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Electronic and Embedded Systems

As an IEEE Member, you can now affiliate with the Council on Electronic Design Automation. We encourage you to do it as follows. Go to the Council’s affiliation page.

If you are not logged in, please login by clicking on the upper-right-hand-corner “Sign in” link on that page, next to the small key symbol. You will now see listed a $0 cost for such affiliation for all categories (professional/student/etc.).
Click on the “Add item(s)” rectangular button at the bottom of that list. The affiliation will now be added to your “Cart.”
Click on the Cart link at the very top-right of this page and proceed to “checkout.”

We also encourage all members of our community to also join one of the CEDA sponsoring Societies listed here: Antennas and Propagation Society, Computer Society, Circuits and Systems Society, Electron Devices Society, Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, Solid-State Circuits Society. These can be joined at the same page as above by checking the box “Add a sponsoring society membership” and then selecting the Society you wish to join and “checking out” again.

We hope you will proudly identify yourself as a member of our Community.



The Career Game Cheat Code: IEEE Young Professionals
Mario Milicevic 15 September 2016
Why do young people come to the IEEE? For those in academia, the answer is simple: “I need to publish papers in order to graduate.” But for those working as engineers or scientists in industry, the decision to join is typically much more personal and focused on long-term career development.
As a member of the IEEE, you are part of a global network of over 400,000 highly skilled and technically qualified individuals that can help influence and shape your development as a young engineer, scientist, or associate in a related field. So regardless of whether you wish to pursue academia or dive into industry, the IEEE is here to serve as your career backbone.
But how? There’s so much going on in the IEEE. For newcomers, the learning curve can be overwhelming. The IEEE runs over 1,500 technical conferences annually, the IEEE Xplore Digital Library has over 4 Million indexed technical publications, there are over 1,400 active working groups developing IEEE Standards, and over 25 meetings are held each day in local chapters, branches, and sections. The good news is that there’s no shortage of activity, but the question many young members ask is: how exactly does the IEEE advance my career? This is where the IEEE Young Professionals program comes in.
The newly rebranded IEEE Young Professionals program now focuses primarily on providing young members with meaningful professional networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as opportunities to stay technically relevant and develop new skills.
Professional Networking and Mentorship
Heading to an IEEE conference soon? Be sure to check out the IEEE Young Professionals program part of the conference agenda. Many flagship IEEE conferences now feature a special on-site event for IEEE Young Professional members such as a career panel, hackathon, or “breakfast with mentors,” as well as an off-site meetup at a nearby pub or restaurant where you can mix and mingle with local IEEE members. What better way to expand your professional network than to meet new IEEE members in a new city and in a relaxed environment?
Earlier this year, the IEEE Young Professionals team from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society hosted a 2-hour tech entrepreneurship panel for students and young professionals during their flagship 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Montreal, Canada. Immediately following the on-site event, participants were invited to an informal evening reception at a beer hall across the street where they had the opportunity to network with each other, as well as with IEEE members from the local IEEE Montreal Section, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the IEEE Montreal Young Professionals Affinity Group.
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On the other side of the continent, the IEEE Young Professionals team from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society organized a career panel with experts from academia and industry during the 2016 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco, California. Naturally, the event was followed by an evening reception in a nearby billiard hall with local IEEE members from the IEEE San Francisco Section.
These are two of the most recent meetups held at Society conferences in 2016, however, there’s action to be found in almost all of the IEEE Technical Societies, including Photonics, ComSoc, EDS, DEIS, NPSS, SSCS, and EMC. The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society will be hosting a special IEEE Young Professionals program during the annual IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics, which coincides with the world-famous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While these large-scale events typically draw over 200 participants, there are other ways to connect with IEEE members and explore professional networking and mentorship opportunities. Get in touch with the local IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Group in your IEEE Section to learn more about upcoming events and ways to connect with your local community.
Advancing and Developing Technical Skills
While many employers invest in career development and training for their employees, there are two things that your employer will never teach you: (1) how to be an entrepreneur, and (2) technical skills in a different technical field, focus area, or discipline. But for many young people, the job market is very different than what their parents lived through. We now stay at a job for 1 or 2 years, and then hop over to the next best thing. Geographic boundaries are more flexible, and we no longer feel the need to remain in a specific technical field. The IEEE can serve as a tremendous resource during these times of transition.
Has the idea of launching your own company ever crossed your mind? Overwhelmed by all the risks and unknowns? The global IEEE Young Professionals team has been working closely with the new IEEE Entrepreneurship initiative ( to help create and curate online content relevant to tech entrepreneurs, as well as in the development and execution of IEEE N3XT entrepreneurship summits, which convene the global tech entrepreneur community, including founders, venture capitalists, and aspiring innovators. The IEEE can help serve as your support network as you incubate and launch your technology to the world.
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Not ready to take the plunge? That’s perfectly fine. Many young members are simply looking to stay relevant in their field or gain some new skills in a hot new area. The IEEE Young Professionals program launched two technology boot camps this year with the aim of providing hands-on training in the development and deployment of modern core technologies, at zero cost to IEEE Young Professional members. The Mobile App Development boot camp in Bangalore, India and the IoT Technology boot camp in Medellin, Colombia were two pilot events with over 50 participants each that demonstrated the need for such training workshops. Stay tuned to IEEE Young Professionals social media and newsletters for 2017 boot camp dates and locations.
For the busy young professional, monthly webinars hosted by IEEE Young Professionals provide a quick way to learn more about special topics such as personal finance, career leadership, and select technical topics with a very low time commitment. Our webinar program has featured technical experts from multiple Technical Societies such as Consumer Electronics, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Robotics and Automation, and Technology Engineering Management. Several Societies such as Electron Devices and Power and Energy feature their own discipline-specific webinars with more depth. Again, check out the IEEE Young Professionals social media and monthly newsletter for upcoming virtual events.
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Your Move
The IEEE Young Professionals IMPACT Blog ( features all of the latest developments in the global IEEE Young Professionals community, from interviews with prominent IEEE volunteers to highlights on past events and upcoming initiatives. If you see something you like, reach out to the editor to see how you can get involved. There’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities in the IEEE, and we are always looking for young people to share their thoughts, experiences, and energy with this thriving organization.
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The IEEE Young Professionals community is a very tightly knit group that meets frequently all around the world. Just in the past few months, we hosted the first-ever IEEE-USA Future
Leaders Forum in New Orleans, as well as bi-annual congress events in Toronto, Canada (Region 7), Regensburg, Germany (Region 8), Guayaquil, Ecuador (Region 9), and Bangalore, India (Region 10). Young professionals – you are the future of the IEEE. Take advantage of what it has to offer, get involved, and help shape the future of technology.
About the Author:
Mario Milicevic is the 2015-2016 Chair of the IEEE Young Professionals Committee, and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto where his research focuses on the integrated circuit design of error correction decoders for wireless, optical, and quantum security systems.

