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Reflecting on 2021 and Celebrating Success
As we approach the end of an exciting year, we are pleased to share a few highlights of the IEEE Foundation’s work and path forward for 2022.

First, we are proud to announce that new leadership and four talented individuals will be joining our Board in 2022.

In 2022, the IEEE Foundation will welcome Dr. Ralph Ford, chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, as its new Board President. Ralph brings us more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education and industry. Ralph joined the IEEE Foundation Board in 2017, the same year that John R. Treichler was elected President, a title he held for five years. We thank John for his service as President and eight years total on the Board as he turns the reins over to Ralph’s leadership at the end of this year and continues to serve the IEEE community as Past President in 2022.

John led the charge of the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors to work together with IEEE program partners on the first IEEE-wide fundraising campaign titled: Realize the Full Potential of IEEE. 2021 kicked off our celebration as the ambitious US$30 Million goal was exceeded at the end of 2020. “I’m happy to report the depth of the philanthropic support the campaign garnered – from individual IEEE members, IEEE members working through their 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,” said John about the Campaign success.

We are grateful for his guidance and perspective which made significant positive impacts on IEEE programs. Please share your words of thanks to our outgoing president, John Treichler, on a Kudoboard here.

We also say thank you and goodbye to two valued volunteer leaders who dedicated significant time and energy to help chart our past, present and future and grow the Foundation as the philanthropic partner of IEEE. We bid David Green and Teck Seng Low farewell after their combined 15 years of dedicated service. We welcome four new directors for 2022: Nim Cheung, Christopher Geiger, Howard Michel and Mary Ellen Zellerbach.


Throughout 2021, beneficiaries, volunteers and Foundation staff came together to create “webinars” that more than 1,000 people world-wide attended live. These seven webinars:

  • Brought our audience closer by putting a face and voice to the Foundation and the programs
  • Built personal relationships and started real-time conversations across a geographically diverse audience
  • Offered opportunities to engage with donors and volunteers.

The organizers of the events were blown away by the positive reception in response to the Spotlight Webinars, adding a new tool for connecting with stakeholders in the IEEE Foundation Toolbox. Enjoy this video of highlights from a year's worth of virtual events and keep an eye out for more exciting topics to be covered in 2022.

During 2021, IEEE Foundation added 10 new donor supported funds, bringing the Foundation’s total fund count to 240+ funds that support programs across IEEE. Below are some highlights from three of the new funds:

We look forward to sharing more about how IEEE programs are finding durable solutions to challenges and making impacts thanks to your 2021 donations. Keep an eye out for this communication next month and the 2021 Annual report in a few months. We thank you for your support and remind you that it is still not too late to make your year-end gift in support of IEEE Programs.

PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Announces 2021/22 Scholars and a New Presidential Level Sponsor

On 22 November 2021, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative announced the 72 high-achieving undergraduate electrical engineering scholars to be honored as 2021-2022 PES Scholars! These scholars will one day develop new green technologies, build the smart grid and change the way we generate and use power. Majoring in electrical engineering and committed to exploring the power and energy field, these undergraduate students are high achievers with strong GPAs and distinctive extracurricular commitments.
The Initiative seeks to attract highly qualified engineering students to the power and energy field. Since the program launched in 2011, 1,881 scholarships have been awarded to 1,099 students at more than 175 universities across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

The 2021-2022 PES Scholars represent 40 universities. Students receive a financial award, one year of IEEE PES student membership and have the opportunity to be mentored by leading professionals in the power and energy industry. The Initiative provides real world experience in addition to the scholarships. 

Engineering students explore a career path that ensures the electric grid is maintained and transformed to accommodate society's changing needs. None of this is possible without the generous support of donors like the Hoveida Family Foundation, who joined the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative as a new Presidential Level Sponsor. 

Thanks to the generous financial support of Hoveida Family Foundation, founded by Bahman Hoveida, and their advocacy for excellence in power engineering, each year 30 or more Hoveida Family Scholars will be identified among the PES Scholars. Take a look at the inaugural list of the students supported by this generous donation.

The IEEE Foundation and IEEE Power & Energy Society are honored that the Hoveida Family Foundation selected the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative as one of its first charitable donations. In doing so they are strengthening the future workforce of the power and energy sector. 

#IEEEGivingTuesday Donors Give More than US$120,000

The IEEE community truly answered the call on #IEEEGivingTuesday. This year, hundreds of IEEE Members and friends came together to benefit IEEE and IEEE Foundation philanthropic programs. The generosity was unparalleled and the 2021 donors surpassed last year’s outstanding giving.

Each gift illuminates, educates, engages and energizes programs that address global challenges through technology. This year, more than 500 #IEEEGivingTuesday donors gave almost US$125,000. That first US$12,5000 given was doubled thanks to a challenge match funded by two anonymous donors.

Supporters were able to choose a program to benefit, and when a program reached 30 unique donors they unlocked a US$500 grant from the IEEE Foundation - in addition to the total given by individuals and the challenge grant. The following programs met or exceeded the 30 donor threshold:

It is exciting to have a network of dynamic programs that make a difference around the world. If you would like to support them, there is still an opportunity to give before the end of 2021. Make your gift today. In the coming year, we look forward to sharing the impact that #IEEEGivingTuesday philanthropy has enabled!

Supporting Opportunities Through IEEE-HKN
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A leader in academia as well as an IEEE Foundation Board Director, Dr. Sarah Rajala has taught electrical and computer engineering or served as the Dean for four decades. Her interest in the professional development and education of young people was ignited by her own induction into her school’s Beta Gamma Chapter in 1972 and led to her active role in and financial contributions to the growth and sustainability of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society of IEEE.

“One of the things that was always important to me throughout my time as an undergraduate as well as in my career was my participation in Eta Kappa Nu, so I wanted to dedicate some of the funding I gave to the IEEE Foundation to IEEE-HKN,” Dr. Rajala said of the organization, which helps equip engineering students with technical expertise, global networking opportunities, and other tools that will help enhance their personal and professional success.

“As an organization, Eta Kappa Nu plays an important role in recognizing students in electrical and computer engineering and broad disciplines supported by IEEE,” she said. “I think that’s important because it really helps reinforce students’ capabilities and gives them an opportunity to be connected with local chapters and engage in service-oriented activities.”

As someone who enjoyed opportunities to serve in various leadership positions, both in professional societies as well as at her university, “I really have to thank Eta Kappa Nu for laying the groundwork for me back as an undergraduate,” Dr. Rajala said. “I never realized it at that time, but the organization helped recognize my abilities and provide me with beneficial leadership opportunities” – all invaluable experiences that she now hopes to help extend to future generations of engineers.

IEEE-HKN Members are Engaged, Enlightened and Energized

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the honor society of IEEE and a donor supported program, wrapped up its Student Leadership Conference (SLC) on 9 October.

Held over four days, the SLC was an interactive, online event that attracted more than 270 HKN students representing nearly 80 chapters from 20 countries. Attendees engaged in more than 50 professional development and chapter strengthening sessions and workshops.

The SLC kicked off with an opening session from Apple co-founder and HKN Eminent Member Steve Wozniak and closed with an Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

The event is the premiere conference for IEEE-HKN’s student members, who comprise the top EE, ECE, CE and allied field students from around the globe. A direct corollary can be drawn from SLC attendance to Chapter success: Members who attend the event return to their chapters engaged, enlightened and energized to enhance programming, grow their membership and increase community outreach.

