IEEE Portugal Section

November 15th, 2014

Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Castelo Branco
Date: 05/11/14
The student core of IEEE Student Branch IPCB organized its first technical activity of this academic year, a workshop of HTML5, connected to the area of Web pages creation. The student and president of the respective student branch, Élvio Sousa, was the speaker of this activity, by which it was proposed to introduce a whole introductory set of bases that which is the new version of the text markup language to creating Web pages.
With a strong students’s support, the workshop was held the first of many activities that will be organized by the respective student branch along this school year.

October 28th, 2014

Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Date: Out 7th, 2014

We celebrated IEEE Day with an activity called “1000 toys, 1000 smiles”. In this activity, students learned how to perform the adaptation of toys with a simple electronic system (with on/off button), so that children with special needs can easily play with them. These adapted toys will be delivered to different institutions throughout the country.
This activity was held in a stand in an open place, where students from all over the school who passed by could come over and participate, as well as learn about IEEE and our Student Branch.
There was also a live tweet and live feed with other Student Branches, and a television showing videos about IEEE and IEEE Day. Furthermore, we programmed a robot manipulator to draw “Happy IEEE Day” on a board.
Some students showed interest in joining IEEE and they are now our newest Student Branch members.

October 15th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the opening of the electoral process that will yield the next Executive Committee of IEEE Portugal Section, for the year 2015.
Until 07 November 2014, you are invited to submit your nomination. In line with IEEE recommendations and practice, we welcome nominations of candidates for single positions, i.e. not in list format. The ballots will present all candidates for each position, and voters will vote for each individual. The mandatory positions are:

1. Chair
2. Vice-Chair(s)
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

Nominations for single positions must be sent to <>, accompanied by the following information:

A. Candidate full name;
B. Candidate IEEE member number;
C. Candidate biography, and activity proposal for the year (maximum 1000 characters);
D. Candidate photo.

The information should be formatted as a Word document (.doc), and the photo should be sent in JPEG format. All candidates should comply with the eligibility requirements set forth by IEEE. Please use the following template IEEE-PT-Biography-Blank.doc

After the candidatures are received and accepted, this information will be sent by email to all voting members of IEEE Portugal Section.

The elections will take place between 1 and 3 December 2014 (both included), and members will vote electronically using the IEEE vTools system. All information about candidates and voting procedures will be sent by email for all members between 22 and 29 November 2014.

Pedro Pinho

October 4th, 2014

Nominations for the IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch are open until 20 October 2014.

The purpose of this award is to provide recognition of exemplary Student Branch operations for the period of 2013/2014.

Portuguese Student branches wishing to be considered need to submit a pdf slideshow with a maximum 20 slides, to the email <>, with subject [IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch Award_Student Branch Name].

The complete rules of the award are as follows:


● Yearly award
● To be given at the Portuguese Student Branch Meeting
● Distinguishes the student branch with the best performance during the year.

● Active Student Branches belonging to the Portugal Section
● Required up-to-date activity and officer reporting
● Activities reported to IEEE-PT page and R8 News

● Student branches wishing to be considered are to submit a slideshow, maximum 20 slides, standard dimensions for projection.
● There are no specific requirements regarding the content of the presentation. Generally, it should showcase branch activities and accomplishments.
● This is the only required and accepted document.
● Nominations are delivered by email to <> with subject [IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch Award_Student Branch Name]

● The winner will be decided by a committee appointed by the Section Executive Committee, including the Section Student Officers.
● The primary decision criterion will be the number, quality and relevancy of the activities organised, although financial performance and member recruitment and retainment, among others, also play a role.

● Engraved IEEE wall plaque
● Extra funded invitation to the meeting where the award is given

September 17th, 2014



From 6th to 10th of August, the IEEE Region 8 Student Branch and Gold Young Professionals Congress (SYP) was held at Krakow, Poland. SYP is an international event with more than 400 young engineering students and young professionals from more than 350 universities of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Portugal IEEE Section sponsored a student from each Student Branch in a total of 9 students who had a chance to interact with other students in order to gain further insight, exchange knowledge and skills, and bring back fresh ideas to their own branches.

Furthermore, the University of Porto branch was the winner of the Poster competition that has held during the conference. The winning poster highlighted the developed activities by the branch since the previous SYP edition, which at the time was named Student Branch Conference (SBC).




September 3rd, 2014

The IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee meeting and the IEEE Sections Congress, took place from 20th to 24th of August 2014, in Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. While the IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee Meeting represents one of the bianual meetings of IEEE Region 8 (region composed by sections from Europe, Middle East and Africa), Section Congress is an event that gathers IEEE Sections from all around the world, and which only takes place every three years.

IEEE Portugal Section was represented by Sofia Gomes, Section Vice-Chair, and José Silva, Section Secretary, in both of these events.

