Lives were changed as a result of the strides made by IEEE's global community during 2013; there is no greater measure of success than that.
Our members, in IEEE Sections and Society Chapters the world over, spent each day of the past year advancing technology to benefit humanity. Their mutual efforts led to a year in which enhancements to our modern world felt like they were arriving almost weekly. It was an extraordinary year to be a technologist, and to be a part of the work of IEEE and its hundreds of thousands of volunteers and members throughout the world.
IEEE MEMBERSHIP REMAINS HIGH, MORE STUDENTS JOIN
Year-end IEEE membership clocked in at more than 430,000, a slight increase from last year.
IEEE Membership Remains High, More Students Join
Student membership is a key driver to IEEE's growing community and student membership experienced impressive growth in 2013; with the number of student members increasing by 3.6 percent to 120,389. The top three countries for student membership are India with more than 35,000 members, the United States with nearly 33,000 members and China with 4,400 members.
IEEE Enterprise Sees Robust Growth
IEEE content continued to drive technological innovation around the globe in 2013. Many of the world's largest and most prestigious organizations purchased subscriptions to IEEE Enterprise, a comprehensive collection of high-quality content from IEEE magazines, journals, transactions and conference proceedings. All told, more than 130 new customers were added during the year and total customers exceeded 700 organizations.
IEEE is devoted to advancing technological innovation and excellence—and to increasing the impact of these innovations for the benefit of humanity. To that end, IEEE works continuously to engage with members of the technological community, bring our ideas to the broader public and provide diverse new options for our publishing community.
IEEE launched IEEE Open to promote the different open access publishing options offered by IEEE. These options facilitate free online access of research articles for technologists and the general public and help gain exposure for new concepts that can advance research and scientific applications.
The IEEE Open program offers three publishing forums:
Topical journals: IEEE published its first four fully open access journals with topical focus areas.
Hybrid journals: IEEE has more than 100 hybrid journals, covering an array of technology fields, which provide authors the choice to publish via the traditional method or to pay an article-processing fee to publish as open access.
IEEE Access mega journal: IEEE Access is the first fully open access mega journal in the IEEE publishing portfolio. It covers a range of disciplines and provides free online access to all articles. IEEE Access is designed to appeal equally to industry and academia, employing a quick, yet thorough, peer-review process that maintains high article quality.
The IEEE Xplore Digital Library bolstered its record of reliability and popularity in 2013. Through October 2013 there were 98 million total visits, 98.4 million article downloads and 76.5 million searches on the site. At any one time, there can be over 4,000 users of IEEE Xplore.
IEEE acts as a catalyst for new and emerging technologies and their innovative application. In 2013, IEEE made significant strides in helping to accelerate new and promising technologies that can change the world. A sampling includes:
Today's students are tomorrow's innovators. They are the future of our professions and of IEEE. In 2013, IEEE student membership experienced remarkable growth, with the number of student members increasing 3.6 percent to 120,389. At IEEE, we are proud to develop the technology giants of tomorrow, today.
The IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition honors students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing and leadership skills to solve it. The 2013 Grand Prize went to the Low-Cost Spirometer team of Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, who developed a pocket-size spirometer for the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. The system will bring spirometry to developing countries as a diagnostic tool and equip patients in the developed world with an accurate method for proactive disease management.
The IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 7.0 took engineering to new limits bringing together 2,346 online teams from 60 countries to solve 22 software-design problems in 24 hours. The 2013 winners were Jonathan Durand Espinoza, Gian Franco Zevallos Gutierrez and Miguel Tasayco Martinez of Universidad Nacional de IngenerierÍa in Lima, Peru. Each received a paid trip to an IEEE conference of his choice.
The IEEE Day 2013 Photo Contest was won by a team of IEEE Women in Engineering student members at Ajman University of Science and Technology in United Arab Emirates who introduced autistic children to new computers, iPads and software. The goal: to bridge the gap between the privileged and challenged, and empower the children to understand and use technology.
IEEE's impact is felt every day, everywhere, from Silicon Valley to sub-Saharan Africa. Technology is the tool with the most potential for improving lives around the globe and IEEE is at the forefront of the effort to turn that potential into reality. IEEE members are dedicated to making the world a safer, healthier and more prosperous place for everyone.
The key to IEEE's success is collaboration—and collaboration knows no boundaries. IEEE members know this and they work together on world-changing innovations in many fields, from computing and sustainable energy to industry-setting standards. Our vision is global and our successes are clear. In 2013 alone, we crossed new frontiers and made inroads in engineering in Africa, improved technical training in India, and made our mark in various regions across the globe.
In 2013, IEEE President Peter Staecker led two delegations to the nations of Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania to develop a roadmap for IEEE's emerging efforts in sub-Saharan Africa to help contribute to building engineering capacity in the region and in developing a future high-tech population.
IEEE continues to transform and improve the way we live, work and communicate globally. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognized 12 standards from the IEEE 11073 family that help healthcare vendors create interoperable medical devices and systems for disease management, health and fitness, and independent living.
IEEE partnered with IIT-Gandhinagar and the Gujarat Technological University to raise the level of university education in India through blended online/live training. To help India meet their growing demand for highly qualified professors of engineering, IEEE spearheaded a pilot program that provides faculty with instructor guides and best practices for teaching common engineering courses.
An organization is only as strong as its connection to its members. IEEE networks and conferences serve to enhance the relationship of members to IEEE—and to one another. This philosophy also extends to making connections across industry and other organizations, all with the goal of finding opportunities to expand its core values and mission.
A hologram of Thomas Edison encouraged thousands of IEEE booth visitors and media at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to visit the Gadget Graveyard at the IEEE Facebook page and nominate the gadget of today they thought would most likely to be obsolete in the near future.
The IEEE Standards Association worked in conjunction with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) center stage at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas to present the Open Future Series, which discussed the internet of things, cloud computing, augmented reality, social robotics, mobile development and self-hacking. Web inventor and W3C director Tim Berners-Lee was one of the keynote speakers.
IEEE contributions in 2013 were singled out for distinction by a broad range of institutions and associations. And, as every year, IEEE recognized the 2013 accomplishments of our members with numerous awards of our own.
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, who co-founded Qualcomm in 1985 and grew it from a small technology firm to a Fortune 500 company, was presented with IEEE's most prestigious award, the IEEE Medal of Honor. He helped lead groundbreaking innovations like the code division multiple access (CDMA) technology that greatly improved cellular communications efficiency compared to analog systems.
IEEE Spectrum won its third Grand Neal Award from the Association of Business Information and Media Companies in March 2013, distinguishing itself as the only publication in the last 20 years to win three Grand Neals. The winning entry, "A Shocking Truth," covered the failure of publicly installed defibrillators. The entry was selected from a pool of 640 submissions and also took home the Neal Award for Best Single Article.
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