IEEE has received the 2012 Summit Award—the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives—for its Humanitarian Technology Challenge program. Now known as Engineering for Change (E4C), the program seeks to develop technical, locally appropriate, and sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges.
The Summit Award is given to associations that have created innovative programs vital to their communities. The award is part of ASAE’s Power of A program, which applauds contributions associations make to society.
“We are delighted to be recognized by ASAE with a 2012 Summit Award for the Humanitarian Technology Challenge, which is closely tied to IEEE’s mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Mary Ward-Callan, managing director of IEEE Technical Activities, in Piscataway, N.J. “Through broad participation by IEEE members, volunteers, staff, and NGOs across the globe, we are taking engineering know-how and applying it to real human problems.”
Representatives from IEEE accepted the award on 3 October at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C.
The Humanitarian Technology Challenge began in 2008 as a partnership between IEEE and the United Nations Foundation to address technological difficulties faced by humanitarian aid workers. Since then, IEEE volunteers have worked on several projects around the world, including building inexpensive, portable electricity stations in Haiti and Nicaragua and instituting telemedicine programs in Peru, rural India, and other places.
Last year, IEEE partnered with the Association of Mechanical Engineers and Engineers Without Borders to transform the HTC into Engineering for Change.