ComSoc Young Professionals at ICC 2018

By Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely - ComSoc YP Committee Chair

In collaboration with the ICC 2018 organizers, the ComSoc Young Professionals Committee organized the “Meet and Greet” event on May 21, 2018. Approximately 50 postgraduate students attended the event and had the opportunity to talk, laugh and get to know a little bit more about ComSoc’s global leaders.

Genya Ishigaki, Tham Nguyen, Jane Frances Hollanes Pajo, and Shayan Monabbati talking with Dave Michelson.

Nury Ramirez, ComSoc YP Committee Chair, gave the welcoming words and shared some of her experiences inside IEEE since she was an undergraduate student. She discussed how IEEE ComSoc was a key pillar for her to win a scholarship to travel to Mexico for her post degrees studies and made all participants laugh when she mentioned that she met her husband at IEEE. Nury invited the students to see the value that IEEE ComSoc can provide for their professional and personal growth, as it was for her.

Students were having drinks and talking to each other, and then they received encouragement to talk to ComSoc leaders who were also in the room. Prior to the event, these leaders shared some facts about themselves to Nury, something unique that would be hard to figure out from their Linkedin profile. During the meeting, the students had all of these facts in sheets and they were encouraged to form groups and discover, for example, who brought a cow to a class once or who had long red hair.

Gagangeet Singh Aujla and Anish Jindal presenting findings on the riddle

After one hour of talking, two teams completed the riddle and won. Team#1 included Genya Ishigaki, Tham Nguyen, Jane Frances Hollanes Pajo, and Shayan Monabbati; team #2 included Gagangeet Singh Aujla and Anish Jindal. Each of them called to the stage to each of ComSoc’s leaders to reveal their “secrets” to the rest of the audience. IEEE ComSoc leaders such as Stefano Galli, Dave Michelson, Lajos Hanzo, Ricardo Veiga, Ashutosh Dutta, Ian Wong, Joel Rodrigues, Lisandro Zambenedetti, Roberto De Marca, Vincent Chan, Nei Kato, Susan Brooks and Khaled Letaief offered some warm words to the students.

Briefly, the event joined ComSoc students and experienced members who spent joyful and meaningful networking moments, which are the core reasons why members stay and be part of IEEE community.

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ComSoc Young Professionals and Board of Governors leaders at the Meet and Greet event.