2014 IET SA&NT Local Network Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Professional Networks Event (PNE)

The event will be held on the evening of Friday 7th November 2014. As has been the case in previous years, The SA&NT Local Network will be holding the AGM in conjunction with its Professional Networks Event (PNE2014). This will offer you a great opportunity to network with science, technology and engineering professionals / para-professionals from throughout industry, academia and government.

The event will be held in the Boardroom at The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place (off Pirie Street), Adelaide SA 5000. Please arrive at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. The evening will consist of the formal AGM and acceptance of officers for the coming year followed by a short corporate presentation and then the opportunity for you to network whilst enjoying cocktail food and drinks. A separate email will be sent out regarding opportunities to nominate yourself to join the SA&NT Local Network committee in case you’re interested.

IET Members and Partners: $15 each at the door

Evening/Cocktail dress for ladies and lounge suit for gentlemen.

Parking Options
If you are driving to this event the following parking options are available within close proximity to The Science Exchange.
• UPark at Topham Mall, off Waymouth Street (
• UPark at Wyatt Street (
• UPark on Pirie / Flinders Street (

Please do not hesitate to contact John Gregory, Events Coordinator on 0411 677 009 should you have any questions concerning this event. We look forward to welcoming you to this prestigious event on the night.


Last Tuesday evening saw the prestigious Rex Johns Student Presentation Prize event take place. This event, that forms part of the IET’s Present Around The World competition and took place at Engineers Australia's Adelaide city centre Divisional Office.  The event saw students from each of the main universities from South Australia compete for first prize of one years free membership to the IET and $300, and second prize of $200.

The IET would like to sincerely thank the judges for giving the time and expertise so willingly.  I am sure the students who took part would also echo this sentiment.

This year, our judges were:

David Tamlin - GPA Engineering

Marek Pszczel - IEEE

Miroslav Kotecki - Stemsel Foundation

The students who participated were from Mechanical and Electrical courses, and the presentations they gave are listed below:

Mitchell Adams (Flinders University) - Mechanical design and preload control of a redundant leg for eliminating backlash on a hexapod robot

Mathew Potaczek (University of South Australia) - Embedded systems for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks - first prize winner

Kiyoon Kim (Adelaide University) - Current-Voltage Tracer experiment

Tobias Wooldridge (Flinders University) - Serval Chat: Serval on iOS

Hugh Considine (University of South Australia) - Compiler verification with hardware and software simulation - second prize winner

Shuaiqi Cao (Adelaide University) - All electrick Vehicle for city use

This event provides not only an excellent opportunity for those interested in finding out what our brightest students invest their time doing, but also affords a fantastic opportunity for our future engineers to begin developing the professional networks that will become more important as their careers progress.  The event also offers industry the opportunity to assess the clarity with which future employees can conduct themselves and simplify complex technical detail into an engaging and digestible form.  It is also valuable opportunity for the students to fine tune their presentational skills in preparation for the final year university presentations.

The IET SA & NT Local Network would like to thank all those who made the event a success.

2014 IET Rex Johns Student Presentation Prize (SA&NT LN PATW)

Competition date:
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.

Event Information
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 
Engineers Australia 
Level 11, 108 King William Street


TICKETS (incl. GST) 
Members of EA, IEEE, IET or TelSoc FREE 
Non-Members $30.00


Please register your attendance 
online by 15/9/2014. No refunds for 
cancellation however a substitute 
will be accepted. Please advise the 
name of the substitute prior to the 

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 or 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.

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