Want to learn more about today’s hottest issues, like engineering education, telemedicine, or clean energy? Then check out the new monthly e-newsletter, IEEE Engaging the World. Launched in August, each edition focuses on a single tech topic with articles about IEEE’s involvement in that area, as well as interviews with members who are experts in that field.
This month’s topic is education. IEEE Fellow Moshe Kam, former vice president of IEEE Educational Activities and head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, describes the progress of several IEEE preuniversity programs, including the Teacher In-Service program and TryEngineering.org. TISP partners IEEE volunteers with preuniversity educators to offer the teachers lessons on a variety of technical subjects. TryEngineering.org helps familiarize students ages 8 to 18—as well as teachers, school counselors, and parents—with engineering.
Leah Jamieson, 2007 IEEE President and dean of engineering at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., talks about the need to revamp engineering education so that students attracted to engineering by the promise of creativity find themselves “in education and work environments where that creativity can flourish.”
Another article discusses why continuing education programs for engineers must be updated to be current with today’s ever-changing work requirements. It’s by IEEE Fellow Sophie Vandebroek who as chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, in Palo Alto, Calif., should know something about those requirements. And Karen Panetta, another IEEE Fellow, writes about programs to educate the engineer of the future, such as the Nerd Girls outreach program she created at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., where she is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. The program puts teams of female students to work on engineering projects such as building a solar-powered car or designing renewable energy systems and assistive technology for the disabled.
Health care is the focus of the November edition, with topics including telemedicine, biomedical engineering, and health-care informatics. Topics in August and September dealt with sustainable energy sources and applying earth observation systems to maintain a sustainable world, including articles on providing clean drinking water and getting a handle on global warming.
BOOSTING VISIBILITY The newsletter is part of the IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative, a five-year communications program rolled out earlier this year that seeks to raise the organization’s visibility around the world and improve the image of the engineering profession [see “Boosting IEEE’s Visibility and Prestige,” September 2008, p. 8].
“We want to share these stories [in the newsletter] with the world and become the world’s trusted source and forum for how engineering, computing, and technology benefit humanity,” says Jamieson, who also chairs the Public Visibility Ad Hoc Committee.
The newsletters, which will also update the progress of the communications initiative, are distributed electronically to members with an e-mail address on file with IEEE.