Dear colleagues,

Saman Gorji – IEEE Asia Pacific (R10) paper contest runner-up

Happy new year! A new year and new adventures lie ahead of us. 2017 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for the IEEE Victorian Section and our members. It is always good to start the year with some good news and one of student members, Saman Gorji was awarded 2nd place in the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) paper contest. This is an excellent outcome for Saman, Swinburne University and the entire IEEE Victorian Section.

Most recently, our section has organised several high profile events in partnership with Engineers Australia. It is great to so that our professionals continue to work together and provide value to our members. We hosted an event titled “The Future of Space Engineering in Australia” that included numerous high profiled speakers Dr Andreas Eckardt, Head of Department of Optical Information Systems at DLR, Roger Franzen, SKA International Dish Consortium Leader at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Gary Quinn, Chief Engineer at Environmental Systems and Services Mr Wade McDonough, CTO and co-founder Cuberider and Ms Andrea Boyd, International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer. The event provided a forum for an expert panel discussion relating to the current status of the space industry in Australia and its future direction in front of an audience of more than one hundred.

Kaiserslautern – A smart rural city

Our section was also involved in another successful partnership event with the ACS when hosted ‘Smart Rural Areas: A Global Success Story’ The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft IESE, Smart Rural Cities, and the Transformation of a regional city into an R&D hub. Prof. Dieter Rombach, director of business development showcased the global success story of Kaiserslauter through a number of transformative initiatives that were initiated in the early nineties, resulting in Kaiserslautern becoming a regional technological knowledge capital. It raised numerous excellent discussion point of best practices, lessons learnt and how we can transforms regional towns such as Bendigo, Ballarat, Albury-Wodonga and the La Trobe Valley into thriving smart communities.

In December 2015, Tasmania experienced a failure of the Basslink undersea cable combined with low dam levels and record low rainfall. These events necessitated the rapid deployment of significant generation capacity at key locations in the state. Hydro Tasmania (Generation NSP), with support from TasNetworks (Transmission and Distribution NSP), then began to dispatch supplementary generation throughout the state. It is great to see that our section members will be hosting an upcoming gathering on March 8th to examine this project in detail, the challenges faced and how power was provided despite continued drought. You can learn more about the event by clicking here.

In August, Australia will once again take centre stage. No, we are not hosting another sporting event. Australia will be hosting the IEEE Sections Congress from 11-13 August in Sydney. The IEEE Sections Congress is a triennial gathering of 1200 of IEEE’s global leadership including all of the executive staff and numerous high profiled industry representatives from around the world.

Following the congress, our section will have a very unique opportunity to host the IEEE President Karen Bartleson, IEEE Past President Barry Shoop and IEEE President Elect Jim Jeffries. Along with the presidents will be numerous other IEEE directors. The purpose of their visit will be industry engagement with CEO, GMs and senior executives in Victoria. We will also be organising a grand networking reception with our distinguished guests on Thursday 17th. The details of this will be announced in the coming months. I invite you all to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

As always, I welcome all comments and suggestions from our members.

Yours sincerely,


Eddie Custovic

Chair – IEEE Victorian Section