Monday, October 8, 2012

Employment Networks in your Section

Grant Funding Available to Sections that Start an Employment Network

As a part of a campaign to assist unemployed IEEE members to improve their job search efforts IEEE-USA is again offering up to 20 $500 PACE grants to any IEEE Section in Regions 1-6 that want to start an Employment Network.

In 2011, IEEE-USA awarded 8 grants to IEEE Sections in Regions 1-6 to start Employment Networks. These Sections took on the challenge to start these networks and used their grant award to pay for meeting space, speakers and refreshments to help facilitate networking and information sharing among unemployed IEEE members. If there are members in your Section that need additional help finding employment the Employment Network concept maybe of interest to you.

This effort is part of IEEE’s Region 1 – Region 6 initiative to increase its effort to assist unemployed members. This initiative is to support the establishment of volunteer “Employment Network” within Regions 1-6. These “Employment Networks” should consist of volunteers (mainly members who are either looking for work or seeking new employment) within the existing IEEE Section/Chapter structure for the purpose of enhancing delivery of employment assistance services.

The goal is to simply provide additional employment services to unemployed IEEE members. The network would draw upon IEEE-USA and other IEEE OUs for job search and employment assistance resources to support their job search effort. Participants of the Employment Network would also provide support and guidance to one another (e.g. reviewing resumes, mock interviews, etc.), networking and news of job opportunities. The vision for the Employment Network effort is to provide more intense service to unemployed members by networks meeting 2 to 3 times a month with the meetings designed to:

• Provide an opportunity for members to network with employers to learn about company hiring needs, employment trends and job opportunities.

• Promote and/or deliver IEEE employment-related projects and services (including IEEE-USA employment assistance services) to members in need.

Guidelines for Receiving Grant Funding

There are a few specific guidelines Sections must adhere to so they’re eligible to receive the grant award.

First, to submit the grant application; a Section/applicant must use a Employment Network Project Funding Request Form with the Project Title “Start an Employment Network.” A sample Employment Network Project Funding Request Form can be found in the Employment Network section of the IEEE-USA website. The application should be sent directly to the IEEE-USA Program Manager Daryll Griffin.

Second, the Section must provide initial mentorship of the Employment Network until the group is self functioning. This would include but not limited to initial participation by a Section designate (this person can be listed as a Project Manager in the Employment Network Project Funding Request Form) and follow-up with Employment Network leaders to ascertain the Network’s progress.

Third, the Section must be willing to provide oversight of the grant award.

Fourth, the Section must confirm by email to IEEE-USA Program Manager Daryll Griffin that the Section designate has read the Today’s Engineer story “Employment Networks Can Enhance Your Job Search” and viewed the IEEE-USA archived webinar “How Can Your Section Start an Employment Network?” We also recommend (not required) that Section designate view the webinar “Engineering Collaborative Job Search Strategies: Building a Support Group.”


Grant submissions will be open from October 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012. Grant applications will be reviewed by IEEE-USA Employment Network Grant Review Committee. Awardees will be notified by email on or before November 30, 2012 and full awards will be processed to the Section.


The Awardees through the Section designate will be required to submit 2 follow-up reports to the IEEE-USA Program Manager. A two month report status report will be required from the date of the grant award. Additionally, a six-month status report will be required from the date of grant award.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

IEEE-USA Annual Meeting and Webinars

The annual meeting of IEEE-USA is coming up very quickly - May 3 - May 6, 2012 in Cincinnati, OH.  The final program is posted at  I am on the program to present on Saturday May 5 with Carole Carey tips for conducting successful PACE events.  If you have any suggestions or questions to bring up at this session, please drop me an email. 

I would also like to share the upcoming webinars from IEEE-USA.  At the next one on May 10, you can learn how to succeed with your LinkedIn connections.  The following three feature IEEE-USA's policy advocacy issues.

I am also pleased to announce that Baltimore Section is the first in our region to qualify for the Member Professional Engagement Initiative!  I would like to see the remaining 19 section achieve this status this year!  All that you need to do is to reach 100 or more members in three or more events through professional meetings. 
Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, February 24, 2012

IEEE-USA Member Professional Engagement (MPE) Program

The Professional Activities Committee (PACE) of IEEE-USA has just approved a special $200 incentive program for 2012. Any USA Section that completes and reports three or more PACE events during 2012 is eligible to receive a special $200 bonus payment. The incentive program runs during 2012 only and is limited to the first 100 Sections. All Section payments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The incentive payment is intended to encourage all USA Sections to use IEEE vTools to report all professional activities. The MPE program is in addition to and does not replace the existing USA Regional PACE project funding program.
$200 Rebate Requirements:· A USA Section will receive a one-time direct payment $200 when they complete and report three (or more) successful local professional activity (PACE) events during 2012. · Total attendance (of all events) must exceed 100· It is highly recommended that the event be created and published using vTools.· Each PACE event must be reported using vTools and classified in the “professional” meeting category.· Meetings may use the pre-packaged IEEE-USA modules or a topic of local interest.· Regional PACE Coordinators have the discretion to request Section payments in exceptional circumstances· When the PACE Committee determines that a Section has fulfilled the requirements, the $200 bonus is transferred to the Section’s Concentration Banking account and the Section Chair is notified by email. Sections without IEEE Concentration Banking accounts are strongly encouraged to open one.

