IEEE SIGHTSteering Committee

The SIGHT Steering Committee (SSC) consists of nine voting members, including the Chair and Past Chair. Members, except the Chair and Past Chair, will chair subcommittees with specific portfolios. The SSC is structured into specific operational subcommittees that each provide regular updates to SSC, annual report, and coordinate their activities across the entire SSC. For more information, review the SIGHT Group Committee Operating Procedures 2017.

The application process has been closed for the 2017 SIGHT Steering Committee.

For a detailed list of roles and responsibilities, please see the SSC Committee Position Descriptions.

Celia Shahnaz | Chair, Communications Subcommittee

Celia Shahnaz received a Ph.D. degree, Concordia University, Canada, 2009. She received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she is a Professor currently. She is the recipient, Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship, top ten best paper awards in Student Paper Contests(MWSCAS 2014 and 2008), best Student Paper Award (ICNNSP 2008), 2013 R10 WIE Professional Volunteer award, 2015 WIE Inspiring Member Award and 2016 IEEE MGA leadership award.

Dr. Celia is a Senior member of IEEE and has published around 80 international journal and conference papers. She is 2016 R10 WIE coordinator. She is Co-chair and Program Chair, 2016 IEEE WIE Global Summit, Program Chair, WIE Track of 2016 R10 SYWL Congress , General Chair, IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, Technical Program Chair, IEEE WIECON-ECE 2015. In international WIE, she is a member, special event committee and women in leadership Collabratec community. She was a member, program committee and speaker, IEEE WIE ILS 2015, Chennai and a member, Jury coordination committee, AIYEHUM Challenge 2015.

Simay Akar | Chair, Engagement Subcommittee

Sımay Akar is an active IEEE volunteer since 2007 and has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions. She is graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey

Simay is currently working in the solar industry in Suzhou, China- as Overseas Marketing Manager of Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd. is a photovoltaic manufacturer with an annual capacity of 3 GW cells and 5 GW modules in China and Thailand. She is responsible for Americas, MEA, Australia and Japan regional marketing activities. She was in charge of business development, strategic marketing and sales activities of CSUN Eurasia’s- a Chinese PV modules and solar cells manufacturer- solar cells which made in its factory in Istanbul, Turkey between 2013-2015 and covering international sales activities among many countries as Business Development and Sales Manager. She has been honored with CSUN Outstanding Staff Award in December 2014.

She has served several volunteer activities in different organizational units including Student Branch (METU), Sections (Turkey and Nanjing-China), Regions (8 and 10), Societies (PES, SSIT) IEEE Day, IEEE SIGHT and Humanitarian Activities, IEEE TAB (WUG), IEEE MGA (WIE and Young Professionals) and many others.

Vineeth Vijayaraghavan | Co-Chair, Communities of Practice Subcommittee

Vineeth is a thought leader, strategist, mentor and researcher in the areas of Renewable Energy, Cleantech, Internet of Things, Sustainable Engineering Solutions, Energy Efficiency and Socially Sustainable Solutions for emerging markets in South/ Southeast Asia and Africa with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

He has participated in numerous national and international forums in the above areas as an expert and widely quoted in the above fields by national and international media. Ability to develop strategic long term partnerships and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders. Actively involved in various stakeholders discussions, shaping policies and programmes related to next generation energy efficiency, energy management, micro and smart grid. Served as an expert group member for Energy in the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission.

Glenn McKnight | Co-Chair, Communities of Practice Subcommittee

Glenn is the current chair of NARALO. Past experience includes secretariat, ALAC and NOMCOM . He is active in the Outreach and Engagement, Accessibility, Social Media, Technical Taskforce and other working groups. He has also been a prime contributor to the follow-up on the ATLAS ll recommendations. Glenn is very active in IEEE as

Glenn is very active in IEEE as he is the Chair of the IEEE Toronto Humanitarian Committee, member of the International Humanitarian Technology Conference, Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, IEEE Smart Village and the IEEE HTC all of which focus on cost effect and best practice of connecting communities to the Internet. A recent project is the creation of an off-grid Solar system for small villages energy kiosks to provide Mesh technology and charging stations for cell phones Glenn is the co-founder of the Internet Society of Canada

Oscar Javier Rodriguez Riveros | Chair, Operations Subcommittee

Oscar has been an IEEE member since 2007. He is the Chair of Universidad de San Buenaventura Student Branch, and was an active volunteer in the University until 2009. In 2009, like a professional, he started in the Student Activities Committee for Colombia Section support the student branches and teaching about leadership and teamworks. He went on to become the Membership Developer Coordinator for the Colombia Section until 2012, when we started in SIGHT Colombia. IEEE Colombia Section is working to consolidate the groups in the student branches.  have 7 years of experience, worked in Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Universidad de San Buenaventura, and with AW ELECTRÓNICA Company.

Oscar has 7 years of experience working in the Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Universidad de San Buenaventura, and with AW ELECTRÓNICA Company. He is currently the Social Impact Coordinator of the Engineer Faculty. He has an Electronic Engineering degree from the Universidad de San Buenaventura and a Masters of Business Administration of the Universidad Sergio Arboleda with an emphasis in International Relations.

