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A Time to Renew - Dues and Donations

Your IEEE membership allows you to continue developing your career, accessing essential networking opportunities, and receiving other exclusive IEEE benefits.
 Renew Now  - Every member has an IEEE Account that can be used to sign in to renew.
While renewing you may choose to maximize your membership value by customizing your membership with options for IEEE Special Interest Memberships and Subscriptions that target your specific interests. You may also choose to make a donation to the IEEE Foundation.

IEEE member involvement with IEEE Foundation is critical to the efforts to advance our profession, the work of IEEE, and the endeavors of engineering professionals worldwide. Building on the momentum of our 40th anniversary, we are forging even closer ties between the Foundation and IEEE. By strengthening the alignment of the goals of both organizations, the Foundation will continue to meet the social imperatives important to IEEE members.

We appeal to you to donate generously during your membership renewal, and you may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more of the funds listed.

IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and who continue to make a difference. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE with a charitable donation.

IEEE Power & Energy Scholars Announced

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative is proud to announce the distribution of scholarships for the 2013-14 academic school year to 228 undergraduate students at 116 universities across the United States and Canada. The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power and Enery Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation is in its third year. This is the first time recipients have been selected from Canada. PES provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. A student can receive up to three years of funding interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. The application period is 1 March to 30 June. For more information and/or to view the complete list of recipients on the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus website.

 

Commemorative Coaster Celebrates the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable

A permanent electrical communications link between the old world and the new was initiated at Heart's Content, Newfoundland with the landing of a transatlantic cable on July 27, 1866. This achievement altered for all time personal, commercial, and political relations between peoples on the two sides of the ocean. Five more cables between Heart's Content and Valentia, Ireland were completed between 1866 and 1894. This station continued in operation until 1965. The Landing of the Transatlantic Cable was dedicated as an IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestone on 15 June 1985.

To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$125+ to the IEEE Foundation - Life Members Fund from October 2013 to September 2014 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable.

Landing of the Transatlantic Cable is the seventh coaster in a series of limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first six depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan’s Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer, the Atom Smasher and Maxwell’s Equations. Complete your limited edition set of coasters. Previous year’s coasters are also available for a US$125 donation each. The IEEE History Committee established the The IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing Program during the Centennial year as an ongoing means to honor and commemorate significant technical achievements in the history of IEEE fields.

Donors will receive notification of the tax-deductible portion of their contribution that exceeds the value of the articles received, in accordance with US IRS regulations. For more information, e-mail donate@ieee.org.

 


Donate to IEEE Foundation While Renewing Your Membership

August marks the 2014 IEEE membership renewal cycle. Your IEEE membership allows you to continue developing your career, accessing essential networking opportunities, and receiving other exclusive IEEE benefits.  

Every member has an IEEE Account that can be used to sign in to renew. While renewing you may choose to maximize your membership value by customizing your membership with options for IEEE Special Interest Memberships and Subscriptions that target your specific interests. You may also choose to make a donation to the IEEE Foundation. Renew Now.

IEEE member involvement with IEEE Foundation is critical to the efforts to advance our profession, the work of IEEE, and the endeavors of engineering professionals worldwide. Building on the momentum of our 40th anniversary, we are forging even closer ties between the Foundation and IEEE. By strengthening the alignment of the goals of both organizations, the Foundation will continue to meet the social imperatives important to IEEE members.

We appeal to you to donate generously during your dues renewal, and you may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more of the following funds:
• IEEE Foundation General Fund
• IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund
• IEEE History Center Fund
• IEEE Life Members Fund
• IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Fund
• IEEE-USA Fund
• IEEE Canadian Foundation (Region 7)
• IEEE Region 8 Fund
• IEEE Region 9 Fund

IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and who continue to make a difference. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE with a charitable donation.

Learn more ways to give.

 


Gowen Elected IEEE Foundation President Emeritus

Dr. Richard (Dick) J. Gowen was elected IEEE Foundation President Emeritus in recognition of ten years of dedicated leadership to the IEEE Foundation. Dick received a certificate and recognition for the vision to implement the IEEE PES Scholarship Campaign, establish the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund, initiate a long range vision and assist with stewarding donors and securing major gifts, among so many other things.

