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This page is the updated format for SCOOP, the monthly newsletter sent from IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) to Section, Area, and Council chairs, treasurers, webmasters, and newsletter editors.

Come back often for regular MGA news updates. Also, check out the links on the right side for other IEEE news sources.

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IEEE Assembly announces 2015 corporate officers

(posted 21 November 2014)

The IEEE Assembly annually selects the following five Corporate Officers: IEEE Secretary, IEEE Treasurer, IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities, IEEE Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities, and IEEE Vice President, Publication Services and Products. All are one year terms.

Wai-Choong (Lawrence) Wong was selected as 2015 IEEE Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities.


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In memoriam: Cathy Downer, MGA membership development manager

(posted 19 November 2014)

It is with extreme sadness that MGA shares the news that Cathy Downer, MGA membership development manager, passed away suddenly on Sunday, 19 October.

Cathy was an employee for over 25 years, joining IEEE in 1988. Most recently, Cathy was the primary staff contact for the IEEE Member Recruitment and Recovery Committee, and for the volunteer Membership Development Chairs in Sections and Chapters around the world. Cathy just completed the Membership Development Web page reorganization and developed a program to recognize Sections for great performance in the area of member recruitment and retention.

Previously, Cathy was involved with or led initiatives as varied as the IEEE GOLD Program (now Young Professionals), the IEEE Ethics Committee, and IEEE Women In Engineering and supported numerous other IEEE Board of Directors committees during her time with Corporate Activities prior to joining MGA.

Cathy is known by and partnered with many members and volunteers in the IEEE community. Cathy is remembered as someone who was always willing to help fellow staff and volunteers with any of their projects. Her quiet, insightful, and calm engagement in a team was always helpful. IEEE will miss her more than can be expressed in these words.

Cathy was a single mom and is survived by her loving daughter, Emma Lee Downer, and her brother, Robert A. Downer. Please remember Cathy, her daughter Emma, and her friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.


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Call for nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2016: deadline 1 March

(posted 19 November 2014)

The nomination period for the 2016 Fellow Class is open and will continue through 1 March 2015.


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IEEE Life Members Fund Commemorative Coaster: The Invention of the First Transistor

(posted 19 November 2014)

The Invention of the First Transistor revolutionized the electronics field and eventually ushered in the information age with small, low-power electronic devices and the development of low-cost integrated circuits. Walter H. Brittain and John A. Bardeen, under the direction of William B. Shockley, discovered the transistor effect and developed the point-contact germanium transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., at the end of 1947. The transistor quickly replaced existing electronic tube-based electronics devices and ushered in the beginning of solid-state electronics, which has been cited as the most important invention of the 20th Century. This directly led to developments in solid-state devices that revolutionized the electronics industry and changed the way people around the world lived, learned, worked, and played.

To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$125+ specifically to the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation beginning in October 2014 through September 2015 will receive the limited-edition coaster depicting the Invention of the First Transistor.

Invention of the First Transistor is the eighth coaster in a series of limited-edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first seven depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan's Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer, the Atom Smasher, Maxwell's Equations, and the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable. Complete your limited-edition set of coasters. Previous years' coasters are also available for a US$125 donation each.

The LMF provides grants to new and ongoing projects that are beneficial to potential engineers and engineering students. Your gift will both preserve the memory of the Invention of the First Transistor and support future technological innovations

The IEEE History Committee established The IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing Program during the centennial year as an ongoing means to honor and commemorate significant technical achievements in the history of IEEE fields.


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Member Discounts: holiday offers on computers

(posted 19 November 2014)

It’s that time of the year, and IEEE members can get a head start on their holiday shopping. Communicate to your members that special offers and deals have been lined up by IEEE’s hardware discount partners (where available) to make shopping for computers easy and lighter on the wallet during the holiday season.


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Conference education opportunities from IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events

(posted 19 November 2014)

News from the IEEE Conference Organizers Newsletter: IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) Conference Education is offering a live webinar in December that will be of interest to conference organizers and organizational unit leaders.

