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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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Last chance to register for IEEE Sections Congress 2014; mobile app is here

(updated 29 July 2014)

Register now for IEEE Sections Congress 2014 (SC2014).

SC2014 will be held 22-24 August 2014, at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The primary audience for IEEE Sections Congress is IEEE members who are volunteering within the MGA structure (Region, geographic Council, Section, Subsection, Chapter, and Affinity Group), but volunteers from other IEEE units are encouraged to attend as well. 

The SC2014 theme is "Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow," and the breakout sessions will correspond with the three program tracks: Enhance Member Satisfaction, Improve Volunteer Experience, and Reach Globally with Local Touch. In addition to attending five 75-minute traditional breakout sessions throughout the weekend, attendees will be offered several new program options, including Learning Labs and Ignite Sessions.

New this year, attendees will use the SC2014 mobile app to:

  • plan their schedule in advance;
  • participate in recommendations discussions;
  • view speaker and exhibit information;
  • provide instant feedback to speakers;
  • interact via social media;
  • connect with attendees;
  • learn more about sponsors and sponsorship;
  • and more.

Registered attendees have received an e-mail with their login and password.  User guides and additional support will be provided in advance of SC2014.

Information about the program, sponsorship opportunities, and travel logistics is also available on the IEEE Sections Congress Web pages.


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Last call for nominations: 2015 MGA committee members and liaisons: deadline 1 August

(updated 29 July 2014)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2015 MGA committee member and liaison positions. Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced. Self-nominations are encouraged. The deadline to submit nominations is 1 August 2014.


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Get ready for the IEEE Annual Election

(posted 29 July 2014)

IEEE has officially released the names of the 2015-2016 IEEE Annual Election candidates.

Candidates for the 2015 IEEE President-Elect include IEEE Fellows Tariq S. Durrani, Frederick C. Mintzer, and Barry L. Shoop.

IEEE members’ annual election ballot packages should arrive in August via first-class mail.


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Canadian Anti-Spam Law guidelines under development

(posted 29 July 2014)

Some volunteers involved with communications have asked about the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which places new constraints on the distribution of e-mail communications to residents of Canada and went into effect on 1 July 2014. This new law will affect IEEE members, volunteers, and employees involved in e-mail outreaches to Canada.

The law has a three-year window to ensure compliance, and IEEE has a team working on its impact to operations. The cross-functional member communications team is working with the IEEE legal team to examine the different aspects of the law, and how it will affect future IEEE e-mail communications with Canadian residents.

Further instructions and guidelines will be provided in the coming weeks.


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IEEE Fellow program celebrating its 50th anniversary; improvements made to IEEE Fellow nomination process

(posted 29 July 2014)

The IEEE Fellow program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Nominating a Senior member for IEEE Fellow grade just got easier with the new Fellow Online System. Several time-saving features have been introduced. The system is now open and ready to accept nominations for the class of 2016. It’s never too early to start; the submission deadline is 1 March 2015.


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Sponsors needed for IEEEXtreme 8.0 Programming Competition

(posted 29 July 2014)

IEEEXtreme is looking for sponsors for the annual computer programming student competition, IEEEXtreme, scheduled for 18 October 2014. IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch and advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

Sponsorship of IEEEXtreme 8.0 includes Web and print advertising opportunities for branding and awareness before, during, and after the competition. Sponsorship is also an excellent way to get an edge on recruiting the next generation of top talent in the engineering, computer, and technology fields. Sponsorship terms for specialized recruitment campaigns of top IEEEXtreme talent can be arranged.


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Member Discounts: not just “local” member benefits

(posted 29 July 2014)

Does your Section offer a benefit that is available to any IEEE member? If so, e-mail Member Discounts, and they can help you spread the word through the IEEE Member Discounts Web pages.

This month, Member Discounts is featuring a benefit that originated in the Singapore Section:

Furama Riverfront, Singapore now offers a special rate for IEEE members. The beautiful Furama Riverfront hotel stands along the banks of the Singapore River and is a 10-minute drive from Clarke Quay and Orchard Road. For a limited time, take advantage of a special offer for IEEE members starting at S$180++ (approximately US$145) per night (plus applicable service charges and taxes) for a deluxe room. The deluxe room rate with complimentary buffet breakfast and Internet access is S$220++ (approximately US$177). Offer is valid through 31 December 2014 and some closed-out dates apply.



