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Announcing MGA Outstanding Section Award recipients

(posted 29 June 2015)

On 20 June 2015, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected the following recipients of the 2015 MGA Outstanding Large and Small Section Awards:

  • 2015 MGA Outstanding Large Section Award recipient is the IEEE Kerala Section from Region 10;
  • 2015 MGA Outstanding Medium Section Award recipient is the IEEE New Jersey Coast Section from Region 1;
  • 2015 MGA Outstanding Small Section Award recipient is the IEEE Nicaragua Section from Region 9.

Congratulations to the Kerala, New Jersey Coast, and Nicaragua 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. A section of the page includes highlights of the 2014 calendar-year activities of the recipients and nominees.


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Announcing 2016 IEEE MGA Board members and committee chairs

(posted 29 June 2015)

The MGA Assembly met Thursday, 18 June 2015, and determined the slate of candidates for the office of 2016 IEEE Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities, to be sent to the IEEE Assembly for election in November 2015:

  • Mary Ellen Randall - Cary, NC, USA
  • Wai-Choong (Lawrence) Wong - Singapore, Singapore

The MGA Assembly also selected the 2016 MGA Treasurer and Vice Chairs, as follows:

  • MGA Treasurer: Dane Watson - Plano, TX, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations: Martin Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • MGA Vice Chair, Information Management: Francisco Martinez - Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • MGA Vice Chair, Member Development: Eduardo Palacio - Saint James, NY, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Strategic Management and Analysis: Murty Polavarapu - Manassas, VA, USA

The MGA Board met Saturday, 20 June 2015, and approved the 2015 MGA Committee Chair appointments, recommended by the MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee. Please visit the 2016 MGA Volunteers Web page for more information.


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Call for nominations: 2016 MGA committee members and liaisons: deadline 1 August

(posted 29 June 2015)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2016 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 2015.


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Call for participation: 2015 IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT)

(posted 29 June 2015)

Last year, the IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT) was successfully implemented with volunteers across all the Regions of IEEE and targeted volunteers with a true desire to learn about the broader IEEE, participate in IEEE committees, and consider taking leadership positions within their units.

The success and popularity of the VOLT program is evident by the continuous positive feedback received from the program's graduates, mentors, and many volunteers across the Regions. In response to this positive feedback, the VOLT Ad Hoc Committee has decided to make the IEEE foundational content available to a larger audience. For 2015, the program will consist of two tracks.

Track 1: All IEEE volunteers are invited to participate in Track 1, which will cover key organizational units of IEEE and focus on the foundational knowledge of the organization. These prerequisite courses will be available to all IEEE volunteers through the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) site starting 10 July 2015.

Track 2: Volunteers who complete the foundational Track 1 within the CLE site by 24 August 2015 can apply for consideration for Track 2 of the VOLT Program, starting in September 2015. Track 2 will last three months and focus mainly on leadership-related topics. Participation in Track 2 will be determined by the VOLT Ad Hoc Committee based on predefined criteria.


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Conference activity is now available on the Section Vitality Dashboard

(posted 29 June 2015)

Informed by discussions at IEEE Sections Congress 2014, customer surveys, and ongoing feedback, the global IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) management staff has been working on ways to better support the full scope of your conference needs. Recently, they focused on providing data that you can use to drive decisions and communication, understanding that you value transparency into conferences and events occurring within your Section.

This information can be used as a tool for you to:

  • promote IEEE activity in your area;
  • provide value to your members through local events;
  • strategically partner with IEEE conferences;
  • perhaps offer conference sponsorship from your Section.

MGA and MCE announce that real-time and on-demand conference activity reports are now available to all IEEE Sections on the new "IEEE Conferences" tab, which has been added to the Section Vitality Dashboard. A tutorial is also available within the dashboard.

The new Conference Dashboard contains three parts:

  • conference activity by geographic unit sponsor;
  • upcoming approved conferences by location;
  • conferences pie chart by Region.

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IEEE Women in Engineering news: 2016 leadership conference, virtual career fair, awards program, summits

(posted 29 June 2015)

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

International Leadership Conference

The 2016 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2016 WIE-ILC) will take place 23-24 May 2016, in San Jose, CA, USA. Connect with over 1,100 mid-to-senior female engineers and technologists in attendance. The call for speakers is open and partnership opportunities are now available.

Virtual Career

Join the IEEE Women in Engineering Virtual Career Fair on 23 September 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (1400 UTC-04 to 2100 UTC-04). The sponsorship deadline is 1 September 2015.

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 Women in Engineering Summits are taking place around the globe. Follow the links below to learn more about the call for speakers and partnership opportunities.



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Tell IEEE about technology projects in your organizational unit (OU)

(updated 29 June 2015)

IEEE President Howard Michel has appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on Holistic Information Technology (IT) Development. This committee is focused primarily on the IT needs of IEEE business units on a three- to five-year time horizon.

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) wants to know if you are using any IT products or services to develop your IEEE volunteer activities, and your response will help the committee's analysis.

