IEEE Day commemorates the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia where members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas. They included Bell, Edison, Tesla, and other notable scientists. Since then, IEEE has become vital in the engineering field. Scientific and technological contributions made by its members are recognized globally.
For the past nine years, members have been celebrating IEEE Day in October. Although the official day is 2 October, celebrations can span the first two weeks of October. Affinity groups, student branches, and sections hold events in their area, following the theme of “leveraging technology for a better tomorrow.” Last year nearly 1,000 events were held globally. The celebrations included technical and nontechnical events as well as bowling outings, picnics, cake-and-coffee receptions, and other social gatherings.
As an IEEE Day ambassador, my job is to contact various IEEE groups to motivate them to come up with ideas for events. The photo above is of IEEE Day volunteers who gathered at the Central European Student and Young Professionals Congress, held last year in Lviv, Ukraine. I was thrilled to see how engaged they were in trying to come up with projects that would improve society. Consequently, we had some great events.
Last month IEEE Day ambassadors attended the IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professionals Congress, held in Porto, Portugal. We’ll also be attending other regions’ conferences to raise awareness about this year’s event.
One of our goals this year is to recruit more people to join IEEE. I encourage all IEEE groups to participate in this year’s celebration to motive members and bring us closer together. The events will be a lot of fun and will contain great, memorable moments.
Share your excitement, plans, and events by posting them to the IEEE Day 2018 website.
Student Member Onur Karmis is the IEEE Day ambassador lead for Regions 8, 9, and 10 and is the IEEE Young Professionals vice chair for the IEEE Turkey Section.