If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, there are several new and improved benefits that might persuade you to do so. There’s an improved tool for finding other members who share your interests, plus more free eBooks. Other changes made for 2013 include the ability to automatically renew your membership each year, digital-only subscriptions for students and graduate students, and a more streamlined sign-in process.
Professional networking is one of the top reasons members join IEEE, according to surveys. Changes made to IEEE memberNet, a search and networking tool, have made it easier to find and build connections with other members who have similar professional interests. More fields of information are now displayed in addition to member names and membership grades. You can view members’ locations, sections, society memberships, and technical interests. Members may opt out of sharing the additional information but not their name and grade.
The number of free books available to members in the IEEE eBook Classics collection is now at more than 260. They cover aerospace, circuits, communications, computing, electromagnetics, energy, and other subjects.
For the first time, IEEE is offering automatic renewal of membership dues. Sign up for the feature when you renew your membership for 2013 and automatic billing will begin with the 2014 dues. The dues will be charged to the credit card you provide. Student and graduate student members are not eligible, and automatic renewal is not available for discounted memberships for special circumstances such as minimum income, unemployment, and permanent disability.
IEEE student and graduate student members renewing or joining for 2013 are being switched from print to digital delivery for their monthly issues of IEEE Spectrum and quarterly issues of The Institute. Students wanting to continue a print subscription of the two publications will have to pay additional membership dues of US $5. Or they can subscribe to both print and digital delivery of IEEE Spectrum and The Institute for $14.95 more per year.
Students will receive an e-mail alert each month, providing links to Web browser–based or PDF-downloadable versions of the current month’s IEEE Spectrum and links to the quarterly digital issues of The Institute in March, June, September, and December. The other eight monthly issues will continue to be available online as before.
IEEE ACCOUNT CHANGES
Earlier this year IEEE upgraded its e-commerce platform and introduced an intuitive, one-page form designed to help members manage their membership and profile information. When renewing members log in to their IEEE account for the first time, they’ll be prompted to change their existing user name to their preferred e-mail address. That e-mail address must then be used to sign in to all IEEE services. All user names must be unique, so if you happen to have the same e-mail address as another member, you will be asked to provide a distinct e-mail address.