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                                      PACE 
   
    
The United States Activities Board (USAB) of the IEEE is reponsible 
for recommending policies and implementing programs specifically 
intended to serve the US members in appropriate nontechnical areas of 
economic, ethical, social, and legislative concerns. As part of that 
effort, USAB consists of PACE along with the Career Services 
Council, the Member Services Council, and the Technology Policy 
Council. So what is PACE? 
 
PACE is a network of Professional Activities Committees for 
Engineers, which provides a communication channel to Sections, 
Chapters, and individual members on the work done and services 
provided by the committees in IEEE-US Activities' three councils. The 
PACE Network also provides a line of communication so that 
members in Sections and Chapters can inform the IEEE-USA 
volunteer leaders of local needs and priorities. The communications 
are accomplished not only through printed material but through 
volunteers conducting various kinds of programs. Programs are 
conducted at the Section and Chapter level, with assistance from 
Regional and natioanl levels. The technical Societies conduct PACE 
programs at annual meetings and conferences or through a Public 
Policy Committee.  
 
Nearly every Section in the US has an active Professional Activities 
Committee for Engineers (PACE). This committee is the local 
component that conducts PACE programs by and for local IEEE 
membership. Nationally, these committees form a network that 
permits IEEE-USA professional activities to have an impact on 
national policy. Local Chapters are encouraged to appoint Chapter 
PACE Chairs to serve on the Section PACE Committee and organize 
Chapter professional activities. 
 
Regional PACE Coordinators coordinate PACE activities undertaken 
by their Regions' Areas, Councils, and Sections and provide financial 
assistance when needed. Divisional and Society Coordinators fulfill a 
similar role in the conduct of PACE activities within the Divisions, 
Societies and their Chapters. 
 
Each Regional PACE Coordinator is assisted by a committee made up 
of specialists who coordinate activities in the areas of career 
enhancement, technical policy issues, employment assistance, 
government action, professional education, precollege education, and 
student professional awareness.  
 
Leadership is provided at the national level by the national PACE 
Chair, assisted by three standing committees, PACE Regional 
Activities Committee, PACE Divisional Activities Committee, and 
PACE Conference and Workshop Committee. This last committee 
organizes and runs an annual conference and workshop to train and 
inform Section and Chapter PACE Chairs and coordinators from the 
Regions, Divisions, and Societies. 
 
What are the Objectives of the PACE Network? 
 
1) Encouraging the provision of member services, mainly in the form 
of increased economic benefits, professional stature, and employment 
security for engineers. 
 
2) Enhancing public awareness of the socio-technical issues affecting 
American society and promoting public recognition of engineers as 
professionals. 
 
3) Engaging in government action at the local, state, and national 
levels by making the technological background and problem solving 
experience of engineers available to the legislative process and by 
influencing legislation that affects the professional careers of 
engineers.  
 
What are the Activities of the PACE Network? 
 
Dissemination of Information: 
 
sending informative materials directly to members, through Section, 
Society, Chapter PACE Chairs; 
 
conducting professional activities sessions at Section and Region 
meetings;  
 
presenting information on professional activities at meetings 
sponsored by Technical Societies and their Chapters;  
 
sending speakers to IEEE Student Branches to speak on professional 
topics. 
 
Orientation and training of Regional, Divisional, Section, Society, and 
Chapter PACE representatives, primarily at the annual national PACE 
Conference and Workshop and at Regional meetings. 
 
 Influencing state and federal legislative action. 
 
Promoting improvements in precollege math, science,and technology 
education to provide a more technically literate society. 
 
Promoting other projects which satisfy one or more of the objectives of 
PACE at the Section, Chapter, Area, Region, Society, or Division 
level.  
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