A word from Young Professionals of Poland

The Young Professionals of Poland had a very successful 2014 which they hope will be the backbone of another big year ahead.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

The affinity group was responsible for organising the IEEE Region 8 Student & Young Professional Congress which was held in Krakow from 6th – 10th of August 2014. The participants of the congress were students, graduate students and young professionals from universities of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

 

The aim of the Congress was to exchange ideas and experiences among young scientists representing broad fields of science related to electronics and electrical engineering, establishing international cooperation between young engineers, as well as to help students in choosing a career path.”  says Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

Key presenters and topics:

  • Zbigniew  Kąkol  –  Vice-­‐Rector  AGH  -­‐  University  of  Science  and  Technology
  • Jacek  Guliński  –  Under-­‐Secretary  of  State  at  the  Ministry  of  Science  and  Higher  Education  − Andrzej  Jajszczyk  -­‐  Director  of  the  National  Science  Centre
  • Leszek  Grabarczyk  –  Deputy  Director  of  the  National  Centre  for  Research  and  Development
  • Martin  Bastiaans  –  IEEE  Region  8  Director  − Ryszard  Jachowicz  -­‐  IEEE  Poland  Section  Chair
  • Rafal  Sliz  –  Region  8  Young  Professionals  Coordinator
  • Pablo  Herrero –  Vice-­‐Chair,  Student  Activities  (OpCom)
One of many workshops

One of many workshops

The  official  launch  of  the  Congress  took  place  at  the  Wawel  Castle  courtyard.  The  Opening Ceremony  gathered  Congress  participants  including  IEEE  authorities,  local  government  officials  and  invited  guests.

Plenary  sessions  formed the core focus of  the  Congress.  They  were  conducted  by  IEEE  representatives  and  focused  on  topics  of  students  and  young  scientists  and  their  role  in  the  organization  of  the  IEEE,  career  opportunities,  successes  and  future  in  IEEE.  Discussion  panels  were  held  along  with  sessions  including  president  elect  debate.

Interaction with Industry

Interaction with Industry

Organizing of such a congress was a great challenge, mainly logistically, but thanks to the passion and drive of local Students and YP’s,  this meeting as a huge success. This event had a significant impact of the support for the scientific, educational, and professional activities of IEEE organization and spreading of its ideas.

 

Article contributed by Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

There is somethIEEEng about Norway

A recently established IEEE Young Professionals affinity group in Norway is the focus of today’s article. The group quickly set out some goals to create awareness about its purposes and activities between IEEE members and non-members. In order to achieve that, a STEP event titled “Opportunities for Young Professionals in IEEE” which took place on October 7th in Trondheim at NTNU, the main university for higher education in engineering and technology in Norway.

IEEE Day in Norway

IEEE Day in Norway

The event tried to answer the following questions:

  • Who is considered a Young Professional in IEEE?
  • What exactly is this Young Professional Affinity Group about?
  • Why should I be active in IEEE as a Young Professional?
  • How do I get involved?

Mixing short informative presentations with group activities, it was possible to show to the 31 participants (17 IEEE members and 14 non-members) that there are myriad of opportunities within the IEEE to assist with evaluation of their career goals, polishing their professional image, and creating the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.

Human IEEE

Human IEEE

In addition, IEEE Day was also celebrated. The main teamwork activity challenged participants to take pictures that best represent the theme of IEEE Day 2014: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. All groups were extremely creative and the cooperative work produced high quality pictures. Afterwards, it was a hard job for the organization the selection of just a few pictures to be posted in the IEEE Day photo contest.

IEEE Human Jack

IEEE Human Jack

All in all, the event was very successful in its main goal. The evaluations have shown that most of participants were not aware of IEEE programs and tools of special interest to YPs, such as ResumeLab, MentorCentre, E-learning tools, and some of the community and humanitarian activities. Moreover, some of participants became new members and others volunteered to contribute with the AG activities and to promote IEEE in their network.

News contributed by Erick Alves, Chair – IEEE Young Professionals, Norway

 

Spotlight on Nigerian Young Professionals

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I have put together this short report on the IEEE Young Professionals activities within Nigeria. The Young Professionals group is chaired by Abdullateef Aliyu, a telecommunication Engineer and senior manager with Phase3 Telecom.

