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Talk: Project Management Institute

Details of the event:
Date: 17th May 2017
Place: Cognizant Argentina offices
Number of participants: 15 Students

About the event:
IAS Student Branch Chapter of UTN-FRBA in collaboration of Cognizant bring the possibilities to assist to a Talk about project management. Cognizant is a global leader in business and technology services.
The talk takes place in the Cognizant Argentina offices where our students learn about how to make and follow different projects, unrelated how big or longer they are.

Summary:
• Introduction to what is a project
• The importance of organizing
• What are the management methodologies of a project?
• What are the PMI and PMBOK.


Alejandro Gabay, Project Manager in Cognizant


Student attendees

IEEE-IAS INSAT STUDENT BRANCH CHAPTER ACTIVITY REPORT

IEEE IAS INSAT Student Branch Chapter saw the daylight on 16 October 2014.

Since the founding of the student chapter. We aim to provide knowledge to our members through organizing various events, workshops, training…

Our mission is to make from our Student Branch Chapter a linking bridge between the academic and the professional fields for our student members.

IEEE IAS INSAT Student Branch Chapter 2017-2018 board and members’ worked together to fulfill these goals and to achieve a new level of success and prodigiousness.

This report presents our activities so far for the academic year 2017-2018.

Summary:

  • Lean Manufacturing and
  • Management Training Sessions
  • IEEE Day by IAS INSAT SB
  • Chapter
  • LabVIEW Training Sessions
  • Quality Management System
  • standards ISO 9001 certified
  • training
  • Industrial visit to SEA Latelec
  • Problem-solving workshop
  • Renewable Energy workshop

Lean Manufacturing and Management Training Sessions

Details of the training sessions:
Date: August 26th and 27th
Place: SESAME University
Number of participants: 18 students
Number of sessions: 2 sessions

The IEEE INSAT Student branch organized the “5 days of summer school” event in SESAME University. It’s a five-day event during which, training sessions and workshops were provided for the participants. Various themes have been selected, gathering all of the chapters and the affinity groups. It was a great opportunity for the participants to get started with IEEE activities for this current year and get prepared for the engineering career. This event is in collaboration with the freshly established IEEE SESAME Student Branch.

During this important event, the IAS INSAT Student branch chapter, arranged, for two days, a training session in Lean Manufacturing and Management: the first module of the Yellow Belt. Lean Manufacturing and Management is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. It is a great tool that helps the students learn how to manage a high-quality production process and help them face their professional career. These two-day courses were led by our great trainer, Mr. Amine ELABED, from the L2M center.

 

IEEE Day by IAS INSAT SB Chapter

Details of the event:
Date: 4th October 2017
Place: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, INSAT
Attendees: 200 IEEE INSAT Student members + 300 INSAT students (none members)
Topic: IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

IEEE Day’s theme is: Leveraging

Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefit s from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2017 is the 8th edition of the same and was celebrated on 4th October 2017.

This year IEEE INSAT Student Branch and IEEE IAS INSAT chapter took part in this celebration.

With only one goal, to make members and INSAT students know about Industry Applications Society and about our chapter activities, IEEE IAS INSAT organized a booth decorated with flyers, IAS INSAT banner and a big screen showing pictures of our special moments and our past events within IAS INSAT SB. 2

We invited students to our booth, provided them with information and answered all of their questions.

The member of the board as well as the

IAS volunteer’s worked on some projects exposed on the awaited day, for instance:

  • A led cube that shows our chapter name
  • A remote-controlled robot handing flyers to attract attendees to our booth.
  • A hologram that shows many photos in 3D.
  • A web application Quiz to help the participants know more about famous characters in the scientific field.

This organization was successful thanks to the great effort of IAS INSAT SB Chapter volunteers and members of the board.

 

LabVIEW Training Sessions

Details of the workshops:
Date: September 2017 – January 2018
Place: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, INSAT
Number of participants: 60 Students
Number of sessions: 8 sessions

Engineering is dedicated to meet human needs. Thus engineers must master several tools to contribute effectively to the advancement of technology, to stay ahead of the curve, to think beyond current challenges and to develop solutions for the future. Therefore, IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chapter organized a series of training sessions in LabVIEW in collaboration with National Instruments (NI) program LSA (LabVIEW Student Ambassador).

