Here are the top recommendations for IEEE, worded exactly as they were voted upon by the 294 primary section delegates during IEEE Sections Congress, held 19 to 22 August in San Francisco.
- IEEE to develop a comprehensive long-term strategy to increase the number of next- generation youth pursuing science and engineering careers.
- As members maintain their IEEE membership over their years, IEEE must reward them for their loyalty. Rewards ought to be tangible and useful and can be done simply and inexpensively. Create Global Fidelity programs including: (a) continued membership recognition for 5-10-15-20 years of membership (b) bonus for specific benefits (e.g., reduced fee, IEEE merchandise, etc.).
- IEEE membership (including e-membership) should include a society membership as part of the basic membership fee.
- Increased support to students in technical activities with grants to attend conferences and organization of technical competitions.
- To encourage interest in pre-university students in engineering careers, IEEE to publish a subscription periodical (paper or electronic) targeted to high school students that highlights engineering activities of interest to those students. The periodical should also have articles promoting the benefits of an engineering career and what the students can do in college to get involved with IEEE.