IEEE Student Branch Lecture Series:

The initiative, started under the guidance of Dr. B. Viswanathan, Dean(SEEE), SASTRA University, is aimed at organising lectures, which will create general awareness among the participants on various topics, and promoting the research interests. Students will gain exposure to various topics of contemporary relevance. Under this initiative, the following lectures have been organised.

  1. LS-01 “A Brief Overview of Research and its prospects” by Dr. Uma Maheshwari, Associate Dean-School of Chemical Biotechnology, SASTRA University, October 2013
  2. LS-02 “Nanosensors and their real time applications” by Dr. John Bosco Balaguru, Associate Dean(Research),-SEEE, SASTRA University, January 2014
  3. LS-03 “Importance of Nuclear Power Plants” by Dr. P. Swaminathan, Dean, School of Computing, SASTRA University, February 2014
  4. Ls-04 “Solar Photovoltaics and the present trends” by Dr. Bairava Ganesh, AP, School of EEE, SASTRA University, August 2014
  5. LS-05 “Essential Mathematics for Engineering Projects” by Dr. K.Kannan, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences, SASTRA University, September 2014
  6. LS-06 “Embedded Systems and VLSI Design-The present scenario” by Prof J. Siva, AP, and Prof. R.Sundararaman, AP, SEEE, SASTRA University, October 2014, in collaboration with ASCIEE.

IEEE Membership Awareness Programs:

To enlighten the students of the university about the various benefits of IEEE Membership plays a vital part. IEEE Student Branch at SASTRA, has conducted IEEE membership awareness programs, as a part of their Membership Development Initiatives. These sessions were handled by members of the Student Branch, who explained some of the various benefits of IEEE Student Membership. Some highlights of the various programs are as follows:

  1. IEEE Membership Awareness Camp, September 12th, 2013. Addressed by Mr. Avireddy Hemesh, Chairman IEEE SB (2013-14). Dr. S. Venkatesh, Counselor, IEEE SB (2013-14) and Dr. R. Ganapathy, Co-ordinator, IEEE SB(2013-14) also gave their valuable inputs to the audience.
  2. IEEE Membership Awareness Program, December 27th, 2014, Addressed by Ms. Nandhitha Venkatesh, Secretary IEEE SB (2014-15). Dr. R. Ganapathy, Counselor, IEEE SB(2014-15) gave his own views about the benefits of IEEE Membership.
  3. IEEE MAP 2015 for Second and Third Years, September 25th, 2015, Addressed by Mr. T.M. Lakshman, Chairman, IEEE SB (June 2014 to October 2015) and Mr. R.Sudharshan, Head-M&P, IEEE SB (June 2014 to October 2015). Prof. M. Balasubramanian, Counselor, IEEE SB, also spoke to the audience about his experiences as IEEE member.
  4. IEEE MAP 2015 (For First Years), December 30th, 2015, Addressed by Mr. R.Sudharshan, Chairman, IEEE SB (Nov 2015 to present). Prof. M. Balasubramanian, Counselor, IEEE SB, gave his valuable inputs.
  5. IEEE MAP 2016 (For First and Second Years), September 1, 2016 Addressed by Mr. M. Sanjay, Chairman, IEEE SB and Benefits of IEEE by Mr. B. Ashvanth, Treasurer, IEEE SB were the highlights.

Internship Guidance Programs:

Research internships at top research institutions, and industrial internships in core industries, add immense value to the profiles of engineering students. In order to provide proper guidance to the students, while applying for internships, writing statements of purpose or the write-ups, and regarding the application procedures, and to create a general awareness about the various opportunities and the value of such internships, IEEE SASTRA SB, conducted IEEE SASTRA SB Internship Guidance Program 2014 on 20th October 2014.

Various students of the University, who had pursued their internships at various research institutions and core industries, were the resource persons on the day. The program also included a Skype Call from Mr.T.L.Prasanna Venkatesan, Co-founder, Hubvents.com, who briefed about the importance of taking up internships and how IEEE supplements that.

As a follow-up to this event, IEEE Student Branch at SASTRA, has created a Facebook Page: IEEE SASTRA University Internship Guidance Forum. Through this page, regular updates about various internship opportunities are shared with the viewers. Proper guidance is provided with the help of different resource persons for the users through requests on the page.

Workshops:

Workshops are the one of the most efficient means of imparting practical knowledge. Apart from what students experiment with, in the laboratories, the workshops provide an opportunity for the participants to gain practical exposure and hands-on experience on various topics.

IEEE Student Branch, in the past, has organised the following workshops.

