MGA Scoop - June 2021 Issue

MGA Scoop

June 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at IEEE

See actions that various IEEE groups are taking toward building a diverse, equitable, and welcoming environment, along with resources.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at IEEE

Upcoming Events


    5 June 2021
    Let's celebrate the Class of 2021! Graduates, Faculty, Friends and Family are invited to join us for this online event.The event will include a virtual procession of the members of the IEEE-HKN Class of 2021, the presentation of the Outstanding Chapter Awards, remarks from the 2020 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Student Award recipient, recognition of the 2020 Key Chapters, and the elevation of Dr. Maxine Savitz, Vice President, National Academy of Engineering, to HKN Eminent Member.
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  • Bridging the 4G/5G Gap: Telecommunications Roadmap for Implementation

    9 June 2021 (Part Two)
    Want to know what it will take to deploy #5Gtech in your local community? Get an overview of the convergence of cellular technologies that can help local government and municipal leaders develop application processes and understand the 5G technology. Join David Witkowski and IEEE for "Bridging the 4G/5G Gap" on 9 June. Learn more about the series today and save 30% by registering for the full virtual course program. #5G #5GDeployment
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  • IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Academic Research in International Standardization

    14 June 2021 | 9am ET
    In many international standards, theoretical knowledge is needed to define requirements and give test procedures. This event provides an overview of the important role academic research plays in the standards, along with examples from two IEEE Societies on how academia's contributions to standardization benefits both sides.
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  • Ten Essential Strategies for Working in Virtual Teams

    15 June 2021 | 12pm ET
    In-person teaming skills are important in every business sector. But virtual teams require a modified approach. Join IEEE on 15 June at 12pm ET to gain strategies to apply in any virtual teaming situation.
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  • Train Your Employees to Create a Security Culture

    22 June 2021 | 1pm ET
    Join IEEE and ISACA on 22 June 2021 at 1PM EDT to get an understanding of the current cybersecurity trends that will help you determine the level of cyber threats to your organization. Learn what it will take to create an effective cyber strategy and security culture within your workforce.
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  • Engineering Education 2.0: Digital Transformation of Teaching in a Post-Pandemic World

    29 June 2021 | 12pm ET
    This is the final virtual event of Engineering Education 2.0, a four-part series designed to equip participants with skills to apply best practices and understanding from current STEM higher-education research literature. You will hear perspectives on these issues, and discussions on how to prepare engineers for a sustainable, just, and democratic world through the lens of research-driven innovation.
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  • IEEE TryEngineering Tuesday: Featuring Electric Cars

    13 July 2021 | 12pm ET
    Help students explore, engage, and get inspired about transportation electrification! Tune into the next IEEE TryEngineering Tuesday: Featuring Electric Vehicles.
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IEEE Virtual Events Calendar

The IEEE Virtual Events Calendar provides an up-to-date listing of major events available on demand.

Digital Security & Protection for IEEE Members in the USA: 60-Day Free Trial

Aura Identity Guard provides proactive protection against hackers for individuals and their families' identity, devices, and personal and financial information. If something happens, Identity Guard subscribers will receive a dedicated customer care representative, guidance through fixing it, and $1M in coverage for losses.

Eligible IEEE members (having a US social security number) can access a 60-day free trial and discounted rates on an annual subscription to Identity Guard services.

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Become a Thought Leader by Joining the Virtual Speakers Bureau

If you are willing and able to share knowledge and experience in your field with IEEE Students, the Virtual Speakers bureau gives you the opportunity to become a micro-mentor and thought leader while inspiring IEEE Students in your Region or in another part of the world. Virtual Speakers give short presentations on either professional or technical topics via a virtual platform to IEEE Student Members - No travel involved. Follow the link to learn more, then fill out the form to volunteer a small amount of your time and become a Virtual Speaker today.

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How Technology Helps Us Understand Our Health and Wellness

IEEE Transmitter has a collection of articles, videos, and infographics available. Read how different technologies are empowering people to manage their health using wearable, robotics, and more.

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Member in the News

IEEE Spectrum, Reimagined

Learn about Spectrum's bold new look from the three designers who led the redesign.

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From Refugee to Micron VP

IEEE Senior Member Thy Tran helped develop the new generation of DRAM chips.

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Two Engineers, 60 Years Apart, Explore Aging Together

IEEE Fellow Pierre Thallot and IEEE Student Member Grace Hunt share their perspectives and provide tips on successful aging in a new book.

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Call for Proposals - Apply to the First-Ever IEEE Region 10 and IEEE HAC

Call for Proposals - Apply to the First-Ever IEEE Region 10 and IEEE HAC

We are pleased to share the announcement of a special Call for Proposals from IEEE Region 10 and the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC). “Addressing Local Needs During COVID Time” aims to engage IEEE members in Region 10 in meaningful humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities, foster the development of IEEE relationships with communities and stakeholders at the grassroots level, and incubate a geographically diverse selection of innovative prototypes that could potentially be scaled up in the future - all with safety as the highest priority.

Don’t wait to apply! The submission deadline is 20 June, but the application and review process will be expedited, so that work can start in July 2021. Visit the HAC website for more details and requirements.

Host a Data Competition on IEEE DataPort

Host a Data Competition

In addition to giving users the opportunity to access and upload datasets, the IEEE DataPort platform also includes a Data Competitions Module that enables researchers to collect valuable feedback and analysis on their research data. To initiate a Data Competition, users create a time-limited data challenge by uploading a dataset up to 2TB to IEEE DataPort. Members of the global technical community, or a select set of participants, can then provide their specific analyses, or make predictions based on the dataset.

