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Realizing Your Impact: IEEE Foundation Reaches $30 Million Campaign Goal

Hard work, time, talent and treasure contributed by dedicated donors, volunteers and staff enable the Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign to surpass its fundraising target.

The IEEE Foundation has 30 million bold new reasons to be proud after reaching its ambitious $30 million fundraising goal through its Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign. Initiated in November 2015 and publicly launched in February 2018, the campaign’s landmark $30 million fundraising target -- achieved in December 2020 -- is driving new levels of technological access, innovation and engagement through a variety of far-reaching global initiatives designed to transform lives through the power of technology and education.

“I’m so pleased to report our success in achieving our $30 million goal,” confirmed IEEE Foundation President John Treichler. “I’m even happier to report the depth of the philanthropic support the campaign garnered – from individual IEEE members, IEEE members working through their IEEE ‘organizational units,’ companies who rely on our members’ talents, and other individuals who see the educational and humanitarian value in the work our members are doing.”

“The successful completion of the Campaign extends the impact of IEEE programs in technical education, humanitarian impact, history of technology, and an unlimited range of global grassroots programs,” noted 2018 IEEE President Jim Jefferies of such groundbreaking initiatives as IEEE Smart Village, EPICS in IEEE, IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative, REACH and many more. According to Jefferies, “every contributor and ultimately every recipient will be elevated as part of this major leap forward for the IEEE Foundation.” 

“When we first initiated the campaign, we knew it would be a challenge, but we also felt confident that our donors, Foundation Board of Directors and staff would be there to answer the call,” shared Lyle Feisel, the IEEE Foundation’s Vice President of Development at the time the campaign concept was first pitched. “Everyone who worked on the campaign and the thousands of donors who contributed their time, talent and treasure can take great satisfaction in knowing that the campaign has positively impacted the lives of real people for years to come.”

Among the many key contributors to the campaign’s success were Emerson and Betsy Pugh, esteemed members of both IEEE’s Heritage Circle and the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League. Following their establishment of ‘The Elizabeth & Emerson Pugh Young Scholar in Residence’ at the IEEE History Center in 2018, the Pughs’ generous gift in celebration of the History Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020 ultimately helped propel the IEEE Foundation across the finish line of the Realize the Full Potential of IEEECampaign.

"The successful conclusion of the $30 million campaign is exciting not only because it marks the realization of our goal, but also because it points the way to continued growth of the partnership between IEEE and the IEEE Foundation and the expansion of philanthropic support for IEEE programs,” shared 2007 IEEE President and IEEE Foundation President Emerita Leah H. Jamieson.

Amid celebration of this milestone achievement, the IEEE Foundation team confirms that it only marks the beginning, not the end, of an important journey. “We encourage everyone to stay involved as we continue to illuminate, educate, engage and energize,” Treichler said of the work to come. “Together we realize the impact IEEE has on our members, future engineers, and the billions of people around the world who benefit from technology that improves lives and addresses global challenges.”

IEEE Programs Benefit from Donations to IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Fund

The global COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges and IEEE members and IEEE programs have adapted to address them. As the world works to find its way through this crisis, the members of the IEEE community have stepped up - as you always do. 

To support the IEEE response, the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund was established. Through your philanthropic investments, the Fund will ensure that support is available for programs and initiatives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 17 June, the Fund has received US$27,106 from generous donors throughout the world who want to help. The IEEE Foundation has turned your generosity into action by supporting the following initiatives:


IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee and IEEE SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) will receive $5,000 in support of IEEE volunteer led projects selected for funding through the IEEE SIGHT #COVID19 Special Project Fundinginitiative. This award will help support one project, with the opportunity to support an additional project should the COVID Fund donations reach $30,000.


IEEE Spectrum will receive $10,000 to support their work in sharing updates about IEEE members developing technologies to fight the virus, the resources available to you from across IEEE, coping strategies from engineers around the world, and opportunities for involvement in the fight through the IEEE COVID-19 News & Resource Hub. The Hub is helping drive COVID-19 innovation through collaboration and sharing of knowledge by serving as a centralized location for IEEE stories and resources that focus on the pandemic.


IEEE Technical Activities will receive $5,000 to support IEEE DataPort, which established a new data category entitled COVID-19. This enables individuals in the global technical community to store, share and access COVID-19 datasets. This project will establish a COVID-19 Data Competitionto analyze the data with the goal of providing insights into COVID that could be used in real world applications. This award will be used to support the first-place prize of the competition.


IEEE Educational Activities (EA) and the IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) will receive $5,000 to support the next installment of their remote instruction online event for global university faculty members. EA and EdSoc will partner to produce a free, multi-day online event to equip engineering faculty with research-driven information that will help them provide effective online engineering education to their students now and for the foreseeable future.


The IEEE Foundation Staff Running Team made up of cross-IEEE OU staff will receive $1,939 to support IEEE donor supported programs. The team, scheduled to participate in the Rutgers Unite Half Marathonand 8K on 19 April, quickly transitioned to a virtual event due to COVID. They had set an $8,000 fundraising goal with most of the proceeds going to IEEE Smart Village. The pandemic caused the team to lose fundraising momentum, falling short of their goal by $1,939. The approved award makes their efforts whole, provides support for Smart Village and boosts team morale for 2021.


