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Sep 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Blind Adventure

Erik Weihenmayer and others with disabilities prove that with spirit, courage and determination, disabilities and set-backs can be overcome.

Sep 14 | NCEES Staff

Licensure Update: NCEES Approves Revised Approach to Education Initiative

The U.S. engineering and surveying licensing boards that make up NCEES have voted to modify the approach to requiring additional education for initial engineering licensure by removing specific language in the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules, originally intended to be effective in 2020.

Sep 14 | Elizabeth Lions

Five Mistakes Leaders Make When Hiring

If you are responsible for hiring at your company, you should never start a recruitment campaign without a plan. Here are five mistakes to avoid next time you're looking to fill a position.

Sep 14 | Michael Shur

Opinion: We, Gray Americans

For generations, we have struggled to overcome racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, and we are better and richer for the progress we have made. But are we doing enough to fight discrimination against another “protected” and growing class — senior Americans?

Sep 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Bombarded by Messages

We’re constantly bombarded by messages — by some credible accounts, more than 3,000 a day. Too often, we're so overwhelmed by the number of messages that come at us that we just glaze over. We expect that work-related messages and information will get a higher priority, but even if that’s the case, there’s still a noise level surrounding us all the time that even the worthiest business communication struggles to surmount…

Sep 14 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Case for Aptitude Testing

Aptitude tests were once widely used in K-12 grades to help provoke an interest in an area that a student was previously unaware — ultimately, steering him or her toward a challenging educational path and a rewarding career. What is their role in today's STEM education programs?

Aug 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Communicating When We’re Annoyed

Think how much better our communication with our colleagues would be if we somehow managed not to be angry and stressed-out, even (especially!) during controversy or crises.

Aug 14 | John Platt

Why Copyright Still Matters to Today's Tech Pros

In today's patent-centric world of open-source this and peer-sharing that, copyright seems to get overlooked. Still, the big © of copyright continues to play a vitally important role in high-tech industries, not just for big companies but also for individual engineers and technology professionals.

Jul 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Mindfulness and Messaging

Mindfulness is a practice that’s gaining popularity with psychologists, leadership consultants, educators, and communication specialists. So what is it exactly?

Jul 14 | John Platt

Career Focus: Tips for Effective Skype Job Interviews

More and more job interviews these days are being conducted over video chatting services, which can be either great or terrifying (or both). Here are some tips for nailing that Skype interview.

Jun 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Virtual Meetings Made Better

Whether you’re leading a virtual meeting or participating in one, recognize that virtual meetings have shortcomings, and that it’s up to you to compensate for them with creativity and leadership.

Jun 14 | Elizabeth Lions

Management Briefs: Avoid Incurring the Costs of a Bad Hire

Hiring a new employee is like changing your vehicle's oil in the driveway. You don't want to do it, but if you do it right, you’ll save time and money. Get it wrong, and it may cost more than you think.

Jun 14 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Engineers, Inventing Ourselves Out of Work?

Until the 1970s, engineers, along with management, were seen as the perpetrators of technological unemployment, never the victims. Has that changed today?

Jun 14 | Christopher Reed

Fellow's Journal: Congress Wants, Needs and Gladly Accepts the Help of IEEE-USA Congressional Fellows

When Christopher Reed became an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, it was because he was convinced that Congress needed input from engineers, and that he could be one source of that input. Turns out, he was right.

Jun 14 | Julia Williams, Ph.D.

PCS President's Blog: What Works in the Workplace? Communication Competence and Technical Skills

There has been a lot of conversation and consternation around one important issue: how can we best prepare college students for the world of work?

Jun 14 | John Platt

Career Focus: Quality Assurance Engineering

While you can’t get up in the morning and stride into work determined, henceforth, to be more influential, you can decide to adopt the communication practices and ways of interacting with others that will help you become an influential person.

Jun 14 | Michael Behnke, P.E.

Recap of the April 2014 Electrical & Computer PE Exam Results

NCEES has released results from the April 2014 administration of the three Electrical & Computer PE examinations (power, computer and electrical and electronics) to its member boards.

May 14 | Mitchell A. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E.

Licensure and Certification: Two Different Forms of Professional Credentials

Professional credentials can come in many forms including experience, education, licensure, and certification. While experience and education are self-explanatory, licensure and certification's differences are not as clear.

May 14 | John Platt

Career Focus: How to Get Started as a Consultant

Are you thinking about going out on your own and becoming a consultant? Don't rush the decision: there are several things you should consider first.

May 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: How Influential People Communicate

While you can’t get up in the morning and stride into work determined, henceforth, to be more influential, you can decide to adopt the communication practices and ways of interacting with others that will help you become an influential person.

May 14 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Books, Books, Books

Don Christiansen likes books. Most of the rooms in his home are covered with bookshelves, many of them floor to ceiling. Most of his books are nonfiction — more than half of them STEM-related. But with experts predicting the demise of printed books, what will happen to these treasure troves of information and history?

May 14 | Karen Panetta, Ph.D.

Advancing Technology for Humanity: How Did I Get Here?

This was the question IEEE-USA Vice President of Communications Karen Panetta was asking herself as she found herself in an elevator going up to a penthouse suite in a posh New York City hotel to meet the President of Malawi, Her Excellency, Joyce Banda.

May 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Study Explores Why Men & Women Stay in Engineering

IEEE-USA has joined several engineering societies in supporting a first of its kind study designed to systematically document what engineers enjoy most (and least) about their jobs, workplaces, and ultimately, the engineering profession.

May 14 | Debra Feldman

How to Launch a Productive Job Search or Invigorate a Stagnant Campaign

Rethinking your job search as a project with a specific goal, measurable objectives and discreet milestones, and a plan that minimizes risks will produce far better results than leaving the process of finding a new job to chance.

May 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: An Interesting Second Career

Becoming a personal trainer after retirement is an interesting and rewarding option, especially for engineers and technology professionals, who bring with them a host of skills that can benefit both the trainee and the trainer.

Apr 14 | John Platt

The Internet of Things: The Next Big Thing for Technology Careers

Connected devices will provide opportunities in almost every field, but only if the right high-tech employees are in place.

Apr 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: The Secrets of Human Behavior

Whether you're a team lead/project lead, a manager, a project manager, or just someone who'd like to have better relationships with your colleagues and teammates, try looking for answers about human behavior in the pages of fiction. And take a close, unhurried read. This isn't a quick fix, but it's not a tedious one either because, while you're at it, you can enjoy the story.

Apr 14 | Helen Horwitz

Roads Less Traveled: How Eight Professionals Used Technology as Career Superhighways

Many professionals use their technical degrees as a solid foundation for a satisfying career doing something else. Recent interviews with eight successful people, most of them IEEE members, demonstrate this winning combination: a strong set of technical skills plus a passion for the work at hand.

Apr 14 | John Meredith

Become an ABET Program Evaluator: An Exciting and Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity

Accreditation work is an exciting and rewarding activity conducted by volunteer accreditation teams. ABET, in concert with its member societies, is constantly recruiting volunteers who are interested in furthering the profession through the accreditation process. Find out if this volunteering opportunity is for you.

Apr 14 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA Releases First in a Series of E-Books on Women in Engineering

Although women make up about half of the world’s population, they are woefully under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations. This and other issues are covered in IEEE-USA's new E-Book, Women in Engineering — Book 1 (Volume 1): Inspire and Close the Gender Gap.

Mar 14 | Terrance Malkinson and Chuan He

World Bytes: Olympics Wrap-Up

Athletes, coaches and people everywhere, including non-athletes are the beneficiaries of the creativity and innovation of sports and engineering professionals from whose work emerge on a daily basis new knowledge.

Mar 14 | John Platt

Career Focus: Biometrics

Looking for an industry that's about to expand rapidly? Keep your eye on biometrics (while it keeps an eye on your iris).

Mar 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: How Can You Tell They’re Getting It?

Despite our best efforts to be precise, clear, direct, and unambiguous, "lost-in-translation" moments are all too common. So, how can you improve the chances of your messages getting through?

Mar 14 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Data Viz

Engineers have always been challenged to transform their data into a visually accessible format, whether it be with simple graphs and bar charts or something more complex. We have not always done this successfully.

Mar 14 | Change the Equation

Engineering Emergency: African Americans and Hispanics Lack Pathways to Engineering

Fifty years after Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, far too many Americans still lack opportunities to join the middle class, especially Americans of color.

Mar 14 | Helen Hall

IEEE-USA Offers Career-Focused Webinars in 2014

IEEE-USA 2014 webinar slate begins with two useful webinars — the first for for entrepreneurs and the second for software engineers interested in pursuing the path to professional licensure.

Mar 14 | Congressional Research Service

Adequacy of the U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce

The adequacy of the U.S. science and engineering workforce has been an ongoing concern of Congress for more than 60 years.

Feb 14 | Chris McManes

Discover Engineering Family Day Scales New Heights

Want to see an engineer soar to the top of the National Building Museum? Then you need to come to Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, 22 February.

Feb 14 | Phillip Laplante, Ph.D., P.E., CSDP

Misconceptions About Licensing Software Engineers

A dialogue about the merits of licensing and its requirements is healthy, but many of the comments reflect persistent misconceptions.

Feb 14 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: Quick and Nimble

A review of Adam Bryant's Quick and Nimble, based on interviews with more than two hundred of the world's most innovative CEOs on their insights on building and fostering high-performing, innovative corporate cultures.

Feb 14 | John Platt

Get the Most Out of Professional Development Opportunities

Working in high-tech fields requires employees to maintain a constant influx of new information and skills. Are you prepared to make the right education choices to maximize your professional development?

Feb 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Stop Wasting Your Readers' Time

If the only action that your writing elicits from readers is a yawn or the glazing of eyes, you might benefit from these tips and techniques for optimizing your readers' experience.

Feb 14 | NCEES

NCEES Launches Computer-Based Testing

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exams have fully transitioned to computer-based testing and are now administered exclusively at approved Pearson VUE test centers.

Feb 14 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Remember Heathkits?

When Don Christiansen recently learned that Heathkit was hoping to stage a comeback as a purveyor of do-it-yourself electronic kits, he was transported to the 1950s and his own experience in building early Heathkits.

Feb 14 | Debra Feldman

Combine the Hunter’s Instinct with a Farmer’s Mentality for Job Search Success

A successful job search requires a combination of both the hunter’s instinct for finding prey and the farmer’s planning and patience.

Jan 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Measure of a Person

The beginning of a new year provides us all with the opportunity to reflect on who we are, where we are going, strategies to realize our dreams, and perhaps to think about our legacy to the world.

Jan 14 | John Platt

IEEE-USA Board of Directors Has Big Plans for 2014

Gary Blank feels a swell of emotion when he thinks about his new job as 2014 IEEE-USA President. "When this organization was formed about 130 years ago, 14 members stepped forward. When I look back at the names, including Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, I get goose bumps." Blank and the rest of the 2014 IEEE-USA Board of Directors share some of their plans for IEEE-USA during the coming year.

Jan 14 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Surprisingly Powerful Punctuation

One of the things that makes engineers good at their jobs is their love of certainty and their determination to find an answer—the right answer to whatever the problem is. As you have no doubt noticed, communication isn’t like that. Instead of one right answer, there are many.

Jan 14 | Gary Hinkel

Engineering Leadership Lessons from Japan

Toyota’s ongoing success is often attributed to their legendary quality and manufacturing systems. Another important element that doesn’t get as much attention is the role of Toyota’s Chief Engineers.

Dec 13 | Gary Perman

Your Top Employee Just Quit! Now What?

Managers should be prepared to move on after losing a star employee. It's not the end of the world, and good can come from it — if you make the right moves.

Dec 13 | Debra Feldman

12 Steps to Networking Purposefully

In the world of networking, not all contacts are equally valuable. Not every interaction is immediately rewarding. Increasing the value of each networking interaction for both parties improves job search efficiency and effectiveness.

Dec 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Reflections on Turning 65

Terry Malkinson reflects on hitting 65, and shares some of the wisdom he's garnered along the way.

Dec 13 | John Platt

Talking Technology with Non-Technical Audiences

Engineers communicating with the general public, the media and government officials should think beyond the facts to find the interesting stories about their work.

Dec 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: The Most Important People in the Room

People are more afraid of public speaking than they are of dying. If you're one of those people, you may never be entirely comfortable speaking in front of an audience, but there are ways to become more comfortable and consistent.

Nov 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Science in Trouble?

The cover story of a recent issue of The Economist focuses on an analysis of the current state of the conduct of science research. Is the research endeavor in trouble?

Nov 13 | Dan Donahoe

Opinion: Why Do Managers Believe a Skills Gap Exists?

Why do some company managers and recruiters claim there is a shortage of technical talent, while many experienced engineers claim there is a labor glut? As the very contradiction suggests, we suffer from distortions of the labor market that seem to confuse everyone.

Nov 13 | Gary Hinkle

Egos in Action: My Idea is Way Better Than Yours!

We all know someone who dominates meetings and shouts down others' ideas. Even if his ideas are the best, chances are they're not going to get off the ground because of the backlash. You can help him get his ego in check...even if he is you.

Nov 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Expedite Your Email

You get zillions of emails a day, and it's not possible to get back to everyone as quickly as they want you to. Not to mention that sometimes hard to tell what the email sender wants. So how do you make sure that your emails are prompt, concise and to the point?

Oct 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Blowing It: When Leaders Bungle Communication

Many of us have lived through botched presentations, everything from delivering unwelcome news to introducing change no one really wants. But aside from the fact that they can be boring downers, few people think about the aftereffects of terrible presentations. There are some, and they shouldn’t be overlooked.

