The Rowan University IEEE Student Branch has built an international partnership with the IEEE Student Branch at James Cook University in Australia to nurture Branch growth and provide members with opportunities that would not have been available otherwise. This partnership will provide a variety of long-term multidisciplinary projects that translate into sponsor exposure on the local, national, and international level. This partnership is setting an innovative precedent that lives up to the IEEE motto, “Networking the World”. As industry continues along its path of globalization, this partnership represents a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the expanding reality of the evolving global industrial landscape.
The largest project of the 2015 Australian-American IEEE Student Branch Exchange is a series of Sumo Robot Competitions. Rowan students will be designing and fabricating their own sumo robots from scratch. Last year, several tournaments were held at Rowan University culminating in the opportunity to compete at our Partner Branch in Australia. The winning team, along with several key members of the IEEE student branch, lived with JCU students for about a fortnight in Australia, shadowing them during classes and visiting local industry to broaden their cultural perspective within industry and society.
Understanding how culture shapes an international workplace can only be attained by visiting that location, and this unique knowledge that the partnership provides will be used to create business connections once students enter the work force. While only a limited number of students can be sent to Australia, we have also planned the following events for the participation of the entire Branch:
This year Rowan University will again host two sumo robot competitions in the fall, with teams from James Cook University participating remotely. Later in the semester, IEEE students from James Cook University will visit Rowan University to visit local industry here.
From May 15 to May 30th students from Rowan University traveled to Australia, networking with local industry there as well as meeting with the IEEE branch at James Cook University. They received tours of several universities: Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, and The University of Sydney.