IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee 2021

IEEE Region 8 SAC 2021 Team. 13 Members … 13 Sections … ONE Team!


On the 17th of January, 2021, the IEEE Region 8 SAC Team for season 2021 was first established. Simay Akar, the Region 8 Vice-Chair of Student Activities and SAC Chair for 2021-2022 has gathered a cross-sectional diversified talented team to kick Region 8 Student-based activities for 2021. The team is constituted of 13 members who are working in a cross-based strategy in 10 parallel working groups that are handling all support and development aspects for all R8 Student Activities progress and prosperity! These 10 working groups are covering all needed support for all Student Branches, Student Chapters, SIGHT Groups, WIE Student Branches Affinity Groups, Student Branches Counselors along with operating different programs, pieces of training, competitions, and awards for better growth based ecosystem for all R8 student activities. Await for various activities, initiatives, competitions, and awards soon! 


Get to know more about the IEEE R8 SAC Team: 



Simay Akar

Chair, Student Activities Committee, and Vice-Chair Student of Region 8


“Simay Akar has been working in the energy industry since 2012. She specialized in solar and renewable energy fields.
Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses.

Additional current roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar
Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar. In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior member, acknowledged volunteer since 2007. Simay is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.”


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Maciej Borowka

Past Chair, IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee




















Theodoros Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou

Regional Student Representative, IEEE Region 8


“Theodoros is currently Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Democritus University of Thrace, and has received his Engineering Diploma with Integrated Master from the aforementioned Department. His research interests focus on future and emerging computing systems and cutting-edge technologies, including memristive circuits and systems and artificial intelligence technologies.

Theodoros serves the IEEE Region 8 as the Regional Student Representative, he is an IEEE Brand Ambassador, he has served various IEEE OUs including the MGA SAC and his local Student Branch through many positions, and he has chaired the 5th IEEE Hellenic Student and Young Professional Congress. He has received various distinctions for his activity with the latest to be the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Award. As an active IEEE volunteer, he strongly believes engineering and volunteerism combined can create a valuable impact on humanity and society, especially when they are derived from students.”










Davide Morgado

Student Branches Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Davide is pursuing his academic studies at Aveiro University in Portugal. He is a Masters’ Degree candidate in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Davide’s journey at IEEE started in 2017 when he participated in one of the robotics competition programs IEEE organize. Afterward, He joined the Aveiro Student Branch as a member. In 2018, He chaired the Student Branch for 2 years. In 2020, He accepted the invitation to be the Sectional Student Representative (SSR) in the IEEE Portugual Section.”











Oscar M. Bonastre

Student Branches Counselors Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Oscar M. Bonastre received the Master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Alicante, Spain, and the Ph.D. degree in telecom engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He is with the Department of Statistics, Maths, and Computing, University Miguel Hernandez, Spain, where he is also a contributor with the Operations Research Institute. He has more than 23 years of background in academia and industry, his research interests include the development of the Internet and advanced distributed systems. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Education. In 2020, he was the recipient of the IEEE Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE.”


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Muhammad Al-Barham

Student Branch Chapters Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Mohamed Al-Barham is a very curious person about science and technology. He also loves to help others promote the advancement of technology around the world for the benefit of humanity. He is very proud to have been a member of the IEEE community for over 4 years. Currently, he is the IEEE student representative Jordan Section for the year 2020-2022 and the chair of the IEEE University Jordan Student Branch for the year 2019-2021. He is a fifth-year mechatronics engineering student at the University of Jordan. He is interested in learning and working in the fields of artificial intelligence and deep learning, especially in computer vision. Finally, he hopes to help the IEEE community and contribute to the advancement of technology in the world.”











Lee Crudgington

SAC Awards and Contest Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Lee serves as the awards and contests coordinator in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee in addition to being chair of student activities and chapter co-ordinator in the UK and Ireland Section. Lee also serves as secretary of the IEEE Photonics Society in the UK and Ireland, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society CSAC committee.

Lee is an engineering business student at KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to this, Lee completed a Ph.D. in photovoltaic technologies in 2015 and has worked in the photonics and digital communications sectors.”












Vera Markovic

Student Paper Contest Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Vera Marković is a full professor and the Head of Department of Telecommunications of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia. She has been an IEEE member since 1992 and a senior member since 2015. She was the Secretary, Vice-chair, and Chair of the Serbia & Montenegro Section (2007-2018). Thereafter, she was a member of the R8 N&A Subcommittee (2019–2020) and as the R8 Membership Development Subcommittee corresponding member (2020). Currently, in addition to the duties of the R8 SPC Coordinator, she is also an MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory Committee member (2020-2021) and an IEEE Global Public Policy Committee Member (2021-2022).”










