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

SPAA focus areas
  • Career development
  • Professional integrity
  • Personal skills
  • Engineers and public policy
  • Leadership in professional organizations
  • The practice of innovation
  • The art of communication
  • Humanitarian grand challenges
Benefits to students
  • Enhance non-technical skills (organization and teamwork, project management, communication, time management)
  • Expand personal networks
  • Add results to resume
  • Get better job opportunities
  • Become life-long members
How to apply
  1. Decide on topics and inform SPAA coordinator (Youmna El Bitar)
  2. Invite speakers
  3. Complete the application form (XLS, 33 KB)
  4. Publicize the event
  5. Prepare for event
  6. After the event, submit a report containing photos and a short description to the SPAA coordinator
  7. Collect feedback from attendees and document lessons learned for the next SPAA

Contact Student Services at student-services@ieee.org.