WIE Volunteer – Pooja Sharma

Madras Section

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Miss. Pooja Sharma is a committee member of IEEE R10 WIE, Secretary of IEEE Madras Section WIE, and Co-Chair for IEEE YESIST12 Junior Einstein Track. She leads and mentors many students and young professionals in improving their skills and working towards IEEE and its technical societies. IEEE is one of her inspirations where she learns and contributes a lot to society.

She has been an active IEEE volunteer since 2016, having bagged the prestigious IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award 2021 for outstanding contributions to Young Professionals and WIE activities at the Section and Region levels; Richard E. Merwin Scholarship 2017 for outstanding contribution to IEEE Computer Society; and Grace Hopper Celebration India Scholarship (GHCI17) for outstanding Women in Computing field. She is an IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Graduate 2021 and also has completed the 6 weeks training – STEMCOM Powering Future Women Leaders Professional Development organized by Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in partnership with South Asia Gender and Energy Facility (SAGE) and the World Bank and IEEE WIE. She has also received a “Professional Achievement Certificate” from IEEE Madras Section for excellent volunteering.

She has a great grasp of technical activities, too. She won the 1st Prize in IEEE Madras Section for Student Project Funding for the project “Development of Robot Hydro-Jitter Cum Cutter for Replacement of Manual Scavenging.” She has enthusiastically started volunteering as an initiative lead. She has organized National Level Technical Symposiums and workshops on ‘Women in Technical Fields’, ‘IEEE Membership Awareness Programs’, etc. She has also given talks in various sections on Best Tips for writing a Great Resume, Tips for effective email writing: Make the first impression, Build the Block of the profile, how to crack the scholarship, Volunteering with IEEE, and many more with more than 3000+ participants. She has also trained 20+ interns from IMO- Virtual Internship Program on “Conflict Management.”

She is a Quality Associate Engineer at Facts Republic. She has over 3 years of working experience as a Component Engineer in the Manufacturing Industry. She holds a Master of Communication Systems and a Bachelor of Electronics & Communication Engineering from S.A. Engineering College. She won the “Best Outgoing Female Student Award” at S.A. Engineering College 2018 and is an inspiration to many of her juniors in the college.

She has shown great interest in organizing and volunteering for activities in her Student Branch, Section, and national level, and that’s the reason she got selected as an IEEE WIE representative from Madras Section for R10 – SYWC 2018. She was the networking session coordinator of IEEE R10 SYWLC 2020 (Student Track- Virtually). Recently, she was the session chair for IEEE R10 SYWLC 202 (WIE Track) for the panel on “Problem Solving- Empowering Women for Relevance.” It was mainly on problem-solving for empowering women aiming to enable women engineers and researchers to reach their full potential and shine. She also conducted a networking activity on “Team Bonding/ Brainstorming for a given problem solving as a WE AG/Volunteer.” It was aimed at team building and brainstorming for given problem-solving as a WIE AG/ volunteer to expand our horizons and envision our future through interactive sessions.

Some of the highlighted section/regional events which have been volunteered are IEEE WIE ILC, IEEE WIE ILC, YESIST12 2019 – 2022, IEEE MASCON 2021, KNOW YOUR IEEE, IEEE WIE Returning Mother Conference 2021, Connecting the Dots with IEEE Madras WIE, IEEE WIE Project-Based Learning School Camp 2021, IEEE R10 Young Professional Upskill Madras 2021, HighPreneur – IEEE Entrepreneurship Kickstart Program, STEP 2020 – Discovering Your Professional Future 2020, IEEE TEMS Industry Forum – Madras, Navigate your Career during COVID-19, IEEE TEMS and Young Professionals MeetUp 2019, IEEE SMART Village – Humanitarian Activities, Revolutionary Opportunities in Industries – Education 4.0, Quarter Tech Talk Table 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and many more where her contributions were noteworthy as she was managing many tasks smoothly. She had shown a huge potential to grow into an enthusiastic and talented volunteer. She is a keen learner and an excellent team player. Apart from volunteering, she is the mentor for many students guiding them towards their careers, scholarships, women empowerment, etc.