Date & Time Activity Drives:
Friday Afternoon Settle in at the Red Lion Hotel N/A
Friday 6:00pm Networking & Social Mixer at MOX Boarding House Bellevue

Meetup time: 6pm to 11pm

Location Address: 13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005

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Networking & Camaraderie
Light snacks & coffee & breakfast for hotel attendees.
Complimentary breakfast is provided to those with hotel funding. Sign in and Pick up name tags
8:15am  Topic: PNW Leadership Summit Opening Remarks

By Kathleen Kramer (Past Region 6 Director and IEEE Secretary)

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. She worked to develop new engineering programs as a founding member of the faculty and eventually became the chair of electrical engineering, and then serving as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, she maintains an active research agenda and has recent publications in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, and neural and fuzzy systems. Her teaching interests are in the areas of signals and systems, communication systems, and capstone design.  She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


IEEE Training & Awareness
8:45am  Topic: IEEE Resources & Opportunities for Young Professionals

By Ramesh Nair

Bio: Ramesh Nair has over 5 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He currently works as a Senior CAD Engineer with Intel Corporation in Folsom, California. At Intel, he works on tools, flows and methodology for next generation core CPU and SoC designs.  Ramesh’s areas of technical interest includes Electronic Design Automation, Static Timing Analysis and Low Power Circuit Design. He has over 9 years of IEEE volunteering experience in various Regional, MGA and global committees. He is a recipient of multiple Intel Organizational and Department awards, 2018 IEEE MGA Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award and the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) Young Research Fellowship. Ramesh holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati.


IEEE Training & Awareness
9:00am Topic: Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

By Carrie Smith

Intro: Carrie Ann Smith is an Electrical Design Engineer at Physio-Control (now part of Stryker). She works to enhance state-of-the-art medical technology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in computer science (Magna Cum Laude) from Seattle University, where she served as the chair for Tau Beta Pi the engineering honor society, president and charter member of IEEE HKN honor society, and chair of IEEE. She served as an Electrical/Computer Engineering advisor for a University of Washington mechanical engineering senior design team to help develop a novel insulin-delivery pump for patients with low acuity, while in her senior year. She has volunteered with KiloWatts for Humanity to help fight energy poverty in rural villages for two years. Recently she traveled to the Chalokwa and Munyama villages in Zambia, Africa to implement an updated data acquisition system she helped build over the previous year, which provides remote access and monitoring of the power system. She has participated in key research at the University of Arizona centered around autonomous ground vehicles and cognitive radio, where she investigated the implications of millimeter wave high-frequencies particular to automotive radar. She is currently volunteering on the committee of IEEE YP, pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science at Seattle University, and finishing her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.

IEEE Training & Awareness
9:45am Panel Discussion Topic: “Inclusion”

By: Merin Sanjay

Merin Sanjay has more than 20 years of experience in the Medical field. Currently she is working as Adjunct faculty at Seattle University teaching in the College of Nursing graduate school and also has a clinical role at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. Before moving to PNW, she worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and she has led multiple Quality improvement initiatives throughout the hospital. She has spear headed teams of medical  professionals and Engineering professionals in the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EPIC Systems). She is experienced in medical product development from Pilot to prototype and has contributed her clinical expertise with cross functional teams in design and development of multiple medical products with GE Healthcare and Medela Healthcare. She functions autonomously and has a passion to influence and improve patient outcomes through  education, mentoring and practicing evidence-based medicine. As an Educator, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Nurse she has been  instrumental in bridging the gap between medical and high-profile engineering teams in healthcare industry. She has managed and supported engineering operations and material sourcing for family owned Engineering business. Merin has earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA and she has earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Specialized as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about mentoring, uplifting of community by education, inclusion and social justice. She enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

By: Cathlene Buchanan

Cathlene Buchanan is the Mechanical Engineering Manager at Stryker in Redmond. She has been with Stryker (Physio-Control) for 25 years, most of that time in New Product Development. She was the lead mechanical engineer on  multiple projects including the LIFEPAK 15. Currently she oversees a team of 18 mechanical engineers and technicians including the prototype concept lab. Cathlene is also responsible for oversight on the Redmond R&D process and procedures, representing the Redmond division across the broader Stryker Medical business unit. Cathlene has a BS in Industrial Engineering, a MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Washington. She also holds a WA state PE license as a Mechanical Engineer.

By: Charlotte Wethli

Born and raised in Paris, France, I hold a master of science in biomedical engineering from University of Technology of Compiegne (France). I did my master thesis with a med tech company in Sweden working on osteoporosis screening from an X-ray of the hand. I then joined Physio-Control in a field marketing capacity for emergency care devices and services. I moved to the US in 2016 to join Stryker in Redmond, WA. I’ve spend the first 2 years in a product manager role, responsible for the launch of a new product on global markets. I’m now working in portfolio marketing, working with customers and R&D teams to create the vision for future generation platforms.

Discussion Topics Relevant & Valuable to YPs
11:00am Leadership In Organizations

By: Stace Rudd

Stace Rudd is a human capital business executive who has broad experience bringing high-performance organizational design and talent management expertise to the people and leadership teams of a variety of organizations, from Fortune 100 organizations such as Coca-Cola and Royal Philips, to startups and emerging companies such as Hermanson Company, Loud Technologies, and Jorgensen Forge.

