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IEEE Annual Election: last chance to vote: deadline 3 October

(updated 16 September 2016)

Balloting started on 15 August for this year’s election, which poses annual election candidates and the IEEE Board of Directors proposed Constitutional Amendment. In addition to the two candidates for 2017 IEEE President-Elect, James A. Jefferies and Wanda K. Reder, various IEEE Divisions and Regions, as well as IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Technical Activities, and IEEE-USA will be electing their officers.

Eligible voting members can access and return their ballot electronically or return by using the postage-paid reply envelope included in their ballot package.

Balloting ends at 12:00 noon Central Time USA (17:00 UTC) on 3 October 2016.


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IEEE Collabratec™ surpasses 60,000 users; join the conversation

(posted 16 September 2016)

IEEE’s online networking and collaboration platform, IEEE Collabratec™, connects IEEE members and technology professionals to their colleagues and peers. With over 60,000 users on the platform, the amount of personal connections and technical knowledge shared among the many users and communities continues to flourish.

In addition to the user-base growing, so have the platform’s features. Integrated messaging allows you to message people in your network, both individually and in groups. You can customize your home feed to display content most relevant to you. Enhanced search features help you discover relevant content in communities and your private groups. Using the IEEE Collabratec bookmarklet, a browser plugin, you can add content directly to your library from IEEE Xplore®, Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect, and more. As an IEEE or Society member, you can sign up to be a mentor or search for a mentor using the mentoring feature.

Learn how you can incorporate IEEE Collabratec into your professional and IEEE volunteer activities. You can find videos, webinars, and other materials to help familiarize yourself with the platform and other activities.


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New IEEE Event Finder™ app helps members find IEEE events nearby

(posted 16 September 2016)

With help from members in Region 10, a new app to help IEEE members identify IEEE events or conferences has been released. The app will use the geolocation feature of the user's phone to identify events happening nearby.

Using the search functionality allows the user to find events by:

  • Event/Conference title
  • Date and event types
  • City
  • State/province
  • Country
  • Regions
  • Sections
  • Chapters
  • IEEE sponsoring Societies/Councils

"My assessment of the mobile app is that it is well done," states Mike Fallenstein, IEEE Region 4 Communications Committee Chair. "It is easy and intuitive to navigate. It has a very modern feel to it like the newer apps released by other companies. There will always be enhancements that will be wanted by users, but I think this is really excellent for a first release."

Download the free app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.


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Last call for MGA Awards nominations: deadline 15 October

(updated 16 September 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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Upgrades to Google+ and Google Hangouts

(posted 16 September 2016)

IEEE members and volunteers using GoogleApps@ should take note of the following upgrades to Google+ and Google Hangouts:

  • On 12 September 2016, Hangouts on Air moved from Google+ to YouTube Live. New Hangouts on Air will need to be scheduled using YouTube Live. Note that if you have existing events scheduled to happen after this time, please move them to YouTube Live.
  • Later in 2016, Google+ will become a Google Apps core service. It will be simpler and faster to use. In order to make Google+ simpler and faster to use, lightly-used functionality was removed. Please see the functional changes for details.

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Join the IEEE Virtual Career & Talent Expo

(posted 16 September 2016)

All IEEE members are invited to attend the IEEE Virtual Career & Talent Expo. Through this new member benefit, members can gain access to many resources for a competitive advantage in their careers.

The next live event is Wednesday, 21 September 2016, from 10:00 a.m. (1700 UTC-7) – 2:00 p.m. PT (2100 UTC-7).

Join online from the comfort of your own computer, tablet, or mobile device, to connect live with recruiters from hiring companies.

Connect directly with IEEE resources via virtual booths, including IEEE Women in Engineering, IEEE Young Professionals, and IEEE Career Resources.

The Expo incorporates a virtual environment with additional resources including: assessment tools, webinars, e-books and many others—bringing you a new experience in getting hired.


News from IEEE Educational Activities: new courses available on, IEEE eLearning Library, accreditation activities, Standards Education eMagazine

(posted 16 September 2016)

Take your skills to the next level at, IEEE’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal on the edX platform. Upcoming courses include:

  • Distributed Energy – Smart Grid Resources for the Future
  • Smart Grids: Electricity for the Future
  • Introduction to Systems Biology

The IEEE eLearning Library provides the advanced technology content only IEEE can provide through convenient, multimedia-based online courses. With more than 400 courses in communications, computing, engineering, power, professional development, and dozens of other core and emerging technologies, the IEEE eLearning Library gives technology professionals, students, and faculty a better way to learn.

Call for IEEE Program Evaluators for Accreditation Activities: Are you a qualified professional from industry, government, or academia who would like to assist in accrediting engineering and engineering technology programs?

The latest issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available. The theme of this issue is IEEE 802 Standards and Smart Technologies. Articles in this issue address IEEE 802 standards as they relate to and impact smart technologies, including special reports from IEEE 802 working groups providing the latest news, along with regularly featured content of Further Reading and Upcoming Events related to IEEE 802 and smart technologies.


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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives: TTM, WF-IoT, ISC2

(updated 16 September 2016)

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:

The IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) is IEEE's flagship symposium on future technology directions. The overall theme of TTM 2016 is "Making the Future." Building upon IEEE's major technology initiatives, TTM 2016 will bring together high level renowned experts from research and industry to provide an overview of these technologies and explore how they may be leveraged towards "making the future" through their research, products, and services. Participants will not only get a glimpse into that "future," but also see its relevance to "today."