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Last chance to nominate a colleague for the IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor recognition: deadline extended to 9 August

(updated 29 July 2014)

Do you know someone, living or deceased, who has made one or more major contribution(s) to IEEE Technical Activities? Now is your chance to nominate him or her for the Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor. Nominees will be considered based on their contributions to the creation, development, or advancement of the technical objectives of IEEE.

The final 2014 recipient(s) will be determined by the IEEE Technical Activities Board at the November 2014 meeting. The nomination deadline has been extended to 9 August 2014.


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IEEE Awards: 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients are announced

(posted 29 July 2014)

IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) are awarded for contributions in specific technical fields of science and engineering, as well as in several areas of leadership.


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Member Loyalty Program lets Sections recognize members for their years of membership

(posted 30 June 2014)

Eligible Section volunteers can purchase lapel pins and certificates for their members that commemorate select milestones as an IEEE member. Different from the pins that commemorate a certain grade of IEEE membership, these pins are designed to thank and recognize members for their years of membership regardless of grade achievement; this is a great way to recognize members who might not otherwise be engaged, especially early in their IEEE membership tenure.

The one-inch round lapel pins recognize members at two, five, ten, 20, 25, 30, and 50 years of membership as an IEEE member. This is based on the cumulative years of membership regardless of grade (except Society Affiliate), grade elevations, or any breaks in service.


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MGA Middleton Award recipient announced

(posted 30 June 2014)

Every three years, the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who, over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board, its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its goals and objectives.

On 21 June 2014, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected Joseph V. Lillie (Region 5, Lafayette Section) as the 2014 recipient of the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award, “for a life of committed and distinguished action for all members of IEEE.”


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MGA Outstanding Section Award recipients announced

(posted 30 June 2014)

On 21 June 2014, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected the following recipients of the 2014 MGA Outstanding Large and Small Section Awards:

  • 2014 MGA Outstanding Large Section Award recipient is the IEEE Bangalore Section from Region 10;
  • 2014 MGA Outstanding Medium Section Award recipient is the IEEE Croatia Section from Region 8;
  • 2014 MGA Outstanding Small Section Award recipient is the IEEE Panama Section from Region 9.

Congratulations to the Bangalore, Croatia, and Panama Sections for being selected for these awards "for successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public by maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries."

This year’s recipients, as well as previous recipients, are listed on the MGA Outstanding Section Awards Web page. There is also a section of the page highlighting some of the 2013 calendar-year activities of the recipients and nominees.


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Announcing 2015 IEEE MGA Board members and committee chairs

(posted 30 June 2014)

The MGA Assembly met Thursday, 19 June 2014, and determined the slate of candidates for the office of 2015 IEEE Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities, to be sent to the IEEE Assembly for election in November 2014:

  • David Green - Birmingham, AL, USA
  • Wai-Choong (Lawrence) Wong - Singapore

The MGA Assembly also selected the 2015 MGA Treasurer and Vice Chairs, as follows:

  • MGA Treasurer: Dane A. Watson - Plano, TX, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations: Martin J. Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • MGA Vice Chair, Information Management: Francisco R. Martinez - Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • MGA Vice Chair, Member Development: Ronald Jensen - Rochester, MN, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Strategic Management and Analysis: Toshio Fukuda - Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

The MGA Board met Saturday, 21 June 2014, and approved the 2015 MGA Committee Chair appointments, recommended by the MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee. Please visit the 2015 MGA Volunteers Web page for more information.


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vTools release announcement

(posted 30 June 2014)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is happy to announce successful new releases for the following vTools applications:

vTools.eNotice: A new vTools application has been released to replace the existing eNotice submission form. Both options will remain available during the month of July as the pilot phase is completed.

vTools.Meetings enhancements, such as:

  • pricing for Life members in event registration has been streamlined to one option;
  • meeting URLs have been shortened.

vTools.Voting enhancements, such as:

  • voting now supports elections for Societies, Technical Committees, and Councils.

vTools.OfficerReporting and vTools.Voting have been updated to Rails 3.1 / Ruby 1.8.7


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Section Vitality Dashboard - Phase II released

(posted 29 May 2014)

MGA is pleased to announce Phase II of the Section Vitality Dashboard. New features include:

  • "Sign in" now defaults to your home Section
  • Region has been added
  • An advertising URL has been created:
  • A new Meeting Activity tab has links to meeting activities for the selected Section (technical, professional, non-technical, administrative)

To make the most of these new enhancements:

  • Use vTools.Meetings to advertise upcoming meetings. These meetings are automatically listed in myIEEE and an RSS feed of upcoming meetings can be added to your Section Web site.
  • Use vTools.Meetings to report all events, such as volunteer training, work with local industry, or pre-university activities. Check out all the new subcategories. Recording all activities gives a more comprehensive view of what's going on in your Section.

