Diversity Oversight Committee

The IEEE Photonics Society established a Diversity Oversight Committee to ensure that the global diversity of the community in which the Society serves is represented in all aspects of the organization. The Society is committed to continually taking steps to diversify the array of individuals and perspectives building and leading the photonics technology of tomorrow.

Click Here to learn more about the IEEE Photonics Society “Commitment to Diversity”. 


Niamh Kavanagh

Diversity Oversight Chair

Term: 2021 – 2023
Scientific Consultant

deepa venkitesh

Deepa Venkitesh

AVP Women in Photonics

Term: 2021 – 2023
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

mónica rico martinez

Mónica Rico Martinez

AVP Multicultural Outreach

Term: 2021 – 2023
Telecommunications Consultant

akhil kallepalli

Akhil Kallepalli

AVP of Young Professionals

Term: 2021 – 2023
University of Glasgow

yanne chembo

Yanne Chembo

Elected Board Member

Term: 2021 – 2023
University of Maryland

michelle sander

Michelle Sander

Elected Board Member

Term: 2021 – 2022
Boston University

aitor villafranca velasco

Aitor Villafranca Velasco

AVP Equity & Inclusion

Term: 2021 – 2023

Staff Support

Lauren Mecum-Smith

Senior Manager, Strategic Programs