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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 reminder: 2013 annual reporting and rebate requirements: deadline 31 March

(updated 19 March 2014)

All Section officers and Chapter/affinity group chairs have been contacted with a reminder that the following annual reports are required to be eligible for a rebate:


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IEEE Sections Congress 2014 registration is open

(updated 19 March 2014)

Registration is now open 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 Councils, 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.


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Last call for nominations: IEEE MGA leadership positions: deadline 1 April

(updated 19 March 2014)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments Committee is soliciting nominations for the following 2015 leadership positions:

  • MGA Vice President/Board Chair
  • MGA Treasurer
  • MGA Vice Chairs
    • Geographic Unit Operations
    • Information Management
    • Member Development
    • Strategic Management and Analysis
  • Committee Chairs
    • Admission and Advancement (IEEE)
    • Awards and Recognition
    • Center for Leadership Excellence (IEEE)
    • Advisory
    • Life Members (IEEE)
    • Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory
    • Membership Recruitment and Recovery
    • Potentials Editorial Board
    • Student Activities
    • vTools
    • Women in Engineering (IEEE)
    • Young Professionals (IEEE), formerly GOLD

In accordance with the IEEE globalization initiative and in an attempt to ensure that MGA is globally balanced, each Region is requested to submit nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The deadline to submit nominations is 1 April 2014.


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Call for nominations: MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award: deadline 15 May

(posted 19 March 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. 

Candidates must be IEEE Senior Member grade or higher. The accomplishments of the candidate should be of "significant performance" and should have made a distinguishing contribution to IEEE.

The deadline for nominations is 15 May 2014 (for completed nomination form and two letters of endorsement).


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IEEE congratulates 519 new Senior members; submit a Senior member application

(posted 19 March 2014)

The IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel meeting, held 15 February 2014, in Los Angeles, CA, USA, welcomed 519 new Senior members. The next IEEE Senior Member Review Panel Meeting will be held 12 April 2014, in Denver, CO, USA.

All applicants are encouraged to submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with their application, which should include dates and details clearly documenting the applicant's ten years of professional experience (education and work experience) and five years of significant performance. Significant performance need not be consecutive years.


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Introducing IEEE student travel grants

(posted 19 March 2014)

IEEE is pleased to offer a number of student travel grants to assist Student members in attending conferences and presenting papers. The IEEE Foundation and various Societies provide a host of opportunities for students to participate in workshops for training and educational purposes.


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Funds available for Region student competitions in 2014

(posted 19 March 2014)

The MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Assessment Committee is funding up to US$1,500 for student competitions in 2014. To participate, Region contest organizers must complete the funding request form (DOC, 84 KB).

The completed form should include the required Region officers’ signatures, the objectives of the proposed project, the activities that will be undertaken to meet the objectives, the schedule of events, the estimated cost, and the sources of funds.

Approved requests will be processed swiftly, and funds will be transferred to the requesting Region's concentration banking account.

All requests for 2014 must be received by 30 November 2014.


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IEEE Women in Engineering news: 20th anniversary, International Leadership Conference, last call for awards nominations

(updated 19 March 2014)

Join IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) in celebrating 20 years of IEEE WIE. In 1994, the IEEE Board of Directors established the Women in Engineering committee to support the recruitment and retention of women within IEEE. Since then, IEEE WIE has grown to 450+ affinity groups with 15,000+ members around the world. With over 800 outreach, humanitarian, technical, community, and professional events last year, WIE is impacting, enhancing, and enabling the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and young girls in communities worldwide.

Inaugural WIE International Leadership Conference: 1-3 May 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA

Join women from around the world at the inaugural Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (ILC) to create communities that fuel innovation, share knowledge, and provide support to one another through interactive sessions. WIE-ILC will provide leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women.

Last call for nominations: IEEE WIE Awards and Recognition Program: deadline 1 April

The IEEE 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. Learn more about the following IEEE WIE Awards (deadline 1 April):


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Nominate yourself or a colleague for upcoming IEEE PSPB, TAB, and IEEE-USA volunteer positions

(posted 19 March 2014)

IEEE and its various boards are currently looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization. Nominations for the following IEEE volunteer positions are currently sought:


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Nominate a colleague for the IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor recognition: deadline 24 April

(posted 19 March 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 is 24 April 2014.


Call for nominations: IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards: deadline 23 May

(updated 19 March 2014)

You have until 23 May 2014 to submit a nomination for the 2014 IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards, which recognize and honor individuals and companies for major contributions to engineering and technical education. You may nominate a person, an IEEE Section, an IEEE Society, or an organization. Nominations are sought for these ten awards:

  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities;
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education;
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education;
  • Major Educational Innovation Award;
  • Pre-University Educator Award;
  • Meritorious Service Citation;
  • Employer Professional Development Award;
  • Section Professional Development Award;
  • Society/Council Professional Development Award;
  • Standards Education Award.

The deadline for nominations is 23 May 2014.


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IEEE launches ResumeLab

(posted 25 February 2014)

IEEE has recently launched a new product to help members gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job-seeking process. This new product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

IEEE ResumeLab is designed with a series of modules that assist the member through the employment process. Key modules and their features include the following.

