Student Branch wins the Region 10 Outstanding Student Branch Award 2011

On the 8th of July, The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch was presented with the 2011 Region 10 Outstanding Student Branch Award. The Branch also received a certificate for third place as an Exemplary Student Branch in 2010. The awards were presented to the Branch during the Congress Dinner of the IEEE Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE Congress held in Auckland.

From left: Chuan-Zheng Lee, holding the 2010 Award; Adrian Pais, 2002 Branch Chair; and Hengjie Wang, holding the Outstanding Student Branch 2011 Award

Professor Michael Davies, The University of Auckland Dean of Engineering, was delighted by the Branch being presented with the awards for both 2010 and 2011. “The award of the top student branch in 2011 is a reflection of the professional way in which the Auckland IEEE Student Branch contributed to the success of the Congress as well as their other activities.”

Dr. Nirmal Nair, The University of Auckland IEEE SB Counsellor since 2005, remarks that the Branch has come a long way in terms of strategic and sustained growth and for the quality of activities it offers to its members. He is particularly delighted with the fact that the Branch has served as a wonderful incubator for leadership amongst its student branch volunteers.

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ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament

The annual Student Branch ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament is coming up soon.

When: Tuesday 13th of September, 2pm to 5pm
Where: University Recreational Centre (Gym)
Registration deadline: Tuesday 30th August (contact your class rep now!)
Who: Current students in ECE, Mechatronics, Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.

Who will take home the Endace Cup this year? Will the ECE Postgrads keep the cup from last year, or will the newcomers from Engineering Science or Biomedical Engineering take the cake?

If you want to enter the tournament, please contact your class representatives urgently, they’re organising the teams. Depending on levels of interest, your class representatives might join forces to make joint teams (e.g. Software Eng. Part 2 and 3). Please note that EEE and CSE Part 2 already have 5 players – contact the class representatives if you want to join them as a substitute.

The format is 5-a side knockout with rolling subs, 15 minutes a game and with sudden death penalty shootouts. More details of the rules and draw will be out soon.

Don’t forget there will also be free food and drinks for tournament participants =)
Even if you aren’t in the team come along and support your specialisation!

Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE Congress Auckland 2011

Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE Congress Auckland 2011 Website

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch proudly brings you an international event of unmatched scope.

Are you ready to take the next step and expand your global outlook? Do you want to mingle with international delegates from all over the world, from every country between Japan, Pakistan and New Zealand? If so, then this event is for you!

In July this year, The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch is hosting an international conference for IEEE members, and we have limited openings for our IEEE Student Members. The conference is open for local members from the 8th to the 10th July.

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A completely new design of our website

Introduction

HengjieShaun

A team of the Executive, made up of Hengjie (Chair, left) and Shaun (IT Officer, right), have completely revamped the Student Branch website. This is the second redesign of the website in the past two years and it is a significant one. Below you’ll hear about our design rationale, our design taste and why we think it’ll provide our IEEE members an unique experience, like nowhere else.

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For Budding Professionals: The IEEE Practice Interviews and Job Skills Seminar ’11

Regstrations are closed, however those who have registered may select their preferences by clicking below.

Practice Interviews Preferences Form

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch proudly presents two of its most exciting annual events: the Job Skills Seminar and the Practice Interviews.

JOB SKILLS SEMINAR – Get the Job You Want
Speaker: Marion Rogers
Date: 11th April – first Monday of the mid-semester holidays
Venue: Conference Centre Lecture Theatre (Room 423-342)
Time: TBA
Note: Open to ALL Students

Come and hear some valuable insight from Marion Rogers, director of TriTek Consultants and an expert on job recruitment in the technical industries (EEE, CSE, SE, CompSci, Mechatronics, EngSci, Biomedical Eng). Topics covered include CV and Cover Letters, Interview Preparation and Job Search Skills specific to engineers. Many students will be commencing applications for summer/graduate work around this time, so attendance at this seminar will give you the necessary competitive edge to get the job you want. Marion will be available after the seminar for a quick Q&A session over free food and drinks. Mark this exciting event on your calendars now!

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Investing in your career starts now!

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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IEEE Software Patents Debate

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch and in association with The University of Auckland Debating Society is proud to present the public Software Patents Debate on Friday 15th of October. If you’re a programmer, this debate is for you. It will debate the issue of whether or not software should be patentable. It’s important to come to this debate because the Patents Bill reform currently before Parliament, which seeks to exclude software from patentability. It affects everyone, from budding programmers to large multinational companies (think Microsoft).

Do software patents stifle innovation and competition?  Or will excluding software patents stop companies developing innovative programs?

We will have experts from both sides of the issue pitch their arguments to you.

Guest speakers include:
Peter Harrison – Vice-President of New Zealand Open Source Society (NZOSS).
Igor Portugal – CEO of Vadacom.
Ben Milsom – The University of Auckland Debating Society.
Mitchell Cooper – The University of Auckland Debating Society.

Details:
Date: Friday, 15th of October.
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm.
Venue: The University of Auckland, School of Engineering, Eng1439/401-439 (by the Neon Foyer).
Notes: This is a public debate, it’s open to everyone.

IEEE/ECE Quiz Night

The IEEE Student branch proudly presents the 2010 Quiz Night! The quiz has been sponsored by Aviat Networks (www.aviatnetworks.com), 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 sb.auckland@ieee.org with the following template:

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

Team Name:

Members:
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

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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)

Registration:

To register for the event please send an email containing the following information to sb.auckland@ieee.org:

  • 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.