Oct 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Keep Your Job: Improve Your Phone and Letter-Writing Skills

While employers are impressed with younger employees' skills with electronic communication technologies, they are becoming increasingly concerned over those same employees' unwillingness (or inability) to use the telephone or draft well-written letters.

Oct 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

New Way to Access the IEEE-USA Consultants Database

If you join IEEE or renew your membership, you will also be able to purchase an annual subscription to the IEEE-USA Consultants Database.

Oct 13 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Six Steps to a New Job Offer

Success in today’s job market is less about getting a resume to “hit” and more about cultivating productive, mutually rewarding relationships to source job leads. Here are six ways to start building invaluable career insurance while seeking a new job.

Oct 13 | Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D.

Opinion: The Future Jobs Imperative

In September 2013, more than 30 million Americans were underemployed or had dropped out of the U.S. labor market. Yet, roughly 7.1 million mainly STEM-related jobs were vacant across the U.S. economy. How do we prepare U.S. workers to fill these jobs?

Sep 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Communicating to Managers: Prepare and Be Confident

Communicating with executives, whether it's a presentation, an email or a status report, can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn't have to be. Preparing yourself ahead of time will alleviate anxiety and give you the confidence you need to get what you need and satisfy management.

Sep 13 | Gordon W. Day

21st Century Engineering

The technical and economic challenges we face as 21st Century Engineers are significant, but solving difficult technical problems within economic constraints is what engineers have always done.

Sep 13 | Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

Thinking Inside the Box to Boost Creativity

Traditionally, creativity is viewed as an unstructured process that doesn't follow rules or patterns. We're conditioned to think outside the box to be truly original. Find out why we may be more creative when we constrain our thinking, inside the box, following a set of patterns to regulate and channel our thinking.

Sep 13 | David L. Whitman

Licensure Update: Wyoming Recognizes Value of Ph.D.

The NCEES Model Rules has, for a long time, allowed the waiver of the FE exam for those with an earned engineering doctoral degree. Wyoming is the first state to also waive the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam for individuals with qualified earned doctoral degrees.

Sep 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Where are the Tech Jobs?

With some careers, people can find jobs just about anywhere they move, but that isn't always the case for technology professionals. The same engineering or programming jobs that exist in Boston may not be available in Sheboygan. So, what is the best metro area for technology employment? That may depend on your definition of the word "best."

Aug 13 | Gary Hinkle

What Keeps Engineers from Advancing in Their Careers?

Some engineers think "going beyond” means making ingenious technical contributions. But there’s something else an engineering business needs on a day-to-day basis: business acumen.

Aug 13 | Terrance Malkinson

Opinion: Career and Life Success with Recreation

Health and wellness contribute to quality of life, improve personal and career success, reduce the risk of disease, and result in health care cost savings.

Aug 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: An Easy Secret for Better Writing

Writing is not a skill that comes easily to everyone. If you're looking for a proven way to become a better writer, the answer may be far more obvious — and enjoyable — than you might suspect.

Aug 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Upskilling for Career Advancement

More and more of today's technology professionals are embracing training and development as the best way to improve their careers. The workforce industry has a buzzword for this self-improvement trend: upskilling

Jul 13 | Phillip Laplante, Ph.D., P.E., CSDP

Licensure and Registration Update

A brief look at the results of the first-ever PE Exam for software engineers, as well as the results from the April electrical and computer engineering (ECE) PE exam and the FE exam for electrical engineers. Also an update on a special NCEES task force's review of licensure exemptions.

Jul 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: The Big Data Job Boom

The massive increase in the amount of data — and the speed and variety at which it is produced — has driven a similarly massive need for big data professionals. But getting the right people to fill that demand will be a challenge, according to experts.

Jul 13 | Debra Feldman

Reputation 3.0: You Are Who Google Says You Are

Your reputation does precede you. To stay relevant, whether you are actively seeking a new position or just gauging the market, you must actively manage your online image.

Jul 13 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Robots Galore

Earlier this year, Don Christiansen attended his first FIRST Robotics Competition hosted at Hofstra University where Students from 50 high schools competed in a rock concert-like atmosphere to try to move on to the finals. He came away inspired.

Jul 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: We're Terrible Listeners -- And Here's Why

Being a good listener is a difficult skill to master. But rather than pretending to be interested in what someone else is saying, or simply waiting until he is done talking, what if we tried something different?

Jun 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Ugh, Another Meeting

You look at your calendar, and today it's one meeting after another. Project status, design review, staff meeting, a process change discussion, and a problem review meeting. You wonder when you'll find time for a bathroom break.

Jun 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Cybersecurity Careers – An International Priority

The massive growth in hacking and other forms of cybercrime over the past few years have created a similarly massive need for professionals trained in cybersecurity. Unfortunately, the demand far outstrips the supply.

May 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: What Makes a Good STEM Mentor?

Many people succeed without mentors, but for others, mentorship can play an important role not just in career success but also in how satisfied they are in their profession. The effects of mentorship are far-reaching, and it's not only the people being mentored who benefit.

May 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: The Urge to Converge

When a designer starts on a new product or an artist begins a new painting, they are doing the same thing: diverging. It's an essential part of the creative process. So how can you avoid the urge to forego this part of process in your own work?

May 13 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Silicon Valley: After Hours

Don Christiansen recalls the Silicon Valley culture of the 1960s, when Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore launched Fairchild Semiconductor, which itself spawned dozens of spinoffs.

May 13 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Be the Employer’s First Choice Candidate

Old job search methods have been superseded by social networking and employee connections as more effective techniques for landing a new job.

May 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Boston

The discovery and apprehension of those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings demonstrates clearly and sends a strong message to others that advancements in engineering and technology, many by IEEE members, are making it very difficult for perpetrators of harmful acts to escape.

Apr 13 | Debra Feldman

How to Get the Job Even if You are Not the Ideal Candidate

In the hiring authority’s mind, the perfect candidate is someone completely matching his wish list. However, the perfect employee may not be the perfect candidate.

Apr 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Dicey Conversations

We find ourselves in tricky conversations at work more often than we’d like. When you know they’re coming—and you often do—remember to plan, practice and, when the news is bad, get right to it.

Apr 13 | Alexander B. Magoun, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: Edwin Moses and the Engineering of World Records

When you come across a list of famous people who are engineers, one name you might not see is Edwin Moses, who used his training in engineering and related disciplines to turn himself into one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.

Apr 13 | Karen Purcell

Opinion: We Can STEM the Gender Gap

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is about critical thinking and taking risks in order to unveil knowledge; it is about learning all we can. Leveling the playing field will help crush the social stigma that says STEM careers are for boys only.

Apr 13 | Elizabeth Lions

Don't Lose Them — Retention is Important

Current data point to an impending summer of discontent among U.S. workers, who may begin leaving their employers en masse if retention strategies aren't put in place.

Apr 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: The Importance of STEM Diversity

More than half of the employees in STEM professions today are white males. Experts say that will need to change. Diversifying the STEM workforce will not only ensure that there are enough talented employees to fill tomorrow's job openings, it will also drive innovation, sales and profits.

Mar 13 | Helen Horwitz

Championing Small Business: An Interview with Dr. Winslow Sargeant

TE sits down with the man in charge of advocating on behalf of small business owners around the country.

Mar 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Power of Introverts

An estimated one-third to one-half of the population have introverted personalities, so it would be a mistake to overlook them.

Mar 13 | Harry Moser and Millar Kelley

The Reshoring Trend is Good for Engineers and America

These are exciting times for the rebounding U.S. industrial base, as well as the engineers and technology professionals who make it possible.

Mar 13 | Jane Chu Prey, National Science Foundation AND Alfred C. (Alf) Weaver, University of Virginia

Fostering Gender Diversity in Computing

Computing and IT are among the fastest growing U.S. industries. Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will be critical to meeting future demands in these professions.

Mar 13 | Elizabeth Lions

Nailing Your Performance Review Won't Guarantee You a Raise

Some believe that if they work hard and do well on their annual performance review, a raise is sure to come. That's not always the case, though. Sometimes you've got to ask.

Mar 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Practice Makes Better

Practicing can go a long way towards helping technical presenters connect with their audience so they are not only prepared, but fascinating.

Mar 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Intelligent Transportation Careers Speed Ahead

Although fully autonomous and automated vehicles are still many years away — the recent Google "self-driving" car notwithstanding — the intelligent transportation field is growing rapidly. A study published last year predicted that the market for intelligent transportation technologies would grow to $24.75 billion in 2017. That's just the beginning for an industry that is expected to eventually revolutionize nearly all travel.

Mar 13 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Sci-Fi: Chicken or Egg?

Do science-fiction writers get their ideas from scientists or do scientists benefit from the writings of science-fiction authors?

Feb 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: What is 'Winning Gold,' Really?

There is no such thing as victory without honesty, integrity, compassion and respect for others.

Feb 13 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: What Will Happen (or Not) in 2023

Don Christiansen tries his hand at this speculative art of predicting the future.

Feb 13 | Daryll Griffin

IEEE Members Can Join National Consultants Network

IEEE members who are consultants can now network via the IEEE Consultants Network.

Feb 13 | Elizabeth Lions

Five Ways to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

Even if you're just testing the market to gauge your value, you don't want your boss to know you're looking.

Feb 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Dangerous Assumptions

What's wrong with saying nothing, if you have no more to say? Plenty. It leaves too many unanswered questions.

Feb 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Software Engineering Careers Continue to Boom

What a difference two years makes. When Today's Engineer last looked at software engineering careers in March 2011, the industry was as hot as hot could be. Twenty-three months, later software engineering is even hotter, with more demand for talented professionals than ever, and nowhere close to enough people to fill all of the open positions.

Jan 13 | David Bakke

7 Tips for Recent College Grads

High unemployment, student loans, finding housing and managing finances can cause headaches from the moment you receive your diploma. However, with a little planning and a lot of ambition and diligence, you can do it.

Jan 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Hey, Governor

How can we succeed in a world of constant change and unpredictability, in which we seem to be less and less in control?

Jan 13 | John Platt

Career Focus: Semiconductors

Statistically speaking, quite a few of the people reading this article are probably doing so on new tablet computers that they picked up or received over the holidays. Those tablets — which didn't exist just a few years ago — would not be possible without the semiconductor industry. At the same time, the growth of the modern semiconductor industry has been fueled by the rapid development of new technologies — tablets, smartphones, and hundreds of other connected devices — that can be found in almost every facet of our daily lives.

Jan 13 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: The Inexact Science of Persuasion

Business communication is often aimed at persuading others to do something they haven't thought of or haven't wanted to, persuading them a different way is better, overdue, more efficient, or simply the right thing to do.

Jan 13 | Debra Feldman

Five Ways to Network Purposefully to Create Lifetime "Career Insurance"

Create career insurance by networking purposefully with those who have access to the job leads you need and must know about first.

Jan 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Reshoring and the Resurgence of U.S. High-Tech Manufacturing

In what many are hoping is a lasting trend, more and more American businesses are bringing manufacturing jobs back from places like China, Mexico and Central America — and more importantly, high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs.

Jan 13 | David Pietrocola

Service and Personal Robotics Industry Takes Off

Robotics technology is capable of turning into really great products and successful businesses today, and not just for military and assembly line applications, which also means a growing industry for thousands of IEEE members in software, hardware, battery technology, and control systems.

Jan 13 | Rodney R. Sweetland, III, and Michael G. McManus

A Survey of IEEE Standards in Patent Litigation

IEEE's standards have a major impact in litigation. Accordingly, inferences can be made about technological trends in litigation by the frequency with which IEEE standards appear in reported decisions. Here is a high-level survey of decisions in which IEEE standards have been at issue.

Dec 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Nuclear Engineering

Engineering fields don't get much hotter than nuclear engineering. The field boasts the second-highest median salary for all engineering occupations: $99,920 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also predicts a 10% growth rate for employment through the end of the decade, one of the higher rates in engineering.

Dec 12 | Debra Feldman

2012 Holiday Networking for Both Candidates and Hiring Managers

What makes the holiday season such an opportune time for networking, and how can you leverage this holiday season to your personal advantage?

Dec 12 | Karen D. Hickey

EEs Help Power the Steel Industry

A single steel plant can consume as much electricity as a large city. But there are people behind that power, and those people are electrical engineers. Are you suited for a job in the steel industry?

Dec 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: When an EE is Powerless

Most EEs spend their careers concerned with, in one way or another, the travels of the electron. When we are dumped unceremoniously into a situation where the electron is absent without leave, we do not react happily.

Dec 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Workplace Bullying

Bullying ― either by management or by employees ― is never acceptable.

Dec 12 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: The Overlooked Stepchild of Communication Family

When we talk about communication skills, we usually mean writing and speaking. But there’s more to communicating ...

Nov 12 | Gunther Karger

Op-Ed: Let's Match Education to What Industry Needs

This op-ed kicks off a series of articles on ideas and specific ways to not only survive and flourish in the new world such as it has become, but to also find new and exciting opportunities.

Nov 12 | Jim Anderson

Even IT Managers Need Mentors

Even the best IT managers can benefit from the wisdom of a mentor. If you haven't already done so, regardless of what stage of your management career you're in, perhaps it’s time for you to go out and find a mentor.

Nov 12 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: What Can Weather Emergencies Teach Us About Job Hunting?

Even when the timing is uncertain, anticipation and planning improves the ability to effectively cope with emergencies like a natural storm — or a career crisis.

Nov 12 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Presentation Anxiety

In engineering and tech jobs, there seems to be no end of opportunities to present in front of a group. So, what do you do if you're one of the many who are anxious about public speaking?