Event Registration Basics and Best Practices
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. or 2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. (ET)


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IEEE members select Barry Shoop as 2015 IEEE President-Elect

(posted 30 October 2014)

Barry L. Shoop, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA, has been selected as 2015 IEEE President-Elect. Pending acceptance of the Teller's Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 23-24 November, Shoop will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2016. He will succeed 2015 IEEE President Howard E. Michel, HEM Consulting, Dartmouth, MA, USA. The other candidates for 2015 IEEE President-Elect were Tariq S. Durrani, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (nominated by petition) and Frederick 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, 2015-2016:

  • Region 2: Katherine J. Duncan
  • Region 4: Bernard T. Sander
  • Region 6: Kathleen A. Kramer
  • Region 8: Margaretha A.K. Eriksson
  • Region 10: Kukjin Chun

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IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society Chapters’ transition

(posted 30 October 2014)

In January 2015, IEEE will launch the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM), formerly the IEEE Technology Management Council (TM). This action enables technology professionals and managers to optimize their career opportunities and organizational effectiveness. This transition will allow for a greater sense of collaboration in conquering the job market by enabling individual memberships and providing a more direct personal connection to the community than ever before.

All active Council Chapters will transition to active Society Chapters. On 1 January 2015, all active Council Chapters will be renamed as Society Chapters, e.g., New York Section Chapter, TM14 will be known as New York Section Chapter, TEM14. The existing Chapter chairs, or newly elected Chapter chairs, will have a grace period of one year to join TEM Society. During Q4 2014, MGA staff will monitor the Chapter chairs’ TEM society membership and distribute reminder communications regarding the grace period.


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Member Discounts: IEEE member travel discount features benefit conference attendees

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE members and volunteers attending conferences can enhance their travel by taking advantage of the many IEEE Travel Discounts. Extend your stay with a discounted vacation package, take advantage of a car rental discount, learn a new language, or protect your companion with travel insurance. Locations served by these programs are determined by the providers.


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(posted 30 October 2014), IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents, and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format. Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time, on virtually any device including desktops, tablets, and smart phones.

Visitors to TryEngineering can explore engineering disciplines, learn how to prepare for a career in engineering, and read profiles of engineers and engineering students. They can also find information about student engineering camps, competitions, scholarships, and research programs.

TryEngineering's university search tool enables visitors to find accredited engineering programs at thousands of institutions in dozens of countries around the world. The site offers over 100 free hands-on lesson plans aligned to national education standards. TryEngineering also features a number of free game apps to engage and excite students about engineering.

The TryEngineering mobile site features adaptability to various screen sizes, a more streamlined navigation, and a touchscreen-friendly interface. The mobile site was made possible through generous support from the IEEE Foundation.


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IEEE Conference Education Program now available

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) is constantly striving to make the organizing experience easier and more enjoyable. The Conference Education Program will enable organizers of any experience level, location, organizational unit (OU), or role to conveniently and easily gain understanding of the principles and skills necessary for running an IEEE-sponsored conference, including requirements; standards; "best practices”; and MCE resources, services, and tools available.

The program has three components:

  • Educational Webinar Series: Monthly one-hour live webinars inform and educate organizers on topics ranging from "basics" to "advanced skills," including new resources and tools. Attendees will take away practical and useful information, along with hands-on knowledge and skills. Sessions will also be available on a replay basis.
  • On-Demand Education Modules: Self-paced, eLearning courses provide organizers with in-depth information and skills on specific conference functions or roles. Narrated by a subject matter expert, the modules are under 45 minutes in length, including knowledge checks and a final quiz. Professional Development Hours (PDH) are offered upon successful completion.
  • Conference Leadership Workshops: Leadership Workshops enable deeper discussion and exploration of conference principles and topics through presentation, discussion, and exercises. Each Workshop is customized by MCE to meet the needs, goals, experience level, and time available and are available in two formats:
    • MCE Train the Trainer - An OU, Region, Section, Society, etc., organizes and delivers material provided by MCE, including agendas, communication materials, and "course" content, with speaker notes and scripts, exercises, and feedback surveys.
    • MCE Led - IEEE MCE provides leaders and materials to assist the OU in delivering and guiding the workshop and discussion.

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Introducing a low-cost online registration tool for conference and event management

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events introduces RegOnline, a new affordable event registration software option. RegOnline is a low-cost, do-it-yourself system that is simple and easy to manage for small scale events.

Conference organizers who have budget constraints can utilize all of the features and benefits of this do-it-yourself event registration option at a reasonable price.

Through the special discounted IEEE rate, conference organizers can take advantage of the RegOnLine tool and can manage, control, and have insight over all aspects of their event and its attendees.