This is just the beginning of IEEE’s response to COVID-19, and with your help, we will expand our resources, as well as ensure a solid base of support for IEEE strategic goals impacted by the pandemic. Donate today: https://bit.ly/IEEECOVIDFund


IEEE Foundation Responds to COVID-19 with Dedicated Fund

Just like you, we have been watching closely as events surrounding COVID-19 change rapidly. As with any dynamic situation, the impact on our community will evolve, and so shall we. Given the challenges of the pandemic, the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to support the IEEE response.

There is a need to respond. IEEE programs are already adapting to address the challenges presented by COVID-19. Even so, this global pandemic presents a unique challenge. As the world works to find its way through this crisis, the members of the IEEE community will step up - as you always do. When this happens, the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund will make sure the resources needed are available.

Gifts to the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund will ensure IEEE can:
  • Drive global innovation in response to the COVID-19 crisis through collaboration and the sharing of knowledge
  • Enhance public understanding of engineering and technology and pursue the practical application of engineering and technology pertinent to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Be a trusted source of educational services for educators, families, and learners practicing social distancing and provide resources to support life-long learning
  • Provide opportunities for virtual career and professional development throughout the COVID-19 crisis
  • Inspire the IEEE worldwide audience by providing relief from the myriad repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting communities that advance technical interests, inform public policy, and expand knowledge pertinent to the current state of global affairs
This is just the beginning of IEEE’s response to COVID-19, and with your help, we will expand our resources, as well as ensure a solid base of support for IEEE strategic goals impacted by the pandemic.

Donate to the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund - the first $20,000 will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank You for Your Support During This Challenging Time

Just like you, your friends, family, and everyone in the IEEE community, we have been watching closely as events surrounding COVID-19 change rapidly. 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 are consistently supportive, compassionate and resilient.

The IEEE Foundation remains committed to supporting our programs, donors and grantees. 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 donate@ieee.org, and read this message from IEEE President Toshio Fukuda for more information. Thank you for your ongoing support during these unusual and challenging times. 

Power a Village, Empower Community, Read the IEEE Smart Village November 2019 Newsletter
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Pughs Invest in the Future of IEEE

For more than a quarter of century, Emerson and Betsy Pugh have generously invested their time, talent, and treasure to enable the IEEE History Center to preserve and promote the history of technology, the engineering profession, and IEEE. Their fervor for the work of the Center, combined with their desire to nurture scholars who will advocate for the importance of technology and its history, motivated them to make a transformational gift to the Realize the Full Potential of the IEEE Campaign to endow the Elizabeth & Emerson Pugh Young Scholar in Residence at the IEEE History Center.

The Young Scholar in Residence program offers students, interested in the history of technology, a unique research opportunity with access to the top Ph.D. historians of technology working at the IEEE History Center. Scholars at the beginning or middle of their career studying the history of technology and engineering or a related field are eligible to apply. Over the course of two to three months, the selected students further their knowledge while working on a Center project connected to their own areas of interest.

Emerson and Betsy are Honored Philanthropists in the IEEE Heritage Circle. We are grateful to them for their visionary leadership and investment in the future of the IEEE History Center. Retired after a 35-year career at IBM, Emerson Pugh is an IEEE Life Fellow and served the IEEE membership as the 1989 IEEE President. In 1996, he joined the IEEE Foundation Board, serving as its President from 2000 through 2004.

EPICS in IEEE Announces an Educational Collaboration with India to Enhance STEM Learning and Encourage Technical Careers

In Conjunction with Purdue University, EPICS in IEEE will Aid in Engineering Education within India’s Colleges and Universities. 


IEEE announces the latest initiative from Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) in IEEE – an educational partnership with select colleges and universities in India designed to enhance the education for future electrical engineers. As part of the curricula and in line with EPICS in IEEE goals, students will team up with local non-profit organizations and apply technical knowledge to solve engineering-based problems that will improve the lives of their communities in India. More so, EPICS in IEEE leaders will oversee how the new curricula is being implemented and ultimately help provide an opportunity that will provide guidance and new learning methods for how India teaches its undergraduate engineering students. 


EPICS in IEEE is an IEEE Foundation Priority Initiative that helps advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning by providing real-world learning experiences that attract young people to the engineering profession. This new collaboration with India is part of a pilot program spearheaded by EPICS in IEEE and Purdue University’s EPICS department. 


The initiative has been in the works for a long time, explained Dr. William Oakes, EPICS director at Purdue University. “The EPICS program, headquartered at Purdue University, is proud to be on board to provide support for the faculty in India who are preparing to integrate EPICS into their curricula to enhance their educational experiences and impact their local communities. The collaboration with EPICS in IEEE has the potential for an enormous impact.”


Deans S.K. Ramesh (California State University) and Saurabh Sinha (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) began the coordination between IEEE and Indian institutions several years ago. Currently, Vineeth Vijayaraghavan, EPICS in IEEE committee member, and Dr. Nicholas Kirsch, EPICS in IEEE committee chair, are continuing their efforts to bring the program to fruition. Mr. Vijayaraghavan has had an instrumental part in facilitating the program throughout the Indian institutions. “This partnership with EPICS in IEEE aligns with our goals to enrich our curricula and advance our educational pursuit to be at par with global standards,” states Vijayaraghavan. “The purpose is to adopt a new and refined learning method that will encourage students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of meaningful technology solutions that will improve their local communities and ultimately, become better engineers.”


To date, more than 12 colleges and universities in India have been invited to participate in the program. Each school is responsible for submitting a service proposal for review to EPICS in IEEE. Upon approval, EPICS in IEEE will provide funding for the completion of the projects. 


Additional goals include:

  • Introduce service learning into the 2018-2019 curriculums of partner universities and offer a unique opportunity for students to learn and collaborate in the many disciplines associated with engineering, in a way that may not have been available previously.
  • Gain a working model that can be used in the future expansion of EPICS in IEEE.
  • Establish an EPICS lab at each institution where EPICS in IEEE projects will be conducted.
  • Foster faculty engagement within the universities and collaborative learning between the partners, all while giving new and challenging opportunities to the students. 

    For more information on EPICS in IEEE, including how to donate, visit epics.ieee.org. 




Global Leaders Series: "There is no force greater than the human mind"

The first international IEEE Foundation Global Leaders Series (GLS) event featured Sri H.N. Narayana Murthy - the famed founder of InfoSys, and the man recognized as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, by TIME. GLS events help us to share the news of the Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign across the expansive IEEE network to raise awareness, forge partnerships and fund Priority Initiatives. 


IEEE Foundation is leading a special campaign across IEEE’s expansive network to raise awareness, forge partnerships, and fund Priority Initiatives.Learn more at: http://bit.ly/CampaignEnews3April

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IEEE Foundation Launches Landmark Fundraising Campaign

On 15 February, 2018 IEEE and the IEEE Foundation announced the launch of a first-ever major fundraising Campaign at its Board Meeting Series in Orlando, FL, USA. 


Members from around the globe were in attendance as the IEEE Foundation shared its objective of raising US$30 million in support of IEEE programs. IEEE and Foundation leadership further announced that in excess of 50.14% of the total has already been committed – that’s $15.14 million raised to date. Funds generated by the Campaign will help drive new levels of technological access, innovation, and engagement through a variety of far-reaching global initiatives designed to transform lives through the power of technology and education.


“As the philanthropic partner of IEEE, we are seeking financial support from both IEEE members and the public at large to continue and expand the Foundation’s programs, all of which are aimed at advancing technology in direct interest of humanity,” said John Treichler, President of the 2018 IEEE Foundation Board of Directors. “We are committed to the success of this Campaign and enabling programs that positively impact populations worldwide.”


The IEEE Foundation is driving a number of important donor-supported programs. These include:

  • IEEE Smart Village, an initiative to bring electrical power, access to education, and participation in the global economy to more than 50,000 people in remote, energy-deprived communities around the globe
  • EPICS in IEEE which assists communities in achieving specific local improvements while encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering for community enhancement, 
  • IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative, an effort to develop the next generation of power leaders, has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to nearly 1,000 electrical engineering students and provides them with meaningful connections to industry and careers. 
  • REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History) which offers pre-university social studies teachers free access to educational resources that promote the relationship between engineering, technology, and society, enhances the development of students’ critical thinking/problem-solving skills, and creates more technologically-informed citizens.

The broad and inclusive campaign welcomes and encourages participation from IEEE members and non-members alike, including individuals, organizations, companies, and other entities who share a desire to address global challenges and support the IEEE mission of advancing technology for humanity.


"It’s an extraordinary time in the 45-year history of the IEEE Foundation and we’re excited to launch this landmark Campaign to increase public awareness of our important mission and expand support for our critical work,” added IEEE Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Welby. “Each donor who participates helps ensure that the future of IEEE holds even greater promise than its historic past. We welcome all to take this opportunity to help build on a legacy that can positively and indelibly impact generations to come."

Donate to the campaign here: http://bit.ly/IEEECampaign. For more information about the IEEE Foundation, its groundbreaking programs, how to become involved, or to make donations of ‘time, talent, or treasure’ to the IEEE Foundation’s milestone Fundraising Campaign, call (732) 465-5871 or visit https://www.ieeefoundation.org/campaign.

Help Victims of Hurricane Maria by Donating to the IEEE Foundation

In September, Puerto Rico was struck by a catastrophic hurricane—the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean on record. Hurricane Maria killed more than 500 people in the region and left many residents without access to food or safe drinking water, not to mention electricity and cellphone service. Five months later, the situation remains dire in many areas.

The IEEE Foundation is raising money for Project Juntos Podemos—which translates to Together We Can. The IEEE West Puerto Rico Section is working with Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) in IEEE to provide solar-powered lights and charging stations to rural communities in the interior of the island, where some people aren’t expected to have power for at least a few more months.

The Foundation has established the IEEE Puerto Rico Disaster Response Fund, with the goal of raising US $37,500 to complete the project. As of 1 February, more than $19,000 has been raised. You can help by donating online.

Currently, the most pressing need is power for lighting and drinking water. Although some people have the resources to purchase portable generators, those in underserved communities are still living in darkness or using candles.

IEEE members who reside in Puerto Rico have banded together to help the most severely affected areas of the island through a two-step approach.

Once the first $12,500 was raised, the volunteers began to execute Phase 1 – Project Brillo, and distribute solar-powered lanterns to individuals and families in a dozen rural towns. So far, the volunteers have distributed 130 lamps to 126 households. The next 30 lanterns are arriving in early February, with another 350 en route.

Once that project is complete, the volunteers will focus on Phase II – Project Oasis, a plan to develop structures about the size of a bus-stop shelter with four photovoltaic panels on top. They plan to equip the structures with a battery box, electrical boxes, electronic components, an LED lamp, and a refrigerator. Residents can use the structures to charge their cell phones and other electronic devices, while the refrigerators can provide safe storage for medications and other perishables. Each structure costs about $6,250 to build.

