Member Benefits Bulletin
 October 2014


The Invention of the First Transistor is a Commemorative Coaster
The Invention of the First Transistor revolutionized the electronics field and eventually ushered in the information age with small, low power electronic devices and the development of low cost integrated circuits. Walter H. Brittain and John A. Bardeen, under the direction of William B. Shockley, discovered the transistor effect and developed the point-contact germanium transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., at the end of 1947. The transistor quickly replaced existing electronic tube based electronics devices and ushered in the beginning of solid state electronics, which has been cited as the most important invention of the 20th Century. This directly led to developments in solid-state devices that revolutionized the electronics industry and changed the way people around the world lived, learned, worked and played.

To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$125+ specifically to the Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation beginning in October 2014 through September 2015 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting the Invention of the First Transistor.

Invention of the First Transistor is the eighth coaster in a series of limited edition coasters commemorating various, historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first seven depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan’s Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer, the Atom Smasher, Maxwell’s Equations and the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable. Complete your limited edition set of coasters. Previous year’s coasters are also available for a US$125 donation each. Donate now.

The LMF provides grants to new and ongoing projects that are beneficial to potential engineers and engineering students. Your gift will both preserve the memory of the Invention of the First Transistor and support future technological innovations.

The IEEE History Committee established The IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing Program during the Centennial year as an ongoing means to honor and commemorate significant technical achievements in the history of IEEE fields. For more information, e-mail

Free IEEE-USA eBook Offered as Special Benefit to IEEE Members

As a special benefit of IEEE Membership for the month of October, IEEE-USA is offering a free eBook, The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer – Volume 2, by Donald Christiansen.

Backscatter Compiled from the IEEE-USA Today's Engineer archives, author Donald Christiansen continues to tackle different topics that affect engineers today with wit, wisdom, humor, and his own unique perspective.

For example, Christiansen writes that many engineers have earned MBAs as a follow-up to their baccalaureate or master’s degree in engineering, confirming that pairing an engineering and business education makes good sense. However, he writes, those who follow a research career path believe that time spent in furthering education might be better devoted to specialty studies in a technical area.

Members can download The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer – Volume 2 for free through 31 October 2014. Non-member price is US$9.99.

In November, the IEEE-USA free eBook will be Writing for Success - An Engineers Guide – Volume 2: The Road to Excellence , written by Tom Moran. Author, Tom Moran shares that good writing comes from hard, diligent work. As in engineering efforts, writers test their work to identify problems. And when writers find problems, writers they must develop effective solutions. Information on how to download this eBook will be available in the November issue of the IEEE Member Benefits Bulletin.

IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society Launches in January
In January 2015, IEEE will launch the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (formerly the IEEE Technology Management Council) which 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.

During this transition all active council chapters will transition to active society chapters. Additional communications will be sent regarding the transition of the chapters.

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IEEE Mentoring Program
IEEE MentorCentre is the online mentoring platform for IEEE. This is a valuable resource for IEEE members seeking a professional mentoring partnership. That means all the best practices you have come to expect from an IEEE mentoring program are in place, with ample opportunity to enter a unique mentoring partnership not found anywhere else.

What you will find with IEEE MentorCentre:
  • The ability to connect with mentors based on specialized areas of practice, experience, IEEE Societal affiliation and more;
  • Opportunities to give back to the profession by registering as a mentor;
  • Additional fields to narrow down the preferred profile of the mentor, and;
  • Improved mentor controls allowing them to control how they are viewed in the system.
Participation in the program is voluntary and open to all IEEE members above the grade of Student member.

Engineers & the Industry: New Opportunities Engineers and the Industry: New Opportunities
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TechNews: Big Data. TechNews: Big Data
The Institute's Monica Rozenfeld explores the involvement of IEEE in the effort to unlock the potential of analysis and application of the unprecedented level of data collection in the modern era of communication.

2014 Sections Congress: B. Jayant Baliga 2014 Sections Congress: B. Jayant Baliga
A talk from B. Jayant Baliga at the 2014 IEEE Sections Congress.

