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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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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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Reminder: 2014 annual reporting and rebate requirements: due 31 March

(updated 20 March 2015)

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:

 
 

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IEEE Member Discounts benefit everyone

(posted 20 March 2015)

Here are three facts to tell members about the IEEE Member Discounts Program:

  1. Discounted products and services and insurance are not just in the US anymore.
  2. IEEE members can buy at better rates than the public any day, not just when there is a sale.
  3. When you get benefits from Member Discounts, they are yours even when you change jobs.

In addition, when IEEE members participate in Member Discounts, IEEE earns royalties. So the greater the participation, the more Member Discounts contributes to IEEE revenue to help defer other costs.

With this win-win situation, Section officers are asked to promote Member Discounts on their Section Web pages or at their meetings to raise awareness of these valuable benefits. The Member Discounts Resources page has downloadable Web banners for posting on a Section page and Regional program flyers for printing and distribution at meetings.

 
 
 

Call for nominations: IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award: deadline 31 May

(posted 20 March 2015)

You can help recognize the efforts of IEEE Life Member Affinity Groups (LMAG) by nominating 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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Last call for nominations: IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) awards: deadline 1 April

(updated 20 March 2015)

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.

Learn more about the award guidelines and eligibility requirements and/or submit a nomination:

The nomination deadline is 1 April.

 
 

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Register now for the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference

(updated 20 March 2015)

Register now for the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2015 WIE-ILC), to be held 23-25 April 2015, in San Jose, CA, USA. With a theme of "Lead Beyond: Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World," the conference will focus on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship educational tracks. 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. More than 500 mid-level and senior-level technical professionals are expected to attend. 

Keynote speakers include Brian Kraznich, Chief Executive Officer, Intel; Lisa Su, Chief Executive Officer, AMD; Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer, Cisco; and Yanbing Li, Vice President, VMware.

In addition to the Friday and Saturday conference tracks on innovation, empowerment, entrepreneurship, and executive leadership at the Marriott Downtown San Jose, a free virtual conference track will also be available online.

 
 

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Call for nominations: IEEE Technical Activities volunteer positions

(posted 20 March 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:

  • Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee (2016-2017)
  • Members, TAB Periodicals Committee (2016-2017)
  • Members, IEEE Conferences Committee (2016-2017)
  • 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)
 
 

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Nominate a colleague for the IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor recognition: deadline 13 April

(posted 20 March 2015)

Do you know someone, living or deceased, who has made one or more major contribution(s) to IEEE Technical Activities? Now is your chance to nominate him or her for the Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor. Nominees will be considered based on their contributions to the creation, development, or advancement of the technical objectives of IEEE. The final 2015 recipient(s) will be determined by the IEEE Technical Activities Board at the June 2015 meeting. The nomination deadline is 13 April 2015.

 
 

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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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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference education program webinars: publication tools overview

(updated 20 March 2015)

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

Publication Tools: PDF Express, Express Plus, and eXpress Conference Publishing - Overview

 
 

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There is still time to renew for 2015

(posted 23 February 2015)

On 21 February, IEEE ran the service deactivation for members who haven't renewed for 2015. However, there is still time to renew. Now is a good time for Section volunteers to reach out to those members in arrears to encourage them to take action in order to keep the benefits and services they value most. Every member counts toward your Section's membership development goals and funding. Do not miss out on this opportunity.

 
 

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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 launches new flagship publication, IEEE-USA InSight, and new Shop site

(posted 23 February 2015)

IEEE-USA has launched a new flagship publication, IEEE-USA InSight. IEEE-USA InSight represents the merger of IEEE-USA’s two award-winning publications: Today’s Engineer and IEEE-USA in ACTION. IEEE-USA InSight will continue to bring you the same thought-provoking and insightful content that you’ve become accustomed to receiving from IEEE-USA—careers, public policy, and news and announcements from IEEE-USA—in one comprehensive publication.

The current IEEE-USA InSight home page features stories on the portrayal of engineering and technology in pop culture, the rise and fall of the fax machine, and why IEEE-USA President Jim Jefferies thinks this is a great time to be a US IEEE member.

The publication launch coincides with the debut of IEEE-USA’s new Shop site, where IEEE-USA E-Books are discoverable and available for purchase. IEEE members will find it easy to use their IEEE Web accounts to add products to their IEEE Xplore shopping cart.

 
 

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Google services and more may be affected in China

(posted 23 February 2015)

Please be aware that recent changes implemented by the Chinese government regarding access to social media services, cloud-hosted infrastructure, and API services may have an impact on your IEEE Web site.

