Section Chairmanship Handover

It has been 2 years that I had handled the chairmanship of IEEE Indonesia Section, i.e. 2013-2014. At the end of the year 2014, I seek the support of the Advisory Board to prepare the Election to choose the new chairman. The Advisory Board formed an ad hoc Election Committee, led by Mr Arnold Djiwatampu. They also nominated Mr Satriyo Dharmanto as the candidate of the new chair. Satriyo was the chair of IEEE Indonesia Communications Society Chapter (2012-2014). The committee also invited other candidates through petitions. One candidate was nominated this way, i.e. Prof Pekik Argo Dahono, the chair of the Join Chapter of Education Society / Electron Devices Society / Power Electronics Society / Signal Processing Society. The election was conducted online on January 2015 with a web tool provided by the IEEE. The result was announced by the committee, one day after the election due. Satriyo won.

Then it was my turn to prepare the chairmanship handover process. I chose Jakarta Digital Valley (the HQ of Indigo Accelerator) as the venue for this handover. It was a symbol that this engineering professional organisation should put more attention to entrepreneurship based on technology innovation; without losing focus on academic research and industrial development. The handover ceremony was carried out as an IEEE Indonesia Section Member Gathering, conducted on 15 February, just a day before the Section’s anniversary. The IEEE Indonesia Section was established on 16 February 1988, through an approval letter published by the IEEE MGA.

IEEE Indonesia Section Member Gathering 2015

To symbolise the handover process, Dr Wahidin Wahab (member of the Election Committee) put the Section Chair pin on Satrio’s jacket, and put the Section Past Chair pin on mine. So we have a new chairman! Then I handed over the Section banner (symbolising the life of the Section) to the new chairman.

Meanwhile, Dr Ford Lumban Gaol will retain his position as the Section Vice Chair. Dr I Wayan Mustika will be the new Secretary, and Ms Agnes Irwanti be the Treasurer.

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What’s the duty of a Section Past Chair? We have never defined it. Obviously, the previous chair will support the new one with advices, guidance, and networking with the Region, neighbouring Sections, and the HQ. Some years ago, the Section established an Advisory Boards, populated by some former Section Chairs. I haven’t known yet whether I will be appointed as a member of this board. You know: as a chairman, I was not too warm hearted.

IEEE Engineering Management Review

However, I will still work for the organisation (and, obviously, for the profession). Even after understanding that I would no more be a Section chair, some conference organisers have appointed be as a member of their TPC (technical program committee), scientific committee, or even steering committee. Here are some of such conferences:

Kopi Hwie

Konon, kenyamanan menikmati kopi tidak selalu ditentukan oleh kualitas; tetapi juga oleh kebiasaan. Seorang rekan yakin bahwa kopi yang benar-benar kopi hanyalah Kapal Api. Dengan definisi semacam ini, buat aku yang tumbuh di kota Malang, rasa kopi standar adalah Kopi Hwie.

Di Pasar Klojen yang terletak di tengah kota Malang, terdapat toko Sido Mulia. Selain menjual kebutuhan rumah tangga, toko ini juga menjual kopi dengan merk Sido Mulia. Sido Mulia dikenal sebagai kopi yang memiliki rasa yang pekat dan aroma yang sangat khas, baik aroma kopi yang memenuhi toko maupun aroma kopi saat dijerang di rumah.

Tapi … terakhir aku ke sana, sedang tutup sih. Minggu sih.


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Perusahaan dan Toko Sido Mulia ini telah berdiri di Malang sejak tahun 1953. Pendirinya adalah Tjeng Eng Hwie. Banyak yang menyebut tokonya sebagai Toko Hwie, dan kopinya sebagai Kopi Hwie. Waktu masih tinggal di Malang, aku belum pernah baca ejaannya, dan cuma bisa menebak-nebak: Oei, Oey, atau Wie, hahaha. Perusahaan kopi Sido Mulia ini telah dipegang oleh generasi kedua, dipimpin Sonny Tjandra, dengan menjaga gaya tradisionalnya dalam pengolahan dan penjualan kopi.

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Sido Mulia melakukan pemanggangan dan penggilingan kopi dengan standar mereka sendiri. Kemudian bubuk kopi dimasukkan ke dalam tong kedap udara. Rasanya dulu Sido Mulia hanya menjual kopi robusta. Namun kini mereka memproduksi dan menjual kopi arabika dan robusta. Biji kopi diperoleh dari perkebunan di daerah Dampit. Orang Malang pasti tahu daerah ini :).

Tentu, sebagai kopi tradisional, Kopi Hwie lebih sedap dibrew. Dia ditargetkan untuk jadi kopi tubruk. Kalau dijadikan espresso, pahitnya terlalu kuat. Bisa dinetralkan dengan sedikit gula merah tapi.

Lain hari, kalau sempat berkunjung ke Malang, jangan cuma bawa apel dan tempe. Bawa juga Kopi Hwie yang pernah legendaris ini :).