  • Resumes - Select from a wide array of templates geared toward specific industries, sectors, and work-experience stages.
  • Letters - From cover letter to post-interview thank you letter, ensure optimal communication throughout the hiring process.
  • Skills assessment - Highlight the skills that you possess, your competency in those skills, and what makes your experience with these skills unique.
  • Mock interviews - Prepare for the real thing by selecting an interviewer and the type of questions they'll ask. Choose to record your interview for evaluation and feedback.
  • Video resumes - Record custom video messages for potential employers.
  • Portfolios - Upload and organize your past work to present to potential employers.
  • Share online – Publish and share everything you create on a publicly viewable Web site.

ResumeLab has something for each phase of a member’s career. Students putting together their first resume for their internship can use the Resume module. Young Professionals can prepare for the important interview by utilizing the Mock Interview module. And Mid-Career Members can record their specific skills and level of expertise with the Skills Assessment module.


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Member Discounts: Lenovo and Dell PC discounts, Mozy update

(posted 25 February 2014)


IEEE members in the US can save up to 25% off the everyday Web price of PCs and more from Lenovo with free ground shipping on all Web orders.


IEEE members in Asia Pacific can take advantage of special deals on Dell products. The Dell discount program is now available in Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore., the cloud storage and backup service from EMC Corporation, has discontinued its affiliate discount program. Effective 28 February 2014, no additional discount subscriptions will be offered. Existing IEEE subscribers will be able to continue their discounted subscription rates through the end of their individual contract periods. IEEE partnered with in December 2009 to make an 18% discount available to members worldwide for certain services.


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IEEE launches App-E-Feat site and contest: deadline 19 May

(updated 25 February 2014)

Want to do your part in helping organizations change the world? App-E-Feat has been launched as part of IEEE’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. It seeks to match organizations aligned with the IEEE mission of advancing technology for humanity with engineers to create mobile apps. Your expertise in developing and/or adapting open source code will help the organizations advance their missions through a digital platform.

In celebration of the launch of App-E-Feat, the App-E-Feat contest is designed to spark the minds of technical professionals and students. Tell/show how you’d help change the world for a chance to win an iPad Air and an IEEE mentor. The deadline is 19 May 2014.


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Call for nominations: IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Awards

(posted 25 February 2014)

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), IEEE’s honor society, seeks nominations for its annual awards program. The six awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students, academics, and industry professionals who make significant contributions to society and who exemplify a balance of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Past recipients of these awards have gone on to make major contributions to the electrical and computer engineering fields and IEEE designated fields of interest and hold noteworthy positions in academia, industry, and government.

The deadline is 15 May 2014 for these four awards:

  • Outstanding Young Professional Award;
  • C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award;
  • Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award;
  • Distinguished Service Award.

The deadline is 30 June 2014 for these two awards:

  • Outstanding Chapter Award;
  • Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award.

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IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) transformation to IEEE Young Professionals

(updated 3 February 2014)

An information session was held on 31 January, led by IEEE Young Professionals Committee Chair Timothy Wong and members of the committee, on IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)'s transformation to IEEE Young Professionals. This session covered the background and timeline for the ongoing transition, plus new branding elements and resources for your use as you attract, retain, and engage young professional members.

The session was open to all volunteers and will also be made available on demand.


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Call for Nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions; volunteers needed for IEEE Awards

(updated 3 February 2014)

Nominations are due 1 July 2014 for the 2015 IEEE Medals and Recognitions.

IEEE Medals are the highest recognition within the IEEE awards hierarchy, with the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor as the premier award. IEEE Medals embrace broad and significant contributions within the technical fields of interest of IEEE.

IEEE Recognitions reward members' individual contributions to IEEE, published papers, and corporate advancements within the IEEE fields of interest. 

Recipients are recognized at the formal IEEE Honors Ceremony. All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields.

In addition to seeking nominations for Medals and Recognitions, the IEEE Awards Board is also seeking nominations for volunteer positions.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in March and April

(updated 19 March 2014)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of March, IEEE-USA is offering a free e-book, "Doing Innovation – Creating Economic Value: Book 3 – Fostering an Innovation Culture," by Gerard “Gus” Gaynor, which provides the fundamentals for developing a culture that supports innovation. Topics include encouraging professional attitudes, optimizing people performance, organizational culture, and developing appropriate management practices.

For the month of April, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Communicating with Congress -- How to Build a Relationship with Your Elected Officials." Author Russell Harrison, IEEE-USA senior legislative representative, grassroots activities, offers insight into effective communication techniques to use when meeting with members of Congress. He encourages readers to be activists and gives guidance on writing letters to Congress and having a successful congressional visit. Look for the special link on 1 April.

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: Earthzine Full Moon Newsletter

(posted 19 March 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 Earthzine

Earthzine is an online source for news, articles, information, and educational materials about Earth science, Earth observations, and users of Earth information for the international Earth-observing community. Earthzine is updated regularly with news from around the world about the Earth, Earth observations, environmental policy, and new and emerging environmentally-friendly and earth-observing technologies.

Subscribe to the Earthzine Full Moon Newsletter, which contains summaries of recently published articles and announcements on upcoming projects. It’s a great resource to find out what’s happening within the Earth observing community, and completely free. The latest issue includes articles such as "Welcoming the Worm Moon," "OGC netCDF: Powerful Tool for Science", and "Tracking the Currents of Fukushima."


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