  1. Programming and Prototyping Products using Microcontrollers” Handled by Mr. Rajeev Ranjan Jha, Lead, Openhware. This workshop was conducted in two phases. Phase One on January 19, 2014 on Basics of Microcontrollers and the prerequisites for the workshop. Phase Two, held on Feb 1st 2014, the main topics were dealt. A workshop kit, containing Atmega 8 controller, a programmer, USB cable, resistors and LEDs were provided.
  2. Virtual Instrumentation and its Engineering Applications-LabVIEW” Handled by Prof. R. Sundararaman, AP, SEEE, SASTRA University. This workshop was held in October 2014.The workshop focused on basics of NI-LabVIEW and some specific applications such as data acquisition and waveform generation.
  3. “PCB Design Workshop” Handled by Dr. James A Baskaradas, SAP(ECE) and Prof N. Raju, AP-3(ECE), SEEE, SASTRA University. This workshop was held, in association with ASCIEE, on 28th February 2016. The workshops concentrated on basics of PCB Design using Eagle Platform. Then the participants were given hands on experience with their own kits on how to make their own PCB Boards. Each team was provided with a kit consisting of basic components required to make a simple PCB.

IEEE Student Branch aims to conduct more such workshops in the near future. Stay tuned to the website for updates.

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) 2014:

The Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing different fields. IEEE SASTRA University SB conducted SPAC 2014, on March 8th 2014. With around 220 participants from various fields of engineering and various academic institutions, SPAC 2014 was a grand success. The event had eminent speakers from industry, academia and IEEE. There was a panel discussion, containing all the resource persons, during which the participants got their chances to ask their doubts, which were clarified by the panelists. This, has been the biggest event organised by IEEE SASTRA SB so far. For more details about SPAC 2014, Visit: www.sastra.edu/spac2014

IEEE Day 2015:

IEEE Day:  Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. IEEE Day is celebrated worldwide by student branches, IEEE Sections, Regions, Affinity Groups etc. with various events and activities marking the day. IEEE SASTRA SB, started celebrating IEEE Day with an event from 2015.

IEEE Day 2015 was celebrated on 6th October 2015, with the theme: Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2015 was marked by a technical quiz contest, with the prelims on the previous day. The finals of the contest was held on IEEE Day, along with a couple of presentations on some interesting technologies, by Mr. A.R.Singaravadivel, Chairman, ASCIEE and Mr. R. Sudharshan, Chairman, IEEE SB. The celebrations were organised in association with ASCIEE.

IEEE Day 2016:

IEEE Day 2016, was celebrated on 12, 13, 14 October 2016, with the theme “Advancing Technology For Humanity”, by conducting series of events.

Analysing circuits – This event is based on predicting the output or debugging the given circuits, and conducted by R. Methuneshwaran and K. Mounika, IEEE SB Members.

Article writing – The participants have to write an article on the theme Technology for Humanity in about 150 words. This was conducted by Vishnu Sai and K. Mohan, IEEE SB Members.

Coding Contest – The participants have to code for the given problem statement. The event was hosted online through QuestionWriter Platform conducted by MN Tarun Kumar, Rajesh A, Srirag CS.

Idea Presentation – This event was hosted on the theme of Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow conducted by Archanaa S and Ragini R, IEEE SB Members.

Quiz – The quiz covered various fields and disciplines, pertaining to technology and science, which happens to be the very purpose of the foundation of IEEE and conducted by M. Sai Vignesh, Ramyashree, Tejasree, Shaik Aaisha, IEEE SB Members.

Whatsapp Quotes – The participants have to send the two lines quotes on the theme of IEEE conducted by Adithiyan and Balaji, IEEE SB Member. The best ten quotes published in our SB Website.

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) 2016:

SPAC 2016 was conducted by the Student Branch on March 19th and 20th, 2016. Ten resource persons were invited from industry, academia and IEEE. The resource persons covered topics on various benefits and opportunities of IEEE membership, Startups and entrepreneurship, internship preparation etc. The Conference also included a brainstorming session on “Smart Cities, Smarter Solutions” and an idea presentation event on the theme “Humanitarian Technologies”. Around 100 IEEE Members and Non-members from various institutions in Madras Section attended the conference. SPAC 2016 was a grand success, with overwhelming positive feedback from the speakers as well as participants. There were several group activities held, to emphasize the importance of networking and IEEE.

Other Events:

Apart from the events mentioned above, IEEE SASTRA SB have organised the following events exclusively for IEEE Student Members from the university.

  1. A session on MATLAB-by Mr. Avireddy Hemesh, Chairman, IEEE SB (2013-14).
  2. A session on Adobe Photoshop-by Mr. Mohana Sai Edara, Design Lead, IEEE SB (2013-14)
  3. A visit to Anusandhan Kendra (ASK)-SASTRA’s Research Hub, to see and get to know about the research projects going on at SASTRA.
  4. To explore the technical skills of students, our SB conducted Online Tech test series covering the major technical subjects in ECE, EEE, EIE, CSE, IT, and ICT streams (2016).
  5. To explore our IEEE Members, a series of talk sessions, every week were arranged by our SB, where our IEEE Members gave technical talks on the topics of their choice.