IEEE and Boeing have signed an updated memorandum of understanding to continue working on common goals, such as recruiting IEEE members among the company’s employees and providing continuing education programs for Boeing’s technical staff. The original MOU, signed in 2005, has been renewed every three years.
IEEE President J. Roberto Boisson de Marca and Karen J. Schuette, Boeing’s manager of engineering, operations, and technology, signed the MOU on 1 May at the company’s facility in Arlington, Va.
IEEE offers a US $25 discount on dues for Boeing employees who join or renew their memberships. (This does not include student memberships.) IEEE representatives also visit six of Boeing’s facilities during EWeek—an annual event in the United States that celebrates the engineering profession—to offer employees free copies of technical publications, brochures about IEEE member benefits, and information about how to use the IEEE Xplore Digital Library for research.
The two organizations also sponsor the annual New Technologies Industry Seminar, to be held this year on 14 August at Boeing’s facility in Huntington Beach, Calif. Several talks will be held on topics such as microtechnology for device tracking and navigation, sensors, and battery technology and management. Speakers include David Harame, a Fellow of IEEE and IBM; 2011 IEEE President and Fellow Moshe Kam, dean of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, in Newark; IEEE Fellow Philip Krein, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; IEEE Fellow Alan Mantooth, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and IEEE Fellow Andrei Shkel, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine. Traci Nathans-Kelly, a senior lecturer at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., will lead a seminar on how to make technical talks more engaging and effective.
Boeing also has contributed $10,000 a year to the IEEE Foundation to support the IEEE-USA Fund. As part of the MOU, the company will continue to advise IEEE-USA on issues such as how to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and how to increase diversity in the engineering workforce.