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1. VISION

1.1 IEEE Vision

IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

IEEE Envisioned Future

1.2 NZ North Section Vision

The IEEE will be a leading technical society for engineers & scientists involved in electro-technology and/or information technology in New Zealand. The section will provide members with access to high quality, current and topical technical information in the following forms:

  • Lectures
  • Short courses
  • Workshops
  • Symposiums
  • Conferences

The section will also provide members with selected opportunities to enhance their professional development and careers through access to:

  • Courses, workshops and seminars on professional, business and legislative topics
  • Expanded electronic resources/database
  • Professional networking

The Section will work together with other leading technological societies within New Zealand and Australasia to meet the above aims.

2. IEEE MISSION

IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

3. NZ NORTH SECTION GOALS

On an ongoing basis the Section will provide an annual programme of technical events that comprises the following:

  • A monthly (February though to November) technical or professional meeting that consists of a high quality presentation of approximately 1 hours duration
  • A minimum of 2 technical/professional events and a minimum of 2 social events, targeted specifically to student members
  • A minimum of 2 Technical Site visits

The Section will compliment this programme of events by sponsoring or providing some of the following:

  • A short course of 2 days
  • An emerging technology workshop of 2 days duration
  • A professional development workshop of ½ day duration
  • Host an IEEE conference

The section will also:

  • Foster current student members and promote student events
  • Provide and highlight topical information on IEEE and related conferences within Australasia and worldwide
  • Aim to broaden the committee representation with members from related institutions and industries
  • Encourage student members to become GOLD members, and promote GOLD activity
  • Foster student branch formation in each related institution
  • Foster social events
  • Foster activities of the WIE affinity group

4. OBJECTIVES

The following tables set out the objectives and actual meeting outcomes for the years 2004-2009: Planned numbers represent minimal desirable targets.

Activity

Type

2004 Actual

2005 Plan

2005 Actual

2006 Plan

2006 Actual

2007 Plan

2007 Actual

2008 Plan

2008 Actual

2009 Plan

2009 Actual

2010 Plan

2010 Actual

Section events

DL or high profile meeting

7

7

13

7

7

8

3

4

4

3

3

 

 

 

Other Tech/Prof meetings

29

12

18

15

19

15

10

11

9

13

17

 

 

 

Social events

 

 

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

 

 

 

Site visits

1

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

1

 

 

 

Short courses/ Emerging Tech. & Prof. workshops

2

3

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

 

 

 

Sponsored/other conferences

1

2

 

2

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD events

Tech/Prof meetings

1

1

 

1

2

2

1

3

1

2

2

 

 

 

Social events

 

1

 

 

 

1

1

2

2

5

4

 

 

 

Site visits

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

 

 

 

 

Short courses/ Emerging Tech. & Prof. workshops

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student events

Tech/Prof meetings

4

3

2

3

1

5

6

6

6

7

6

 

 

 

Social events

2

2

2

1

2

 

 

 

 

3

3

 

 

 

Site visits

2

2

2

3

5

 

 

 

 

3

2

 

 

Note that the section events number do not include the GOLD or student events, ie there is no duplication.

5. ISSUES

  • Budget constraint; the Section has limited financial resources. Income estimated at $8-10k depending on the exchange rate and membership, plus typically $1-2k in various additional funding from requests and sponsorship.
  • Time commitment of committee members; the Section Committee members are volunteers and hence a limited time in which to carry out Section work.
  • Interest of members; the Section's members are predominantly interested in technical information via the internet, learned journals, presentations, conferences and workshops.
  • Availability of top class presenters; New Zealand's geographic remoteness can be a limiting factor when accessing top class presenters.

6. STRATEGIES

  • Focus on technical and social activities
  • Use DL programmes, avoid international airfares, maximise benefits of visitors with NZ South and Australian sections
  • Utilise and publicise resources within the IEEE
  • Increase accessibility of the Section through the use of the Internet
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