On 4th October 2016, over 60 guests gathered for the IEEE UK and Ireland section IEEE Day 2016 celebrations. Held at the University of Westminster, London, this event recognised the date in 1884 on which prominent engineers and inventors of the time first gathered to share ideas and inspiration and form what would later become the IEEE. The evening attracted a diverse audience from many backgrounds, including students, academics, industry representatives and IEEE members and volunteers.
Following opening announcements on the section’s ambitions, plans and services by the UK and Ireland Section Chair, guests enjoyed a series of seminars including details on technical and career development opportunities with the IEEE, ‘History of Technology – why it is important not to re-invent the Wheel’, Mentoring opportunities for younger members with the IEEE, and an introduction to chapters within the section and the services available to students, young professionals and women-in-engineering.
An awards ceremony followed, recognising the achievements of recent IEEE fellows including Prof. Plamen Angelov of Lancaster University, Prof. B.M. Azizur Rahman of City University London and Professor Lie-Laing Yang of the University of Southampton. A Posthumous award from the Section was presented to honour and commemorate the contributions and dedication of Prof John St. Quinton, the SMC Executive Secretary who passed away in 2013. Jacqueline St. Quinton his widow received this award. The Section Outstanding Volunteer awards were given to Veronika Nesheva, Noel Gomes. Dr. Lee Crudgington and Keeley Crockett for support of students, young professional and Women in Engineering members.
A networking drinks reception and panel discussion concluded the event, with the celebration continuing into the evening with personal networking and live music from Peyman Heydarian and the UCL IEEE Student Society.
This was the first Section public event that was webcast live and the a recording of the event can be accessed via IEEE Day Celebrations
On behalf of the IEEE UK and Ireland section we would like to give our sincere thanks to all attendees who enjoyed the evening with us to celebrate the occasion. We are planning more events across the UK and Ireland so check the section website and social media for more details!