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The History Center is responsible for a number of active programs and projects.


Current programs

Engineering and Technology History Wiki: A wiki-based platform that allows IEEE members and organizational units to collaboratively preserve and share their history. The Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW) hosts the Milestones, Oral Histories, and Archives programs (see below) and also allows IEEE members to contribute to Wikipedia-style topic articles or to preserve their own firsthand histories.

Milestone Program: IEEE established the Electrical Engineering Milestones program in 1983 to honor significant achievements in the history of electrical and electronics engineering.

Oral Histories: The Center conducts oral histories with leading engineers. There are more than 450 full-transcript histories on the IEEE Global History Network.

IEEE Archives: The IEEE Archives is a relatively small collection (approximately 15 cubic meters) of documents and other archival material that documents the history of IEEE and its predecessor organizations AIEE and IRE. The strongest areas in its collection document the histories of AIEE and IRE, the merger between the two that created IEEE in 1963, and the history of the overall IEEE between 1963 and 1984. The archives, in general, collect the history of the overall institute and do not seek to collect the history of IEEE's many organizational units, but instead encourage those units to use the GHN to preserve their material.

IEEE History Center Publications: As part of its mission to bring the history of technology to a wide audience, the IEEE History Center has been busy with a number of publishing initiatives. The center is proud to unveil Bell Labs Memoirs: Voices of Innovation, which will be available in both hard cover and Kindle® editions from in November 2011, and US Federal Government & Innovation, available now as an e-book to download from IEEE-USA’s Today’s Engineer store.

IEEE Fellowship: The IEEE Life Members' Fellowship in Electrical History supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology at a college or university of recognized standing or up to one year of post-doctoral research.

Internship: The intern program seeks to provide research experience for graduate students in the history of electrical and computer technologies. It is intended for future historians and is not suitable for engineering students unless there is a strong history component to their studies.

IEEE William And Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award: The IEEE William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award is awarded to the author of a book in the history of an IEEE-related technology that both exemplifies exceptional scholarship and reaches beyond academic communities toward a broad public audience.

IEEE Life Member Prize Paper: The prize is awarded annually for the best paper on the history of electrical technology published during the preceding year.

Conferences: Historical conferences under the auspices of the History Center.

Stevens Activities: History Center staff members teach courses at Stevens Institute of Technology.


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