IEEE-USA President’s Column: IEEE-USA and 2015

IEEE-USA President’s Column: IEEE-USA and 2015

BY Jim Jefferies, IEEE-USA President, 2015 Posted: 5 Feb 2015

2015 will be an exciting year for IEEE-USA.  The formidable mission of building careers and shaping public policy is as relevant as ever and IEEE-USA is actively engaging to meet the contemporary challenge of serving members and the public.

A new flagship publication, IEEE-USA InSight, is launched and now includes a single place to find storyline information, purchase educational materials, provide feedback, and get continuous updates on career and policy trends.  Choose the access channel that fits you best.

It is just a part of our 2015 focus to increase visibility and impact.

A new emphasis on important communities of members is opened including expanded focus on government advocacy and outreach on behalf of small technology entrepreneurs and chance to grow networks of consultants and entrepreneurs.

On campuses, the rebranded student professional awareness program (SPA|x) is engaging record numbers of student branches with flexibility to define their own needs to explore, engage, and experience.  Salary survey access for students and career eBooks are now available as a value of membership.

In Washington, policy priorities are being made with an understanding of the changes that are part of the 114th Congress and its new majority.  Congressional Fellows and summer intern selections are underway, and member invites are out for important congressional visits events.  Outside of Congress, we are growing our relationships with government agencies important to members.

A young professional will be added to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors as a voting member, and planning is underway for a national Student and Young Professional event in 2016.

Technical professionals in all of our fields of interest will lead the way on the innovation path, and it is our business at IEEE-USA to support that path from precollege education to retirement.  I urge you to look for and access the career and policy information that fits you and comes with your membership.

We have four outstanding program area Vice Presidents:  Murty Polavarpu, Communications; Tom Tierney, Government Relations; Guru Madhavan, Professional Activities; and Will Kassebaum, Career and Member Services.  You will be hearing from all of them in upcoming communications and we all are ready to hear your input on how IEEE-USA can serve you more effectively.

As the lead article (“Pop goes the Engineer”) says, it’s a great time to be an engineer.

James Jefferies
IEEE-USA President, 2015

 

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A Message from the 2014 IEEE-USA President Gary Blank

We are very excited to launch this new IEEE-USA publication.  It is the result of a tremendous amount of dedicated effort by volunteers and staff.  Please join me in an effort to make it successful not only by reading it regularly, but also by submitting articles and suggestions.  Your feedback is very important to IEEE-USA.

Gary Blank
IEEE-USA President, 2014

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