IEEE UAE Student Day has become an annual event of IEEE UAE Section. American University in Dubai (AUD) and Dubai Cable Company (DUCAB) were proud to host it and sponsor it, respectively, for this year on May 2nd, 2009.
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This event gathers all IEEE members all around the UAE. Students from all universities in UAE participated in the fun and exciting competitions. This year 10 universities were participating, UAE University (UAEU), University of Sharjah (UOS), American University of Sharjah (AUS), American University in Dubai (AUD), Petroleum Institute (PI), Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST), Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR), BITS Pilani in Dubai (BPD), Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), and Michigan State University in Dubai (MSU).
The main objectives of this day were to enhance the culture of competition among engineering students, to recognize outstanding achievements of IEEE student members, to exchange experience between UAE IEEE Students, to enhance leadership qualities of IEEE students, and to introduce the IEEE to the public.
Students participated in the following competitions:
- Common Design Project Competition
- Senior Design Project Poster/Demo Competition
- Software Engineering Design Competition
- Engineering Design Competition
- Community Service Competition
- Made in UAE Competition
The day was full of activities; it started by an opening ceremony where Dr. Eesa Al Bastaki – IEEE UAE Chair –, Dr. Colin Christy – Organizing Committee Chair – and Dr. Hasan Al Nashash – Steering Committee Chair – delivered speeches about the event itself.
After the opening, all visitors and coordinators of the competitions reviewed the projects and asked the students about their projects.
Two workshops were held; Tips for Professional Success which was organized by WIE and sponsored by Dubal, delivered by both Mr. Ali H. A. Al Zarouni and Mr. Mohamed Jame. The other workshop was Engineering Ethics, delivered by Dr. Sami W. Tabash, Professor at American University of Sharjah.
At the closing ceremony, all visitors, competitors, and professors had met in the auditorium where all winners received their certificates and prizes.
The winning institutions according to number of prizes they got were as follows: PI and AUS equally won 2 prizes as second place and 1 prize as the third place. KUSTAR won 2 prizes as first place, AUST won 2 prizes; 1 prize as the second place, and the other was as the third place. UOS, HCT, and AUD all won equally 1 prize as the first place.
Finally, the steering committee announced that next year the Petroleum Institute will host this event.
Eng. Soha Jawabreh,
WIE Coordinator in Sharjah, UAE