IMPACT Blog Editorial Team

We are a small group of individuals committed to bringing unique stories of Young Professionals across the globe to IMPACT – the online voice of the international IEEE Young Professionals community. Our team is comprised of engineers from industry and academia with various engineering background disciplines. IMPACT contributions come from IEEE volunteers across the world. We invite you to join the IMPACT team! From the simple week-to-week tasks such as editing new articles, modifying the site, and keeping our social networks up-to-date, to the long-term efforts such as finding new ways to engage members, building our team, and re-envisioning the look of the site, there are plenty of opportunities to contribute in ways that interest you. E-mail to apply.


Noor E Karishma Shaik

Noor E Karishma Shaik is a final-year Ph.D. student currently exploring multispectral thermal pixel technology at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, she has pursued her master's at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. In a happy fusion of work and volunteering, she likes pushing knowledge boundaries and serving the global community. She is also serving as Student Activities Coordinator at IEEE Victorian Section. Her recent awards in IEEE include Richard E Merwin Scholarship and Outstanding Volunteer at the Victorian section. She is passionate about increasing women’s participation in computer science and related engineering technologies to aid communities around the world.



Aravindhan Anbazhagan
Senior Editor

Aravindhan Anbazhagan is an active volunteer of IEEE for the past 8 years.  He has been actively involved in volunteering and has enabled organizing 150+ students, young professionals & educational activities across Region 10 as a dynamic volunteer. He is the past recipient of global recognitions including, the Richard E Merwin Student Leadership Scholarship (2014), Continuous Service Award (2019) for his contributions to IEEE Computer Society, MGA Larry K Wilson - Outstanding Asia-Pacific Student Volunteer Award (2016), MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award (2019) and the EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Pre-University Education (2018) for coaching and mentoring Pre-University students in STEM.  Apart from his role as the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Young Professionals IMPACT blog, he also leads the IEEE Madras Young Professionals Affinity Group & chairs the IEEE Inspire India, an educational initiative funded by the IEEE New Initiatives Committee.  Professionally, he founded an educational video channel – EduRiseGlobal supporting quality online education in different languages.

Dinuka Jayaweera
Senior Editor

Dinuka Jayaweera is a Computer Science graduate and currently works as a Business Analyst. She is a passionate volunteer and a student mentor who has ushered programs for the betterment of youth and she actively engages in activities for empowering women in technology. She has served IEEE at the local level for IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE Industry Applications Society. She was the Editor-In-Chief for IEEE Young Professionals publication – IMPACT for the previous 3 years. As the Social Media Chair, her vision is to help members grow both personally and professionally by sharing educational content from IEEE sources and highlighting activities of IEEE Young Professionals around the globe.

Shah Faisal

Shah Faisal is a Ph.D. research scholar studying electrical engineering at Southeast University China. He is awarded Nanjing Municipal Government Scholarship. CSC scholarship for master's and Ph.D. studies from the government of China.  He is a graduate student member of IEEE and IEEE-PES, and an IEEE ambassador and volunteer for different events organized by IEEE. Currently, he is a coordinator of the professional and educational activities subcommittee IEEE PES-YP and representative for Asia and Pacific-China Region 10. He is a member of IET, CIGRE, IIETA, IAE, NSPE, and editor of the science publishing group. He is a registered engineer with the Pakistan engineering council, Elsevier journal referee and he worked as an engineer, lecturer, trainee engineer, and internee in different organizations in Pakistan. His areas of research and interests include power engineering, integrated energy system, renewable energy system, power to gas systems, electric vehicles, and wireless power transfer.

Naznin Akter

Naznin Akter, PMP® is a Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in INSYST Integrated Nanosystems Research Lab at Florida International University. She earned her B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics, Electronics, and Communication Engineering from the University of Dhaka in 2012 and 2014 respectively, and a second master’s degree from ECE, FIU in 2020. She also has a work experience of 3.5 years in two different corporate telecom industries in Bangladesh. She holds various leadership roles like STEP & Graduate Transition Representative on the IEEE Photonics Society YP Advisory Committee, IEEE Photonics Society and IEEE Sensors Council Miami section Joint Chapter Chair, IEEE YP Miami section AG Chair, IEEE WIE Miami section AG Chair. She is serving on the IEEE Photonics Society Professional Advancement Committee, the IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity in Action) Region3 AdHoc Committee, and as a Student Editor for the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter.

Venkat Margapuri

Venkat Margapuri is a doctoral candidate in computer science at Kansas State University, USA. His research is focused on the areas of computer vision, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Prior to embarking on his doctoral journey, he graduated from Bradley University, the USA with a master’s degree in computer science in 2015. Between 2016 and 2019, he worked as a software engineer for Nestle Purina PetCare and Kansas State University. He is passionate about working with students and young professionals around the world to cultivate, develop and exchange ideas that lead to well-rounded individuals.

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