Nearly 1,000 Groups Celebrate 2017 IEEE Day

Humanitarian projects, social gatherings, and other activities marked the annual event

30 November 2017

IEEE groups around the world planned almost 1,000 events this year to mark IEEE Day—nearly doubling the number of celebrations held last year. Although the official day was 3 October, this year’s celebrations took place throughout the first two weeks of October, in part because some sections preferred to hold events on a weekend, according to IEEE Member Hossam Ali, chair of IEEE Day.

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.

Here is a selection of the events.


    The IEEE student branch at the University of Ruhuna, in Matara, Sri Lanka, visited the SOS Children’s Village in nearby Galle—which helps abandoned and orphaned children. The group conducted several hands-on engineering projects.

    The Universidade de Brasília student chapter of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology [see photo, above] held a blood drive on 4 October. The chapter organized the event so that IEEE members and volunteers could make a small difference in other people’s lives, Ali says.


    The IEEE student branch at Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, held a baking contest in collaboration with its IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group. Students baked cakes and pies, and the school’s electrical engineering professors served as judges to decide which dessert tasted best.

    More than 50 members of the student branch at Anadolu University, in Eskisehir, Turkey, gathered at the nearby Sazova Science, Art, and Culture Park. They took pictures in front of the Dream Castle [above] while wearing IEEE Day–emblazoned shirts as a way to promote the organization.

    To mark both IEEE Day and chushu no meigetsu (the harvest moon), the IEEE Tokyo Section gathered on 4 October in a meeting room at the city’s Shinjuku rail station to celebrate the group’s accomplishments.


    The IEEE Green Information and Communication Technology Initiative held its first summit on 3 October at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel to mark the day. Attendees included researchers, practitioners, technology providers, standards experts, and policymakers. The summit’s delegates discussed solutions for challenges such as climate change and sustainability.

    STEM activities were other popular events. The IEEE student branch at the Escuela Technológica Instituto Técnico Central, in Sibaté, Colombia, held a 3D animation workshop for the town’s children. At another branch event, student members introduced children to engineering with projects that involved robotics and programming.


    The IEEE student branch at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, held a presentation on 5 October where attendees discussed the differences between professional and social networking and the pros and cons of each. They also talked about the ethical implications when employers track their workers’ online habits.

    The IEEE Jordan Section’s Young Professionals group organized a gathering on 11 October during the IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies, in Amman. The group discussed the section’s YP program and shared career planning advice. After the event, YP members were invited to attend the conference’s keynote speeches and technical sessions for free.


    The IEEE student branch at the Universidad Industrial de Santander, in Colombia, won the annual IEEE Day photography contest [see photo, top], which asked members to submit their best image taken at celebrations. The branch received a US $1,000 prize.

    The IEEE Bangladesh Section won the long video contest, in which members submitted 30- to 90-second movies. The section received a $1,000 prize for “Leave No Man Behind,” which portrays engineering students developing an electronic chip to help their friend, who uses a wheelchair, play basketball.

    In the short video contest, in which clips could be no longer than 10 seconds, the IEEE student branch at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Aswan, Egypt, won the $750 first-place prize. The video showed an event designed to raise awareness about IEEE and recruit members. More than 90 students signed up.

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