Dear IEEE Victorian and Tasmania IEEE members,
What a remarkable year 2016 was! As I reflect on the work of our section over the last 12 months, it is difficult not to feel a sense or pride and accomplishment. Despite the fluctuations in membership across the world, the IEEE Victorian Section has fared very well, maintaining and in some cases growing our membership. In September of 2016, we were the lead organisation, along with Engineers Australia, IET and La Trobe University in bringing together the Victorian Engineering & IT Career Expo. The event was held at the State Library and exceeded all expectations, with 23 companies exhibiting and over 1,800 attendees through the doors, making it by far the most attended IEEE Victorian Section event in our history. In 2016 we also established a strong focus on industry engagement and working with our members in industry to better serve their needs. We hosted a major engagement event with over 40 CEOs, general managers and senior executives from small & medium enterprises to large multi-national organisations. We plan to grow this with the establishment of the industry advisory board. Our societies organised over 80 activities throughout the year and our student chapters were extremely active. 2016 will also be remembered as the year of awards where our section and members received a record number of Australia, regional and international awards. We were fortunate to host some large conferences in Melbourne such as the Thinking Machines in the 21st Century and the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies. What is exceptionally exciting is that our Tasmanian subsection was the host of the 28th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction and in 2017 Gippsland will be the host of an international conference on mechatronics. It has been a pleasure working with all of our volunteers and members. I look forward to leading our organisation throughout 2017 where for the first time in our history, Melbourne will host all three IEEE Presidents, Karen Bartleson (President), Barry Shoop (Immediate Past President) and Jim Jeffries (President Elect).
Chair, IEEE Victorian Section