Nov 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: 128,100 Feet

 

Nov 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Careers in Nuclear Energy

The nuclear energy industry is in the middle of a crisis: a substantial percentage of the employees working in the field are poised on the cusp of retirement age. That means the industry is in a hiring phase like we have not seen for decades. The U.S. nuclear energy industry today employs more than 100,000 people. Only about 10 percent of those employees are engineers, but that still translates to a lot of jobs for electrical, power, mechanical, computer and nuclear engineers.

Oct 12 | Phil Laplante, CSDP, P.E., Ph.D.

IEEE-USA Offers Study Guide for Software Engineering Licensure Exam

The Principles & Practice of Software Engineering Examination (also known as the “Software PE Exam”), was recently completed and will be offered in at least 10 states in April 2013. IEEE-USA is offering an exam preparation guide to help individuals prepare for the exam.

Oct 12 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Free E-Book for IEEE Members: Writing for Success—An Engineer’s Guide, Volume 1

In October, IEEE-USA is offering Writing for Success—An Engineer’s Guide, Volume 1: Designing for Success free to IEEE members.

Oct 12 | Elizabeth Lions

Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

Like eating vegetables, we all know we need to be online and have a professional presence, but it gets confusing when it come to content, frequency and engagement.

Oct 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Defense Industry STEM Jobs

A new report looks at the future of STEM employment in the Department of Defense and sees both shortfalls and opportunities.

Oct 12 | Donal Christiansen

Backscatter: Designing Museum Pieces

Just think of all the important artifacts that engineers have contributed to museums. Not intentionally, of course. It’s just that we keep developing new products that make the previous ones obsolete.

Oct 12 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: Dare to Write Well

If you’re thinking that dense, clunky, noun-laden, predictable language is what business readers expect and therefore you’d better stick to this terrible norm, keep something else in mind: a great deal of business writing goes unread. Dare to make your writing readable.

Oct 12 | Debra Feldman

What You Need to Know About the Hidden Job Market

If you have been looking for a new executive position or have been an executive job seeker during the past few years, you have probably heard about the hidden (or unadvertised) job market. Here's a brief primer on what you need to know about breaking into it.

Oct 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: My Rudy Moment

 

Sep 12 | Rias J. van Wyk

Technology Pioneering

As the technological landscape grows and diversifies, we must increase its benefits and lessen its negative impacts. To that end, Rias van Wyk sees a need for technology pioneering, which can be advanced by employing MOT processes together with appropriate technology maps.

Sep 12 | Gary C. Hinkle

Why Don't Engineering and Marketing Get Along?

When project requirements are a moving target, or they’re poorly defined, engineering work becomes even more difficult. It’s easy to point fingers at marketing as the problem. Of course, it’s just as easy for marketing to point fingers at engineering.

Sep 12 | Susan de la Vergne

Cogent Communicator: What Are Slides For?

Slides with visual depictions of information are necessary to support technical presentations. The trouble is, that’s not all we ask slides to do.

Sep 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Contract Engineering Jobs

More and more engineers today are opting not for full-time jobs but a series of high-paying, highly skilled contract jobs that last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

Sep 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Man on the Moon

 

Aug 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

 

Aug 12 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: What You Need to Know to Find a New Position in Today’s Job Market

Anyone, whether a recent graduate or a seasoned professional who has spent a short time searching for a job, has noticed that it is a buyer’s or an employer’s market today. If ever there was a time to approach job hunting from the perspective of very choosey hiring authorities, now is when this point of view is appropriate.

Aug 12 | Susan de la Vergne

Efficient Executive Summaries

Whether you’re speaking to execs or writing for them, consider your audience. What should you keep in mind as you prepare your “Executive Summary”? In general, executives are busy. For that reason alone, they’re likely impatient. That’s a challenge, of course, but there’s an upside: the best execs focus well and pay attention to you fully in the time they’re with you. They give you their complete attention just long enough (1) to get what they need and (2) to help you if you need it and if they can.

Aug 12 | John Platt

Every Engineer is a Green Engineer

Yes, it's true, some American solar and wind-energy jobs have moved overseas — and more might follow — but there are still plenty of opportunities for engineers who want to be "green" or eco-friendly. In fact, being green might already be an essential part of your job no matter what industry you work in.

Feb 12 | Chris McManes

Electric Vehicles the Focus of Upcoming IEEE Conference in South Carolina

The recent IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference featured a number of paper and panel sessions on electric vehicles. It offered a preview of what to expect at the upcoming IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference.

Feb 12 | George F. McClure

Outlook 2012

As in past years, Today's Engineer provides an outlook in eight areas of significant importance to the U.S. endeavor: technology, energy, climate change, work force, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economy.

Feb 12 | Chris Brantley

The Heilmeier Catechism

IEEE Fellow and 2012 Draper Prize recipient Dr. George Heilmeier is most recently known for his role in developing LCD technology. But during his long career in the U.S. Department of Defense and DARPA, TI, Bellcore/Telcordia, and SAIC, Heilmeier made an indelible mark as an Research and Development manager, and for his famous checklist.

Feb 12 | Debra Feldman

Four Steps to Becoming an Expert and Purposeful Networker

Networking is more of an art than a science, blending communication and interpersonal skills. If you weren't blessed with the networking gene, it’s a skill you can — and need to — develop.

Feb 12 | John Platt

The Real Steel: Robotics Careers Ready to Boom

Do you have a robot in your home or office yet? If not, you probably will soon. The robotics industry is in a major growth mode, not only in terms of sales, but also in size. At the same time, it is also creating growth around itself. According to a November 2011 report from the market research firm Metra Martech, the robotics industry will create one million new jobs over the next five years.

Feb 12 | Bob Bruninga

Electric Vehicle Charging at Work

American driving habits are based on a century of fossil fuel powered vehicles and gas tanks, which has created misunderstandings about electric vehicles (EVs). The gas-tank, with its run-until-empty and then fill-to-full-at-a-public-gas-station SOP, is not how EVs are used.

Jan 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Good Jobs: A National Imperative

If you thought that you were on a fast-moving roller-coaster in 2011; tighten up your seatbelt as all indications are that change, uncertainty and unpredictable events will continue through 2012 and well beyond.

Jan 12 | Debra Feldman

Effective Job Search: Don’t Apply, Get Recommended

Internal sourcing and word-of-mouth referrals dominate how today's jobs are filled, meaning that job seekers can no longer rely solely on resume submissions to find a new job. Candidates who come recommended are more likely to become a new hire.

Jan 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Non-Engineering Careers for Engineers

Not everyone who gets an engineering degree or who starts their career as an engineer spends their whole life working as an engineer. But while those who move on may leave behind their hands-on daily exposure to semiconductors or energy systems or software, the education and experience these people received often remains valuable to them through the rest of their careers.

Dec 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Another Year

Another year is drawing to a close. It would be easy to complain, blame others for the challenges that we face daily, and look to the future with despair. Every generation has its difficulties, and yet, when you stand back and look at the big picture, humanity continues to move forward in a positive way.

Dec 11 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: How to Invent

How does one answer when confronted with the question "How do you invent?" Don Christiansen offers the wisdom of Wilson Greenbatch, inventor of the implantable pacemaker, as a good place to start.

Dec 11 | Debra Feldman

Is Your Resume Marketing You as an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet or Gourmet Dining?

Comparing a resume with a holiday meal might seem far fetched. From a marketing perspective, there are fascinating parallels.

Dec 11 | Jim Anderson

Top 10 Ways To Screw-Up Your Engineering Career

Anyone can give you helpful career advice, so Jim Anderson invites you to do something completely different — would you like to know how to screw-up your engineering career?

Dec 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: App Development

Apps apps apps — that seems to be all that anyone is talking about these days. But while many of the most talked about apps may be simple or flashy games or programs for mobile devices, the real growth in the field is in serious business productivity or marketing applications. Meanwhile, the need for good app developers is growing at a record pace.

Nov 11 | Debra Feldman

How to Land a New Job Faster: Be Your Own Talent Agent

When competing in today's tight job market, job seekers must do their own planning, packaging, promoting, pricing and selling.

Nov 11 | Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill

Software Risk Management

This article discusses how vulnerabilities, threats, weakness, defects and exploits greatly reduce the ability to ensure acceptable system behavior.

Nov 11 | Elizabeth Lions

Cover Letters: Too Much "I" Doesn't Leave Room for Me

Cover letters don't need to be tricky. Keep the tone about being of service, and you'll get the audience's attention.

Nov 11 | George F. McClure

Twenty Years of Pension "Improvements"

The traditional defined benefit pension served as the gold standard for retirement security, where the employer took the risk in delivering the promised benefit. But over the past two decades, many firms have turned the risk over to the employees.

Nov 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Systems Engineering

Are you an engineer who likes to think outside of the box, possesses leadership and communication skills, and thrives at improving the connections between greater parts of a whole? Then systems engineering might be a good next step for your career.

Oct 11 | Adina Suciu & Greg Hutchins

Risk Management and Lean Six Sigma

We live in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), which is increasing the dimensions of risk that organizations face in today’s competitive environment. However, when we respond rather than react to VUCA, we can capitalize on innovation opportunities that VUCA fosters.

Oct 11 | John Platt

Is Your Salary Competitive? Find Out with the Latest IEEE-USA Salary Survey and Calculator

We all have questions about our salaries and benefits: Are we getting paid what we're worth? If we switch jobs or move to a new city, what should we expect to earn? Or if you're getting ready to hire an employee, how do you know if you're offering a competitive salary?

Oct 11 | Debra Feldman

How to Land a New Executive Position in Today's Engineering Job Market

In the past, job searching best practices included preparing and submitting a strong, meticulously edited resume and waiting patiently to be called for an interview. All that has changed, and if you are still relying solely on your resume to open doors to new opportunities, you could get left behind. Here are a few pointers to help you be a more enlightened (and permanent) candidate.

Oct 11 | Chris McManes

IEEE at Forefront of Efforts to Revitalize Power and Energy Engineering Careers

There has perhaps never been a better time to be a power engineer in the United States. Salaries are strong, interest in renewable fuels is high and Smart Grid efforts promise to modernize the U.S. electric power system.

Oct 11 | Mitch Thornton

IP Engineering Consulting and Professional Licensure

The production and protection of intellectual property (IP) in the electrical and computer engineering discipline is an area that often requires detailed experience and specialized expertise. Here is an overview of typical tasks and considerations that IP consulting engineers face in their practice.

Oct 11 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Computer-Driven Publishing

The editor of traditional print media has clearly defined responsibilities. But the traditional methods of meeting these responsibilities are under stress, and are changing due largely to computer automation.

Oct 11 | Abby Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Oct 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Hyperspecialization

This concept of "hyperspecialization" is particularly relevant for today's knowledge worker. Projects and tasks previously done by one person will be divided into highly specialized small pieces, each completed by a highly skilled specialist; not necessarily a full-time employee of the company, but may be outsourced locally, nationally or internationally.

Oct 11 | Elizabeth Lions

Effective Leadership Traits

Since the great recession of 2008, the rule with an iron fist approach is no longer effective. Employees aren’t motivated to stay at jobs where they feel little connection or value, so if you are team leader, you must find ways to lead effectively and retain your most valuable asset — your employees.

Sep 11 | Peter Malpass

Risk Management: Integrated ERM and Cyber Security

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, publicly traded corporations must apply appropriate methods to ensure controls over the organization, one of which is enterprise risk management (ERM). Integrated ERM is a new concept, but without its adoption, other risk management types are either less likely to deliver maximum value or will fail to be sustained.

Sep 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Engineering Management

Taking those first steps into management can be difficult, and there are many questions you might ask before moving forward. Is going into management the right career path for you? Are you right for management? Do you need extra training or skills to become an effective manager? What if it doesn't work out for you? Are the best paths for career growth with your current employer, or must you switch companies before you can advance?

Sep 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Social Responsibility, Business and the Economy

 

Sep 11 | Abby Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Sep 11 | Richard Schwarz, P.E.

NCEES Methodology for Scoring PE Exams, plus Recap of April 2011 Electrical and Computer PE Exam Results

A brief overview of how NCEES scores the PE exam, as well as a recap of the April 2011 Electrical and Computer PE exam results.

Sep 11 | George F. McClure

Region 3's Jobs Board: Fighting Engineering Unemployment

Unemployment in the United States is at its highest levels since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it in 1948. To aid unemployed IEEE members in finding jobs, Region 3 has set up a Jobs Board — a network of Employment Assistance Coordinators (EAC) — with the goal of establishing EACs in each of the Region’s 41 Sections.

Sep 11 | Debra Feldman

Seven Easy Steps that Guarantee Faster Executive Job Search Results

Having the right networking connections before you need job lead referrals shortens the duration of a job search and alleviates some of the stress associated with landing a new career challenge — especially in these recessionary times.

Aug 11 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Aug 11 | Cameron H.G. Wright, Ph.D., P.E.

How to Review for the PE Exam

A look at some of the options available to help you complete a successful review so that you will improve your chances of passing the PE exam.

Aug 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Cyber Security

Cyber crime is on the rise, threatening individuals' privacy, corporate coffers, government secrets, the security of financial institutions, the operation of national infrastructures, and much, much more. But with the rise of these threats also comes opportunities, as new careers are opening up for people to protect us from hackers, cyber criminals, organized crime, and even terrorists.

Aug 11 | Gunther Karger

The Restructured Engineer: How I Re-invented Myself and Kept Going

The need to reinvent one’s career is not new. In more than 50 years, this engineer has embarked on five or more careers. How he did it may be instructive to younger members.

