The IEEE AIUB Student Branch successfully organized IEEE Student Professional Awareness Venture (SPAVe 5.0) through the virtual platform of ZOOM Meeting App on 18th December 2021. This IEEE USA branded venture was supported by IEEE USA, IEEE Region 10, IEEE Bangladesh Section, IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh, and IEEE Region-10 Student Activities Committee. The major focus of the event was a series of professional and career-focused sessions centering on professional development. The daylong venture was inaugurated with an opening remark by Dr. Mohammad Hasan Imam, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB; Counselor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch (SB); Advisor, IEEE EMBS AIUB SB Chapter; Secretary, IEEE EMBS Bangladesh Chapter who emphasized the issue of these professional developmental activities and how engagement in them can allows learners grow and thrive. The first session of the venture titled “Leadership Practice for Engineers” was led by Almeer Ahsan Asif, Project Lead, Senior Manager, and Head of Skills Development and Training, BYLC. He conversed about how engineers are getting involved in entrepreneurship and how they can branch out into other fields. He also addressed the distinction between leader and leadership, as well as how everyone may exert leadership. Another session titled “Upskilling and Reskilling for Career Growth” was conducted by Dr. Saaveethya Sivakumar, Lecturer, Curtin University Malaysia; Committee Chair, IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Young Professionals. She discussed the necessities of establishing hard skills in addition to soft skills. She highlighted the significance of mapping skilling in order to be long-term effective. Later, the delegate of IEEE Bangladesh Young Professionals, S M Robiul Islam, Industry Activity Coordinator, IEEE Bangladesh Section presented the significance of data science, mobile communication technologies, and data science’s implications in our country. After that another session titled “The Art of Becoming a Professional” was conducted by Mashrur H. Shurid, Co-founder & CEO, iPAGE BANGLADESH LIMITED. He demonstrated how to function adequately that is authentic, high-quality, confidential and also highlighted about professionalism’s features.
After lunch break, the next session of the venture, “The Role of a Strong Mind for Getting Success in Engineering” was conducted by Shams Shad Rafi, Project Lead, Enosis Solutions. The session was about the significance of problem-solving capabilities by engineers and addressed the need of establishing a goal for graduates. Later, Anamika Bhakta, Executive Vice President, Robi Axiata Ltd; Senior Member, IEEE presented a keynote speech as the delegate of IEEE Bangladesh Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group. She exemplified some of the difficulties and opportunities faced by women along with fundamental employee engagement and employment rights. After that, the first Bangladeshi ever, Dr. Celia Shahnaz, IEEE WIE Chair-Elect 2022; SMIEEE, Fellow IEB; Professor, Department of EEE, BUET presented her magnificent speech for this grand venture as the delegate of IEEE Bangladesh Section. She addressed about membership expansion and renewable & sustainable empowerment. She encouraged WIE along with other IEEE members, to be more engaged in career-related pursuits at the conclusion of her talk, and also remarked that she would be willing to assist if expected. At the end sessions, virtual token of appreciation was presented to the speakers. The day-long venture was concluded with a closing speech from Dr. M. Moshiul Hoque, Professor, CSE, CUET; Dean, Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering, CUET; Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section; Senior Member, IEEE, who acknowledged the involvement of attendees in such a courageous venture of IEEE. He then remarked about the significance of IEEE membership and how it can improve one’s professional career. The IEEE SPAVe 5.0 came to an end with a group photo session of the speakers, guests, faculty members, organizing team, and participants. The magnificent venture was graced by the presence of Mr. Kawshik Shikder, Motivator, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB along with other faculty members of AIUB. The event drew more than 70 registered attendees from several universities, as well as Executive members and Volunteers from the branch.