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.

Daniel Lottis | Chair, IEEE SIGHT

Daniel Lottis currently serves as Chair of the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee. As such, he is a
member of the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) established by the IEEE Board of Directors. He
previously has served on HAC’s precursor ad hoc HAHC, as well as being a founder and the first Chair
of the Santa Clara Valley Section (also known as “Silicon Valley Section”) SIGHT committee. Over the
last eight years, he has served as a volunteer in one role or another within IEEE, and was nominated for
an IEEE Outstanding Service and Leadership Award at the Section level in 2017. Daniel’s involvement
with IEEE HTA began in 2013, when he joined the organizing committee for the 2013 GHTC (San
Jose). Daniel continued serving the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in 2014, again
identifying and recruiting invited speakers for both plenary and break-out sessions. Since 2013, Daniel
has been employed as a Principal Engineer at Western Digital Technologies. He has joined with his
coworkers in numerous community outreach activities, including multiple cycles as a “Citizen Teacher” at
a local Middle School with a non-profit called Citizen Schools. His activities as a community outreach
volunteer at WD earned him a “Volunteer of the Month” recognition early in 2018.

Daniel earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota, preceded by a Bachelor’s degree in
Physics at the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil. Prior to being admitted to UFPR, he
earned a technician certificate in construction technology at Curitiba’s Federal Center for Technological
Education (secondary school plus one focus year). Eight years after earning his PhD in the USA, Daniel
returned to his alma mater in Brazil, where he held an appointment as a visiting professor for five years.
During that time, Daniel taught many courses for university students who were preparing for careers as
STEM teachers. This included numerous visits to classrooms in public schools in Curitiba, where he
supervised student teaching activities. Also during that time period, Daniel presented papers and taught
workshops at several physics and science education conferences in Brazil and Argentina. His
accumulated experience in Brazil, ranging from childhood to teaching at UFPR, had a profound impact
on Daniel’s perspective on sustainable development and economic inequality.

Sarang Shaikh | Chair, Communications Subcommittee

Sarang Shaikh has a Telecommunications Engineering Degree and an entrepreneurial mindset with aspirations. He is developing expertise and specialization in ICT Program Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Development. Currently, he is pursuing his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and helping multiple universities in Pakistan in establishing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centers. He works as growth hacker and product manager for CultureCloud, a US-based Start-up as his day job and has worked for two start-ups in past accumulating a total of 8 years of professional experience and has also graduated with specializations in entrepreneurship from Univ of Maryland, US (Distance Learning Program) and IBA Karachi. A student of life interested in Philosophy, Sarang is a strong believer of “Stoicism” and has published a book titled “Inspire your Motivations” available worldwide.

With IEEE, he is Global Chair for IEEEmadC and has served in various positions ranging from being a member of MGA Training Committee, Public Visibility Committee, IEEE Infrastructure ad-hoc Committee, R10 Humanitarian Activities Committee and Senior Assistant Editor for IEEE IMPACT Young Professionals Publication. He belongs to IEEE Karachi Section in Pakistan, where has been contributing his voluntary services for past 8 years. In 2017, he along with his team from IEEEmadC won the MGA Innovation Award.

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 | Chair, Projects 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.

Puneet Mishra | Chair, Operations Subcommittee

Mr. Puneet Kumar Mishra earned his M.Tech in RF & Microwave from IIT Rookee in the year 2004. Since 2004 he has been with ISRO Satellite Centre, and is presently Heading Satellite Antenna Characterization, Test & Design Section. He has rich experience of RF characterization of 33 Satellites operating from UHF to Ka-Band. He has Played a pivotal role in establishing S/C level EMC chamber and has Developed a payload to study the RF blackout phenomenon. He has also contributed in Indigenously Developing BusBars for High power S/C. He has published more than 35 papers and won 3 best paper awards. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Life member of Astronautical Society of India, Society of EMC Engineers (India), and Antenna Test & Measurement Society (India). He is on the board of reviewers of journals like the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation.

He is an active Volunteer of IEEE and presently Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore Section and Vice Chair-Industry Relations, IEEE India Council.

As Joint Secretary of the section, he has prepared the detailed section report and nominated the section for MGA Outstanding Large Section award and R10 Outstanding Large Section Awards. Due to his meticulous reporting section won both the awards for the year 2013. As Secretary of the section he pioneered various initiatives, most importantly:  Performance based & Membership Dependent section support scheme for Student Branches (SBs) and society chapters (SCs) of section. Under this scheme any SB or SC is eligible for upto INR 50K Section support in addition to HQ rebate. Due to this scheme section has now 66 active student branches and 20 active society chapters. His  idea of making vTool reporting mandatory to claim section support lead to vTool reporting from the section/SBs/SCs from 100+ in 2014 to 780+ in 2016. As Treasurer of the section, he relentlessly worked to streamline various payments through online banking/digital banking/paperless banking. Due to his efforts within span of 6 months all section payments (660+) were made through online banking to SBs, SCs, vendors and other organizations. He has also signed an MoU with an event management company (Exlara) for digital Registration, Invoice, and Receipt process at very nominal rate (3% of the registration fee). This MoU can be used by all SCs and SBs in addition to section. As TPC Cochair of INDICON 2016 he has introduced 2 tracks viz. Humanitarian Technology and Microwave in the conference. These tracks were huge success and nearly 200 technical papers were submitted in these tracks. As General Chair of iAIM 2017 he has planned a focused conference on a niche area of Antenna Technology for Ground, Aircraft and Satellite Applications. He has Introduced Student Travel Grants for all attending students whose papers are accepted. This will help students in attending the conference and expanding their knowledge base.

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).

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.

Tim Lee | Past 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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