The LabVIEW Student Ambassador (LSA) Program empowers engineering students to learn the LabVIEW graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test and control systems.

All the participant students benefited from good quality workshops giving them the opportunity to achieve LabVIEW proficiency, certification, and product support.

The workshops were conducted by Saif FAIDI, who is LSA, senior year student in Industrial Computing & Automatic Control at INSAT. Participants learned the basics of LabVIEW, how to develop applications with the LabVIEW graphical development environment and create applications using the “state machine” design template.

 

Quality Management System standards ISO 9001 certified training

Details of the workshop:
Date: November 11th, 12th, and 18th
Place: IMDTEC (AQI) center, Borj-louzir, Ariana
Number of participants: 36 Students

IEEE IAS Chapter – INSAT Student Branch in collaboration with AQI (African Quality Institute), organized an international management system standards ISO 9001 2015 version certified training (International certificate).

The ISO 9001 standard defines requirements for the establishment of a quality management system for organizations wishing to continuously improve customer satisfaction and provide compliant products and services.

This certification will help the students know more about the quality management within the industries and improve their technical and professional skills in this field, as well as have an important asset in their resume.

 

Industrial visit to SEA

Details of the visit:
Date: November 22th
Place: SEA Latelec, Industrial Zone Charguia 1, 2035 Ariana Tunisia
Number of participants: 10 Students

About the visit:

Being an engineer is not only about following a thoroughly scientific and technical training but also about having a better understanding of the industry and its environment.

In this purpose IEEE, IAS Chapter INSAT student Branch organized an industrial visit to SEA Latelec in order to deepen the knowledge of its members in the industrial sector.

During the visit Mrs. Boutheina BOUSSETTA, Human resources Manager, – and Mr. Amine KAROUI,-Industrial engineer-, guided us and shared information about the company and the manufacturing process at SEA Latelec Tunisia.

About the company:

SEA LATelec is a Tunisian subsidiary of the LATECOERE group. It is the world No. 2 aeronautical cabling and specializes in the production of cable harnesses and aircraft equipment on board.

This company focuses mainly on three sectors: aeronautics, military, and space.

It was able to position itself second in the field of embedded wiring and has become the world leader in electrical furniture and the European leader in satellite cabling.

Problem-solving workshop

Details of the workshop:
Date: November 29th
Place: INSAT
Number of participants: 40 Students

This year IAS INSAT chapter is organizing for the first time an industrial forum under the theme of renewable energy that is going to take place on April the 7th.

This forum’s main purpose is to enlighten students on the theme of renewable energy and give them the chance to work with industry professionals.

The concept of the forum is as follows:

– Many teams will be formed.
– Every team will choose a project in the renewable energy field.
The teams will be matched to the appropriate industry that offers to coach the project.
– Every team will have a mentor and will be in connection with the industry through a member from the organization committee.
– A jury formed from industrials and professionals will choose the best projects on the day of the event

Therefore, IAS INSAT chapter organized the forum’s first workshop, (A problem-solving workshop) in order to help the teams choose their project and their teammates.

The workshop consists of:

An overview presentation treating the following subjects :

– Renewable Energy
– Potential themes
– Partnership with companies

  • First Step :

– Brainstorming on Energy problems existing in Tunisia
– Each participant filed in an individual survey in order to share his thoughts

 

  • Second Step :

The problem-solving technique consists of matching the potential problems, the passions, the stack holders and the solutions with each other.

  • Third step :

Each team will gather to discuss their potential projects
Each team will be handed a worksheet to give an overview about their project and the theme they will be focusing on.

  • Fourth step: Pitching 1.0

Each team had 5 minutes to present their idea and get feedback from all the other participants.

The workshop was concluded by a Business Model Canvas presentation given by the talented Mr. Aziz Ben Frija

 

Renewable Energy workshop

Details of the workshop:
Date: December 9th
Place: INSAT
Number of participants: 20 Students

In order to lay the groundwork for all the participants in the renewable energy industrial forum to be ready for the D-day, IAS-INSAT chapter organized a second workshop treating the most important topics of this field.

The workshop consisted mostly of presentations led by professionals in these subjects:

  • Biomass: it stands for getting energy by burning wood and other organic matter. It is classed as a renewable energy source because plant stocks can be replaced with new growth.Bioenergy systems offer significant possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions due to their immense potential to replace fossil fuels in energy production.

