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Seattle IEEE Young Professionals – 2016 Year End Report

Hello IEEE Seattle Section & PES Excom,

I wanted to share our accomplishments for 2016. It was a great year for the Seattle IEEE Young Professionals affinity group. Our achievements could not be possible without the support from the Seattle Section and Power & Energy Society. I also want to thank the YP Committee for helping to organize these awesome events! Stay tuned for 2017!

  • Troy Coleman — Engineer at Plant Technical Services at PSE
  • Gwendoly Espe — Former Genie Engineer & WIP Rep. for PES
  • Jennifer Hunter — Project Manager at Microsoft
  • Gaurav Rajeskar — Project Manager at Microsoft
  • Chris Lazarov — ESCP Europe Graduate in Energy Management
  • Jason Hall — Relay Engineer at PSE
  • Mohamed Tamasas — Aspring PhD Student in Electrical Engineering
  • Ravendar Bhojwani — Product Manager at Amazon
  • Abdur Rehman — Protection Engineer at PES & YP Rep for Seattle Section and PES

Hosted networking and social activity event — February 2016

  • 17 YP’s attended from differing professionals including aerospace, computing, power systems, information technology, computer science, and the government.
  • The fun and excitement from bowling coupled with meeting new people and networking certainly made this an enjoyable social event. 

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Hosted  a Laser Tag Event and Social on March 2016.

  • 15 IEEE members signed up for the event.
  • Laser technologies were discussed with Ted Nugent for 30 minutes.
  • Two 15 min laser tag games were played.

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Very Successful Paintball session held on April 2016.

  • 22 YP’s all over Seattle attended this events
  • Thomas Wu from Panasonic Avionics gave a short talk prior to the games. He spoke about his work as a System Integration Engineer for commercial airlines. A good discussion followed suit on the changing workplace for engineers and Young Professionals today.
  • Everyone enjoy the open-discussion environment and many contributed to the discussion. Student attendees also enjoyed the networking opportunity with YPs. They asked insightful questions about jobs, interviews, and industry outlook

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Hosted networking and social activity event and bowling on May 2016.

  • 11 attendees from various work places included Microsoft, Amazon, AT&T, Power Studies, and Puget Sound Energy.
  • There were some great moments of technical conversations during game play

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Very Successful BBQ at Lake Tapps on July 2016. 

  • 19 professionals attended from across the industry , Power System Engineers, Software Engineers, Computer Scientists, RF Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Industrial Engineers.

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 IEEE-USA Future Leader Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on 28-30 July, 2016.

  • Ravendar Bhojwani, Troy Coleman, and Abdur Rehman attended.
  • According to the attended members, they believe the conference was a huge success and offered something for everyone. Each speaker offered great advice that they were all able to take back and immediately apply to their careers!

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BBQ at Green Lake Park on August 2016.

  • 14 YP’s from all over Seattle attended.
  • Surprise visit from retied VP of Engineering at BPA — Hardev Juj

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Seattle YP hosts Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk at Global Humanitarian Conference October 2016.

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Special Thanks to Muhamed Tamasas for putting together this report.

Warm regards,

Abdur Rehman

Seattle YP Chair

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