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  1. 1. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 1 The mission of WIE is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally. IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and Women 2.0 Media Partnership: Women 2.0 Conference SF. The Big Tech: Finding and Founding Success (Feb 13-14, 2014, Design Concourse, San Francisco, CA USA) The Women 2.0 Conference is for everyone in tech - from those working at tech giants to those starting tech companies to those funding them. Hear from powerful innovators: The President & COO of SpaceX, the CFO of Square, the CEO & co-founder of Eventbrite and more. Network with likeminded women and men, and get mentored by leaders + investors over lunch! For more information, please visit http://women2.com/sponsorships/. Women Professionals in Science and Technology Special Interest Group (SIG). The Women Professionals in Science and Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) will be hosting a meeting at SLAS2014 (www.SLAS2014) in January 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. This SIG meeting is scheduled to take place at SLAS2014 on January 22, 2014 from 8:00 am -9:15 am at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California USA. An abstract for this event is included at the direct link: http://bit.ly/HfXOzB. WIE GROUP OF THE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS Brain Quiz Competition held by held by CIIT-Lahore in Lahore, Pakistan. Call for Nominations: IEEE Technical Field Awards. Nominations are due 31 January annually for the IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFA). IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors. All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields. Nomination forms and award-specific criteria can be downloaded from: http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/tf as/index_tfas.html. Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to The full detailed article covering the IEEE and WIE CIIT- Lahore Student Branches organizing a technical quiz competition entitled “Brain Storm Quiz Competition” in October 2013 is included in this month’s newsletter. The event was held on the eve of IEEE day, October 2, 2013, and was celebrated at Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Lahore campus, in Lahore, Pakistan. Please see page 8 of this newsletter for the full article. Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  2. 2. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 The 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient is Bantval Jayant Baliga (LFIEEE)—Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, “For the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.” Psst…. Send in a picture of your WIE Affinity Group to be featured in the IEEE WIE Newsletter! What group will be featured next month ? technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced. For more information, visit www.ieee.org/awards or e-mail awards@ieee.org. 2014 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipient announcement. The IEEE Awards Board is pleased to announce the 2014 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients, as approved by the IEEE Board of Directors. We are pleased to recognize two women - Andrea Urban is a co-recipient of the IEEE Nishizawa Medal, and Shirley Tilghman is receiving Honorary Membership. The complete list of recipients and citations is available online: http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/new s/medal_recog_recipients_citationslist. pdf The 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony will be 23 August in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in conjunction with Sections Congress. Nominations are due 1 July 2014 for the 2015 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients. For more information about IEEE Awards, visit www.ieee.org/awards. Call for Nominations: IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. Have you worked with a dedicated member of the IEEE professional staff that has shown outstanding service and leadership in IEEE? Nominate him or her for the IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. The award is named for Mr. Eric Herz, a longtime dedicated volunteer and staff member at IEEE. It is presented annually for demonstrated contributions over a long period by a present or past full time staff member who has served at least ten years on the professional team. Nominations are due 31 January annually. Nomination forms and award-specific criteria can be downloaded from http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/reco gnitions/recognitions_herz.html. For info, email herzaward@ieee.org. Smarter Planet Challenge Student Competition. IBM and IEEE are in search of creative team based student projects that can help students at any level learn about applying engineering, science and other disciplines to solve real world problems. It's a great opportunity to put your engineering skills to use…and 2 earn cash prizes too! The competition is open to college/university students from all geographic locations. Student teams should have three to five members in any year of