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MGA financial reporting deadline changed to last day of February

(posted 27 June 2016)

At its 18 June 2016 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board approved changing the geographic unit close/end date for prior year financial reporting to the last day of February.

This change applies only to the financial reporting deadline. The geographic unit officer reporting and meeting reporting deadlines remain as 15 March, and the bonus deadline remains as the third Friday of February. The rebate algorithm and calculation remain unchanged.

This information will be further communicated with all Sections over the next few months.


Announcing MGA Outstanding Section Award recipients

(posted 27 June 2016)

On 18 June 2016, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected the following recipients of the 2016 MGA Outstanding Section Awards (based on 2015 activities):

  • MGA Outstanding Large Section Award recipient is the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section from Region 6
  • MGA Outstanding Medium Section Award recipient is the IEEE Argentina Section from Region 9

Congratulations to the Santa Clara Valley and Argentina Sections for being selected for these awards "for successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public by maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries."

This year’s recipients, as well as previous recipients, are listed on the MGA Outstanding Section Awards web page. A section of the page includes highlights of the 2015 calendar-year activities of the recipients.


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Announcing 2017 IEEE MGA Board members and committee chairs

(posted 27 June 2016)

The MGA Assembly met Thursday, 16 June 2016, and determined the slates of candidates for the offices of 2017 IEEE Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities and 2018 IEEE Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities (2017 VP-Elect). These positions will be elected at the IEEE Assembly in November:

2017 Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities

  • Martin Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • Ramakrishna Kappagantu - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Mary Ellen Randall - Cary, NC, USA

2018 Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities (2017 VP-Elect)

  • Martin Bastiaans - Mierlo, Netherlands
  • Parviz Famouri - Morgantown, WV, USA
  • Ramakrishna Kappagantu - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Mary Ellen Randall - Cary, NC, USA
  • **Elected 2017 VP to be removed from 2018 slate

The MGA Assembly also selected the 2017 MGA Treasurer and Vice Chairs, as follows:

  • MGA Treasurer: Deborah Cooper - Reston, VA, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations: Costas Stasopoulos - Nicosia, Cyprus
  • MGA Vice Chair, Information Management: Stefano Zanero - Milano, Italy
  • MGA Vice Chair, Member Development: Eduardo Palacio - Saint James, NY, USA
  • MGA Vice Chair, Strategic Management and Analysis: Murty Polavarapu - Oakton, VA, USA

The MGA Board met Saturday, 18 June 2016, and approved the 2016 MGA Committee Chair appointments, recommended by the MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee. Please visit the 2017 MGA Volunteers web page for more information.


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Call for nominations: 2017 MGA committee members and liaisons: deadline 1 August

(posted 27 June 2016)

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2017 MGA committee member and liaison positions. Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced. Self-nominations are encouraged. The deadline to submit nominations is 1 August 2016.


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Call for nominations: MGA Awards - Wilson, Innovation, Leadership, Achievement, and Young Professionals Achievement

(posted 27 June 2016)

You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious MGA Awards. Each award has a unique mission and criteria, and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.

If you know someone who has made substantial regional contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals of transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

Please visit the MGA Award Nomination web page to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements, reference the step-by-step submission instructions, and link to the portal for nominations.

The deadline for nominations (completed nomination form and two endorsement letters) is 15 October 2016.


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News from IEEE Educational Activities: new courses available on, publications from Standards Education and IEEE-HKN

(posted 27 June 2016)

Recharge your resume and gain in-demand skills this summer at, IEEE’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal on the edX platform. Learn why smart grids are key to modernizing the current electrical system to optimize the conservation and delivery of power with the new free course, “Smart Grids: Electricity for the Future,” starting on 29 June. Check out “Enterprise Architecture and Essentials of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF® 9.1),” starting 14 July, to discover how to improve IT infrastructure and business efficiency using architectural framework.

The latest issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available. The theme of this issue is Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) standards. Articles address current activities, challenges, and opportunities related to WPT standards from a global perspective, and authors discuss the primary standards in development and offer considerations on standards for use in designing wireless charging systems.

The latest issue of THE BRIDGE, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu's signature publication, is now available. This issue's theme is "Cybersecurity" and includes feature articles such as Cyber-Physical Security Assessment (CyPSA) for Electric Power Systems, Security Analytics: Essential Data Analytics Knowledge for Cybersecurity Professionals and Students, A Brief Review of Security in Emerging Programming Networks, and much more.


