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BY Chris McManes Posted: 1 Sep 2012

Customs & Border Protection Official to Speak at IEEE Homeland Security Conference


Mark Borkowski, an assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs & Border Protection, will discuss border security technologies and outcomes, as a featured speaker at the 12th-annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security. The event will assemble leading researchers and innovators working on technologies designed to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures and people, mitigate damage, and expedite recovery. The conference is 13-15 November in Waltham, Mass., outside Boston. IEEE-USA has sponsored the conference since 2008.

WISE Students Conclude their Internships

After nine weeks in Washington, D.C., IEEE’s WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) interns concluded their internships by presenting their policy findings on Capitol Hill on 1 August. IEEE-USA sponsored three WISE students this year:  Ross Beppler, who is majoring in electrical engineering at Clemson University; Abhishek Dharan, an electrical engineering student at Arizona State University; and Kevin McDonald, who’s working on a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in political science, at Columbia University.

The WISE program offers engineering and computer science students the opportunity to come to Washington to conduct research and learn how technical professionals can influence public policy on complex technological issues. Applications for 2013 are due 31 December.



IEEE-USA Cosponsoring IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference--Registration Still Open


You still have time to register for the second Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, 21-24 October in Seattle. The event is designed to bring together technical and non-technical folk engaged in humanitarian work to discuss the role technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations. More than 250 people from 17 countries attended the inaugural event.


Have an IEEE-USA Speaker at Your Next Section Meeting


IEEE-USA staff members are available to travel to your local section to discuss the role IEEE-USA plays with the federal government, what we’re doing on your behalf and how you can participate. Russ Harrison, IEEE-USA senior legislative representative for grassroots activities, has discussed Engineers and Public Policy at section meetings across the country. To see about having a speaker at your next event, contact Russ Harrison, or by phone at 202-530-8326.

IEEE-USA Seeks Students to Help Improve Public Understanding of Engineering

          IEEE-USA is seeking a U.S. IEEE student member to work in a newsroom as a reporter, researcher or production assistant during a 10-week mass media fellowship next summer. Fellows must have the ability to explain complex scientific and engineering principles in a way the general public can understand. The program helps strengthen connections between technologists and journalists, and increases public understanding and awareness of science, engineering and technology. Ian Campbell, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, was IEEE-USA’s 2012 engineering Mass Media Fellow. He worked as a reporter for The Oregonian.

To apply, individuals must be at least a senior in college majoring in mathematics or the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer or social sciences. Fellows receive a weekly stipend of $450. Applications are due by 15 January 2013. Or contact Rahman Culver.

Chris McManes is IEEE-USA’s public relations manager.




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