Article: Houston Section Seminar: At Texas Southern University “What Are Standards?”

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the IEEE Houston Section facilitated a “What Are Standards?” Seminar at Texas Southern University, for the past 4 years (Except for 2020 during the Pandemic)  Christopher SandersonIEEE Houston Section Chair and IEEE Region 5 South Chair has facilitated this seminar to over 30 student attendees many of which are not IEEE Student Branch members. The great news is that this year Dr. Abayomi Ajofoyinbo has petitioned IEEE MGA Student Branch Activities to form a new branch at Texas Southern University (TSU). “This is great news for TSU and IEEE Houston Section,” says Christopher Sanderson.

Many were surprised to learn about the history of standards and the number of IEEE standards around the world in a number of various industries.

IEEE has an active portfolio of nearly 1,300 standards and projects under development, IEEE is a leading developer of industry standards in a broad range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of products and services, transforming how people live, work, and communicate.

Part of the high interest from attendees is having a more informed understanding of how standards may affect their field of work, study, or life. They quickly understand the career advantages they could have over fellow colleagues with a good understanding of standards. “Today’s job market is more competitive than ever. I believe having a strong understanding of how standards affect your field of work and study will allow you to be more competitive”.

With collaborative thought leaders in more than 160 countries, IEEE-Standards Association is a leading consensus-building organization that enables the creation and expansion of international markets and helps protect health and public safety.

Special thanks to Dr. Abayomi Ajofoyinbo, Department of Engineering (Electrical & Computer), and your IEEE passion is truly reflective of the support of your students and University.


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Article by Christopher Sanderson, Houston Section Chair, IEEE R5 South Area Chair,  IEEE-USA Career & Professional Development Committee Chair,

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