Emeritus members of the Board are non-voting. These individuals are former IEEE Foundation Directors who made extraordinary contributions to the IEEE Foundation cause and mission through their devotion of time, expertise, special initiatives, and service.

Thank you, Dick, and congratulations!

 

President Jamieson Awarded IEEE Emberson Award

Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University has received the 2013 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award 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 award was presented Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

During her more than 32 years of continuous volunteer service, Jamieson has provided leadership and support of IEEE’s technical activities as author, editor, member and chair of important IEEE boards, and as president of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation.

Through her wide-ranging positions within IEEE, Jamieson developed comprehensive strategic planning efforts, increased public visibility of engineering and computing, and built structures to foster interdisciplinary collaborations across IEEE. A widely recognized role model for women in engineering, Jamieson has used her visibility as dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering to promote interest in the field among women.

One of Jamieson’s major initiatives is the EPICS project, which she co-founded at Purdue University. EPICS pioneered the integration of engineering and community service to develop technology-based solutions for local community needs. EPICS programs have been created at 20 universities and 50 high schools in the United States. Through IEEE adoption, EPICS has been expanded to institutions in Africa and South America.

Jamieson is an IEEE Fellow, an Eminent Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her many honors include the NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education (2005), NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the IEEE Education Society's Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award.

 

Accelerating Advances

Nineteen IEEE Medals and Recognitions will be presented at the 2013 IEEE Honors Ceremony, Accelerating Advances, for areas including, wireless communications, photonics, navigation, space exploration, nano- and bio-engineering on Saturday, 29 June at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, CA, USA. The event will be Streamed Live Saturday, June 29 07:00 PM, PDT (02:00, UTC)

Thanks to the generosity of the IEEE community, the IEEE Foundation is able to sponsor two of the medals and one service award, as well as numerous other IEEE initiatives. 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.

IEEE MEDAL OF HONOR, for an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in IEEE fields of interest goes to IRWIN MARK JACOBS Qualcomm, La Jolla, Calif. USA, “For leadership and fundamental contributions to digital communications and wireless technology.” The Medal of Honor was presented on 6 June to Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs at Qualcomm’s Headquarters.

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 LEO L. BERANEK, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass. USA, “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 HARADEN PRATT AWARD, for outstanding service to IEEE goes to BARRY L. SHOOP, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. USA “For vision and leadership in improving IEEE operations and governance, and for building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”

For a complete list honorees, visit the 2013 IEEE Honors Ceremony Web page.

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. 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.

Call for Grant Applications

The next deadline for grant applications is 6 August. The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. Submissions are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date.

If your IEEE Unit, Section or Chapter has an innovative project, you are welcome to apply for a grant. Prior to submitting an application, please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines. Here is all the information you need about applying for a grant.

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thanks to our donors who generously give to the three grant making funds of the IEEE Foundation; the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Life Members Fund.

 

ChickTech

ChickTech: High School, an innovative project to spark young women's interest in technology, drew almost 100 girls for two days of workshops, ranging from working with microcontrollers to computer construction and app creation. The event was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the IEEE Foundation.

At the first ChickTech: High School, girls worked with new friends and mentors to build robots, smartphone apps, computers, microcontrollers, and more, during the free workshops at Portland State University. Bring ChichTec workshops to your community.

"I Change the World. I am an Engineer"

We are happy to share exciting results from a project funded through the IEEE Foundation - IEEE Life Members Committee grants program.

The Apple App for the WIE eBook, developed as part of the IEEE WIE 'I Change the World. I am an Engineer'... grant, is available. The Android version is expected soon. Download the app to learn about women engineers, including our own President, Leah Jamieson.

Life Members Connect in The City of Brotherly Love

The IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) and the IEEE Foundation hosted an IEEE Life Members’ Reception in The City of Brotherly Love on 12 April at Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Local IEEE Life Members from four Sections were invited, and 35 members and their guests attended. The reception provided Life Members (LM) and the LMC an opportunity to gather in a social setting and exchange ideas about LM activities.
IEEE LMC Chairman Louis A. Luceri (Lou) and Joseph V. Lillie, (Joe) IEEE Foundation Director, hosted the luncheon.

