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2013 Medal and Service Award Honorees Announced

IEEE has announced its 2013 IEEE Medal recipients, the highest awards bestowed by IEEE. The IEEE Foundation is proud to sponsor and
present two of the medals and one service award.

IEEE Life Fellow Irwin M. Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc., Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA will receive the 2013 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE’s highest award which is sponsored by IEEE Foundation. Jacobs is being honored for leadership and fundamental contributions to digital communications and wireless technology. He oversaw Qualcomm's revolutionary innovations in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a technology fundamental to today’s 3G mobile wireless standards.

IEEE Life Fellow Leo Beranek, Founder (Retired), Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, Boston, MA, USA will receive the IEEE Founders Medal, for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, “For leadership as a co-founder of a premier consulting firm that shaped modern acoustical practice and laid the groundwork for the Internet, and for public service.”

IEEE Fellow Barry L. Shoop, Professor and Department Head, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA will receive the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, for outstanding service to IEEE, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, “For vision and leadership in improving IEEE operations and governance, and for building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”

Recipients of IEEE Foundation sponsored medals and 17 other technologists will be recognized at the IEEE Honors Ceremony on Saturday, 29 June 2013, in San Diego, CA, USA. Among them will be IEEE Foundation Board President IEEE Fellow Leah H. Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. Jamieson will be recognized as recipient of the Richard M. Emberson Award for distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of IEEE, sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board, to “For contributions to IEEE technical activities through leadership, strategic planning, public advocacy, and effective new programs, most notably Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS).”

The IEEE Donald G. Fink and the W.R.G. Baker Award recipients will be honored among their peers at an IEEE conference in 2013.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Recipients of IEEE-level awards are recognized as the most influential members in their chosen field. They are revered for their resolve to discover, extend, or complement technological advancements in education, industry, research, and service. Each year, new recipients join the prestigious IEEE Award honoree list through a selective peer nomination and approval process.

View the complete list of 2013 recipients (PDF, 103 KB)

Learn more about the IEEE Awards program 

2013 Board Officers Announced

The IEEE Foundation is proud to announce that its 2013 officers have been elected. The following volunteers will serve the IEEE Foundation in 2013:

  • Elected:
    President - Leah H. Jamieson
    Treasurer - Paul Y. S. Cheung
    Secretary - Adrian V. Pais
    Vice President, Development & 1st Vice President - Lyle D. Feisel
    Vice President, Grants - John W. Meredith
  • Appointed:
    Eleanor Baum - Chair, IEEE Foundation Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
    Victor B. Lawrence  - Chair, IEEE Foundation Audit Committee.
    Joseph V. Lillie - Liaison Representative to IEEE Life Members Committee.
    Michael R. Lightner - Trustee of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Trustee of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu ex-officio liaison member to the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Directors:
    Kristi J. Brooks
    Joseph V. Lillie
    David Green
    Pedro Ray
    John Impagliazzo
  • Ex Offcio:
    Louis A. Luceri - Chair, IEEE Life Members Committee
    Lewis Terman - Chair, IEEE Awards Board
    Robert T. H. Alden - President, IEEE Canadian Foundation

The IEEE Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for the management and direction of the IEEE Foundation. The role of the IEEE Foundation Board includes policy formulation, fundraising and administrative oversight. It also has fiduciary responsibility for the protection and prudent and proper use of the IEEE Foundation's financial assets. Read more about the IEEE Foundation management.

Maxwell's Equations Coaster Available

Maxwell's Equations, 1861-1870 was dedicated as an IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestone in a ceremony held in Glenlair, Scotland, on 13 August 2009. To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$100+ to the IEEE Foundation - Life Members Fund (LMF) from October 2012 to September 2013 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting Maxwell and his equations. Maxwell’s Equations is the sixth coaster in a series of limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first five depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan’s Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer and the Atom Smasher. Complete your limited edition set of coasters which are available for a US$100 donation each. Visit ieee.org/donate to make your gift to the Life Members Fund or contact donate@ieee.org for more information.  Please allow eight weeks for delivery.

