Mentoring Makes an Impact

Mentoring Makes an Impact

By |2024-02-20T14:54:03-05:002 February 2024|Conference News|

Mentoring will take center stage at the IEEE Life Members conference this April. 

Proven IEEE leaders will create a path for future leaders—offering essential perspectives on mentoring, career paths, and what’s in store for professional positioning in the engineering field. The session will include an engaging panel discussion, workshop, and brainstorming exercise.

Panel Session 

John D. McDonald, P.E., will be the moderator of the panel session, which will offer three perspectives on mentoring from an IEEE Life member, a Young Professional member, and a Student member.
Panelists include:

  • Mentoring Panel Session SpeakersMark Carpenter, P.E.: Mark has over 50 years of experience in the transmission and distribution of electric energy. An IEEE Life Fellow, Mark has focused on developing people and creating high-performance teams throughout his career.
  • Kayna Lee Mendoza Trujillo: Kayna has a metallurgical and materials engineering background and is currently researching nanomagnetism for energy-efficient computing. An active member of the IEEE Young Professionals Community, Kayna is focused on contributing to spaces that bridge technology and policy. 
  • Benjamin (Ben) Hand: Ben is the Chair of the IEEE University of North Texas (UNT) Student Branch and is very active in IEEE.

John McDonald has over 50 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Past President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), and has helped establish mentoring programs for IEEE PES and IEEE-HKN.

Workshop and Brainstorming Discussions 

Celia Shahnaz

IEEE Senior Member Celia Shahnaz will lead the brainstorming exercise.

After the panel discussion, Kayna Lee Mendoza Trujillo will also lead a workshop to educate and encourage audience members to participate in mentoring as mentors or mentees. To end the mentoring session, Celia Shahnaz will lead the brainstorming exercise and open discussion on finding a mentoring way forward for a sustainable solution by all stakeholders. Celia Shahnaz has been an IEEE volunteer for 23+ years and has mentored globally to promote diversity and inclusion. A Senior member of IEEE, she works as a Professor at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and is the IEEE WIE Chair.

Share Knowledge and Experiences

The IEEE Life Members Conference invites you to participate in this unique and worthwhile session. Students, early career engineers, seasoned professionals, and retirees all have their own journey and wisdom to impart—and all are welcome. Be a leader by sharing your knowledge and paving the way for others to succeed.

The student registration rate is US$100 for a single day or US$275 for all three days. 

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IEEE Life Membership is an official recognition of a strong and sustained commitment to IEEE. Life members get together with their peers, participate in educational excursions, work together to mentor students, and improve their communities.
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