Anniversary Celebrations Planned Worldwide

Sections around the world mark IEEE's 125th anniversary

5 December 2008

From San Jose, Calif., to Boston and from Bangalore, India, to Beijing, excitement is spreading about IEEE’s 125th anniversary, taking place next year. Sections in those four cities are among the eight selected by the IEEE Anniversary Committee to hold celebrations sponsored by the IEEE Board of Directors. The other four Board-sponsored section events are slated for Austin, Texas; London; Munich; and Tokyo.

“These major world cities were selected to bring members and IEEE’s customers together to celebrate and bring attention to IEEE and the contributions of the technology professions to humanity,” says 2008 IEEE President-Elect John Vig, chair of the anniversary committee. “But they are by no means the only anniversary celebrations. We’re encouraging all IEEE groups to plan anniversary events throughout the year and throughout the world.”

The eight anniversary parties represent only a small percent of the celebrations scheduled to take place. Representatives from 218 of the 239 sections who attended the IEEE Sections Congress, held in September in Quebec City, committed to hosting a local anniversary event in 2009 with their members and student branches. In addition, many IEEE societies plan to highlight the anniversary during their major conferences and local meetings. The number of planned events on the anniversary site’s calendar continues to grow each day.

Here’s a sample of anniversary plans in the works:

• The College of Engineering in Chengannur, Kerala, India, is set to celebrate the anniversary in January during a three-day biennial technical festival for students. Summit ’09 is expected to bring together more than 1000 students from colleges across the country for activities designed to enhance the participants’ technical competence and managerial skills.

• Organizers of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, being held 8 to 12 February in San ­Francisco, plan to recognize the anniversary in conference materials and at selected sessions.

• The Eurocon 2009 conference, from 18 to 23 May in St. Petersburg, Russia, is set to celebrate IEEE’s 125th along with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander S. Popov, the Russian physicist who first demonstrated the practical application of electromagnetic waves.

• One of the most prestigious celebrations of the year is taking place in Los Angeles on 25 June at the 2009 IEEE Honors Ceremony, which has adopted the anniversary theme Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future. Among the honorees are the top three winners of the IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition for students. [See “Competition Challenges Students to Change the World,” September, p. 4.] (There’s still time to submit entries by the 28 February 2009 deadline.)

For more information about these and other anniversary events, visit the IEEE 125th anniversary calendar at

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