Some of the Region 8 meeting’s highlights include the election of the new Operating Committee of Region 8, and budget discussion and voting for 2015.

Professor Rui Cruz, Portugal Section Past-Chair, was also elected as a member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee for Region 8, a very prestigious committee which is responsible for evaluating volunteers eligibility for the Region 8 Board and appointing members for top volunteer positions within Region 8.

After the Region 8 Committee meeting, the IEEE Sections Congress 2014, took placed from 22nd to 24th of August, also in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. IEEE Sections Congress, held every three years since 1984, provides sections with a priceless leadership training opportunities for volunteers, with the goal to impact the future of IEEE.

Taking this congress as an opportunity to cultivate IEEE knowledge and express our concerns to the future, Portugal Section representatives had the chance to participate in numerous workshops and schedule private meetings with key IEEE coordinators and staff members. The materials gathered in the workshops and contacts made within the private meetings will definitely improve our daily operations and expedite many of our requests to IEEE headquarters.

The Sections Congress was an excellent opportunity to gain information, develop leadership skills, network and build relationships with other volunteers, which hopefully will generate new programs and initiatives in Portugal Section’s future.

More information about the meeting and sections congress, can be found here:

June 30th, 2014

IEEE Young Professionals (YP) Portugal launched a new project/program named as Young Professionals Internships (YPi). With YPi the YP Portugal aims to create a strong link between companies and Student Branches, in order to promote the integration of Academia students in Industrial environment, give to students an early contact with the labor market and enable companies to identify future employees.

“In the current social-economics context, where the young unemployment rate keeps breaking new records every day, the secret to succeed is often to adopt a good strategy when applying to a new job. With this in mind, YPi is a great way for students and Young Professionals gain experience, have their first contact with the business world and interact with new technologies and paradigms” said Miguel Marques, Chair of YP Portugal.

YP Portugal will provide to Students and Young Professionals many opportunities of “including programs”, providing all the means and tools to ensure the students’ integration in a “first job”.

According to the Operations Director Teresa Carreiro of Critical Manufacturing, “This program is an excellent opportunity for students to complement the academy instruction, integrating them in real industrial environment and giving them the opportunity to cooperate directly with ambitious projects. For the company, the ability to cooperate with IEEE and the access to motivated Students and Young Professionals gives us a competitive advantage over traditional internship programs that we already had in the past”.

The first participants are now applying to the available programs and will be integrated in the companies in July of the current year.

Join us in this program/project!

June 23rd, 2014

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Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria Dates: 29 May 2014
Organising: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch
Number of participants: 17

This workshop was given by members of Leiria’s Toastmasters Club, and it aimed to help participants improve their communication and public speaking skills. In this workshop, participants were given tips on how to approach a public presentation. Then, every participant had the chance to give an improvisation speech on a random topic, and afterwards they received feedback, in order to understand what they need to improve.

June 7th, 2014



Location: Instituto Telecomunicações, Campus Universitario de Santiago

Dates: 21 May 2014

Organising: MTT-S Student Branch Aveiro and CST

Number of participants: 22

CST is a 3D electromagnetic simulation software that enables the design and optimization of devices operating in a wide range of frequencies and for many different kinds of applications. It has been used my many to simulate and optimize the designs of antennas, filters, waveguides, but also electromagnetic compatibility of PCB designs, or electromagnetic energy absorption by human tissue when in close range of RF appliances. The range of applications is vast and of wide interest for graduate and graduating students alike and also very useful for PhD students and researchers working on radiofrequency electronics.

The workshop was held between 9:30 and 17:00. Started with an introduction to the software and the most relevant features of the CST2014 release. Then a series of presentations were followed, by representatives from CST as well as PhDs from the University of Aveiro, to show the application of the software to solve different problems and how to perform the simulations to obtain the best results. The workshop also counted with an online support session for students to exchange ideas and pose questions about specific simulation aspects and how to solve certain problems with the software. The full program is sent with the attachments.

The workshop counted with around 20 participants plus 2 representatives from CST and 2 representatives from Instituto de Telecomunicações.

June 7th, 2014

Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Date: 6 May 2014

Organising: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch

Number of participants: 350

The Technical Conference on Electrical Engineering is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. It aims to provide future engineers and researchers, today’s professionals, and the general community, a clear vision of the business, industrial and research activities related to the Electrical Engineering field.

This conference brought together students, teachers, research institutes and companies, through the presentation and discussion of current and very interesting topics, such as:

  • Wireless Technologies for the Internet-of-Things (IoT);
  • Smart Grids;
  • Embedded Systems;
  • Autonomous Vehicles;
  • High-performance Electrical Machines.

Aside from these presentations, several companies provided exhibitions on their products and solutions, allowing the participant to get a closer look to the labor market.

This event was a success, with the number of participants surpassing our expectations. The guest speakers and their presentations were good, and the feedback from the participants was positive.