You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Awards.  Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.

If you know someone who has made substantial regional IEEE volunteer contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals as related to transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

Attn: Section Chairs, Section Student Activities Chairs, and Section Student Representatives

As a result of the changes in the MGA Operations Manual, Section 9.4:  

In Sections with at least one Student Branch, it is recommended that the Section ExCom select a Section Student Activities Chair (SSAC) and a Section Student Representative (SSR) as voting members of the Section ExCom. The SSAC is an active Section member of Graduate Student Member Grade or above while the SSR is an active Student Member or Graduate Student Member in a Student Branch of the Section.

As was first announced on September 19th, the IEEE Payment Manager application has added a new feature to allow Concentration Banking users to make USD check payments through the online portal. 

The application can be accessed by visiting  Upon logging into the Payment Manager application, conference organizers now have the ability to choose “Check” from the “Payment Type” dropdown menu, in addition to the ACH (Automated Clearing House) option that was made available last December.  After filling out the necessary payee information and attaching any supporting documentation, organizers will submit the check request.  Once approved, the request will be routed to Wells Fargo Bank where the check will be generated and mailed directly to the payee.  After the check has been deposited by the payee and cleared through Wells Fargo, it will be reflected on your Concentration Banking Reporting System (CBRS) statement including an image of the actual check. 

There is a sharp increase in the sophistication and frequency of attempts to defraud executives, those with influence, and individuals with authority to approve payments or purchases. Most of these losses are not covered under existing cyber insurance policies. These attempts are known as business email compromise (BEC). The most common ones are requests for a wire transfer for vendor payment, purchase of gift cards, and urgent requests such as processing invoices.  

These requests will appear as coming from someone known to the recipient, which could be a legitimate vendor, a bank representative, a staff member or a volunteer. For IEEE the most targeted recipients of these emails are the CFO and his staff, all treasurers, and other staff or volunteers with approval authority. As a not for profit organization, information on our staff and volunteers are readily available online.

Would be scammers use spoofed email addresses and sometimes use compromised email accounts that will appear to the recipient as a legitimate email and the recipient may not doubt the validity of the request.

31 October - 1 November 2018  

San Diego, California  

The 2018 IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM 2018) conference will be held on October 31-November 1, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA. TTM 2018 will offer attendees from research and industry innovative insights from top executives and pioneers regarding the impact of future technologies on business and industry, society and everyday life, ethics, and policy. Through interactive participation and stimulating panels, TTM 2018 will provide critical information on technological advances to help guide current and future decisions on use and implementation of these future technologies. Speakers and attendees will network and learn from each other through synergies across technologies in industry, academia, and government, including in the areas of augmented and virtual reality, agriculture, neuroscience, robotics, technology entrepreneurism, and more. Get ready to be inspired and innovate your future at TTM 2018.  

The awards and recognition program of the Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA) is designed to promote, recognize, and reward excellence in the MGA operations and IEEE geographic unit activities (Regions, geographic Councils and Areas, Sections, Chapters, Student Branches, and Student Branch Chapters).  

MGA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 MGA Outstanding Large and Small Section Awards, William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award and Friend of IEEE MGA Award. 

MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award was awarded to:

Marc T. Apter, (R2), Alexandria, VA, USA

For lifelong, selfless leadership in contributing to the attainment of MGA's strategic goals and for inspiring others to be engaged with IEEE.

Previous MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award recipients 

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IEEEXtreme is IEEE’s premier programming competition, bringing thousands of students from around the world together into a 24-hour event.  Open to all undergraduate and graduate college students with an active IEEE student membership.  The competition is hosted virtually and simultaneously around the world. Competitors are required to be proctored by a local IEEE professional member and are often supported by a local IEEE Student Branch.

The IEEE HAC Conference Participation Program will provide a limited number of partial scholarships to support participation at 2018 conferences with a sustainable development and humanitarian technology focus or component. The objective is to facilitate more extensive networking, sharing of experiences and partnership building, and reduce potential economic barriers to participation by IEEE volunteers active in the sustainable development space. Find out more. 


Deadlines are 05 September to 31 October, subject to available funding. Act now!