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Welcome to the homepage of the IEEE New Zealand North Section.

As a paying member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, otherwise known as the IEEE, have you ever wondered about where you and your yearly dues fit into the organisation?

The IEEE is a world-wide organisation facilitating activities aimed at keeping electrical and electronics engineers technically and professionally updated on current trends and technology in the industry. The yearly dues each member pays helps to fund such programmes as:

  • IEEE Standards
  • Magazines (Spectrum, The Institute, etc.)
  • Conferences
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Technical and Professional Forums
  • Expert Technical Assistance
  • Distinguished Lecturers

With over 300,000 members world-wide, the organisational structure which is required to supports its members and its various activities is quite extensive.

Unless one is actively involved in the management of the IEEE, its structure can forever remain a mystery. With the exception of a few key staff to handle Customer Services, the IEEE is a non-profit, volunteer organisation responsible to providing the above mentioned services to paying members. In order to facilitate this enormous task, the IEEE has divided the world into 10 separate geographical areas called Regions. Every two years each Region elects a volunteer, Regional Director, who reports to the volunteer IEEE President, who is also limited to a two-year term.

The 10 Regions are then broken down into more manageable sizes called Sections. New Zealand is grouped into Region 10 Asia Pacific and has three sections — the New Zealand North, Central and South Sections. Each of these Sections are coordinated by the New Zealand Council to form a cohesive committee reporting to the Region 10 Director.

The Sections are the active body responsible for developing and offering the following areas of interest to members of the Section:

  • Technical Programmes
  • Technical Papers
  • Engineering Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Colloquium
  • Student Activities
  • Professional Programmes

In order to facilitate the technical organising of the above programmes, the New Zealand North Section has an alliance with the Electro-Technology Group (ETG) of IPENZ. This alliance gives IEEE New Zealand members notice of speakers, papers, site visits and conferences organised by the ETG. In addition, the Section itself hosts conferences, distinguished lecturers, workshops and technical papers.

Sections allow for all disciplines of the engineering fields to be represented. In order to address specific disciplines, Chapters have been developed to focus on these areas of interest. There are three Chapters in the New Zealand North Section: the Computer Chapter, the Industrial Applications Chapter, and a joint Chapter with the NZ South Section for Communications. In addition, a Chapter for Power Engineering is under formation jointly with the NZ South Section. The role of these chapters is to facilitate the specialized interest in their various fields of expertise.

There is an active student branch that provides a forum for student networking and exchange of ideas.

The IEEE structure exists for members to have access to information on technology in the electrical and electronic engineering fields in their particular geographical locations throughout the world. The New Zealand North Section Committee has addressed this objective with our New Zealand North Section web site. This site outlines upcoming events, workshops and conferences. In addition, it provides a forum for information on various aspects of interest to the electrical and electronic engineering fields.

Members are encouraged to read the NZ North section's annual report, and provide feedback.

If you have any ideas on how the IEEE can serve you better, please drop a line with your ideas to Nirmal Nair, School of Engineering, University of Auckland (email:

Seminars & Events

Current Executive

Executive Officers




Morteza Biglari-Abhari


Patrick Aiguo Hu


Nasser Giacaman


Nitish Patel

Past Chair

Peter Over


There are seven Chapters in the New Zealand North Section:

Volunteers and their reports are available from IEEE NZ North Administration Wiki

Student Activities

The section has two student chapters - one at The University of Auckland and the other at AUT University. There is also a Women in Engineering (WIE) Group at The University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland

AUT University



The Professional Activities Committee for Engineers (PACE) aims to help you maintain your technical vitality and professional development.

We will aim to encourage you to engage in life long learning by bringing training courses and educational opportunities to your attention and where applicable holding seminars and workshops on professional development topics.

We also aim to bring you networking opportunities and opportunities for you to serve the engineering profession in as many ways as possible.

Any suggestions for improvements and new topics to be covered will be welcome.



Best Wishes to members for the Festive Season and for a relaxing holiday break.

Recent Events


Consultant Database

The Consultant Database continues to grow, but as I keep saying, there is always room for more members!

Intellectual Property Brief

See this section for useful articles from Chapman Tripp.


If you want to make yourself available for Consultancy or Expert Witness services, you should apply for listing in this database!

The Database will hold your professional profile and will make your name available to anyone who searches for a discipline with which you have identified through a Key Phrase. The inquirer will then contact you directly and negotiate a contract for services.

We aim to advertise this service to the initial target audience of Engineering Consultancy Practices during December, or earlier if there are sufficient entries in the Database to make it viable. Beyond the direct advertising of the service, the Database Web Page is already visible to anyone searching the World Wide Web, so anyone listing in the Database could expect inquiries from anywhere in the world.

This is a unique opportunity to present your skills 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the widest possible group of potential clients at a cost that could not be lower...

