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Call for participation: 2016 Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT): deadline 10 June

(posted 19 April 2016)

The MGA Training Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VOLT) for this year. As it enters its third successful year, over 80 graduates have completed the program, representing all IEEE geographic Regions.

VOLT is targeted to volunteers who have a true desire to learn about the broader IEEE and are considering taking leadership positions within their local units and IEEE committees.

For 2016, the program will run under the same structure as last year:

Track 1 - All IEEE volunteers are invited to participate in Track 1, which covers key organizational units of IEEE and focuses on the foundational knowledge of the organization. These pre-requisite courses will be available to all IEEE volunteers through the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) website from 29 April through 10 June 2016. Participants will be asked to complete a short quiz at the end of each session.

Track 2 - Volunteers who complete Track 1 by 10 June can apply for consideration for Track 2 of the program, which is planned to start in September. Track 2 will last three months and focus mainly on leadership related topics. Participation in Track 2 will be determined by the MGA Training Committee based on predefined criteria.

(Log in with your IEEE account and choose the “Volunteer Leadership Training Pre-Requisite” category to begin)

*Did you know that since its inception in 2013, many graduates have moved into leadership positions?*

  • Kate Duncan - R2 - VOLT Class 2014 - Region 2 Director-Elect 2015-2016
  • Janet Davis - R7 - VOLT Class 2014 - Ottawa Section Chair 2015-16
  • Jesus Fraile Ardanuy - R8 - VOLT Class 2013 - Spain Section Vice Chair 2016-17
  • Mario Aleman - R9 - VOLT Class 2013 - Nicaragua Section Chair 2014-2016
  • Ruwan Ranaweera - R10 - VOLT Class 2014 - Sri Lanka Section Vice Chair 2014-15



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Coming soon: Smart Tech Signature Events

(posted 19 April 2016)

In an effort to increase member engagement and provide value to IEEE members, MGA will host a series of two-day, multi-track events focused on providing career assistance, professional networking, and education on in-demand and emerging technologies for practicing engineers and technical professionals. Upcoming events include:

  • 30 September -1 October | Crystal City, VA, USA
  • 21 October-22 October | Birmingham, England

A call for content and speakers is currently in progress and registration will be available soon. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available at both events.


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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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Call for nominations: IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards: deadline 2 May

(posted 19 April  2016)

The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) is currently seeking nominations for its prestigious annual awards, which recognize major contributions to engineering and technical education. You may nominate an IEEE member, an IEEE Section, an IEEE Society, or an organization. Nominations are sought for the following awards:

  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education
  • Major Educational Innovation Award
  • Pre-University Educator Award
  • Meritorious Service Citation
  • Standards Education Award
  • Employer Professional Development Award
  • Section Professional Development Award
  • IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
  • The Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship
  • IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award
  • IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award
  • IEEE-HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
  • IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award

The submission deadline for nominations is 2 May 2016.


Call for nominations: IEEE-USA volunteer positions: deadline 1 June

(posted 19 April 2016)

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 the IEEE-USA Board of Directors and/or IEEE-USA committees:

  • IEEE-USA President-Elect (2018)
  • IEEE-USA Member-at-Large (2018-2019)
  • IEEE-USA Secretary/Treasurer (2017)
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Career & Member Services (2017)
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Communications & Public Awareness (2017)
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Professional Activities (2017)
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Government Relations (2017)
  • IEEE-USA Young Professional Representative (2017)
  • IEEE-USA N&A Committee Member (2017-2018)

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IEEE Power & Energy (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative now accepting applications: deadline 30 June

(posted 19 April 2016)

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is looking for the power and energy engineers of tomorrow. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative has a simple goal: to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers by rewarding top power and energy engineering students in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

PES is offering up to US$7,000 over three years and assistance with career experience opportunities to selected students. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student studying electrical engineering and be a citizen (or permanent resident) of the US, Puerto Rico, or Canada. Additionally, the student should be willing to take power engineering courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0. The application deadline is 30 June 2016.


