An unforgettable 2010. Roll on 2011!

Highlights of 2010

  • 63 participants and 18 interviewers participated in our annual Practice Interviews
  • The postgraduate team, for the first time in Branch history, took out the Endace Cup, our annual indoor soccer tournament
  • ‘D++, Would You Like to Fix Nitish?’ won the ECE Quiz Night, sponsored by Aviat Networks
  • We held our first ever public debate, on the topic of software patents
  • We ran field trips to the Sky Tower and Stebbing Recording Centre

IEEEXtreme 4.0: We had fourteen teams enter the IEEEXtreme 4.0 programming competition, held for 24 hours over Labour weekend.  Our contingent performed extremely well again.  Congratulations to Tlura Quefrency, comprising Ronald ChanTapio Saarinen and Ralph Versteegen, who placed second in the entire world, solving all 17 problems in an accumulated 170:36:02.  Congratulations also to the Unfathomable Fathoms, namely Itamar Amith, Glen Robertson and Danver Braganza, who solved 16 problems in 178:09:59 to rank 15th in the world.

ANZSCON 2010: The year ended with eight of our members representing Auckland at the first ever Australia and New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON) in Melbourne.  It was a superb event and the contingent made a good name for the UoA SB, networking Auckland widely and leading the social scene (or *cough* so we like to think).  On a serious note, congratulations to our own Josheel Pran Lal, who came third in a nail-bitingly close project competition with his final-year mechatronics project, just three points (out of 200) off the winner.

GINI Student Branch Network 2011 – Excite!
There are exciting plans to advance an Australian and New Zealand Student Branch network in 2011, broadening your network in the IEEE.  The network is part of an Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) initiative called the Global Integrated Network of IEEE. Volunteers from all over Australia and New Zealand agreed in principle on this at ANZSCON and they’ll be working hard to bring more joint events with other universities (in our case, mostly Canterbury and AUT) in 2011.

At ANZSCON, UoA SB member Amit Pandey was elected to take over our outgoing chair Chuan-Zheng Lee’s role as GINI Co-ordinator for Australia and New Zealand.  Our Student Branch looks set to play a significant role in this, so watch this space!

Looking ahead – stay involved!

Graduating and starting work?
Congratulations on surviving your degree!  Your IEEE membership is about to get even better.  When you renew for 2011, you’ll become a member of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) network.  New Zealand North Section has a very active GOLD Affinity Group, or if you’re relocating overseas (or somewhere else in NZ), there’s bound to be an active GOLD Affinity Group wherever you’re moving.  Stay involved!  GOLD will bring you a realm of new benefits and opportunities, including webinars on professional development, technical knowledge and humanitarian activities.

Graduating and starting postgrad?
You’ll become a Graduate Student Member.  Don’t forget to update your Education Profile to show that you’re doing postgraduate study!  (Log in, click “My Account” and look on the left.)  This will allow you to continue to pay student dues and be a confirmed member of the UoA SB.  As a Graduate Student Member, you’ll continue to get the benefits of student membership, including large discounts on international conference registrations. Like full members, you’ll get voting rights in IEEE elections too.

Have you renewed for 2011 yet?
It’s not too late!  Renew for 2011 with a credit card online now at  Avoid the hassle at the beginning of next year, make sure that your membership and your subscription to IEEE Spectrum continue uninterrupted through the summer, and get the most value for your money – memberships always expire at the end of the calendar year, so the earlier you renew, the more you get!  If you have any trouble renewing, don’t hesitate to let us know.

A farewell
This marks the end of my (Chuan-Zheng’s) and Andrew’s term as Chair and Vice-Chair of your Student Branch.  It’s been a real privilege to serve in those roles for two years.  I particularly want to thank the Student Branch Executive Committee for being such an awesomely fun, dedicated and capable team to work with.  As some of you might know, the Nominating Committee nominated Hengjie Wang to lead the Branch in 2011-2012.  We have every confidence that he and the Executive Committee will continue to keep our Student Branch one of the most active in the world.

Have a well-deserved break, and see you in 2011!