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IEEE Foundation Announces 2006 Application Deadlines

The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE, will accept unsolicited applications for new and innovative projects that seek to improve the worldwide technological literacy of society from childhood through adulthood in three cycles in 2006.  Projects should:

  1. Improve primary and secondary math and science learning,
  2. Prepare pre-university students to consider engineering as a career path
  3. Increase active interest in engineering and science,
  4. Preserve the history of IEEE associated technologies,
  5. Tap the technological expertise of IEEE members,

Application deadlines:

Deadline

IEEE Foundation Meeting Date

7 Jan 2006

March 2006

15 Apr 2006

June 2006

16 Sep 2006

November 2006

To learn more about the IEEE Foundation’s grant guidelines, and to submit an online application, click here...

IEEE Foundation Awards Over US$135,000 in Grants During 2005

During its November 2005 meeting, the IEEE Foundation awarded three new grants totaling US$47,500.  The goal of these grants is to motivate middle and high school students in Texas to pursue technology related careers; draw attention to the critical need for excellence and diligence in scientific research and discovery by honoring IEEE Life Fellow - Charles Townes; and bring together researchers, professionals, and students in Region 9 to discuss and identify technological solutions for the needs of the world. 

With the awarding of these three new grants, it brings the total the IEEE Foundation has invested in new and innovative projects that seek to improve the world’s technological literacy during 2005 to more than US$135,000. To learn more about these and the other grants awarded by the IEEE Foundation during 2005, click here…

IEEE-USA Fund to Support Second Mass Media Fellow in 2006

Each year, IEEE-USA seeks an engineering student to sponsor in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program. The program is designed to strengthen the connections among scientists, engineers and journalists by placing advanced science and engineering students in newsrooms across the USA.

For the past 5 years of the program, IEEE-USA received many more outstanding applicants for the program than it could afford to support. In an effort to expand the reach of the program, the IEEE-USA Operating Committee decided to support two IEEE-USA Mass Media Fellows during 2006. One student will be funded from the IEEE-USA operating budget as usual, while the second will be supported by the IEEE-USA Fund administered by the IEEE Foundation.

Both IEEE-USA Mass Media Fellows will work for 10 weeks during the summer of 2006 as reporters, researchers and production assistants in mass media organizations nationwide. They will collaborate with media professionals to enhance coverage of science- and engineering- related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

The IEEE-USA Fund is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of IEEE members from around the world. The Fund provides resources to IEEE-USA to support special projects that promote the electrotechnology careers of IEEE members in the United States.

To find out how you can support the IEEE-USA Fund email the IEEE Development Office at donate@ieee.org.

New Online Database Offers Examples of Pre-University Education Activities

A new section of the IEEE Web site has been developed to help IEEE members and volunteers identify various activities being conducted by Section volunteers related to pre-university science, engineering and technology education.

Created by IEEE Educational Activities with support from the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Pre-University Engineering Activity Search consists of two parts: a public area that details current and upcoming activities worldwide, and a password-protected database for IEEE members and volunteers to submit their own experiences, ideas and best practices for display on the site. There are currently about 70 examples of pre-university activities included in the database.

To access the IEEE Pre-University Activity Search, click here. For more information, contact IEEE Educational Activities' Doug Gorham, at d.g.gorham@ieee.org or +1 732 562 5483, or Allison Ickowicz, at a.m.ickowicz@ieee.org or +1 732 562 5496.

IEEE History Center Turns 25

August 2005 marks the 25th Anniversary of the IEEE History Center. The Center's original purpose was to prepare material for the 1984 IEEE centennial celebration. Over time, the Center's role grew to include public outreach, pre-college education, and scholarly research into the history of technology. The following is a list of just a few ways the IEEE History Center has been working to preserve, research and promote the history of electrical engineering and computing for the last quarter of a century:

  • Celebrating the centennial of IEEE
  • Establishing the IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing Program, which has recognized 65 important accomplishment in the IEEE fields in every Region of the IEEE
  • Collecting oral histories from over 400 prominent engineers and scientists, more thanProducing 68 newsletters that go out to almost 10,000 subscribers
  • Responding to over 5,000 reference requests
  • Publishing guides to sources, monographs, and articles on the history of technology
  • Designing and teaching history of technology courses to over 1,000 undergraduates at Rutgers University
  • Holding six international conferences uniquely bringing together engineers, historians and hobbyists to discuss issues in technological history
  • Launching the IEEE Virtual Museum a popular and award-winning website geared at young people, their teachers, and general public

To learn more about the IEEE History Center and find out how you can help support its work, click here...

