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Thank you for submitting officer, meeting, and financial reports

(posted 20 March 2017)

MGA would like to thank everyone for submitting their officer, meeting, and financial reports to IEEE in a timely manner. Following review of the reports, the rebates will be completed and distributed to eligible geographic units whose officer, financial, and meeting activity reporting was received complete and subsequently approved.

As a reminder, the rebate is paid to the Section. The funds provided are intended for the support of not only the Section’s activities, but also the activities of its subunits, including Subsections, Chapters, Affinity Groups, and IEEE Student organizations. Section officers are encouraged to use rebate funds to support unit activities.


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Registration is now open for IEEE Sections Congress 2017

(posted 20 March 2017)

IEEE Sections Congress 2017 (SC2017) is a triennial event which provides IEEE volunteers and leaders the opportunity to network and learn ways to increase member participation in IEEE activities.

The information tabs within the registration site include details about travel logistics, airline discount codes, visa requirements, partner tours, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).  There is also a separate link within the registration site to “Book your hotel room.”

The early registration deadline is 11 July 2017.

Section representatives with questions regarding their attendance at SC2017 should contact their Regional Coordinator.


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Funding opportunities available for IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Groups in 2017

(posted 20 March 2017)

IEEE Young Professionals is proud to announce four types of funding available for IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Groups across the world:

  • STEP: organized by IEEE Young Professionals Affinity Groups in collaboration with one or more local Student Branches. Maximum funding is US$500.
  • Signature Events: Focused on increasing the presence of young professionals at large-scale events.
  • Meet Up Funding: Held in conjunction with conferences or technical congresses. Maximum funding is US$1500.
  • Seed Funding: New initiative for 2017 aimed to enable Young Professionals Affinity Groups to organize a new event which is of significant impact on society. Maximum funding is US$750 per Affinity Group.

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Half-Year IEEE membership dues available now for 1 March - 15 August

(posted 20 March 2017)

The half-year dues cycle has begun. New members or members returning to IEEE with a lapse in service are eligible to receive 50% off regular IEEE membership dues when they join 1 March - 15 August.


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Call for nominations: MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award: deadline 15 May

(posted 20 March 2017)

Every three years, the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who, over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board, its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its goals and objectives. 

Candidates must be IEEE Senior member grade or higher. The accomplishments of the candidate should be of "significant performance" and should have made a distinguishing contribution to IEEE.

The deadline for nominations is 15 May 2017 (for completed nomination form and two letters of endorsement).


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Call for nominations: IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award: deadline 15 April

(posted 20 March 2017)

You can help recognize the efforts of IEEE Life Member Affinity Groups (LMAG) by nominating a LMAG for the IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award.

If you know of an IEEE Life Members Affinity Group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in organizing activities and programs to engage Life members or to help further support the IEEE Life Members Fund, consider nominating them for this award.

The deadline is 15 April 2017 and the award is based on 2016 activities and programs.


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Call for nominations: IEEE Corporate, IEEE-USA, PSPB, and TAB volunteer positions

(updated 20 March 2017)

Several IEEE organizational units are currently looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization.

The IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee is accepting nominations for:

  • 2019 IEEE President-Elect (who will serve as President in 2020)
  • 2018 IEEE Corporate Officers
  • 2018 IEEE Committee Chairs and Members 

IEEE-USA is accepting nominations for (deadline 1 May 2017):

  • IEEE-USA President-Elect
  • IEEE-USA Secretary/Treasurer
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Career & Member Services
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Communications & Public Awareness
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Professional Activities
  • IEEE-USA Vice President - Government Relations
  • IEEE-USA Young Professional Representative

IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) is accepting nominations for:

  • Three (3) Member-at-Large Positions (3 year term) to serve from 2018-2020. Nomination deadline is 22 April 2017.

IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) is accepting nominations for:

  • Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee (2018-2019)
  • Members, IEEE Conferences Committee (2018-2019)
  • Vice President Elect, Vice President, Past Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities (2019-2021)

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

(posted 20 March 2017)

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 2017.


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IEEE global hotel partnership program

(posted 20 March 2017)

IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) and Hilton Hotels Worldwide are pleased to launch the newly revised IEEE Hilton Global Hotel Partnership Program for the IEEE event organizer community.

The newly expanded partnership program reflects feedback from the organizer community, including greater flexibility and valuable event incentives. Expanded program highlights include:

  • 2% rebate applied to the event master account against event’s total hotel spend
  • greater flexibility of concessions customized for the needs of the event
  • double Hilton Honors Points provided to the event’s IEEE Financial Sponsor(s) organizational unit
  • pre-negotiated terms and conditions for faster contract processing and execution
  • available to all IEEE events, regardless of size or location

Partner with MCE to leverage the global IEEE buying power. As a leader in the event industry with 2.5 million room nights booked around the world annually, IEEE is a powerful voice. With the strength of the most trusted and largest professional association behind you, let MCE leverage IEEE global relationships for your benefit. Allow MCE to connect you with the appropriate cities and target locations based on data and strategy. IEEE MCE can determine benchmarks for price points against the IEEE global event landscape to ensure consistency of pricing and ancillary offerings, leverage bundling opportunities with other IEEE events for greater savings opportunities, and more.


