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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.

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

(posted 18 May 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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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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Call for Nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions: deadline 1 July

(posted 18 May 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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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 nominations: IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award: deadline 31 May

(updated 21 April 2015)

Recognize the efforts of IEEE Life Member Affinity Groups (LMAG). Nominate a LMAG for the IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award.

If you know of an IEEE Life Members affinity group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in organizing activities and programs to engage Life members or to help further support the IEEE Life Members Fund, consider nominating them for this award.

The deadline is 31 May 2015 and the award is based on 2014 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 nominations: IEEE-USA volunteer positions: deadline 1 June

(posted 22 April 2015)

The IEEE-USA Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee asks for your help in identifying US IEEE members who may be interested in, and well-qualified for, service on IEEE-USA committees and/or in the following IEEE-USA board positions:

  • IEEE-USA President-Elect (2017)
  • Member-at-Large (2017-2018)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2016)
  • Vice President - Career & Member Services (2016)
  • Vice President - Communications & Public Awareness (2016)
  • Vice President - Professional Activities (2016)
  • Vice President - Government Relations (2016)
  • Young Professional Representative

The deadline is 1 June 2015.


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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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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference education program webinars: marketing your conference, global hotel partnership program

(updated 22 April 2015)

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

Marketing Your Conference: Better Event E-mail Invites in 7 Easy Steps

  • Date: Thursday, 21 May 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Description: A great event needs great marketing to get the word out, build excitement, and ultimately drive registrations. Despite the growth in social and other online channels, e-mail continues to be the primary driver of attendance, but it's tough to know if you're maximizing this valuable communication channel. Learn how to define your target audience, create an e-mail campaign calendar, and determine what kinds of e-mail to send and when.

IEEE Global Hotel Partnership Program

  • Date: Thursday, 11 June 2015
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Description: IEEE’s Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) is pleased to present IEEE’s global hotel partnership program for the organizer community. Through IEEE’s Preferred Hotel Partnership Program, MCE can offer significant discounts and concessions with Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels—two of the top five global hotel chains for their overall guest-room inventory and strong growth of branded hotels globally.

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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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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives

(updated 18 May 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, please join the free technical communities available.

Current Future Directions events include:

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 is 15 June.

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. The submission deadline has been extended to 15 June.


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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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IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative now accepting applications: deadline 30 June

(posted 20 March 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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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 May and June

(updated 6 May 2015)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of May, IEEE-USA will offer "Doing Innovation – Book 4: What It Takes To Be an Innovator" -- by Gerard H. “Gus” Gaynor. This e-book focuses on a critical element of innovation -- the Innovator. What do innovators bring to an organization? What characteristics and attitudes do they display? Available 1 May through 15 June.

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. Look for the special link on 1 June.

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 18 May 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 May edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers the role the smart grid plays in smart living, smart cities, rural electrification, and bridging the urban-rural electricity divide. Also, many efforts from the IEEE Smart Village initiative are highlighted.


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