EDA has truly changed the world. Without EDA, none of today’s extremely complex chips containing billions of transistors would be possible. Without them, we would not have the Internet, we would not have smart phones, and cars would not have nearly the capabilities they have today. We could not even dare think of driverless cars, our overall industrial productivity would be much lower . . .

EDA keeps evolving and reinventing itself. The discipline has always adapted to new challenges. In recent years, it has branched out from its core to also addressing biochips, security, smart grid – to name just a few fields where EDA has made an impact.

EDA is exciting, as it is strategically located at the intersection of micro- and nano-electronics, computer science, and mathematics. Yet, many people do not appreciate the importance or the excitement and beauty of EDA. Specifically, not enough young and promising students grasp what kind of intellectual fulfillment and broad career perspectives EDA has to offer them.

As a part of the CEDA community, we need to spread the word about the excitement of EDA – especially to university students!

Following DAC 2016 in Austin, CEDA chapters (and universities or persons intending to establish a CEDA chapter) can request some of our best-known luminaries for a CEDA Distinguished Lecture at their location. CEDA will cover the travel costs of the lecturer.

Current Distinguished Lecturers:

Jason Cong, UCLA

Jason Cong

  • Customizable Computing at Datacenter Scale

  • High-Level Synthesis and Beyond

Giovanni De Micheli, EPFL


  • Majority-based Logic Synthesis

  • Technologies and Platforms for Cyberphysical Systems

  • 3-Dimensional Nano-Devices: Models and Design Tools


CEDA DL's have proposed exciting topics for their lectures, as shown above. Further topics may be available upon discussion.

The program will expand. We target to announce more Distinguished Lecturers in 2017. CEDA Distinguished Lecturers serve a two-year term.

How to request a Distinguished Lecturer:

Your request will be reviewed by the CEDA DL Committee (Tsung-Yi Ho, Naehyuck Chang, David Pan, Ulf Schlichtmann).

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CEDA's VP Activities.

Note: Request early, and be flexible about your dates. Our lecturers are much sought after, and they travel frequently, so they usually appreciate the opportunity to combine a Distinguished Lecture with other travel. This works best if sufficient lead-time is given.

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