Candidate: IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for the 2023 election, 2024-2026 Terms

Celia Shahnaz

Professor, Department of EEE, BUET

2023-24 IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair

Position Statement

My vision is to enhance collaboration among society leadership, boards and committees, technical communities, special technical communities of Computer Society (CS) and other organizational units (OUs), such as sections/subsections, student branches, affinity groups (WIE, YP, LM) and SIGHT to enhance member engagement, develop technical skills, promote research and innovation, ensure recognition and representations of CS members in leadership positions across OUs. 

If elected, my priorities will be: 

Enhancing Program Values: Popularizing/introducing/emphasizing outreach program, distinguished visitor program, IEEE Fellow elevation drives to ensure member’s qualifications for leadership. 

Highlighting Accomplishment: Launching CS DAY, Humans of CS, more award nominations and visibility of CS accomplishments in TA Spotlight, The Institute, IEEE WIE Magazine, etc. 

Encouraging Industry-Academia Conclave: Promoting CS corporate membership development and retention for solving real life problems and encouraging industry engagement. 

Incubating Humanitarian Projects-Product Design: Boosting CS social entrepreneurship involving community. 

Launching Mentor-Mentee Technical Programs: Designing Mentor-Mentee activities involving multiple OUs for CS membership growth and retention. 

Building Capacity: For organization of more quality society flagship conferences involving 10 regions and sister societies. My interdisciplinary research interest involving computer vision, AI, robotics, machine/deep learning and roles/experiences in SPS/PES/EMBS/RAS and WIE will make CS activities more diverse and inclusive.

Brief Biography

Celia Shahnaz, SMIEEE, Fellow IEB, received Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada and is currently a Professor at Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh since 2015. She has been maintaining an outstanding research profile with some notable industry project experience. With more than 22 years of professional experience, she has been elected as 2022 IEEE WIE Committee Chair-Elect and she is serving as the 2023-2024 IEEE WIE Committee Chair. Apart from being a Computer Society member, she has been appointed as 2022-23 Member, IEEE New Initiative Committee, 2021-23 Member, IEEE History Committee, Liaison between IEEE History Committee and IEEE WIE. She has served as 2021-23 Chair, IEEE SPS Women in Signal Processing, 2021-23 Liaison between IEEE SPS and IEEE WIE, 2021-22 Member, IEEE Educational Activities 2022, Member, IEEE WIE Strategic Planning Committee, 2020-21 Member, IEEE WIE Senior Member Elevation Drive and 2019-2022 Member, IEEE WIE WePower Subcommittee. She has served as an Editorial Board Member, IET Signal Processing from 2018 to date. 

She was the winner of Canadian Common Scholarship for pursuing her Ph.D. study in Canada and recipient of Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal for her contributions in science and technology. The World Academy of Science (TWAS) members have elected her as a Fellow of TWAS for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2023. Recently, she has been inducted into IEEE HKN. 

She is the immediate past Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Co-founder and Chair, IEEE EMBS, IAS, RAS, SSIT Bangladesh Chapters, Co-founder/Vice-Chair, IEEE SPS Bangladesh Chapter, Founder, WIE AG, and Founder Chair of SIGHT group FLASH, IEEE Bangladesh Section. She is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE MGA Achievement Award, 2021 2019 R10 Humanitarian Activities Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2016 MGA Leadership Award, 2015 WIE Inspiring Member Award, and 2013 R10 WIE Professional Volunteer Award.


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