REGION 10 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — April 2022
Dear IEEE Colleagues
Hope you and your family are doing well. I see that in most of the countries of Region 10, we are returning to pre-covid times and, of course, we are embracing learnings from the recent past. But we need to be vigilant, careful and we must take all precautions to be safe. We are still dealing with uncertainty in terms of event planning, and it is going to take time to organize fully in-person events. In the meantime, we must be open with online options for our programs and activities.
In 2022, Region 10 EXCOM meeting was entirely virtual, whereas we could organize Region 10 Annual General Meeting in a hybrid format with great success. The physical venue was Hyderabad, India. I am happy that Region 8 Director Antonio Luque traveled to Hyderabad to attend the meeting.
Our upcoming flagship events are planned in person with an option to join online; this is the new normal. TENCON 2022 will take place in Hong Kong, TENSYMP 2022 in Mumbai, and R10 HTC 2022 in Hyderabad. After a successful fully online 2020 SYWL Congress, we have planned 2022 SYWL Congress as a fully in-person event at Jeju, South Korea in August this year. I am sure that the COVID situation will be much improved by then and the delegates from all sections of Region 10 will be able to participate.
Region 10 committees have come out with various opportunities of member engagements. You will find a continuation of previous programs along with new programs, I encourage you to participate and also organize such programs, and create opportunities of member engagement at local level.
Region 10 is unique, we are large, fast growing and a very diverse region. Region 10 encourages diversity in its committees and programs. We organized a talk on ‘Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in IEEE Technical Activities’. The program was part of the Region 10 TenTalk series and was delivered by Dalma Novak, Chair, IEEE TAB Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D, E, and I). Dalma is also Director of IEEE Division X. All sections, chapters and affinity groups are highly encouraged to keep diversity in their respective organizational units.
The IEEE President and CEO K J Ray Liu has established several Ad Hoc committees to bring improvements and make IEEE remain effective and valuable global technical and professional organization in coming years.
An Ad Hoc Committee on ‘IEEE in 2050’ has been established to envision scenarios for IEEE in the future. The committee is working on to find plausible scenarios for the future across IEEE’s areas of interest and exploring trends and drivers of change within existing and emerging technology fields and also to determine, the role IEEE should take in view of the identified potential futures.
‘IEEE as Your Professional Home’ is another such Ad Hoc for developing and executing a plan to strategically promote IEEE as one’s professional home to member and non-member technical professionals.
I encourage you to watch http://ieeetv.ieee.org/ns/ieeetvdl/2022/CA_Items_2022/2022_Ray_LIU_IEEE_Your_Professional_Home_2022-lo.mp4 to learn the vision of our President.
Please also watch https://ieeetv.ieee.org/video/ieee-your-professional-home-in-our-own-words to learn what your colleagues speak about IEEE.
There has been significant growth in membership as well as in activities all across Region 10. The performance of Region 10 in senior member elevation has been outstanding. There were 2055 elevations against the target of 1500 in 2021. You all deserve great appreciation and thank you for all your efforts and contributions.
Once again, I encourage you to be diversified and think beyond the boundaries of your own student branch, chapter, section, region to collaborate and learn. That will broaden your horizons and give you more opportunities to learn.
Wish you and your family lots of happiness, health, peace, and joy.
Looking forward to working with you to further mission and vision of IEEE.
IEEE Region 10 Director