The Human Face of the IEEE

“Each morning I check Facebook, eagerly awaiting the latest Humans of IEEE post. Whether the post is related to a newest member defining how the IEEE has changed his/her life, a young professional sharing their success story or a life member sharing wisdom with the community, I read each post and stare at each picture with excitement. Some of you may ask ‘why”? Humans of IEEE (HOIEEE) represents the true image of the the people within IEEE” – Jaison Abey Sabu, IEEE Volunteer (Past SAC Chair, IEEE Kerala Section)

Sarang Shaikh - Creator of Humans of IEEE

Sarang Shaikh – Creator of Humans of IEEE

About Humans of IEEE

Humans of IEEE is a first of its kind photo-blog (a Facebook page) inspired by the movement Humans of All and its pioneer project Humans of New York. It has been making the world of IEEE more personalized since July, 2014, where it continues to embody and characterize people who constitute the IEEE. Humans of IEEE ensures that you are aware of the great achievements of IEEE Heroes. Everyone should take out some time in their busy schedule to read the articles and find inspiration and motivation from IEEE member stories – Om Perkash (Past R10 SAC Chair)

Humans of IEEE

(HOIEEE) was launched in July 2014 by IEEE Young Professional, Mr. Sarang Shaikh from IEEE Karachi Section, Pakistan (Region 10). Over 77 IEEE Stories and 16 group pictures from 32 different countries have been posted thus far.Humans of IEEE has developed a large following through its Facebook page, and has over 4,200 followers from 56 different countries as of February,2015.

“Common is not common indeed – we are all human, we speak different languages, hail from different places, follow different careers, and we all have a unique story & philosophy for life. Sharing their IEEE story on the page isn’t only necessary for others to understand how unique we all are, but valuable for the contributor to comprehend how unique he/she is.

Why Humans of IEEE?

The Humans of IEEE will never run out of stories as we have more than 400,000 volunteer members hundreds of staff members. There are still so many unique stories to be told. We all love to hear childhood and life stories which take us back to exciting and life changing times. “These stories raise feelings and emotions and it is what drives us. Listening to people is more like listening to yourself and Humans of IEEE is providing everyone with a chance to listen to what’s inside of you” says Sarang.

What’s next at HOIEEE?

Humans of IEEE are determined to build a human natured image for IEEE. As such, many new initiatives are in the pipeline. One of the next initiatives is to introduce stickers based on words that can have IEEE in them such as “HappIEEEE, SelfIEEE, achIEEEvement and LovelIEEE” so that if an IEEE human sees another lovelIEEE human with an achIEEEvement for which they are happIEEE about, he/she doesnt forget to take a selfIEEE with them.

Sarang believes we should all be prepared to listen to others no matter what they advocate. Humans of IEEE is not just a Facebook page for Sarang, it is a passion that has transformed into a habit for him to interview people, listen to them and share their stories with the public.

About the Curator:

Besides his engineering profession, Sarang is a passionate blogger who writes about his life lessons, philosophies and is an avid writer at He has recently released his maiden book “Inspire your Motivations” available on Amazon and amazon kindle. Sarang had a working opportunity as Technology Columnist at Technology Times Newspaper, Pakistan for the whole of 2013 where he started the column “Entrepreneurs in making”. He interviewed people who are aspiring entrepreneurs or accomplished business leaders. Interviewing them and listening to people’s feedback, he developed a sense to help people by sharing their work in public and inspiring others with it. As a result, the idea of Humans of IEEE came to life.

Have an interesting story? Wait no more, email and inspire others.

Pakistan Workshop on Power Electronics with Renewable Integration

The IEEE IIUI Student Branch and Faculty of Engineering & Technology in collaboration with IEEE PES and the IEEE Young Professionals Region 10 organised a national workshop to address a shortage of research in the domain of Power Electronics in Pakistan.