 

Maxwell's Equations Coaster Available

Maxwell's Equations, 1861-1870 was dedicated as an IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestone in a ceremony held in Glenlair, Scotland, on 13 August 2009. To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$100+ to the IEEE Foundation - Life Members Fund (LMF) from October 2012 to September 2013 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting Maxwell and his equations. Maxwell’s Equations is the sixth coaster in a series of limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first five depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan’s Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer and the Atom Smasher. Complete your limited edition set of coasters which are available for a US$100 donation each. Visit ieee.org/donate to make your gift to the Life Members Fund or contact donate@ieee.org for more information.  Please allow eight weeks for delivery.


Dues Renewal: A Time to Inspire the Future

The altruism and generosity of IEEE members and friends enabled the IEEE Foundation to award US$3 million last year to technology programs that:

  • Empower the world’s brightest young minds
  • Encourage impactful ideas and creative solutions
  • Share the history and evolution of ground breaking ideas

IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and shown a strong commitment to the founding ideas and principles of IEEE. While renewing your IEEE membership, take time to reflect on how your IEEE membership has influenced your career and enhanced your opportunities. Then consider making a donation to support the programs and projects important to you. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE and continue to make a difference. You may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more funds listed in your renewal packet. You may also donate online, anytime.

There is so much more that we can accomplish together to inspire the future and enable the impact of IEEE. Visit ieeefoundation.org and learn more about:

IEEE Foundation Hosts Local Life Members

The IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) and the IEEE Foundation hosted an IEEE Life Members Reception on 19 October at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, Tampa, FL, USA. Local IEEE Life Members were invited, and more than 50 attended. The reception provided Life Members and the LMC an opportunity to gather in a social setting and exchange ideas about Life Members activities and, of course, to socialize and enjoy lunch. John Meredith, IEEE Foundation Board member and IEEE LMC member welcomed guests to the luncheon and introduced the 2012 IEEE LMC members and IEEE Foundation staff to the group.

During the gathering, IEEE LMC Chairman Louis A. Luceri shared committee activities and accomplishments of the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation. The LMF supports technological and educational outreach; the preservation, research and promotion of the history of the profession and IEEE; activities of interest to IEEE Life Members, potential engineers and engineering students; educational programs including student travel grants, poster contests, fellowships, and prize paper awards.

Karen Kaufman, IEEE Foundation Communications Manager, presented ways Life Members can support the LMF and the activities it endorses, now and through Planned Giving. Donor incentives, such as LM pins and IEEE Milestones Coasters, were on display and discussed as well as the recognitions donors receive based on the type and level of their donations. View the presentation (1.17MB pdf).

Feedback from the members was requested so the membership can continue to shape the scope and success of LMC efforts. Attendees shared stories of their local activities and engaged Life Members (LM) not currently involved local LM Affinity Groups. They also discussed the importance of staying active and sharing knowledge and experiences with future engineers while transitioning into retirement and beyond. “We hope our guests made meaningful contacts that will keep them engaged in LM activities in the future,” said Karen Kaufman. This is the seventh reception of its kind held specifically for Life Members. Another will be held in March or April 2013 during the next LMC meeting.

Photos from the event are available when you “Like” IEEE Foundation on Facebook. For more information about this reception or to make a donation, contact the IEEE Foundation Development Office. Learn more about the IEEE Life Members Fund.

 

Foundation Grant Brings the Stars into the Classroom

IEEE Foundation provided a Grant in 2009 to help create an observatory at Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ, USA. The goal of “The Ocean City High School Observatory Project" was to build the first observatory at a New Jersey high school to introduce students to a wide range of scientific disciplines through a curriculum designed to feature basic lessons in engineering and science. The $12,075 Foundation Grant provided for the telescope equipment including a Self-Guiding Spectrograph, cameras and accessories. The telescope will make it possible to move the heavens and the stars into the classroom.

