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Grants Awarded in 2010

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

IHN System for Elderly and Physically Challenged – US$7 520

Mapping as a Tool for Disaster Management – US$7 700

Humanitarian Electrification Project - US$20 000
This non-profit, humanitarian initiative hopes to bring cost-effective renewable energy to developing countries, especially Rwanda Africa, through its Humanitarian Electrification Project. E.quinox developed a battery box that enables access to a 230V AC source, which people in rural communities can use for lighting, mobile phone recharging and other low power devices such as radios. Energy is harnessed from renewable sources at a central energy kiosk. Developed by a team of college students the e.quinox project was awarded the ‘Outstanding Humanitarian Prize’ in the IEEE President’s Change the World Competition 2009.

Earth Observation for Food Security Project - US$17 910
The IEEE Committee on Earth Observation for Food Security
The aim of this project is to gather data to identify regions in India and globally where water harvesting can be implemented.

Early Warning System Overflow of Lakes in Peru Project - US$6 000
San Marcos University in Lima-PER
Supports the creation of a warning system based in telecommunication modules that will communicate dangerous water levels. This project will introduce university students to social roles utilizing telecommunication and electronic technologies to avoid avalanches caused by lakes that exceed their maximum capacity after heavy rainfall or other natural disasters.

Training Program in Cybercare and Telemedicine - US$2 500
Agnel Polytechnic in India
A short term Training Program in Cybercare and Telemedicine for professionals, lecturers and students in engineering and medical colleges. will be developed and include theory classes, demonstrations and practical sessions in the field of Web based health care delivery.

All India Young Engineers' Humanitarian Challenge - US$3 374
IEEE Bangalore Section
This initiative will provide mentorship for students to recognize real world/humanitarian challenges, direct the creativity of the students to develop solutions by applying technology and nurture innovative ideas.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors who understand the importance of unrestricted giving, the IEEE Foundation supported the following special initiaves from its General Fund.

New Technologies for Accessibility of Engineering, a project  - US$10 500

1kW Mobile Charging Station - US$15 000
Community Solutions Initiative(CSI) Committee of PES
Mobile solar-power stations that provide low-cost, reliable electricity to poor rural areas will be be deployed. Original technical & conceptual business models were developed under the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). The CSI program intends to apply this model globally and through partner NGOs early opportunity sites were identified in both Haiti and Kenya.

2011 Sections Congress Support – US$50 000

Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – US$25 000

Improve Math, Science and Technology Education - US$9 100

Green Village Electricity Project - US$44 521

Virginia Bicycling Advocates Engineering Guide
- US$5 000
Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Fairfax VA, USA
The practical handbook will be developed to help bicycling advocates play a constructive and effective role during the engineering design phase of roadway facilities.

The IEEE and Thai Communications History & Milestones Project - US$17 000
IEEE ComSoc & ECTI Association-Thailand Chapter
A chronological pictorial on telecommunications technologies publication will combine the milestones of Thai's telecommunications industry with those from IEEE ComSoc: a brief history and communications book (2002 version). Books and CDs will be distributed to 3 million high school students to improve technological literacy and provide awareness of the engineering role in developing technologies.

"Ask Dr. Karen." The Web Series - US$20 000
Women in Engineering
A new Web series featuring Dr. Karen Panetta, Professor of Engineering at Tufts University, Editor-in-Chief of Women in Engineering Magazine, and founder of the Nerd Girls will be created. Dr. Panetta has been mentoring girls and young women interested in engineering and technical studies for over a decade. The  Web series will address  girls’ interests in science, technology, engineering and math at www.nerdgirls.com and www.askdrkaren.tv.

Ghana School Library Initiative - US$10 000
Engineers Without Borders of Princeton University
In partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Basic School in Ashaiman, Ghana, Princeton University students will build and operate a self-contained digital library to improve English literacy skills and computer-literacy skills for Ghanaian primary schools students to prepare them in a competitive global setting.

