IEEE Foundation Awards Grants, Establishes Three Funds

Grants went to educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs

5 February 2010

The IEEE Foundation awarded grants to seven educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs. The grants, totaling US $120 350, were distributed in November from the IEEE Foundation General Fund, the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund, and the IEEE Life Member Fund.

Also in November, the foundation’s board established three new funds: the Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award Fund, the IEEE Phoenix Section Scholarship Fund, and the Ganesh N. Ramaswamy Memorial Student Grant Fund.


IEEE Foundation General Fund Grants

• US $15 000 went to the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program in South Africa to develop engineering-related lesson plans for teachers as a way to entice students in Grades 4 to 9. The project is also funded by the South African Department of Education in collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The Warriors of EHTP: Team 1880 received $22 700 to support the participation of students from the East Harlem Tutorial Program in New York City in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team of students from Grades 8 to 12 builds a robot while learning about project planning, science, engineering, physics, teamwork, business development, public speaking, and responsibility. Students also earn one high school credit.

• $25 000 was awarded to the Transforming Engineering Education Conference, to be held from 6 to 9 April in Dublin. The meeting focuses on methods for redesigning engineering degree programs to meet the evolving needs of professional practice and society. Representatives from academia and industry in the major fields of engineering have been invited to attend.

• The IEEE Educational Activities video project, Enhancing Public Perception of Engineering Impact, received $20 000. It aims to encourage preuniversity students to consider engineering as a profession by profiling IEEE members around the world who do compelling work that benefits humanity.


IEEE Humanitarian Technology Fund Grants

• The Karnataka (India) Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge received $4650 to run a student contest seeking innovative proposals that address humanitarian challenges affecting the local community. Grants are awarded to the top ideas. The challenge is being led by students in the IEEE Bangalore Section.

IEEE Foundation Life Members Fund Grants

• The IEEE Bahia Section Student Branch at UFBA (Federal University of Bahia State, Brazil) received $15 000 to build a museum of technology at the school. The students plan to promote technology and its history through student and professional exhibits open to the public.

• An $18 000 grant can enable the Engineers Without Borders Teach Sustainable Technology project to partner with poor communities to improve their quality of life by implementing sustainable engineering programs. The money supports three programs: one in Ilam, Nepal, is evaluating the potential for hydroelectricity in rural areas; another, in Llacamate, Peru, is providing potable water through a gravity-fed distribution system; the third, in Ruhengeri, Rwanda, is designing high-efficiency cook stoves that can improve villagers’ health. The project also provides for technical expertise and training to local residents so they can sustain the technologies they implement.


The Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award Fund was established from a donation of $75 000 by the Nari-Relays Electric Co. of Nanjing, China. The fund is designed to recognize an individual who, working in China for the past five years, has demonstrated excellent performance in electricity, electrical machinery, power system engineering, or related fields. The contributions must have a lasting beneficial impact on Chinese society. The award is in memory of Ku, an IEEE member and electrical engineering professor who made important contributions in mathematics, electrical machinery, and modern control theory during a long career in the United States and China. He was a founding member of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineers (CSEE). The annual award consists of a $2000 honorarium and a plaque and certificate. The IEEE Power & Energy Society and the CSEE are administering the fund.

The IEEE Phoenix Section Scholarship Fund was set up to award as many as five $1000 scholarships each year to IEEE student members who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students, reside in and attend a university within the IEEE Phoenix Section, and are pursuing a degree in one of the IEEE fields of interest. The fund was established thanks to a $100 000 donation from the Arizona State University Foundation.

The Ganesh N. Ramaswamy Memorial Student Grant Fund was established with a $10 000 contribution from IBM. It is being administered by the IEEE Signal Processing Society to honor the memory of Ramaswamy, an IEEE senior member and IBM employee who died in 2008. He was manager of the Conversational Biometrics Group in the Human Language Technologies Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The grant honors student author(s) of an outstanding paper(s) on speaker and language recognition accepted for publication in the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). The award is scheduled to be presented at the annual IEEE ICASSP.

To submit a grant application or to learn more, visit the IEEE Foundation Web site.

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