New courses available on, IEEE eLearning Library, accreditation activities, Standards Education eMagazine

(posted 16 September 2016)

Take your skills to the next level at, IEEE’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal on the edX platform. Upcoming courses include:

  •     Distributed Energy – Smart Grid Resources for the Future
  •     Smart Grids: Electricity for the Future
  •     Introduction to Systems Biology

Browse all available courses or register now at

The IEEE eLearning Library provides the advanced technology content only IEEE can provide through convenient, multimedia-based online courses. With more than 400 courses in communications, computing, engineering, power, professional development, and dozens of other core and emerging technologies, the IEEE eLearning Library gives technology professionals, students, and faculty a better way to learn.

Visit the IEEE eLearning Library to view the entire course catalog, including recently added cyber security courses

Call for IEEE Program Evaluators for Accreditation Activities: Are you a qualified professional from industry, government, or academia who would like to assist in accrediting engineering and engineering technology programs?

Learn more

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The latest issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available. The theme of this issue is IEEE 802 Standards and Smart Technologies. Articles in this issue address IEEE 802 standards as they relate to and impact smart technologies, including special reports from IEEE 802 working groups providing the latest news, along with regularly featured content of Further Reading and Upcoming Events related to IEEE 802 and smart technologies.

View the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine

Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives: TTM, WF-IoT, ISC2

(updated 16 September 2016)

IEEE Future Directions is your resource to emerging technologies within IEEE. The team has identified specific technologies as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, join the free technical communities available.

Get involved and learn more about IEEE Future Directions

Current Future Directions activities include:

The IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) is IEEE's flagship symposium on future technology directions. The overall theme of TTM 2016 is "Making the Future." Building upon IEEE's major technology initiatives, TTM 2016 will bring together high level renowned experts from research and industry to provide an overview of these technologies and explore how they may be leveraged towards "making the future" through their research, products, and services. Participants will not only get a glimpse into that "future," but also see its relevance to "today."

Learn more about the IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM)

Registration is open for the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) event, taking place 12-14 December 2016, in Reston, VA, USA. This year's theme is "IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems." This is a unique event designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies, which will alter the research and application space of the future. An early registration discount is in effect through 12 November and WF-IoT is in a cooperative registration discount with Globecom, another IEEE event, taking place in December in Washington, D.C., USA.

Learn more about the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative

Attendee registration is also open for the IEEE Second International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2016), taking place 12-15 September, in Trento, Italy. This is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This year's theme is "Improving the citizens quality of life."

IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program webinar: developing soft skills for leadership

(posted 16 September 2016)

The IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program is offering the following upcoming webinar:

Developing Soft Skills for Leadership Through Conference Organizing

  • Date: Thursday, 22 September 2016
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. ET (1500 UTC-04) or 3:00 p.m. ET (1900 UTC-04)
  •  Speaker: Joe Lillie, IEEE Volunteer, Treasurer, Consumer Electronics Society
  • Description: Learn what are 'soft skills' and how they can help engineers stay current and competitive in a dynamic marketplace. Understand how you can leverage conference organizing roles to develop these skills in yourself and others. You will learn what 'soft skills' are important to career development for those in technical fields and how to assess them.

Register now for this webinar

View recordings of past webinars

Visit the IEEE MCE Conference Education Program page for additional educational offerings

Email MCE Education at with suggestions for live webinar topics

Subscribe to the IEEE Conference Organizers Newsletter

Invite members in your Section to attend an orientation webinar or new Ignite information session

(updated 16 September 2016)

IEEE Section Chairs and Section Membership Development Chairs receive a monthly email notification regarding newly joined members in your Section. The current list of new members (those who joined in the past 30 days) is available through SAMIEEE, your volunteer analytics tool. The report provides member contact information: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, type of membership (traditional, e-membership), Societies joined, grade, and reasons for joining IEEE.

Welcome these new members to your Section and encourage them to register for a 60-minute live New Member Orientation webinar. These webinars are typically scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month, either 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. ET (13:00 or 19:00 UTC-04). Special webinars have also been scheduled. Each webinar includes an overview of IEEE membership, access instructions for member-only benefits and services, and a question-and-answer session.

