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Last call for nominations: 2017 MGA committee members and liaisons: deadline 1 August

(updated 25 July 2016)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2017 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 2016.


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IEEE Smart Tech events: registration open, virtual participation available

(posted 25 July 2016)

MGA is launching its series of events focused on providing career assistance, professional networking, and education on in-demand and emerging technologies for practicing engineers and technical professionals. Registration is now open for two upcoming IEEE Smart Tech Signature Events. Virtual participation is also available with the new live streaming registration option.

30 September - 1 October 2016, in Crystal City, VA, USA. Workshop topics include:

  • Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge
  • Systems Engineering Case Studies and Applications
  • Cyber Security/Big Data
  • Technologies for 5G
  • Disruptive Internet of Things
  • Managing Your Career as a Business

21-22 October 2016, in Birmingham, England. Workshop topics include:

  • LiFi: LED-Based Network Communication
  • Industry Applications of Robotics
  • Introduction to ARM Architecture Fundamentals
  • Multi-Core CPU/GPU System and Software Development
  • Professional and Business Development: Confident Networking
  • Business Strategy for Consultants and Entrepreneurs
  • Software Defined Radio: Implementation, Design and Real-Time Operation
  • Evening Reception and Keynote Address by Sir Robin Saxby, former CEO and chairman of ARM Holdings, PLC.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at both events.


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Invite members in your Section to attend an orientation webinar or new Ignite information session

(updated 25 July 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). Special webinars have also been scheduled. Each webinar includes an overview of IEEE membership, access instructions for member-only benefits and services, and a question-and-answer session.

Upcoming guest speakers include:

  • Thursday, 28 July, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 and 19:00 UTC-04) - featuring Holly Schneider Brown on IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)
  • Thursday, 25 August, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 and 19:00 UTC-04) - featuring Jessica Perry, Membership & Content Administrator, IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • Tuesday, 20 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Education Activities Programs, WIE Scholarships, Authoring Tools in IEEE Collabratec™, SIGHT
  • Wednesday, 21 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Member Discounts, Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT), and eBook Classics
  • Friday, 23 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Career Resources, IEEE Foundation, Section Assistance

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Recognize outstanding volunteers: call for MGA Awards nominations: deadline 15 October

(updated 25 July 2016)

You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious MGA Awards. Each award has a unique mission and criteria, and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.

If you know someone who has made substantial regional contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals of transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

Please visit the MGA Award Nomination web page to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements, reference the step-by-step submission instructions, and link to the portal for nominations.

The deadline for nominations (completed nomination form and two endorsement letters) is 15 October 2016.


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Call for proposals: IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee project funding in 2016: deadline 15 August

(posted 25 July 2016)

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) is currently soliciting proposals for its 2016 funding opportunities.

The IEEE HAC is tasked with supporting the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities at the local level. HAC Events: HAC is currently soliciting proposals for the support of elements of events that are aligned with this vision. Support requested may include financial resources, publicity in HAC materials, content development - such as HAC assistance in determining session topics and/or potential speakers - HAC promotional materials, and/or other assistance. HAC seeks to support a range of elements of events across IEEE's regions worldwide. Please note: HAC will not sponsor entire conferences - rather, it will support elements of events, such as tracks, workshops, sessions, and so on, that are aligned with HAC's vision. The deadline is 15 September.

HAC Projects: HAC is currently soliciting proposals for humanitarian projects that are aligned with this vision. The committee will review proposals and grant awards between US$20,000 and US$100,000. Project activities to be funded by the grant must be completed by the end of calendar year 2016 to be considered. The deadline is 15 August.

SIGHT Projects: The Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. The SIGHT Steering Committee is currently soliciting proposals for SIGHT group project funding. The committee will review proposals and grant awards between US$500 and US$19,999. Project activities to be funded by the grant must be completed by the end of calendar year 2016 to be considered. The deadline is 15 August.


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2017 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients announced; IEEE Honors Ceremony a memorable event

(posted 25 July 2016)

The IEEE Board of Directors has approved the 2017 IEEE Technical Field Award and 2016 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award recipients.

