Looking forward to 2012

With members in industry, academia, government and elsewhere, IEEE Victoria is an important representative of engineering and other technology professionals. We have a responsibility to take an end-to-end view of our profession. In the coming year we need to encourage young people’s interest in the field, address the interests and challenges of our working members’ professional lives, and acknowledge the contribution and continuing interests of our retired members. We also need to consider the impact our work has on the broader community.

Today our colleagues in North America and Europe are facing difficult economic times, and this will inevitably affect the global profession. Nevertheless, there is no reason to think that the need for engineers and other technologists is any less at this time. I was pleased to see in 2011 that renowned business theorist Dr Michael Porter, who originally trained as an engineer and is well known for his theory of competitive advantage, has focussed on “shared value” in response to the current global economic difficulties. This is the concept that we should recognise the importance of social needs such as health, better housing, improved nutrition, help for the aging, greater financial security and less environmental damage. Such priorities reflect IEEE’s own goal of “Advancing technology for humanity.”

Two activities I see as key to expanding our professional community are the work of Women In Engineering and the activities undertaken by our student chapters across Victoria. In recent years these activities have been important, and I believe we will continue to build on this success. In undertaking the work of the coming year I want to thank Paul Kubik for the excellent work he has done as Chair for the past two years.

Finally I want to encourage all members to consider taking an active part in IEEE volunteering. We have many more responsibilities and opportunities than we can fulfil, and in my experience all participation is both appreciated and personally satisfying. Please feel free to get in touch through ‘contact@r10.ieee.org/victorian’, or to contact me directly on any issues regarding IEEE, at ‘g.adamson@ieee.org’.

Regards,
Dr Greg Adamson

IEEE Victorian Chair 2012

g.adamson@ieee.org


About the IEEE and Victorian Section

The Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
was founded in 1884 and is a worldwide
technical professional society devoted to advancing the theory and application
of electrical engineering, electronics and computing. The IEEE is the
world’s largest technical professional body with over 400,000 electrical
and electronics engineers, scientists and other professionals in approximately
150 countries. The IEEE has divided the world up into Regions, and the
IEEE Victorian Section is part of Region
10
(Asia & Pacific) and represents the Australian states of Victoria
and Tasmania. All IEEE members who reside in Victoria or Tasmania are
automatically members of our Section.

The local Victorian Section of the IEEE has over 1,800 members. The Section
is run by a committee of locally elected IEEE members (refer Section
Committee
) and includes special interest groups called Chapters.
Each Chapter has a Chair and is responsible for organising a number of
interesting seminars, site visits, workshops or conferences, throughout
the year (refer Chapters).


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