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Hey everyone =)

With over 200 members our Student Branch is thriving, and it definitely makes us one of the largest Student Branches in Region 10 – excite!

We now have members from a huge range of fields:

  • Electrical and Electronic engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Computer Systems engineering
  • Mechatronics engineering
  • Computer Science as well as
  • Engineering Science and Biomedical Engineering – a first in Student Branch history!

Thanks for all of your efforts everyone! Watch this space and keep in touch – we’ll be sending out your usernames and passwords for your “myIEEE” login at the main IEEE website soon.

Looking forward to an epic 2011 =)

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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

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UoA SB team places second in the world in IEEEXtreme


Congratulations to Team Tlura Quefrency, comprising University of Auckland Student Branch members Ronald Chan, Tapio Saarinen and Ralph Versteegen, who placed second in the world in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour programming competition!

Ronald, Tapio and Ralph were one of just ten teams to solve all seventeen problems in the competition.  Teams were then ranked on the basis of the sum of submit times for each problem and the number of incorrect submissions.  The result puts them at the top of Region 10 (Asia-Pacific).  (The winning team was from the Region 8 (Europe-Middle East-Africa).)

Fourteen teams from the University of Auckland Student Branch were among over 900 internationally to battle it out in an intense programming competition on Labour weekend, from 1 p.m. Saturday 23 October to 1 p.m. Sunday 24 October (New Zealand Daylight Time).  Unfathomable Fathoms (who by an administrative mix-up are called “Placeholder1” in the rankings), comprising Itamar Amith, Glen Robertson and Danver Braganza, solved sixteen problems and finished 15th in the world.

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IEEE/ECE Quiz Night

The IEEE Student branch proudly presents the 2010 Quiz Night! The quiz has been sponsored by Aviat Networks (, the ECE Department and IEEE NZ-North.

Dr. Mark Andrews has agreed to be the MC for the night and there will be upto $200 in prizes up for grabs for the top team of the night! There will be lots of free food, beer and a range of other non-alcoholic drinks. It has always been an awesome night and this year will be no different so don’t miss out!

Quiz Night details:

Date: Tuesday 28 September
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Engineering Cafeteria
Cost: Absolutely nothing!

If you would like to register then please email with the following template:

Team entry form for the IEEE/ECE Dept. Quiz Night 2010

Team Name:

1. Name, specialisation and year
2. Name, specialisation and year
3. Name, specialisation and year
4. Name, specialisation and year
5. Name, specialisation and year
6. Name, specialisation and year
7. Name, specialisation and year
8. Name, specialisation and year

Vegetarian Pizza required? Yes/No


Field Trip to Sky Tower

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch are proudly hosting a field trip to the Sky Tower. This trip will offer future engineers at the University of Auckland a chance to experience some great sights related to the communications industry and includes opportunities to:

  • View the world’s largest FM combining system, broadcasting 16 FM radio stations from one antenna
  • See the communications duct: a vertical tunnel running right from the bottom to the top of the tower, containing among other things fibre optic, coaxial and 11kv power cables
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views from the public observation decks

Due to VERY limited places for this field trip, those who are selected to participate in the field trip will be allocated with much emphasis on a “first come, first served” basis.

Field Trip Details:

  • Date: 30/08/10
  • Time: Meeting at 10:30am, field trip commences at 11am
  • Place: Those who are selected to participate will be informed of a meeting place via. email
  • Duration: The field trip itself will last approximately an hour (not including migration to and from)


To register for the event please send an email containing the following information to

  • Name
  • IEEE Membership Number
  • Year and Specialisation
  • A brief description of why you wish to attend this field trip

Due to the limited numbers we are able to take on this field trip we will not be able to guarantee participation to all those who apply. Those selected for the field trip will be informed via email.

IEEE/ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament

Hey everyone,
The annual IEEE/ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament is coming up soon. Who’ll take home the Endace Cup? Will Mechatronics go undefeated two years in a row?

When: Friday 27th August, 2pm to 5pm (Friday of Week 6)
Where: University Recreational Centre (Gym)

Note that the team structure has changed from previous years!
Specialisations have two teams, with 2nd and 3rd years combining into one team.

