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Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages - August 2013
Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003 and 2012, an estimated 679 widespread power outages occurred due to severe weather. Power outages close schools, shut down businesses and impede emergency services, costing the economy billions of dollars and disrupting the lives of millions of Americans. The resilience of the U.S. electric grid is a key part of the nation’s defense against severe weather and remains an important focus of President Obama’s administration. This report estimates the annual cost of power outages caused by severe weather between 2003 and 2012 and describes various strategies for modernizing the grid and increasing grid resilience.
Shaping an Engineering Career - Book 3: Advancing to Management (Volume 2)
This book highlights some of the challenges of, and lessons learned from, advancing to a management level position in an engineering oriented company. Author Alan Tribble explains the different types of management jobs, (e.g., engineering management, program management, business development management, etc.), that are typical career growth opportunities for engineers. He also examines his own personal motivation for wanting to progress from one position to another, the people and factors that infuenced his career choices, and advice on how to work within an organization. The book concludes with "lessons learned," and Tribble's specific recommendations for technical personnel who wish to prepare themselves to transition to management in the future.
The 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order: Overview and Considerations for Congress
Citing repeated cyber-intrusions into critical infrastructure and growing cyber threats, Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (February 12, 2013), attempts to enhance security and resiliency of critical infrastructure through voluntary, collaborative efforts involving federal agencies and owners, and operators of privately owned critical infrastructure, as well as use of existing federal regulatory authorities. Given the absence of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, some security observers contend that E.O. 13636 is a necessary step in securing vital assets against cyber threats.
IEEE-USA Consultants Fee Survey Report: 2013
IEEE-USA has conducted surveys of the compensation of IEEE's U.S. members since 1972. Separate surveys focusing on the compensation of consultants were implemented in 2002, and with the exception of 2003, have been conducted annually, ever since. Using the IEEE membership database, 14,098 IEEE members identified as consultants were emailed an invitation to complete the 2013 Consultants Fee Survey, in the spring of 2013; 1,355 respondents participated in the survey (response rate = 9.6%). All findings in this report represent only those who were identified as self-employed consultants; defined as the 848 individuals who indicated that 50% or more of their consulting hours came from working independently, with partners, or incorporated (from herein referred to as "consultants").