Extracurriculars

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

"One thing that many undergraduate engineers don’t realize is how deep IEEE runs in both the world and right here at UVA. Many of our EE/CPE professors are IEEE Fellows who are involved in numerous IEEE technology conferences, publications, and societies.

UVA IEEE Fellows include Dean James Aylor, Professor Mircea Stan, and Professor Joanne Dugan while members include Professor Barker, Professor Blalock, Professor Gelmont, and Professor Reed to name a few. IEEE opens doors for students and professors alike and establishes a network of professionals who help each other out.

IEEE as a whole consists of a large hierarchical structure with the national organization on top, subcontinental regions following, and smaller sections and chapters completing the infrastructure. More than 1430 student chapters exist worldwide, whose general activities support the overall message of the advancement of technology."

Website: IEEE @ UVA

Organization of Young Filipino Americans (OYFA)

"In 1988 Cyn Romero, Brod Bello, and a few other Filipino students wanted to form an organization that stood out from the other ones that already existed. They wanted one that would be more inclusive, not one that isolated itself from outsiders. This new organization was never meant to be exclusive at all. Its members fully welcomed anyone, Filipino or not, who wanted to hang out with them and who could tolerate - or even contribute to - their quirkiness. To say 'I can't join OYFA; I'm not Filipino' was not a good enough reason not to join; we'd reply, 'So?' Moreover, they wanted to be more involved in other parts of the University, not just their own members. Primarily, they wanted the members to have fun, while at the same time learning to get along, work, and have fun. Most important of all, the organization's members would learn something about their own culture and would share it with others. Why? To truly understand Filipinos - and therefore ourselves - we really need to know where we have come from. So, OYFA was born..." ----- OYFA alumni Dr. Ron Labuguen

OYFA has not changed much, with one exception: we now have a much larger membership than when it was founded. People are attracted to OYFA because of the closeness of its members. The familial atmosphere keeps OYFAns deeply rooted in the organization and the alumni coming back for more!"

Website: OYFA @ UVA