To date, IEEE-HKN has received contributions in the amount of $8,873 to offset the cost of producing the conference. Could you help us reach our goal of $18,400? Your gift will go a long way to educating and nurturing the next generation of technical professionals.

Robert A. “Bob” Dent Recognized as Outstanding Philanthropist by AFP-New Jersey
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IEEE Life Senior Member Robert A. “Bob” Dent has received the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) New Jersey’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Philanthropist for his philanthropy to IEEE through the IEEE Foundation.

Since 1981, AFP NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in the State who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place.

Bob embodies the philanthropic spirit and emanates a strong desire to personally “give back” to IEEE and his community. Bob is a champion in providing funding opportunities in avenues of monthly giving, matching gifts, leadership giving and planned giving. He is a member of two IEEE donor recognition groups the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League (Planned Giving) and the IEEE Heritage Circle (Cumulative Giving).

Bob’s volunteer work with IEEE started when he joined the IEEE Student Branch in 1965 while he was a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, USA. 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 IEEE staff as the Executive Director of the Power Engineering Society, now known as the Power & Energy Society (PES). He has since served in many volunteer roles within IEEE and has been a leading donor to all of the programs he has been associated with, including IEEE Smart Village, IEEE History Center, REACH, IEEE SSIT and IEEE Eta Kappa Nu. The IEEE Smart Village initiative caught Bob’s attention as soon as he learned of it. “Bringing electricity, education and entrepreneurship to remote areas around the globe is a very noble aim and I financially support this signature program because it brings technology to very needed uses,” he said.

Bob says, "I want to pay forward to programs that benefit present and future electrical engineers and society, in general." Read more about Bob and this recognition in The IEEE Institute.

Practicing What She Preaches

Karen Kaufman
member of the Goldsmith Legacy League since 2009, IEEE Foundation

staffer Karen Kaufman hopes to have an impact on future generations

IEEE staffer Karen Kaufman has demonstrated that donating to the IEEE Foundation isn’t just for IEEE members. In 2009, the Senior Manager of Communication & IEEE Brand Ambassador for the IEEE Foundation joined the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League as a Forever Generous member and hasn’t looked back since.

“I decided to leave a percentage of the residual of my estate to the IEEE Foundation to use as they deem appropriate to show that everyone can do a little something now to make a bigger impact later,” shared Kaufman, who joined the IEEE Foundation team in 2008.

“Working for the IEEE Foundation, I see how responsibly money is used to support important IEEE philanthropic initiatives worldwide and I am privileged to witness the impact of those initiatives on real people,” Kaufman explained. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is seeing how thrilled members are when they can make a difference in the human condition through a donation of time, talent, or treasure and/or when they see their own programs funded by the IEEE Foundation. It’s extremely gratifying, both personally and professionally, to be part of that moving experience.”

Kaufman knows a thing or two about the power of giving. In addition to her support of extensive volunteer work for a range of animal rescue and welfare groups, she’s performed as a clown in the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City for the past 13 years, bringing love, light and joy to the parade’s throngs of spectators.

“While my job is to tell our members’ stories in hopes that others will be inspired to give, I feel proud to be able to set a positive example and give what I can to the IEEE Foundation from my estate,” confirmed Kaufman, who received her Goldsmith Legacy League certificate at an IEEE Life Members meeting and was humbled to receive a standing ovation for her generous act from a grateful audience. “Though I may not be able to make a huge financial contribution now,” she said, “I feel that my legacy gift can have an indelible impact on future generations and make great strides towards advancing technology for humanity.”

Is It Your Will − Or Someone Else’s?


All your life you’ve made the decisions about how your money will be used – about how you will provide for yourself, for your family, and for the charitable organizations you believe in. But have you planned in order to retain that same control over your legacy? You can if you have an up-to-date will.

With a will, you can:

  • Provide for each of your loved ones as you wish
  • Choose caring, responsible guardians for your minor children
  • Make special arrangements, such as a trust, for a loved one who might need extra care
  • Choose the people who will administer your estate and
  • Make gifts to the charitable organizations whose missions align with your values and help to do the good that you want associated with your legacy.

Without a valid will, you put every one of these decisions in the hands of others, including administrators appointed by the court.

We know this can be a sensitive subject and planning can seem like a chore but you will gain peace of mind and reassurance when the job is done. Plus your family will breathe easier, knowing that you have worked out a financial plan for their future.

Inclusion and consideration of the IEEE Foundation in this plan would greatly benefit the engineering community and future generations. Every future bequest that we can count on means that we are able to continue to enable IEEE programs that bring the promise of technology and the knowledge to use it to individuals and communities around the world.

It is easy to do – here’s our suggested language for a bequest:

"I give the sum of $______ [or all (or stated percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate] to the IEEE Foundation, Incorporated, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York, with business address of 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854-4141, USA."

It is never too early or too late to start! As you create or update your plan, consider the role IEEE has played in your life and the #IEEELegacy you want to leave. The IEEE Foundation team would be honored to assist with finding the right way for you to integrate IEEE into your plans. As always, be sure to consult your legal and financial advisors to ensure that a vehicle is consistent with your philanthropic and planning objectives.

If you have a plan in place that includes the IEEE Foundation, we invite you to share that news with us and join the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League, our legacy giving group. Members of the League are Forever Generous.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about your estate and IEEE.
Phone: +1 732.562.5446 e-mail: donate@ieee.org.

How to Avoid the IRA Tax Trap (The IRS is waiting to take its share.)

Whether it’s an IRA, Keogh, 401(k), 403(B), or other accounts, your retirement plan may be your largest asset.

You’ve invested it for growth, and you’ve been cautious about taking withdrawals. With planning and luck, you and your spouse will not spend all of it in your lifetime, so there should be a substantial asset to pass on to your loved ones.

Proceed with Caution!

The IRS considers the balance left in your retirement account to be untaxed income. They term it “Income in Respect of a Decedent” (IRD), and if you bequeath that balance to your heirs, the IRS could subject it to both income and estate tax.

This potential double taxation (plus any state inheritance taxes and possible Generation-Skipping Tax if the balance goes to grandchildren) can consume more than 60 percent of the value of your account. The IRA tax trap could leave your heirs with as little as one-third or less.

Wondering what to do? Think charitably and your heirs can come out ahead.

You can name the IEEE Foundation as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, and then use other assets, not subject to income tax, to make gifts to your loved ones.

As a nonprofit organization, the IEEE Foundation will not pay income tax on the distribution, nor will the plan balance be included in your taxable estate. In turn, your heirs will receive more of your estate by receiving assets not burdened by extra taxes.


  • Avoid both income and estate taxes
  • Continue to take withdrawals from your retirement plan during your lifetime
  • Change the beneficiary designation if your circumstances change
  • Make a significant gift to us that costs you nothing during your lifetime, is revocable and does not affect your income or cash flow.

Next Steps:

Use your plan’s beneficiary designation form to direct your bequest to the IEEE Foundation. You can make us a full or partial beneficiary. DO NOT use your will! If you do, your retirement plan will be included in your probate estate and will be subject to the estate administration process.

  • You can make us a partial beneficiary of your plan, and direct the balance to benefit your loved ones

If you like, we would be glad to help you understand the basics of this gift plan before you consult with your plan administrator. It is really quite simple. Do not hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to speaking with you about how you can make a transformational difference — allowing us to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy, and education and support the IEEE professional community, while also helping your heirs receive more of your estate.

