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Women in Engineering

2022 Women in Industrial Electronics Workshop (WiE)

This event is to foster broadening participation, diversity and inclusion in all STEM careers. In that sense, all  professionals and students are invited to this event, independently of their gender.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Anchorage Convention Centers Space 4/7-8 Summit Hall.

Welcome and Introduction to the Women in IES initiative 16.00-16.15

Opening remarks from the ISIE 2022 General Chair, Prof. Seta Bogosyan and the IES Vice-President for Membership Activities, Prof. Yousef Ibrahim.

Invited Speech 16.15-16.45

Title: “Women Engineers Empowering Off Grid Communities”.
Presenter: Mercy Chelangat K.

Chair: Dr. Morgan Kiani

Invited Speech 16.45-17.15

Title: “Becoming Influential and a leader in STEM Careers”.

Presenter: Ayda Akbelen

Chair: Dr. Morgan Kiani

Mingle and Coffee Break 16.50-17.00

Please note if you are not registered for ISIE 2022, but you wish to attend the Women in IES Workshop, please register by sending an email to Dr. Morgan Kiani, Email:



Prof. Lucia Lo Bello, University of Catania, Italy.

Prof. Morgan Kiani, Texas Christian University, USA.





Ayda Akbelen is the founder of Life Work Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to helping professionals build satisfying careers. She has an in-depth understanding of issues impacting technology professionals in career management and advancement. She provides tools and framework for her clients to chart a successful career path and achieve their goals.

She has been regularly retained by the largest US bank, JPMorgan Chase, for over two decades (1996-2022) to provide career coaching for their employees. She has coached hundreds of engineers, globally in the U.K., India, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States and South America to help them develop influencing and leadership skills to facilitate innovation and teamwork. She is chosen year after year as an official coach of JPMorgan’s prestigious “Expert Engineer” program for their high potential technology talent.

Prior to starting her own firm, she was Vice President of Career Services, Executive and Organizational Development at Citibank (1987-1996) where she coached senior executives and Information Technology professionals on communication and management skills.

Ayda’s insights into the dynamics and culture of organizations has helped her clients successfully navigate the political landscape of their organizations. Having developed her own career in fast paced competitive environments, she understands what it takes to proactively manage a career. Her approach is empathetic yet pragmatic, asking the right questions to help her clients think creatively in dealing with workplace challenges.

She is a National Board Certified Counselor and New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her MA in Counseling from New York University and MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University.



Mercy Chelangat K. is an electrical engineer specializing in renewable energies to power sustainable community development and emerging trends such as electric vehicles and e-mobility.

Mercy possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Moi University, Kenya. She specializes in solar engineering and humanitarian development. She is also a current Masters in Development Practice student at Regis University.

Mercy is an ardent volunteer at the IEEE Kenya Section and the IEEE Power Energy Society (PES). Mercy serves as the IEEE Smart Village Ambassador, and PES Women in Power Lead for Region 8. She oversaw the piloting of the Networking without Borders PES Renewable Energy for Kids Program. She has led PES Day activities for Africa in the past to promote more power and gender equality in underserved areas.

Mercy was the global PES Day vice Chair 2021 and is the PES Day Chair 2022. Under the theme, “Powering a Sustainable Future” PES DAY 2022 will engage IEEE Members from 52 countries and 72 sections across the globe to help advocate for a Sustainable Future Powered by Clean and Resilient Power and Energy technologies.

Mercy works with the IEEE Smart Village initiative, overseeing the East African programs and with the IEEE Foundation to develop fundraising proposals for rural development projects. Mercy likes to blog and vlog on clean energy matters as a hobby and founded the TechGaa Hub that aims to provide training opportunities through leveraging connectivity and digital technologies in rural villages. This platform also discusses key issues especially regarding productive uses of electricity for community development.

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