Workshop participants

Workshop participants

Power Electronics and its applications have seen tremendous growth in the last decade all over the world. It is an applied area of Electrical Engineering that deals with efficient Power Processing and has direct applications in many domains of the energy sector. Unfortunately, Pakistan has seen little research and development in this domain due to an outdated research focus. Pakistan still lacks consolidated Power Electronics labs and facilities in universities, industry and defense research. Several national universities of Pakistan are in the early stages of commenced research in this domain. The core objective of research in this field is to reduce the in-system power losses and provide quality power to the consumer.

This workshop was conducted to promote country-wide research and provide a collaborative platform for joint research between academia and industry.

News contributed by Ihtasham Zahid, Chairperson IEEE IIUI Student Branch, International Islamic University Islamabad


IEEE Young Professionals Leadership Conference 2014

On December 16, 2014, IEEE Phoenix Young Professionals in collaboration with IEEE Phoenix Women in Engineering, IEEE Arizona State University Student Branch, and IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Epsilon Beta Chapter organized their first leadership conference as part of IEEE Young Professionals (formerly GOLD) Strategic Alliance initiative proposed by Shafiul “Jacky” Islam at IEEE Southwest Area Meeting on August 24, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.


This event was hosted at the Intel Chandler Campus, where select Intel and IEEE leaders discussed their career paths and personal journeys in mentoring others to achieve excellence in leadership. Furthermore, the conference provided excellent networking opportunities for all attendees.

The list of conference speakers are listed below:

Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers





  • David Baker – Keynote Speaker (Director, PAE-Personal Form Factor Engr, Software & Services Group, Intel Corporation)
  • Michael Bair – Keynote Speaker (Principal Engineer, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation)
  • Hang Nguyen – Keynote Speaker (Sr. Principal Engineer, Lead CPU Architect, Communications Storage Infrastructure Group, Intel Corporation)
  • Mike Andrews – Keynote Speaker (Director, IEEE Region 6 Managing Partner, Andrews & Associates, President, Sound & Optics Systems)
  • Prital Shah (Sr. Software Engineer, Software & Services Group, Intel Corporation)
  • Shamala Chickamenahalli (Chair, IEEE Phoenix Women in Engineering, Staff Research Engineer, Intel Corporation)
  • Shafiul “Jacky” Islam (Chair, IEEE Phoenix Young Professionals, Software Engineer, Intel Corporation)

For more information on speakers please click here

The conference theme as established by Jacky, was to emphasize the importance of personal/character strengths (e.g. ethics, integrity, courage, honor, reliability, responsibility, resilience etc.) for excellence in leadership and the importance of strength in diversity for maximizing/driving innovation. Jacky has been living his passion for uniting and leading diverse groups of people through his IEEE Young Professionals Strategic Alliance initiative.


The group originally planned to host the conference in December 2013, but unfortunately the event was postponed to December 2014. Due to the success of the conference the group is in the process of organizing a follow up event in 2015.

The presentation slides for Jacky Islam can be found here

Announcement contributed by Shafiul ‘Jacky’ Islam, Chair, IEEE Phoenix Young Professionals, Software Engineer, Intel Corporation

Introducing Eddie Custovic, GOLDRush Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Eddie Custovic, PhDThe GOLDRush team is pleased to welcome Dr. Eddie Custovic, PhD as our new Assistant Editor-in-Chief! Eddie will be helping us expand our collaboration with the global community of IEEE members and looks forward to serving Young Professionals through his role with GOLDRush.

Eddie was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina and lived for extended periods in Switzerland and Germany before migrating to Australia. His multicultural background and multilingualism enables him to take a politically and culturally sensitive approach to life, volunteer roles and professional career.

Dr. Eddie Custovic received a B.E. Hons. (Telecommunications) degree at the La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, in 2007 and 2011 respectively. He completed his PhD in Electronic Engineering and Space Physics at La Trobe University and is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Eddie has received numerous leadership and mentoring awards from the IEEE and educational institutions. He is currently the Project Manager – Engineering for a $3.5 million federal government initiative program called LEAP (Learn Experience Access Professions). The program is designed to offer hands on learning and increase higher education aspirations of students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Within this program Eddie has demonstrated a high level of organizational and communication skills, managing hundreds of volunteers from 9 Victorian Universities. To date the program has delivered engineering activities and provided inspirational information to over 6000 students across the state.

