IEEE SB Indoor soccer tournament

Coming up this semester is the IEEE Student Branch indoor soccer tournament.

This will be spread over a few weeks, played in the University of Auckland gym, city campus.

This event is open to all IEEE members, and is set in divisions by year group and specialisation, for example, Part IV Civil.

There will be refreshments for the teams, spot prizes, and even a trophy for the winning team!

Registrations open soon, so watch this space!

2013 Practise Interviews

When: 2pm onwards, Friday,  12th July 2013
Where: Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland
Who: Restricted to active IEEE members

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch is proud to announce our annual Practice Interviews event. This event involves mock job interviews with real representatives from the industry. Each participant will have the opportunity to be interviewed by a company of their choice. In previous years, there has been companies from Fisher & Paykel, Vector, Orion Health, and many more.

The interviews last for 30 minutes each, which involves a 20 minute job interview, and 10 minute feedback session on your interview and your CV. This is a rare opportunity to improve your employment skills.

After the event, there will be a chance to socialise and network over finger food and drinks with all of the employers on the day. This is a great way to make professional connections in a career, in engineering. This is a very rare and valuable opportunity for a student so you should not miss out: feedback from a real job interview and a networking session with industrial representatives from several top NZ & international companies!

We will be sending employers a copy of your CV before the Practice Interviews, more information will be sent out about this. This means you should get working on your CV now as we will be enforcing a strict no-CV, no interview policy. A great way to get your CV started is to attend the Job Skills Seminar, held the week before. More information about this can be found here

See you there!

Annual Event: Job Skills Seminar

When: 1:30pm Friday, 5th July 2013
Where: Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland (Room to be confirmed)
Who: ALL students are welcome!

Its that time of the year again! After a successful outcome last year, the University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch Executive Committee is proud to invite you to our annual Job Skills Seminar, with speaker Shaun Pulman from the University Careers Services and another speaker to be confirmed shortly.

Topics covered include CV and Cover Letters, Interview Preparation and Job Search Skills specific to engineers. This seminar will be essential for those wishing to get internships or engineering related experience over the summer.

The event is free to ALL students, not only IEEE members. Refreshments will also be provided after the seminar.

Also coming soon, another annual event: Practise Interviews!
More information will be posted soon.

Last years slides are available for download, to give you an idea of what will be covered:
Trish Rees’ Presentation
Shaun Pulman’s Presentation

Annual Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews

During the semester break of 2012, the University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch held our two annual professional events: the Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews.

The Job Skills Seminar was held in the afternoon of Wednesday the 27th of June. The event was held in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland and was attended by 60-70 people. Most of the attendees were students within the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University. The event was free for all students, not only IEEE members.

The speakers for this event were Shaun Pulman from the University Careers Services and Trish Rees from Dignan Consulting Ltd. Topics covered included Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letters, Interview Preparation and Job Search Skills specific to engineers. The event taught students valuable life skills that would not be taught in regular classroom situations.

Shaun Pulman beginning his talk on CV and Cover Letters

Shaun Pulman spoke about creating an effective CV and cover letter, depending on the job or organization that is being applied for. This was done by providing examples of effective CV and cover letters written by others in the past. Trish Rees explained how to present one’s self for an interview and gave useful hints on how to search for jobs. This included subtle details which could make or break your interview.

Refreshments of pizza, chips and non-alcoholic beverages were supplied after the event for all those who attended. During this time, students were able to interact personally with our key-note speakers.

Just over a week later, on Friday the 6th of July, the Practice Interviews event was held. The break between the two events allowed students time to make full use of the topics covered in the Job Skills Seminar. As our flagship event of the year, this event was open only to our IEEE student members. The event was held on campus within various rooms of the Owen G. Glenn building. Attendees were comprised of over 65 student members from the IEEE Student Branch as well as 17 representatives from 14 different companies across the Engineering and IT industry.

A short break halfway through the day allowed for students and interviewers to mingle

The day involved a series of two mock interviews for each student who attended with the various industry representatives. These interviews were allocated by the choice of the student as to their preferred company. The first interview began at 2:00pm and each interview lasted about thirty minutes. Twenty minutes of each time slot was spent conducting the mock interview and ten minutes was given for the interviewer to provide the student with feedback on the interview and helpful critique of their CV.

At 5:30pm, following the final round of interviews, a catered evening function was held in the Neon Foyer of the Faculty of Engineering. This function was attended by the majority of student participants and also the industry representatives who had kindly given their time to perform the practice interviews.

The event was a great success and students and interviewers were very glad to be part of the proceedings as there were benefits of attending for both parties. Students were able to gain a first-hand interview experience with knowledgeable members of the industry. These interviewers were able to offer invaluable tips in interviewing for positions within the Engineering/IT industry and about how to improve a CV. These tips and tricks will surely have made the student attendees wiser in their endeavours to look for summer work or graduate positions in the industry. Furthermore, the interviewers who attended were able to promote their companies to the members of the student branch and make themselves known to the student body.

From positive feedback received after both events, it is clear that all participants found the events useful and enjoyable.

