April 2019 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

At the 2018 AGM I spoke with a number of industry members, all providing me with the same message, provide access to opportunities that don’t require travel. For that reason in each enotice this year you will have seen a new section on webinars. We have been looking for events around the world that will be of interest to you, and we plan on hosting a few webinars ourselves. The next supplementary initiative that launches today is the Sections YouTube channel. On this channel we will try and record as many local events as we can. We will be limited by venues with recording capability and approval by speakers to record and upload their presentations. We hope that you see this as a step in the right direction and we hope to build our library over the coming months and years. Please subscribe and once we reach 100 subscribers we can change the URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcHapDQ69e6XXlzH2R1Ui9Q

On the same token, we all know that IEEE TV is a great resource that comes with membership, but how many of us every check what is on it? For that reason, our newsletters will start to highlight some recent additions so you don’t miss out.

The Joint Institution Lecture Series (JILS) is a fantastic opportunity to give your research, technology or company vital exposure across the IEEE and IET network throughout the year. We need presenters, so if you would like the expose see section 2 for more details.

Progress has been made and a Student Branch Councillor has been appointed at Western Sydney University. For students interested in developing their leadership skills and driving IEEE activities at the university, please contact Dr Ranjith Liyanapathirana R.Liyanapathirana@westernsydney.edu.au.  We are still actively looking for a councillor to represent the University of Newcastle.

The first issue of IEEE Region 10 Newsletter for 2019 is now available and can be downloaded at https://www.ieeer10.org/r10-newsletter/

A huge thank you to ResMed for becoming one of the first companies agreeing to open their doors to our student members, providing a great industry opportunity. If you work for a large company. Why don’t you consider joining the initiative? It is a great way to give back and to gain access to great talent.

Have a great April and please feel free to get in touch with any feedback you may have on what we do here in NSW.

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


March 2019 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the IEEE Australia Council and R10 meetings in Melbourne. Key IEEE personnel from around the world was in attendance. Some of the key messages from the meeting included: the future of Region 10 within the IEEE; membership value creation; doing more for our industry/corporate members; and initiatives/opportunities that we should be considering locally.

If you have a great idea on a new program, product or service that would benefit the IEEE and its members then please consider applying for funding via the IEEE New Initiative Program with funding over US$100,000 available. Please see https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/initiatives/index.html for more details.

The IEEE’s slogan is based on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) plays an important role in helping the IEEE make a big difference. Funding up to US$60,000 is available for projects that will help make a difference. Can your idea help another community? Please see https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/humanitarian-activities-committee.html for more details.

On the 12th of March we are having the first Young Professionals meetup for the year. This is an opportunity to come together after work and grow your network, share ideas, engage and learn. Something as simple as a meetup is at the heart of the value that the IEEE can bring. If you have never been before, give it a try. You never know who you will meet and the connections you can make.

Have a great March and please feel free to get in touch with any feedback you may have on what we do here in NSW.

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


February 2019 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

I hope everyone is having a great start to February. It is definitely moving fast. As everyone returns to the work, the number of events available has started to pick up. As with our push last year there is great diversity in the locations of our various events. This includes our section meeting. Our March meeting will be held in the CBD, see section 6 for more information. Just remember, that the greatest value from IEEE membership comes from getting out and attending events and networking.

If you have not renewed your IEEE membership for 2019 time is running out. The 23rd of February is the date that 2018 memberships will expire. We have a jammed packed year of events planned with a special focus on Young Professionals. Don’t miss out.

We are currently 11 members away from reaching the 3000 membership level. Never a better time to encourage a friend to join. Just don’t forget the IEEE runs a referral program https://www.ieee.org/membership/join/member-get-a-member.html  to help you spread the benefits of membership!

A huge congratulations to the University of Wollongong PES SB Chapter for winning the IEEE PES High Performing Student Branch Chapter Award.

Congratulations to Past Section Chair Karu Esselle and his team for sending up the first Australian-designed antenna system deployed in space in almost two decades.

If you have any role in student branches or are interested in how you can better engage with student branches, please feel free to come to the training/planning meeting scheduled on the 22nd. More information in Section 3 below.

The Australia Council and R10 meeting will be held in Melbourne at the end of this month. All major IEEE leaders will be making their way to Australia.

Have a great February!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


January 2019 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

Welcome to 2019. I hope the celebrations and start to the year has been great. The NSW Section had a great year in 2018 and if you didn’t take the opportunity last month please respond to the following anonymous survey with 12 quick questions to help us reflect and guide us for the year ahead.