The supplies for this project arrived earlier this month at the University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan, and the shelters will be deployed no later than mid-March. However, $US18,500 is needed to fully fund this effort. Visit the Project Juntos Podemos Facebook page for photos and updates.

There May be Advantages to Making Your Charitable Gift Before 2018

The recently passed tax law includes components that should make all taxpayers take notice - especially for those who are typically philanthropic. Changes in how deductions are allowed and calculated may change the way many donors determine their level of giving. It may well be advantageous for donors to consider making charitable gifts before the start of 2018.

As always it is recommended that you consult your tax and/or financial advisor to confirm how the proposed bill may affect you.

In the event it does make sense to act prior to the end of this year, here are a few items that may be helpful:

  • Gifts can be made by check via traditional (USPS) mail, dated and post-marked by 31 December, to IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
  • Gifts can be made online before midnight on 31 December via our online giving page: ieee.org/donate
  • Gifts from your IRA may still be an attractive option. Ask your administrator to send a paper check postmarked by 31 December, or call/email today for wire instructionsPlease note all gifts intended for 2017 must be postmarked by 31 December, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Rich Allen, Campaigns Manager, by phone at +1-732-465-5871 or email at Richard.Allen@ieee.org

IEEE Smart Village Named a Finalist in UN-DESA Grant

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, or DESA, recognized IEEE Smart Village as a finalist in its 2017 “Powering the Future We Want,” grant cycle. The UN program selects one winner every year.

Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbpvY9K4cOA

The award was announced at a ceremony on 21 November at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. “We are extremely honored by this recognition from DESA,” stated Ray Larsen, Chair of the IEEE Smart Village Committee. “Our volunteers across the world have worked hard to build this program into the positive force for sustainable development that it is. IEEE Smart Village is a unique model bringing the talents of IEEE members together with local entrepreneurs and entire communities with a plan to empower millions with electricity, education and sustainable, scalable enterprise. Being recognized by the UN-DESA committee as a finalist validates that approach and will help us grow the program forward toward our goal of empowering 50 million people by 2025. We also wish to congratulate the winner, Partnership of Grameen Shakti and ME SOLShare Ltd from Bangladesh, and to thank all of the finalists and our UN host for the unique privilege to share with and learn from them during the Capacity Development Seminars, and to trust that some lasting relationships in our common cause will be our reward.”

There were 235 applicants of which ISV was named as one of thirteen finalist.

About IEEE Smart Village: IEEE Smart Village, an IEEE Foundation donor supported program, integrates sustainable electricity, education, and entrepreneurial solutions to directly assist off-grid communities to become self-sufficient. Through a global network of local entrepreneurs, expert engineers and passionately dedicated volunteers, the team works in partnership with community and other change agents to help empower local economies, create job opportunities, and foster education programs that help communities around the world to learn how to continually improve their quality of life. Learn more.

Humanitarian & Philanthropic Opportunities Newsletter Available!

As a loyal IEEE member, you know that IEEE is committed to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. You also understand how much IEEE does to improve the human condition and are actively interested in making a real difference in the world.

To support this effort, IEEE is pleased to announce the creation of the IEEE Humanitarian & Philanthropic Opportunities (IEEE H&P) web page. This page brings together the wide range of IEEE programs that aim to do social good.

IEEE H&P makes it easy to:

  • Become aware of the impact we are making and the possibilities
  • Understand more about our programsH&P Contact Card
  • Discover how you can engage through contributions of time, talent, and/or treasure
  • Give feedback to help us improve how we are serving the community

Want to learn more and become involved? There are three EASY ways you can do both:

  • Check out the first edition of the new H&P Newsletter
  • Sign up to receive future issues of the H&P Newsletter
  • Check out the new H&P Opportunities web page

Together, we can leverage the strength and reach of the IEEE network to make a difference worldwide. 



Focus Newsletter Available Now!
The IEEE Foundation newsletter will arrive in mailboxes soon. But you may also choose to read it online here: https://www.ieeefoundation.org/file/FOCUS.Newsletter.2017.pdf
The IEEE Foundation Focus Newsletter reports on the programs supported through the IEEE Foundation and the individuals and organizations whose charitable gifts make the programs possible.

This is the first edition in which IEEE Foundation President, John Treichler, provides his perspetive on the cover page. "This alliance between the Foundation and IEEE is addressing some of the greatest challenges facing the world today" he says. Read about how we are leveraging the strength and reach of the IEEE network through the Humanitarian and Philanthropic Opportunities on pages 10 and 11. Read stories on the recent outcomes and impacts of some of our programs - EPICS in IEEE (p. 4), IEEE Smart Village (p. 4), PES Scholarship Plus Initiative (p. 5) and REACH (p. 6). Please read further to learn about the grants we funded and the community changing potential they represent, and so much more! 

If you would like a printed copy or be added to our mailing list, please contact, IEEE Development Office
445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, U.S.A. Phone: +1 732 465 5871 Email: donate@ieee.org

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Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?

 Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?

By Jennifer Elliott, Museum Educator and Gerrie Bay Hall, Director of School and Teacher Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

IEEE Foundation provided a grant to the IEEE New York Section, which teamed up with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City and the IEEE History Center to create a multifaceted exhibition and a professional development course for teachers. 

