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Professional Awareness Activities

Professional awareness emphasizes the importance of the non-technical aspects of engineering to engineers and future engineers. Student Professional Awareness Activities are structured events organized by IEEE Student Branches where students listen to experienced engineers from diverse backgrounds and discuss topics on various professional development categories. These activities involve presentations, panel sessions, and hands-on team-oriented activities focused on giving practical, real-world engineering experience.

SPAA focus areas

  • Professional Career
  • Managerial and Professional Skills
  • Administrative and Organizational expertise
  • Entrepreneurship and Professional integrity
  • Personality Development
  • Engineers and Public Policy
  • Leadership in Professional Organizations
  • Practice of Innovation and Creativity
  • Art of Communication
  • Global Humanitarian Challenges

Benefits to students

  • Build and enhance non-technical skills (organization and teamwork, project management, communication, time management, crisis management, risk management and face the challenges)
  • Expand and strengthen personal and social networking
  • Add volunteer service to resume
  • Develop decision-making abilities
  • Enhance job opportunities
  • Be a leader of tomorrow

How to apply

Prior to applying for the SPAA support make sure that you have:

  • Select topics which are within the scope of student professional activities
  • Inform your regional coordinator through email, briefing about the drafted plan (Adil Usman) email:


Vice Chair Communications: TBD

Vice Chair Partnerships and Fundraising: John Paserba

Vice Chair Region Coordination: 1-6: Rob Vice

Vice Chair Region Coordination: 7-10: Youmna El-Bitar

Regional Student Professional Awareness Activities Coordinators

Region 1 – Charles Rubenstein
Region 2 –
Region 3 – Bailey Ulferts
Region 4 – Heather Darrah
Region 5 – Abu Asaduzzaman
Region 6 – Alberto Tam Yong
Region 7 –
Region 8 –
Region 9 –
Region 10 – Pasan Pethiyagode

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