The NSW Section enters the new year with 2,945 members. I would like to encourage all members that have not renewed to do so as soon as possible to ensure your benefits continue. Don’t miss out on all the opportunities to engage with our large member base.

I would like to highlight to our student members the value in renewing your membership. For the small fee you pay you have access to events and opportunities worth many multiples of your membership fee.

Don’t forget the IEEE runs a referral program https://www.ieee.org/membership/join/member-get-a-member.html to help you spread the benefits of membership!

With lots of event planning already in the works, be prepared for many great IEEE opportunities throughout the year.

The first section meeting of the year will be held on the 4th of February, 7pm at Seminar Room 2 at the Library, Building Q, Northern Institute of TAFE St Leonards Campus, Gore Hill.

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


December 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

As 2018 comes to a close I would like to thank you for being or recently becoming an IEEE Member and for your contribution regardless of size.  As this is the final newsletter for the year I hope that you have a great festive season, stay safe and enjoy the New Year.

This year has been an extremely active year with over 120 events held in NSW. We have also worked hard to make progress on our strategic plan to provide greater value to our local members. We would appreciate your help in letting us know how well we went by completing the following anonymous survey (12 quick questions):



As we move towards 2019 I would like to encourage all members that have not renewed to do so as soon as possible to ensure your benefits continue into the New Year. Some reflection on the year:

Student Value

In particular, I would like to highlight to our student members the value in renewing your membership for 2019. Our retention rates for students are generally on the low side and I would like to reflect on some of the opportunities that were available in 2018. For the small fee paid you had access to:

  • Discounted registration fees at IEEE conferences
  • IEEE magazine
  • FREE networking and dinner at UNITE valued at over $55
  • Discounted $55 dinner and networking at the Section AGM
  • Over $3,500 spent on student branches (in 2019 we now have active student committees at USYD, UNSW, MQU, UTS and UOW) spent on networking lunches, field trips, technical activities and other professional development opportunities
  • Four (3 female and 1 male) $750 grants to attend the WIE International Leadership Summit in Brisbane
  • A Student and Young Professional received funding approval to attend the IEEE SYWL Congress in Bali
  • A student funded to attend IEEE Rising Stars in the USA
  • IEEE Day networking celebrations
  • Access to IEEE Xtreme
  • Access to local and international paper/project competitions
  • FREE access to Industry Day at TENSYMP2018
  • FREE access to many technical events around the state
  • And much, much more!

IEEE membership is a ticket to building your future and network. If you took advantage of all or some of the items listed above you would have gained much more in value than what you paid in membership fees. If you did not take advantage of the opportunities, please ask yourself why? Engaging in activities and leadership opportunities enhances your development and employment value substantially more than what your university experience can provide alone. Ensure you renew your IEEE membership and get involved and take on leadership positions wherever possible. Just remember it is best to learn from the mistakes and experiences as student branch leader than making those mistakes when employed. In 2019 we are also starting up a local mentor program with industry members. Don’t wait, renew today and increase your engagement!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section

November 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

Welcome to November, the month we hold the many Chapter AGMs along with the Section AGM and Section AGM Dinner. Please note that registrations have been purchased at a great rate and we now only have 17 tickets left for sale for the dinner. Purchase one before you miss out. http://sites.ieee.org/nsw/agm-2018/

Lots of congratulations are in order, on top of the two great announcements in our last e-notice. Congratulations to Mohamed Awadallah from UTS for achieving 2nd place and Harith Roshana Wickramasinghe from UNSW for achieving a commendation in the IEEE AC 2017 Postgraduate Student Paper Contest.

Congratulations also to our student branches for really standing out as being some of the best in the country. Second place for the IEEE AC 2017 Student Branch Contest was shared by Macquarie University and University of Wollongong. A commendation was awarded to University of Technology Sydney. I personally know how hard the student branches have worked to engage students with the IEEE and this recognition is truly deserved!

Last night we had the last section meeting for the year. I would like to thank all committee members for taking the time out of their busy lives to help shape the future of the section. We made a lot of progress this year and I am very thankful for everyone’s efforts. I would also like to thank John Aitken and Ray Brown as outgoing Secretary and Treasurer for the very large contributions they have made to the section over the many years. Thank you, you both have made a big positive impact on our section.

I hope I get a chance to meet you at our AGM on the 21st. Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great November!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


October 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

October brings about IEEE Day, a celebration to mark the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. This year the UTS Student Branch is hosting a gathering for all members. This is an opportunity to celebrate, network and share in some free pizza (see Section 3 below for more information). As part of the celebration the IEEE is providing a US$30 membership discount to first time members. If you know of anybody that would like to celebrate and share the benefits that the IEEE has to offer, they can register via the IEEE website between the 30/9 and 6/10 and enter in the code IEEEDAY18 to receive the discounted membership.

