The daunting task of planning a conference takes a lot of responsibility in order to help the attendees, presenters, and speakers feel safe after the past two years. To make this possible, the responsibility has been divided between several members of our organizing committee and community partners. Without their support, this conference would not be possible. We appreciate our committee and would like to highlight some individuals with our conference, and we know that we could not function without our volunteer leaders.

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 andTexas 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.

James Epkins Jr.


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.

Ayanna Johnson 

Contributing Writer and Editor

Ayanna is a third year undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma. She is currently a Technology Assistant for the Center of Economic Management Research at her school’s business college. Ayanna has been a part of IEEE and EMBS since September 2019, and currently holds an SAC position as Executive Editor. Her primary interests are neurobiology and medical technical writing, as she plans to publish later in her career. With areas of understanding in device configuration, troubleshooting, and social media marketing, she is always excited to increase her skill set and contribute to the overall success of the team.

Alex Howell

Social Media Manager

Alex Howell is a graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in Computer Engineering. He started volunteering with IEEE early in his time at UH. Eventually, he made his way to be the Webmaster for the chapter and then became the Marketing Chair. Getting some experience from UH, he went on to join the IEEE Galveston Bay Section as the Vice Chair of Social Media. Now along with those duties, Alex Howell has joined the GreenTech Conference Committee to manage our Social Media.

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