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Grants Awarded in 2009

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the IEEE Foundation was able to provide grant money to support the following special initiatives.

IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund Grants

The Karnataka (India) Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge - US$4650
Grants will be awarded to the top student innovative project proposals aimed at solving humanitarian challenges affecting the local community. The challenge is being led by students in the IEEE Bangalore (India) Section.

Rainwater for Humanity - US$15,000
The Brown University Engineers without Borders Chapter was awarded a grant to help fund the Rainwater for Humanity project in Kuttanad, India. The project entails the construction of rainwater storage reservoirs and catchment systems with built-in purification devices to capture rain from existing rooftops. The project also includes a training program for local women which will empower them to eventually manage the reservoirs on their own.

Wireless Messaging Device for Disaster Relief - US$4,000
Awarded to Virginia State University the project is intended to combat instances of communication failure that hinder relief efforts during natural or man-made disasters.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors who understand the importance of unrestricted giving, the IEEE Foundation was able to commit support from its General Fund to the following special initiatives in 2009.
IEEE Foundation General Fund Grants

2010 National Federation of the Blind Junior Science Academy - US$39,407
This hands-on science program will reveal the educational possibilities for blind students. It is designed to spur interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Two, four-day sessions will be held wherein participants between the ages of eight and twelve,
will apply principles of STEM to everyday activities. Some sessions will focus on skills of blindness such as using tactile maps, Braille, cane, and accessible software. The program will allow students to meet
blind, adult role models and provide examples of effective teaching methods.

IEEE Teacher In-Service Program -US $15,000
This grant supports teachers in South Africa to develop engineering-related lesson plans for teachers in South Africa as a way to attract students in Grades 4 to 9 to engineering. The project is also funded by the South African Department of Education in collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Warriors of EHTP: Team 1880, a FIRST Robotics Team - US$22,700
This grant supports the participation of students from the East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) in New York City in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team of students from Grades 8 to 12 will build a robot while also learning about project planning, science, engineering, physics, teamwork, business development, public speaking, and responsibility. Students also will earn one high school credit.

Transforming Engineering Education Conference - US$25,000
Held from 6 to 9 April, in Dublin, this conference's focus is on developing methods for redesigning engineering degree programs to meet the evolving needs of professional practice and society. Representatives from academia and industry in the major fields of engineering have been invited to attend.

Enhancing Public Perception of Engineering Impact - US$20,000.
The IEEE Educational Activities video project aims to encourage pre-university students to consider engineering as a profession by profiling IEEE members around the world who do compelling work of benefit to humanity.

Edwin H. Armstrong Papers - US$25 000
Awarded to the Trustees of Columbia University to support the project, which is designed to make Armstrong’s research notes, articles, correspondence, and other writings accessible to the public. Armstrong, a former professor at the university, invented FM radio

Modern Database for The IEEE History Center-
US$29 700 to upgrade its database for cataloging and locating archival and other historical research materials.

The Ocean City High School Observatory Project - US$12,075
To introduce students to a wide range of technical and scientific disciplines. Plans call for the students to conduct experiments in the observatory after taking introductory classroom lessons in engineering and science

Novel Screening System for Developmental Disorders
- US$13,420
To support IEEE Graduate Student Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan's novel screening system for development disorders, a technology he developed for early autism detection in India. It includes a series of questions that evaluate a child’s motor, social, and language skills, leading to a score that could suggest autism.

Y Arts Technology Initiative - US$ $5000
The Community YMCA of Middletown, NJ hosts a program, held after school and during the summer, designed to help students develop practical skills in math, computers, and the technology sciences. It includes classes on robotics, video-game design, and animation.

Henry's Daughters: A Movie Exploring Circuits and Practical Electronics - US$25,000

Supercomputing Exhibit at Bradbury Science Museum - US$ 28,565


IEEE Foundation Life Members Fund Grants

Students Engaged in Building a Technology Museum - US$ 15,000
The IEEE Bahia Section Student Branch at UFBA (Federal University of Bahia State, Brazil) will build a museum of technology at the school to promote technology and its history through student and professional exhibits that will be open to the public.

Engineers Without Borders Teach Sustainable Technology -$US18,000
This grant will enable the project to partner with communities to improve their quality of life by implementing sustainable engineering programs. The money will support these programs: in Ilam, Nepal (evaluating the potential for hydroelectricity in rural villages); Llacamate, Peru, (providing potable water through a gravity-fed distribution system), and Ruhengeri, Rwanda (designing high-efficiency cook stoves to reduce respiratory illness in women). The project will also provide for technical expertise and training to the community residents so they may sustain the technologies they implement.

Fort Worth Teacher In-Service Program - US$1000
The IEEE Fort Worth (Texas) Chapter will support the workshop in North Texas. IEEE volunteers are trained how to share their technical expertise with preuniversity teachers and show them how to apply engineering concepts, along with hands-on projects for the students, to improve how science, math, and technology are taught.

Student Members Engaged in Pre-University Outreach -$15 000
IEEE Educational Activities received this grant to support this project modeled after the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program training. Instead of IEEE volunteers, IEEE student members are trained to work with preuniversity teachers to show them how to apply engineering concepts in the classroom.

Middle School Electron Microscope (SEM) Project - $1000
IEEE Montana Section Life Member Affiliate Group will develop a project that introduces a local middle school class to nanotechnology, metric measurements and scientific notation. The program includes lab work with a scanning electron microscope.

Film Promoting the Field of Electrical Engineering, - US$10 000
Supports The National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Md. with the making of a 10- to 12-minute film on electronic inventions. The museum aims to build awareness of engineering among students and to encourage them to pursue technical careers.

Girls Discover Engineering! - US$15,272
Awarded to The Franklin County Historical Society’s Center for Science and Industry, in Columbus, Ohio to help fund a one-day event, to bring together girls in grades 6 through 8 with female engineers and engineering students who plan to discuss the field and their work.