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Investing in Potential and Transforming Lives Around the Globe 

We proudly recall the ways IEEE Foundation served as the IEEE philanthropic partner during 2021 and enter 2022 with a sense of achievement and excitement for the future. In the December 2021 “A Year in Review - Thanks to You” edition of this e-newsletter, we shared a few highlights of the IEEE Foundation’s work and path forward for 2022.

This month, we focus on the accomplishments of many of the IEEE programs, supported by donors like you, that Illuminated, Educated, Engaged and Energized human potential. 


President Ford
Welcome our new IEEE Foundation President - Ralph Ford

IEEE Foundation is excited to welcome our new IEEE Foundation Board President, Ralph Ford! President Ford seeks to optimize IEEE Foundation’s ability to connect member-led IEEE social impact initiatives with philanthropic support, expertise and guidance. 2022 is President Ford’s sixth year on the Board having served as the IEEE Foundation’s Vice President of Development during 2020 and 2021. Join us on 10 February 2022 at 1:00 pm ET for the live "fireside chat" with President Ford to hear about his goals and vision for the IEEE Foundation. The session will include a live Q&A session with the audience.

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John and Jo-Ann
John and Jo-Ann McDonald Pledge Support to PES S+ and HKN Student Chapter Support 

With 47 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry, his role as an IEEE Foundation Director, and his one hundred fifty published papers and articles, it may be hard to imagine John D. McDonald as an undergraduate student at Purdue University. Yet, in 1971, it was coed John who first joined both IEEE and the Power & Energy Society (PES), and was inducted into HKN, initiating vital relationships that have spanned five decades. Throughout these past 50 years, John has remained a steadfast supporter (both as a donor and as a volunteer) of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation. His unwavering and dedicated commitment of his time, talent and treasure  nurtures the next generation of innovators and advances technology for the benefit of humanity.  


IEEE Education Week - join the IEEE global community from 4-8 April 2022 to celebrate the many ways IEEE impacts education at every level.
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Coming Soon
WISE Intern Application Deadline
Deadline for IEEE Student Members to apply to participate in the immersive nine-week Washington Internship for Students of Engineering (WISE) program and discover the value including engineers and scientists perspectives in shaping public policy.
IEEE Foundation Fireside Chat 
Join us for the virtual Fireside Chat with our new President Ralph Ford and Executive Director Karen Galuchie. Register here.  
National Inventors’ Day 
On National Inventors’ Day, let us congratulate the 2022 class of IEEE Fellows who were recognized by the IEEE Board of Directors for their exceptional distinction in the profession.

Mark your calendar
World Radio Day - explore an IEEE REACH inquiry unit designed to lead students through a study of mass communications by exploring the history of radio and broadcasting.

Library Lover's Day 
Library Lover's Day- discover how Science Kits for Public Libraries helps libraries start science kit collections that are free and accessible to the public.
Celebrate Engineers Problem Solvers by Profession - Engineers Week is a time to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world and engage the next generation of innovators.
The 4th IEEE PES Day focuses on ”Clean Energy Revolution!.” PES is the largest philanthropic IEEE Society partner of the IEEE Foundation.
To celebrate World Radio Day - explore an IEEE REACH inquiry unit designed to lead students through a study of mass communications by exploring the history of radio and broadcasting.
Imagining Tomorrow - Engineers Week (February 21–27, 2021) is a time to celebrate the critical work of engineers and engage the next generation of innovators.
IEEE-HKN’s premier educational and networking event is now a multi-day, interactive, online experience! All the best features of the Student Leadership Conference, IEEE-HKN Founders Day celebrations and more are available through the “HKN Experience.

Focus newsletter Dec 2021


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