university study. At least one team member must be an IEEE member. To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please visit: www.ieee.org/go/smarter_planet_ challenge or email smartplanetchallenge@ieee.org. IEEE Women in Engineering Frances B. Hugle Scholarship Award Program. To th commemorate its 25 year anniversary, TechSearch International has partnered with IEEE Women in Engineering (IEEE WIE) to form the IEEE Frances B. Hugle Engineering Scholarship Award. This scholarship is in honor of the memory of pioneering legend Frances B. Hugle, an American serial inventor, scientist and engineer. TechSearch and its founder, E. Jan Vardaman, seeded the scholarship with a $5,000 donation this year. The objective is to raise $100,000 over the next few years to fully fund the scholarship award program. This scholarship is established to encourage young women to follow in Hugle’s footsteps and pursue their interest in Engineering. The IEEE WIE Committee will administer the program, and will select one scholar annually to receive a $2,500 scholarship grant beginning as early as 2013. The scholarship will be presented to one female student in her third year of undergraduate study in an Engineering curriculum at an Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  3. 3. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 accredited university or college in the United States of America. Student membership in the IEEE is required. Financial endorsements of the scholarship are being sought from organizations and persons to join in to support young women entering the field of Engineering by making a donation to this program. The IEEE Foundation, a taxexempt 501(c)(3) organization in the US, is accepting and managing the donations as indicated below: 1. Online at www.ieee.org/donate by selecting the Frances B. Hugle Memorial Fund. 2. By check, payable to the IEEE Foundation - Frances B. Hugle Memorial Fund. The mailing address for check payments is: IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, New Jersey USA 08854. To learn more about the IEEE Foundation, please visit ieeefoundation.org, call the IEEE Development Office at +1 732-562-3915, or email donate@ieee.org. Please note: This e-mail address is protected from spambots; JavaScript will need to be enabled. For more information on IEEE WIE, please visit www.ieee.org/women. WIE would love to Profile You. WIE will highlight IEEE Women Technical Professionals in the IEEE WIE newsletter! In an effort to recognize IEEE women’s achievements in STEM, the profiles will aim to increase the public’s perception of women in STEM fields. This spotlight of women technical professionals:    Aims to enhance the understanding of STEM careers. Describes how the work of engineers benefits humanity and makes a difference. Introduce IEEE women, hear their stories of why they were inspired to become technical professionals, learn about their work environments, and find out their advice to girls interested in technical fields. The profiles submitted will need to contain the following information:     Brief biography Why did you become a technical professional? What information or advice would you like to pass on to young girls interested in STEM? How does your work as a technical professional benefit humanity? If you are interested in being highlighted in the newsletter, please submit your profile to keyana.tennant@ieee.org. 3 WIE “Love” Engineering! Do “You” Love Engineering, Too? Do Tell…. Do you go to work every day and do what you love? Do you love what you do? Do tell. WIE want to hear about it! WIE are excited about Engineering and the many women that are a part of WIE! Women, who go to work every day and do what they love, and love what they do. You are the essence of the WIE, the heart and soul of what makes the purpose and mission of the WIE a reality. WIE delight in your success and your zest and passion for Engineering. And, we want to hear your personal stories so that they might be a means to guide, mentor, and encourage other women in engineering. In today’s world, communication is at its peak, and so are technological advancements. But, behind all of this and the key to making this a reality are “people”, and they have a story to tell…. WIE want to hear about it. WIE would like to profile your accomplishments in the monthly publication of the WIE Newsletter. WIE know that we have members out there who are doing a great job in the many fields and faceted disciplines of Engineering, and we want to recognize you within the WIE Community. If you or someone you know would like to share their story, WIE would be delighted to hear from you. Please provide the person’s name, job title, employment information, a picture, a summary of what the person does, and what the person likes about Engineering to be included in the monthly newsletter. WIE would like to profile members working in all facets of engineering, ranging from doctors, scientists, educators, engineers, analysts, technicians, support functions, etc. WIE will profile one to two individuals monthly. Send all correspondences to Keyana Tennant at keyana.tennant@ieee.org or Paulette January at pjanuary@drs.com. Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org