Aug 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Have You Adopted the Email Charter?

In June, Chris Anderson and Jane Wulf of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a non-profit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” declared in a blog post that email was getting out of hand for many people and issued a call for an Email Charter.

Aug 11 | Debra Feldman

(More) Easy Ways to Find Networking Contacts at Target Companies

Here are more easy ways to access the right insiders at target employers to learn about potential new career opportunities before they are advertised so that you are one of the first to put your name forward for a position and participate in the hidden job market.

Aug 11 | Ed Perkins

Risk-Based Decision Making

Recent events have highlighted the importance of risk-based decision making. Modern systems are becoming more complex and the economic, safety and other consequences of a system failure more serious. Ignoring risks because they are improbable and not worth analysis has proven to be highly risky in itself. Managing the risks of disruptive events is becoming a critical focus for business and society.

Aug 11 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Making Stuff

Many veteran engineers say that taking things apart when they were young helped lead them to successful engineering careers. Do today’s kids have the same opportunities to experiment?

Jul 11 | Debra Feldman

Easy Ways to Find Contacts to Network into Your Target Employers — Part One

Today's passive, active and future job seekers must be self-reliant and manage both their connections and the steps required for their careers to move forward. Individuals must cultivate appropriate experiences and opportunities to increase their knowledge and value within the job market. But how do you find the right people at the right employers?

Jul 11 | Gary Perman

Advice for Engineers Who Hate Networking

Many people share a common dislike for networking. However, you don't have to be a master at networking or have a "Type A" personality to succeed. All it takes is a little planning and some strategy, and after all, isn't that what engineers do best?

Jul 11 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Jul 11 | Paul Kostek

Application of Risk Management During Project Definition

Today, more and more companies are looking at enterprise-level risk. For most engineers, the application of risk management will be at the project level. In two of the most regulated markets — aerospace and medical — the FAA and FDA are levying requirements for the performance and documentation of risk management, including allocating risk down to the subcontractor/supplier level.

Jun 11 | Don Christiansen

Backscatter: Euterpe and the Engineer

Do engineers and the muse of music share a special affinity? Put more prosaically, are the aptitudes and skills required by engineers similar to those of performers and composers of music?

Jun 11 | Levi Lyons

Power Engineer Profile: Jay Caspary

Meet Jay Caspary, a working power engineer.

Jun 11 | Gary Hinkle

Engineers Need Exceptional Growth Plans

When it comes to improving on technical competencies, engineers generally know where to go to hone their skills. But there are other subject areas engineers must also be good at, abilities that are equally (sometimes more) important, that aren’t always as easy for engineers to figure out on their own.

Jun 11 | Debra Feldman

Getting a Job in a New Industry or Being Hired for a Different Role

Company closings, staffing cutbacks, mergers, consolidations and other circumstances have decreased the number of jobs in certain industries, forcing individuals to seek employment in new industries, while other professionals must switch roles and emphasize different skills to find new positions in the same or different fields.

Jun 11 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Jun 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Power Engineering

Is power engineering a career in crisis, an industry on hold, or a field ripe for opportunity? Yes to all three. According to experts, the power engineering field is about to undergo a major 1-2-3 punch that will shake it up more than at any other point in its history.

May 11 | Debra Feldman

Finding a Job in the Hidden Job Market

The majority of today’s new hires find their jobs through personal connections rather than more traditional routes, but most job seekers continue to expend their energy on those old, familiar, less productive search methods — resulting in lengthy, stressful job search campaigns.

May 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: 50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space: Yuri Gagarin

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Russian (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) became the first person leave the Earth and venture into space. The Vostok rocket, with Gagarin in a tiny capsule at the top, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

May 11 | Peggy Hutcheson

Restoring Balance to Your Work and Life

If you're one of those fortunate people whose life is in balance, you may wonder just what is the ‘big issue’ about work-life balance. If you're not one of those people, chances are you believe achieving this balance may not be possible. In either case, you should step back from time to time and evaluate your situation.

May 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is poised to be the fastest growing job of the decade. Does that mean there's a job for you in the field?

May 11 | Elizabeth Lions

Don't Let Doubts About Age Sabotage Your Career

In our consumer culture, we too often value packaging over substance. In response to questions about age, career coach Elizabeth Lions always tell her clients: what you think about, you bring about.

May 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Exemption to PE Licensure Under Review

A recent series of disasters and product safety issues involving the failure of engineered systems has prompted several engineering organizations to ask whether engineering licensure laws should be strengthened to better protect the public health and safety.

May 11 | John Platt

Stemming the Tide: New Study Examines Why Women Leave Engineering

Conventional wisdom tells us that many women engineers leave their careers to devote time to their families. But a new study finds the engineering culture is more to blame.

May 11 | Nita Patel

Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM

A quick look at the demographics of the U.S. population (above) compared to the distribution in science and engineering occupations reveals that the science and engineering labor force is not representative of the U.S. population at all.

May 11 | Donald J. Bagert

Path to Licensure: A BSSE or BSCS?

A looks at the impact of selecting the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BSSE) or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) for students who might eventually want to be licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

May 11 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Apr 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: On Giving Job Instructions

Supervisors who do not take the time to train their subordinates are frequently kept busy solving problems that would not have occurred had effective job instruction been delivered at the start.

Apr 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Technology Entrepreneurship

Apple. Microsoft. Google. The list of huge companies that began as tiny entrepreneurial startups is legendary, long and varied. But are the same opportunities available for today's engineers? Is it a good time to hang out your shingle, or to work for a startup?

Apr 11 | Gary Perman

Retaining Talent: How Do Your Employees Really Feel about Working for You?

Many employers are feeling the double-edged sword of economic recovery — the exhilaration that the recession may be ending tempered by the stress of depleted inventories and resources, and the constant challenge of revenue growth. The changing landscape is prompting many bosses to examine their relationships with their employees.

Apr 11 | George F. McClure

Urgent Retirement Planning for Boomers

The financial press is reporting that consumer debt is down, based in part on Baby Boomers who have realized that they need to step up savings as retirement looms. The first wave of Baby Boomers reach age 65 this year. Over the next 18 years, 78 million of them will reach that age. The last wave still has time to tweak their retirement plans.

Apr 11 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit: April

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Apr 11 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: In Praise of a Job Well Done

Former Spectrum editor Donald Christiansen muses on the role and value of the craftsman in the engineering workplace. To him, the craftsman once was, and hopefully remains, an important adjunct to the engineer.

Mar 11 | Elizabeth Lions

Six E-mail Mistakes That Can Cook Your Career

While a convenient tool, careless use of e-mail can wreak havoc in the workplace. The more e-mails we send, the easier it is to become overly confident in our mastery of the tool... and to make mistakes. Here are six common e-mail blunders that could cook your career.

Mar 11 | John Platt

Career Focus: Software Engineering

Software engineering was recently dubbed the best job of 2011 by career site Career Cast, and magazines like Forbes and Fortune have also extolled the virtues and importance of the field. Heck, even toy company Mattel recently introduced Computer Engineer Barbie to help inspire young girls into the profession.

Mar 11 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Mar 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

The Changing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce

In remarks delivered to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, NSF Director Dr. Subra Suresh discusses the National Science Foundation's role in helping to revitalize the nation's STEM pipeline.

Mar 11 | Russ Harrison

IEEE-USA Announces Dates for Energy and Career Fly-Ins

IEEE-USA has announced the dates for its Energy Fly-In and Career Fly-In this spring. These events give U.S. IEEE members structured opportunities to meet the new 112th Congress.

Mar 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

White House and Industry Leaders Partner to Promote Entrepreneurship

On 31 January, President Obama announced the “Start-up America” campaign, a public-private partnership to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship through the United States.

Mar 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology.

Feb 11 | Doug Holly

Surviving the Unexpected Job Interview

You just found out that the company you work for has been acquired. The steps you take following that news can have a significant impact on whether or not the forthcoming changes provide you with favorable opportunities.

Feb 11 | Frederik Nebeker

Your Engineering Heritage: Electrical Technology Comes to the Laboratory

 

Feb 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Employment Networks Can Enhance Your Job Search

Employment Networks (also known as job clubs or job networks) are small groups of individuals who come together in face-to-face meetings or electronically to help each other’s employment search.

Feb 11 | Debra Feldman

Seven Tips for Building Your Online Network

The proliferation and popularity of social and professional networking sites are driving changes in the traditional résumé, from a single-page print or pdf document to a variety of new media incarnations. How can you spruce up your online image?

Feb 11 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Feb 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Peace Corps, JFK, and Sargent Shriver

 

Feb 11 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Usability to the Rescue

Is it beyond our expectations that computer-based products could be so reliable and user friendly that the tech support function would no longer be needed? Displaced tech support personnel might then find more creative employment as usability professionals.

Jan 11 | Terrance Malkinson

A Decade in Review: 2001-2010

The decade beginning in 2001 was marked by a string of events that changed our lives and continue to shape our future. From the televised tragedy of 9/11, to the election of America's first African-American President — it was a remarkable ten years, with engineers playing an important role in many of the events.

Jan 11 | George McClure

Outlook for 2011

As in past years, this annual survey will examine the outlook in eight areas of significant importance to the U.S. endeavor in 2011: technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economy.

Jan 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Movies Can Teach Values

 

Jan 11 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: The Right Strategy Makes Looking for a New Job Easy

Candidates are rarely job-hunting experts. Even if you have the qualifications for the job you want, you must use the best strategy for success in today's highly competitive job market. Networking purposefully accelerates campaign progress.

Jan 11 | Wole Akpose

Ten things You may not know about Social Networking & Social Networking Sites

With social networks becoming more and more pervasive in our daily lives, Wole Akpose hopes to help make informed and savvy users out of readers by alerting them to potential threats, while also highlighting some of the opportunities that have eluded many users.

Jan 11 | John Platt

First Study of Its Kind Examines Innovation by U.S. Businesses

Just how innovative are American companies? Until recently, it was impossible to answer that question quantitatively. But now, for the first time, a new study illustrates the innovation that exists throughout the U.S. economy, how many companies are innovating, and which industries are the most innovative.

Jan 11 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Dec 10 | George McClure

Management Books Offer Tips for Engineers

Two books by author Jeffrey Pfeffer provide useful tips on management and career growth. The advice is wide-ranging, from traits that will help you climb the ladder of success to social interaction and posture.

Dec 10 | Debra Feldman

How to Build a Network in Twelve Days (before Christmas)

The holiday season is ideal for reconnecting, making new contacts and strengthening relationships. The “right contacts” are relationships with hiring decision makers and good connectors. In just 12 days, start building your career nest egg.

Dec 10 | Wole Akpose

A History of Six Sigma

IEEE member and Six Sigma-certified IT security specialist Wole Akpose provides a look at the history of the sometimes controversial business management strategy developed by Motorola in the 1980s.

Dec 10 | Chris McManes

E-mail 101: Tips to Consider Before You Hit Send…

Love it or hate it, e-mail is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. It has been called the killer app of the Internet for good reason: it is the most widely used Internet application. Are you using e-mail effectively, or are your missives getting lost in the shuffle?

Dec 10 | John Platt

New Study Reveals Opportunities for Engineering Education

Are American engineering students prepared for the workplace? Not always, according to a new report that says that U.S. schools are still producing top-notch engineers, but identifies several areas where we can improve how we get students ready for professional practice.

Dec 10 | Wanda K. Reder and George McClure

Addressing the Looming Shortage of Power Engineers

A recent industry survey by the Center for Energy Workforce Development found that 51 percent of engineers engaged in power generation or delivery for electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities could leave their jobs by 2015, owing to retirements and other attrition. So where will the next generation of power engineers come from?

Dec 10 | Patrick Meyer

Biofuel Review Part 6: Job Creation and Government Spending

To create jobs, should nations shift their energy workforce to biofuel industries, given the substantial growth potential and that biofuels require about 100 times more workers than fossil fuels to produce the same amount of energy?

Dec 10 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Dec 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Royal Engagement

 

Dec 10 | Elizabeth Lions

Six Things Recruiters Will Never Tell You

When recruiters and job seekers aren’t communicating openly and honestly, the relationship is already at a disadvantage. In the spirit of openness, a former recruiter hopes to clear up some of the misconceptions about recruiters that stem from a lack of open communication.

Nov 10 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Nov 10 | Thomas M. McCauley, P.E.

Forensic Engineering: Is it for you?

You've probably heard the term forensic used in many contexts — especially with the number of TV programs featuring high-tech forensic methods to solve crimes. You may even know someone who has been involved in forensic engineering, and wondered what it would take to get into that line of work.

Nov 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Tourism and World Peace

Tourism, Progress and Peace, edited by Omar Moufakkir and Ian Kelly, promotes the notion that tourism can be used as a strategy to contribute to world peace

Nov 10 | Steven F. Barrett

Consulting 101

Have you ever thought about performing consulting work or thought about starting your own consulting company? As an electrical engineer, you possess skills that individuals and companies want, but there are several things you should consider before taking steps toward becoming a consultant.

Oct 10 | John Platt

2010 Salary Survey Reveals Positive Changes Along with Reductions and Gaps

How does your salary compare to others in your industry? Are you making enough, or too little, or maybe bringing home a bit more bacon than your peers? What about other compensation? How do your benefits stand up compared to the rest of the industry? And what about your technical field — is it offering you all of the compensation that you deserve? You can find the answers to these questions — and many more — in the 2010 IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey.