Computer Systems Part 2/3
Computer Systems Part 4
Electrical & Electronic Part 2/3
Electrical & Electronic Part 4
Software Part 2/3
Software Part 4
Mechatronics Part 2/3
Mechatronics Part 4
Computer Science
For those of you wanting to play, contact your class rep who will be responsible for organising your respective team, so sign up fast!

The format is 5-a side knockout, 15 minutes a game and with sudden death penalty shootouts.

The draw and any further rule changes will be sent to your class reps.
For those that haven’t yet become IEEE student members, there are still benefits to be had. We’ll have a sign up stall on the day for those that are interested; not to mention free pizza and drinks for tournament participants =)

Who will take home the trophy? Come along and support your specialisation!
The Executive Committee
University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch

Proudly sponsored by Endace (

Field Trip to Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch proudly present a field trip to Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd, to be held on Thursday 12 August.

Stebbing Recording Centre started out as a recording studio in the mid-1940’s and since then has expanded into cassette, VHS, CD and DVD replication, as well as DVD and Blu-ray authoring.  Their CD/DVD replication factory in Ponsonby is the only fully integrated replication plant in New Zealand, creating the CDs and DVDs from raw polycarbonate. This field trip is an excellent opportunity for IEEE Student Members to see a high-tech industrial automation facility that incorporates all areas of electrical and computer engineering.

Field Trip Details

Date: Thursday 12 August

Time: 9am-11:30am

Note: We will be  travelling from The University of Auckland via the Link Bus to the replication facility in Ponsonby.

Registration Details

If you would like to come on the trip please send the following information to Note that places are limited so be in quick if you would like to attend:


IEEE Member No.:

E-mail Address:

Mobile Number:

IEEE STUDENT 2010: Call for Papers

A reminder that the deadline for the call for papers for the IEEE Conference on Sustainable Utilisation and Development in Engineering and Technology (IEEE STUDENT 2010) is this Friday 16 July.  An official announcement sent by the conference organisers is below.  Undergraduates and postgraduates are both encouraged to submit.

The Facebook Page for IEEE STUDENT 2010, if you’re interested, is here.  Enquiries should be directed to support [at]  The STUDENT 2010 website is at

IEEE STUDENT 2010 will be on 20–21 November 2010 (that’s the weekend before IEEE ANZSCON 2010) in Kuala Lumpur.

Call for Paper



20-21 November, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The IEEE Conference on SusTainable Utilization and Development in ENgineering and Technology (STUDENT 2010) is a student conference organized by IEEE-UTAR Student Branch that serves the purpose of providing students of higher learning institutions a channel to present their own projects and be recognized for their professional and technical achievements by the industry and in IEEE. This conference will not just be an avenue for students to exchange ideas, but to communicate, network and learn from others. The conference will also allow more collaboration among the IEEE Chapters.

The proceedings of STUDENT 2010 will be included in the IEEE Xplore database, and is El Compendex indexed. Below are the details of Catalog No. and ISBN for our proceedings publication:

  • IEEE Catalog Number:  CFP1019K-ART
  • ISBN                        :  978-1-4244-7503-2

The scope of the conference includes, but not limited to:

  • Photonics
  • Multimedia Security and Signal Processing
  • Health Care Science and Technology
  • Vehicular Technology
  • Vision and sensors in automation
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Alternative Energy
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Embedded technologies
  • Intelligent Transport System
  • Mobile Networks
  • Wireless Communications
  • DSP for sustainable lifestyle


Submission of Full Paper – 16th July 2010
Notification of Acceptance – 16th August 2010
Submission of Final Paper – 1st September 2010
Conference Date – 20th and 21st November 2010


Organizer – IEEE-UTAR Student Branch

Venue – Kuala Lumpur Campus, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Google Map)

For more information, please visit  If you have any other inquiries, please contact our secretariat at support [at] or you can also contact our conference General Chair or Conference Director directly at the following:

Dr. Tan Ching Seong (General Chair)
Tel: +603-4107 9802
Email: tancs [at]

Mr. Taylor Ling (Conference Director)
Tel: +6017-389 5538
Email: taylorling86 [at]

IEEE Leadership Workshop

Registrations closed—all places have been filled!