This facility has been provided as a free service for all IEEE New Zealand members, who may list indefinitely on proof of current membership.

Non IEEE members may also list, but only for a 12 month period.

The listing will be converted to an indefinite listing if the consultant has taken up IEEE membership.

The Consultant Database is accessed through the IEEE New Zealand North Home Page:

Look for the link "Consultant Database" and apply for a listing.

If you have any queries please email Peter Over (p dot h dot over at ieee dot org)



IEEE provides many self study courses which you can order direct from IEEE.

From time to time we will highlight existing courses or announce new ones.

To order your desired course either visit the the IEEE Web Page yourself (select "Training and Education") or use the order form included in the PACE Pages.


We will list any non IEEE courses that come to our attention along with the contact addresses, phone/fax numbers which will enable you to book yourself on the course.

Have YOU attended a good course lately or undertaken a rewarding self-study course?

How about letting us know so that we can pass on the news to others?

ALC Training

Their courses are listed at:


This section aims to highlight courses or seminars which relate to the non technical
aspects of your career, for example the transition to managerial responsibilities.

Whether you are in management, aspiring to management or needing extra skills in areas such as effective communication, there may be the course here for you.

New Zealand Institute of Management

As usual, the NZIM have published their 2005 Public Programme Planner,.

Go to and click the Public Programme Planner tab for course details.

Short Courses

The Auckland University Business School has a plethora of courses available on business related topics.

See: for further information.



These can be found at the IEEE USA BOOKSHOP and ordered directly using the IEEE PRODUCT ORDER FORM or through the Web. We will highlight any interesting new publications that come to our attention. IEEE books cover both the Technical and Professional Development aspects of your career.


We will also highlight any non IEEE books that seem interesting, so that you can order them directly from the supplier or publisher.

CRC Press

Are always worth looking at, with many texts listed for electrical & electronics engineering and information technology. 2004 is no exception, with lots of texts published. Visit them at:

Books 24 x 7

Now you don't have to buy any books if you don't want to! For US$ 299 per year, you can have online access to virtually every IT reference publication available. You will also get email advice of new publications.

Have a look at and register for a free trial.

Marcel Dekker Inc

Worth a look if you need a subject title you have been unable to find elsewhere. Go to: and select "Engineering" from the Home Page list, then "Electrical Engineering and Electronics" from the Series listbox in the following page.


Bram van Melle of Chapman Tripp has shared the following Intellectual Property and other legal articles:

A link to Chapman Tripp's Resource Library.

A Chapman Tripp Tech Law Update "But I just want to know who owns it!"

A Chapman Tripp Tech Law Update, leading with "Is your domain name enough?"

A Chapman Tripp IP Update which deals with topical IP issues.

An issue of Chapman Tripp's "Counsel" dealing with the Crimes Amendment Act (i.e. the anti-hacking law).

An issue of Counsel dealing with commercialisation of University intellectual property (etc)

A Tech Law Update dealing with Technology Issues


Throughout the history of the IEEE organisation, focus has been on expanding and enhancing members technical knowledge in all areas of engineering. Within the past 10 years however, the demands and roles of engineers have shifted. As a result of these new pressures, the membership of the IEEE has changed as well.

In order to address this change, an amendment to the original IEEE Constitution was passed assigning a task force, the United States Activities Board (USAB), to:

IEEE Bylaw 311

"... recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve the appropriate nontechnical professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, and social concern,..."

This amendment subtly changes the focus of the IEEE from a purely technical society to one in which the changing concern of its membership are heard and responded to. The group within the IEEE which facilitates this change is the IEEE United States Activities Board through its Professional Activities Committee for Engineers or PACE Network.

PACE achieves its goal of aiding the professional careers of engineers through a variety of methods:

  • publications relating to the business aspects of engineering
  • conferences on related topics of professionalism
  • workshops on the business considerations in technical areas
  • networking by interacting with academia, industry, and government
  • career enhancement through the IEEE world-wide network
  • employment assistance through the IEEE world-wide network
  • professional education/continuing education in areas specific to members
  • government activities through technical policy issues
  • education by increasing awareness of technology in young children
  • student professional awareness through universities

Consultant Database

Access the IEEE NZ North Section Consultant database

IEEE New Zealand Council

The IEEE NZ Council exists at the pleasure of the Sections and receives no direct funding from the IEEE Region or HQ. Its function is one of coordination between the three NZ Sections (North, Central and South).

Agreement between IEEE and IPENZ

The IEEE and IPENZ have signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage the exchange of information, and to promote understanding and co-operation between the members of the two institutions. Included in the agreement are:

  • reciprocal membership rights for visitors
  • encouragement for joint activities
  • co-ordination of technical meetings including conferences
  • exchange and discounts for publications
  • cooperation on standards
  • joint membership development
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