New groups expand IEEE network

Two new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) groups: the Women in Engineering (WIE) affinity group and Computer Society student chapter will enhance La Trobe's vibrant engineering and technology professional community.

Formed in 1963, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on a variety of areas: ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

La Trobe University has one of the most active IEEE branches within Australia and our membership is growing rapidly. The branch provides both professional and technical services to its members, as well as fostering networking between disciplines.

We are proud to introduce two new groups to the La Trobe University IEEE branch: the Women in Engineering Affinity (WIE) group and Computer Society student chapter. The groups will provide new opportunities, services, activities and enhance the existing IEEE community at the university.

The IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group will promote and recognise La Trobe's vibrant community of women in Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Harmony Yu  (Interim chair) and advisor Dr. Song Wang will lead this initiative and they hope to influence other women to join the group.

The IEEE Computer Society student chapter aims to be a community for leaders in computer science and technology by providing information, networking and career development. The chapter interim chair is James Hegedus and the chapter advisor is Dr.Eric Pardede.

Both groups have inspiring events planned for 2015. The Computer Society chapter has an activity in the pipeline, with a "Game Programming Workshop Series" hosted by Thomas Wright scheduled for Wednesday 25 May.

How to get involved

To join the Women in Engineering affinity group complete the IEEE Women in Engineering application form on the IEEE website.

To contact the affinity group chair please email Harmony Yu

To join the Computer Society student chapter complete the IEEE Computer Society Membership form on the IEEE website (select the student option).

To contact the chapter chair please email James Hegedus

Image: From left to right: Dr. Song Wang (WIE advisor), Dr. Eric Pardede (CS Advisor), Dr. Eddie Custovic (Counselor),  James Hegedus (CS Chair), Harmony Yu (WIE Chair) and Matthew Felicetti (Student Branch Chair)

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