2016 Executive Team
The IEEE Young Professionals program is brought to you through a strong collaborative effort between dedicated IEEE volunteers and professional staff. The executive team works closely with its volunteer representatives in each of the 10 IEEE Regions and over 30 IEEE Technical Societies to ensure that the quality of the program worldwide is consistent among local IEEE Young Professional Affinity Groups, IEEE Regions, and IEEE Technical Societies. Our primary goal is to deliver the best possible experience for you as an IEEE member, by helping you connect with your technical and professional community, and enable career development opportunities as you transition beyond undergraduate education and into the workforce, both in academia and industry.
Mario Milicevic Chair
Mario Milicevic Mario Milicevic is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on the integrated circuit design of error correction decoders for wireless, optical, and quantum security systems. Mario is the 2015-2016 Chair of the global strategy and operations committee for the IEEE Young Professionals program. In 2015, he helped launch the first IEEE global entrepreneurship conference – IEEE N3XT, and bring exposure to the IEEE Young Professionals program at high profile global events such as the International Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and Web Summit.
Rafal Sliz
Vice-Chair: Leadership and Training
Rafal has finished his undergraduate studies at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. After graduation he started M.Sc. studies along with working in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory, University of Oulu, Finland. During his doctoral studies he has been a visiting researcher at Arizona State University, USA and University College London, UK. Since 2014, he has been working as postdoc researcher in the field of printed electronics and solar cells. In the meantime, he spends time on volunteering for the IEEE, trying to increase the impact of engineering on our everyday life.
Mathew Carias Vice-Chair: Communication and Marketing
Mathew Carias is a Ph.D student at the University of Toronto conducting researching in medical biophysics at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, Physical Sciences Department. There, he is working with the focused ultrasound group developing new tools to treat cardiac arrhythmias. Mathew was recently awarded the most prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his graduate work in Biomedical Engineering. Mathew is currently the Vice-chair for the IEEE Toronto Young Professionals Affinity group and in the past has severed on the IEEE MGA vTools committee board. For 2015 Mathew was appointed as the Vice Chair, Communications and Marketing, for the IEEE MGA Young Professionals board.
Eddie Custovic
Vice-Chair: Products & Services
Eddie Custovic holds a bachelor degree in electronic engineering, masters of entrepreneurship & innovation and PhD in engineering. He is an academic and industry project manager in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University and is a member of the Centre for Technology Infusion which focuses on strategic and translational research and innovation through integration of complementary research expertise. He has worked on cutting edge R&D projects in a variety of sectors including; defence, communications, power, food & agriculture, automotive, health, sports technology and civil/construction. Eddie is the 2016-2017 IEEE Victorian Section Chair, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE IMPACT and serves on the IEEE Publication Services & Products Board.
Shashank Gaur
Vice-Chair: Strategic Partnership
Shashank Gaur is a PhD Candidate at CISTER Research Institute and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto. His research work focuses on context aware computing in wireless sensor networks and extension towards Internet of Things. He has been also involved with open source communities such as GNURadio, NS3, Twisted and loves any code written in Python. His past experience involves working for EADS, Infineon Technologies, Google Summer of Code, ECE Paris, etc. Shashank is an active volunteer for 8 years with IEEE. He is also member of some societies such as Computer, ComSoC, CES, RAS, etc.
Ramesh Nair
Regions 1-6 Representative
Ramesh Nair received his Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati, OH in 2014. Since August 2014, he has been working with Intel Corporation in California as a Component Design Engineer. Ramesh’s areas of technical interest includes Design Automation, Low Power VLSI, and Digital Circuit Design. He is a recipient of 2015 Intel Design Synergy Award, 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) Young Research Fellowship, 2013-12 University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship (UGS) etc. Ramesh also has 7 years of volunteering experience in Student/Young Professional activities within IEEE in various Regional, MGA and global committees. Ramesh is also a member of IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, IEEE USA Communications Committee and IEEE Computer Society MGA Board.
Preeti Kovvali
Region 7-10 Representative
Preeti Kovvali started her career as a database engineer at Tech Mahindra in 2010. She currently leads a 20-member team along with managing the service delivery of offshore database operations for a pharma major client. She essayed an anchoring role in streamlining processes for major projects, where she drafted the strategy. Preeti holds a bachelor’s degree in IT & Computer Science from JNTU, Hyderabad. She has been an active volunteer with IEEE for 9 years and has contributed across the section, regional and global committees/boards. She was largely associated with the IEEE Young Professionals and Women in Engineering. Loves bringing together like-minds and holds experience in curating conferences/meet-ups.
Lisa Delventhal
IEEE Staff Program Manager
Lisa Delventhal serves as Manager, Student and Young Professional Programs for Member and Geographic Activities at IEEE headquarters. She is a passionate advocate, working in partnership with volunteers to develop and articulate the vision and execute on the overall programmatic strategy and all its underpinning projects, products and services. Together with the committees, her small but industrious team of four is responsible for delivering an outstanding experience to more than 200,000 members in over three thousand student branches and affinity groups worldwide.
Parshva Bavishi
IEEE Staff Member
Parshva Bavishi is a Product Specialist within IEEE MGA. He assists both the global IEEE Young Professionals and Student Activities committees. His portfolio includes management of products and services such as IEEE ResumeLab, MentorCentre, IEEE Potentials, digital media assets and partnerships for IEEEXtreme. Parshva received a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy. He also briefly studied foreign policy and Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a short summer program at the United Nations, Parshva began his IEEE career in 2011 at the Center for Standards. Parshva transitioned to Member & Geographic Activitues in 2012. Some of his interests are STEM education and humanitarian needs in developing countries.
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