SPC 2015 is finally here!


What is IEEE R8 SPC?

IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is for student members or graduate student members (who have not yet started their PhD), but have most likely already encountered some research topics or done Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.


How does SPC work?

The first step is to organize local paper contests at Student Branches (SBs) and Student Branch Chapters (SBCs).

Second, SB and SBC winner’s papers are sent to Region 8 SPC (paunovic@etf.rs) before December 15, 2014. The Regional Oral Finals for authors of the best five R8 SPC papers will be organized at IEEE R8 EUROCON 2015 Conference which will be held in Salamanca (Spain) from 8 to 11 September 2015 (eurocon2015.usal.es).
Competing for IEEE R8 SPC begins with the organization of the local SB Paper Contest which is not an easy task, but we of course you can do it! Please mind the following SPC 2015 steps:

  • Step 0: SB counselor, and other professors at your department, are willing to form a local jury to help with paper preparation and organization (and ultimately, evaluation)
  • Step 1: Announce your SB paper contest and send information / rules to all members of your SB
  • Step 2: Collect papers, and after reviewing them the Jury will declare the best paper(s)
  • Step 3: Send the best paper(s) (prepared strictly according to the SPC rules shown below) to paunovic@etf.rs, together with the required additional documents (also shown below)
  • Step 4: Now, the appointed international Region 8 Jury will (anonymously) select five papers for SPC 2015 Oral Finals
  • Step 5: Finally, the Oral Finals of IEEE Region 8 SPC 2015 will take place as part of IEEE Region 8 conference EUROCON 2015 which will take place from 8 to 11 September 2015, in Salamanca, Spain (eurocon2015.usal.es)
  • Note: the necessary expenses of the authors of the five best authors will be covered by IEEE Region 8.

Region 8 Website Contest 2014

Dear Regional Website Contest 2014 participants,

The IEEE Region 8 SAC team is very pleased to announce the official results of the Regional Website Contest 2014. After challenging evaluation process, which covered 35 websites (new R8 record!) the SAC team has chosen 3 best websites, which will represent R8 in the IEEE Global Website Contest 2014.

These are:
– 1st place: IEEE Student Branch JKU Linz (Austria Section): http://www.ieee.jku.at/


– 2nd place: IEEE Alexandria Student Branch (Egipt Section): http://alexsb.org/


– 3rd place: IEEE Student Branch Gent (Benelux Section): http://www.ieeesb.ugent.be/


Congratulations for this excellent results and many, many thanks to all Student Branches for their participation in the contest. Comparing to the last year, we have noticed many positive changes ! The presentation of the contents as well as the design of the templates with related graphics was so much improved that the difference between particular websites was really small. The places on our list ranking differ only by 1 – 3 points ! We wish we could qualify more websites for the IEEE Global Website Contest 2014 but according to the rules we can choose the 3 best entries only.

Dear R8 SB members, we really admire your effort in creating your websites. You did an amaizng job ! And remember, we are looking forward for your submissions in 2015 !

On behalf of R8 SAC,
Piotr Graca, Awards & Contests Coordinator

Check out IEEE Resume Lab



Need help with your resume/CV? Cover letter? Thank you letter? Work portfolio? Need help getting ready for an interview, or with your skills assessment?

Then Resume Lab is here for you! Discover these and much more, on www.ieee.org/resumelab !

To know more, join the live webinar; details below:
– Topic: IEEE Resume Lab
– Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
– Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
– Meeting Number: 594 199 302
– Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

To start or join the online meeting, go to https://ieeemeetings.webex.com/ieeemeetings/j.php?ED=270869102&UID=499638237&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-2030920 (US)
Call-in number: 1-206-4450056 (US)
Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=3663524486
Conference Code: 366 352 4486



IEEE R8SAC has a new jewel

Hi IEEE Volunteers!

September is a great month, it marks the beginning of a new college year in Universities from all parts of Region 8 and to commemorate  the new year, IEEE R8SAC has been working in a new logo that will work as the brand of Student Activities across this region.


Without further due, welcome the new R8SAC logo:

R8SAC Logo-01


Our goal was to create a easy recognisable jewel that marks all IEEE R8SAC actions, activities, programs a projects, so you can easily recognise it as our seal of quality and the proof of an hard working team, willing to work with all students, sharing IEEE mantra, “Advancing Technology for Humanity”

We sincerely hope you like it, this marks the first of many new things coming this year for you.


All IEEE R8SAC wishes you the best for this academic year!