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New Member Orientation webinars with guest speakers

(updated 19 April 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. In May, there will also be a special webinar on Thursday, 5 May, at 8:00 a.m. ET. 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 April, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET - Kerrianne Sullivan on IEEE Communications Society
  • Thursday, 5 May, 8:00 a.m. ET - IEEE volunteer Anthony Lobo, "Volunteering with IEEE - as deep and engaging as you make it"
  • Thursday, 26 May, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET - Lani Angso and Jeanne Audino on eBook Classics Library, a valuable free member benefit

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IEEE Women in Engineering news: WIE ILC Virtual Track, Google Hangout, leadership summit

(updated 19 April 2016)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is pleased to announce upcoming events and opportunities: 

International Leadership Conference - Speakers and Conference Program Announced

Don't miss your chance to Lead Beyond and join over 1,000 women in technology at the 2016 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (2016 WIE ILC), which will take place 23-24 May 2016, in the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, USA. With a theme of "Lead Beyond. Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World," the conference focuses on leadership, innovation, emerging technology, entrepreneurship, and empowerment for mid-to-senior women in technology.

Pre-Conference WIE ILC Virtual Track

Featuring eight live online talks focused on innovation and leadership, this interactive event is free and will be held 16-17 May 2016, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. WIE ILC virtual attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy highly interactive speakers designed to foster discussion and collaboration, as well as watch all 13 sessions from last year’s conference on-demand.

WIE Live Online Google Hangout

Join IEEE WIE for a live discussion, entitled “Women Who: Lead. Engage. Inspire.”, on Tuesday, 26 April 2016, at 1 p.m. ET. This interactive panel of leaders with backgrounds in both university and technology sectors will speak candidly about how they are paving the way for a future of women engineers through leadership, mentoring, and investing in themselves. Hosted by WIE-ILC Founder and Chair and IEEE Senior Member, Nita Patel; and featuring Dr. Ramalatha Marimuthu, Head of the Department of Information Technology in the Kumaraguru College of Technology; Prof. Takako Hashimoto, Chiba University of Commerce; and Roxsana Hadjizadeh, Cisco. Hashtag: #WIELeadHangout

WIE Leadership Summit

Early registration is now open for the inaugural Global Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) leadership summit in Atlanta, GA, USA, 2-4 November 2016. The summit is hosted in partnership with a number of corporate, economic development, nonprofit, and higher education partners. This is the first of its kind 2-day summit ever held in the region that is dedicated to giving women in STEM access to powerful tools, strategies, and networks to advance their careers and realize their full potential. Four hundred women are expected to participate.


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Call for abstracts: First IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2016)

(updated 19 April 2016)

The first IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2016) will take place 17-19 October 2016, at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, in San Diego, CA, USA. The goal of the first ICRC is to discover and foster novel methodologies to reinvent computing technology, including new materials and physics, devices and circuits, system and network architectures, and algorithms and software. This conference seeks input from a broad technical community and builds on a series of four exploratory, invitation-only Rebooting Computing Summits held from 2013 through 2015.

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts. ICRC 2016 seeks contributions describing original research in the broad area of novel computing approaches, covering the entire computing stack from device hardware to applications software. The paper submission deadline is 15 May 2016.


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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives; WF-IoT call for proposals

(updated 19 April 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 technologists globally. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities in which 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 conference activities include:

2016 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)

  • The call for proposals and papers (PDF, 209 KB) is now open for the 2016 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT), taking place 12-14 December in Reston, VA, USA. The theme of the 2016 IEEE WF-IoT is Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems. Topics for proposals include IoT enabling Technologies; IoT Application and Services; IoT Societal Impacts; Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things; and IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios. Special sessions and workshops proposals are due 30 April. Paper proposals and manuscripts are due 15 June. Tutorial and Industry Panel proposals are due 25 July.

