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IEEE UTech Club Meetings
The IEEE Club meets on Thursdays from 3-4 pm, during the University's Clubs & Societies' time. We meet in room 1B3 - Engineering Building, first floor.
Team members can sometimes be found in our "IEEE lab" - 1A64, across from the Telecommunications Lab also on the Engineering building.
Simply put, an engineer is one who sees a problem and creates a solution. There are many organizations that promote and encourage the development and advancement of technology and innovation. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association of engineers.
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The first IEEE student branch in Jamaica was established at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), (formerly The College of Arts, Science & Technology). Twenty-two student engineers signed a petition to begin the branch in January 1989. The petition was forwarded to the IEEE by Dr. Kris Murthy, an IEEE Student Branch Counsellor at the institution. A letter dated March 13, 1989 signalled that the petition had been approved by the IEEE Regional Activities Board, and UTech was also welcomed to the IEEE Student Branch Programme.
Clayton Brown was the first Chair. Other signatories to the petition were: Hugh Alexander, David Archer, Carl Blackwood, Austin Brown, Paul Green, Andrew Hunter, Phillip Jackson, Everton James, Martin McLeavy, Stephen Legister, Claude Morgan, Rupert Miller, Michael McDowell, Dwight Muschette, Billy Meikle, Derrick Nelson, Oral Palmer, Victor Ramsay, Denfern Simpson, Andrea Small and Beresford Shernan.
Over the years, we have participated with distinction and enthusiasm in local (JamCon), and regional (SoutheastCon) conferences. SoutheastCon is the IEEE Region 3's technical, professional, and student conference with competitions in the hardware, Web page, software, paper and T-Shirt categories.
The IEEE Jamaica Section and the UTech IEEE student branch hosted the Southeastcon 2003 student conference right here in Jamaica at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, April 4-6, 2003. This was the first time the conference was being hosted outside the United States. One hundred and ninety six students, in addition to twenty student branch counselors from thirty two universities, registered for the conference. The student programme of the conference included hardware, software, website, paper and T-shirt competitions. The conference was a resounding success.
Student Branch Today
Raffique Muir - Chair
Agyei Masters - Vice Chair
Latoya Clarke - Secretary
Sean Bernard - Treasurer
Kevon Graham - SPAC Chair
Balvin Thorpe - Student Branch Counselor
Christopher Udeagha - IEEE Jamaica Chair
The IEEE Jamaica Section has been in operation since 1977, when the Charter was granted and the Regional Board approved its establishment.
Since then, the IEEE Jamaica Section has grown steadily, making stellar contributions to, and encouraging growth and development in the engineering and other sectors across the nation. The UTech Student branch was formed in 1989, with the UWI (University of the West Indies, Mona) Student Branch being formalized recently. Plans are being drafted to establish branches at Jamaica's third major university, NCU (Northern Caribbean University), as well as the Caribbean Maritime Institute.