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1st Winner: Results of the Region 10 Student Branch Website Contest 2015

The IEEE Student Branch of Universiti Sains Malaysia has marked another glory this year after being announced as a champion of the Region 10 Website Contest. The contest was opened in April 2015 to all Region 10 (Asia Pacific) student branches and branch chapters. The result of the contest was announced in October 2015 by the IEEE Region 10 Student Activities Committee. As the first prize winner, the IEEE USM Student Branch is awarded a cash prize of USD 500 and a certificate. The website will be also representing Region 10 in the global website contest. The first runner up winner which carry a cash prize of USD 300 and a certificate goes to BMS College of Engineering Student Branch (India) and the second runner up winner with a cash prize of USD 200 and a certificate won by Jeppiaar Engineering College Student Branch (also from India).

The success is indeed come from the initiative and proactive action by the executive committee of the IEEE USM Student Branch in taking challenge and able to compete at the international level. The website contest team lead by William Yeap has proved that the USM students have the quality and able to diverse the knowledge and skill that they obtained at the university to move forward and bring back the benefits to the community and the society. The success is also come from full support by the USM Student Branch Counselor, Dr. Rosmiwati Mohd Mokhtar and the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, USM from where the USM student branch belonged. Thank you also to the Universiti Sains Malaysia for allowing the IEEE USM Student Branch website to be operated and functioned at the USM domain. This achievement has certainly opened for recognition, networking and linkages of the IEEE USM Student Branch to the IEEE community worldwide. The website can be browsed at http://usmieeesb.eng.usm.my

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Universiti Sains Malaysia cooperates with Nuvoton Technology Corporation Taiwan in Academic Program

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (SEE USM) formed a partnership with Nuvoton Technology Corporation (NTC), Taiwan, a chip design company having a high interest to partner in ‘Academic Programs’. Nuvoton had donated and provided 20 microcontroller NuMicro ARM Cortex™-M0 NUC 140 learning boards, document, facility for the class for research based on microcontroller ARM Cortex™-M0. Nuvoton had before this donated two units of NuMicro ARM Cortex™-M0 microcontroller learning boards for pre study. This program enables microprocessor and embedded systems courses teaching platform for SEE USM students, lecturers, and professors. It is also to provide knowledge and understanding to students about the latest microcontroller technology 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M0. In addition, transfer of information and technology between the industry and academia will provide mutual benefits to both sides and also realized the technology transfer between Malaysia and Taiwan.

Professor Mohd. Zaid Bin Abdullah, Dean of the SEE USM, had been for many years engaged in microprocessor and embedded systems related teaching and research applications. He is the key person in charge of Nuvoton Academic Program in SEE USM. The plan of Nuvoton’s academic program is mainly to provide training to students for the mainstream products in next 1~2 decade, and subsequently to projects or software development in the next stage. This program had begun in January 2013 and Nuvoton will visit SEE USM soon for meeting and discussion regarding academic program plan and evaluation.

Microprocessor in the next 20 years, is still widely used in mainstream architecture, and it is hoped that through the courses attended by the SEE USM students, these students will be able to catch up with the industrial technology, standards synchronization industry cultivating for more competitive talents. In the future, SEE USM and Nuvoton will have a further technical education, training, and research cooperation.

The 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M0 microprocessor is significantly improved in computing speed and application performance, common used in car electronics, such as: audio, window controls, navigation system, and so on, through the internet and vehicle electronic communication, to expand the surrounding function. Nuvoton academic program also want to take the industry's latest embedded platform ARM Cortex™-M0, not only to learn the basic control theory and implementation, but also allows students to learn the basic tools and production processes required by electronics engineers, due to the course content information and examples of both practicality, helps students thematic studies and significantly enhance future employability. In the future, Nuvoton will continue to support the microcontroller-based research conducted by SEE USM.