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Cohen Earns IEEE Accolades

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Isaac Cohen

Isaac Cohen has devoted much of his precious free time to building a stronger Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter at UTA, and his efforts were rewarded April 6, when received the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Student Award.

The IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Student Award is given to a student member who has given outstanding contributions of time and effort to the student branch, section, region, or the national IEEE to advance the principles of IEEE.  

"I was absolutely thrilled and honored to hear that I had been selected to receive this prestigious award.  I feel like this is a capstone for all of the hard work that not only I put in, but all of the officers put in this year. I share this achievement with all of them, because the efforts required to do what we did, could not have been done by one person alone," Cohen said.

Cohen, a senior electrical engineering major and the IEEE chapter president, is a research assistant in the Pulse Power and Energy Lab. He plans to pursue his doctoral degree at UTA after graduation this spring. He was nominated for the following achievements:

  • More than doubled the chapter membership from 96 active members to 224 – over 1/3 of all EE students at UTA are IEEE members. 
  • Added more benefits to student members, such as free tutorial sessions that for members the non-members had to pay to attends.  
  • Changed the overall atmosphere and culture of the IEEE mentoring office by getting officers to hold consistent office hours and bringing all friends in to study so people could get tutored, ask for help from upperclassmen, or work on side projects.
  • Stressed publicity for events, leading to a record 162 people in attendance for guest speaker Tom Donahue in the fall semester.  
  • Co-hosted the very first D/FW STEM event for the Girl Scouts, with over 60 Girl Scouts in attendance working toward their STEM badges, which were previously nearly unobtainable in the Metroplex.
  • Re-established many industry contacts for IEEE to obtain sponsorship for different events such as our annual Student Professional Awareness Conference.  
  • Helped establish two different competitions that IEEE will be involved in: A circuit competition and a micro mouse competition held at the Applied Power Electronics Conference.

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