Over the course of the semester, IEEE has put on a number of events for their members ranging from informational to entertainment. Some examples of these events are Company Tours, Student Advisory Week, Step Forward Manufacturing Day, Professional Development Game Night, and the Career Fair Boot-Camp.
Over the Fall 2016 semester, IEEE went on two company tours to Halliburton and Toshiba. The picture posted above is the Toshiba tour group. Student on this trip ranged in classification from freshman to seniors, and everyone learned a lot about motor and drive design.
Student Advisory Week:
The University of Houston Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers six areas for students in concentrate their study in. These areas include: nanosystems, power and renewable energy, electronics, applied electromagnetics, computers and embedded systems, and finally signals communication and controls. IEEE – University of Houston is dedicated to providing their members with the knowledge of each in order for students to make an educated decision on what they choose to focus on. To do this, each semester our Student Advisory Committee Chair organizes and hosts our “Student Advisory Week” where professors and industry partners are brought in to discuss each concentration and their associative jobs related to the concentrations.
Graduate Student Halloween Party:
IEEE-UH, GPSA, and MD Anderson Library joined efforts to host the first university-wide Halloween party for graduate students. The event provided an opportunity for graduate students to meet fellow students from the diversity of disciplines on campus. Further, it introduced incoming international students to Halloween celebrations and activities in the United States such as a costume competition, pumpkin carving, a baking contest, and face painting.
Step Forward Manufacturing Day:
The University of Houston Engineering Department hosted a Manufacturing Day for young high school women interested in STEM studies. As part of our continual outreach program to younger students, IEEE-UH volunteered for set up at the event as well as running an electrical engineering booth. The IEEE booth showed these young women how to build a homemade electric motor using a battery, two paperclips, and some copper wire. This demonstration exposed the high schoolers to a hands-on demonstration of the physics concepts they might see in college or their junior level physics course.
IEEE-UH and GPSA organized a Teaching Workshop for graduate students with panelists representing the college of Engineering, Architecture, Education, Biology, Psychology, and Social Work. As a large proportion of graduate students get involved in teaching assistant or teaching fellow positions, the panel aimed to present attendants with information about best teaching practices in each field as well as potential pitfalls and ideas about course management.
Professional Development Game Night:
IEEE hosted their first professional development game night on November 18th, 2016 where we hosted David Genzer from Biotronik to talk about implantable device engineering and the overall state of the industry. We partnered with the Biomedical Engineering Society to host the event. After the presentations, our members winded down before finals by competing in popular video and board games.With over 30 students in attendance for the duration of the presentation and long into the actual game night, this has been one of our most successful game nights, and we plan to continue to invite company speakers out to talk about industry trends.
Career Fair Boot-Camp:
The weekend prior to the Fall career fair, our Student Advisory Committee Chair, Hasti Sajedi, coordinated a day long boot camp to help prepare our student members for the upcoming career fair. Resume critiques, mock interviews, and introduction help were all part of the event. Funds were used to provide lunch to students at the event as well as to professionals who donated their time to help make the event possible.
IEEExtreme is a global programming competition where IEEE student members attempt to solve a variety of very challenging problems in the span of 24 hours. This year’s competition took place on October 21st-22nd, and we provided rooms to work in and support to the several UH teams that participated. One of our teams made it into the top 8%!
Robotics Club meetings:
The Robotics Club is a sub-organization of IEEE UH that is dedicated to helping students learn about the fascinating fields of robotics and automation. There are many different teams within the club, and each one is focused on developing certain skills at different levels. Our 3pi team, for example, is a great introduction to programming, as members are given tasks to solve by coding and modifying a Pololu 3pi robot. The VEX team, in addition to involving programming and wiring work, also exposes members to mechanical aspects of robotics such as structures and mechanisms.
This semester we have had several meetings for both the 3pi and VEX teams. To encourage members to participate and learn, we create competitions or enter existing ones. In the case of 3pi, we plan on holding a local wall-maze solving competition next semester. The VEX team is participating in the 2016-2017 VEX U competition Starstruck, and will compete next semester as well.