Upcoming guest speakers (open to all IEEE members) include:

  • Tuesday, 20 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Education Activities Programs, WIE Scholarships, Authoring Tools in IEEE Collabratec™, SIGHT
  • Wednesday, 21 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Member Discounts, Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT), and eBook Classics
  • Friday, 23 September, 9:00 a.m. (13:00 UTC-04) - NEW Ignite Information Session: IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Career Resources, IEEE Foundation, Section Assistance

Register for a New Member Orientation webinar

Email Denise Maestri at with questions about the new member orientation webinars

Learn about the resources available on the membership development portal

Start planning for IEEE Day 2016 on 4 October

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Day 2016 is going to be held on Tuesday, 4 October.

This will be the seventh anniversary of IEEE members celebrating the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

Since the first IEEE Day event in 2010, the number of events worldwide has grown over 600% from 80 to over 600. The IEEE Day team needs you to help grow this annual event even larger.

IEEE Day is a great opportunity for you to connect your members to IEEE on a local and global scale. Section and Chapter leadership engagement is critical to IEEE Day's success and continued growth. Collaborate with your volunteers and Student Branch leaders to plan and commemorate the day. No idea or event is too small.

Visit the IEEE Day 2016 website for more information. You can also follow IEEE Day on Facebook, Google+, Collabratec(tm), and Twitter.

Promote IEEE membership as 2017 IEEE membership year begins

(posted 29 August 2016)

As of Tuesday, 16 August, anyone joining IEEE becomes a member for the 2017 membership year. This is a valuable time to promote IEEE membership. Any new member that joins in September receives an additional four months of membership at no extra cost. Individuals can join online at

Contact Nicole Honan, Member and Geographic Activities, for more information on how you can incorporate a "join" message in your communications

Please be aware of the following timeline for renewals:

  • 6 September: Renewing members will be able to access their 2017 renewal quotes for membership and subscriptions. Members can renew online at
  • 1 October: The first renewal notice will begin mailing to members and nonmembers

Contact Shirley Gallagher, Member and Geographic Activities, with any questions

Give the gift of IEEE membership

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE is pleased to announce a new program that allows members and non-members alike to give the gift of IEEE membership.

Please help promote this new program to your members and others who might want to share the opportunities of IEEE membership.

When they give the gift of IEEE membership they are helping someone special build a platform for success. You already know how IEEE membership has helped you in your career, provided countless networking opportunities and the ability to stay technically current.

Learn more about the gift of IEEE membership

Advance your career with mentoring and employment opportunities in IEEE Collabratec

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Collabratec™ is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and discover career opportunities.

Log into IEEE Collabratec to get started with the Opportunities features:

  • Search job listings: select Opportunities from the main menu to search job listings from the IEEE Job site. Filters are provided to narrow your search results based on company, date the job was posted, job location, etc. Save job details to view, share, or apply later.
  • Get discovered by organizations seeking talent: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, users can check the box under Employment Preferences to make their profile and CV/resume visible to organizations seeking talent. Complete the Employment Preferences and upload a CV/resume to get discovered by potential employers.

Career Communities: CareersConnect-India and CareersConnect-USA are communities available to IEEE members to discuss career-related topics, get job search input, and interact with other technical professionals.

Mentoring: Mentoring features facilitate the matching of IEEE members and Society Affiliates for the purpose of establishing a mentoring partnership.

  • To become a mentor: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, check the box under My Mentor Preferences and complete the fields to be discovered by potential mentees.
  • To find a mentor: Select People on the main menu, and under the Relationship filter, check the box next to IEEE Mentors. Additional filters are provided based on the person’s mentoring area, location, company, interests, member grade, etc. When you have found a potential mentor, click the +Connect button and select “Request Mentor.”

Visit to learn more about IEEE Career Resources

Announcing the new vTools.Events and updates to vTools.eNotice

(posted 29 August 2016)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is excited to announce the release of a new version of vTools.Meetings. This new version is re-branded vTools.Events to better identify with the meetings and activities that are included. vTools.Events is more than just a place to report past meeting activity.

Learn more about vTools.Events on the vTools Blog

The IEEE MGA vTools team has also released an update to vTools.eNotice.

View the vTools blog for detailed descriptions of the usability and interface enhancements of vTools.eNotice 1.6

IEEE Smart Tech events: registration open, virtual participation available

(posted 25 July 2016)

MGA is launching its series of events focused on providing career assistance, professional networking, and education on in-demand and emerging technologies for practicing engineers and technical professionals. Registration is now open for two upcoming IEEE Smart Tech Signature Events. Virtual participation is also available with the new live streaming registration option.

