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IEEE Foundation Announces 2007 Application Deadlines

The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE, is committed to improving the technological literacy of society from childhood through adulthood. One way the IEEE Foundation seeks to achieve this goal is by awarding grants to new and innovative projects.  During 2007, unsolicited applications will be accepted in three cycles from IEEE units and other organizations working in areas of relevance and importance to the IEEE and its membership.  Projects should achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Improve primary and secondary science, technology, and math learning
  • Encourage pre-university students to consider engineering as a career path
  • Increase the public’s understanding of the role of engineers and technology in society
  • Preserve the history of IEEE associated technologies
  • Tap the technological expertise of IEEE members
  • Demonstrate ability to be replicated

Application deadlines:

Deadline

IEEE Foundation Meeting Date

29 Dec 2006

March 2007

13 Apr 2007

June 2007

31 Aug 2007

November 2007

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

IEEE Foundation Grants Awarded during 2006 Top US$300,000

During its November 2006 meeting, the IEEE Foundation awarded four new grants totaling US$68,810.  The goal of these grants is to motivate young people toward a career in engineering; develop an action plan to address future shortages of engineers and technical educators; share new educational methodologies and techniques with educators in Latin America; and identify the issues facing each of the four generations currently in the workforce.

With the awarding of these four new grants, the IEEE Foundation has committed more than US$300,000 during 2006 to new and innovative projects that seek to improve the worldwide technological literacy of society from childhood through adulthood.  To learn more about these and other grants awarded by the IEEE Foundation during 2006, click here…

Sponsorship of the IEEE Mulligan Medal Renewed

The IEEE Foundation is pleased to announce The MathWorks, Inc., National Instruments Foundation, and Pearson Prentice Hall, have agreed to a three year renewal of their co-sponsorship of the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal.  The IEEE Life Members Committee joins these companies as a new co-sponsor.  Together, they recognize the importance of an educator’s contributions to the vitality, imagination, and leadership of the engineering profession. 

The IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal may be presented annually, to an individual, for a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of the IEEE.  To learn more about the IEEE Awards Program, please click here…

IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society Answers the Challenge

The IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S) is the twelfth IEEE Society to answer the US$1 Million Society History Challenge.  Created by the IEEE Foundation in 1998, the US$1 Million Society History Challenge encourages IEEE Societies to invest in the preservation of the history and heritage of the IEEE by matching dollar-for-dollar all their gifts to the IEEE History Center’s endowment. The proceeds from the endowment are used to support the IEEE History Center’s mission to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering, computing, and associated sciences and technologies

With the addition of this US$10,000 gift from UFFC-S, a total of US$605,000 has been given by IEEE Societies and matched by the IEEE Foundation!  The IEEE Societies whose generous gifts have already been matched are:

IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
IEEE Communications Society
IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
IEEE Electron Devices Society
IEEE Industry Applications Society
IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society
IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society
IEEE Magnetics Society
IEEE Power Engineering Society                 
IEEE Signal Processing Society                
IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society  

To learn how your IEEE Society can help preserve history and participate in this US$1 Million Society History Challenge, contact Michael Geselowitz, Director of the IEEE History Center by telephone: +1 732 932 1066 or by electronic mail at m.geselowitz@ieee.org

Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grants Awarded

Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grants were awarded to Giuseppe Selli and Timothy Dew.  Thanks to the grants these students were able to attend and present their award-winning work at the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) held August 2006 in Portland, OR, USA.  Selli, a student at the University of Missouri-Rolla, received his grant to present his paper entitled “Model-to-Hardware Correlation of Physics-Based Via Models with the Parallel Plate Impedance Included”, which he co-authored with Christian Schuster and Young Kwark.  Dew, a student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, received the grant to share his EMC Student Design Competition project at the Symposium.  Dew co-authored the project with Robert Hughes and Scott Waite.

The Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grants program was created to honor its namesake – Leo L. Beranek.  The sponsors hope that the availability of the grants will encourage more students to participate in the IEEE International Symposium on EMC.  To learn about other IEEE educational program funds that are managed by the IEEE Foundation, click here…

Use Your IRA as Never Before

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 offers new tax incentives for charitable gifts from US donors who are 70½ or older. The Act encourages financial support of charitable organizations across the United States.Under this law, donors can draw on funds from their traditional or Roth IRA during 2006 and 2007 to make charitable gifts to the IEEE Foundation free of tax obligations.  To learn more, click here…

Novinium Gifts Warranty Trust to IEEE Foundation

Novinium, a global cable rejuvenation company, has announced the future gift of potentially upwards of US$1 million to the IEEE Foundation to support the next generation of engineers.  The company established an irrevocable trust fund into which Novinium will deposit a portion of the money from warranty services provided on their cable rejuvenation process.  The money will be used to pay future warranty claims, which are expected to be minimal, and the remaining funds and earnings will be gifted to the IEEE Foundation after the 20- or 40-year warranty period.  The IEEE Development Office is available to assist others in implementing this innovative giving method.

