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Just like you and your loved ones, IEEE and the IEEE Foundation have been watching closely as events surrounding COVID-19 change rapidly. In this time of global crisis when we must isolate ourselves for the greater good, our IEEE community of donors, volunteers, grantees and staff has come together to:
  • Provide support for STEM education as teachers struggle to shift instruction to eLearning in quarantine
  • Preserve essential services and resources, like electricity, often for the most vulnerable communities in the world
  • Secure our future by investing in the greatest young minds of our generation --the kinds of minds who will work to ensure a crisis of this magnitude never happens again
None of this would be possible without the support of generous philanthropists, like you, who are willing to invest in advancing technology for humanity. As with any dynamic situation, the impact on our community will evolve, and so shall we. We take comfort in knowing that members of, and donors to, IEEE and the IEEE Foundation are consistently supportive, compassionate and resilient.

In compliance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will work with IEEE throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide continuity of service, while safeguarding the health of our staff and volunteers. Please reach out to us with questions or concerns about donor supported IEEE programs or your donations at Thank you for your ongoing support during these unusual, challenging times and please stay safe!

We hope you will take a few moments to read the following stories and join us in celebrating IEEE women philanthropists during Women’s History Month.

IEEE Foundation is leading a special campaign across IEEE’s expansive network to raise awareness, forge partnerships, and fund Priority Initiatives.
Google Supports First IEEE Medal Named for Female Tech Icon

In 2021, the first medal named for a female, the IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal, will be added to the IEEE roster of awards thanks to the generous support of Google. "Evidence of gender bias in scientific and engineering awards is painfully and abundantly available. There are many reasons for this and it is consequently of vital importance to visibly and publicly celebrate award-winning women in technical fields. Mildred Dresselhaus is a role model worthy of the name," said Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.


Vivian Carr Leaves A Legacy Gift to IEEE

Vivian Carr was an IEEE member for more than fifty years when she passed away on 29 April 2018. She was known for her pioneering spirit and successfully breaking the glass ceiling. Throughout her distinguished career at AT&T and Bell Labs, she received numerous awards and generously served the engineering community by volunteering her time and talent to IEEE rising through the ranks to lead both the IEEE New York Section and IEEE Engineering Management Society (now known as the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society). Mel Olken, IEEE Life Fellow and long-time IEEE volunteer, described her as, “one of those unforgettable people that one rarely comes across. She was a no-nonsense lady who did not suffer fools gladly and made no bones about her opinions.”


Sees IEEE as “a Place of Opportunity”

IEEE senior member, Jill Gostin took a hiatus for a few years but returned with zeal over a decade ago. “I became an IEEE volunteer at the local level and soon moved into higher-level positions, serving on the Board of Governors of the Computer Society, the Administrative Committee of the Sensors Council as well as in assorted committee positions across Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) and Technical Activities (TA),” said Jill, who credits her IEEE leadership experiences with helping her to reach her current position as Principal Research Scientist, Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Lab at Georgia Tech Research Institute.


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The Second Annual Santa Clara University EPICS Expo: Students Engineering a Bright Future showcases student-led, technological solutions-based projects.
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Pi Day and the birthday of Albert Einstein. Pi Day is the day we celebrate π (3.14), the most important constant in mathematics. While, the equation E=mc2 reminds us of the famous physicist and Nobel laureate born on this date in 1879.

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