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PARKASH LOHANA

Associate Professor & Head of Department (Computer Science)
Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) Karachi, Sindh
Chair IEEE R10 MD Committee (2019-20)

Short Bio:

Parkash Lohana (MS., B.E) is an Associate Professor and Head of Computer Science at Usman Institute of Technology Karachi, Sindh- Pakistan. He has more than 29 years extensive experience as an engineer, as faculty, as a head of department, and as a head of academic institution.
Mr. Lohana’s professional interests are Information Systems, Information System Audit, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Electrical Power Engineering, Engineering & Technology Management, and Engineering IT Education. He has presented his research papers
in local as well as international conferences held in Pakistan under Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
He has served National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) as an electrical engineer for about 9 years on different national electrical engineering projects. He was the recipient of an Honorarium from NESPAK for his extra ordinary services in NESPAK and Excellent Performance award by UIT (Usman Institute of Technology)
He has published two of his articles in IEEE Engineering and Technology Management Review in June and September 2015 issues respectively.
He has been invited as speaker in several national and international conferences/congresses to Deliver the seminars and conducted workshops on Engineering for Global Development. He is also associated with the following national and international professional organizations: He also served as chair and vice chair of IEEE Karachi Section for about eight years. He served IEEE R10 as a chair R10 HTA Committee for the year 2017-18, and presently he holds the portfolio of Chair IEEE R10 MDA (Membership Development) Committee (2019-20).

Title:

R10 Membership engagement and retention policy

Abstract:

IEEE R10 MD committee are focused on two important aspects (a) members’ retention and (b) recruitment of new members. R10 MD Chair provides membership data to Sections for monitoring purpose and encourages leadership to achieve membership goals set by the MGA MD Committee. However, these goals cannot be achieved without technical and professional activities at local level. It is therefore MD committee has shaped their plans to encourage the sections with financial incentives to rollout meaningful MD activities to achieve the following
objectives:

  • To enhance and raise the IEEE membership.
  • To increase the participation of branch officers to train more volunteers
  • Encourage the members to retain their membership.
  • To motivate the engineering and technology professionals to join the IEEE community
  • Involvement of professionals in IEEE
  • Increasing the roles of Senior Members in IEEE community

This paper presents the plans how the technical and professional activities at all levels integrate with MD activities.