Inaugural Harold Sobol Travel Grant Awarded

The inaugural Harold Sobol Travel Grant was awarded to Vahid Miraftab after his paper titled “Automated Microwave Filter Tuning by Extracting Human Experience in Terms of Linguistic Rules Using Fuzzy Controllers,” was chosen as the winner of the student paper contest at the 2006 IEEE International Microwave Symposium.  Miraftab is a student at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  The US$500 grant will be used to allow Miraftab to travel to the 2007 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on 3-8 June 2007.  The Travel Grant was created in memory of Harold Sobol, an accomplished microwave engineer and warm soul who left a legacy of distinguished work behind him.  To learn more about the Harold Sobol Travel Grant, click here…

Latest Set of IEEE Foundation Grants Promotes Technology & Engineering Around the Globe

At its June 2006 meeting, the IEEE Foundation Board approved eight new grants totaling US$121,502.  All eight of the grant recipients will reach out to colleagues around the globe, by organizing conferences, bringing technology to third-world countries, or creating programs for middle school students that other IEEE sections can replicate.  With the global flavor of the recipients of this round of grants, the IEEE continues to promote technology and engineering to students, professionals, and people across the world.  To view a full list of grants awarded to date in 2006, click here…

2006 IEEE Honors Ceremony Recognizes Pioneers of the Profession

This year’s IEEE Honors Ceremony, held 24 June 2006 in Minneapolis, MN, USA, recognized 17 individuals and one corporation for laying the foundation for technologies and applications considered commonplace today.  As a result of the honorees achievements, movie fans of all ages can enjoy 3-D computer animated features, consumers can make bank transactions 24/7 at any of the 900,000 ATM machines worldwide, and computer users benefit from spell-checking capabilities.

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

1) IEEE Medal of Honor presented to Dr. James Meindl;
2) IEEE Founders Medal presented to Dr. Toshiharu Aoki; and
3) IEEE Haraden Pratt Award presented to Mr. Antonio C. Bastos.  

To view a full list of the 2006 IEEE Honors Ceremony Awards and recipients click here…

IEEE Teams with IBM to Launch tryengineering.org

IEEE and IBM, with partial funding from the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation, have collaborated to launch a new website that combines interactive activities with information on careers in engineering. Tryengineering.org is designed to educate a variety of audiences about the different engineering disciplines and the impact engineers have on society. Targeted toward teachers, school counselors, parents and students, site visitors can explore how to prepare for an engineering career, ask experts engineer-related questions and play interactive games. Tools for teachers include lesson plans and engineering projects as well as a list of student competitions and science and engineering-oriented summer camps.

The site launched on 5 June with a searchable list of accredited engineering programs in the U.S. and Canada, and will be expanded to include programs in other English-speaking countries as well as Germany and France. To visit, click here...

Former IEEE Foundation Board Member Wins 2006 Bower Award

IEEE Life Fellow, and former IEEE Foundation Board Member, Dr. Narain Hingorani has been named as one of the 2006 Franklin Institute Laureates and received the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.  A modern-age pioneer of power electronics, Dr. Hingorani is considered the father of flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) and custom power innovations, and is a leader in high-voltage direct current (HVDC).  His citation reads:

The 2006 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is presented to Narain Hingorani for the conceptualization and pioneering advancement of the Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) and Custom Power in electric power systems, and for outstanding technical contributions in High Voltage Direct Current Technology, which have enhanced the quality and security of the electric power system.

Presented by the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science recognizes outstanding achievement in life, physical, and applied sciences; innovation in the sciences; and training of scientists. The award is given without regard for nationality and includes a gold medal and prize of $250,000.  To learn more about the 2006 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, click here…

2006 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund Selected

The 2006 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship winner is Brandon Lee Reavis, a high school sophomore from Cody High School in Cody, WY.  Mr. Reavis was selected from 1,500 students from 47 countries at the 2006 Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) held in Indianapolis, IN during 7-13 May.  Mr. Reavis' project, entitled "3D Silhouette Laser Scanning: The Digital Reconstruction of Real-World Objects into Point Clouds" features a device that scans an object and transfers it into a computer as a 3D image.  Among Mr. Reavis' prizes, he receives an US$10,000 scholarship payable over four years. 

