Meet the 2022 WIE Committee Chair-Elect Candidates

Simay Akar


CCO & Co-Founder INNOSES Istanbul, Turkey

CCO & Co-Founder  

INNOSES , Istanbul, Turkey

Simay Akar is an entrepreneur with corporate industrial background and experience in the energy industry. She specialized in photovoltaic manufacturing, battery storage for electric vehicles and  other renewable energy technologies and the clean energy markets development.  Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses. Additional past roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable  Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of  Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar. 

Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial  activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik  (BEKO), and Lucida Solar. In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior Member, acknowledged  volunteer since 2007 and recipient of several prestigious awards. Simay is a graduate  of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and participated in the Energy  Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program at Stanford University. 

Cinzia Da Via


Professor of Physics at The University of Manchester, UK

Cinzia Da Vià is Professor of Physics at The University of Manchester, UK and a Visiting Research Professor at Stony Brook University, USA. She received her PhD in Physics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, working at the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) on radiation detectors and their spinoff applications to medicine, while being awarded a CERN fellowship.

She formed and led an international collaboration to develop a novel detector design (3D) with unprecedented radiation tolerance and speed, which was successfully installed in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012. She is the Independent Committee co-chair of the EU ATTRACT Initiative which support innovative radiation imaging technology research projects in Europe and is the Chief Editor of the Frontiers in Physics, Radiation Detectors and Imaging Journal. She has co-authored more than 500 papers and one book on 3D-radiation detectors.

She is a regular Speaker, Chair and International Scientific Committee Member of several conferences and instrumentation schools. She regularly supervises PhD and Master students and mentor young researchers. Since 2017 she is a member of the IEEE WIE International Committee as a Liaison for the Nuclear Plasma Science Society. She is an IEEE NPSS Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE Senior Member.

Celia Shahnaz

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Professor, Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh

Celia Shahnaz, SMIEEE, Fellow IEB, received Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada and is a Professor, Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh since 2015.

She has published 150+ international journal/conference papers, a recipient of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship/Fellowship and Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal for her contributions in Science and Technology. Her papers have received best paper awards in IEEE BECITHCON 2019, Biomedical Engineering tracks TENCON 2017, IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, and Humanitarian Challenge track R10 HTC 2017.

She was the mentor of 1st/2nd prize winning projects in IEEE IAS CMD Contests (Robotics, Humanitarian) in 2017-2019, USA, the supervisor of 4th/5th rank winning teams in SPCUP and VIPCUP competitions, ICASSP 2020 (Spain)/2015 (Australia)/ICIP 2020 (UAE). She has 20+ years of experience (20 years as an IEEE volunteer) of leading impactful Technical, Professional, Educational, Industrial, Women Empowerment, and Humanitarian Technology Projects at national/international levels. (More information:, (