IEEE Student Branch Annual General Meeting at Curtin University

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. It is worth noting that IEEE Nikola Tesla Award was established in 1975 http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/tfas/tesla.html

Curtin University IEEE Student Branch http://www.ieeecurtin.org/ had its AGM held at Curtin Engineering Pavilion. The branch’s objective to promote IEEE on campus, and to fullfill IEEE’s mission statement which reads, “IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity”.

The meeting took place in the hall where the bust of Nikola Tesla was placed a couple of years ago as donation of Tesla Forum to Curtin University. http://teslaforum.com/2012_tesla_bust/2012 – Tesla Bust.htm

Students presented their work though technical fairs, e-waste collection and reprocessing / repairing of the same for re-use. Some of these repaired PCs and TVs were donated to refugees by IEEE.

Besides learning about IEEE activities and results in previous year, the meeting was an excellent opportunity for a dialogue about sustainable engineering and collaboration among engineers, architects, scientists and students.

Nikola Borovac, Tesla Forum’s Board member, reflected on the legacy of Nikola Tesla and numerous inventions and patents he left behind. Some of these have still not been implemented and could easily be a source of inspiration for future development work of talented young engineers.

Robin Chapple, MLC, Greens, spoke about the importance of education and engineers’ development path and need to open up new horizons through team work and thinking beyond their field of specialization.

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