Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meet the 2011 Bloggers!

Curtis Lu, P.E., is a Electric Power System Engineer working in the Standards department at Seattle City Light. In this position, he researches, develops and publishes construction and design standards for the company. He obtained an M.S. from the University of Washington and is a licensed P.E. Curtis is a past Seattle Section chair and currently serves as the GOLD chair.

Patrick E. Meyer, Ph.D., is an energy and environmental policy analyst, specializing in policies of alternative energy and fuels and renewable electricity generation, global sustainable energy systems, and energy and environmental systems modeling and analysis. Patrick is currently serving on Capitol Hill as the 2011 IEEE/AAAS Congressional Energy Policy Fellow in the Office of Congressman Jay Inslee. He is also a member of the IEEE-USA Communications Committee and serves as the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Editor for IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer and IEEE-USA in ACTION. Previously, Patrick managed a private consulting company, Meyer Energy Research Consulting, and also worked as a research associate at Energy and Environmental Research Associates, LLC. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, which complements his M.S. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy and B.S. in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Patrick is co-author of multiple academic journal articles and more than thirty editorials on alternative energy and technology innovation. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and camping, and has visited more than eighty parks in the US National Park Service.

Vishnu Pandey is a Unix administrator at Philips Lifeline in Framingham, Massachusetts. He's currently the chair of the S-PAC Committee and is an S-PAC speaker. He's a former gold chair for Worcester County and a former member of the Annual Meeting committee. Vishnu has a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Gary Perman is a certified recruiting professional and the president of PermanTech, which specializes in working with executives of technology companies helping them surface, evaluate and hire critical staff including executives, managers and engineers.

Jignasa Ray, P.E., has been an active IEEE volunteer since 2006. She is currently chair of the Region 1 Student Activities Committee (SAC), Chair of North Jersey's Women in Engineering (WIE) and member-at-large. She also serves on the international MGA SAC Committee and is vice-chair of the IEEE-USA Communications Committee. In 2010, Jignasa was approved as national speaker for the S-PAC program and also presented at the 2010 Student Branch Congress in Leuven, Belgium. Jignasa has a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Transportation Management and Construction Management from NYU-Polytechnic University. Professionally, she is a licensed engineer in New York and works as a Communication Engineer for Systra Engineering. Prior to Systra, she worked as an Intelligent Transportation Systems Project Manager for MTA Bridges and Tunnels in New York City. She has 10+ years of engineering and construction experience with specialization in telecommunications.

Abby (Vogel) Robinson, Ph.D., is a communications officer in the Research News and Publications office at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this position, she writes about Georgia Tech research discoveries and developments, and assists reporters in their coverage of Georgia Tech research. Robinson earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Maryland on research she conducted at the National Institutes of Health. Robinson has been an active IEEE volunteer since 2005, when she was selected as IEEE-USA's Mass Media Fellow. She serves as chair of the IEEE-USA Communications Committee and as an editor for IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer and IEEE-USA in ACTION. 

Andrew Quecan is currently a graduate student at Stanford University completing his MSEE. He received his BSEE and BS in Finance from the University of South Florida in 2008. He was a 2007 WISE intern for IEEE-USA. Andrew continues to be involved with the IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Scholarship Competition.

Special thanks to Chris McManes, IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager and who serves as the organization’s principal media contact. He often serves as IEEE-USA’s spokesman and has traveled across the country stressing the value of media relations and good writing skills to IEEE members. McManes came to IEEE-USA after working for two-and-a-half years as sports information director at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. While working as a sports writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in the 1990s, McManes covered numerous high-profile events, including NASCAR Nextel Cup racing and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. McManes graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982 with a degree in kinesiological sciences (the study of human movement). He also attended the University of North Texas and studied journalism at the University of North Carolina.

Special thanks to John Yaglenski, IEEE-USA Information Technology Manager and who oversees IEEE-USA's electronic communications programs, as well as supporting IEEE-USA's IT infrastructure and use of technology. Before joining IEEE-USA, John was General Manager of Web Development for Erols Internet, now RCN Corporation, the nation's largest regional Internet Service Provider. John's technical specialties include interface design, graphic layout, multimedia production, NT server installation and maintenance and Active Server Pages. He also excels in developing and formulating effective Internet marketing solutions that work in tandem with print and media advertising. John started his career as a full time radio personality and program director working town to town, up and down the dial in such markets as Dayton, Ohio, Frederick, MD and Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Ohio with a BA in Communications, and currently resides in Maryland with his wife and two children.

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