Over the years Eddie has volunteered with a variety of organizations ranging from sports clubs to charities to raise money for cancer research and most importantly in areas where his passion lies, science/engineering & education. For several years he has been a very energetic and active member of the IEEE, contributing across all fronts. Eddie has created strong working relationships with students, student branches, chapters/societies and senior members of the IEEE Victoria Section. Eddie enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for his career and the IEEE with the global community.

Please join me in extending Eddie a very warm welcome and our best wishes as he begins contributing to GOLDRush.

- Stuart Bottom, GOLDRush Editor-in-Chief

EDS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Graduate Student Fellowships

The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) is seeking nominations for its 2015 PhD and Masters Student Fellowships. These awards are presented annually to promote, recognize, and support graduate- and masters-level study and research within the EDS field of interest.  For both Masters and PhD, it is expected that at least one fellowship will be awarded to a student in each of the following geographical regions: Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific. Please visit the links below to view information about these Fellowships.

The EDS Masters Student Fellowship offers a prize of US $2,000 and an award plaque.

The EDS PhD Student Fellowship offers a prize of US $5,000 and travel funds to attend the IEDM for presentation of an award plaque.

The submission deadline for both fellowships is May 15, 2015. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact

Announcement contributed by Kellie Gilbert, CAP, IEEE Electron Devices Society Committee Administrator

Seven Reasons Professionals Should Blog

Do you like to express your opinions and discuss them with others? Do you have thoughts and ideas that deserve to be shared with the world? If so, it’s time to ask yourself “why haven’t I started blogging yet?” For you, blogging is the best thing to happen since the Internet began. Blogging existed before social networks – and the rise of social networking has only served to amplify the impact of the blogging community.

When it comes to blogging, it’s easy to get mired in the details. Language, frequency of writing, whether you will attract readership or not, etc. are all part of the maze that confuses people about blogging. Blogging is not about having the language skills to win the Pulitzer Prize or having an audience of 100,000 from day one. Blogging is simply about sharing your ideas with the world.

Even professionals – engineers, managers, lawyers, doctors – can benefit from blogging. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that blogging can play an important and crucial role in their career. True, blogging takes time away from a busy schedule, but so does anything that begins with an aim to have a positive result. Like all good things that happen, it takes time and effort.

From my personal experience, I’d like to share the following reasons I think professionals should be serious about blogging.

1. Blogging Improves Your Knowledge of Your Field

Blogging is about explaining your ideas, showcasing your knowledge and sharing your opinion. In the process of doing so, you need to refer to many sources to support your opinions. Doing so not only increases your knowledge about the subject, but also gives you insight into different perspectives on the topic.

2. Blogging Improves Your Communication Skills

Many professionals refrain from blogging under the pretext that their personal writing style isn’t suitable or that their language skills are inadequate. In writing, as with other activities, one gets better by practice. Though good style is important, blogging isn’t as much about that as it is about conveying your idea.

As you work on articulating your thoughts into words, you’ll find that the process helps align your thoughts better and improves your ability to express yourself. You’ll be able to concisely formulate undefined thoughts into proper phrases.

3. Blogging Establishes You as a Thought Leader

Ever notice something in common about the thought leaders in various industries? They have been identified in that position by the opinions and ideas that they have shared with the world. They have become the “go-to” person whenever anyone seeks an important opinion regarding their industry.

Bloggers are in a similar situation. As you keep blogging and sharing your ideas, eventually you can become a “go-to” person in your areas of expertise. The initial readership of your blog might be small, but over a period of time if you keep at it, your community of followers will grow and so will your value in the industry.

4. Blogging Can Help You with Your Career

One you have established yourself as a thought leader, you never know what opportunities might knock on your door. It might be in the form of a new job, investor, clients, publishers or someone else entirely. Blogging certainly acts as a career booster.

Let me assist with a personal example. Way back in my 6th semester of engineering, I started with a design blog. Whatever designs I learned from tutorials I would post in it.

By the time I completed my engineering, I had received a good number of freelance works in referral from my design blog. Today, the same continues with my business blog.

