IEEE Foundation Awards Nearly $100 000

Grants go toward humanitarian projects, supporting scientific exhibits in museums, and more

7 November 2008

Encouraging engineers to take on humanitarian projects, supporting scientific exhibits in museums, and helping students gain more from internships are the goals of four new projects awarded grants in June by the IEEE Foundation. The grants totaled almost US $100 000.

• A $38 000 grant helped support the IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Humanitarian Workshop and Fellowship Program, held on 18 October in Boston. The workshop taught engineering students and young professionals how to apply their skills to humanitarian work. Hands-on sessions were included to teach them how to succeed with humanitarian projects, and members of Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that partners with developing communities, described the positive impact that technology can have on the world. The grant will also fund 10 IEEE GOLD Humanitarian Fellowships of $3000 each to cover the expenses of individuals working on humanitarian projects.

• The Durango Discovery Museum in Colorado received $40 000 for its Solar Roller Interactive Energy Literacy exhibits, a pair of shows that will travel through Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah to engage students in the process of scientific inquiry. One exhibit involves a hands-on exploration of the history of electricity generation and allows the students to manipulate a model of a rotary engine. The other features a portable imaging station that has a solar telescope and includes a video feed of the sun.

• A $10 000 grant to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Michigan is for its Kids Connect to Wireless Technology exhibit. The exhibit introduces young people to electrical engineering by explaining the workings of amateur radio equipment and having them build radios and tap out messages in Morse code.

• The IEEE student branch at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, received $4000 for its Efficient Internship Program. The program strives to improve students’ internship experiences by asking university and student representatives to identify problems with internships and suggest solutions.


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