Young Professional (YP) Program

Our Mission

IEEE Young Professionals is a group of IEEE members and volunteers who have graduated from their first professional degree within the past 15 years. It is an international community, whose members are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally, and giving back to their community. Since it encompasses all members from recent university graduates to experienced professionals and entrepreneurs, the group is highly diverse in what it has to offer.

Our Initiatives

μVolunteering (now called IEEE volunteering)

Some GRSS YP members might have been active IEEE volunteers during their student days, but with the shift to working and managing their careers, they find it challenging to maintain the same level of involvement as a volunteer. Others have been IEEE members for years, but have never tried volunteering, and would like to start somewhere small. The IEEE Volunteering platform addresses such needs, by introducing a degree of flexibility to volunteering within IEEE. Through this platform, Young Professionals are able to advertise and search for volunteering opportunities, be it short- or long-term, local or remote, or requiring different skills. The IEEE Volunteering platform enables current IEEE volunteers to share volunteering opportunities, recruit new team members, and manage their volunteer teams. It also provides a new capability to IEEE members to browse available volunteering gigs and apply for those that interest them, automatically generate their volunteering CV, and collect feedback and endorsements from the volunteer leadership.

Resume Workshop

IEEE GRSS periodically hosts resume workshops to help members craft a resume that best highlights their skills and achievements in a way that is relevant to recruiters looking for candidates for remote sensing jobs in industry and academia.

Conference and Forum Activities

3 Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

The IEEE GRSS YP team organizes 3 Minute Thesis competitions at all society conferences. The competitions are open to all students in a research-based masters or doctoral program i.e. a program in which a final thesis is needed to graduate. There are two stages in the competitions. In the first stage, all eligible students who have submitted an abstract to the conference can upload a 5-minute video describing their thesis to a video platform of their choice (Youtube, Youku Tudou, etc.). The judging criteria for this phase are presentation skills (40%), scientific quality (40%) and originality (20%) of the topic presented. Any visual aid is permitted only for this phase of the competition.

Out of all submissions, 10 are selected to present at the conference to an audience and an adjudicating panel for the second phase of the competition. The rules and judging criteria for the second stage are those of traditional 3MT™ competitions and are as below:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

How to Shape your Career

Watch a panel of accomplished professionals in the industry, academia, and national labs discuss best practices and the mindset needed to excel in a career in Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Find the recording on our YouTube channel.

Young Professionals (virtual) Mixer

Find the recording of our YP (virtual) Mixer held on September 9, 2020, on our YouTube channel.


Contact us via email, follow us on Twitter, or join our GRSS YP slack channel!

Dr. Subit Chakrabarti
Indigo Ag
Dr. Fairouz Stambouli
German Aerospace Center
Dr. Mehmet Ogut
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Tianlin Wang
University of Michigan