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IEEE Sections Congress 2014: Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Sections Congress 2014 (SC2014) was held 22-24 August 2014, at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The SC2014 theme was "Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow," and attendees had opportunities to attend Breakout Sessions, Learning Labs, and Ignite Sessions. The exhibit hall had over 40 exhibitors, as well as poster sessions and special student projects on display.

New this year, attendees used the SC2014 mobile app to plan their schedule in advance, view speaker and exhibit information, interact via social media, connect with attendees, and more.


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IEEE dues change for e-Membership

(posted 23 September 2014)

The e-Membership program started as a pilot in 2011. The intent of the pilot was to test the impact of substantially reduced dues on membership recruitment and retention in countries where the per capita gross domestic product is US$15,000 or less. Data has shown that there was no significant increase on recruitment or retention during this period.

Thus, a dues increase is necessary to make the program economically sustainable. The MGA Board approved an increase in dues for the e-Membership option this past June. Dues for e-Membership, beginning with the 2015 membership year, will be US$75, an increase of US$23.

Members choosing the e-Membership option will continue to have all of the advantages of standard IEEE membership. These include the ability to:

  • vote in IEEE elections;
  • join Societies;
  • engage in local activities;
  • be considered for membership grade elevation to Senior member and Fellow;
  • access member discounts and new offerings such as IEEE ResumeLab and IEEE MentorCentre.

In addition, e-Membership members will receive electronic, instead of printed, versions of the membership card, IEEE Spectrum, and The Institute.

IEEE will continue to look for ways to improve the value of membership worldwide and examine ways to make it more affordable to new and existing members who are most in need.


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Watch the 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony on

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients accepted their awards on Saturday, 23 August, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony was held in conjunction with IEEE Sections Congress and hosted by IEEE President Roberto de Marca and IEEE President-Elect Howard E. Michel. The theme was “Inspire…,” acknowledging the recipients’ achievements that have inspired the technical community to create a better world, and celebrating their own inspirations that have led them where they are today.

IEEE Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga accepted the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor and participated in IEEE Sections Congress activities with an Ignite Session, “Engineering Social Consequences.”


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New IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) newsletter announced

(posted 23 September 2014)

The IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) announced it has launched its new IEEE IoT eNewsletter, a bi-monthly online publication highlighting important global IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world's top-subject matter experts, researchers, and industry practitioners. The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is provided as a benefit of becoming a member of the complimentary IEEE IoT Technical Community, which anyone actively involved or interested in IoT can join at no charge. Once signed up, members of the growing IEEE IoT Technical Community will receive all future issues of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter via e-mail as soon as it is published. Members of the IoT Technical Community will also receive information on the latest developments in this multidisciplinary area.

The inaugural issue of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter includes these articles by IoT technical experts:

  • "The Fading Line Between Atoms and Bits" by Roberto Saracco, EIT ICT Labs
  • "Emerging IoT Applications Illustrate Emerging Trends" by Dr. Chung-Sheng Li, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • "The Internet of Things: A Title That is Both Wrong and Unhelpful" by William Webb, Weightless SIG
  • "The Internet of Things: The Story So Far" by Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey and Amit Sheth, Wright State University

The November 2014 edition will include exclusive feature articles from Aapo Markkanen, ABI Research; Dongman Lee, KAIST; Luigi Atzori, University of Cagliari; and David Rogers, Copper Horse.


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

(updated 19 November 2014)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of November, IEEE-USA will offer “Writing for Success – An Engineer’s Guide – Volume 2: The Road to Excellence,” by Tom Moran. In Volume 2 of this series, Moran points out that the road to writing excellence is filled with revisions. Moran emphasizes that writers must thoroughly examine what they write; ask questions to ensure their information is accurate, complete, logical, and clear; and most importantly – that the information is necessary, or needed. Further, he writes that checking for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors is a must.

For the month of December, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Starting Your Start-Up – Book 2: Market Size & Strategy," by Tanya Candia. This e-book helps the reader to flesh out the initial plan for a startup company or business. This volume assists the reader in finding real market size, even when dealing with disruptive technology, where market size data is hard to come by. Candia also helps entrepreneurs to understand target buyers, communicate the value of products and services, and increase the probability of early and ongoing sales. 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, e-mail your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA E-Book Chair Gus Gaynor, or IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto.


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Featured news around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

(posted 19 November 2014)

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 November edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers the IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, including its findings and future work, architectural concepts, functional concepts, and technological concepts.


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