The 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony was a memorable event. Visit the IEEE Awards Channel on to hear about the remarkable achievements of award recipients across all of IEEE’s fields of interest who received gold medals at the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony on 18 June at Gotham Hall, NY, USA. G. David Forney, Jr. received the IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award.

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


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Call for nominations: Technical Activities volunteer positions

(posted 25 July 2016)

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 the following positions:

  • Vice President Elect, Vice President, Past Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities (2018-2020)
  • Member, TAB Finance Committee (2017-2018)
  • Member, TAB Management Committee (2017-2019)
  • Members (3), TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2017-2018)
  • Members (6), TAB/Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Products and Services Committee (2017)
  • Members (4), TAB Periodicals Committee (2017-2018)
  • Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee (2018-2019)

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MGA financial reporting deadline changed to last day of February

(posted 27 June 2016)

At its 18 June 2016 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board approved changing the geographic unit close/end date for prior year financial reporting to the last day of February.

This change applies only to the financial reporting deadline. The geographic unit officer reporting and meeting reporting deadlines remain as 15 March, and the bonus deadline remains as the third Friday of February. The rebate algorithm and calculation remain unchanged.

This information will be further communicated with all Sections over the next few months.


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Announcing MGA Outstanding Section Award recipients

(posted 27 June 2016)

On 18 June 2016, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected the following recipients of the 2016 MGA Outstanding Section Awards (based on 2015 activities):

  • MGA Outstanding Large Section Award recipient is the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section from Region 6
  • MGA Outstanding Medium Section Award recipient is the IEEE Argentina Section from Region 9

Congratulations to the Santa Clara Valley and Argentina 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 2015 calendar-year activities of the recipients.


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Announcing 2017 IEEE MGA Board members and committee chairs

(posted 27 June 2016)

The MGA Assembly met Thursday, 16 June 2016, and determined the slates of candidates for the offices of 2017 IEEE Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities and 2018 IEEE Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities (2017 VP-Elect). These positions will be elected at the IEEE Assembly in November:

2017 Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities

  • Martin Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • Ramakrishna Kappagantu - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Mary Ellen Randall - Cary, NC, USA

2018 Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities (2017 VP-Elect)

  • Martin Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • Parviz Famouri - Morgantown, WV, USA
  • Ramakrishna Kappagantu - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Mary Ellen Randall - Cary, NC, USA
  • **Elected 2017 VP to be removed from 2018 slate

The MGA Assembly also selected the 2017 MGA Treasurer and Vice Chairs, as follows:

  • MGA Treasurer: Deborah Cooper - Reston, VA, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations: Costas Stasopoulos - Nicosia, Cyprus
  • MGA Vice Chair, Information Management: Stefano Zanero - Milano, Italy
  • MGA Vice Chair, Member Development: Eduardo Palacio - Saint James, NY, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Strategic Management and Analysis: Murty Polavarapu - Oakton, VA, USA

The MGA Board met Saturday, 18 June 2016, and approved the 2016 MGA Committee Chair appointments, recommended by the MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee. Please visit the 2017 MGA Volunteers web page for more information.


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News from IEEE Educational Activities: new courses available on, publications from Standards Education and IEEE-HKN

(posted 27 June 2016)

Recharge your resume and gain in-demand skills this summer at, IEEE’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal on the edX platform. Learn why smart grids are key to modernizing the current electrical system to optimize the conservation and delivery of power with the new free course, “Smart Grids: Electricity for the Future,” starting on 29 June. Check out “Enterprise Architecture and Essentials of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF® 9.1),” starting 14 July, to discover how to improve IT infrastructure and business efficiency using architectural framework.

The latest issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available. The theme of this issue is Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) standards. Articles address current activities, challenges, and opportunities related to WPT standards from a global perspective, and authors discuss the primary standards in development and offer considerations on standards for use in designing wireless charging systems.

The latest issue of THE BRIDGE, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu's signature publication, is now available. This issue's theme is "Cybersecurity" and includes feature articles such as Cyber-Physical Security Assessment (CyPSA) for Electric Power Systems, Security Analytics: Essential Data Analytics Knowledge for Cybersecurity Professionals and Students, A Brief Review of Security in Emerging Programming Networks, and much more.


