MGA Scoop - November 2023

MGA Scoop

November 2023

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New MGA Award Approval Process

Did you know about the new MGA award approval process for Geographic Unit awards?

Effective 2023, all MGA geographic units and MGA Committees must follow the new award approval process. The new process routes all Region, Area, Council, Section, Chapter, Affinity Group and Student Branch new award proposals or revisions to existing awards to the respective Region for final approval.

New award proposals from MGA Committees will be forwarded to MGA ARC and MELCC for endorsement and to the MGA Board for final approval.

MGA ARC will evaluate all proposals for new awards or revision of existing awards. All award proposals must be submitted using the MGA Awards Template and sent to the MGA ARC Chair at:

CLICK HERE to find the MGA Awards Template and information about the new award approval process. Additional information and guidelines for developing award proposals is found in the MGA Operations Manual Sections 8.3 and 8.4.

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IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events Leads Innovations in Event Sustainability


Over the past several years, IEEE has worked to develop innovative ways to reduce IEEE events' environmental impact and share these learnings with the IEEE community. The IEEE MCE website now contains a dedicated: Sustainability Hub that contains guidance, online tools, and resources for supporting sustainable events. These range from an in-person IEEE Event Sustainability Guide and online carbon calculators to a list of sustainable badge vendors that can be used as IEEE members and volunteers plan their events.

IEEE MCE also recently completed Phase 1 of its goal to include sustainability questions in all event-related requests for proposals (RFPs) to help the conference community identify partners with shared sustainability goals.

Additionally, as part of the innovative approaches to conference delivery that IEEE is deploying, 2023 IEEE President and CEO Saifur Rahman utilized holographic technology to "beam into" the 2023 IEEE Convene event, held in August for IEEE conference organizers. This is a creative alternative to include speakers at an event they may normally not be able to attend in person.


Improved IEEE Presentation Templates Available for Use

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The IEEE Corporate Presentation Templates have been recently updated and feature several improvements, including:

• Improved photo options that better represent the diversity of people, technology, knowledge, connections, and global themes.

• The ability to add a program identifier or sub-brand logos.

• Editable variations for title, divider, and text slides.

• Several branded color template options.

All versions come in the industry-standard 16:9 widescreen format, and as the Google Slides version for easy collaboration. Additionally, a: Quick Start Guide is available to illustrate how to apply the updated templates to existing presentations.

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Protecting Personal Data should be at the Heart of Product Development

Data Privacy Engineering

Help your team of engineers learn to apply essential data privacy regulations, standards, and practices for the design and implementation of technical applications that use personal data—all from a single source—IEEE—with the IEEE | IAPP Data Privacy Engineering Collection.

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Save Your Spot! IEEE Intensive Wireless Communications Live Course Series

IEEE Intensive Wireless Communications Live Course Series

Invest in your career development and get the training you need to stay ahead of vital topics in wireless communications. Stay up to date on the latest technologies and topics in wireless communications with this exclusive course from IEEE.
The Intensive Wireless Communications course series provides the in-depth training your team needs with 4 courses with a total of 21 hours of live, virtual training. Train your whole team at once! For organizational access, learn more.

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Update to Browser Cookie Banner on IEEE Managed Websites

In the past few years various new data privacy regulations have been enacted, underlining user expectations related to the storage and use of their personal information. IEEE is continuing its commitment to member and customer data privacy and compliance with the new regulations and will be rolling out a new approach to storing and using browser cookies.

A browser cookie is a small piece of data that is stored in a web browser and can be used to maintain login to a website, support a seamless purchase from an online store, marketing of relevant products, and more.

To provide visitors to IEEE websites a more granular choice, IEEE will be updating the existing cookie banner. The new cookie banner will allow customers to review and select the types of cookies set by IEEE in their browser – essential, analytics, marketing, etc. This is not a small task as IEEE owns upwards of 10,000+ websites maintained by staff and volunteers.

Additional details regarding installing the new cookie banner on IEEE websites will be shared in the future editions of SCOOP.

GoogleApps@IEEE with Additional Storage

As we've been sharing over the past year, Google has reduced the amount of free storage for IEEE Members to 5GB. Members and Volunteers who need more than 5GB of storage in their GoogleApps@IEEE account can now purchase a one year subscription to GoogleApps@IEEE with Additional Storage at an introductory cost of $48 USD plus any applicable tax. This option provides 35GB of storage across all GoogleApps@IEEE services.

There are two ways to make the purchase:

1) Call or chat and ask our IEEE Contact Center associates to process your order. Contact Center associates are ready to assist you 24/5 -- Sunday 4:30 p.m. EDT to Friday 4:30 p.m. EDT. Our phone numbers are: +1 800 678 4333 (USA and Canada) +1 732 981 0060 (Worldwide). Secure Chat is available at the: IEEE Support Center portal at:

2) Go online to: This option requires IEEE Membership Renewal.

