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Leo Beranek, IEEE Life Fellow

Leo Beranek, IEEE Life Fellow

Setting an Example

For Leo Beranek, the accurate recording of history is very important.  This IEEE Life Fellow views history as a teacher and believes credit should be given to those who helped shape a field.  This is why he supports the work of the IEEE History Center and its Oral Histories Program. He says “I have followed the Center’s oral histories work most closely and believe they are doing a good job of obtaining oral histories and making them available to researchers.”  Recently, Dr. Beranek met with the IEEE History Center to update his oral history.  In appreciation for a job well done, Dr. Beranek decided to significantly increase his annual gift to ensure the Center has the resources it needs to record more oral histories.  He hopes his example results in increased support for the Center.

John Vig, IEEE Fellow

John Vig, IEEE Fellow

Volunteer Donates Honorarium

While serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, John Vig, IEEE Fellow, became aware of the good works of the IEEE Foundation.  As a result, he started making an annual gift to the IEEE Foundation.  During 2005, John was honored by his peers in the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society with the UFFC Distinguished Service Award. While he was happy to be recognized by his peers, he felt ill at ease about accepting the honorarium.  John says “A volunteer is defined as a person who works for an organization without being paid, so to give a volunteer a monetary award for volunteer work made no sense to me.” By asking UFFC-S to donate his honorarium to the IEEE Foundation, John knew that the money would be reinvested to further the scientific and educational purposes of the organization he values and to which he volunteers so many hours.

Richard (Dick) Snyder, IEEE Life Fellow

Richard (Dick) Snyder , IEEE Life

Teaming Up with an Old Friend

Richard (Dick) Snyder, IEEE Life Fellow, has learned many lessons throughout his career in microwave engineering from his friend, Kiyo Tomiyasu.  One lesson that stands out among the rest is the importance of supporting students to ensure a continuing flow of competent microwave engineers.  Understanding the importance of rewarding students and finding the funding to do so are two different things.  So when Kiyo presented the Microwave Education Fund, administered by the IEEE Foundation, as a means to raise philanthropic dollars to direct resources to deserving microwave students, Dick quickly agreed to make a gift.  Through his company, RS Microwave Company Inc., Dick matched Kiyo’s gift to once again team up with his old friend to double the good that can be done for the students interested in a pursuing careers in the field of microwave engineering.

Vito Brugliera, IEEE Life Member

Vito Brugliera , IEEE Life Member

Engineering Crucial to Innovation

Vito Brugliera, a member of the IEEE Foundation Board, considers engineering as an essential component of industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive within the global market. Serving as a mentor of engineering students in IEEE Region 4, Brugliera strengthens the abilities of engineering students so that they might bring about the creation of new industries, products and expand employment opportunities.  As a former consultant to the cable and consumer electronics industry and retired executive of Zenith Electronics Corporation, Brugliera knows that Engineering is a crucial component of our ability to innovate, and this is why he devotes time and resources to that end.

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