By Anam Baloch and Asad Haider
So it has been a while since the current session started and as always, IEEE-SEECS has been busy conducting events since the semester began. Here is a quick round up of what has happened so far.
WECREATE is an up-and-coming project started as a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and StartUp Cup. Its aim, “Empowering women through entrepreneurship”.
Mavra Bari, Manager, Communications and Outreach at WECREATE Pakistan Center was invited by IEEE-WIE (Women in Engineering) to talk about this new initiative. The informative session was arranged on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, in IAEC Lecture hall from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The event was attended by a lively audience which included the executive body of IEEE.
She explained the purpose and necessity of WECREATE and their different programs including “StartUp Academy”, a 15 weeks program intended at turning the ideas of female entrepreneurs into viable business plans. She also explained other programs and the mentioned some success stories resulting from their programs.
Oath Taking Ceremony of the 2015-16 Executive Council
The Oath Taking Ceremony of IEEE SEECS Student Branch was held on the 5th of November, 2015. It was attended and led by the Dean and Principal of SEECS-NUST, Dr Syed Muhammad Hassan Zaidi. The newly elected IEEE-SEECS executive council was present as well as some of the members of the old council. Anam Baloch and Daniyal Aftab Ahmed hosted the ceremony.
It started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by an address by our esteemed Faculty Advisor, Dr.Usman Ilyas. He presented an IEEE shield to the Principal as a token of appreciation for his attendance. That was followed by a few words from Ms.Malala Khan, the Chairperson of IEEE-WIE and Mr.Arsalan Javed, the Chairperson of IEEE-SEECS Student chapter. They then surrendered the stage to Faizan Arshad and Masooma Safeer, the General Secretary of IEEE and WIE respectively, who presented the events held by IEEE and WIE in the past year. Afterwards, The Principal led the Oath Taking which included upholding the standards of a decent and perpetually innovative society as well as being honest, sincere and loyal to the cause of advancement of humankind. Certificate distribution ceremony was the successor of the Oath Taking and all the old chairs of various departments got certificates of appreciation. The night came to a close with Dr.Zaidi’s presentation about HONET-ICT International conference with his words of appreciation about the IEEE council. Refreshments followed the closing of a very enlightening event.
24 Hours of Reality
The actual event was supposed to be the live stream of a presentation as part of the world wide event, but it was cancelled due the horrific events in Paris on 13th November 2015.
Umay Salma, IEEE-SEECS mentor and Volunteer Climate Reality Leader was the guest speaker who presented a riveting lecture on the consequences of our careless actions on the environment.
This event was organized with the collaboration of NUST environmental club (NEC) and IEEE SEECS and occurred on 14th November 2015. It was attended by various environmental enthusiasts and curious newcomers.
In 2015 COP (Conference of the Parties) 21, mentioned by the guest speaker, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
A documentary was mentioned by an attendee: Chasing Ice 2012. The documentary focuses on the effect carbon has on our environment.
There is an online petition as part of the Climate Reality Project, (link is provided at the end) which you can sign to urge the world leaders to make a pact at the world conference in Paris to ensure us that they would make changes to benefit the society.
We urge everyone who is reading this to sign the petition and make a difference on your part.
Caption your Passion 3.0
In our society there is a common misconception that science and engineering fields are exclusively for men while women are more suited to become doctors, artists or house wives. Despite the fact that women are capable and have a historical track record for contributing to STEM related fields, the number of women represented in the STEM fields remains dauntingly low.
Therefore to break these stereotypes that women have to face in STEM fields, the IEEE-SEECS affinity group, WIE, has organized the third iteration of an online contest, Caption your Passion, in which women were asked to send pictures of themselves while doing what they are passionate about. It could have been anything. For instance, coding, working in labs, connecting circuits, mixing chemicals, etc. They were asked to give captions which expressed their passion.
The submissions were open from November 12th, 2015 till November 19th, 2015. After which the participants have been asked to get as many ‘likes’ as possible on their pictures (which have been uploaded on the event page on Facebook) till November 24th, 2015. The pictures will be judged on two levels. First, based on the number of ‘likes’ they get and second, evaluation by judges (The Ex-Com of IEEE-SEECS). The event has been a huge success so far and has attracted a large number of entries which makes the judges’ job difficult. Although the contest is very exciting, the real achievement is that the message that women are as much a part of STEM related fields as men, was conveyed perfectly.