THE INSTITUTE For decades, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) has set out to create a globally open and inclusive environment for consensus-building, widely respected, and adopted technology standards.

Global expansion, the rapid pace of technology development, and emerging and converging technologies have created a need for standards in new technical areas and industries. Having witnessed the introduction and inclusion of new and different standards participants, evolving industry needs and expectations, and an increased competitive space in standardization, IEEE SA has created new ecosystems of experts to address important matters that are contextual and critical to the future of technology.

As part of this expansion, IEEE SA is moving into new geographical and technological territories and is opening new avenues for industry engagement. The standards development ecosystem has grown to include pre-standardization incubation activities, conformance and certification, and alliance management services. These changes have been important in meeting industry and participants’ needs.

To reflect this evolution and best position itself for the future, on 14 October, World Standards Day, IEEE SA unveiled a new identity. This new look has been designed to reflect current business as well as the organization’s aspirations for the future while ensuring that it reflects the same core values, collaborative spirit, and connection to IEEE. With this comes a new mantra: Raising the World’s Standards.

This expression speaks to the desire to go beyond areas. It reveals an aspiration to raise the bar and go beyond serving our current constituency to also include other people, technologies, and sectors.

IEEE SA is dedicated to providing a high-quality, globally open, market-relevant consensus-building environment, where great minds work to develop leading-edge technology standards.

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To stay on the cusp of technology and best practices in their field and meet specific training requirements, students and researchers are constantly looking for opportunities to attain continuing education credits (CEUs) and/or professional development hours (PDHs). The requirements for CEUs and PDHs are designed to help engineers stay on the leading edge of technology and cutting-edge research, but it can often be difficult to attain these credits or can require significant coordination. To make this process less difficult, IEEE offers on-demand CEU and PDH credits through courses taught by leading experts from many industries. 

Currently, IEEE offers education credits through 7 Resource Centers, all of which span a broad range of topics, ranging from power and energy to aerospace applications to sustainable urbanization.  The Resource Centers consolidate all valuable content such as tutorials, webinars and slides in one, single location. To learn more about how to earn credits, visit the IEEE Resource Centers page.

Engineers and researchers are often faced with the challenge of finding a central location to store, access, or share their research with the larger global technical community. IEEE offers IEEE DataPort™ as a solution to this challenge by providing users a web-based data platform to share and manage their datasets in one trusted location. Uploading datasets on IEEE DataPort™ can generate citations for one’s research, allows users to collaborate with other data owners, and link manuscripts. 

IEEE DataPort™ dataset uploads are currently free for all. Standard datasets will always be free to upload and for a limited time Open Access datasets can be uploaded at no cost using promotional code OPENACCESS1 at checkout. Hosted datasets are accessible worldwide and you can eliminate the tedious process of finding a hosting platform and making additional payments involved with storing the data. Fully integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), IEEE DataPort™ offers high value with no cost at this time. To learn more about IEEE DataPort™ and to upload your own dataset, visit

10 September 2019 - "Observing earth from thousands of sensor-enabled satellites is generating significantly more unbiased data and supporting agriculture, forestry and many other sectors. IEEE President José Moura and IEEE Fellow Karen Panetta provide perspectives on how valuable this new and ever-increasing data haul will be to environmental sustainability efforts."

9 September 2019 - "IEEE member Kayne McGladrey discusses the signs that suggest there might be a virus on your computer virus. He also provides tips for preventing computer viruses."

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Rick Pieper, Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative, a Signature Program of the IEEE Foundation, announced that 135 high-achieving undergraduate electrical engineering students were recognized as 2019-2020 PES Scholars. These students represent 78 universities across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, and were selected from 326 applicants.

Pieper said, "The students will receive a financial award, one year of IEEE PES student membership and have the opportunity to be mentored by leading professionals in the power and energy industry. We are excited as they begin to explore a career path that ensures the electric grid is maintained & transformed to accommodate society's changing needs."

Visit the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus website to view the list of recipients.

In an effort to increase awareness of the great work that IEEE members are doing in helping to advance technology for humanity, the IEEE Public Visibility committee recently launched an awareness campaign: IEEE Impact Creators. The initiative spotlights the contributions of members who participate in the IEEE Public Visibility program. The IEEE Impact Creators campaign uses online profiles and social media content to give reporters and others a chance to find out what inspires, challenges, and excites top engineers, as well as what influences their work. You can learn more about IEEE Impact Creators through posts on IEEE’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

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IT pros can trace the inspiration behind IoT to well before it was mentioned by Kevin Ashton -- the person who allegedly coined the term IoT -- at a presentation in 1999.

The first real-time embedded digital computer, the Apollo Guidance Computer, was limited in its capabilities, but it pushed the development from room-size machines toward the miniscule sensors available today. Apollo engineers had to reduce the computers of the day to fit in the limited space of a space shuttle. The success of the Apollo missions led to the incorporation of smaller computers into commercial and military aircraft and commercial use in science and financial services. The computers also increased the performance capabilities of satellites.