IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest non-profit professional association in the electronics and information area holding more than 400,000 members worldwide. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Its activities span quite broad — research & development, education, publication and standardization. It is the entity to drive innovation throughout all phases — fostering the environment to encourage innovation, promoting R&D activities, bringing results for the good of the society. IEEE evolves itself to keep pace with the times.
IEEE activities are carried out by regional “Section”. Section is the basic unit to realize IEEE's core purpose supporting members socializing each other and invigorating professional activities. There are nine Sections in Japan and IEEE Kansai Section is one of them for Kansai region. After established in 1998, membership grows steadily to about 2,300 second only to Tokyo Section.
There are four main activities in Kansai Section. The first one is the support for each Chapter organized by the technology area. Chapter is a local branch of each Society of IEEE. Chapter hosts technical seminars and workshops. The second is the support for Student Branch (SB) organized by the university. At present, SBs are located in seven universities in Kansai Area. Student research presentation opportunities, career formation support, academic lectures are provided in SBs. The third is the awards system to encourage members, such as Kansai Section Medal for Senior Member, Student Paper Awards to recognize excellent papers adopted by IEEE international conference or IEEE Journal, Young Professionals Award to commend young remarkable researchers. The fourth is activation of the new planning by each Affinity Group. We are constantly planning of new activities to reflect members' opinions promptly in line with the change of the times.
Engineers today may have worries such as extremely fast technology advancement, or complexity of technology and market relation. You may have fears lagging behind and becoming obsolete. Young engineers can bring about technological innovation, but achievement heavily depends on the luck. The key to grasp the luck is having a good human network beyond the organiztion and the technology field. IEEE Kansai Section can help you to broaden your horizons worldwide and build your network by providing the opportunities to meet with fellow engineers outside of your organization. We wish you young engineers involved in R&D to join IEEE wholeheartedly.
IEEE Kansai Section Chair