IEEE events in 2011 excited and inspired members across the globe.
ABOVE: IEEE Life Fellow Raj Mittra (second from r.), recipient of the 2011 James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal, is congratulated by (l. to r.) 2011 IEEE President-Elect Gordon Day; Tom Robbins, National Instruments Foundation, sponsor of the James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal, and Moshe Kam, 2011 IEEE President.
In the office, in the field, on the Internet, and in person, IEEE encourages communication and collaboration. Two events in 2011 demonstrated the organization’s commitment to these goals.
A Global Assembly of Leaders
More than 1,100 IEEE volunteers traveled to San Francisco, Calif., to take part in IEEE Sections Congress 2011 (SC2011), the latest edition of the highly lauded triennial leadership workshop.
IEEE SC2011 was the largest gathering to date, welcoming delegates from 92 countries, 294 IEEE sections, and 41 IEEE technical societies and councils. The IEEE SC2011 program, themed “Empowering Members to Create the Future,” offered IEEE leaders the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with one another and learn more about the many resources available to members. The program included over 30 breakout sessions featuring more than 80 speakers, as well as exhibits in which IEEE employees provided information about new programs and materials to help IEEE volunteers in their local efforts.
Empowering Members to Create the Future
IEEE members displayed their pride in IEEE on 6 October 2011, during the second annual IEEE Day, a global commemoration of the first time that the soon-to-be founders of IEEE gathered to share their technical brilliance, in 1884.
Focused on the same theme as IEEE SC2011, “Empowering Members to Create the Future,” more than 160 IEEE Day events took place in more than 50 countries. Activities included educational forums, robotics competitions, visits to high schools, and public seminars—all encouraging professionals and students to pursue new opportunities in engineering and other technical fields.
Through Web sites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels, the worldwide membership of IEEE came together virtually and in person to share knowledge and recognize historic milestones in engineering.