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2019 Director’s Welcome

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Welcome to IEEE Region 2!

Wolfram Bettermann IEEE R2 Director 2019-2020

 

It is my honor to serve as the Director of the IEEE Region 2 for 2019 and 2020. IEEE Region 2 has a proud heritage and serves over 25,000 members in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, and Washington, DC with 20 vibrant IEEE sections. We are one of 10 geographical regions around the world which make up the IEEE whereas Region 1-6 are the only regions within the US.

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 and our past director Timothy Kurzweg. We need to engage three populations better than we have done in the past. Our industry members, the “working professionals”, who have needs which might include continuing educations opportunities, career services, or networking opportunities. The second population is 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. And our Women in Engineering population needs more support from us than provided in the past to increase their visibility and ability to contribute and lead in our male dominated engineering profession. 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 and chapter levels, and I know many of you are participating in all three. 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 (my email is given below) and I hope we can implement them for the benefit of all members in Region 2.

Many thanks to the hard work of our past Region 2 directors, especially Timothy Kurzweg who has shown exceptional leadership in leading our great Region 2 during his director term in 2015-2016. His vision and goals for Region 2 and his ideas to vitalize our great Region 2 will lead me during my term.

With your help, we will make Region 2 great again!

Best Wishes,

Wolfram Bettermann

Region 2 Director, 2019-2020

bettermann@ieee.org

IEEE Region 2 Student Activities Conference 2019

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

IEEE CONFERENCE RECORD NUMBER 45483

(https://conferences.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/45483)

Call For Papers_2019 PDF Download

Dear Esteemed Colleagues;

The 2019 IEEE Region 2 Student Activities Conference will be held in the beautiful city of

Morgantown in the Mountain State of West Virginia, between April 5-7, 2019. SAC19 is

sponsored by West Virginia University, the IEEE Pittsburgh Section, and IEEE Region 2.

SAC19 will consist of student competitions, lectures from industry representatives focusing

on recent trends, and poster sessions portraying student research in Region 2. This year,

SAC19 is offering IEEE student members and Graduate student members the opportunity to

participate in an IEEE conference and have their quality work published by IEEE

Student papers are solicited in; but not limited to the following topics:

> Photonics; Optical Devices

> Mathematical and Computational Methods in EM

> Biological Effects and Medical Applications of RF and Microwaves

> Antennas and Propagation

> Wireless Communications (5G and Beyond)

> Internet of Things

> Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Harvesting

> Simulation and Characterization Techniques

> Additional, unique senior projects

Submissions: Submissions must be of original contributions and should not have been

presented or published anywhere. Authors of the accepted papers must guarantee that at

least one of the authors will attend the conference and present the paper. Paper should not

exceed 6 pages following the IEEE format.

https://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-article/

Conference papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore (EI Compdex and SCOPUS indexed).

Important Dates:

Last date for receiving full paper December 28, 2018

E-mail notification of paper acceptance January 4, 2019

Last date for receiving camera-ready paper with modifications February 1, 2019

Call for Nominations: 2019 MGA Committee and Liason Member positions

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2019 MGA Committee Member and Liaison positions. 

 

Positions include:

 

MGA Committee Members

– Committee Chair
– Program Chair
– Program Committee Members

 

MGA appointments to other organizational unit boards/committees

 

 

Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

 

Ø Nominate yourself or a colleague now

 

         The deadline to submit nominations is 1 August 2018.

 

Thank you,

Mary Ellen

R2 2018 Winter Meeting Pictures Posted

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Selected photos from the R2 2018 Winter Meeting have been posted.

R2 Winter Meeting 2018 — Bethlehem, PA

 

Note:  General policy has been discussed and applied, that all participants of the R2 2018 Winter meeting photographed give their permission to use these photographs, though if you are in a photograph and do not want it to be displayed in the meeting page, please let us know and we will take that photograph off the gallery.

navjot.sandhu@ieee.org

 

TryEngineering

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Do you know a 12 through 17-year-old who has dreams of becoming an engineer? Do they simply want to check out something new? Now’s the time to offer them a chance to TryEngineering.

At IEEE’s first-ever Try Engineering Summer Camp, a unique two-week experience, students will learn how to think like engineers while building critical analytical, communication and collaboration skills, all while getting a taste of college life, exploring potential career paths, meeting new friends and having FUN!

There are two 2-week sessions available at three prestigious campuses around the United States. Get all the details, including location, dates, tuition and more. Register online today!

Give the teens you know an opportunity to stand out on college applications while experiencing the fun and excitement of engineering. Space is limited, so register now!

2018 Student Activities Conference

Friday, March 9th, 2018

2018 IEEE REGION 2 STUDENT ACTIVITES CONFERENCE
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 6TH-7TH, 2018

For more information, visit: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/160683 and sac18.pittieee.org

SAVE THE DATE! Region 2 Leaders Winter Meeting 2018

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

R2 Section Leaders and Committee please take note:

The 2018 Winter Meeting will take place February 24-25 in Bethlehem, PA.  Invites and registration information will be sent soon so please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there!

Emilio Salgueiro, R2 Secretary

SAVE THE DATE! Region 2 Leaders Spring Meeting

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

R2 Section Leaders and Committee please take note:

The 2017 Spring Meeting will take place April 22-23 in Wilmington, DE.  Invites and registration information will be sent soon so please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there!

Felicia Harlow, R2 Secretary

IEEE-USA Petitions U.S. Attorney General to Launch an Investigation into H-1B Outsourcing

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Many of you have seen the article in Insight about IEEE-USA’s new attack on the H-1B visa program. (http://insight.ieeeusa.org/insight/content/policy/255071)

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: https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-of-the-united-states-stop-h-1b-discrimination-against-americans?recruiter=460476742&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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
IEEE-USA

IEEE WIE Summit USA East Early Registration Deadline Extended!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

GREAT NEWS!

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