If you have a plan in place that includes the IEEE Foundation, we invite you to share that news with us and join the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League, our legacy giving group. Members of the League are Forever Generous.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about your estate and IEEE.
Phone: +1 732.562.5446 e-mail: donate@ieee.org

This publication is intended to provide general gift planning information. Our organization is not qualified to provide specific legal, tax or investment advice, and this publication should not be looked to or relied upon as a source for such advice. Consult with your own legal and financial advisors before making any gift.

Pioneer Don Heirman’s Generous Giving Paves the Way for Future Innovation
Heirman’s estate gifts honor his lifelong legacy and will indelibly support critical IEEE initiatives
Don Heirman


Though industry giant Donald (Don) N. Heirman sadly passed in October 2020 at the age of 80, the pioneer in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) not only left an indelible legacy of innovation behind him, he provided for the field’s future success and forward motion through his generous estate gifts to IEEE.

After receiving his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN, US) in 1962 and 1963, respectively, Heirman began a more-than-a-half-century-long career that would involve monumental contributions to the field of EMC. Among them, the industry leader widely known as “Mr. EMC Standards” spent more than 30 years at Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, where he headed up the Corporation’s major EMC and regulatory test facility and its participation in The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards and international EMC standardization committees. He chaired or was a principal contributor to the US and international EMC standards organizations, including ANSI, IEEE, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and served as president of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), and as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. A retired Commander in the US Navy, Heirman was an IEEE Life Fellow, a Life Member of the IEEE EMC Society (EMCS), and a member of its Board of Directors. In 2018, he received the prestigious IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award for Standardization of Electromagnetic Compatibility, reducing low and radio frequency noise in telephone circuits, and designing and operating compliance test facilities over the course of 30 years at Bell Labs. In his acceptance speech, Heirman acknowledged the privilege and honor it has been to be part of IEEE for 50+ years.

Upon Heirman’s retirement from Bell Labs in 1997, he started his own consulting business, Don Heirman Consultants, in which he specialized in standards education and training in the field of EMC and remained active until his death.

A role model for young engineers and pre-engineers in all fields, Heirman was a champion of education, the preservation of the history of technology, and ongoing innovation in the engineering and EMC disciplines – a commitment that was reflected by his generous gifts to the various IEEE program, initiatives and activities he held dear upon his passing. Targets of his estate gifts include the following:

  • The IEEE History Center, to advance its work to preserve the history of IEEE by supporting the cataloging of the history of IEEE Society contributions, including those of the IEEE EMC Society
  • The IEEE Standards Association, to support the continuation of joint projects with the IEEE Educational Activities Board that expand, encourage, and promote IEEE’s Standards Education Program
  • IEEE- Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Chapter at Purdue University, to support his beloved HKN (the honor society of IEEE) at his alma mater
  • The IEEE Foundation, to support its broad range of IEEE initiatives.

In his IEEE History Center oral history interview conducted in February 2015, Heirman reflected on his long, colorful and productive career, confiding that “I've been around a long time -- 50 years in the business -- and I wouldn't take anything back.”

“The Don Heirman collection provides a unique look at standards at IEEE, as well as the operations of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, over the course of more than 30 years,” confirmed Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D., Senior Director of the IEEE History Center. “Through Heirman's work in both areas, he had assembled a large collection of paper materials, photographs and artifacts, and the well-indexed collection is a valuable addition to the IEEE Archives.”

IEEE sincerely thanks Don Heirman for his renowned contributions to the industry throughout his life and for all that he continues to give to future generations through his generous legacy estate gifts, all of which will pave the way for continued innovation, growth, and success in the engineering field. The IEEE Foundation proudly recognizes Donald N. Heirman as a Forever Generous member of the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League.


It’s Not About the Money: IEEE PES Society Award Recipients Donate Cash Prize

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In a venn diagram between generosity and excellence, 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Award Recipients who gifted their cash prize to IEEE Foundation to invest in human potential lie squarely in the middle.

Awardees honored at this July’s IEEE PES General Meeting underwent a comprehensive nomination and evaluation process and were honored in a virtual award ceremony. He Renmu received the IEEE PES CSEE Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award and donated her prize back to the award fund to encourage others to do the same.“I would like to sponsor more kids to pursue their future in the electrical engineering field,” said of this decision. She also expressed that she believes IEEE Foundation investment “because of their global impact,” said He.

Another awardee, Thomas McDermott, donated his IEEE PES Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering prize to IEEE Smart Village. “I had been supporting IEEE Smart Village for a couple of years, at a lower annual level,” he said. “Access to electricity has been a critical requirement for developing areas. I know some of the people involved with IEEE Smart Village, and it seemed like a high-leverage opportunity to help in areas of high need. The honorarium will be put to good use within IEEE…this was an easy decision.”

Recipients were recognized for a wide variety of incredible contributions to their field: from significant contributions to understanding and addressing electrical safety issues in developing countries to leadership that drives inclusiveness and diversity of power marketing, the winners represent the very best of the power community --and these awardees represent some of the most philanthropic, as well.

The IEEE Foundation routinely handles arrangements for awardees and speakers recipients who desire to ‘repurpose’ their cash prize or honorarium for a good cause. If you would like to designate your award/speaker honorarium, please visit the Honoraria Giving page on the IEEE Foundation website or reach out to a member of the IEEE Foundation team at donate@ieee.org.

WISE Program Introduces IEEE Student Members to Public Policy
WISE Program Student members

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program was founded in 1980 to introduce engineering students of all disciplines to the important intersection of technology with policy, and to the public policymaking process. Since then, WISE has become a premier Washington internship program, ranked among the Top 100 Internship programs in the United States by the Princeton Review.

IEEE-USA, IEEE Technical Activities, and the IEEE Life Members Committee together sponsor three IEEE student members from the United States to participate in the program each summer, thanks to donations to the IEEE Foundation.

As part of their experience, WISE Interns prepare and defend a paper on a technology public policy topic of interest, and interact with legislators and federal government officials to learn how they make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.

WISE Interns have also been able to put that experience to use in many ways. It often informs their careers as engineers and in business. Others catch the public policy bug and put their technical knowledge and public policy interest to work for government and non-governmental organizations. IEEE WISE alumnus David Pietrocola said, “From energy sustainability to self-driving cars, the technical innovation is often only a piece of the puzzle to making things happen in the world. I can thank WISE and IEEE-USA for making me smarter about policy, standards, international affairs and political implications when considering new products and businesses.”

Long-time WISE mentor and former IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow Tom Fagan reports, “After total immersion in the program, they quickly see the value of an engineer’s perspective in shaping public policy in a congressional community where only two percent of Congress has any type of technical background.”

Former IEEE President and IEEE Heritage Circle member Gordon Day adds, “I first met a class of WISE interns in 2005, when I had the opportunity to work in a Senate office, and I attended a briefing where they presented their work. I was thoroughly impressed with what they had learned and accomplished over just ten weeks. It’s a really impressive program and, for some interns, life changing. I contribute to it annually, and encourage others to do so, as well.”

As part of the program, WISE retains an engineering professor with public policy interests to serve as Faculty-Member-in-Residence (FMR). IEEE member and former WISE FMR Ken Lutz recalls that his role was to provide the WISE Interns with “a working knowledge of federal government processes, including legislative and regulatory processes and an understanding of how science and technology policy decisions are made and implemented.”

IEEE undergraduate student members (and graduate student members enrolled in public policy degree programs) from the US interested in participating in WISE can find more information and apply on the WISE website. IEEE members interested in the FMR appointment will find information there too.

