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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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IEEE members select Barry Shoop as 2015 IEEE President-Elect

(posted 30 October 2014)

Barry L. Shoop, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA, has been selected as 2015 IEEE President-Elect. Pending acceptance of the Teller's Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 23-24 November, Shoop will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2016. He will succeed 2015 IEEE President Howard E. Michel, HEM Consulting, Dartmouth, MA, USA. The other candidates for 2015 IEEE President-Elect were Tariq S. Durrani, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (nominated by petition) and Frederick C. Mintzer, IBM (retired), Yorktown Heights, NY, USA (nominated by IEEE Board of Directors).

The following individuals were elected to the office of IEEE Region Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015-2016:

  • Region 2: Katherine J. Duncan
  • Region 4: Bernard T. Sander
  • Region 6: Kathleen A. Kramer
  • Region 8: Margaretha A.K. Eriksson
  • Region 10: Kukjin Chun
 
 

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IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society Chapters’ transition

(posted 30 October 2014)

In January 2015, IEEE will launch the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM), formerly the IEEE Technology Management Council (TM). This action enables technology professionals and managers to optimize their career opportunities and organizational effectiveness. This transition will allow for a greater sense of collaboration in conquering the job market by enabling individual memberships and providing a more direct personal connection to the community than ever before.

All active Council Chapters will transition to active Society Chapters. On 1 January 2015, all active Council Chapters will be renamed as Society Chapters, e.g., New York Section Chapter, TM14 will be known as New York Section Chapter, TEM14. The existing Chapter chairs, or newly elected Chapter chairs, will have a grace period of one year to join TEM Society. During Q4 2014, MGA staff will monitor the Chapter chairs’ TEM society membership and distribute reminder communications regarding the grace period.

 
 

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Member Discounts: IEEE member travel discount features benefit conference attendees

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE members and volunteers attending conferences can enhance their travel by taking advantage of the many IEEE Travel Discounts. Extend your stay with a discounted vacation package, take advantage of a car rental discount, learn a new language, or protect your companion with travel insurance. Locations served by these programs are determined by the providers.

 
 

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TryEngineering.org goes mobile

(posted 30 October 2014)

TryEngineering.org, IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents, and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format. Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time, on virtually any device including desktops, tablets, and smart phones.

Visitors to TryEngineering can explore engineering disciplines, learn how to prepare for a career in engineering, and read profiles of engineers and engineering students. They can also find information about student engineering camps, competitions, scholarships, and research programs.

TryEngineering's university search tool enables visitors to find accredited engineering programs at thousands of institutions in dozens of countries around the world. The site offers over 100 free hands-on lesson plans aligned to national education standards. TryEngineering also features a number of free game apps to engage and excite students about engineering.

The TryEngineering mobile site features adaptability to various screen sizes, a more streamlined navigation, and a touchscreen-friendly interface. The mobile site was made possible through generous support from the IEEE Foundation.

 
 

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IEEE Conference Education Program now available

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) is constantly striving to make the organizing experience easier and more enjoyable. The Conference Education Program will enable organizers of any experience level, location, organizational unit (OU), or role to conveniently and easily gain understanding of the principles and skills necessary for running an IEEE-sponsored conference, including requirements; standards; "best practices”; and MCE resources, services, and tools available.

The program has three components:

  • Educational Webinar Series: Monthly one-hour live webinars inform and educate organizers on topics ranging from "basics" to "advanced skills," including new resources and tools. Attendees will take away practical and useful information, along with hands-on knowledge and skills. Sessions will also be available on a replay basis.
  • On-Demand Education Modules: Self-paced, eLearning courses provide organizers with in-depth information and skills on specific conference functions or roles. Narrated by a subject matter expert, the modules are under 45 minutes in length, including knowledge checks and a final quiz. Professional Development Hours (PDH) are offered upon successful completion.
  • Conference Leadership Workshops: Leadership Workshops enable deeper discussion and exploration of conference principles and topics through presentation, discussion, and exercises. Each Workshop is customized by MCE to meet the needs, goals, experience level, and time available and are available in two formats:
    • MCE Train the Trainer - An OU, Region, Section, Society, etc., organizes and delivers material provided by MCE, including agendas, communication materials, and "course" content, with speaker notes and scripts, exercises, and feedback surveys.
    • MCE Led - IEEE MCE provides leaders and materials to assist the OU in delivering and guiding the workshop and discussion.
 
