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Ms. Kristi J. Brooks
IEEE Member

Using Expertise to Improve Lives

Kristi Brooks, serving her fourth year as a Director on the Foundation Board, now holds the office of Secretary. “I was unaware of how encompassing the IEEE Foundation was until I became a board member,” she said.

“I am encouraged by the humanitarian and educational initiatives that the Foundation funds.” Kristi says. A single mom to three boys, Kristi prefers to limit her travel but, she says, “by donating my resources, whether time, money, or ideas I can still contribute to improving lives. Supporting the Foundation is the best way to leverage IEEE resources. I know that my donations are more effective in funding worthwhile projects when added to donations from others.”

Kristi joined IEEE as a student. Her involvement grew at the Section level taking on the role of Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair. She served as the Region 4 GOLD Coordinator, MGA representative on the GOLD Committee, Region 4 WIE Coordinator and a member and the Chair of the Teller's Committee. Currently, she’s the Region 4 S-PAC Coordinator, Region 4 West Area Chair. Since becoming an active volunteer, “I've made awesome, long-lasting friendships, improved my public speaking, developed confidence taking on challenges and working on teams, learned about project management and budgeting,” she shared.

“The ‘heart’ of the volunteers is what keeps me involved in IEEE and the IEEE Foundation. Volunteers give up their personal time to make everyone’s membership more valuable. I continue to be amazed at the desire of people to improve the lives of those around them, or to preserve the history of the profession. I want to continue to be involved to encourage the use of our collective expertise to improve lives,” Kristi said.



Dr. Lewis Terman,
IEEE Life Fellow

Longtime Supporter Aligns with Humanitarian Iniatives

A founding contributor to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund, 2008 IEEE President
Lewis Terman joined IRE, a predecessor to IEEE, as a graduate student. After earning a PhD, Lew started his 45-year career at the IBM Research Center, where he worked as a researcher, manager and associate director of the systems department.

Of his affiliation with IEEE, Lew has said “I’ve met many people, learned a lot, and developed organizational and interactive skills more effectively than I could have on the job alone. I am proud to be part of advancing technology, and contributing to its impact on society in general.” A six-year member of the IEEE Board of Directors, Lew has been an avid supporter of the IEEE Foundation for years.

According to Lew, he is interested in the Humanitarian Technology Fund’s focus of applying technology to societal problems and in recognizing the people who advanced engineering and technology through the Global History Network and Milestone programs. Additionally, Lew supports the Awards program because it “recognizes the outstanding contributors to IEEE technology fields who serve as inspiration and role models.”

“The IEEE Foundation supports many activities which are of great importance to the profession and the technical community,” said Lew. “Its philanthropic goals align with my personal feelings, and I am very pleased to be able to support them.”

“I believe that IEEE has the potential to change people's lives, from creating the meetings where new ideas are sparked to conveying the excitement of our fields to young people who may become the innovators of the future, said Dr. 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.

Dr. Leah H. Jamieson

Dr. Leah H. Jamieson,
IEEE Fellow

Supporting What You Believe In

The recent focus on the role of engineers and engineering in humanitarian efforts is what compels 2007 IEEE President Leah Jamieson to support the IEEE Foundation. “The Foundation is helping IEEE realize its goals of advancing members' careers and shining a light on the importance of our fields in making the world a better place.”

Dr. Jamieson, the Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, says the biggest benefit of membership is the opportunity to have an active role in IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
“IEEE has given me an amazing professional community and has helped me grow in my career. I benefitted from attending IEEE conferences and felt very connected to and respected in my field.”

Dr. Jamieson, an IEEE Fellow, has been involved in the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Technical Activities V.P., Publication Services and Products Board V.P. and in 2007, as IEEE President, she was involved in IEEE strategic planning and was founding chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee.

According to Dr. Jamieson, philanthropy is a tangible way to support the things you believe in. Gifts to the IEEE Foundation can help a young person learn more about engineering, computing and technology; enable recognition of innovators whose work has changed our lives; or help create new opportunities to connect engineering and humanity.

“I believe that IEEE has the potential to change people's lives, from creating the meetings where new ideas are sparked to conveying the excitement of our fields to young people who may become the innovators of the future, said Dr. 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.”

Robert E. Larson

Robert E. Larson, IEEE Fellow

Preserving History for the Benefit of Humanity

Dr. Robert E. Larson joined IEEE as a student member at MIT when it was still IRE, prior to the merger with AIEE. His father, a distinguished scientist in the atomic energy field, suggested he join IEEE as a way of learning about the profession of electrical engineering and the opportunities in the field. “I found the technical publications useful, but more importantly the network of contacts I made in industry, government and academia were exceedingly helpful in advancing the company and my position at the University.”

