IEEE day, usually held on the first Tuesday of October, is an international event which commemorates the day in history when, for the very first time, IEEE members and other engineers congregated in order to share their technical ideas. This event, celebrated worldwide, is honored by all IEEE members by coming together in their local communities and holding activities that embrace IEEE Day’s theme “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. This year BRAC University hosted IEEE Day on November 2nd, in UB 30203, bringing its student branch members together to memorialize this historical day.

The event was attended by Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mohammad Zakaria Haider, System Engineer at Grameenphone Ltd, and Md. Anamul Hoque, lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The celebrations started off with the host of the event, Ishmam Mahmood, a student body member of IEEE, familiarizing the attendees with the history and significance of IEEE Day. Afterwards, Professor Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan took the stage and talked about his journey in IEEE. Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan was the Founder Chair and former Chair of IEEE Bangladesh Section, former Chair of Power and Energy Society, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Editorial Board Member of IEEE Access and senior member of IEEE. Through his speech, he conveyed his desire to make IEEE BRACU Student Branch a much more active community and promised to bring exciting opportunities for the members via IEEE which would greatly benefit them as aspiring engineers. Next to the stage came Mohammad Zakaria Haider, who is also a Humanitarian Technolgy Coordinator of IEEE Bangladesh Section. He expressed his hope to work with IEEE BRACU Student Branch and his wish to connect it with Grameenphone Ltd to help create more prospects for the students. Furthermore, he urged us to become and remain active members of IEEE and reap benefits from it by attending its events to grow networks, which is, in essence, what IEEE is about and is of paramount importance for young engineers.

Thereafter, those present rallied around BRAC University with an IEEE Day banner as a means of showcasing their pride and simultaneously drawing attention and awareness to this day to educate the uninformed. After posing for a few pictures, everyone went back to the venue to cut the IEEE Day cake and enjoy some refreshments while watching a short science fiction movie. We hope that under the care of Professor Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan IEEE BRACU Student Branch will flourish and the IEEE Day celebrations next year will be on a much grander scale.

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