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IEEE ResumeLab
IEEE members have a powerful tool to help gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is an online service that resumelaballows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job seeking process. This product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

IEEE ResumeLab is designed with a series of modules that assist the member through the employment process. Key modules and features include:
  • Resumes - Select from a wide array of templates geared toward specific industries, sectors and work experience stages.
  • Letters - From cover letter to post-interview thank you letter, ensure optimal communication throughout the hiring process.
  • Skills Assessment - Highlight the skills you possess, your competency in those skills, and what makes your experience with these skills unique.
  • Mock Interviews - Prepare for the real thing by selecting an interviewer and the type of questions they’ll ask. Choose to record your interview for evaluation and feedback.
  • Video Resumes - Record custom video messages for potential employers.
  • Portfolios - Upload and organize your past work to present to potential employers.
  • Share Online – Publish and share everything you create on a publicly viewable Web site.

Shop AmazonSmile, Donate to the IEEE Foundation
AmazonSmile provides a simple and automatic way for you to support the IEEE Foundation. While you shop at, you’ll find the same products with an added bonus - -the IEEE Foundation receives 0.5% of the purchase price.

How to setup your IEEE Foundation/AmazonSmile account:
  1. Visit:
  2. Select: “IEEE Foundation, Inc.”
  3. Shop: eligible AmazonSmile products
  4. AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the IEEE Foundation
  5. Bookmark and continue supporting the IEEE Foundation in this unique way

Dues Renewal: A Time to Transform Lives
While renewing your IEEE Membership, take time to reflect on how your IEEE Membership has influenced your career and enhanced your opportunities. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE and continue to make a difference. You may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more funds listed in your renewal information. You may also donate online anytime.

IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and shown a strong commitment to the founding ideas and principles of IEEE.

There is so much more that we can accomplish together to transform lives worldwide and enable the impact of IEEE. Visit and learn more about:

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Why Rosetta Stone?

UPS Everyone has the ability to learn a new language. Rosetta Stone language learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities, and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated.

  • Learn at your own pace and on almost any device
  • Software tracks your progress and self-adjusts
  • Native speakers provide expert live tutoring
Learn more about the TOTALe program at an exclusive member price and be on your way to speaking a new language!

Are you risking your paycheck on a misconception?

Insurance When you think about people who can’t work because of a disability, most Americans imagine it happened because of a serious accident. But that’s not the truth according to the most recent statistics.

In fact, analysis shows that disabilities that keep someone from working and earning an income are caused by common situations you’ve probably already seen among your friends, neighbors or co-workers.

To see the situations many Americans overlook, read the full article: Are you risking your paycheck on a misconception?

Did You Know?

You can find other IEEE members who are also signed in to myIEEE at the same time as you. To the right of the bank of tab headings, you'll find the link "Who's Online?" This feature allows you to see which members are signed in to myIEEE. By selecting a user's name, you can view their memberNet profile, begin making new connections and expanding your professional network. Is your profile up-to-date?


Content YOU Need. Wherever YOU Are. Instantly.
Many Wiley-IEEE titles are available digitally for download onto your computer, laptop or mobile device or can be accessed 24/7 on the Wiley Online Library.

IEEE members can receive 25% off on the latest titles from Wiley-IEEE Press! Use Member Discount Code - 18493 - when prompted at checkout.

Principles of Electrical Safety Principles of Electrical Safety
Peter E. Sutherland
ISBN: 978-1-118-02194-1, October 2014, Wiley-IEEE Press
List Price: US$125.00, Member Price: US$100.00

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Generating Media Coverage for IEEE Members
This month, IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative continues its efforts to increase worldwide recognition of the IEEE brand and its members. This initiative is intended to foster awareness of members’ ongoing contributions to society for the benefit of humanity, and to elevate these IEEE members to their peers and the general public. To view additional member media coverage visit IEEE in the News.

Electric Planes are Here
As seen in Drive The District
4 September 2014

IEEE Member Highlight:
kostekPaul Kostek, IEEE Senior member, discusses the future of electric and hybrid airplane technology.

Driverless cars to be on the highway very soon
As seen in Techindiaonline
3 September 2014

IEEE Member Highlight:
broggiAlberto Broggi, IEEE Fellow, talks about the technology and future of driverless cars.

