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IEEE Bullet Train Milestone Commemorative Coaster Available to Life Members Fund Donors

Third in a Series of Six Coasters Honoring IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing

29 October – The technological innovation Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train), an IEEE Milestone sponsored by the IEEE Tokyo Section of Region 10 and an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Landmark, is being commemorated as a limited edition coaster.

The Bullet Train, which began service in 1964, is considered the world’s first high speed train.  The Bullet Train set a world record operating at speeds up to 210km/hr when it first began service in 1964. This historic engineering achievement, designed with the world’s most advanced electrical and technological train technologies, pioneered high speed railway transportation around the world. What started as a 500km route between Tokyo and Osaka has since expanded to a 2,459km network linking most major cities on HonshÅ« and KyushÅ«.

To commemorate this important technological advancement, individuals who donate US$100+ to the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) from October 2009 to September 2010 will receive the limited edition pewter coaster depicting Tokaido Shinkansen. The Bullet Train coaster is the third in a series of six limited edition pewter coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Engineering Milestones. One coaster will be given per donor, per year.

The LMF provides grants to new and ongoing projects that are beneficial to potential engineers and engineering students. Donations will be used to  both preserve the memory of the Tokaido Shinkansen engineering achievement, and support future technological innovations. To receive the limited edition Bullet Train IEEE Milestone coaster, donate US$100 or more to the IEEE Foundation/LMF at the IEEE Foundation Web site. For more information, contact