Engineer our future by inspiring innovation and empowering communities

Christopher B. Sanderson for IEEE Region 5 Director-Elect. Leading through Innovation, Collaboration, and Impact.


The true measure of impact lies in the stories of those whose lives have transformed

Mr. Sanderson has been an amazing mentor for the past three years.

Since the first day we met, he has not hesitated to impart his knowledge, wisdom, and connections to me.

He has always pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and is the inspiration behind the pride that I take in every volunteer position I hold in IEEE.
I've known Christopher for more than 7 years and quickly became acquainted with him as our IEEE Houston Section Awards & Arrangements Chair, part of our succession planning strategy is fostering volunteers with increasing leadership responsibilities within the Section.

Christopher has definitely done that at the Section, Regional, and National levels of IEEE.
Christopher is the BEST at Cross-Functional Team Leadership. He is well organized, diligent, and a fast thinker. We have worked together on multiple IEEE projects. He is involved in many more, yet can be relied upon to unfailingly live up to every one of his commitments.

Its been a pleasure to work with Christopher, he is a trusted friend, colleague, and fellow veteran whom I am honored to work with.
The one thing that stands out is his determination, his energy, his availability.

I strongly recommend Christopher Sanderson for projects that need details attention and leadership that will motivate team members.
His follow through is top notch and he makes himself accessible to all on any team he is leading—this irrespective of a work or volunteer activity.

Christopher is going to do it right, the first time and every time.
He is not only very supportive, but willing to share knowledge and to build up others.

It's always a pleasure working with Chris - as long as I have the strength to keep up! A great man!
He is not only recognized for his contributions by our team but also by other leading professional organizations like IEEE, NSBE and ASQ.

Christopher dedication to purpose, efficiency in action and commitment to excellence reflects great credit upon himself and his industry experience.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." by John Quincy Adams

Christopher was awarded the IEEE-USA John Meredith Professional Service Award in 2021 and IEEE R5 Jim Outstanding Member Award in 2019.
I've had the pleasure of being the mentee of Christopher Sanderson since my 2018 Spring Semester.

Christopher has challenged and inspired me to do my best in my course work and has given me a deeper understanding of the direction my Engineering profession should currently and futurity be headed.

How will you promote innovation within IEEE Region 5?

I aim to create an environment that fosters innovation by encouraging collaboration, knowledge sharing, and forward-thinking solutions that address the evolving needs of our communities.

How will you enhance collaboration among Sections and Regions?

I plan to facilitate virtual meetings, share best practices, and forge partnerships to promote collaboration and growth across Sections and Regions while also engaging affinity organizations such as NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers).

How will you advocate for community engagement through IEEE?

I will support inclusive programs that engage youth in STEM activities, create opportunities for professional growth, and promote diversity and inclusion within the engineering field.

How will you amplify member value?

I will ensure effective communication with all members, recognize academic and industrial contributions, and strive to enhance membership engagement, making every member feel valued and connected.

A Few of my positions within IEEE

The heartbeat of IEEE lies in the connections we forge, the friendships we build, and the shared dedication to engineering a future filled with innovation

Now, I must confess, the list may not cover all of my adventures as a member of IEEE, but it does give you a fantastic synopsis of the wild and wonderful ride I've had so far.

From serving as a mentor, sharing knowledge and insights with aspiring engineers, to being honored with awards like the 2020 IEEE-USA John Meredith Professional Service Award, I've had my fair share of exciting moments in the IEEE universe.

Oh, and let's not forget my adventures in virtual meeting systems during the COVID-19 pandemic – mastering the art of online gatherings like a true tech-savvy engineer!

What truly matters to me is the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, to collaborate, and to make a genuine impact within IEEE and the engineering community. It's the friendships forged, the late-night brainstorming sessions, and the collective drive to engineer a better future that make this journey truly special.

Get Involved with the Houston Section

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu - Board Of Directors Regions 5 & 6, Member:

For more than 100 years, the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Honor Society has embraced excellence. Today, IEEE-HKN is still dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest.

IEEE Houston Section- Section Officer, Chair Section Officer, Chair:

The Section Chair is the leader and has responsibilities for influencing and motivating the members of more than 5,000 in the Houston area Section towards success. Responsibilities include Communications, Resources, Financial and Administrative support to assure long term success of IEEE Member Activities in the Houston, TX area.

IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program Class Volunteer Mentor:
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Since its pilot class in 2013, the Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program prepares IEEE volunteers for leadership roles in their local units and beyond. As of December 2022, 498 volunteers have graduated from the VoLT Program. Our VoLT graduates represent all 10 IEEE Regions, and over 150 Sections. As a testament to the success of the program, graduates are taking positions of leadership across all levels of the organization.

Region 5 South Area, Chair: 2018-Present

The Region 5 South Area Chair is responsible for the oversight of six Texas Sections: Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston Bay and Houston Sections. The South Area Chair is the conduit between the Sections and Region for Communications, Resources and Administrative support to assure long term success of IEEE Member Activities in the geographical area assigned.

Sections Congress Program Committee:
2023 Member

IEEE Sections Congress brings together the volunteer leaders from every member country to share ideas and solutions. To exchange ideas, and learn about the products and programs IEEE offers to members in their local areas.

IEEE Foundation 50th Anniversary Committee:

The IEEE Foundation inspires an engaged community and leverages the generosity of donors to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education and supports the IEEE professional community.

Awards and Accomplishments

Servant leadership lies at the core of my commitment to IEEE

IEEE Region 5 Jim Leonard Outstanding Member Award (2018)

IEEE Region 5 Director’s Award for Outstanding Service (2020)

IEEE EAB Section Professional Development Award (2020)

IEEE-USA John Meredith Professional Service Award (2020)

NSBE Golden Torch Award
Professional Technologist of the Year

US Army Texas National Guard Honorable Discharge of Service (1995)

Army Achievement Medal (1991, 1995) 2nd Oak Leaf

Texas National Guard Medal of Merit (1993)

Schneider Electric 1998 Global Alliance Volunteer Chairman Excellence Award

General Electric 2004
Gerald L Phillippe Award Chairman Medal

Thank you for being a part of my journey

An open letter to my IEEE colleagues

Throughout my journey within IEEE, I have had the privilege of connecting with brilliant minds, passionate engineers, and remarkable individuals who share a common vision of making a positive impact in the world. The spirit of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective growth that permeates this community is truly inspiring.

I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the mentors who have generously shared their wisdom, the colleagues who have collaborated with me on exciting projects, and the countless volunteers who selflessly devote their time and energy to make IEEE thrive. Each one of you has played an invaluable role in my journey, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Thank you for being an integral part of my IEEE journey. Together, let's continue to engineer our future by inspiring innovation and empowering communities.

Thank you to my IEEE Region 5 colleagues for your support!

Christopher B. Sanderson

How you can get involved

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