YP News


R8 YP Team at Tunisian Student and Young Professionals Congress 2019

The Tunisian Students and Young Professionals congress is the annual congress for the IEEE student and young professionals in Tunisia. The congress attracts over 1000 IEEE members from different cities in Tunisia as well some other participants from neighbor countries. The congress is the unique event which brings more than 30 IEEE student branches to interact, collaborate, and increase effective networking. Furthermore, student branches compete to organize the next year congress.

 

IEEE Region 8 Young professionals committee was honored to participate in the 7th edition of the congress organized by IEEE ENIT Student Branch, from 15th December to the 17th December 2019 and held a YP introduction workshop that gathered more than 200 attendees.

 

During this workshop IEEE Members in Tunisia had the change to discover the Young professionals by asking questions to the YP committee. They also had fun by dancing Macarena with the Subcommittee Team.

 

by Seif El Hajjem

 

 


IEC and YP sponsored “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable development” Panel discussion at Power Africa

The 2019 IEEE PES/IAS Power Africa conference was held at the beautiful city of Abuja, Nigeria between the 20th to 24th August. Power experts, students, young professionals, government agencies, researchers and industry leaders assembled in the capital city of Nigeria during the conference. The first Panel sessions on day 1 of the Power Africa Conference was jointly sponsored by the Industry Engagement Committee and IEEE young professionals. It was attended by over 200 plus conference Attendees and also it was open to over 60+ non-conference Attendees. The panel session was the last activity of day 1 after which a cocktail Welcome party for power Africa was held.

 

The event commenced around 5:30pm (UTC+1) after the Tutorial sessions at the Auditorium. The title was “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable Development”. The session was moderated by Engr. John Funso Adebayo providing the brief about the topic and further invite the panellist to the stage for the discussions. The Panelist are Mr. Aliyu Folorunsho (MD/CEO of Telnet), Dr Joyce Wigwe ( General Electric Africa) providing legal and regulatory perspective, Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe (Africa Area Chair) providing the academia angel and bridging the gap with the industry and  Philippa Ngaju Makobore (UIRI) providing research and development perspective.

 

Each Panellist was provided with 5-7 mins to express his or her view on the topic and moderator further engage them with questions on topic. Audience were provided with opportunity to contribute. Amongst many contributors is Co-Founder of ISV Robin Podmore and Energy Expert Bai Blyden. Participants were satisfied with the take home from and session with the zeal to apply lesson learnt for their day to day activities.

 

by Abdullateef Aliyu

 


A great year for Young Professionals Germany

Just a few years ago, the IEEE Germany Section was a host of our IEEE R8 Student and Young Professionals congress. Today, Germany is a place of big events again. In 2019, IEEE Germany Young Professionals Affinity Group elected a new committee. This new committee, chaired by Ali Aboosaidi, started with a set of new activities and events, spread all over the Germany section. In just 6 months they managed to organize 5 events which were attended with more than 100 participants.

The activities started with a distinguished lecture on Autonomous Driving Testing and Validation, by Dr Hadj Hamma Tadjine, held at German International University in Berlin.
It is important to mention active participation of IEEE German YP AG at Symposium on Schottky barrier MOS devices “Towards neuromorphic and quantum computing applications”, which was held in France. The symposium was full day activity with several keynote talks and discussions, but it was also an opportunity for young people to meet some of the most recognized experts in this field like Dr John Snyder, Dr Satender Kataria, Dr Francesca Chiodi and many others.

The IEEE Germany YP AG also organises, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch GmbH, a company visit at the semiconductor headquarters of Bosch in Reutlingen, Germany. The visit took place on 20th April 2020 and offers a MEMS fab tour, marketplace, and workshops in specific semiconductor topics of integrated circuits (IC) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Beside of local activities, members of Germany YP AG took active participation in IEEE West Europe Student-Young Professional Congress (WESYP) where they exchanged knowledge and idea with other IEEE members.

More interesting events and activities are coming in 2020 in Germany.  Some of the already planned activities are Workshop on Smart Antennas,  distinguished lecture on the topic of  “Electromagnetic Compatibility for Wireless Power Transfer”, as well as some networking events. If you find your self around, our warm recommendation is to join these activities.


Reflection on 5th IEEE Hellenic Student and Young Professionals Congress, November 8-10, 2019

The 5th IEEE Hellenic Student and Young Professional Congress took place at Greece’s City of Thousand Colors, Xanthi! Bring industry and academia together, 5th IEEE Hellenic Student and Young Professional Congress was a three-day event, including four technical speeches, eleven IEEE presentations, eight workshops, one students and young professionals expo, two stands for carrier development, as well as many networking sessions and parallel events. You can find more information at the Congress’ official website https://site.ieee.org/hsyp/.

