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Get Involved

Thanks for your interest in getting involved with the SAC! Please see the sections below for information on Current Volunteer Opportunities or General SAC Involvement.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Call for Student Activities Committee (SAC) Co-Chair

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking applications for the position of co-chair on the board of the Society’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). The co-chair will serve for one calendar year (2015), and will serve with the SAC Chair and two other co-chairs.

The IEEE-RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in cooperation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Membership Activities Board (MAB). The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches.

Current areas of focus include:

  • IEEE RAS Facebook group management
  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Informal and social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • Newsletter
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

The board members of SAC are appointed by the RAS President from a slate of candidates approved by the Membership Activities Board. Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social and professional skills, willing to take part in the ongoing activities and having proposals for new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference.

The co-chair is encouraged to attend the the ICRA and IROS conferences.* Partial travel support is provided by the Society (up to $500 for the co-chair).

If you wish to be considered, please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 30 January 2015.

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in serving on the SAC board (1 page maximum)
  • A copy of your CV or resume (2 pages maximum)
  • A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university, who is a member of IEEE RAS.

For any questions, email Lauren Miller, 2014-2015 SAC Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Meeting dates and locations are as follows:
- ICRA 2015 Seattle, Washington, USA
- IROS 2015 Hamburg, Germany

General SAC Involvement

Join Our Google Group

Interested to volunteer with the Student Activities Committee? Our Google Group is a common area for SAC volunteers to communicate ideas and work together towards our SAC initiatives.

Join our Google Group!

After joining our Google Group, let us know what you are interested to help with by filling out the form below

SAC Involvement Form

Propose an Initiative

We’re looking to start a few new programs for students and we’d love to get your feedback on some of our ideas, and hear any ideas you may have! What do you think the SAC could provide to members at conferences or in general to help students with networking, making connections, getting access to resources and information, etc.?

Please let us know though our shared New SAC Initiatives Google Doc.

As a general guideline, the more specific you can be,the better for helping us get an idea of what you’re looking for. Let us know why a particular program would be helpful, how you’d envision implementing, etc. Soon, we’ll be asking for volunteers to work with us and possible take charge of different projects.

Volunteer at an RAS conferences

RAS conferences are the largest centers of IEEE RAS events. These conferences present the greatest opportunity for our student community to come together and network. If you are interested to volunteer at one of these conferences, please get in touch through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In particular, we can always use help from local students to coordinate

  • Lab tours.
  • City tours.
  • Student lunches/dinners.
  • Or any other exciting local opportunities. These conferences offer a unique opportunity to experience other cultures!

IEEE RAS Membership

Not am IEEE RAS member yet? - no problem, join NOW!

IEEE is the world's largest professional association providing access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools and many other exclusive benefits to its members. Learn more about these here.

The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. The Robotics and Automation Magazine and the Transactions on Robotics are the highest ranked journals in the field. We do not need to introduce the flagship conferences of the RAS: ICRA and IROS, both providing significant discounts to members.

We are particularly inviting you to join the RAS Student Committee, to be part of a great experience: having fun while acquiring new knowledge and developing your career.  Below, you can see the variety of programs we are preparing for our colleagues . You are welcome to join! All in all, IEEE requires a very modest membership fee from students compared to the direct and indirect benefits.

Join today!