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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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2014 annual reporting and rebate requirements: due 31 March

(updated 23 February 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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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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Last call for nominations: IEEE MGA leadership positions: deadline 15 March

(updated 23 February 2015)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments Committee is soliciting nominations for the following 2016 leadership positions:

  • MGA Vice President/MGA Board Chair;
  • MGA Treasurer;
  • MGA Vice Chairs;
  • MGA Committee Chairs.

In accordance with the IEEE globalization initiative and in an attempt to ensure that MGA is globally balanced, each Region is requested to submit nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The deadline to submit nominations is 15 March 2015.


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Last call for nominations: IEEE Fellow Class of 2016: deadline 1 March

(updated 23 February 2015)

The nomination period for the 2016 Fellow Class is open and will continue through 1 March 2015.


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

(updated 23 February 2015)

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

Peer Review - Systems & Industry Trends

  • Date: Thursday, 19 March 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Description: Learn about the latest trends with peer review and the systems that help manage the process.

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

  • Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Description: PDF eXpress and PDF eXpress Plus are IEEE-financed author tools that assist IEEE conference organizers in obtaining IEEE Xplore-compatible PDFs from their authors. Learn how these tools can improve your author's experience and save you time. This webinar is ideal for all Conference Chairs and Publication Chairs.

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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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Register now for the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference

(posted 29 January 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 focuses on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 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. WIE-ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women.

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 (details coming soon).


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Call for nominations: IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) awards: deadline 1 April

(posted 29 January 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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IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society Chapters’ transition

(updated 29 January 2015)

On 1 January 2015, the IEEE Technology Management Council transitioned to the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM), a Society dedicated to helping technology professionals and managers optimize their career opportunities and organizational effectiveness. The transition allows for individual memberships within the newly formed Society, increased collaboration in conquering the job market, and a more direct personal connection to the community than ever before.

All active Council Chapters have transitioned to active Society Chapters and have been renamed to reflect this; for example, the IEEE New York Section Chapter, TM14 (Technology Management Council), is now known as the IEEE New York Section Chapter, TEM14 (Technology and Engineering Management Society). The existing Chapter chairs, or newly elected Chapter chairs, have a grace period of one year to join the IEEE TEM Society. During Q4 2014, MGA staff will monitor the Chapter chairs’ IEEE TEM Society membership and distribute reminder communications regarding the grace period.


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2014 MGA Award recipients announced

(posted 22 December 2014)

At its 22 November 2014 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board selected the 2014 MGA Award recipients, including:

  • MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award: Nita K. Patel (R1), New Hampshire Section, "For distinguished contributions to IEEE global activities through the creation, development, and implementation of the inaugural IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, a comprehensive, multi-year strategic business plan, and for expanding the global reach of the IEEE Women in Engineering mission to inspire, engage, and advance women in technology."
  • MGA Innovation Award: IEEE AIYEHUM Team (All IEEE-R10 Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge) (R10), "For inspiring, enabling, and connecting young scientists and engineers to solve real-world challenges, applying science and technology, and building relationships between industry and academia."

Also selected were recipients for the MGA Leadership, Achievement, and Young Professionals Achievement Awards.


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IEEE Day 2014, a worldwide success

(posted 22 December 2014)

IEEE Day 2014 was held on Tuesday, 7 October, the fifth time in history when engineers worldwide celebrated the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. While the world benefits from what's new, IEEE is focused on what’s next. Thus, this year's theme was "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow."

This year once again looked to IEEE members to partner with the IEEE Day Team in the role of ambassador. The response was overwhelming with over 100 active ambassadors compared to 35 in 2013. With their enthusiasm, engagement, and exceptional teamwork, the number of events held exceeded last year by 25%.

The photo contest was popular with more than 300 submitted photos and a total of 18,263 votes.

Social media played an important role with more than 37,000 Likes on Facebook, 900+ posts, 700+ Tweets, and #IEEEDay2014 and #Gofor5 had 411,112 and 100,364 impressions respectively.


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New IEEE Educational Activities newsletter launched in 2014: EA Insight

(posted 22 December 2014)

EA Insight, the new newsletter of IEEE Educational Activities, offers a range of articles covering events, products, and services. The newsletter includes volunteer news, key dates, awards news, and other timely stories.

The November edition of EA Insight (PDF, 8.4 MB) includes:

  • Global Outlook - "Educational Activities Events in Sub-Saharan Africa‚Äč"‚Äčand "EA Representatives Exploring Partnership Opportunities in China"
  • EA Volunteer Spotlight - "S.K. Ramesh"
  • Spotlight on EA Programs - "Standards Education and Customized Education Solutions"

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

(updated 2 February 2015)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of February, IEEE-USA will offer "Work-Life Balance: Book 1," by Peggy G. Hutcheson. Hutcheson writes that “Work-life balance is a state of control, achievement and satisfaction in your life. It means that you have a sense of being able to make choices that fit for you, given your current situation and your goals. It also means that you align your choices with those things that are important to you in life, so that you are able to enjoy a sense of satisfaction from the choices you have made. Work-life balance includes more than time. It includes feeling good about your level of involvement-- in both your work and non-work roles.”

For the month of March, IEEE-USA will offer "Technical Presentations – Book 4: Effective Visual Aids" by Nita Patel. Given that individuals gather, learn, and retain information differently, presenters need to incorporate multiple methods of communicating information during a presentation. Visual aids can provide strong visual tools and increase the audience’s retention of your core message. In this e-book, Patel gives guidance on how to supplement your presentation with effective PowerPoint slides, or other visual aids. Look for the special link on 1 February.

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 22 December 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 December edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers a microgrid experience in Tianjin, building management systems, smart substations, and a look at what the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative is planning for 2015.


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