  • Photovoltaic panel and energy storage: the photovoltaic panel is a term which covers the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A typical photovoltaic system employs solar panels, each comprising a number of solar cells, which generate electrical power. PV installations may be ground-mounted, rooftop mounted or wall mounted.
  • Piezoelectric energy: The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure and latent heat leading to electric energy without depletion of natural resources.

The workshop was presented by Mr. Miladi Mansour expert Ph.D. student and professor and Ms. Saidi Rafika Ph.D. student in biology.

Event Highlight of IEEE Schenectady IAS Chapter

As part of the IEEE Schenectady Section, one of the oldest IEEE local sections which were established in 1903 in Schenectady, New York, the Industry Application Society (IAS) Schenectady Chapter has been actively engaged in motivating local volunteers, sponsoring and organising educational/technical events, seminars and distinguished lectures in the past one year (Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017). The executive committee of the IAS Schenectady Chapter currently consists of Chair Dr. Xu She and Vice Chair, Dr. Jiangbiao He, both are IEEE Senior Members and electrical engineers with GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY. The IAS Chapter has organized five seminars in the past one year, including inviting renowned electric engineers and experts from local companies as well as inviting international professors for seminars and distinguished lectures. Also, in all these seminars, the total number of attendees is more than 30 people every time. Such events and activities have significantly promoted the development of IAS in local areas.

A technical seminar titled “EMI Issues on Power Electronics” by Dr. Michael Schutten, a well-known electromagnetic interference (EMI) expert in power electronics area, was launched on September 8, 2016 (Fig. 1). There were more than 30 participants from local industries and universities. Very positive feedback from local IAS members and other IEEE society members was received after this seminar, which motivated more participants for the subsequent IAS seminars.

Driven by the strong interest from the local IAS members on electric machines, another seminar was co-organized by the IAS Schenectady Chapter and PES Schenectady Chapter on October 13, 2016. In this seminar, Dr. Manoj Shah, who is an IEEE Life Fellow and a recipient of IEEE Nikola Tesla Award, gave a talk titled “My 33+ Year Career at GE” (Fig. 2). Dr. Manoj Shah not only reviewed the development of electric machines in the past three decades but also made much advice to the young engineers and students about how to develop a successful career in electrical engineering.   

In addition to inviting local engineers and researchers to give seminars to the IAS chapter, the IAS Chapter also invited international professors to give lectures. On November 21, 2016, Prof. Ronghai Qu, who is an IEEE Senior Member and a well-recognized expert on electric machines from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China, was invited to give a seminar titled “Flux Modulation Machines — from Principle, Features, to Topologies” (Fig. 3). In this seminar, a novel and promising family of electric machines, i.e. named as flux-modulation machines (FMM) which produce steady torque based on flux-modulation effect, was introduced in the aspects of operating principle, features, and topologies. Very exciting discussions occurred among the 30+ participants, including engineers, professors, and college students.

Moreover, an IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecture, titled “Snubberless Naturally-Clamped Soft-Switching Bidirectional Current-Fed Converters”, provided by Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, delivered a distinguished lecture on June 30, 2017 (Fig. 4). In this lecture, Prof. Rathore presented that the naturally commutated bi-directional current-fed power converter topologies preserve the boost capacity and originality of the circuits, which are very beneficial for emerging applications requiring high voltage gains such as renewable energy integration, energy storage, and electric transportation.

 In collaboration with other IEEE local sister societies, such as Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, another seminar titled “Interfaces in Electrical Insulation – Seen from a Dielectric and Thermal Perspective”, was presented by Dr. Peter Morshuis from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. The presentation focused on how we can affect the properties of material interfaces from a dielectric and thermal perspective, which is of great significance for reducing the size of the electrical insulation interface. The seminar was also well attended by local IEEE members.

Fig. 1 Dr. Michael Schutten is giving a seminar to IAS Schenectady Chapter on EMI issues in power electronics on Sept. 8, 2016.   

Fig. 2 Dr. Manoj Shah is giving the seminar to IAS Schenectady Chapter on the development of electric machines on Oct. 13, 2016.

Fig. 3 Prof. Ronghai Qu is giving a seminar on flux modulation machines on Nov. 21, 2016.

