Board of Directors

Jessica Cohen, PhD (Chair)

Jessica Cohen is the Scholars Academy Coordinator at the University of Calgary and responsible for the First Year Scholars Program. In these roles, she works with high achieving students as they transition from high school to post-secondary, and advises students who are considering graduate and professional school, or major awards and scholarships. She is also Co-Director at SHAD, University of Calgary.
Jessica completed her Master’s and Doctorate degree at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), specializing in educational policy borrowing, and studies in comparative and international education. She also holds Bachelor degrees in arts and education from Queen’s University (Canada) and subsequently taught in Nunavut, France and The Gambia

Anis Haque, PhD, PEng

Anis Haque has twenty years of university teaching experience in science and engineering. Having a true passion for teaching, Anis has made time to work with pre-university students to help them LOVE science and engineering. He became involved with the IEEE’s educational outreach program TISP in Canada and is currently the Chair of TISP Canada. A visionary founder of AASEE, Anis is also a Director on the Board of Minerva Canada, a not-for-profit organization promoting health and safety education for business and engineering students at universities across Canada. Anis is a full-time faculty with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. He also holds a position as Associate Director of Students in that department. His primary research interests are naotechnology, renewable energy and engineering education. Anis received his PhD degree from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) in Japan. He completed his master’s degrees in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, England and in Applied Physics and Electronics at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Palash Bagchi, MBA, MSS

Palash Bagchi is a co-founder of AASEE. He has more than twenty years of experience as an international development professional and expert in non-profit management and fund development. Palash is currently managing the fund development department at CAWST (The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology). Prior to this, he enjoyed a very successful seventeen-year career in international development including education. He held executive positions and served on the boards of both profit and no-profit organizations. He has been involved in a variety of advisory roles on issues such as education, gender development, and economic emancipation to governmental agencies, academic institutions, and civil society groups. Palash has worked in several countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean with underprivileged groups and communities. Palash holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, and a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Rajshahi. With his background, Palash brings a rare perspective on the relationship between science and engineering education and international development in the non-profit sector

Denny Huynh, BEng

Denny Huynh is an electrical engineer working at a company specializing in magnetic levitation systems for over 5 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and specializing in Energy and Environment from the University of Calgary. Denny Huynh has previously volunteered with AASEE prior to becoming a member of the board.

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