Spanning the Globe

IEEE successfully advanced technology for humanity throughout 2012. Around the world, IEEE and its members led projects that improved the quality of life by applying new and existing technologies.

Outreach & Development

Creating Opportunities for Global Collaborations

Engineering for Change (E4C) was launched early in 2012 as a collaboration among IEEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Engineers Without Borders USA. E4C’s active Web presence provides a forum for a growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, non-governmental organizations, local governments, and community advocates dedicated to improving quality of life to work together, meet challenges, solve problems, and share knowledge. At the end of its first year, E4C had nearly 10,000 active members in over 160 countries.

Bringing Electricity to Rural Haiti

In 2012, the IEEE/Sirona Haiti Rural Electric Project, launched by the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative (CSI), began deployment of six SunBlazer solar-based battery-charging stations that supplied electricity to six regions of Haiti. The initial objectives were to demonstrate the viability of the technology and build a project model that pays for itself. The success of this first phase brought much-needed power to many Haitian villages.

IEEE Sections Working Together Across the World

The IEEE Uruguay Section’s successful 2011 opening of E-Scientia, an interactive exhibit for pre-university students at the Espacio Ciencia museum in Montevideo, spurred a collaborative effort to expand this project to other continents in 2012. The IEEE Uruguay Section helped the Hyderabad Section create a 5,000-square-foot interactive museum at the B.M. Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad, India. Made possible through a collaborative effort among IEEE section volunteers, science center staff, local industry, and pre-university teachers, the B.M. Birla Science Centre features a series of hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the fundamentals and applications of electrical and computer engineering. The impact of this effort was immediately visible: the museum is now visited by at least 1,000 students per week.

Advancing Engineering

IEEE Honor Society: First Chapters Established Outside U.S.

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) is the official honor society of IEEE. It is composed of nearly 200 university chapters that recognize scholarship and academic excellence in student leaders, young professionals, and eminent scholars in IEEE’s technical fields of interest. Since its founding, nearly 100,000 distinguished individuals have been inducted into IEEE-HKN. In 2012, IEEE-HKN established its first three chapters outside the U.S. in China, India, and Canada.

Young Women Introduced to Engineering

Sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society and co-sponsored by the California Space Grant Consortium and Columbia Memorial Space Center, the “My Daughter is an Engineer” program brought mothers, daughters, and their teachers together for a three-day summer residential program. The activities were developed by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department in collaboration with the College of Engineering of California State University, Long Beach. The program was designed to inspire young girls to consider careers in technology by introducing them to robotics via hands-on workshops.

IEEE Around the World

Leading Smart Grid Initiatives

As an organization with global reach, IEEE continued to be a driving force in the movement to help nations achieve energy independence, a sustainable environment, and economic growth through smart grid development.

Leading the way was the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), which has developed nearly 100 standards relevant to smart grid, including IEEE 2030TM, the first cross-discipline guideline for smart grid interoperability for the power engineering, communications, and information technology industries.

The IEEE Smart GridTM Web portal grew significantly in 2012, providing expanded knowledge and tools to guide the understanding of smart grid challenges across industries and disciplines. During the year, more than 480,000 pages of information were viewed by visitors from more than 190 countries. The monthly IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, available on the portal, offers exclusive content and sharp insight from experts actively involved in the development and deployment of smart grid around the world.

Technologists Share Smart Grid Progress

The second annual Smart Grid World Forum was held in Beijing, China, in September 2012, attracting more than 400 attendees from 30 countries. Co-sponsored by IEEE and State Grid Corporation of China, the two- day event created a high-level platform for power sectors from around the world to share their progress and experiences in smart grid research and construction. The theme “Strong and Smart Grid – The Driving Force for Energy Development in the 21st Century,” guided delegations on a realistic and impartial assessment of the current state-of-the-art developments in smart grids.

IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative: Rising to the Challenge

In 2012, the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative was launched to inform and inspire innovation in the field. It was the first broad-scope campaign focused on the cloud to be put forth by a global standards development organization.

Two new standards development projects were approved: IEEE P2301TM, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, and IEEE P2302TM, Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation. They are designed to help users develop and build standards-based cloud computing products and outline the governance required to ensure interoperability across the industry.