REGION 10 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — JUNE 2019
Dear Region 10 Members,
The first half of 2019 has nearly drawn to a close, during which time IEEE Region 10 has been continuously active. During the past six months more than 600 IEEE-sponsored, or technically co-sponsored, conferences took place in our Region alone.
Moreover, the number of our Organizational Units (OUs) is also increasing. A Northern Territory Subsection within the Northern Australia Section was established in February, and a Chongqing Subsection within the Beijing Section in June.
Region 10 now boasts a grand total of fifty-eight (58) Sections and thirty-four (34) Subsections. Fourteen (14) new Technical Chapters were formed in 2019, making for a total of 697. The new Bangalore and Hyderabad (India), Sendai (Japan), and Thailand Sections “Life Member Affinity Groups” (LMAGs), a new Karachi Section “Women in Engineering” Affinity Group (WIE), and a new Sendai Section Young Professionals Affinity Group (YP) likewise became active this year.
On the other hand, more than 500 Student Branches in our Region 10 have been placed on probation owing to zero members. I do hope all OUs continue to be active, while Section leaders will communicate frequently and assist OUs (Chapters, Affinity Groups, and Student Branches) within their Sections to grow and stay active.
One of the three Region 10 flagship conferences, TENSYMP 2019 was successfully held in early June in Kolkota, India. You may view the report in the Region 10 Newsletter. TENCON 2019 is due to be held in Kochi, Kerala State (India), during the period of 17-20 October. The region 10 HTC 2019 will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, during 12-14 November. We hope these various conferences will be well attended and, indeed, I myself hope to see many of you there.
The IEEE Milestones Program honors significant technical achievements in all fields associated with IEEE― namely, technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity as found in unique products, services, seminal papers, and patents. By the end of 2018 Region 10 had achieved a total of thirty-six (36) IEEE Milestones (two from India and thirty-four from Japan) out of 193 in the entire world. This year the following two Milestones will be dedicated and confirmed: (1) the High Electron Mobility Transistor,1979 (Tokyo Section), and (2) the Parkes Radio Telescope, 1969 (New South Wales Section). I am very pleased to note our first IEEE Milestone from Australia. All of us hope that many more Milestones will be proposed in the near future from as many areas as possible of our IEEE Region 10.
The new IEEE Learning Network (ILN) will be launched in July, as a central platform for continuing education across IEEE with a shared learning management system. I hope many of you will take advantage and enjoy this newly inaugurated ILN.
With warmest regards,
IEEE Region 10 Director