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IEEE Maker Project competition: deadline 17 September

(posted 27 June 2016)

The IEEE Maker Project competition has launched and will run through 17 September 2016. This year, Thomas Coughlin, IEEE Senior member and Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, will serve as the host of this competition and will be featured in an ongoing video series that will highlight cool projects and events on the contest website.

If you’ve been tinkering with a tech project that solves complex problems and has application in the real world, here’s your chance to showcase your work. Contest categories include accessibility, education, entertainment, health and safety, sustainability, and transportation.


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Action required: changes to IEEE tagline and related references

(posted 27 May 2016)

IEEE has revised the tagline terminology used on all IEEE digital communications, promotional materials, websites, and mobile apps. Please review and update all existing applications using the new language shown below, including the footer and any other areas of the materials where it may be used.

Current: A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Change to: A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.


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Member Discounts: learn about risk management

(posted 27 May 2016)

IEEE Risk Management for Engineers is an online course developed by IEEE, with the needs of business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, students, and working professionals in mind. The course examines the Risk Management process, including defining and measuring risk, exposure identification and risk analysis, risk responses and risk mitigation, as well as the value of contracts and professional liability insurance. This course is free exclusively to members.


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IEEE Policy on Elections and Electioneering

(posted 19 April 2016)

Barry L. Shoop, 2016 IEEE President, recently wrote to IEEE volunteers regarding the importance of understanding the organization’s electioneering policy. When endorsing a candidate, the endorsement must be clear that it comes from an individual member so it is not perceived as an endorsement from your organizational unit (OU). IEEE Policy 13.3.C “Elections and Electioneering - Means of Informing Members of IEEE Organizational Units” states equal opportunity for all candidates must be provided to promote their candidacy.

“Members may be informed of the candidates’ views and of issues pertaining to initiatives through Board/Society/Council/Region/Section or Chapter meetings, conferences and publications. Equal opportunity shall be provided to all candidates for the same elective position. The editor, conference chair or other individual responsible for the activity shall determine the information to be presented or published, within the guidelines 13.2 established by the governing body of that organizational unit, provided all candidates are treated equally.”

According to “IEEE Policy 14.1 – Use and Control of IEEE Mailing Lists,” IEEE mailing lists “may not be used for electioneering in connection with any office within the IEEE, or for political purposes, or for commercial promotion, except as explicitly authorized hereunder.” Specifically, this policy means that IEEE resources such as membership rosters, mass distribution lists, and SAMIEEE may not be used for electioneering outreach. For more information, please refer to the full policy 14.1 in Section 14 – IEEE Mailing List and Rosters (PDF, 977 KB).

According to "IEEE Electronic Mail Policy Section 5.7," IEEE email lists "shall not be used for IEEE electioneering unless explicitly established for this purpose by IEEE."

IEEE Social Media best practices should also be followed.


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Member Discounts: New Financial Planning Program

(posted 19 April 2016)

IEEE Member Discounts offers a suite of services to help members in the USA and Puerto Rico plan and meet their financial goals with myFinancialWellness for IEEE Members. Learn about what myFinancial Wellness can do for you by watching a new video and sampling the self-directed planning tools available to eligible members at no cost.

Whether planning for children’s education or retirement, eligible members can benefit from access to no-cost educational resources, financial tools, and credentialed financial advisors who can help them get their financial plans in shape. myFinancialWellness is offered through Vinings Management Corporation.


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

(updated 19 July 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of July, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer"A Living Resume – Volume 1: Documenting Your Accomplishments," by author Harry T. Roman. The Living Resume Series is an evolving story that documents your growth as a professional. Volume 1 of The Living Resume discusses how to document your career accomplishments. The e-book is available 1 July to 15 August.

In August, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career – Book 3 - Volume 1: Advancing to Management.” In his review of career management, author Siri Varadan presents a useful and imaginative insight into how young engineers can begin to address career aspirations. Using his own career as a metaphor, he explores how career advancement is a function of opportunity, meeting preparation and readiness. The e-book is available 1 August to 15 September.

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 19 July 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 July edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers PRC-027 and substation relay settings, sustainable microgrids for energy-poor communities, cybersecurity for the smart grid, and how the evolution of electric utilities affect the consumer through the smart grid.


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