MGA Scoop - December 2023

MGA Scoop

December 2023

Upcoming Events


    Friday, 8 December | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, PST

    This event will tell the origin story behind RenderMan®, the software that has revolutionized computer graphics since the mid-1980s.

    It has been used in every Pixar movie, and for the special effects seen in movies, TV, and on streaming services - and also for the content recognized with every Visual Effects Oscar® for 17 straight years.

    During this presentation, you will hear from the early pioneers who created RenderMan®, including two Turing Award winners.
    Some of the presenters have personally received Oscar’s® for their work - including the first one given for software.

    It will include the unveiling of an IEEE Milestone bronze plaque that recognizes the huge impact of RenderMan® on the world of special effects, and whose impact is now seen worldwide on a daily basis.

    The Milestone bronze plaque will be presented to Pixar by IEEE President-Elect Tom Coughlin and IEEE History Committee member Brian Berg.

    This event will be broadcast live from the Steve Jobs Theater at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.

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    Event Overview & Speaker Bios

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.

IEEE Foundation Focus Shares Program Impacts

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The IEEE Foundation Focus Newsletter reports on the IEEE programs supported through philanthropy to the IEEE Foundation and the individuals and organizations whose charitable gifts of time, talent and treasure make the programs possible. In this most recent edition, you will find inspiring articles sharing the impact IEEE programs make in local communities and around the world. This issue also features highlights from the 2023 IEEE Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Sign up here to be among the first to receive IEEE Foundation news.

Survey Examines the Most Impactful Technologies in 2024 and Beyond

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The speed of technology advancement and adoption has never been faster. As part of the IEEE Public Visibility program, IEEE surveyed global technology leaders on what would be the most impactful technologies in 2024. Find out how AI, extended reality, quantum computing and more will help shape the future of technology in the year ahead -- and beyond.

IEEE Impact Creators also weighed in on the future of tech on IEEE Transmitter.

IEEEXtreme 17.0 Breaks Records

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IEEEXtreme is a worldwide computer coding competition open exclusively to IEEE Student Members. Nearly 17,000 IEEE Students registered this year, which is 16% growth over last year’s record-setting registration. This represents over 12% of the total IEEE Student Membership. The success of this record-breaking competition was only possible due to the dedication and support of IEEE Volunteers.

Currently, the top 50 team rankings can be viewed: HERE. The rest of the team rankings will be listed by mid-December 2023.

For information about IEEEXtreme go: HERE.

IEEE Shares Insights on Sustainability at UN COP28 Conference

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2023 IEEE President Saifur Rahman attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 alongside other climate leaders to discuss the energy transition and share insights on how we can build an equitable, sustainable and climate-resilient future. The COP28 conference was held in Dubai, UAE, from 30 Nov-12 December. This year the event focused on how to bring the world together at a critical moment for global transformative climate change.

IEEE’s presence at COP28 focused on:

  • Promoting CleanTech Solutions for Climate Solutions
  • How technology and engineering play a key role in helping shape the global energy landscape and in tackling climate change challenges
  • The need for education programs and skills. (Achieving a net-zero carbon future requires not only the development and deployment of innovative technologies but also the cultivation of the skills and capabilities necessary to implement and progress these solutions effectively)

IEEE has both the opportunity and responsibility to assist in organizing the response of engineers, scientists, and technical professionals from around the world. The current Climate Change Website. has been enhanced with various features throughout the year along with an abundance of articles, event calendar, and more.

Learn More About COP28

Call for 2025 Medal and Recognitions Nominations!

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The 2025 IEEE Medals and Recognitions nominations are open from 1 December through 15 June 2024. IEEE Medals are the pinnacle awards presented by IEEE for significant contributions and advances in technology within the technical fields of interest of IEEE that have made a fundamental and long-lasting impact for the benefit of humanity. Nominate a deserving colleague today!

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Call for 2024 Conference Applications for Geo Unit Conferences

For IEEE Geo Unit Conference Organizers, partnering with IEEE sponsors and submitting your IEEE Conference Application are essential first steps on your conference journey.

As a reminder of IEEE Policy 10.1.4 General Approvals, Endorsements, & Notification, three types of conference actions must be sought:

  • Organizational unit approvals from all sponsoring IEEE organizational units.
  • IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) review and approvals.
  • IEEE Organizational unit cross-endorsement.

All approvals and endorsements should be obtained at least a year before the proposed conference.

If applications are submitted less than 12 months before the conference start date, IEEE cannot guarantee that all reviews/approvals will be received before the event.

If you need assistance with your IEEE Conference Application for your Geo Unit event, the MCE team is ready to support you.

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Contact MCE at:

Special 10% Discount for IEEE Members: IEEE | Rutgers Mini-MBA 2024 Sessions

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 program. Registration is now open for our 2024 Sessions in March and September. Special 10% discount for IEEE members. Save your seat today!

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Recruit volunteers, build your network, and expand your résumé with IEEE Volunteering!