 

The event was very successful in terms of participation. A total number of 120 participants from student to young professionals and academia and industry representatives from all over Greece and Cyprus took part, with above 20% of them being recent graduates or close to graduation. There were also officers from the IEEE Greece Section and the IEEE Region 8, presenting IEEE activities and external speakers from industry and academia.

 

The IEEE Hellenic SYP Congress was an excellent opportunity for Student Members & Young Professionals from Greece and Cyprus to get together, exchange knowledge, build relationships, share ideas and have a great time. During the event, the student members were introduced to the Young Professionals and already several graduating students expressed their interest to make the transition to the YP.

The program of the event included the presentation of various IEEE activities and initiatives, as well as technical and soft-skills workshops. The Young Professional local activity spanned into two days. On the first day (November 9th), a presentation of the YPs program was held followed by related workshops. On that evening, a networking session in the form of a formal dinner took place. On the following day (November 10th), a live Q&A session was realized, followed by the IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative Greece Section Semi-Finals Start-Up Pitch. There was also a networking event where scientists from both academia and the industry, as well as IEEE student members and YPs were brought together.

 

In the end, the overall feedback during the event was very positive, appreciation of the event being mostly excellent and ranging all its aspects from good to excellent, characterizing it as the best SYP event attended. Additionally, after the event we promoted to our participants the survey, created by the Young Professionals. The results obtain where very much in line with the comments gather throughout the event itself and mentioned above.

 

by Ana Inês Inácio

 


Reflection on Central European Student and Young Professionals Congress, July 2-4, 2019

Have you ever heard about the famous music festival EXIT? No? But for sure you heard about the famous EUROCON conference and even more famous Central European Student and Young Professionals Congress! How about that in 2019 all the three events were organised in the same city, in a single hot July week of crowded young people? That beautiful city was Novi Sad in Serbia, strongly argumenting the given title of youth capital of 2019.

 

The 18th edition of EUROCON was held from 1st to 4th July and in parallel, 5th edition of CEuSYP was held between 2nd and 4th of July. IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section was the organiser of EUROCON and IEEE Student Branch Novi Sad was the organiser of CEuSYP. With 108 participants, this edition of CEuSYP was one of the most attended editions. Participants had an opportunity to attend more than 20 different workshops on different technical and soft skills topics, as well as lectures from EUROCON keynote speakers. The first evening of the Congress was IEEE Young Professional & Women in Engineering Meet Up at EUROCON, joined as a part of Multicultural evening for CEuSYP participants. While spending time at the beach, everyone had a unique opportunity to enjoy delicious food from all around Europe and meet each other in a more relaxing environment. Gala dinner was organised on the second night of CEuSYP where participants from both events had a chance to continue networking and exchange knowledge and ideas.

 

After there days of learning about IEEE and technology, the week was not finished yet. One of the most famous music festivals in Europe, EXIT was started on the 4th of July. Many participants use the chance to visit this, so familiar faces with official CEuSYP T-shirt or EUROCON bag could have been seen mingling everywhere among thousands of people on iconic Petrovaradin fortress.

 

by Almedin Kavaz

 

 

 


Africa Students and Young Professionals gather in Nairobi at IEEE ASYP 2019 Congress

The second edition of the IEEE Africa Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Congress 2019 was held in Nairobi, Kenya between 19th- 20th of December, 2019 at the Strathmore University. About 85 delegates that include students, young professionals, industry leaders and academia participated in two days of congress. The Congress witnessed plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops and a gala dinner. Participants came from Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Nigeria, Poland, Turkey and Italy. IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals, Africa Council, Student Activities Committee and Women in Engineering all took part and presented, encouraged and motivated – together with IEEE Smart Village, Power and Energy Society, R8 SIGHT, IEEE MadC and many, many more.

 

“Imagine, fun, food, new friends and career as a combo! That was the ASYP 2019 for me. This Congress held in Nairobi-Kenya at Strathmore University was something beyond expected.

I really thank IEEE Kenya Section for making ASYP 2019 a wonderful experience, which equipped us students and young professionals with the latest technological improvements and opportunities that come with them.” – Edwin Atuhaire Banura

 

 

 

 

 

 


Region 8 Young Professionals Awards for season 2019 handed at Region 8 Meeting in Valencia

During Gala Dinner at the 113th IEEE Region 8 Committee Meeting in Valencia, Spain, 12-13 of October 2019, the Region 8 Young Professionals Awards have been handed to the recipients. Piotr Graca, Poland, has received IEEE Region 8 Young Professional Exceptional Volunteer Award and the award was handed to Poland Section Chair Mariusz Malinowski. Croatia Section Young Professionals Affinity Group, Chaired by Diego Susanj, has been awarded by IEEE Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award and the award was handed to former Croatia Section Chair Igor Kuzle. Details about the wards and selected photos are given in the sequel.

