Let’s meet members of the Cecic family serving IEEE Toronto for two generations.
Dennis Cecic, Chair of the Computer Chapter
Dennis is a Senior Technical Training Engineer with Microchip Technology Inc. He is both a subject matter expert in 8, 16 and 32-bit Microcontrollers, Embedded Firmware and IoT applications, as well as an instructional designer, helping other Engineers design effective e-learning experiences. He holds a B. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University.
Let’s hear rest of the story from Dennis!
I joined IEEE as an Engineering Student while studying at Ryerson in 1988. I began my professional involvement with the IEEE Toronto Section in 1998 as Vice-Chair for the Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter. I’ve held various roles throughout the years and am currently serving a second term as Chair of the Computer Chapter.
For me, IEEE has always been about networking with peers and sharing my expertise. The biggest impacts to my career have resulted from my involvement in running and participating in local chapter events. You never know who is in the audience…
My advice to young professionals is to get involved! If you have something to share, and you’re passionate about engineering, consider presenting a topic in your area of expertise at a local chapter event. I gave a technical presentation to my chapter on a new DSP chip several years ago, which led to work in curriculum development and teaching at a local college – all because the department chair had attended the talk!
In addition, running Chapter events provides opportunities to develop your organizational and communication skills, and gets you recognized by senior engineers in the local technical community. That will serve you well as you navigate through your professional engineering career!
Trent Cecic, Social Media Coordinator
Trent Cecic is a 4th year Marketing Management student at Ryerson University. Interested in finding a degree related to human behaviour, he found the field of marketing and became interested in how businesses observed and handled the behaviours and attitudes of consumers. Trent’s main interest is on brand management and how businesses develop their social media presence. Now he currently runs IEEE Toronto’s social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Let’s hear rest of the story from Trent!
I’m still very much a new member, having only recently joined as a student member at the end of May 2020. In the past year, I’ve been networking at marketing events and expanding my professional network in hopes that I could get an opportunity to gain experience in brand management or learning how companies manage their social media accounts. In mid-May, my father (Dennis Cecic, Computer Chapter Chair) approached me and proposed that I take up a volunteer role in IEEE Toronto to help manage their social media presence. I was very excited at the opportunity to gain some real-life experience, and after a few meetings with Dustin, I am now officially the eNotice Coordinator for IEEE Toronto. I am eager to promote the section and look forward to working with other members of the communications team!