The 28 September ribbon cutting for the new observatory introduced the 700-times magnification telescope to the public. One of the first inside was Danny Millar, 11, a sixth-grader at Ocean City Intermediate School and an aspiring aerospace engineer. “It’s going to be awesome for high school and other kids to look up at the stars,” said Millar. “It will help them picture things they are learning about in class.” Read more.


Leah Jamieson: Looking Outward

Leah Jamieson was chosen as the topic of another article in a series that profiles IEEE volunteers who have had a significant impact on our organization. The article, Volunteers Who Make a Difference, by Kathy Kowalenko, appears in the July 2012 edition of The Institute. Leah Jamieson, the new president of the IEEE Foundation this year replaced Richard “Dick” Gowen, the foundation’s longest-serving president, who was profiled in this series in February. Like Gowen, Jamieson is a former IEEE president, having served in 2007—the second woman elected to the position. The article highlights Leah's career and involvement in IEEE as well as IEEE Foundation.

Now, as president of the IEEE Foundation, Jamieson plans to expand the organization’s work by revamping its finances to “allow IEEE philanthropic projects to reach their full potential.” “Philanthropy through the IEEE Foundation can expand IEEE’s reach into activities that don’t inherently generate revenue,” she said. “The Foundation can have a very strong partnership with IEEE to help it advance some of the outward-looking activities that it would like to embark upon.” Read more about Leah Jamieson.

Read the IEEE Foundation Focus Newsletter

The IEEE Foundation Focus newsletter reports on the programs supported through the IEEE Foundation and the individuals and organizations whose charitable gifts make the programs possible. The newsletter is mailed annually to 9000+ friends of the IEEE Foundation. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, send your information to donate@ieee.org. You may also read the 2012 edition online by downloading the pdf (869.67 KB)

 

Celebrating Our Member’s Field of Vision

The annual IEEE Honors Ceremony recognizes technical professionals in a variety of disciplines for exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that have made a lasting impact on technology, society and the engineering profession.

Each year, the IEEE Awards Board selects industry leaders, inspiring educators and distinguished colleagues as recipients of the IEEE’s prestigious medal and recognition awards. The IEEE Foundation is proud of the role it plays in recognizing these pioneers and leaders who dared to dream and turned their ideas into reality. Two of the medals and one service award that will be presented at the IEEE Honors Ceremony on Saturday, 30 June 2012 in Boston, Mass., USA are sponsored by the IEEE Foundation.  

IEEE MEDAL OF HONOR, for an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in IEEE fields of interest goes to JOHN L. HENNESSY (FIEEE)—President, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, “For pioneering the RISC processor architecture and for leadership in computer engineering and higher education.”

IEEE FOUNDERS MEDAL, for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession goes to FAQIR CHAND KOHLI (LFIEEE)—Former Director and Deputy Chair, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Mumbai, India, “For early vision and pioneering contributions to the development of the IT industry in India.”

IEEE HARADEN PRATT AWARD, for outstanding service to IEEE goes to HUGH RUDNICK (FIEEE)—Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, "For leadership in making IEEE a truly global organization."

Thanks to the generosity of the IEEE community,
the IEEE Foundation is able to support these awards, as well as numerous other IEEE initiatives

You can find more information about the 2012 IEEE Honors Ceremony and awards recipients here.

If you know someone who may meet the criteria for an IEEE-Level Award, visit ieee.org/awards or call +1 732 562 3844 to learn more about the IEEE Awards Program and nomination process.


Energy Industry Leaders Discuss Expanding the Technical Workforce

The IEEE Foundation and the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) will host a discussion focused on the importance of developing the technical workforce within the power and energy industry to meet the needs of the world’s energy future. Patricia Hoffman, IEEE member and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy is a featured speaker, along with Wanda Reder, IEEE Fellow and Vice President of Power Systems Services at S&C Electric Company; Christopher Root, IEEE Senior Member and Senior Vice President of Network Strategy at National Grid USA; and Dr. Robert Thomas, IEEE Life Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University.

