IEEE Foundation Elects New President and Officers

Dr. Leah H. Jamieson, IEEE Fellow, was elected to serve as 2012 IEEE Foundation President. The IEEE Foundation Board of Directors met on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at which time the 2012 officers were elected. Serving with Jamieson will be Arthur W. Winston as Vice President of Development & 1st Vice President, Antonio C. Bastos as Vice President of  Grants, Joseph V. Lillie as Treasurer and Kristi J. Brooks as Secretary. Richard J. Gowen, 2005-2011 IEEE Foundation President, will assist in the transition of leadership by serving one year as Past President.

Jamieson joined the IEEE Foundation Board in 2009. When asked about her level of commitment she responds, “IEEE has the potential to change people's lives, from creating the forums where new ideas are sparked to encouraging young people to become the innovators of the future, said Jamieson. “I'm grateful for all that IEEE has done for me, and I'm glad to have a chance to give back for all I've gained.” Read more about Dr. Leah H. Jamieson.

The IEEE Foundation Board's role is to work to meet the philanthropic expectations of IEEE and its members with compassion and professionalism; ensuring donations are well invested in a variety of educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of IEEE.

The technological innovation, the Westinghouse Atom Smasher (1937), an IEEE Milestone, is being commemorated as a limited edition, pewter coaster.

Those who donate US$100+ to the IEEE Foundation - Life Members Fund (LMF) from October 20011 to September 2012 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting The Atom Smasher. The Atom Smasher is the fifth coaster in a series of six limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The 2012 coaster will depict the Maxwell Equation.

To receive your 2011/2012 coaster, simply make a gift of US$100 or more specifically to the IEEE Foundation- Life Members Fund (LMF). If you are a Life Member and do not yet have your IEEE Life Member pin, a gift of US$150 to the LMF entitles you to both the pin and the coaster. One coaster will be given per donor, per year. Please allow eight weeks for delivery.

Your gift will both preserve the memory of the Atom Smasher engineering achievement, and support future technological innovations. For more information, e-mail donate@ieee.org.

IEEE Sections Congress held 19 - 22 August 2011 in San Francisco, CA, USA was a successful triennial gathering of IEEE members and volunteers from around the world. The event attracted more than 1200 members and provided a perfect opportunity for IEEE Foundation to increase awareness. Besides hosting a booth in the exhibit hall, the IEEE Foundation hosted breakout sessions titled: How the IEEE Foundation Helps Sections Achieve Their Goals.

The goal was to have attendees walk away having learned:

  • The IEEE Foundation exists and is a Member benefit.
  • The IEEE Foundation mission and how the IEEE Foundation provides philanthropic suppor to programs of IEEE.
  • IEEE Units, Sections, Chapters and Members can apply for grants. Members may submit grant requests to fund projects that will make a significant impact and are of interest to IEEE and IEEE Members.
  • IEEE Organizational Units can request establishment of a new fund to support a program/project. The IEEE Foundation assists with fund administration, fund raising and donor stewardship.
  • You can make a donation and specify which fund/s you want to support.

Senese Scholarship Awarded

Lekshmi Sivakumar, who plans to study engineering at Cornell University, is the fifth annual recipient of the IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship of US$1,000. The scholarship is made possible by donations from IEEE employees and volunteers.

Each year IEEE awards this scholarship to a senior graduating from Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ, USA, who plans to major in a field of interest of IEEE. The $1,000 scholarship was presented during the school’s Senior Awards Assembly on Wednesday, 1 June.

The Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship was established as a tribute to former IEEE Executive Director Daniel J. Senese in honor of his interest in encouraging the study of science and technology. Staff members are invited to make a tax-deductible 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 may also be made by credit card online.

Gordon Day Spoke at Supercomputing Exhibit Grand Opening

The IEEE Los Alamos Northern New Mexico Section (LANNM) hosted the official “opening” of the IEEE Foundation funded Supercomputing Exhibit at Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos on Thursday, 26 May 2011. The grand opening featured a lecture and reception. Gordon W. Day, IEEE President-elect, presented the lecture discussing the many projects funded by IEEE Foundation and how encouraging youth to explore science and technology is a goal of IEEE and IEEE Foundation.