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IEEE Maker Project competition: deadline 17 September

(posted 27 June 2016)

The IEEE Maker Project competition has launched and will run through 17 September 2016. This year, Thomas Coughlin, IEEE Senior member and Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, will serve as the host of this competition and will be featured in an ongoing video series that will highlight cool projects and events on the contest website.

If you’ve been tinkering with a tech project that solves complex problems and has application in the real world, here’s your chance to showcase your work. Contest categories include accessibility, education, entertainment, health and safety, sustainability, and transportation.


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Last call for nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions: deadline 1 July

(updated 27 June 2016)

Nominations are due 1 July 2016 for the 2017 IEEE Medals and Recognitions.

IEEE Medals are the highest recognition within the IEEE awards hierarchy, with the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor as the premier award. IEEE Medals embrace broad and significant contributions within the technical fields of interest of IEEE.

IEEE Recognitions reward members' individual contributions to IEEE, published papers, and corporate advancements within the IEEE fields of interest. 

All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields.

The IEEE Awards Board seeks new volunteers to serve on its award selection committees and Awards Board standing committees to assist with managing the recipient nomination and selection process for IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions, the highest awards IEEE presents on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Visit the IEEE Awards Board Nominations and Appointments web page to apply to serve on an award selection committee or as a member of one of the following Awards Board’s (AB) committees:

  • AB Awards Review Committee
  • AB Planning and Policy Committee
  • AB Finance Committee
  • AB Presentation and Publicity Committee
  • AB Joint Awards with National Societies Committee
  • Medals Council
  • Technical Field Awards Council
  • Recognitions Council
  • Medal, Technical Field Award, Recognition selection committees



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Last call for applications: IEEE Power & Energy (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative: deadline 30 June

(updated 27 June 2016)

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is looking for the power and energy engineers of tomorrow. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative has a simple goal: to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers by rewarding top power and energy engineering students in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

PES is offering up to US$7,000 over three years and assistance with career experience opportunities to selected students. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student studying electrical engineering and be a citizen (or permanent resident) of the US, Puerto Rico, or Canada. Additionally, the student should be willing to take power engineering courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0. The application deadline is 30 June 2016.


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Welcome new members in your Section and invite them to attend an orientation webinar

(updated 27 June 2016)

IEEE Section Chairs and Section Membership Development Chairs receive a monthly email notification regarding newly joined members in your Section. The current list of new members (those who joined in the past 30 days) is available through SAMIEEE, your volunteer analytics tool. The report provides member contact information: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, type of membership (traditional, e-membership), Societies joined, grade, and reasons for joining IEEE.

Welcome these new members to your Section and encourage them to register for a 60-minute live New Member Orientation webinar. These webinars are typically scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month, either 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 or 19:00 UTC). Special webinars have also been scheduled. Each webinar includes an overview of IEEE membership, access instructions for member-only benefits and services, and a question-and-answer session.

Upcoming guest speakers include:

  • Thursday, 28 July, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 and 19:00 UTC) - featuring Holly Schneider Brown on IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT)
  • Thursday, 25 August, 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 and 19:00 UTC) - featuring Jessica Perry, Membership & Content Administrator, IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • Wednesday, 21 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Member Discounts, VOLT, Authoring Tools in IEEE Collabratec™, and eBook Classics
  • Friday, 23 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Career Resources, IEEE Foundation, Section Assistance

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Coming soon: Smart Tech Signature Events

(updated 27 June 2016)

In an effort to increase member engagement and provide value to IEEE members, MGA will host a series of two-day, multi-track events focused on providing career assistance, professional networking, and education on in-demand and emerging technologies for practicing engineers and technical professionals. Upcoming events include:

  • 30 September -1 October | Crystal City, VA, USA
  • 21 October-22 October | Birmingham, England

A call for content and speakers is currently in progress and registration will be available soon. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available at both events.


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IEEE Women in Engineering news: leadership summits and events

(updated 27 June 2016)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is pleased to announce upcoming events, leadership summits, and opportunities:


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Action required: changes to IEEE tagline and related references

(posted 27 May 2016)

IEEE has revised the tagline terminology used on all IEEE digital communications, promotional materials, websites, and mobile apps. Please review and update all existing applications using the new language shown below, including the footer and any other areas of the materials where it may be used.