Betsy Toland | IEEE SIGHT Program Administrator

Ms. Betsy Toland is the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program Administrator. She joined the team in March 2016 and is responsible for performing and managing operational duties in support of SIGHT team. She is also responsible for management of IEEE SIGHT promotional material, processing of expense reports, tracking of expenses as well as other ad hoc projects.

Kartik Kulkarni | Past Chair, IEEE SIGHT

Kartik Kulkarni is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation’s Data and In-Memory Technology Group. He is a primary contributor to the Oracle In-memory Database which enables real-time data analytics on mission-critical information systems in fields including e-commerce, financial services, insurance, and healthcare. He develops memory-hardware aware algorithms (patents pending) to enable scale-out of transactions processing, and high availability of data. Kartik did his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and he is an alumnus of CMU’s Parallel Data Lab.

Kartik chairs the IEEE Special Interest Groups on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) Steering Committee. SIGHT is a growing community of 90+ groups of engineers in 34 countries and 5 Technical Societies, working on solving community problems using technology solutions. In 2015, this community engaged 1700+ engineers benefiting 20,000+ people through projects and activities in the areas such as education, energy, health, and assistive technologies. Kartik was recognized as a 2015 USA’s New Face of Engineering by DiscoverE Foundation.

Kartik believes that IEEE, being the community of 450,000+ Engineers in 160+ countries, can be a strong global taskforce of engineers committed to championing technology solutions for development and solving community problems. This taskforce if oriented and channeled could produce local community leaders in important efforts such as activism, awareness, advocacy, and deployment of technology based solutions.


Sampath Veeraraghavan | Chair, Projects Subcommittee

Mr. Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan, an internationally recognized technologist is best known for his pioneering leadership and technological innovations in developing large-scale computing systems, advanced software technologies and systems engineering solutions to solve complex real-world computing challenges across multidisciplinary domains such as healthcare, disabilities, education, poverty alleviation, assistive technologies and security. Mr. Veeraraghavan is the founder and director of the technology-based humanitarian program “The Brahmam” (meaning knowledge) which aims to address pressing global and local humanitarian challenges in developing nations through advanced technological solutions. For over a decade, he delivered technology-based sustainable programs that brought together the engineering community, Non-Government Organizations, Governmental agencies, engineers, students and disability advocacy groups to improve the living conditions of children with disabilities, impoverished women and students in developing nations. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India (2005). Currently, he is a senior software engineer in the SPARC Platform Software group at the Oracle Corporation, Massachusetts where he is engaged in the research and development of Oracle’s advanced enterprise servers portfolio.

Veeraraghavan’s exemplary scholarly contributions and leadership accredited him with numerous global honors. As an active IEEE & IEEE HKN volunteer, he enjoys volunteering and serves in global engineering forums to promote the advancement of engineering and technology. Currently, he is the IEEE Member & Geographic Activities Governor-At-Large (2015-2017) on the global IEEE HKN board of governors. He serves as the chair for 2016 IEEE Special interest Group on Humanitarian technology (SIGHT) Projects Committee where he leads the SIGHT proposal development and evaluation life cycle process globally. He has extensively contributed to numerous IEEE technology-based humanitarian efforts globally and global IEEE committees such as IEEE HKN, IEEE History committee, IEEE SIGHT, IEEE EMCC, IEEE Public Visibility initiatives, IEEE educational activities, IEEE Young professionals and IEEE Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) efforts.

Pritpal Singh | Chair, Education Subcommittee

Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor and Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Villanova University. He received a BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1978, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Singh teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of semiconductor microelectronics, renewable energy systems, and power electronics. He has been working on thin film solar cell research since 1979, including a Sabbatical Leave at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1993. He has also worked on several photovoltaic system projects

Dr. Singh has also worked on electric vehicle research, working on battery monitoring and management systems funded primarily by federal agencies (over $3.5 million of funding). Dr. Singh has consulted for several companies including Ford Motor Company and Epuron, LLC. He has also served as a reviewer for the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. Recently, he has prepared a Renewable Energy Market Research Report for UNICEF. Dr Singh has over 100 conference and journal publications and holds seven issued US patents.

Dr. Singh’s recent work is focused on researching, designing and implementing low cost, high impact technologies and systems for use in rural communities in developing countries.

In addition to his role at IEEE SIGHT, Dr. Singh serves on the Board of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) and Past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Jackie Halliday | IEEE SIGHT Staff Lead

Ms. Jackie Halliday is Program Specialist, Humanitarian Activities. As such, she serves as the day-to-day manager for IEEE SIGHT operations and as the Webinar Producer for Engineering for Change.

Jackie holds a B.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University.

Timothy Lee | Chair, IEEE SIGHT

Mr. Timothy Lee, currently a Boeing Technical Fellow, is responsible for the development of RF electronics for advanced communications networks and sensor systems at The Boeing Company (1998-Present). He is leading the development of state-of-the-art hardware which are based on CMOS/SiGe, GaAs, InP and GaN integrated circuits and devices. He has 35 years of professional experience with broad technical and managerial responsibilities. As MMIC Manager, he was responsible for design, production, and facilities. He created a fabless MMIC design center that delivered MMIC products for insertion into many commercial and government programs. Previously, he worked as a principle engineer at MACOM and as senior scientist At COMSAT Laboratories where he designed MMIC components and satellite hardware. Tim holds SB EE and SM EE degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MS degree in Systems Architecture and Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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