IEEE’s future depends on its young professionals—for one thing, they make up more than a third of the membership. That’s why the IEEE Young Professionals group made a concerted effort to be heard by IEEE’s leadership about the need to update offerings to attract and retain younger members. To that end, the group last year developed a three-year business plan. Several of its first-year activities are underway.
In this special report, The Institute examines the group’s efforts and introduces readers to the leadership team that helped shape the business plan. One is IEEE Member Flavia Dinca, who is spearheading the group’s efforts to build a microvolunteering platform to help busy members get more involved in the organization.
Career planning and development are especially valuable to those just starting out, so we offer advice along with IEEE resources that can help. And for those who want to start their own businesses, the organization has launched the N3XT Stars program to assist ventures with engineering-driven innovation at their core.