The Region 4 Student Activities Committee takes care of the needs of 45,000+ student members.  These members span the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The committee conducts regular and special activities for students to improve technical knowledge, management skills and to enhance networking among members and student branches. Additionally, we provide excellent support to all sections, subsections, chapters and Student Chapters so they may in turn provide value to IEEE members.

The Region 4 SAC website is part of the campaign to enhance networking among the student members, student branches, and sections.

The website is intended to offer a single platform for all student members to interact, exchange ideas and collaborate in a number of activities being planned and executed for the benefit of student members. The website provides information about all the activities of the Region 4 SAC committee, announcements, projects details, SAC awards, results of competitions, online submission facility for applications and e-alerts for members.

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Benjamin Strandskov – Chair

Ben Strandskov graduated from Central Michigan University in 2019 where he studied Electrical Engineering with an interest in Power and Energy. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and is passionate about working with Students and Student Branches. Since joining IEEE in 2014, Ben held various roles within his Student Branch before joining the Region 4 Student Activities Committee (R4 SAC). While a member of the R4 SAC, Ben has held various roles including Vice Chair, Professional Activities Coordinator, Regional Student Representative and is currently the Chair of the R4 SAC. Ben currently works at Consumers Energy in Low Voltage Distribution Planning Department as the Conservation Voltage Reduction State-wide Planner.

Jonathon Wolf – Vice Chair

Jonathon Wolf is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has a passion for the automotive industry and currently works for Ford Motor Company as an Occupational Engagement Feature Owner, and is rotating through positions within Features in System Engineering. He has been involved with IEEE since 2016, including positions within his Student Branch. Jonathon is also pursuing his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Stephen Messing – Student Activities Representative

Stephen Messing is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign focusing on Optics and Electromagnetics. Stephen initially joined IEEE in 2016 as a Student Member while attending Central Michigan University and later served as President for the Central Michigan University Student Branch in 2019-2020.


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