A grant from IEEE Foundation helped the Bradbury Science Museum bring its supercomputing exhibit up to petaflop speed (a million billion calculations per second). “The update was long overdue,” said museum director Linda Deck. Totaling almost $30,000, the IEEE grant allowed the museum to modernize its exhibit to include artifacts from supercomputers, such as Q and Roadrunner, currently the one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, and develop an interactive Web site.

Because the exhibit seeks to interest young people in computer science, museum staff involved students in the decision of what should be included in the exhibit and on the new Web site. “We held focus groups with local middle and high-school students to get their input,” Deck said.

Power to Haiti

Community Solutions Initiative, a non-profit within the IEEE Power & Energy Society, is committed to the open-source design and delivery of power stations to the world's poorest and most energy-deprived. Thanks in part to a 2010 IEEE Foundation Grant, Solar-power stations are aboard a cargo ship to Grand Goâve, a town of nearly 50,000 inhabitants in southern Haiti that was 90% destroyed in last year's earthquake. Read the full story in The Institute.

Call for Grant Applications

The IEEE Foundation accepts grant applications from charitable organizations, for new and innovative projects in January, April and September. The next date for grant applications is 22 April. Please submit your grant application using the online form.

Grant Applications are reviewed by a committee of the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors or the IEEE Life Members Committee. Approval of grants and funding arrangements are announced within one month of each IEEE Foundation Board meeting or IEEE Life Members Committee meeting. Please submit your grant application using the online form.
The IEEE Foundation considers projects that:

  1. Use technology for humanitarian causes
  2. Improve math, science and technology education from pre-college through continuing education
  3. Introduce pre-college students to engineering and science
  4. Support professional development and conference participation for university students
  5. Preserve and promote the history of IEEE associated technologies
  6. Recognize major contributions to IEEE associated technologies. 

Please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines and direct your questions to foundation-office@ieee.org.


IEEE Expresses Concern for Japan Disaster Victims

We at IEEE and IEEE Foundation express our concern and sympathy for those suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan; our members, their families, friends, and colleagues. Our heartfelt condolences go to those who have lost loved ones in this disaster.


Board Meets and Grants are Approved

The IEEE Foundation Board will meet the first week of March. During that time the IEEE Foundation/Life Members Grants Committee will consider funding grants that were submitted by the January deadine. 22 April is the next opportunity to submit a grant application for consideration at the June IEEE Foundation Board meeting.

IEEE Foundation approved 14 grants at its November 2010 Board Meeting. The Grants Committee received 30 grant applications for consideration since the previous round of approvals on 25 June 2010. The Committee, comprised of 3 representatives from the IEEE Life Members Committee and 3 representatives from the IEEE Foundation, in addition to the Chair, approved distributing a total of US$251,434. Six grants were considered suitable for funding by the IEEE Life Members Fund which invested US$82,093.00 in the projects. The remaining 8 grants distributed US$154,121 from the IEEE Foundation General Fund and US$15,220.00 from the Humanitarian Technology Fund.

Galuchie Recognized by Peers

Karen A. Galuchie Senior Manager, IEEE Foundation Operations & Planned Giving was named recipient of the 2010 Joyce E. Farrell IEEE Staff Award, one of the two highest forms of recognition for staff. Karen was selected based on the recommendations and endorsements of her colleagues and peers. She will be officially recognized at IEEE Headquarters in Piscataway, NJ, USA on 4 February. This annual award honors distinguished job performance and exhibition of the characteristics of the IEEE Enabling Culture Principles:
1. Strong member and customer focus
2. Respect for the employee and volunteer
3. Teamwork
4. Lead by example
5. Participatory management
6. Accountability & our word is our bond
7. Innovation & continuous improvement
8. Open, honest communication and feedback

IRA Charitable Rollover Renewed

The IRA charitable rollover provision was recently extended through the end 2011 within the U.S. The “rollover” provision permits U.S. IRA owners age, 70½ and older, to make tax-free charitable distributions up to $100,000 per year per person from their IRAs directly to eligible charities, such as the IEEE Foundation. Charitable distributions from an IRA can be used to satisfy the annual IRA required minimum distribution. Visit the IEEE Foundation Web site to learn more.

Top Secret Rosies Received Foundation Grant

The IEEE Foundation provided a grant to partially support the creation of an educational documentary, Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII. The DVD shares the untold story of the 1942 secret U.S. military program to recruit college-educated female mathematicians who would become human ‘computers’ for the US military. The documentary is now complete and available for purchase via shoppbs.org.