  4. 4. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 Anna Koch Receives Prestigious Power Award. 4 working with a company that has an environmental focus because that’s an important part of engineering in today’s world,” Koch says. The IEEE Power and Energy Society selected 228 highachieving students from across the U.S. and Canada this year for the scholarship. The award will help Koch pay for her last few terms of tuition which was a welcome relief since she is from New Mexico and pays out-of-state tuition. “I was very excited to get the award. IEEE is the gold standard, and to be recognized by professionals in the field is really encouraging,” she says. Koch is a PES Scholar as well as an IEEE Eta Kappa Nu member. Anna Koch working on what she describes as "awesome" power systems models at Brown and Caldwell in Seattle, Washington USA. WIE is pleased to introduce Samah ElTantawy. When Anna Koch started college she was determined that she would not be an electrical engineer. Four years later, she has received the prestigious Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEEE) scholarship in power and energy engineering — the first Oregon State University student to do so. Koch wanted to forge her own path, rather than follow in the footsteps of her father (an electrical engineer). But once she started taking classes she was drawn in by the mathematical challenges of electrical engineering, and particularly power systems. “I like looking at the broader picture — how electricity is flowing into Corvallis, for example, instead of on the electron scale,” Koch says. Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, noticed Koch’s math aptitude in his class, and invited her to be part of a research project to bring a smart grid to Oregon State’s campus. She worked on the preliminary phase of the project, assessing the current state of the grid and presenting her findings to the Oregon Department of Energy, Oregon State faculty and industry representatives. “She has a great ability to connect the math behind power systems with big picture energy problems that we face in Oregon, the U.S. and internationally,” Cotilla-Sanchez says. Koch says power systems are definitely in her future. She has been doing her internship with Brown and Caldwell, an engineering consulting firm focused on water and environment sectors. As part of the electrical power systems group she has been working on water and wastewater treatment facilities. “It’s been very cool because I’ve been able to do design work and apply what I’ve learned in my classes. I like Samah El-Tantawy is a co-founder and director of a yet-tobe-named start-up company in the adaptive traffic signal control industry. Samah completed her PhD in 2012 in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems at the University of Toronto. In 2004, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Communication Engineering, Cairo University, and her M.Sc. degree in Engineering Mathematics, Cairo University, in 2007. Right after finishing her M.Sc., Samah was awarded the PhD Connaught Scholarship from University of Toronto. For her PhD research, Samah developed a coordinated traffic signal control system using artificial intelligence approaches and game theory concepts (MARLIN-ATSC). Samah won two international awards in 2013 for her PhD dissertation: Namely, IEEE-Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) Best PhD Dissertation Award (First Place) and Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award (Second Place). Samah’s research work and award news were featured in the international media such as UofT news, Yahoo.ca news, CityTV news, Daily Telegraph news, News.com.au. She has several published journal papers and ten conference papers. She also has filed a US provincial patent and a PCT international patent. Throughout her PhD, Samah won four industrial scholarships (ITS Canada, TAC, CTRF, and CITE) and three provincial scholarships (two Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and OGS in Science and Technology Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  5. 5. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 (OGSST)). Samah's developed technology, MARLIN-ATSC, has won the MaRS Innovation Proof of Principle (PoP) funding for 2012 for conducting system integration for MARLIN into a real controller and field implementation system requirements. Samah was president of the Egyptian Student Association at UofT (ESAUofT) for 2011, the vice president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter at UofT for 2010 and 2011, an IEEE member, a member in the Women in ITS group (WITS) and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), and a friend of the Traffic Signal Systems TRB Committee. Why did you become a technical professional? I was in love with mathematics since I was in grade one which grow with me with all the support and encouragement from my family. I always wish that I can benefit humanity from the science I learn so I decided to study Electrical and Communications Engineering because it was the field that fits my interests at that time. Since I also like teaching, I accepted a teaching and research assistance