The upgrading event of IEEE Power and Energy Society Kerala Chapter, Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (PES STEP’ 20) came to reality on 16th of February 2020. The event was hosted at College of Engineering Adoor as a member driven initiative of Er. Anish M. S, Young Professional IEEE Kerala Section who is an Alumni of College of Engineering Adoor. There were 60 delegates and 36 vibrant student volunteers from different student branches across Kerala participated in the event. The event focused on transforming student members to PES young professionals by helping them through technical talks and interactive sessions by senior IEEE members and PES professional members. The program aimed to create a community of enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative YP
volunteers under PES and help them to evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.

The event took off with the inauguration ceremony commenced by a divine presentation by dance club of College of Engineering Adoor. The code of ethics was delivered by Miss. Devika Raj, Vice-Chairperson, IEEE SB CEA. Dr. John
George, Branch Counselor of IEEE SB CEA, wholeheartedly welcomed all the respectable dignitaries, delegates and volunteers to the event. The lamp of enlightenment was glowed up by the respectable dignitaries.

The honorable Chair of IEEE PES Kerala Chapter, Er. Suhair A.K, moved on to the internal sessions with his inaugural speech. Prof. V K Damodaran, Life Senior Member, IEEE and Prof. Muhammed Kasim S, Chairman of IEEE IAS/ IES/ PELS Kerala Chapter greeted the audience. Er. Ajith Gopi, heading technical consultancy
in solar projects, ANERT and Dr. Bobby Philip, Secretary, IEEE PES Kerala Chapter delivered their felicitations. Er. Anish M S, Young Professional IEEE Kerala Section, delivered the vote of thanks.

The first session started with the talk by Er.Suhair A K, Chairman, PES KeralaChapter about the ‘Requirement of IEEE membership in the current scenario’. He pointed out how IEEE members contributed to each industrial part that progressed from Steam power to Artificial Intelligence. He concluded the session with a
statement, “Don’t take no for a question, take risk and make mistakes. Aim to change the world”. He inspired and motivated the students through his efficacious presentation. The session by Prof. V K Damodaran, Chairman of Centre for Environment and Development, on ‘IEEE members meeting the planet needs’, was another gain for
the delegates. He discussed how technology can deal with the present climatic challenges. His journey through the advancements in industries, helped them to realize, what they need to do, in building up a technically equipped society.

The next session was handled by Er. Ajith Gopi, Heading technical consultancy in solar project, ANERT. He explained the role of IEEE in the career and relevance of being an IEEE member in a technically focused society. He shared his experience in conceptualizing and implementing Kerala’s first Remote Solar Village Electrification Project which brought light to thousands of remote tribal families in Kerala. He talked about the training period in LIFE Academy, Sweden, for wind Power Development and Use, showed about the role of IEEE in his career. The morning session concluded by this talk.

The afternoon session started with the talk by Prof. Mohammed Kasim S. He elucidated the benefits as a professional member of IEEE. The transformation from an Engineering student to a Professional Member of IEEE and pointed out many opportunities opened for every YPs. He clarified how IEEE enhances a student engineer through IEEE resources. He also discussed about the scholarships and awards which can be acquired by becoming a Professional IEEE member.

The final session of STEP’ 20 cracked the expectation of delegates with the interactive session by the PES Young Professionals of Kerala section. The technical talk lead by each of them was an opportunity of every final year IEEE PES member to taste the fruits of IEEE in their own passion. The talk initiated by Er. Anandhu S Kumar focused about the achievements and opportunities received by an IEEE member in building up an upgrading career. He also talked about the job opportunities available as an IEEE YP member. Presently he is working as the Senior light design engineer for Wipro, which is a dream career for every enthusiastic engineer. He pointed that the knowledge acquired through IEEE membership helped him in setting a career in Wipro 

The talk followed by Anish M.S, alumni of CEA and active IEEE section volunteer. He focused on how your IEEE membership helpful in your higher studies. At present he had got admission for doing masters in Germany and he talked about the role of IEEE in all aspects for making his life more beautiful. He also talked about the YP meetings happened in all parts of the World. Next YP talk was continued by Er. Saran K.S who is a brilliant and hardworking IEEE volunteer. He shared his experiences during attending of the 3 rd PES Student Branch Congress in Brazil which gain much attention from delegates. He also talked about the opportunities gained when becoming a YP volunteers and also discussed about time of application call for each student congress.

Er. Shyam Pradeep Alil, also an entrepreneur talk about the opportunities offered by IEEE in building a new startup after completing graduation. He explained about different types of scholarships offered by IEEE and also the opportunity of presenting our findings in different conferences of IEEE. A prize of appreciation is
awarded to both speakers and YPs.

Later in the feedback session, delegates from various colleges shared how helpful the event and what STEP’ 20 really meant. Also, they shared that, the program was, in fact, successful in reaching the students with all the technical talks that could mould up a student member to a young professional.