Sky Tower Field Trip

The IEEE Student Branch is organizing its annual trip to the Sky Tower! This interesting and exciting field trip entails a tour around parts of the Skytower off limits to the general public, including the opportunity 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

 

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday 21st August
  • Time: Two consecutive tours – 10:50am & 11:50am
  • Duration: Set aside 2 hours; to account for walking time, the tour itself should last 1 hour
  • Venue:Corner of Victoria and Federal St, Auckland.
           – Walking group: A IEEE Student Branch member will lead a walking group from the University of Auckland; Walking group meets at ECE Undergraduate foyer no later than 10:30am for first tour or 11:30am for the second tour.

           – Non-walking group: Please meet the rest of the group by the doors of the Casino Atrium no later than 10:50am or 11:50am for tour 1 and tour 2 respectively.

  • Cost: Free for all University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch members

 

To register your interest, please fill in the form located here.

This event is only open to IEEE members. Not a member? Sign up here.

Spaces are strictly limited to 10 people per tour and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

If there are any further questions, feel free to e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Practice Interviews 2012

When: 2pm onwards, Friday, 6th July 2012
Where: Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland
Who: Restricted to only active IEEE members

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch is proud to announce our annual Practice Interviews event. This event involves mock job interviews with real representatives from the industry. Each participant will have the opportunity to be interviewed by a company of their choice. In previous years, there has been companies from Fisher & Paykel, Vector, Orion Health, and many more.

The interviews last for 30 minutes each, which involves a 20 minute job interview, and 10 minute feedback session on your interview and your CV. This is a rare opportunity to improve your employment skills.

After the event, there will be a chance to socialise and network over finger food and drinks with all of the employers on the day. This is a great way to make professional connections in a career, in engineering. This is a very rare and valuable opportunity for a student so you should not miss out: feedback from a real job interview and a networking session with industrial representatives from several top NZ & international companies!

How to Register for Practice Interviews

Fill out this form: Registration Form. Note, the registration requires you to be logged in with your university UPI and password.

Future emails will only be sent out to those who register. The closing date for registrations is by the end of Friday, 29th June. Places are limited, and typically fill up very quickly. So sign up now or you will miss out.

We will be sending employers a copy of your CV before the Practice Interviews, more information will be sent out about this. This means you should get working on your CV now as we will be enforcing a strict no-CV, no interview policy.

See you there!

Job Skills Seminar 2012

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Wednesday 27 June 2012
Where: Eng 3.404, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland
Who: ALL students are welcome!

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch Executive Committee would like to welcome you to our annual Job Skills Seminar, with speaker Shaun Pulman from the University Careers Services and another speaker to be confirmed shortly.

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.

The event is free to ALL students, not only IEEE members. Refreshments will also be provided after the seminar.

P.S. Keep an eye out for updates on our upcoming flagship event, the annual Practice Interviews. Note in your calendars the 6th of July!

Edit: The event’s slides are available to download below:
Trish Rees’ Presentation
Shaun Pulman’s Presentation

CD/DVD Manufacturing Plant Field Trip

The University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch would like to invite you on a field trip to the Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd – a CD and DVD manufacturing plant in Ponsonby.

Picture of Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd

Stebbing Recording Centre started out as a recording studio in the mid-1940’s and since then has moved into cassette, VHS, CD and DVD replication. Their replication facilities in Ponsonby transform raw polycarbonate into the fully packaged CDs and DVDs that are available at retail outfits all over New Zealand. This field trip is an excellent opportunity to see a high-tech industrial automation facility that incorporates all areas of electrical and computer engineering.
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Our Branch ranks top amongst IEEE Xtreme 5.0 Programming Competition

Bitware programming at the IEEE Xtreme 5.0 Programming Competition.

Bitware team

From the 23rd to 24th of October, 17 teams battled it out against other teams for the worldwide 24-hour IEEE Xtreme 5.0 Programming Competition.

The official results have just came in, and we would like to congratulate our top team Bitware, who comprise of Ronald Chan, Lu Wang, and Ralph Versteegen, for ranking 15th among the top programmers in the world!

This year, we have had to compete against over 1500 teams, a substantial increase of competition from last year’s 900 teams, despite this, overall our Branch’s teams have done extremely well with six teams with top 100 rankings – one more than last year. All the teams from The University of Auckland are:

15 Bitware
58 StackUnderflow
62 TheJBJTeam
68 SegmentationFault
89 VirtualMachine
170 2ProsAnd1NonPro
184 CtrlU
194 LargeHadronCollider
217 ShakeItLikeASaltShak
253 FatalError
283 ForTheLuls
322 Team10
459 OVOXO
587 HighFrequencyCoders
706 UOAExec
1432 CodeAtMeBro

For the full list of rankings and country or region based results, here.

Endace Cup 2011 Winners: Electrical Part III

The annual IEEE Student Branch Soccer Tournament was held on the 13th of September at the University Recreational Centre.  This year marked the introduction of two new teams into the Soccer Tournament; Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Science, who proved to be determined competitors. The other competing teams in the tournament came from the specialisations: Mechatronics, Electrical, Software and Computer Systems engineering as well as a post-graduate ECE team.
The tournament lasted three hours, each game being 15 minutes long. The speed of the games built up the atmosphere within the Recreational Centre and it was evident that all the teams were focused on winning the Endace Cup for 2011. Read more