Oct 10 | Debra Feldman

The Right Career Strategy Prevents Job Searching Tragedy

Most people know someone who is or was recently in the job market. Today’s recruiting practices have veered 180 degrees from where they were just five short years ago. Social media have revolutionized the way candidate pools are selected and refined, and internet job boards are no longer the only game in town. The mediums have changed, but the basics remain the same: having a purposeful network is the smart way to prepare in advance for a faster, more effective job search campaign.

Oct 10 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, just starting your career, or getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help at every stage of your professional life.

Oct 10 | Barton Reppert

Biomedical Engineering Needs Substantial Funding Increase, According to IEEE EMBS President

Substantially increased funding is needed for the United States to maintain its global leadership in biomedical engineering, according to the head of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

Oct 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

FE Exam to Begin Move to Computer-Based Format

The 8-hour, 180-question Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is about to undergo some major changes. NCEES is set to begin the process of converting FE and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exams from paper and pencil to computer-based testing (CBT).

Oct 10 | Robin Peress

A Coast-to-Coast Festival Infused with Innovation

What happens when you combine the best minds in STEM education with best practices in entrepreneurship? One striking result is the forthcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival, whose special events will blanket the country in October and culminate in a two-day exhibition bash on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall.

Sep 10 | Michael S. Teitelbaum and Carol B. Lynch

Needed: Support for Professional Science Master's Degrees

One of the most important innovations in graduate science education is now well under way at American universities: the professional science master's degree (PSM). At last count, and following remarkably rapid growth over the past two years, more than 200 of these innovative graduate degrees are now available at close to 100 North American universities.

Sep 10 | Edward E. Gordon

Employment Meltdown Solution: Technology + Talent + Teamwork = Jobs

In October 2007, the world began experiencing a financial market collapse. The Financial Times estimates that since the beginning of the 2009 U.S. stimulus program, about 400,000 public service jobs have been added to the economy, but about 2.7 million private-sector jobs were lost. As a result, the U.S. unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high. What can we do to reverse the trend?

Sep 10 | Kerry Murphy, WGBH

The Engineer's Pledge

As advocates for the engineering profession and believers in the power and creativity of engineering, WGBH decided to create the Engineer’s Pledge — a call for engineers, supporters, students, teachers and counselors to uphold the reputation of engineering and help support the livelihood of the field.

Sep 10 | NCEES Staff, Intro by Richard Schwarz, P.E.

FE Other Disciplines Module: not the easy option

NCEES published an article in its August 2010 Licensure Exchange that reveals interesting — and perhaps surprising — results for the FE Other Disciplines module from 2005-2010.

Sep 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Scouts of America 100th Anniversary

 

Sep 10 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Sep 10 | Debra Feldman

Make a Great First Impression – in Person and Online – By Marketing Yourself Remarkably

Career connections are increasingly made via online social networking sites, eclipsing the traditional face-to-face events. Be prepared to share your information in a short and persuasive card format that will give new contacts some important information about you, and directs them to where they can learn more about you.

Aug 10 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit

Whether you're a student, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Aug 10 | John Hoschette

Determining How Your Employer Measures Your Performance

If you haven't taken the time to discuss and find out what your manager and other upper-level superiors consider important or the performance required for a promotion, you could be wasting a lot of time and energy.

Aug 10 | Aaron Collins, George Dean, and John Steadman

A Dozen Reasons Why You Should Obtain Your P.E. License

Many engineers obtain their professional engineer (P.E.) license because it is a specific job requirement. Many others choose not to obtain a P.E. license because it is not a direct job requirement. Meanwhile, there are compelling considerations for becoming a licensed professional engineer that are larger than the immediate minimal requirements of a current job.

Aug 10 | Nita Patel

Develop Leadership Skills Through Volunteering

Leadership skills include planning projects, managing time, motivating individuals, giving feedback and building teams. Many employers consider these skills — often termed soft skills — more important than experience or college education in defining successful business leaders.

Aug 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Measure of a Person

 

Jul 10 | John Platt

How Do You Get Women to Stay in Engineering? Nerd Girls Has the Answer

Professor Karen Panetta's Nerd Girls education program (long supported by IEEE) is about to get a huge boost. MPH Entertainment, the producers of the popular "Dog Whisperer" TV show, are currently casting a Nerd Girls reality show developed from Panetta's curriculum.

Jul 10 | Abby Vogel Robinson

IEEE-USA Toolkit: Resources for the Member

Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Jul 10 | Ralph Gomory

The Innovation Delusion

In the United States, innovation has become almost synonymous with economic competitiveness. But will our economy be able to flourish if our companies just specialize in innovation, but produce overseas? NYU Research Professor Ralph Gomory argues that we need to do more than produce exciting new ideas; we must also be able to compete in large productive industries.

Jul 10 | Dennis Meredith

A Champion of Engineering Makes an Eloquent Case

In his latest book, The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems, Petroski eloquently challenges a fundamental and profound bias in our society — the relegation of engineers and engineering to second-class status among professions.

Jul 10 | George McClure

The Jobless Recovery — Are We There Yet?

Since the last business peak, 8.4 million jobs have been lost in the United States. In May, there were 15 million unemployed. The official unemployment rate ignores workers who have given up looking for work, those with part-time jobs who can’t find full-time jobs, and workers who settled for work they found outside their skill set. The numbers are discouraging, but are we headed in the right direction?

Jul 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Great American Bike Race

 

Jul 10 | Chris McManes

Bridging the Divide Between Scientists and Engineers and the Public They Serve

Many people are leery of the science behind things like childhood vaccinations, global warming and the safety of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Perhaps, though, if scientists and engineers better understood the public and how its views are shaped by, among other things, ideology, values, priorities, misinformation, and yes, a poor understanding of science, the public would be more accepting of generally sound scientific data and theories.

Jul 10 | Sharon C. Richardson

New IEEE-USA E-Book Helps Engineers to Strategize, Prepare and Plan for an Effective Technical Presentation

Technical Presentations – Book 1: Strategy – Preparation & Planning, is a new release from IEEE-USA E-Books, and the first in a four-part series that will help readers to prepare, write and effectively deliver technical presentations.

Jul 10 | John Hoschette

Asking for a Raise is Easier than You Think, Even in Bad Times

Do you feel underpaid and deserving of a higher salary? Are you thinking about asking for a raise, but unsure how to go about it? Do you cringe at the thought of approaching your boss? This article provides guidelines for making the task less intimidating — and hopefully getting you the raise you want and deserve.

Jul 10 | Elizabeth Lions

Four Ways to Broaden Your Job Search for Results

When facing a job change, it’s easy to get caught up thinking there is only one way to find work — by applying online. However, studies have shown that when it comes to achieving results, online job shopping isn’t as effective as other strategies.

Jun 10 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: When Designers Should Say "No"

Faced with a design challenge, whether it be to refine an existing product or system or to meet some ambitious new demand, the usual procedure is to itemize the desired new design features—that is, the “needs” and the “wants.”

Jun 10 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: Problems with a Former Supervisor

 

Jun 10 | John Platt

NASA Seeks to INSPIRE Teens to Study Science & Technology

NASA's manned space shuttle program may be about to end, but that doesn't mean that the space agency is done getting young people to look to the stars. In fact, the agency has a multi-faceted education program that helps students from Kindergarten through college, as well as teachers at all levels.

Jun 10 | Gary Blank

IEEE-USA Toolkit: Resources for the Member

Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Jun 10 | Debra Feldman

The New Job Search Paradigm: A Darn Good Résumé Is Not Enough

Today's job seekers must employ different strategies and more actively engage employers if they want to stay ahead of the competition and improve their chances for success. When a job search stalls, getting back on track requires looking beyond what's on your résumé and the channels you're using to distribute it.

Jun 10 | Wole Akpose

Protecting Your Personal Information on Facebook

Social Networking is the new fad of the twenty first century, and Facebook has become the face of social networking globally, with more than 400 million users. A casual look at most Facebook profile often yield a wide net of information — a treasure trove for all sorts of people, including identity thieves.

May 10 | John Platt

Reverse Innovation: Changing the Path of Global Development

Where will the next big, innovative idea come from? What will it be? Will it be a cell phone with gadgets galore, made in Japan and priced high for early adopters? Or will it be a functional yet inexpensive netbook, designed and built in India for all of the world to use?

May 10 | Barton Reppert

Employment Data Gives Cause for Optimism About Engineering Rebound

Job market experts, including members of IEEE-USA’s Career and Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC), say they are cautiously optimistic about signs of recovery in American engineering labor markets, rebounding from the severe recession that has plagued the U.S. and world economies over the past two years.

May 10 | Mike Anderson

Save an Engineer, Save the World

Mike Anderson believes that for the United States to continue to foster S&T innovation, we need to to convince pre-college students that STEM-related subjects are interesting and important, and that there is a future in STEM-related careers.

May 10 | John Hoschette

Your Internet Image Could Be Sabotaging Your Career

With all the knowledge available at the click of a mouse, the internet can really help accelerate your career. But beware, not-so-private information from your past posted on social networking sites and elsewhere online could be an instant career killer. Explore some of the dos and don’ts about putting your private and professional information on the internet.

May 10 | Abby Vogel

IEEE-USA Toolkit: Resources for the Member

Whether you're a student trying to select a focus, if you're just starting your career, or if you're getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Apr 10 | Elizabeth Lions

Writing Cover Letters That Get Read

Some think the cover letter is the place to list all the reasons why they are a good fit for a position. Others are so overwhelmed by the task that after looking at a blank screen for hours, they end up rewriting a summary of their resume. Here are some tips that can help you when it comes time to draft this important piece of the job search puzzle.

Apr 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Your Ideas Have Been Stolen by Co-Workers

 

Apr 10 | Debra Feldman

Turn Contacts into “Career Insurance”

Job searching today poses many complex hurdles for the rare, perfect candidate, and is far more challenging a marketing project for almost everyone. There is a way around these barriers and also avoiding them in the future by focusing your job search on the unadvertised or hidden job market and maintaining a rich network.

Mar 10 | John Platt

Environmental Engineering Poised for Growth in United States

Times are tight and traditional electrical engineering jobs are becoming scarcer. But some specialties are doing better than others, and one area you might consider to maximize your future job potential is environmental engineering.

Mar 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Disposable Worker

 

Mar 10 | Vin O'Neill

Employee or Independent Contractor? — Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Organizations representing self-employed independent contractors are gearing up for another battle in a long and contentious war in Congress over the “common law test” that the Internal Revenue Service uses to decide whether workers should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for Federal tax purposes.

Mar 10 | Debra Feldman

How to Ace the Million Dollar Interview Question

Accepting a job offer frequently entails negotiating the terms of employment. However, if you prepare yourself in advance, you can spare yourself some last-minute angst.

Feb 10 | Mitchell A. Thornton

Why Should You Become a Licensed Professional Engineer?

When contemplating professional licensure, the central question for many electrical, computer and software engineers is: How will licensure benefit me?

Feb 10 | Lisa Frehill

Satisfaction: Why do people give up engineering?

“Don’t follow in my footsteps.” These days, seemingly every conversation about the future of engineering includes an apocryphal story about an engineer who advises his children to find another line of work because engineering has no future. Yet until a recent set of surveys and analyses, we knew little about who stays in engineering, why people leave the field, and what happens to them after they leave.

Feb 10 | Sheila S. Hemami and Marjolein C.H. van der Meulen

But You Don't Look Like an Engineer …

Two female engineering professors often find that people do a double take when they tell them what they do.

Feb 10 | Terrance Malkinson

Writing Effective and Responsible Job Reference Recommendations

In today’s tightly contested job market, personal recommendations can play a critical role in determining who gets the job offers. What do you do if asked to provide one?

Jan 10 | George McClure

Outlook for 2010

As in past years, this annual survey examines the outlook in eight areas of significant import to the U.S. endeavor: technology, energy, climate change, work force, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economy.

Jan 10 | Elizabeth Lions

When It Comes to Your Career, Don't Play the Waiting Game

Still waiting by the phone, hoping a recruiter will call? Don't bother; your job search will be better served by taking and active approach — and staying on top of both your job leads, and the people who are helping you to find them.

Jan 10 | Abby Vogel

Top 10 Online Time Wasters @ Work

It's five o'clock and you're wondering: where did the day go? Today's Engineer's Abby Vogel looks at ten of the biggest time traps that can pass the time... but not always productively.

Dec 09 | Debra Feldman

Holiday Social Networking Leads to the Hidden Job Market

Traditionally, the holiday season is the most active networking time of year with lots of social gatherings, printed greetings and gift exchanges. The explosion of social media has dramatically impacted how we network year-round. Take the opportunity now to expand your connections using the variety of social networking platforms that enable you to keep up with your existing contacts and establish new relationships on a continuous basis.

Dec 09 | John Platt

Want to be an Innovator? New E-Book Series Tells You How

A new series of e-books, Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value, offers advice on how to be an innovative thinker, how to inspire innovation within an organization, understanding the process of innovation, and more.

Dec 09 | Cynthia Kocialski

Is It Your Time To Be an Entrepreneur?

Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to start your own company and be an entrepreneur. How do you get started, and what does it take to be successful?

Nov 09 | Elizabeth Lions

Snooping Employers — Be Aware of Your Online Profiles

Due to high unemployment and hundreds of e-mails daily for an open position, hiring managers and recruiters are going online to investigate possible candidates — before the interview process even begins.

Nov 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Contending with the Downside of Offshoring

An NAE study initiated in 2006 concluded that “offshoring appears to have contributed to the competitive advantage of U-S.-based firms in a variety of industries, and the negative impacts of offshoring on U.S. engineering appear to have been relatively modest to date.” However, the study did note severe impacts in some industry sectors and for some jobs.

