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Meeting with Ramakrishna Kappagantu about Young Engineers
Humanitarian Challenge Competition

by Jeffrey Pawlan

On June 23, 2015 Ramakrishna Kappagantu, the Director of Region 10, came to the SF Bay area to visit his family. He took time out to meet with a few of us in the Santa Clara Valley. Present at the meeting along with Ramakrishna Kappagantu were Jeffrey Pawlan, Kartik Kulkarni, Daniel Lottis, and M. P. Divakar.

Divakar, Daniel, Ramakrishna, Kartik, Jeffrey

Ramakrishna, Kartik, Jeffrey

We discussed ideas for expanding the All IEEE Young Engineers Humanitarian Challenge Competition (AiyeHum) into all Regions. Currently this competition is open only to students from Region 8, Region 9, and Region 10. We want to expand this to all regions but more details and organization must go into forming a central AiyeHum committee that will oversee all of the various AiyeHum competitions around the world.

Some of the topics that we discussed and need to be clearly defined in the future are:

  • We discussed the question, what is a global humanitarian project?
  • The difficulty of judging different competitions that are all different from each other

For the current competition this year, the submissions are in. The committee in Asia needs mentors quickly. Each selected team will be given a mentor to work with that team. The mentor does not need to live near the team and does not need to travel. He or she will assist the students via email, or if necessary by webex. Please go to the AiyeHum website to volunteer to be a mentor by downloading a form:



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