offer from the Department of Engineering Mathematics after my graduation where I did my Master’s degree. By the time I was finishing my Master’s, I learned about the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) field of research. Although ITS falls under Civil Engineering Department, it is multidisciplinary field of research that needs diverse engineering backgrounds especially in electrical, communication, and computer engineering because it relies on the information and communication technologies to improve the efficiency of the transportation networks. In addition to my background in the electrical and communication engineering, the experience of debilitating traffic jams in Egypt was pivotal motivation for me to pursue my PhD in the ITS at University of Toronto under supervision of Prof. Baher Abudulhai. I finished my PhD in 2012 and I am still receiving global recognitions to my thesis work. I am working currently to get this technology implemented so that I can achieve my dream of benefiting humanity from the science I learn. I will also continue working on other ITS applications that help alleviating traffic congestion. What information or advice would you like to pass on to young girls interested in STEM? I believe that everyone can achieve their goal through passion, hard work, persistence, and serving others. Find out your strength and figure out what is your passion that contributes to your strength, believe in yourself and your capabilities, seize the ordinary incidents and make them great opportunities, and remember that no worthwhile dreams will be easy to achieve. I am also a wife and a mother of two children, and I discovered that the more time I took with my family, the more productive I become in work because it really depends on the quality of time spent in either one, small things really matter when they are at the right places. How does your work as a technical professional benefit humanity? The technology that I have developed in my PhD is called Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for 5 Integrated Network of Adaptive Traffic Signal Controllers (MARLIN-ATSC). The long name means, in short, traffic lights that learn based on an artificial intelligence approach and game theory concepts. MARLIN works as a brain for the traffic light that makes traffic lights smarter to self-learn how to adjust its timings in real time responding to fluctuations in traffic flow to minimize the drivers' delay and also learn to collaborate with adjacent intersections to make sure that the entire network is controlled appropriately. Benefits for Travelers (End Users). The system was tested on a virtual replica (micro-simulation) of lower downtown Toronto, a network of approximately 60 intersections. In the Toronto simulation test above, intersection delay was reduced by 40% on average. In addition to reduced delay at each intersection, MARLIN was found to be intelligent enough to automatically protect critical intersections by "holding back" or "metering" approaching traffic at upstream intersections to prevent progressive network gridlock. MARLIN provides the following benefits to travelers and the community in general: 1) delay reduction, 2) travel time savings, 3) savings in vehicle operating cost and fuel consumption, 4) reduction in emissions, and 5) enhanced mobility. And, of course, the savings in stress of waiting for unnecessary time at intersections is priceless. Benefits for Urban Traffic Control Management Departments (Customers) 1. Lower Capital Cost: MARLIN requirements can be satisfied using inexpensive communications networks, such as wireless networks between intersections, which significantly reduce the capital cost of MARLIN system, compared to other adaptive traffic signal systems that use centralized systems which are expensive to run and pose a single point of failure. 2. Lower Operation Cost: MARLIN has three features that help reduce the operating cost: a. Scalability: due to the decentralization feature, MARLIN is scalable and can be easily expanded by inserting new controllers into the system; b. Robustness: Robustness is guaranteed in a decentralized control system because if one or more controller fails, the remaining controllers can take over some of their tasks; c. Reduced Human Intervention: Self-learning concept reduces the complexity of the system, and as a result the traffic operators will focus more on highlevel monitoring and supervisory roles instead of low-level management of traffic systems operations. You can find more information in the following links: http://www.news.utoronto.ca/smarter-traffic-lights-winglobal-recognition-u-t-grad Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  6. 6. