January 2017- India Chapter
During January 2017, CEDA President, Shishpal S. Rawat, visited CEDA's chapter in India. He met with the officers in Delhi and Kolkata and provided them with information on various awards made possible through CEDA as well as the IEEE Education Advisory Board. Discussions were also held to bring about industry/faculty/student events that CEDA could sponsor. Also discussed was the opportunity for participation by chapters in various activities such as the Women in Engineering and Distinguished Lecture programs sponsored by CEDA.
Below is a photo of those attending the meeting. From L to R: Prof. Susmita Sur-Kolay, Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, and Founding Chair of India Chapter; Dr. Atanu Kundu, Dept. of ECE, Heritage Institute of Technology, and Chair of EDS Chapter, IEEE Kolkata Section; Mr. Satyajit Chakrabarti, Scientist, SAMEER (Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research) Kolkata Centre, and Chair, APS/MTT Chapter, IEEE Kolkata Section; Dr. Sayan Chatterjee, SMIEEE, MIEI, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and Secretary, IEEE Kolkata Section; Dr. Shishpal Rawat, IEEE CEDA Worldwide President; Prof. Sujit Biswas, Dept. of Electrical Engg. Jadavpur University, and Chair of IEEE Kolkata Section; Prof. Debesh Das, Dept. of Computer Science and Engg., Jadavpur University, and Member of Ex-Com, IEEE CEDA India Chapter; Dr. Alok Kanti Deb, Dept. of ECE, IIT Kharagpur, and Chair IEEE Kharagpur Section; Dr. Pritha Banerjee, Dept. of Computer Sc. & Engg., U. of Calcutta, and Treasurer of IEEE CEDA India Chapter. Prof. Hafizur Rahaman, Dept. of IT, IIEST Shibpur, and Member of Ex-Com, IEEE CEDA India Chapter was present at the meeting but is not in the photo.
CEDA President Sani Nassif visited CEDA chapters in Pennsylvania, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, and Hong Kong in the fourth quarter of 2015. Each of the visits included meetings with chapter officers and members and an introductory talk on the IEEE and CEDA (which can be found here.)
Each chapter will now make plans for 2016 activities which will be financially supported by CEDA and can include invited lectures (from the soon-to-be-announced CEDA Distinguished Lecturer program), local workshops and seminars, as well as membership development.
The goal of the visits as a whole was to energize the CEDA chapters and to encourage activity in 2016. Chapters are an important part of all IEEE societies, as they encourage and allow for local involvement with activities customized to each region. Chapters are particularly important in attracting participation from students, introducing them to the IEEE and to participate in professional societies in general. Chapters are also instrumental in reaching out to professionals who might be interested in career development and external visibility.
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