Inspiring the Future

Meet our Donors

Isamu Akasaki John W. Estey Daniel D. Hoolihan John D. McDonald S.K. Ramesh
Fiorenza C. Albert-Howard Bernard Finn John Impagliazzo John Meredith Pete Sauer
Henry L. Bachman Bob Franzino Leah Jamieson William W.
Eric Schmidt
John T. Barr IV Karen A. Galuchie Susumu Kobayashi Raj Mittra Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
Eleanor Baum Thomas F. Garrity Mark G. Lauby Greg Olsen Lotfollah Shafai
Dr. Leo Beranek Dr. Richard J. Gowen Victor B. Lawrence Roberto Padovani Richard Snyder
Dr. Murty P. Bhavaraju Jay Greenberg Henry Louie Nita Patel James M. Tien
Dr. Bimal Bose Thomas H. Grim Milton
Jim Palmer John Treichler
G. Clifford
Michael Heyeck Fang-Chen Luo Sharon Phillips John Vig
Jonathan Coopersmith Bichlien Hoang Kristen MacCartney E. James Prendergast David M. Weiss
Gordon W. Day Gary Hoffman George F. McClure Emerson W. Pugh Dr. Arthur W. Winston
Robert A. Dent Dr. Eric Honea Thomas E. McDermott Ramachandra G. Ramakumar Ralph W. Wyndrum 



Isamu Akasaki
IEEE Fellow

Isamu Akasaki, was bestowed the 2011 IEEE Edison Medal which is awarded for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts. His development of technology behind today's high-brightness display lighting and advanced entertainment devices launched a new market for optoelectronics devices. Based on the royalties from his patents, the Akasaki Institute at Nagoya University was founded in 2006. 

Isamu is a generous advocate of technology who donated his IEEE Edison Medal honorarium equally between the IEEE Foundation and the IEEE Awards Program. His donation represents his commitment to inspire young researchers to continue to recognize those whose power of persistence created technology to benefit humanity. 

Isamu became an IEEE Senior Member, when he was a professor Meiho University and became an IEEE Fellow in 1999. Throughout his career, Isamu accessed his membership benefit of the IEEE journals and publications, as well as attending IEEE sponsored conferences in his field. He was also awarded the 1998 IEEE Jack A. Morton Award, along with Shuji Nakamura, "For contributions in the field of group-III nitride materials and devices." 

Throughout his illustrious career, Isamu remains a humble and kind industry giant who holds dear the value of giving back so others can advance. Without Isamu's persistent efforts in the early 70's and 80's, there would not have been the solid state lighting revolution using GalnN LEDs now taking place around the world. His commitment to technology and to to IEEE is as stellar as his career, and his donation to the IEEE Foundation and IEEE Awards Program is meaningful. 

Isamu, a professor with Meijo University's Graduate School of Science and Technology and a Distinguished University Professor of Nagoya University, Japan, is still inspiring young minds and research in solid state lighting. 

"IEEE is the foundation for engineers to work together to serve our global society and I would like to wish the IEEE continued prosperity for many years to come," said Isamu. 

Fiorenza C. Albert-Howard
IEEE Life Senior Member

"I am not able to sit back and let others do a job I can do, so I volunteer." Fiorenza C. Albert-Howard started volunteering in her local section, then in Vancouver where she established the Computer Society Chapter. She served on several committees and now volunteers for the IEEE Canadian Foundation and is liaison to the History Committee for MGA. As a member of the Life Members Committee she served on the Grants Evaluation Committee for the Foundation. 

"I appreciate efforts to help individuals expand their potential which is an IEEE Foundation initiative. I appreciated the scholarships I received to become an engineer, especially at the time in Italy when women were not venturing into technical fields," said Fiorenza. "I was the only female student in the school of engineering at the University of Roma amongst 750 male students," she recalls. "I am trying to return the favor for individuals who need it to feel appreciated, through the grants the Foundation distributes," she added. 

The Eniac coaster, representing an IEEE Milestone and offered as a giving incentive to the IEEE Life Members Fund, is significant to Fiorenza. "My professional life, interests and hobbies are all related to computers. Also, the image of the lady in the forefront makes me feel as if I am in the picture," said Fiorenza. Eniac, was before her time, but it was certainly inspirational. 

"There are individuals around the world who need support, certainly financial. It becomes the push to do the best they can to improve the world around them. Being a part of the efforts of the IEEE Life Member Fund of the IEEE Foundation, as we achieve Life Member status, make us better individuals, able to return the support and encouragement we received from the IEEE during our careers." 

Henry L. Bachman
Henry L. Bachman
IEEE Life Fellow

Building Our Future by Focusing on History

Henry Bachman joined IEEE as a student in 1951 because he was interested in learning more about engineering than what was taught in the textbooks. "In particular, I looked forward to hearing industry leaders give lectures at the student branch meetings." As a professional, he recognized the importance of his membership. "In my mind there was never a question of maintaining IEEE membership or not; it was just part of my learning and professional experience." 

The biggest benefits of membership, for Mr. Bachman, are the leadership qualities he developed as a volunteer and volunteer leader, as well as the lasting friendships gained through active participation at all levels within IEEE. He is especially proud of his major role as Executive Vice President during the IEEE Centennial celebration.

The IEEE Foundation has evolved greatly since 1987, when he was IEEE President, and since 1994 when he served as IEEE Foundation President. "Then, the Foundation was simply a legal entity to permit tax free contributions, primarily intended for awards. It has continued to grow and better formulate its mission and responsiveness to that mission." 

Favorable tax considerations led Mr. Bachman to draw from his retirement account in 2008 to fulfill his annual Foundation contribution. "IRA giving reduces retirement income, which is otherwise taxed as general income. Donating through my IRA was more beneficial tax-wise for me than increasing my itemized deductions." 

The Life Members Fund is most often the recipient of Mr. Bachman's charitable giving. "The focus on history, which would otherwise be largely lost to those new entrants to the profession, and the activities and programs directed at engineering students, is what compels me to give." 

John T. Barr IV
IEEE Life Fellow 

Giving Back to the Community 

The IEEE Foundation programs that really interest John are Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS in IEEE), the IEEE History Center, and the projects of the Life Member Committee. "Programs like EPICS in IEEE, where engineering is used to address community issues, are a good intersection of my interests and desire to give back to the community. EPICS in IEEE not only assists in the support of developing community based solutions, it also facilitates a sense of life long civic engagement for participants, both very worthy outcomes." John added, "I have always had an interest in history, so I'm glad to see the Foundation supporting the preserving of the history of technology and engineering."

John feels that it is important to support the IEEE Foundation because, he said, "My parents instilled into me, by their example, the need for those with the means to support a variety of charitable programs. It seems logical to use a portion of my giving to support programs related to my work fields." He added, "Supporting charitable activities and supporting those in need in your communities or elsewhere can be a very rewarding activity." John mentioned, "There are many worthy causes to give to and as a contributing IEEE member, knowing that the IEEE Foundation is enabling these kinds of programs is an additional reward."

Eleanor Baum
IEEE Life Fellow

Investing in Programs that Improve Society

Eleanor Baum became a member of IEEE during her undergraduate days at The City College of New York, NY, USA. Eleanor went on to be Dean of Engineering at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA, an appointment that made her the first woman to head an engineering school in the USA. In 1987, she became Dean of Engineering at Cooper Union, New York City, NY, USA.

Eleanor is a proponent of professional societies for students. She says, "I have always encouraged students to join professional societies because of professional development opportunities available to them through IEEE throughout their careers."

"The reason to become an engineer is to work on solutions to problems which improve conditions of society - to make life better for people," Eleanor says. "These ideas are exactly what groups in IEEE are concerned with." 

Eleanor gives because she believes, "The IEEE Foundation funds projects and programs which help society, improve education, and help the general public better understand technology and its impact on our lives. The work of the IEEE History Center is an important part of the technological literacy efforts, as are many programs of the IEEE Educational Activities Board, the IEEE Life Members Committee, and other IEEE organizational units towards this goal." 

"The IEEE Foundation needs the support of IEEE members to continue its important work. I have been happy to invest in its work and see the impact of my contributions." Eleanor is an active member of the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Leo Beranek
IEEE Life Fellow

 Setting an Example

For Leo Beranek, the accurate recording of history is very important. This IEEE Life Fellow views history as a teacher and believes credit should be given to those who helped shape a field. This is why he supports the work of the IEEE History Center and its Oral Histories Program. He says, "I have followed the Center's oral histories work most closely and believe they are doing a good job of obtaining oral histories and making them available to researchers." Recently, Dr. Beranek met with the IEEE History Center to update his oral history. In appreciation for a job well done, Dr. Beranek decided to significantly increase his annual gift to ensure the Center has the resources it needs to record more oral histories. He hopes his example results in increased support for the Center. 

Dr. Murty P. Bhavaraju
IEEE Life Fellow 

Giving Back to the Next Generation of Power Engineers

Dr. Murty P. Bhavaraju joined IEEE as a student. His mentors at PSE&G encouraged him to participate in the IEEE Power & Energy Society by joining committees, participating in conferences, and submitting technical papers. IEEE activity became a second job. 

Murty is an active volunteer and donor. He is an Honored Philanthropist as a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle. There are two funds in particular that interest him. He donates to the PES Award Endowment Fund which recognizes outstanding work in electric power engineering. He also donates to the IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Fund of which he said, "I wanted to be one of the first donors to this fund to motivate my peers to join the effort." Murty added, "the statistics on potential retirement of power engineers and the need for new engineers are alarming; we need to attract students to our profession. IEEE PES Scholarship Plus is a promising way to achieve this initiative." 