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekquinox/smart-trafficlights-game-theory-play-down-traffic-155547118.html; http://www.news.com.au/technology/toronto-universityresearcher-creates-intelligent-traffic-lights-to-cut-jams/storye6frfrnr-1226756965949; 6 WIE is pleased to introduce Dr. Seema Shah, Principal, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. http://www.slate.fr/life/79957/feux-signalisation-intelligentstrafic. Dr. Seema Shah is the Principal (acting) at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology. She is also the Dean, Student Affairs and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Technology at the institute. During an illustrious career spanning over 26 years, she has held senior teaching positions and has industrial experience as Senior Faculty at Patni Computer Systems. She has guided many projects at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels at a number of reputed institutes such as VJTI, Don Bosco Institute of Technology and SNDT. Her subject expertise lies in Grid Computing, Advanced Operating Systems, Computer Organization, ERP, SAP, Data Warehousing, Distributed Computing, and Software Testing among others. Additionally, Dr. Shah has conducted sessions on Teaching Methodology, Microteaching, Professional Excellence and Interpersonal Skills. Dr. Shah was awarded a PhD in Computer Engineering for her thesis entitled ‘Software Distributed Shared Memory on a Grid of Clustered Computers’. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She has been felicitated with the Best Teacher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Research in Engineering by HEF and Microtechnologies, and also with the Best Polytechnic Teacher Award, Maharashtra State, by ISTE. Her research paper titled, ‘Implementing a Communication Framework for Disseminating SMIG Model to Potential Users’ was adjudged the Best Paper at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Technology conducted by TCET. Dr. Shah has coauthored a book on Distributed Computing, published by Oxford University Press, the international edition of which has undergone a fifth reprint. She has authored around 12 other books on Computer Engineering topics. She has published and presented more than 90 research papers in International and National Journals, Conferences and STTPs. She is an active member of IEEE, ACM, ISTE, IWSA, HEF, SAI and CSI and has chaired, organized and participated in many conferences and workshops. Why did you become a technical professional? Science and technology have always fascinated me ever since my Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  7. 7. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 high school days. An unquenchable thirst for knowledge always made it imperative for me to ask ‘WHY’ and ‘HOW’ to every scientific problem that came my way. This very spirit of inquiry that my parents had instilled in me has led me on the path of research and ultimately to the successful completion of my Doctoral Thesis in Computer Engineering. The depth of thought, the various perspectives to an issue and the multifaceted personality that an engineer can cultivate inspired me to pursue my BE and ME, and subsequently my PhD. The contribution that a technical professional can make to the progress of the society, nation and the world has always been a motivating factor What information or advice would you like to pass on to young girls interested in STEM? Follow your passion in science irrespective of the gender disparity you see around you. You may be outnumbered by boys when you walk on the path of science, but you will soon find out that there isn’t any branch of science in which women have not contributed. You may be pushed to take up ‘traditional’ courses by people around you, but remember to listen to the small voice in your heart and create your own destiny. I truly believe that every aspect of science is enriched, and made complete with yin-yang - by balancing the male and female perspectives. 7 many sessions on MBTI for teachers and learners: Inclusiveness and Andragogy, Maximizing Team Performance, Goal Setting, Time Management, Decision Making, Leadership Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Professional Ethics and Professional Excellence, to mention a few. As the Principal and Dean, Student Affairs, I have liaised with the parents of students to improve student performance, gave career guidance talks related to science, engineering and technological advancements, counseled, motivated and mentored students and teachers to continually push the envelope and to aim high. In my opinion, better teaching methodologies will generate better learning abilities in students. When they use their skills in the real world, it will benefit not just their individual careers, but will also contribute to forming a more developed society. How does your work as a technical professional benefit humanity? It is said that engineers build nations. Using one’s knowledge and expertise to make the society around us a better place to live in is in itself one of the philanthropic goals of being a technical professional. Along with imparting technical knowledge as a senior faculty, I have conducted WIE AROUND THE WORLD News from IEEE WIE Section Affinity Groups News from IEEE WIE Student Branch Affinity Groups Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  8. 8. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 Brain Storm Quiz Competition by IEEE & WIE CIIT Lahore in Lahore, Pakistan 8 The competition started with the permission of worthy chief guest Dr. Irfan. The whole event was judged by the EE department faculty: Mam Tabussum Nawaz, Sir Farukh, and Sir Hamza. IEEE and WIE CIIT Lahore Student Branch organized a technical quiz competition entitled, “Brain Storm Quiz Competition” held on the eve of IEEE day, October 2, 2013. The event was celebrated at Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Lahore campus, in Lahore, Pakistan. The competition was interdepartmental level. The event began with the gracious hosts, Syeda Kanwal Hussnain and Zarak Khan, bringing knowledge of the history and importance of IEEE and WIE to the audience, as well information of their activities at the student branch campus. There were eight teams in total. The competition was comprised of two rounds, the Preliminary Round and Final Round. In the preliminary round, there were 9 questions asked of each team. Each correct answer carried 10 marks and each wrong answer deducted 5 marks. The time given for each question was 30 seconds. After the well-known awareness was made amongst the audience, the teams for the competition were called. Quiz rules were provided to the team members. Teams were prepared for three basic electrical and software related subjects: Introduction to Computer Programming, Electric Circuit Analysis, and Electronics. In the second round i.e., final round, it was a quick fire round; time given for each question was 15 seconds. There were also 9 questions asked of each team, the questions were shuffled and no pattern was followed. Each correct answer carried 10 marks and each wrong answer deducted 5 marks. Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  9. 9. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 9 Two teams played at once. The two teams with the highest scores qualified for the final round. In the final round, the competition between teams was very sensational and excitement reached its peak; there were three tie breakers but destiny favors only one. Let the best win; Students of telecom engineering beat the computer engineering students. The winning team members were: M. Adil, th Faizan Hayat and Awais Ahmed, 6 semester. And, the runners up were Sanan Ahmed, Ali Ahmed and Maida Farooq; 5th semester of BCE (computer engineering). WINNING TEAM: Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  10. 10. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 RUNNERS UP: 10 There was a photo session of the participants with the IEEE and WIE members along with the judge courtesy to Mahum Khalid (photographer). Members of IEEE & WIE In the end, certificates were distributed among the participants and the winning team was awarded a cash prize by the chief guest. An arrangement of refreshments for the audience, participants and guests was made. The whole event was guided by the branch counselor, Dr. Sobia Baig, Mr. Baber Ali and Mr. Haad Akmal. On the whole, IEEE and WIE CIIT Lahore branch members insure the quality of the society and managed a very well organized healthy competition among the students that was praised very well by the chief guest. Participants Group Photo Please see below for a full photo collage of the Brain Quiz Competition event: Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  11. 11. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org. 11
  12. 12. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 12 -- Submitted by Rija Fatima, chairperson, IEEE-WIE CIIT Lahore Student Branch, Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Lahore campus Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  13. 13. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 13 WIE RESOURCES. Scholarships, Internships, Grants & Awards For Girls Informative Publications History Women in Engineering Statistics Women in Science/Engineering Societies & Groups Mentoring & Educational Resources National Engineers Week/EWeek Activities More Interesting Links Electronics & Electrical Engineering Laboratory (NIST) Science and Technology Resources Engineer Your Life Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering IEEE GEOGRAPHICAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES MGA - Region Meetings Calendar http://www.ieee.org/web/volunteers/mga/home/meetings_cale ndar.html IEEE WIE Committee. The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) consists of 10 voting members appointed by the Board of Directors. The WIEC is responsible for facilitating the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into and the retention of women in engineering programs, enhance the career advancement of women in the profession, and promote IEEE membership and retention of IEEE women members. WIE Committee Members - 2013 WIE Staff Nita Patel, Chair Keyana Tennant, Program Manager – WIE Ramalatha Marimuthu, Past Chair (2011-2012) Paola Bringas, Administrative Assistant – WIE Parveen Wahid (2012-2013) Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier (2012-2014) WIE Project Champions – 2013 Deepa Shenoy Dr. Karen Panetta, Editor, WIE Magazine Nury Ramirez Keyana Tennant, Associate Editor, WIE Magazine, WIE Newsletter Takako Hashimoto Noel Schulz (TAB) (2012-2013) Shalini Santhosh, Student Member (07/01/13- 06/30/14) Paulette January, Editor, WIE Newsletter Stephanie White, Awards Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  14. 14. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 2013 WIEC Liaisons EAB – TBD IEEE-USA - TBD Carmen S. Menoni (PSPB) Pamela Kumar – Standards Association Noel Schulz (TAB) (2012-2013) 14 ENGINEERING IN MEDICAL AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY, Lisa Lazareck GEOSCIENCE SOCIETY, Gail S. Jackson INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS SOCIETY, Leila Parsa INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS SOCIETY, Janet Flores INFORMATION THEORY SOCIETY, TBD INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT SOCIETY, Ferdinanda Ponci 2013 WIE Regional Coordinators Darlene Rivera (Region 1) INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY, Emily Sopensky Katherine Duncan (Region 2) MAGNETICS SOCIETY, TBD Anastasia Davis (Region 3) MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES SOCIETY, Rashaunda Henderson F; Ayhan Sakarya (Region 4) Maura Schreier-Fleming (Region 5) Shirin Tabatabai (Region 6) Zahara Ahmadian (Region 7) NANOTECHNOLOGY COUNCIL, Carmen Lilley NUCLEAR AND PLASMA SCINCES SOCIETY, Allan Johnston Joyce Mwangama (Region 8) OCEANIC ENGINEERING SOCIETY (OE), Marinna Martini Nury Ramirez (Region 9) PHOTONICS SOCIETY, Hatice Altug, Ph. D. Takako Hashimoto (Region 10) POWER ELECTRONICS SOCIETY, Maryam Saeedifard POWER & ENGINEERING SOCIETY, Shay Bahramirad 2013 Society Coordinators PRODUCT SAFETY ENGINEERING SOCIETY, TBD AEROSPACE & ELECTRONICS SYSTEM SOCIETY, TBD RELIABILITY SOCIETY, Marsha Abramo ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION SOCIETY, Parveen Wahid ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION SOCIETY, Xiaorui Zhu (2012-2014) SENSORS COUNCIL, TBD BIOMETRICS COUNCIL, TBD SIGNAL PROCESSING SOCIETY, TBD BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY, TBD CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS SOCIETY, Pamela Abshire SOCIAL on IMPLICATIONS of TECHNOLOGY (SSIT), TBD COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY, Marie-Jose Montpetit SOLID STATES CIRCUIT SOCIETY, Wanda Gass COMPONENTS, PACKAGAING, AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY, TBD SYSTEMS COUNCIL, Stephanie White COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SOCIETY, Jennie Si COMPUTER SOCIETY, Jane Prey CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SOCIETY, TBD CONTROL SYSTEMS SOCIETY, Linda Bushnell COUNCIL ON ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION, Ayse Coskun SYSTEMS, MAN AND CYBERNETICS SOCIETY (SMCS), Maria Pia Fanti TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL, Jennifer Trelewicz ULTRASONICS, FERROELECTRICS, AND FREQUENCY CONTROL SOCIETY (UFFC), Lori Bridal VEHICULAR Cozzo TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY, COUNCIL ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY, Cathy Foley DIELECTRICS AND ELECTRICAL INSULATION SOCIETY, Azam Nekahi EDUCATION SOCIETY, Lynne Slivovsky ELECTRON DEVICES SOCIETY, Thuy Dao Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org. Carmella
  15. 15. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 15 EXCITED ABOUT WIE? Do you want you to have some fun…….. Learn More about the IEEE WIE STAR Program! Welcome to Nerd Girls Reality Television! View more information on Engineer Girl or find Women Engineer profiles. Turn imagination into reality with a future in engineering! You'll have the power to make a difference! By becoming an engineer, you can help solve problems that are important to society. You could be controlling and preventing pollution, developing new medicines, creating advanced technologies, even exploring new worlds. The IEEE WIE channel is now on IEEE TV. You'll have money and job security! You'll be working with other talented people! You'll have lots of options! You'll get to do cool stuff! Engineers will be involved in making all the wonders of the future a reality. Interested? Visit the website below for Engineer Girl at: http://www.engineergirl.org/ Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  16. 16. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 16 IEEE WIE ASSISTANCE. The IEEE GirlsGoEngineering.org Project IEEE GirlsGoEngineering.org Project, a pre-university science, technology, and engineering education and career preparation program of the IEEE, was founded in 2008 by IEEE Region 3 and the IEEE Richmond Section. IEEE GirlsGoEngineering.org will provide girls, teens, educators, and adult leaders with programs, activities, material, and web resources to: • Develop in girls an appreciation for engineering principles. • Enable girls to learn to enjoy engineering practices. • Energize girls toward careers in engineering, mathematics, and the physical sciences. Find out more at: http://girlsgoengineering.org/about/index.html. WIE Magazine Received APEX Award 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine includes topics that show the crosscutting and interdisciplinary nature of engineering, containing articles that integrate engineering with current issues facing society such as Careers, Health Care, Medicine, Law, Governance, as well as international women’s issues. For advertising, visit http://www.ieee.org/ieee-media and scroll down to the WIE Cover. Engineer Your Life “Dream big. Love what you do.” Do you want to help give engineering a better image? Do you want to let people know how exciting and rewarding an engineering career can be? Then change the way you talk about engineering! Take the Engineer’s Pledge. For more information on the Engineer’s Pledge, please visit Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TheEngineers- Pledge/139865679358530?ref=ts#!