Fig. 4 IAS Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Akshay Rathore is giving a lecture on soft-switching bidirectional current-fed converters on June 30, 2017

Authors’ Bio:

Jiangbiao He, Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member, Vice Chair of IEEE Schenectady IAS Chapter (2016-2017).

Xu She, Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member, Chair of IEEE Schenectady IAS Chapter (2016-2017).

Seminar on Power Electronics and Control

The 10th edition of the Seminar on Power Electronics and Control – SEPOC 2017 was organized by the IEEE IAS/IES/PES/PELS joint chapter of the IEEE South Brazil Section – R9 and the UFSM IAS SB Chapter from 22 to 25 October 2017 at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. The event theme was “Distributed Power Generation: Scenarios and Perspectives” and gathered more than 400 attendants. SEPOC 2017 had 4 Plenaries, 4 Discussion Panels, 7 Tutorials and 34 Technical Sections. The Plenary Sections were conducted by distinguished researchers on Power Electronics and Control.

Prof. Dr. María Inés Valla (National University of La Plata – UNLP, Argentina) presented a plenary entitled: “Power Converters and the Smart Grids: Model Predictive control of Multilevel Converters”. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Radecker (Fraunhofer Institute, Germany) gave a speech on “Demand and Supply of Energy – Smart Solutions are Saving Energy for Lighting”. The plenary of Prof. Ph.D. Huai Wang (Aalborg University, Denmark) was “Reliability of Power Electronic Systems – Challenges and State-of-the-Art”. The last speech was given by Prof. Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimarães (President-Director of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation – EMBRAPII) on “The Role of EMBRAPII in the R&D in Brazil: Opportunities for the Industry and University”. Fig. 1 shows a picture of plenary speakers and SEPOC 2017 organizing committee.

More than 120 technical papers were presented and discussed in several technical sections. The SEPOC 2017 promoted rich space for interaction among students, researchers and professionals. The event also had Exhibitors Area with power electronics related Companies and it was supported by Brazilian Grant Agencies. Since the year 2000, SEPOC has been contributing to the development and research in Power Electronics and Control in Latin America, and the 2018 edition is already being planned.

Fig. 1. Plenary speakers and SEPOC 2017 organizing committee (from the left to right: Caio R. Osorio, João M. Lenz, Prof. Maria I. Valla, Prof. Jose R. Pinheiro, Dr.-Ing. Matthias Radecker, Prof. Huai Wang and Prof. Rodrigo P. Vieira).

IEEE Day by IAS INSAT SB Chapter

Details of the event:

Date: 5th October 2016

Place: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, INSAT

Participants: 200 IEEE INSAT Student members + 300 INSAT students (none members)

Topic: IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2016 is the 7th edition of the same.

As every year since we established our Student Branch at INSAT, we celebrated this global event, but this year IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chapter took part in the celebration. We seized the occasion to make members and INSAT students know about Industry Applications Society and about our chapter activities.

We organized our information desk and decorated with flyers, IAS INSAT banner and with a special board that contained pictures of our special moments within IAS INSAT SB Chapter since its establishment in 2014. We invited students to our desk, provided them with information and answered their questions.

We also had IAS photo booth for every student who came to our desk. This organization was made successfully by IAS INSAT SB Chapter members and by Skander Khelil, IAS INSAT SBC vice chair and Ahmed Khabkhab IAS INSAT SBC Logistics & Treasury manager.

LabVIEW Training Sessions

Details of the workshops:

Date: November 2016 – March 2017

Place: National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, INSAT

Number of participants: 25 Students

Number of sessions: 8 sessions

Engineering is dedicated to meet humanity needs. Thus engineers must master several tools to contribute effectively to the advancement of technology, to stay ahead of the curve, to think beyond current challenges and to develop solutions for the future. Therefore, IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chapter organized a series of training sessions in LabVIEW in collaboration with National Instruments (NI) program LSA (LabVIEW Student Ambassador).

The LabVIEW Student Ambassador (LSA) Program empowers engineering students to learn the LabVIEW graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test and control systems. The student will provide fellow students and faculty members on campus with a series of workshops giving them the opportunity to achieve LabVIEW proficiency, certification and product support.

The workshops were conducted by Hichem BILLALI, who is LSA, senior year student in Industrial Computing & Automatic Control at INSAT and our friend.

