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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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2016 annual reporting and rebate requirements: financial reporting due 28 February; meeting and officer reporting due 15 March

(posted 29 December 2016)

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:

  • Meeting Activity
  • New Officers and Officer Changes
  • Financial Reporting:
    • Geographic unit treasurers are responsible for recording the financial activity of their unit and any sub-units (Subsections, Chapters, and/or Affinity Groups) using NetSuite
    • Original year-end bank statements and investment-account statements (not IEEE Concentration Banking and Investment Accounts) must be provided
  • Financial activity should be accurately entered into NetSuite as soon as possible, but no later than 28 February 2017 (note new deadline). All other required reporting should be completed by 15 March 2017.

    In order to be eligible for the 10% rebate bonus, as part of the annual reporting requirements, all reporting should be submitted to IEEE no later than 17 February 2017. This includes meeting and officer reporting, completing your financials in NetSuite, and submitting a year-end bank statement (not IEEE Concentration Banking and Investment Accounts). Additional information on Annual Reporting and the 2017 Rebate Schedule are available.


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Give the gift of IEEE membership

(updated 29 December 2016)

Want to help someone in your life find their professional home in IEEE?

Start their 2017 by giving them the gift of IEEE membership; a gift that will impact their professional and social life for years to come. Membership in IEEE delivers access to the industry’s technical information, offers career development tools, and provides access to IEEE’s discount programs.

If your gift application is received or postmarked by 31 December 2016, you will receive a power bank as a special thanks from IEEE.


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New online submission process for geographic unit formations

(posted 29 December 2016)

IEEE MGA is excited to announce a new online petition form for forming new Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Branch Affinity Groups.

The above link also provides more information about IEEE geographic unit formation policies and petitions, including links to the petition forms for forming Councils, Sections, and Subsections.

In accordance with the actions of the IEEE MGA Board, there are specific guidelines to follow when forming an IEEE geographic unit. Information about forming a geographic unit can be found in Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual.

IEEE local geographic organizational units provide unique opportunities for members to attend technical presentations, create strong peer-to-peer connections, and participate in leadership opportunities that can make a positive distinction in IEEE members' jobs and careers.


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IEEE Assembly announces 2017 corporate officers

(posted 29 December 2016)

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.

Mary Ellen Randall was selected as 2017 IEEE Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities.

Martin J. Bastiaans was selected as 2017 IEEE MGA Vice President-Elect (2018 VP-MGA).

During the February 2016 IEEE Meeting Series, the MGA Board and IEEE Board of Directors approved the establishment of the position of MGA Vice President-Elect / MGA Board Chair-Elect. Beginning in 2017, the MGA Board Chair, Chair-Elect, and Past Chair will serve one year terms.


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2017 MGA Award recipients announced

(posted 29 December 2016)

At its 19 November 2016 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board selected the 2016 MGA Award recipients, including:

  • MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award: Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan (R1), Boston Section, "For inspiring leadership and pioneering contributions to IEEE global activities that motivate, connect, and engage members around the world."
  • MGA Innovation Award: Mary Ellen Randall (R3), Eastern North Carolina Section, "For pioneering, championing, and developing the MOVE Community Outreach Program, a comprehensive IEEE program for member engagement providing disaster relief and STEM education."

Also selected were recipients for the MGA Leadership, Achievement, and Young Professionals Achievement Awards.


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IEEE Women in Engineering news: WIE ILC 2017, call for award nominations, scholarship opportunities

(updated 29 December 2016)

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

International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC)

Registration is open for the 2017 WIE ILC, taking place 22-23 May 2017, in San Jose, CA, USA. Attendees will have the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing, and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. WIE ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women.

Call for Nominations: WIE Awards

The WIE awards and recognition program is designed to recognize WIE members and Affinity Groups who 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 award guidelines and eligibility requirements:

Scholarship Opportunities

WIE is pleased to offer members opportunities for continued education. In partnership with several leading graduate universities, WIE members have the ability to take advantage of tuition benefits up to US$10,000.


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IEEE launches new 5G Initiative and seeks volunteers

(posted 29 December 2016)

IEEE Future Directions has launched the IEEE 5G Initiative and the corresponding IEEE 5G Technical Community to address the challenges associated with 5G and lay the foundation to realize its many opportunities. The initiative is seeking volunteers who are industry leaders, innovators, and researchers from industry, academia, and government to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology and to help drive standards and deployment.

