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Bradbury Science Museum’s Supercomputing Display Brought up to Speed
Humanitarian Workshop Encourages Engineering for Good
Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 International Summit
Launching History activities in Region 8
TryEngineering Goes Global


Robert Naranjo, exhibit builder
at the Bradbury Science Museum,
removes a MANIAC vacuum-tube

A grant from IEEE Foundation is helping the Bradbury Science Museum bring its supercomputing exhibit up to petaflop speed (a million billion calculations per second). “The update was long overdue,” said museum director Linda Deck.

Totaling almost $30,000, the IEEE grant allows the museum to modernize its exhibit to include artifacts from supercomputers, such as Q and Roadrunner, currently the one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, and develop an interactive Web site, Deck said.

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

Two students from New Mexico Highlands University, participants in an NMHU program that places interested students in museums nationwide, are helping museum staff develop the Web site, Deck said.


Attendees at "Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 International Summit"

During a break attendees pose for a picture

IEEE and Engineers without Borders USA (EWB-USA) co-sponsored the 2008 Humanitarian Workshop at Boston University in Boston, MA on October 18, 2008. The objective of the workshop entitled "Understanding humanitarian works through the lens of engineering" was met by creating awareness among engineering students and young professionals and providing examples of how they can use their skills and knowledge to aid humanitarian work. At the same time, engineers were encouraged to become personally involved in humanitarian projects

The full day program included keynote speeches, a hands-on session, and booth visits. Speakers were selected from the UN Foundation, MIT, and LinkNet Zambia. Participants learned about all the planning stages to a humanitarian project during the hands-on session. The workshop attracted 80 mostly local attendees, primarily students and young professionals, but some travelled long distances to attend. After the workshop, the attendees were invited to apply for one of ten IEEE GOLD Humanitarian Fellowships.

Within IEEE, the workshop was organized by the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Region 1, and the Boston Section. The IEEE Foundation co-sponsored the workshop with Boston University and the Boston Section. More information on the workshop can be found on the Region 1 GOLD Web site.

Attendees at "Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 International Summit"

Attendees vote on recommendations

A first of its kind conference titled “Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 International Summit” was held in Munich, Germany in November 2007. The conference addressed the trend in the labor market for engineers’ that has seen noticeable turmoil in the last decade. The engineering profession is experiencing a growing demand for engineering talent and a migration of engineering work to new markets. The conference also concentrated on the shortage of qualified science, technology and mathematics educators that many countries are experiencing at the pre-university level.

The conference featured invited speakers, presentations, a panel session and breakout groups. A total of 138 people, representing decision and policy makers from twenty-six countries attended. Over 60 papers were presenting during the two and a half day conference.

The conference provided recommendations for a path forward in addressing the shortage of engineers and their educators. A full report of the conference in the form of a Proceedings will be available after February 2008. The conference was supported by the IEEE Foundation, Siemens Corporation, the IEEE Education Society and the IEEE Educational Activities Board.


IEEE Region 8 History Advisory Council

IEEE Region 8 History Advisory Council

To help promote the research and publication of information related to the history of IEEE associated technologies within Europe, Africa and the Middle East, during 2007 the IEEE Region 8 approved including history activities on its agenda. After a Regional History Activities Coordinator was selected, the IEEE Region 8 History Advisory Council was created. An IEEE Foundation grant was then sought and received to help fund the new activities.

Activities already underway include: the development of a history network to connect members interested in history to information pertaining to their interests, a website, oral histories and two conferences. The first conference activity included a history session during the EUROCON 07 Conference in Warsaw, Poland where 6 papers were presented to an audience of 30 participants. Additionally, IEEE HISTELCON 2008 will be held in Paris, France on 11-12 September 2008. A call for papers has been issued and several abstracts have been received. The theme of the conference is: “From Semaphore to cellular radio telecommunications.”

TryEngineering.org logo

Visit TryEngineering.org on the web at http://tryengineering.org

TryEngineering.org was developed in June 2006 by the IEEE Educational Activities Board, in partnership with IBM and The New York Hall of Science. TryEngineering.org seeks to demystify the profession of engineering to increase the propensity of students to choose engineering as a program of study and career choice. It provides information for students looking into an engineering career and classroom activities that demonstrate engineering principles. It also provides visitors with the unique ability to find accredited engineering and engineering technology programs at universities in 23 countries.

In the first year after launch, the site received 1.3 million hits averaging over 30,000 unique visitors per month. To expand the global reach of TryEngineering.org, the site was translated into six additional languages - Chinese, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Spanish. Two months after the launch of the expanded site, the number of unique users visiting the non-English versions jumped an average of 2,400 per month.

With its recent grant from the IEEE Foundation General Fund, TryEngineering.org plans to build on this success and create, launch and promote an additional version in Portuguese by July 2008.

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