"Supporting IEEE Foundation, and leveraging a company matching gift, is an effective way to give back to IEEE and the society for the benefits we as IEEE members derive from the participation in IEEE technical and educational activities," Murty says. "I believe my IEEE membership and activities benefited me immensely in my career and in various recognition I received." Murty left us with an inspiring message. "While position, papers or patents are important, legacies are measured by what you leave with other through mentoring and by inspiration." 

Dr. Bimal Bose
IEEE Life Fellow

Giving Back to the Society that Helped us Grow

Dr. Bimal Bose's technical achievements, spanning five decades, contributed to the growth of power electronics in IEEE. Fueled by his belief in IEEE's ability to empower young engineers, Bimal committed $100,000 in 2013 to the creation of the Bimal K. Bose Award for Industrial Electronics Applications in Energy Systems. This new IEEE Industrial Electronics Society award strives to encourage and empower young scientists to perform advanced research, providing a vehicle to encourage young industrial electronics engineers to be more involved in this area of technology. This annual award will go to a young researcher who has made significant contributions to the advancement of energy systems through industrial electronics applications. 

Bimal's donation earned him the title of Honored Philanthropist as a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle. What drives Bimal to donate so graciously is his belief that IEEE has been a key component in the advancement of his own career. He "grew up professionally" with IEEE and believes that, in his own words, "we must give back to the society that helped us to grow."

2013 IEEE Industrial Electronics Society president John Hung said, "The Bose Award will be meaning for two reasons. There is the recognition of outstanding technical creativity in a key field of industrial electronics, and it will pay tribute to Bimal's character, generosity, and lifelong professional activities that have impacted so many around the world." 

G. Clifford Carter
IEEE Life Fellow

IEEE membership has been a part of Dr. G Clifford Carter's life. Cliff enjoys the benefits of keeping up with developments in his field of signal processing and network of diverse subject-matter experts. According to Cliff, IEEE membership has been a life-long career benefit, "When things were challenging in my job, IEEE kept me motivated and energized." Cliff retired in 2009 from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, RI, USA, as a senior technologist for acoustic signal processing. There he developed and implemented innovative technology for the future of undersea warfare. 

Cliff has volunteered his time and talent to IEEE. He served on the organizing committee for several IEEE workshops, conferences and authored an IEEE press book of collected works. He also co-chaired the Signal Processing Working Group comprised of IEEE members who worked to develop innovative processing improvements for underwater systems. Volunteering with IEEE members left fond memories of working with an outstanding group of extremely talented, international, technical experts. 

In 2006, Cliff received the IEEE-USA Henry Diamong Memorial Award plaque, and in 2012, he received the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal. The honorarium he received, he donated: part to the IEEE Awards Program and part to the IEEE Foundation General Fund. Why these two funds? Cliff believes the IEEE Awards Program is an important way to encourage engineering excellence, and that the IEEE Foundation is the philanthropic mechanism that supports IEEE's core purpose to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. 

Cliff said, "I believe there is a time in everyone's career where they are obliged to give back to the organizations that helped them to be successful, the IEEE and the IEEE Foundation are such organizations. I have been fortunate in my life and the timing was right to give back something additional to IEEE." 

Jonathan Coopersmith
IEEE Member

Associate Professor Jonathan Coopersmith of Texas A&M University is not your typical IEEE member; he is a history professor. 

While a graduate student in history of science and technology at Oxford University, he became aware of IEEE Spectrum and its coverage of technology past, present and future. He joined IEEE for the subscription. This made him aware of the IEEE Life Member Fellowship in Electrical History which he applied for and received. The Fellowship is awarded by the IEEE History Committee, administered by the IEEE Life Members Fund. The prize introduced him to IEEE's central historical activities. 

During his academic career, Jonathan dedicated both time and generous donations to the IEEE Foundation's IEEE History Center Fund. His involvement included stints on the IEEE History Committee in, as he puts in, "two different centuries," and he served as Historian for IEEE Region 5. He has fond memories of representing IEEE in Japan at two IEEE Milestone dedications. 

His philanthropic support of the IEEE History Center is also notable. "There is nothing like the IEEE History Center in the field of the history of technology-its efforts to preserve and publicize electrical engineering," Jonathan said. The program of most interest to him is the IEEE Global History Network: "The GHN is an exciting, ongoing and growing experiment for reaching out to engineers and a broader public," he says. 

To his fellow members, engineers and non-engineers alike, he says, "Even though preserving history is less expensive than actual engineering, it still takes resources to accomplish." He urges his fellow members to join him in supporting the IEEE History Center. 

Gordon W. Day
IEEE Life Fellow

When Gordon W. Day joined IEEE as a student, his motivation was clear, "I wanted to have a library of publications in my field and IEEE membership was the affordable way to do that," he said. Over time, he became a volunteer: a reviewer, an editor, a conference organizer, a member of committees and boards. He realized that he was gaining skills and learning information that he could take to his job. 

"My best memories are of the people I've met: dedicated engineering professionals whose creativity has dramatically changed the world, students who are determined to do the same, and leaders of governments, companies and professionals whose creativity has dramatically changed the world, students who are determined to do the same, and leaders of governments, companies and professional societies who understand technology and are determined to spread its benefits," Gordon said. "Today, being a part of IEEE means that I have the opportunity to help build a stronger organization, and to help it pursue a mission I strongly believe in. And I do that in a community of colleagues and friends," he added.

Gordon also helps strengthen the organization through his commitment as a donor to the IEEE Foundation. He has donated to the General Fund, IEEE USA Fund and the Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation annually while renewing his IEEE membership. He recently donated the speaker fee he received for his keynote address at The Zhongguancun Forum annual meeting themed: "Technology Innovation and International Cooperation" held in Beijing, China. 

"There are two issues that IEEE Foundation can help to address. One is the extension of technology to parts of the world that have not yet gained its benefits. The other is to advance engineering education, because the future prosperity of ever country depends on its capacity to innovate, and innovation requires a talented, well educated, and empowered workforce," Gordon said. 

Robert A. (Bob) Dent
IEEE Life Senior Member

Trusts in IEEE

Robert (Bob) A. Dent joined the Student Branch of IEEE in 1965 while he was a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, USA, the new home of the IEEE History Center. He is particularly interested in the IEEE History Center, a center to preserve, research, and promote the history of information and electrical technologies. 

Bob says, "IEEE provided an opportunity to read and hear technical information, to develop professionally, and to network with my peers in the profession and the industry in which I had chosen to work." After 32 years of volunteering for IEEE, he joined the staff of IEEE as the Executive Director of the Power Engineering Society, now known as the Power & Energy Society (PES). Now he serves as Chair of the PES History Committee. 

"I donate online to the IEEE Foundation because it is easy and secure," he said. Bob donates to the IEEE History Center, primarily, and he also donates to the Foundation Fund so the money goes where it is most needed. He says, "I trust the IEEE Foundation to allocate my contribution to the programs that are appropriate and most in need. I known many of the volunteers and staff of the IEEE Foundation and trust they will use the funds that I contribute to be spent effectively and responsibly." 

Bob believes in supporting programs of the IEEE Foundation because, he says, "I want to pay forward to programs that benefit present and future electrical engineers and society, in general." 

John W. Estey
IEEE Fellow 

$1 Million to Outstanding Scholarship

Originally from Toronto, Canada, John W. Estey holds a BSEE from Queen's University and a MBA from the University of Chicago. John served for 13 years on the IEEE PES Governing Board and two years as Director of the IEEE. 

John dedicated a lifetime of service to S&C Electric Company. He joined S&C Electric Company in Toronto in 1972 and moved to the Chicago, Illinois, USA headquarters later that year, wherein he filled numerous responsible positions in the company's R&D and Marketing operations. In 1988, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer, and became the third CEO in S&C Electric Company's history in 1997. 

Unbeknown to John, Stan Slabas and Wanda Reder, colleagues at S&C, decided to honor John's 40th anniversary with the company. Stan and Wanda worked with the S&C Foundation Board, as part of S&C's Centennial celebration, to name a scholarship after John. S&C Foundation's contribution of $1 million to the IEEE Foundation and the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative was announced as a surprise during S&C's Centennial celebration in September 2011. 

S&C's full gift is earmarked for the IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award in the amount of $5,000 to the top performing student in each IEEE-designated region within the United States, into perpetuity. "I was blown away and very honored," stated John, which compelled him to donate personally. "Since I am from Canada, the IEEE Foundation and I agreed on an amount that would allow the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholarship to extend to a student from Region 7 (Canada) and I was pleased to contribute to the Foundation for that purpose." 

2012 marked the first year of recipients of the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholarship, which awarded six scholarships across the United States. Roll out into Canada began in 2013. 

Bernard (Barney) Finn
IEEE Donor

Keeping Engineers Educated on History

With a degree in Engineering Physics, Barney Finn found his first professional job rewarding but somehow lacking a sense of fulfillment. This led him to obtain a Ph.D. in History of Science, which he still feels would have made him a satisfied engineer; but instead he became curator of the Smithsonian Institution's historical electrical collections. 

His position brought him in contact with the nascent IEEE History Committee. The consequence of his acquaintance was a career-long association, highlighted by the establishment of the History Center in 1980. "The enthusiasm of the committee members, and ultimately the creation of the center, provided reassurance that history should be considered an important element in an engineer's long-term education," Barney said, "I feel strongly that engineers should have exposure to the humanities, especially history." 

The Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize, funding in part by the IEEE Life Members Fund and administered by the Society for the History of Technology, was recently renamed from the IEEE Life Members Prize in Electrical History. Barney says, "Nothing could have made me feel better about my commitment to these two groups than this great honor." The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best published paper in the history of electrotechnology - power, electronics, telecommunications, and computer science.

"The IEEE Foundation is a significant support of the History Center's programs," said Barney. "For this reason my modest financial contributions have given me great satisfaction." 