Lou shared information about LMC activities and examples of the accomplishments of the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation. The LMF supports activities of interest to IEEE Life Members, potential engineers and engineering students including student fellowships, preservation of the history of the profession and IEEE, and educational outreach.

Joe encouraged all Life Members to support the LMF so that future generations of engineers and the engineering profession can continue to make an impact. He provided examples of how LMs can support the activities that the LMC endorses, now, and through Legacy Gifts. 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.

Feedback was requested so the LMC can continue to shape the scope and success of its efforts. Attendees asked questions about their 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.

This is the eighth reception of its kind held specifically for Life Members. Another will be held in conjunction with the next LMC meeting – date and location are to be determined. View the PowerPoint presentation from the event. Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page.

For more information about this reception or to make a donation, contact the IEEE Foundation Development Office +1 732 562 5550 or e-mail: donate@ieee.org. Learn more about the IEEE Life Members Fund.

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 entitle you to receive a Life Members Pin, Milestone Coaster or to become a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle or IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League.

Turn Your Speaking Engagement Into A Good Deed

Award Recipients and Conference Speakers who receive payment in exchange for their speaking engagement may elect to donate their honorarium (cash prize or fee) to one or more of the designated Funds of the IEEE Foundation, including the General Fund, History Center Fund, Life Members Fund, a Scholarship Fund like the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative or one of the many other Funds administered on behalf of IEEE organizational units.
If you wish to donate your honorarium, and avoid the taxable income, you must designate that IEEE (via IEEE conference chair/IEEE conference treasurer/ IEEE staff director or IEEE sr. administrator) transfer the honorarium directly to the IEEE Foundation. By submitting a request to re-direct your honorarium directly to IEEE Foundation, you will not need to complete a W-8 or W-9 form. If you accept the honorarium check, the honorarium becomes taxable income.

The IEEE Foundation, routinely handles arrangements for honorarium recipients who desire to ‘re-purpose’ their honorarium for a good cause. If you would like to designate your award/speaker honorarium, you may download and complete either the Award Honorarium Form or the Speaker Fee Form and send a copy to the IEEE Foundation at donate@ieee.org, fax it to +1.732.981.9515 or by mail
The IEEE Foundation will recognize your generosity by publishing your name in the Honoraria Giving section of its annual Honor Roll of Donors publication. You may also qualify for recognition in other donor recognition groups. Your donation may remain anonymous at your request.

If you would like more information on how to donate and designate your honorarium, please contact:

IEEE Foundation Development Office
Phone: +1 732 562 5550
e-mail: donate@ieee.org

Apply Now - IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative

Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 Academic Year for the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ (IEEE PES S+). The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers in the power and energy industry. Under this program, recipients can graduate with recognition as an IEEE PES Scholar, receive up to US$7,000 in multi-year scholarships and gain career experience. The application process opens 1 March and the deadline is 30 June 2013.

Additionally, the top IEEE PES Scholar from each IEEE Region will be selected as the IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar. These 6 individuals will each receive an additional $5,000 for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees, etc.), IEEE and IEEE PES Student Membership for 12 months and, a travel honorarium up to $1,000 to attend the IEEE 2014 PES General Meeting.

To be eligible, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in IEEE Region 1-6 and be enrolled full-time at a university or college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The higher education institution must have an ABET-accredited, 4-year electrical engineering program and offer undergraduate courses in power engineering. Engineering students early in their college careers are encouraged to apply, even if in June 2013 they have not yet declared electrical engineering as their major. In Fall 2013, the individual must be enrolled in an electrical engineering program working toward a bachelor's degree.

“The IEEE PES S+ is one way we are helping support the next generation of power leaders,” said IEEE Fellow Wanda Reder, co-chair of the scholarship. “These are exceptional young men and women who are excited about power and the opportunities in the field.”

The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year. The IEEE PES S+ has supported a total of 265 scholars attending 109 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, and prestigious engineering colleges across the US. View a full list of the 2012 IEEE PES S+ recipients.

The program has provided $642,000 in scholarships and has raised $4.1 million in cash and pledges from donors, nearing the halfway point to its $10-million fundraising goal. Two industry leaders have shown 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 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. Donations and corporate support make the IEEE PES S+ Program possible. Support the Initiative.

