Engineers Nominated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Robert Shugman, P.E.
Robert Schugmann, P.E., is a LEED Accredited Professional who is currently serving as an electrical engineer supporting both energy and transportation projects for AECOM. Robert has a wide range of experience, consisting of working on the New York Power Authority’s 500MW combined cycle plant in Queens; the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative’s 85MW simple cycle plant in Wallingford; and the replacement of oil-filled submarine cables with solid core cables under the Long Island Sound for the Long Island Power Authority and Northeast Utilities.In his personal time, Robert likes to volunteer his time to speak at various local high schools about career choices and transitioning to college. He has applied his joy for volunteering to mentoring students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Javad Lavaei received the B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2003 and the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University in 2007. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He has worked on different areas of electrical and computer engineering, e.g. control, circuits, communications, networks and energy systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 55 articles during his graduate studies.Javad Lavaei is a senior member of IEEE and has had different professional activities. He was the co-chair of the Control & Robotics Symposium in both 23rd and 24th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has won many awards such as the Governor General’s Gold Medal given by the Government of Canada, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award, Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Silver Medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Jennifer Kramer works at Ball Aerospace as an RF Engineer in the Conformal Apertures Apertures Antenna Group. She does analysis, design, and testing of low observable antennas for various military platforms, including aircraft, missiles, land vehicles, and ships. These antennas and systems keep the military safe and well-equipped. This work also allows the U.S. government to stay at the forefront of technology, while providing safety both at home and abroad.Jennifer is also involved in local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach events, getting youth and teenagers interested in technical fields. Her passion for engineering and leadership shows in both her professional and personal life.