30 September - 1 October 2016, in Crystal City, VA, USA. Workshop topics include:

  •     Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge
  •     Systems Engineering Case Studies and Applications
  •     Cyber Security/Big Data
  •     Technologies for 5G
  •     Disruptive Internet of Things
  •     Managing Your Career as a Business

21-22 October 2016, in Birmingham, England. Workshop topics include:

  •     LiFi: LED-Based Network Communication
  •     Industry Applications of Robotics
  •     Introduction to ARM Architecture Fundamentals
  •     Multi-Core CPU/GPU System and Software Development
  •     Professional and Business Development: Confident Networking
  •     Business Strategy for Consultants and Entrepreneurs
  •     Software Defined Radio: Implementation, Design and Real-Time Operation
  •     Evening Reception and Keynote Address by Sir Robin Saxby, former CEO and chairman of ARM Holdings, PLC.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at both events.

Register now or learn more about IEEE Smart Tech Events at

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2017 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients announced; IEEE Honors Ceremony a memorable event

(posted 25 July 2016)

The IEEE Board of Directors has approved the 2017 IEEE Technical Field Award and 2016 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award recipients.

View the complete list of recipients and their citations at

The 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony was a memorable event. Visit the IEEE Awards Channel on to hear about the remarkable achievements of award recipients across all of IEEE’s fields of interest who received gold medals at the 2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony on 18 June at Gotham Hall, NY, USA. G. David Forney, Jr. received the IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award.

Download the 2016 IEEE Awards Booklet, which features the ceremony program and bios of IEEE Medals and Recognitions and Technical Field Award recipients

Check out the IEEE Awards Facebook page and IEEE Awards Twitter for new postings, photos, and videos.

Call for nominations: Technical Activities volunteer positions

(posted 25 July 2016)

IEEE Technical Activities (TA) is looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization. Currently, TA is accepting nominations for the following positions:

  •     Vice President Elect, Vice President, Past Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities (2018-2020)
  •     Member, TAB Finance Committee (2017-2018)
  •     Member, TAB Management Committee (2017-2019)
  •     Members (3), TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2017-2018)
  •     Members (6), TAB/Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Products and Services Committee (2017)
  •     Members (4), TAB Periodicals Committee (2017-2018)
  •     Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee (2018-2019)

Learn more and/or nominate yourself or a colleague

IEEE Women in Engineering news: leadership summits and events

(updated 27 June 2016)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is pleased to announce upcoming events, leadership summits, and opportunities:

Learn more about the WIE leadership summits

Email WIE staff at with questions about WIE programs

Join the chat on the Women in Engineering Facebook page

IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in September and October

(updated 16 September 2016)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of September, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "A Living Resume – Volume 2: Documenting Your Writings, Awards and Honors," by author Harry T. Roman. Roman’s continued story of documenting your growth as a professional stresses the importance of sharing your accomplishments. He writes that “Accomplishments form the icing on the cake of your career; and should be carefully itemized and detailed.” This e-book is available 1 September to 15 October.

Get your free e-book (log in to your IEEE Account, add book to your cart, and use promo code SEPTFREE16 at checkout)

In October, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer “Shaping an Engineering Career--Book 3/Vol. 2: Advancing to Management.” Author Alan C. Tribble explains the different types of management jobs, (e.g., engineering management, program management, business development management, etc.) that are typical career-growth opportunities for engineers. He offers advice on how to work within an organization, as well as specific recommendations for technical personnel preparing to transition to management This e-book is available 1 October to 15 November.

Get your free e-book (log in to your IEEE Account, add book to your cart, and use promo code OCTFREE16 at checkout)

To purchase IEEE members-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Accounts.

IEEE-USA E-Books seeks authors to write an e-book, or a series of e-books, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, email your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager, Georgia C. Stelluto, at

Featured news around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

(updated 16 September 2016)

Follow the links on the right side of this page to view more news around IEEE.

This month's featured IEEE News source is IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

The September edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a special issue on smart grid in the European Region. It covers the digitization of distribution systems, smart grids for smart cities, smart energy regions, and microgrids for integrating renewables into the smart grid.

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