The Virginia Tech IEEE Student Branch has developed a new website that sports a job board, in addition to expected features such as newsletters, bulletin boards, and online IEEE registration/membership services.
The job board provides an online job source specifically for EE and CPE students and graduates. Hosted by AfterCollege.com, the center allows students to post resumes, alumni to post contact information, and employers to post job openings.
The website is one of a variety of efforts aimed at building rapport and a sense of community among ECE's large, far flung student body. "We decided early in 2002 to get as many people as possible involved," explained Mike Schenck, IEEE chair for 2002. The group quickly reinvigorated the IEEE listserve and developed a professional newsletter.
In addition to regular "Fun Fridays," where students and faculty gather for doughnuts, the group has hosted two large showcases, each attracting hundreds of students. The spring showcase focused on ECE research groups and laboratories, and the fall showcase featured the six academic areas of the department.
IEEE students have helped give presentations to upcoming sophomores, and have organized several well attended corporate information sessions by firms including GE and International Rectifier, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Plans for this semester include organizing a student research symposium, establishing a tutoring program and possibly planning a campus-wide gaming party.
The society is also sponsoring a team to compete in the SouthEastCon student hardware competition. "There are so many things that can be done, and we have so many ideas to improve the student experience," Schenck said. "Our biggest obstacle is funding. With the economy, corporate sponsorships are tight and the university budget cuts mean there is little in the department for student social and extracurricular activities."
The group sells Virginia Tech IEEE polo shirts as a fund raiser and has plans to host a campus-wide car show next fall that focuses on sound systems. The group's advisor is Sanjay Raman. For more information, please visit www.ieee.vt.edu, or contact Schenck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VT IEEE One of 5 Largest; Saves VT Library $10,000
The VT IEEE Student Branch has been able to secure a $10,000 discount for the Virginia Tech Library.
"The library spends about $100,000 a year for IEEE Explore and IEEE Online Resources," said Mike Schenck, IEEE president. "With the budget cutbacks, the extensive IEEE subscription and other vital subscriptions were at risk. The IEEE was willing to provide Tech with a discount if we had 345 members by December 31, 2002,"he said. "We did, and we have become one of the top five largest IEEE student groups in the country."