Soaring Higher

IEEE continues to support members and students by giving them opportunities to become active in organization events in the endeavor to fulfill IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for humanity.

Member Engagement

Improving Member Communications

To better serve its worldwide membership, IEEE invested in a state-of-the-art Contact and Support Center in Piscataway, N.J. The center offers enhanced communications tools, global hours, virtual chat, and an easy-to-navigate Web site that provides answers to frequently asked questions. During the year, IEEE Contact and Support Center employees managed over 220,000 member and customer inquiries.

The membership section of the IEEE Web site was also enhanced. The IEEE Member Global Benefits Finder was developed to help members easily see what benefits are offered in their region. In addition, the “Get Started with Your IEEE Membership” page was launched, designed so members can quickly find resources to make the most of their IEEE membership.

myIEEE, the personalized IEEE member Web portal, added resources for volunteers such as the new focused desktop and links to IEEE vTools, a portfolio of Web-based software that enables volunteers to manage local meetings, run elections, provide reporting, and more.

Celebrating Cooperation

A Global Assembly of Leaders

More than 1,100 IEEE volunteers traveled to San Francisco, Calif., to take part in IEEE Sections Congress 2012 (SC2012), the latest edition of the highly lauded triennial leadership workshop.

IEEE SC2012 was the largest gathering to date, welcoming delegates from 92 countries, 294 IEEE sections, and 41 IEEE technical societies and councils. The IEEE SC2012 program, themed “Empowering Members to Create the Future,” offered IEEE leaders the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with one another and learn more about the many resources available to members. The program included over 30 breakout sessions featuring more than 80 speakers, as well as exhibits in which IEEE employees provided information about new programs and materials to help IEEE volunteers in their local efforts.

Empowering Members to Create the Future

IEEE members displayed their pride in IEEE on 6 October 2012, during the second annual IEEE Day, a global commemoration of the first time that the soon-to-be founders of IEEE gathered in 1884.

More than 160 IEEE Day events took place in over 50 countries. Activities included educational forums, robotics competitions, visits to high schools, and public seminars–all encouraging professionals and students to pursue new opportunities in engineering and other technical fields.

Through multiple social media channels, the worldwide membership of IEEE came together virtually and in person to share knowledge and recognize historic milestones in engineering.

Students Showcase Their Skills

Student’s Project Deters Car Accidents

Jessica Richeri thought a smarter transportation system could be a solution to the unsafe, crowded highways of the future. After three years of work–beginning at age 14–and 20,000 lines of code, she developed an autonomous vehicle able to recognize and avoid obstacles and, hopefully, prevent accidents. Unlike previous driverless robotic vehicles, Richeri’s car can adapt to its environment without first knowing the details of the landscape through which it is traveling.

Richeri’s project, “Autonomous Robotic Vehicle: Saving Lives, Preventing Accidents One at a Time,” earned her the 2012 IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship. She has since graduated from High School and enrolled in the electrical engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Students Provide Solution for Remote Health Care

A team of students from Brazil earned the top prize in the IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition for their PoaS@ude Telemedicine Project, which enables doctors to perform remote prenatal ultrasounds. The project provides real-time e-health solutions and promotes prevention programs for people living in remote areas with limited access to medical care. The Brazil team members received top honors and the title of “IEEE Student Humanitarian Supreme.’

Students Compete by Building High-Performance Race Cars

Dartmouth University’s fifth annual Formula Hybrid Competition saw 21 teams compete over four days, with students from Texas A&M University winning first prize. The competition, sponsored by IEEE and SAE, was founded by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. It features high-performance hybrid and electric race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Each day was dedicated to specific tasks: electrical and mechanical inspection, acceleration, design and marketing presentation, and finally a 22 kilometer endurance event with a limited allotment of energy.