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R10 SPAx

IEEE R1O SPAx  IN TOKYO

In Fall 2014, IEEE-USA announced a new program called Student Professional Awareness Experience (SPAx). SPAx builds on the longstanding legacy of Student Professional Awareness Conferences and Ventures, in an effort to address the highly dynamic world we live in today. The goal is for students to “Engage. Explore. Experience”. In accordance with the same, on 2nd December, 2017, the IEEE Region 10 SAC Outreach Programme in collaboration with IEEE-USA, arranged and facilitated the IEEE R10 SPAx in IEEE Tokyo Section, to revitalize their Sectional Student Activities and enhance the leadership, career, and professional development skills of engineering students in Japan. The event was jointly organized by the IEEE Student Branches of Keio University, Waseda University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Tokyo University of Science, and supported by the IEEE Tokyo Section Young Professionals and IEEE Japan Council Women-In-Engineering Affinity Groups.

A total of 46 participants (including 33 IEEE Student Members) attended the program, which was moderated by Ms. Hiroko Nagashima from NEC Corporation, while featuring 3 panelists – Dr. Masahiro Kasuya from Meltin MMI Co. Ltd, Dr. Osamu Toda from Meidensha Corporation and Dr. Kojiro Nishimiya from Aoyama Gakuin University; each of whom represented the startup scene, industry and academia respectively. 

Starting from tracing the 3 distinct career paths of the panelists, the sessions revolved around an interactive discussion regarding the interplay of technology, business and humanity, both in their current positions and with regards to future employment opportunities in Japan and worldwide. Furthermore, the program also focused on the importance and role of ethics, motivation and ambition, while balancing focus, personal happiness and progress in one’s professional life. In the last segment of the program, the panelists shared their thoughts on the current and foreseeable future lackings in Japan, with regards to innovation and taking calculated disruptive risks to encourage breakthrough progress. Here, the role of academia and research to boost industry development was also discussed. The program concluded with tokens of appreciation and closing remarks from representatives of IEEE Tokyo Section.