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.

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

There is also a call for articles to the R10 newsletter. If you have something to share with the region submit an article via

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

Sasha Nikolic – Chair, IEEE NSW Section