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IEEE members select Karen Bartleson as 2016 IEEE President-Elect

(posted 26 October 2015)

Karen Bartleson, Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Synopsys, Mountain View, CA, USA, has been selected as 2016 IEEE President-Elect. Pending acceptance of the IEEE Teller's Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 22-23 November, Bartleson will begin serving as IEEE President on 1 January 2017. She will succeed 2016 IEEE President Barry L. Shoop, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA. The other candidate for 2016 IEEE President was Frederick “Fred” C. Mintzer, IBM (retired), Yorktown Heights, NY, USA (nominated by IEEE Board of Directors).

The following individuals were elected to the office of IEEE Region Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2016-2017:

  • Region 1: Babak D. Beheshti
  • Region 3: Gregg L. Vaughn
  • Region 5: Robert C. Shapiro
  • Region 7: Maike Luiken
  • Region 9: Teofilo J. Ramos

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IEEE Day 2015 was a success

(updated 26 October 2015)

IEEE Day 2015 was held on Tuesday, 6 October.

This year, the team once again looked to IEEE members to partner with the IEEE Day 2015 team. Members returned and new members were recruited to hold the role of IEEE Day Ambassador. The response was overwhelming, engaging more than 140 Ambassadors worldwide. With their enthusiasm, engagement, and teamwork, the number of events held this year was 657, exceeding last year’s events by 25%.

IEEE members participated in the photo and video contests. With more than 400 submitted photos and videos, IEEE members showcased their creativity and spirit. The winning photos and videos are posted on the IEEE Day 2015 website.

Save the date for IEEE Day 2016: 4 October 2016.

Follow IEEE Day on IEEE Collabratec(tm), Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.


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Coming soon: compliance training required for select IEEE volunteer leaders

(posted 26 October 2015)

IEEE is proud of its adherence to the highest standards of integrity and responsible, ethical business conduct around the world. It is important that those who act on the organization’s behalf—both IEEE volunteers and employees—support IEEE’s stellar reputation by adhering to the same standards and expectations.

IEEE has created a robust ethics and compliance program tailored to its unique operation in 190 countries. Given that the world is both complex and changing, this program is designed to ensure that volunteers and employees understand and meet the demands of being a global citizen.

As part of this program, IEEE requires that select volunteers (see which volunteers are affected) who started or continued their position in 2015 complete a set of new compliance education and training classes within 60 days of the start of their term.

  • For those who started their term on 1 January 2015, the deadline is 1 March 2016.
  • For those who have started a term that extends into 2016, the deadline also is 1 March 2016.
  • Note: Those who end their term in 2015 do not need to take this training.

The self-paced online classes will cover several topics, including harassment, conflict of interest, anti-bribery, data privacy, and security. Individual classes vary in length, but they will take on average 2.5 to 4.5 hours in total to complete, depending on your individual volunteer leadership role. Most classes will need to be taken every three years, assuming you are still in a position that requires training.

Taking this training will give you a sense of the culture of integrity, ethical behavior, and leadership IEEE has taken in advancing technology for humanity, as well as better inform you about concrete aspects of compliance at IEEE and best practices for not-for-profit membership organizations like IEEE.

Look for further communications in the coming months. If you have further questions, please visit the IEEE Support Center for Frequently Asked Questions.


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MGA Operations Manual changes: Rebate Schedule added; required reporting deadline change to 15 March

(updated 26 October 2015)

At its 20 June 2015 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board approved adding the rebate schedule to Section 9.0.E of the MGA Operations Manual. Including the rebate schedule in the MGA Operations Manual will ensure members and volunteers have direct access to the official MGA approved rebate definition, eligibility requirements, and schedule.

The rebate schedule has also been streamlined to remove repetitive information and clarify areas such as activity bonus for affinity groups and rebates for members in geographic units outside of Sections. It also reinforces the use of both MGA electronic reporting tools and designated financial accounting software. The rebate algorithm and calculation remain unchanged.

​Please note the new reporting deadline. In June, the MGA Board also approved a motion to move the geographic unit close/end date for prior year financial reporting to 15 March. All required geographic unit reporting is now due 15 March. This information will be further communicated with all Sections over the next few months.


