27 September 2022

Sheffield student branch for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers rewarded for high performance

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Power and Energy Society has this year named Sheffield as one of two UK Universities with high performing student branch chapters.

Photograph of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society  Sheffield Student Branch at their Spring lecture
Photograph of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society Sheffield Student Branch at their Spring lecture

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) of the University of Sheffield has been named as one of the High Performing Student Branch Chapters (HPSBC) in the HPSBC Program for the year 2022 by the IEEE PES.  The IEEE PES SBC is one of the three chapters under the IEEE Student Branch at the University of Sheffield. Others are IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) SBC and IEEE Industry Application Society SBC.

Through the HPSBC Program the IEEE rewards excellence and aims to incentivise IEEE student branch chapters around the world to receive funding for organising activities in their respective universities. This year the IEEE PES Sheffield Student Branch Chapter has been recognised by the Institute for raising its profile within the University of Sheffield, and for the organisation of engaging events for students and staff at the University in 2021. Such events have recently included the Electronic Machines and Drives Symposium for the University, and an exciting lecture series including a Spring Lecture from renowned technologist and Sheffield alumnus Dr. Iain Mosely (for which the branch were featured in June issue of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Magazine).

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society Sheffield Student Branch Chapter features in the IEEE Power Electronics Society Magazine
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society Sheffield Student Branch Chapter features in the IEEE Power Electronics Society Magazine

Chair of IEEE Student Branch at the University of Sheffield, Yinka Leo Ogundiran, a third year PhD student in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, has written about the branch’s recent success below:

We thank the IEEE PES for according us this recognition which is a further testament to the student engagement and excellence that are the hallmarks of University of Sheffield. This recognition lays credence to the fact that our IEEE Sheffield Student Branch is on the right path. We are particularly delighted that, of all the universities in UK and Ireland, the University of Sheffield is one of the only two universities that have been judged to be high performing by IEEE PES.

Photograph taken at the Electrical Machines and Drives Symposium, 2022. Photograph from left to right includes Counsellor for IEEE Student Branch, Dr. Xiao Chen, PhD candidate and IEEE Student Branch Chair, Yinka Leo Ogundiran, and University of Sheffield Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu who delivered the keynote speech at the event
Photograph taken at the Electrical Machines and Drives Symposium, 2022. Photograph from left to right includes Dr. Xiao Chen, Yinka Leo Ogundiran, and Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu

The student branch would also like to acknowledge exceptional mentorship from the IEEE Sheffield Student Branch Counselor, Dr Xiao Chen, and the support of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), without which the achievement would not have been possible. The leadership of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering deserves a commendation for creating the enabling environment and for providing resources which have made it possible for our activities to succeed and for us as an organisation to continue to thrive. The Head of the EEE Department, Professor Chee Hing Tan, and EEE Department Administrator, Mr Luke Marsden, are always eager to support our initiatives and activities, which has really helped us a lot.

The funding from the IEEE PES will enable the IEEE PES Sheffield SBC to organise more activities in the new academic year.  This recognition and funding will undoubtedly help us in our aim to increase our membership and organise more activities that will promote both social and technical engagement among our members and enhance their professionalism. 

You can follow the IEEE PES Student Branch Chapter on social media to find out more about their upcoming activities:

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