Preparations are under way for next year’s celebration of IEEE’s 125th anniversary. Throughout 2009, IEEE, which traces its origins to the founding of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1884, will host activities around the world to celebrate the
organization’s successes, to leverage its prestige, and to help increase its visibility and that of its members and the profession.
“The anniversary theme, Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future, acknowledges our pride in the past with a look forward to an even greater future,” says IEEE President-Elect John Vig, chair of the 125th anniversary committee. The theme will be displayed prominently all year by a special anniversary graphic.
Members can learn about these activities and more by visiting the anniversary website. The site enables members and IEEE groups to view and upload congratulatory messages, videos, and photos; add to the calendar of anniversary events; and find tools to help them organize their own celebrations.
In particular, student members are invited to take part in the Presidents’ Change the World competition, which encourages students to develop projects that benefit humanity (see “Competition Challenges Students to Change the World”)
Other activities include:
- A series of IEEE-sponsored Engineering the Future celebrations to be held in major cities including Beijing, Boston, and Munich.
- A forum for journalists on new and emerging technologies and trends.
- A celebration to be held in August in Philadelphia in conjunction with the IEEE History Center’s biennial history conference.
- Dedication of numerous IEEE Milestones, including a ceremony recognizing the development of the compact disc audio player to be held in March in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
- A lighthearted contest on YouTube featuring videos that illustrate how people have used technology to improve their living spaces.
Plans for the anniversary should pick up steam at the Sections Congress being held from 19 to 22 September in Quebec City. There, section leaders will be encouraged to register their interest in organizing local celebrations to garner attention for IEEE and its members.