IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund Awards Third Grant

Karnataka Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge is the third grant awarded from the newly established
HTF. In November, $4650 was awarded to this project led by students in the IEEE Bangalore India Section to help student humanitarian ideas manifest into research publications, patents and entrepreneurial initiatives. The Challenge will invite applications for innovative project proposals that aim at solving the real world/ humanitarian challenges of their community or area of interest. Grants will be awarded to the top projects.

Two Grants Awarded from Life Members Fund

IEEE Foundation Life Member Fund Awarded two grants this November.

IEEE Bahia Section Student Branch at UFBA (Federal University of Bahia State) received $15,000 to implement a Technology Museum at the Federal University of Bahia State, in Brazil. The Students Engaged in Building a Technology Museum project is committed to promoting technology in the State, and valuing technology history. It will be open to the public and house both student and professional experiments.

Engineers Without Borders received $18,000 to partner with developing communities to improve quality of life through the implementation of sustainable engineering solutions, while fostering internationally responsible students and professionals. This grant will enable The Engineers Without Borders Teach Sustainable Technology project to bring life-saving technology and education to the third world while empowering with the motivation, technical expertise and entrepreneurial skills necessary to sustain the technologies introduced. These programs will be supported: 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).

Four new grants, totaling US$ 82,700, were awarded in November from the IEEE Foundation General Fund.

$15,000 was awarded to the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program in South Africa to bring engineering related lesson plans to all teachers in South Africa and to attract students in grades 4 to 9 to engineering. A collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and co-funded by South African Department of Education, the project will equip teachers and encourage student progress in math and science.

Warriors of EHTP: Team 1880, FIRST Robotics Team program received $22,700 to support the participation of students in grades 8 – 12 in the East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP). The FIRST approach (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is used to equip participants with technological literacy and business and social skills to become successful in an engineering and technology-driven workforce. Through Robotics lessons, students build a robot that will be entered into a FIRST competition, while learning project planning, science, engineering, physics, teamwork, business development, public speaking, and responsibility. Students earn one High School credit and are inspired to explore careers in engineering and science.

$25,000 was awarded to The Transforming Engineering Education Conference (TEEC) which will focus on methods of redesigning engineering degree programs to meet the evolving needs of professional practice and society. The conference aims to accelerate curriculum innovation and disseminate examples of best practice. The TEEC is distinguished from other conferences by its emphasis on engaging multiple professional disciplines, all major fields of engineering, promoting dialog between industry officials and educators, and involving participants from multiple world regions.

IEEE Educational Activities (EA) project Enhancing Public Perception of Engineering Impact was awarded $20,000.EA has identified opportunities to strengthen TryEngineering.org in communicating about engineers and engineering. To bolster public perception of engineers and engineering, and enhance awareness regarding engineering as a career option, EA will create video career profiles of IEEE Engineers doing compelling work benefitting humanity. Multidimensional global portrayals of engineers and the work they do will inspire and encourage a wider group of pre-university students around the world to consider engineering as a profession.

IEEE Foundation Establishes Three New Funds

In November, the Foundation’s Board established three new funds.
Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award Fund
The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineers (CSEE) will administer a new quasi-endowment fund entitled Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award Fund. The Fund will create long-term support for a new electrical engineering award to recognize professionals who demonstrate excellent performance in the fields of electricity, electrical machinery, power system engineering and/ or related fields. US$200,000 will be provided over a two-year period (2009-2010) by CSEE. The IEEE Development Office will work with PES and CSEE to secure additional contributions to the Fund.
IEEE Phoenix Section Scholarship Fund
The IEEE Phoenix Section Scholarship Fund will award up to five $1000 scholarships each year to IEEE student members who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students, reside in and attend a university within the IEEE Phoenix Section, and pursuing a degree in fields recognized by IEEE. The Fund was established thanks to US$100,000 donation from the Arizona State University Foundation. IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, Awards and Recognition Committee (MGA-ARC), and the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board will approve all the specifications.
Ganesh N. Ramaswamy Memorial Student Grant Fund
Established by The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), this fund will honor the memory of former IEEE member and IBM employee Ganesh N. Ramaswamy. It will support a student prize, to recognize an outstanding paper presented by a student at the annual IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Process (ICASSP) in the technical area of speaker and language recognition. The prize will be administered by SPS, and in cooperation with IBM, the $10 000 donor, will define the specifications for the student prize to be presented for the first time in 2011 until the fund is fully depleted.