Please be aware that according to IEEE's contract with Google, there will be a substantial price increase for the GoogleApps@IEEE with Additional Storage product in 2025. The new price is anticipated to be $72USD. Please plan accordingly.

Members who do not want to purchase the additional storage product can refer to: Instructions on how to move data to other services or to remove files that are no longer needed. Personal documents can be stored in: IEEE Collabratec Workspaces.

View Workspace Tutorial here. Documents you may have retained for IEEE business can be moved to: Organizational Unit Workspaces in IEEE Collabratec.

IEEE Member Jay Shah discusses the chip industry and AI/LLMs.

Chip industry strains to meet AI-fueled demands — will smaller LLMs help?

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Riko-chan Investigates Blockchain

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IEEE WIE is excited to announce the release of the first episode of the Manga comic series, 'Riko-chan: Cybersecurity Engineer.' Riko-chan is a young girl who loves science and handles everyday issues using her knowledge of STEM.

Manga comic books are available for FREE downloads for both IEEE and Non-IEEE Members. Download for FREE via this link:

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New High Performance Computing eLearning Courses

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Unlock the full potential of High Performance Computing with our newest eLearning courses. Learn how to address challenges and discover the expectations of hardware and software with IEEE. Start learning today!

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Are you HKN?

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If you were ever inducted into IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) you are always HKN! If IEEE-HKN is not on your IEEE membership card, it is not in your IEEE record. Reconnect with HKN today:

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IEEE-HKN's October BRIDGE focuses on Humanitarian Technologies

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The October Issue of The Bridge, IEEE-HKN's award-winning magazine, is focused on humanitarian technologies and their impact on addressing challenges facing our society. In it, you will find insightful articles, thought-provoking essays, and inspiring contributions from distinguished authors from various backgrounds and organizations. The issue also features the voice of students who incorporate service into their studies through the EPICS in IEEE Program and how this work impacts their professional journeys.

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Read About EPICS in IEEE Successful Student Project in Mongolia

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Learn about this captivating EPICS in IEEE student project from our Environmental Competition. Project Koyash is a project wherein students designed a solar-powered air-filtration system for communities throughout Mongolia. Check out our article on this impactful project.


Discover New Skills with IEEE Academies

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Understanding the latest technology trends can allow you to strengthen your competitive edge. Developing your technical skills and investing in yourself are great ways to advance from your current position and help you thrive in your industry. Read more in "Get Up to Speed on AI, IoT, and Smart Grid".

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IEEE Spectrum Stories

This Engineer Is Helping to Make India a Global Semiconductor Hub

IEEE Senior Member Tushar Sharma is leading the development of next-generation chips.

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IEEE Society Restores Electricity To a Nepali School

The system includes photovoltaic panels and a solar-powered water heater.

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Collabratec Upgrades Homepage into Personal Dashboard

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In October, IEEE Collabratec released its latest round of upgrades, which built upon a comprehensive site navigation upgrade and aesthetic refresh that commenced in August. This release evolved the Collabratec homepage into the user’s personalized dashboard. The upgrades eliminate navigation clicks and help users get to where they want to go faster. Additionally, an aesthetic refresh has now been extended across the platform including new and standardized iconography.

The ‘pending actions’ module is now located in a more prominent and visible location on the home page to help users monitor incoming requests:

• Pending actions notify users about invitations to join workspaces or communities, network connection requests, and mentor requests. It also includes confirmation of invitation acceptance.

• Community and workspace navigation has been refined, including consolidation of all administrative tools to one location.

• The ‘my badges’ module is relocated to help users quickly access their most recent badges, as well as those previously earned.

• The custom networks module is now located on the homepage. Custom networks are directly integrated with Collabratec’s messaging feature to enable group chats for ad-hoc questions or ongoing discussions.

• The icon representing IEEE Volunteers status was upgraded to better signify their selfless contributions to the organization.

Membership Cards Are Now Accessible Through the IEEE App

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With the newest release of the IEEE App, members can now access their membership card directly through the app. The card includes member number, membership grade, and all society affiliations. Users also have the option to conveniently download their membership card directly to the digital wallet on their phone.

The IEEE App can be personalized to allow users to see, read, and choose how they want to engage and connect to all things IEEE, as well as network globally.

Download the IEEE App Today

NEW – Conference Peer Reviewer Basics Course

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In collaboration with the IEEE Conferences Committee, MCE Conference Education has launched a four-module course for conference Peer Reviewers. This ‘basics’ course is targeted at individuals new to conference peer review or those who have not conducted reviews for an IEEE conference.

The course, led by volunteer Fred Schindler, defines peer review, review types, explains how to conduct reviews and reviewer ethics. Each module is less than 15 minutes in length. Individuals completing all modules are eligible to receive a certificate.

The course is available in the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE), along with other conference education courses. CLE is accessed using an IEEE Account credentials.

To reach the course, select Conferences and Events from the: CLE Home Page, once logged in scroll to the bottom of the Conference Education Programs list to Peer Reviewer Basics – Modules.

