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The IEEE Life Members Committee, through the IEEE Life Members Fund, is pleased to support the following programs in various areas of interest.


Grants supporting students or young professionals

Middle school electron microscope (SEM) project (June 2010)
US$700 to the IEEE Montana Section Life Members Affinity Group. This grant supports the revision and execution of a middle school science class unit on nanotechnology, metric measurement, and hands on scanning electron microscope (SEM) lab work. The activity will expose middle school science students to a university level lab and allow each student to analyze a project sample.  Providing students exposure to working labs and conducting research is key to shaping their self-perception as a future engineer. As part of the unit, an "Engineering Awareness as a Career" presentation will be made to the students by a Life member.

OPEAT ELT Build-A-PC IT Summer Camp (June 2010)
US$7,450 to the Organization to Provide Equal Access to Technology (OPEAT) in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The OPEAT Enhanced Learning Technology (ELT) Build-A-PC Summer Camp at Weaver Educational Center is designed to introduce local middle school students to computers, web design, and the safe uses of the Internet. Twenty students will be accepted the first year, with eight seats set aside for at-risk students. The program provides an outlet for students who are drawn toward technology and provides them a place to connect with students like themselves and find an intellectual outlet for their creative energies. It also begins to address workforce development needs in the local area. High school students will serve as mentors and counselors. The program is a unique collaboration between OPEAT, IEEE local, WFDB of Guilford County, Guilford County Schools, and Weaver Academy. The camp will be replicable in any school district across the state or nation.

IEEE- TISP/EIC Subprogram 2010-2011 (June 2010)
US$1,000 to IEEE Phoenix Section TISP/EIC. The IEEE Phoenix Section provides volunteer engineers for in-classroom support to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers throughout the Phoenix, Arizona, metro area through the Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) Engineers In the Classroom (EIC) subprogram. This effort addresses the need to provide students exposure to real, hands-on, project-based science activities and encourages students who might have an interest in STEM. The group selected a subset of “ready to run” elementary and middle school lesson plans from the IEEE TryEngineering Web site. These “ready to run” plans include presentation slides, student handouts, video clips, demonstrations, hands-on project supplies, and experienced volunteers to teach the topics covered at no cost to the schools. The subprogram has received positive feedback from teachers and students, including over 100 thank you letters from the students, reflecting the positive impact that the program is having on the students, showing their increased interest in STEM.

Workshops: computer science and engineering careers (June 2010)
US$6,000 to King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help support four workshops aimed at encouraging female students to pursue careers in computer science and engineering in Saudi Arabia. One-day workshops are comprised of sessions aimed at providing female role models from academia and industry to demonstrate exciting career pathways in the local context and hands-on interactive sessions aimed at exploring diverse and creative fields of study and work. Successful workshop implementation will demonstrate the value of the project for local funding agencies, which is needed for continuation of the workshop series in the region.

STEM education leveraging girls' passion: fashion (June 2010)
US$25,000 to Neha Choski in Mountain View, California, USA. This project will leverage a popular interest among middle school girls: fashion. The team will develop curricula demonstrating how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines are crucial to the fashion industry. The curricula will be piloted in a four-session interactive, project-based workshop where participants interact with women college graduates from STEM disciplines, thus breaking social stigma and perception first hand. The curricula will reinforce education standards from the classroom by providing real life, fashion-related situations to which the students will apply STEM problem solving skills. Fashion is viewed as cool and relevant to many girls. By motivating girls through their passions, improving their technical literacy, enhancing public perception, and combating social stigma, the team aims to increase an active interest in pursuing STEM education, thus expanding workforce diversity.

Middle school robotics and engineering program (June 2010)
US$10,350 to Technically Learning, in Seattle, Washington, USA, which runs a Robotics and Engineering Program that provides curriculum, training, and equipment to local public school teachers to use during typical school hours so that every student – not just those enrolled in after school programs – can experience hands-on, exciting, inquiry-based robotics and engineering projects. This grant would allow partnership with two local underserved middle schools. Technically Learning can increase diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the post-secondary level by inspiring and encouraging underserved students in science and math classrooms. Expanding to local schools and providing them equipment, training, and curriculum will improve students’ comprehension of STEM concepts (and ultimately, test scores), increase their interest in STEM majors and careers, and position Technically Learning to work with other teachers within these schools after this year.