Donations to the WISE program ensure that this life-changing experience continues and expands. The first $10,000 of gifts to the IEEE-USA Student Public Policy Fund of the IEEE Foundation will be matched.

Read the full story in IEEE-USA InSight. Learn more about the WISE program and show your support through a generous donation to the IEEE-USA Student Public Policy Fund.
Students Around the Globe Inspired by IEEE REACH
REACH Engages

Pre-university teachers in the Social Studies and STEM disciplines are being inspired by the free IEEE REACH resources that situate technology and engineering in their social and humanist contexts. During two teacher webinars—the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association’s (ITEEA) annual conference, Where Technology and Engineering Come to Life, and the United States’ National Council for History Educators’ (NCHE) conference, teachers learned about the REACH program and left equipped with lesson plans, videos and hands-on activities they could use immediately, either remotely or in the classroom.

Chandra Porter, a STEM teacher in Atlanta, GA, US stated, “This is awesome! I can use this with my Paper Tower Activity.” Lois MacMillan, a History teacher in Grants Pass, OR, US exclaimed, “I’m excited to get into it! We’ve done a little of this, but your presentation blows this open for me.”

These teachers are not alone in their excitement for REACH’s offerings. In Africa, educators are also being inspired. Arising out of the co-branded REACH/UNESCO pilot program with continued support from the IEEE Africa Council and the IEEE Uganda Section, and delivered by Silver Bolt, a Uganda non-profit education organization, three educator training sessions were held. One training program, a UNESCO STEM workshop, with a goal to improve participation of girls in STEM, was supported by both the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO and IEEE. Key stakeholders from both UNESCO and the Uganda Ministry of Education participated in the training sessions. Those in attendance were enthusiastic about the program, which has created a significant interest to include REACH content, concepts and methodology, in future curricula.

A donor supported program of the IEEE History Center, REACH continues to engage educators and inspire students via its mission to raise engineering awareness through the conduit of history. The program assists teachers across disciplines around the globe, provides a new STEM education pathway, and is enhancing female participation in the discipline.
Matching Gifts and Royalties Benefit the Next Generation

Dr. Acero was excited to join the IEEE as a master’s engineering student in the 1980s, but he didn’t stop there; during the next three decades, he served as President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, received their highest award for "contributions to speech technology and leadership in the signal processing community," and served on the IEEE Board in 2018-2019. “IEEE has helped my career tremendously, so I’ve been delighted to volunteer and give back to the community,” said Acero, who joined the IEEE Foundation Board in 2021.

After co-authoring a textbook on spoken language processing in the late 1990s to help students learn about that rapidly-developing field, “my co-authors and I decided to donate the book's royalties to fund student travel grants to attend IEEE’s International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) for students with an accepted paper,” Acero said. “We all learned a lot about the field by attending ICASSP in our student days and wanted the next generation of students to benefit as well. Establishing a fund through the IEEE Foundation was an easy way for this to happen, as the staff oversees the processing of all of the funds while the Speech Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society selects the winners,” he said of a positive and productive process that has occurred annually since 2002.

While the field has made tremendous progress in the last decade, “a lot more is required,” Acero confirmed. “Our Spoken Language Grant is a baby step that encourages students to help us achieve my lifelong dream of having an intelligent digital assistant.”

Acero also leverages his employer’s matching gift programs and has been doing so since 2002. Donations to the IEEE Foundation can be doubled or even tripled by using your employer's Gift or Volunteer Match Program. Your spouse's employer or your former employer (if you have retired) may also match gifts or volunteer hours. Learn more about leveraging your donation.

Overall, “IEEE is a fantastic catalyst for advancing technology,” Acero said. “I hope that many professionals who have benefitted from IEEE can find a cause they’re passionate about and work with the IEEE Foundation to help drive it.”

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Supports Two IEEE Awards in the Field of Signal Processing

Mitsubishi Electric

We are delighted to announce that Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) now supports the presentation of the 2022–2031 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award and the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing. MERL is the US subsidiary of the corporate research and development organization of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. MERL conducts application-motivated basic research and advanced development in physical modeling and simulation, signal processing, control, optimization, and artificial intelligence.

“MERL is proud to support the recognition of outstanding contributions to signal processing by sponsoring both the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award and the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing. These awards celebrate the creativity and innovation in the field that touch many aspects of our lives and drive our society forward,” said Anthony Vetro, VP and Director, MERL.

The IEEE Board of Directors established the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award in 2002 for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of speech and/or audio signal processing. In 2012, the IEEE Board of Directors added the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing to the portfolio of IEEE Technical Field Awards to recognize an outstanding contribution to the advancement of signal processing, other than in the areas of speech and audio processing. The deadline to nominate a worthy candidate for the Flanagan Award or the Fourier Award is 15 January, annually.

“We are thrilled to welcome MERL to our family of IEEE Award supporters,” said Dr. Karen Panetta, IEEE Awards Board Chair. “By underwriting these two important IEEE Technical Field Awards, MERL continues to make a mark by supporting the advancement of technology that makes lasting changes in the world,” she added. The donation ensures that the legacy of these prestigious Technical Field Awards will remain in IEEE’s Awards portfolio honoring leaders and visionaries who shape the future for the benefit of humanity, one innovation at a time.

Congratulations to the 2022 IEEE Technical Field Award Recipients! Offer your congratulations on the Kudoboard.

Myron Zucker's Philanthropic Investment Continues to Support Students and Faculty
Zucker Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the recently-announced recipients of the 2021/2022 Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant. They are Dr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin, IEEE Fellow, and his team from Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada for their project on “FPGA Based Cost-effective Digital Protection Schemes for Reliable Protection of Large-scale Wind Farms” and Dr. JiangBiao He and his team from the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, for their project on “High-Reliability Electric Propulsion Drives based on Digital Twin Technologies.” The grantees will commence their projects in September 2021 and be invited to present their final work at the 2022 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual meeting.

Pictured are Assistant Professor Petros Karamanakos (left) and doctoral student, Andrei Tregubov (right), of Tampere University in Finland who were among the 2020 Zucker Grant recipients for their project titled, “Robustness Enhancement of Model Predictive Control for Medium Voltage Drives.” Their work is scheduled to be presented during the virtual IEEE Industrial Applications Society General meeting in October 2021.

The Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant, established through the IEEE Foundation, thanks to its namesake, inventor, author and patent-holder Myron Zucker, annually awards up to two grants of up to US$25,000 for projects leading to publications from electrical engineering research. A list of previous Grant recipients is on the IAS website.

IEEE IAS, the program administrator, adheres to and honors Zucker's goals and objectives from when he made the gift that funds the Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant Program. They are to:

  • interest students and faculty in industry applications of electrical engineering
  • involve students and faculty in engineering problems related to the Scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • provide financial assistance to students for their education
  • provide seed money to allow faculty members to commence or expand teaching, research, or academic concentrations in industry applications of electrical engineering.
Zucker was an enthusiastic supporter and benefactor of IEEE IAS as well as to students preparing for the electrical engineering profession. Decades after he funded the establishment of the grant program and included a bequest in his estate plan that supports the balance of the IAS Myron Zucker Programs, his philanthropic investment in IEEE IAS and the next generation continues to pay dividends. His bequest earned him a place in the IEEE Foundation's elite, planned giving donor recognition group, the IEEE Goldsmith Legacy League.

To learn more about leaving a legacy gift to the IEEE Foundation, please fill out the interest form, or contact us at (732) 562-5446 or d.deliberato@ieee.org.

