The 2011 Member and Geographic Activities Awards

Seventeen volunteers recognized

20 January 2012

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA) has given 17 volunteers awards that recognize, reward, and promote excellence in MGA operations and in activities of IEEE regions, geographic councils and areas, sections, chapters, student branches, and student branch chapters.


Roland J. Saam (Region 8)
United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section

For exemplary service and significant contributions over many years, particularly developing and maintaining the distinctive IEEE Region 8 News, which fosters collaboration and engagement across three continents.


Jesus Daniel Sanchez Ruiz (Region 9)
Peru Section

For outstanding efforts toward IEEE student engagement in Latin America through the development of MORE IEEE.
Written in Spanish, MORE IEEE is a training guide and operations manual for student members on how to run IEEE student branches.


Ram Gopal Gupta (Region 10)
Delhi Section

For distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions at the section and region levels, serving IEEE for the benefit of its members and the engineering profession by engaging local industry professionals and students.

Om Perkash (Region 10)
Australian Capital Territory Section

For significant contributions and exceptional leadership in Region 10 and global student activities.

Darlene E. Rivera (Region 1)
New York Section

For innovative, influential leadership, encouraging member engagement and development in the New York Section.


Raed Abdullah (Region 7)
Ottawa Section

For his drive and dedication to lead by example and promote MGA goals, while encouraging members to remain engaged at all levels of IEEE.

P. Suresh Chander Pal (Region 10)
Madras Section

For sustained excellence and inspirational guidance in promoting IEEE among students and mentoring young professionals to address humanitarian needs through technology.

Holly M. Cyrus (Region 2)
Southern New Jersey Section

For outstanding leadership and continued inspiration toward the establishment of Women in Engineering (WIE) affinity groups within IEEE, and creating a robust, engaged member environment by integrating WIE within the Southern New Jersey Section.

Ramakrishna Kappagantu (Region 10)
Bangalore Section

For engaging and developing members in the Bangalore Section and India by leading programs and events to promote IEEE young professionals and technical activities, including the IEEE All India Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge.
The program funds, mentors, and nurtures the ideas budding engineers from the country have for solving humanitarian challenges.

Luis Ivan Ruiz Flores (Region 9)
Morelos Section

For outstanding contributions at the student branch, chapter, and region levels by promoting the benefits of IEEE and creating opportunities for engineering professionals.

T.K. Srinivas (Region 1)
New Jersey Coast Section

For dedicated leadership and outstanding contributions at the section, area, and region levels, in organizing events to engage local industry professionals.


Balvinder Blah (Region 1)
New York Section

For extraordinary contributions to GOLD, student activities, and section- and chapter-level activities that encourage and engage the next generation of IEEE members and leaders.

Noel Gomes (Region 10)
New Zealand North Section

For excellent leadership and outstanding contributions to IEEE GOLD in New Zealand and the Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE Congress 2011 in Auckland.

Elizabeth Johnston (Region 6)
Alaska Section

For outstanding service as program chair of the 2011 GOLD Summit, providing an interactive and engaging experience for GOLD volunteers around the world.

Kartik Kulkarni (Region 10)
Bangalore Section

For dynamic leadership in spearheading humanitarian and innovative engagement opportunities for young IEEE engineering professionals in India.

Cristian A. Linte (Region 4)
Southern Minnesota Section

For continuous efforts in educating the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society GOLD and student members through professional and career development sessions, workshops, and editorials.
The editorials appeared in the “Student Corner” column of the IEEE Pulse, published by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.

David Oyedokun (Region 8)
South Africa Section

For inspirational leadership toward successful IEEE EPICS High projects, fostering member engagement, and empowering the community.
The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) High is an outreach program in which section volunteers mentor IEEE student and graduate student members as they work with high school students on engineering projects that help the community.

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