Executive Committee

 

Name: Kathleen Chan

Position: President

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: Eating, Dancing, Attempting to grow succulents, Amateur Hairdresser

What I Like Most About IEEE: I appreciate IEEE because it has really helped me when I first started EE. I didn’t really know much about the major, but the people in the lab were welcoming, willing to help and giving advice. Not only that, it offers a space where one can come study or just hang out. The community that IEEE at UCLA has is beneficial as everyone works together to build themselves as well as each other, through both the projects and networking.


 

Name: Jiwan Kang

Position: Internal Vice President

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Eating food (lots of em), SPORTS (soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, rockclimbing, and more), talking with friends, Corgis

What I Like Most About IEEE: I went into UCLA with minimal knowledge of Electrical Engineering. Now, although no where close to expert, these two words that are my major are starting to make more sense, which IEEE played a big role in. The organization has been the link connecting me to numerous areas outside of school academics. It has brought me new friends, assistance when needed, a place to apply my newfound knowledge, an opportunity to lead and give back, and, most importantly, confidence. By being an integral member of IEEE at UCLA, I have a community that supports one another, which allows me to be confident wherever I go.


 

Name: Wenlong Xiong

Position: External Vice President

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: Food (cooking and eating), Photography, Music, Mixology

What I Like Most About IEEE: I love the community that IEEE provides – it’s my home away from home, and a place I can go to for help if I ever have any questions (academic or personal). The organization encourages you to grow and explore, and always pushes you to do your best, even if that means you mess up occasionally.


 

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Name: Ted Akiyama

Position: External Vice President

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: Building computers, Ramen, Pusheen the Cat

What I Like Most About IEEE: Everything I love about college is thanks to UCLA IEEE—dependable study partners, amazing friends, and lots of free T-Shirts.


 

Name: Nihar Tamhankar

Position: Treasurer

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Food, traveling, music, Netflix, Golden Retrievers, playing Tabla

What I Like Most About IEEE: Our Webmaster!


 

Name: Serene Kamal

Position: Secretary

Year: 2nd

Interests & Activities: hiking, traveling, playing piano, watching movies, reading, eating good food

What I Like Most About IEEE: The music in the lab is usually a 10/10, even if it’s not study-worthy! In all seriousness, the experience I gained through IEEE played a big part in my decision to stay in Electrical Engineering. Also, I’ve gotten the chance to meet amazing new people through IEEE!


 

Name: Christine Chen

Position: Publicity

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Ultimate frisbee, Drawing and looking at cumulus clouds/trees, Doggos, Giraffes, Orangutans, Art, Photography, Good folk (music and people)

What I Like Most About IEEE: What I love most about IEEE are the lit ultimate frisbee socials that we both host and participate in. I love that we are all able to find time in our busy engineering lives to play a sport that allows us to both bond and break stereotypes at the same time. Believe it or not, we do go outside!


 

Name: Sadaf Dadafshar

Position: Events Coordinator

Year: 2nd

Interests & Activities: Writing, traveling, eating twice my body-weight in acai bowls, trying not to acquire sorority fines, attempting to contort my body into strange yoga poses to keep up my image as a vegan hippie, and dogs. I like dogs.

What I Like Most About IEEE: Aside from our wonderful webmaster, I really love the community IEEE has created for me. I have met so many wonderful and driven people that I may otherwise not have gotten the chance to know and I’m really grateful for that.


 

Projects Committee

Name: Kyle Liang

Position: OPS CoLead

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Sleeping, Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Research, Computers

What I Like Most About IEEE: The focus and energy in the IEEE lab inspires me. The healthy mix of new blood and upperclassmen keeps things interesting.