KONTEH - job and internship fair for engineers (February 2010)
US$9,580 to EESTEC LC Univ of Novi Sad, Serbia, to help fund a project which includes the organization of the job and internship fair aimed at students and engineers. Attendees have the opportunity to present their work and activities and directly communicate with company representatives. The main objective is to establish contact between the company offering the job and the students and young engineers as candidates for the job. The continuity of the project will rest with the state, provincial, local institutions, and companies that will own its interest in such events and greatly contribute to solving youth unemployment in Serbia.

Soirée technique (February 2010)
US$7,160 to IEEE Student Branch Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit, in Leuven, Belgium, to help fund a project which will demonstrate the need for engineering skills in everyday life. A “soirée technique” is a short seminar in which two professionals give an insight talk about a central topic. The topic is a subject which is regularly written about in newspapers and talked about in everyday life (e.g., electric vehicles, space engineering). The purpose is to promote studying and being an engineer, by showing the impact of engineering on everyday life. “Soirée techniques” held in May 2009 on “smart grids” and November 2009 on “cloud computing” were successful, and this grant will contribute to future successes.

Former member event (February 2010)
US$1,500 to IEEE Student Branch Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit, in Leuven, Belgium, to help fund the 50th anniversary celebration for the student branch - one of the oldest and most active branches within Region 8. Part of this celebration will be an event to thank all former members for making the branch into what it is now. All former branch members will be offered a dinner. Different speeches of past chairpersons and IEEE fellows who started their careers as volunteers in the branch are planned. This event will allow higher grade IEEE members to get back in touch with the part of the organization through which they started their IEEE career. Former members who have (or had) a successful career (professional and IEEE) can be examples to current members and provide opportunities to cooperate on a professional scale in the future.

Students engaged in building a technology museum (November 2009)
US$15,000 to the IEEE Bahia Section Student Branch to implement the first step of a technology museum at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. The core purpose of this new project is to create a highly effective tool for promoting technology in the state, while also valuing technology’s history.

Engineers Without Borders teach sustainable technology (November 2009)
US$18,000 to Engineers Without Borders (University of Colorado-Boulder) to fund a community education project to support engineering endeavors that will improve the quality of life in developing countries.  Projects include those in Ilam, Nepal (evaluating the potential for hydroelectricity in rural villages), Llacamate, Peru (providing potable water through a gravity-fed distribution system), and Ruhengeri, Rwanda (designing high-efficiency cook stoves to reduce respiratory illness in women).

Girls Discover…Engineering (June 2009)
US$15,272 to the Franklin County Historical Society DBA COSI in Columbus, OH.  This day long program (7 November 2009), brings together 315 middle school girls, women engineers, and student mentors from Ohio State University’s (OSU) Women in Engineering program. Together, participants explore how engineering impacts every aspect of our lives and how women experience engineering as a successful and rewarding profession.

Middle school electron microscope (SEM) project (June 2009)
US$1,000 to the IEEE Montana Section Life Members Affinity Group.  This grant supports the development and execution of a middle school science class unit that introduces nanotechnology, metric measurement, scientific notation, and hands on scanning electron microscope (SEM) lab work.  Providing students exposure to working labs and conducting research is key in shaping their self perception as a future scientist/engineer. As part of the unit, an "Engineering Awareness" presentation (30 minutes) will be made to each class involved, delivered by a Life member and previously developed as part of Group outreach.

Film promoting the field of electrical engineering (June 2009)
US$10,000 to the National Electronics Museum.  This funding will support the creation of a 10-12 minute film focusing on the electronic creations of scientists and engineers. Combining archival footage, photographs, and objects from the museum with interviews of active and retired engineers, the film will explore electronic engineering. The audience will learn about the design challenges and personal inspirations that motivated the engineers as well as the dramatic impact their work has had on our lives. It will be used as a tool to interest students in engineering and intrigue the public.