The IEEE 5G Initiative is looking for contributors in the following areas:

  • To identify 5G technical architectures, challenges, and requirements
  • To develop the future roadmap for anticipated paradigm shifts
  • To contribute to the IEEE 5G Tech Focus, an online original content publication as either an Editorial Board Member or as an author
  • To help organize IEEE 5G Summits, a series of high impact one-day events in emerging technology areas
  • To help engage startup companies
  • To support ongoing 5G standardization efforts

The IEEE 5G Initiative is looking to build a vibrant, global IEEE 5G community at what is a key stage of the definition of 5G.

Email questions to the 5G Initiative co-chairs, Ashutosh Dutta ( or Gerhard Fettweis (, with a copy to Theresa Cavrak, IEEE staff (


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2017 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients and citations announced

(posted 29 December 2016)

The IEEE Awards Board is pleased to announce the 2017 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients, as approved by the IEEE Board of Directors. IEEE Life Fellow Kornelis (Kees) A. Schouhamer Immink will receive the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor "for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD, and Blu-ray."

Check out the IEEE Awards Facebook page and IEEE Awards Twitter for new postings, photos, and videos.


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Call for Nominations: IEEE Technical Field Awards, Medals, and Recognitions

(posted 29 December 2016)

The IEEE Awards Board administers the highest medals, awards, and recognitions presented by IEEE 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.

Nominations are due 15 January annually for IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) and the IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE. The IEEE Herz Award recognizes sustained contributions by a present or past full-time staff member of the IEEE with at least ten years of service.

Nominations are due 15 June annually for IEEE Medals and IEEE Recognitions. IEEE Medals are the highest recognition within the IEEE awards hierarchy, with the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor as the premier award. They embrace broad and significant contributions within the technical fields of interest of IEEE. IEEE Recognitions reward member’s individual contributions to IEEE and corporate advancements within the IEEE fields of interest. Recipients of IEEE Medals and Recognitions are recognized at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.

For more information, including nomination forms and award-specific criteria, visit or email


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Orientation webinars for new members; guest speakers for January and February

(updated 29 December 2016)

IEEE Section Chairs and Section Membership Development Chairs receive a monthly email notification regarding newly joined members in your Section. The current list of new members (those who joined in the past 30 days) is available through SAMIEEE, your volunteer analytics tool. The report provides member contact information: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, type of membership (traditional, e-membership), Societies joined, grade, and reasons for joining IEEE.

Welcome these new members to your Section and encourage them to register for a 60-minute live New Member Orientation webinar. These webinars are typically scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month, either 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 or 19:00 UTC-04). The guest speaker for January will be Rich Allen from the IEEE Foundation. February's guest speaker will be Kristen Mahan on IEEE Collabratec™.


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

(updated 29 December 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of December, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer the fourth book of IEEE-USA’s "Shaping an Engineering Career" e-book series. Author Dr. Joseph R. Bumblis, an IEEE Senior Member and retired associate professor of computer engineering, guides members on developing career paths in electrical and computer engineering. This e-book is available 1 December to 15 January.

In January, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "The Best of IEEE-USA InSight: On Licensing Software Engineers." Author Dr. Phillip A. Laplante, CSDP, P.E. compiled this collection of 10 useful articles appearing in IEEE-USA InSight the past few years. The book examines the question of whether software engineers should be licensed in the United States. A hotly debated topic for more than 20 years, the controversy largely ended in 2013, when 30 states began offering licensure for software engineers. This e-book is available 1 January to 15 February.

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 Publishing Manager, Georgia C. Stelluto, at


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Featured news around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

(updated 29 December 2016)

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 December edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a special issue on smart grid technology and renewable energy perspectives. The articles cover IEEE2030.5 for Distributed Energy Renewables, DOD Energy Policy, Smart Grid Technology, and What’s Next in 2017.


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IEEE members select James Jefferies as 2017 IEEE President-Elect

(posted 24 October 2016)

James A. Jefferies, Senior Member, has been selected as the 2017 IEEE President-Elect. Pending acceptance of the IEEE Tellers' Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 20-21 November, Jefferies will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2018. He will succeed 2017 IEEE President Karen Bartleson, senior director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Synopsys (retired), Mountain View, CA, USA. The other candidate for 2017 IEEE President-Elect was Wanda K. Reder, chief strategy officer, S&C Electric Company, Chicago (nominated by IEEE Board of Directors).

