The IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress took place from August 6th to August 10th in Krakow, Poland. On August 7 a Teacher-in-Service-Program Workshop was organized by Fabio Domingos and Ioannis Mousmoutis, Ad Hoc Members of the IEEE Region 8 Pre-University Works Sub-Committee.
At the beginning of the workshop Pre-University Activities and Teacher-in-Service-Program were presented and their benefits were discussed.


Afterwards, a hands-on workshop was delivered. The participants were divided into groups of 3-4 members and they were asked to build a tennis racquet using simple materials in 45 minutes.
All the teams presented what they build and explained what they discovered about engineering by doing this activity.



After the hands-on activity, a comparison between TISP and TISP 2.0 was made and guidance on how to organize a successful TISP workshop was demonstrated.
The participants seemed very interested and motivated and we expect them to organize TISP workshop in their local areas soon.

IEEE R8 Pre-University Works committee

Dr Sven Olof Öhrvik (1928-2014)IEEE Region 8 mourns the death of past Director Dr Sven-Olof Ohrvik. Dr Öhrvik, who was Professor Emeritus at Lund University, died at age 85 on April 15, 2014. With his quiet, unassuming manner, he led our Region from 1989 to 1990, at a time when the Iron Curtain was opened and the Cold War had come to an end. His leadership ensured that members from the former Eastern Bloc countries could obtain better service from IEEE with the development.of new Sections. He was the first regional officer to visit some of these Sections, such as Belarus, which was very much appreciated by the members. During his term as Director the Moscow Section (which is today the Russia Section) was formed. In 1990 due to his initiative the IEEE Board of Directors held its first meeting outside of North America in Brussels, Belgium. In the same year he organized the first IEEE Region 8 Meeting outside of Region 8, providing an opportunity for Section Chairs and volunteer delegates to attend the IEEE Section Congress in Toronto, Canada.

Before Sven-Olof Öhrvik was appointed as the professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Applied Electronics at Lund University he had an outstanding career as a Development Manager at Ericson Radio Systems in Kista, Sweden. He is regarded as one of the foremost pioneers and visionaries in mobile communication. In the 1980s he presented a paper in which he predicted an unbelievable reduction in the size of the mobile phone. His solid theoretical and practical knowledge was invaluable to him as an engineering educator and academic leader.

Dr Öhrvik started his career as an IEEE volunteer in 1983 when he was elected Chair of the IEEE Sweden Section. He held this office for four years until 1987, and in1985/6 he also was Chair of the joint VT/COM/IT Chapter. In 1988 he was elected as IEEE Region 8 Director for the term 1989 to 1990, and continued to serve as a volunteer on several IEEE committees and boards.

We mourn the loss of Sven-Olof, and share the grief of his wife Lotte and his daughters. He will be sadly missed.

Kurt R. Richter
1991-1992 IEEE Director Region 8

Charles W Turner
1993-1994 IEEE Director Region 8

Many IEEE sections in our region are geographically large.
Starting 2011, IEEE Region 8 has hosted a number of WebEx events (“Webinars”).
This service is available at no cost for IEEE Section events.

We are sharing some steps for this:

  1.  Setup a regular event using IEEE vTools:
    Enabling the “registration” link assists to keep track of who may be your attendees!
  2. Promote your event!
    Use either your own SAMIEEE mailing lists, or use IEEE e-Notice.
    Social media, such as Facebook Groups, Google Plus, etc can be a great way to promote your event!
  3. At least five (5) working days in advance of your event, request a WebEx event setup:
    - Your request will be processed by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Information Management team (
    - If you’ve selected the teleconference option, you’ll also get the process to setup your audio. In case you’re in a country which does not have a toll-free, you could consider using Skype or Google Phone to reach the US toll-free number.
    - Remember to send out the WebEx event link, conference code & link for global toll-free numbers to your participants.
    - – This could also serve as a meeting reminder!
  4. During your event, you can record the WebEx session! For more information, see:
  5. Following your event, remember to submit a “L-31” report (using vTools) & also submit a short article to Region 8 news or other media!
    (Steps 1-2 could be skipped if you want to setup a WebEx event for smaller meeting, e.g. Section ExCom meeting).

Best with your Webinars!


Saurabh Sinha,
2011/2 Vice-Chair for Technical Activities

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