IEEE Communications Society Training Goes Beyond Wireless

New courses cover 5G, IoT, and advanced technical writing skills

1 November 2017

Telecommunications engineers need to be well-versed in how information will be transmitted in the coming years. That’s why the IEEE Communications Society continues to expand its award-winning continuing-education program to cover topics such as 5G, the Internet of Things, software-defined networks, and optical communication.

The society has added new online courses this year, some of which are being offered in the next few weeks. Several free webinars are available for the first time. A new three-day intensive wireless communications course that covers key areas is being presented in Singapore at one of the society’s leading conferences.

For engineers for whom English is a second language, the Communications Society is offering an advanced technical writing course to help them become more proficient.

The society’s education program is being honored this year by the IEEE Educational Activities Board with its Society/Council Professional Development Award, to be presented on 17 November. The program is being recognized for its “pioneering education and advancement opportunities for practitioners in the field of communications, engineering, and technology.”


Upcoming courses through the end of the year include Wireless for the Internet of Things, High Throughput Satellites, and Intensive Wireless Communications Engineering. The online courses are held in real time via WebEx, which provides students with the opportunity to interact with instructors, many of whom are pioneers in the field. They include IEEE Fellow Gerhard Fettweis, cochair of IEEE’s 5G Initiative and the creator of the tactile Internet; Li-Fi inventor Harald Hass, an IEEE senior member; and Member Javan Erfanian, author of the Wireless Engineering Book of Knowledge.

Coming early next year is a course on satellite data communication very-small-aperture terminal networks.

Webinars are another option for continuing your education. The free, live hour-long sessions have covered such topics as 5G standardization and millimeter-wave radio. If you can’t watch them in real time, they’re available on demand.

If you’re going to this year’s IEEE GLOBECOM conference, being held from 4 to 8 December in Singapore, you can take a three-day intensive wireless communications course. It covers seven key areas every professional working in wireless is expected to be proficient in, including propagation and antennas, network and service architectures, and RF engineering. Can’t attend the course in person? A webcast is being offered online.

The society doesn’t just concern itself with technical topics. It also helps engineers brush up on their written and oral communication skills. The Advanced Technical Writing and Presentation Skills for English-as-a-Second-Language Engineers class is scheduled to debut on 11 November. The WebEx course is geared for those living in eastern Asia. Students can learn about the mechanics of the English language and the American English style of writing. Attendees can submit a sample of their writing for feedback from the instructor.

All the training is eligible for professional-development hours or continuing-education certificates.

To learn about upcoming courses and webinars, sign up for the IEEE ComSoc Training e-newsletter.

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