Nearly 700 Celebrations Worldwide Marked IEEE Day 2015

Events were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Malaysia, and the United States

12 November 2015

More than 650 events planned by IEEE groups around the world celebrated the sixth annual IEEE Day on 6 October, breaking last year’s record of just over 500 events. Members organized many educational outreach programs, coding competitions, and even a nature hike. The events are posted on an interactive map on the IEEE Day website.

IEEE Day commemorates an 1884 meeting in Philadelphia, when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas.

GET EDUCATED

Several IEEE groups marked the day with hands-on educational workshops for preuniversity students as well as young professionals.

To get young women interested in engineering, members from 66 chapters of the IEEE Photonics Society held individual “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” sessions at high schools and universities around the world. Each student was given a Light Blox kit, and IEEE volunteers showed them how to perform experiments using the kit’s LEDs, frosted lenses, mirrors, and other components.

At its flagship IEEE Photonics Conference, in Reston, Va., the society focused on events for attendees who belong to IEEE Young Professionals. The event featured speakers from local industry along with a short course on silicon photonics and a training seminar on soft skills. It included a workshop where attendees tinkered with the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, credit card–size computer kit. Participants assembled and then tested their newly built computers.

Members of the Malaysia chapter of the IEEE Electron Devices Society held a workshop for preuniversity students at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, in Selangor, to design and build circuit boards with Elenco Snap Circuit kits. The kits’ magnetic components snap together.

The IEEE student branch at Oxford College of Engineering, in Bangalore, India, held a free circuit board design workshop for university students. About 70 participants designed printed circuit boards using simulation software.

JUST FOR FUN

The IEEE Pune (India) Section’s Women in Engineering affinity group hosted Code Olympia, an online coding contest for university students. Teams of two students competed to solve five programming problems the fastest. First-place winners Tran Khanh Hiep and Hoa Nguyen, students at FPT Technology Research Institute, in Hanoi, Vietnam, solved all the problems in less than 2 hours.

The IEEE student branch at the University of Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, held an in-person engineering competition at the school. Called the IEEE Room Escape, participants were given 60 minutes to solve a set of engineering problems. Those who solved all the problems in under an hour could “escape” the room earlier.

Not all IEEE Day events were tech-related. The IEEE student branch at the University of Tehran organized a day trip to the Alborz mountain range just north of the city. There, first-year engineering students took a nature hike, got to know their classmates, and learned about the branch’s activities. The event ended back at the university in the evening with a party.

OPEN HOUSES

IEEE’s Asia-Pacific office, in Singapore, hosted an open house. The staff invited local IEEE volunteers, members, and people interested in joining IEEE to tour the office and attend a short presentation on IEEE Collabratec, the organization’s new online platform that helps people collaborate and network.

In the United States, members were given free admission on 6 October to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, in New York City, and were invited to tour IEEE’s corporate office just across town.

At IEEE’s Operations Center in Piscataway, N.J., two winning submissions to the IEEE in 2030 Challenge were announced. The contest had sought ideas from members for innovative, creative, and potentially disruptive approaches to just about anything that IEEE could use to serve engineers and technology professionals in industry. The first, Open Source, is a program that will accelerate work on the Internet of Things, and the second, an equity crowdfunding portal, was developed so that IEEE can help startups raise money. Each project received US $40,000.

PHOTO AND VIDEO CONTESTS

The IEEE student branch at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá [see photo above] was the first-prize winner of the annual IEEE Day photo contest, which received nearly 400 submissions. The branch received a $750 cash prize.

The WIE affinity group at the Ajman University of Science and Technology, in the United Arab Emirates, won first prize in the video contest, held this year for the first time. The group received a prize of $500 for its short video, “Breaking the Stereotype,” which portrays female IEEE student members networking, working together to solve engineering problems, and landing jobs in their fields.

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