Participants learned the basics of LabVIEW, they learned how to develop applications with the LabVIEW graphical development environment and created applications using the “state machine” design template.

We also invited Mr. Mehdi BOUZID, who is area sales manager at NI for a special workshop “Do Engineering” on 8 February 2017. The topic of the workshop included NI myRIO features and applications, he also gave us an introduction to NI myDAQ and in the end of the workshop an insight into ‘NI Technology preview‘. And of course his presence was so valuable, Mr. Mehdi answered all our questions concerning NI Student Design Contest: NI Graphical System Design Musabaka 2017 and about his journey as an engineer in National Instruments.

Submitted by

Islem CHERIF
IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chair 2016-2017

Industrial visit to Valeo DAV Tunisia

Details of visit:

Date: 15th May 2016 and 12th April 2017

Place: Z.I. Rue des Metaux, Ben Arous 2013

Number of Participants: 33 IEEE INSAT student members

About the visit:

IEEE IAS members had 2 industrial visits to Valeo Ben Arous, which is an important supplier, providing a wide range of products to auto manufacturers and after-markets.

The visit was insured by the HR general services coordinator Mr. Amine Belhadj. Thanks to the visits, we gained a better understanding of the company and its operations. It was both enjoyable and informative.

During the 1st visit we’ve met Mr. Sofiene NASRAOUI -Quality Engineer at Valeo- who explained to us the working of some machinery, allowing us to understand the functioning of different process and get answers to our questions.

Also we’ve met Mr.Abdel Karim MESKIN -Research & Development Engineer at Valeo- .Thanks to his detailed explanation that enabled us to know the role of R&D engineer which is creating new business opportunities by researching and inventing new engineering and manufacturing methods, as well as applying new knowledge and technology to improve existing methods.

During our 2nd visit to the company, Mrs Khouloud MANAI, HR coordinator welcomed us and presented the new changes in Valeo since last year. After that, Mr. Wassim TARHOUNI –Industrial maintenance engineer at Valeo- took us on tour and provided us with information, explaining some of manufacturing process. We were so glad to have the tour with Mr. Wassim since he was a student at our University (graduation 2014). Therefore he gave us priceless advices of how to succeed our studies at INSAT and achieve our goals after university. 

About the company: Smart Technology for Smarter cars

Valeo is an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide. As a technology company, they design innovative solutions for smart mobility, with a particular focus on intuitive driving and reducing CO emissions. The Group also provides and distributes spare parts for automakers and independent aftermarket operators. The company offers services in:

 

 Submission by

Islem CHERIF

IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chair 2016-2017

Industrial visit to MARQUARDT Tunisia

Details of visit:

Date: 26th April 2017

Place: Marquardt Tunisia, Industrial Zone-El Agba 2087, El Hrairia, Tunis, Tunisia

Number of Participants: 17 IEEE INSAT student members

About the visit:

An industrial visit was carried out at Marquardt Tunisie in ZI El Agba, on 26th April, 2017. The main objective behind the visit was to make students aware about how various activities related to manufacturing equipment, supply chain management and the production of injection molded components are carried out in the company and give them an insight into the automotive industry.

During the visit Mrs. Samia-Communication Manager- and Mrs. Leila -Industrial engineer- guided us and shared information about the company and the manufacturing process at MARQUARDT Tunisia.

About the company: Think Global – Act Local

Marquardt Tunisia has many years of experience in the assembly and production of injected molded components. The company takes pride in its new Research and Development Department which offers services to customers in the field of switches, sensors and controls. The following technologies and divisions can be found at the company:

  • Manual, semi and fully-automated assembly
  • Plastic manufacturing
  • Electronic manufacturing
  • Research and development

Submitted by:

Islem CHERIF

IEEE IAS INSAT SB Chair 2016-2017

GCET SBC: Web-Design SIG

WEB DESIGN SIG

 Introduction

IEEE GCET SB took an initiative to enhance skills and knowledge of their students in the field of Web Development and as its result they initiated SIG on bootstrap and WordPress. After successfully organising first workshop on Web Development series in July, 2016, IEEE GCET SB came with a two day SIG on ‘Bootstrap and WordPress’ on 15th and 16th February, 2017 at GCET. Continue reading GCET SBC: Web-Design SIG