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The IEEE Beijing Section—the first one formed in China—celebrated its 30th anniversary on 12 October at Beijing Jiaotong University’s School of Mechanical, Electronic, and Control Engineering. Founded on 1 December 1984 with only 51 members, the section has grown to more than 5,000 members with 67 chapters and 12 student branches. Some 75 people attended the event to commemorate the milestone.
The section is the largest in China. And in the last 10 years, IEEE membership in China as a whole has grown from 2,800 members to more than 13,000 members. The Beijing Section organizes some 30 to 40 technical events annually, which includes conferences, workshops, and seminars. Its flagship conference, IEEE TENCON, brings together more than 500 participants in the Asia Pacific region and is a forum for engineers and researchers to discuss new ideas and emerging areas of interest in technology.
IEEE Fellow Ning Bin, president of Beijing Jiaotong University, was the keynote speaker at the anniversary celebration. He discussed his recent trip to the 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems that was held in Qingdao, Shandong, China, and the many new ideas, systems, and products that impressed him there that he would like to bring back to his city of Beijing. “As a volunteer of the IEEE-ITS Society, I know firsthand that IEEE is a really strong platform for researchers and developers to exchange ideas,” he said. “I anticipate that much will come from the IEEE Beijing Section and its developments in the future.”
IEEE Life Member Baozong Yuan added that he joined IEEE when he was working as a visiting scholar in the United States 30 years ago, and was one of the first members of the Beijing Section. “I have witnessed the IEEE Beijing Section’s formation and its growth in the last 30 years,” he says. “I look forward to seeing what it will achieve over the next 30 years as well.”
Also at the event was the chair of the section, IEEE Senior Member Feng Jinjiun, as well as past chairs, including IEEE senior members Ruan Qiuqi and Feng Jinjiun. The chair of the IEEE China Council, Menqi Zhou, and the chair of the IEEE Hongkong Section, William S.W. Cheung, were also present.
Ning Hua is the senior director of IEEE’s Asia Business Operations, based in the IEEE Beijing office.