Nov 09 | Sharon Richardson

IEEE-USA E-Book: Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value – Book 2: Developing a Workable Innovation Process

Developing a Workable Innovation Process is the second in a series of e-books by Gerard “Gus” Gaynor, a retired 3M Director of Engineering, on Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value.

Nov 09 | Wendy Hansen

My AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Experience

When Wendy Hansen first began her Mass Media Fellowship at the Los Angeles Times, she wondered what she had gotten herself into. Ten short weeks later, she had found here calling.

Nov 09 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Olympic Games Venue

 

Nov 09 | Sarah Rovito

Five Web Sites I Love... and You Might, Too

Today's Engineer's Students Voice Editor Sarah Rovito shares some of her favorite sites.

Oct 09 | Gary Perman

Hire the Right Person the First Time

The high unemployment rate has created a false confidence among company hiring managers — from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies — because large pools of applicants are available. Rather than be fearful of making a hiring mistake, here are some ways to ensure you make a good, profitable hire the first time.

Oct 09 | Debra Feldman

Do You Need an Executive Talent Agent?

Executive talent agents and headhunters may appear to produce the same outcome, but there is an unmistakable distinction — the two professions are paid by, loyal to and represent parties that may have disparate priorities and contrary interests related to the same recruiting transaction.

Oct 09 | Samantha Caldwell

IEEE-USA’s "Engineers Make a World of Difference" Online Video Competition

Mechanical engineering student Samantha Caldwell says that winning the IEEE-USA 2008-09 student video competition was one of her most rewarding and exciting experiences.

Oct 09 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Direct Downward Communication

 

Oct 09 | Manel Martinez

How Winning the IEEEXtreme Programming Challenge Shaped My Future

Manel Martinez started programming early in life — at age seven — when he received his first computer as a Christmas present. Little did he know then that that same Amstrad CPC would be instrumental in his team winning the 2006 IEEEXtreme 24 Hour Programming Challenge.

Oct 09 | The IEEE Financial Advantage Program Staff

Disability Insurance: 3 Tips To Help Speed You Through Underwriting

Because disability coverage is medically underwritten, your application must be approved by the insurance company before benefits can be put in force. Here are a few things you can do to help the underwriter review process run as smoothly as possible.

Sep 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: It's Not Just Digital

Today's ECE students might equate the term “digital systems” only to modern electronic digital systems based on binary integrated circuits. (So might many veteran engineers!) Historically, of course, digital systems in the broadest sense included a variety of items having information represented in discrete states.

Sep 09 | Elizabeth Lions

Why Haven't I Been Hired Yet?

When you’re unemployed, you can feel trapped in an endless cycle of hopping online, looking for jobs, applying electronically… and repeating the process day in and day out (all while hoping for a speedy end to the entire ordeal). So how do you break the cycle?

Sep 09 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Turning Down a Promotion

You've been offered a promotion. Should you accept it or turn it down? It's easy to say “yes”; knowing the right way to say “no” can be just as important to your career.

Sep 09 | Mitchell Thornton

Software Engineering PE Examination Development Approved

NCEES recently approved development of a PE exam for software engineering. IEEE-USA will serve as the lead technical society sponsoring the examination with cooperative agreements from other organizations, including the IEEE Computer Society and NSPE.

Sep 09 | Candy Robinson

Toastmasters: Becoming a Better Communicator and Leader

What makes the difference between those engineers who succeed and those who fall short of their potential? The answer lies in the “soft skills” that make individuals stand apart from the pack.

Sep 09 | The IEEE Financial Advantage Program Staff

Disability Insurance: The “Forgotten” Safety Net

When most people talk about having “enough” insurance, they’re usually referring to life insurance. But if your family relies on your paycheck to make ends meet, your loved ones could find themselves in a worse financial situation if you become disabled than if you were to die.

Aug 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: innovation decline?

 

Aug 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Tweet, Tweet

Defenders of proper English are concerned about the effects of communicating via the Internet. Some decry the attempts to “squeeze a short novel” into 140 characters through the use of mashed grammar, creative misspelling, and a plethora of awkward abbreviations. But a glance into history yields some interesting precursors to the tweeting phenomenon.

Aug 09 | Sharon Richardson

IEEE-USA e-Books: The Best of Backscatter from Today’s Engineer (Vol. 2)

 

Aug 09 | Russ Harrison

Small Business Loan Program Reauthorization Stalled in Congress

Congress missed a 30 July deadline for reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) loan program and the similar Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, but agreed to continue the programs until at least 30 September.

Aug 09 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets Revealed

Today’s job market remains extremely tight. Executive talent agent Debra Feldman offers practical advice to job seekers looking for new career opportunities that will be satisfying and hold promise for future growth and advancement. For those looking for a new career challenge today, it's not just what you know or even who you know, but who knows what you know.

Aug 09 | Abby Vogel

Five Web Sites I Love... and You Might, Too

For your reading pleasure, and to serve as proof that there is intelligent life out there on the Internet, Today's Engineer is profiling interesting and useful Web sites for your edification. What's in your bookmark list?

Jul 09 | Russ Harrison

IEEE-USA Forms Alliance with Small Business Administration

 

Jul 09 | Peggy Hutcheson

Maintaining Career Competitiveness in Uncertain Times

Whether your career is on hold, hurtling along full steam ahead, or just creeping along at a snail's pace, now is a good time to step back and think seriously about what it is you want from that large portion of your life that you invest in work.

Jul 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: E-mail and Leadership

 

Jun 09 | Nigel Bristow and Michael-John Bristow

Maximizing Your Employability: Remaining Highly Marketable in Any Economy

Knowledge has been described as the only source of sustainable competitive advantage in an information economy. Since knowledge is the primary product of knowledge workers, it is also the primary source of their employability.

Jun 09 | Gary Perman

Can Generation Y Be Your Solution to Growth During This Recession?

You might think Generation Y (GenY) professionals would be the least equipped to weather a recession, let alone be the solution to a company’s survival during a recession. But are you underestimating their potential?

Jun 09 | Terrance Malkinson

Health and Exercise While Traveling

With challenges posed by today's travel demands, it is more important than ever to be prepared and to be physically fit prior to and maintain your exercise regime while traveling. With effective planning and some creativity, exercise can easily be incorporated into your travel routine.

Jun 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: The Trust-based Work Place

 

May 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Parts Box

Creative inspiration comes in many forms. For Don Christiansen, ideas often spring forth from his "parts box" of clippings, articles and partially written columns. Do you have a parts box? And what do you keep in it?

May 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Reluctance and Willpower

 

Apr 09 | Abby Vogel

Engineering Licensure: Q&A With NCEES President-Elect David Whitman

Today’s Engineer recently sat down for a Q&A with IEEE member and IEEE-USA Licensure & Registration Committee member David Whitman, Ph.D, P.E., who was recently elected to be next year’s president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) – the organization that develops, scores and administers the U.S. engineering licensure examinations.

Apr 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: State of Management

 

Apr 09 | Debra Feldman

Network Purposefully To Accelerate Your Executive Job Search

Job hunting has become a contact sport. Be prepared for some rough and tumble times. This job market is all about relationships. Your network, and not just what you know, is the key to finding a new opportunity — the more people who know what you know, the faster the path to a new job.

Apr 09 | Vin O'Neill

Understanding the Mess: Buffet's Letter to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders

Excerpts from a compelling commentary from Warren Buffett's letter to shareholders in the 2008 Berkshire Hathaway annual report. Buffett's letter not only describes the performance of Berkshire Hathaway affiliated companies, but includes the author's commentary on what went wrong and why in U.S. and global financial markets between 1998 and 2008.

Apr 09 | George McClure

Rebuilding Your Nest Egg

After the economic freefall of 2008, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fund plummeted 39.8 percent, and American family wealth fell by 18 percent, many professionals are looking to rebuild their 401(k) plans and IRAs, perhaps also altering their retirement plans.

Apr 09 | Lee Hollaar

What Should Be Patentable?

It seems like that question is answered by the patent statute, which since 1793 has indicated that “statutory subject matter” — what can be patented — is “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” But when it comes to new technology patents, things aren't always so simple.

Mar 09 | Edward E. Gordon

The Technology Paradox: A Digital Economy Without a STEM Workforce?

The talent pool of STEM workers across the United States is insufficient to properly support the American economy through the next decade, according to a new book, Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline.

Mar 09 | Sharon C. Richardson

GOLD Launching Your Career e-Book Series: Lifelong Learning

John Meredith’s e-Book, the fourth in the GOLD Series, entitled Launching Your Career: Lifelong Learning — Your Key to An Enjoyable and Rewarding Career, is a guide for engineering students who are preparing to start their career, as well as engineers who are in the early phases of their careers.

Mar 09 | Terrance Malkinson

Get Fit for Career Success

With the growing understanding of the benefits of wellness, lengthening life span, and the increasing cost of health care, the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle is transforming the lives of many citizens.

Mar 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Thinking Inside the Box

The symbolism of engineering has evolved as engineering design has gotten more complex and abstract.

Mar 09 | Gary Perman

How Technology Leaders Can Thrive in Tough Times

As anxiety and uneasiness continue into the second quarter of 2009, companies are looking for ways to trim spending and improve their bottom line. Even though technology often encompasses a small percentage of a company’s cost expenditures, executives inevitably turn their attention to technology budgets. But cutting back on technology may not be the answer to today's economic woes.

Mar 09 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Surviving the Economic Downturn

In today’s challenging economic environment, job eliminations and hiring freezes are commonplace. Human resource decisions are made that are beyond our control. However, you can control your preparations for an economic downturn — and your response, should you experience a layoff.

Mar 09 | George Zobrist

Career Outlook for Engineers in Today's Economy

Engineering graduates — and those already in the workforce — face uncertain times in today’s chilling economic climate.

Mar 09 | George McClure

Managing Young Employees: Recruiting and Retaining Them

There are at least 70 million Millennials in the United States, and they constitute 21 percent of our work force — 32 million workers. How should management approach working with today's young engineers?

Feb 09 | Chris McManes

Engineering Career Skills Symposium

Why did the leaders of the IEEE Engineering Technology Student Chapter at Texas A&M University decide not to attend a host of classes one day last October? Did they suddenly become slackers? Not at all. They skipped classes to attend a 23 October symposium, “Engineering Career Skills for the Future: Energy in Transition.”

Feb 09 | John Platt

The Perils, Pitfalls and Pleasures of Blogging

Does blogging on your own time put you in any risk from your day job? Can it damage your career, or could it help? And if you decide to blog, what steps should you take to protect yourself?

Feb 09 | Sharon C. Richardson

GOLD e-Book Series Continues with Practitioners Guide to Leadership

Launching Your Career: A Practitioners Guide to Leadership is the third e-Book in the IEEE-USA GOLD series. This leadership guide is a thought-provoking, inspiring self-reflection, and provides practical examples of how to move forward as a leader in the workplace, your volunteer organization, and even at home.

Feb 09 | Margaux Hutchins

Special to Today's Engineer: Geek Girl

Margaux is a typical nine-year-old girl, and proud to be a Geek Girl. She shares her refreshing perspective as a youngster who loves, of all things, math and science.

Feb 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Engineering as Art

Can the fruits of engineers’ labors be considered art? What of those of electrical engineers in particular?

Feb 09 | George Zobrist

Investing in Turbulent Times

Considering the devastating impact the current economy is having on U.S. workers, the current economic climate could certainly be considered the worst of times, or it could be viewed more optimistically as the best of times, if you are able to take advantage of some of the once-in-a-lifetime “bargains” that are likely available in the stock market.

Feb 09 | Gary Perman

Companies that Practice Succession Management Reap Rewards

Succession management has been bandied about as a topic of interest in companies and technology departments for years. Recently, succession management has enjoyed increased interest, as the need for skilled talent becomes more critical.

Feb 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: The President and His Information

 

Feb 09 | Nita Patel

Transitioning from College to Work

Each year, an average of 1.5 million young adults will leave the relative comfort of college and enter the uncertainty of a new job. If you are one of these recent graduates, these tips can help ease your transition.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Reflections on Turning 60

 

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Global Engineer

n theory, globalization is supposed to equalize global wages and raise the global standard of living. Everyone is supposed to benefit. So, what's the problem?

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Pender M. McCarter

Improving Public Understanding of Engineering

Can the United States continue to lead the world in innovation, asks the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). NAE suggests the answer may depend on how well the public understands engineering.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Sharon C. Richardson

New E-Books Address GOLD Careers and Management of Technology

IEEE-USA has released three new career-related e-books. Two of the books kick off the "Launching Your Career" GOLD e-book series, which is dedicated to helping graduating students, recent graduates and young engineers on important career topics. The third e-book provides an overview of the Management of Technology (MOT) discipline.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Larry N. Grogan

Managing Market Volatility

Market volatility is often referred to as a normal market occurrence. However, when it involves your money, it takes on a new perspective. There is no guaranteed solution to managing market volatility and the stock market, but the following tips can help.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Aaron Collins

Sample Exam Books Available for Restructured PE Exam

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for electrical and computer engineers is assuming a new structure in the spring of 2009.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | Debra Feldman

Getting Back into the Game: It's All About Connections

To be competitive, senior level executives returning to the job market have some unique challenges, not the least of which is the gap in their employment history.

Dec 08 - Jan 09 | George McClure

Outlook for 2009

IEEE-USA editor for technology policy George McClure looks at the prospects for technology, energy, climate change, work force, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economy in the new year.