The new membership year has started with any new memberships purchased or renewed attributed to the 2019 year. That means new members get an extra 3months for free! Regardless of your membership type (student, YP, member etc.) I hope you found value in your membership in 2018 and decide to renew. While the section committee worked hard in 2018 the plan is to work harder and offer you more in 2019.

The IEEE AGM will be held in the late afternoon of the 21st of November at Rydges Sydney Central, a 5min walk from Sydney Central Train Station. Please mark this date in your calendar. After the AGM we will hold our AGM dinner and this will be an international buffet dinner valued at $55. A small fee of $6 will be charged to members to attend the dinner this year. We needed to introduce the fee this year to counter the growing number of members registering and not turning up to such catered events. Dinner is limited to 130 so please register soon to avoid disappointment. More information: http://sites.ieee.org/nsw/agm-2018/

IEEEXtreme registrations close this week. Make sure that students get a team together and participate in this amazing competition. It pushes students to the limits and provides a great statement piece for a CV or interview question. More information: https://ieeextreme.org/

Thank you to those that coted in IEEE elections and supported our NSW and Australian candidates. Education Society members please note that voting for the BoG ends on the 3rd of October. Please don’t forget we have a NSW member in the election. Vote now: https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE/login.cfm

Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great October!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


September 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

The IEEE is what it is because of volunteers that give up their time to provide services and opportunities for others. The NSW section is in such a strong position today thanks to the hard work of previous dedicated members. In particular, the contribution from John Robinson was immense. It is with great sadness I announce the passing of IEEE NSW Section and IEEE Australia Council past Chair John Lowe Robinson. John passed away at Ashburn House aged care facility Gladesville Saturday afternoon 1st of September 2018.

On behalf of the IEEE NSW Section I would like to extend my sincere condolences to John’s wife Olivia, his sons Elliott, and Lloyd, daughter Claire and their families.

The funeral service will take place at 1:30pm on Monday 10 September 2018. Service Refreshments will be served from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at the Crematorium. The funeral service location will be the Camellia Chapel Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Corner Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde NSW 2113 https://northerncemeteries.com.au/macquarie-park/

John Robinson served the IEEE NSW Section and IEEE for many years with distinction, great energy and dedication.

John served as IEEE NSW Section Chair (1999-2000), Treasurer (1990-1998 & 2009) and Secretary. He also served as IEEE Australia Council Chair (2003-2004) and PES Chapter Chair (2008-2009). Since joining the IEEE NSW Section Committee in 1980 he held numerous other Committee positions including Nominations, Professional Activities and Life Members Chair. He was nominated and won several Awards including the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award (2010) and PES Outstanding Engineer Award (2015). He was instrumental in the Organisation of GLOBECOM 1998, OCEANS 2010 and PICA 2001 which contributed to the Section’s finances. He was also instrumental in ensuring the success of the Oceanic Engineering Society NSW Chapter (Joint with Communications/Signal Processing) serving as Co-ordinator and Finance Officer.

May he rest in peace!

In other news, UNITE2018 was a huge success with about 7-8% of our membership in attendance. Those that attended really found the value possible from an IEEE membership. This is something that we will continue to build upon in the years ahead.

Congratulations to Catherine Nicholson, Naomi Stringer, Meriam Guy and Ibrahim Anwar for receiving funding to attend the IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit in Brisbane in November. The event has an impressive line-up of speakers and scheduled events and is targeted at both males and females. The cost of the event is extremely low compared to similar commercial offerings. More information: http://sites.ieee.org/wieils-aus-2018/

We now have a Student Branch committee formed at the University of Sydney. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen and congratulations to the new leadership team. USYD members please get in touch with Robert Webster and Donald Azuatalam to find out how you can also get involved and make the most from an IEEE membership.

IEEE Elections are underway and I encourage everyone to cast a vote. The three sections in R10 with the highest participation rate will receive funding bonus. Please note we have Australians in the race for R10 Director-Elect and Computer Society Board of Governors.

The IEEE NSW Section AGM will be held in the late afternoon of the 21st of November near Sydney Central Train Station. Please mark this date in your calendar. More details will be provided in the coming weeks. IEEE Day is on the 2nd of October and we hope that we can announce some celebrations shortly.