Current: A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Change to: A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.


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IEEE in 2030 Challenge seeks the “Next Big Idea”

(posted 27 May 2016)

For the second year, IEEE is holding the IEEE in 2030 Challenge, designed to discover innovative, creative, and potentially disruptive approaches to new products and services targeted to technology professionals in industry. The IEEE New Initiatives Committee is currently accepting proposals for short-term (completed in 12 months or fewer) projects. Submissions for the IEEE in 2030 Challenge are due by 1 July 2016.

Applications may be submitted by one or more IEEE members or organizational units, individually or in cooperation with an IEEE staff group. The proposals will be evaluated on their potential to lead to new IEEE products, services, and communities delivering value to engineers and technology professionals working in industry.


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Member Discounts: learn about risk management

(posted 27 May 2016)

IEEE Risk Management for Engineers is an online course developed by IEEE, with the needs of business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, students, and working professionals in mind. The course examines the Risk Management process, including defining and measuring risk, exposure identification and risk analysis, risk responses and risk mitigation, as well as the value of contracts and professional liability insurance. This course is free exclusively to members.


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IEEE Foundation Grants program: what do you propose?

(posted 27 May 2016)

The IEEE Foundation Grants Program is a vital element of the Foundation’s mission to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the IEEE Foundation, in 2016 the Foundation will invest approximately US$325,000 in grants funding specifically to innovative and promising IEEE grassroots projects that raise awareness and understanding of technology and its impact on society.

If your IEEE organizational unit (OU) has a project worthy of IEEE Foundation grant funding under the theme: increase the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition, we invite you to apply for a grant.

Application deadline is 15 July 2016, so send your proposal in now. Your project could be among the ones selected to receive funding from the IEEE Foundation Fund or IEEE Life Members Fund. Funding decisions will be announced in December 2016.


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IEEE Policy on Elections and Electioneering

(posted 19 April 2016)

Barry L. Shoop, 2016 IEEE President, recently wrote to IEEE volunteers regarding the importance of understanding the organization’s electioneering policy. When endorsing a candidate, the endorsement must be clear that it comes from an individual member so it is not perceived as an endorsement from your organizational unit (OU). IEEE Policy 13.3.C “Elections and Electioneering - Means of Informing Members of IEEE Organizational Units” states equal opportunity for all candidates must be provided to promote their candidacy.

“Members may be informed of the candidates’ views and of issues pertaining to initiatives through Board/Society/Council/Region/Section or Chapter meetings, conferences and publications. Equal opportunity shall be provided to all candidates for the same elective position. The editor, conference chair or other individual responsible for the activity shall determine the information to be presented or published, within the guidelines 13.2 established by the governing body of that organizational unit, provided all candidates are treated equally.”

According to “IEEE Policy 14.1 – Use and Control of IEEE Mailing Lists,” IEEE mailing lists “may not be used for electioneering in connection with any office within the IEEE, or for political purposes, or for commercial promotion, except as explicitly authorized hereunder.” Specifically, this policy means that IEEE resources such as membership rosters, mass distribution lists, and SAMIEEE may not be used for electioneering outreach. For more information, please refer to the full policy 14.1 in Section 14 – IEEE Mailing List and Rosters (PDF, 977 KB).

According to "IEEE Electronic Mail Policy Section 5.7," IEEE email lists "shall not be used for IEEE electioneering unless explicitly established for this purpose by IEEE."

IEEE Social Media best practices should also be followed.


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Member Discounts: New Financial Planning Program

(posted 19 April 2016)

IEEE Member Discounts offers a suite of services to help members in the USA and Puerto Rico plan and meet their financial goals with myFinancialWellness for IEEE Members. Learn about what myFinancial Wellness can do for you by watching a new video and sampling the self-directed planning tools available to eligible members at no cost.

Whether planning for children’s education or retirement, eligible members can benefit from access to no-cost educational resources, financial tools, and credentialed financial advisors who can help them get their financial plans in shape. myFinancialWellness is offered through Vinings Management Corporation.