Other benefits and features of the IEEE DataPort Data Competitions Module include the following:

  • Free to initiate or participate
  • Time frame is fully customizable by the competition initiator and can range from a few days to one year
  • Datasets can be downloaded for analysis or accessed directly in the Cloud
  • Data Competition results are consolidated and easy to evaluate, and each analysis receives a unique DOI
  • Registered users may submit comments and private messages to competition leads

Click here to view active IEEE DataPort Data Competitions and learn more about hosting your own competition today.

How Sections and Chapters Benefit from History

History activities such as Milestone dedications and anniversary celebrations raise the visibility of IEEE organizational units, help attract membership, and foster relations with industry and academia. George Thomas, the IEEE Chicago Section Historian, describes how the Chicago Section celebrated its centennial:

“In addition to organizing the Centennial Celebration, the Centennial Committee reached out to academia and industry for their contributions to Chicago electrical engineering history for a planned publication of the Chicago Section Centennial Book,” The results were substantial. Thirty sponsors provided history articles and congratulations. “Included in the publication were vintage articles from our newsletter SCANFAX―a publication originally from the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in Chicago. Also included were, a list of the last 100 section chairs, a short history of our founding, pictures from the World’s Columbian Exposition, and 1893 press clippings from The Electrical World and Western Electrician some of which reported on our organizational efforts. Finally, there were pictures from one of our most successful Chicago Section events―the Chicago Section Centennial Celebration.”

The Chicago Section’s experience shows how much IEEE organizational units can benefit from appointing a historian, or even a history committee. If your OU does not have a historian, and would be interested in appointing one, please contact IEEE History Center Research Coordinator Robert Colburn,

Save 50% on IEEE Learning Network Courses!

Learn something new and improve your technical skills with the IEEE Learning Network! The recently launched "Learn Something New" campaign features an exciting new course each week at 50% off.

See this week's course option today!

Teaching Excellence Hub

IEEE Educational Activities and IEEE Education Society are proud to announce the launch of the Teaching Excellence Hub. This website serves as a resource that provides articles and links to events and resources for those teaching engineering, computer science, and technology at the university level. The content on this website is written and curated by academic experts from around the world. Explore the Hubtoday!

Develop Leadership Skills for Your Engineers

IEEE | Rutgers Online Mini-MBA for Engineers helps employees bridge the gap between business and engineering as they prepare for leadership roles. For groups of 10+, it is an ideal program for technical professionals as they continue to work remotely.

Contact IEEE to learn about the benefits for your organization.

IEEE Pre-University STEM Programs Needed

Are you an IEEE Volunteer leading Pre-University STEM outreach programs?

IEEE TryEngineering launched a new IEEE Pre-University Volunteer STEM Portal to support IEEE volunteers in their STEM outreach initiatives as well as building local STEM communities. The new STEM portal is the place to be for all things related to pre-university STEM programs at IEEE, featuring a searchable database of programs and “how-to” resources developed by volunteers like you. Share your programs today!

EXTENDED DEADLINE: The first 20 programs submitted by July 1, 2021 will receive a special TryEngineering Box filled with give-aways for your IEEE STEM Outreach initiatives.

Together, Let’s Share. Give Back. And Inspire as many students as possible.

For more information:

Call for Pre-University STEM Grant Applications

Do you have an idea for a STEM program that you want to implement or an innovative idea to expand an existing STEM program and lack the funds to make it happen?

Consider applying for a IEEE Pre-University STEM Grant to turn an idea into a reality. The new IEEE Volunteers STEM Outreach grants program is launching May 15 and will be accepting applications from May 15 - July 1, 2021.

Any IEEE member can apply for a grant with the endorsement of an IEEE organizational unit. The grant funding is for the implementation of an IEEE pre-university program. IEEE organizational units can receive up to $2000 US dollars.

Apply Today!

Become an IEEE Day 2021 Ambassador

Become an IEEE Day 2021 Ambassador

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow.” While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2021 will be celebrated on October 5, 2021, and will be the event's 12th edition.

The IEEE Day team is looking for IEEE members to serve as section ambassadors, communicating with the section committee, student branches, Affinity Groups (ex. WIE, YP...), and chapters to promote IEEE Day within the section.

The IEEE Day Ambassador will be responsible for contributing with the marketing campaign for IEEE Day and promoting IEEE by sharing its benefits. The Ambassador's responsibilities and eligibility can be found on social media platforms.

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IEEE Day Ambassadors program provides an opportunity to collaborate with local and international teams of highly motivated volunteers.

Interested? Fill in the Ambassadors Form by 10 June 2021, and be a part of this dynamic global team.

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MGA Call for Nominations - 2022 IEEE MGA Committee Members and Liaisons

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2022 IEEE MGA Committee Member and Liaison Positions. The deadline is 1 August 2021.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.
To learn more about MGA Committees and Liaison positions, click here.

For questions, email

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Resources for Volunteers

  • Webex Event User Guide available here

  • Interested in using Google Meet? Find out more at or send us an email at

  • IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE)
    Find volunteer training and resources in the IEEE CLE.

  • IEEE Learning Network
    The IEEE Learning Network (ILN) gives members easy access to online learning content from across IEEE, all in one place. Browse hundreds of courses on core and emerging technologies, leadership skills, and more. Check out the weekly selection of courses that active IEEE members can purchase for US$10 each! See our discounted courses

  • Additional IEEE Virtual Events Resources
    The following IEEE resources can also be useful for organizers looking to virtualize their events: