A word from Young Professionals of Poland

The Young Professionals of Poland had a very successful 2014 which they hope will be the backbone of another big year ahead.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

The affinity group was responsible for organising the IEEE Region 8 Student & Young Professional Congress which was held in Krakow from 6th – 10th of August 2014. The participants of the congress were students, graduate students and young professionals from universities of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

 

The aim of the Congress was to exchange ideas and experiences among young scientists representing broad fields of science related to electronics and electrical engineering, establishing international cooperation between young engineers, as well as to help students in choosing a career path.”  says Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

Key presenters and topics:

  • Zbigniew  Kąkol  –  Vice-­‐Rector  AGH  -­‐  University  of  Science  and  Technology
  • Jacek  Guliński  –  Under-­‐Secretary  of  State  at  the  Ministry  of  Science  and  Higher  Education  − Andrzej  Jajszczyk  -­‐  Director  of  the  National  Science  Centre
  • Leszek  Grabarczyk  –  Deputy  Director  of  the  National  Centre  for  Research  and  Development
  • Martin  Bastiaans  –  IEEE  Region  8  Director  − Ryszard  Jachowicz  -­‐  IEEE  Poland  Section  Chair
  • Rafal  Sliz  –  Region  8  Young  Professionals  Coordinator
  • Pablo  Herrero –  Vice-­‐Chair,  Student  Activities  (OpCom)
One of many workshops

One of many workshops

The  official  launch  of  the  Congress  took  place  at  the  Wawel  Castle  courtyard.  The  Opening Ceremony  gathered  Congress  participants  including  IEEE  authorities,  local  government  officials  and  invited  guests.

Plenary  sessions  formed the core focus of  the  Congress.  They  were  conducted  by  IEEE  representatives  and  focused  on  topics  of  students  and  young  scientists  and  their  role  in  the  organization  of  the  IEEE,  career  opportunities,  successes  and  future  in  IEEE.  Discussion  panels  were  held  along  with  sessions  including  president  elect  debate.

Interaction with Industry

Interaction with Industry

Organizing of such a congress was a great challenge, mainly logistically, but thanks to the passion and drive of local Students and YP’s,  this meeting as a huge success. This event had a significant impact of the support for the scientific, educational, and professional activities of IEEE organization and spreading of its ideas.

 

Article contributed by Jacek Kołodziej, the YP Chair of Poland.

There is somethIEEEng about Norway

A recently established IEEE Young Professionals affinity group in Norway is the focus of today’s article. The group quickly set out some goals to create awareness about its purposes and activities between IEEE members and non-members. In order to achieve that, a STEP event titled “Opportunities for Young Professionals in IEEE” which took place on October 7th in Trondheim at NTNU, the main university for higher education in engineering and technology in Norway.

IEEE Day in Norway

IEEE Day in Norway

The event tried to answer the following questions:

  • Who is considered a Young Professional in IEEE?
  • What exactly is this Young Professional Affinity Group about?
  • Why should I be active in IEEE as a Young Professional?
  • How do I get involved?

Mixing short informative presentations with group activities, it was possible to show to the 31 participants (17 IEEE members and 14 non-members) that there are myriad of opportunities within the IEEE to assist with evaluation of their career goals, polishing their professional image, and creating the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.

Human IEEE

Human IEEE

In addition, IEEE Day was also celebrated. The main teamwork activity challenged participants to take pictures that best represent the theme of IEEE Day 2014: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. All groups were extremely creative and the cooperative work produced high quality pictures. Afterwards, it was a hard job for the organization the selection of just a few pictures to be posted in the IEEE Day photo contest.

IEEE Human Jack

IEEE Human Jack

All in all, the event was very successful in its main goal. The evaluations have shown that most of participants were not aware of IEEE programs and tools of special interest to YPs, such as ResumeLab, MentorCentre, E-learning tools, and some of the community and humanitarian activities. Moreover, some of participants became new members and others volunteered to contribute with the AG activities and to promote IEEE in their network.

News contributed by Erick Alves, Chair – IEEE Young Professionals, Norway

 

Spotlight on Nigerian Young Professionals

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I have put together this short report on the IEEE Young Professionals activities within Nigeria. The Young Professionals group is chaired by Abdullateef Aliyu, a telecommunication Engineer and senior manager with Phase3 Telecom.

Young Professionals of Nigeria

Young Professionals of Nigeria

The YP group is very active and runs a very popular webinar series. This webinar forms part of the quarterly webinar series and the topic is based on the outcome of regular polls conducted by the members of the affinity group. This is a very good way of engaging with members and delivering topics that actively promote participation. One of the upcoming webinars focuses on “Optical Fibre Deployment in Nigeria”. This part 1 will address most challenges related to Optical fibre deployment that include and not limited to planning, execution and optical link budget.

A well defined strategic plan

A well defined strategic plan

The YP group has developed a well defined strategic plan which involves: assisting with unemployment, student recruitment, publications prioritisation, focus on awards, major project involvement and numerous technical/non technical meetings.

Engr. Rapheal Onoshakpor Presents the Award to the YP Chair Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu

Engr. Rapheal Onoshakpor Presents the Award to the YP Chair Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu

The YP group was also awarded the outstanding affinity group award in 2014, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the chair and his team of volunteers.

The GOLDRush team would like to congratulate the IEEE Young Professionals of Nigeria for their dedication and hard work.

If you would like to keep up to date with their activities or you are a IEEE member in Nigeria wishing to join this great group of volunteers then please visit their official Facebook Page. You can also follow the group on Twiter

News contributed by Dr. Eddie Custovic, Editor-In-Chief, GOLDRush 

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