5. Blogging Helps Build Powerful Connections

If you’ve been using internet for quite some time, you’ll know the role bloggers play. Many of the most-visited websites in the world are blogs, run by either a single person or a group of bloggers. Just like IEEE is there for engineers, there are various formal and informal groups of bloggers across the globe.

If you are contributing valuable insights relative to your field, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to build contacts with some of the big time bloggers and players in your industry. This is a much better option than flying around the world and sharing your business card.

6. Blogging Builds Your Personal Brand

To distill the above points above into a single one – blogging immensely helps build your personal brand. Most professionals work hard because they want to be successful and well-known in their field. Blogging aids that by making small celebrities out of regular professionals. It establishes you as an influencer.

7. Blogging Is Good For Self Evaluation

Self-evaluation (not from a philosophical point of view) is an important and rewarding activity for professionals. There arises a need to evaluate where you stand in the industry after a certain period of time, relative to your peers. Once you start blogging regularly, after some time look back at the posts you wrote in the early days. Has your writing style evolved? Are you analyzing topics more deeply? Has your work experience moulded your writing abilities from a more practical aspect?

These are the questions you’ll be able to answer, which will eventually help you analyze your progress.

If you’re still in doubt, I’d recommend you simply try it. Just DO IT! Everyone feels weird writing their first blog post – and their second, third, and fourth too. But eventually, once you start realizing the authenticity blogging brings, you’ll be amazed at how empowering blogging can be.

Article contributed by Vijay S. Paul, IEEE member and blogger at

Making an Impression for Success with Toronto YP’s

School teaches you the essentials of your profession. But what about those unspoken details one needs to pay attention to when entering into the professional world? What are small things one should know when transitioning to the corporate world? The IEEE Young Professionals Toronto team organized the Professional Development Series to answer just that. The team hosted a series of three workshops to address the challenges that arise when introduced to a new working environment and to educate participants on three matters that play a significant role in the working life that are never taught in university. All three workshops were held at the University of Toronto on consecutive Mondays in September, and successfully gathered 70 people who participated in one or more of the events.

Dressing to ImpressUp until the point where we are finished with school and in the work force, we have not yet faced the necessity of dressing in a specific manner that is considered “appropriate.” In acknowledgement of this fact, the IEEE Young Professionals Toronto team welcomed two personal fashion stylists, Kamilla and Nora, for the first workshop named “Dress to Impress.” The two ladies presented all that a young professional should know about how to dress in a corporate environment in order to project the right image. What is considered to be “business formal?” What is defined as “business casual?” What is appropriate for the business environment and what is an ultimate faux pas? By the end of the evening, not only were our participants style connoisseurs, but they also had the opportunity to network and mingle with each other.

Dining EtiquetteJust a week later the team brought in a tasty buffet dinner for the second session titled “Dining Etiquette!” When in a corporate or even an advanced academic environment, occasions often arise where we’re invited to business dinners or conference lunches, all of which are situations that require eating in public and performing it in style. And what better way is there to learn how to hold your fork and knife properly, than to enjoy a delicious meal while you’re at it? Osman, our guest speaker, was more than happy to show to us how many things indeed we did not know about the dining status quo. By the end of the evening, the participants were well fed and enlightened on the best practices of public dining and also got to know a few more things about their fellow diners as they had to share with everyone one thing they learned about the people sitting at the same table.

Networking 101And last but not least, the team offered participants a networking 101 with plenty of tips and tricks on how to effectively expand your network and build significant and lasting human relationships on a personal and professional level. Our amazing guest speaker, David, addressed networking as both an art and a science, and shared some great insight and advice on how to make the most of our relationships with people. His enthusiasm about people and on how interesting we all are was a true inspiration for everyone and motivated us to keep meeting more. And of course, at the end of the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to do just that.

Overall, the Professional Development Series was a success. The IEEE Young Professionals Toronto team received great feedback and comments from participants encouraging us to continue the good work by organizing more useful events in the future as well as giving us excellent food for thought on event ideas that would be of interest to them. We’re all very excited with this success and look forward to having everybody back for bigger and better events to come. Stay tuned!