Modular Mobile Device Innovation Challenge - US$15 225
IEEE Universidad de Chile Students Branch
Undergraduate engineering students will assist high school students to complete an engineering innovation process, using a wireless and portable prototyping platform, BugLabs BUG platform. The experience includes team work to identify a real life problem, brainstorm the solution, create prototypes, benchmark with existing solutions and implement a functional pilot device or service based on the BUG.

Social Studies Education Portal for the Global History Network (GHN) - US$30,000
IEEE History Center
A portal on the GHN will provide tools and resources to help High School social studies teachers introduce a “Technology and Society” theme into their courses.

IEEE Foundation Life Members Fund Grants (LMF)

LMF Grants Supporting Students or Young Professionals

321 Blast-Off! - US$ 818

Student Robotics Competition with Training Courses - US$19 775

An IEEE Pre-University Exhibit Around the World: Phase I – US$20 000

ICBL2011 Conference and TELCAnetwork Student Track – US$6 000

Optical Engineering for Chilean High Schools – US$16 000

Engineering Possibility Clinic for Science Student - US$14 500

Middle School Electron Microscope (SEM) Project - US$700
IEEE Montana Section Life Members Affinity Group
This grant supports the revision and execution of a middle school science class unit on nanotechnology, metric measurement, and hands on scanning electron microscope (SEM) lab work.  The activity will expose middle school science students to a university level lab and allow each student to analyze a project sample.  Providing students exposure to working labs and conducting research is key to shaping their self-perception as a future engineer. As part of the unit, an "Engineering Awareness as a Career" presentation will be made to the students by a Life member.

OPEAT ELT Build-A-PC IT Summer Camp - US$7,450
Organization to Provide Equal Access to Technology (OPEAT) in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
The OPEAT Enhanced Learning Technology (ELT) Build-A-PC Summer Camp at Weaver Educational Center is designed to introduce local middle school students to computers, web design, and the safe uses of the Internet. Twenty students will be accepted the first year, with eight seats set aside for at-risk students. The program provides an outlet for students who are drawn toward technology and provides them a place to connect with students like themselves and find an intellectual outlet for their creative energies. It also begins to address workforce development needs in the local area. High school students will serve as mentors and counselors. The program is a unique collaboration between OPEAT, IEEE local, WFDB of Guilford County, Guilford County Schools, and Weaver Academy. The camp will be replicable in any school district across the state or nation.

IEEE- TISP/EIC Subprogram 2010-2011 - US$1,000
IEEE Phoenix Section TISP/EIC
The IEEE Phoenix Section provides volunteer engineers for in-classroom support to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers throughout the Phoenix, Arizona, metro area through the Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) Engineers In the Classroom (EIC) subprogram. This effort addresses the need to provide students exposure to real, hands-on, project-based science activities and encourages students who might have an interest in STEM. The group selected a subset of “ready to run” elementary and middle school lesson plans from the IEEE TryEngineering Web site. These “ready to run” plans include presentation slides, student handouts, video clips, demonstrations, hands-on project supplies, and experienced volunteers to teach the topics covered at no cost to the schools. The subprogram has received positive feedback from teachers and students, including over 100 thank you letters from the students, reflecting the positive impact that the program is having on the students, showing their increased interest in STEM.

Workshops: Computer Science and Engineering Careers - US$6,000
King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Supporting four workshops aimed at encouraging female students to pursue careers in computer science and engineering in Saudi Arabia. One-day workshops are comprised of sessions aimed at providing female role models from academia and industry to demonstrate exciting career pathways in the local context and hands-on interactive sessions aimed at exploring diverse and creative fields of study and work. Successful workshop implementation will demonstrate the value of the project for local funding agencies, which is needed for continuation of the workshop series in the region.

STEM Education Leveraging Girls' Passion: Fashion - US$25,000
Neha Choski in Mountain View, California, USA
his project will leverage a popular interest among middle school girls: fashion. The team will develop curricula demonstrating how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines are crucial to the fashion industry. The curricula will be piloted in a four-session interactive, project-based workshop where participants interact with women college graduates from STEM disciplines, thus breaking social stigma and perception first hand. The curricula will reinforce education standards from the classroom by providing real life, fashion-related situations to which the students will apply STEM problem solving skills. Fashion is viewed as cool and relevant to many girls. By motivating girls through their passions, improving their technical literacy, enhancing public perception, and combating social stigma, the team aims to increase an active interest in pursuing STEM education, thus expanding workforce diversity.

