2014 IET Rex Johns Student Presentation Prize (SA&NT LN PATW)
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.
Engineers Australia Level 11, 108 King William Street, Sir Robert Chapman Theatre
To register for the event, please visit the link below and complete the registration form.
Please note that there is a fee of $30pp if you're not a member of Engineers Australia, IET, IEEE or TelSoc.
The IET SA&NT Local Network is staging the 2014 IET Rex Johns Student Presentation Prize, which is the state level final for the IET’s prestigious Present Around the World (PATW) competition. It is to be awarded to an individual for excellence in the presentation of his or her final year project. All students, no older than 26 years of age, undertaking the final year of an IET accredited degree in South Australia or Northern Territory are eligible to be nominated by their university to compete for the prizes. Each university can nominate only two candidates from their eligible courses to compete for the prizes and the chance to represent South Australia and Northern Territory in the National Final. The purpose of the competition is to give young engineers the opportunity to enhance their presentation skills, conveying complex technical information to mixed technical and non-technical audiences. For judging purposes, the emphasis is on presentation skills, rather than technical content.
Each individual student presenter will be given 15 minutes for his or her presentation, and a maximum of 5 minutes allowed for questions. There will be a marking panel of three judges. Results will be announced at the end of the evening. The winner will receive a cash prize, a year’s free IET membership and the opportunity to present at the National Final in April 2015, the winner of which will present at the Asia Pacific Regional Final before the final stage of the competition at the Global Final. Second place will also receive a cash prize.
Spectrum Auctions - Methodology & Practice
Presentation by Professor Reg Coutts Chairman, Telecommunications Society; Managing Director, Coutts Communication
From an economic theory in the 1950’s to eventual
implementation beginning in the 1990s, Governments and
their regulators have utilised increasingly sophisticated
auctions over the internet decide on the allocation of
spectrum in high demand to telecommunications companies.
Reg has been actively involved in spectrum auctions since
the mid 1990’s when at the University his team first assisted
clients in Australia such as Vodafone to ‘play effectively’ in
the 800/1800MHz auctions. Reg and team members then
assisted clients in Europe and Asia with auctions using the
SMR auction methodology.
From 2010, Reg was an ACMA Authority member when
Australia in 2013 auctioned the 700MHz and 2.5GHz using
the more complex CCA auction methodology which raised
nearly $2billion for the Government. In early 2013, Reg and
one of his former team assisted a regional Telco in Canada
to ‘play effectively’ against the large Telcos there.
This talk will take the attendees through the evolution of
auction methodology from a radical to orthodox method to
efficiently allocate spectrum much in demand to mobile
telecommunications players explaining the development of
internet supported auction methodologies of SMR and CCA
along with the myriad of constraints like spectrum caps and
About the Speaker
After 17 years in Telstra from 1976 till 1993 covering
research through to executive management when Dr Coutts
was appointed to the Professor of Telecommunications at
the University of Adelaide with the key role to build links
between the University and the telecommunications industry.
At the end of 2003 Professor Coutts left the University and
establish Coutts Communications providing strategic advice
to government and industry both in Australia and overseas.
Reg’s depth of experience, knowledge and expertise has
been particularly recognized in recent times with his
appointment to the Government’s expert panel in 2008 on
broadband and in 2010 and he was appointed a part-time
member of the national industry regulator the ACMA. Reg
left the ACMA in May 2014 to return to private practice.
Reg holds a BSc, BE (Hons) and PhD degrees from the
University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australian
Institute of Engineers (IEAust) and a Senior Member of the
American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(SMIEEE) and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society
(FACS). In 2010 Reg became a graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is Chairman of
the Australian Telecommunications Association TelSoc
formed in 2013.
Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014
Time: 5:45pm for 6:00pm start
Level 11, 108 King William Street
TICKETS (incl. GST)
Members of EA, IEEE, IET or TelSoc FREE
Please register your attendance
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event. ABN 63 020 415 510
IET sign sponsorship agreement with STEMSEL Foundation
It is with great pleasure that The IET SA&NT Local Network recently signed a trial national sponsorship agreement with Science Technology Engineering Maths Social Enterprise Learning (STEMSEL) Foundation (see www.elabtronics.com
for more information). Identified as an opportunity by Graham Lee, Chair of the IET Australia Forum, sponsoring the STEMSEL Foundation will provide The IET nationally with the opportunity to get into schools (as it does in the UK with the Faraday Challenge) to promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, increase brand awareness of The IET, improve brand recognition once schools students go onto further education, leverage from STEMSEL Foundation's extensive program of events (including flagship events such as hosting STEM events at the Royal Adelaide Show) and improving IET membership numbers nationally over the medium to long term.
The trial will run for 3 months over the period 1 August 2014 to 30 October 2014, with the option to extent the sponsorship agreement annually for up to 3 years. Upon the completion of the trial period, the performance of STEMSEL Foundation in meeting the objectives set out by The IET SA&NT Local Network in conjunction with the IET Australia Forum will be reviewed and if judged to be satisfactory, continued via the IET Australia Forum.
We look forward to a successful trial period which will bring about some great results for the IET and STEMSEL Foundation in Australia.