IEEE Communications Magazine - June 2017 - page 11

June 2017
Global Communications Newsletter
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GLOBAL
COMMUNICATIONS
NEWSLETTER
This is the seventh article in the series started in November
2016 and published monthly in the IEEE ComSoc Global Com-
munications Newsletter, which covers all areas of IEEE ComSoc
Member and Global Activities. In this series of articles, I introduce
the six MGA Directors (namely: Sister and Related Societies;
Membership Services; AP, NA, LA, EMEA Regions) and the two
Chairs of the Women in Communications Engineering (WICE)
and Young Professionals (YP) Standing Commit-
tees. In each article, one by one they present
their sector activities and plans.
In this issue, I interview Dr. Lola Awoni-
yi-Oteri, Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Committee
on Young Professionals (YP).
Lola is currently a Senior Staff Systems R&D
Engineer within Qualcomm Research, where
she conducts research in particular on cellular
and satellite networks and on 802.x LANs. Her
primary focus is on mobile network and device enhancements
for improving connectivity performance, reducing network and
device power consumption, and enhancing user experience.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, she worked at Texas Instruments (TI)
developing chipsets for cellular handsets. At Qualcomm and TI,
she has also worked on 3GPP standardization activities for HSPA
and LTE technologies. Lola received a B.S. degree in electrical
engineering at Georgia Tech, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
electrical engineering from Stanford University. She is also the
author/co-author of 28 U.S. approved patents and 21 U.S. patent
pending applications.
It is my pleasure to interview Lola and offer her the oppor-
tunity to outline her initiatives and plans about ComSoc Young
Professionals.
Bregni:
Hello Lola! Welcome to the Global Communications
Newsletter. Would you please introduce the IEEE ComSoc Young
Professionals Committee to our readers? What are its structure
and mission?
Awoniyi-Oteri:
The IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals Com-
mittee is made up of a technically and geographically diverse
team who are committed to providing a “technical haven” within
the IEEE community for the graduating ComSoc student tran-
sitioning into the larger ComSoc community, or the budding
communication professional in their early to mid-career seeking
avenues for technical and professional development. IEEE Com-
Soc Young Professionals are members of IEEE ComSoc and the
IEEE Young Professionals network.
For those not familiar with the IEEE Young Professionals group,
formerly known as Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), the
group’s charter is to foster the professional development of its
members and enable them to build global professional networks.
It comprises members and volunteers within IEEE who are at most
15 years out from their first technical/professional degree, which
could be a bachelors or an associate degree in electrical engineer-
ing or a related field. It is also possible for others who do not meet
the criteria to “opt-in” to the IEEE Young Professionals membership.
Currently, IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals make up about 5 per-
cent of the entire IEEE Young Professionals membership.
Bregni:
Very good. And what are the main activities currently
ongoing in the YP Committee?
Awoniyi-Oteri:
Given the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals
Committee’s charter, many of our activities and programs are
geared toward providing opportunities for the technical and pro-
fessional development of our members. Some of these activities
and programs include:
•Organizing meetups at IEEE ComSoc flagship conferences.
•Recognizing outstanding IEEE ComSoc Young
Professionals through award presentations.
•Providing networking and mentoring resources.
•Providing access to IEEE ComSoc and IEEE
Young Professionals publications and opportuni-
ties to publish in these publications.
•Providing access to workshops, webinars, and
continuing education resources.
Bregni:
What are the most important events
organized by the YP Committee?
Awoniyi-Oteri:
Our signature events are ComSoc Young Pro-
fessional events hosted at ComSoc conferences such as GLO-
BECOM, ICC, WCNC, and GREENCOM. These events feature
panel discussions, award ceremonies, lightning talk competitions,
and networking receptions. The attendees are typically IEEE Com-
Soc Young Professionals, other ComSoc members, Young Profes-
sionals from other societies, and corporate sponsors. Due to the
growing popularity of these events, we have seen a significant
uptick in attendance and participation from IEEE ComSoc Young
Professionals in the past year.
We have received extremely positive feedback from the
attendees of the panel discussions. The panels involve interac-
tive sessions with seasoned communication veterans, such as
accomplished experts from academia and industry leaders, and
discussions of technical and career-related issues and challenges
that are of interest to ComSoc Young Professionals. Some of the
panel discussions held at past events addressed topics such as
“Trends in the communications field and how ComSoc Young
Professionals can position themselves to stay relevant,” while
other panel discussions delved into the technical details of “Hot
topics in communications” such as 5G and IoT.
Bregni:
Would you mention any other significant initiatives
and meetings organized by the YP Committee?
Awoniyi-Oteri:
Other event features worth noting include
award ceremonies that provide an avenue for recognizing out-
standing members by presenting them with awards such as the
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ISSN 2374-1082
Lola Awoniyi-Oteri
Young Professionals Find Their Technical
Haven within ComSoc
Interview with Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Chair of the
ComSoc YP Committee
By Stefano Bregni, Vice-President for Member and Global
Activities, and Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Chair of the YP Committee
Stefano Bregni
(Continued on Newsletter page 4)
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