Our Officers

  • Dr. Dickerson

    Dr. Samuel J. Dickerson

    Faculty Advisor

    Dr. Samuel Dickerson is an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Dickerson’s general research interests lie in the area of electronics, circuits and embedded systems and in particular, technologies in those areas that have biomedical applications. He has expertise in the design and simulation of mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems that incorporate the use of both digital and analog electronics, as well as optics, microfluidics and devices that interface to the biological world. Prior to joining Pitt faculty he was a co-founder and the president of Nanophoretics LLC, where he led the research and development of a novel dielectrophoresis-based lab-on-chip technology for rapidly detecting drug-resistant bacteria strains. In addition to engineering research, Dr. Dickerson is also investigating new and innovative methods for improving the learning experience for electrical and computer engineering students. He can be reached at dickerson@pitt.edu.

  • Ava Chong

    Ava Chong

    Vice President

    Ava Chong is a sophomore Computer Engineering student pursuing a certificate in Innovation, Product Design and Entrepreneurship here at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as the Vice President of IEEE where she works to assist the President in running the organization and creating events. Ava is also the Vice President of ESC and the Volunteers Chair for the IEEE Regional SAC Conference. Outside of school, Ava spends her time cooking, writing and attending hackathons. If you have any ideas for IEEE (or any good recipes!), Ava can be reached at ava.chong@pitt.edu.

  • Linghai Wang

    Linghai Wang


    I am a sophomore computer engineer here at the University of Pittsburgh. As Treasurer for IEEE, I manage organizational funds and expenses to serve the members of the organization. Outside of IEEE, I like to participate in Hackathons, play music, cook, and play video games. You can reach me at liw82@pitt.edu.

  • Libby Rager

    Libby Rager

    Membership Development Chair

    I am a sophomore electrical engineering student pursuing a minor in German. I am the Membership Development Chair, so I reach out to prospective members of IEEE and encourage people to join. I hope to see the club continue to grow this semester. Outside of IEEE, I am a member of SWE and enjoy reading, playing the guitar, and hanging out with friends. If you have any ideas for new member events or any other cool ideas, feel free to contact me at emr91@pitt.edu. Hail to Pitt!


  • Sid Iyer

    Sid Iyer


    You can contact me at svi2@pitt.edu.

  • Kate, Master of Web

    Kate Bracken

    Secretary & Webmaster

    I am a sophomore electrical engineering student pursuing a minor in computer science. As Webmaster of Pitt IEEE, I am responsible for maintaining and reshaping our online presence. As Secretary, I also ensure that our members remain up-to-date on events and opportunities within our chapter. I love all languages—both programming and foreign—with a focus on Spanish, Italian, and Java. In my free time, I can be found cooking exotic dishes, writing fantasy novels, and growing vegetables in my garden. You can reach me at knb49@pitt.edu.

  • Kerti Zhao

    Kerti Zhao

    Activities Chair

    I am a sophomore electrical engineering student pursuing a minor in computer science. As Activities Chair, my responsibility is to help set up events to enhance members’ experience as well as attract more students to get involved. In addition to IEEE, I am also involved with FRESA, a k-pop focus club. In my free time, I enjoy various kinds of sports---skateboarding is my current favorite. If you have any ideas or events you’d like to do, you can contact me at kez19@pitt.edu.

  • Saul Williamson

    Betsalel Williamson

    Public Relations Chair

    I am a 27-year-old senior electrical engineering major and math minor. I chose to start college a little later than usual and took a non-conventional route. Outside of IEEE, I'm also the president of Pitt's ECE honor society.My current role here is the Public Relations Chair. This means that I work with the Pitt office of corporate outreach to communicate with companies and help present our ideas so that we can get sponsorships. In the past, I was an e-week co-chair for the ECE department. When on coop, I like to fill my calendar with entrepreneurial activities here in Pittsburgh and have worked with half a dozen teams and projects over the last couple years. Please feel free to say hi to me on campus, look me up on Facebook, or send an email to saul.williamson@pitt.edu.