IEEE Student Branch

Excelsior College's School of Business and Technology sponsors a student branch of IEEE, an international professional association for the advancement of technology. Excelsior is the first distance learning institution to host an IEEE student branch. IEEE is a leading organization for industries and educators in aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics, among other fields.

IEEE Student Chapter Webinar

March 11, 2015   7 – 8 pm ET

Join us for a webinar on Getting the Most Out of IEEE Student Membership and Early Career Membership. Enter as a guest.

Presenter: John Sammarco

Dr. John J. Sammarco is a Principal Research Engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He received the following degrees: PhD Computer Engineering, West Virginia University; MS Computer Engineering, National Technical University; MS Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; BS Electrical Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania State University.

Over the last 25 years, he has authored or co-authored 64 publications that include machine safety, machine control systems, and sensor technologies. His recent research areas concern system safety, hazard/risk analysis of programmable-electronic systems, and the human factors of lighting, Currently, he is Chair of the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET and a member of the ABET Executive Committee, a member of the IEEE Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation Activities, and a member of the Excelsior Industry Advisory Committee and Continuous Improvement Committee.

IEEE student membership offers a variety of professional and personal benefits that students can enjoy. IEEE opens the door to opportunities that will help you develop your professional identity in IEEE's designated fields of interest: sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to accessing a range of membership benefits, you'll make global connections with people who can help you along your targeted career path through IEEE's international community of members and volunteers. The speaker's personal experiences with IEEE began as a student member while attending Penn State and continues this day as a senior member who is actively involved in IEEE. He will talk about how IEEE has helped his career.

"This is a tremendous development for our students, since IEEE provides excellent professional resources and networking opportunities within the organization," said Dr. Jane LeClair, dean of the Excelsior School of Business and Technology. "IEEE's recognition also acknowledges the effectiveness of online education for technology students."

The student branch membership is open to any Excelsior College student interested in electronics engineering and electronics/instrumentation technologies.

Members will benefit from:

  • Networking with an international professional community whose members share professional and intellectual interests.
  • Leadership opportunities for students who wish to serve as officers, chair committees, help to plan online meetings, write articles for our newsletter, and participate in national conferences.
  • Scholarship, fellowship, and internship opportunities.
  • Professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Access to quarterly meetings and expert-led discussions on topics such as job prospects in the electronics industry, nanotechnology, and online graduate programs.


More Information

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