Apply for the scholarship, learn more about eligibility, selection and renewal criteria here.

Call for Grant Applications

The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. Submissions are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline dates. The Grant application deadlines for 2013 are 15 March and 6 August.

The IEEE Foundation awards grants to IEEE units and other charitable organizations for innovative projects that further the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE. To be considered for grant funding, your project should have a clearly defined objective and provide support in the focus areas of education, history of technology and applying technology for humanitarian causes.  

  • Education: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that expand and enhance engineering, science and technology education opportunities for students of all ages through mid-career professionals to positively impact workforce development and involvement in IEEE.
  • History of Technology: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that increase awareness among the general public of the impact and influence of early technology on the present and future.
  • Applying Technology for Humanitarian Causes: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that implement or disseminate replicable, sustainable, technology-based solutions for humanitarian issues in underserved and underprivileged areas.

If your IEEE Unit, Section or Chapter has an innovative project in the areas of interest mentioned above, you are welcome to apply for a grant through the IEEE Foundation Web page. Prior to submitting an application, please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines. All the information you need about applying for a grant can be found at ieeefoundation.org.

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thanks to our donors who generously give to the three grant making funds of the IEEE Foundation; the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Life Members Fund.

Be a Mentor: Inspire the Future of the Power and Energy Engineering Field

WANTED: successful leaders in the power and energy field to serve as mentors to one or more PES Scholars.
The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. PES Scholars, in good standing, receive up to three years of funding — interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. Mentor lists are provided to interested PES Scholars through www.pes-careers.org. Scholars may select a mentor to assist them in: navigating their education and career goals, obtaining career experiences, and learning more about the power engineering field in general. Participation in the mentoring aspect of the program is voluntary for PES Scholars, but welcomed by many.
Enthusiastic IEEE Members have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders in the power and energy industry by serving as mentors to one or more of the PES Scholars. Mentors can communicate directly with PES Scholars via email, telephone or in-person. Each relationship is unique and determined by the Mentor and the Scholar.

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, made possible by donations to the PES Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year and has supported a total of 265 undergraduate students attending 109 universities across the US. We plan to raise $10 million by 2015 for regions 1 through 6 to continue this Initiative and plan to expand to Canada (IEEE Region 7) in 2013.

If you are interested in serving as a PES Mentor, please visit the www.ee-scholarship.org.

Inspire the Future of IEEE

The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IEEE, has launched a new advertising campaign with the theme: Inspiring the Future. The inspirational advertisements highlight IEEE Foundation initiatives: Education, Innovation and Preservation. The suite of ads also includes Web ads to promote IEEE Foundation’s 40th Anniversary in 2013. These advertisements are available in ready to use downloadable pdfs, in multiple dimensions for print, and various popular Web ad sizes.

Our goal is to thoughtfully place paid advertisements, and leverage relationships to maximize free placements in various IEEE media and trade publications.

Region, Section and Membership editors are encouraged to visit the IEEE Promo Library to find the print ads under “Member Benefits” and the Web ads section listed by size. Please help promote the IEEE Foundation by using the ads as “filler ads” in your publications. Your assistance is a donation to the IEEE Foundation and helps us spread the word of 40 years of Inspiring the Future with IEEE.

In the last quarter of 2012, Inspiring the Future advertisements appeared in The Institute, IEEE Spectrum, and Computer Magazine.

IRA Charitable Rollover is Renewed for 2012 and 2013

The recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the IRA Charitable Rollover through 31 December 2013. The “rollover” provision allows U.S. IRA owners age, 70½ and older, to make federally 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 must be issued directly from the IRA administrator and may be used to satisfy the annual IRA required minimum distribution.
To allow IRA owners to take advantage of this opportunity for 2012, the legislation provides for two special transition rules:

  • Distributions made by February 1, 2013 may be counted retroactively for the 2012 tax year.
  • IRA owners who took a distribution from his/her IRA during December 2012 into his/her own name, may make a contribution to an eligible charity before February 1, 2013 and treat this as a direct transfer.

