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Panel: Strategies to Nurture Talents of Women and Men to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

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Discuss strategies to leverage the talents of both men and women to promote diversity and inclusion and for the advocacy of diversity initiatives further.

Tom Coughlin, Kathleen Kramer, Celia Shahnaz, Winnie Ye

Chaitali Naik


Tom Coughlin – 2024 IEEE President & CEO

Tom Coughlin is the President of Coughlin Associates, a digital storage analyst and business and technology consultant. He has more than 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and senior management positions at several companies.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents. He is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Tom is a regular storage and memory contributor for forbes.com and media and entertainment organizations. Coughlin Associates consults and publishes books and market and technology reports, including The Media and Entertainment Storage Report and an Emerging Memory Report, and puts on digital storage-oriented events.

Tom has served in numerous IEEE volunteer leadership roles, including President of IEEE-USA, Director of IEEE Region 6, Vice President and Board member of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society, Chair of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section, and Chair of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley. He is also active with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Kathleen A. Kramer  – 2024 IEEE President-Elect
Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. She has contributed as a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, HP, and Bell Communications Research. She served as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all the university’s engineering programs. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AESS and current officer of the society. She is recognized as a Fellow of ABET for her contributions advancing the accreditation criteria for cyber security, mechatronics, and graduate programs. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from CalTech. Her leadership roles include service as Chair of the 2023 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Innovating Funding Models, IEEE Secretary and Chair of Governance (2019-21), IEEE AESS Vice President (2016-18), and IEEE Director of Region 6 (2017-18). She has been a dedicated volunteer and colleague, within the SPS, and with and across IEEE technical communities, especially WIE, Young Professionals, and Students.

Celia Shahnaz – 2023-2024 IEEE WIE Chair
Celia Shahnaz, SMIEEE, Fellow IEB, received Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada and is currently a professor at, Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh since 2015. She was the winner of Canadian Common Scholarship for pursuing her Ph.D study in Canada and recipient of Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal for her contributions in science and technology. The World Academy of Science (TWAS) members have elected her as a Fellow of TWAS for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2023. Recently, her nomination has been approved and she has been inducted into IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu as a Professional Member into the Eta Chapter of the Board of Governors. She has been elected as 2022 IEEE WIE Committee Chair-Elect and she is serving as the 2023-2024 IEEE WIE Committee Chair. She has been appointed as 2024 IEEE Computer society Awards Chair, 2022-23 Member, IEEE New Initiative Committee, 2021-24 Member, IEEE History Committee, Liaison between IEEE History Committee and IEEE WIE. She has served as 2021-22 Chair, IEEE SPS Women in Signal Processing, 2021-22 Liaison between IEEE SPS and IEEE WIE, 2021-22 Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board Faculty Resource Committee, 2022 Member, IEEE WIE Strategic planning Committee, 2021 Chair, IEEE WIE History Subcommittee, 2020-21 Member, IEEE WIE Senior Member Elevation Drive and 2019-2022 Member, IEEE WIE WePower Subcommittee. She has served as an Editorial board member, IET Signal Processing From 2018 to date. She is the immediate past Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Co-founder & Chair, IEEE EMBS, IAS, RAS, SSIT Bangladesh Chapters, Co-founder & Vice-Chair, IEEE SPS Bangladesh Chapter, Founder and Advisor, WIE AG, and founder and Chair of SIGHT group FLASH, IEEE Bangladesh Section. She is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE MGA Achievement Award, 2021 Inspiring Women in Academia Award from Bangladesh brand forum, 2019 R10 Humanitarian Activities Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2016 MGA Leadership Award 2015 WIE Inspiring Member Award, 2013 R10 WIE Professional Volunteer Award. She has more than 23 years of experience (23 years as an IEEE volunteer) in leading impactful Technical, Professional, Educational, Industrial, Women Empowerment, Humanitarian Technology, Power and Energy-related Projects at national/international levels.

Winnie Ye – 2024 IEEE WIE Chair-Elect

Dr. Winnie Ye is a Fellow of Optica and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and a Full Professor in the Department of Electronics at Carleton University. She was also a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors from 2009 to 2021. Her expertise is in silicon photonics and its applications in telecommunications, data communication, biophotonics, and renewable energy. Dr. Ye received her B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. She then pursued advanced studies in Photonics and received her M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and Carleton University, respectively. Following her doctoral studies, she joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Ye returned to Carleton as a faculty member in 2009. She won the prestigious 2021 IEEE MGA (Members and Geographic Activities) Leadership Award, and the Partners In Research PIR’s 2020 National Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award. She was the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Inspiring Member Award, the 2018 Engineering Medal for Research and Development from the Ontario Professional Engineers (PEO), as well as the PEO Ottawa Chapter’s 2018 Engineering Excellence Award. In September 2019, Dr. Ye became a Carleton University teaching fellow after receiving the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award. She was the recipient of MRI’s Early Researcher Award (ERA) in 2012, the Research Achievement Award from Carleton University in 2013, and the Research Award from Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design in 2021. From 2021 to 2023, she held the elected position of Chair of Optica’s Photonics and Opto-Electronics Technical Division. She is the 2024 Chair-Elect of the IEEE Women in Engineering, and an elected member of Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society.

Chaitali Naik – Team Lead – System Studies & MV Collection, NEI
2024 IEEE USA Early Career Rep-BoD
2023 IEEE WIE Day Chair

Chaitali Naik has over eight years of experience in the power industry and currently serves as a team lead in NEI’s System Studies department. Her primary responsibilities involve conducting power system studies for renewables and utility substations, alongside managing a team. She has led various local and global leadership roles as an active IEEE member for the past seven years. She is currently serving as a IEEE USA Board of Director Early Career Rep and is involved in the local IEEE Eastern Idaho Section. She was IEEE WIE Day Chair in 2023. Her past accomplishments also include being the first woman IEEE PES Day Chair, IEEE PES Mentoring Chair as well as IEEE PES R1-7 student chapter committee rep. She has also contributed to various technical standards.

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