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Feed your Web site with job postings

(posted 29 May 2014)

The IEEE Job Site now provides IEEE Webmasters and Web site managers the opportunity to displays jobs posted by technology employers looking to hire IEEE members. The job site code, provided by the IEEE Job Site, generates a scroll of jobs that display within your own Web page and branding. Jobs can be segmented based on specific keywords or categories.

This option is already being used successfully by several IEEE Societies, technical communities, and Sections. See what some IEEE Societies are already saying about the widget:

"An RSS feed from the IEEE Job Site gives the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) members a dedicated location on the ComSoc Web site for finding employment and supporting career growth. It's a natural member benefit." - John Pape, Director Marketing and Communications with the IEEE Communications Society.

"The Volunteers of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society were looking to provide the benefits of a career center to the membership. Because the connections were already in place, the IEEE Job Site was a great partner and the implementation of their job feed was very simple." - Rachel Warnick, Technical Community Program Specialist with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Interested in adding the job site code to your Web site? It's easy.


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Post internship and co-op jobs on the IEEE Job Site at no charge

(posted 29 May 2014)

Hiring interns or co-op students is the best way to attract new talent, while exposing them to the practical and valuable experience they will need when they graduate and join the industry workforce.

In addition, doing so helps companies cost-effectively meet short-term needs for extra assistance in today's tight labor market.

To meet this need, think about posting an internship or co-op job on the IEEE Job Site. Posting on the Job Site will also have the position promoted on the IEEE Job Site Career Alert - the bi-weekly career e-Newsletter to opt-in IEEE members - and the IEEE Young Professionals homepage.

To post an internship or co-op job on the IEEE Job Site at NO CHARGE, simply log onto your IEEE Job Site account or create a new account. Then select internship as your job type in the job details page and enter promo code JSINTERN at the checkout screen.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in July, August, and September

(updated 29 July 2014)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of July, IEEE-USA is offering "Leading and Managing Engineering & Technology – Book 1: Perspectives on Leading and Managing." Gerard H. “Gus” Gaynor writes that the competencies needed to lead and manage continue to be misunderstood. As a society, we focus on leadership as demonstrated by politicians, industry executives, and individual effort related to some major accomplishment. The e-book considers the following topics as related to technical professionals and managers, with the objective of giving the reader an understanding of the issues involved in leading and managing organizational activities: Are leading and managing different, the same, or complementary? Is it possible to lead without managing? Is it possible to manage without leading? Does the technical professional have a greater role in leading and managing?.

For the month of August, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Survivor Planning: What Every Spouse Should Know," written by the late George F. McClure. In this practical reference, McClure urges readers “not to leave your family in the dark, digging to find important documents and information. Life has to go on after a spouse, partner, or parent passes away. Dealing with the myriad of decision processes immediately following a death in the family is a confusing ordeal…” This e-book gives guidance in advance planning, retirement benefits, wills, living trusts and finances. It also has a checklist that will help you organize all the important information that you will need, and websites where you can find additional help.

For the month of September, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "The Reliability of the Electric Transmission Infrastructure In the 21st Century – An Analysis: The Energy Policy Act of 2005" written by Patrick Meyer, a former IEEE-USA Government Fellow. In this tech policy e-book, Meyer’s focuses goal was to create an analysis that would assist law-makers in understanding the technical issues surrounding the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and refer it as a background reference, to assist them in making educated and well-balanced decisions regarding the future of the energy and electricity industry. Look for the special link on 1 September.

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: THE BRIDGE

(posted 30 June 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 THE BRIDGE, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

The June issue of THE BRIDGE is now available. Under the theme of Engineers' Involvement in Society, this issue includes the following feature articles:

  • Can IEEE Save the World? by Moshe Kam (Beta Alpha Chapter)
  • Aiding Autism with Technology by Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan (Epsilon Delta)
  • Wearable Sensors and Systems by Paolo Bonato
  • Influencing Public Policy by Russel T. Harrison

The issue also includes a recap of the IEEE-HKN 2014 Student Leadership Conference, member profiles, news regarding the Outstanding Student and Chapter Awards, and content from other areas of the IEEE community relevant to IEEE-HKN members.


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