IEEE-USA Activities Overview
Since everyone else is looking out
we're looking out for you.
Through years of record layoffs and
bleak employment prospects for U.S. engineers, one organization has been there helping to
protect and create jobs for the IEEE's 235,000 U.S. members and all U.S. electrical,
electronics and computer engineers. IEEE-USA is working three jobs to make your career
WORKING TO SUPPORT YOUR CAREER
IEEE-USA bolsters the professional standing and
careers of U.S. engineers in many ways.
We spearhead career workshops and
a biennial professional development conference to help engineers develop resilience in a changing job
market. We oversee local consultants' networks and an online salary and
fringe benefits survey. We sponsor skills banks, along with global
IEEE-USA career policy committees inform and
educate U.S. IEEE members about trends, issues and actions affecting their professional
careers. The committees prepare positions and recommend appropriate action to public and
private decision-makers, and respond to members requests for information.
and Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC) tracks developments in the public and private sectors, makes
policy recommendations and educates U.S. members on pensions and other retirement savings
issues. CWPC promotes legislation to improve pension portability and increase individual
savings for retirement, as well as assists in developing and marketing retirement planning
software. In addition, it monitors trends, issues and developments
affecting members' employment opportunities. CWPC prepares analyses and
reports, makes policy recommendations, and gives testimony to Congress and
government agencies on employment issues. Committee activities include
analysis and reporting on major economic, educational, immigration, and
trade policy issues affecting employment and educational opportunities.
Property Committee (IPC) encourages the establishment of appropriate incentives and
protection for the development and disclosure of inventions. The IPC also seeks to
strengthen intellectual property rights in patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial
designs, maskworks and trade secrets. Committee activities include advising federal
policymakers on intellectual property issues and the government's role in protecting
technology; developing, evaluating, and proposing alternative forms of protection for
rapidly changing technology; and recommending guidelines for university intellectual
property rights policy.
& Registration Committee (L&R) represents U.S. members' interests in engineer
credentialing by providing policy perspectives on developing, administering, and
evaluating the Professional Engineering Exam, offered by the National Council of Examiners
in Engineering and Surveying. The committee recommends procedures that will protect the
public without imposing unwarranted restrictions on engineering practice.
WORKING TO ENHANCE OUR PROFESSION
IEEE-USA endorses and promotes public policies
that nurture the professional environments of U.S. engineers and scientists.
government outreach program, we are working to correct imbalances in engineering
work-force demand, reform immigration policy, ensure tax incentives for continuing
education, protect inventors' rights, provide incentives for innovation, and combat
Recognitions honor member accomplishments and help raise the stature of our
profession. IEEE-USA gives awards for distinguished public service, literary
contributions to the profession, and achievement in electrotechnology transfer, in addition
to awards for engineering professionalism, professional achievement, and Region and
and Career Services Committee (ECSC) assists member in developing
lifelong employability, including their own professional and career
The Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks
(AICN) coordinates IEEE-USA's
Services for self-employed members, including national workshops, local networks, and
IEEE-USA's Survey Committee
periodically surveys U.S. members to obtain information about their salaries and opinions
on important professional issues. The
Salary and Fringe
Benefit Survey is conducted online and the survey data is used to generate an
Calculator. Both members and
industry use the results extensively to determine competitive salary levels.
Committees for Engineers (PACE) Network, established in the Regions, Divisions,
Sections, Societies, and other IEEE units throughout the United States, guides
professional activities at the local level and communicates members' views on other
Professional Awareness Committee (S-PAC) works with IEEE Student Branches in U.S.
universities to provide career
guidance and promote student awareness of professional issues. Through participation
Student Professional Awareness Conferences
(S-PACs), one-day events that students organize and conduct, future EEs hear
practicing engineers discuss such career issues as professional ethics, registration and
continuing education. The
Awareness Venture (S-PAVe) program offers students the opportunity to design their own
professional awareness activities, with support from S-PAC.
Precollege Education Committee (PEC)
increases U.S. members' awareness of a crisis in U.S. precollege math and science
education and facilitates members participation in community activities designed to enrich
math and science teaching.
The Communications Committee (CC)
Publications, including the monthly webzine,
Today's Engineer, and the freestanding magapaper mailed quarterly
with Spectrum, IEEE-USA News & Views.
The Communications staff also supervises production of IEEE-USA
publications, coordinates media relations, provides marketing
support, coordinates the IEEE's participation in
Engineers Week, and sponsors a graduate engineering student in the
Mass Media Science & Technology Fellowship program. The program,
which places engineering students in 10-week assignments with major media
outlets each summer, is intended to help strengthen ties between the media
and the science and engineering community.
WORKING TO SHAPE U.S. TECHNOLOGY POLICY
From our Washington, D.C. headquarters, IEEE-USA
develops position statements and communicates technology
policy recommendations to Congress, the executive branch, the media and other
opinion-makers in support of member priorities outlined in our
Agenda. Our Policy Log
lists recent communications and testimonies. In addition, IEEE-USA has launched a
Legislative Action Center to help IEEE members
communicate with their representatives in Washington.
on Transportation & Aerospace Technology Policy (CTAP) presents views on government and private sector
space, aviation and ground programs. Committee activities in the space
portion focus on remote sensing and satellite applications such as
communications, global positioning and weather.
On Communications Policy (CCP) promotes formulation of sound
legislation, regulation and policies relating to communications
technologies. Committee members have focused on such issues as spectrum
efficiency, high-performance computing, RFID, digital high-resolution
systems, personal communications systems, and privacy.
Committee (EPC) presents technical information and policy views on key energy issues.
EPC specifically focuses on national energy policy legislation, energy
transmission technology development, and energy efficiency.
Technology Policy Committee provides a central focal point to bring the many interests
of IEEE-USA to bear on national policy issues such as health care and wellness. The
primary objective of the MTPC is utilizing the professional and technical knowledge of
IEEE members to assist in the rational formulation of medical technology legislation,
regulation, and policy.
and Development Policy Committee (R&DPC) disseminates positions on engineering
R&D policies and programs, specifically those of the National Science Foundation, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Defense, and the
Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, including the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST). The R&DPC focuses on NIST standards and technology
programs, NSF engineering programs and reauthorization, and DOC's role in technology
Fellows Programs recruits and supports U.S. IEEE members to serve one-year
Congressional Fellowships as advisers on either the personal staff of a U.S. Senator or
Representative or on the professional staff of a Congressional Committee, as well as
high-level Executive Fellowships in selected Federal agencies. State Government Activities Coordinators in IEEE
Regions 1-6 also promote U.S. members' involvement in technology-related issues at the
state and local levels.
State Government Activities
Committee promotes and coordinates IEEE interests and member
participation in state and local governments and encourages grassroots
member support of IEEE-USA's national government activities.
As a member of the
Association of Engineering Societies, the IEEE has joined with more than 25
professional engineering societies to pursue common advocacy goals in technological
competitiveness, pensions, sustainable development and the environment.
IEEE-USA's Government Activities staff publishes
the Policy Forum and
New at IEEE-USA Eye on Washington to help keep members up-to-date on key
legislation and policy developments. IEEE-USA also provides resources such as the
Engineers' Guide to Influencing Public Policy
to promote member activism.
Internships for Students of Engineering and IEEE-USA's
Public Policy Internships introduce
engineering students to technology policy issues and the policy-making process.
For More Information
Visit the IEEE-USA website
homepage, or contact IEEE-USA, 2001 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-5104, phone: 202/785-0017,
fax: 202/785-0835, electronic mail:
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