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IEEE ComSoc is proud to again join the rest of IEEE in celebration of the valuable educational programs offered across the organization. During this year’s IEEE Education Week, ComSoc is happy to share with you the latest education news, events and special offers and to highlight ComSoc education resources.

A Message from Rose Hu, Director, IEEE ComSoc Educational Services Board

Rose Qingyang Hu

As I begin my first year in the role of Director, ComSoc Educational Services Board, I am excited to take a more active role in leading activities in this area to serve ComSoc and the greater community.  ComSoc Education Programs offer a wealth of lifelong learning opportunities.  Our programs deliver educational resources for everyone, from school-age children to practicing professionals, and they address topics across the breadth of communication technologies.  

One of our newest programs is in the area of Pre-University STEM Education.  This initiative provides resources for school-aged children, their teachers, and parents to help them understand the depth and range of topics within communications technologies and explore numerous career options available under the communications technology umbrella. ComSoc volunteers play a vital role in the success of this program by carrying out exciting and engaging activities for students and the adults in the students’ lives to learn more about communication engineering technologies.  There are a variety of resources available to support volunteers, such as instruction guides for hands-on activities with students.  You can view some of the amazing activities happening in our events feed and learn about new activities coming soon through the ComSoc funded local grants awarded in 2024.  ComSoc has been a leader within IEEE in working with the TryEngineering Program and is the first technical society to have its own landing page on the TryEngineering website!

Another exemplary program offered exclusively for ComSoc Student Members is the ComSoc School Series.  University students have unique opportunities to participate in these events, where they can hear engaging talks from leaders in the technical community, network with fellow students from around the world and in their local communities, and participate in unique hands-on activities to enrich their experiences.  University students can also help with planning these events, gaining valuable leadership and volunteer experience to set them apart from the crowd.  Hundreds of students have participated in this program over the years.  Here’s some feedback that they shared:

“I think the event was well organized and well executed. Also, I think that it was a great opportunity for us to get to interact with all those professors at the event.   It was a great opportunity for us to grow academically and socially.”

“Had a great time listening and learning things , it was quite well organized indeed.”

“The best part was that it was easy to network and make friends with everyone since it was a small group of people. The lectures were engaging and interesting and we were always given opportunities to ask questions, and I learned a lot from attending.”

“I really enjoyed the lectures and panel discussion, which showed the human side of the professors and professionals.”

And for those looking to stay updated on the latest communications engineering topics, the ComSoc Training Program offers valuable resources.  Courses developed and delivered by leaders in the technical community, these real-time, online learning experiences enable participants to learn from experienced professionals and ask questions and get answers in real-time. About 200 hours of training are delivered through this program each year.  CEU (continuing education units) are offered for all courses and some course series also offer the opportunity to earn a digital badge that you can share on LinkedIn.  Also new in 2024, ComSoc members now have free access to the Light-based Wireless Communications course (pre-recorded) created and presented by industry expert Harald Haas, known as the 'Father of LiFi. This course is offered through the ComSoc Media Center.   

ComSoc is committed to expanding its educational offerings to meet the evolving needs of our members and the technical community. We hope that you will make the most of these programs and the many other educational opportunities that ComSoc offers.  Wish you a Happy IEEE Education Week 2024!

Featured Upcoming Education Events and News

New ComSoc Training Course - First Time Offered!

Beyond The Hype: How 5G & 6G Empower The Immersive XR Revolution
Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 12:00-2:00pm EDT (New York)
Instructor: Mischa Dohler
Get a high-level understanding of XR technologies, exploring the evolution, market trends, and transformative potential fueled by 5G and the future 6G.

New Digital Badge: Advanced Topics in Wireless Course Series

Focusing on 5G NR, MTC, and Open RAN, the courses in this series are designed for engineers and technical professionals who want to enhance their knowledge on advanced topics in Wireless.  Complete all 3 courses in the series and earn a digital badge.

Courses in this series include:

5G RAN and Core Network: Architecture, Technology Enablers and Implementation Aspects
Course Dates: 24-25 April 2024
Learn the fundamentals of the architecture, air interface and 3GPP deployment options of 5G New Radio (5G NR) as well as the interworking of NR with LTE regarding radio functionality, bearer handling, mobility and performance.

O-RAN: Disrupting the Radio Access Network through Openness and Innovation
Course Dates: 8-9 May 2024
Learn how O-RAN influences current developments in the industry, how it is expected to unleash innovation and what opportunities it offers, leading to fully open, disaggregated, virtualized and intelligent Radio Access Networks.

Machine Type Communications in 5G and Beyond
Course Dates: 22-23 May 2024
Get a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of machine type communications (MTC) over LTE and 5G/NR radio access, covering the areas of massive, critical and reduced-capability MTC, as well as the special cases of UAV and V2X communications.

Light-based Wireless Communications Course Included with ComSoc Membership in 2024!

Did you know that with your ComSoc membership in 2024 you have FREE access to the Light-based Wireless Communications course (prerecorded) created and presented by industry expert and the “Father of LiFI,” Harald Haas?  Start your access to this course

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2024 ComSoc Funded Pre-University STEM Grants Announced!

In collaboration with the IEEE TryEngineering Pre-University STEM Grant Program, ComSoc is excited to announce the grant activities for 2024 that will be supported by ComSoc funds.  ComSoc contributed $5000 in funds to support these activities this year.  View the full list of grant recipients and learn more about their activities.

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2024 IEEE ComSoc School Series Events

This program is exclusively offered for ComSoc Student Members.

More details on 2024 events coming soon!

Special Offers for IEEE Education Week

ComSoc Membership Special Offers

In celebration of IEEE Education Week, ComSoc is happy to offer these special discounts on members.

IEEE members who join ComSoc enjoy 50% off* Society dues, now through 30 April with promo code COMEDWEEK24. (This discount is applied to IEEE's half-year pricing for benefits through 31 December).* 

Student members can join ComSoc FREE now through 30 April with promo code COMEDWEEK24S.*

*Only one promo code may be redeemed per transaction.

Special Training Discount Only Valid Through 20 April!

Empowering Industry 4.0 with Next Generation Optical Access Networks
Date: 2 May 2024, 9:00am-12:30pm EDT
Learn about the next generation industrial networks and high-speed optical access while getting a review of the state of the art in optical access standards and system development.

Register by 20 April and save 10% on your registration fee when you use promo code 10EDWEEK during the checkout process or add this course to your shopping cart with the discount applied.

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