Before making a transfer to benefit IEEE Foundation, please consult with your financial or legal advisor to determine how this legislation impacts your personal situation.

Learn more about IRA donations or call Karen Galuchie at +1 732 562 3860.

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IEEE Power & Energy Scholars Announced

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative is proud to announce the distribution of scholarships for the 2013-14 academic school year to 228 undergraduate students at 116 universities across the United States and Canada. The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power and Enery Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation is in its third year. This is the first time recipients have been selected from Canada. PES provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. A student can receive up to three years of funding interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. The application period is 1 March to 30 June. For more information and/or to view the complete list of recipients on the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus website.

 

Commemorative Coaster Celebrates the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable

A permanent electrical communications link between the old world and the new was initiated at Heart's Content, Newfoundland with the landing of a transatlantic cable on July 27, 1866. This achievement altered for all time personal, commercial, and political relations between peoples on the two sides of the ocean. Five more cables between Heart's Content and Valentia, Ireland were completed between 1866 and 1894. This station continued in operation until 1965. The Landing of the Transatlantic Cable was dedicated as an IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestone on 15 June 1985.

To celebrate this important milestone, those who donate US$125+ to the IEEE Foundation - Life Members Fund from October 2013 to September 2014 will receive the limited edition coaster depicting the Landing of the Transatlantic Cable.

Landing of the Transatlantic Cable is the seventh coaster in a series of limited edition coasters commemorating various historic IEEE Electrical Engineering Milestones. The first six depict Telstar, the Panama Canal, Japan’s Bullet Train, the ENIAC computer, the Atom Smasher and Maxwell’s Equations. Complete your limited edition set of coasters. Previous year’s coasters are also available for a US$125 donation each. The IEEE History Committee established the The IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing Program during the Centennial year as an ongoing means to honor and commemorate significant technical achievements in the history of IEEE fields.

Donors will receive notification of the tax-deductible portion of their contribution that exceeds the value of the articles received, in accordance with US IRS regulations. For more information, e-mail donate@ieee.org.

 


Donate to IEEE Foundation While Renewing Your Membership

August marks the 2014 IEEE membership renewal cycle. Your IEEE membership allows you to continue developing your career, accessing essential networking opportunities, and receiving other exclusive IEEE benefits.  

Every member has an IEEE Account that can be used to sign in to renew. While renewing you may choose to maximize your membership value by customizing your membership with options for IEEE Special Interest Memberships and Subscriptions that target your specific interests. You may also choose to make a donation to the IEEE Foundation. Renew Now.

IEEE member involvement with IEEE Foundation is critical to the efforts to advance our profession, the work of IEEE, and the endeavors of engineering professionals worldwide. Building on the momentum of our 40th anniversary, we are forging even closer ties between the Foundation and IEEE. By strengthening the alignment of the goals of both organizations, the Foundation will continue to meet the social imperatives important to IEEE members.

We appeal to you to donate generously during your dues renewal, and you may choose to designate your donation, in any amount, to one or more of the following funds:
• IEEE Foundation General Fund
• IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund
• IEEE History Center Fund
• IEEE Life Members Fund
• IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Fund
• IEEE-USA Fund
• IEEE Canadian Foundation (Region 7)
• IEEE Region 8 Fund
• IEEE Region 9 Fund

IEEE Foundation and IEEE thank all of you who have donated and who continue to make a difference. Giving through your IEEE renewal is just one way you can support the work of IEEE with a charitable donation.

Learn more ways to give.

 


Gowen Elected IEEE Foundation President Emeritus

Dr. Richard (Dick) J. Gowen was elected IEEE Foundation President Emeritus in recognition of ten years of dedicated leadership to the IEEE Foundation. Dick received a certificate and recognition for the vision to implement the IEEE PES Scholarship Campaign, establish the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund, initiate a long range vision and assist with stewarding donors and securing major gifts, among so many other things.

Emeritus members of the Board are non-voting. These individuals are former IEEE Foundation Directors who made extraordinary contributions to the IEEE Foundation cause and mission through their devotion of time, expertise, special initiatives, and service.

Thank you, Dick, and congratulations!

