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Members Develop Collaboration Skills Using New Online Communities
By Mark Ciechanowski, P.E. Newsletter Editor
The new IEEE Online Communities are up and running! The new provider is "CommunityZero". The Section has a new online community group in these new communities. The Section Online Community is a great way for you as an IEEE member to practice your collaboration soft skills to enhance your career. The rest of this article gives you a brief walk-through of the site, and describes how you can use this site, and other online communities, to practice your collaboration skills. Even if you not an IEEE volunteer, the OC can help you develop and practice your skills by contributing your comments and suggestions and participating in discussions. Your particpation and interaction is always welcome.
Location, Location, Location
The main menu allows you select from Overview, Content, Discussion, Events, and Ideas. The Content page shows you articles, discussions, files, and media on the OC.
The discussions page lists the discussion on the site. At the top level, you only see one selection, "Discussion Forums". When you go into discussion forums, you see all of the discussion folders. All of the discussions are categorized into topics inside the discussions folders.
Discussions as "Collaboration Builders"
Under the Media link, you will find folders containing photos of past events.
If you have used the other Online Community in the past, you should now be using the new community. If you never used the Online Comminuty, or you have not logged in for many months, you will need to re-apply to join to the community.
I encourage you to participate and develop important 21st-Century career soft-skills. ·
Vote In IEEE Elections
Congratulations to New Senior Members
Congratulations to the following members that have been elected to the IEEE grade of Senior Member this year:
To find out about evaluating your membership to Senior Member, visit the Senior Member web site at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/senior/index.html ·
Call For Officers
Annual elections are coming for local Section and Technical Chapters. Serving as a local IEEE Officer can benefit your career by improving many soft skills including project management and planning, people skills, teamwork, management and leadership skills, negotiating, collaborating, organizing and planning meetings, etc. If you interested in running for an elected office, please send your interest to Dave Laurent Past Section Chair at email@example.com or the Section Chair or appropriate Chapter Chair.
IEEE 2011 Dues
Dues time again! Time to pay your IEEE dues. Your dues are due by the end of December, 2010. Renew your membership before November, 15 2010 and you'll be entered into a drawing to win one of five Apple iPad(TM) tablet computers (full details on the IEEE Membership Services web site at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/join/join_dues.html ). You can go to that web site and select "Renew Membership".
Annual Embedded Workshop Coming in October
The Computer Chapter offers this one-day free workshop on Embedded Systems. The workshop is open to all engineers and students. This is the fifth year in this series of in-depth workshops in embedded system design and applications. The aim of this workshop is to disseminate knowledge, benefit the IEEE members and indirectly improve the technology and Michigan economy. Speakers and experts from the embedded systems industry will be making presentations, and will also be available for discussions and networking throughout the day.
The welcome address will be given by Prof. Ganesan and by Dr. Virinder Moudgil, VP and Provost Oakland University.
Limited seating is available. Please confirm your participation by registering online and indicate your lunch preference: turkey, chicken or cheese sandwich. ·
Fall Section Conference
As a local IEEE member, you get to attend interesting technical presentations and network with colleagues twice per year at the Spring and Fall Section Conferences. The Committee puts on these conferences as a benefit for members.
The Spring conference, held on April 22, 2010, featured the keynote talk by Dr. Charles W. Wampler, IEEE Fellow, on Humanoid Robots. See the web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/r4/se_michigan/Spring2010.
The next conference will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5pm-9pm. For details and advanced technical program, see the web site at http://ewh.ieee.org/r4/se_michigan/Fall2010.
Calendar of Events
See the online calendar at http://ewh.ieee.org/r4/se_michigan/ems/calendar.php .
IEEE Section Officers for 2010