Bob Franzino
Manager, Federal & State Tax, IEEE Tax Department

Assuring Future Success

Bob Franzino worked at AT&T for twenty years before joined IEEE as a professional staff member in 2006. He says, 'As a Tax Manager in the IEEE Tax Department, I'm extremely proud to work for an organization that is committed to supporting humanitarian efforts, technology development and education. The IEEE Foundation's commitment to education is evidenced by the generous amount it makes available each year for scholarships." Bob noted the favorable ration of program service expense to total expenses year after year is just another assurance that donations are wisely spent. 

Each year the IEEE Tax Department works directly with the Development Office and the Foundation Accounting Group to prepare the Foundation IRS Form 990. Bob says, "I feel the energy and enthusiasm of these individuals and see their commitment to their responsibilities. In reviewing the IRS Form 990 each year with the Foundation President and Treasurer, I feel their dedication in assuring that the Foundation achieves its mission." 

Bob gives to the IEEE Foundation Fund, where Foundation board and staff can direct the money to funds and projects that are the most in need. Bob says, "A donation to the IEEE Foundation is much more than a "Thank You" to the Foundation Board, IEEE Volunteers, Development Office, and Foundation Accounting Group for a history of great achievements. It is also an assurance of future success as an organization." 

Karen A. Galuchie
Executive Director, IEEE Foundation

Giving to the Future of IEEE Members

Karen A. Galuchie joined the IEEE professional team in 1997. Karen shared, "Being part of the IEEE Foundation has afforded me numerous opportunities to witness first-hand the innumerable ways IEEE advances technology for the benefit of humanity and the critical role the IEEE Foundation plays enabling IEEE programs that transform lives all around the world."

"Each and every program that IEEE Foundation supports - thanks to our donors, our most valuable asset - is addressing a pressing need in some corner of the world - so it is hard to say which ones interest me the most," Karen said. She leans towards programs that "empower and nourish bright young minds about technology and how it can be used to improve the human condition. These programs take many forms from offering scholarships, to sharing the history of technology, to STEM lesson plans for teachers, to powering off-grid communities so children can read at night, to hands on programs that solve real world challenges." 

It is the countless ways IEEE Foundation invests and makes a difference all around the world that compels Karen to donate. Karen says, "As the philanthropic arm of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation invests in IEEE, and IEEE is its members. So giving to IEEE is giving to their future, the future of their profession and the technologies they love, and the way the world will use and leverage those technologies today and well into the future." 

Thomas F. Garrity
IEEE Life Fellow

Thomas F. Garrity (Tom) joined IEEE in 1972 to access technical publications, notably the electric power Transaction papers. Interaction with engineering professionals worldwide has been the ultimate reward for his membership, according to Tom, but his fondest memory was being elected an IEEE Fellow. "This recognition by my peers and endorsed by the IEEE Board represents one personal high that I will never forget," Tom said. 

Many IEEE committees and working groups have benefited from Tom's service. He was a member of the PES Board and served on the IEEE Foundation Board from 1997 until 2002. "At my first Foundation Board meeting, I was impressed with the organizational horsepower present. There was a prestigious group of industry icons whose reputations as industry leaders were unprecedented. Membership on the Foundation Board opened my eyes to the work of the Foundation," Tom said. 

The education, history and diversity programs of the Foundation command Tom's attention. "Funding from the Foundation is the catalyst for many worthwhile endeavors," he said. "The Foundation provides the organizational framework to address growing and changing needs, and offers our collective membership the opportunity to be leaders in our profession," Tom added. 

"The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is an example of a genuine need that is being met through industry and individual contributions. Absent such contributions, many worthy programs would go by the wayside." Tom said, "When PES launched the Initiative, I saw an opportunity to volunteer my time, and financially support the critical scholarship program." Tom expressed that member contributions are critically important to the ongoing support and growth of the profession. He said, "The work of the Foundation is pivotal to the sustenance of programs and growth of the electrical profession. Any contribution of any amount enhances our professional image and philanthropy."

Jay Giri
IEEE Fellow

Recognizing Pioneers in Our Field

Jay Giri joined IEEE in 1975 at the suggestion of a college professor. He discovered membership to be a very valuable learning experience and has enjoyed networking, meeting colleagues, learning from others, student interactions, and having an extended professional family regardless of where he was working. Jay reminisces about attending the IEEE meetings as a wide-eyed graduate student, meeting and learning firsthand from the pioneers of the power engineering industry, whose textbooks and papers he was studying at school. 

In 2012, he was elected IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to the design and implementation of power systems control centers." He has been involved in IEEE PES sub-committees, working group, task forces, tutorials, and paper and panel sessions, and is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board.

Considering Jay's background, he was inspired to make his first gift to the IEEE Foundation for the IEEE PES Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award Fund. Established in 2012, this award recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and control of the dynamics of the power system. "I have known Prabha Kundar through IEEE PES since the late 1970s. He was very inspirational as an industry utility engineer who was technically competent, always looking for practical solutions, and one who could confidently challenge academics and other researchers," said Jay. He commends the IEEE Foundation for "enabling IEEE units and pioneers in our field, and continuing to support the growth in student scholarship programs."

Jay is the Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at Alstom Grid's Network Management Solutions in Redmond, WA, USA. He has B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras, India and a Ph.D. from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, USA. 

Dr. Richard (Dick) J. Gowen
2005 to 2007 IEEE Foundation President
IEEE Life Fellow

Engineers Have an Obligation to Assist

Dr. Richard J. Gowen's passion for the IEEE is contagious. As the 2005 IEEE Foundation President, Dick brings a rich history of honored service as an engineer, researcher and educator. He began as a student member, served as the 1984 Centennial President and received the special recognition as the National Professional Engineer of 2004. Dick's contributions to the IEEE Foundation express his deep appreciation for the many benefits the IEEE has provided him during his distinguished career. An advocate of education and technological literacy, he encourages, "IEEE members to share their experiences to assist in the preparation of all students for a lifetime of success in our increasingly technological world. We have an obligation to join with educators to help each student rise to the fullness of their potential." 

Jay Greenberg
IEEE Member

Exemplifying that Time is Money

Volunteering for the betterment of the community has always been a high priority to Mr. Jay Greenberg, who serves as a volunteer to IEEE-USA Energy Policy, Government Fellows and Research & Development Committees in Washington, D.C, USA. An IEEE member since 2003, Jay supports IEEE-USA because of its positive effect on engineering careers in the USA- - advising decision-makers with recommendations based on the proceedings of the aforementioned committees.

Through the efforts of IEEE-USA volunteers, it is possible to correct imbalances in engineering work-force demand, continuing education, protect inventors' rights, provide incentives for innovation, and combat employment discrimination. 

The valuable volunteer time Jay contributes to IEEE-USA is matched by his employer, Boeing, through its Gift Match Program. The program donates up to $6,000 credit in an Employee Gift Match Bank each year per employee, contributing to non-profit organizations through volunteering, monetary contributions, or charity events.

Raking up 775 volunteer hours since 2010, Jay's commitment to the IEEE-USA is truly unique. Chris Brantley, Managing Director of IEEE-USA, says, "Jay is one of our most dedicated volunteers at IEEE-USA. The money he has raised for the IEEE-USA Fund of the IEEE Foundation is a direct reflection of his commitment both of time and resources available to him through The Boeing Company."

Jay believes that the Gift Match program goes beyond the surface-level donation of hours or dollars: "Boeing employees are driving positive change in communities worldwide and open themselves to new opportunities to develop their professional skills and demonstrate their leadership capabilities." 

Thanks to Jay's work with IEEE-USA, as well as the Boeing Gift Match program, more engineering professionals will have the support they need to help the engineering profession prosper. 

Thomas H. Grim
IEEE Life Senior Member

Lifelong IEEE Engagement Parallels Engineering Career

"I joined IEEE as a student member for the networking and continuing education opportunities. I became interested then in the IEEE Engineering Management Society (EMS)."

Years later, Thomas H. Grim attended an Administrative Committee meeting of EMS, now known as the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS). He joined the Committee, ultimately serving as the president of the Board of Governors and then the IEEE Division VI Director. 

Tom spent 38 years working for subsidiaries of the Bell System. Wherever he went, Tom found IEEE opportunities to fill. He continued on the EMS Board of Governors until 2003, when he retired and joined the IEEE Central Texas Section. 

"Through the years I have seen first-hand IEEE projects benefiting the technical community and supporting the next generation of electrical engineers. My wife and I both believe in contributing to organization that supported our career success and we've made many friends through IEEE." 

The most interesting and valuable IEEE programs, in Tom's view, are those that support professional development and encourage young people to pursue engineering, whether at under graduate or graduate level. Tom also supports outreach to build awareness about the value of engineering. 

Tom looks forward to taking a more active role in supporting IEEE programs. "My new job for IEEE as a member of the IEEE Life Members Committee is an opportunity to help direct funding to the good work of IEEE through the IEEE Foundation." 

Michael Heyeck
IEEE Senior Member

Legacies are What You Leave Behind to Help Others

Michael Heyeck was the Senior Vice President at Transmission for American Electric Power until he retired in June 2013. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ, USA.

Michael became a member of IEEE in 1975, while a student, because he thought it was an important addition to his resume. Since then, he realized that IEEE had much more to offer. He states, "Most invention comes from interaction in a neighborhood of thought leaders, whether by the accidental connection of random thoughts, or by a teaming of folks trying to solve a problem. IEEE is that neighborhood of thought leaders that seeds invention for the benefit of society." 

"The IEEE Foundation is a vehicle that can help others who in turn help others to continue advancing technology for a better society," Michael said. When he received the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Leadership in Power Award in 2013, he announced the donation of his honorarium to the IEEE PES Scholarship of IEEE Foundation. In his acceptance speech, he said, "Legacies are what you leave behind to help others." After Michael announced the donation of his honorarium, he recalls, "I was overwhelmed with thanks from the scholarship winners present, one of whom was coincidentally from my hometown." 