Allison Marsh Striving to Make Engineering More Accessible

Allison Marsh combines her interests in engineering, history and museum objects to write the Past+Forward column in IEEE Spectrum, which tells the story of technology through historical artifacts. Marsh has long been curious about how the general public comes to understand complex engineering ideas, especially outside the classroom—through museums, documentaries, TV shows and more.

“History shows all the different ways people approached problems and the variety of solutions. For me, it made engineering less rigid and more accessible,” said Marsh. Marsh makes recurring gifts to the IEEE History Center REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History) Fund of the IEEE Foundation. “The automatic payment system is incredibly easy to use.” Realizing the importance of engineering history, Marsh hopes to stand out as an exemplar to the rest of IEEE membership to inspire more generous giving to programs such as REACH. Marsh led by example as the IEEE History Center Committee Chair (2015-2016) and Member (2013-2019).

Marsh joined IEEE in 1998 while attending Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, USA. IEEE membership enabled Marsh to network with other IEEE graduate student members from around the world. Marsh appreciates the engineering knowledge acquired through membership, calling it, “a way of approaching life, of tackling problems, of having confidence to experiment with new and changing technology.” She credits her college thermodynamics course for her fascination with the history of science and technology, and how she realized the importance of engineering history. “History shows all the different ways people approached problems and the variety of solutions. For me, it made engineering less rigid and more accessible,” said Marsh.

In addition to her passion for the REACH Program, which provides teachers and students with educational resources that explore the relationship between technology and engineering history and the complex relationships they have with society, politics, economics and culture, Marsh desires to involve more women in STEM careers, something REACH is working to change. By providing high school history teachers the resources they need to teach about the history of engineering, the program strives to make engineering more accessible and interesting to young students.

In her day job, Marsh is a professor at the University of South Carolina and co-director of the university’s Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society. IEEE and the IEEE Foundation appreciate her valuable involvement and contributions of her time, talent and treasure.

When making your online donation, you have the option to spread your donation throughout the year or automatically make it each year for maximum impact. To make your recurring gift, select “Recurring Gift” as the gift type as you complete your donation at the IEEE Foundation Online Donation Page.

Electro-Mechanical Underride Crash Prevention System Wins IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship

We are excited to announce the 2021 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship winner, and the second and third place winners selected during the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Congratulations to Kerem Bayhan, an eleventh grader from Sakarya, Turkey, who won the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship with his project: Electro-Mechanical Underride Crash Prevention System.

Bayhan looks for simple solutions to current problems. In his research, he found that automobile accidents involving heavy duty vehicles are responsible for a large number of deaths on the road despite the guard bars that commercial tractor trailers have on the back of the trailer that, in theory, should prevent underride crashes. Instead of looking to make improvements to tractor trailers, he decided to create an attachment for cars.

The end result is a hood attachment that when the automobile comes within a certain distance of an object, it extends to form a barrier between the passenger of the car and the object. Bayhan plans to extend this project beyond the boundaries of the scholarship and is attempting to implement this potentially life saving device with car makers. This device, which Bayhan describes to be affordable and reliable, won him the US$10,000 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship.

Second place winner, Brian Minnick, a rising freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed a self-replicating 3D printer. This idea won him second place and US$600.

Boglarka Ecsedi, an incoming freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology, created a rip current detection system that relies on machine learning. This device earned her third place and US$400.

Established in 1999 by the IEEE Foundation and administered by IEEE Educational Activities, The IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship is donor supported and recognizes a deserving undergraduate student for an outstanding project that demonstrates an understanding of electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer science or other IEEE fields of interest.

Director Emeritus of the IEEE Foundation and IEEE Life Fellow Peter A. Lewis collaborated with 1999 IEEE President and IEEE Fellow Kenneth R. Laker in 1999 to start the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship. In his IEEE Oral History Laker said, “I came up with the name IEEE Presidents' Scholarship with an “s” and then an apostrophe in order to honor all the IEEE Presidents.” The goal of the Scholarship was two-fold; to recognize outstanding pre-university students for their creativity and innovation and to obtain recognition for IEEE as a leader in pre-university science and engineering education.

“The science fair was celebrating its 50th anniversary. By that time, the fair had been expanded to become the International Science and Engineering Fair and was sponsored by Intel. This appeared to be an appropriate time and venue to launch the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship,” said Lewis who was an IEEE staff member at the time, serving as Managing Director of Educational Activities. A review of comments from past recipients indicates that the original goals of the scholarship have been achieved. “The IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship also serves as an incentive for other IEEE units to initiate and expand scholarship programs within specific fields of interest,” said Lewis.

The IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship is able to nourish brilliant minds and create opportunities to dream thanks to your donations. Almost 100 donors have provided US$120,000 in support to this Scholarship.

Glickman earns 2021-2022 IEEE Life Member Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology

Susannah Glickman has earned The IEEE Life Member History Fellowship which supports one year of full-time graduate work or one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar who has received his or her PhD within the past four years in the history of IEEE designated fields. Glickman is a PhD candidate in the American History track at Columbia University, New York, US. She has a background in mathematics and anthropology, and works between the fields of science and technology studies and history, mixing archival and ethnographic methods. Specifically, she is interested in how institutions deal with the category of the future. Most of her research focuses on the history of quantum computation and information through the transformations in global American science that occurred at the end of the Cold War. She also writes about risk and uncertainty in other fields (for example, in history of economics) where those topics intersect theoretically with her interest in forecasting and speculative futures.

Before Columbia, she received her B.A. from Reed College (2015) in mathematics and anthropology. She worked as an Research Assistant at Harvard researching the history of biomarkers (2013-2016) and continued her thesis research (2015-2016) on quantum algorithms, specifically on optimal queries for algorithms like the dihedral hidden subgroup problem, with her undergraduate advisor Jamie Pommersheim.

The IEEE History Fellowship, funded by the IEEE Life Members’ Committee via the IEEE Life Members Fund, provides a stipend of US$25,000, with an historical research budget of up to US$3,000. The Fellowship has been awarded since 1978 and counts among its recipients such history of technology notables as W. Bernard Carlson (1980) author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age”, Mary Ann Hellrigel (1993) IEEE Archivist and Institutional Historian, and Leslie Berlin (2003) author “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age”.

The IEEE Life Members Fund (LMF) of the IEEE Foundation supports programs in various areas of interest that enhance the activities of Life Members, potential engineers, engineering students and professionals worldwide. The LMF is able to support the next generation of innovators thanks to your donations. During the Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign, 8,368 donors provided US$1.5 million in donations to the LMF.

Inaugural Edward J. Hoffman Early Career Development Grant Awarded to Dr. Émilie Gaudin

Hoffman NPSS

Dr. Edward J. Hoffman was a scientist whose early research in medical imaging was instrumental in the creation of the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which is used to detect cancers and other diseases. Three things drove Dr. Hoffman’s life and career – his research, mentoring graduate students and postdocs, and working with the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS). Among his many accomplishments was his election as president of NPSS in 2003.

Though Dr. Hoffman died in 2004, his wife of 33 years, Carolyn G. Hoffman, has maintained an interest in NPSS over the years and recently chose to work with the IEEE Foundation to create the IEEE NPSS Edward J. Hoffman Memorial Fund to benefit IEEE's NPSS Medical Imaging community.

