IEEE-USA InFocus

Technologies for Sustainability to Be Featured at 2013 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting

By Chris McManes

The IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability is coming to Portland, Ore., on 1-2 August. It will showcase peer-reviewed technical papers and posters in six tracks: alternative energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, Smart Grid, electronic materials and quality of life. It is designed to explore the comprehensive nature of sustainability, or the support of long-term ecological balance, and emphasize the role technology can play in achieving a sustainable lifestyle. For more information, contact general chair Ed Perkins. The event is included for all IEEE-USA Annual Meeting attendees.

WISE Students Begin their Internships

On 3 June, IEEE’s latest crop of WISE interns began their assignments at IEEE-USA. The Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program offers engineering and computer science students the opportunity to come to Washington, D.C., for nine weeks each summer to conduct research and learn how engineers, and other high-tech professionals can influence public policy on complex technology-based issues. The students conclude their internships by presenting their research findings on Capitol Hill.

This year’s IEEE interns are Turner Cotterman, an electrical engineering major at Clemson University; Alli Nilles, an engineering physics student at The Colorado School of Mines; and Luke Wadman, who’s majoring in electrical engineering at Colorado State University.

IEEE-USA Mass Media Fellow Interning at North Carolina Newspaper

Daniel Blustein will serve an engineering mass media fellowship sponsored by IEEE-USA this summer at the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. The program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and IEEE-USA is the only participating engineering society. Applicants must be a college senior or graduate student in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer or social sciences, or mathematics, to apply. Blustein is pursuing a doctorate in biology at Northeastern University.

IEEE-USA fellows have worked at, among others, The Oregonian, the Voice of America and The Los Angeles Times. They receive a weekly stipend and travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C.

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Mass media fellows gain valuable work experience and sharpen their communication skills during their 10-week internships. Their job is to research, write and report sci-tech news stories in a way the general public can understand.

IEEE-USA Seeks to Honor U.S. IEEE Members

IEEE-USA is seeking award nominations to recognize members for their professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States. Literary awards are open to nonmembers. 2013 award recipients will be honored during the 2014 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting. The nomination deadline is 31 July.

Serve a Government Fellowship in the Nation’s Capital

IEEE-USA is looking for members to spend a year in Washington, D.C., serving as advisers to Congress and the State Department. The IEEE-USA Government Fellowships Program sponsors three U.S. IEEE members annually to learn firsthand about public policy and share their technological expertise with policymakers.  You can also contact Erica Wissolik; or at 202-530-8347.

Registration Open for IEEE Homeland Security Conference

Registration is now open for the 13th-annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security. The event, which has the support of the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, assembles 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 focus is on technologies available for implementation within five years, and input from partners is encouraged. The conference is 12-14 November, in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass. IEEE-USA has been a sponsor since 2008, and international perspectives are encouraged.

Texas Member Pens Second Book for Job Seekers

Elizabeth Lions, author of Recession Proof Yourself, and an IEEE Fort Worth (Texas) member, has written a second book for career-seeking professionals. I Quit: Working for You Isn’t Working for Me is rich in job-search strategies, and teaches people to be the choosers, rather than wait to be chosen. Lions guides you through today’s job landscape, where social media and online resumes have become the norm. The old ways to look for a job just aren’t as effective as they once were. I Quit is available in a Kindle edition and in paperback.


Chris McManes is IEEE-USA’s Public Relations Manager.

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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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