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                                IEEE - USA
     
      
IEEE-USA fosters the professional growth of engineers and 
scientists by promoting government policies that create a favorable 
professional climate and by helping to meet the individual career 
needs of U.S. members.

The organization's government outreach program supports 
beneficial policy in these ways:
 
  Combating all forms of discrimination in employment;
 
  Endorsing initiatives that help correct imbalances in engineering 
work force demand, such as improved utilization of engineers and 
scientists;
 
  Providing tax incentives for continuing education;
 
  Protecting inventors' rights and providing incentives for 
innovation; and
 
  Reforming immigration policy.

In the 1980s, the group contributed to the establishment of 
individual retirement accounts. In the l990s, it seeks to improve 
retirement security by promoting full portability of pension 
benefits.


SUPPORTING THE PROFESSIONAL

IEEE-USA also provides support for engineers' and scientists' 
personal professional advancement.

The organization publishes employment assistance guides for 
students and engineers, as well as a salary and fringe benefit 
survey. It sponsors local job fairs, career workshops and skills 
banks, along with national resume referral and job listing services. 
IEEE-USA also offers a biennial careers conference for human 
resource professionals and engineers alike.

Since its establishment, the group has helped organize almost 400 
student professional awareness conferences, designed to introduce 
prospective engineers to issues that they will encounter in their 
careers. It also sponsors Washington internships for students of 
engineering, which support research on professional issues.

IEEE-USA promotes technological literacy through its precollege 
education programs. For example, the organization conceived and 
coordinated the first Future City Competition -- held during 
National Engineers Week, helping middle school students deal with 
real-world engineering problems.

IEEE-USA also supports the highest professional standards for 
engineers through the Institute's Code of Ethics, a benchmark for 
members' professional conduct.



SHAPING TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Through IEEE-USA, electrical, electronics and computer engineers 
participate in developing beneficial technology policy and 
communicating it directly to decision-makers in Washington.

The group has drafted more than 100 positions -- to inform and 
advise members and government -- on such subjects as U.S. 
competitiveness, high-performance computing and 
communications, and pension portability.

Prior to the beginning of each new Congress, the organization 
produces the Federal Legislative Agenda. It also publishes a 
bimonthly newsletter, the Legislative Report, and maintains 
computerized auto-response files offering members information 
about advocacy programs.


LINKING ENGINEERS WITH GOVERNMENT

IEEE-USA's Government Fellowship Program links engineers with 
government. In one-year assignments, selected IEEE members 
serve with leading legislative or executive branch officials 
providing a much needed private-sector perspective on complex 
public policy issues involving technology. Since 1973, more than 
50 IEEE members have served with The U.S. Congress or 
Departments of Commerce or Energy.

In addition, the group provides frequent testimony to the legislative 
and executive branches in support of increased research and 
development, commercialization of technology, alternative energy 
sources, the information superhighway, health-care engineering 
and technological literacy.

IEEE-USA sponsors technology policy conferences and R&D 
briefings to inform Institute leaders about U.S. public-policy issues 
and to transmit the organization's views to decision-makers.

Through its technology policy activities, the group serves the 
interests of both the profession and the nation by marshalling the 
expertise and insight of  engineers and scientists.

IEEE-USA helps formulate and communicate policy that boosts 
U.S. competitiveness and improves the American standard of 
living.

SERVING TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS

Lightning shoots across the sky--unbridled energy demonstrating 
its awesome power in the blink of an eye. Like lightning's flash, 
many of our everyday tasks are now completed in microseconds 
through the often transparent--but equally powerful - contributions 
of engineers.

The nation's electrical, electronics and computer engineers have 
developed and utilized electrotechnology to improve the standard 
of living for all Americans. Yet technical achievement is not 
sufficient in itself to realize the potential benefits of their work.

Technologists require supportive professional environments to 
ensure productive and rewarding careers. And they need a voice in 
formulating the nation's technology policy, in order to build a 
competitive U.S. economy.

More than 20 years ago, members of The Institute of Electrical 
and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) saw the importance of 
adding a professional component to the society's mission. The 
Institute is the world's largest technical organization, with 240,000 
U.S. engineers and scientists among its 320,000 global 
membership.

In 1973, the IEEE established a Washington office to build this 
professional focus in the United States. IEEE United States 
Activities supports the professional careers and technology policy 
interests of U.S. members.

BUILDING  COMPREHENSIVE  PROGRAMS

For electrical, electronics and computer engineers, creating 
rewarding and effective careers is a complex challenge. Their quest 
includes the following elements:

  Completing a rigorous education and keeping current on 
technical advances in their fields;
 
  Grappling with professional issues that affect career 
advancement; and
 
  Challenging themselves constantly to apply technology in 
ways that benefit society.

IEEE-USA conducts targeted programs in three distinct areas, 
which address the multiple needs of electrotechnology 
professionals:

  Supporting public policies that advance the livelihoods of 
U.S. engineers and scientists;
 
  Bolstering the professional standing and careers of U.S. 
members; and
 
  Shaping federal technology policy to promote the 
development and utilization of U.S. electrotechnology.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

IEEE-USA offers additional programs and services for U.S. 
members--ranging from annual awards and recognitions to a 
telephone information line.

For more information, contact IEEE Public Relations Washington 
at 202-785-0017 (voice); 202-785-083 (fax); 202-785-2180 
(recording); ieeeusa@ieee.org (e-mail); or write:

IEEE United States Activities
1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 1202
Washington, DC 20036-5104
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