Mona Ghassemian – New Vice-Chair of UK and Ireland Section

I am a PhD graduate of the King’s College London who has spent most of her career in the UK working for King’s College London and University of Greenwich in the field of mobile communications and wireless sensor networks and involved in European projects. I am now a research scientist delivering smart health and well-being system services and a visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.

I have been a committee member of Special Interest Group Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) in IEEE Region 8, and past vice-chair to the IEEE region 8 student activities committee since Jan 2017, and served as Secretary of the UK and Ireland Section from 2012- March 2015, Vice Chair of the IEEE region 8 student activities committee from Jan 2015-Dec 2016.

Inspiring young professionals to find careers in engineering, and supporting their life-long professional development, is an essential thread in the IEEE’s mission and strategy.

I am very grateful for the support and guidance I have received from members during my career and believe the IEEE is well placed, and obliged, to play a leading part in addressing the looming engineering skills shortage.

I believe besides the required academic qualifications and certificates, social and professional qualifications and skills are important for any role one is assigned to undertake.

As the IEEE UK and Ireland section chair in 2020, I will be leading the UK and Ireland section not only as the largest section in the region 8 but also with a vision to become an exemplary section by applying experiences gained while working in the section and regional level and with the help of the ExCom, section officers and chapter chairs.

I am confident that I bring the skills, experience and knowledge of the IEEE needed to the UK and Ireland section to be a highly effective section to serve the members and I am committed to developing the value of membership, regardless of age, area or gender.

During my role as the IEEE region 8 vice chair to the student activities, I have fostered the development of a new contest in the IEEE region 8 (R8) to motivate and enable new generation to work on their technical solutions to reduce generations’ gap (Mind the Gap); an initiative which makes several committees namely, action for industry, EPICS_in_IEEE, students, young professionals and life members work together across region and on global level.

Prior to my position of IEEE UK and Ireland section Secretary, I funded and served as the ieeeGreen student branch (SB) ( counsellor at university of Greenwich (UK & Ireland Section) for 2 years. Within this period, the SB received 2 awards, i.e., the IEEE R8 website award (2011) as well as IEEE R8 SB counsellor award (2012). During my service as SB counselor and professional activity team officer, I organised over 15 seminars for the SB, which helped widened their professional networks, and helped increase student participation in volunteering, organising and participating events.

In addition to the above, I am a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.