Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Program: What Is IEEE-USA And What Does It Do For Me?
Speaker:   Murty Polavarapu, IEEE Region 2 PACE chairman

Highlights of presentation:

The charter of IEEE USA is to recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern.

IEEE-USA is the organizational unit that represents the professional interests of the IEEE before U.S. governmental bodies. It is a unit of IEEE, which is an international organization, but operates separately, has it's own officers and directors. At present no other country has it's own internal IEEE organization. 

Work started to define a way for the USA membership to focus on their interests in 1972. This resulted in formation of the IEEE-USA in 1997. Currently, IEEE-USA has a paid staff of 21. The office is located in Washington, D.C., shared with the IEEE Compter Society. The website is www.ieeeusa.org

As the charter implies, the focus areas for IEEE-USA are: 

  • Careers (CareerNavigator, Salary Service, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, career webinars ), 
  • Representing us in government ( policy advocacy on S&T and career/workforce issues affecting member’s careers, CARE grassroots network, government fellowships, WISE Internships, etc.), professional development ( through the PACE Network, student/SPAC conferences,
  • Professional Development Seminars, supporting local section/chapter/branch professional activities, the Annual Meeting, etc.) 
  • Publications and Communications toward public awareness. ( Awards & Recognitions, Today’s Engineer e-zine and digest, Ebooks, annual E-Week celebration, Future Cities Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering, “Discoveries & Breakthroughs”, Mass Media Fellows, Engineering Video Contest, etc.)
One major activity is the USA PACE network. What is PACE? PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) is a grassroots network of IEEE volunteers and committees organized at the section and chapter level in the United States with support from their respective regions and IEEE-USA. The goal of the PACE Network is to promote the professional interests of IEEE's U.S. members as well as provide a mechanism for communication of members' views on their professional needs.

IEEE-USA Overview (pdf  1,462 KB)