The exhibition Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? opened on 10 May and will run through 3 December 2017. It allows visitors to explore the history of drone technology, from the earliest unmanned flying machines to advanced systems of the 21st century. A variety of drones, historical artifacts, model airplanes and rare videos are on display. 

Thanks to generous funding from IEEE Foundation, the Museum was also able to offer the course Drones: A Catalyst for Integrating Engineering, Science, and History to 25 public school teachers from New York City and New Jersey. The teachers were joined by Seth Margolis, Director of Education Programs at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, who asked to audit the course after seeing it advertised on the Museum’s website. The teachers represented many subjects and grade levels, from pre-K through 12th grade, and had varying years of experience in the classroom.

Drones Teacher Training

Throughout the weeklong course, teachers participated in workshops about the engineering design process and listened to guest speakers from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the Stevens Institute of Technology and Vorpal Robotics. They toured the ship, viewed a partial solar eclipse, and delved into the IEEE History Center’s REACH Drones Design Inquiry model. They also gained extensive practice flying and coding Parrot Minidrones, which they were able to keep for use in their classrooms!

For the duration of the exhibition, IEEE members will receive discounted admission prices. For more information visit: intrepidmuseum.org/drones

IEEE Smart Village Featured on National Geographic Series

On 6 June 2017, the sixth episode of National Geographic’s critically-acclaimed series BREAKTHROUGH will air at 10/9c, which prominently features the work of IEEE Foundation Priority Initiative, IEEE Smart Village (ISV), and partner organizations to bring solar power to an ancient monastery in the Himalayan mountains for the first time.

In its second season, BREAKTHROUGH shines a light on the world’s leading scientists, cutting-edge innovations, and technological advancements that change lives through stories about the people and technology behind these breakthroughs, and shows how these technological advancements are reshaping our world. The 6 June episode is the season finale and is directed by Shalini Kantayya and narrated by Chris Pine. BREAKTHROUGH airs on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. 

Read the Full News Release.

Runners Raise More than US$7,000 for IEEE Foundation
While many of us were still in bed on Sunday, 9 April, 14 IEEE employees were stretching in Piscataway, NJ at 7:00 am to prepare for race day. 

The Half Marathon runners start the race

For the second year, IEEE employees participated in the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K to support IEEE Foundation programs. The team included runners with different levels of running  experiences. Some had previously completed marathons and even triathlons, while some were running in a formal event for the first time that morning. All 14 members of the team crossed the finish line with a smile and wore their medals proudly.

In the end, they inspired 107 IEEE staff members and 71 friends and family members to raise US$7,030 (a 157% increase over last year's total)! 

The 2017 Runners thank their supporters

Visit our online photo gallery to see all the photos from race day.

The runners primarily raised funds for two IEEE Foundation programs, IEEE Smart Village and the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.

Thanks to the runners and their supporters, IEEE Smart Villageis able to providing supplies and training for:
  • 80 solar portable battery and light kits, impacting the lives of 480 to 800 villagers
  • Tuition for 3 qualified energy entrepreneur to IEEE Smart Village's "Learning Beyond the Light Bulb" in-country vocational training program
  • 6 self-contained stand-alone home solar system for a cluster of homes with 10 bulbs, a portable battery kit and solar panel serving up to 60 people (total 40 bulbs, 4 battery kits and 4 panels serving 240 people)
In total, more than 1,000 people around the world will have enhanced access to life changing power resources.

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative was created which encourages undergraduate students to pursue careers in power and energy engineering.

IEEE Fans cheer on the runners
Louis Vacca, Manager Manufacturing, Distribution & Reprints IEEE-Publishing Operations, led the team, and is continually blown away by the support of his IEEE colleagues, he said, “First and foremost a big Thank You to all the IEEE staff members who supported us again this year. It is truly moving to see the energy, enthusiasm and community that can be built around the simple act of running and giving.” Not to mention having an awesome team who shared a common goal of supporting the IEEE Foundation and each other for this race!

 “I’m proud to be able to take part in an activity that allows me to get to know staff members across the IEEE. Running to support the IEEE Foundation and continually learning the impact of their programs has been a great experience, not just for me, but for the entire team,” said Louis.
Former CNN Chairman Honored by IEEE

Walter Isaacson, a former chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine, received the William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award on 1 December.

Isaacson is honored by the IEEE History Committee for his book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2014). He received the award at the Aspen Institute in Northwest Washington, D.C., where he serves as CEO.

The Innovators tells the story of the development of computing technology from its origins in the 19th century through the emergence of the Internet. It discusses the individual people whose work was essential, while also illustrating how the ideas, technologies and organizations that gave birth to the digital era emerged through teamwork and collaboration. The IEEE History Committee believes the book has “magnificently” fulfilled the goals of the Middleton Award to honor a work that features a wide range of IEEE technologies.

In addition to The Innovators, Isaacson is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; Kissinger: A Biography; and Einstein: His Life and Universe. Isaacson also wrote Steve Jobs, the New York Times bestselling biography of the Apple co-founder.

The Middleton Award - The Middleton Award recognizes annually the author of a book (published within the previous three years) in the history of an IEEE-related technology that exemplifies exceptional scholarship and reaches beyond academic communities toward a broad public audience. It carries a prize of $2,000. The award was established in 2014 through a gift to the IEEE Foundation from the estates of long-time IEEE leader William W. Middleton and his wife Joyce F. Middleton. The first winner was W. Bernard Carlson for his book, “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age."