IEEE Foundation on Page 15 of IEEE Spectrum Magazine

As part of the IEEE Foundation awareness campaign - a full page advertisement is in the October issue of IEEE Spectrum. This is a first for the IEEE Foundation and we look forward to increased interest from IEEE members. See page 15 of your copy of IEEE Spectrum.

IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund Awards First Two Grants

The IEEE Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling US $146,467 to projects that help further the goals of the IEEE. The grants were awarded from 3 distinct funds—IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Life Member Fund, and the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund (HTF). The first two grants to be awarded from the HTF clearly support the development and application of innovative uses of technology for humanitarian causes and support IEEE’s activities in working to benefit humanity.

• The Brown University Engineers without Borders Chapter was awarded US$15,000 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.
• US$4,000 awarded to Virginia State University to support Wireless Messaging Device for Disaster Relief. The project is intended to combat instances of communication failure that hinder relief efforts during natural or man-made disasters.

Submit a grant application, or donate to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund today.

To learn more about all IEEE humanitarian initiatives visit the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Network.

Receive Your Bullet Train Milestone Coaster

The 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. To celebrate this important milestone, individuals who donate US$100+ to the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) from October 2009 to September 2010 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting Tokaido Shinkansen. The Bullet Train coaster is the third in a series of six limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Engineering Milestones.  One coaster will be given per donor, per year. To receive your limited edition Bullet Train IEEE Milestone coaster, make a donation of US$100 or more to the IEEE Foundation/LMF today.


IEEE Heritage Circle – Your Ongoing Commitment is Recognized

IEEE Foundation donors are loyal and true. They give consistently and generously throughout their career and lifetime. To recognize this level of ongoing commitment, the IEEE Foundation created the IEEE Heritage Circle. All longstanding supporters whose donations total US$10,000 since 1 January 1995 will be automatically recognized as a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle. Qualifying donations are gifts of: cash, stock, gifts of cash prizes, pledge payments, gifts of royalties and donor advised gifts.

IEEE Heritage Circle contains five named cumulative giving levels. Our donors, similar to the great innovators for whom these giving levels are named, helped shape the world in which we live. IEEE Heritage Circle members are recognized for leaving their mark upon the IEEE through their generous and continued giving.

Call or e-mail the IEEE Development Office to learn more about the IEEE Heritage Circle.

IEEE Foundation E-Newsletter is Available

1. IEEE Life Members Fund Supports Global Student Competition
2. IEEE Staff Contributes More Than $1800 to the HTF
3. IEEE Launches Interactive Web Site to Highlight Humanitarian Projects
4. Three Award Sponsorships are Renewed
5. Senese Scholarship Recipients Announced
6. Call for Grant Applications
7. Forever Generous – Planned Giving Donor Recognition Group Renamed
8. IEEE Heritage Circle – Your Ongoing Commitment is Recognized
9. IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Merge
10. A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award Fund Announced

Download a 235kb pdf of the July edition of the IEEE Foundation E-Newsletter.

2009 Senese Scholarship Recipient Announced

Carolynn Crute, a senior at Piscataway High school, Piscataway NJ, has been chosen in 2009 as the third recipient of the IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship, made possible by donations from IEEE staff and volunteers. Crute, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship, will study biochemistry and engineering at Rutgers University.

As a tribute to former IEEE Executive Director Daniel J. Senese, who passed away in January of 2007, the Management Council created the Memorial Scholarship to honor Dan's interest in encouraging the study of science and technology. Staff members are invited to make a tax-exempt donation to the scholarship fund. Checks should be made payable to the IEEE Foundation - IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent to the IEEE Development Office. Donations can also be made by credit card or online through the IEEE Foundation Web site.

IEEE Chicago Section Fund Established - Founders (and Donors) Needed

IEEE-Chicago Section Executive Committee established the IEEE-Chicago Section Fund with the IEEE Foundation to support major IEEE-Chicago Section activities. The Fund provides much needed resources for special purpose funding for local pre-university and university level educational programs. In addition, the Fund provides local support for the preservation, research and promotion of the history of the profession and IEEE associated technologies.
Contribute US$100 or more during the inaugural year and the IEEE-Chicago Section will recognize you as a Founder of the Fund. Donors will be listed in the IEEE-Chicago Section Year in Review publication and IEEE Foundation Honor Roll of Donors. Download the 976kb PDF brochure.
You can give any amount by check made payable to the IEEE Foundation c/o the IEEE-Chicago Section Fund and mail it to: IEEE Development Office, 445 Hoes Lane Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141 USA. You can also make an online gift. Call +1 732 562 3915 or e-mail donate@ieee.org for information.