Any features and functionalities on your IEEE site that make use of these types of services provided by companies such as, but not limited to, Google and Facebook, may be inaccessible by the public in China, including IEEE members and volunteers.

As a suggestion, IEEE Webmasters should review how their Web site implements features and functions from services such as but not limited to Google’s App Engine, Cloud SQL, and Facebook. It is recommended that your site be tested for functionality in China if you are supporting members or the public in China with your site. Public proxy services can be leveraged by you to test your site’s functionality in China.

For more info, please see the following articles:

 
 

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IEEE Conference Organizers' Newsletter: subscribe now

(posted 23 February 2015)

The IEEE Conference Organizers' Newsletter is intended to communicate important information about conference organizing practices, new services and tools available, IEEE policy changes, and industry information or issues relevant to conference organizing. The newsletter provides timely and useful information that is appropriate for anyone with an interest in conferences, including conference chairs, conference volunteers, organizational unit leaders, meeting planners, and staff.

 
 

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IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers is now open for registration: 16-18 July

(posted 23 February 2015)

The 2015 IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) will take place 16-18 July, in Glasgow, Scotland. IEEE POCO convenes organizers, volunteer leaders, and decision makers to address conference leadership practices, changes in policies, challenges in the conference landscape, and new conference initiatives. IEEE volunteers involved in conferences can apply to attend as a hosted attendee and receive complimentary registration. Many IEEE organizational units will cover the cost of travel and lodging. Check with your unit as soon as possible for this unique event.

 
 

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New IEEE roster launches with enhanced search capability

(posted 29 January 2015)

A new and enhanced organizational unit (OU) and volunteer roster application launched on Thursday, 29 January 2015. It will replace the existing IEEE Organization Rosters, Parts I, II, and III, and some related rosters. The new roster meets IEEE’s Web design standards and will leverage IEEE’s current infrastructure in Amazon’s cloud environment.

Features include:

  • an enterprise search tool technology that provides a more robust user experience with elements featuring guided navigation, type ahead, and search functionalities. This includes a search box that automatically displays a “best match result” as a user is typing the name of a person or OU;
  • intuitive user interface with guided navigation that expands to include OU categories and affiliations with active links to display the full roster all within the same Web page.

Access to the rosters is limited to those volunteers who are listed in the roster. Links to additional information not included in the roster, such as Active Affinity Groups, Technical Council Chapters, and the Technical Activities Photo Directory, can be found on the roster home page.

 
 

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vTools Release Announcement; WebEx updates

(posted 29 January 2015)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is happy to announce successful new releases for the following vTools applications:

  • Meetings 5.0
  • WebInABox 3.0
  • Student Branch Reporting 1.4
  • Surveys 1.3

These applications have been updated to a newer software version. In addition, each application now utilizes the new IEEE Style Sheet in order to comply with the IEEE Web site requirements and style guide. This includes a "Sign in" option available in the upper-right corner of the Web browser and an update to the background color to use the IEEE brand color.

vTools.Meetings version 5.0 introduces usability and interface enhancements, including:

  • the "Schedule Meeting" form, "Meeting Report" form, and "Meeting Announcement" layout have been updated to illustrate different sections by adding a range of colors and labeling the sections;
  • WYSIWYG editors have been included on the "Schedule Meeting" and "Meeting Report" forms to provide more formatting features to enhance the meeting results display.

WebEx Update

The WebEx conferencing tool has recently been updated to the WebEx Meeting Center platform WBS29.11.

 
 

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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in March and April

(updated 20 March 2015)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of March, IEEE-USA will offer "Technical Presentations – Book 4: Effective Visual Aids," by Nita Patel. This e-book gives readers guidance on supplementing presentations with effective PowerPoint slides and other visual aids, including flip charts, chalkboards, and dry erase boards; three-dimensional models that include objects, people, and animals; as well as photography, drawings, posters and videotapes.

For the month of April, IEEE-USA will offer “Starting Your Start-up – Book 3: Competitive Analysis,” by Tanya Candia. This e-book is for engineers or entrepreneurs who have a great product or service idea, but no real marketing expertise. It gives advice on how to map out the competitive landscape, discern the product’s compelling value, and sell against any and all competitors. Look for the special link on 1 April.

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 20 March 2014)

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 March edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers the role of citizens in smart cities, the second life of electric vehicle batteries, a view of the smart grid as a transactional market, and the changing relationship between customer and utility companies.

 
 

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