Michael believes that college education is expensive and, for most students, yields debt that takes years to overcome. That's why he feels compelled to donate to the IEEE PES Scholarship Fund which supports the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. "It helps advance the profession, helps young men and women decide to make engineering their profession, and helps overcome the shortage of engineering talent that is needed to advance technology for our society's well-being," said Michael. 

Bichlien Hoang
IEEE Senior Member

Giving Back to a Much Larger Community

Bichlien Hoang is an IEEE member, staff member and donor. Serving as the senior program director in IEEE Technical Activities' Future Directions department, she seeks out new and existing technologies for integration into IEEE's intellectual property. But she has also spent a lifetime in the business of building a brighter future.

Bichlien firmly believes in IEEE's core purpose of Advancing Technology for Humanity. "Supporting the IEEE Foundation as an IEEE staff member is another way of expressing support for the IEEE core purpose, which I firmly believe in," she said. "IEEE Foundation provides the means to achieve that purpose by enabling worldwide efforts to materialize," Bichlien added. 

The IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and the IEEE Foundation Fund are most appealing to Bichlien. "Coming to the USA as an immigrant and a 'boat person' from Vietnam, I am particularly sensitive to those that have suffered loss as the result of wars or national disasters and are in dire need of technology-based resources to rebuild," she said. She also donates to the IEEE Foundation General Fund to allow it to support projects that further the scientific and educational purpose of IEEE. "As a former teacher in Vietnam, education is very important to me, and I know my donations benefit educational programs," Bichlien said. 

"Giving back to the community is one of my priorities," said Bichlien. She added, "Each year, the grants provided by the Foundation have allowed projects in different regions and countries, with different focus and purpose, and different target populations to come to fruition. Donating to the IEEE Foundation helps me give back to a much larger community, thanks to the worldwide reach of the Foundation. We can all do our part to make this world better than giving back." 

Gary Hoffman
IEEE Fellow 

Paying It Forward: Giving to the Next Generation of Power Engineers

Gary Hoffman, founder of Advance Power Technologies (APT) in Randolph, New Jersey, USA, dedicated 28 years of his career to the power industry. Now facing an aging power infrastructure and a critical shortage of skilled energy workers, Gary shares, "Over the years, the number of electrical engineers trained in power engineering has diminished. At the same time, many of colleagues are retiring. That leaves a deficit of skilled engineers to maintain and build the nation's power grid." 

When Gary was approached by fellow IEEE member Dave Roop of Dominion Virginia Power to be part of the solution, he felt it was time to "give back" to his profession. As a result, APT contributed generously to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative. 

The Initiative brings together industry, educators and students to attract qualified electrical engineering students to the field. It awards scholarships and connects undergraduates interested in power and energy careers to available internships in the U.S. and Canada. "Making a donation," says Gary, "was targeted to help support the next generation of engineers." 

An IEEE member since 1987, Gary appreciates the opportunity IEEE offers him to support his industry's future. "I chose to put our money into education, bringing the best and brightest into power. The changing industry requires highly skilled engineers and I trust IEEE to find and support those future power engineering leaders," Gary concludes. 


Dr. Eric Honea
IEEE Senior Member
and Dr. K. Kendall Guthrie

A Perfect Match

Dr. Eric Honea and his wife Dr. K. Kendall Guthrie both support the IEEE Foundation. Eric donates primarily to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund and Kendall through her employer’s matching gift program. By having Eric’s donations matched by Kendall’s employer, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, their support for the IEEE Foundation has been tripled.

Eric has been a member of IEEE and the IEEE Photonics Society (and its predecessor, the Laser and Electro-Optics Society) for more than 15 years. He continues appreciating the benefits of the organization, including its publications and conferences. An employee at Lockheed Martin Laser and Sensor Systems, Eric follows trends in the field, especially those relevant to his work in photonics technology.

 “Learning about the IEEE Foundation through the annual appeals to IEEE members, we are pleased to support the IEEE Foundation’s philanthropic efforts. Through the generous matching program of my wife’s employer, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have been able to multiply our contribution to the IEEE Foundation,” Eric shared. Kendall added, “My employer encourages employees to support their own passions. They match any charitable gift our family makes 3:1. That makes it fun to give because we know our donations draw out even more money for our favorite causes.”

Kendall, a social scientist, appreciates that “the IEEE Foundation supports humanitarian projects focused on technology, education and their applications in developing nations. We have two teenage daughters and are especially keen on improving science education in the elementary and middle schools. That’s where people first develop their love of science,” she said.

Eric and Kendall added, “If IEEE members have spouses that work for larger organizations, they should see if they can qualify for matching funds as well.”

Daniel D. Hoolihan
IEEE Senior Member

The Past Helps the Future Shine Bright

Daniel D. Hoolihan, a member of IEEE since 1983, is President of Hoolihan EMC Consulting located in Lindstrom, MN, USA. He is a consultant to the United States Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the area of Telecom Certification Body and Conformity Assessment Body evaluations. He is also an assessor for the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program. Daniel has been on the Board of Directors of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC) since 1987. 

Daniel joined IEEE for the professional opportunities. He stayed active because of the associations he formed through the founding of the IEEE EMC Chapter of the Twin Cities Section in 1986 and the local meetings that followed. Daniel feels that those personal and professional relationships are the biggest benefit of IEEE membership. One of his fondest memories is the 50th anniversary celebration of the IEEE EMC Society in Hawaii in 2007. The Society arranged to have a 50th anniversary pin flown on the USA's NASA shuttle, which is permanently displayed on a plaque at the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, NJ, USA. 

He favors the historical operations and interests of the IEEE Foundation, and donates to its IEEE History Center Fund. Daniel believes the IEEE is a lasting legacy of IEEE. "By supporting the Foundation, a member can support the future efforts of IEEE which are built on the past activities," Daniel said. He added, "We all rely on the outstanding efforts of earlier members of IEEE. We build on their achievements and help our fellow man with our own personal hard work and achievements in the electrical engineering area."

John Impagliazzo
IEEE Life Fellow

Supporting the Profession

A Director of the IEEE Foundation Board, Dr. John Impagliazzo is also an active member of its Development Committee, the IEEE History Committee, and the IEEE Life Members Committee. John was the key motivator in establishing the IEEE Heritage Circle, the cumulative giving donor recognition group that recognizes donors who have made significant donations to the IEEE Foundation throughout their lifetime. John is an Honored Philanthropist in the IEEE Heritage Circle and is Forever Generous as a member of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. He willingly gives his time and resources to advance the IEEE Foundation and to enhance its strategy for the future.

John believes it is important to support the IEEE Foundation because, "It is the philanthropic arm of IEEE, so supporting the IEEE Foundation is supporting oneself and the profession." He added, "The Foundation does good work and it has the potential of making new pathways to benefit humanity and the future of the engineering profession."

A member since 1961, John feels that IEEE is a respected organization with worldwide appeal. "IEEE contributes to humanity and to the engineering profession," he said. "I have really enjoyed working with IEEE past presidents who have had a genuine desire to do the right thing for the greater cause."

John is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Hofstra University, NY, USA where he has served as department chair and the director of its graduate programs. John serves as a consultant for various countries regarding curriculum, assessment, accreditation, and related activities. He is the editor-in-chief of ACM Inroads, a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the ACM Education Board. 

Dr. Leah H. Jamieson
Leah Jamieson
IEEE Fellow

Supporting What You Believe In

The recent focus on the role of engineers and engineering in humanitarian efforts is what compels 2007 IEEE President Leah Jamieson to support the IEEE Foundation. “The Foundation is helping IEEE realize its goals of advancing members' careers and shining a light on the importance of our fields in making the world a better place.”

Dr. Jamieson, the Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, says the biggest benefit of membership is the opportunity to have an active role in IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
“IEEE has given me an amazing professional community and has helped me grow in my career. I benefited from attending IEEE conferences and felt very connected to and respected in my field.”

Dr. Jamieson, an IEEE Fellow, has been involved in the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Technical Activities V.P., Publication Services and Products Board V.P. and in 2007, as IEEE President, she was involved in IEEE strategic planning and was founding chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee.

According to Dr. Jamieson, philanthropy is a tangible way to support the things you believe in. Gifts to the IEEE Foundation can help a young person learn more about engineering, computing and technology; enable recognition of innovators whose work has changed our lives; or help create new opportunities to connect engineering and humanity.

“I believe that IEEE has the potential to change people's lives, from creating the meetings where new ideas are sparked to conveying the excitement of our fields to young people who may become the innovators of the future, said Dr. Jamieson. “I'm grateful for all that IEEE has done for me, and I'm glad to have a chance to give back for all I've gained.”

Susumu Kobayashi
IEEE Life Member

Bringing Meaning and Purpose to his Life

He read somewhere that, "sometimes donations, even if the amount is very small, make your mind stable and calm." In an effort to bring meaning and purpose to his life, Mr. Susumu Kobayashi decided to make his first gift, in 1996, to the IEEE History Center Fund and he has been giving ever since. Sususu Kobayashi is an Honored Philanthropist in the IEEE Heritage Circle, supporting the IEEE History Center, the IEEE Life Members and the IEEE Foundation Funds. Susumu told us he get very excited to find his name on the donor list in the Honor Roll of Donors each year. 

Susumu always had an interest in Mr. Cray's (the "father of supercomputing") computers and his architectures as well as the Central Processing Unit (CPU) architectures of other manufacturer's and vendor's computers. He joined IEEE in 1979 for access to the cutting edge information on computers and CPU architecture and trends in the field. 

Susumu was the President and Representative of the Japan branch of Tera Computer Japan, now known as Cray Japan, Inc, in Tokyo, Japan until he retired in 2005. He has translated, edited and been featured in many books based on computers and technology. 

