2024 IEEE R10 Newsletter Committee

Dr. Akila Wijethunge

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Akila Wijethunge is a lecturer at the Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She is the immediate past chair of IEEE YP Sri Lanka, past Committee member of IEEE R10 WIEC, Chair of IEEE WIE Sri Lanka, and Treasurer of lEEE PES Sri Lanka. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She served as the regional coordinator of IEEE R10 Talk, IEEE R10 Robotics Competition, and co-chair of the global IEEE PES Mentoring initiative.

Dr. Tao (Kevin) Huang

Managing Editor

Dr. Huang (SMIEEE) holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Huang received the IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award in 2022. He serves as the ComSoc Chapter Chair and Young Professionals Affinity Group Chair for the IEEE Northern Australia Section. Dr. Huang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE OPEN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY, IEEE ACCESS, and IET COMMUNICATIONS.

Dr. Prashant R. Nair

Managing Editor

Dr. Prashant R. Nair is working as Vice-Chairman, IQAC and Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Deemed-to-be-University), Coimbatore, India since 2000. Has taught in academic programs in the USA and Europe at University of California, San Diego; Sofia University, Bulgaria and University of Trento, Italy as an Erasmus fellow. He has also been ranked as top innovation mentor in India by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and felicitated by Prime Minister of India.

Takefumi Yamada

Managing Editor

Regarding as IEEE volunteer, from 2011 he got IEEE membership. From 2012-2013 he was chair of Student Branch in Tokyo University of science. From 2014-2019 he created Nagoya YP as vice-chair with excellent engineers and researchers. In 2019 he was chair in Nagoya YP. From 2020 he is YP coordinator in IEEE Japan Council. He hold IEEE Japan SYWL in 2021 and in 2022 as chair. From 2023, he is Secretary of IEEE Japan Council IPC .

Anu Sabu

Managing Editor

Sajani Mayadunne

Managing Editor

Beginning my journey as a youth volunteer after schooling, I discovered my passion for volunteering, which even led me to represent Sri Lanka in the UN. Later, I was given the opportunity to volunteer for IEEE, where I held positions in the IEEE Computer Society Sri Lanka as well as the IEEE Student Activities Committee. Through these, I was able to gain knowledge and experience that allowed me to give back to the community. I wish to keep volunteering as I learn to make an impact in the world.

Kavinda Athapaththu

Webmaster

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Charindu Abeysekara

Designer

Umaya Bhashini Balagalla

Umaya Bhashini Balagalla

Designer

Ms. Umaya Bhashini Balagalla (MIEEE) holds a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and currently works as a lecturer attached to the Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the IEEE Sri Lanka Section and the Vice Chair of the IEEE EMBS Sri Lanka Chapter for the year 2024. She was awarded the Outstanding WIE Volunteer (Member Category) of Sri Lanka Section in 2023. Further, she has earned the IEEE R10 WIE Pre-U Active Champion title in 2023. She serves as a member in Design and Graphic Team of the R10 Robotics Competition.

Akarsh Ashok

Webmaster

Akarsh Ashok, is working as a Research Associate at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore in Cybersecurity Department. He has completed his M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from NSS College of Engineering Palakkad. He has been actively volunteering with IEEE for the past 6 years. He has organised over 40 events at various levels, including SB, Section, Council, and Regional. Additionally, Akarsh has volunteered in various humanitarian and community projects, such as the HAC Project for rural areas, Zero Hunger Project, and providing emergency lamps during floods in Kerala.

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