The MPE program will be administered by the IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committee. The Committee will audit the vTools meeting database on a quarterly basis to determine which Sections have completed the requirements for the MPE rebate.

Questions regarding the MPE program should be directed to your Regional PACE Coordinator (

Monday, January 16, 2012

Region 2 Summary of PACE Projects for 2011

Eighteen of the twenty sections in Region 2 held and reported PACE activities in 2011 resulting in 90% participation against the aggressive objective of 100%. Financially, Region 2 exceeded the goal of utilizing 100% of the funding from IEEE-USA (with 8.5% additional allocation).

In total, there were 31 projects across the region. Of these, twelve were focused on helping our higher grade members and eight on student members. Seven projects addressed pre-college activities and four were about legislative and policy matters.

Four sections (Baltimore, Columbus, Northern Virginia and Philadelphia) accounted for more than half of the reported projects. All these sections reported three or more projects with Northern Virginia taking the lead at six. Susquehanna and Youngstown sections did not report any PACE projects.

In 2011, we have also established improved communications with section PACE Chairs by implementing channels that include LISTSERV, Facebook group, a Blog, a LinkedIn group and a Twitter feed.

Our objectives for 2012 are:

1. 100% participation of Sections

2. More efficient disbursement of funds to Sections

3. 10% growth in the number of projects

Start sending the 2012 project requests!  Southern New Jersey Section is the first one out of the starting gate.  First Come First Served...

Monday, October 3, 2011

IEEE Region 2 PACE Status Report

As the year-end appears on the horizon, it is time to take stock of how we in Region 2 are doing  in serving our members and the public in 'professional' activities (PACE).
All in all, I am pleased to say that we are doing very well! 75% of our Sections have held at least one PACE event this year.  We desperately need a couple of sections to step up and start planning some events quickly to reach our objective of 100%. We have also done in well in documenting the events held to date with over 90% filing of reports.  We have also approved 82% of available funding for disbursements.  But that should not let you stop from bringing forward any good ideas for PACE events.  We will find the money somewhere!

I also want to provide here the descriptions of the activities to stimulate your thinking on what you can do in your section.  As we all know, there is no need to 'reinvent the wheel'.

Professional Skills Development:
Career Workshop (Philadelphia)
Writing Technical Papers (Cleveland)
PE Licensing (Pittsburgh)
Engineering and Project Management Workshop (Erie)
Effective Communications (Northern Virginia - planned)
High Power Microwave Applications (Central Pennsylvania)
Resume Workshop (Susquehanna)

Public Policy:
Grassroots Advocacy (Pittsburgh)
Patent Reform (Washington, Northern Virginia)
Congressional Visits – SET and Energy Fly-in (Philadelphia)
Section Meeting with Congressman (Southern New Jersey)

Student Activities:
Technical Paper Competitions (West Virginia, Cincinnati, Dayton)
Climate Change Workshop (U of Pittsburgh – Johnstown)
STEP -Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (Baltimore)

Pre-College Activities:
Robotics Competitions (Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Southern New Jersey)
Underwater Robotics (Baltimore)
Teacher –In-Service Program (Lima)
Science Fairs (Northern Virginia, Washington)

Volunteer Leadership Development:
Annual Leadership Workshop (Washington, Northern Virginia)
Region 2 Leadership Workshop (Erie)
IEEE-USA Awareness (Delaware)

Let me know how I can help you....

Friday, August 5, 2011

More IEEE-USA Webinars

You can register for these webinars at  You will also find there archived webinars that have been presented previously.

Find the Job you want in this Turbulent Economy                
12 Aug 2011 2-3 PM ET             John Hoschette
Every engineer needs strong career-planning strategies in order to survive and get ahead in corporate America. This workshop (webinar) is packed with real-world tips supported by actual work experiences and examples. Step-by-step guidance in handling a multitude of career issues is presented and includes course workbook pages to develop a resume, cover letter, a 30-second "commercial" and much more.

Risk Management Series: Application of Risk Management During Project Definition       
17 Aug 2011 12-1 PM ET             Paul Kostek
Starting a new project? This Webinar will address the steps to applying risk management during the project definition steps, i.e. user needs and systems requirements. Whether you work in a regulated industry – medical or aviation – or another industry this Webinar will show how applying risk management can improve project performance by identifying technical and design issues early in the project.

