Rice University receives the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Student Branch Award

Rice did it again. During the Awards Banquet of the 2019 IEEE Region 5 Meeting & Student Conference, held on April 6th in the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lafayette, LA; Rice University was presented the award for Outstanding Student Branch of 2018, from the hands of Robert Shapiro, IEEE Region 5 Director.

Robert Shapiro (IEEE Region 5 Director) presents the award to Alice Wang (IEEE Houston Section Chair), receiving on behalf of Rice University Student Branch

This award, granted to the most active and progressive Student Branch of Region 5, recognizes Rice’s commitment to the advancement of the objectives of IEEE. The criteria for winning the award includes factors like meetings held during the period, technical sessions organized by the Branch like the Student Professional Awareness Conferences (SPAC), interactions with the local IEEE Section and other student engineering groups, and special projects.


IEEE Rice University Student Branch Members / Back row, left to right: Logan Lawrence, David Torres, Kunal Rai, Tiger Yang, Xander Spriggs, Jonathan Bunt, Bob Bao, Neil Seoni, Cameron Walton / Front row, left to right: Rachel Nguyen, Julia Coyner, Nicole Tan, Fasai Phuathavornskul, Sophia D’Amico, Louis Smidt, Tory Songyang

Specifically for the case of Rice a serious of initiatives that speak about the hard work and dedication of the Student Branch team, which accounted in favor of their competition case, included the organization of Lunch Speaker Series during the academic year, with average turnarounds of 40 attendees and speakers from industry partners like Chevron, Google, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase, Epic, DrillingInfo, ParkIT, Baker Botts, Viasat and Dell. Additionally, the Student Branch held a number of social events during the year, refurbished on-campus spaces for Electrical Engineering students and the Ethernest (a collaborative hands-on engineering learning space for Rice students), organized an interview workshop before the fall career fair and snap-circuit lessons for elementary school children. Rice also participated in a number of student competitions, which included the Regional Circuits and Systems Design Contest, for which Rice was selected as a finalist.


The Axon Mobile Team, part of the Rice University Student Branch selected as finalists of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) student design contest: Aidan Curtis, Sophia D’Amico, Andres Gomez, Benjamin Klimko, Irene Zhang with Houston area CAS Chair and Rice University Student Branch Counselor, Dr. Joseph Cavallaro

Join us to high five the Rice Student Branch for another great achievement! Go owls!

Article by Fabian Pineda Houston Section Newsletter team

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