BC Declares IEEE Virtual Museum "Fascinating"

This week the editors of the BBC Collective website reviewed the IEEE Virtual Museum (VM) in its feature article about on-line "niche" museums. The review describes the VM as an "online museum of electricity and magnetism and (oddly enough) it's fascinating - proof that good layout attracts interest." The BBC Collective, a website produced by the British Broadcasting Company, offers reviews of new music, film, and culture and provides an opportunity for people to exchange their thoughts and ideas without wading through the usual hype. To visit the BBC Collective and view the article that features the IEEE Virtual Museum, click here...

Latest Foundation Grants Impact Public Awareness of Engineering and Technology Education

At its June 2005 meeting, the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors awarded four new grants totaling US$73,254. These grants will inform millions of people about key engineering advances vital to modern life; offer hands-on experience for children to learn about the cause and effect of science and technology; create a place for pre-college teachers in the United States to get help with innovative technology oriented activities; and spread the word about the value of IEEE to students throughout Brazil. To learn more about these and other grants awarded by the IEEE Foundation, click here...

25 Years of PROCEEDING OF THE IEEE Added to IEEE Online Collection

Thanks in part to a grant from the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE recently added to its online collection more than 12,000 papers and articles published in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE from 1963 to 1987. Previously only preserved as paper copies, the digitization of this important record of engineering history completes Phase 1 of a two phased project entitled "PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE Legacy Project." The goal of this project is to digitize the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE and create a lasting and readily available electronic archive of this important chronicle of engineering evolution and development. Phase 2 of the project, expected to be completed in early 2006, will include the volumes published as Proceedings of the IRE from 1913 through 1962.

Access to the new content is available to subscribers of the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, which provides access to all IEEE online content. IEEE members with online subscriptions to the journal or the IEEE Member Digital Library may access these papers, as well. The material is also available for individual online purchase.

2005 IEEE Honors Ceremony Recognizes Icons of the Profession

Over 350 people attended the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony held 18 June 2005 in Chantilly, VA, USA. This year's event celebrated the contributions of 17 individuals and two corporations for their role in changing the way we live, work, and communicate. The creativity and contributions of the honorees are seen in many of today's familiar technologies: voice mail, remote controllers, computer security, relational databases, portable medical infusion pumps, hybrid automobiles, and much more.

The IEEE Foundation is proud of the role it plays in recognizing these icons of the profession. Among the individuals honored are the recipients of the two medals and one service award sponsored by the IEEE Foundation:

  • IEEE Medal of Honor presented to James L. Flanagan
  • IEEE Founders Medal presented to Eugene Wong
  • IEEE Haraden Pratt Award presented to Daniel R. Benigni

To view a full list of the 2005 IEEE Honors Ceremony Awards and recipients click here...

IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund Established

The IEEE Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund to accept contributions to support the largest pre-university scholarship offered by the IEEE. The IEEE Presidents' Scholarship recognizes a deserving student for an outstanding project in electrical engineering, information technology or other IEEE field of interest presented during the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Administered by IEEE Educational Activities, with assistance from IEEE volunteers who serve as the judges during the ISEF, this scholarship includes US$10,000 payable over four years, complimentary IEEE Student and Student Society memberships, a framed certificate, and an engraved plaque.

Contributions made to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund will provide the financial resources students need to pursue their engineering dreams. Checks may be made payable to the IEEE Foundation - IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund and mailed to the IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA. Credit card gifts may be made by sending an email to donate@ieee.org. To discuss alternative giving methods, please call the IEEE Development Office at +1 732 562 3860.

Preserving the Memory of Harold Sobol

To preserve the memory of Harold Sobol, a microwave pioneer, the IEEE Foundation in cooperation with the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), has established the Harold Sobol Memorial Fund to support the Harold Sobol Travel Grant program. This new initiative, initially funded with a gift from the Sobol Family, will provide travel support for at least one talented student selected to present their work during the Student Paper Competition of the annual IEEE International Microwave Symposium. The first award will be presented in 2006 and includes a US$500 travel grant and certificate.

By joining the Sobol Family and making a tribute gift to the IEEE Foundation - Harold Sobol Memorial Fund, you will be perpetuating the memory of Harold Sobol and testifying to the meaningfulness of his life, while helping the MTT-S establish a steady source of funding to offer worthy students much needed travel funds. Checks may be made payable to the IEEE Foundation - Harold Sobol Memorial Fund and mailed to the IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA. Credit card gifts may be made by sending an email to donate@ieee.org. To discuss alternative giving methods, please call the IEEE Development Office at +1 732 562 3860.

