Tech-Talks and Info Sessions
IEEE ASU invites distinguished IEEE members, faculty and industrial experts from various esteemed organizations to conduct tech-talks about latest upcoming technologies and their research work in various engineering fields. The tech-talks motivate the students to take up interesting research projects as challenges and explore methods to overcome the difficulties faced in current times. Info sessions help the students to learn about various companies in the phoenix valley and know the exciting opportunities they have to offer for interns and recent graduates. Along with several well-established corporations, we have had the pleasure of inviting startup companies and get to know about them from their executive officers directly.
IEEE being a global organization offers various services. To know about these, we invited professionals from IEEE HQ to create awareness about the benefits of IEEE and taking advantages of the membership.
These include resume building sessions and understanding the use of LinkedIn. Our career services center has been very helpful in guiding our members to draft impressive resumes and build excellent profiles. We have been emphasizing on the need to polish communication skills and interacting with people at career fairs or career mixers. We have had our own IEEE ASU Career Fair and invited 5 companies to hire students for possible internship or fill-time opportunities. Over the past years, we have been having alumni talks to guide the students of their respective departments regarding their experiences, projects undertaken and importance of course selection. It helps the current student complete their degrees with excellent marks and prepare them for the outside world.
We have conducted various sessions in the past that focus on development of technical skills for undergraduate and graduate students. Recently concluded workshop conducted by Texas Instruments involved hands-on workshop on Rapid Prototyping. The students learnt to rapidly prototype using TI’s MSP432 Launchpad and the Grove Sensor Kit Booster Pack. The workshop was open to all engineering majors from various degree levels and we were glad that students from non-engineering majors also attended. After the workshop, we tend to have a brief session on the career opportunities at the esteemed companies and know directly from university managers what skills they look for in an engineering student.
We motivate students to undertake projects but some of our future projects are planned to be based on sustainability and Internet of Things. We have been into a lot of research to define the goals of sustainability and compare it with current industrial standard. We will be creating our own scale for measuring sustainability at local levels such as events held at the university. Our past projects include using development boards for embedded systems, involving sensors in health applications and manufacturing of solar cells.
IEEE Day 2019
On 1st October 2019, the entire world celebrated IEEE Day which is a day in history when engineers and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. This day we also remember the contributions made by scientists, engineers, and innovators around the globe who established various IEEE standards and technologies. At ASU, the board members of IEEE had a grand celebration by having a keynote session on the newest upcoming technologies and motivate the students to take up the challenges that the industries are facing in accomplishing the set projects and goals.
Along with a technical keynote session, we also had a networking mixer and a general discussion about the most trending future technologies. Every attendee had a good time hearing from experienced professionals, knowing about IEEE while enjoying some delicious food. We gave away the first 150 attendees IEEE Day 2019 T-shirts and lots of swag! There were also be many surprises during the course of the event as we had a human bingo game for some cool electronic gadgets!
We actively celebrate IEEE Day each year as one of our signature events for the Fall semester.
We have our annual university-wide event named ‘Passport to ASU’ where we interact with all the university students, non-engineering as well and invite them to our workshops and events. We give away lots of IEEE ASU swag and promote the benefits of being an IEEE member. For the new incoming engineering students in the past year, we organized an event to socialize through the game of bowling and had fun conversations. At the end of each semester, the board members have an appreciation dinner to praise everyone for the contributions they have put for the events throughout the semester.
IEEE ASU actively participated in the Career Exploration Night to interact with incoming freshmen about careers in engineering and planning their goals after graduation. It was amazing participating in the annual engineering homecoming block party organized by the Fulton Schools of Engineering and Student Engagement Office. We will be also setting up our table at the upcoming Spring Involvement Fair, ASU Engineering Week and Open Door on the Tempe campus.