2009 Honors Ceremony to be Streamed Live Through IEEE.tv

For the first time, the IEEE Honors Ceremony will be broadcast live on the Web through IEEE.tv. The 2009 Honors Ceremony will take place Thursday, 25 June at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Calif. at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The IEEE Foundation, along with IEEE's Awards and Corporate Activities groups, hosts the event.

Robert H. Dennard, IEEE Life Fellow, will be presented with the IEEE Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, for inventing dynamic random-access memory which fostered faster and more reliable computers. Other honorees include individuals whose work has: enabled deep-space exploration; improved digital storage technologies; and advanced radar detection, among others.

The ceremony also will honor IEEE student members who were selected as winners in the inaugural IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition sponsored by the Life Members Fund.  These students developed solutions to problems that benefit humanity. This is the first time students will be recognized at this annual event.

IEEE Foundation Planned Giving Donor Recognition Group Renamed

The IEEE Foundation has renamed its planned giving donor recognition group. The Goldsmith League will now be known as the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. Members of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League are Forever Generous. They build for tomorrow by leaving legacy gifts to benefit future generations of engineers. The League is named for Alfred N. and Gertrude Goldsmith in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to the IEEE.

As was in the past, members of this IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League will receive the IEEE Foundation Focus newsletter and are recognized annually in the Honor Roll of Donors. Going forward, the benefits offered to this special group have been expanded to include: a keepsake coin, certificate of membership, invitation to attend the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony, recognition on the “Wall of Fame” and eligibility to receive personal estate and tax planning information. To join or learn how you can make a planned gift, contact the IEEE Development Office by telephone at +1 732 562 3860 or by email at donate@ieee.org.

The A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award honors engineers who have implemented efficient and inexpensive electrical power systems in rural areas. IEEE Member Ravi Seethapathy and his family members established the award in honor of his father, who was an electrical power engineer.

“IEEE has helped me immensely in my career,” says Seethapathy, who donated US$25,000 to create the fund. “I have given generously to the universities where I received my bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Now it’s time to give back to my fourth university: IEEE.”

The IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications societies share administrative duties for the award. The deadline for nominations is 1 February, and the recipient will be announced on 15 March.

The IEEE Foundation has established a new fund which will provide unique opportunities for engineers to make a real difference especially in the developing areas of our world.

The Humanitarian Technology Fund was created to support the development and application of innovative uses of technology for humanitarian causes and to support IEEE’s activities in working to benefit humanity. In regions of the world, where technology is sparse and where the need is not for high technology but for basic needs like clean water, power, and communication, the IEEE has an opportunity to serve people and improve their quality of life.

Through the awarding of grants, The Humanitarian Technology Fund supports projects that provide technological solutions to problems including health services, disaster relief, micro financing, interactions with government, disaster relief, economic development, clean water, energy and communication. Grants may be awarded to IEEE units or outside organizations.

This fund is so important in aiding in the transfer of technology to those who need it, that it has attracted the support of the IEEE President and two IEEE Past Presidents. 1984 IEEE President and current IEEE Foundation President Richard (Dick) J. Gowen seeded the fund along with John R. Vig, IEEE President and Lewis M. Terman, IEEE Past President. Two staff members have also contributed to the fund thus far.

“This fund will give IEEE members the opportunity to receive funding to bring together industry and the needs of the developing world,” said Richard Gowen, IEEE Foundation President. “I was a proponent for the establishment of this fund recognizing that IEEE has a significant opportunity to assist and bring necessary technology to people in developing areas and improve their existence, which is part of IEEE’s mission.”

“I am honored to be a founding contributor to this fund in celebration of the IEEE 125th anniversary,” said John Vig, IEEE President. “We hope the Humanitarian Technology Fund will inspire individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund and to develop innovative technologies that will benefit humanity, globally.”

Reflecting the IEEE mission to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, the Humanitarian Technology Fund is accepting donations for this purpose. Contributions to this fund will be dedicated to supporting humanitarian project grants awarded by the IEEE Foundation that use technology to improve the quality of human life. You may direct your questions to donate@ieee.org.