An active member of IEEE, Dr. Larson served two years as President of the Control Systems Society, two years as Division I Representative to the IEEE Board, two years as Vice President for Technical Activities. His best memories, however, came from his 1982 Presidency and the two years he served as Past President.

Throughout a very successful engineering career, Dr. Larson continued membership in IEEE for the value of the publications and conferences as a way of keeping up with technology, as well as for the network of contacts he maintains to this day. “I will never forget the people I met, the incredible scope of IEEE activities, and the outstanding accomplishments of the Institute.”

Dr. Larson’s father devoted many years of his life to making taped interviews of the outstanding contributors to the atomic energy field. Knowing they would be of interest to IEEE members, IEEE Foundation President Dick Gowen asked Dr. Larson to become involved with the Foundation. The opportunity to add his father’s videotapes to the IEEE on-line library motivated him to contribute to the IEEE History Center. “If everyone thought about the long-term potential of IEEE to contribute to history and humanity, they would be motivated to support the IEEE Foundation, too.”

Dr. Paul R. Gray

Dr. Paul Gray, IEEE Life Fellow

Sustaining an Important Resource

Dr. Paul Gray, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, first joined IEEE as a student in the early 1960s. Since then, most of his professional life’s work—and much of his students’ work—has appeared in IEEE transactions and journals.

“For academic people working in electrical engineering, like me, IEEE publications provide a critically important vehicle for communicating results from the research community to design engineers in industry and to other researchers.” Contributing to and reading IEEE publications were the biggest benefit of membership according to Dr. Gray. “I owed a lot to the journals and the important function they provide,” he recalled. “In fact, my fondest memory of being an IEEE member was when I saw my first paper published while I was a student.”

Dr. Gray was awarded the 2008 IEEE Robert Noyce Medal for pioneering the development of analog integrated circuits. Dr. Gray generously donated half of the honorarium he received back to the IEEE Foundation because he felt the awards program is an important way to recognize our peers. “IEEE is an important resource for its members, said Dr. Gray. “Some projects can’t easily be supported by membership dues—For those important initiatives it is important for the Foundation to have all the discretionary resources it can.”

Henry L. Bachman

Henry L. Bachman, IEEE Life Fellow

Building Our Future by Focusing on History

Henry Bachman joined IEEE as a student in 1951 because he was interested in learning more about engineering than what was taught in the textbooks. “In particular, I looked forward to hearing industry leaders give lectures at the student branch meetings.” As a professional, he recognized the importance of his membership. “In my mind there was never a question of maintaining IEEE membership or not; it was just part of my learning and professional experience.”

The biggest benefits of membership, for Mr. Bachman, are the leadership qualities he developed as a volunteer and volunteer leader, as well as the lasting friendships gained through active participation at all levels within IEEE. He is especially proud of his major role as Executive Vice President during the IEEE Centennial celebration.

The IEEE Foundation has evolved greatly since 1987, when he was IEEE President, and since 1994 when he served as IEEE Foundation President. “Then, the Foundation was simply a legal entity to permit tax free contributions, primarily intended for awards. It has continued to grow and better formulate its mission and responsiveness to that mission.”

Favorable tax considerations led Mr. Bachman to draw from his retirement account in 2008 to fulfill his annual Foundation contribution. “IRA giving reduces retirement income, which is otherwise taxed as general income. Donating through my IRA was more beneficial tax-wise for me than increasing my itemized deductions.”

The Life Members Fund is most often the recipient of Mr. Bachman’s charitable giving. “The focus on history, which would otherwise be largely lost to those new entrants to the profession, and the activities and programs directed at engineering students, is what compels me to give.”

John Undrill

John Undrill, IEEE Life Fellow

Encouraging the Future of the Profession

Since 1966, IEEE Life Fellow John Undrill has been continuously connected to IEEE—and feels that the most important thing that membership and participation in IEEE gave him is the means of making life-long professional connections. “As a young member of IEEE, I had chance to meet professionals from varied parts of my industry. That lets you see a much broader picture than if you stay solely within the corporate environment. Now as a long-time member, I am part of the excitement generated by the new people coming into the profession.”

One of Dr. Undrill’s many fond memories of IEEE is presenting papers to engineers with 20 years or more experience than himself. They listened and gave him feedback. “The opportunity to solicit the opinions of senior professionals is a special opportunity afforded by membership in a professional association like IEEE.” “It’s important to give back the positive encouragement you received when you were young. I feel that I have an obligation to the younger people coming up in the field. Supporting the new talent is the best way to support the profession. New talent—that is what makes profession exciting and interesting for everybody.”

Through the Life Members Fund, Dr. Undrill supports the IEEE Foundation and its role in promoting educational initiatives, specifically the Presidential Scholarship Fund. “I want to encourage and support the careers of young people coming into the field of engineering. IEEE has been good to me and it’s the least I can do to give back.”

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