“Train the Trainer” Conference Peer Reviewer

In addition to on-demand, this course is available in a “Train the Trainer” format for delivery by a volunteer on a local basis. Complete speaker notes are provided that complement the presentation materials.

Conference Peer Reviewers are always in demand. This course is a simple and good way to attract new Section members and engage current ones in a great ‘entry level’ volunteer activity! It is also an opportunity to support graduate students with skills that will help them as authors and in giving back to the scientific community.

Contact: for more information regarding “Train the Trainer – Peer Review”.

Begin Your eLearning Journey with IEEE

Online learning's popularity has increased in recent years. The accessibility and asynchronous learning provide students and professionals with a larger variety of course options. Brush up on your skills in the latest technologies with the newest IEEE eLearning courses. Explore our newest courses today! Special member pricing available.

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IEEE Learning Network - Feedback Requested

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The IEEE Learning Network wants your feedback! Learners who have completed at least one course on the eLearning platform in the last year are invited to participate in an online feedback session. All responses will remain internal to IEEE and will not be shared publicly. Your thoughts will help shape the future of ILN. Interested? Email for more information.

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Register for IEEE | Rutgers Mini-MBA - 2024 Sessions

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Learn business skills from experts and expand your professional network with the IEEE | Rutgers Online Mini-MBA for Engineers and Technology Professionals! Tap into your potential today and take steps toward advancing your career, learn from mentors, and expand your networks by taking advantage of this exclusive leadership program!

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Register Today for Global Classroom Visits from TryEngineering

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The IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (PECC) is excited to announce the launch of the beta version of Global Classroom Visits powered by TryEngineering. This new platform provides a way for engineers and technical professionals to connect with pre-university teachers and schedule a virtual visit to their classroom. To learn more and get started, please visit our registration page!

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Calling For Subject Matter Experts to author new eLearning Courses

IEEE Educational Activities is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) as potential 2024 eLearning course authors in the following topical areas: Intelligent Data/BigData/Data Science, Batteries for Electric Vehicles, AI in Semiconductor Manufacturing, and Robotics for Automotive Manufacturing. SMEs will write abstracts, outlines, PowerPoint slides with narration script, and create assessment questions for the eLearning courses. SMEs can earn an IEEE honorarium payment for their time and efforts. Learn more about IEEE eLearning courses, the primary audience, and the SME role. Apply today!

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Signals All Around Us

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TryEngineering and the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) are proud to announce a strategic partnership with the goal of developing high quality pre-university content to inspire and educate the next generation of communications professionals. SPS’s experts in signal processing technology are working with the IEEE Pre-university team to create content for STEM outreach. Read more and check out the resources in this TryEngineering article.

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New eLearning Course - Minigrids in Africa: Design and Deployment of Minigrids in Africa

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Africa offers distinct opportunities and challenges to deploying electrical minigrids to provide reliable power to millions of people, many of whom currently have no access to any sources of electricity. The "Minigrids in Africa: Design and Deployment of Minigrids in Africa" course explores the basic operating principles, predesign considerations, and more. Learn more.

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Subscribe to IEEE Innovation At Work

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With articles, infographics, and course news, the IEEE Innovation at Work blog is a hub for continuing education resources. Subscribe to stay up to date on the latest technologies and what you need to know to succeed as a technical professional!

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Subscribe to the IEEE Learning Network Newsletter

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Learn about the latest trends and practical applications on the hottest topics in tech via the IEEE Learning Network (ILN). Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to level up your skills or a curious mind eager to dive into a new subject matter, the ILN catalog has eLearning content for you. Subscribe to the newsletter for information on the latest courses, discounts, virtual events, and more! Start learning today!

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Extra 50% off eLearning for Members


Attention IEEE members! Are you ready to take your learning to the next level? We've got some exciting news for you! IEEE now offers an additional 50% off eLearning discount for up to three courses. Unlock access to a wide range of online courses from professional development to technical courses on the latest cutting edge technologies, there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking to enhance your skills or explore new topics, our IEEE eLearning has got you covered. Start learning today!

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Stay Connected with IEEE Educational Activities


Follow IEEE Educational Activities on LinkedIn for daily updates on our educational resources, pre-university STEM lesson plans, university faculty trainings, events, professional development eLearning courses and more!

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Follow IEEE TryEngineering on LinkedIn

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Exciting news! If you're a fan of engineering, STEM, or resources for school aged kids, then you should follow IEEE TryEngineering on LinkedIn! By staying up to date with their posts and activity, you can stay ahead of the latest trends & lesson plans in engineering and find fun ways to educate pre-university students.

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Enhance your leadership skills with IEEE Leading Technical Teams - Registration for 2024 Dates Now Available


Elevate your leadership skills with "IEEE Leading Technical Teams." Harness the power of collaboration, innovation, and effective communication to excel in our ever-evolving world. Registration is currently open for 2024 sessions. Enroll today and be at the forefront of technical leadership.

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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: