IEEE-Student Branch @ ECE
The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. The student branch at SQU started off with around 50 members in April 1999. Right now in 2005 the number of members has tripled to about 150 members. The main objective of the IEEE-SQU branch can be described as follows:
- Encourage students in to participate in technical activities.
- Attend important internal and international conferences relevant.
- Present technical exhibitions, conduct seminars, organize social events and take part in some of the university activities.
- Participate in international competitions.
- Access the latest research in the field of electrical and electronics engineering.
- Develop students’ leadership and organizational skills.
- Spread the engineering industry and technology awareness among the students in the university.
The society is divided into different sub committees each committee has certain responsibilities. The committees are:
- Public Relations committee: responsible for managing the relations inside the society and other societies and administrations in the university.
- Publicity committee: responsible for publishing the group activities by making posters, brochures, announcements, society website ...etc.
- Activities committee: developing social activities for the group.
- Projects committee: responsible for implementing some electronic, digital, electrical, and computer projects throughout the semester.
- IT Group: Information Technology Group aims to introduce the students to all matters related to IT; help them apply their theoretical studies technically with the assistance of experts in the filed.
IEEE activities during the 2004/2005 Academic year:
The College of Engineering represented by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) organized the International Conference on Communication, Computer and Power (ICCCP’05), from 14 to 16 February 2005. The event was rated very successful and the IEEE SQU-SB played in its success, as some of their members participated in the organization committee. Moreover, the members of the IEEE SQU-SB have proven to be responsible and keen for hard work as they showed their full potential and interest.
Gamer 2005 Challenge
Gamer 2005 is a national game designing competition “ Gamer 2005 Challenge” which was organized February this year by Oman Mobile (Taif) and SQU Communications and Information Research center. The competitors were required to design and plan a mobile phone based game. Only 8 game designs were elected for the final voting. The winners received a prepaid trip to Shanghai, China, to implement their design internationally. Four of the IEEE-SQU-SB members participated in the competition the game “Fort Conquer”. The group won the competition and the implementation phase is in progress now in Shanghai.
Youth Forum, ITU TELECOM Asia 2004
The Youth Forum at ITU Telecom Asia 2004 (Republic of Korea, September 2004) was the second Youth Forum organized during an ITU Telecom Asia event, and was designed to introduce the youth fellows from all over Asia to the challenges and opportunities of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. During the course of a three-day program, the Youth Forum addressed three basic themes: technology and applications; policy and regulation; and finance and business as well as the relationships among these themes. It showed how these themes are fundamental to the sector and examined how all players involved can interact successfully for their mutual benefit, to ensure that ICTs serve as a prime mover both of economic and social development and of the fundamental human right to communicate and access information.
Aisha Said Al Sariri, An Electrical and Computer Engineering student, who is also one of the IEEE-SQU-SB members, participated in this event. The selection was based on writing an essay describing the role of youth in the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Asia-Pacific region. In addition, our participant won a second price in a competition based on writing a business plan, which involved Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to help people in Asia pacific region and to satisfy their needs.
The engineering societies in the different departments in the college organized the “Engineering Exhibition” from 24 to 25 of April 2005. IEEE student society contributed effectively in the organization of the exhibition and also with a very attractive side of the technical part of the exhibition. About 15 different projects were shown by the society in the exhibition. All these projects were done totally by students working in a team from design to implementation and construction of the model and design of describing poster.
University Open Day
SQU celebrates its open day on the 2nd of May every year. Each college assumes to participate with their achieved accomplishments during the whole academic year. Different colleges share this day, by displaying collection of art work, projects, studies, researches in both oral and poster presentations. This year IEEE-SQU-SB is going to participate with many projects covering the different fields of the department: Communication and Signal Processing, Computer Systems and Networks, Power Systems and Energy, Industrial Electronics and Control.
College of Engineering Gathering
The College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) is in the process of organizing “The Second Engineering Students' Gathering”. The event is to be held during Fall 2005. It provides a good opportunity for the engineering students from different universities and private colleges in Sultanate of Oman to discuss, present, and develop their skills in various engineering fields, as well as to exchange their academic and industrial experiences. As a part of the event objectives, the gathering day will motivate the students to collaborate in mutual projects that will benefit the society as well as the students themselves as engineers.