The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore organized a three-day foremost technical event of the year named “All Pakistan Electrical Symposium” (APES). The purpose of this event was to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The event was comprised of technical workshop and an eclectic mixture of roundtable and motivational talks on various topics from the domains of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering by various speakers from all over the Pakistan. More than two hundred fifty participants from different universities of Pakistan participated in the symposium. A couple of industrial tours, industrial exhibition and fruitful talks on Women in Engineering, Industry-Academia linkage, and Humanitarian activities were also part of the symposium.
Notable Speakers like Dr. Khurram Afridi from University of Colorado, Dr. Akbar Hussain from Aalborg University Denmark, Mr. Fakhar Abbas from IBM and Dr. Bilal Arif from Scheinder Electric joined the event to share their thoughts, views, and ideologies on the advancement of technology. Assistant Professor from University of Colorado Boulder, United States Dr. Khurram Afridi joined the event through a Skype call and discuss the advancements related to Wireless Power Technology. Associate Professor from Aalborg University Denmark Dr. Akbar Hussain delivered a lecture on Modern Electronics and also attended the session as a panelist for Humanitarian Round Table talk. Whereas, Dr. Irfan Halepoto from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro discussed on Internet of Things (IoT). A live performance on Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D gaming was also made in industrial exhibition. Various renowned Industries like Solar Sigma and Power Planners International set up their stalls for the students to present their various accessories. Two industrial tours were also organized for the participants to Safe City and Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERAD) UET Kala Shah Kaku Campus.
The representatives from KAPCO, GEN CIRCUIT, SOLAR SIGMA, PTCL, LUMS, IEEE Lahore Section, and Power Planners International joined this roundtable talk to discuss the possible ways to bridge the gap between the industry and academic activities. A comprehensive discussion session was organized for all representatives and teachers to brainstorm together for the solutions to the problems faced by a new graduate trainee engineer. At this occasion UET inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Solar Sigma and Power Planners International. The purpose of signing the MoU was to promote the research and development opportunities, internships, and organization of different activities for the students.
At Closing Ceremony, CEO Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) Mr. Mujahid Chattha was the Chief Guest. He distributed certificates to the students who successfully completed their internships with the organizations this summer and awards to best volunteers and best ambassador of the event. The Vice-Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid was presented with a souvenir for being the convener of the symposium. There was a formal dinner for the speakers and the panelists at the end of the ceremony. The event concluded with the appreciation of Vice Chancellor for the Department of Electrical Engineering and IEEE UET Lahore for organizing this event successfully.