/pages/The-Engineers- Pledge/139865679358530?v=info&ref=ts. Jack and the Beanstalk: A Mathematical Adventure App (Is LIVE on the App Store). “Jack and the rd Beanstalk: a Mathematical Adventure” is intended for students from kindergarten to 3 grade. Children can learn and practice math as they join Jack on an epic adventure, which unfolds one step at a time. Mathematical activities unfold along the way and are presented as an entertaining part of the story. The storybook app works on iPhone and iPad. By solving the math problems, players help Jack overcome obstacles in his path. Each activity is appropriate for a youngster learning math, and provides valuable practice with reading, counting money, telling time, and recognizing shapes. Even the educational presentation itself is entertaining, filled with colorful graphics and illustrations. Children can use the app on their own or in the classroom. It is available on the iTunes app store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jack-beanstalk-mathematical/id683786591?ls=1&mt=8 (iPhone Link); https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jack-beanstalk-mathematical/id682232291?ls=1&mt=8 (iPad Link). Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  17. 17. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 17 Awards, Scholarships, Resources and Competitions IEEE offers a variety of awards, competitions, contests, scholarships and fellowships. Many are offered to IEEE student members, such as the Regional Student Paper Contests and the Student Enterprise Award. You will find contact information for each award listed when you click on the link. Two Student Branch awards to get you more involved include the Darrel Chong Student Activity Award and the IEEEXtreme 24 hour Programming Challenge. TryEngineering.org The IEEE and IBM have created a new Web site that combines information on engineering careers with interactive activities. Intended for pre-university students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and the general public, TryEngineering.org lets visitors explore how to prepare for an engineering career, ask experts engineering-related questions, play interactive games, and more. Visit www.tryengineering.org today! Career and Employment Resources The IEEE offers a range of opportunities for members and others interested in advancing their careers or finding employment. If you don't find what you're looking for here at http://careers.ieee.org, be sure to visit the IEEE Education section or IEEE-USA for additional resources to support your professional journey. IS YOUR SALARY ON TARGET? Check out the IEEE-USA Salary Service ... Click on this link to take the IEEE-USA Salary Survey. Call for Articles View Premiere Issue of IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine IEEE memberNet - The IEEE Member Directory Online IEEE memberNet is an online search and networking tool that allows members to connect with technical and engineering experts worldwide. This tool can be utilized by members seeking peers who share a common technical interest, membership, or affinity. Visit the website at http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/memberNet.html IEEE eLearning Library (formerly Expert Now). To view all available tutorials in the IEEE eLearning Library, please visit http://ieee-elearning.org/ and login with your IEEE Web Account. WIE is now on Facebook! The WIE is on Facebook. Please join us at our recently launched WIE Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/IEEE-Women-inEngineering/150443418299658?ref=ts IEEE Global History Network provides an opportunity for IEEE members to tell in their own words stories of their involvement in technology at http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Special:FirstHandHistories. Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org.
  18. 18. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 IEEE WIE POSTER SERIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Order your copies today for display and program events at http://www.ieee.org/women Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org. 18
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  23. 23. IEEE WOMEN IN ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2013 Contact Us Paulette January Editor, pjanuary@drs.com +1 850 302-3383 DRS Technologies, Inc. Training & Control Systems, LLC Keyana N. Tennant, MPA Associate Editor, keyana.tennant@ieee.org +1 732 981-3423 Women in Engineering IEEE Educational Activities Department 645 Anchors Street Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 445 Hoes Lane Piscataway, NJ 08854 Dr. Nita Patel IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair 2013 Please visit our website at http://www.ieee.org/women, or email us at wie-newsletter@ieee.org. 23

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