The IEEE Student Branch University of Western Macedonia was founded in 2012 under the number STB11281 by Professor Michalas Angelos and students of the Department of Informatics and Computer Technology (later known as Computer Engineering) of the TEI of Western Macedonia. Since July 2019, it has been officially operating as a Student Branch of the IEEE of the Department of Informatics of the University of Western Macedonia in Kastoria.
The Student Branch has a number of actions in technological and non-technological fields. Main sub-groups of the Student Branch is the Kastoria Linux Society which aims to familiarize students and the local community with Open Technologies, Free Software and Open Source Software in collaboration with the EL/LAK and Free Software communities internationally. In May 2018, within the IEEE Student Branch, the Affinity Group IEEE Women in Engineering was founded, the purpose of which is to promote women engineers in the field of technology and science. In addition, the team has contributed to the promotion of the Oracle Academy at the University of Western Macedonia.
Since its establishment until today, team members have implemented Projects as well as Workshops, such as the Museum in a Suitcase, Romilos Weather Station, Educational Activities, Labor Market Day in collaboration with Skywalker, Conferences and Workshops for Free Software and Hardware in collaboration with EL/LAK, acquaintance workshop with the Unity platform and more. As well as participation in Competitions such as the IEEExtreme Global Programming Competition.
In addition, many humanitarian events have been accomplished, like voluntary blood donations, informative events about organ donations, philanthropist parties, where money were collected and given out to the Celetron Organization Love for the Child, collection of plastic lids that were given to the Association of Kidney Diseases of Kastoria with the purpose of exchange with wheelchairs.
All of the actions, the hard work and the efficiency of the members have led to distinctions of the team in a National level as well as in an International level from IEEE. Also, the members which are working hard in the Student Branch have been noticed to be active in their professional course as well.