 

Name: Natasha Sarkar

Position: OPS CoLead

Year: 2nd

Interests & Activities: art, water polo, piano, penny boards, Friends, petting dogs, and cheesecake

What I Like Most About IEEE: I came to UCLA with very little interest in EE. In fact, I only applied to OPS because my friends did, without knowing that it would be one of the best decisions I made during my first year. I discovered a love for hardware that I never expected to have, and I’ve made many close friends through IEEE that I never would have met otherwise. OPS and the community I found in IEEE have had a profound impact on me, and I feel that I have found a family of dependable and hardworking friends and coworkers that have defined my experience at UCLA.


 

Name: Alex Graening

Position: Micromouse Co-lead

Year: 2nd

Interests & Activities: Basketball, piano, chess, gardening, neat wearable technology, camping, hiking, and learning about science

What I Like Most About IEEE: IEEE has helped me learn that successful engineering is rarely the result of one genius locking his or herself in a room and is more often the result of many people pooling their knowledge and resources. As someone who has been into building projects since before coming to UCLA, it is amazing to see how much more can be achieved by a dedicated team of individuals with a variety of skills than by an individual working alone.


 

Name: Jim Xu

Position: Micromouse Co-lead

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: Biking, swimming, origami, Overwatch, anime, MICROMOUSE

What I Like Most About IEEE: IEEE gives me a place to constantly meet new friends. I enjoy surrounding myself with the smart and talented people of UCLA IEEE and listening to their music in the lab.


 

Name: Thomas Garcia

Position: Advanced Projects Co-Lead

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Programming, sailing, eating

What I Like Most About IEEE: My favorite part of IEEE is the projects; I’ve gained a lot of hands-on experience from them and learned things I never would have learned in the classroom.


 

Name: Arti Patankar

Position: Advanced Projects Co-Lead

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Advanced Projects

What I Like Most About IEEE: Our Webmaster!


 

Name: Sahil Gandhi
Position: Workshops Board

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: MMA, Android Development, UCLA Racing, Cars, One Punch Man, Batman (and other DC/Marvel characters/shows/movies as well), Game of Thrones, Playing with new technology, Biking, Photography

What I Like Most About IEEE: Its not just the name, ranking, and curriculum that make UCLA a great place, but also the amazing student groups found on campus. IEEE is a collection of some of the smartest and most motivated students on campus and thats exactly the kind of environment that you want be in to maximize your time here at UCLA. There’s an old saying that if you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re probably in the wrong room, and IEEE to me is a place where I can continue to meet others who can teach me and make me into a more accomplished person.


 

Name: Liz Xue
Position: Workshops Board

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Movies, anime, traveling, dogs, coconut macaroons, spicy food

What I Like Most About IEEE: IEEE exposed me to the fun part of being an engineer—working with the most talented minds and lots and lots of free stuff;) I also love the lab space we have for everyone to hang out and work on projects. Come and say hi and maybe I’ll make you macaroons.


 

Name: Minh Le

Position: Project Manager

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: T R A P Music, Streetwear fashion, photography, mathematics, cooking, manga, lifting, machine learning/AI

What I Like Most About IEEE: IEEE is a club where I lose sleep over but in a good way. Some of my favorite memories in college are spending late nights in the infamous lab hacking away at a project like Micromouse with incredibly talented and motivated peers. More than a rich technical experience for practical engineering, IEEE has become a second family for me with friends I will keep well after college.


 

Name: Jeffrey Chen

Position: Project Manager

Year: 4th

Interests & Activities: Photo/Video Editing, Cinematography, Saxophone, and all things Aviation

What I Like Most About IEEE: Sights with Sensei


 

Name: Jeffrey Chan

Position: Webmaster

Year: 3rd

Interests & Activities: Web Development, Badminton, Running, EDM and hard dance, KBBQ, Chipotle, League of Legends

What I Like Most About IEEE: The time I’ve spent cranking out OPS projects and working with my General Board have pushed me to reach heights I’ve never imagined. IEEE at UCLA has always been my place to go to whenever I wanted to develop my skills, explore new areas of interest, or just bask in the comradery that eminates within the lab. I can always count on the people within this club to bring a smile on my face.