Dr. Sania Irwin joined the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn (Illinois) in 2018. She spearheaded the nonpartisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort the same year, which positively impacted voter participation in low turnout precincts by 5 percentage points. An active community leader, she has organized forums and town halls tackling topics such as money in politics, freedom of the press, healthcare, education, immigration, etc., that inform voters and inspire civic participation.
Sania is Co-founder & President of One Community, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, which aims to raise awareness, acceptance, and involvement of all our diverse neighbors. The organization was the key proponent behind the adoption of a local Welcoming Community Resolution in 2019 and focuses on policies and actions that build meaningful relationships and deeper understanding across community members.
Dr. Irwin is an accomplished technology executive. She is the Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering at EagleRail Container Logistics, where she is responsible for intelligent, data-driven conveyance solutions for port automation. Previously, as Senior Director of Engineering at Motorola/Nokia, she established and directed the Connected Car & Smart Roads initiative, and drove the 4G/LTE wireless network launch. She also defined the Intelligent Enterprise business line at Cimphoni, guided operations research efforts at General Motors, and championed Information Technology (IT) solutions at Xerox.
Sania earned her Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Rochester, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering / Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She holds US patents, sits on the Advisory Board at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences, has served as rapporteur of industry standards, and spoken at professional conferences.
Sania lives with her family in the Chicago suburbs, enjoys distance running, and loves to travel.