Through 2009, the IEEE Foundation General Fund will match dollar-for-dollar all donations, up to US$100,000, to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund.  By answering the challenge and making a gift to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund, donors are helping to ensure that future generations of engineers have the resources they need to pursue their academic goals and engineering dreams.  To make a gift, click here…

IEEE Industry Applications Society Invests in IEEE History and Heritage

The IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) is the latest IEEE Society to invest in the preservation of IEEE’s history and heritage by participating in the US$1 Million Society History Challenge.  In 1998, the IEEE Foundation created the Challenge and agreed to match dollar-for-dollar, up to US$1 Million, gifts to the IEEE History Center’s endowment from IEEE Technical Societies.  The proceeds from the endowment are used to support the IEEE History Center’s mission to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing. 

With the addition of this US$25,000 gift from IAS, a total of US$595,000 has been given by IEEE Societies and matched by the IEEE Foundation!  The IEEE Societies whose generous gifts have already been matched are:

  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • IEEE Communications Society
  • IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society
  • IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society
  • IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society
  • IEEE Magnetics Society
  • IEEE Power Engineering Society              
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society                
  • IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society  

To learn how your IEEE Society can help preserve history and participate in this US$1 Million Society History Challenge, contact Michael Geselowitz, Director of the IEEE History Center by telephone: +1 732 932 1066 or by electronic mail at m.geselowitz@ieee.org

General Electric Company to Match Gifts to the IEEE Foundation

The IEEE Foundation is pleased to announce that the GE Foundation has agreed to extend the charitable giving of General Electric employees and retirees by matching their gifts to the IEEE Foundation.  The process is simple!  All a GE employee or retiree needs to do to designate the IEEE Foundation as a matching gift recipient, is to register with the GE Foundation Matching Gift website at www.gefoundation.com/matchinggifts.  To see the full list of companies that match gifts to the IEEE Foundation please click here …

IEEE Foundation Awards US$25,600 in Grants

At its March 2006 meeting, the IEEE Foundation awarded US$25,600 to three new grants that will support the attendance and participation of senior academicians from the Former Soviet Union with the investigation of the historical development, and future, of computing in that Region; improve the personal and professional skills of Brazilian electrical engineering students; and bring together researchers and practitioners from Latin America to discuss engineering topics important to the development of the area.  To view a full list of grants awarded to date in 2006, click here…

IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Match: Meeting the Dollar-for-Dollar Challenge

For every dollar donated to the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship Fund through 2009, the IEEE Foundation will match it dollar-for-dollar up to US$100,000.  Through this matching program, the IEEE Foundation seeks to raise the funds necessary to support the annual awarding of the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship indefinitely.  Selected each year from the field of students participating in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair by a group of IEEE volunteer judges, the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement in research and presentation of engineering knowledge in an IEEE field of interest.  Since its inception in 1999, seven exceptional students have received this US$10,000 scholarship, which is payable over four years of undergraduate study in engineering or a related field.  If you are up to the challenge and wish to help ensure the continuation of the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship and double the value of your gift, click here…

IEEE Virtual Museum Reaches Children of Migrant Workers in Texas

Excerpts from exhibits in the IEEE Virtual Museum will be used by the Mirgrant Department of the San Antonio Indpendent School District as part of a program that serves the educational needs of 760 children of migrant workers. Teachers, bringing laptops, visit the homes of students enrolled in the program. These teachers will be provided with CDs containing excerpts from IEEE Virtual Museum exhibits.

"This is verification that the Virtual Museum is meeting one of its primary goals, making the history of IEEE technologies accessible to a broad audience, " said Kim Breitfelder, IEEE History Center. "We receive a lot of feedback from university-level students and educators, but is was especially gratifying to see the Virtual Museum reach students who normally would have little access to a resource such as this." The IEEE Virtual Museum is supported in part by grants from the General and Life Members Funds of the IEEE Foundation

Telecenter at University of Ibadan in Nigeria Dedicated

2005 IEEE President W. Cleon Anderson visited Nigeria 6 Jan. to dedicate a Telecenter to the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The Telecenter, whose initial planning began in 2003, is a project jointly funded by the IEEE Foundation, IEEE and the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation. The Telecenter features a state-of-the art 60-seat computer lab with online access to more than 1.3 million articles in the IEEE Xplore digital library.  This resource provides the engineers and students in Nigeria with the tools they need to help improve their country’s technological potential.