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IEEE convenes internet inclusion experts; panel discussion live streaming on

(posted 20 March 2017)

IEEE Internet Initiative will host a multi-stakeholder workshop Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions, 24-25 April in Washington, DC, USA, to marshal expertise from across the global technology, policy, and investment communities to accelerate progress in connecting the estimated 60 percent of the world’s people who remain unconnected to the internet.

IEEE members can view a moderated panel discussion live-streamed by from 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. ET (13:00 UTC-04) on 25 April. This open briefing session will include short presentations from some of those directly engaged in driving, supporting, and benefiting from internet inclusion projects. It also will feature overviews of progress and plans from internet inclusion working groups that are meeting on 24 April:

  • Community Networks—Addressing challenges toward community involvement in design, construction, maintenance, and operation of internet infrastructure
  • Public Access—Dedicated to the proposition that public-access strategies, such as connecting libraries and other similar facilities, are critical to internet inclusion
  • Digital Gender Divide—Identifying approaches to build and scale programs that will help close the current gender divide in internet access
  • Innovative Business Models—Identifying barriers to greater investment, and supporting activities that boost scalability and impact of innovative models
  • Evidence-Based Research—Bridging technical and development communities in improving and measuring progress in social outcomes driven by universal access
  • Digital Literacy—Examining the required skills and training necessary for meaningful internet participation that extends to digital devices, social media, and more

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IEEE Green ICT Initiative: summit, young professionals idea competition deadline extended to 21 April

(updated 7 April 2017)

Launched in early 2015 through the support of IEEE Future Directions’ new initiatives committee, the Green ICT Initiative’s mission statement has been defined as to build a holistic approach to sustainability through information and communications technology (ICT) by incorporating green metrics throughout IEEE technical domains.

Current Green ICT Initiative activities include:

IEEE Green ICT (Information and communications technology) will be hosting a Greening through ICT Summit (GtICT) on 25 May in Paris France. The theme of the summit is “Sustainability in a connected world”. GtICT will be co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 21-25 May 2017, and the International Workshop on the Application of Green Techniques to Emerging Communication and Computing Paradigms, 21 May 2017.

This new one-day summit will bring representatives of various IEEE Societies to examine opportunities both where ICT is used as a tool to improve environmental and societal functions, and improving the energy efficiency of ICT itself. Its objective will be to identify the combination of key technological, commercial and public policy challenges that must be overcome to achieve sustainability in our increasingly connected world.

Additionally, young professionals are invited to participate in the first IEEE Young Professional Green ICT Idea Competition. Focusing on generating new greening ICT concepts and ideas, the competition’s ultimate goal is to both create sustainable ICT and enable transformative change across society. 1 - 2 page submissions should be made no later than 21 April 2017. One winner will be selected in three different categories; winners will be invited to attend the IEEE Greening Through ICT Summit in Paris on 25 May 2017.


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Register for the new IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony Gala

(updated 20 March 2017)

Early registration ends 25 April for the inaugural IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony Gala. After that date, prices will increase.

IEEE is the trusted source of information from research and standards to conferences and education. Leveraging that trust, a new IEEE event has been curated that demonstrates IEEE’s breadth and reach. This one-day summit showcases the breadth of engineering by bringing together innovators, visionaries, and leaders of technology to discuss cutting-edge topics in the world of tech. The day sessions will look to the future of the industry and the impact engineers have on serving the global community, culminating with the evening’s IEEE Honors Ceremony Gala. The Honors Ceremony will celebrate the pinnacle achievements of this year’s recipients whose accomplishments have led to the breakthroughs of today.

The IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony Gala is taking place on Thursday, 25 May 2017, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA. #IEEEVICSUMMIT #IEEEHonors


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Volunteers needed for IEEE Awards Board

(updated 20 March 2017)

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.

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

  • AB Awards Policy and Portfolio Review 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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IEEE Women in Engineering news: leadership summits, WIE ILC 2017

(updated 20 March 2017)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) upcoming events and opportunities include:

International Leadership Summits

IEEE WIE is pleased to announce its selections for the 2017 IEEE WIE International Leadership Summits.

International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC)

The program for IEEE WIE ILC 2017 (22-23 May 2017, in San Jose, CA, USA) is now available. New keynote speakers include Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President Business Development, Microsoft and Danielle Brown, Chief Diversity Officer, Intel.

Workshops have been added as a new feature to IEEE WIE ILC 2017. Workshops are by invitation only. This allows the sessions to be more focused; thereby, enabling better networking and common connections.


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Access IEEE Collabratec™ on the go with new mobile app

(posted 24 February 2017)

Now IEEE Collabratec™ users can network and collaborate from anywhere.

Whether traveling, at work, attending an IEEE conference, or without a computer, the free IEEE Collabratec mobile app will keep you connected with more than 75,000 technology professionals who are using IEEE's online professional networking and collaboration platform.

