Joseph Schlesinger '10 and Niyanta Mogre '11 Attend IEEE's 4th Annual University Partnership Program Leaders Summit

Joe Schlesinger '10 and Niyanta Mogre '11

ECE majors Joseph Schlesinger '10 and Niyanta Mogre '10 attended IEEE's 4th Annual University Partnership Program Leaders Summit at Stanford University. Joe is the President of the WPI Student Branch of IEEE and Niyanta is the Secretary.

This year's event drew IEEE Student Branch Officers from California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford Texas A & M University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Diego, University of Michigan, Virginia Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This year's event showcased keynote speakers such as Vint Cerf, Howard Charney and Lewis Terman and was attended by several hundred professionals.

The University Partnership Program of the IEEE was developed to strengthen relationships with librarians, students and faculty at larger universities.  In recent years, it has endeavored to foster a sense of community, of multi-disciplinary, egalitarian information sharing and outreach among partners within each university, and more ambitiously, among the schools nationwide that participate.
Community building is an important underpinning of the IEEE University Partnership Program, which began as a pilot program in 1999 with ten of the top technical universities in the United States as partners.  Currently, thirteen schools in the U.S. participate in the program:  California Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  Stanford University; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Drexel University; Columbia University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University; Texas A&M University; Dartmouth College; and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  As of September, 2009, Tsinghua Univerisity and Peking University in Beijing, China, have become partners.

All of the representative partners within the participating schools (librarian liaison, engineering faculty chair, IEEE Student Branch Faculty Advisor and IEEE Student Branch President) sign an agreement to work toward specific goals, which may include  an increase in membership;  planning, organizing an achievable number of events; developing relationships beyond the student branch (this can include reaching out to the local IEEE Section, Affinity Groups, operations staff); participating in IEEE-sponsored programs; and IEEE Student Branch budgeting and reporting requirements.  In return, schools receive funds to support on-campus activities that promote awareness and engagement in the community and resources of the IEEE.

The program recognizes the value of collaboration among professional societies, faculty and librarians to ensure that students understand and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviors expected of professionals in their chosen fields.

October 19, 2009