IEEE STEP 2020- Transition to a Sustainable Future.

On September 05, 2020, IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh and IEEE Bangladesh Section  jointly organized the first-ever virtual IEEE Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (STEP) event  in Bangladesh by collaborating with the three Student Branches, IEEE AIUB Student Branch, IEEE BUET  Student Branch and IEEE NSU Student Branch. The theme of IEEE STEP 2020 was “Transition to a  Sustainable Future.” 

STEP is a program designed to facilitate the seamless transition from student members to young  professionals by emphasizing IEEE membership’s value at the start of a STEM career. This flagship  program included a series of educational and career-based sessions that focused on professional  growth and helped the participants extract guidelines for their future professional careers.

At the opening session, the event was inaugurated by Dr. Celia Shahnaz, Chair, IEEE Bangladesh  Section. She shared the program vision and welcomed the esteemed guest speakers and participants  who joined the event. The event was moderated by Dr. M Tanseer Ali, Vice Chair (Activity), IEEE Young  Professionals Bangladesh. He shared the program outline and moderated the talk sessions  accordingly.

Followed by the opening session, the first talk was on Prospects of E-learning Environment: Bridge  between Knowledge-based Education and Skill-based Profession, which was conducted by Muhammad Qasim Pasta, Assistant Professor, Usman Institute of Technology and Member, IEEE YP  Karachi Section. He shared his knowledge on the E-Learning environment. He gave the participants a  persuasive speech on the importance and anticipation of how the knowledge-based education and  skills-based profession are interlinked. He stated the presentation by interacting with the participants  and by the end of his presentation, the audience had a good understanding on how to use more power  using more tools for the development of learning.

After the first session, Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay took a session on Problem Solving approaches in  post COVID scenarios by Technologists. Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Analytics in PG Management Studies, BIMS Kolkata (Affiliated to MAKAUT) IEEE Kolkata Section.  Mr. Sabyasachi described the processes to identify, articulate and probe new problems, which are  worth solving and talked about the strategies to solve the post COVID problems by implementing  technological approaches.

Following the session by Mr. Sabyasachi, Dr. M A Jabber, Vice Chair, IEEE Hyderabad CS Chapter, shared his expertise as a Professor of Vardhaman College of Engineering on how the classic  approaches of education and knowledge transmission are changing into a model of practical

experimentation and interaction. He informed how with the increasing users of the Internet, E Learning prospects are improving towards the betterment of humanity. The session has titled An  insight into Prospects of E-learning Environment: Bridge between Knowledge-based Education and  Skill-based Profession.  

The next session was taken by Krishna Kumar, Research and Development Engineer at UJVN Limited,  Uttarakhand. The title of this mind-blowing session was Sustainable Energy Development,  Application of Artificial Intelligence in Hydropower Plant, and Role of IoT to avoid spreading COVID 19 and his experiences as a Research Scholar at IIT Roorkee made the session very informative. In this  session, the speaker shared some immense knowledge on the application of Artificial Intelligence in  the Hydropower Plant and the Role of IoT to avoid the spreading of COVID-19. He discussed the typical  hydroelectric power plant and gave a detailed presentation on the barriers to hydropower  development and eventually shared about how the turbine selection and their operating  characteristics curve works.

The following session was very engaging and informative which was conducted by Zafir Shafiee  Chowdhury, Co-founder, Bondstein Technology and Co-founder, Singularity Limited from IEEE  Bangladesh Section. The session was titled as Sustainable Future: Coping with the Post-Pandemic  World. He talked about the post-pandemic situation and the important strategies to fit into the new  normal for a sustainable future. He gave detailed descriptions of new technological inventions to  tackle different cases like preventing the black trip in taxi services, use of portable generator sensing,  implementing remote monitoring system, preventing vehicle fuel theft, LoraWan technology and so  on. The participants were very much drawn to the presentation and the speaker resolved the many  queries relevant to his talk at the end.

After the session, Dr. Md, Tausif Ahmad, Head, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Motihari College  of Engineering, Motihari from IEEE Kolkata Section, took a session on IoT prospects of E-learning in  Education and Skill Enhancement Training, in which he shared his insights on the importance and  likelihood of IoT in E-Learning and skill enhancement training. He inspired the participants to be an  agent to manage changing roles of Education in lifelong learning.

Followed by the scholarly session, Raamish Khan, SAC Ambassador of IEEE Islamabad Section and  Electrical Engineer at Business Excellence PVT LTD, was the speaker of the session on the Importance  of STEM Education and its impact. In this session, the speaker talked about the significance of STEM  education and its influence. He described the many challenges that we are about to face in the post  pandemic world and also gave potential solutions to tackle the constraints in the way of persuading  STEM Education.

The next session was held by Dr. Ashish Khanna, Associate Professor, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of  Technology IEEE Delhi Section. The session was titled, The Importance of Research for sustainable  growth to survive and grow in the post-pandemic era: A Journey. He talked about the significance of  research for a feasible development to survive in the post-pandemic times.

Right after the session by Dr. Ashish Khanna, there was an interactive forum for the audience to

participate. Graduate Members were invited to share their journey with IEEE and the role of IEEE  engagements in their professional Career.

Following the open discussion forum, the last talk session of the event was by Dr. Shaikh Anowarul  Fattah, Education Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee and Advisor of IEEE YP Bangladesh.  The session was on the Necessity of Community Engagement for Sustainable Project Design in the  Post Pandemic World and Dr Fattah with his unparalleled knowledge on the topic, discussed the  several ways of community engagement in the Post Pandemic living. The speaker, in his speech,  emphasized on the fundamental importance of Community’s commitment for sustainable project  design in the post pandemic era. He had an interactive session where the listeners shared their  prospective ideas to contribute to society and help the community to cope up with the new normal.  Dr. Fattah welcomed new ideas and encouraged the participants to think out of box and come forward  to implement their community-based projects. The esteemed speaker is also serving as the Chair of  IEEE PES Humanitarian Activities Committee.

Finally, Dr. Sajid M. Chowdhury, Chair, IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh, shared the activities and  motivation behind arranging the flagship event. Dr. Sajid M. Chowdhury, along with Dr. M Tanseer  Ali shared their vote of thanks to all the esteemed speakers, participants, the Section and all the  members in the organizing team, for whom the event was successfully executed.


Sep 05 2020


9:30 am - 4:00 pm