Section News

IEEE Canada Congratulates Dr. Octavia Dobre for Interim Dean Appointment

Published: Apr 18, 2022 by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section

In their April Newsletter, IEEE Canada congratulated Dr. Octavia Dobre for her appointment as Interim Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. “Big congratulations to Dr. Octavia Dobre for being appointed Interim Dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,” wrote IEEE Canada. According to Memorial University’s Gazette, Dr. Dobre “has been appointed interim dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, effective May 2, 2022, until April 28, 2023,” replacing Dr. Greg Naterer, who has been appointed vice-president, academic and research, at the University of Prince Edward Island. As announced by Dr. Naterer, Dr. Dobre is the first female Dean of Engineering at Memorial Univeristy.

A Fellow of the IEEE, Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Dr. Dobre is currently professor, research chair, and associate dean of research in the Memorial University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Her research interests include various wireless technologies, such as NOMA and full duplex, machine learning for communications, blind signal identification and parameter estimation techniques, physical layer security, transceiver optimization algorithms, resource allocation, as well as underwater and optical communications. She is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the IEEE Communications Society, and an Editor with the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and IEEE Systems. She was the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters and served as Senior Editor/Editor/Guest Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Signal Processing, IEEE Wireless Communications, and other prestigious journals. She has been the General Chair, Tutorial Chair, Technical Committee Chair or Technical Symposium Chair at numerous conferences, such as IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE WCNC and IEEE I2MTC.

NECEC 2021 Opens Call for Submissions

Published: Aug 24, 2021 by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section

After a successful in-person event last year, the 30th edition of the Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference (NECEC 2021) opens its Call for Submissions. NECEC 2021 will be held on November 18, 2020, at the Holiday Inn St. John’s Conference Centre.

The event is a forum where students and professionals from Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineerings and Information Technology can present their work to the province’s growing technical and academic communities.

The conference accepts papers and poster submissions, as well as industry presentations in a diverse array of topics related to electrical and computer engineering. For the first time, the event will have a dedicated section on Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning. A complete list of submission topics and more information on the event can be found in the Call for Submissions or in the event website.

The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2021.

NECEC 2021 is presented by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section in cooperation with Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2020 IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Annual General Meeting

Published: Jan 30, 2020 by IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section
IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Annual General Meeting will be held on February 5, 2020, at 7pm in the board room of the Engineering Building of Memorial University (EN4002). Christopher Whitt who is the SC2020 Program Chair, R7 Secretary and OES AdCom member will attend on behalf of IEEE Canada. The evening will start with a presentation from Dr. Meisam Amani on the topic of Remote Sensing for Newfoundland and Labrador

Speaker Bio: Dr. Meisam Amani is a Senior Remote Sensing Scientist at a global consulting company, Wood. His research focuses on remote sensing applications in environmental science. He has over ten years of experience in processing, analyzing, and understanding satellite data for various applications. Since September 2015, the date that he started his PhD at the Electrical Engineering Department of MUN, he has worked on different remote sensing projects in NL and has tried to advance remote sensing technology in this province. Dr. Amani’s presentation starts with introduction of remote sensing and mainly discusses the remote sensing projects that he has been involved thus far in the province of NL.

After the technical presentation we will hold a business meeting to update the membership of the activities held throughout 2015. This is a great time to ask questions and make suggestions.

We will end the night with some refreshments. This is a good opportunity to network and discuss further questions or concerns you might have with the Section executive.

Event Details (Save to Google Calendar)

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 05, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Location: Main Engineering Boardroom (EN-4002), Engineering Building, Memorial University

Latest News

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Announces Call for Applications for 2024 Graduate Scholarship

Active IEEE graduate student members can compete for a one-time $1000 scholarship. Deadline is Feb. 29, 2024.

The Awards committee of the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section is pleased to announce the call for applications for the IEEE Graduate Scholarship for the year 2024. This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding graduate students at Memorial University who have demonstrated academic excellence and made noteworthy contributions to the IEEE community.

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Participates in Celebration of Marconi's Transatlantic Wireless Experiment

Lakecrest Students Join Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland and Poldhu Amateur Radio Club in Transatlantic Radio Commemoration

Marconi raising the kite at Signal Hill for the transatlantic experiment. Published by Newfoundland and Labrador History in Colour and colorized by The Photo Mender.

On Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2023, the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section, in collaboration with the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) and the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club (PARC) in England, commemorated Guglielmo Marconi’s groundbreaking transatlantic wireless experiment, originally perfomed at Signal Hill. Hosted by the Johnson Geo Centre, the event paid tribute to Marconi’s historic 1901 experiment on Signal Hill.

Participating organizations included the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador, Johnson Geo Centre (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Poldhu Amateur Radio Club (Cornwall, UK), Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland, and Lakecrest Independent School.

NECEC has its 32nd Annual Conference at Memorial University

NECEC 2023 Celebrates Technological Advancements and Recognizes Outstanding Contributions in Electrical and Computer Engineering in Newfoundland and Labrador

The 32nd Annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference (NECEC 2023) happened on November 14, 2023, at the Emera Innovation Exchange Conference Centre, located in the Signal Hill Campus of Memorial University. Organized by the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section in collaboration with Memorial University of Newfoundland, the conference provided a platform for professionals in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering, along with information technologies, to showcase their latest research and innovations to the province’s growing technical community.

In Memoriam: Neil P. Riggs, P. Eng. (1948–2023)

Co-Founder of IEEE NL OES Chapter and Former IEEE NL Executive Member, Neil Riggs passes away at 74

The IEEE NL community is grieving the passing of Neil P. Riggs at the age of 74. A pioneering figure in oceanic research and engineering in Newfoundland and Labrador, Neil was part of the beginnings of the Newfoundland Oceans Research and Development Corporation (NORDCO) and an integral part of the development of commercial underwater acoustics projects in Newfoundland.

Neil was a dedicated volunteer of the IEEE NL Section, being one of the two founders of the NL chapter of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, serving multiple times as its chair between 2010 and 2019. Neil was also a member of the executive committee in the IEEE International Oceans 2014 conference, held in St. John’s. He was also a keynote speaker in the 2018 edition of the annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference (NECEC).

Funeral arrangements and memorial service details can be found at Carnell’s website. The engineering community is invited to pay their respects and share their memories of Neil P. Riggs, a true pioneer and advocate of innovation in oceanic engineering.