Member Benefits Bulletin
 September 2013


Free IEEE-USA eBook Offered as Special Benefit to IEEE Members
As a special benefit of IEEE Membership for the month of September, IEEE-USA is offering a free eBook, The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Career Survival – Volume 2, a collection of articles on navigating your career path, provides readers with a useful resource—whether they are looking for a job, wondering about their value to their organization, or pondering their future in engineering.

Career Survival Successful career management doesn’t happen just by luck. It calls for constantly monitoring one’s sense of success and fulfillment. An ongoing process, it calls for skills in job search techniques, knowing how to promote one’s value to an employer, and keeping up with both industry and profession, as these areas change and develop.

The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Career Survival – Volume 2 can be downloaded for FREE through 30 September 2013. Non-member price is US$5.99.

In October the IEEE-USA free eBook will be Engineers Can Write! – Thoughts on Writing from Contemporary Literary Engineers. Author Tom Moran shares award-winning and much lauded writers of poems, short stories and novels – who are all engineers. Information on how to download this eBook will be available in the October 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.

GoogleApps@IEEE Now Available to IEEE Members

GoogleApps@IEEE is a suite of products offered to IEEE members to enhance peer-to-peer communications and collaboration. The suite of applications includes e-mail, calendaring, contacts, and document sharing along with other collaborative tools. 30G of available cloud storage memory is available for these applications. Learn more about GoogleApps@IEEE.

GoogleApps@IEEE is available to members at no additional cost, bringing access to:
  • A unique IEEE e-mail address (e.g.,;
  • Mail forwarding or e-mail inbox (Gmail);
  • 30-gigabytes of shared storage (Gmail and Google Drive);
  • 99.9 percent up time guaranteed by Google;
  • Advertisement-free Gmail;
  • Files stored in the cloud for easy sharing and access from anywhere via Google Drive.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. You can find additional Frequently Asked Questions and answers at the GoogleApps@IEEE Support Web site.

Member Discounts

Flood Insurance for U.S. Members

Liberty Mutual Do you think you need flood insurance only if you live near water? Think again. Floods can be caused by heavy rainfall, melting snow, clogged drainage systems and broken levees. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and belongings.

Don’t get caught off guard. If you think you’re at risk, consider protecting your home with a flood insurance policy. Although Liberty Mutual’s home and renters policies do not cover flood losses, you can purchase flood insurance through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. To find out more information on coverage and premiums, visit or contact your Liberty Mutual sales representative for assistance.

In the meantime, take these steps to protect your home from flood damage:
  • Safeguard your important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Keep gutters clear of debris.
  • Landscape with native plants and vegetation that resist soil erosion.
  • Leave the basement floor unfinished.
  • Raise your washer, dryer, water heater, oil tank, furnace and electrical wiring at least a foot above your home’s projected flood elevation.
  • Install and maintain a sump pump.
  • Install backflow valves and standpipes to prevent backed-up sewers.
  • Install flood shields for basement windows and doors.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
Keep in mind that there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before a flood policy goes into effect. Don’t delay; buy flood insurance today!

As an IEEE member, you are eligible for a discount on your auto, homeowners and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual. For more information about this program, please visit or call 1-800-531-4958.

Coverage underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. ©2012 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved.

Complimentary Member Discount Cuts Prescription Costs:

Prescription costs keep marching up. But as an IEEE member, you can drive them back down with a FREE discount card.

Allergy prescriptions for you or your children. Antibiotics when nasty colds turn into painful sinus infections. Medicines you take on a daily basis to keep health problems in check.

They all leave you exposed to the ever-increasing cost of today’s prescription drugs. But as an IEEE member living in the United States or Puerto Rico, you have an option to help hold the cost of your prescriptions in line—the complimentary IEEE Member Prescription Discount Card.

Simply request your FREE discount card and start saving.

How much could you save? That depends on your prescriptions and where you’re buying them. In general, you can expect to save an average of 20 percent and as much as 50 percent by mail.

When you consider that you pay nothing for this discount card . . . then add up the savings potential . . . it just makes sense to request this complimentary IEEE member discount card today.

This is NOT insurance. Discounts only available at participating pharmacies. Available in the United States and Puerto Rico.

This program is administered by Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc.
d/b/a in CA Seabury & Smith Insurance Program Management.
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Technology Discounts

Technology Discounts Looking for a computer for your home or small business? Need to back up your valuable digital files? Before you shop anywhere else, visit the the IEEE Technology Discounts page where you will find well-known brands exclusively discounted for IEEE members. Check back often to view special promotions posted for additional savings.

Find out more about the IEEE Technology Discounts.

Dues Renewal: A Time to Inspire the Future
The altruism and generosity of IEEE members and friends enabled the IEEE Foundation to award US$3 million last year to technology programs that:
  • Empower the world’s brightest young minds;
  • Encourage impactful ideas and creative solutions;
  • Share the history and evolution of ground breaking ideas;
IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and shown a strong commitment to the founding ideas and principles of IEEE.

While renewing your IEEE Membership, take time to reflect on how your IEEE Membership has influenced your career and enhanced your opportunities. Then consider making a donation to support the programs and projects important to you. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE and continue to make a difference. You may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more funds listed in your renewal packet. You may also donate online, anytime.

There is so much more that we can accomplish together to inspire the future and enable the impact of IEEE. Visit and learn more about:

Disaster Meets Engineering: TechNews on Disaster Meets Engineering: TechNews on
This issue of TechNews on offers a glimpse at three different engineering teams who are using big data to help make predictions about where and when the next sink hole, earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption might strike.
What are Software Defined Networks? What are Software Defined Networks?
Roberto Saracco talks about software defined networks and its benefits.