Stace has also spent a lot of time consulting with non-profit firms, and currently sits on the board of the Firland Foundation and Workshop. He spent many of his growing up years on his family’s ranch in Idaho, which gave him a unique and common-sense perspective on work and life. He has a BS from Brigham Young University, and has traveled, worked and lived in Japan and Europe.

Stace has been married for over forty-four years to his wife Sharon and they have five kids and eleven grandkids. So far. He lives in the Woodinville area, and his family still owns that ranch in Idaho.

Stace’s topic for the seminar will highlight “The SITMEE Solution” from his recently published book, which focuses on the transition that all organizations and their people must make if they want sustainable growth—the transition from individual-contributor-based behaviors to behaviors and organizational structures deliberately designed to get results through others.

SITMEE is an acronym for the 6 variables of workforce performance:  Skills, Information, Traits, Motivation, Experience and Environment.  Becoming a successful “results-through-others” leader requires knowing how these 6 variables work and how to design human systems that assure all 6 variables are maximized in their workforce.

11:45am Lunch

Walk over to Azteca across the street

1:00pm Panel Discussion Topic: “Developing Leadership”

By: Henry Louie, PhD

Dr. Henry Louie received his B.S.E.E. degree from Kettering University in 2002, his M.S. degree fromthe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from theUniversity of Washington in 2008. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and ComputerEngineering at Seattle University. In 2015 Dr. Louie was Fulbright Scholar to Copperbelt University inKitwe, Zambia. He is the President and Co-founder of KiloWatts for Humanity, a non-profit organizationproviding off-grid electricity access and business opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Louie is anAssociate Editor for Energy for Sustainable Development and is a founding member of the IEEE PESWorking Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities. Dr. Louie is recognized asan IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for his expertise on energy poverty. He is a Senior Member of the IEEEand was a registered professional engineer in Zambia. He previously served as Vice President ofMembership & Image of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

By: Ryan Murphy

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in power generation, transmission and distribution in various capacities including utility, construction, and engineering sectors. He is a strong leader with an extensive technical background and practical field experience. Currently, Ryan is a leader/manager of an Operations-based work force (incl. Supervisors, Engineers, Journeyman Lineman, office personnel, etc.) at Puget Sound Energy.

By: Abdur Rehman

Abdur Rehman is an IEEE Young Professional and supervisor at Puget Sound Energy. He earned his BSEE and MSEE degree from WSU-Pullman in 2013 and 2017 respectively and is a registered Professional Engineer in WA, CA, and various other states. A rich engineering design, field, and leadership experience advanced him from Engineer-in-Training to Supervisor of Substation/Relay Operations in five years. He shares knowledge in power systems through his video tutorials using Youtube channel. He profoundly enjoys supporting the leadership committee in the IEEE Seattle section with 20+ working YPs and Students to plan, organize, and execute events serving the IEEE Seattle section community. Abdur is also the Chair of Membership Development for IEEE Region 6 (Western half of USA), Vice Chair of PES Seattle Chapter, and a committee member for the IEEE Global YP Industry Engagement committee.


Discussion Topics Relevant & Valuable to YPs
2:15pm Topic: Engineer to Engineering Project Manager

By Sanjay Samuel

Bio: Mr. Samuel has more than 24 years of experience in managing high-profile engineering projects in different parts of the world in RF Engineering, Electrical Engineer and Systems Engineering. He has successfully delivered projects in five continents of the world. Currently, he is managing the Light rail project in Seattle, along with his focus on design and delivering the project. He has led engineering teams for development of software and hardware in agile environment for Railroads, passenger trains, freight trains and Light rail in Australia, America, China and India. He is also experienced in product management and program management. He is multi-linguist, a good leader, strategic thinker, mentor and team player with the ability to quickly make innovative contributions to the team. He has earned his first-degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from India, he has earned bachelor’s in Electrical engineering in Power and Communications from Drexel University, Philadelphia and graduates certificate in Systems Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology from Melbourne, Florida. He has served as Treasurer of IEEE Melbourne Florida Chapter during the year 2013.

Currently, he is the Lead Project Manager for Programs group of Project Management Institute of Seattle. He resides with his wife and kids in Maple Valley. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family, explore the local offerings of PNW. He enjoys long bike rides and volunteering at local food bank. He volunteers and supports the robotics team of local high school.

Discussion Topics Relevant & Valuable to YPs
3:00pm Topic: Lessons Learned from Seattle YP Team & Structure

By Gaurav Rajasekar 

Bio: Gaurav is a Hardware Program Manager with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Server Infrastructure division leading the development of hardware including, but not limited to, new blade server architectures, rack designs and power distribution units. Previously, he served as the Electrical Engineer in charge of storage for the XBox HW Design team, helping forge the XBox One and other consumer hardware. Away from work, he takes a keen interest in sports cars and racing them on a track, playing the piano, writing poetry, travel photography, and is a regular at high intensity cardio and strength training at the gym. With a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Business Certificate in the Management of Technology from Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Gaurav is a Yellow-Jacket through and through. Go Jackets!



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3:45pm Ending Remarks

By: Gaurav Rajasekar

Sunday 9:30am Please join IEEE YP at the Ride The Ducks Seattle Tour at 930am. We have 20 spots FREE for interested registered members (preference going to non-local guests).  Please RSVP and we will respond back with your confirmation. Please arrange transportation on your own. More info here N/A