Dr. Hoffman was always willing to offer advice and support to young scientists beginning their careers, and he well understood the struggles they faced. To honor her husband’s memory, Mrs. Hoffman decided that the fund should provide support to outstanding early career researchers who have the potential to transform the field of medical imaging. The grant is intended to support the career development of the awardee. This may include, but is not limited to, the funding of a pilot project, purchase of laboratory equipment, or funding to support a short-term visit to another institution/lab for the purpose of additional training.

In 2021, the inaugural Edward J. Hoffman Early Career Development Grant was awarded to Émilie Gaudin, a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. Dr. Gaudin was “very honored and grateful” for what she described as an “amazing award,” which will support her work in the development of LabPET II technology. This second generation of the LabPET II scanners aims to reach nothing less than the best image quality on the market. The LabPET II makes it possible to measure and detect details requiring true submillimetric spatial resolution, therefore enabling new possibilities, and removing barriers that were impossible to overcome before.

Mrs. Hoffman hopes the Edward J. Hoffman Early Career Development Grant will be the boost that researchers like Dr. Gaudin, with great new ideas, need to create a prototype or proof of concept that will, in turn, attract further funding. She looks forward to seeing the fund support promising new ideas in the realm of nuclear medicine. Mrs. Hoffman says, “I think Ed would be proud to have supported a future breakthrough in medical imaging.”

Mrs. Hoffman applauds the selection of Dr. Gaudin and her project and wishes her much success. Thank you to Mrs. Hoffman for selecting a generous way to honor her husband’s memory. If you, too, would like to support IEEE programs in a tribute to a lost loved one or to honor great minds in their field, please find more information on the IEEE Foundation Tribute Gift page or reach out to us directly at donate@ieee.org.

Wicks Travel Grant to Nurture Generations of Radar Engineering Students

Michael Wicks

Michael “Mike” Wicks was a gifted electronic engineer who had a profound impact on all who met and interacted with him. His distinguished career included a variety of prestigious positions in the U.S. government and academia. He was the originator of a significant number of radar signal processing concepts that are now mainstream, was a distinguished lecturer who spoke to groups all over the world and widely published.

His dedication to the radar community was well known and he gave freely of his time to serve as a member of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic System Society (AESS) Radar System Panel and of the AESS Board of Governors for many years.
By far his greatest legacy was the profound influence he had on a worldwide generation of radar engineers.

Mike’s passion for ‘giving back’ to the AESS, specifically the technical area of Radar, coupled with his fervor for nurturing the next generation was his motivation when he fulfilled one of his last wishes and created the IEEE Michael C. Wicks Radar Student Travel Grant Award.

Thanks to Mike’s donation to seed the IEEE AESS Michael Wicks Fund of the IEEE Foundation, each year graduate students who are lead authors on a paper in the area of radar signal processing accepted for presentation during the annual IEEE Radar Conference can receive, if selected, travel support to attend the conference and present their research. As time passes, the program and Fund may evolve in alignment with Mike’s vision to maximize support of the next generation of radar engineers.

Donate today to join Mike in supporting this worthy endeavor and help perpetuate his memory and legacy by nurturing generations of radar engineering students.

If you have questions or wish to hold a personal consultation regarding the Fund or ways to contribute, please call +1 732-562-3915 or email donate@ieee.org.

Celebrating the 2021 IEEE Medal and Recognition Recipients


Celebrating the 2021 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients whose groundbreaking technological advances shape our lives and the future of the profession is a privilege and a responsibility that IEEE takes very seriously. The 2021 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit and Honors Ceremony is an annual highlight for IEEE that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of technology “Giants.” The event was held as a virtual celebration 11–13 May. Videos of all speakers, Q&A sessions, and award presentations can be viewed on the Awards Channel on IEEE.tv

To kick off the events on 10 May a Virtual Toast, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, congratulated and celebrated awardees, donors and sponsors. IEEE President and CEO Susan Kathy Land, Foundation Vice President of Programs Marko Delimar, IEEE Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Welby, and IEEE Awards Board Chair Karen Panetta welcomed the attendees and IEEE medalists whose engineering achievements are driving our society forward in ways never imagined even 50 years ago.

IEEE’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor is supported by the IEEE Foundation. This year it was awarded to Jacob Ziv (LFIEEE), an international icon of information theory, “for fundamental contributions to information theory and data compression technology, and for distinguished research leadership.” Ziv’s innovative tools for practical data compression enable the fast and efficient transfer of files over the Internet that we now take for granted and revolutionized how we store information. Ziv is best known for his development, with Abraham Lempel, of the Lempel-Ziv (LZ) algorithms, which have an immense impact on the daily lives of computer users and on the operations of commercial electronic products worldwide. Read more about Ziv in an IEEE Spectrum article and in the annual IEEE Awards Booklet, which features all of the 2021 Medal and Award recipients.

The celebration also included the inaugural presentation of the IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal, supported by Google. Kristina M. Johnson, President, The Ohio State University, is the first recipient of this award. A role model for women in engineering and a champion for increasing the participation of underserved populations in science and technology fields, Johnson is an internationally recognized leader in engineering, education, the private sector, government, and has impacted the movie industry.

Our ability to energize innovation through the celebration of those who push the boundaries of thinking, break new ground, and improve lives takes the dedication and commitment of many individuals and organizations. We extend our sincere gratitude to our generous award sponsors, donors, nominators, endorsers, volunteers, the IEEE Awards Board and Committees, IEEE Presidents, IEEE Board of Directors, and IEEE professional staff for their continued support of IEEE Awards.

We also thank and recognize the philanthropy of the following 2021 Medal & Recognition recipients for donating their cash prize back to IEEE: IEEE Founders Medal Recipient Henry Samueli, IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal Recipient Lisa Su, IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award Recipient Lew Terman and IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipient Emmanuel Candès. Their donations improve the human condition, empower the next generation of engineers and scientists, educate and raise awareness, energize and recognize innovation, and preserve the history of technology.

Take a moment to read about how to nominate a colleague who has made exceptional contributions to IEEE fields of interest. Nominations for an IEEE Medal or Recognition are due 15 June annually. Nominations for an IEEE Technical Field Award are due 15 January annually.

In addition to the IEEE Medal of Honor, the IEEE Foundation supports the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award and the IEEE Founders Medal.

Forging a Path for Women in Power and Energy
Dr. Li

Dr. Ruomei Li, 2020 Chair of IEEE Women in Power (WIP) and former Secretary General of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), can’t say enough about the impact IEEE has had on her life and career since attending her first IEEE conference 22 years ago. “By participating in IEEE activities and reading IEEE publications over the years, I’ve obtained a lot of useful technical information on current and future trends in my field of interest,” shared Dr. Li. “In addition, as a Ph.D. student, my paper was recognized as “the best presented and discussed paper" at the IEEE Budapest Power Tech ‘99 Conference, which was a boost to my self-confidence, and my experience as an IEEE volunteer further enhanced my organizational and leadership skills.”

As the recipient of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award in 2019, “I’m very grateful to IEEE PES for recognizing my 37 years of work and research in the power engineering field and I hope that more outstanding woman volunteers in IEEE Power and Energy will have the same opportunity to receive awards and recognition,” Dr. Li said. As the main initiator of the IEEE PES CSEE Yu-Hsiu Ku Award, which has become one of the most influential awards in the power engineering field in China, and through her recent donations to the IEEE Foundation as well as her regifting of her honorarium back to the IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer Award Fund, Dr. Li hopes to extend that life-changing experience to fellow colleagues and forge a path for others to follow.