He says the IEEE Foundation is important because, "it helps and inspires young people to go into science and technology fields." He supports the IEEE History Center because, "Before understanding any technology well, we have to know its history deeply, from the very beginning. We have to gather and prepare historical information, as the History Center does, so this information can be accessed by the rest of the world." Susumu added, "The IEEE History Center is the treasure and legacy of human beings in the world." 

Mark G. Lauby
IEEE Fellow

Supporting the Future of Power Systems

Mark Lauby says, "I appreciate the IEEE Foundation's devotion to recognizing those who have contributed to engineering and society and its commitment to support aspiring to support aspiring technical leaders." He believes "without the IEEE Foundation, it would be difficult to recognize the industry leaders or to make opportunities available to those looking for engineering direction. IEEE creates an infrastructure to support engineering." 

"IEE, through the members and professional staff, provides many learning opportunities and much inspiration. The benefits are highly leveraged compared to the costs. The Foundation provides an opportunity to recognize this leverage and a vehicle to support engineering excellence," Mark said. 

Mark has had a lifelong commitment to the electric power industry and, in 2014, he received the IEEE PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award from IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), an award to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the reliability of electric power systems. He then donated the cash prize from the award back to the Roy Billinton Power System Dynamics and Control Award, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and control of the dynamics of power systems. 

Mark originally joined IEEE as it was the premier organization for Electrical Engineers and the IEEE Power & Energy Society. He is most interest in IEEE Committees, Subcommittees, and Working Groups devoted to bringing industry subject matter experts together to address complex issues affecting the bulk power systems. 

Professor Victor B. Lawrence
IEEE Life Fellow

Prof. Victor B. Lawrence is Director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems, and Associate Dean and Charles Batchler Chair Professor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA. He worked in the information technology and communications R&D field for more than 30 years at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories. 

Victor joined the IEEE to develop his career, network and learn from other's research. "Joining IEEE meant staying connected with the technical community, staying up-to-date with advances in the field through IEEE publications, events and conferences," he said. Victor finds being a member of such a large and reputable organization very appealing. He has served as Chair of the IEEE Awards Board, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transaction on Communications and on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. 

An IEEE Foundation Board Member since 2011, Victor is most interested in the Foundation's outreach programs into developing and emerging countries. "Work in this area can move billions of people from poverty and improve their lives." Victor is a key proponent of R&D globalization and is championing the effort to bring fiber optic connectivity to Africa. 

Victor says that he donates to IEEE Foundation programs because of the very efficient way the programs are chosen and implemented. "The Foundation has unique philanthropic services, humanitarian initiatives and history programs that are of great interest to the IEEE community. The Foundation is the 'innovation engine' of the IEEE," he said. 

Victor feels that it is important for all IEEE Members to support the IEEE Foundation. He says, "Members' support helps to shape the scope and activities of the Foundation and creates opportunity to make an impact on the future of the IEEE." 

Henry Louie
IEEE Senior Member

Turning Visions Into Reality

Henry donates to the IEEE Foundation because, he says, "it supports worthy programs that are conceived by IEEE members." 

Henry is an active volunteer and knows that transformative programs cannot rely on volunteer time alone. IEEE Smart Village is a great example. Henry says, "a broad, diverse team of members is working together to bring electricity to every person in the world. This will not be accomplished through goodwill alone," he said. "Supporting the IEEE Foundation is a way of taking pride in our profession as well as supporting the efforts of other members." 

As the youngest member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board, leaders in the field mentored Henry. To give back, he became one of the pioneering volunteers who worked to establish and run the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund because it encourages undergraduate students to pursue careers in the power industry by providing multi-year scholarships. Henry noted, "the power industry is facing the challenge of an aging workforce, and there is dire need to attract new engineers into the industry." 

He gives because, "the IEEE Foundation plays a crucial role in amplifying the effort of the volunteers- providing funds that turn their visions into reality." 

Milton Lowenstein
IEEE Fellow

I Will Continue to Contribute to IEEE as Long as I Can

Milton Lowenstein can claim he is an IEEE member who never joined IEEE. "I did join The American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in my senior year in 1948 so that I could establish a connection to my new profession. Eventually, IEEE caught up with me." In 1963 AIEE merged with The Institute of Radio Engineers to form IEEE. 

Milton went on to build a career he enjoyed for more than 40 years. He contributed to multiple disciplines throughout his career including control system (analog) development engineering, technical/computer editing for a trade magazine and managing computer system design and operation (digital) for many years. 

Over the past twenty years, Milton has donated generously and consistently to multiple IEEE funds, including the Foundation Fund and the History Center Fund. "I donate to the Foundation because I want to make a general contribution, and to the History Center because I want the advancements of electrical engineering to be recognized and archived." The IEEE History Center relies on donor support to preserve, research and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing.

"Obviously, I think that all electrical engineers should feel the way that I do. I have been making contributions to IEEE since before my retirement in 1990 and I will continue to do so as long as I can." 

Fang-Chen Luo
IEEE Life Member

Fang-Chen Luo was named a co-recipient of the 2011 Jun-ichi-Nishizawa Medal for his long-term contributions to the development of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display. This work set the stage for the proliferation of today's flat-screen televisions, monitors, and mobile phones. Without a second though, Fang-Chen knew he was going to donate his award honorarium to the IEEE Foundation. 

A visionary by nature, Fang-Chen knows, firsthand, the significance of achievement through perseverance. After all, in 1974 when his team first fabricated a working 5-inch 100 x 100 pixels TFT driven panel at Westinghouse R&D Center, the news was soon reported in a TIME magazine article titled "Picture On the Wall" featuring a photo of Fang-Chen holding a working panel. That "picture on the wall" is today's TFT-LCDs.

Fang-Chen understands that a donation to the IEEE Foundation is a contribution to the many programs of the IEEE Foundation, from new and innovative projects to educational grants that foster technological innovations that ultimately benefit humanity. 

In his acceptance speech upon receiving the 2011 Jun-ichi-Nichizawa Medal, Fang-Chen graciously thanked all the engineers around the world who have contributed to the continuous developments of the technology of the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display. This statement reflects Fang-Chen's commitment to the work of the IEEE Foundation and his honor of being able to enable future technologists to never give up on their work. 

"I am honored and humbled to receive the Jun-ichi-Nishizawa Medal and grateful to be able to give back to the IEEE Foundation so others can continue their work and live their dream," said Fang-Chen. 

Kristen MacCartney
IEEE Member

Investing in Youth is in My DNA

Kristen MacCartney is an IEEE member, professional staff member and donor who can't imagine not giving to the IEEE Foundation. "There are so many great reasons to support the Foundation's work. Working with IEEE the Foundation's work. Working with IEEE student members, I see first-hand how programs like EPICS in IEEE and the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative can transform young engineers' academic and professional careers."

As Senior IEEE University Partnership Program (UPP) Manager, Kristen fosters activities that challenge students to develop leadership, teamwork, networking, research and communication skills while learning firsthand how IEEE serves its members, profession and humanity worldwide. UPP is a collaborative community of IEEE student branch officers, their engineering faculty and librarians at some of the world's most prestigious universities. "So many of the early career leaders tell me that IEEE shaped their understanding of ethical innovation. IEEE has inspired them to create technological solutions to the world's most serious challenges. 

In 2012 she received the Joyce E. Farrell IEEE Staff Award, IEEE's highest recognition of excellence among professional staff. She is a prolific volunteer in her professional and local communities, including thirteen years as a Girl Scout leader. 

"Investing in youth is in my DNA. Every day I see first hand how the IEEE impacts young lives and through them, the world. When you believe in an organization like I do the IEEE, you do everything in your power to make it successful."

George F. McClure
IEEE Life Fellow

George F. McClure was a very active volunteer member, but IEEE Foundation most appreciates his service as chair of the IEEE Life Members Committee. 

George said he volunteered for, "the satisfaction that comes from volunteering, contributing to the profession and the association with top-flight engineers in my field." His fondest memory of being an IEEE member is serving on the IEEE Board of Directors. 

George most appreciated IEEE Foundation programs that attract students to engineering and provide humanitarian aid to underdeveloped areas. He generously donated to the IEEE Life Members Fund, the IEEE History Center and IEEE-USA. "I donate because I believe in the work of those groups, and that work would not be possible without voluntary donations," he said. George felt that IEEE Members are the principle resource to enable programs for scholarships, public outreach, development of STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), encouragement of Women in Engineering and humanitarian aid. 

"When I achieved Life Member status, my member dues and assessments were waived, as well as my basic subscriptions to technical societies where I had five years or more membership. I believed that the savings should be diverted to charitable contributions to "give back" to the Institute that had helped throughout my career," George said. 

George regularly shared interesting statistics from Gross National Happiness by Arthur C. Brooks, Basic Book, 2008, "People who give charitably are happier than people who don't. The givers are 43 percent more likely than non givers to say they are very happy. Volunteers are 42 percent more likely to be happy than non volunteers." George used this information on behalf of the Foundation to inspire others. Thank you for your support, George, and rest in peace. 

Thomas E. McDermott
IEEE Fellow

Encouraging the Next Generation of Engineers

Thomas E. McDermott was introduced to IEEE as a student when his advisor recommended he join to take advantage of IEEE's technical publications and conferences. Today, a proud IEEE member for almost 40 years, Tom advises his own students to seek IEEE scholarships or participate in activities that encourage young engineers to pursue careers in electric power. 

As an assistance professors of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Tom recommends IEEE programs given his own achievement as the 1980-81 recipient of the IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Fellowship. 

His dedication to the education of future engineers and the participation of other power industry colleagues motivated Tom to generously support the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative, an IEEE Foundation Signature Program. The Initiative is open to students from any school, not just the schools with large power programs, and that broad reach appeals to Tom. He also appreciates the size of the scholarship, "large enough to help a student who's interested in electric power, but not so large that it would reduce other financial aid." Tom is also interested in IEEE Smart Village, another IEEE Foundation Signature Program, as it aims "to help developing countries with (in part) sustainable electric power systems." 