Young Professionals of Nigeria

Young Professionals of Nigeria

The YP group is very active and runs a very popular webinar series. This webinar forms part of the quarterly webinar series and the topic is based on the outcome of regular polls conducted by the members of the affinity group. This is a very good way of engaging with members and delivering topics that actively promote participation. One of the upcoming webinars focuses on “Optical Fibre Deployment in Nigeria”. This part 1 will address most challenges related to Optical fibre deployment that include and not limited to planning, execution and optical link budget.

A well defined strategic plan

A well defined strategic plan

The YP group has developed a well defined strategic plan which involves: assisting with unemployment, student recruitment, publications prioritisation, focus on awards, major project involvement and numerous technical/non technical meetings.

Engr. Rapheal Onoshakpor Presents the Award to the YP Chair Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu

Engr. Rapheal Onoshakpor Presents the Award to the YP Chair Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu

The YP group was also awarded the outstanding affinity group award in 2014, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the chair and his team of volunteers.

The GOLDRush team would like to congratulate the IEEE Young Professionals of Nigeria for their dedication and hard work.

If you would like to keep up to date with their activities or you are a IEEE member in Nigeria wishing to join this great group of volunteers then please visit their official Facebook Page. You can also follow the group on Twiter

News contributed by Dr. Eddie Custovic, Editor-In-Chief, GOLDRush 

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R8 YP at the Students and Young Professionals Congress in Krakow

In August, IEEE Region 8 Students and Young Professionals Congress took place in Krakow, Poland, bringing together over 300 volunteers from student branches and Young Professionals Affinity Groups for four days of presentations, workshops and fun activities.R8 SYP Congress Workshop

As part of this event, the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee organized two different workshops. The first workshop was entitled “IEEE Student Afterlife – Young Professionals: recognize your leadership gene,” where participants had a chance to share what they seek to gain from IEEE, learn about the benefits of the various Young Professionals programs, and discuss what makes a good leader. For the first activity, each participant was asked to write three things they expect or need from the IEEE in the course of their volunteering. In the next 20 minutes, participants shared over 60 unique ideas on what benefits motivate volunteers and how to improve benefits in the near future. The main part of the workshop was an open discussion about what skills and traits a successful leader should have and how young professionals can develop them.

R8 SYP Workshop Team PresentingThe second workshop was more group-work oriented, and was called “IEEEApp – Concept development.” As the name suggests, participants were divided into groups and had the better part of one hour to develop an idea for an IEEE mobile application before presenting their concept to the other groups. From event calendars and speakers database to networking and games, participants delivered truly impressive ideas. At the end of the workshop participants voted to select two winning groups, who received Young Professionals materials.

Overall, the visibility of Young Professionals in the SYP Congress has increased in comparison to previous years, and the workshops sparked many interesting ideas upon which all our volunteers can act with fresh motivation. The R8 YP Subcommittee trusts that all the participants in this year’s SYP Congress had an amazing time, and we look forward to playing an even greater role in the next Congress.

Article contributed by Flavia Dinca, Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee member

Need Help With An Event? Region 8 Has the Answer

In order to increase collaboration within the region and help Affinity Groups organize new and exciting events, the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee is launching a new program called the Event Exchange Program across the region (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).

The concept of the program is simple: Affinity Groups send the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee information about the events they have organized, and this information is then published at http://yp.ieeer8.org. Submissions typically include the title of the event, a short abstract, aims, main challenges and how they were overcome, outcomes, and suggested improvements, but they can differ depending on the nature of the event. While the amount of information and materials provided are decided by the members submitting them, the more content is shared, the more useful the program will be. Any publicity materials or other content used for the event can also be submitted.

By participating in this program, members will help other Young Professional Affinity Groups around Region 8, create a closer sense of community, and offer the ability to engage with YP members from all over Region 8. It is not just a great opportunity for individual Affinity Groups to show the world the great events they organize, but also to help other Affinity Groups while obtaining new ideas for innovative activities they can run themselves. Affinity Groups who submit event materials will receive Region 8 Young Professionals t-shirts as a token of our subcommittee’s gratitude.

We hope the Event Exchange Program will prove to be a valuable and useful tool for all Young Professional Affinity Groups in Region 8, and we look forward to achieving this goal with your help.

Contributed by Flavia Dinca, Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee Member

2014 IEEE YP Affinity Group Hall of Fame Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Group Hall of Fame Award! Entries were evaluated based on their 2013 activities. A very competitive contest this year, the judges commented that it’s never an easy choice to choose from all of our great affinity groups worldwide.
This year the two inductees into the Hall of Fame are Santa Clara Valley (Region 6) and Croatia (Region 8). If you didn’t win this year, we highly encourage you to apply again next year. We will be providing feedback on your applications to help you plan for greater success in 2015!