Examples may include:

  • "Our Section uses Eventbrite for event registration"
  • "Our Chapter has a YouTube channel"
  • "Our affinity group has a custom iPhone or Android app for event attendees"
  • "Our unit has a Facebook page"

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Member Discounts: save on car rental

(posted 29 June 2015)

As a member benefit, IEEE members can take advantage of discounts up to 20% when renting a car for holiday or business. The discount is available at participating locations in many parts of the world. Terms and conditions apply.


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Last Call for Nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions: deadline 1 July

(updated 29 June 2015)

Nominations are due 1 July 2015 for the 2016 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.


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Last call for applications: IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative: deadline 30 June

(updated 29 June 2015)

Have you heard about the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative? It's a program that offers up to US$7,000 over three years to electrical engineering undergraduate students in the US and Canada who are willing to consider a career in electric power and energy engineering. The goal of the program is to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers in the US and Canada.


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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference education program webinar: new electronic IEEE copyright form (eCF)

(updated 29 June 2015)

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

New Electronic IEEE Copyright Form (eCF)

  • Date: Thursday, 23 July 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. ET (1400 UTC-04)
  • Description: The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Pub Tech will be launching a major redesign of the electronic IEEE Copyright Form (eCF) with a whole new look and feel. This webinar will demonstrate the improvements of the new eCF, including expanded signing options, dynamic display to allow use on handheld devices, and a streamlined wizard process. Speaker: Bill Hagen, Senior Manager, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Anthony VenGraitis, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Specialist II.

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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives; contribute IoT use case scenarios

(updated 29 June 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.

The 2nd annual IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) is taking place 14-16 December 2015 in Milan, Italy. The organizing committee seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society. The submission deadline has been extended to 8 July.

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.

The first annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015) is taking place 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The theme is "Smart City for Sustainability." This is the premier conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. Original and innovative contributions in smart city research and advanced implementations and deployments are sought for technical sessions.


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Welcome new members in your Section and invite them to attend an orientation webinar

(posted 18 May 2015)

IEEE Section Chairs and Section Membership Development Chairs receive a monthly e-mail 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, e-mail 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 30-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. The webinar includes an overview of IEEE membership, access instructions for member-only benefits and services, and a question-and-answer session.


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Use vTools.Meetings for more than just submitting reports

(posted 18 May 2015)

vTools Meetings is more than a place to file your unit meeting (L31) reports. The meeting scheduler feeds multiple sources, making it possible to publicize your meeting worldwide. RSS, iCal, and XML feeds are also available for custom data delivery.

The meeting registration module enables Sections, Chapters, and Affinity Groups to accept credit card payments from meeting attendees and have funds deposited directly into the organizational unit’s (OU) Concentration Banking account.

If you are interested in using this option for your OU and you do not have a Concentration Banking account, you can learn more on the IEEE Concentration Banking Program Web page or e-mail Concentration Banking.

Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for OUs in Regions 8-10 per special arrangement. E-mail MGA Information Management for additional information.


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Member Discounts: Mobile Property Insurance for Regions 8-10

(posted 18 May 2015)

IEEE Member Discounts offers an insurance solution that provides comprehensive global protection for personal effects for IEEE members in Regions 8-10. Mobile property insurance ensures that no matter where or how often IEEE members travel, they are fully protected (subject to policy terms and conditions). Coverage includes protection against loss, theft, or damage, and is good for 12 months on unlimited amounts of travel.


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Volunteers needed for IEEE Awards

(posted 18 May 2015)

The IEEE Awards Board seeks new volunteers to serve on its award selection committees and Awards Board standing committees to assist with managing the recipient nomination and selection process for IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions, the highest awards IEEE presents on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

  • AB Awards Review Committee
  • AB Planning and Policy Committee
  • AB Finance Committee
  • AB Presentation and Publicity Committee
  • AB Joint Awards with National Societies Committee
  • Medals Council
  • Technical Field Awards Council
  • Recognitions Council
  • Medal, Technical Field Award, Recognition selection committees

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Thank you for submitting officer, meeting, and financial reports

(posted 21 April 2015)

MGA would like to thank everyone for submitting their officer, meeting, and financial reports to IEEE in a timely manner. Following review of the reports, the rebates will be completed and distributed to eligible geographic units whose officer, financial, and meeting activity reporting was received complete and subsequently approved.

As a reminder, the rebate is paid to the Section. The funds provided are intended for the support of not only the Section’s activities, but also the activities of its subunits, including Subsections, Chapters, affinity groups, and IEEE Student organizations. Section officers are encouraged to use rebate funds to support unit activities.


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Call for grant applications: IEEE Foundation/IEEE Life Members Fund: deadline 1 August

(posted 22 April 2015)

The IEEE Foundation, in partnership with the IEEE Life Members Committee, invites IEEE organizational units to submit proposals for projects that increase the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition.