John D. McDonald
IEEE Fellow

John D. McDonald joined IEEE and the Power & Energy Society (PES) in 1971 as a Purdue University student and has been involved since. John earned his BSEE and MSEE degrees and began working in industry. He served on the IEEE PES Governing Board for 12 years, holding elected positions as Secretary and President. John has served on the IEEE Board of Directors as IEEE Division VII Director and was elected to the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors. "IEEE and PES have given me opportunities for increasing my technical knowledge and experience, networking, leadership and public speaking," stated John. 

John's fondest memory of IEEE membership is receiving the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award where his family was present at the Awards Luncheon. "Sharing this experience with my family was very special for me," he said. 

Since 2008, John has worked with GE Energy Management, Digital Energy in Atlanta, GA, USA, and serves as Director of Technical Strategy & Policy Development. Throughout his 38 years in the electric utility industry, John has pursued his passion for encouraging young people to become involved in power engineering. In 2011, John volunteered to participate in the scholar selection process of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, wherein he evaluated and scored 26 applications in 2011 and 77 applications in 2012. 

"I believe so strongly in this Initiative that I committed to personally donate, and 100% of my donations are matched by my employer, GE and the GE Foundation. In fact, the GE Foundation matches 100% of each employee's contributions to qualified organizations up to $50,000 per year per employee," he was very proud to share. "We need to do everything we can to persuade EE students to specialize in power engineering!" concluded John. 


Mr. John Meredith
IEEE Senior Life Member

A Proud Supporter

John Meredith joined a joint IRE/AIEE Student Branch during his first week in college in 1960. Following graduation and assignments with the United States Navy, John became involved with IEEE’s Idaho Section and then Pikes Peak Section serving in several officer positions.

John helped organize and then chaired a Solid-State Circuits Chapter. He was appointed to IEEE Region 5’s Executive Committee as Education Activities Chair. He was elected to serve as Region 5 Director in 2004-05 and also served as IEEE-USA President in 2007. In 2006, he was elected to the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Foundation’s Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. He frequently and effectively presents on the Foundation’s behalf to encourage and excite other Members to donate and support the programs of the Foundation.

“The IEEE Foundation allows me to channel my giving to projects and activities related to our profession. The projects and initiatives funded by the IEEE Foundation are making a difference,” said John. “I’m proud to be a supporter.” John and his wife, Lorraine, donate to various Foundation funds, but his primary focus is to preserve IEEE history. “History is all about the future -- it provides inspiration to create solutions to the grand challenges of today. Our legacy provides a great example for those who strive to make the world a better place,” John said. As the IEEE Foundation representative to the IEEE Life Members Committee, John supports the IEEE Life Members Fund and has a strong interest in the IEEE Awards Program.

“I encourage all IEEE members to learn more about the IEEE Foundation and the opportunities to support its programs, activities and initiatives. I also encourage members to become involved by proposing philanthropic projects that will make a difference,” John said.

William W. Middleton
IEEE Life Fellow

A Member's Legacy Promulgates Engineering History

Born in Bedford, PA, USA in 1920, Mr. William "Bill" Middleton's influence on IEEE was felt in every aspect of the organization. 

Bill was deeply interested in the history of engineering; his passion is exemplified through two legacy gifts to the IEEE Foundation totaling $75,000. These bequests were fulfilled, more than 10 years after his death, through the estate of his wife, Joyce Middleton, who passed away November 2012. 

"The sheer size of his donations, in addition to the four decades he spent in service to IEEE and the profession, and contributed greatly to IEEE's continued advancement and success," 2008 IEEE President Lew Terman recalls. 

Bill's bequest of $25,000 will enable the IEEE History Center to support the development and publishing of IEEE history. The second bequest of $50,000 combines two of Bill's interests - history and awards. It will support the newly established IEEE William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award. The award will be bestowed by the IEEE History Committee and will recognize the author(s) of history of IEEE related technology that exemplifies exceptional scholarship and reaches a broad audience. Bill believed in spreading the history of engineering into the public eye. "This award will encourage the kind of writing that Bill would have enjoyed," IEEE Life Fellow and IEEE Foundation Vice President of Development Lyle Feisel explains. 

The IEEE Foundation acknowledges Bill and Joyce's extraordinary commitment by including their names on the roster of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. To IEEE and the IEEE Foundation, the are Forever Generous. Read more about William W. Middleton on the IEEE Global History Network. 

Raj Mittra
IEEE Life Fellow

Foundation Makes His Wish Come True

A recently established award was named after Dr. Raj Mittra and another IEEE Foundation donor, Dr. Roger F. Harrington. The IEEE Harrington-Mittra Award in Computational Electromagnetics was established in 2013 to recognize the past technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding contributor to the area of Computational Electromagnetics.

Raj donates to the IEEE Harrington-Mittra Award Fun, "to recognize outstanding contributions in the area of Computational Electromagnetics, an area which has played such an important role in the lives of both Roger and me." He says, "the IEEE Foundation has been very helpful in making my wish come true by facilitating the establishment of this award." Raj's dedication to giving is recognized in the IEEE Heritage Circle as an Honored Philanthropist. 

"The IEEE Foundation makes a significant difference in the lives of IEEE members through its unique programs for Grants and Awards," says Raj. He says, "the IEEE Foundation deserves the support of IEEE members because of the way it manages these programs in a professional manner on the behalf of IEEE members." Raj added, "I firmly believe that for IEEE awards, the only way to go is through the IEEE Foundation, which is a highly professional organization, and a pleasure to work with." 

 Greg Olsen
IEEE Fellow

 We Need the Best in Power Engineering

Greg Olsen joined IEEE in 1966 as a student to take advantage of networking opportunities. After an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur, Greg is president of GHO Ventures in Princeton, NJ, USA managing "angel investments" in a South African winery and a Montana ranch. An IEEE Laser & Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Fellow, he was the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2005.

As a child living in Brooklyn, NY, USA, Olsen dreamed of making a trip into space. The launch of Sputnik inspired him to study science, math and engineering. Despite less than stellar grades, Greg convinced Fairleigh Dickinson to take a chance on him. He earned two bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering, a master's in physics and a Ph.D. in materials science. 

Greg, the first recipient of the prestigious IEEE Aron Kressel Award in 2000, "for contributions to the development and commercialization of indium gallium arsenide detectors for communications and sensing applications," established and sold two optoelectronics companies. 

Greg's modest beginnings and incredible success inspired him to give back. He is a generous donor to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative and speaks to numerous groups to encourage children to consider careers in science and engineering. 

Dr. Roberto Padovani
IEEE Fellow

Inspiring New Generations of Students

Dr. Roberto Padovani, executive vice president at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. headquartered in San Diego, California, USA, joined IEEE as a student member in 1982. Roberto now holds more than 80 patents on wireless systems. 

He is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Eric. E. Sumner Award and is selected to be the 2016 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medall recipient "for innovations enabling efficient, wideband, wireless access to the Internet that is central to all third-generation cellular networks," among other accolades.

Roberto believes information theory provides the foundation for future practitioners and theoreticians and generously sponsors the IEEE Distinguished Lecture, which has been delivered by some of the best in the field, has inspired, and will continue to inspire, new generations of students." 

He also supports the development of a documentary celebrating American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer Claude E. Shannon's 100th birthday in April 2016. Roberto believes the film "will spark the interest of students and perhaps steer them towards the STEM fields of study." 

An Alexander Graham Bell member of the IEEE Heritage Circle, Roberto adds, "IEEE plays an important role in providing the necessary tools for fostering innovation, offering the opportunity for members to review each other's work, collaborate, brainstorm and innovate. IEEE certainly fosters a sense of excitement for engineering among young people as it did for me more than thirty years ago." 

James (Jim) Palmer
IEEE Fellow

Networking Leads to Making a Difference

Jim Palmer joined IEEE while attending the University of California, Berkeley to network with other students interested in Electrical Engineering. Since joining IEEE more than 50 years ago, Jim has received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where he started his career as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and later served as the Director of the School of Engineering and Director of Systems Research Center. 

"The professional contacts and conferences gave me the opportunity to meet with other professionals in the field and learn about the other aspects of IEEE. As a new faculty member, IEEE membership provided the opportunity to publish research work and share findings with others working in the same or related areas," said Jim of the value of his IEEE membership. 

Through networking with another IEEE member, Jim was introduced to the IEEE Foundation. When asked why he believes IEEE members should support the IEEE Foundation, Jim replied, "The Foundation supports so many important programs that reinforce the best that IEEE can do to provide for those in need and to broaden the scope of member activities." 

As an annual donor to the IEEE Life Member Fund of the IEEE Foundation, Jim sees the Foundation growing and prospering through the generosity of members. He said, "the Foundation supports emerging countries, student activities, and a widening of the membership to be more inclusive and representative of the society as a while, thus is worthy of support from all members regardless of grade or interests." 

Nita Patel
IEEE Senior Member

The Impact of Technology on Humanity

Nita Patel joined IEEE originally because, "it was a great way for a shy person like me to meet others in the engineering field." Since joining, she has been an active volunteer on multiple committees and boards, and has attended many conferences. 

"I think it is vitally important to do good," Nita says. When talking about the IEEE Foundation, Nita says, "I am interested in the scholarship funds and special projects focusing on humanitarian outreach and engineering literacy. As technologists, we have the power to make a difference in the world and I like that the IEEE Foundation encourages these types of programs." She went on to say, "I think many scholarships that the Foundation supports are critical to inspiring and engaging the next generation of active volunteers."