Student members engaged in pre-university outreach (June 2009)
US$15,000 to IEEE Educational Activities. The student branch engagement project will develop Student members as leaders of pre-university outreach activities which enhance the teaching of engineering, science, technology, and mathematics in pre-university schools in Region 9. Following the model of the teacher in-service program training workshops, the Student members will learn how to develop programs in their local communities that will enhance professional development programs for pre-university educators.

IEEE/EESTEC robotics workshop (March 2009)
US$4,523 to support a robotics workshop organized by IEEE student branches and ESTEC (Electrical Engineering Students' European Association).

IEEE student branch iPhone GPS robot (March 2009)
US$4,000 to the Wentworth Institute of Technology Student Branch to develop a robot that has capabilities that could be extended for security, investigation, and protection purposes. The robot will be controlled by an iPhone’s accelerometer.


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Grants supporting history

Celebration of the invention of PKS cryptography (June 2010)
US$10,000 to UKRI Section Life Members Affinity Group, to celebrate the award of an IEEE Milestone Plaque in recognition of the discovery of Public Key Cryptography at the United Kingdom Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in 1960-75.  Two plaques will be unveiled, one at GCHQ, which is a secure site, and the other at the Town Hall for ease of public access.  The project will also help raise public awareness of the vital importance to security systems, and to society in general, of this major advance in cryptography.  A symposium will be held, featuring talks by internationally renowned experts, to review the history of the events that led to the discovery, and to discuss recent developments.  A reception will follow, in Cheltenham Town Hall, for the speakers and invited guests.

Saving the history of IEEE in Latinamerica (June 2010)
US$3,950 to IEEE Region 9, to promote among IEEE volunteers the investigation and preservation of historic facts from the rich history of IEEE and its technologies in Latinamerica.  There will be an essay contest on the history of electrotechnology, the IEEE sections and chapters.  A series of interviews will also be conducted with past directors and key volunteers who were instrumental in the development of IEEE in Latinamerica.  The essays and edited results of the interviews will be loaded into the IEEE Global History Network (GHN).

Preserving and increasing access to General Electric films (February 2010)
US$13,133 to Schenectady Museum Association to help fund the purchase of a high-definition telecine film scanner for digitizing and preserving 1,006 16mm films, dating from 1915-1985, that document the history and activities of General Electric, a key figure in the development of electrical and electronic engineering.  Digitized films will be made accessible over the Internet, promoting the history of electrical technologies.

Improved historical record of the Magnetron (March 2009)
US$12,000 in support of a two day international conference on the evolution of the Magnetron, to be held in April 2010. The goal of the conference includes the creation of an up-to-date archival historical record of the origins of the Magnetron and subsequent developments.  The funding provided by the Life Members Fund will enable the invitation of invited speakers and assist in support of student attendance.


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Grants supporting IEEE Life Members

Earthzine - IEEE's voice of sustainability (March 2009)
US$22,100 to support IEEE Earthzine, an internet-based Webzine focused on the societal benefits of earth information.  Earthzine focuses on and benefits the general public by informing on engineering contributions to society in a practical, day-to-day way.  This proposal is to develop a sustainable funding model for Earthzine through expanding Earthzine readership. 


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Projects supported annually by the Life Members Committee and Life Members Fund

Annually, the IEEE Life Members Committee has provide funding in support of the following awards/programs:

IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award
For the most outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper published in IEEE Transactions, Journals, Magazines, or in the Proceedings of the IEEE.

Graduate Fellowship Program in the History of Electrical Engineering
To encourage graduate students to pursue their studies in the history of electrical engineering.

Student Prize Paper Contest
Recognizes the student authors in Region contests for their outstanding work. Each Region conducts its own contest.

Life Members Prize in Electrical History
Awarded to the author or authors of the best article published in the previous year on the history of electro technology and its practitioners.

Life Members Newsletter
Published twice annually, it is a forum to present ideas and determine the services desired by the Life members.  Besides Life members, it is distributed to retired members between the ages of 62 to 64 and all members 65 years of age and older. 

Life Members Committee Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
Awarded annually for full-time graduate work in any area of electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing worldwide.


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