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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

RAS Governing Boards - Call for Volunteers

Several of the governing boards of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) are looking for student volunteers to help out with various tasks. As a student volunteer, you’ll get the unique opportunity to see how RAS conferences, publications, and industrial activities are planned and managed, and to work directly with leaders in our field. You will also work with the Student Activities Committee (SAC) to increase student involvement in and bring student perspective to different branches of the society.

The boards looking for volunteers are listed below, with some examples of potential responsibilities. For all positions, responsibilities may also include editing and formatting eNews items and promoting board activities via and social media.

Industrial Activities Board (IAB)

  • Website maintenance
  • Recording meeting minutes at ICRA/IROS
  • Providing a student perspective on useful IAB offerings

Publications Activities Board (PAB)

  • Coordinate surveys on the state of our publications and their perspectives
  • Develop, distribute and publicize a questionnaire for a new RAS publication

Conference Activities Board (CAB)

  • Website maintenance
  • Assistance during conferences and during conference approval process
  • Gathering statistics about RAS conferences

Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) Editorial Board

  • Website maintenance

Conference Editorial Board (CEB)

  • Setup, update and maintenance of a WiKi for EiC duties and processes
  • Setup and maintenance of a Web site for the Conference Paper Reviewing Board (CPRB)

The time commitment for these positions should be at most a few hours per month (potentially more during conferences), but we are looking for students who will take their responsibilities seriously and remain engaged in board activities.

If interested, please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
Full Name:
Positions interested in:
University Affiliation:
A PDF copy of your CV/resume:
Any other relevant information or experience:
How did you hear about this position (RAS website, social media, e-mail)?

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!