The 2014 IEEE Young Professionals Committee

Tunisia YP STEP Event on Green Power and Renewable Energy

The Tunisia IEEE Young Professionals affinity group (AG) conducted its 3rd IEEE Student Transition & Elevation Partnership (STEP) program at the National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS) on the 16th of November, 2013, which was attended by 60 students and young professionals. The event was held in cooperation with the Tunisia chapter of the Power and Energy Society (PES) and the PES student chapter at ENIS.

The event began with the presentation of the 2013 IEEE YP Hall of Fame award to the Tunisian YP AG, after which the AG Chairwoman Chiraz Walha discussed the challenges of transitioning from student life to professional life and explained various aspects of IEEE’s support during this transition. This talk was an opportunity to encourage recently-graduated student members to renew their memberships as professionals.

The second talk was presented by Professor Bruno Meyer, IEEE Fellow, CEO of ARTERIA (RTE Group) in France, and 2013 IEEE PES President-Elect candidate. Prof. Meyer presented an overview of PES and its benefits for members, especially those applicable to students and young professionals.

Prof. Bruno Meyer presents his distinguished lecture at the Tunisia IEEE YP STEP event

Prof. Bruno Meyer presents his distinguished lecture at the Tunisia IEEE YP STEP event

Following this, Prof. Meyer presented his distinguished lecture on key research and development challenges for European transmission system operators. He explained the struggles of adapting transmission systems to cope with new green technologies, and emphasized the importance of smart grids to industry in the current energy market. He also outlined a few projects implemented by the European network of transmission system operators, including the French transmission system operator (RTE). Finally, Prof. Meyer shared his experiences working with various organizations, outlined his career path, and detailed his relationship with the university.

The talk was followed by a networking reception, also used as an occasion for student and young professional volunteers to share their experiences working with IEEE and its contributions to their professional career.

In the closing, certificates of accomplishment and official Tunisia IEEE YP AG t-shirts were presented to congratulate the graduating IEEE student members.

Tunisia IEEE YP AG Chairwoman Chiraz Walha presents a certificate of appreciation to Prof. Bruno Meyer

Tunisia IEEE YP AG Chairwoman Chiraz Walha presents a certificate of appreciation to Prof. Bruno Meyer

Article contributed by Chiraz Walha, Habib M. Kammoun, Soufien Kammoun, and Mouna Baklouti of the Tunisia Young Professionals AG Executive Committee

Region 8 GOLD Fall 2013 Recap

In July, the Tunisia GOLD AG of Region 8 was awarded a highly-coveted place in the IEEE MGA GOLD Hall of Fame for 2013. Congratulations to the Tunisia GOLD team for their remarkable work. This is the third time in a row that a GOLD AG from Region 8 has won this award.

The Region 8 GOLD Committee is also proud to announce the winner of the Region 8 Outstanding GOLD Affinity Group Award, based on activities conducted in 2012. The award goes to Finland! The Finland GOLD Affinity Group was acknowledged for its many successful and diverse activities, as well as their continued efforts to motivate volunteers and inspire IEEE GOLD members.

Are you an active GOLD member in a Region 8 affinity group? Have you made an impact on GOLD activities? R8 GOLD has established a new Region 8 GOLD Exceptional Volunteer Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals to Region 8 GOLD activities. Get ready! The call for nominations for the Region 8 GOLD Exceptional Volunteer Award is coming soon.

In 2014, Student Branches and GOLD Affinity Groups from across Region 8 will gather in Krakow, Poland for the IEEE Region 8 Student Branch and GOLD Congress. This gathering is billed as the biggest IEEE networking and experience sharing event in Region 8 – so stay tuned for further announcements.

In the meantime, cross-Section Student Branch Congresses are being held across Region 8. The GOLD Committee engages in many efforts to increase the visibility of

GOLD presentation at the Central European Student Branch Congress

GOLD presentation at the Central European Student Branch Congress

GOLD, from materials and advertisements to presentations performed by committee members. This year, R8 GOLD has been showcased at the Iberian SBC in Porto, Portugal; the Central European SBC in Opole, Poland; the Middle East SBC in Beirut, Lebanon; EUROCON 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia; the UKRI SBC in Bath, UK; and the Hellenic Student Branch and GOLD Congress from in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Article contributed by Amir Zahoor, R8 GOLD Subcommittee Member