IEEE Region 2

May 30th, 2016

In April 2016, the West Virginia Section and Akron Section have ALREADY surpassed their recruitment goals for the year!  West Virginia is at 115% and Akron is at 101.3%.  Congratulations to these Sections and keep up the great efforts!

January 26th, 2016

Many of you have seen the article in Insight about IEEE-USA’s new attack on the H-1B visa program. (

In brief, we believe that the use of H-1B visa to replace American workers represents intentional discrimination against Americans because of their citizenship – which is illegal under the law.

As part of this effort, we have created an online petition asking the U.S. Attorney General to launch an investigation into H-1B outsourcing.  We already have 200 signatures on the petition, but we need more.

The petition can be found here:

Please take a moment to add your name to the petition.  In politics, numbers matter.  The more names on the petition, the more likely it will generate a response.  We believe that the law is on our side, but the U.S. Department of Justice is a busy place.  It will take many voices to get their attention.

After you have signed, please send this e-mail to anyone else you think might be willing to help.

Thank you for your help.  This should only take you a minute or two to do, but could have a profound impact on the H-1B visa program.

Russell Harrison
Director, Government Relations

December 26th, 2015

R2 Section Leaders and Committee please take note:

The 2016 Winter Meeting will take place March 12-13 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Invites and registration information will be sent soon so please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there!

Felicia Harlow, R2 Secretary

October 14th, 2015

IEEE is considering some major change in its governance structure. An overview can be found in this slide deck . A brief write up can also be found in the IEEE Institute at: A dedicated IEEE Webpage can be found at, which provides a lot of information. If you have questions, suggestions, and comments for the IEEE 2030 Committee, please email them at:

October 1st, 2015


The WIE Summit USA East early registration deadline has been extended to October 7, 2015.  See the updated flyer and register today!

September 24th, 2015

On behalf of the Region 2 Director, please enjoy this newsletter which provides a glimpse of what has been going on throughout our region.  We hope it will inspire activities in your own sections,  chapters and affinity groups.

September 6th, 2015

WIE USA East announcementWe are excited to bring you updates on the 1st IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) Summit USA East (Nov 6-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA) ,which will focus on developing and improving leadership skills for individuals at all stages of their careers.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspirational and empowering talks presented by successful leaders from the IEEE-USA North-East region. Emerging technologies will also be demonstrated, engaging attendees to facilitate discussion and potential advancement of STEM outreach ideas.

Registration is now open and submissions for speakers, papers, partnerships and career fair table registrations are being accepted.

Call for Participation Topics for papers and presentations:

  • Mentoring the next generation of female leaders
  •  Strategies for increasing equity in power and decision making
  •  Women as leaders in education, industry, and government
  •  Development: communication skills in written and spoken word, effective dialog
  •  Cross-cultural aspects of leadership
  •  What it takes to be a great leader – qualities that all successful leaders share
  •  Shaping the future by female leaders
  •  Training vs inherent skills: can leadership be learned?
  •  Work-Life balance: family systems traditions and changes
  •  Leadership development for women: overcoming stereotypes
  •  The design, implementation, and evaluation of leadership from a structural perspective
  •  Helping girls and young women become leaders – motivating to empower, empowering to motivate
  •  Exploring the attrition gap – why do women leave the engineering field and what can be done to prevent it.

Key Dates

Paper submission deadline for papers 9/09/2015
Decision notification date 9/16/2015
Final Paper Announcement 10/07/2015
Early Registration deadline 9/30/2015

We hope that you will join us and share the attached flyer with your colleagues. Please visit our website for more info:


Kate Duncan, Chair
IEEE WIE Summit USA East


Vicky Drury, Co-Chair
IEEE WIE Summit USA East

January 24th, 2015

Timothy Kurzweg
Welcome to IEEE Region 2!

It is my honor to serve as the Director of the IEEE Region 2 for 2015 and 2016. IEEE Region 2 has a proud heritage and serves over 32,000 members in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. We are one of 10 geographical regions around the world which make up the IEEE.

In this elected position, it is my responsibility to represent our region’s successes, needs, and concerns as a sitting Board member of IEEE MGA (Member and Geographical Activities), as well as a Board member of IEEE-USA. In these bodies, I ensure you that Region 2 will be proactive, allowing our members to succeed in their goals. In addition, I am a sitting member of the IEEE Board of Directors, where my responsibility is to guide IEEE in current and future directions.

My goals for my term in Region 2 echo many of the goals of IEEE. We need to engage two populations better than we have done in the past. The Young Professionals (members within 15 years of receiving their first degree) are the key to sustaining our organization. We must engage our Young Professionals, and allow them opportunities for leadership. The other population is the “working professionals”, who have needs which might include continuing educations opportunities, career services, or networking opportunities. I look forward to working with you all to better serve all of our members.

I would like to encourage you all to get involved as your time allows. This can be as attending a Section meeting or volunteering in different events. I realize that time is valuable and free time can be hard to find. I challenge each of the Sections to have events and volunteering commitments times that can fit a variety of schedules.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers at the Region and Section levels, and I know many of you are participating in both. As a volunteer based organization, IEEE could not survive without you. It is these individuals that organize new professional, technical, and social activities all throughout the Region.

As you have new ideas that will help our members, I want to hear from you. Please share these ideas with me and I hope we can implement them for the benefit of all of Region 2.

Best Wishes,
Timothy Kurzweg
Region 2 Director, 2015-2016

October 26th, 2014

Welcome to the new IEEE Region 2 website!


Please update your bookmarks. If you have comments and suggestions for format or content, please contact us through the “Contact” page or email the webmaster at The calendar page and widget on the right is populated via vtools and contains all region events, so we encourage you to use that for your meeting announcements. R2 leaders are encouraged to provide updates to their page content.

Some important upcoming events for Region 2 leaders:


November 24 2014 Bylaws update:

Final bylaws have been approved by MGA and posted


IEEE Region 2 2015 Meeting SAVE THE DATE

The Region 2 Winter Meeting is scheduled for 28-29 March 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. The details will be forthcoming as plans are finalized.

July 8th, 2013

A message from the director

Welcome to IEEE Region 2!

parvizfIt is a distinct honor and privilege to serve you as the Director of the IEEE Region 2 for 2013-2014 term. Although it is an immense challenge to continue Ralph Ford’s leadership, I look forward with great pleasure to working with the many engineers in the Region, especially, the recently elected Sections’ volunteers and officers through out the Region.

IEEE Region 2 has a proud heritage and serves over 32,000 members in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

In this inaugural welcome message, I want to especially thank all of our volunteers who give their invaluable time to serve you by bringing and organizing new professional, technical, and social activities all throughout the Region. Some of the names of these volunteers are depicted on your section newsletters that you receive. If you recognize any of the names, next time you see them, pat them on the back for doing such an outstanding job. Finally, I would like to thank the employers for being flexible so these volunteers can be involved with the Sections’ activities. By having active Sections, the employers, engineering employees, consultants, and students will all benefit. Please attend and encourage others to attend technical presentations and other professional and social activities of your Section. With the exception of tutorials, most Sections’ meetings are free of charge. In this day and age of global market economy, keeping up-to-date with professional and technical issues is becoming increasingly crucial to survive, strive and thrive in the job market. Your Section is dedicated to bring you more relevant presentations that will enhance you and your career. We need you to propose new ideas for activities and your involvement is important and will enhance the rich tradition of the Region 2 IEEE. As your new Director, I look forward to working with you all. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Parviz Famouri

Region 2 Director, 2013-2014