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Information on the IEEE Region 8 meeting, that will take place in Berlin can be found here.
The Region 8 Volunteer Award is introduced with the goal of encouraging all volunteers in the Region and of recognizing those volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to a particular Region 8 Section.
The Award is a Certificate.
The scheme will be known as the IEEE Region 8 Volunteer Award.
The following are eligible as candidates for the Award:
(a) An IEEE member of any membership grade (Student, Graduate Student, Associate, Member, Senior Member, Fellow, Life Fellow).
(b) The candidate's volunteer work is, or has been, on behalf of a Section. The candidate must have been active for at least 2 years in the Section and is not currently the Section Chairman.
(c) The candidate receives no remuneration for his work for the Section except possibly expenses.
(d) The members of the Region 8 Awards and Recognition Subcommittee, the Past Region 8 Director or the Director-Elect and Region 8 Secretary are ineligible for the Award.
- Conditions for nomination
(a) Nominations must be made on the Nomination Form (available on http://www.ieee.org/r8 or directly from any member from the Region 8 Awards and Recognition Subcommittee).
(b) The Nomination Form must be completed by a proposer who is familiar with the work of the candidate and who is a paid-up IEEE member.
(c) Nominations must be approved by the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Section. The Chairman of the Section must sign the Nomination Form. Any member of the Section Execution Committee, including the Chairman, made be the proposer.
(d) Nominations must be received by the Region 8 Awards and Recognition Subcommittee Chair no later than 31st December.
(e) A Section may put forward only one candidate per year.
- Basis of adjudication
The points which adjudicators will take into consideration include the following:
(a) Length of service to the Section. (Note: it is not a condition that the candidate is working for the Section at the time he or she is nominated)
(b) Whether a candidate has introduced new ideas or new developments which have benefited the Section.
(c) Administrative ability.
(d) Support for the work of other people who are serving the Section.
(e) Furthering the work and promoting the objectives of the IEEE and Region 8 in general, and of the Section in particular, at Section, Chapter or Student Branch level, or in some other activity.
The adjudicators are the members of the Region 8 Awards and Recognition Subcommittee (Chairman, Region 8 Director, Region 8 Secretary, 3 Section Chairs, representative of the Student Activities Committee).
The adjudicators' decisions will be final.
Nomination will be assessed by awarding the candidate up to 10 points for points 2 (b), (c) and (d) of the Nomination Form, taking into account the basis of adjudication set out in paragraph 5.
The annual timetable is:
Call for Nominations September
Nomination Deadline February 20th 2012
Result announced June
[Note: This timetable will enable the Call for Nominations to be included with the agenda papers for the second Region 8 Committee meeting each year, and for the adjudicators to meet at the first Region 8 Committee meeting each year.]
Student projects conference in Serbia (Niš)
IEEESTEC – 4th International Student’s Projects Conference was held on 30 November 2011 at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia. Hosted by EESTEC LC Nis, IEEE Student Branch Niš and Faculty of Electronic Engineering Niš, the conference offered a platform for students of electrical and computer engineering to discuss and exchange research ideas and projects.
The event was supported by IEEE Electron Devices/Solid – State Circuits Chapter, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter. The conference was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section, which supported the conference, too.
The opening speech was delivered by Danijel Danković, chairman of the conference, Vera Marković, secretary of IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section and Zoran Perić, the vice dean of Faculty of Electronic Engineering Nis. The conference was very successful, gathering an audience of about 200 students and academic staff.
The conference schedule contained a total of 34 papers which covered a wide range of topics.The member reviewers selected the best projects for the three top prizes. After students briefly orally presented their projects, all participants had the opportunity to show demonstrations of their projects. This year, Gold Paper Award was assigned for hundredth paper from the beginning of the conference.
The full-day event ended with the handing of the special awards for best project according to the choice of the authors of papers. The conference was helped by many sponsors. For more information about IEEESTEC Student’s Projects Conference, please go to http://ieee.elfak.ni.ac.rs.
Humanitarian Technology Webinar: AIDG Product Development for the Other 90%
Please register for our next FREE Humanitarian Technology Webinar:
Product Development for the Other 90%: Lessons Learned
Presented by: Peter Haas, AIDG Executive Director
Date: Thursday, 15 December 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. New York, EST
About this Webinar:
Peter Haas is the executive director of AIDG, which helps small and medium sized companies providing infrastructure related products and services for emerging markets. From 2004 to 2010 AIDG ran an R&D division working with universities and other engineering groups on developing new products for the other 90%. Results of this work got featured in Discover, NPR, wired and other news outlets This webinar will delve into product development for the poor, what works, what doesn't, and what are the common pitfalls?"
