MSU Student Branch Newsletter

Fall 2010

The student branch here at Mississippi State University has been very active this Fall.  We’ve increased our membership by over 20% and participation in activities has really been good.  One of the highlights of the past fall is the formation of a new student society within the branch.  We now have an IEEE- Computer Society student branch group formed!  The president of the new group has been so active that he as even won an IEEE national award for his efforts.  Ajay Bandi recently was named one of the Richard E. Merwyn Scholarship winners. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the society, to recognize and reward active leaders in the IEEE Computer Society student branch chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts.

Three students participated in the IEEE Extreme Programming Competition.  Although less students than last year, those who did participate really enjoyed the International competition that lasted 24 hours.  It is a good event to get those programming students involved with IEEE.

Two dynamic men were our speakers for our monthly speaker series meetings.  Both were professors that the student officers believed would be enjoyable.  Both Dr. Yogi Dandass and Dr. Yang Zhang provided the large audiences with informative and entertaining evenings. We also had speakers from Camgian, Inc and Southern Company come and talk about some of the work that their engineers are involved in.  We participated in the Severstal tour with the professional IEEE society.  Lots of walking was done as we learned how steel was fabricated into rolled sheets.

Three students and one student branch counselor attended IEEE Region 3 student officer and student counselor training in Atlanta this fall.  Lots of ideas were exchanged with officers from other branches. Ryan Nazaretian, IEEE Region 3 Student Representative, is from MSU, and helped lead the conference.  We have already begun incorporating some of the ideas we learned at the training session.

As always, social events are a big hit with students.  Two gaming nights were held during the semester.  The events were packed with students as well as local IEEE members who like gaming.  The students really enjoyed all of the games offered, especially the LAN-based games.  

Monthly dinner meetings provided a social outlet for students as well as faculty.  Once a month, a local restaurant was chosen for IEEE members to get together for dinner and meet in an informal environment.  

The officers purchased a tent and held a tailgating party during a football game weekend.  All who attended really enjoyed the event.  The IEEE also helped with the Bagley College of Engineering Tailgating.  The officers are really working on recruitment of new members.  This event along with providing a booth at New Student Convocation provided more exposure of our Branch to possible members.

The semester finale was an ice cream social during the Senior Design Presentations.  Senior Design presentations are really a large event here with the Capstone projects being so large and important projects, that IEEE wanted to be a part of it.  The ice cream was enjoyed by all.