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

(updated 31 January 2017)

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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Announcing the latest innovations for vTools.Events and eNotice

(posted 31 January 2017)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is excited to announce the integration of eNotice with vTools.Events.

Now a meeting announcement can be created and sent using the meeting information entered in vTools.Events.

The IEEE MGA vTools team has also released an update to vTools.eNotice. This release allows Region and Section officers to send messages to a specific audience or segment within their organizational unit. This provides the opportunity to target messages to particular member groups (e.g., Affinity Groups, Subsections, Chapters, Student Branches).


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

(updated 31 January 2017)

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 February will be be Kristen Mahan on IEEE Collabratec™. March's guest speakers are Lani Angso and Jeanne Audino on IEEE Publications: eBook Classics.


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Give the gift of IEEE membership

(updated 31 January 2017)

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.


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Reminder call for nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2018: deadline 1 March

(updated 31 January 2017)

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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Volunteers Needed for IEEE Awards Board

(posted 31 January 2017)

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.

To apply to serve on an award selection committee or as a member of one of the following Awards Board’s (AB) committees, please visit the IEEE Awards Board Nominations and Appointments webpage:

  • AB Awards Policy and Portfolio Review 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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Call for Nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions

(updated 31 January 2017)

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

(updated 31 January 2017)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of 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.

In February, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Staying Sharp—Vol. 1: Tips for Staying Sharp Inside Your Company." First in a two-part series, this e-book provides more than a dozen proven strategies engineers can easily put to work on the job. Author Harry T. Roman shares his thoughts about how engineers can enhance their non-technical skills for career success. This e-book is available 1 February to 15 March.

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 31 January 2017)

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 January edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a special issue on customers. The articles cover Designing a Demand Response Program One Step at a Time, Unbundled Smart Meter Design Solutions and Lessons Learned, State-of-the-Art Power Electronics Solutions for Autonomous Electric Transportation Systems, and the Current Status of the Development and Future of Electric Vehicles.


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