Member Benefits Bulletin
 February 2013


Free IEEE-USA eBook Offered as Special Benefit to IEEE Members
As a special benefit of IEEE membership for the month of February, IEEE-USA is offering a free eBook, Strategic Thinking: A High Tech Strategy Guidebook written by IEEE Senior Member, Jim Blakley.

perspectives_on_innovation This how-to guide provides the language and process of strategy with the basic tools needed to understand and implement it. The intention is to provide non-strategists in high-tech companies an accessible guide on strategy to set them on the road to becoming effective strategists. The guidebook will not furnish answers to what good strategy looks like, but rather show the processes and frameworks that enable strategists to create and implement good strategy. This eBook is structured into three sections that reflect the steps of the strategy process: analysis, synthesis and action.

Strategic Thinking: A High Tech Strategy Guidebook can be downloaded for FREE through 28 February 2013. Non-member price is US$5.99.

In March, the IEEE-USA free eBook will be Launching Your Career–Book 3: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leadership written by IEEE Senior Member, Barry L. Shoop, Ph.D. Information on how to download this eBook will be available in the March issue of the Member Benefits Bulletin.

To purchase IEEE members-only products, and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must sign in with their IEEE Account.

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Low Cost, Easy Access: IEEE Insurance Benefits Meet the Need

Clements To support members’ needs, IEEE sponsors certain personal, but career-essential benefits, such as life insurance. IEEE chose Clements Worldwide to be the provider of insurance solutions for members who reside in Asia/PAC, EMEA, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Clements Worldwide Life Insurance program for IEEE members is now operational in 67 countries through a simplified online enrollment process free of underwriting. IEEE members and their spouses are eligible to enroll in this benefit.

Learn More:
Read the article, Why Personal Risk Management Plans Should Include Insurance


IEEE Power Engineering Society - Scholarship Plus: Building the Power Workforce IEEE Power Engineering Society - Scholarship Plus: Building the Power Workforce
With Smart Grid, alternative power generation, Electric Vehicles, the DC grid and dozens of other breakthrough technologies, the power and energy sector is becoming a hotbed of innovation. There is great opportunity to help draw the best and brightest young engineering minds into the exciting power generation and transmission space. Take a look at what some of the future members of the power workforce have to say.

Where's my electric car? Where's My Electric Car?
Led by former US Department of Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, a notable group of IEEE engineers tackles the tough questions about electric vehicles and battery technology. This short video is a discussion starter for any audience from classroom to boardroom.

 Flying a Helicopter with Brain Waves Flying a Helicopter with Brain Waves
IEEE Spectrum editor Tekla Perry demonstrates flying a remote controlled helicopter with her brain waves at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.

Find other videos like this from the the editors of IEEE Spectrum who spent time at CES 2013.

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Generating Media Coverage for IEEE Members
This month, IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative continues its efforts in increasing worldwide recognition of the IEEE brand and its members. This initiative is intended to foster awareness of members’ ongoing contributions to society for the benefit of humanity, and to elevate these IEEE members to their peers and the general public. To view additional member media coverage visit IEEE in the news.

Trends to watch at CES 2013
As seen in Washington Post, 2 January 2013

IEEE Member Highlight:
CoughlinThomas Coughlin, IEEE Senior Member, gives an overview of what major technology and trends we will see coming out of the International Consumer Electronics Show this year.

CES show to see changing of guard in tech sector
As seen in Yahoo News, 4 January 2013

IEEE Member Highlight:
LipoffStu Lipoff, IEEE Life Fellow, gives an overview of what major technology and trends we will see coming out of CES this year.

IRA Charitable Rollover is Back!
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision was extended through the end of 2013 within the U.S. The “rollover” provision allows U.S. IRA owners, age 70˝ and older, to make federally tax-free charitable distributions up to US$100,000 per year per person from their IRAs directly to eligible charities, such as the IEEE Foundation. Charitable distributions must be issued directly from the IRA administrator and may be used to satisfy the annual IRA required minimum distribution. Visit to learn more.

