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

Multi-Day STEP Event in Rio De Janeiro

The IEEE Rio de Janeiro Young Professionals organized a 2-day STEP program in December of 2013. The event was held in the amphitheater of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Open to all undergraduate senior students including non-IEEE members, the main objective of the event was to inform students about the various career paths they could choose after graduation.

First-day panelists at the IEEE STEP event in Rio de Janeiro

First-day panelists at the IEEE STEP event in Rio de Janeiro

The event was organized as panel sessions, with each panelist given 15 to 20 minutes to talk about his or her professional journey. After the speeches completed, the event became an open forum where students could ask questions.

On the first day of the event, three young entrepreneurs were invited to discuss  their careers and their reasons for choosing those careers. The main discussion point was “why and how did you become an entrepreneur?” The panelists  also discussed the challenges they faced in their careers. The following speakers were invited: Ms. Andressa Sivolella, owner of the Twist Company; Mr. Ricardo Clemente, patron of the Intelie Company; and Dr. Mamour Sop Ndiaye, owner of Africa Arte.

Second-day panelists at the IEEE STEP event in Rio de Janeiro

Second-day panelists at the IEEE STEP event in Rio de Janeiro

On the second day, the session comprised four young researchers, two from the GE Global Research Centre in Brazil and two from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). All of them discussed their careers in detail and highlighted the differences between academia and industry. The second-day panelists were: Dr. Debora Reis from the GE Global Research Centre, Dr. Rodrigo Salim from the GE Global Research Centre, Dr. Guilherme Rolim from UFRJ, and Dr. Robson Dias from UFRJ.

Overall, the event was a success and we are looking forward to organizing our next STEP event.

Article contributed by Robson Dias, IEEE Rio de Janeiro Section Young Professionals Chair

2015 IEEE Young Professionals Chairperson Announced

Mario Milicevic was recently selected as the incoming Chairperson for the 2015 IEEE MGA Young Professionals Global Strategy & Operations Committee.

Mario Milicevic, 2015 IEEE Young Professionals Chairperson

Mario Milicevic, 2015 IEEE Young Professionals Chairperson

Mario currently serves as the Vice Chair of Member Products & Services on the MGA Young Professionals Committee, where he leads a international team of volunteers to deliver high-impact products & services to IEEE Young Professional members worldwide. As part of his portfolio, Mario has re-vitalized the monthly Young Professionals webinar series and initiated the promotion of online IEEE career-focused services including Mentor Centre and ResumeLab.

Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto, Mario’s research focuses on the design and development of integrated circuit implementations of Low-Density Parity-Check decoders for today’s emerging wireless and wireline communication technologies.

The Young Professionals program has undergone a major transformation since its re-branding from GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade). Mario says: “Get ready for a bigger and better membership experience!”

Need Help With An Event? Region 8 Has the Answer

In order to increase collaboration within the region and help Affinity Groups organize new and exciting events, the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee is launching a new program called the Event Exchange Program across the region (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).

The concept of the program is simple: Affinity Groups send the Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee information about the events they have organized, and this information is then published at http://yp.ieeer8.org. Submissions typically include the title of the event, a short abstract, aims, main challenges and how they were overcome, outcomes, and suggested improvements, but they can differ depending on the nature of the event. While the amount of information and materials provided are decided by the members submitting them, the more content is shared, the more useful the program will be. Any publicity materials or other content used for the event can also be submitted.

By participating in this program, members will help other Young Professional Affinity Groups around Region 8, create a closer sense of community, and offer the ability to engage with YP members from all over Region 8. It is not just a great opportunity for individual Affinity Groups to show the world the great events they organize, but also to help other Affinity Groups while obtaining new ideas for innovative activities they can run themselves. Affinity Groups who submit event materials will receive Region 8 Young Professionals t-shirts as a token of our subcommittee’s gratitude.

We hope the Event Exchange Program will prove to be a valuable and useful tool for all Young Professional Affinity Groups in Region 8, and we look forward to achieving this goal with your help.

Contributed by Flavia Dinca, Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee Member