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The IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of innovative members and volunteers. Members of this community are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to the community. Originally this group was referred to as GOLD - Graduates of the Last Decade. The NZ Central Section created a GOLD Affinity group before adopting the new title of "Young Professionals". A brief history of the inaugural GOLD Group is presented below with the following topic describing the current Young Professionals Affinity Group in the NZ Central Section, office bearers and planned events for the coming year.

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group

The GOLD group in the IEEE tailored its activities for members of the IEEE that graduated with their professional degree within the last ten years. The aim of the GOLD group was to assist young engineers in their transition to professional life and to foster an active community of young technical professionals.

The IEEE NZ Central GOLD group was formed in late 2011 to cater to the professional development of young IEEE members in the section and young professional engineers in the Wellington region. The group organised career development talks by successful engineers, professional development seminars and workshops as well as events related to current developments in engineering and technology.

The original GOLD committee consisted of three young engineers working in Wellington:

Rahul Mehta

Rahul received his BE(Hons) in electrical engineering from the University of Auckland in 2007, and his Masters in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Ausin in 2010. He is currently working as a Radio Spectrum Planning Engineer in the NZ government and previously worked as an Engineering Consultant at Kordia. He is also currently the industry relations coordinator of the NZ Central section. His previous IEEE involvement has been in the NZ North GOLD group, the IEEE Central Texas section and the University of Auckland student branch. His interests outside work include playing cricket, golf and tennis.


Chuan-Zheng Lee

Chuan-Zheng received his BE(Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Auckland in 2010, and has since worked as a Signal Processing Engineer for Aviat Networks.  He is also currently the secretary of NZ Central Section.  In previous IEEE roles Chuan-Zheng has served as chair of the University of Auckland Student Branch, programme director for the Region 10 Student/GOLD/WIE Congress Auckland 2011, GINI Co-ordinator for Australia and New Zealand and has sat on the Region 10 Student Activities Committee.  Outside work, his interests include debating and running.


Jeremy Turner
Treasurer & Secretary

Jeremy joined the IEEE NZ Central GOLD committee as a founding member in 2011, having previously been an IEEE member for 8 years. Jeremy graduated with a B. Eng (Hons) followed by a M.Eng. at the University of Canterbury. He has since worked in a variety of roles, including video image processing in Christchurch, network optimisation software in Melbourne, LTE PHY development in Germany, and is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Aviat Networks in Lower Hutt. His interests outside work include watching sport and playing Hockey, and trying to improve his German language skills.

Young Professionals in NZ Central Section

In approximately 2014 the IEEE changed the designation of this group from GOLD to Young Professionals. The NZ Central Section made the name change as required and this group continues to the present day. The current chair and vice-chair are given below. Events organised by this group are regularly featured on the Central Section home page. Past events can be viewed as part of the Section's record of past events.

Young Professionals 2017

Office Bearers 2017

The office bearers for this year are:

Chair: Harsh Tataria
Vice-Chair: Sudhir Singh
Additional Committee Members: To be confirmed.

Events for 2017

Please watch this space for the next planned events.

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