IEEE Student Conferences
IEEE student branches provide a unique opportunity for engineering students
to develop organizational skills and access information that will become
invaluable in their professional lives. You develop a financial plan to
be able to cover your speakers' expenses and those for the room(s) to hold
your event, publicity, speaker gifts, etc. Many IEEE related speakers can
arrange for someone else to cover their expenses. Another IEEE connection
is the GOLD program for young professionals - if you have a GOLD Chapter in
your local IEEE Section, they may be able to provide you with ideas and
Student Professional Awareness Conferences The IEEE USA S-PAC
link on the left is a great resource to use when you decide to run one of
these conferences - the key topics are; career growth, working, professional
ethics and social responsibility, self-management, engineers and public policy,
and the role of the professional society. These are topics which augment
the technical skills one learns at university or college. Your Branch
Counselor and local IEEE Section chair are usually able to offer practical
advice and assistance - funds to partially offset expenses are sometimes
available if you prepare ahead of time and develop a sound financial plan.
It is also a good idea to discuss your event with both your department chair
and your faculty dean as this type of conference is relevent to all
engineering students. By broadening your audience, you tend to increase
attendance and can make a sizeable surplus for your student branch.
Student Technical Conferences This is an opportunity to bring
local (and not so local) engineers from industry to discuss practical
as well as thoretical aspects of technology. Find out which technical
chapters are operating in your local IEEE Section and see if you can
arrange a co-sponsored event. IEEE Chapters are links to their related
IEEE Technical Societies, many of which have "distinguished speaker"
programs that cover the speaker's travel expenses. You can use this
connection to reduce your costs and get really great speakers by
utilizing the financial help available to chapters.