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IEEE Women in Engineering news: registration open for 2016 WIE-ILC, live chat series, awards program, summits

(updated 26 October 2015)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is pleased to announce upcoming events and opportunities: 

International Leadership Conference - Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2016 WIE-ILC), which will take place 23-24 May 2016, in the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, USA. With a theme of "Lead Beyond. Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World," the conference focuses on leadership, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Connect with over 1,100 mid-to-senior-level technical professionals in attendance. Seating is limited. The conference sold out last year.

WIE-Ericsson Live Chat Series - November 2015

IEEE WIE has partnered with Ericsson to do a live chat series on UStream. Join the "The Networked Society" webinar on 3 November, at 10:00 a.m. ET, presented by Jeanette Irekvist, Customer Sales Solution Director, Ericsson. There will also be webinars on 5 November and 9 November.

Awards and Recognition Program

The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) awards and recognition program is designed to recognize WIE members and affinity groups that have made an outstanding contribution to WIE, their community, and the engineering community through their dedication and involvement in projects or activities directed toward fulfilling the WIE goals and objectives. The nomination deadline is 1 April 2016.


Several WIE Summits are taking place around the globe. Follow the links below to learn more about the call for papers, speakers, and partnership opportunities.


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Member Discounts: international life insurance

(posted 26 October 2015)

As part of the IEEE international community, members have access to the IEEE International Insurance Marketplace, where they can research options that will be right for them and their families. At this time, IEEE Member Life Insurance, underwritten by Lloyds of London, is available to IEEE members in more than 60 countries, and many other essential insurance plans are available to members who are living outside their native countries as expatriates. The IEEE Member Life plan is offered with no health questions to answer and benefit options up to US$500,000.


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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference education program webinar: optimizing registration for your event

(updated 26 October 2015)

The IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program is offering the following upcoming webinar:

Optimizing Registration For Your Event

  • Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. ET (UTC-05:00) or 3:00 p.m. ET (UTC-05:00)
  • Description: Join this webinar for a discussion about increasing attendance and driving engagement for your upcoming conference. MCE will share with you best practices for setting up your registration site whether your event is for 10 or 10,000. There are various tools and resources for you to consider, and MCE has the experience to help guide you through the process.

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Register for IEEE N3XT: IEEE's global entrepreneurship summit on 14 November

(posted 26 October 2015)

With “startup” culture at the heart of an increasing number of technologies both emerging and traditional, IEEE has made it an imperative to provide a new public community focused on technology startups, young professionals, investors, and venture capital organizations. The IEEE Young Professionals group has embraced this initiative by creating IEEE N3XT – a full day summit for tech startups, as well as the investment and services community interested in technology entrepreneurs, to be held 14 November in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the MaRS Innovation Centre.

For those unable to attend in person, all sessions will be live-streamed through Conference Cloud. The cost of a virtual registration is US$10.

The target audience is young professionals who:

  • Have an interest in technical entrepreneurship
  • Wish to strengthen their business development skills
  • Want to learn how to make their ideas into inventions
  • desire inspiration from visionaries sharing their success stories.
  • Michael Hyatt, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of BlueCat; and one of the new "Dragons" on CBC's Next Gen Den - Dragon's Den
  • Peter Shankman, serial entrepreneur and founder of ShankMinds, a worldwide Business MasterMind Series
  • A Start-Up Pitch Bootcamp and competition, presented by The Founder Institute

By bringing together the technical entrepreneur community, this event will foster collaboration and innovation, and provide encouragement and skills building to the young professionals looking to make their mark. Through this event, IEEE is helping to inspire a dynamic community that not only supports young entrepreneurs, but one that looks forward by working to grow and empower careers in this space.


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Call for participation: IEEE DIY Project: deadline 7 December

(posted 26 October 2015)

The IEEE DIY Project was created to help encourage and support future makers by allowing them to showcase new and innovative projects. Students and engineers from around the world are invited to submit DIY (Do It Yourself) tech projects to share their ideas with peers and help contribute to existing projects by commenting and voting on them. Each submission must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or software. Top projects will be highlighted in a monthly video series and on the IEEE social pages, and in December, five winners will be chosen and will receive Amazon gift cards worth up to US$500.


