The competition was held on McConnell 602 Engineering Building in McGill University, on October 14, 2017. There were 3 teams joined. The invigilation for the event was conducted by Dr. Carlos Condo from McGill University, who devoted his 24 hours for the security of the event and to meet with the participants’ needs. Also, volunteers from McGill IEEE Student Branch helped with the invigilation during the event, devoting from their time. Food and drinks are provided for each participant during the event.
One of McGill University’s teams, CodeStudio, has ranked 1st in R7 region in the competition. We congratulate Andrei Purcarus Craciun, Sebastian Pilarski and Fan Ma for this prestigious achievement! Another team of McGill University, Samosas, has ranked 4th in R7 region. We would like to thank their effort as well.
McGill PGSS organized the Fall Orientation on August 31, 2017 at Thompson House, where McGill IEEE Student Branch and WIE together arranged for an information desk for the new graduate students. Council members welcomed the students, explained the motto of these two student organizations and the benefits of becoming members of the same. They motivated the interested students in keeping themselves up to date with the events at the university level and beyond and provided them with the step-by-step guidance towards a systematic way of becoming a useful cog in the giant wheel of activities pertaining to technogy and innovation.
One of the main objectives of the McGill IEEE student branch is to organize industrial and research lab visits. The executive committee managed to organize and conduct a site visit to the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) on August 20, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the Research Institute's facilities as well as their most recent research on the artificial pancreas to the visitors. This research project is supervised by Professor Ahmad Haidar from McGIll University.
The focus of this research is to create an external artificial pancreas (a device that acts like a pancreas) that automatically adjusts blood sugar levels for individuals with type 1 diabetes. This is accomplished through co-infusion of insulin and pramlintide, a synthetic analog of amylin. Amylin is a hormone that is usually
secreted from the pancreas with insulin in response to food to help control blood sugar, but is not produced in patients with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of this study is to see if the use of pramlintide with insulin can improve day-and-night blood sugar levels compared to insulin on its own.
This 3-hour tour started by a presentation by Prof. Ahmad Haidar which included an introduction about type 1 diabetes and the artificial pancreas. Later students took a tour within the research lab to see the artificial pancreas and they were explained the algorithms used to monitor and control the glucose level in the blood.
McGill IEEE Women in Engineering, shortly after its official launch, held their first event by the panel titled: "Being a Women in Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities". The panelists were Prof. Tal Arbel and Prof. Milica Popovich. During the event, the panelists shared their relevant experience, enlightened the audience by answering their questions related to the potential opportunities and challenges. The event was continued by a networking event.
To raise more attention and to have a newly updated logo for the Branch, we held a logo contest that was open to all McGill students from all disciplines. The event lasted for three weeks. The jury (Furkan Ercan and Mohammad Hossain Mohammadi) has decided to nominate the design made by Olivier St-Martin Cormier, a Ph.D. student in ECE department. We congratulate Olivier for submitting an awesome logo for the branch with a strong background.
In order to get more active members to the Branch, we held an information desk session by the entrance of McConnell Engineering Building, one of the most common pathways, where we introduced our Branch and newly founded Women in Engineering affinity group. We obtained a lot of interest especially from the undergraduate students, by explaining and demonstrating the benefits of being a IEEE student member.
On October 14th, we had four teams participated in the IEEEXtreme 9.0 Programming Competition, organized at ETS. Our branch was involved in forming student teams, actively volunteering in event organization with other participating IEEE Student Branches (from Concordia University, UQAM and ETS) and invigilating during the competition night. Throughout this 24-hour competition, our student branch supported the present McGill teams by providing regular food breaks. Primary invigilator was Prof. Francois Coallier from ETS, who stayed in the competition area during the entire competition. This year, t-shirts were distributed to each participating team member. In the end, our team, CodeStudio, ranked 1st in region R7 teams by providing regular food breaks. Primary invigilator was Prof. Francois Coallier from ETS, who stayed in the competition area during the entire competition. This year, t-shirts were distributed to each participating team member. In the end, our team, CodeStudio, ranked 1st in region R7 and ranked 103th among 2000+ teams in the global scope. We had CodeStudio competing in IEEE Xtreme 9.0 last year, and they ranked 2nd in the region. We congratulate them by heart! We also present our gratitude to IEEE Montreal Section for financially supporting this competition.
On November 23, 2016, McGill IEEE SB helped with the organization held by the IEEE Montreal Section – Industrial Application Society’s event - “Practical Aspects in the Design & Analysis of Electric Machinery for Power Traction Applications” by Mircea Popescu from Motor Design Limited.
On November 24, 2016, McGill IEEE SB helped with the organization details held by the IEEE Montreal Section – Consumer Electronics Meetup. It was the first event of the newly founded chapter, and it was a successful and interesting event for the participants. A networking session was also held during the event.
In October 2016 annual banquet of IEEE Montreal Section, our student branch actively participated in helping with the details of the organization of the event. Our members Jhelum Chakravorty, Furkan Ercan, Mohammad Afshari, and Jiachen Liu took the responsibilities of printing and distribution of badges, welcoming and orienting the guests, and organizing the permissions for the photography venue.
On October 4th, 2016 the McGill IEEE Student Branch celebrated IEEE Day and the new academic year through an IEEE Benefits Information Session (presented by Furkan Ercan), and a cake ceremony. In this IEEE membership drive, students joined for a meet networking session and signed up as new members. A picture was also submitted to IEEE Day Annual Photo Contest 2016.
This year, to represent our student branch, Furkan Ercan (as the secretary of the SB) participated in the 2016 annual IEEE Student Congress that was held in Mississauga, Ontario on 16-18 September. On this three-day event, our representative has not only actively represented our branch, but also he initiated contacts from academia and industry, as well as exchanged ideas on volunteering activities that would prepare our student branch with full of activities for the upcoming year.