Nov 08 | Gary Perman

Why Companies Don’t Train Engineers

Businesses stand to lose a great deal when they don’t practice succession management — like management continuity and their best engineering pros.

Nov 08 | Eden Fisher

Innovation Management Masters Program Helps Engineers Fuel Value Creation

At Carnegie Mellon University, the new interdisciplinary Masters program in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) is designed for engineers who are passionate about creating value from technological innovation.

Nov 08 | Sharon C. Richardson

IEEE-USA E-Books: Engineering the Art of Negotiation

John G. Shulman, President and CEO of the negotiation consulting and training firm, Alignor, has written two informative e-books on Engineering the Art of Negotiation.

Oct 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: An Ultra-Moment

 

Oct 08 | Dan Solomon

Be Part of the Best Team

An organization's ability to be competitive at what is does rests on acquiring the right talent, deploying it properly, and continually evolving to meet changing needs and situations. In today's rapidly changing world, how can you be part of the best team?

Oct 08 | Don Christiansen

Backscatter: Bootlegging

To the average citizen, bootlegging conjures up visions of Prohibition-era Chicago, hidden stills in the mountains of Tennessee, and fast boats delivering illicit spirits at dusk to numerous ports on the North Shore of Long Island. More recently, bootlegging refers to the practice of selling someone else’s intellectual property without permission or compensation.

Oct 08 | Georgia C. Stelluto

IEEE-USA Volunteer Spotlight: John Twitchell

Meet IEEE-USA's VP of Career and Member Services.

Oct 08 | Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

A Bad Boss Can Send You to an Early Grave

Most everyone has been there at one time or another, working under a tyrant who somehow manages to survive in this world without people skills. If you haven’t had a boss like this, you should consider buying a lottery ticket — and soon. You are that lucky.

Sep 08 | Maria K. Malayter, Ph.D.

The Experts Never Told You About These Three Retirement Challenges

When it comes to retirement, it’s not just what you have that matters, but how you re-invent yourself so that you retire with a sense of meaningfulness and significance. Continuous learning is one of three key ways to do that, according to the research findings tracking retiree and retirement trends since 1993.

Sep 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Craftsmanship

 

Sep 08 | John Platt

Engineers: Your Oceans Need You!

Are you looking for a "green" job in an environmental field? How about a job where you put your skills to work doing some good for the world? Or maybe you're just looking for a job that will challenge you. In any of these cases, a career in oceanic engineering could offer exactly what you are looking for.

Sep 08 | Gary Blank

Consulting: The Dawn of a New Era

In recent years, the engineering profession’s employment landscape has been dramatically reshaped as a result of growing job dissatisfaction, downsizing, outsourcing, layoffs, and early retirements, to name but a few of the contributing factors. Many engineers have moved from salaried positions to independent consulting practices.

Sep 08 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Changing Engineering Workplace

The engineer’s work environment is not what it used to be. Many who began their careers in the mid-20th century did not work from a cubicle and none had a computer workstation. If they had a desk, it was often shared. In the case of U.S. engineers, they had little or no contact with the vendors, customers or other engineers outside the United States.

Sep 08 | David Pietrocola

Why Should Engineers Be Concerned About Copyright Law?

Intellectual property is rarely on the minds of today’s young engineers — but it should be. Some may be familiar with patents, which grant an exclusive monopoly to the patent holder for a period of 20 years, but fewer are familiar with copyrights.

Sep 08 | Gary Perman

Are You Prepared for a Career Crash?

When a person loses a job, he or she experiences shock, anger, disappointment, fear and the feeling of loss. We eventually dust ourselves off and begin to rebuild by searching for another job. Through networking, submitting résumés, interviewing and selling ourselves to perspective employers, we eventually land a new job.

Aug 08 | John Platt

Eight Unusual Ways to Improve Your Soft Skills

Electrical engineers, computer scientists and other technology professionals need years of education to qualify for jobs in their fields. And yet, even with all of this training, many of these same people working in high-tech fields find themselves held back in the workplace because they lack business-critical interpersonal, writing and presentation skills.

Aug 08 |  

Changes for Becoming a Licensed Engineer

Today’s Engineer sits down for a Q&A with Richard Schwarz, P.E., chair of IEEE-USA's Licensure & Registration Committee, to talk about recent changes to the requirements for becoming a licensed engineer.

Aug 08 | George McClure

Phased Retirement — The Time Has Come

A Perfect Storm described the confluence of three storm systems in the north Atlantic. In demographics and retirement security, we have another perfect storm, with the third element being greater longevity in retirement.

Aug 08 | Vern Johnson

Retirement is Great... I Didn't Plan it That Way, But You Should

We don’t all retire the same. We each have our own interests, needs and aspirations. Some of us make an easy transition to retirement, while others find retirement unaffordable, unexciting, unfulfilling, and maybe even lonely. By planning early in and continuously throughout your life and career, you may be able to enjoy a comfortable and fulfilling retirement.

Aug 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Dare To Dream...

 

Jul 08 | Karen Panetta

IEEE WIE Supports Showcasing Diverse Engineering Role Models

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is at the forefront of diversity issues. Although the primary goal of WIE is to build a community of women and men supporting the advancement of women at all stages of their careers, WIE has become the diversity arm of IEEE.

Jul 08 | Peggy G. Hutcheson, Ph.D.

Innovation — Every Engineer’s Role

Because it is so important to continuing business success, and because opportunities for innovation are everywhere, innovation can be a vital ingredient for career success for every engineer.

Jul 08 | John Platt

Lights... Camera... Engineering!

Students, warm up your video cameras! It's almost time to enter IEEE-USA's second annual "How Engineers Make a World of Difference" online video competition for the chance to win thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

Jul 08 | Laurel McKee Ranger

Women of Color Ace Electrical Engineering

Many are rising in their versatile specialty, others have moved into related technical fields. At last count, women made up only 8 percent of the EE work force. Women of color account for just a fraction of those, but it’s a vibrant fraction.

Jul 08 | Chris McManes

Banneker Institute Steers African-American Youngsters Towards STEM Education and Careers

The Banneker Institute serves as a catalyst in the pursuit of increased African-American participation in STEM careers. In 2007, it declared “The Decade of Blacks in Science,” a national effort to promote STEM outreach activities at the local level.

Jul 08 | Dennis Ray and Gregory Reed

IEEE PES Works to Meet Power & Energy Engineering Education & Workforce Needs

Are there the makings of a "perfect storm" scenario for meeting future workforce needs in the electric power and energy industries? Many people, both casual observers and passionate participants alike, have strongly answered “yes” to this question. Why?

Jul 08 | Sherri Edwards

Are You Getting All You Can from Organization Memberships?

There are many reasons for attending industry-related meetings and joining organizations, like the IEEE, or community groups.

Jul 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Noise Pollution

 

May 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: International Internships

 

Apr 08 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Early Adopters

Early adopters are valuable to those who introduce innovative high-tech products. These early customers may be either individuals or corporations. It is estimated that perhaps 10 to15 percent of the individual purchasers of a product fall into the early-adopter category.

Apr 08 | Paul B. Crilly

Who Want$ to Be a Millionaire?

Osceola McCarty, a washer woman from Mississippi, donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995 for student scholarships. Her secret? Hard work, diligent saving, frugality and living within her means. If Ms. McCarty can accumulate this amount of money, surely an engineering graduate should be able to do at least as well.

Apr 08 | Gary Perman

Why Employee Retention Strategies Do Not Work

Because recruiting is expensive and time-consuming, and the pool of available talent is shrinking instead of growing, employee retention is fast becoming the most cost-effective strategy for keeping up with business needs. Experts suggest that you can buy employee loyalty with salary, bonuses, perks, patting them on the back and even letting them bring their pets to work. Yet employees still leave. What is an employer to do?

Apr 08 | Elizabeth Lions

A Callout to the Twenty-Something Engineer

Some members of Gen Y are wondering why they don’t seem to fit in with their colleagues, and yet they remain hopeful they will find the right job and situation that will take full advantage of their talents and aspirations.

Apr 08 | Fred Wise

Career Advice for Mid-Career Engineers

A fulfilling technical career path generally requires some form of growth to be rewarding. In addition, if you’re expecting to prepare for increased responsibilities, you’ll be looking to increase engineering, professional and business skills.

Apr 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Passion and Enthusiasm in the Job Interview

 

Apr 08 | Michael S. Neustel

Patents — 10 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them

Intellectual property is usually a company’s most valuable asset. While trademarks and copyrights are generally understood, patents are generally misunderstood, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars to companies every year. Learn how to avoid the 10 most common mistakes made regarding patents.

Mar 08 | Anna Martelli Ravenscroft

What’s Keeping Women Out of IT?

The dearth of women in IT and programming, and declining numbers of women enrolling in undergraduate computer science majors in the United States has many causal factors, and has been studied extensively since the 1980s. Yet the underlying causes are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate them. Some sociologists suggest that many of these causes may reflect the pervasive effect of the gender system. Confounding the issue are technological and cultural changes.

Mar 08 | Compiled by IEEE-USA Staff

Washington Technology Digest

The following is a recap of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology emerging from the federal government in January-early February 2008.

Mar 08 | Gary Perman

Résumé Tips for Engineers Over 40

In study after study, more and more engineers over age forty are reporting age bias in their job search, and engineers are increasingly wondering what they have to do to get a job in the second half of their careers.

Mar 08 | Terrance Malkinson

College or University? The Choice is Yours

Post-secondary education is expensive and choosing your educational provider is a decision requiring careful thought. A decade ago, the decision was much easier. Today, the choice of an educational provider is complex; a wrong decision has huge financial and time implications.

Mar 08 | George McClure

Outlook for 2008

In the short term, forecasting is hard to do, matching a development with a timeline. That said, IEEE-USA's government relations editor George McClure provides an overview of changes and trends in eight categories that are likely to affect all of us, in one way or another, in 2008: technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economy.

Feb 08 | Chris McManes

The NUMB3RS are In: Science, Engineering and Math Well-Represented on TV

Some IEEE members believe that all we need to improve public appreciation of engineering is a prime-time TV series featuring engineers. That could very well be true, but quicker than you can calculate pi to 39 decimal places, mathematicians are already in prime time.

Feb 08 | Susan de la Vergne

Smile — You’re a Presenter! 4 Tips for Better Technical Presentations

Most people can relate to the anxiety associated with being asked to give a presentation to a group of colleagues. Susan de la Vergne offers a few suggestions for improving your technical presentation abilities and effectiveness.

Feb 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: IEEE Mentors

 

Feb 08 | Mike Anderson

Help Wanted: Embedded Engineers

With all of the cellular phones, MP3/PMP devices, GPS units, set-top boxes, DVRs, automobile telematics systems and digital televisions out there, we are surrounded by embedded systems composed of custom hardware and software designs. But, is the United States losing its edge in producing engineers who can make these critical systems work?

Feb 08 | IEEE-USA Staff

Low Defined Contribution Plan Savings May Pose Challenges to Retirement Security

Defined contribution plans provide greater portability of benefits than “traditional” defined benefit plans, but shift the responsibility of saving for retirement from employers to employees. Whether employees are saving enough to secure their retirements is question of some concern. Based on a November 2007 GAO report.

Dec 07 - Jan 08 | John Platt

Take Control of Your Online Profile

You know that your potential employers are going to Google you. Here's what you can do to present your online self in the best possible light.

Dec 07 - Jan 08 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Nerdiness

OK, so engineers don’t glad-hand as many strangers as would a politician. And at technical meetings, we're likely to seek out colleagues in our own fields and neglect others. But does that make us nerds?

Dec 07 - Jan 08 | Chris McManes

Improve Your Writing, Enhance Your Career

One of the best ways to enhance your career and ensure your employability is by improving your writing skills.

Dec 07 - Jan 08 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: spotting diversity in an organization

 

Dec 07 - Jan 08 | Gary C. Hinkle

What Every Engineer Needs to Know About Leadership and Management

After graduating from college, Eric’s first week on the job as an engineer was full of leadership and management challenges — but he didn’t realize it at the time. He was just getting the work done that he was told to do. Just ordinary work for an entry-level engineer...or so he thought.

Nov 07 | John Platt

Publishing an Academic Book? Don't Forget the "M" Word…

How can you — the potential academic author — help to ensure your book's success? It pays to think about the marketing before you even write your first word…

Nov 07 | Gary C. Hinkle

Five Strategies for Successful Engineering Management

Good engineering managers are well paid because they have a very difficult job that not many people with engineering backgrounds want — and even fewer are highly qualified for the role. Here are five simple ways for executives to help their engineering managers succeed.

Oct 07 | Terrance Malkinson

Managing Mondays

For some, the statement “Thank goodness it’s Friday” leads quickly to anxiety over having to return to work on Monday. With some simple strategies, you can enjoy an attitude reversal that may even have you saying, “Thank goodness it’s Monday.”

Sep 07 | George Zobrist

Competitiveness in a Global Environment

Globalization now has 3 billion eager participants in competition with the United States. Is our history unfolding like Queen Victoria’s era? Great Britain was on top of the world and no one thought that they would be replaced by another superpower. Is history repeating itself with U.S. dominance?

Sep 07 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: 25 Years of the CD

 

Sep 07 | Sharon C. Richardson

WISE: Engineering the Future

Ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the top internships in the country, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) gives IEEE student members a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Sep 07 | Terrance Malkinson

Reader Poll: The Future of Work

The nature of work has changed considerably and change will continue. Even if you feel that you are in a secure career position today, there is no guarantee that you will be in the same secure position tomorrow.