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Call for nominations: IEEE Technical Field Awards: deadline 31 January

(posted 26 October 2015)

Nominations are due 31 January annually for the IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs). 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.

For over 100 years, IEEE and its predecessor societies, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers, have paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity.


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IEEE Collabratec™ has officially launched

(posted 29 September 2015)

Although IEEE Collabratec has been freely available for over six months, the formal launch and marketing began on 21 September. You may have already started to see messaging within IEEE communication vehicles such as Society newsletters, membership emails,, Spectrum advertising, and various online social mediums outside of IEEE.

You may have already had a chance to connect and collaborate with IEEE members and technology professionals on IEEE Collabratec and are aware of its benefits. Below are some highlights:

  • Collaborate, create, and share ideas anytime, anywhere
  • Build and manage your own network
  • Hold discussions of common interests with global networks
  • Connect according to geographic location, technical interests, or career pursuits
  • Create and share a professional identity that showcases key accomplishments
  • Discover a more efficient way to develop research and save time in the content creation process
  • Assemble and manage private groups
  • Access a suite of research and authoring tools
  • Plus much more!

A tool kit is available to continue the promotions at a local level. Here you will find sample promotional copy, web banners, PowerPoint presenations, event flyers, and the IEEE Collabratec brand.


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Charting IEEE's future: an update on IEEE in 2030 efforts

(posted 29 September 2015)

The IEEE in 2030 Ad Hoc Committee, working on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors, continues to make progress on the four strategic objectives that emerged from the Board’s January retreat:

  1. Create a nimble, flexible, forward-looking organization
  2. Foster public imperatives
  3. Foster diverse technical communities with IEEE and industry, government, and academia, and
  4. Empower the discovery, development, and delivery of cutting-edge products and services.

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It’s time to renew your IEEE membership for 2016

(posted 29 September)

As of Sunday, 16 August, anyone joining IEEE becomes a member for the 2016 membership year.

This is a valuable time to promote IEEE membership.

Anyone joining now will receive the remainder of 2015 at no additional cost.

Please be aware of the following timeline for renewals: 

  • 1 September: Renewing members will be able to access their 2016 renewal quotes for membership and subscriptions.
  • 1 October: The first renewal notice will begin mailing to members, nonmembers, and society affiliates.

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Announcing updates to geographic unit formation petition forms

(posted 29 September 2015)

The forms to petition MGA and other organizational units for the approval of new geographic units have recently been updated.

The forms are used to propose the formation of a Section, Subsection, Geographic Council, Chapter, Affinity Group, Student Branch, Student Branch Chapter, or Student Branch Affinity Group. Updates to the forms include making the signature form page one, clarification and emphasis on the eligibility requirements, and updated resource links for when a petition organizer needs additional information.


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Use vTools.Voting for your upcoming unit elections; updated Section Vitality Dashboard

(updated 29 September 2015)


Just in time for 2016 officer elections, the vTools team has made some updates to vTools.Voting to enhance the user experience. Without listing every change, date fields will be validated, more help text has been added, a sample email message has been provided, and the dashboard has been streamlined and sorted.

Sections, Chapters, and Affinity groups can expect a 15-50% response rate, which gives you greater insight as to what your members want.

Please consider using this very helpful tool to manage your elections. It is completely self service - even the email announcements, but the vTools team is available to help if you need.

Section Vitality Dashboard

Enhancements have also been made to the Section Vitality Dashboard:

  • A new home page opens directly after sign-in. From here, you can view a table of contents listing all reports available on each tab. Browse through the list then pick the tab you need.
  • The Count of Members and Count of Member Totals on the Active Society Membership Count by Section, by Grade report are now clickable. Click on a total to view the contact list of those members.
  • Check out the new “Vitality Checklist” tab. This gives Sections a list of actions/activities to carry out during the year to keep on the path of a successful section.

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Engage members with the "IEEE Into Focus" photo contest

(posted 29 September 2015)

Engage members with the "IEEE Into Focus" photo contest and invite them to share their IEEE stories.