Giving Tuesday Challenges Members to Show their Pride in IEEE

The IEEE Foundation and its sister societies in the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) joined together in a campaign to encourage philanthropy among the societies’ members and within their individual professions.

The collaboration — named “Engineer a Better World” — embraces the Giving Tuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. Giving Tuesday, established in 2012 by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, is observed on the Tuesday immediately following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer holidays, as a way to shift the public’s focus from spending to giving. The second annual United Engineering Foundation Society’s Giving Tuesday Campaign will occur on 29 November 2016.

Each of the five participating societies challenges its members and staff to create a culture of philanthropy within each society and in the engineering profession, while raising funds to support the vital programs they conduct. Collectively, the participating societies in the UEF Giving Tuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million friends in more than 150 countries.

The IEEE Foundation is reaching out to IEEE’s 420,000 members and 1100 staff members to create a culture of philanthropy with a message about the value of philanthropy to technical and electrical engineering, and urging donations to the IEEE Foundation on November 29. In 2015, IEEE Foundation received $17,476 in donations for Giving Tuesday.

IEEE-USA MOVE Truck Deployed for Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is heading toward Florida, USA as a category 4 hurricane with winds currently at 130 mph. Tens of thousands of people are already without power. The IEEE-USA MOVE truck has been deployed by the Red Cross and is on its way to Florida, initially Tallahassee, to assist with recovery outlets.

You Can Help

  • MOVE is funded by donors like you. Please consider helping the MOVE Community Outreach program by donating to the cause Your support is greatly appreciated.
  • Interested in volunteering? Please visit the IEEE-USA MOVE volunteer information page




IEEE Smart Village Lights the Himalayas

                                                             Opening of GHE-IEEE Smart Village
                                                          "Green Himalayan Store" in Leh, India

On 7 August, a team of IEEE Smart Village volunteers and IEEE Staff partnered with Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) to travel to the Ladakh region of Northern India — one of the most remote areas of the Himalayan belt — to install basic electricity in local villages. The strenuous expedition to install 13 DC microgrids, and the team's cultural immersion, was documented on a variety of world-class media, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paula Bronstein, to give us all a window into the transformative work we all support.

The team's journey to the village of Lingshed was extremely dangerous. With high altitude and harsh terrain, the expedition was physically and mentally demanding. Fortunately, they were well prepared. Before leaving for India, team members trained in order to be fit for the long hours of trekking, at times requiring team  members to travel up to 40 kilometers by bicycle on dirt roads  before arriving at the Lingshed Valley. 

While the team worked to install the solar panels and wiring that brought power to the Lingshed Monastery, school, and surrounding village, they formed lasting friendships with the villagers and were immersed in Ladakhi culture and Buddhist traditions. During their time at the local school with Ladakhi children, the team appreciated the children's ability to enjoy life without being preoccupied with material possessions. 

Expedition Team Member, Renae Wilson, learns about assembling solar lanterns from women at Barefoot CollegeBy 14 August, day eight of the expedition, the team turned on the lights for the first time. The villages' kerosene oil lamps became obsolete; now replaced by state-of-the-art LED lights that will reduce CO2 emissions, extend the villager's productive work day by at least four hours, and enable the local community to connect with the rest of the world through a satellite based DC LED television. Access to the Internet allows access to the rest of the world, providing this weaver and artisan community with the opportunity to market their goods outside of their remote region. 
In a matter of just fifteen days, the expedition team helped the village of Lingshed stay lit after sunset. When the team departs on 18 August, the Ladakhi people will just begin a new era. With access to electricity, the local community has new opportunity to thrive.

Support more projects like this by donating today: https://ieeefoundation.org/SmartVillage_donation. For information on giving levels, visit: http://ieee-smart-village.org/donate/

The IEEE Smart Village Fund of the IEEE Foundation is an organization qualified under U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) to receive tax-deductible contributions in the United States, Canada, and India. For other countries, please check with your local tax adviser regarding tax deductions of charitable contributions.

IEEE Foundation President Inspires at IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Conference

Nearly 1,200 attendees from 43 countries and more than 380 different companies gathered in San Jose, CA, USA for the IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Conference in late May. The Conference, “Lead Beyond. Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World” was comprised of two days of presentations on innovation, empowerment, entrepreneurship, executive leadership, and emerging technology. Each of the presentations perpetuated the IEEE Women In Engineering’s (WIE) mission of encouraging more women to become engineers as well as to raise the public’s awareness of women’s contributions to the engineering field.

During the conference, IEEE Foundation President, Leah H. Jamieson, delivered a talk, “Women Accelerating Change through Philanthropy,” She invited women in the audience to practice the six C’s of philanthropy: Create - programming to fulfill an established need, Change - to bring about social change, Connect - share your personal experience to inspire others, Collaborate
– cooperate to avoid duplication, competition and waste, Commit – deepen your engagement by donating and volunteering, and Celebrate – recognize accomplishments, impact, and success. Jamieson encouraged the women to, “look inside and think about how you want to accelerate your personal philanthropy,” as she has.  

Jamieson is widely recognized as an advocate of women engineers and scientists, and was an enthusiastic participant in IEEE WIE’s “I Change the World. I am an Engineer” campaign – which was funded by a grant from the IEEE Foundation. Dubbed “a modern-day giant,” by IEEE President and CEO, Barry Shoop, during his welcome remarks at the WIE ILC, Jamieson is The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University – one of the largest and top-ranked engineering schools in the United States. She is an IEEE Fellow as well as a distinguished member of IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu. Jamieson’s dedication to the engineering profession and philanthropy has garnered her various honors including the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education Award, Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Social Impact and IEEE Education Society’s Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award.