The panel discussion, entitled “Building the Technical Workforce for Our Energy Future,” is planned for Thursday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. EDT until 2:00 p.m. EDT at the Union League Club in New York City. Invited guests include representatives from U.S. government, academia, power industry and utility segments.

The panel discussion coincides with the public kick-off of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, a three-year scholarship program attracting top undergraduate engineering candidates to pursue power engineering careers. In its inaugural year, the program distributed scholarships to 93 students at 51 universities across the United States. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. As long as the scholar continues to meet renewal standards, he or she will receive up to three years of funding — US$2,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year — interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative plans to distribute more than 300 scholarships to students at more than 100 universities across the country in 2012. To date, the scholarship has raised nearly $4 million in corporate, foundation and individual donations, nearing the half-way point to its $10 million goal.

 Industry Pioneers Support IEEE Efforts
Two industry leaders have each showed their support of the program through their respective $1 million donations; S&C Foundation, which is affiliated with S&C Electric Company, as well as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Other prominent supporters of the Fund interested in solving power engineering workforce problems include The Grainger Foundation, Alstom, Doble Engineering, Powell Industries, Cooper Power Systems, Southern California Edison, ISO New England, Autodesk, PSE&G, Ulteig, Westinghouse, MidAmerican Energy Foundation, NSTAR, PJM Interconnection and GE Foundation.

The scholarship fund is administered by the IEEE Foundation. For more information on how you can support the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, visit www.ee-scholarship.org, call 732-981-2866 or email Angelique Rajski, Capital Campaign Manager, at a.rajski@ieee.org.  To donate, visit www.ee-scholarship.org/sponsorship/donate-now/.

 

IEEE Foundation Awards Scholarship to High School Graduate

Each year IEEE Foundation awards a scholarship to a senior graduating from Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ, USA who plans to major in a field of interest to IEEE. This year the scholarship will be presented on Wednesday, 6 June at the school's Senior Awards Assembly to Christopher Hunt who plans to study engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Hunt is the sixth 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.

The Senese 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. Support this scholarship by making a tax-deductible donation. You can donate online or mail checks payable to the IEEE Foundation - IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Kristi J. Brooks Honored by IEEE-USA

It has been announced that Kristi J. Brooks, IEEE Foundation Board Secretary, will receive the Regional Professional Leadership Award from IEEE-USA during its Annual Meeting at the Hilton in Cincinnati, OH, USA on 5 May. Brooks is honored "for leadership inspiring children as Design Squad liaison, and for student mentorship in Region 4."

Read more about Kristi's part-time passion in The Institute.

IEEE Foundation Hosts Local Life Members

The IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) and the IEEE Foundation hosted an IEEE Life Members Reception on 25 March at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. Local IEEE Life Members from 4 Sections were invited, and more than 70 attended. The reception provided local Life Members and the LMC an opportunity to gather in a social setting and exchange ideas about Life Members activities and, of course, to socialize and enjoy lunch.

During the gathering, Louis A. Luceri Chair, IEEE Life Members Committee Chairman shared committee activities and accomplishments of the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF). The LMF of the IEEE Foundation supports technological and educational outreach; the preservation, research and promotion of the history of the profession and IEEE; activities of interest to IEEE Life Members, potential engineers and engineering students; educational programs including student travel grants, poster contests, fellowships, and prize paper awards.

John Meredith, IEEE Foundation Board Member discussed how and why Life Members should support the LMF. IEEE Life Members were encouraged to add “First-Hand Histories” to The Global History Network (GHN) www.ieeeghn.org which preserves and promotes the history of innovation in electrical engineering. Nathan Brewer, IEEE Global History Network Administrator and Librarian who spoke at the luncheon and other professional staff at The IEEE History Center are determined to preserve the personal memories of our pioneers. While viewing the GHN, be sure to enjoy the Oral Histories section as well.