IEEE members are involved in a lot of interesting activities all over the world. Not just on the job, but also through mentoring, volunteer work, seminars, and other activities. The "IEEE Into Focus" photo contest gives them a chance to show off what they do by submitting photos of what they think best represents their experiences as an IEEE member. The photo contest is a great way to engage your audiences through your website, social media channels, email newsletters, conferences, etc., in a fun way that helps tell the story of IEEE, but also gives them a chance to win cool prizes.

The deadline is 31 December 2015.


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Member Discounts: expanded Professional Liability Insurance Program in Regions 1-7

(posted 29 September 2015)

Self-employed members with businesses large or small, full-time consultants, and moonlighting practitioners can insure their risk of being sued for errors and omissions through the IEEE-sponsored Professional Liability Insurance Program, which is available to members in Regions 1-7.

In Regions 1-6, the program is recently updated, and now offers higher limits and several exclusive price and benefit enhancements. Members may also now take advantage of a new choice platform offering coverage from Beazley, as well as the Lloyd’s of London. The applications will be handled with the personal assistance of Mercer’s experts in this area of insurance, to ensure each member’s risk is accurately presented to underwriters.

In Region 7, the Professional Liability Program is underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. The program continues to provide exclusive pricing and benefits tailored to the needs of technology professionals.


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Join the discussion: Standards innovation at IEEE SIIT 2015

(posted 29 September 2015)

Since 1999, standardization researchers from various professional disciplines have been gathering every two years to exchange insights on standards and standardization. From 6-8 October 2015, the 9th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology (IEEE SIIT) will be held in California’s Silicon Valley with the theme of Interoperability, Intellectual Property, and Standards.

Attendees at IEEE SIIT 2015 will include IT practitioners, policy makers, academics, and, of course, standards developers and users. Through interactive panel sessions and paper presentations, participants will be offered information covering a variety of topics and will be encouraged to appreciate and share different perspectives. Key panel sessions will cover IPR and Standardization, Standardization, International Trade, and Government Policy, Standardization as a Practice, Economics of Standardization, and Future of Standardization.


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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives; contribute use case scenarios; registration open for IoT World Forum

(updated 26 October 2015)

IEEE Future Directions is your resource to emerging technologies within IEEE. The team has identified specific technologies as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, join the free technical communities available.

Current Future Directions activities include:

Internet of Things (IoT) Scenarios - To really understand the IoT requires application, implementation, and execution in the real world. IEEE IoT recently launched a program to provide the IoT community an interactive platform on which to engage with use cases, service descriptions, business models, and reference implementations that will be key to developing a vibrant IoT industry. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the IoT cause, as well as get exposure for your projects and ideas. Whether it is something IoT related that is planned, envisaged, or currently in the works, your input is invaluable and necessary to ensure derivation of a viable IoT architecture and definition of the key components that lead to successful implementations. You are encouraged to share your projects, your implementations, or your software solution and explain why you deem them to be important to advancing the IoT.

Attendee registration is open for the 2nd annual IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT). This year’s event will be held 14-16 December 2015, in Milan, Italy, gathering technologists from around the globe to examine key critical innovations across technologies that will change the IoT research and industry application space of the future. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, co-inventor of the Internet, and an IEEE Life Fellow, will be a conference keynote speaker.

IEEE Smart Cities is one of IEEE’s important, multi-disciplinary, cross-platform Future Directions initiatives. It spans multiple IEEE Societies and is designed to be a trusted voice in smart cities for the engineering, computing, and technology communities around the world.


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Member Discounts: international travel guide for members in Regions 8-10

(posted 13 August 2015)

There once was a time when traveling abroad seemed an exotic experience, suited for the heads of business or well-to-do families on vacation. Now traveling abroad is a way of the world. Professionals, students and families often travel several times a year for business and pleasure. As common as international travel is, many still do not understand the insurance coverages needed in order to be protected.


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MGA Operations Manual changes: definition and meeting activity

(posted 29 July 2015)

At its 20 June 2015 meeting, the MGA Board approved revisions to Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual. The revisions are reflected in Sections 9.6.A and 9.9.A in regards to geographic unit definition and Sections 9.6.J.2 and 9.9.J.2 in regards to meeting activity.