Registration is open for the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) event, taking place 12-14 December 2016, in Reston, VA, USA. This year's theme is "IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems." This is a unique event designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies, which will alter the research and application space of the future. An early registration discount is in effect through 12 November and WF-IoT is in a cooperative registration discount with Globecom, another IEEE event, taking place in December in Washington, D.C., USA.

Attendee registration is also open for the IEEE Second International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2016), taking place 12-15 September, in Trento, Italy. This is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This year's theme is "Improving the citizens quality of life."


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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program webinar: developing soft skills for leadership

(posted 16 September 2016)

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

Developing Soft Skills for Leadership Through Conference Organizing

  • Date: Thursday, 22 September 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. ET (1500 UTC-04) or 3:00 p.m. ET (1900 UTC-04)
  • Speaker: Joe Lillie, IEEE Volunteer, Treasurer, Consumer Electronics Society
  • Description: Learn what are 'soft skills' and how they can help engineers stay current and competitive in a dynamic marketplace. Understand how you can leverage conference organizing roles to develop these skills in yourself and others. You will learn what 'soft skills' are important to career development for those in technical fields and how to assess them.

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

(updated 16 September 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 (open to all IEEE members) include:

  • 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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Start planning for IEEE Day 2016 on 4 October

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Day 2016 is going to be held on Tuesday, 4 October.

This will be the seventh anniversary of IEEE members celebrating the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

Since the first IEEE Day event in 2010, the number of events worldwide has grown over 600% from 80 to over 600. The IEEE Day team needs you to help grow this annual event even larger.

IEEE Day is a great opportunity for you to connect your members to IEEE on a local and global scale. Section and Chapter leadership engagement is critical to IEEE Day's success and continued growth. Collaborate with your volunteers and Student Branch leaders to plan and commemorate the day. No idea or event is too small.

Visit the IEEE Day 2016 website for more information. You can also follow IEEE Day on Facebook, Google+, Collabratec(tm), and Twitter.


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Promote IEEE membership as 2017 IEEE membership year begins

(posted 29 August 2016)

As of Tuesday, 16 August, anyone joining IEEE becomes a member for the 2017 membership year. This is a valuable time to promote IEEE membership. Any new member that joins in September receives an additional four months of membership at no extra cost. Individuals can join online at

Please be aware of the following timeline for renewals:

  • 6 September: Renewing members will be able to access their 2017 renewal quotes for membership and subscriptions. Members can renew online at
  • 1 October: The first renewal notice will begin mailing to members and nonmembers

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Give the gift of IEEE membership

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE is pleased to announce a new program that allows members and non-members alike to give the gift of IEEE membership.

Please help promote this new program to your members and others who might want to share the opportunities of IEEE membership.

When they give the gift of IEEE membership they are helping someone special build a platform for success. You already know how IEEE membership has helped you in your career, provided countless networking opportunities and the ability to stay technically current.


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Advance your career with mentoring and employment opportunities in IEEE Collabratec

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Collabratec™ is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and discover career opportunities.

Log into IEEE Collabratec to get started with the Opportunities features:

  • Search job listings: select Opportunities from the main menu to search job listings from the IEEE Job site. Filters are provided to narrow your search results based on company, date the job was posted, job location, etc. Save job details to view, share, or apply later.
  • Get discovered by organizations seeking talent: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, users can check the box under Employment Preferences to make their profile and CV/resume visible to organizations seeking talent. Complete the Employment Preferences and upload a CV/resume to get discovered by potential employers.

Career Communities: CareersConnect-India and CareersConnect-USA are communities available to IEEE members to discuss career-related topics, get job search input, and interact with other technical professionals.

Mentoring: Mentoring features facilitate the matching of IEEE members and Society Affiliates for the purpose of establishing a mentoring partnership.

  • To become a mentor: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, check the box under My Mentor Preferences and complete the fields to be discovered by potential mentees.
  • To find a mentor: Select People on the main menu, and under the Relationship filter, check the box next to IEEE Mentors. Additional filters are provided based on the person’s mentoring area, location, company, interests, member grade, etc. When you have found a potential mentor, click the +Connect button and select “Request Mentor.”

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Announcing the new vTools.Events and updates to vTools.eNotice

(posted 29 August 2016)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is excited to announce the release of a new version of vTools.Meetings. This new version is re-branded vTools.Events to better identify with the meetings and activities that are included. vTools.Events is more than just a place to report past meeting activity.

The IEEE MGA vTools team has also released an update to vTools.eNotice.


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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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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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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in September and October

(updated 16 September 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of September, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "A Living Resume – Volume 2: Documenting Your Writings, Awards and Honors," by author Harry T. Roman. Roman’s continued story of documenting your growth as a professional stresses the importance of sharing your accomplishments. He writes that “Accomplishments form the icing on the cake of your career; and should be carefully itemized and detailed.” This e-book is available 1 September to 15 October.

In October, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career--Book 3/Vol. 2: Advancing to Management.” Author Alan C. Tribble explains the different types of management jobs, (e.g., engineering management, program management, business development management, etc.) that are typical career-growth opportunities for engineers. He offers advice on how to work within an organization, as well as specific recommendations for technical personnel preparing to transition to management This e-book is available 1 October to 15 November.

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 16 September 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 September edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a special issue on smart grid in the European Region. It covers the digitization of distribution systems, smart grids for smart cities, smart energy regions, and microgrids for integrating renewables into the smart grid.


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