 

IEEE Region 8 Young Professional Exceptional Volunteer Award

To recognize a volunteer within Region 8 for his/her dedication towards the mission of IEEE Young Professionals. The recognition is given to a devoted Young Professional member that presents the most successful maintenance of ongoing efforts, leadership skills, and remarkable development and implementation of new ideas and programs within the last year. These activities have an important impact on the Section and on Region 8 Young Professional community, and other IEEE members. Piotr Graca received the award and diploma providing the citation for the award granted by the Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee.

 

 

IEEE Region 8 Young Professional Exceptional Volunteer Award ceremony (left to right: Costas Stasopoulos – Region 8 Awards & Recognitions Committee Past Chair, Magdalena Salazar Palma – Region 8 Director, Mariusz Malinowski – Poland Section Chair, Vinko Lesic – Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee Chair, James A. Jefferies – IEEE Past President)

 

IEEE Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award

To recognize Young Professionals Affinity Groups (AG) within Region 8 for their efforts, successes and achievements in carrying out the mission of IEEE YP and the aims of IEEE in Region 8 within their Section during the calendar year of 2018. Recognition is given to the Young Professionals AG that displayed the most successful maintenance of ongoing efforts, as well as the development and implementation of new programs. These activities leave an important imprint on the Section and on Region 8. Croatia Section Young Professionals Affinity Group received a certificate providing the citation for the award and a cash prize of $400 granted by the R8 YP Subcommittee.

 

IEEE Region 8 Young Professional Exceptional Volunteer Award ceremony (left to right: Costas Stasopoulos – Region 8 Awards & Recognitions Committee Past Chair, Magdalena Salazar Palma – Region 8 Director, Igor Kuzle – Croatia Section former Chair, Vinko Lesic – Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee Chair, James A. Jefferies – IEEE Past President)


“Inspiring Leaders” workshop at 113th IEEE Region 8 Meeting in Valencia, Spain

Inspiring Leaders workshop led by Arturo Medina in front of Region 8 Section chairs and committees

 

“Inspiring Leaders” is a successful program of Spain Section YPAG that originated during “Young Professionals on Tour”, an initiative designed to revitalize IEEE communities in cities across Spain while granting the opportunity to peek to the diverse professional possibilities that await future engineers at the end of their study race. The success stories of former students and Young Professionals give simple and clear way what it means to belong to Young Professionals and IEEE in general.

 

The “Inspiring Leaders” event was held at 113th IEEE Region 8 Meeting in Valencia, Spain to give a glimpse in front of the Region 8 Committee in form of a panel with speakers listed below, led by Arturo Medina, current Chair of Spain Section YPAG.

 

Insipiring Leaders workshop panelists

 

Young Professionals Spain with Region 8 YP (from left to right: Ramon Medran Medran, Arturo Medina, Vinko Lesic, Manuel Ballesteros Carballo)

 

Participants of the 113th IEEE Region 8 Meeting in Valencia, Spain


IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals Awards

Yep, it’s that time of the year again: awards season is here! And as an active Young Professionals volunteer, you should keep your eye on these two:

  • IEEE Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award
  • IEEE Region 8 Young Professional Exceptional Volunteer Award

The submission form is filled online, through FluidReview platform, which can be reached via the following link: http://ieee-r8.fluidreview.com/.

 

The nominations deadline for both the R8 Young Professionals Awards is the 15th of June. All nominations submitted after this date will not be taken into consideration.

 

We advise you to start preparing the required nomination materials as soon as possible, since it usually takes longer than expected. The vTools activity reports are required and fundamental during the winner’s selection process, so make sure all your activities are submitted in the vTools platform through L31 reports by the time you apply.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL!

All nominations must be submitted through the FluidReview platform.

 

The full eligibility criteria and required documents for the nominations are described below.

 

Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award

Nomination period is open until the 15th of June 2019.