How well can you withstand Life’s Greatest Risks? : Take the Survey
How many people depend upon your income to afford housing or education? How would you recover if your property was destroyed by a natural disaster? If a job opportunity led you to live abroad, would your home country insurance scheme follow you? These are some of the questions IEEE members ask themselves on a daily basis. To better support our members throughout their career and global assignments, IEEE is working in cooperation with Clements Worldwide, to conduct a risk and resilience assessment of the IEEE membership. This assessment will help ascertain what types of risks members face, and their potential impact on their lives. This initial survey will focus on members based in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
IEEE has engaged Clements Worldwide, the leading provider of insurance solutions to the international community, to conduct the Acuity Risk Assessment of IEEE members. The survey focuses on the types of risks members may face and their ability to withstand the effects of adverse events.
IEEE members are encouraged to take the Acuity Risk Assessment, a confidential and anonymous survey, so that we may gather some preliminary data for product development purposes.
Please access the confidential Acuity Risk Assessment by clicking HERE.
The risk assessment will be available online until 19 December 2011.
Please send your questions or comments to
Survey URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MXV6CWD
IEEE Mourns Board Member Roger Pollard
4 December 2011 – Below is the official message from IEEE President Moshe Kam regarding the death of Roger Pollard.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the untimely death of Roger Pollard, 65, a prominent British engineer and educator, who was a long-time volunteer of IEEE. Dr. Pollard died on Saturday, 3 December having been diagnosed with a terminal disease in October this year. At the time of his death, Dr. Pollard was the Secretary of IEEE and Member of the IEEE Board of Directors.
Dr. Pollard had served as Chair of the Technical Activities Board (2010) and as leader in several key IEEE volunteer positions – within the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (of which he was President in 1998), the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section (Chair, 1996-1999), Region 8, the IEEE Awards Board, the IEEE Finance Committee, the IEEE Strategic Planning Committee, and the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board. In 2010 he was recommended by the IEEE Board of Directors to the membership as one of the candidates for 2012 President-elect.
Dr. Pollard always considered his most important IEEE achievement to be his contribution as Chair of the TAB/PAB Electronic Products Committee that led to the creation and launch of the online IEEE
Xplore platform. His work as Chair resulted in IEEE acquiring a leading position as a source of online authoritative technical information, and made IEEE’s intellectual property available to millions worldwide.
Until September 2010, Dr. Pollard served as the Agilent Technologies Chair in High Frequency Measurements and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. He was previously the Head of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, where he had been a faculty member since 1974. He was an active member of the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics, and a well-known researcher of microwave passive and active devices. His personal research interests were in microwave network measurements, calibration and error correction, microwave and millimeter-wave circuits, terahertz technology, and large-signal and non-linear characterization. In these areas he had contributed to 10 books, authored over 120 refereed publications, and was awarded three patents. His activity had significant industrial collaboration; he served as consultant to many industrial companies, most notably since 1981 to Agilent Technologies (previously Hewlett-Packard Company) in Santa Rosa, Calif. For his scientific and engineering contributions Roger Pollard was elevated to IEEE Fellow (1997) and was elected to the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (2005). He was also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET; formerly the IEE).
To his friends in IEEE, Roger Pollard exemplified the dedicated and fully committed IEEE volunteer. He has given to the organization of his time and intellectual effort, generously and consistently, for more than 25 years. He was a well read and broadly educated man, and very often raised the level of conversation with his wide knowledge of literature, language and the arts, and with his substantial understanding of law, political history, and economics. He was known as a passionate advocate of the organizational units which he served, and of the ideas and causes he favored. He was a highly eloquent and persuasive speaker, not shying away from expressing strong opinions and decisive plans that often flew in the face of conventional wisdom and challenged the existing order. Yet he was open to persuasion and to hearing and learning from individuals of different opinions, and was frequently the architect of compromises that resulted in widely-supported decisions based on consensus. He was a strong proponent of globalization of IEEE, and supported structural reforms in the way IEEE is organized – to increase the organization’s effectiveness and diversity. Of special note in this regard are his contributions to the 2009 and 2010 ad hoc committees on IEEE Board Transformation, for which he worked indefatigably.
We express our heartfelt condolences to Roger Pollard’s family, colleagues and friends over their great loss. We take some solace in the many initiatives and projects he had led to success, and whose substantial and positive impact will continue to benefit IEEE and its constituents for many years to come.