 

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Introducing a low-cost online registration tool for conference and event management

(posted 30 October 2014)

IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events introduces RegOnline, a new affordable event registration software option. RegOnline is a low-cost, do-it-yourself system that is simple and easy to manage for small scale events.

Conference organizers who have budget constraints can utilize all of the features and benefits of this do-it-yourself event registration option at a reasonable price.

Through the special discounted IEEE rate, conference organizers can take advantage of the RegOnLine tool and can manage, control, and have insight over all aspects of their event and its attendees.

 
 

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IEEE Sections Congress 2014: Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Sections Congress 2014 (SC2014) was held 22-24 August 2014, at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The SC2014 theme was "Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow," and attendees had opportunities to attend Breakout Sessions, Learning Labs, and Ignite Sessions. The exhibit hall had over 40 exhibitors, as well as poster sessions and special student projects on display.

New this year, attendees used the SC2014 mobile app to plan their schedule in advance, view speaker and exhibit information, interact via social media, connect with attendees, and more.

 
 

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IEEE dues change for e-Membership

(posted 23 September 2014)

The e-Membership program started as a pilot in 2011. The intent of the pilot was to test the impact of substantially reduced dues on membership recruitment and retention in countries where the per capita gross domestic product is US$15,000 or less. Data has shown that there was no significant increase on recruitment or retention during this period.

Thus, a dues increase is necessary to make the program economically sustainable. The MGA Board approved an increase in dues for the e-Membership option this past June. Dues for e-Membership, beginning with the 2015 membership year, will be US$75, an increase of US$23.

Members choosing the e-Membership option will continue to have all of the advantages of standard IEEE membership. These include the ability to:

  • vote in IEEE elections;
  • join Societies;
  • engage in local activities;
  • be considered for membership grade elevation to Senior member and Fellow;
  • access member discounts and new offerings such as IEEE ResumeLab and IEEE MentorCentre.

In addition, e-Membership members will receive electronic, instead of printed, versions of the membership card, IEEE Spectrum, and The Institute.

IEEE will continue to look for ways to improve the value of membership worldwide and examine ways to make it more affordable to new and existing members who are most in need.

 
 

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Member Discounts: back-to-school deals on computers

(posted 23 September 2014)

Section Officers can spread the word that members can take advantage of special deals going on right now for back-to-school shopping. Each of IEEE’s hardware discount providers has its own promotions and offers worth looking into: Dell (with international programs), Lenovo (US), and HP (US). Compare pricing and save on laptops, PCs, tablets, workstations, electronics, accessories, and more.

 
 

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Watch the 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony on IEEE.tv

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients accepted their awards on Saturday, 23 August, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony was held in conjunction with IEEE Sections Congress and hosted by IEEE President Roberto de Marca and IEEE President-Elect Howard E. Michel. The theme was “Inspire…,” acknowledging the recipients’ achievements that have inspired the technical community to create a better world, and celebrating their own inspirations that have led them where they are today.

IEEE Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga accepted the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor and participated in IEEE Sections Congress activities with an Ignite Session, “Engineering Social Consequences.”

 
 

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New IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) newsletter announced

(posted 23 September 2014)

The IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) announced it has launched its new IEEE IoT eNewsletter, a bi-monthly online publication highlighting important global IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world's top-subject matter experts, researchers, and industry practitioners. The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is provided as a benefit of becoming a member of the complimentary IEEE IoT Technical Community, which anyone actively involved or interested in IoT can join at no charge. Once signed up, members of the growing IEEE IoT Technical Community will receive all future issues of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter via e-mail as soon as it is published. Members of the IoT Technical Community will also receive information on the latest developments in this multidisciplinary area.

The inaugural issue of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter includes these articles by IoT technical experts:

  • "The Fading Line Between Atoms and Bits" by Roberto Saracco, EIT ICT Labs
  • "Emerging IoT Applications Illustrate Emerging Trends" by Dr. Chung-Sheng Li, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • "The Internet of Things: A Title That is Both Wrong and Unhelpful" by William Webb, Weightless SIG
  • "The Internet of Things: The Story So Far" by Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey and Amit Sheth, Wright State University

The November 2014 edition will include exclusive feature articles from Aapo Markkanen, ABI Research; Dongman Lee, KAIST; Luigi Atzori, University of Cagliari; and David Rogers, Copper Horse.

