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IEEE NTC WIN – Virtual Round Table, DEI Prospects and Challenges

To be successful, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies require the ongoing support of the entire organization, as well as continued application of improvement. Join the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Women in Nanotechnology (WIN) for this important Virtual round table discussion on DEI prospects and challenges.

IEEE Diversity Statement:

IEEE’s mission to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity requires the talents and perspectives of people with different personal, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds. IEEE is committed to advancing diversity in the technical profession, and to promoting an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes, engages, and rewards all who contribute to the field, without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. For further information visit the IEEE diversity website.

DATE: 20 April 2022

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Kanika Singh, IEEE NTC Women in Nanotechnology Chair


  • Fabrizio Lombardi, IEEE NTC President
  • Kanika Singh, IEEE NTC Women in Nanotechnology Chair
  • Jenifer Castillo R., IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) Chair
  • Dalma Novak, IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Chair


Topic Speaker Time slot
Welcome & Introduction Nanotechnology Council, IEEE NTC WIN Fabrizio Lombardi 10 mins
IEEE NTC WIN Vision and Mission and WIE pledge Kanika Singh 10 mins
WIE Efforts and challenges towards DEI Jenifer Castillo R. 20 mins
DEI Challenges and prospects with Societies/Council Business cases Dalma Novak 20 mins
Open discussion ALL Panelists 20 mins


Fabrizio Lombardi received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in electronic engineering from the University of Essex, U.K., in 1977, the master’s degree in microwaves and modern optics and the Diploma degree in microwave engineering from the Microwave Research Unit, University College London, in 1978, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of London in 1982. He is currently the International Test Conference (ITC) Endowed Chair Professorship with Northeastern University, Boston, USA. His research interests are bio-inspired and nano manufacturing/computing, VLSI design, testing, and fault/defect tolerance of digital systems. He is currently the President of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and a member of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board. Prof Lombardi is a Fellow of the IEEE.



Dalma Novak , TAB CDI Chair, is VP of Engineering at Pharad, LLC who are developing advanced antenna, RF communications and RF-over-fiber technologies. Prior to co-founding Pharad in 2004, Dr. Novak spent 12 years as a member of the academic staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia; the last six months of which she was Professor and Chair of Telecommunications. From June 2001 – December 2003 she was a Technical Section Lead at Dorsál Networks, Inc. and later at Corvis Corporation where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems. Her research interests include microwave photonics, fiber radio systems, wireless communications, high speed optical communication systems, and antenna technologies. She has published more than 280 papers in these technical areas, including seven book chapters.

Dr. Novak is a Fellow of the IEEE and internationally recognized for her technical expertise in the area of microwave and millimeter-wave photonics, and for her contributions to enabling technologies for the implementation of fiber radio systems. Dr. Novak was President of the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) from 2014–2015. She is also the former Chair of both the MTT-S and IPS Technical Committees on Microwave Photonics. She has extensive R&D leadership and project management experience in both the industrial and academic sectors. Dr. Novak received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia.


Jenifer Castillo R., IEEE WIE Chair is an IEEE Senior Member and volunteer for 18 years, is IEEE R9 Director Elect 2022-2023, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Global Committee Chair 2021-2022, IEEE Industry Engagement Committee member 2021-2022 and IEEE Puerto Rico and Caribbean (PR&C) Section Past-Chair. Jen has also been involved in Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) projects, and is currently part of the MOVE community outreach initiative. She is also a Red Cross volunteer and very active with projects related to disaster response.

She is Project Specifications Manager Latin America, at Instrumentation Group, Parker Hannifin Corp. A Mechatronics Engineer, graduated from San Buenaventura University in Bogota Colombia. She has an MBA – International Enterprises from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

She has been recognized with the IEEE MGA Achievement Award 2020, “For sustained and outstanding achievements in promoting Students, YP, and WIE membership development in Latin America and the Caribbean”, and the Oscar C. Fernández, IEEE Region 9 recognition to the outstanding volunteer in Latin America.


Dr. Kanika Singh, IEEE NTC WIN Chair,  is the Senior Member of IEEE and working as Senior Project Manager at ABS (American Bureau of Shipping). Dr. Singh pursued her education from Top  university, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Delhi), Karlsruhe University, Germany and Ph.D from Pusan National University, South Korea. With her 25 years of IEEE Membership, she took various roles and positions at IEEE. Now serving as the Advisory Board Member of IEEE NTC TryNano and  IEEE WISE. Also served as Vice Chair of IEEE IMS/EMBS Delhi chapter.

She is recipient of various technical fellowship awards and academic awards, few of them include the prestigious Brain Korea (BK21) fellowship Award, Korean Research Fellowship (KRF) award, Best paper awardee at IEEE-IEC_KATS, IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award, DAAD German government fellowship award, and Outstanding research paper award at Int. conf. Kyushu University, Japan.  She worked as the International Scholar at IMEC-KU-Leuven, Belgium and  research on BioMEMS/Nanotechnology/Instrumentation/standards fetched some awards such as Best paper Award for Region 10, at IEEE Int. Conf. at Atlanta- Georgia USA. She also has given various invited talks at different forums.



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