April 13, 2022

Using her passion for computer science, Chaima Tounsi, a Shawnee State University international student from Tunisia, recently started a new student club called the IEEE SSU - Computer Society. Majoring in Business Management with a minor in Cybersecurity while studying on SSU’s campus, at her home university she is studying Cybersecurity Engineering.

photo of Chaima Tounsi

“I chose to study business to combine my technical skills as an engineer with the management and leadership skills that I'm currently learning to serve future career plans,” she said. “When I first came to Shawnee, one of the first things I did was ask about IT-related activities. I was amazed by the Advanced Technology Center and by the rich IT program at SSU, specifically in game programming.”

On SSU’s campus, Tounsi has connected with students from majors including information security, game programming, and even education who were interested in technology. She decided to combine this desire for learning about technology with her passion for computer science.

“This is what sparked my idea of bringing together all the computer enthusiasts into a large community that is recognized globally, such as IEEE,” she said. “IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.”

Tounsi started the club with supervision from SSU Professor Dovel Myers and is currently serving as the president of IEEE.

“Our club’s first event will take place April 14,” said Tounsi. “During the event, SSU professors will be providing trainings and speaking to members. I hope to see people come out to the events!”

IEEE’s first event will be SSU Tech-Fest, a symposium consisting of trainings, conferences, and trivia games all related to computer science. The workshops will target students from different levels in computer science and will cover various topics. To find out more about how to get involved with IEEE, email Tounsi at

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