On 4th October 2016, over 60 guests celebrated the IEEE UK and Ireland section IEEE Day celebrations. Held at the University of Westminster, London, this event recognised the date in 1884 on which prominent engineers and inventors of the time first gathered to share ideas and inspiration and form what would later become the IEEE. The evening attracted a diverse audience from many backgrounds, including students, academics, industry representatives and IEEE members and volunteers.
Following opening announcements on the section’s ambitions, plans and services by the UK and Ireland Section Chair, guests enjoyed a series of seminars including details on technical and career development opportunities with the IEEE, 'History of Technology - why it is important not to re-invent the Wheel’, Mentoring opportunities for younger members with the IEEE, and an introduction to chapters within the section and the services available to students, young professionals and women-in-engineering.
An awards ceremony followed, recognising the achievements of recent IEEE fellows including Prof. Plamen Angelov of Lancaster University, Prof. B.M. Azizur Rahman of City University London and Professor Lie-Laing Yang of the University of Southampton. Section Outstanding Volunteer awards were given to Veronika Nesheva, Noel Gomes and Dr. Lee Crudgington for support of students and young professional members.
A networking drinks reception and panel discussion concluded the event, with the celebration continuing into the evening with personal networking and live music from Peyman Heydarian and the UCL IEEE Student Society.
On behalf of the IEEE UK and Ireland section we would like to give our sincere thanks to all all attendees who enjoyed the evening with us to celebrate the occasion. We are planning more events across the UK and Ireland so check the section website and social media for more details!