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch, jointly with IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) New Zealand North, proudly present a Leadership Workshop, to be held Thursday 24 June at 6pm, specifically targeted to students and young professionals in fields related to electrical, electronic and computer engineering.

Overview and Biography

Good leaders are not just born, but they are made.  The first step to becoming a good leader is to learn from others’ experience to see how you can improve your own skills.  This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to take this first step towards better leadership.  Today’s employers value leadership skills extremely highly, and so attending this intensive workshop would be a great addition to your CV.

This workshop will be conducted by Loreen Ozolins, who has over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology, retail and customer service sectors including microelectronics, banking, aerospace, energy, airlines, telecommunications, pulp and paper and fast moving consumer goods. Loreen specializes in expert delivery of large and complex strategic programs with significant change management components, in particular for the Senior Executive Management level. She is both flexible and innovative in her approach to managing multi-vendor environments, with specialist expertise in aligning and mobilizing large cross-functional teams.

Workshop Details

Date: Thursday 24 June
Time: 6pm (expect to finish around 9:30pm to 10pm)
Venue: TBC (it will be somewhere in the University of Auckland)
Note: This workshop is open to IEEE members only—but it’s not too late to join (see below)

Registrations for this event have now closed: all places have been filled.

Please register by Thursday 17 June, by e-mailing these details to us at

IEEE Member No.: (if you signed up with us earlier this year and don’t yet know this, just say so)
E-mail Address:
Mobile Number:

Exams in the way? Don’t worry—there’ll be another one in September/October, so if your exams don’t finish before this one (or you can’t make this one for any other reason) you won’t miss out!

Joining the IEEE—to join, go to  For more info on the world’s largest technical professional organisation, have a look around this website or visit the IEEE website at


The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch is pleased to announce that the inaugural IEEE Australia and New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON), hosted by the IEEE Victorian Section, will be held in Melbourne from 24–26 November 2010.  Registrations of interest only are now open—see below for details.


ANZSCON 2010 is looking to include:

  • Employers’ forum and talks
  • Professional skills seminars
  • Poster and project competition
  • Getting the most from your IEEE membership
  • A cocktail function on the first night, and a formal dinner on the second, when you can get to know the other attendees

A core objective of ANZSCON is to improve the network of students from campuses across Australia and New Zealand, as well as provide exposure to employers from the two countries.  Volunteers from 15 universities, including Auckland, AUT and Canterbury are involved in organising this, so it’s sure to be an event for students from all campuses.

You can check out the full programme at  Our programme’s still tentative at this stage, so watch this space!

Registration of Interest

To register your interest, fill in and submit the form at  Also, please e-mail us at to let us know you’re interested.  This would not be a commitment. Even if you’re just thinking about going, put your name down, just so that we have an idea of who’s interested in going.  We’ll be sending detailed updates to IEEE members and other people who register interest.


The registration fee is set at A$100 for IEEE members (currently ~NZ$125).  We’re trying to push this as close to zero as we can with sponsorships; if we succeed, there will be a rebate on accommodation (which is not part of the registration fee).  There will be a higher fee for non-members, but you can join the IEEE at any time before fees are due.  You don’t need to pay the registration fee yet; if you register interest with us we’ll tell you when you need to.

The University of Auckland Student Branch will be organising group accommodation in Melbourne with the University of Canterbury Student Branch—details to come.


If you want to go, we do recommend that you book your flights ASAP, as flight prices tend to increase with time.  You should aim to arrive on/before the afternoon of Wednesday 24 November (evening at the latest, but you’d miss the cocktail function), and leave on or after the morning of Saturday 27 November.  Of course, you might consider staying in Melbourne for longer than just the Congress.

If you’re not a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian citizen or resident, you may need a visa.  If this applies to you, flick us an e-mail at and we’ll be glad to help you out.

Questions or suggestions? E-mail and/or