 

President Jamieson Awarded IEEE Emberson Award

Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University has received the 2013 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award 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 award was presented Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

During her more than 32 years of continuous volunteer service, Jamieson has provided leadership and support of IEEE’s technical activities as author, editor, member and chair of important IEEE boards, and as president of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation.

Through her wide-ranging positions within IEEE, Jamieson developed comprehensive strategic planning efforts, increased public visibility of engineering and computing, and built structures to foster interdisciplinary collaborations across IEEE. A widely recognized role model for women in engineering, Jamieson has used her visibility as dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering to promote interest in the field among women.

One of Jamieson’s major initiatives is the EPICS project, which she co-founded at Purdue University. EPICS pioneered the integration of engineering and community service to develop technology-based solutions for local community needs. EPICS programs have been created at 20 universities and 50 high schools in the United States. Through IEEE adoption, EPICS has been expanded to institutions in Africa and South America.

Jamieson is an IEEE Fellow, an Eminent Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her many honors include the NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education (2005), NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the IEEE Education Society's Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award.

 

Accelerating Advances

Nineteen IEEE Medals and Recognitions will be presented at the 2013 IEEE Honors Ceremony, Accelerating Advances, for areas including, wireless communications, photonics, navigation, space exploration, nano- and bio-engineering on Saturday, 29 June at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, CA, USA. The event will be Streamed Live Saturday, June 29 07:00 PM, PDT (02:00, UTC)

Thanks to the generosity of the IEEE community, the IEEE Foundation is able to sponsor two of the medals and one service award, as well as numerous other IEEE initiatives. 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.

IEEE MEDAL OF HONOR, for an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in IEEE fields of interest goes to IRWIN MARK JACOBS Qualcomm, La Jolla, Calif. USA, “For leadership and fundamental contributions to digital communications and wireless technology.” The Medal of Honor was presented on 6 June to Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs at Qualcomm’s Headquarters.

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 LEO L. BERANEK, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass. USA, “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 HARADEN PRATT AWARD, for outstanding service to IEEE goes to BARRY L. SHOOP, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. USA “For vision and leadership in improving IEEE operations and governance, and for building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”

For a complete list honorees, visit the 2013 IEEE Honors Ceremony Web page.

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. 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.

Call for Grant Applications

The next deadline for grant applications is 6 August. The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. Submissions are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date.

If your IEEE Unit, Section or Chapter has an innovative project, you are welcome to apply for a grant. Prior to submitting an application, please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines. Here is all the information you need about applying for a grant.

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thanks to our donors who generously give to the three grant making funds of the IEEE Foundation; the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Life Members Fund.

 

ChickTech

ChickTech: High School, an innovative project to spark young women's interest in technology, drew almost 100 girls for two days of workshops, ranging from working with microcontrollers to computer construction and app creation. The event was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the IEEE Foundation.

At the first ChickTech: High School, girls worked with new friends and mentors to build robots, smartphone apps, computers, microcontrollers, and more, during the free workshops at Portland State University. Bring ChichTec workshops to your community.

"I Change the World. I am an Engineer"

We are happy to share exciting results from a project funded through the IEEE Foundation - IEEE Life Members Committee grants program.

The Apple App for the WIE eBook, developed as part of the IEEE WIE 'I Change the World. I am an Engineer'... grant, is available. The Android version is expected soon. Download the app to learn about women engineers, including our own President, Leah Jamieson.

Life Members Connect in The City of Brotherly Love

The IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) and the IEEE Foundation hosted an IEEE Life Members’ Reception in The City of Brotherly Love on 12 April at Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Local IEEE Life Members from four Sections were invited, and 35 members and their guests attended. The reception provided Life Members (LM) and the LMC an opportunity to gather in a social setting and exchange ideas about LM activities.
IEEE LMC Chairman Louis A. Luceri (Lou) and Joseph V. Lillie, (Joe) IEEE Foundation Director, hosted the luncheon.

Lou shared information about LMC activities and examples of the accomplishments of the IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation. The LMF supports activities of interest to IEEE Life Members, potential engineers and engineering students including student fellowships, preservation of the history of the profession and IEEE, and educational outreach.

