IEEE and You
João Costa-Freire, Region 8 Educational Activities Chair
Yvonne Pelham, Manager, Educational Outreach, IEEE EAD
Teacher In Service Program Training Workshop
Oporto, Portugal
13 November 2010
A Few Words about IEEE
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association
dedicated to advancing technological innovation and
excellence for the benefit of humanity
– More than 395,000 members in more than 160 countries
– A non-profit organization incorporated in New York
Originally concentrating on power engineering and
communications IEEE was designed to serve
professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical,
electronic and computing fields and related areas of
science and technology that underlie modern
IEEE at a Glance
More than 395,000 members in more than 160 countries; 45
percent of whom are from outside the United States
More than 90,000 student members
331 sections in ten geographic regions worldwide
1,952 chapters that unite local members with similar
technical interests
1,855 student branches in 80 countries
483 student branch chapters at colleges and universities
338 affinity groups - IEEE Affinity Groups are non-technical
sub-units of one or more Sections or a Council. The Affinity
Group patent entities are the IEEE-USA Consultants'
Network, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Women in
Engineering (WIE) and Life Members (LM)
What is IEEE?
A membership organization
A major creator and guardian of
technical Intellectual Property
A mechanism to bring people of
common technical interests
– both geographically and disciplinarily
A guardian of the future of
An implementer of technologyrelated public imperatives
What does IEEE do?
Annually publishes 140 transactions, journals
and magazines in engineering, technology
and computing
Sponsors more than 900 conferences each
Develops technical standards
– Approximately 900 active standards and 400
standards in development
Gets engineers and technologists from
different locations together
What does IEEE do? Cont’d
Organizes and supports professional
activities among engineering students
Educates the public about Engineering
Core Values
Service to humanity: leveraging technology and
engineering to benefit human welfare; promoting public
awareness and understanding of the engineering profession.
Global focus
Trust and respect
Growth and nurturing of the profession: encouraging
education as a fundamental activity of engineers, scientists,
and technologists at all levels and at all times; ensuring a
pipeline of students to preserve the profession.
Collaboration and community building
Intellectual activity
IEEE volunteers
Key to IEEE success
– About 40,000 individuals who give at least 4 hours a week to
the organization
 Local Section Chair
 Associate editor of a Journal
 Member of the Financial Committee of the Technical Activities
 Chair of a committee that develops a Standard
 Student Branch Chair
The organization is run by volunteers
– From the President and CEO to the local Section Chair major
decisions are made by volunteers
– An attempt to quantify the work done by volunteers
estimated $2000m-$3000m
The 7 Grades of Membership
Total IEEE Members (1 to 7) = 385,263 (100%)
Higher Grade Members (1 to 4) = 286,365( 74.3%)
Notes: 1) A new membership grade, Graduate Student Member, was
established in mid-2006.
2) Affiliates are not members of IEEE, but are members of an
IEEE Society
Membership Data as of September 2010
Total IEEE Membership
1964 to Sept 2010
Total IEEE Student Membership
1964 to Sept 2010
IEEE Membership By Region
As of September 2010
R7 – 16,319
R1 to 6 – 202,610
R10 – 82,137
R1 – 35,113
R2 – 31,342
R3 – 29,736
R4 – 22,681
R5 – 28,504
R6 – 55,234
R7 to 10 – 182,653
R9 – 15,369
R8 – 68,828
2009 Top Ten Membership Countries*
* All data based on primary mailing address
% of Total Membership
Membership Trends – All Members
% of Student Members
Membership Trends –
Student Members
Retention Rates 1998 to 2009
Why Volunteer?
As an IEEE volunteer you can:
– HELP make a difference
– CONNECT with others of your profession; make
new contacts.
– NETWORK with peers, technical experts, and
– CONTRIBUTE your time to your areas of interest
in your professional organization
– GAIN valuable management and leadership skills
– EXPAND your knowledge and understanding of
the IEEE
– IMPROVE the public perception and image of
engineers and engineering
– HELP to solve a problem
IEEE Region 8 Committee
Region 8 OpCom
Director, Director-Elect, Past Director,
Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Vice Chairs:
Member Activities, Student Activities
and Technical Activities
Student Activities Subcommittee
chaired by the R8 SA Vice Chair
Education Activities Subcommittee
under VC Technical Activities
chaired by . . . .
Região 8
Director – Jozef Modelski
Director Elected - Marko Delimar
VC Technical Activities – Fritz Bekkadal
Education Activities SC – João Costa Freire
VC Student Activities : Eva Lang
Past Chair: Martin Bastiaans
Stud Representative: Amélie Anglade
Awards & Contests: Pablo Herrero
Stud Branches: Muhammad Mustafa
Student Paper Contest: Djordje Paunovic
Web Activities: Jorge Soares
R8 Education Activities Sub-Committee
Main Activities Outline
Pre-University Education Activities
TISP (Teachers In Service Program)
TryEngineering (Website on Engineering)
EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service)
Continuing Education
elearning Library
ICED (Industry Continuing Education Development)
TEP (Technical English Program)
Where am I needed at IEEE?
How about Educational
Teacher In-Service Program
How to get involved:
Attend a train the trainer workshop like
you are doing here to learn:
– tips and strategies on how to organize
teacher workshops in your area
– connect with local schools
– develop hands-on activities that teach
engineering and engineering design
• lets visitors explore how to:
• Prepare for a career in engineering, computing and
• Find accredited programs in engineering, computing and
• Search student opportunities,
• Play interactive games,
• Find lesson plans
• and more.
How to get involved:
– Submit an Engineer or student profile in any engineering,
computing or technology discipline
– Suggest ideas for lesson plans
– Submit a student opportunity for summer programs,
internships, etc.
