Megha Ben is a two-time Richard E Merwin Student Scholarship winner hailing from India. She graduated from the College of Engineering Trivandrum with a Major in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation in 2018. After 3 years as an industry professional, she relocated to the North Carolina, USA to pursue a Master’s in Engineering Management from Duke University with a focus on Customer Experience Design and Innovation Management.
She has been a proactive member of IEEE since 2014 and has volunteered in 10+ Student / Early Career Professional leadership roles at various levels. She currently serves as a TAB Rep on IEEE Young Professionals. During her tenure as the Vice Chair for SYP on CS MGA Board (2019 – 2021), she has helped re-align the scope of Student & Young Professional Activities, reforming the committee’s organizational structure, and initiating and overseeing several member engagement activities. In 2021, she conceptualized student membership value proposition, authored the Student Membership vision statement for IEEE CS Strategic Plan 10, and served on the Ad Hoc Committee for Increasing Diversity in BOG Nominations/Slate. She was awarded the Spirit of IEEE Computer Society Award 2021 “For effectively representing Student and Early Career initiatives across many Computer Society strategic efforts.” She is also a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Continuous Service Award in 2019.
During her time as a graduate student at Duke, she has served as Student Leadership Graduate Assistant, organizing leadership training and workshops for several undergraduate student organizations. She was also the Program Assistant for Duke Civic Engagement, supporting several community engagement initiatives across Durham and the Triangle area. She was a founding cabinet member & later the President of the IDEA (Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Applications) Club – a graduate-level student club under Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. She also serves on the Duke International Students Advisory Board.