April 28, 2010

Engineering society honors doctoral student

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill -- A doctoral student in engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the recipient of a high honor from an international engineering society.

Anil Mehta, a doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, will serve as the regional student representative for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, otherwise known as the “I triple E.”

A member of IEEE since 2005, Mehta will serve as one of just 10 international regional student representatives for the organization. Region 5, which Mehta will represent for a two-year term, includes SIUC and 85 other universities and technical colleges in 13 states.

The IEEE, one of the largest and most prestigious organizations of its kind, selected Mehta based on his outstanding contributions to the discipline and exemplary leadership. He will act as a liaison between regional students and the IEEE’s executive board while serving under Steve Watkins, a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the IEEE student activities coordinator.

While at SIUC, Mehta has coordinated a series of technology-related events while serving in several offices in the student chapter of IEEE. He has served as vice chair and chair of the student organization and chair of IEEE Graduates of Last Decade (GOLD) for the St. Louis area. He has received several honors from IEEE, including being named Outstanding Student Member of IEEE for the St. Louis section in 2006, among others, leading to his nomination for his current post.

The IEEE promotes advancements in science, technology and applications in related areas. The group has more than 365,000 members in more than 150 countries, with about 40 percent of them outside the United States.