The mobile app makes these IEEE Collabratec features available on the go:

  • View posts and comments from your network, communities, and private groups
  • Post, comment, ask questions, and share activities in your newsfeed
  • Connect and network with other IEEE Collabratec participants
  • Create, upload, and view documents in your library
  • Message your network directly
  • Receive real-time notifications on activities

Developed as a partnership between the IEEE Collabratec development team and IEEE Mobile Center of Excellence, the app is one of three IEEE has launched in the last six months.

Download the free app from the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.


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IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee announces 2017 funding opportunities

(posted 24 February 2017)

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) is pleased to announce its 2017 funding opportunities.

The IEEE HAC is tasked with supporting the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful humanitarian activities at the local level, i.e., "feet on the ground."

HAC Events: HAC is currently soliciting proposals for the support of elements of events that are aligned with this vision. Support requested may include financial resources, publicity in HAC materials, content development - such as HAC assistance in determining session topics and/or potential speakers, and/or other assistance. HAC seeks to support a range of elements of events across IEEE's regions worldwide. Please note: HAC will not sponsor entire conferences - rather, it will support elements of events, such as tracks, workshops, sessions, and so on, that are aligned with HAC's vision. Proposals can be submitted for up to US$15,000.

HAC Projects: HAC is currently inviting proposals for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Activities related projects aligned with this vision. The committee will review proposals during 2017 and expects to fund a minimum of 4 - 5 proposals with budgets between US$20,000 and US$60,000.

SIGHT Projects: The Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) program is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. The SIGHT Steering Committee is currently soliciting proposals for SIGHT group project funding. The committee will review proposals during three periods in 2017 and will grant awards between US$500 and US$19,999..


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

(updated 24 February 2017)

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 (14:00 or 20:00 UTC-05). The guest speakers for March will be Lani Angso and Jeanne Audino on IEEE Publications: eBook Classics. April’s guest speaker will be Kerrianne Sullivan on the IEEE Communications Society.


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Announcing the latest innovations for vTools.Events and eNotice

(posted 31 January 2017)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is excited to announce the integration of eNotice with vTools.Events.

Now a meeting announcement can be created and sent using the meeting information entered in vTools.Events.

The IEEE MGA vTools team has also released an update to vTools.eNotice. This release allows Region and Section officers to send messages to a specific audience or segment within their organizational unit. This provides the opportunity to target messages to particular member groups (e.g., Affinity Groups, Subsections, Chapters, Student Branches).


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Call for Nominations: IEEE Medals and Recognitions

(updated 31 January 2017)

The IEEE Awards Board administers the highest medals, awards, and recognitions presented by IEEE on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors. All IEEE members are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields.

Nominations are due 15 June annually for IEEE Medals and IEEE Recognitions. IEEE Medals are the highest recognition within the IEEE awards hierarchy, with the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor as the premier award. They embrace broad and significant contributions within the technical fields of interest of IEEE. IEEE Recognitions reward member’s individual contributions to IEEE and corporate advancements within the IEEE fields of interest. Recipients of IEEE Medals and Recognitions are recognized at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.

For more information, including nomination forms and award-specific criteria, visit or email


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New online submission process for geographic unit formations

(posted 29 December 2016)

IEEE MGA is excited to announce a new online petition form for forming new Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Branch Affinity Groups.

The above link also provides more information about IEEE geographic unit formation policies and petitions, including links to the petition forms for forming Councils, Sections, and Subsections.

In accordance with the actions of the IEEE MGA Board, there are specific guidelines to follow when forming an IEEE geographic unit. Information about forming a geographic unit can be found in Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual.

IEEE local geographic organizational units provide unique opportunities for members to attend technical presentations, create strong peer-to-peer connections, and participate in leadership opportunities that can make a positive distinction in IEEE members' jobs and careers.


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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in March and April

(updated 20 March 2017)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of March, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "Women in Engineering -- Book 1: Inspire and Close the Gender Gap." IEEE-USA’s award-winning Women in Engineering e-book series has two purposes: to present a high-level overview about women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and to provide first-hand accounts of the professional journeys of some notable contemporary female engineers. In Book 1, Inspire and Close the Gender Gap, author Nita Patel examines the questions: How many women pursue STEM career fields? Why are more women not graduating with STEM degrees? How can we recruit and retain women in engineering? This e-book is available 1 March to 15 April.

In April, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Developing Your People -- Commonsense Leadership in the Workplace -- Volume 1: Key Skills Employees Will Need.” Your people are your most important and versatile resource. They can be upgraded, renewed, rejuvenated, and adapted to a wide variety of jobs. They are the most ideal resource any company can possess. Equipped with the right support, tools, information and leadership, they will make the difference in the global race for market share. Mistreat them, fail to use them effectively, demotivate them, refuse to lead them, and ignore the value of their skills -- and you risk certain failure. This e-book will be available 1 April to 15 May.

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 20 March 2017)

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 March edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a special issue on Foundational Support Systems. The articles cover Impact Assessment of PEV Charging Demand on Smart Grid, Protecting Critical Power Transmission Equipment, The Environmental Impact of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in Modern Electric Power Systems, No DMS is an Island.


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