In 2017, WIE Affinity Group, IEEE Bangladesh Section has been selected as the recipient of “2016 Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Year Award” in honor of demonstrated dedication and service to IEEE women in engineering through activities in 2016 . It is the highest honour/group award for a WIE AG to be received from IEEE WIE (global body comprising of members from 10 IEEE regions). WIE Affinity Group, IEEE Bangladesh Section had also received an honorable mention for the 2015 WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award from IEEE WIE. By the end of 2016, WIE AG, IEEE BDS had inspired formation of 10 Student Branch WIE AGs with 760 WIE members including 75 professional members. The global recognition of this group in 2015 has reached to a new height now and this is indeed a very special achievement! This news is already published and shared with the whole world in the IEEE WIE website and IEEE WIE facebook page. For your kind information, please visit the link
WIE AG, IEEE BDS organized 28 events in 2016 including 15 technical and professional workshops on robotics, PCB design, SPICE, MATLAB, LATEX, Graphic Design, Website Design etc.
The group has successfully conducted four IEEE R10 funded events:
- STAR Program: “Engineer Your Dreams”—won by competition from R10 WIE
- Creativity, Innovation to Women Entrepreneurship- won by competition from R10 WIE
- Inauguration Ceremony of Five WIE SB in IEEE BDS & Launching of All Bangladesh
IEEE WIE SB AG Network—supported by R10 WIE new initiative program (R10 WIE NIP)
- IEEE R10 Innovation Workshop (TENNINOW) for WIE—supported by R10
Other notable programs are IEEE day celebration, a special WIE sessions at IEEE BDS SYW Congress 2016, and a WIE track at ICCIT 2016 with a theme “An Invitation for Women to Dream BIG’’.
The most significant contribution is the organization of 2016 IEEE International Women in Engineering Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (WIECON-ECE) at Pune, Maharashtra, India, in collaboration with IEEE BDS, IEEE Pune Section and WIE AG, IEEE Pune Section. It was supported as a special event of global WIE and R10 WIE also rendered its support. The conference received 225 papers from 10 countries in 8 tracks. There were 7 world-class keynote talks (2 IEEE Fellows), 4 invited talks, 4 tutorials, 8 technical tracks, 1 humanitarian technology track, 1 industrial track by CISCO, 1 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Session, 1 Humanitarian Project Competition (40 projects received). IEEE WIE Chair 2017, IEEE WIE Chair 2011-12 and founding Chair, IEEE SIGHT were present. IEEE President 2016, IEEE president 2017, IEEE PES President-Elect 2017, IEEE WIE Chair 2016, IEEE R10 director 2016 and many other regional and global distinguished IEEE and WIE leaders sent their messages. The conference was a mega successful event for the second time since its inception at IEEE Bangladesh section in 2015. All presented papers of IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016 are now available in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
We would like to thank all the volunteers for their dedication and relentless effort that has made possible to achieve this global recognition. The award is dedicated to all WIE volunteers in IEEE Bangladesh Section. We express our sincere thanks to Professor Dr. Celia Shahnaz for her extra ordinary guidance in every step of our journey, without her vision and continuous mentoring, it was not possible to get inspired and to keep working hard to reach the goal that she has set for all us. We also express our deepest gratitude to Professor Dr. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, Chair, IEEE BDS (2015-2016) and his Ex-com for dynamic leadership and for providing unconditional support for the amazing growth of WIE AG, IEEE BDS. Lastly, I urge our Student Branch WIE AGs to work in harmony and collaboration so that we can retain our glory and continue achieving more success.
Samantha Lubaba Noor
Chair, WIE AG, IEEE BDS