Call for Grant Applications

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thanks to our donors who generously give to the three grant making funds of the IEEE Foundation: the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Life Members Fund. The IEEE Foundation awards grants to IEEE units and other charitable organizations for innovative projects that further the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE. To be considered for grant funding, your project should have a clearly defined objective and provide support in the following focus areas:
  • Education: projects that expand and enhance engineering, science and technology education opportunities for teenagers through mid-career professionals to positively impact workforce development and involvement in IEEE.
  • History of Technology: projects that increase awareness among the general public of the impact and influence of early technology on the present and future.
  • Applying Technology for Humanitarian Causes: projects that implement or disseminate replicable, sustainable, technology-based solutions for humanitarian issues in underserved and underprivileged areas.
The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. 2013 deadlines are 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 15 March and 6 August. If your unit, section or chapter has an innovative project in the areas of interest mentioned above, please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines and apply for a grant using the online application.

IEEE Consultants Members Can Now Join a National Consultants Network
IEEE-USA has long encouraged IEEE members who are consultants to join their local consultants networks to gain access to monthly networking meetings, presentations from experts in various fields, and information on trends in engineering consulting. IEEE members who are consultants now have another option – The IEEE Consultants Network.

The IEEE Consultants Network has been created to compliment the efforts of local consultant’s networks. By joining the IEEE Consultants Network, IEEE members will receive the alliance of IEEE Consultants Network (AICN) quarterly newsletter, invitations to IEEE-USA consultant webinars, and expedited notice of any special AICNCC information announcements.

Sign Up Today
IEEE members can sign up at any time by adding IEEE Consultants Network into your Shopping Cart. Select the “Sign in” link at the top of the Web page to sign in with your IEEE Account username and password. There is no additional cost for members to be part of the IEEE Consultants Network.

Did You Know?

IEEE members can personalize their myDesktop page with news and other information sources by aggregating RSS feeds in one place. Easilly find out when favorite blogs or Web pages are updated by adding their RSS feed to the myDesktop page. Here's how.

Step 1:
RSS feed Sign in to myIEEE.

Step 2:
Click on “Customize.”

Step 3:
Click on “Import an RSS Feed.”

Step 4:
Paste the RSS Feed URL (for example:
Click on “Add.”

Step 5:
Return to myDesktop. You should now be able to see the My Feeds gadget.
Click on the gear icon gear icon in the header to adjust your feed settings.

It's that simple!


eBook Classic Feature
IEEE members have access to more than 260 free eBooks from IEEE Press collection through IEEE Xplore.

Title: Communication Patterns of Engineers
Copyright Year: 2004
Authors: Bauer, E.; Zhang, X.; Kimber, D.
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Topics: General Topics for Engineers (Math, Science & Engineering)
Abstract: Communication Patterns of Engineers brings together, summarizes, and analyzes the research on how engineers communicate, presenting benchmark data and identifying gaps in the existing research. Written by two renowned experts in this area, the text:
  • Compares engineering communication patterns with those of science and medicine;
  • Offers information on improving engineering communication skills; and
  • Provides strong conclusions to address what lessons engineering educators, librarians, and communication professionals can learn from the research presented.
To access this eBook Classics title available to members at no additional cost, sign in to IEEE Xplore using your IEEE Account.

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Member Referral

MDL Free Trial Goes Mobile has released a mobile app for Android and Apple iOS devices to allow viewers to watch content on the go. The app is available for free for on all devices and includes some great features. Included is the availability to search for content in the vast video library, member login access, and easy sharing of programs. This app is available by visiting the Android™ Market or the iTunes App Store.

2013 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference
Call for Applicants
For the inaugural year of the 2013 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Young Professional Project Contest, the project problem is to develop a Rural District Health Office Data Connectivity and eHealth Record System. Teams are asked to develop a detailed engineering design specification that outlines the scope of their project, the technical and social problems as they see it, and their proposed solution approach. Teams will then present their solution at GHTC2013 in Silicon Valley, California, USA on 20 - 23 October 2013.

The contest is open to young professionals from around the world whom:
  • Are 35 years of age or younger;
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a technical or related field (science or engineering), or are currently studying towards one;
  • Can be creative and socially innovative;
  • Share a passion for advancing technology and humanity;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to dedicate time to the project.
Applications will be accepted until 15 March 2013.

For more information please visit the contest Web site or send inquiries to

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