TryEngineering Progress
Statistics (01 October 2010)
IN 2010
– 60,237 = average # of visitors per month
 119,001= highest number of total unique visitors (Mar 10)
– 320,062 = average # of page hits per month
– 10,462 = average number of university searches per
– 20,255 = average lesson plan downloads per month
 2.8 million = total number of lesson plan downloads ( all
– 35 minutes = average time users spend on site
– Visitors come from the US, China, Canada, India, Germany
and scores of other countries
At you can:
• explore nanomaterials
• meet nano experts
• learn about organizations on the
cutting edge
• find universities offering
coursework in nanotechnology
• and download lesson plans.
How to get involved:
– Submit a nano expert profile
– Suggest ideas for lesson plans
– Submit a nanotechnology
education program
Women in Engineering
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest
network of volunteers dedicated to promoting
women engineers and scientists.
• How to get involved:
– Contribute a related idea or article to the WIE
newsletter or magazine
– Participate in the IEEE STAR Program — a
mentoring program for students to illustrate a
positive image of engineering and science careers.
Engineering Projects in Community
Service (EPICS) in IEEE
EPICS in IEEE is a New Initiative that organizes
sections, student branches and high-school
students to work on engineering-related projects
for local area humanitarian organizations. EAB
provides funding to Sections/Student branches to
develop devices and systems for the benefit of the
target audiences of the non-profit community
• How to get involved:
– Identify a NGO with specific technical needs
– Submit a proposal
IEEE EAB Pre-University
Educator Award
The IEEE EAB Pre-University Educator
Award recognizes current preuniversity education classroom
teachers who have inspired an
appreciation and understanding of
mathematics, science and technology
and the engineering process in
students and have encouraged
students to pursue technical careers.
How to get involved:
– Nominate a classroom teacher
Where to Find EA on the Web
For more information about these EA programs
From the main page of the IEEE,, , click “Education & Careers”
All EA’s programs can be located on this page.
Where else can I help?
Your local Section, Society and Student Branch
need your help:
Plan and organize meetings, conferences, etc.
Chair a committee
Evaluate award candidates
Counsel, mentor students
Work with finances
Create a newsletter
Create/maintain a website
Pre-University Outreach
Membership development
University student activities
What’s next?
How to find the right opportunity for you:
Identify what you like to do
Work with your student branch and other
branches on current or new activities
Attend a section/society or region
Talk to local IEEE volunteers
Contact IEEE staff about opportunities
Visit the IEEE website
Where to find the IEEE on the Web
The main page of the
This is your one stop
shop for all IEEE news
and programs
The Teacher In Service Program
Training IEEE volunteers to work
with pre-university teachers
Based on approved Lesson Plans
– Prepared/reviewed by IEEE volunteers
– Tested in classrooms
– Designed to highlight engineering design
Oporto, Portugal, 13-14 Nov 2010
A training session for student
branch leaders
Based on the success of the
student branch session in Piura,
Peru in 2007
Teacher In Service Program (TISP)
Train volunteers
IEEE Volunteers
– IEEE Section Members
– IEEE Student Members
– Teachers and Instructors
…using approved lesson plans on Students
engineering and engineering design
(71 English; 34 Português; 45 Castellano)
IEEE members will develop and
conduct TISP training sessions with
Teachers will conduct training
sessions with Students
Our Overall TISP Goals
Empower IEEE Section and Student Branch “champions” to
develop collaborations with local pre-university
education community to promote applied learning
Enhance the level of technological literacy of preuniversity educators
Encourage pre-university students to pursue technical
careers, including engineering
Increase the general level of technological literacy of preuniversity students
Increase the level of understanding of the needs of
educators among the engineering community
Identify ways that engineers can assist schools and
school systems
Teacher In-Service Program
Over 142 TISP presentations have been
conducted by IEEE volunteers
TISP presentations have reached over 3252
pre-university educators
– This reach represents more than 354,000 students
each year
Presentations have taken place in at least 14
IEEE Volunteers
What are we going to do here?
Demonstrate four (4) lesson plans:
– “Build Your Own Robot Arm”
– “Critical Load”
– “Build a Better Candy Bag”
– “Working With Wind Energy”
Discuss trends in pre-university
Develop action plans to implement TISP
Have Fun!
The Basic Approach – Lesson
IEEE volunteers and consultants develop
lesson plans that highlight an engineering
design topic
– How to build a balanced mobile (rotational
– How to design a sail for a ship (aerodynamic
The lesson plans are geared toward preuniversity teachers and their students and
are tested in the classroom
Materials are low cost - $50-$100 USD for a
class of 30
European Framework for Key
Competences for Lifelong Learning
The Reference Framework sets out eight key
– Communication in the mother tongue;
– Communication in foreign languages;
– Mathematical competence and basic
competences in science and technology;
– Digital competence;
– Learning to learn;
– Social and civic competences;
– Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
– Cultural awareness and expression.
What the Lesson Plans Support
– Communication in the mother tongue
 Skills to communicate both orally and in writing in a
variety of communicative situations and to monitor
and adapt their own communication to the
requirements of the situation.
– Mathematical competence and basic
competences in science and technology
 ability to develop and apply mathematical thinking in
order to solve a range of problems in everyday
 Ability to recognize the essential features of scientific
inquiry and have the ability to communicate the
conclusions and reasoning that led to them.
Volunteer Training
Key questions to be discussed in training:
– How to conduct a training sessions for teachers using the
TISP lesson plans?
– How to approach the school system to engage teachers?
Teachers and officials from the education
establishment participate in the training sessions
After The Training…
IEEE volunteers work with the local schools and
school system to conduct training sessions for
IEEE participates in paying for the program
– In the first year, EAB pays for the materials
and supplies needed for TISP sessions for
– In subsequent years, funding is the
responsibility of the IEEE Section and
Student Branch
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