Business Organizations for Engineers                
25 Aug 2011 2-3 PM ET             David Ostfeld
Entrepreneurs are confronted with many issues when they're first starting out. Not only are they working to prefect their product and bring it to market, but entrepreneurs are also faced with deciding what the best business structure is for the companies they're trying to create. This IEEE-USA webinar will explore the different types of organizational structures entrepreneurs can use in starting their businesses. The webinar will examine the pros and cons of these different structures ranging from a "Sole Proprietorship" to a "Limited Liability Company (LLC)" to a "Corporation." Attending this webinar will provide entrepreneurs with valuable information that will give them a leg up on starting their business.

IEEE Job Site Career Webinar: Vestas Graduate Programme                
14 Sep 2011 10 AM EST (17:00 CET)             Vestas
Vestas Systems A/S -- the No. 1 global manufacturer, seller, installer and servicer of wind turbines -- will discuss how recent graduates, students, grad students, and young professionals with one to two years work experience -- all of whom hold a 3.5 GPA and has a Master's Degree or are/will be studying to obtain one -- can join the Vestas Graduate Programme.

Risk Management Series: Risk Management Standards and Decision-making               
 21 Sep 2011 2-3 PM ET             Ed Perkins
This webinar will discuss risk management, provide an overview of some of the risk domains and the risk standards that have been or are being developed, and present options for attendees on how they can apply risk management and risk-based decision-making in their careers.

A Voyage into Entrepreneurship and to the International Space Station               
 28 Sep 2011 2-3 PM ET             Dr. Gregory H. Olsen
Dr. Gregory H. Olsen will conduct this webinar about his experiences as an entrepreneur and scientist, and how the two interests have intersected to enrich his life. Most remember Dr. Olsen when, in October 2005, he became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip into space. Dr. Olsen has also distinguished himself by co-founding companies, and is currently presiding as President of GHO Ventures, LLC, where he manages his angel investments. Please join us for this most interesting discussion where you will learn some of the dos and don'ts of entrepreneurship and hear how Dr. Olsen's accomplishments led him into space.

Risk Management Series: Enterprise Risk Management and Information System Security                
19 Oct 2011 12-1 PM ET             Peter Malpass, FAA
This webinar discusses enterprise risk management and its dovetail with other risk management approaches, particularly information system security (ISS). It provides an overview of how risk management works and some business / public service value and specific-discipline models to ensure coverage of risk domains. It introduces how enterprise and ISS risk management can interleave to the benefit of both. The webinar also provides ideas on how to sell and implement risk management at work.

Risk Management Series: Lean/Six Sigma and Risk Reduction                
16 Nov 2011 2-3 PM ET             Adina Suciu, Adav LLC
This webinar will discuss the Lean Six Sigma methodologies and their synergy with Risk Management. It covers the fundamental areas of the Lean Six Sigma, addressing both the concepts and approaches and how they apply to Risk Management. The course provides an opportunity for participants to fine tune their understanding and application skills through a structured review of the key topics, class discussions, exercises, and practice questions.

Risk Management Series: Risk-based Metrics for Software System Design, Development and Test               
14 Dec 2011 12-1 PM ET             Jeffrey Voas, NIST
This webinar will introduce a variety of factors that if left unaddressed increase the risk of undesirable system behavior, including reliability, security, privacy, performance, fault tolerance, resilience, availability, sustainability and maintainability. In the context of these desirable attributes, we will also discuss how vulnerabilities, threats, weakness, defects, and exploits greatly reduce the ability to ensure acceptable system behavior. We will do so by examining the financial and technical trade-offs of these factors that must be considered in order to move from unacceptable risk to tolerable risk.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

IEEE-USA Career Webinars

Don't miss these!
Register at
Engineering — The View From Here      
09 June 2011, 2-3 PM             Reece Lumsden
In this one-hour webinar, Reece Lumsden offers frank guidance on navigating the early years of your engineering career through a combination of personal accounts and meticulously researched facts. Written in an open and conversational style that is action oriented and easy to understand, Reece approaches engineering holistically and from a variety of vantage points rather than through a single, technically focused myopia.

The Upside of Being Downsized     
23 June 2011, 2-3 PM             Diane Young
If you have been downsized or fear that you may be, then you will want to attend this informative and thought-provoking webinar. Career coach Diane Young will present ways to turn a challenge into an opportunity by changing your outlook. She will discuss how you can set and achieve goals, and also provide examples of how to survive and thrive in a down economy.

Beyond Job Satisfaction     
30 June 2011, 2-3 PM             Nigel Bristow
Given the uncertainties and challenges created by the global economy, career planning has become more—not less—important. Yet, most people continue to spend more time planning their vacations than they do their careers. Whatever your career needs, the Beyond Job Satisfaction webinar will help you prioritize them and then develop a roadmap for getting you to where you want to go.

Find the Job you want in this Turbulent Economy        
12 August 2011, 2-3 PM             John Hoschette
Every engineer needs strong career-planning strategies in order to survive and get ahead in corporate America. This workshop (webinar) is packed with real-world tips supported by actual work experiences and examples. Step-by-step guidance in handling a multitude of career issues is presented and includes course workbook pages to develop a resume, cover letter, a 30-second "commercial" and much more.