Gerard Duff

IEEE Region 8 SAC-Young Professionals Liaison


“Gerard Duff was born and raised in Ireland and has been living in Sweden for the last 8 years. He received his master’s degree in Intelligent Embedded Systems in 2014 from Mälardalen University, Sweden. He is employed at Syntronic – a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. As a Software engineering consultant, he is currently on assignment at a Gävle based company, InCoax Networks, developing innovative broadband solutions.

An IEEE member for 4 years, he began volunteering as the IEEE Sweden YP Chair. After helping to organize the IEEE NSYP19 (the first SYP congress held on the water!) as part of the YP Sweden and YP Finland team and being on the team to organize the R8vSYP20 (the first SYP congress held virtually) Gerard is looking forward to representing as an R8 Student Activities Committee Member and working for all the awesome IEEE student members throughout Region 8. When Gerard gets some downtime he likes playing piano, dancing the tango, and watching and pretending that he can play football! “








Fayrouz Fattoum

SIGHT Student Groups Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Fayrouz has received the B.Sc degree in Chemical Process Engineering from the National Engineering School of Gabes, ENIG, Tunisia in 2020.
Fayrouz is an IEEE member for 5 years, she started volunteering as the chair of the IEEE ENIG Student Branch (2017 & 2018) and received the Exemplary student branch award in 2018 during the R8 SYP, Porto. She is interested in Humanitarian technologies and with her team, she won the second prize of the CMD Humanitarian Project contest for their project “Ecol’lo Irrigation System” during the IEEE IAS Annual Meeting 2018, Portland, USA.

She is part of the IEEE R8 Humanitarian Activities Committee since 2018 and currently, she become the IEEE R8 SAC SIGHT Student Groups coordinator.
When Fayrouz some free time, she likes traveling, reading, and volunteering.“








Sally Musonye

WIE Student Branch Affinity Groups Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Sally is a Design and Construction Engineer at the Kenya Power and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Nairobi (UoN).

She is a qualified and registered engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is the Treasurer for the Kenya Section, Chairperson for the Power and Energy Society (PES), and Publicity regional rep (Africa) for YESIST12. In Region 8, she serves in the Students Activities Committee (SAC) 2021 and a subcommittee member for Women in Engineering 2021. Sally is the past chairperson for IEEE Women in Engineering (Kenya) and the Engineering Students’ Association (UoN). She is a recipient of the KPLC Excellence Award for outstanding performance and the Kenya Section Women in Engineering (WiE) Achievement Award.”










Vildana Hrnjic

SAC Outreach Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Vildana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Engineering and Design from the University of Banja Luka. She was an active Volunteer in her Student Branch in Banja Luka where she was Treasurer and Social Media Manager.
Vildana (co-)wrote a few conference papers about the concepts of green technologies in the graphic industries as well as the power of individuals to contribute to her society.
She primarily works as a Brand Designer & Strategist. As an educator and mentor, she loves to share her knowledge and empower young people to work in IT. Currently, Vildana is the CMO in one Association and a young entrepreneur as she founded her digital marketing agency.”










Mohamed Hatem

SAC Digital Communications Coordinator, IEEE Region 8


“Mohamed Hatem is a Senior Undergddaute Student at the Nanotechnology and Nano-electronics Engineering Department at the University of Science and Technology in Zewail City for Science, Technology, and Innovation. He is pursuing in final semsters on the MEMS Technolgy and Nano-devices concentration along with a Graduation Project focused on the development of new Gate-All-Around Ge-based FETs.

Besides, Hatem has been a volunteer in IEEE since 2016. After one year and in 2017, Hatem acted as the IEEE Zewail City Student Branch Chairperson in which he developed exceptional leadership and communciation skills. After a while, Hatem started volunteering in his section Young Professionals and SIGHT groups in which he held leadership positions in all of their programs. In 2020, Hatem has been selected to be the Sectional Student Representative (SSR) of IEEE Egypt Section. Hatem has been always mandated with his community development, progress, and sustainability.”













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SPC2020 – IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest


Final Call for Papers. The deadline extended to December 15, 2019.

All information on SPC 2020 and SPC Rules  is contained on the website at

As a help for SB counselors included below is a  template regarding the coversheet to be attached with the paper.

Region 8 pays travel and accommodation for the authors of the best five papers to attend IEEE R8 Melecon 2020 at Palermo, Italy in June 2020. The best three papers from the five finalists, judged at Palermo, get $800, $500 and $200 respectively. The student branch of the winner also gets $250 from R8.

Submission of papers to



Student Paper Cover Sheet

Section A

  1. Name of school
  2. Name of Student Branch
  3. Authors with their IEEE Membership Numbers
  4. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  author to whom correspondence should be addressed
  5. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  Student Branch Counsellor
  6. Name, address, contact phone and e-mail of  Student Branch Chair


Section B

NB: In answering the questions please ensure that information about the authors, school, etc. is not included.