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Advertising opportunities and sourcing qualified volunteers is easier than ever thanks to IEEE Volunteering. Build Your Profile Now to uncover opportunities that fit your lifestyle, and collaborate with 4,000+ IEEE Members around the world.

IEEE Spectrum Stories

MIT Professor’s IoT Sensors Make Roads Safer

IEEE Fellow Hari Balakrishnan invented a mobile telematics platform that measures excessive speeding and phone distraction.

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Ethernet is Still Going Strong After 50 Years

The technology, now an IEEE Milestone, has become the standard LAN worldwide.

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IEEE Life Members to Hold Their First Conference

The event is designed to explore how new technologies impact senior citizens.

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Explore New Courses on the IEEE Learning Network

Indulge in the latest trends and practical applications with eLearning on hot topics in tech such as IoT, Wi-Fi 6, Configuration Management, Digital Privacy, High Performance Computing, Minigrids, and more! Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to level up your skills or a curious mind eager to dive into a new subject matter, IEEE has eLearning content for you. Special pricing for members available. Start learning today!

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Welcome New HKN Chapters

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu has expanded its global reach by installing two new Chapters this fall, Nu Eta at the Sri Sairam Engineering College, Chennai India, and Nu Theta Chapter at Purdue University Northwest. Read more here.

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IEEE’s Honor Society Gave This Boston University Student Tools to Succeed

Check out this October 2023 IEEE Spectrum Article, highlighting HKN’s own Joe Greene!

In the article, Joe talks about his volunteer experience, from when he was inducted into Kappa Sigma Chapter at BU and becoming a Chapter officer, to attending his first Student Leadership Conferences (SLC), to becoming an IEEE-HKN Student Governor and launching both the GradLab Podcast Series and the HKN Mentorship Program!

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Be Part of the Next Episode of Grad Labs

Register today and be part of the next session of Grad Labs, HKN's podcast aimed at helping Graduate students succeed.

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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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Enhance Your Leadership Skills with IEEE Leading Technical Teams - Registration for 2024 Dates Now Available

Elevate your leadership skills with IEEE Leading Technical Teams, a live training program. Harness the power of collaboration, innovation, and effective communication to excel in an ever-evolving world. Registration is currently open for 2024 sessions with in-person and virtual options available.

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The Importance of IoT Security in a Connected World

According to IoT Analytics, by the end of 2023, the world will have over 16.7 billion connected IoT devices, all of which are vulnerable targets if not properly protected. Are you prepared?

Read about "Safeguarding the Connected World of IoT."

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Are You Ready to Meet the Technology Challenge?

“A lack of talent is a top issue constraining growth,” said the authors of the McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2023. Are you ready to meet the technology challenge? Read more on how to keep your skills up to date on the latest tech trends.

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Offer Digital Badges at Your Next Event or Conference

Attention OUs: IEEE Credentialing Program offers digital badges and certificates for events and conferences. By offering digital badges, you can increase attendance rates and market your event at the same time! Scan the QR code to learn more about how you can add value to your events. Interested in learning more?

Please contact us at:

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Your Feedback Matters: Share Your Thoughts on the IEEE Learning Network

Did you complete a course on the IEEE Learning Network this year? If so, let us know what you loved, what could be better, and what made a difference in your education. Share your thoughts with and express if you are willing to join an upcoming feedback virtual session.

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EPICS in IEEE: Innovation in Motion

Read more about a winning project through EPICS in IEEE’s “Access and Abilities Competition” that is opening exciting new doors to inclusivity for those with disabilities in Panama.

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Members Earn Extra 50% off eLearning

Are you ready to take your learning to the next level before the new year? As a valued member, you now have access to an exclusive discount on our extensive catalog of online courses. IEEE now offers an additional 50% off eLearning discount for up to three courses. With a variety of topics ranging from digital transformation and machine learning to 5G and blockchain technology, there is something for everyone. Sign in & take advantage of these incredible savings.

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Follow IEEE Continuing Professional Education for eLearning Updates

Complete your professional development training requirements for the year by online learning with IEEE. Follow us on social media for updates on newly launched courses, blog posts, and more! Stay tuned for our end of the year course highlights.

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Teaching Excellence Hub - Share your Expertise!

The Teaching Excellence Hub contains current developments and best practices in Engineering, Computing and Technology. You can contribute to the Teaching Excellence Hub by submitting your blog or short article (500-1000 words), or by hosting a webinar on an important topic that will benefit other university faculty members. Learn how you can share your knowledge with other professionals like you!

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Register for Global Classroom Visits from IEEE TryEngineering

Are you an engineer looking to make a difference in the lives of school-aged children? Global Classroom Visits powered by IEEE TryEngineering is a new platform that provides a way for engineers and technical professionals to connect with pre-university teachers and schedule a virtual visit to their classroom. Visit our registration page today to learn more and get started!

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2024 STEM Grants: Now Accepting Applications

The IEEE STEM Grant Program from TryEngineering is designed to support STEM outreach programs across the globe that benefit school-aged children. If you are a volunteer committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers through STEM outreach, consider applying for a 2024 STEM Grant today!

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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: