MGA Scoop - March 2023 Issue

MGA Scoop

March 2023

Upcoming Events

  • IEEE-USA Financial Literacy Series Webinar: Starting Your Journey Towards Healthy Financial Habits

    8 March | 2pm ET
    This session will cover multiple aspects of managing your personal finances including spending, goal setting, understanding your credit score, and managing debt. This webinar is being presented in partnership with the IEEE Member Discounts Program.
    Register today

  • Discover IEEE REACH: A Valuable STEM Education Resource for Educators

    3 April | 9am ET
    IEEE REACH is an open education resource program of the IEEE History Center that offers a wealth of free resources for secondary educators. These resources include lesson units, hands-on activities, and engaging videos, all of which inspire students to engage with STEM subjects and pursue careers in STEM fields.
    The program has been making a positive impact in Africa as part of the IEEE UNESCO MOU by engaging teachers and inspiring students. By attending this webinar, you can learn about the free resources available through REACH and gain insight into how to replicate these efforts in your own region. Keep your eyes on the Education Week site for registration details, and for more information, visit the IEEE REACH website to discover the free resources available.
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  • Global Impact with the IEEE Pre-University STEM Grants 2023

    3 April | 9:30am ET
    IEEE Pre-University STEM Portal Grant Program will be announcing the 2023 winners during IEEE EdWeek - Join us 3 April at 9:30 AM ET. The grant funding is for the implementation of an IEEE pre-university STEM outreach programs and events at the local level. Together we are empowering the next generation of technology innovators.
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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.

Call for Nominations - 2023 MGA Awards

Call for Nominations - 2023 MGA Awards

MGA Outstanding Section Awards - Deadline 15 May 2023

Each year, the MGA Outstanding Section Awards are presented to one large, one medium, and one small Section (across all Regions), to recognize their excellent work and successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public. The recipient Sections are acknowledged for maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries.

Three awards are presented as follows:

  • Large Section = 1,501 or more members (including Students) as of 31 December of the prior year
  • Medium Section = 501-1,500 members (including Students) as of 31 December of the prior year
  • Small Section = 500 or fewer members (including Students) as of 31 December of the prior year

CLICK HERE to nominate your Section for the MGA Outstanding Large, Medium, or Small Section Award

MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award – Deadline 15 May 2023

Every three years, the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual, who over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board, its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its goals and objectives.

CLICK HERE to submit a nomination for the William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award

Friend of IEEE MGA Award

These awards are designed to specifically recognize support provided to IEEE and its members by firms, divisions of firms, or individuals (non-members). Nominators can submit individuals or organizations for a Friend Award at the supporting or sustaining level. Nominations for this award can be submitted at any time during the year.

To learn more about the Friend of IEEE MGA Awards CLICK HERE

To watch video on Writing and Selecting Successful Nominations CLICK HERE

For questions about MGA Awards Program, contact

TCS Fees

In 2015, the IEEE Board of Directors adopted a motion to recover some of the costs incurred in supporting technically co-sponsored conferences and the publication of their papers in Xplore. The IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) team developed and deployed procedures to collect these expenses as part of the conference application process. Recovery of these costs began in January 2016 for all society technically co-sponsored conferences. Until recently, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities had been absorbing the TCS expenses for its geographic units. The MGA Board has now approved a final policy for handling fees for all conferences technically co-sponsored by an MGA Geographic Unit.

For any technically co-sponsored conference in which there is no (0%) IEEE financial interest the MGA co-sponsor shall arrange (via an approved MoU) for recovery of IEEE operation costs in the form of TCS fees.

Effective for conferences for which the creation of the MoU starts after 1 January 2018 and before 31 December 2022, the fees are $1000 per event plus $15 for each paper that is optionally published in Xplore.

For conferences for which the creation of the MoU starts after 1 January 2023, the fees are $1450 per event plus $22 for each paper that is optionally published in Xplore.

As an exception to this general policy, MGA will continue to pay those fees if the external (nonIEEE) financial sponsor has a National Society Agreement with IEEE or has a Sister Society Agreement with one or more of the IEEE Societies.

  • If multiple IEEE Organizational Units (OUs) technically co-sponsor the same conference, the fee will be divided equally between all IEEE sponsors (ie: Society, Council, MGA Geographic Units).
  • MGA Geographic Units will have the option to bill the TCS fees to the Conference directly.

If you would like more information on this new allocation process or have any questions, please contact us at

How Technology is Reshaping Urbanscapes

IEEE Transmitter has published a collection of articles and videos discussing how urban communities are developing into smart cities to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2030.

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IEEE | Rutgers Online Mini-MBA for Engineers and Technical Professionals

The IEEE | Rutgers Online Mini-MBA for Engineers program was developed to help corporate employees bridge the gap between business and engineering as they prepare for growth in their career. Members just like you are taking steps toward advancing their careers, learning from mentors, and expanding their networks by taking advantage of this exclusive leadership program. Now registering for the March and September 2023 sessions. Enroll today and engineer your future!

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Open for Registration: IEEE Intensive Wireless Communications Live Course Series

IEEE Intensive Wireless Communications Live Course Series

The Intensive Wireless Communications course series from the IEEE Communications Society provides the tools needed to stay abreast of vital topics in the field. This course series is for those with an engineering background who want to enhance their knowledge of wireless communication technologies or get a refresher on topics of interest. Train your whole team at once! For organizational access, learn more.

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IEEE DataPort Announces Winners of Fall 2022 Dataset Upload Contest

IEEE DataPort Fall 2022 Dataset Upload Contest Winners

The 2022 Dataset Upload contest was designed to encourage authors and researchers to share their research in categories important to the research data community, including environmental/climate change, AI/machine learning, and biomedical/health sciences. A panel of IEEE volunteers selected the top datasets in each of the four contest categories based on the number of unique visitors each dataset received by the end of the contest period, the quality of the metadata, and the value to the technical community.

And the winners are…

AI/Machine Learning: Francesca Meneghello with the dataset “CSI Dataset for Wireless Human Sensing on 80 MHZ Wi-Fi Channels.” The dataset provided data to develop wireless sensing applications for activity recognition, people identification, and people counting.

Environmental/Climate Change: Pandarasamy Arjunan with the dataset “Paddy Doctor: A Visual Image Dataset for Automated Paddy Disease Classification and Benchmarking.” The dataset contains more than 16,000 paddy leaf images and is used for benchmarking computer vision algorithms to automate the early and accurate disease identification.

Biomedical/Health Sciences: Julio Valdez with the dataset “Cardiopulmonary Sounds Database,” which contains information on cardiopulmonary signals recorded simultaneously. The signals were separated by heart sounds and lung sounds.

General/Other Category: Solomiia Fedushko with the dataset “Propaganda and Fake News on the War in Ukraine,” which collected posts from social media networks popular among Russian-speaking people and detected false news and propaganda through thorough analysis.

Learn more about IEEE DataPort, search datasets, or upload your own research data.

IEEE Collabratec® Presence Enhanced in the IEEE App

IEEE Collabratec in the IEEE App

See the newest features and updates in the App

The IEEE App continues to add more features and updates to keep volunteers and members engaged, connected, and aware of what’s happening around IEEE.

With the most recent release of the app, IEEE Collabratec® is now more prominent and information about what’s happening in its communities can now be seen by all app users.

Additionally, IEEE app users who have enabled single sign on will be able to seamlessly access the latest activities in the Collabratec communities they are members of and their community affiliations will be listed in their app profile.

Download the IEEE App Today!

Utilize the IEEE App Marketing Toolkit to promote the IEEE App to your local constituencies, so that your members can begin building their network today.

Celebrating Brilliant Minds and a Bright Future: Nominate Someone Today for an IEEE EAB Award

IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards recognize and honor major contributions to engineering and technical education. The application process opened today! For complete details or to nominate a colleague or to apply, click here.

Add Value to Your Conference or Event with IEEE Credentials

The IEEE Credentialing Program adds value to your conferences, courses or events by offering PDH/CEU certificates and digital badges. By offering certificates, you may even increase your attendance rates! Both digital badges and certificates can be posted on social media to show potential employers new skill sets. Learn more about credentials and certificates.

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A Year in Review: EPICS in IEEE

Check out the 2022 EPICS in IEEE Annual Report featuring 3 project stories from around the globe, updates on the program metrics and impact, and improvements to the operating procedures. The EPICS in IEEE program had a stellar year in 2022 and is thrilled to share highlights of the great work that has been done.

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Try Engineering Summer Institute is back for 2023!

The IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute focuses on hands-on engineering projects and opens the door to college living. This engineering camp is a great learning atmosphere for teens between the ages of 13-17 to explore engineering interests, make friends, and build a sense of independence. Learn more about our 2023 college locations and sessions! IEEE Family and Friends receive US$100 off!

Coming Soon: Apply to be a STEM Champion

Are you an IEEE Volunteer conducting STEM outreach programs for pre-university students and/or teachers in your local community on behalf of IEEE? Would you like to help inspire other volunteers to get involved in STEM outreach? Then, we want to hear from you. We are looking to add to our STEM Champion team. All active IEEE Members are invited to submit an application. The application window opens on 20 March. Read about two of our current STEM Champions Shabana Urooj and Kithinji Muriungi.

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IEEE-HKN Tech X coming 27-28 April!

Have you registered for The HKN TechX on-line conference yet? You don't want to miss IEEE-HKN's premier technical conference focused on emerging technologies, their applications, and jobs of the future! Attend and get your resume in front of decision makers in our resume book. Early bird discount ends 20 April! This event is open to everyone!

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Learn about Lidar Technology in this issue of BRIDGE Magazine

Check out this issue of the BRIDGE Magazine featuring applications of Lidar technology for creating high-resolution models of buildings, architectural elements, and archaeological artifacts and more! Plus keep up with all the latest news from IEEE-HKN including its 2022 Year in Review.

View the Magazine

Check out the new Podcast on Mental Health

In this episode of podcast Career Conversations, hear HKN's Young Alumni, Amy Jones discuss mental health in our personal lives and in the workplace with Haley DeGreve, founder of the mental health awareness and suicide prevention non-profit The Gray Matters Collective. Self-care should always be a priority, so listen in!

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What to Expect From the Next Generation of Wi-Fi

The demand of Wi-Fi 6 is growing. With each new generation, the world has seen remarkable gains in wireless performance, connectivity, and user experience. This new game-changing version of Wi-Fi brings the technology to the 6 GHz frequency band.

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Read About The Top Technology Trends for 2023

IEEE Innovation at Work has paired these top technology trends for 2023 along with resources from IEEE that will help you prepare for a productive year. Check out the list!

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IEEE Education Week is Coming

IEEE Education Week is 2-8 April 2023! IEEE Education Week highlights educational programs and resources for students, educators, and technical professionals on their journey of lifelong learning. Whether you want to learn more or showcase your unit's educational resources, visit on how you can participate in 2023!

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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.

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