Chamath Divarathne, Chair, Victorian Young Professionals 2017.  Chamath is passionate about volunteering at IEEE and enjoyed every single encounter of it over the last decade. He is the former chair of IEEE Monash Student Branch in 2013 and has represented the Victorian Section at R10 Student/GOLD/WIE congress in the same year. Chamath graduated from Monash with a PhD, focused on Chipless RFID Tag Detection. Chamath is currently a design engineer at Unico Computer Systems Ltd, Melbourne. As the YP chair for 2017, he has a vision to improve the visibility of the group and to actively engage with its members in Victoria.

Dinuka Kudavithana completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2016 Energy Efficiency Modelling and Optimization of Wireless Systems. He is currently working at La Trobe University as a Sessional Lecturer for Communication Systems and Advanced Communication Systems. His research interests are signal processing aspects of the wireless physical layer, energy modeling, and optimization of communication systems and 5G radio networks. Dinuka is a passionate volunteer at IEEE where he currently holds the Vice Chair role of IEEE Young Professionals group and Student Activities Coordinator in IEEE Victorian Section.

Vijay Paul


Vijay S Paul is currently pursuing his Masters with Monash University, Melbourne and has recently relocated to Victoria. An IEEE Member for 9 years, he’s also the recipient of IEEE R10 Outstanding Young Professional Award (Industry Professional) 2015, IEEE MGA Achievement Award 2015, IEEE Kerala Section Outstanding Young Professional Award 2014 and IEEE Kochi Subsection Outstanding Volunteer Award 2014, amongst others. An ex-entrepreneur, he’s also an active Blogger, Graphic Designer and a Corporate Trainer in Content Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Nalika Damayanthi

Vice Secretary

Nalika is an active volunteer of IEEE Victorian Section. She has been the chair of WIE Victorian Affinity Group since 2016 and former Vice Chair of IEEE Monash University student branch. In 2014 she represented the Victorian Section at R10 Student/GOLD/WIE congress. As a result of being an outstanding volunteer in Victorian WIE Group, she has been nominated to attend and present about WIE VIC activities at the Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference in 2017. Nalika is a currently working as an Embedded Systems Engineer in Clarinox Technologies Melbourne.

Fatemeh Jalali is a research scientist at IBM Research, Melbourne. Fatemeh received the Ph.D. degree from Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) at The University of Melbourne. Her main research interests include Cloud and Fog/Edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, energy consumption and energy harvesting wireless sensor networks, in which she has authored a number of research papers and patents. Apart from technical activities, she is actively participating to encourage and inspire young people, especially women, in engineering and ICT through collaborations with IEEE and other non-profit organizations.

Teodora Raducan

Membership Development Officer

Teodora is an active volunteer of IEEE since 2015. She is the current Membership Development Officer for Young Professionals, IEEE Victorian Section. She is also the Chair for Women in Engineering, La Trobe Student Branch. Since 2016, she is the Awards and Nominations Assistant in the Victorian Section of IEEE. Teodora is an Engineering Student at La Trobe University.

Marcela Vecino

Publication Manager

Marcela is a passionate volunteer of IEEE Victorian Section. She is the secretary of WIE affinity group. Marcela was an IT System Engineer at Asta Ltd, Melbourne.

Ko Wong

Industry Coordinator

Wong is a techno-entrepreneur with more than 10 years’ experience in science and technology education at various cultural institutions both nationally and internationally. Through his background in science and engineering, he has been working in both NGO and Global 500 technology and consulting firms, participated in many forums, conferences, and exhibitions. He has established a wide network of communication in STEM and education contacts among the top private and public organizations, as well as with industry to develop and deliver public partnership programs. Wong has been a committee member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, mentor for the University of Oxford Alumni Community, a guru of Project Management at Project Management Institute and Member Advisory Group, and global ambassador of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Farzad Khodadadi

Industry Coordinator

Farzad is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the CIS department of the University of Melbourne. His research area includes Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Bid Data Analysis, and Machine Learning. Previously, he was the treasurer and vice chair of Melbourne university’s IEEE student branch in 2016 and 2015 respectively and for 2017, he is the student ambassador of IEEE computer society.

Xiaoxi Guo

Event Manager

Xiaoxi Guo (S-15) received the B.E. degree (first class honours) in telecommunications engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 2010, and the M.E. degree in telecommunications engineering and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia in 2012 and 2016 respectively. His doctoral research focused on energy efficiency and security of the wireless sensor network. His research interests include statistical signal processing, wireless communications, and physical layer security. Dr. Guo currently serves as a Data Scientist at ANZ, Melbourne, with his focuses on customer behavior analysis, forecasting, and predictive analysis.

Viraj is currently pursuing his PhD in the department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. He is also serving as the Secretary of the IEEE student branch at Monash University. His doctoral research is focused on light interactions with biological media. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He worked as a software engineer for WSO2 Inc. before coming to Monash for his doctoral studies.


Chrispin Gray

General Committee Member