Nita shared, "I am an active IEEE volunteer and I donate to the IEEE Foundation because I know the funds are used on real programs by passionate volunteers who are excited about making a difference." She added, "I especially appreciate that the overhead is low and that there are specially designated funds to provide even more specificity to my donations." 

"I know that members give their time to IEEE, but not all goals can be accomplished by manpower alone," Nita said. "I think many IEEE members are passionate about what they do and would love to see that passion shared by the greater public. Supporting the IEEE Foundation is one easy way to do that." 

Sharon Phillips
IEEE Senior Member

Although her husband's Spectrum and Transactions publications came into their house for years, it was the social aspect of the IEEE which eventually caused Sharon Phillips to join. Sharon was attracted to an institution which would be with her through job changes and retirement. "Since I've been a member, I've lost both my father and my husband who were also members. IEEE keeps me surrounded by engineers fascinated by how the physical world works. That reminds me of being with those engineers that I have lost," she said. Sharon added, "I have fond memories of driving home from Section Executive Committee meetings with my husband and discussing how glad we were to have participated."

Sharon became an engaged volunteer and progressed through the planned succession of the IEEE Chicago Section Executive Board after her elevation to Senior Member. She held the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, and now she is Section Chair. "It is unlike anything I have experienced in my career. I can speak with authority about the compromises one makes within an organization to keep the group moving forward," says Sharon. 

Sharon first considered donating to the IEEE Foundation General Fund during a meeting with a Foundation Director. Sharon shared, "We were discussing a Chicago Section project, Science Kits for Libraries, sponsored by the Fund. The project had grown and been granted Foundation dollars to grow further. As the director interacted with our Section volunteer, John Zulaski, I saw that Foundation funds aren't given away freely. The directors take care to oversee recipient programs and donors' input is given careful attention." Sharon knew that donor dollars were being well spent. She said, "Spending money is easy. Spending money well is not easy. When engineers contribute to engineering programs, accountability will naturally be high." 

E. James Prendergast
IEEE Senior Member

E. James "Jim" Prendergast joined IEEE in 1977 while working on his Ph.D. at Cambridge University. "Accessing the latest technical information was a critical then as it is now for successful research. I began work for Bell Labs in 1980 and since then, IEEE has been a key aspect of my work life as well," he said.

In 1992 he moved to Motorola, in 2002 he worked for DuPont. During all of his transitions he remained a member of IEEE and joined the professional staff as Executive Director in 2009. Over the years, he has belonged to ten Societies and hsa worked in five IEEE Regions. His core technical interests remain most closely aligned with those of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. 

The biggest benefit of IEEE membership, according to Jim, is being part of the technical community of experts where one can learn, debate and grow the overall body of knowledge. "IEEE is in the Knowledge Business through our publications, conferences, standards, and educational activities. I have lived through and participated in multiple technology revolutions and in every case IEEE played a key role. It's technical diversity and international footprint is unrivaled," he said.

"I had the good fortune of attending some of the world's best universities through scholarships. I strongly support the Foundation's efforts in this area and in other educational programs," said Jim. He added, "it is our responsibility to give back and support future generations of technologists." Jim's generous donations to IEEE Foundation enabled his membership in the IEEE Heritage Circle at the Nikola Tesla level. He donates primarily to the IEEE Foundation General Fund because, "there are many areas where the IEEE Foundation can have significant impact. I believe that the management of the Foundation should have the flexibility to use their funds broadly."  

Emerson W. Pugh
IEEE Life Fellow 

 Leading By Example

"The biggest benefit of my IEEE membership has been to learn and practice leadership kills," says Dr. Emerson Pugh. A leader he is. Emerson served as IEEE president in 1989. In 1996, he joined the IEEE Foundation Board serving as its President from 2000 through 2004. During his presidency, he initiated a study of the relationship between IEEE and the IEEE Foundation resulting in the creation of the policies and procedures manual, operations manual, and contracts with IEEE organizational units for which the Foundation held donated money. 

His personal passion is volunteering to promote projects of the IEEE History Center. His fervor for the Center is made apparent through his investment of time, talent and treasure. In 2009, while serving on the IEEE History Committee, he helped conceive the Significant Technological Achievement Recognition Selections program (STARS). This compendium of approximately 20 peer-reviewed articles on the history of major developments in electrical and computer science and technology is on the IEEE Global History Network and will be published in the highly respected Proceedings of the IEEE

Emerson is enthusiastic about the Foundation's activities in supporting the development and promotion of the histories of technologies in the fields of interest to IEEE members. A member of the IEEE Heritage Circle and the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League, Emerson gives generous annual gifts to the IEEE History Center, the IEEE Life Members and the IEEE Foundation Funds. He donates to the Foundation because, he says, "The IEEE Foundation has many programs worthy of funding. If IEEE members do not support these activities, who will?"

Emerson's Oral History can be found on the Global History Network at ieeeghn.org. 

Ramachandra G. Ramakumar
IEEE Life Fellow

Ramachandra G. Ramakumar (Rama) joined IEEE in 1962 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and has maintained his membership ever since. "Joining IEEE was important for my professional career as an educator which started in 1957 at Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India (University of Madras)." Rama held many leadership roles and chaired numerous technical paper sessions and panel sessions on topics related to renewable energy. 

Rama joined the College of Engineering, Agriculture and Technology faculty at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA in 1967 and for 45 years he has been involved in renewable energy work, and nurturing the advancement of this technology. "Recently thing have turned around considerably with utility-scale penetration of wind, photovoltaic and other technologies. When an opportunity arose, I felt it was important to recognize and encourage activities in renewable energy with a suitable IEEE Society-level award for contributions and excellence," said Rama. 

Rama is recognized in the IEEE Heritage Circle - Alexander Graham Bell level for his contribution to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award Fun. Rama said, "My wife Gokula, son Sanjay and daughter Malini played vital roles in enabling me to achieve my modest professional accomplishments and, as such, I named the award for my family." Establishing this award fund is Rama's legacy gift to IEEE and IEEE Foundation. "The award will recognize outstanding contributions in the field of development, utilizing and integrating renewable energy resources in the national and global energy scenarios," Rama said. He added, "As the world transitions to increasing use of energy technologies that have minimal carbon footprint, IEEE Power & Energy Society should play a leading role to enable this transition. Encouraging activity towards this goal is the primary objective of this award." 

S.K Ramesh
IEEE Fellow

IEEE Foundation: Supporting the Mission of IEEE

S. K. Ramesh is a founding member of the IEEE Student Branch at his alma mater, the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. With an academic career spanning over 25 years he has served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge, CA, USA since 2006. Ramesh said, "I deeply value and appreciate my association with IEEE. I am very grateful and continue to be inspired by dedicated volunteers with whom I have the privilege to work with thanks to IEEE."

"Our members impact every walk of life and develop the technologies of tomorrow. From Signature Programs like Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS in IEEE), to funding for innovative projects to attract young learners to the STEM disciplines - there are numerous programs that are vital to the profession and our collective future." Ramesh is delighted to see that EPICS is now a Signature Program of the IEEE Foundation. 

Ramesh is the Chair of the IEEE Educational Activities Board - Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee, and President-Elect of IEEE-HKN, and says he is passionate about broadening participation in the STEM disciplines and engineering. Ramesh said, "It is important that we sustain and support the IEEE Foundation to continue these worthy programs."

Ramesh says, "As its core the IEEE Foundation plays a vital role in supporting the mission of IEEE: Advancing Technology for Humanity. The program it supports are having such a tremendous positive impact globally and inspire me to donate." 

Pete Sauer
IEEE Life Fellow

Technical Leader Interested in Signature Programs

Pete Sauer joined IEEE in 1973 as an electrical engineer on a design assistance team for the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, VA, USA. Pete says he, "joined IEEE for the professional collaboration, the interaction with other electrical engineers in industry and academia."

Pete is especially interested in the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative, an initiative to provide scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers. Pete says, "The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus and the IEEE Smart Village initiatives are both very worthy programs that will make a positive impact on our profession and society at large."

Pete is also interested in the innovative Signature Programs of IEEE Foundation, which are at the heart of IEEE Foundation's work. These programs deliver immediate impact coupled with long-term growth in intellectual capital, human resources capacity, and technological literacy. "The Signature Programs are important to our profession and society in general. They provide a positive impact for the future through support of young people and those striving to improve the quality of life," Pete says.

Pete feels that as engineers, "we are the technical leaders in our society and it is our responsibility to ensure that technology provides a positive impact on society and moves our lifestyle to a better state." He believes that giving to IEEE Foundation is a way to do this. 

Eric Schmidt
IEEE Member

What Motivates Doers and Donors

In 2014, Eric Schmidt received the IEEE Founders Medal "for transforming global access to information through his leadership and technical contributions." Eric says, "I admire human intelligence, the drive to understand and improve, and the informed confidence that there is a better way." Eric donated the cash prize honorarium he received from the Founders Medal to the IEEE Foundation Fund. 

"The IEEE Foundation supports programs which focus on innovation that creates meaningful social impact," Eric says. "The engineering across IEEE has improved the quality of life. Being able to advance and accelerate that improvement is joy for us. I believe that fifty years from now the greatest technological benefits to humanity will come from ideas and technologies not yet imagined." 

Eric believe it is important for IEEE members to support the IEEE Foundation. "Great cathedrals were built by many hands. We must all do our part. Perhaps that is a large or small donation, perhaps it is editing journals, or working with students," he says. "Most important is respecting the knowledge you have been given by working in some way to help others gain knowledge. This sense of continuity is what motivates doers and donors throughout IEEE to advance the professions and innovations of technology." Eric hopes that other leaders in the technology industry will see the wisdom of investing in the very people and institutions that are building the future.

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
IEEE Fellow

Encouraging Students to Explore the Power Engineering Field

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III (Ed) is a pioneer in digital protection. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2012, was awarded the IEEE Medal in Power Engineering for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment. 