  1. Paper Title
  2. What is the problem and why is it important?
  3. What is the original contribution of this work? Be explicit.
  1. Does this work check and / or extend previously reported work? What work? Give references. Be explicit.
  1. How does this contribution compare to previously published work?
  1. If the paper is to be submitted to one of the IEEE Transactions, which Transactions would be the most appropriate?



We are bringing you incredible news!


We, as R8SAC and R8YP have joined forces with IEEE Africa Ad-hoc and are opening together a call for proposals for Africa SYP Congresses 2019!

The process is one stage, where more than one congress may be granted hosting, in various parts of Africa.

Check the requirements, put together a proposal and send us an e-mail by October 30, 2019, entitled “IEEE ASYP Proposal-<Name of IEEE OU (SB/YP or other)>” to, and


The proposal must incorporate the following information:


1. Hosting entity (IEEE or affiliate non-profit organization)
2. Proposed Dates for the Congress (within 2019)
3. Proposed Host Location (Cities, States)
4. Chapter or Section information
5. Congress volunteers to serve in the committee(s)
6. Proposed Venue Description
7. Letter of endorsement from Section
8. Budget estimates (overall and per participant)
9. Tentative program
10. Various Statements Regarding IEEE policies


with more details given in the official document “IEEE ASYP Request For Proposals” that can be found here:


The hosts will be announced on November 1, 2019.



Now is the time to start preparing a paper to submit to SPC2018 on your Masters hard work, or on any research work NOT at Doctoral level that you are working on and want to tell everybody about.

IEEE R8 sponsors the authors of the best five papers to have an oral presentation of the paper at EUROCON 2019 in July 2019 at Novi Sad, Serbia. The five finalist papers are included in the  conference proceedings and IEEEXplore. AND  for the best three papers there are awards of $800, $500 and $200 respectively.

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SPC2018 – Finalists

This year there were 21 papers submitted by the closing date of December 1 2017.

The papers were seen by four jury members-

  • Prof Anastas Mishev from Macedonia,
  • Prof Christos Schizas from Cyprus
  • Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco
  • Prof Paul Micallef from Malta who is also the SPC Coordinator


The jury members are rotated over a period of time depending on where Melecon and Eurocon are held.

The participants where from the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jordan, Malta, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain  and Turkey.

The five finalists who will be presenting their paper at Melecon 2018 in Marrakech are.


Ahmed Abdelraouf Mohamed, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport Cairo, Egypt, with the paper , “A Multi-Objective Distributed Generation Allocation and Sizing using Swarm Intelligence Based Algorithms”

Benjamin Chiêm, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with the paper, “Supervised classification of structural brain networks reveals gender differences”

Marko Mihajlovic and co-author Nikola Popovic, University of Niš, Serbia, with the paper, “Fooling a neural network with common adversarial noise”

Nima Taghipour Bazargani, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, with the paper, “A Novel Approach for Probabilistic Hurricane Resiliency Assessment of an Active Distribution System Using Point Estimate Method”

Yazan Qiblawey with co-authors Ruslan Abu Sneineh, Majd Ahmed Abduljabbar and Yousef Jamal Orabi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, with the paper, “Design and Implementation of Autonomous Surface Vehicle”

List of student branches that submitted a paper to SPC2018

Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

KU Leuven, Belgium

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt

University of Thessaly, Greece

Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Al-Balqa Applied University, Amman, Jordan

University of Malta, Malta

Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Russia

University of Niš, Serbia

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

University of Maribor, Slovenia

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


SPC2017 Results and Winners

This year there were ten valid submissions for SPC2017. The submissions were from KU Leuven (2) (Belgium) Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), East African School of Aviation (Nairobi, Kenya), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), INPT Rabat (Morocco), King Abdul Aziz University, (Jeddah), Saudi Arabia University of Nis (Serbia), University of Maribor (Slovenia) and University of Valencia, Spain.

The jury members who examined the papers were

  • Prof Paul Micallef, Malta – Chair
  • Prof Samir Shaheen, Egypt
  • Prof  Mohamad Awad, Lebanon.
  • Prof  Christos Schizas, Cyprus
  • Prof Anastas Mishev, Macedonia

The five students chosen by the jury members after the first stage in this year’s SPC competition attended MELECON 2017 at Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, where they presented their papers in front of the  jury members and other interested listeners who were attending the conference.

The five finalists were

  • Ely De Pelecijn from KU Leuven
  • Gautier Tihon from the Universite Catholique de Louvain
  • Istvan Taczi from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Lucija Brezočnik from the University of Maribor
  • Tim Thielemans from KU Leuven.