The Grainger Foundation Gift to Benefit Power Engineering Students

Thanks to a US$150,000 three-year pledge from The Grainger Foundation and matching funds designated from the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the Grainger-IEEE PES Student Program was established. The 2006—2008 funded program will benefit student participation at IEEE Power Engineering Society meetings, such as the Transmission and Distribution Conference, North American Power Symposium and the IEEE-PES General Meeting.  The Grainger Foundation gift will create professional growth, encourage interaction between students, faculty, and practicing engineers and raise the level of interest in electric power engineering as a career among students. In addition to offering student travel grants to these activities, the Grainger-IEEE PES Student Program will fund special student program activities including energy-related facility/technical tours, project oriented poster sessions, and student/faculty/industry discussion panel sessions, and luncheons.   

IEEE Virtual Museum Launches Nanotechnology Exhibit

The future is nanotechnology, molecule-size machines that will change factories, reshape the environment, cure diseases, and greatly expand our technological horizons.  The latest exhibit launched by the IEEE Virtual Museum, Small is Big: The Coming Nanotechnology Revolution,examines this “cutting edge” field of microscopic technologies.  The exhibit, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, helps the visitor understand what nanotechnology is, investigate its 30-year history, and speculate on where the nanotechnological revolution may take us in the future.  To explore this and the many other exciting exhibits found in the IEEE Virtual Museum, click here…

Benjamin Franklin House Opens to the Public

On 17 January 2006 as historians and scientists alike celebrated the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, the Benjamin Franklin House opened to the public for the first time as a museum and educational facility.  Located at 36 Craven Street, London, United Kingdom, this last remaining Franklin residence where he conducted many of his famous scientific experiments, honors his life and enduring legacy.  Visitors to the House will be treated to a multimedia historical experience, an archive of Franklin’s papers, and a hands-on student science center focusing on his many inventions.  The IEEE Foundation is proud to have provided a portion of the funds needed to renovate the Benjamin Franklin House and establish its student science center.  Through this support, the IEEE Foundation has helped to bring this piece of technological history to life.   To learn more about the Benjamin Franklin House, click here…

Memorial Gift Encourages Girls to Follow Their Dream

In an effort to both encourage girls with an aptitude for science and engineering to pursue their dreams, and honor her Aunt’s memory, Gale Hannigan recently donated US$25,000 to the IEEE Foundation.  Thanks to Dr. Hannigan’s generosity, female students attending John Adams High School, Queens, NY, USA now have the Edith Hannigan-McHale Scholarship to aid them in attaining their dream.

Annually, the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIE) will oversee the selection of the Edith Hannigan-McHale Scholarship winner.  Female students in their senior year at John Adams High School, who have enrolled in, and been accepted to, an accredited four-year college or university, are eligible to apply.  Applicants must present evidence of academic accomplishments, two letters of referral, a personal statement that reflects the candidate’s career goals and designate a major or program of study in a field of engineering, physics or math. 
 
To learn more about the Edith Hannigan-McHale Scholarship or to discuss how you too can set up a scholarship program in your area of interest, contact the IEEE Development Office at +1 732 562-3915 or email donate@ieee.org.

IEEE-USA Fund to Support Expansion of Teacher In-Service Program in IEEE Regions 1 and 4

The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) features IEEE Section volunteers sharing their technical acumen through the development and demonstration of technologically oriented subject matter to local pre-university educators in an in-service or professional development setting.   IEEE Educational Activities, the programs administrator, estimates over 59,000 students have already received the benefit of TISP.  Thanks to a US$50,000 grant from the IEEE-USA Fund, a fund administered by the IEEE Foundation, TISP will be expanded to IEEE Regions 1 and 4 and is expected to triple the number of students reached by the program.

The expansion is scheduled to begin during March 2006 with the implementation of an introductory training session in both Regions.  During the training sessions, IEEE members interested in implementing TISP in their Section will learn how to prepare and present topics for pre-university students, the best way to work with your local school district, and much, much more.

To find out how you can support the Teacher In-Service Program with a charitable gift, contact the IEEE Development Office at +1 732 562 3915 or donate@ieee.org.  If you have an interest in participating in either the Region 1 or 4 TISP training sessions, contact Douglas Gorham, Director of Educational Outreach at d.g.gorham@ieee.org.  To learn more about the Teacher In-Service Program, click here…

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 allowing it to support special projects that promote the electrotechnology careers of IEEE members in the United States.