Description:

To recognize Young Professionals Affinity Groups (AG) within Region 8 for their efforts, successes and achievements in carrying out the mission of IEEE YP and the aims of IEEE in Region 8 within their Section during the calendar year of 2018. Recognition will be given to the Young Professionals AG that displayed the most successful maintenance of ongoing efforts, as well as the development and implementation of new programs. These activities shall leave an important imprint on the Section and on Region 8. The winning AG will receive a certificate providing the citation for the award and a cash prize of $400 granted by the R8 YP Subcommittee to the corresponding Young Professionals AG.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The Young Professionals AG must have at least 20 Young Professionals members;
  • All activities from 2018 must be submitted correctly to vTools on the form of L31 reports by the time of the application;
  • The Young Professionals AG must not have received another IEEE award in the past 12 months;
  • The $400 prize must be used to support local Young Professionals activities;
  • Affinity Groups which have been awarded the Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group award in the past 5 years (for years of 2013-2017) are not eligible to participate (Nigeria, UAE, Sweden, Jordan and Israel).

Nomination process:

Proposals for nominations of a Young Professionals AG for this award will be made by the Section and supported by 1 letter of endorsement by the Section Chair or another member of the Section’s Executive Committee. Alternatively, a Young Professionals Chair can also nominate a Young Professionals AG, provided that his/her nomination is endorsed by at least 1 other Young Professionals member and preferably also by a member of the Executive Committee of the Section. The documents needed to create a nomination are:

  1. Nomination letter from Section Chair or another member of the Section’s Executive Committee OR nomination letter from the Young Professionals AG chair and another Young Professionals AG member and a member of the Section’s Executive Committee;

[REQUIRED – PDF document submitted through the FluidReview nomination document upload]

  1. Motivation letter from Young Professionals AG chair;

[REQUIRED – PDF document submitted through the FluidReview nomination document upload]

  1. Link to Young Professionals AG website or Facebook page, or other online platform;

[Strongly recommended – use field provided in FluidReview nomination form]

  1. Photo report, videos, and other supporting materials to demonstrate the activities and initiatives of the Young Professionals AG during 2018.

[REQUIRED if no link to a website or online platform is provided (see previous point); it can be submitted as optional extra material even if link to website/online platform is provided – can be provided either as a website link using the field provided in the FluidReview nomination form OR as a PDF document attached to the nomination]

Region 8 Young Professionals Exceptional Volunteer Award

Nomination period is closed by the 15th of June 2019.

Description:

To recognize a volunteer within Region 8 for his/her dedication towards the mission of IEEE Young Professionals. The recognition will be given to a devoted Young Professional member that presents the most successful maintenance of ongoing efforts, leadership skills, and remarkable development and implementation of new ideas and programs within the last year. These activities shall have an important impact on the Section and on Region 8 Young Professional community, and other IEEE members. The winner will receive an award and diploma providing the citation for the award granted by the Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The volunteer must not have received another IEEE award in the past 12 months;
  • The candidate’s Affinity Group must not have been awarded with the Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award in the previous year;
  • The Region 8 Young Professionals Exceptional Volunteer Award nominee cannot belong to an Young Professionals Affinity Group nominated to the Region 8 Outstanding Young Professionals Affinity Group Award in the same year;
  • The volunteer must be a Young Professional member of an active Young Professionals Affinity Group in good standing, i.e. with all the required reporting up to date and elections in order;
  • Members of Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee are not eligible to be nominated;
  • Self nominations are not allowed.

Nomination process:

  1. Endorsement letter from Section Chair or other member of the Section’s Executive Committee or the Young Professionals AG chair;

[REQUIRED – PDF document submitted through the FluidReview nomination document upload]

  1. Letter containing short summary of the nominee’s efforts and accomplishments, their impact and results in improving the IEEE and Young Professionals community in their Young Professionals AG and Section.

 

All nominations for both awards must be submitted through the FluidReview online platform:

http://ieee-r8.fluidreview.com/

Questions are to be submitted to

R8 Young Professionals Subcommittee  < ma-yp@ieeer8.org >

Award Selection Committee

IEEE R8 Young Professionals Subcommittee

IEEE R8 Membership Activities Vice-Chair

IEEE R8 Awards Coordinator

IEEE R8 Director


Region 8 Young Professionals Exceptional Volunteer Award 2016 Winners

We are proud to present this year’s winners of the Region 8 Young Professionals Exceptional Volunteer Award:

  • Brigitte Lanz (Finland Young Professionals Affinity Group)
  • Ahmed Shalaby (Egypt Young Professionals Affinity Group)

For their continuous hard work, dedication and enthusiasm to promoting the Young Professionals mission and vision, and that of IEEE at large. Our biggest congratulations to you!

Volunteer award winners 2016
We would also like to congratulate all the other nominees! It is amazing to have to many dedicated volunteers in all parts of our Region! You are all doing a great work with your local groups, and we want to encourage you to keep it up; you are all vital to the success of Young Professionals!

Best of luck to everyone and your teams with your YP plans for this year! And don’t forget, we are here if you need any help or support!