The Region 8 SYP will no longer take place in 2020 and to make up for the loss of the event IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee, Region 8 Young Professionals, and Region 8 Women in Engineering have come together to present a new virtual congress.

The IEEE R8 Virtual Student and Young Professional Congress will take place between the 14th and 26th of September, between 18:00 and 21:00. Each day will be hosted by a different Section from Region 8, with local content presented online across our region. Some Sections, where health and safety regulations allow, will host in person meet-ups, which will be broadcast online.

Expert Speakers

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Ms. Land is IEEE President-Elect, an IEEE Fellow. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. She is the author or co-author of a number of texts, papers, webinars all supporting sound software engineering principles and practical application of software process methodologies


Magdalena Salazar Palma

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She has coauthored 2 European/USA patents and several software packages for the analysis and design of microwave and millimeter wave passive components, antennas and antenna arrays, advanced filters and multiplexers, which are used by multinational companies. She has participated (as principal investigator or researcher) in 90 projects and contracts, financed by international, European, and Spanish institutions and companies. She is the co-founder of a small business dealing with advanced Electromagnetic simulators for the analysis and design of antennas and microwave devices.


Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

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Senior Technical Program Manager, Amazon - 15 years of research and industrial experience in solution designs, systems engineering, hardware and software development with proven track record in design and development of complex large-scale software and computing systems across inter-disciplinary domains. Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks with strong project management and communication skills in leading global cross-functional teams on cutting-edge product and solution development. Sound experience in driving core software development life cycle activities including requirements gathering, analysis and design, development and testing, quality assurance, operations support and sustaining efforts.

Student Activities Committee Track


Elisa Barney Smith

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IEEE SAC Global Chair
Image processing, image quality, pattern recognition, machine learning, machine vision, Digital Humanities, neuromorphic computing


Maciej Borówka

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IEEE Region 8 SAC Chair
Organizes student activities in R8, including student paper contests, website contests for Student Branches, and other interesting activities so you as IEEE Student members can be more actively involved.


George Papadimitriou

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Enterprise Network Engineer at Hilti Group - An Electrical and Computer Engineering integrated Masters background.Building my experience on networks and the telecommunications engineering.
 IEEE voluntary project management activity in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Women In Engineering Track


Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is a Professor of Mathematics, a Courtesy Professor of both EECS and AE, and an ITTC Investigator at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic systems and stochastic adaptive control, system identification and estimation, and control education as a field that spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.


Wafa Ben Hmida

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Wafa Ben Hmida is a London-based Software Developer currently working as a Software Developer in Test for Ocado Technology. Previously, she has experience of software quality assurance for the BMW Group.

She is a strong advocate of female participation in STEM careers and have given talks on the subject in conferences in Tunisia, Poland, Germany and USA. She is also a member of the Women in Engineering committee for Europe, Middle East and Africa for IEEE.


Simay Akar

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Simay specialized in the solar and renewable energy industry since 2012. She worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities including communications, marketing, sales, investment management, and business development. She is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Innoses -Ruiyi (Shanghai) Renewable Energy Technology Co., Ltd. in the field of energy storage for renewable energy and electric vehicles and she is in charge of global marketing and business development initiatives

Young Professional Track


Dr Goutam Chattopadhyay

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Goutam Chattopadhyay is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, a Visiting Associate at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology,


Vinko Lešić

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Region 8 Young Professionals Chair
Specialties: Control theory, Renewable energy, Building energy efficiency, Electric machines, SCADA systems


Mohamed El Dallal

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El Dallal is working on researches in the digital marketing field. He is a serial Entrepreneur currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Innovideas LLC. for marketing and advertising agency, Co-Founder of Dcodes LLC. for software solutions and Co-Founder and board member of Techne Summit.


Full Agenda& LINKS to REPLAYs

The IEEE Region 8 Virtual SYP offers two weeks packed full of quality speakers from Industry and Academia.