You can get in touch with the SAC team through: firstname.lastname@example.org
The R8 SAC Members currently are:
Pablo Herrero – SAC Chair
Pablo is Antenna Systems Architect at Intel Corp in Munich (Germany). He runs the antenna department which designs antenna solutions for smartphones. In his other life, he served in practically every position in IEEE that has to do with students for 10 years. He traveled around the world giving motivational talks to encourage students to make a difference in engineering. His goals as Chair are to make sure that student member concerns are escalated to the appropriate channels, and that their ideas and projects turn into reality. He runs this fantastic team in their effort to continue developing R8 students personally and professionally.
Elias Nassar – Past SAC Chair
Elias is Professor of Electrical Engineering and ABET Coordinator at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. After receiving his PhD from the Ohio State University in the USA, he has worked with students for over fifteen years as a Faculty member, Student Branch counselor, WIE Affinity Group advisor and Section Chair. His goal is to make sure student member concerns are addressed and that their ideas and projects get realized for the purpose of advancing their technical and professional skills. As Past Chair for Student Activities in Region 8, he supports the team in their continuing efforts to add an extra value to IEEE membership for students in Region 8.
Djordje Paunović – Student Paper Contest Coordinator
George is Professor emeritus in Telecommunications at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. His main scientific results are in the fields of radio channel modeling and electric field strength prediction and he has been leading chartered project engineer in several dozens of major projects. He has been an IEEE member for 25 years and was involved as an IEEE volunteer in several positions including Yugoslavia Section Chair, IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Com Chapter Chair, Chair of the Telecommunications Forum TELFOR and IEEE R8 Vice Chair Technical Activities (2007,2008). Within our team, he is in charge of the Student Paper Contest.
Christian M. Schmid – Region 8 Student Representative
Christian is a PhD student at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria where he is doing research in the field of mm-wave radar systems. One of his goals is to always find new challenges. That’s why he has not only studied mechatronics, but also Jazz piano at Anton Bruckner University Linz, why he was an exchange student at UCLA and chairman of the very first IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress in 2012. His main goal as Region 8 student representative is to voice the concerns of IEEE students all over Region 8 and to inspire and help realize new and exciting IEEE student projects. And here’s why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq3DGIaAq5E
Efthymia K. Arvaniti – Student Branch Coordinator
Efthymia is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Greece, Dpt of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. Her main scientific interests are focused in Computer Science and Neuroengineering. She has been an IEEE member since 2008, and Chair of the IEEE UCG Student Branch in 2010-2011. She is currently the IEEE Greece Section Student Representative and Coordinator of the Young-Scientist’s-Corner-Initiative in Greece. Also, she serves as Vice-Coordinator and Ambassadress at the IEEE X-Academic Project and as an Ad Hoc member to the IEEE Region 8 ‘Pre-University Works’ Sub-Committee. As the Student Branch Coordinator in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee, she aims to provide to the Region’s Student Branches, tools and opportunities for communication and extroversion, assisting their members and encouraging their collaboration towards contribution to the society.
Piotr Graca – Region 8 Awards and Contest Coordinator
Piotr is a Ph.D. student at Opole University of Technology, Poland where he is doing research in the field of active magnetic bearings. Since 2009 he has been serving as student branch chair. For his involvement in many international student projects related to IEEE, he obtained valuable awards such as: Regional Laureate of Polish Student Nobel Award (2011) and Region 8 Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award (2012). In 2013, he was the main coordinator of the 2nd IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress (CEuSBC’13) and also an organizing committee member of the IEEE International Symposium on Electrodynamic and Mechatronic Systems (SELM’13). One of his favorite quotes is “nothing is impossible to a willing heart”. As the Awards and Contest Coordinator, he is responsible for promoting and coordinating the awards and contests at the regional level, encouraging students to participate in contests and assisting them making nominations for awards.
Youmna El Bitar – Electronic Communications Coordinator
Youmna is a research assistant at the American University of Beirut – Lebanon, where she is studying Communications Engineering. Her research interests are in the field of Coordinated Multipoint transmission and reception. She also studies piano at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, and is an active volunteer with multiple NGOs. She believes that achieving goals needs 4 ingredients: knowing yourself, enjoying what you’re doing, commitment, and time management. Being and active IEEE member since 2009, Youmna has been organizing activities and events and was part of the organizing committee of the Third IEEE Middle-East Student Branch Congress (ME-SBC 2013). As Electronic Communications Coordinator, she aims to promote communication between the Student Activities Committee and Region 8 student members, in order to make all students aware of the wonderful opportunities IEEE can bring them.
Over the years, many have been members of SAC and contributed to R8 Student Activities. You can find them, starting 2010, in our History page.