IEEE PES Award Winners for 2005

IEEE Power Engineering Society honored the top engineers and students in its field at the 2005 IEEE PES General Meeting held in San Francisco, CA, USA during June 2005. These Awards are made possible thanks to the philanthropic contributions of individuals and corporations interested in perpetuating the recognition of excellence in power engineering.

UNO LAMM HIGH VOLTAGE DIRECT CURRENT AWARD
Sponsored by: PES Award Endowment Fund
Michael L. Woodhouse
For contributions to the understanding of the stresses in high-voltage thyristor valves and for the dissemination of this information

OUTSTANDING POWER ENGINEERING EDUCATOR AWARD
Sponsored by: PES Award Endowment Fund
Robert J. Thomas
For leadership in electric power systems engineering education and research for contributions to advances in teaching and research technologies

NARI HINGORANI FACTS AWARD
ponsored by: ABB, Alstom, EPRI, GE Energy, Hingorani Power Electronics, National Grid Corporation, S&C Electric, Siemens, Silicon Power Corporation, & Westinghouse
Masatoshi Takesa
For Contribution to the Development of STATCOM Technology

NARI HINGORANI CUSTOM POWER AWARD
ponsored by: ABB, Alstom, EPRI, GE Energy, Hingorani Power Electronics, National Grid Corporation, S&C Electric, Siemens, Silicon Power Corporation, & Westinghouse
Neil H. Woodley
For Contributions to the Application of Custom Power Controllers

WALTER FEE OUTSTANDING YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD
Sponsored by: PES Award Endowment Fund
Efrain O'Neill-Carrillo
For leadership in the power engineering field and contributions to the engineering profession and engineering education

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN POWER DISTRIBUTION ENGINEERING
Sponsored by: PES Award Endowment Fund
Roger Craig Dugan
For contributions to distribution system analysis

CHARLES CONCORDIA POWER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AWARD
Sponsored by: GE Energy
Prabha S. Kundar
For outstanding contributions to power system modeling, control, monitoring, enhancement of system dynamic performance, and leadership in technical activities leading to industry practice.

STUDENT PRIZE PAPER AWARD IN HONOR OF T. BURKE HAYES
Sponsored by: CH2M Hill Foundation
Eduardo Audiche
"A Practical Formulation to Relate Power Quality, Regulation, Penalties and Investments in the Caracas (Venezuela) Metropolitan Area"

To learn more about the role the IEEE Foundation plays in the recognition of excellence by serving as the fund administrator and how you can help, email donate@ieee.org.

2005 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Winner is Picture Perfect

Adam Daniel Sidman, a 17-year-old high-school junior from Colorado Springs, CO, USA, won the 2005 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship with his project entitled "Camera Stabilization: Take Two." Adam's goal in developing this project was to design, build, and optimize a low cost, compact gyro-based servo stabilization device for a professional handheld motion picture camera. A group of IEEE volunteer judges selected this project from a field of more than 1400 projects from over 40 countries during the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held 8 to 14 May 2005 in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

The IEEE Presidents' Scholarship, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, is US$10,000 scholarship that recognizes a deserving student for outstanding achievement in research and presentation of engineering knowledge in electrical engineering, information technology or other IEEE fields of interest. To learn more about the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship, click here...

Samsung to Sponsor IEEE Edison Medal

The IEEE Foundation is excited to announce that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is the latest addition to the ranks of the IEEE Awards sponsors. They join Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Sony, IBM, Lucent Technologies, and many others in appreciating the need to recognize and reward excellence in engineering. Beginning in 2006 and continuing for ten years, Samsung will sponsor the prestigious IEEE Edison Medal. Created in 1904 by a group of Thomas Edison's friends and associates, this Medal may be presented to an individual for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or electrical arts. The prize items include a US$10,000 honorarium, gold medal, gold pendant, and certificate. To learn about this Medal, as well as the other Awards presented by the IEEE click here...

IEEE APS Award Winners for 2005

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society announced the following 2005 Award winners. These Awards are made possible thanks to the philanthropic contributions of individuals and corporations interested in perpetuating the recognition of excellence in antennas engineering.

CHEN-TO TAI DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AWARD
Sponsored by: Family and Friends in memory of Chen-To Tai
Constantine A. Balanis
For outstanding contributions to electromagnetics education in the classroom and in graduate student supervision, and for his superlative communication of concepts in publications.

IEEE-APS DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sponsored by: IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
Robert J. Mailloux
For outstanding contributions to the understanding of antenna properties, especially the electromagnetics of phased arrays.

JOHN KRAUS ANTENNA AWARD
Sponsored by: John Kraus, Jr. in memory of his father, John Kraus
Walter Rotman
For the creation and development of a unique electromagnetic lens that provides multiple beams over a wide angular range.