Joe encouraged all Life Members to support the LMF so that future generations of engineers and the engineering profession can continue to make an impact. He provided examples of how LMs can support the activities that the LMC endorses, now, and through Legacy Gifts. 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.

Feedback was requested so the LMC can continue to shape the scope and success of its efforts. Attendees asked questions about their 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.

This is the eighth reception of its kind held specifically for Life Members. Another will be held in conjunction with the next LMC meeting – date and location are to be determined. View the PowerPoint presentation from the event. Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page.

For more information about this reception or to make a donation, contact the IEEE Foundation Development Office +1 732 562 5550 or e-mail: donate@ieee.org. Learn more about the IEEE Life Members Fund.

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 entitle you to receive a Life Members Pin, Milestone Coaster or to become a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle or IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League.

Turn Your Speaking Engagement Into A Good Deed

Award Recipients and Conference Speakers who receive payment in exchange for their speaking engagement may elect to donate their honorarium (cash prize or fee) to one or more of the designated Funds of the IEEE Foundation, including the General Fund, History Center Fund, Life Members Fund, a Scholarship Fund like the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative or one of the many other Funds administered on behalf of IEEE organizational units.
If you wish to donate your honorarium, and avoid the taxable income, you must designate that IEEE (via IEEE conference chair/IEEE conference treasurer/ IEEE staff director or IEEE sr. administrator) transfer the honorarium directly to the IEEE Foundation. By submitting a request to re-direct your honorarium directly to IEEE Foundation, you will not need to complete a W-8 or W-9 form. If you accept the honorarium check, the honorarium becomes taxable income.

The IEEE Foundation, routinely handles arrangements for honorarium recipients who desire to ‘re-purpose’ their honorarium for a good cause. If you would like to designate your award/speaker honorarium, you may download and complete either the Award Honorarium Form or the Speaker Fee Form and send a copy to the IEEE Foundation at donate@ieee.org, fax it to +1.732.981.9515 or by mail
The IEEE Foundation will recognize your generosity by publishing your name in the Honoraria Giving section of its annual Honor Roll of Donors publication. You may also qualify for recognition in other donor recognition groups. Your donation may remain anonymous at your request.

If you would like more information on how to donate and designate your honorarium, please contact:

IEEE Foundation Development Office
Phone: +1 732 562 5550
e-mail: donate@ieee.org

Apply Now - IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative

Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 Academic Year for the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ (IEEE PES S+). The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers in the power and energy industry. Under this program, recipients can graduate with recognition as an IEEE PES Scholar, receive up to US$7,000 in multi-year scholarships and gain career experience. The application process opens 1 March and the deadline is 30 June 2013.

Additionally, the top IEEE PES Scholar from each IEEE Region will be selected as the IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar. These 6 individuals will each receive an additional $5,000 for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees, etc.), IEEE and IEEE PES Student Membership for 12 months and, a travel honorarium up to $1,000 to attend the IEEE 2014 PES General Meeting.

To be eligible, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in IEEE Region 1-6 and be enrolled full-time at a university or college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The higher education institution must have an ABET-accredited, 4-year electrical engineering program and offer undergraduate courses in power engineering. Engineering students early in their college careers are encouraged to apply, even if in June 2013 they have not yet declared electrical engineering as their major. In Fall 2013, the individual must be enrolled in an electrical engineering program working toward a bachelor's degree.

“The IEEE PES S+ is one way we are helping support the next generation of power leaders,” said IEEE Fellow Wanda Reder, co-chair of the scholarship. “These are exceptional young men and women who are excited about power and the opportunities in the field.”

The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year. The IEEE PES S+ has supported a total of 265 scholars attending 109 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, and prestigious engineering colleges across the US. View a full list of the 2012 IEEE PES S+ recipients.

The program has provided $642,000 in scholarships and has raised $4.1 million in cash and pledges from donors, nearing the halfway point to its $10-million fundraising goal. Two industry leaders have shown 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 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. Donations and corporate support make the IEEE PES S+ Program possible. Support the Initiative.

Apply for the scholarship, learn more about eligibility, selection and renewal criteria here.

Call for Grant Applications

The IEEE Foundation reviews grant applications in two cycles per year. Submissions are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline dates. The Grant application deadlines for 2013 are 15 March and 6 August.