The 2012 IEEE LMC members were introduced to the group. Feedback from the members was requested so the membership can continue to shape the scope and success of its efforts. Attendees shared stories of their local activities and discussed the importance of staying active and sharing knowledge and experiences with future engineers. This is the sixth reception of its kind held specifically for Life Members. Another will be scheduled in September or October 2012 during the next LMC meeting.

View photos of the event on Facebook: facebook.com/IEEEFoundation.

For more information on the receptions contact Karen A. Galuchie, Sr. Mgr, IEEE Foundation Operations & Planned Giving at+1 732 562 3860 or e-mail: k.galuchie@ieee.org. To learn more about the IEEE Life Member Fund, visit the IEEE Life Member Committee.

Special thanks to those who donate to the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation. Your donations allow us to host gatherings and support activities of interest to Life Members. Your donation may make you eligible to receive a Life Members Pin, Milestone Coaster or to become a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle or IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. For more information, visit www.ieeefoundation.org.

Helping the IEEE Chicago Section Provide Programs for
"Mad Scientists"

An IEEE Foundation grant helped The IEEE Chicago Section to start the IEEE-Chicago Section Fund intended to generate enthusiasm for math and science education, especially education about electrical engineering. Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) in Mount Prospect, IL, USA was the pilot project for the Fund. Thanks to IEEE Chicago Section's IEEE Science Kits for Public Libraries grants, MPPL librarians were able to develop science kits that give students access to prepared experiments and science materials that they might not encounter in the traditional classroom. Twenty-six libraries in IEEE Region 4 were selected to be the first recipients of the IEEE Science Kits for Public Libraries grants. The libraries, both large and small from urban and rural areas, serve students in nine different states. A recent benefit from the grants, and using the science kits, was an educational program series developed by the MPPL librarians called the "Mad Scientists Club". Held at the Library, the after school program allows students to conduct science experiments with the guidance of a librarian.

Watch MPPL's Mad Scientist Club on YouTube and see the kits in action.

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Recognizes Faculty, Students and Chapters

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), IEEE’s official honor society for students and professionals in engineering science and computing and IEEE-designated areas of interest, recently announced its list of 2011 award recipients. The awards, which will be presented on 25 March, recognize the outstanding achievements of students, faculty and IEEE-HKN chapters. Read the full news release and list of chapter recipients (PDF, 117 KB).

Dick Gowen: A Foundation Builder, in February Institute

Richard J. “Dick” Gowen was chosen as the first person to be interviewed for a series of articles to profile IEEE volunteers who have had a significant impact on our organization. The article, Volunteers Who Made a Difference, Dick Gowen: A Foundation Builder by Kathy Kowalenko appears in the February 2012 edition of The Institute and highlights Dick's career and involvement not only in IEEE but also in IEEE Foundation. After more than five decades of volunteering, it was hard to pick which of Dick's many contributions had the most influence on IEEE. So The Institute asked Gowen, an IEEE Fellow, to choose, and he selected two: being president in 1984 during IEEE’s centennial year, and being the longest-serving president of the IEEE Foundation, a term that lasted seven years. Read more about Dick Gowen.

New President and Officers take charge of IEEE Foundation

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.

2012 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient Named

John L. Hennessy, President of Stanford University Named 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient
IEEE Fellow and Stanford University President, John L. Hennessy, who pioneered the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) processor architecture and demonstrated exceptional leadership in computer engineering and higher education, has been named recipient of the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE’s highest award.

Hennessy was a co-recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology, and has received numerous other awards for his work, including being named in 2005 the first holder of Stanford’s Bing Presidential Professorship.
Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Medal of Honor will be presented along with 21 other IEEE medals and recognitions at the IEEE Honors Ceremony on Saturday, 30 June 2012 in Boston, Mass., USA.
Read the full list of 2012 IEEE Medal and Recognition Recipients.

If you know someone who may meet the criteria for an IEEE-Level Award, visit the Awards Web page or call +1 732 562 3844 to learn more about the IEEE Awards Program and nomination process.