These honorees were recognized for their outstanding achievements during the Awards Ceremony of the 2005 IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society International Symposium to be held in Washington, DC, July 2005. To learn more about the role the IEEE Foundation plays in the recognition of excellence by serving as the fund administrator for these and other awards, as well as how you can help, email donate@ieee.org.

IEEE Foundation Supports Students in India

Students in Kerala, India are the latest beneficiaries of a grant from the IEEE Foundation. During its March 2005 meeting, the IEEE Foundation awarded a two-year US$13,500 grant to the IEEE Women in Engineering Kerala Chapter in support of the initial phase of a four-year project. The goal of this project is to create and implement a student outreach program that supports the school science laboratories and inspires students to consider different streams of study and career options. To learn more about this and other grants awarded by the IEEE Foundation, click here...

Grainger Foundation Gift to Honor Outstanding Power Engineers

The Grainger Foundation, known for its generous support of the field of power engineering, gave a US$100,000 gift to the IEEE Foundation for the annual presentation of the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award. The Grainger Foundation's co-sponsorship of this important power engineering Award will bring new understanding and elevated importance to both the Award and its recipients.

Established in 1975 and named in honor of Nikola Tesla, this award may be presented annually to an individual or a team that have made outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of electric power. The prize items include a plaque and honorarium. This gift is expected to support the cost of the annual honorarium through 2017. To learn more about this and other IEEE Awards, click here...

Songs in the Key of E Latest Addition to the IEEE Virtual Museum

Songs in the Key of E, the eighth IEEE Virtual Museum exhibit, explores the various ways electronics have been used to create music. Using the many audio clips found throughout the exhibit, visitors can experience a whole range of instruments that rely on electronics to work. From the sounds of William Duddell's "Singing Arc" to the spooky tunes of the Theremin to the techno pop of the synthesizer, electronic instruments have long married the interests of engineers and musicians. Songs in the Key of E examines this link of art and technology, charting the history of this unique genre of music. To explore this and the many other exciting exhibits found in the IEEE Virtual Museum, click here...

IEEE Foundation Supports Harmonization of Education in Southeast Europe

The IEEE Student Branch at the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia received a US$5,000 grant from the IEEE Foundation toward the conveying of New Challenges in Electrical Education. The goal of this conference, to be held in May 2005, is to develop a regional network in Southeast Europe to stimulate academic mobility for students, as well as to promote university cooperation and the harmonization of curricula in the field of electrical engineering. Representatives from 25 universities in the Southeast European area are expected to attend. To learn more about the types of programs funded by the IEEE Foundation, click here...

Students Honored for Spoken Language Processing Papers

Thanks to the generosity of Drs. Xuedong Huang, Alejandro Acero, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon, the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Speech Technical Committee is able to select two students to honor whose outstanding papers in the field of spoken language processing are accepted for publication in a conference or a workshop. This year's winners of the Spoken Language Processing Student Grant competition are Chen Yang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong for his paper "Static and Dynamic Spectral Features: Their Noise Robustness and Optimal Weights for ASR" and Dan-ning Jiang from the Tsinghua University, China for his paper "Prosody Analysis and Modeling for Emotional Speech Synthesis". These talented students will receive their grants during the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing to be held March 18-23, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center/Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

To learn how you too can work with the IEEE Foundation to make a difference in the life of a student by helping to advance education and the beneficial use of technology, contact the IEEE Development Office at donate@ieee.org.

IEEE Foundation Announces 2005 Grant Application Deadlines

The IEEE Foundation will be considering unsolicited applications in three rounds during 2005. Grant applications are to be submitted using our new, simple-to-use online form. As in the past, the IEEE Foundation will consider projects that:

  • Improve education in mathematics, science and technology from pre-university through continuing education
  • Preserve, study, or promulgate the history of IEEE-associated technologies
  • Recognize major contributions to these technologies and their applications
  • Show promise of making a major contribution to the worldwide communities the IEEE serves or significantly advancing the profession.
Application DeadlineConsideration during IEEE Foundation Meeting
January 7, 2005March 11, 2005
April 15, 2005June 17, 2005
September 16, 2005November 18, 2005

To learn more about the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines, and to submit an online application, click here...

IEEE Foundation Launches Online Forms

Grant seekers now have a new way to apply for a grant from the IEEE Foundation and report the project results. Effective January 2005, all grant applications and project reports must be submitted electronically to the IEEE Foundation using its new, simple-to-use online forms. These online forms replace all formats previously used. To access the forms, click here...