Manchester Student Branch and Chapter triumph at IEEE Awards
The hard work of The University of Manchester's IEEE Student Branch and its Power and Energy Society (PES) Student Chapter has been recognised at the IEEE Annual Awards Ceremony, with a number of accolades won.
Not only did the Student Branch collect the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Exemplary Student Branch Award of 2020, but its PES Student Chapter also won two Darrel Chong Student Activity Awards, as well as the PES High Performing Student Branch Chapter Award (second regional position across Africa, Europe, Middle East).
The awards are based on activities delivered by the 2019-20 committee, and stand for appreciation of the hard work and enthusiastic drive of the committee members.
This is a very well deserved and significant achievement. It reflects the excellent quality of technical, educational and professional activities organised by the IEEE Student Branch at The University of Manchester, as well as the dedication of the committee members.
Comprising PhD students and academic advisers from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Student Branch and its PES Chapter Committee operates on a volunteer basis in a 'by students for students' manner, and organises a wide range of activities within the Department.
These include annual academic symposium MEEPS professional development workshops, Women in Engineering events, technical lectures, site visits and more.
All of us in the School of Engineering are extremely proud and grateful of the way the IEEE Manchester Student Branch has worked to enrich the experience of undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers.
As we look to deliver, and ideally go beyond, our commitments to net zero it's essential that we find ways to better share our understanding of the challenges and barriers that exist. The events organised by the IEEE Manchester Student Branch are a great example of how to do this and have been successful in linking our own research with the needs of industry.
If anyone is looking for opportunities to volunteer on the committee, they should consider applying at the next annual general meeting, in February 2021. Roles and positions will be circulated nearer the time. The Student Branch also welcomes interests in establishing new student branch chapters of other IEEE societies.
For details on how to do so, please contact the Student Branch's counsellor Dr Robin Preece.