Middle School Robotics and Engineering Program - US$10,350
Technically Learning, in Seattle, Washington, USA
This Robotics and Engineering Program provides curriculum, training, and equipment to local public school teachers to use during typical school hours so that every student – not just those enrolled in afterschool programs – can experience hands-on, exciting, inquiry-based robotics and engineering projects. This grant would allow partnership with two local underserved middle schools. Technically Learning can increase diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the post-secondary level by inspiring and encouraging underserved students in science and math classrooms. Expanding to local schools and providing them equipment, training, and curriculum will improve students’ comprehension of STEM concepts (and ultimately, test scores), increase their interest in STEM majors and careers, and position Technically Learning to work with other teachers within these schools after this year.

KONTEH - Job and Internship Fair for Engineers - US$9,580
EESTEC LC Univ of Novi Sad, Serbia
Project includes the organization of the job and internship fair aimed at students and engineers. Attendees have the opportunity to present their work and activities and directly communicate with company representatives. The main objective is to establish contact between the company offering the job and the students and young engineers as candidates for the job. The continuity of the project will rest with the state, provincial, local institutions, and companies that will own its interest in such events and greatly contribute to solving youth unemployment in Serbia.

Soirée Technique - US$7,160
IEEE Student Branch Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit, in Leuven, Belgium
Project will demonstrate the need for engineering skills in everyday life. A “soirée technique” is a short seminar in which two professionals give an insight talk about a central topic. The topic is a subject which is regularly written about in newspapers and talked about in everyday life (e.g., electric vehicles, space engineering). The purpose is to promote studying and being an engineer, by showing the impact of engineering on everyday life. “Soirée techniques” held in May 2009 on “smart grids” and November 2009 on “cloud computing” were successful, and this grant will contribute to future successes.

Former Member Event - US$1,500
IEEE Student Branch Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit, in Leuven, Belgium
Support for 50th anniversary celebration for the student branch - one of the oldest and most active branches within Region 8. Part of this celebration will be an event to thank all former members for making the branch into what it is now. All former branch members will be offered a dinner. Different speeches of past chairpersons and IEEE fellows who started their careers as volunteers in the branch are planned. This event will allow higher grade IEEE members to get back in touch with the part of the organization through which they started their IEEE career. Former members who have (or had) a successful career (professional and IEEE) can be examples to current members and provide opportunities to cooperate on a professional scale in the future.

LMF Grants Supporting History

Celebration of the Invention of PKS Cryptography - US$10,000
UKRI Section Life Members Affinity Group
Celebration of the award of an IEEE Milestone Plaque in recognition of the discovery of Public Key Cryptography at the United Kingdom Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in 1960-75.  Two plaques will be unveiled, one at GCHQ, which is a secure site, and the other at the Town Hall for ease of public access.  The project will also help raise public awareness of the vital importance to security systems, and to society in general, of this major advance in cryptography.  A symposium will be held, featuring talks by internationally renowned experts, to review the history of the events that led to the discovery, and to discuss recent developments.  A reception will follow, in Cheltenham Town Hall, for the speakers and invited guests.

Saving the History of IEEE in Latinamerica - US$3,950
IEEE Region 9
Promote among IEEE volunteers the investigation and preservation of historic facts from the rich history of IEEE and its technologies in Latinamerica.  There will be an essay contest on the history of electrotechnology, the IEEE sections and chapters.  A series of interviews will also be conducted with past directors and key volunteers who were instrumental in the development of IEEE in Latinamerica.  The essays and edited results of the interviews will be loaded into the IEEE Global History Network (GHN).

Preserving and Increasing Access to General Electric Films - US$13,133
Schenectady Museum Association
Supports the purchase of a high-definition telecine film scanner for digitizing and preserving 1,006 16mm films, dating from 1915-1985, that document the history and activities of General Electric, a key figure in the development of electrical and electronic engineering.  Digitized films will be made accessible over the Internet, promoting the history of electrical technologies.