IEEE Russia Siberia Section History
A long discussions concern forming a section IEEE in Siberia took place
during the IEEE Conferences and Chapter Chair Meetings since 1998.
We felt the great benefits of IEEE for electronics and computer
professionals in universities, academia, and industry entities, and for
the development of all Siberia. We did not possess at that time the 50
members signatures required for the petition to form the section.
This fact considerably boosted our enthusiasm and zeal for the section
The efforts to create this section started by several Novosibirsk
colleagues in NSTU and SibSUTI universities. During 1999-2002 the
powerful campaign for recruiting new members was launched, more
specifically in Novosibirsk universities enterprises. We pay attention
to them since they certainly contributed to the success of the overall
formalization process of the section.
Though different problems obstructed the success of the project.
A main problem was small IEEE membership in Siberia at all. We doubted
in constant membership because most of members was granted and subsided
they own membership dues.
Nevertheless this point finally to apply a section formation the committee
of Siberian Chapter Chairs was formed. It was time of Chapter Chair Meeting
in Milano in fall 2002. The committee communicated with IEEE headquarter
and started the procedure for applying for section establishment. Signature
of 62 IEEE members were collected and formal application was sent to the
IEEE Headquarter. On 13 February 2003 the Section was officially by the IEEE Regional Activities Board (RAB).
The Geocode for the section is R80089. Its boundaries are defined
as Ural through Far Eastern Region, postal codes 454000-46000, 620000-694923.
Shortly after the approval the RAB and IEEE Region 8 Membership Development
Chair organized elections of the Executive Committee members (ExCom) of
new 300th Section. Several active members were nominated in the ExCom. The
first meeting of the ExCom was hold on March 21, 2003 at the Siberian
State University of Telecommunications and Informatics. There ExCom begin
to prepare Charter of Section. Some of technical activities were discussed
and approved. These activities was for a long time organized by volunteers
of Section in Novosibirsk, Tomsk and Biysk.
Since establishment of the IEEE Russia Siberia Section we are trying to
extend our activities to various sectors of academia and engineering
enterprises. We do have a very ambitious objectives and everybody is trying
to do his best to meet these objectives. The central Siberian cities
(Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Biysk etc) is also
known by its large number of universities. It is the highest in the whole
territory compared to the number of population. Nearly all these
universities have electrical, electronic or computer engineering as
well as computer science and information technology departments and in some
of them information technology colleges. The Siberian engineers in general
do not work after graduation only in Russia but spread all over the world.
IEEE membership in Siberia is a
unique one: a ratio of IEEE students to full members is the highest all the
world. The students hold activities in close contacts with the IEEE Russia
Siberia Section. The students branches are active in the all universities
where they exist and at Region 8 level. Hence the follow up of the student
members to continue their membership after graduation needs a continued
effort. This task will be carried out by the GOLD representative.
So we feel we could do better than this and we will be trying with the help
of IEEE to enlarge our membership.
The Russia Siberia Section will not only be involved in technical activities
that will interest Universities. The IEEE activities can be of a great
importance and added value to IT business in Siberia. This can be done
through different programs and activities offered by the IEEE such as
conferences, courses, learning programs, and workshops. The IEEE can
also be of significant benefits to the Siberian engineering and science
schools and universities through the education and accreditation programs
it offers. So far most of our efforts have focused mainly on people from
academia, either professors or students, whereas the IEEE is an institute
of engineers. Therefore, we are
establishing an action plan for involving the electrical and computer
engineers in our activities. They will certainly benefit from the
IEEE Technology and innovation transfer who in turn will help to
upgrade our industry and make it stronger and more competitive.
The unique networking opportunities offered by the IEEE at the global scale
can play a very important role in improving our academia, industry and
government units. So, our Section invite all of you to take part in these
activities and by so to contribute to the development of our universities,
industry, and business. It need to increase membership value by giving one
free society membership with increased benefits according to membership
grade, volunteer contributions, and years of membership.
We are happy with we have achieved. The IEEE community here at the
Russia Siberia Section is happy and proud to be a part of such a great
organization, we are looking forward for more activities, projects and fun.