Regional Student Representatives


The IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) has recently implemented a new structure to facilitate communication between the RAS SAC and RAS Student Chapters. Regional student representatives, introduced below, have been appointed to represent Region(s) 1-7, 8, 9, and 10. These students will act as ambassadors from the RAS SAC to student chapters, and will facilitate activities and communication within their regions. To learn more or get involved, please contact your regional representative, listed below, directly, or e-mail rasrsr@googlegroups.comfor general questions about the program.


Regions 1-7 Representatives:

Niveditha Kalavakonda portrait
Niveditha Kalavakonda
Regions 1-7
University of Washington
Seattle (WA), USA
Niveditha Kalavakonda is a Ph.D. student at the BioRobotics Lab in University of Washington, Seattle. She is an Amazon Catalyst Fellow and a Fellow at the Laboratory for Analysis of Motion and Performance. She graduated with a BTech degree from Amrita School of Engineering, India in 2014 and a M.Sc. from the University of Washington in 2017. Before joining UW, Niveditha worked as a Research Associate at the Robotics Lab in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She is the Founding Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering at the University of Washington.
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Thassyo Pinto
Regions 1-7
Michigan State University (MSU)
East Lansing (MI), USA
Thassyo Pinto received his B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Brazil, in 2014. Throughout his academic life, he has had the opportunity to work as a volunteer in various professional societies, promoting technology awareness for the community by organizing engineering seminars, workshops and competitions. He has experience in automotive industry, working as a Vehicle Package Analyst and as a Vehicle Evaluation and Verification (VEV) Sign-off Engineer at Ford Motor Company. He is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, and a member of the Smart Microsystems Lab and Adami Lab. His research interests are in soft robotics, evolutionary robotics and biorobotics. Currently, he is participating in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), for enhancing career development and building advanced skills. Through his leadership abilities, he has been guiding and improving the IEEE MSU Student Branch as a Graduate Advisor.
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Region 8 Representatives:

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Westley Ndunya
Region 8
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Juja, Kenya

Westley Ndunya is a results-oriented Mechatronics engineering student from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. Besides engineering, he also has an interest in business and IT where he is pursuing a Diploma in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University. As of 2016, he had successfully obtained his certificate in Cloud Computing and Virtualization from the same institution. He utilizes a hands on approach in tackling projects and accomplishing goals. He has worked at Richfield Engineering Limited, in the design department, where he developed simple programs for the design and fabrication of unfired pressure vessels. Currently, he volunteers in the organizing committee of the JKUAT Student Branch. Westley is determined to foster designing of robot systems by boosting RAS activities in his region.

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Zeyad Yousif
Region 8
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Zeyad Yousif Al-Shibaany is currently a PhD student at the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom and he is conducting a research in Mechatronics Engineering with focus on Sustainable Manufacturing. Zeyad received his M.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Newcastle University in 2012 with Distinction and had been awarded a Prize and an Award as the Best Performing Master Student for the academic year 2011/2012. Zeyadhas a B.Sc. in Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Technology in Iraq.
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Region 9 Representatives:

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Yareth Pinzón
Region 9
University of La Sabana
Bogota, Colombia

Yareth Pinzón is currently in 7 semester of Informatics Engineering at  the University of La Sabana. He has been a volunteer and President of RAS of his Student Branch since 2016. He has been president of the Robotica nurseries level 1,2,3 and 4 and of Computer. He also has a  degree in Native Development in Android, Native Development in IOS 8, Fundamentals of Software Engineering, Voice-to-Speech Marketing Course issued by the Ministry of Information Technology and APPSCO of Colombia, as well as Mobile APP Programming Course, Course of Introduction to Website Development, Basic Digital Marketing Course, Course of Cloud Computing, Course of Productivity in the Digital Era, Course of E-Commerce, Course of Digital Transformation for Employment. He has been Contry Leaf of Colombia of the IEEEXTREME in 2017 and 2018, he participated in several Robotics tournaments like:

  • Robotic People 2017 (5 Position in Sprinter and Footballers)
  • All Japan Sumo Robot Tournament 2017 (36 Position) 
  • Robotic People Villavicencio 2018 (First Place in Sumo RC, Sumo and Third place in Footballers)
  • Robotic People 2018 (Second Place in Insects)
  • Robotic People Akihabara 2018 (First Place in Insects)
  • Robotic Challenge Mexico 2018 (Second Place in Insects)
  • All Japan Sumo Robot Tournament 2018
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Piero Torpoco
Region 9
National University of Engineering
Lima, Perú
Piero is an Electronic Engineer from National University of Engineering, Lima, Perú. He has been an IEEE member since 2013 and he has supported and developed IEEE activities since then. He plans to promote new technology in Region 9 as a way to improve the quality of life for all. Piero currently works in healthcare at Siemens company.
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Region 10 Representatives:

Zelin Nie portrait
Zelin Nie
Region 10
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China

Zelin Nie (S’14) received the B.E. degree in automation from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2013, where she is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the Systems Engineering Institute. She was a postgraduate visiting internship student in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, from 2018 to 2019 fall term. Her research interests include electricity market, power system optimization and scheduling, smart building, multi-timescale optimization and decision.

Wei Chian (Terrence) Tan portrait
Wei Chian (Terrence) Tan
Region 10
Data scientist at Global Technology Centre, Lloyd's Register
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Terrence is a researcher in data driven automation, primary research: learning based automated evaluation of pipingdesign according to established rules in marine industry. Working on machine and deep learning.



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