Ed is the recipient of the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He was awarded two honorary doctorates, and has served on the faculties of Ohio University and Washington State University. He has written dozens of technical papers and holds more than 35 U.S. patents pertaining to electric power system protection, metering, monitoring, and control. 

In 1982, he founded Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. (SELF), headquartered in Pullman, Washington, USA, to develop and manufacture digital protective relays, related products and services. Today, SEL serves the electric power industry worldwide. 

In 2012, Ed became a unique multi-type donor to the IEEE Foundation's PES Scholarship in the amount of $1.1 million. Whereas the Schweitzers designated their personal gift locally, SEL's $1 million gift is national in scope to help build the technical workforce of the energy future within the US. "SEL, my wife Beatriz, and I believe it is important to support programs that encourage students to explore the power engineering field. These students will make future contributions to the industry and we are so happy to be a part of that," Ed stated proudly. 

"SEL is committed to providing opportunities for research and development of new innovations to assist the industries we serve. The PES Scholarship assists students who will be the electrical engineers of tomorrow," stated Ed. "Innovation is what drives us and we are excited to see what these students will create!"

Lotfollah Shafai
IEEE Life Fellow

Encouraging Female Engineers

Mr. Lotfollah (Lot) Shafai's gift enabled the creation of the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award.This unique award recognizes the past technical accomplishments and future potential of outstanding women of mid-career status in the field of antennas and propagation. IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society established the fund and will present the award annually. 

Lotfollah says, "I know that female engineers with family responsibilities face challenges in engineering education and engineering practices to a different degree than men may.My daughter is an electrical engineer and I have come to understand deficiencies of our educational system in addressing the needs of the female students," said Lotfollah. He added, "One way to over this problem is to reward outstanding female engineers for their successes. We need to encourage more female students to become engineers, so they can help us to educate more and better female engineers." Lotfollah created this award, with the help of his daughter and wife, to recognize the success of female engineers in spite of all the difficulties. Lotfollah's donation allows him to be recognized in the IEEE Heritage Circle. 

In 2013 he received the "John Kraus Antenna Award" from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society "for contributions to the design and understanding of small high efficiency feeds and terminals, wideband planar antennas, low loss conductors, and virtual array antennas." This award fund is also held by the IEEE Foundation. 

He received his B.S. from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 

Richard (Dick) Snyder
IEEE Life Fellow

Teaming Up with an Old Friend

Richard (Dick) Snyder, IEEE Life Fellow, has learned many lessons throughout his career in microwave engineering from his friend, Kiyo Tomiyasu. One lesson that stands out among the rest is the importance of supporting students to ensure a continuing flow of competent microwave engineers. Understanding the importance of rewarding students and finding the funding to do so are two different things. So when Kiyo presented the Microwave Education Fund, administered by the IEEE Foundation, as a means to raise philanthropic dollars to direct resources to deserving microwave students, Dick quickly agreed to make a gift. Through his company, RS Microwave Company, Inc., Dick matched Kiyo's gift to once again team up with his old friend to double the good that can be done for the students interested in pursuing careers in the field of microwave engineering. 

James M. Tien
IEEE Life Fellow

Giving Back to an Organization that Gave so Much to Him

James M. Tien has left a lasting imprint on IEEE during 30 years of volunteer service and a long history of donating generously to the IEEE Foundation.

Supportive of all that IEEE Foundation is engaged in, James says, "bringing the exhilaration of scientific discovery to students, fostering technological innovation, preserving history, working to benefit humanity, promoting awareness of the long-reaching effects of engineering are all things I want to support." His annual gifts to the IEEE History Center and Life Members Fund of the Foundation constitute what he calls, "giving back to IEEE," in partial thanks to what IEEE has given him - a successful career. 

James volunteers his time and energy to enhance IEEE's image and to improve the services it provides to its members and industry. James received the 2010 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award "for vision and leadership in advancing IEEE's global visibility and recognition as an innovator in technical, publication and educational services." James explains, "much, if not all, of my professional success is due to my association with IEEE, whether publishing in its top-rated journals, participating in its well-attended conferences, engaging in its educational mission, or being honored with its prestigious awards." James view IEEE as "the organization of choice for professional growth and the source for technical and educational materials." 

James joined IEEE in 1966 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, USA. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Systems Engineering and Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, then worked at Bell Labs and the Rand Corporation before joining the RPI faculty in 1977. In 2007, he was recruited to become professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, USA. 

John Treichler
IEEE Fellow

When John R. Treichler was a student engineer, joining IEEE was "THE way to stay connected with your colleagues and to have a forum for discussing new technical ideas." In fact, says Treichler, "it was expected at the time." IEEE membership benefits filled John's need as he rose through corporate ranks to achieve his current position as Chief Technologist of Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, and rose through IEEE's member grade to become an IEEE Life Fellow. 

Throughout his progress, John gave back to IEEE by serving as an active member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, currently serving as Vice President for Membership Awards. Recently, however, he started giving back in another way. John began to think about the "societal need for the preservation of the history of electrical and electronic technology and the people who created it," and began donating generously to the IEEE Foundation's History Center Fund, in order to support the Center's mission to preserve and make known the history of IEEE, its members, their professions, and the related technologists. 

When asked why his fellow IEEE members should take responsibility for the preservation of their shared technological heritage, John responds simply, "Who else is going to do it?"

John Vig
IEEE Fellow

Volunteer Donates Honorarium

While serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, John Vig, IEEE Fellow, became aware of the good works of the IEEE Foundation. As a result, he started making an annual gift to the IEEE Foundation. During 2005, John was honored by his peers in the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society with the UFFC Distinguished Service Award. While he was happy to be recognized by his peers, he felt ill at ease about accepting the honorarium. John says, "A volunteer is defined as a person who works for an organization without being paid, so to give a volunteer a monetary award for volunteer work made no sense to me." By asking UFFC-S to donate his honorarium to the IEEE Foundation, John knew that the money would be reinvested to further the scientific and educational purposes of the organization he values and to which he volunteers so many hours. 

David M. Weiss
IEEE Life Senior Member

Life Members' Reach Extends Far And Near

David M. Weiss joined IEEE in 1969 and after realizing the benefits; he knew he would be a member for life. David chairs the IEEE New York Section Technology Management Council and is the NY Section's Representative to the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council. 

The programs that interest David most are the IEEE Foundation Signature Programs. He supports high-level initiatives that promote engineering activities and standards that would contribute to the betterment of the world - like the IEEE Foundation Signature Programs do.

David donates to the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation which supports the activities of interest to Life Members, potential engineers, and engineering students. The IEEE Life Members Committee annually releases limited edition pewter coasters for a donation designated to the Life Members Fund. David is a big fan and collects all the coasters in the series. The coasters each commemorate a different event from the IEEE History Center's IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing program ranging from the Tokaido Shinkansen to the Panama Canal electric and control installation of 1914. All coasters are still available. 

"Electrical and Electronic engineering as disciplines play a fundamental and strategic role in the progress we are making today," says David. David knows that with the help of the IEEE Foundation, "IEEE will continue to lead the way in the development and application of these technologies in the future." 

Dr. Arthur W. Winston
IEEE Life Fellow

Dr. Arthur W. Winston, IEEE Life Fellow and member since 1955, valued his membership for the technical material and meetings which helped with his work. At the age of 29, he was asked to chair a major IEEE exposition with lectures and exhibits, which introduced him to many IEEE activities. He has been involved ever since. 

Arthur is compelled to participate in IEEE activities for many reasons: working in an area that interests him, the feeling of making a contribution, and meeting and interacting with interesting people world-wide. "IEEE affords an opportunity to keep current with technical and social interests. My membership has kept me mentally and spiritually active, vital and young," Arthur said. 

Arthur became aware of the Foundation when he joined the IEEE Board of Directors. he was elected IEEE President in 2004 and then served seven years on the IEEE Foundation Board until 2012. He served as Vice President of Development, 1st Vice President, Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and on the Finance Committee through the years.

"The Foundation meets the social imperatives that IEEE alone does not. I favor Foundation sponsored educational programs that are scalable and far-reaching since I believe that education is a passport for life," Arthur said.

A loyal, annual donor, Arthur found another way to support the IEEE Foundation that suits his current stage of life. He is now Forever Generous and a valuable member of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. "I believe that the Foundation's work should be supported," Arthur says. "As someone who has recently retired, cash flow becomes an issue to be considered. So my wife, Lily, and I decided the best way for us to contribute is to include IEEE Foundation in our trust." 

Ralph W. Wyndrum, Jr. 
IEEE Life Fellow

Committed to Programs that Further Innovation

Since he joined IEEE predecessors the AIEE and IRE in 1957, finding ways to spark innovation and recognize member contributions have been at the forefront for former IEEE-USA President Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr. The tools provided by IEEE have been invaluable throughout his career and as a student. "In graduate school and during my doctoral research, IEEE publications were indispensable and this continued to be the case in the first decades of my career at Bell Labs," he says. "Increasingly, in my career, the professional conferences and networking afforded by IEEE became most important." 

A long-time, generous donor, Ralph's most recent donation to the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation exemplifies his commitment to continuing programs that further innovation. "The Fund supports my professional values, awards grants to programs which encourage innovation for humanity, recognizes important member contributions, and represents the values that innovative engineering delivers to the world at large. It also supports our History Committee assuring a well-documented past for the IEEE," he said. 

"The Life Members and IEEE Foundation's grant program makes important technical and social contributions, is judged by competent peers, and will improve the lives of future generations," said Ralph. This is why he is driven to support the program. 

"Those who should best understand the goals and successes of the Foundation are indeed our members. Young members and senior members alike can find initiatives that resonate with them and they should support those initiatives," said Ralph. 

Thanks to generous donors like Ralph, more engineers will be equipped with the resources they need to thrive in their career and innovate in ways they never could have before.

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