“Although the amount of money donated by any one individual may be limited, when more and more people join the effort, it can change the world,” Dr. Li said of the power of donations to IEEE. “By establishing new awards, I’m excited to help provide opportunities to others, encourage and inspire their contributions to society, and ultimately help more people around the world.”

Learn how to turn your speaking engagement or award honoraria into a good deed by donating it to the IEEE Foundation.

Celebrating L. Dennis Shapiro

L. Dennis Shapiro

A pioneer in the personal emergency response systems industry, L. Dennis Shapiro was dedicated in all he did, including helping people live more safely, building companies that made a difference and patenting new inventions. His patents included innovations in motion detector technology (Aritech Corp), and the premier emergency response alert (Lifeline Systems), that has saved countless lives and to this day enables elderly people and others with medical needs to live independently. Shapiro was also a philanthropist and avid collector.

Shapiro, an IEEE Life Fellow elevated in 2013 for development and commercialization of personal emergency response systems, was a very active IEEE volunteer. He was a member of IEEE Communications and Consumer Technologies Societies, and served on the boards of both. He founded the Boston chapter of Consumer Technology Society and spearheaded an effort to reinvigorate the society, which included a rebranding effort.

He served on the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors from 2019 until this year and was a member of the IEEE Heritage Circle at the Alexander Graham Bell level. The donor-recognition program acknowledges members who have pledged more than US$10,000 to support IEEE programs.

Through his giving, Shapiro sought to bring the history of technology to a wider audience and lead by example. As a devoted reader of “Scanning Our Past” a feature in Proceedings of the IEEE, one of his donations allowed six of the features to be available via open access. In 2019, he also donated three historical documents featuring Edwin H. Armstrong and Thomas Edison from his personal collection to the IEEE History Center.

In Shapiro’s memory, the IEEE Foundation established the IEEE L. Dennis Shapiro Collection Fund and will match the first $10,000 in giving to the Shapiro Fund to support the work of the IEEE History Center. The fund celebrates and advances his passion for collecting artifacts and promoting the heritage of electrical engineering. Donations to the fund support acquisitions to enhance and complement the Center’s holdings. The artifacts and other objects collected thanks to fund donations will be noted as part of the Shapiro Collection when referenced in exhibits and publications.

Donate today to honor Dennis’ passion for collecting and commitment to advancing the preservation and promulgation of the history of technology through objects and artifacts.

Read more about Shapiro’s life and accomplishments.

Making a Difference: Celebrating the Impact of the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

British mathematician Ada Lovelace once famously said that “your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science.” She couldn’t have known then how much her words would resonate more than a century and a half later during the COVID-19 pandemic.


One year ago, in April 2020, the IEEE Foundation established its COVID-19 Response Fund with Lovelace’s sentiments in mind. Since then, a total of 242 donors recognized the need to respond to the “troubles” at hand, and as of today, the fund has received US$50,665 in donations (including a dollar-for-dollar match by the Foundation) -- surpassing its goal of US$50,000.


Thanks to the generosity, drive and dedication of so many, the IEEE Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund has been able to make possible a variety of different projects that support IEEE’s mission and strategic goals while helping to respond to the imminent need worldwide during these turbulent times.

“The COVID-19 pandemic confronted the globe with a staggering set of ‘troubles,’ both immediate and long-term, but thankfully the IEEE community doesn’t shy away from complex challenges,” shared Karen Galuchie, Executive Director, IEEE Foundation. “We’re extremely grateful for the generosity and determination of our donors and the opportunity to fund projects that address COVID-related challenges on so many levels throughout the world.”

Following are some of the major projects supported by the COVID-19 Response Fund that are helping to advance technology for humanity and make an indelible impact in our fight against the global pandemic.


Telehealth Technology for IEEE Smart Village

The COVID-19 Response Fund provided US$14,000 to IEEE Smart Village (ISVx) toward project which aims to provide access to sustainable electricity to use telehealth capabilities to improve access to healthcare and pandemic response in medically underserved areas. Most immediately, ISVx will collaborate with Rotary International and the Global Telehealth Network (GTN), a nonprofit organization of volunteer physicians and psychologists who provide free, real-time, online video consultations for health workers in medically underserved areas, on telehealth and COVID-related projects located in Uganda and Kenya.  

Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Electricity Demand by IEEE DataPort

With COVID-19 shutdowns materially affecting global electric demand, the COVID-19 Response Fund provided US$5,000 to IEEE Technical Activities to fund an IEEE DataPort grant, which will be presented to the winner of a contest focused on analyzing the impacts of COVID-19 on electricity demand. According to Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Technical Activities lead volunteer and Associate Editor of IEEE DataPort (a dataset storage and search platform), the IEEE DataPort Day-Ahead Demand Forecasting: COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Dataset Upload Contest “has brought together high-profile forecasting experts from all over the planet to work on real-world data and develop practical solutions to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on electricity demand forecasting accuracy. The findings have a significant impact on the power systems’ ongoing operational costs and emissions, as these are highly dependent on an accurate projection of future demand and the scheduling of an appropriate mix of generation resources accordingly." A total of 239 unique entrants participated in the competition.

Grassroots Activities in Two Communities by IEEE HAC and IEEE SIGHT

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) and the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) received US$10,000 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to support two grassroots humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects that address COVID-19. In the first project, the IEEE Columbus, OH, US section, along with local community groups and eight nonprofits, is driving the development of a self-sustaining urban farm (the ‘Milo Grogan 365 Fresh Produce Farm’) in the city’s Milo Grogan neighborhood, whose primarily poor and African-American residents have limited access to fresh produce and have been disproportionately affected by the virus. In the second project, a team of volunteers provided a series of virtual workshops to train 37 individuals from 21 cities in different regions of Indonesia to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. After learning how to recognize and classify false information, deliver appropriate responses, and utilize technology to prevent the spread of misinformation, the 37 ‘Women Against Disruptive Information’ (WADI) trainers each shared the information with approximately 10 people, allowing for nearly 400 people to be directly impacted by the project. Read more information on both projects.

Remote Instruction Event for Engineering Educators by EA and EdSoc

With academic instructors forced to quickly transition their teaching methods from an in-person classroom model to a fully online approach at the hands of the pandemic, IEEE Educational Activities (EA) and the IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) received US$5,000 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to support a week-long remote instruction online event for university faculty worldwide. Held from 27-31 July 2020 and attended by more than 5,000 engineering faculty daily, the free event equipped attendees with research-driven information designed to help them provide effective online engineering education to their students now and in the future. “Thanks to support from the COVID-19 Response Fund, the Remote Instruction event helped us identify a real need in the market for instructional resources for teaching faculty in IEEE fields of interest,” said Jennifer Fong, Director of Education Product, Sales and Marketing, IEEE Educational Activities. According to Fong, IEEE volunteers from EA and EdSoc further collaborated on the creation of the Teaching Excellence Hub’, a new portal launched this April that will provide articles, links to events, and other beneficial resources designed to help university-level educators to improve their teaching skills.

Funding for IEEE COVID-19 News & Resource Hub by IEEE Spectrum

Understanding that ‘information is power,’ IEEE Spectrum received US$10,000 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to support its work in sharing updates through the IEEE COVID-19 News and Resource Hub. As a centralized source of IEEE stories and resources focused on the pandemic, the Hub provides listings for IEEE virtual events, access to free IEEE resources and articles featuring IEEE Members on the front lines of the pandemic. Logging 1.74 million unique visitors and publishing 210 posts as of 29 March 2021, popular articles on the Hub have included features on how technology will help us prepare for the next pandemic as well as author Mark Anderson’s article titled, Has the Summit Supercomputer Cracked COVID’s Code?” 