Panetta AMA Watch: IEEE Asks an Engineer with Karen Panetta
Marimuthu AMA Watch: IEEE Asks an Engineer with Ramalatha Marimuthu

Refer a Colleague, Get Great Merchandise
In conjunction with IEEE-USA, IEEE is excited to continue this special offer for U.S. members. Refer a colleague to IEEE. If they join before the end of the membership year, they'll get a 50% discount off their first year membership, and you'll get a gift. IEEE-USA gift items you can choose from include:

Cooler backpack Computer backpack
Portable solar battery charger Tablet case
Portable speaker Parker pen and mechanical pencil set
Parker ballpoint pen Travel coffee mug and tumbler set
Golf balls Baseball hat
Golf umbrella Travel umbrella

Members remain eligible to receive incentives through the existing IEEE Member-Get-a-Member (MGM) program. How it works:
  • Refer your colleague via the online form.
  • Your referral will receive an e-mail inviting them to join at a 50% discount off their first-year membership dues, and will receive benefits through 31 December.
  • Your referral will provide your IEEE member number as they join.
  • Within 1-2 weeks after your referral joins, you will receive an e-mail confirming your recruiting success, including a link which allows you to select your IEEE-USA merchandise item.
  • You will receive a separate e-mail for each new member you recruit.
Please help spread the word and share your IEEE experience - no one knows how beneficial IEEE Membership is to technical and career development better than you, the member. Refer your friends and colleagues today!

IEEE Partners with Rutgers University to Offer New Mini-MBA
IEEE has partnered with Rutgers Business School of Executive Education to offer an executive MBA to the Engineering and Technology professionals. The sessions will be delivered by a combination of Rutgers faculty members as well as expert industry leaders steeped in engineering, science, and technology experiences. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a Certificate in Engineering and Technology Management. The program runs from 8:30 am EST to 4:30 pm EST, December 8-12, 2014 in New Brunswick, NJ. The cost for this event is US$4995 and provides all participants with their own Apple® iPad™.

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IEEE Spark
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New and Improved

There have been some exciting changes to! There is a fresh new look, simplified layout, and friendlier navigation. To make TryEngineering more compatible with mobile devices, stay tuned for a mobile version of the site set to launch later this year.

Visit and "Discover the Creative Engineer in You!"

IEEE-USA Webinar: Difficult Conversations
On 30 October 2014 at 2:00pm EST, Dr. Julia Williams, educator and communications expert, will present an IEEE-USA/IEEE Professional Communication Society webinar titled Difficult Conversations — Strategies that can help make you a better listener, a better speaker, and a better person! The term “difficult conversations,” was developed by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen in their book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. In this presentation, Dr. Julia Williams will introduce attendees to principles that can help engineers negotiate through difficult conversations, resulting in better listening and communication. She also will give examples of how the principles can be applied to real world situations that engineers may face in the workplace.

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IEEE-USA Careers & Employment Flipboard
A Roundup of Career Guidance for IT Pros

The IEEE-USA Career and Employment Issues Flipboard aggregates career advancement and job-hunting advice for current IT professionals, as well as guidance for those new to the industry. The IEEE-USA Flipboard also covers entrepreneurism, hiring tips, industry trends and more.

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Call for Authors
IEEE-USA eBooks seeks authors to write an eBook, or a series of eBooks on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an eBook that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, e-mail your eBook proposal to IEEE-USA eBook Chair, Gus Gaynor and IEEE-USA Publishing Manager, Georgia C. Stelluto.

eBook Classic Feature
IEEE members have access to more than 280 free eBooks from the IEEE Press collection through IEEE Xplore.

Title: Introduction to IP Address Management
Copyright Year: 2010
Authors: Rooney, T.
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Abstract: A step-by-step guide to managing critical technologies of today's converged services IP networksEffective IP Address Management (IPAM) has become crucial to maintaining high-performing IP services such as data, video, and voice over IP. This book provides a concise introduction to the three core IPAM networking technologies—IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Domain Name System (DNS)—as well as IPAM practice and techniques needed to manage them cohesively. To access this eBook Classics title, available to members at no additional cost, sign in to IEEE Xplore using your IEEE Account.

Find out how to access additional eBook Classics titles. Is Mobile has released a mobile app for Android and Apple iOS devices to allow viewers to watch content on the go. The app is available for free on all devices and includes some great features. Included is the availability to search for content in the vast video library, member login access, and easy sharing of programs. This app is available by visiting the Android™ Market or the iTunes App Store.

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