Eligible projects should inform the public about technical issues such as, but not limited to: energy, health care, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and environmental change for the purpose of fostering balanced factual discussion and understanding of a current public issue. Eligible projects should result in the creation of materials and activities such as presentations and/or simulations that are suitable for one or more of the following audiences: secondary-school/college students, secondary-school teachers, IEEE groups, local community groups, and technology policy makers.

The application deadline is 1 August 2015.


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Member Discounts: learn about risk management

(posted 22 April 2015)

Section officers can spread the word that IEEE offers a FREE online course especially designed for entrepreneurs and independent consultants. The course, called IEEE Risk Management for Engineers, examines the risk-management process including defining and measuring risk, exposure identification and risk analysis, risk responses, risk mitigation, and the value of contracts and professional liability insurance.


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Call for proposals: IEEE SIGHT project funding in 2015

(updated 18 May 2015)

The IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) Steering Committee is inviting applications for project funding support. SIGHT groups’ major goal is to create opportunities for members to devote time and talents to humanitarian work consistent with IEEE’s Constitution to “bring the benefits of technology to the entire world.”

IEEE SIGHT will support a wide range of projects, and the level of funding support has been between US$500 and US$20,000.

The remaining 2015 application deadlines are 15 July and 15 September.


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Help conference authors meet open access publishing requirements

(posted 22 April 2015)

One of the trends in publishing is to make research articles publicly available through a process called “open access” (OA). To help ensure that your conference authors can meet open access guidelines from their funding agencies, reviewing the IEEE Author Posting policy may address their concerns and make them comfortable submitting papers to your conference.


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The IEEE of 2030 begins now

(posted 20 March 2015)

There is significant work being done this year at the IEEE Board of Directors level related to strategy.

Where it started: As part of the January 2015 Board Retreat, IEEE President and CEO Howard Michel convened a diverse group of participants including the IEEE Board of Directors, the executive staff team, and select volunteers to engage in a candid and productive dialogue around IEEE’s future direction and strategy.

The approach: IEEE partnered with the Toronto-based facilitation firm Syntegrity Group, which led participants through a progressive three-day consensus-building process designed specifically to handle complex challenges. The objectives of this effort were to:

  1. better understand the changes IEEE must make now to best position IEEE for success in 2030, while still supporting the needs of technologists between now and then;
  2. focus on key strategic objectives that support the short- and long-term vision for IEEE of 2030;
  3. arrive at a holistic understanding of what a flourishing IEEE would consist of in the future;
  4. identify and agree on the steps that IEEE needs to take to move in that direction over the next two years.

The three-day retreat resulted in 12 strategic topics, each with recommendations and perceived importance of the recommendations. Subsequently, in February, a smaller group convened to continue to further refine the 12 strategic topics and develop a roadmap that honored the previous work, while adding clarity and realistic timelines and expectations. This effort resulted in four strategic objectives:

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

To anchor the entire IEEE in 2030 effort, the groups focused on the following strategic question: “What changes must we make now to best position IEEE for success in 2030, while still supporting the needs of technologists between now and then?”

Next steps: The IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on IEEE in 2030 has been given responsibility for this work including monitoring progress and reporting back to the Board and organizational units (OUs). Barry Shoop, 2016 IEEE President, is the chair of this ad hoc committee. 

In March the Committee will develop detailed roadmaps to support the four strategic objectives and will begin working with the Board, OUs, standing committees, other ad hoc committees, and other groups within IEEE to execute plans.


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Call for nominations: IEEE Technical Activities volunteer positions

(updated 18 May 2015)

IEEE Technical Activities (TA) is looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization. Currently, TA is accepting nominations for these positions (deadlines in September 2015):

  • Vice President Elect, Vice President, Past Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities (2017-2019)
  • Member, TAB Finance Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member, TAB Management Committee (2016-2018)
  • Members, TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2016-2017)
  • Members, TAB Periodicals Committee (2016-2017)
  • Members, TAB/Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Products and Services Committee (2016)

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Funds available for Region student competitions in 2015

(posted 23 February 2015)

The MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Assessment Committee is funding up to US$1,500 for student competitions in 2015. To participate, Region contest organizers must complete the funding request form (DOC, 78 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 2015 must be received by 30 November 2015.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in June and July

(updated 29 June 2015)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of June, IEEE-USA will offer “Would Have Liked to Know That! -- Book 1: Selling Yourself at Work” -- by Maura Schreier-Fleming. “Selling Yourself at Work” focuses on strategies for engineers to build a successful career by implementing some of the successful strategies sales professionals use. The latter are masters of communication and work effectively with others to get the results they want. Available 1 June to 15 July.

For the month of July, IEEE-USA will offer "The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer – Volume 3," by Donald Christiansen, which covers topics that have concerned (and sometimes perplexed) engineers for years, if not decades. Among them are how to manage careers, the future of the profession, and how the general public sees the role of engineers. Look for the special link on 1 July.

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

(updated 29 June 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 June edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers distribution system state estimation, overview of the Quadrennial Energy Review, and INTrEPID, new pilot program in Europe. Also, the IEEE Smart Village initiative is highlighted.


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