Special Campaign for IEEE REACH by IEEE History Center and IEEE REACH

Given the heavy online direction that academia was forced to take during the pandemic, the IEEE History Center and IEEE REACH (“Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History”) received US$3,390 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to support a special marketing campaign aimed at promoting IEEE REACH as an online resource for educators. By promoting the program directly to STEM and Social Studies teachers, the program witnessed a 157% increase in new users between the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020. Among other comments, a teacher in North Carolina described the campaign and availability of REACH resources as “a blessing” for teachers striving to engage their students in engineering-related material, especially in an online environment.

The IEEE Foundation extends sincere thanks to all donors who contributed to the COVID-19 Response Fund as well as all IEEE volunteers working tirelessly to make a difference through pandemic-related initiatives around the globe. Together, we can have a positive and indelible impact on communities worldwide.

IEEE Region Director-Elect Leverages the Power of Corporate Giving

Engaging one’s employer in corporate giving is a great way to expand the magnitude and reach of a donation while also supporting the company’s own volunteerism objectives. That’s exactly what Kathy Herring Hayashi, IEEE Director-Elect Region 6, was able to help accomplish when she recently engaged her employer, Qualcomm, in supporting IEEE’s TryEngineering Summer Institute Scholarships.

“Over the years, Qualcomm has actively supported many IEEE initiatives,” shared Hayashi, a senior staff engineer at the San Diego, CA, US-based leader in wireless technology. “But for me, the TryEngineering programs stood out because I think that one of the best ways for students to learn about engineering is to get immersed in hands-on experiences; there’s an indescribable joy in experiencing and completing engineering projects first-hand.”

At the same time, “the initiative was a good fit for Qualcomm,” Hayashi confirmed of IEEE’s TryEngineering Summer Institutes which offer engaging camp opportunities designed to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology among high school students. “Qualcomm actively supports organizations that deliver effective STEM education and also has their own Wireless Reach and Thinkabit lab projects, so TryEngineering was a natural program for Qualcomm to support,” she said. “With my recent membership on the IEEE Board, it seemed fitting to request that my employee Board Service Grants be fully directed to support IEEE Foundation initiatives.”

According to Hayashi, “TryEngineering’s variety of programs, both online and in-person, aim to reach a wide and diverse group of students and support of the Summer Institutes will hopefully spark enthusiasm for STEM among our next generation of innovators. I’m also excited to learn that one of the TryEngineering Summer Institutes might be based in San Diego, enabling us to provide local volunteer support!”

Hayashi confirmed that she couldn’t be prouder of her company’s volunteer spirit or the contributions it’s making towards advancing technology for humanity.

“In addition to supporting charitable matching programs for qualified organizations, Qualcomm believes that its employees are the best advocates of and connections to organizations that make a difference,” Hayashi explained. “I encourage employees working for companies who share their employees’ passion for non-profit organizations to be aware of and utilize their corporate giving/grant programs, and, if possible, to consider supporting IEEE Foundation initiatives, through which we can all make a difference in the lives of future innovators around the world.”

Discover how to double or triple your gift to the IEEE Foundation by using your employer's Gift or Volunteer Match Program. Your spouse's employer or your former employer (if you have retired) may also match donations or volunteer hours.

IEEE-USA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of MOVE Disaster Relief and Outreach Program

In March, IEEE-USA celebrated five years of the MOVE emergency relief and community outreach program. Since March 2016, MOVE (an IEEE-USA initiative) volunteers have deployed 20 times on disaster relief missions, and have helped more than a quarter million people. “I’m so proud of what this program has accomplished so far,” said Mary Ellen Randall, MOVE Program Director and 2021 IEEE Treasurer. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping people in their time of need. From Texas to Florida to New York, our volunteers have been there to offer support, and we aim to do even more in the future.”

MOVE’s trained volunteers and flagship Mobile Outreach VEhicle have served in nine states across the southern and eastern United States, logging nearly 18,000 volunteer hours supporting disaster relief efforts. Depending on needs, MOVE provides communications support, electrical power and technical assistance in partnership with the American Red Cross.

“In the last five years, the IEEE-USA MOVE Community Outreach Initiative has made a significant impact as a community partner, working alongside the American Red Cross,” said Barry Porter, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina. “They have helped the Red Cross carry out our mission to relieve human suffering in the face of emergencies. We are truly grateful for those who had the vision to create, fund and put into operations this wonderful asset that makes a difference in communities impacted by large-scale disasters.”

In 2016, MOVE’s inaugural year, volunteers and the truck were deployed for a total of eight weeks, aiding in five disaster situations including Hurricane Hermine in North Carolina, Hurricane Matthew in Florida and North Carolina, floods in Louisiana and West Virginia, and wildfires in Tennessee.

But that’s not all. MOVE also conducts community outreach and facilitates teaching opportunities for students and the public to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These outreach deployments have included the Atlanta Science Festival, National Scout Jamboree, and an American Red Cross community smoke alarm installation program.

Even more is on the horizon. MOVE is discussing an expansion with international partners to set up teams in several countries around the world. To that end, volunteers are also developing a new modular equipment system to fit each team’s unique scale and situational needs.

“Our volunteers are always ready to go,” said David Iams, IEEE-USA Staff Coordinator for MOVE. “Whether it’s to provide relief after a tornado or hurricane, or to help teach and inspire the next generation of engineers, they always answer the call.”

As a fitting Volunteer Week activity, please join volunteers from the IEEE-USA MOVE emergency relief and community outreach program for a tour of the truck and a virtual roundtable discussion of all the ways donors have helped them reach their goals! Register here to join us 22 April 2020 at 1 PM EDT.

If you’d like to learn more about the MOVE program, become a volunteer, or donate to support MOVE’s emergency relief and outreach efforts, please visit move.ieeeusa.org.

Join the #HalfMyDAF Movement and Put Your Money to Work!

Do you own a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)? IEEE Foundation is excited to share a way for your money to go further than ever – through the #HalfMyDAF matching-grant challenge movement. A DAF is a fantastic tool that connects donors and nonprofits to accomplish important work. But did you know that more than US$140 billion just sits in Donor Advised Funds? Many of these funds are not spent despite the overwhelming need by non-profit organizations. The #HalfMyDaft goal is to inspire giving and put these funds to work!

When generous donors, like you, put money into a DAF, they have taken the first step to making a difference in the world. If you have already taken the first steps to set up and fund DAF, the IEEE Foundation applauds your commitment to philanthropic giving and encourages you to invest in projects that advance technology for the benefit of humanity.

The #HalfMyDaf movement helps DAF contributors take that vital next step--and increases the impact of your dollars. Anyone who directs a grant from their DAF to the IEEE Foundation and commits to donating half the balance from their DAF before 30 September 2021, allows IEEE Foundation to be nominated for a matching grant of up to US$100,000. The more people who nominate IEEE Foundation, the better our chances of receiving the match.

By donating from a Donor Advised Fund, you inspire an engaged community and help us leverage your generosity to enable IEEE programs that enhance technology access, literacy and education and support the IEEE professional community.

You can learn more about the #HalfMyDAF challenge at the IEEE Foundation #HalfMyDAF website and nominate IEEE Foundation for a matching donation using this form. Thank you for your support.

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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