Jamieson also shared how proud the IEEE Foundation is to have sponsored the conference. Many meaningful conversations occurred about the global impact of the IEEE Foundation’s programs and how women play a very significant role in philanthropy at the booth where guests watched an IEEE Foundation presentation.

Make a Tax-Free Gift from your IRA

 You may be eligible to make a tax-free gift to the IEEE Foundation from your individual retirement account (IRA).

While many donors have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past to transform lives though technology, it’s official: the IRA charitable rollover law has been officially reinstated in 2015 and will remain in effect beyond.

This past Friday, Congress passed the Charitable IRA Rollover provision permanently. This enables individual retirement account (IRA) owners in the United States over the age of 70½ to transfer to qualifying charities – including the IEEE Foundation – up to $100,000 per year from their IRA, which counts toward one’s required minimum distribution for the year while at the same time avoiding being taxed. What a way to support IEEE and IEEE Foundation AND maximize the impact of your IRA!

At IEEE Foundation, we know that philanthropy is personal. We also know that, for many, a strategic financial approach to philanthropy can maximize impact while also supporting your personal financial goals. If you’ve been waiting to make your IRS transfer this year, you’ll need to act now and request the distribution in order to qualify for the 2015 tax year.


  • If you are 70½ or older, you can give up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to charities like the IEEE Foundation. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you still benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
  • If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.
  • The transfer may be made in addition to any other charitable giving you have planned.
  • The gift needs to be made by Dec. 31, 2015, if you want your gift to qualify this year.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to enhance technology access, literacy and education, and support the IEEE professional community, or if you have any questions, please contact IEEE Foundation at donate@ieee.org or 732.465.5871.

Ready to make a tax-free contribution that will help build a future through technology? You can download our sample request letter to submit to your financial institution. Please remember to share this with us as well so we can properly acknowledge your contribution.

If you have already made a qualifying gift in 2015, contact your financial advisor to ensure your contribution is properly reported on your 2015 income tax returns.



IEEE Foundation Joins Sister Engineering Societies in Giving Tuesday Challenge

Giving Tuesday

The IEEE Foundation and its sister societies in the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) joined together in a campaign to encourage philanthropy among the societies’ members and within their individual professions.

The collaboration — named “Engineer a Better World” — embraces the Giving Tuesday social movement, which encourages a more conscientious and philanthropic consumer culture. Giving Tuesday, established in 2012 by a coalition of nonprofit organizations, is observed on the Tuesday immediately following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer holidays, as a way to shift the public’s focus from spending to giving. The inaugural United Engineering Foundation’s society’s Giving Tuesday Campaign will occur on Dec. 1, 2015.

In addition to the IEEE Foundation, the other groups participating in the Challenge are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiCHe) Foundation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).

Each participating society will pose a challenge to its members — to give the organization a gift of support on Giving Tuesday. Individually, and as a group, the participating engineering organizations aim to create a culture of philanthropy within each society and in the engineering profession, while raising funds to support the vital programs they conduct.

In November, The IEEE Foundation will reach out to its 420,000 members with a message about the value of philanthropy to technical and electrical engineering, and urge donations to the IEEE Foundation on December 1. Collectively, the five participating societies in the United Engineering Giving Tuesday Challenge will convey this message to nearly one million engineers in more than 150 countries.        

Donations raised by the IEEE Foundation on Giving Tuesday will fund vital IEEE Foundation programs in 2016. As the philanthropic arm of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation enables IEEE programs that; improve access to technology, enhance technological literacy, and support technical education and the IEEE professional community.

This is the first year in which the IEEE Foundation has promoted giving to engineering causes on Giving Tuesday. For information about the Giving Tuesday Campaign and how to support the IEEE Foundation, visit IEEEFoundation.org/GivingTuesday.

An Uplifting Celebration of IEEE Day 2015

The IEEE Foundation is excited to offer IEEE members an uplifting way to celebrate IEEE Day 2015.  On 6 October 2015, 500 IEEE members (+1 guest each) are invited to spend the day at Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum for free!

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, located at One Intrepid Square, 12th Ave. and 46th St., New York, NY 10036 USA, is the home to the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Throughout its collections and exhibits, visitors may explore a variety of technological achievements made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of many IEEE members.

Free tickets must be reserved at http://tinyurl.com/IEEEDay-Intrepid. Registration closes on 4 October 2015
or when 500 members register. Additional members may purchase admission tickets upon arrival.An additional fee is required to visit the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

This special IEEE Day celebration is made possible by an ongoing relationship between IEEE Foundation and The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.

Celebrate IEEE Day Historically

The IEEE Foundation and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities are excited to offer IEEE members a way to celebrate IEEE Day 2015 early!

On 20 September 2015, IEEE members and their family and friends are invited to a day at the Computer History Museum (CHM) at no cost: Please Pre-register.

This exclusive event is made possible by an ongoing relationship between the IEEE Foundation and the Computer History Museum. Questions regarding this offer or IEEE Day, contact please Denise Maestri, IEEE Day Staff Support at d.maestri@ieee.org

Grants Deadline - August 1
Time is running out! 1 August Deadline.
Are you in need of Grant Funding for a project that increases the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition? IEEE organizational units are invited to submit proposals now: www.ieeefoundation.org/Grants.
What Do You Propose?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2015 the Foundation will invest approximately US$400,000 in up to 20 grants ranging from US$5,000 to US$100,000.