The revisions address the following:

  • All geographic unit meetings are to be reported using electronic communication tools provided by MGA
  • Chapter policy also applies to Joint Chapter
  • Geographical unit parents must be consistent in annually providing allocated rebates to Chapter and Joint Chapter

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MGA Operations Manual changes: term limits for officers

(posted 29 July 2015)

At its 20 June 2015 meeting, the MGA Board approved revisions to Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual, regarding term limits for Section, Chapter, and Affinity Group officers. These revisions are reflected in Sections 9.4.F.7, 9.6.D.5, and 9.9.D.6 and are to be in effect for all elections for terms of office starting 1 January 2016.

In the past, term limits were inconsistent across the various geographic units. The approved revisions now ensure that the term limits for Section, Chapter, and Affinity Group are a single consistent policy that includes:

  • Units must record the term of office in their local operating procedures document
  • If the term of office is not recorded in the local operating procedures, the term of office will be two years
  • Elections shall be held every one to two years for all officers, in accordance with the recorded term of office
  • The period of service in any one office cannot exceed four consecutive years, or six years total

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Member Discounts: financial planning program in the US and Puerto Rico

(posted 29 July 2015)

IEEE Member Discounts has launched a new suite of services to help members meet their financial goals with myFinancialWellness for IEEE members.

Whether planning for children’s education or retirement, IEEE members can benefit from access to no-cost educational resources, financial tools, and credentialed financial advisors to help them get their financial plans in shape. myFinancialWellness is offered through Vinings Management Corporation and is available in the US and Puerto Rico. Spread the word about this new program.


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Geographic unit website feature: automatic feed of officers and events available

(posted 29 July 2015)

The listing of committee members and upcoming events for geographic units is now available as a feed to IEEE geographic unit websites.

There are two ways to have a website that is automatically updated:

  • To use the IEEE vTools.WebInAbox website service, visit vTools.WebInABox, log in with your IEEE Account, and use the wizard to build your website. vTools.WebInABox will automatically keep the officers page, the calendar page, and the organizational unit links page updated.
  • To use the WordPress content management system, visit the IEEE WordPress hosting site and view the tutorial (PDF, 605 KB) to learn how to keep your WordPress site updated.

Upcoming events are displayed on the right side of the page. To view the executive committee, click on 'About' and select 'Executive Committee'.


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Watch the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony; 2016 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients announced

(posted 29 July 2015)

Visit the IEEE Awards Channel on to hear about the remarkable achievements of award recipients across all of IEEE’s fields of interest who received gold medals at the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony on 20 June at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY.

Mildred Dresselhaus is the first woman to receive the IEEE Medal of Honor--IEEE's highest award. Thirteen IEEE Presidents also attended the ceremony.

The IEEE Board of Directors has also approved the 2016 IEEE Technical Field Award and 2015 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award recipients.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in October, November, and December

(updated 26 October 2015)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of October, IEEE-USA E-books will offer “Would Have Liked to Know That! -- Book 2: Managing Your Manager.” Author Maura Schreier-Fleming writes that managers give clues to how you should work with them. In this e-book, you will learn what those clues are and how they will help you develop effective persuasion strategies for working with your manager. When you use these strategies, you will be more productive, have less stress, and be more likely to get what you want, as you work with your manager. Available 1 October to 15 November.

For the month of November, IEEE-USA will offer “The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Licensure - Volume 1,” compiled by Georgia C. Stelluto. This e-book is a compilation of articles that will help the reader understand why one should pursue licensure, the licensure process, exam development, and how to effectively study for and pass the licensure exams. Available 1 November to 15 December.

For the month of December, IEEE-USA will offer Leading and Managing Engineering & Technology--Book 3: Building a Culture that Develops Leaders and Managers, by Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor. Gaynor writes about such topics as: “The Basic Organizational Culture,” “Building a Leadership Culture,” and even a “Case Study: IBM’s Silverlake Project”. Look for the special link on 1 December.

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

IEEE-USA E-Books seeks authors to write an e-book, or a series of e-books, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, email your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA E-Book Chair Gus Gaynor at, and IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at


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Featured news around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

(updated 26 October 2015)

Follow the links on the right side of this page to view more news around IEEE.

This month's featured IEEE News source is IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

The October edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers big data analytics for the smart grid, potential cyber attacks on the smart grid, electric vehicle developments in Southern China, and the energy Internet.


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