Committee

Bradley Updyke, PE

Conference Chair

Bradley Updyke, PE first earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Bradley is currently licensed  in Texas, California, and Nevada. He is currently a project manager at Telios and owner of an affiliate firm, Teliosity. He doubles as a manager for the certified HUB and minority owned building, where they prioritize system engineering and construction. Beyond this he has led electrical engineering for various real estate projects including, new micro-hospitals, entertainment facilities, medical office buildings and Texas educational facilities.

While in college, Bradley received the Engineering Student of the Year award from the Florida Engineering Society (“FES”) Tampa chapters, and he began his participation in IEEE in 2014. As an active IEEE Houston Section member, Bradley received the IEEE Volunteer Appreciation award in 2014 and 2015. In 2019, he received the IEEE Young Engineer of the Year. This award is given to an outstanding Houston Section Young Professional member during Houston Engineers Week. Bradley will serve as the Conference Chair of GreenTech 2022.

Michelle Patrick-Krueger

R5 Conference Student Competitions Chair

Michelle Patrick-Krueger is the Founder and CEO of ADAK Digital, a consulting firm that specializes in digital technology selection and in-house development to create tangible benefits from software and sensor technology. Michelle has been a lead for various projects in other non-profit organizations, including IEEE, Engineers Without Borders, and Rotary. She is also the founder of Engineers in Real Life, a career fair meant to help area students learn what it means to be an engineer. Michelle currently serves as the Public Relations Chair for the IEEE Galveston Bay Section and is also the Student Competitions Chair for IEEE Region 5 Conference 2022.

Dr. Nate Wiggins

R5 Robotics Competition Chair

Nate Wiggins is a Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering for University of Houston and an IEEE member. He has also held the position of Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Mathematics at San Jacinto College. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Bridges to STEM Careers, collaborative with University of Houston – Clear Lake. He has been a lead scientist of Artificial Intelligence Technology Labs and has extensive experience with humanoid and underwater robotics. He holds a PhD from Texas Tech University and is a specialist in mixed reality and neural network integration into learning systems

Dr. Sarhan Musa

R5 Student Ethics Competition Chair

Earning a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, Dr. Sarhan Musa is a 19 year tenure professor at Prairie View A&M University, as well as the founder and current director of Prairie View Networking Academy. As an IEEE Senior member, Dr. Musa has authored over a dozen books on engineering and mathematics, and co-authored almost 30 IEEE publications, and has served as an active volunteer and supporter for 17 years. His dedication and effort to the IEEE community is notable, exhibiting our motto of Advancing Technology for Humanity. With that in mind, it is no surprise that he would be involved in the 2022 IEEE Green Technology Conference (GreenTech), especially when you consider some of the research publications which he has been involved with. Topics such as artificial intelligence/machine learning in renewable energy, engineering analysis for energy commercial operations, optimization of energy and power distribution systems,  and EMC/EMI of smart grid devices and systems.

Dr. Musa is keen on the importance of IEEE and its impact for professionals and students. In his words, “It is great to help society, especially the future STEM leaders. It’s great for students because it will help them to network, learn about the latest technology, and improve their technical and communication skills.” He has been acknowledged for his volunteering efforts for serving as a volunteer and judge in the Ethics competition of IEEE R5 Meeting 2018. He will be overseeing the student ethics competition at 2022 GreenTech. While there, he looks forward to the impact of GreenTech 2022 to broaden the knowledge of the public, and emerging technology concepts like AI and machine learning in renewable energy.

James D. Epkins Jr.

R5 Webmaster

James Epkins Jr. is a third year undergraduate majoring in electrical engineering at Lamar University. He will serve as the Webmaster for the 2022 GreenTech website. James has been an IEEE member since 2019 and has also served as the IEEE Houston Section Webmaster for 2 years. He has an interest in electrical power systems and is a member of  the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). Some of his interests include smart grid technology, grid reliability. James is seeking to one day work with the design and development of high voltage electrical systems and looks forward to making an impact through the building, designing, or maintaining a reliable and sustainable grid.