Does your IEEE organizational unit (OU) have a project worthy of IEEE Foundation grant funding?

It’s time to think about what your OU might propose for a project under the theme: increase the understanding of technology and its critical role in meeting global challenges and improving the human condition.

The IEEE Foundation, in partnership with the IEEE Life Members Committee, invites IEEE OUs to submit proposals for projects that inform the public about technical issues such as, but not limited to: energy, health care, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and environmental change for the purpose of fostering balanced factual discussion and understanding of a current public issue. Eligible projects should result in the creation of materials and activities such as presentations and/or simulations that are suitable for one or more of the following audiences: secondary school/college students, secondary school teachers, IEEE groups, local community groups, and technology policy makers.

So what do you propose? Applications are being accepted from now until 1 August 2015. Funding decisions will be announced in December 2015. For more information about applying for a grant, please visit the IEEE Foundation Web site www.ieeefoundation.org/Grants.


The IEEE Foundation Grants Program is a vital element of the Foundation’s mission to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education. It is designed to facilitate wide participation from the technology professions, eliciting a rich array of proposals. This highly competitive program invests in innovative and promising grassroots OU projects. Your project could be among the ones selected to be funded if you apply now.

Spectrum Looks to Next 50 Years: Foundation and Donors Help Celebrate

Nearly 100 VIPs, including donors to the IEEE Foundation, members of the media, IEEE leaders, and other invited guests came out to the Union League Club in New York City in early October for "A Discussion about the Future We Deserve: The End of Healthcare."

The IEEE Foundation sponsored, along with an anMohr Spectrum 50thonymous benefactor, the special event in honor of IEEE Spectrum's 50th anniversary year. Spectrum has been celebrating throughout the year, and it had published a special report that discusses the future we deserve, based on today's eight most promising technologies. If these develop along the lines described, we'll get there, say the editors.

Continuing the celebration, IEEE Spectrum invited Dr. Catherine Mohr, a top researcher in the medical technology space, to be the keynote speaker for an enlightened discussion last Tuesday of a post healthcare world in which diseases are prevented or eliminated very early, rather than treated after serious symptoms have already developed.

Susan Hassler, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Spectrum, introduced Dr. Mohr by saying, "We don't know precisely what the next 50 years will bring. But we have an excellent idea of what could be possible, and we know what we hope will happen. Catherine Mohr is one of the visionaries who will help make that future a reality." Dr. Mohr, Senior Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, which makes the da Vinci surgical robot, noted that the advent of medical technology correlates to increased global life expectancy. But, she said, we're pushing the limits of what we can do with the medical technologies we currently have. The Watson project and other AI (artificial intelligence) innovations will help improve medical diagnoses, she noted, but doctors will still be needed to make decisions about care.

Glenn Zorpette, Executive Editor, IEEE Spectrum, led a discussion about medicine at very small scales. Consumer-driven tech development could be repurposed to help the medical technology community's innovations in the future, noted Dr. Mohr. "I like to think about tech being pushed forward where the money is ... ," she said.  "But tech will leap forward to where it's needed."

"We were so pleased to have Dr. Mohr as our speaker." said Glenn after the event.  "She is not only a leading technologist, but also a wonderfully engaging speaker."

Connecting with IEEE Leadership at SC2014

The IEEE Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of IEEE Sections Congress 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 22 to 24 August 2014.

The IEEE Foundation is taking full advantage of this unique opportunity to reach out to the Section Leadership and engage them in IEEE Foundation’s global activities. It is a wonderful venue to share information and ask for feedback about the initiatives of the IEEE Foundation, the grants it provides and programs it supports.

In the main exhibit hall, the Foundation will hold a learning lab and ignite sessions to educate attendees about the grants program and how to apply for grant support.  The Foundation will also host a booth where volunteer IEEE Foundation Board Members and professional staff will be available for discussions. We welcome this opportunity to directly interact with IEEEE Section leaders from around the globe and to exchange ideas enhance opportunities to work together.  

Read more about IEEE Sections Congress.


Announcing IEEE Foundation Honorees

IEEE has announced its 2014 IEEE Medal and Service Award Honorees, the highest awards bestowed by IEEE. The IEEE Foundation is proud to sponsor and present two of the medals and one service award. 

B. Jayant Baliga, power semiconductor expert, will receive the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor,
for the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.

This is IEEE’s highest award bestowed and is sponsored by IEEE Foundation. Considered the world’s preeminent power semiconductor scientist, Baglia’s development of the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) transformed the way we utilize power and has improved the comfort, convenience, and health of billions of people around the world while reducing environmental impact.

Eric Schmidt will receive the IEEE Founders Medal, for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession, “for leadership as a co-founder of a premier consulting firm that shaped modern acoustical practice and laid the groundwork for the Internet, and for public service.”

V. Prasad Kodali will receive the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, for outstanding service to IEEE, “for vision and leadership in improving IEEE operations and governance, and for building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”

Recipients of IEEE Foundation sponsored medals and other technologists will be recognized at the IEEE Honors Ceremony at Sections Congress 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the RAI Convention Center, from 22 to 24 August.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Learn more about the IEEE Awards program. 

View the complete list of 2014 recipients.


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