The Rice University chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has become a staple with majoring in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
The organization is dedicated to supporting students and making available opportunities and resources at Rice and beyond.
In the last two academic years, the Rice chapter has earned the Outstanding Small Branch Award for Region 5 and been recognized as a key member of Eta Kappa Nu, the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
With some 70 percent of ECE majors participating in IEEE programs and events, the student-led organization helps solidify the ECE community on campus.
Tiger Yang, a senior majoring in ECE and president of the IEEE chapter at Rice, said: “We provide so much guidance, especially for undergrads. Not only do we give advice for what classes to take but also provide a community that supports students outside the classroom.”
Andrew Pham, a junior majoring in ECE and computer science, said: “Even events like our after-exam ice cream social have had a huge effects on student life with ECE majors. There is some overlap with ECE and other programs, but the community aspect of ECE has made our program stand out.”
Networking opportunities offered by the chapters landed students internships in industry. Samantha Fuentes, IEEE sophomore class representatives, landed an internship with Chevron.
“We have luncheons where alumni and recruiters visit the campus to meet and talk with us in person. Not only do they get to know more about us, but we get to learn about the participating companies and what they look for when recruiting.”
Kunal Rai, a senior in ECE and vice president of the IEEE chapter, said: “The program coursework can be challenging but the lunch chats with upper classman, meetings with recruiters and small class size make ECE a great program.”
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