Prepared by: Mayesha Tafannum, Chair for IEEE North South University Student Branch
Established in 2013, the IEEE North South University (NSU) Student Branch has been providing a bridge for its members to communicate within the aspired tracks in their field of interests and facilitating a pathway directed towards a successful engineering career.
Behind the establishment of such an active and successful Student Branch, are a group of enthusiastic, committed and dedicated young minds. Members are regularly engaging themselves in national and global platforms and actively participating as well as winning different contests and awards, grants and eventually representing NSU in both the national and global stages. For two consecutive years, in 2018 and 2019, IEEE NSU Student Branch has been awarded the “Regional Exemplary Student Branch” in Region 10 and also in 2019, embraced the honor of being “The Best Student Branch” in the IEEE Bangladesh Section. Other accomplishments include securing the First Position in the IEEE Day 2017 Long Video Contest, achieving the First Position in the IEEE R10 Web Contest in 2018 and in 2019, and achieving the Second Position in the Photo Contest (Technical Category).
IEEE NSU SB has organized and collaborated in several workshops, seminars, contests, field trips, and flagship events including the IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) in 2018 & 2019 and IEEE Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (STEP) in 2019 & 2020. The Student Branch makes efforts in promoting the benefits of IEEE by organizing three Membership Drives each year. In each Membership Drive, the Student Branch makes sure to deliver the goals and visions of IEEE and convince tech-enthusiasts in joining the world’s largest community of engineers. The members also actively participate in organizing month-long celebrations of Global IEEE Day and IEEE PES Day and take part in the Global Contests and enthusiastically take up roles in the global platforms of IEEE Xtreme, IEEE Day, IEEE PES Day, IEEE MadC, and many more as Leads and Ambassadors.
In order to expedite the members towards a more diverse pathway to pursue their knowledge in their field of interests, IEEE NSU SB has three societies and one affinity group. These are the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Student Chapters and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Student Affinity Group.
During the global pandemic, the IEEE NSU Student Branch members faced several challenges in keeping up with their usual pace of organizing activities and keeping the members engaged. Nevertheless, the combined efforts of its members had driven their challenges to opportunities and the Student Branch and its affiliated chapters had successfully organized over 60 different events and activities online, including three membership drives.
The SB’s main goal is to serve, inspire, and get inspired to change our community, cultivate fellow engineers in their related engineering fields through interactive learning, and help the members better understand the professional environment and technological progress.