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The IEEE Foundation proudly provided a grant to establish the Sarnoff Study Center adjacent to the Sarnoff Collection . On 2 Oct The David Sarnoff Collection exhibit at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, USA officially opened.

Foundation Grant Supports Sarnoff Study Center

The IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation awarded a grant of $19,800 for the establishment of a new study center in connection with The College of New Jersey’s (TCNJ) Sarnoff Collection.

The Sarnoff Study Center will serve as the central educational component of the Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ. This world-class collection, which was donated to TCNJ in 2010, is named in honor of David Sarnoff, the chairman of RCA and founder of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). It contains more than 6,000 objects showcasing RCA’s numerous contributions to 20th century electronics and telecommunications, including the first color television picture tube, the first commercially available electron microscope, and early examples of magnetic core computer memories, thin film transistors, and liquid crystal displays. These artifacts, and many others, can be viewed online.

The project will be directed by Dr. Benjamin Gross, consulting scholar for the Sarnoff Collection and Emily Croll, Director of TCNJ’s Art Gallery and Sarnoff Collection. “The Sarnoff Study Center offers TCNJ students and visiting researchers an unprecedented degree of access to the technologies that defined the Information Age, many of which were developed at RCA Laboratories in Princeton.” Gross said. “We look forward to working alongside the IEEE to call attention to the achievements of New Jersey scientists and engineers.” The Study Center is intended for use by visitors from throughout the region as well as TCNJ students. 

On 2 October, TCNJ opened an exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry. Innovations That Changed the World traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection. Visitors will learn about the scientific principles behind these technologies and the social and historical contexts into which they were introduced.



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A teenager’s creation of a communication device that uses a cellphone and glove embedded with vibrating sensors to help the deaf and blind wins IEEE President’s Scholarship.

Teenager’s Creation Wins IEEE Foundation President’s Scholarship

The 2013 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship was awarded to Isaac Christopher Portocarrero-Mora, 18, Colegio Vocacional Monsenor Sanabria, San Jose, Costa Rica for the Development of a New Communication Method and Mechanism for Deaf-Blind People. The honor, presented in May at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, comes with a US $10 000 scholarship to be paid out over four years of undergraduate study, a plaque, framed certificate and free membership to the IEEE for the duration of the scholarship. Read the full story in the IEEE news source, The Institute.



A $13,133 grant to the Schenectady Museum preserves a significant collection of 16mm films from the General Electric Corporation.

A $13,133 Grant to the Schenectady Museum Preserves GE Corporation Films

The IEEE Life Members Committee has awarded a grant for $13,133 to the Schenectady Museum for use in preserving a significant collection of 16mm films from the General Electric Corporation. The films, dating from 1915-1985, tell the story of the electrification of the United States and include early advertising films, educational science films, and films documenting engineering and manufacturing processes. Funds from the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation will help the Museum produce high-definition digital copies of each of the historic films, improve the long-term preservation of the films, and improve the access of Museum visitors and researchers to the films, some of which have not been viewed by the public in over 90 years.

   The Schenectady Museum has more than 900 historic 16mm films, dating from 1915-1970, relating to the history of General Electric and the electrical industry. Films range from advertising and educational films to raw footage of equipment tests and company picnics. Many of the promotional films were originally shown in movie theatres in the days of newsreels and cartoons. Films include:
• Early appliance advertising, including “The Home Electrical” (1915), “Design for Modern Living” (1937), and “Push-button Magic” (1948)
• Rare factory scenes dating to the early 1920s, including promotional films for the Lynn, Philadelphia and Schenectady Works of GE
• Four films featuring Thomas Edison
• The only known film footage of Charles Steinmetz.
• GE educational films, including “A is for Atom,” “Thunderbolt Hunters,” and “Principles of Electricity”
• More than a dozen episodes of the GE Theater television program hosted by Ronald Reagan

   The Schenectady Museum Archives is one of the premier collections on the history of technology and its impact on society. With over 1.6 million images that date from the 1850s to the present, the collection’s strengths are many and include photography and film, radio and television film and images, and materials relating to marketing of consumer products as well as medical, power generation and the turbine. Collections from General Electric and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) give a vivid picture of those companies’ international impact. Audio recordings in the collection include rare radio recordings, Edison wax cylinders, and an Edison tinfoil recording from 1878.


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IEEE Power & Energy Society Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative (IEEE PES S+) recently announced scholarship distribution to 228 students at 100 universities across the United States for the 2012–13 academic year.

The IEEE PES S+ provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying US electrical engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding—US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year—interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.

The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year. The IEEE PES S+ has supported a total of 265 scholars attending 109 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, and prestigious engineering colleges across the US. The program has provided $642,000 in scholarships and has raised $4.1 million in cash and pledges from donors to the program, nearing the halfway point to its $10-million fundraising goal.

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