Programs Win Numerous Awards

The Internet-based television network garners 15 awards

7 July 2009 recently garnered 15 awards, with several programs winning in more than one competition. The Internet-based television network was launched less than two years ago.

Care Innovations: Responsibility for Being Green won top documentary in the Aegis Video and Film Production Awards competition for 2008, while IEEE Robot Challenge topped all others in the training/education category. The peer-judged Aegis competition is one of the oldest video/film contests in the United States. also had two Aegis finalists: the 2008 “IEEE Honors Ceremony” and Nerd Girls, in the event and promotional/sales categories, respectively.

The IEEE Robot Challenge received a bronze award in the education category of the 2008 Telly Awards competition’s film/video honors and an award of distinction in the education category from the 2008 Communicator Awards contest. The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional, and cable television programs and video and film productions created for the Web. The Communicator Awards recognize creative excellence from communications professionals.

Nerd Girls also picked up an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards in the documentary category and a certificate of creative excellence from the 2008 U.S. International Film & Video Festival, which recognizes creative excellence in corporate, education, entertainment, documentary, and student productions.

In addition, the “IEEE Honors Ceremony” was recognized with a 2008 Webby Award as an Official Honoree in its events and live webcast category for its outstanding caliber. The Webby awards honor excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, and online film and video.

WASTE NOT IEEE Member Peter Wiesner, a strategic business development manager for IEEE in Piscataway, N.J., produced Care Innovations. The 12-minute program explores the waste challenges facing the electronics industry. It explains how serious the problem has become and how manufacturers and consumers can work together to find ways to make electronic devices more sustainable—environmentally, economically, and socially.

Wiesner described the production as “a momentous effort” on behalf of “IEEE is doing a lot of significant work in addition to its publications and conferences,” he notes. “Using video is another way to reach the general public.”

Noel E. Bryson, producer, developed the other award-winning programs.

PROGRAM GUIDE IEEE Robot Challenge is about an annual contest in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area that gives preuniversity students engineering and teamwork experience as they build robots that can walk, according to Senior Member Jay Gamerman, the IEEE Baltimore Section’s student activities coordinator, who managed the contest. The 5.5-minute video follows the students during the annual two-day competition held in April.

“If our profession wants to get more kids interested in engineering, then we need to show them what it’s all about,” Gamerman says. “This video is one way to do that.”

Gamerman has given a lot of his time to the robot challenge, Bryson says, adding, “It just seemed that the next logical step was to bring the program to video, to let others hear the lessons the students learned, and to share some of the ideas behind a program geared to preuniversity students.”

Considered IEEE’s most prestigious event, the IEEE Honors ceremony recognizes outstanding contributions to technology and society and achievements in academia and industry. The 73-minute program chronicled the 2008 event, which was held last September in Quebec City. Twenty-two people received IEEE medals at the ceremony, including Life Fellow Gordon E. Moore, who received the 2008 IEEE Medal of Honor.

Nerd Girls highlighted a team of female engineering students at Tufts University, in Medford, Mass., who built a solar-powered car.

MORE AWARDS In addition, 3 other programs garnered 5 more awards, bringing the total to 15.

The interview with Fellow Charles Rader—a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Ballistic Acoustics, which examined the audio recordings made by the Dallas police during the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy to determine whether there were two gunmen—garnered three awards. The Telly Awards bestowed two bronze awards on the program: one for the opening footage and another for the interview. The interview also earned an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards. Rader, who did pioneering work on digital filtering at Lincoln Laboratories, in Cambridge, Mass., explains in the video how he used signal processing to determine there was only one shooter.

IEEE in India won two awards. It focuses on the role of engineers in meeting the energy needs of India and how the IEEE Power & Energy Society has supported this work. It garnered bronze honors from the Telly Awards in the Institutional/Corporate Image category of the competition’s online video section and an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards.’s 15th award went to a segment used in three videos. The category was the Telly Awards’ “Internet/online video-show opening segment” The award was a bronze honor for best show-opening segment in the online video category and went to the opening video featured in technical tours of three engineering facilities. The tours are of the Hoover Dam, which straddles the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, Teco Energy’s Polk Power Station near Tampa, Fla., and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Technology Center, just south of Boulder, Colo.

The 15 awards garnered by are a testament, Bryson points out, to outstanding collaboration among a number of IEEE groups and departments, including societies, Technical Activities, Member and Geographic Activities, Corporate Communications, and Publications.

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