEE AP-S DEIB committee (Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Belonging), founder and Chair of the IEEE A-S Mojgan Daneshmand Grant for women, Track Editor of IEEE TAP (2017-2022), Associated Editor of IEEE TAP (2016-2017), of IEEE TRS since 2022 and AP- Magazine starting on January 1st 2024.


Manisha Guduri

Dr. Manisha Guduri is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. She is the author/ coauthor of more than 52 research papers in reputed journals, book chapters, and international conferences. Her research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Applications, VLSI/CAD design. She is currently working on VLSI and AI in the biomedical field. She published 5 patents out of which 2 are under FER. She received one patent grant. She is the reviewer of IEEE TVLSI, Microelectronics Journal, IET digital circuits, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, etc. She has one on-going funded project from the Department of Science and Technology.

She is a senior member of IEEE, USA. She is also currently member of various IEEE Societies such as IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Women in Engineering, Circuits and Systems, Computer Society, Sensor Council, etc. She is appointed as IEEE WiE CASS representative for 2023 & 2024. She is executive committee member in Women in Engineering Affinity Group IEEE Hyderabad Section 2022. She is IEEE WiE DL program Coordinator and IEEE Computer Society Lafayette section Vice Chair for 2024. She has delivered more than 35 invited talk/tutorial speech/expert talk in various platforms like International Conference /technical programs. She has organized 10 international conferences under different roles.


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