SAIEE-IEEE Wits Student Group


 

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Community outreach project in colaboration with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Wits: Zizanani


 

The Wits student branch was established at the beginning of 2006. This was by Electrical engineering students. The founding members of the branch were Electrical Engineering students. This meant that the IEEE Wits student branch mainly comprised of Electrical Engineering students over the years. In the beginning of 2010, the aim was to change that.

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of this Student Branch is to introduce students to the IEEE. In order to achieve this, the Branch will inform students about the organisation and its role in terms of a professional technical association. The Branch will also assist potential student members with joining the IEEE. This involves acting as an intermediary between the two parties so that students are able to join with the confidence that their IEEE Student Branch committee is actively looking-out for their best interests. 

Further to the above, this branch also aims to follow the example of the IEEE worldwide and to provide value to our members because they are part of our professional organisation. To achieve this, the branch will utilise its structure and available resources to provide students with benefits which would not be available without the involvement of the Student Branch.

 

IEEE (previously Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)

"IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.EEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities." [from IEEE about page]

 

IEEE History:

The IEEE started out as the American Institude for Electrical Engineers (AIEE). This was started by a group of Electrical proffesionals to help them apply their innovation for the betterment of humanity. The Institute of Radio Engineers was later founded and modelled on the AIEE. The two societies merged in 1963 to form the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). 

The IEEE grew in the decades that followed and by the early 21st Century, IEEE served its members and their interests with 38 societies; 130 journals, transactions and magazines; more 300 conferences annually; and 900 active standards. IEEE’s fields of interest expanded well beyond electrical/electronic engineering and computing into areas such as micro- and nanotechnology, ultrasonics, bioengineering, robotics, electronic materials, and many others. [read the full history on the IEEE history page]

 

Contact Information:

ieee [at] ee [dot] wits [dot] ac [dot] za

 

More Information:

http://ewh.ieee.org/sb/south_africa/wits/about.html