The IEEE Foundation awards grants to IEEE units and other charitable organizations for innovative projects that further the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE. To be considered for grant funding, your project should have a clearly defined objective and provide support in the focus areas of education, history of technology and applying technology for humanitarian causes.  

  • Education: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that expand and enhance engineering, science and technology education opportunities for students of all ages through mid-career professionals to positively impact workforce development and involvement in IEEE.
  • History of Technology: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that increase awareness among the general public of the impact and influence of early technology on the present and future.
  • Applying Technology for Humanitarian Causes: The IEEE Foundation supports projects that implement or disseminate replicable, sustainable, technology-based solutions for humanitarian issues in underserved and underprivileged areas.

If your IEEE Unit, Section or Chapter has an innovative project in the areas of interest mentioned above, you are welcome to apply for a grant through the IEEE Foundation Web page. Prior to submitting an application, please review the IEEE Foundation's grant guidelines. All the information you need about applying for a grant can be found at ieeefoundation.org.

IEEE Foundation grants are made possible thanks to our donors who generously give to the three grant making funds of the IEEE Foundation; the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Life Members Fund.

Be a Mentor: Inspire the Future of the Power and Energy Engineering Field

WANTED: successful leaders in the power and energy field to serve as mentors to one or more PES Scholars.
The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. PES Scholars, in good standing, receive up to three years of funding — interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. Mentor lists are provided to interested PES Scholars through www.pes-careers.org. Scholars may select a mentor to assist them in: navigating their education and career goals, obtaining career experiences, and learning more about the power engineering field in general. Participation in the mentoring aspect of the program is voluntary for PES Scholars, but welcomed by many.
Enthusiastic IEEE Members have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders in the power and energy industry by serving as mentors to one or more of the PES Scholars. Mentors can communicate directly with PES Scholars via email, telephone or in-person. Each relationship is unique and determined by the Mentor and the Scholar.

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, made possible by donations to the PES Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year and has supported a total of 265 undergraduate students attending 109 universities across the US. We plan to raise $10 million by 2015 for regions 1 through 6 to continue this Initiative and plan to expand to Canada (IEEE Region 7) in 2013.

If you are interested in serving as a PES Mentor, please visit the www.ee-scholarship.org.

Inspire the Future of IEEE

The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IEEE, has launched a new advertising campaign with the theme: Inspiring the Future. The inspirational advertisements highlight IEEE Foundation initiatives: Education, Innovation and Preservation. The suite of ads also includes Web ads to promote IEEE Foundation’s 40th Anniversary in 2013. These advertisements are available in ready to use downloadable pdfs, in multiple dimensions for print, and various popular Web ad sizes.

Our goal is to thoughtfully place paid advertisements, and leverage relationships to maximize free placements in various IEEE media and trade publications.

Region, Section and Membership editors are encouraged to visit the IEEE Promo Library to find the print ads under “Member Benefits” and the Web ads section listed by size. Please help promote the IEEE Foundation by using the ads as “filler ads” in your publications. Your assistance is a donation to the IEEE Foundation and helps us spread the word of 40 years of Inspiring the Future with IEEE.

In the last quarter of 2012, Inspiring the Future advertisements appeared in The Institute, IEEE Spectrum, and Computer Magazine.

IRA Charitable Rollover is Renewed for 2012 and 2013

The recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the IRA Charitable Rollover through 31 December 2013. The “rollover” provision allows U.S. IRA owners age, 70½ and older, to make federally 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 must be issued directly from the IRA administrator and may be used to satisfy the annual IRA required minimum distribution.
To allow IRA owners to take advantage of this opportunity for 2012, the legislation provides for two special transition rules:

  • Distributions made by February 1, 2013 may be counted retroactively for the 2012 tax year.
  • IRA owners who took a distribution from his/her IRA during December 2012 into his/her own name, may make a contribution to an eligible charity before February 1, 2013 and treat this as a direct transfer.

Before making a transfer to benefit IEEE Foundation, please consult with your financial or legal advisor to determine how this legislation impacts your personal situation.

Learn more about IRA donations or call Karen Galuchie at +1 732 562 3860.