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Introducing Biomedical Engineering to Middle School Students in California
IEEE Student Branch from Belguim Expereinces Italian Industry and Culture
Spotlight on Soviet and Russian Computing
Lighting Up Physics and Cosmology
Students in Thailand to Receive a Book on History & Impact of Electro-Technology

IEEE Student Members from California
Lutheran University present the Biomedical
Road Show to a school in Southern
California, USA

IEEE Student members from California Lutheran University (CLU) are introducing biomedical engineering to middle school students (ages 11 to 14) through an entertaining Road Show. The objectives of the Road Show are to demonstrate that Biomedical Engineers are cool, that biomedical engineering has a significant humanitarian impact, and that this engineering work is based on fundamental scientific pinciples. To date, the program has been presented to over 400 middle-school students in Southern California, USA.

The Road Show was developed through the efforts of IEEE Buenaventura Section Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter Officers in collaboration with students from CLU. It is about 45 minutes long and combines didactic, interactive, and hands-on elements.

So far, school district officials have been enthusiatic. Schools are continuing to schedule dates and times for the 2007-2008 school year. The Road Show was made possible in part by a grant from the IEEE Foundation.

Two students from the IEEE Leuven Student Branch

Two students from the IEEE Leuven
Student Branch examine a Lamborghini
engine after a tour of the factory where
the cars are assembled.

In July 2007, the IEEE Leuven Student Branch from Belgium traveled to Padua, Italy, for a five day tour of engineering companies and to learn about Italian culture.  The 21 students on the trip, which was partially supported by an IEEE Foundation grant, also had the opportunity to exchange information with the IEEE Student Branch in Padua, who had visited Leuven in September 2005. 

Their tour of engineering technology in the area began at the Lamborghini factory, where students saw the assembly line where the famous sports cars are built.  At their next stop, STM Agrate, the group got to take a closer look at the technology behind flash memory and its possible replacement, phase change memory.  The final company they visited was Prysmian Cables & Systems, where the power engineering students especially enjoyed a tour of the testing site for AC cables.  While in Italy, the students also received an introduction to Italian culture by touring the cities of Padua, Venice and Milan.


Attendees at the entrance of the "Perspectives on Soviet Russian Computing (SoRuCom)"

Attendees at the entrance of "Perspectives on Soviet Russian Computing (SoRuCom)".

Spotlight on Soviet and Russian Computing

In the region of Karelia, Russia, during July 2006, Petrozavodsk State University hosted the first-ever international conference titled "Perspectives on Soviet and Russian Computing (SoRuCom) under the auspices of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). Over 170 participants attended the weeklong conference, including several of the Region's computing pioneers, thanks to a grant from the IEEE Foundation.

Sessions covered a wide range of issues from how Soviet computing emerged, developed and evolved, to contemporary problems in the field and the approaches to teaching computing at universities.  The abstracts and preliminary papers of the participants were published in two volumes.  For further information, click here...

First place winners of the Amazing Light Young Scholars Competition

First place winners of the Amazing Light Young Scholars Competition



Lighting Up Physics and Cosmology

The Amazing Light: Visions for Discovery project was created to explore and share information about deep questions in physics and cosmology.  Supported in part by a grant from the IEEE Foundation, this project was developed by the Metanexus Institute .

The first part of the project took place in October 2005 when the Amazing Light: Visions for Discovery Symposium brought 21 Nobel Laureates and many others together to present research to 800 attendees at the University of California Berkeley.  One component of the Symposium was a Young Scholars Competition, which awarded over US$100,000 in prize money to scientists under the age of 40 who best presented innovative research in physics and cosmology.  Meanwhile, the Amazing Light Laser Challenge awarded US$35,000 to web site design that demonstrated excellence in presenting laser applications and impacts.

The future also looks bright, as the Symposium was used to launch another research project, the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi). FQXi will look to research questions at the foundations and frontiers of physics and cosmology, as well as provide grants, contests, and conferences.  Also continuing what the conference started is a book titled Visions of Discovery: Shedding New Light on Physics and Cosmology.  The book, which contains some of the best material presented at and inspired by the conference, will be published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2007.
Front cover of book

Front cover of book


Students in Thailand to Receive a Book Highlighting History & Impact of Electro-Technology

In Thailand, students are taught the facts and figures of science and technology, but rarely about its history and impact on society.  By translating and publishing a book based upon the content of the IEEE Virtual Museum for distribution to students throughout Thailand, the IEEE Thailand Section will help to address this missing piece of information.  The IEEE Virtual Museum explores the global social impact of electrical and information sciences and technologies and demonstrates how relevant engineers are to society.

By the end of January 2007, 6,000 copies of the book will have been produced.  The books will go to more than 4,000 high school libraries in Thailand serving more than 3 million high school students. Additional copies will be used in engineering camps organized by IEEE student branches.

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