On January 22nd-24th the IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee Meeting was held in Beirut, Lebanon.
On the 22nd the OpCom members had a chance to meet with the IEEE officers of the Lebanon Section, the Chapter officers and the Student Branch officers at an event that was organized by the Section at the Movenpick Hotel.
The Lebanon Section Chair Dr. Elias Nassar welcomed the Operating Committee and gave the backround and activities of his Section, Dr. Jozef Modelski, the Region 8 Director gave the attendees an overall presentation of IEEE and Region 8, Region 8 Past Director Jean-Gabriel Remy, gave a technical presentation on Mobile Communications.
A lively discussion followed with the Lebanon Section members asking various questions about IEEE and Region 8. The discussion continued during dinner as well.
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During the next two days the OpCom members had more contacts with the Lebanon Section OpCom and a friendly and fruitful atmosphere was developed among them.
The OpCom meeting went smoothly. The R8 plans for 2010 were discussed and set down and the preparation for the next Region 8 meeting to be held in Riga, Latvia in May was organized.
The Lebanon Section was very hospitable and its members are very active, energetic and working hard for IEEE.
It is no surprise that the Section has grown to more than 660 members in just a few years of existence.