The organizers of Melecon 2017 hosted the five students at the conference, in a beautiful location on Lake Ohrid, giving them free registration and participation at the conference functions.  IEEE R8 paid for the travel and accommodation.

From these five, the jury chose the best three. These were

FIRST               Lucija Brezočnik from the University of Maribor

Paper Title: Feature selection for classification using particle swarm optimization

SECOND          Tim Thielemans from KU Leuven

Paper Title: A Capacitive Gearbox DC/DC Converter enabling Skyscraper CMOS with Dynamic Voltage Scaling

THIRD  Ely De Pelecijn from KU Leuven

Paper Title:  High Speed Time-multiplexed Continuous Time Sigma-Delta Converters

Since there are some missing entries in the history of SPC in R8, it is difficult to establish definitely when there were other female winners. There is only one other recorded instance of a female winner and she was a co-author in SPC 1988.  So this year’s winner is the first female author to win the SPC over a period of nearly thirty years, and the first leading female author.

The certificates to the finalists were presented by Region 8 Director Margaretha Eriksson during the gala dinner on July 7.

The winning papers also have an award of $800, $500 and $200 dollars respectively given by the IEEE Life Member Fund. Further, the Student Branch of the first classified receives $250 as the Dick Poortvliet Award from Region 8.

Director R8 with FIRST PRIZE Winner Lucija  Brezočnik


Director R8 with SECOND PRIZE WinnerTim Thielemans


Director R8 with THIRD PRIZE Winner Ely De Pelecijn


Three Jury Members R8 Director and five finalists at the award ceremony


Dear IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Chairs,

Dear Student Branch Counselors,

All IEEE Region 8 Student Branches (SBs) are invited to participate in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2018. This is the first call for this year’s Student Paper Contest.

Five papers will be chosen for presentation at MELECON 2018 in May 2018 at Marrakech, Morocco.

For more information,




The deadline to send full student papers for the contest is December 1, 2017.

(If you are not SB Chair or SB Chapter Counselor any more, please transfer this call to responsible IEEE person(s) or reply to

Kind Regards,

IEEE Region 8 SAC Team


Mind The Gap is here again!

Dear IEEE Region 8 Students,

This is your opportunity to CROSS the line!

Mind the Gap is a contest challenging IEEE students in Region8 to come up with a project proposal describing an idea that helps reduce the gap between generations and bring them together. It should be feasible, useful, and beneficial to all generations.

The first, second, and third prizes amount to 750, 500, and 250 USD, respectively.

Proposals should be submitted to not later than May 22nd, 2017. Any team of 1 to 5 students is eligible to participate, and three winning teams will be announced by June 22nd. Show us what you can do!

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What is the generation gap?

The term “generation gap” describes the sociological and psychological differences between people belonging to different generations: differences in values, lifestyle, attitude, even opportunities. Sociologists differentiate between three generations: Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (1965-1984), and Millennials (also known as Generation Y, 1985-2010).

The biggest gap exists between Millennials and their predecessors. Millennials grew up in a time where everything they needed to know or wanted to know was at their fingertips thanks to the advancement of technology. This innovative need to know, want, and do more led Millennials to obtain a skill set that is infinitely scalable compared to previous generations, mostly in terms of the ability to use technology efficiently and absorb information rapidly. However, what they lack most is what their predecessors abundantly have: experience.



The project idea shall

  • Bring older and younger generations together, upon its implementation
  • Be beneficial to both older and younger generations, and reflect positively on society
  • Be realizable, i.e. implemented and transformed into reality, within a 6-month period
  • Be realizable, within a budget of no more than 10,000 USD

The proposal shall include

  • A project idea that helps reduce the generation gap (as described above)
  • A development of the idea, discussing the positive impact on the different age groups, and on society
  • The potential challenges that could be faced during and after the project implementation
  • A detailed budget estimation
  • A Gantt Chart showing the project’s milestones and their estimated time of completion
  • No more than 10 pages


Proposals should be submitted to not later than May 22nd, 2017. Any team of 1 to 5 students is eligible to participate, and three winning teams will be announced by June 22nd. Show us what you can do!

For more information, please visit,, or send an email to Looking forward to receiving your ideas!


All the best,

Your IEEE R8 SAC Team


Thanks to EPICS in IEEE, MtG projects will become a reality!

Thanks to EPICS in IEEE, the winners of MtG Second Prize were awarded 10,000 USD in order to transform their project into reality!

Congratulations to the winners Joao Santos, Carina Fonseca, Miguel Dias, and Diogo Mesquita, from the IEEE Portugal Section. MtG team thanks Maciej Borowka and the whole EPICS in IEEE team for their continuous support!

Looking forward to more MtG projects becoming EPICS in IEEE projects!