Officer Training 2024 (part 2 of 7)

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Officer Training Classes - 2024 (Focus: COLLABRATEC)

In 2024 we will offer ‘Officer Training’ to our ‘newly’ elected AND veteran officers and volunteers; as well as any IEEE member, at any grade level or position.  Our wish is to help all gain a fuller awareness of the communication and management skills used within the IEEE, how they function and how to employ them both as IEEE officers, and in your everyday work and life.  These are referred to as ‘soft skills’ in that they are not based on the physical principles we all learned as we worked toward our engineering degrees. They are psychological, organizational, interpersonal and their training requires that they be ‘learned’ in two associated ways.  

The first part is an appreciation of the principles and techniques involved.  That is usually part of a class or study covering the basics (theory) of the method.  That part we intend to offer in the form of ‘on-line’ classes and reference study material.

The second part requires putting the ‘theory’ into active practice.  We often liken this to learning a sport, such as playing a game of tennis.  No amount of ‘book study’ can teach you how it feels to swing a racket, or how to know when your swing connects perfectly, and the ball goes exactly where you intended.  Those elements of a skill only come with practice!  


As an introduction to the ‘theory’ portion of these skills, we will offer a set of virtual classes supported by study materials available through the Southeastern Michigan Section website and the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence.  The virtual classes will begin in the  2nd week of January 2024 and conclude end of February of that year.  Each class will be conducted via WebEx/Zoom as an overview’ of the topic ‘de jour’ and a discussion or Q&A session to answer questions and clarify issues. (See the agenda below:)     

Note: Space for these classes is not like outer space, it is limited, so you must register to receive the necessary codes and passwords to attend. 


  Date and Time




  • Date: 20 Jan 2024
  • Time: 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Co-sponsored by Kimball Williams
  • Starts 07 November 2023 02:46 AM
  • Ends 19 January 2024 02:46 AM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Sharan Kalwani Sharan Kalwani of IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section


IEEE Collabratec Training


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Sharan Kalwani is an industry technology specialist with 25+ years of experience. Sharan has degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked in many diverse areas and is a sought after speaker at many conferences and seminars, such as Supercomputing, HPC Advisory Council, SIAM, Infiniband Trade Association, etc. Sharan is a senior member of IEEE, an Emeritus member of Michigan!UNIX/user group (, member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and also leads the SIG-Linux section of SEMCO. He enjoys teaching, holds an Adjunct Faculty position at local educational sites. He has published one book "Linux and Internet Security" and is now working on his second text, about a new computer programming language. He is a recipient of the 2018 IEEE MGA Achievement award, 2021 IEEE Region 4 Jack Sherman award and 2022 Robert Neff Section award for his contributions to IEEE activities.

He has been the Chair of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section since December 2021 and various officer roles for many of the Southeastern Michigan Geo Units over the years. He also serves as one of the writers/editors of the Sections monthly newsletter - Wavelengths. He has also served as Vice-Chair of IEEE Sustech 2022IEEE SusTech 2021 Global Conferences.




Address:Rochester, United States


Day Date General Topic/Theme Primary Focus Areas covered Duration
Sat 1/13/2024 vTools Communications Volunteer tools/resources for the Primary Teams 2 Hrs
Sat 1/20/2024 Collabratec Communications Primary & Extended Team 2 Hrs
Sat 1/27/2024 Leadership Chair Chair Duties / Responsibilities 2 Hrs
Sat 2/3/2024 Leadership V-Chair Vice-Chair Duties & Responsibilities 2 Hrs
Sat 2/10/2024 Leadership Secretary Secretary Duties & Responsibilities 2 Hrs
Sat 2/17/2024 Leadership Treasurer Treasurer Duties & Responsibilities 2 Hrs
Sat 2/24/2024 Leadership Extended Team IEEE code of Ethics (updated) 2 Hrs

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section