IEEE R10 Young Professionals Career Leadership Aid Program (CLAP)

By Akshay R S, R10 YP GEMS Intern

The IEEE Region 10 Young Professionals Career Leadership Aid Program (CLAP) has emerged as a catalyst for empowering aspiring engineers, providing a unique blend of skill development, networking, and innovation. Launched in 2021, this initiative has become a global beacon for IEEE students on the cusp of transitioning to young professional membership.

The recent physical debut of IEEE R10 YP CLAP in hybrid mode at UST, Trivandrum, Kerala on 2-3 December 2023, marked a milestone in fostering an immersive learning experience. Co-organized by IEEE Kerala Section and IEEE Kerala Section Young Professionals, in collaboration with IEEE R8 Young Professionals and powered by UST, the program showcased a commitment to nurturing the next generation of engineering leaders. CLAP was also supported by IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE R10 Ethics Awareness and Advancement Committee.

The event featured eminent speakers from diverse fields who, through the interactive workshops, panel discussions, and talks, covered different aspects of transitioning into a successful professional. Particularly noteworthy was the keynote address by chief guest Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair (Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology), whose insights on the present and upcoming space programs enthralled and intrigued the audience.

Another highlight of the 2-day event was the Ethics Competition, in which participants used their knowledge and application of the IEEE Code of Ethics in analyzing and inferring results from a study of a fictitious case of ethical turmoil. The final presentation and defense of their case analysis by teams, each comprising a maximum of four members, added fervor to the event, instilling in the audience a sense of duty to adhere to the ethical guidelines laid down by the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

With a record participation of 154 delegates from the two Regions, 26 AG collaborators (R10 and R8), 24 speakers, 10 industry contributors, and 7 IEEE regional and global committees, CLAP ‘23 once again reinforced the successful legacy of the initiative in shaping the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for the engineering community.

IEEE R10 Young Professionals CLAP witnessed the launch of Scribld, the first edition of IEEE R10 YP GEMS Magazine. The official launch was done by IEEE R10 YP Chair Ms. Saaveethya Sivakumar by handing over the first edition of Scribld to Prof. Muhammed Kasim, Chair, IEEE Kerala Section and Brajesh Kaimal, Co-founder & Director, Experion Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Copies of Scribld were handed to IEEE Kerala YP Representative Mr. Karthik Menon, UST Representative and the delegates by the IEEE R10 YP Team. The magazine based on the theme Frontiers of Space Exploration received good feedback from the readers community. With around 21 articles covering the science and the stories behind missions to explore beyond the horizons, the release of the first edition of Scribld laid the foundation for a future of advancing technological explorations through IEEE.

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