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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives; WF-IoT call for proposals

(updated 19 April 2016)

IEEE Future Directions is your resource to emerging technologies within IEEE. The team has identified specific technologies as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and technologists globally. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities in which to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, join the free technical communities available.

Current Future Directions conference activities include:

2016 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)

  • The call for proposals and papers (PDF, 209 KB) is now open for the 2016 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT), taking place 12-14 December in Reston, VA, USA. The theme of the 2016 IEEE WF-IoT is Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems. Topics for proposals include IoT enabling Technologies; IoT Application and Services; IoT Societal Impacts; Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things; and IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios. Special sessions and workshops proposals are due 30 April. Paper proposals and manuscripts are due 15 June. Tutorial and Industry Panel proposals are due 25 July.

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New compliance training required for select IEEE volunteer leaders

(posted 21 March 2016)

IEEE adheres to the highest standards of integrity and conducts business around the world in a responsible and ethical way. It is important that those who act on the organization’s behalf -- both our volunteers and employees -- ensure IEEE’s compliance by adhering to the same standards and expectations. 

IEEE has created a robust ethics and compliance program tailored to its unique operation in 190 countries. Given that the world is both complex and changing, this program is designed to ensure that volunteers and employees understand and meet legal requirements around the world. 

As part of this program, IEEE requires that select volunteers complete a set of new compliance education and training classes within 60 days of assignment.

Volunteers who are required to complete the training will receive an email from "" with the subject line, "Access Your Required IEEE Compliance Training." (See list of volunteers who are affected)

The self-paced, online classes will take on average 0.5 to 4.0 hours in total to complete, depending on your individual volunteer role. The content will cover conflict of interest, anti-trust, anti-bribery, harassment, and other related topics.  You will need to complete only those classes assigned to you based on your volunteer leadership position.   

To take this training, log in to myIEEE using your IEEE Account, click on the Volunteer tab, go to the "Volunteer Training" gadget, and click on the link to "Compliance Training.”

By taking this training, you help IEEE meet best practices for compliance. As you may be aware, IEEE takes very seriously any violations of policies and standards that could damage IEEE’s business or reputation and result in legal penalties.  


Member Discounts Program benefits everyone

(updated 1 March 2016)

Here are three facts to tell members about the IEEE Member Discounts Program:

  1. Insurance is available in Canada, US, and 63 other countries.
  2. IEEE Member discount programs offer daily discounted rates and exclusive specials (see discounts for applicable countries).
  3. When Members utilize the insurance and discounts, IEEE earns royalties that help offset a portion of Member dues.

With this win-win situation, it makes sense to raise awareness of Member Discounts wherever possible. Section officers are asked to display the Member Discounts banner on their Section websites with a direct link to Another way is by distributing the program flyer at Section meetings showing the list of offerings by Region.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in June, July, and August

(updated 27 June 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of June, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer &"Shaping an Engineering Career – Book 2: Dual Career Ladders," by authors Raymond E. Floyd and Richard H. Spencer. The "dual career ladder" represents the choice of career paths many engineers face: technical, management, or both. In this e-book, Floyd and Spencer give a brief summary of their backgrounds, write about their experiences in a “dual career ladder” and what they learned along the way, and offer insight to readers who may be considering a dual ladder career path. The e-book is available 1 June to 15 July.

In July, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "A Living Resume – Volume 1: Documenting Your Accomplishments," by author Harry T. Roman. The Living Resume Series is an evolving story that documents your growth as a professional. Volume 1 of The Living Resume discusses how to document your career accomplishments. The e-book is available 1 July to 15 August.

In August, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career – Book 3 - Volume 1: Advancing to Management.” In his review of career management, author Siri Varadan presents a useful and imaginative insight into how young engineers can begin to address career aspirations. Using his own career as a metaphor, he explores how career advancement is a function of opportunity, meeting preparation and readiness. The e-book is available 1 August to 15 September.

To purchase IEEE members-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Accounts.

IEEE-USA E-Books seeks authors to write an e-book, or a series of e-books, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, email your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager, Georgia C. Stelluto, at


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Featured news around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

(updated 27 June 2016)

Follow the links on the right side of this page to view more news around IEEE.

This month's featured IEEE News source is IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

The June edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers interoperability for smart grid communication, development of a fast real-time online dynamic security assessment system, overview of new reports by the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and grid resilience during natural disasters.


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