If you would like to submit an article for the October issue of Circuit, please send your article to the editor Bill Sloman by the 17th of September bill.sloman@sophia-elektronica.com

Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great September!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


August 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

This is your last chance to be a part of a new major initiative aimed at uniting all our members and technical societies for a free dinner, networking and exhibiting products/services/technologies etc. Currently we are at 192 registrations, so it is going to be a great event. Don’t miss out and don’t miss out on the opportunity on exhibiting at the simple cost of a donation. Registration closes on the 7th. More information: http://sites.ieee.org/nsw/ieee-unite-2018/

The 24th of August also marks the last day (final extension) for research and practitioner submissions for IEEE TALE2018, the flagship Asia-Pacific education conference of the IEEE Education Society. The conference is on track to be the biggest TALE conference to date, so please if you are interested in making a difference in education this is your last chance to submit. The practitioner stream does not require research papers. More information about the conference: https://tale2018.org

This month is also the last month to apply for the NSW IEEE Volunteer Awards. If you have made a positive contribution to the IEEE or if you know someone please nominate. Great work should be recognised. Awards will be presented at the section AGM in November. More details: http://sites.ieee.org/nsw/awards-recognition/

A big thank you to our student branches for being very active over the year. They have really been putting up some great events. If you are a student member, be sure you get involved in the branch as that is how you unlock real value from IEEE membership. We have also had a few student technical chapters created over the last 2 months and this is such a positive thing to do and I congratulate all students involved in doing this.

Also, we have IEEEXtreme 12.0 registrations opening soon. This is a 24hour problem solving/coding competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students with an expectation of having 5,000 teams participate this year. Last year teams from NSW dominated nationally, and we also had a group of first year students come 32nd in the world! Talk to your student branch for more information. If your university does not have a branch please contact our Student Activities Coordinator to start a discussion of starting one up. Email: arslan.kiyani@gmail.com

Over the last few months I have been trying to create a register of IEEE industry/business members willing and available to integrate their experience into universities. Currently, we only have had 3 people register. Supporting universities and sharing knowledge is a great way to give back and I really encourage people to sign up. See the opportunities section for more information.

At Monday’s section meeting we will be spending the second hour looking at the responsibilities of various committee members and looking to refine them to maximise effectiveness and to identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Feel free to come along and add your input. Meeting details at the end of this newsletter.

Please explore the opportunities being provided by the section this month and add value to your IEEE membership.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great August!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


July 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

TENSYMP2018 is currently underway bringing bright minds from throughout region 10 to Sydney. There is still an opportunity to register for Industry Day being held this Friday the 6th of July. We are offering free registrations to our student members.

On Monday Arslan Kiyani was voted in as the new IEEE Student Activities Chair. This month we are looking for someone in industry to take up a Section Mentor Chair. We are looking to start up a mentoring program for our student and young professional members and we need someone that can help make this happen. Please email me an expression of interest.

We are a month away from UNITE2018 a free networking and dinner event uniting all our members and exposing the benefits of the IEEE. Most of our technical chapters are coming on board such as PES, Edu, VTS, AP/MTT and IMS. There will also be opportunities to reach out to TISP, Young Professionals and Student groups. You can also discuss upgrading your membership status. If you have research, products or services that you would like to promote to the IEEE community, exhibits are available and are at the cost of a donation. Register now!

Please explore the opportunities being provided by the section this month and add value to your IEEE membership.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great July!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section


June 2018 – Message from the Chair

Dear IEEE Member

Something discussed frequently is value of membership. To extract value from IEEE membership it is important that you engage with events and opportunities. It is through engagement that you develop your network and advance knowledge. In this month’s newsletter there are many opportunities being advertised that cater to all members. For example, there are multiple opportunities to gain recognition of the work you do including the announcement for the new NSW Section Outstanding Volunteer awards. This month we are also providing funding for the WIE Leadership Summit and calling out for a new Student Activities Chair.

For those in industry a number of opportunities to share and give back are promoted. This commences with the Industry Day at IEEE TENSYMP (see full details here) being held in Sydney in early July, followed by UNITE2018 in August in which we are offering exhibits for the cost of a donation. We also have industry events and day pass associated with IEEE TALE2018 being held in Wollongong in December. More importantly, we are looking for industry members to give back and engage with our student members.

Please explore the opportunities being provided by the section this month and add value to your IEEE membership.

The next issue of Circuit will be released in July. Should you have an article that you would like to share, please send your article to our editor by the 15th of June. bill.sloman@ieee.org

There is also a call for articles to the R10 newsletter. If you have something to share with the region submit an article via http://bit.ly/r10nlsjul18

Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or comments. Have a great June!

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section