 
 

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Canadian Anti-Spam Law guidelines under development

(posted 29 July 2014)

Some volunteers involved with communications have asked about the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which places new constraints on the distribution of e-mail communications to residents of Canada and went into effect on 1 July 2014. This new law will affect IEEE members, volunteers, and employees involved in e-mail outreaches to Canada.

The law has a three-year window to ensure compliance, and IEEE has a team working on its impact to operations. The cross-functional member communications team is working with the IEEE legal team to examine the different aspects of the law, and how it will affect future IEEE e-mail communications with Canadian residents.

Further instructions and guidelines will be provided in the coming weeks.

 
 

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IEEE Fellow program celebrating its 50th anniversary; improvements made to IEEE Fellow nomination process

(posted 29 July 2014)

The IEEE Fellow program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Nominating a Senior member for IEEE Fellow grade just got easier with the new Fellow Online System. Several time-saving features have been introduced. The system is now open and ready to accept nominations for the class of 2016. It’s never too early to start; the submission deadline is 1 March 2015.

 
 

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IEEE Awards: 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients are announced

(posted 29 July 2014)

IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) are awarded for contributions in specific technical fields of science and engineering, as well as in several areas of leadership.

 
 

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Member Loyalty Program lets Sections recognize members for their years of membership

(posted 30 June 2014)

Eligible Section volunteers can purchase lapel pins and certificates for their members that commemorate select milestones as an IEEE member. Different from the pins that commemorate a certain grade of IEEE membership, these pins are designed to thank and recognize members for their years of membership regardless of grade achievement; this is a great way to recognize members who might not otherwise be engaged, especially early in their IEEE membership tenure.

The one-inch round lapel pins recognize members at two, five, ten, 20, 25, 30, and 50 years of membership as an IEEE member. This is based on the cumulative years of membership regardless of grade (except Society Affiliate), grade elevations, or any breaks in service.

 
 

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vTools release announcement

(posted 30 June 2014)

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

vTools.eNotice: A new vTools application has been released to replace the existing eNotice submission form. Both options will remain available during the month of July as the pilot phase is completed.

vTools.Meetings enhancements, such as:

  • pricing for Life members in event registration has been streamlined to one option;
  • meeting URLs have been shortened.

vTools.Voting enhancements, such as:

  • voting now supports elections for Societies, Technical Committees, and Councils.

vTools.OfficerReporting and vTools.Voting have been updated to Rails 3.1 / Ruby 1.8.7

 
 

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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in October, November, and December

(updated 30 October 2014)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of October, IEEE-USA is offering "The Best of Backscatter from IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer – Volume 2." Compiled from 12 original IEEE-USA Today's Engineer columns, author and IEEE Fellow Donald Christiansen continues to tackle topics that affect engineers today with wit, wisdom, humor, and his own unique perspective.

In November, IEEE-USA will offer “Writing for Success – An Engineer’s Guide – Volume 2: The Road to Excellence,” by Tom Moran. In Volume 2 of this series, Moran points out that the road to writing excellence is filled with revisions. Moran emphasizes that writers must thoroughly examine what they write; ask questions to ensure their information is accurate, complete, logical, and clear; and most importantly – that the information is necessary, or needed. Further, he writes that checking for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors is a must.

For the month of December, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Starting Your Start-Up – Book 2: Market Size & Strategy," by Tanya Candia. This e-book helps the reader to flesh out the initial plan for a startup company or business. This volume assists the reader in finding real market size, even when dealing with disruptive technology, where market size data is hard to come by. Candia also helps entrepreneurs to understand target buyers, communicate the value of products and services, and increase the probability of early and ongoing sales. Look for the special link on 1 December.

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: THE BRIDGE

(posted 30 June 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 THE BRIDGE, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

The June issue of THE BRIDGE is now available. Under the theme of Engineers' Involvement in Society, this issue includes the following feature articles:

  • Can IEEE Save the World? by Moshe Kam (Beta Alpha Chapter)
  • Aiding Autism with Technology by Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan (Epsilon Delta)
  • Wearable Sensors and Systems by Paolo Bonato
  • Influencing Public Policy by Russel T. Harrison

The issue also includes a recap of the IEEE-HKN 2014 Student Leadership Conference, member profiles, news regarding the Outstanding Student and Chapter Awards, and content from other areas of the IEEE community relevant to IEEE-HKN members.

 
 

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