It can be lonely at the top—even if you’re one of the more than 7,000 people that have been given the distinction of Fellow, IEEE’s highest member grade. A new initiative from the IEEE Chicago Section aims to bring together its Fellows to discuss ways to give back to the engineering community.
The idea for the initiative came from its chair, Gary R. Johnson, who was elevated to Fellow last year for “leadership in growth and manufacturing processes of quartz.” In an interview with Vickie Peters, chair of the section, Johnson proposed several ways that Fellows could help other engineers to advance in their careers.
“We plan to work with local IEEE senior members who want to become Fellows. It’s important for them to have someone to turn to because, in order to be elevated, senior members must be nominated by a Fellow or Life Fellow,” Johnson said. (Learn more about the nomination process.)
He also suggested that Fellows serve as mentors to engineers early in their careers—particularly women and minorities.
To kick off the program, the section will honor its 80 plus current and new Fellows with a dinner on 2 May at the city’s Union League Club. The event will include a technical presentation on biomimicry, or the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. The Fellows will also discuss ways to help the local engineering community.
“I hope we can use this program to show that there is a positive role for Fellows and provide a roadmap for them to contribute to issues impacting their local IEEE sections,” Johnson says.