The following individuals were elected to the office of IEEE Region Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2017-2018:

  • Region 2: Wolfram Bettermann
  • Region 4: David Alan Koehler
  • Region 6: Keith A. Moore
  • Region 8: Magdalena Salazar-Palma
  • Region 10: Akonori Nishihara

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Call for nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2018: deadline 1 March

(posted 24 October 2016)

Nominate an IEEE member for Fellow.  It will be one of the high points in their career.  The nomination period for the 2018 Fellow Class is open and will continue through 1 March 2017.


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News from IEEE Educational Activities: new Cyber Security eLearning courses, accreditation activities, IEEE Standards University

(updated 26 October 2016)

New Cyber Security eLearning Courses: The IEEE eLearning Library provides the advanced technology content only IEEE can provide through convenient, multimedia-based online courses. With more than 400 courses in communications, computing, engineering, power, professional development, and dozens of other core and emerging technologies, the IEEE eLearning Library gives technology professionals, students, and faculty a better way to learn. Recently added courses include coverage of hot topics in cyber security, including:

  • Cloud Security
  • Cryptography Fundamentals
  • Footprinting 
  • Social Engineering for Cyber Security

Call for IEEE Program Evaluators for Accreditation Activities, deadline extended: Are you a qualified professional from industry, government, or academia who would like to assist in accrediting engineering and engineering technology programs?

IEEE Standards University: Launched by IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Educational Activities and designed for educators, students, engineers, or anyone interested in standards, IEEE Standards University (ISU) brings a better understanding of the value and impact of standards in business and manufacturing. Participants can draw from a variety of materials that build a practical understanding of standards and the innovation derived from standards development. The varied resources may help improve team working and collaborative skills invaluable to career success, while enhancing understanding of standards in fields such as electrical and electronics engineering, computing, and many others. ISU offers videos, online courses, workshops, and a freely available e-Magazine, with a worldwide audience of educators, students, and practicing professionals interested in technical standards and standards development.


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IEEE Collabratec™ surpasses 60,000 users; join the conversation

(posted 16 September 2016)

IEEE’s online networking and collaboration platform, IEEE Collabratec™, connects IEEE members and technology professionals to their colleagues and peers. With over 60,000 users on the platform, the amount of personal connections and technical knowledge shared among the many users and communities continues to flourish.

In addition to the user-base growing, so have the platform’s features. Integrated messaging allows you to message people in your network, both individually and in groups. You can customize your home feed to display content most relevant to you. Enhanced search features help you discover relevant content in communities and your private groups. Using the IEEE Collabratec bookmarklet, a browser plugin, you can add content directly to your library from IEEE Xplore®, Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect, and more. As an IEEE or Society member, you can sign up to be a mentor or search for a mentor using the mentoring feature.

Learn how you can incorporate IEEE Collabratec into your professional and IEEE volunteer activities. You can find videos, webinars, and other materials to help familiarize yourself with the platform and other activities.


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New IEEE Event Finder™ app helps members find IEEE events nearby

(posted 16 September 2016)

With help from members in Region 10, a new app to help IEEE members identify IEEE events or conferences has been released. The app will use the geolocation feature of the user's phone to identify events happening nearby.

Using the search functionality allows the user to find events by:

  • Event/Conference title
  • Date and event types
  • City
  • State/province
  • Country
  • Regions
  • Sections
  • Chapters
  • IEEE sponsoring Societies/Councils

"My assessment of the mobile app is that it is well done," states Mike Fallenstein, IEEE Region 4 Communications Committee Chair. "It is easy and intuitive to navigate. It has a very modern feel to it like the newer apps released by other companies. There will always be enhancements that will be wanted by users, but I think this is really excellent for a first release."

Download the free app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.


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Upgrades to Google+ and Google Hangouts

(posted 16 September 2016)

IEEE members and volunteers using GoogleApps@ should take note of the following upgrades to Google+ and Google Hangouts:

  • On 12 September 2016, Hangouts on Air moved from Google+ to YouTube Live. New Hangouts on Air will need to be scheduled using YouTube Live. Note that if you have existing events scheduled to happen after this time, please move them to YouTube Live.
  • Later in 2016, Google+ will become a Google Apps core service. It will be simpler and faster to use. In order to make Google+ simpler and faster to use, lightly-used functionality was removed. Please see the functional changes for details.

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