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Thank you for submitting officer, meeting, and financial reports

(posted 17 March 2016)

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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New compliance training required for select IEEE volunteer leaders

(posted 21 March 2016)

IEEE adheres to the highest standards of integrity and conducts business around the world in a responsible and ethical way. It is important that those who act on the organization’s behalf -- both our volunteers and employees -- ensure IEEE’s compliance by adhering to the same standards and expectations. 

IEEE has created a robust ethics and compliance program tailored to its unique operation in 190 countries. Given that the world is both complex and changing, this program is designed to ensure that volunteers and employees understand and meet legal requirements around the world. 

As part of this program, IEEE requires that select volunteers complete a set of new compliance education and training classes within 60 days of assignment.

Volunteers who are required to complete the training will receive an email from "" with the subject line, "Access Your Required IEEE Compliance Training." (See list of volunteers who are affected)

The self-paced, online classes will take on average 0.5 to 4.0 hours in total to complete, depending on your individual volunteer role. The content will cover conflict of interest, anti-trust, anti-bribery, harassment, and other related topics.  You will need to complete only those classes assigned to you based on your volunteer leadership position.   

To take this training, log in to myIEEE using your IEEE Account, click on the Volunteer tab, go to the "Volunteer Training" gadget, and click on the link to "Compliance Training.”

By taking this training, you help IEEE meet best practices for compliance. As you may be aware, IEEE takes very seriously any violations of policies and standards that could damage IEEE’s business or reputation and result in legal penalties.  


Member Discounts: insurance benefit options

(posted 17 March 2016)

Did you know that IEEE provides risk management solutions to help members with the following concerns?

  • Are you at risk for the possible loss of income due to a disability or long term illness?
  • Who would suffer financially in the event of your death?
  • Can you lose your reputation or money if someone takes legal actions against your business?

With IEEE-sponsored insurance plans, IEEE members can protect themselves and their families against unforeseen events in their life, career, and business. Designed to meet the unique needs of technologists, insurance programs are available in Canada, US and 63 other countries, in addition to international, expatriate coverage options.


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Call for nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions

(updated 17 March 2016)

Nominations are due 1 July 2016 for the 2017 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. 

All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields.

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.

Visit the IEEE Awards Board Nominations and Appointments web page to apply to serve on an award selection committee or as a member of one of the following Awards Board’s (AB) committees:

  • 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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Member Discounts Program benefits everyone

(updated 1 March 2016)

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

  1. Insurance is available in Canada, US, and 63 other countries.
  2. IEEE Member discount programs offer daily discounted rates and exclusive specials (see discounts for applicable countries).
  3. When Members utilize the insurance and discounts, IEEE earns royalties that help offset a portion of Member dues.

With this win-win situation, it makes sense to raise awareness of Member Discounts wherever possible. Section officers are asked to display the Member Discounts banner on their Section websites with a direct link to Another way is by distributing the program flyer at Section meetings showing the list of offerings by Region.


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Funds available for Region student competitions in 2016

(posted 24 February 2016)

The MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Assessment Committee (MBPAC) is funding up to US$1,500 for student competitions in 2016. To participate, Region Student Activities Chairs must submit the funding application with the required Region officers’ signatures.

The application should include 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 2016 must be received by 18 November 2016.


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

(updated 19 April 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of April, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Engineers Working with Teachers, A Handbook for Bringing the Excitement of Engineering, Science, Technology, Invention, and Creativity into the Classroom.” Author Harry T. Roman shares his experiences working with teachers and students, using presentations, demonstrations, and team-based competitions to stimulate their interests and career choices. The e-book is available 1 April to 15 May.

In May, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Starting Your Start-Up-- Book 5: The Launch," by author Tanya Candia, which presents a detailed roadmap to successfully launching your company and product. From setting realistic goals for the launch, determining the key messages, and preparing the sales team--to briefing the press and analysts, finding the right venue, and enlisting the help of early customers--this book takes you through all the necessary steps to a successful launch.

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 April 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 April edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers transitioning from wide area monitoring to wide area management, securing smart grid visibility and control, the Enernet, and testing big data, IoT in The Navy Yard, a testbed for utility industry trends.


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