Meet Hamna Khan, IEEE WIE Member

Electrical Engineer

How did you first get involved in IEEE Women in Engineering?
One of my mentors while I was in my undergrad was Kathy Hiyashi. When I graduated from UC San Diego, I tagged up with her and asked how I can stay involved with the IEEE community. She recommended I join her IEEE WIE ILC committee. I was fully on board!

Why did you decide to become a WIE member?
I became a WIE member because I wanted to retain a relationship with a group of people who understand the unique challenges women in STEM face. By joining the community, I retained a community that I can reach out to as I navigate my professional career.

What do you wish other people knew about IEEE WIE?

IEEE WIE is for anyone interested in contributing to the betterment of all people. We strive to improve the conditions and opportunities for all walks of life by engaging in meaningful conversations.

What is it like to be an IEEE WIE Volunteer, and what do you enjoy about it? 

Being involved as an IEEE WIE volunteer is incredibly fulfilling since I get to work with a global network of women. One of my favorite aspects of being a volunteer for IEEE WIE is getting to engage in conversations with others about their life experiences and hearing about the ways in which they are making active changes and contributions in their local communities.

Why do you feel it is important for women to enter into the field of engineering?
Diversity of voices matter in the entire engineering process. As we ideate, build, iterate, and reflect, everyone must be included so we can collectively come up with the best answers to solve the problems of today and of our future.

Hamna also volunteers as the host for WIE Live on Instagram. View her interview session on the WIE Instagram account.