For a full set of photos from Professional Development Series, check out the Facebook albums here: Part 1 – Dress to Impress, Part 2 – Dining Etiquette, and Part 3 – How To Network Like A Boss. You can also view the follow-up video here.

Article contributed by Maria Attarian, incoming 2015 IEEE Young Professionals Toronto Chair

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

Spring STEP in Hyderabad

IEEE Young Professionals Hyderabad, in association with the IEEE Student Branch at Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology (VBIT), conducted their first STEP of the year in March.

The STEP (Student Transition andSTEP in Hyderabad March 2014 Elevation Partnership) program assists student members as they graduate and transition to higher levels of IEEE membership. This session of STEP featured career development talks from the industry leaders, with an emphasis on the benefits of IEEE and the benefits of volunteering.

STEP in Hyderabad March 2014The event was held in the campus auditorium and attracted around 165 participants, making it one of the largest STEP events held in Hyderabad. A majority of the audience (around 90 people) were not IEEE members, offering a ripe opportunity to encourage students to join IEEE.

The event began with a welcome and opening remarks by Preeti Kovvali (IEEE YP Hyderabad Chair) and Sowmya Mekala (IEEE YP Hyderabad Secretary).

This was followed by a presentation from Mr. Aditya Rao of Oracle India on “The power of volunteering and how it makes you a leader.” Mr. Aditya served as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society chapter in Hyderabad Section and is now a part of that chapter’s Membership Development Committee. During his talk, he discussed the importance of volunteering and how a volunteer can enhance his or her career by being part of a professional organization like IEEE. Using examples from his personal experience, he emphasized how volunteering helps a person become a professional and a leader.

STEP in Hyderabad March 2014The second presentation, from Mr. Hari Prasad Devarapalli of Tata Consultancy Services’ Business Systems and Cybernetics Center, was titled “Professionalism.” Mr. Prasad, shared thoughts from his extensive industry and volunteering experience as one of the senior members of the IEEE Hyderabad. He underscored the tremendous, daily effort required for a person to develop and sustain a professional bearing. He also highlighted the advantages of being professional in the workplace, including being in sync with the goals of the company and enhancing one’s ability to set and reach personal goals.

STEP in Hyderabad March 2014Following the presentations, the program transitioned to networking and social activities. Participants were divided into teams and given tasks to be completed in a stipulated time. The students received this quite well, and it turned out to be the highlight of the event.

At the conclusion of the program, we recognized volunteers from the IEEE Hyderabad section to thank them for their outstanding contributions to the section and the IEEE R10 Congress conducted last year.

We are grateful to the volunteersSTEP in Hyderabad March 2014 from the student branch for helping us organize such a wonderful and fruitful event. We would also like to thank Elie Rosen from the IEEE YP STEP team, who has encouraged and supported us in organizing this event. Finally, we would like to thank Ms. Mounika Molagara for her exemplary leadership as the VBIT Student Branch Chair.

STEP in Hyderabad March 2014

Article contributed by Preeti Kovvali, IEEE Hyderabad Section Young Professionals Chair

More photos from the event are posted on Facebook.

IEEE Electron Devices Society Announces 2014 Graduate Student Fellowship Winners

The IEEE Electron Devices Society is pleased to announce its 2014 Student Fellowship winners!

The winners of the PhD fellowship are:
Peng Huang – Peking University (Beijing, China)
Amit Trivedi – Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia, USA)
Sam Vaziri – KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Kista, Sweden)

The winners of the Masters fellowship are:
Yexin Deng – Purdue University (Indiana, USA)
Siu Sik Lam – The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

The PhD fellowship winners will be honored on December 14, 2014 at the IEEE Electron Devices Society Board of Governors awards ceremony in San Francisco, CA, USA. The award consists of a plaque and a check for US $5,000 to each student. The Masters fellowship winners will receive a plaque and a check for US $2,000 each. This award is presented annually to promote, recognize and support PhD- and Masters-level study and research within the IEEE EDS field of interest. For more information, please visit the EDS website.

Article contributed by Kellie Gilbert, CAP, IEEE EDS Committee Administrator