You can get in touch with the SAC team through: r8sac@ieee.org

The R8 SAC Members currently are:


Pablo Herrero – SAC Chair


Email: pablo.herrero@ieee.org
Pablo is Antenna Systems Architect at Intel Corp in Munich (Germany). He runs the antenna department which designs antenna solutions for smartphones. In his other life, he served in practically every position in IEEE that has to do with students for 10 years. He traveled around the world giving motivational talks to encourage students to make a difference in engineering. His goals as Chair are to make sure that student member concerns are escalated to the appropriate channels, and that their ideas and projects turn into reality. He runs this fantastic team in their effort to continue developing R8 students personally and professionally.


Elias Nassar – Past SAC Chair

Email: eliasnassar@ieee.org
Elias is Professor of Electrical Engineering and ABET Coordinator at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. After receiving his PhD from the Ohio State University in the USA, he has worked with students for over fifteen years as a Faculty member, Student Branch counselor, WIE Affinity Group advisor and Section Chair. His goal is to make sure student member concerns are addressed and that their ideas and projects get realized for the purpose of advancing their technical and professional skills. As Past Chair for Student Activities in Region 8, he supports the team in their continuing efforts to add an extra value to IEEE membership for students in Region 8.


Djordje Paunović – Student Paper Contest Coordinator

Email: g.paunovic@ieee.org
George is Professor emeritus in Telecommunications at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. His main scientific results are in the fields of radio channel modeling and electric field strength prediction and he has been leading chartered project engineer in several dozens of major projects. He has been an IEEE member for 25 years and was involved as an IEEE volunteer in several positions including Yugoslavia Section Chair, IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Com Chapter Chair, Chair of the Telecommunications Forum TELFOR and IEEE R8 Vice Chair Technical Activities (2007,2008). Within our team, he is in charge of the Student Paper Contest.


Christian M. Schmid – Region 8 Student Representative

Email: c.schmid@ieee.org
Christian is a PhD student at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria where he is doing research in the field of mm-wave radar systems. One of his goals is to always find new challenges. That’s why he has not only studied mechatronics, but also Jazz piano at Anton Bruckner University Linz, why he was an exchange student at UCLA and chairman of the very first IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress in 2012. His main goal as Region 8 student representative is to voice the concerns of IEEE students all over Region 8 and to inspire and help realize new and exciting IEEE student projects. And here’s why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq3DGIaAq5E


Efthymia K. Arvaniti – Student Branch Coordinator

Email: earvaniti@ieee.org
Efthymia is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Greece, Dpt of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. Her main scientific interests are focused in Computer Science and Neuroengineering. She has been an IEEE member since 2008, and Chair of the IEEE UCG Student Branch in 2010-2011. She is currently the IEEE Greece Section Student Representative and Coordinator of the Young-Scientist’s-Corner-Initiative in Greece. Also, she serves as Vice-Coordinator and Ambassadress at the IEEE X-Academic Project and as an Ad Hoc member to the IEEE Region 8 ‘Pre-University Works’ Sub-Committee. As the Student Branch Coordinator in the Region 8 Student Activities Committee, she aims to provide to the Region’s Student Branches, tools and opportunities for communication and extroversion, assisting their members and encouraging their collaboration towards contribution to the society.


Piotr Graca – Region 8 Awards and Contest Coordinator

Email: p.graca@ieee.org
Piotr is a Ph.D. student at Opole University of Technology, Poland where he is doing research in the field of active magnetic bearings. Since 2009 he has been serving as student branch chair. For his involvement in many international student projects related to IEEE, he obtained valuable awards such as: Regional Laureate of Polish Student Nobel Award (2011) and Region 8 Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award (2012). In 2013, he was the main coordinator of the 2nd IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress (CEuSBC’13) and also an organizing committee member of the IEEE International Symposium on Electrodynamic and Mechatronic Systems (SELM’13). One of his favorite quotes is “nothing is impossible to a willing heart”. As the Awards and Contest Coordinator, he is responsible for promoting and coordinating the awards and contests at the regional level, encouraging students to participate in contests and assisting them making nominations for awards.


Youmna El Bitar – Electronic Communications Coordinator

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Email: youmna.elbitar@ieeer8.org
Youmna is a research assistant at the American University of Beirut – Lebanon, where she is studying Communications Engineering. Her research interests are in the field of Coordinated Multipoint transmission and reception. She also studies piano at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, and is an active volunteer with multiple NGOs. She believes that achieving goals needs 4 ingredients: knowing yourself, enjoying what you’re doing, commitment, and time management. Being and active IEEE member since 2009, Youmna has been organizing activities and events and was part of the organizing committee of the Third IEEE Middle-East Student Branch Congress (ME-SBC 2013). As Electronic Communications Coordinator, she aims to promote communication between the Student Activities Committee and Region 8 student members, in order to make all students aware of the wonderful opportunities IEEE can bring them.


Over the years, many have been members of SAC and contributed to R8 Student Activities. You can find them, starting 2010, in our History page.