Green Information and Communications Technology: An Overview Green Information and Communications Technology: An Overview
Jaafar Elmirghani talks about green information and communications technology, energy waste and electronic use.

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Access GoogleApps@IEEE via myIEEE

Did You Know?

IEEE members can quickly access their GoogleApps@IEEE service via myIEEE. The GoogleApps@IEEE gadget is visible to all members on the "myDesktop" page in myIEEE. Members can remove, relocate, or add the gadget back at any time. Users will experience:
  • Services and account settings hot-linked to respective locations in GoogleApps (separate window)
  • Single sign-on (no need to reauthenticate)

After signing in to myIEEE, select the “Customize” tab and begin personalizing your myDesktop page.


Call for Nominations
IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award

Have you worked with a dedicated member of the IEEE professional staff that has shown outstanding service and leadership in IEEE? Nominate him or her for the IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award.

The award is named for Mr. Eric Herz, a longtime dedicated volunteer and staff member at IEEE. It is presented annually for demonstrated contributions over a long period by a present or past full time staff member who has served at least ten years on the professional team.

Nominations are due 31 January annually. Nomination forms and award-specific criteria can be downloaded online. For more information e-mail

IEEE Technical Field Awards

Nominations are due 31 January annually for the IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFA). IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields. Nomination forms and award-specific criteria can be downloaded online.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.

For more information visit or e-mail

Content YOU Need. Wherever YOU Are. Instantly.
Many Wiley-IEEE titles are available digitally for download onto your computer, laptop or mobile device or can be accessed 24/7 on the Wiley Online Library.

IEEE members can receive a special discount of 35% the latest titles from Wiley-IEEE Press through 31 December 2013! Use Member Discount Code - IEEE3 - when prompted at checkout.

Fast-Tracking Your Career: Soft Skills for Engineering and IT Professionals Fast-Tracking Your Career: Soft Skills for Engineering and IT Professionals
Wushow Chou
ISBN: 978-1-118-52178-6, Paperback, July 2013, Wiley-IEEE Press
List Price: US$49.95, Discounted Price: US$32.47

Like Wiley-IEEE Press on Facebook to be entered to win one of three US$50 Amazon Gift Cards!

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Generating Media Coverage for IEEE Members
This month, IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative continues its efforts to increase 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.

8 Cray Cray Ways to Harness Solar Energy
As seen in Discovery News, 8 August 2013

IEEE Member Highlight:
KalejsJuris Kalejs, IEEE member and CTO of the Lowell, Massachusetts, USA-based solar developer American Capital Energy, says crazy ways to harness solar power are constantly being thought up but are hard to actually bring to market because of scalability and performance issues or high risk of the medium.

10 Years Later: Could an Epic Blackout Happen Again?
As seen in Fox Business, US
15 August 2013

IEEE Member Highlight:
AminMassoud Amin, IEEE Senior member and member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Power and Energy Society, explains the importance of a reliable infrastructure in the United States and the costs blackouts have caused the country.

Employment and Career Strategies
Are you looking for a new job, interested in networking with others who share similar technical interests, or have recently graduated college? Join the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Strategies group on LinkedIn to talk about employment trends, job searches and career advice.




Mentors Needed
The IEEE Mentoring Connection is looking for online mentors to help guide younger IEEE professionals in career planning and professional development.

Each mentoring partner is asked to commit to at least two hours per month for the success of their mentoring partnership. Interested members should visit the mentoring website for information on roles and responsibilities.

Sign up now to be a mentor!

IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey - 2013 Edition
What are You Worth to Your Employer? 2013 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey Now Available

The 2013 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey is the 26th compensation study IEEE-USA has published. The aim of the project is to provide timely information on current and long-term trends related to the income, salary and benefits of IEEE members in the United States. This information is critical for accurate understanding of compensation practices in this profession, including how those practices impact individual engineers.

Members: US$125.00
Non-members: US$225.00

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Special Discount for IEEE Members
IEEE members receive special year-round discount pricing of 25% on Wiley-IEEE books, but for a limited time, members can enjoy a discount of 35%. Offer ends 31 December 2103.

To receive the discount, enter IEEE3 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click the Apply Discount button.

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (CCEM)
16 – 18 October 2013

This global event in Bangalore, India follows the highly successful launch of the first IEEE CCEM Conference in 2012.

Complementing the in-person event is a Virtual Job Fair to run 16 October – 5 November 2013. The Job Fair will close on the one-day CCEM Virtual Conference which will be on 5 November 2013. These three Cloud Computing events will bring together high-quality speakers and contributors from industry, government, and academia.

Register for the in-person event.

Find out more information on the CCEM Virtual Job Fair, including sponsorship opportunities.
Enterprise Gamification — Exploiting people by letting them have fun
10 October 2013
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT Presenter Mario Herger discuss how using game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts like business applications have shown significant increases in user engagement, and increased the ROI and other metrics.

Webinars are free. Register at the IEEE-USA Webinar home page.
eBook Classic Feature
IEEE members have access to more than 260 free eBooks from IEEE Press collection through IEEE Xplore.

Title: Wireless Communications in the 21st Century
Copyright Year: 2002
Authors: Shafi, M.; Ogose, S.; Hattori, T.
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Topics: Communication, Networking and Broadcasting
Abstract: Bringing together the best recent articles from the foremost IEEE publications, this book features contributions from leading communications experts who discuss current and future developments in wireless technology. Major topics covered include wireless standards, radio channel propagation, modulations and coding issues pertinent to the physical layer, spatial and temporal signal processing, IM 2000 radio systems, new packet radio systems, and wireless ATM. 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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MDL Free Trial

IEEE Foundation 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.

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