Aug 07 | George McClure

Protecting IP Rights in a Global Economy

Intellectual property — original creations whether in hardware design, software engineering, or art (literary works, musical compositions, trademarks, or performance art) — is a key to national competitiveness. However, respect for intellectual property rights, and their duration, varies around the world.

Aug 07 | IEEE-USA Staff

Washington Technology Digest

Items highlighting new and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology emerging from the federal government in recent months.

Aug 07 | Sharon C. Richardson

Online Village Offers Resources to Entrepreneurial U.S. Members

Nearly 500,000 new small businesses are created every year; yet many fail because new business owners don’t have the information necessary to get a good start in their businesses. The IEEE’s interest in entrepreneurs is logical; afterall, the success of the U.S. economy is based on innovative technology.

Aug 07 | Mark Shayman

Training Doctoral Students for Academic Careers in Engineering

In the Fall of 2006, the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering launched its Future Faculty Program (FFP). The FFP seeks to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic positions, and to improve the preparation of students for academic careers so that they can better succeed once they obtain such a position.

Aug 07 | John Platt

Unleash Your Inner Innovator

Think you don't have what it takes to come up with something new and innovative? Think again. Sometimes all it takes to come up with a new idea is putting yourself in the right frame of mind.

Aug 07 | Mark W. Wingate

Why Do I Want a Mentor?

It’s a jungle out there. How many times have you heard that? How many potential entrepreneurs has this statement run off? Having a mentor is like having a GPS and a protective force field in that jungle.

Aug 07 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: So What Do You Do?

Oh, for the good old days when your neighbor knew exactly what you did when you told him you were an electrical engineer! The mid-century EE was either a power engineer or a communications (electronics) engineer. No matter. You could be either, and your neighbor was confident you would fix his TV when it acted up.

Aug 07 | Elizabeth Lions

Pulling Performance Out of Generation Y

For managers, pulling performance from employees is a daily challenge. And to complicate this task, this is the first time in American history that managers have had to motivate a workforce comprised of three generations. In today's workplace, you might see 50-year-olds sitting next to (or even reporting to) 20-somethings. Managers are familiar with Baby Boomers and Generation X, and know how to get more out of them, but what about Generation Y?

Jul 07 | Sharon C. Richardson

IEEE-USA Launches an Innovation Institute

To help IEEE members learn to innovate, IEEE-USA is launching a new Innovation Institute geared at training current and future business, academic and government employees responsible for the innovation of new products and services.

Jul 07 | Terrance Malkinson

The Sandwich Generation

“Sandwich Generation” does not refer to people who like the commingling of gourmet breads and cheeses; it is a term that refers mostly to middle-aged caregivers who juggle the care of their own children with that of other family members, often an elderly parent. The caregiver is “sandwiched” between responsibilities for two or more generations of individuals important to them. Here are some strategies for easing the burden on sandwich generation caregivers.

Jul 07 | TE Staff

Teaching Today's Engineering Students To Be Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

TE sat down with G. Kemble Bennett, Ph.D., P.E., vice chancellor of engineering for The Texas A&M University System and dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he leads one of the largest and highest ranked engineering programs in the nation. Dr. Bennett shared with TE insights on the importance of entrepreneurship, and what Texas A&M is doing to make it part of its engineering curriculum.

Jul 07 | Raymond E. Floyd

Communicating 101: Keep Your Presentations Simple

Your boss recently stopped by your office to tell you: "Congratulations, next week you will present Project X to senior staff." After the initial wave of anxiety has passed, it's time to get down to planning. Here are some useful tips for a successful presentation.

Jun 07 | Chris McManes

RFID Industry Hungry for Engineers

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that is providing excellent career prospects for electrical engineering students, as well as experienced engineers looking for new opportunities.

Jun 07 | Sharon C. Richardson

IEEE-USA E-Books Offer Valuable References and Resources

IEEE-USA's e-book IEEE-USA envisions offering IEEE members quality original and compilation e-books at great prices that would both assist them in their career guidance and development, and help educate and inform IEEE members on tech policy topics of interest to engineers.

May 07 | John Platt

Boost Your Career by Becoming an Expert Source

looking to take your career to the next level, an effective way to achieve that goal is to establish yourself as an expert in your field and make yourself available to the media as an expert source.

May 07 | Elizabeth Lions

Mentoring Gen Y

For the first time in American history, four generations are working side by side in the workplace. Never before has there been so much confusion, so many misconceptions and communication misfires. However, if we can find a way to cooperate and learn from each other, we'll all be better off in the long run.

May 07 | Robin Peress

News Releases for Engineers

How many times have you opened a trade paper or journal, read a glowing blurb about someone’s job promotion or new product, and said: Wait a second, why aren’t I in here? How can you put news releases to work for you?

May 07 | Arie Sowers

How to Choose a Student Loan

Many students’ financial aid packages include loans, all of which must be repaid with interest. Some loans, such as Stafford and PLUS loans, are supported by the federal government, which sets maximum interest rates for those loans. Choosing one can be daunting, but if you understand a few basics, you can usually find a loan — or loans — right for you.

Apr 07 | John Platt

New Ways to Leverage Your IP

You don't need to be a huge company to take advantage of the benefits of intellectual property ownership. IP such as copyrights, trademarks and patents may not be hard goods that you can sell, but they are investments. With the right planning and development, small businesses, sole-proprietorships, and even individuals can earn money for years based on their initial investments of time, creativity and expertise.

Apr 07 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: More on Math

Don Christiansen addresses some of the numerous responses we received to his column “Math . . . What Good Is It?,” in which he noted the difficulty in interesting U.S. K-12 students in mathematics.

Apr 07 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Always Keep Trying

 

Apr 07 | Gary C. Hinkle

All Engineers Need Leadership Skills

Engineers are trained to innovate, but some haven't honed the skills necessary to influence others and to develop ideas that increase profits. Managers are often trained to elicit creativity, but they can’t always get into engineers' minds to harvest their ideas.

Apr 07 | George Zobrist

Keeping an Eye on Network Neutrality

The FCC and Congress have signaled a willingness to step into the breach on the network neutrality issue. Legislation was tabled in 2006, but new bills are already making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

Apr 07 | Larry N. Grogan

529 College Savings Plans

With the average cost of four years at a private college (tuition, room, board and other expenses) climbing to $118,597 ($48,937 for a public university), it's no wonder that many families are concerned about college savings. How can a 529 college savings plan help you provide for your children's higher education?

Apr 07 | Jim Isaak

Opinion: NexThing — The Professional Environment of the Future

NexThing is a hypothetical construct which is technically feasible and likely to emerge before 2010 either "from scratch" or as the evolution or merger of existing companies. The concept here captures the shape of things to come as far as how professionals will interact in the future.

Mar 07 | Liz Morel

What IEEE Membership Means to Me

 

Mar 07 | Robin Peress

The Perspiration of Patenthood

Marconi and Tesla’s bitter race to own the patent for radio seems almost quaint compared with the blatant exploitation on today’s IP landscape.

Mar 07 | Patrick Meyer

Student's Voice: Take the Jump

 

Mar 07 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Baden-Powell of Gilwell

 

Jan-Feb 07 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Writing Not Badly

Engineers don’t write well, we are told. O.K., so maybe the first step is not writing badly. Writing well may follow. Don Christiansen looks at some positively dreadful writing (not from engineers, mind you) and some compelling passages (from science and engineering writers), and wonders if engineers really deserve the criticism.

Jan-Feb 07 | George McClure

Outlook for 2007

IEEE-USA's Technology Policy Editor George McClure dons his prognosticator's hat to provide a look at the year ahead. He shares insights on eight topics that may affect your career in 2007: technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economic outlook.

Jan-Feb 07 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Essential Skills for Success

 

Jan-Feb 07 | Elizabeth Lions

Counter-Offer Conundrum

You recently started exploring the job market, just to see what's out there. Low and behold, you stumbled across a position with a company that is everything you’ve ever wanted — more pay, good management, a challenging product line. You decide to take the offer, but your current boss surprises you with a counter offer. Now what do you do?

Jan-Feb 07 | Amina Sonnie

Social Networking Sites: Enter at Your Own Risk

Social networking Web sites can be a great tools for engineers trying to build their careers, but recent headlines should serve as a warning: inexperienced, careless or irresponsible users can get into a world of trouble if they're not vigilant.

Jan-Feb 07 | Larry N. Grogan

Transitioning Jobs, Managing Your Finances

In addition to the normal stresses of finding, accepting and starting a new job, you may also feel the strain of emotional and financial pressures. Whatever your circumstances, a positive attitude is vital to your job search and your ultimate success. The IEEE Financial Advantage Program offers practical advice for staying afloat until you secure your next job.

Dec 06 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: Handbook of Human Performance Technology

Terrance Malkinson reviews this fifty-five chapter resource on the rapidly growing and vibrant field of Human Performance Technology (HPT).

Dec 06 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Volunteer Spotlight: On Scott Tamashiro

Get to know one of IEEE-USA's key volunteers, Scott Tamashiro.

Dec 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Unfathomable Internet

Part of the success of the Internet is its largely unfettered access and its adaptability to many modes of information transfer. But most information technology gurus agree that it is this unrestrained accessibility that leads to questionable content and decreases the efficiency of online research by scientists, academicians, and other serious users.

Dec 06 | Elizabeth Lions

Negotiations: Handling Difficult Conversations

Successful negotiation involves business skills as well as interpersonal skills. Often, engineers look at the negotiating conversation as unpleasant, because it implies conflict and anger. Learning how to negotiate from a non-emotional point will greatly increase the chance that the outcomes will be positive for both parties.

Dec 06 | David H. Simon

Engineers Make Good Reserve Peace Officers?

Read about how one engineer discovered that he was ideally suited for a role as a reserve peace officer in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, and how you might be, too.

Dec 06 | Pender M. McCarter

IEEE-USA's 2007 Engineering Public-Awareness Program

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the image of engineers in the United States, IEEE-USA's volunteer leaders have endorsed an ambitious public-awareness program that reaches out to youngsters, adults and the public at large.

Dec 06 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: How do you start your day?

 

Nov 06 | Vern Johnson

What My IEEE Membership Means To Me

How do you motivate people who have little time and disposable income to become active in a professional society, like the IEEE? While contemplating ways to encourage his son to join and become active in a professional society, IEEE member Vern Johnson looked back on the experiences that led him to conclude that his IEEE membership has been a "marvelous investment."

Nov 06 | Steven F. Barrett

NCEES Model Law Changes PE Exam Eligibility Requirments

The National Council of Examiners in Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) recently approved an amendment to the NCEES Model Law that will require engineers with bachelor’s degrees to earn an additional 30 credits of acceptable undergraduate or graduate-level coursework from approved course providers before they can take the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) examination.

Nov 06 | Leonard J. Bond

Future Energy Technologies and Employment Challenges

A secure, affordable, sustainable energy supply, with limited environmental impact, is critical to ensuring enduring prosperity in the United States. The nation faces major challenges in meeting projected energy demand in an increasingly energy-hungry world and in developing the necessary next-generation workforce to support energy delivery.

Nov 06 | Robin Peress

Engineer, Promote Thyself

Self-promotion doesn’t come easily to everyone. It may even seem incompatible with the straight-arrow engineering profession. But engineers — as professionals who change society for the better — are entitled to speak up about their entrepreneurship, their innovations, their awards and new contracts, the impact of engineering on our everyday lives, and so much more.

Nov 06 | Larry N. Grogan

Year-End Tax Strategies

As we approach the end of 2006, we have a lot on our minds. There will be holidays, parties and family gatherings. Probably the last thing on your mind is financial planning. However, this is the time of year when financial planning should be done.

Nov 06 | Elizabeth Lions

Debunking Employment Agency Myths

Many engineers align themselves with an employment agency so that they don’t have to go through the trouble of finding another contract. And more often than not, they do not have a positive, or professional experience with a headhunter. Often, they walk away confused, frustrated and jaded, wondering what on earth went wrong.

Nov 06 | Terrance Malkinson

Worldbytes: Should I Go Back to School?

 

Nov 06 | James L. Flanagan

U.S. Competitiveness and the Profession

As globalization advances, it has become commonplace (possibly even fashionable) to voice concern over the steady erosion of U.S. prominence in science and engineering. The concern is particularly centered in the physical, computer, and engineering sciences.

Oct 06 | Trudy E. Bell

IEEE Association Medical Plan Caught in U.S. Dilemma (Pt 1 of 2)

The 2005 IEEE member satisfaction survey showed that although 80.5 percent of members were “highly satisfied” or “satisfied” with the IEEE as a whole, they were least satisfied with the healthcare insurance program. Association plans have become virtually extinct. In 1990, IEEE was one of 142 nonprofit associations that offered health insurance to their members (as opposed to their employees). Of those, today only three large associations remain — with the IEEE being the largest.

Oct 06 | Elizabeth Lions

An Engineer's Guide to Résumé Writing

A Google search for "résumé writing" will return thousands of links to articles on how to construct a résumé, each promising a fulfilling and rewarding new job. In fact, the Web holds so many articles about résumé writing it’s hard not to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume. The purpose of this article is to help a technical person construct a résumé with a marketing slant.

Oct 06 | Donald Lehr

EWeek 2007 Sets Sights on "Tweens"

Engineers Week (EWeek) organizers are hoping that a new engineering-based reality TV show and a slew of other youth-oriented activities will pique the interest of "tweens" — that elusive nine to 12 year old demographic — in 2007.

Oct 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Math... What Good Is It?

This seems to be the question that many elementary school kids are asking. A teaching system that cannot answer them is often blamed for losing future engineers and scientists who, at this youthful stage, may be mathematically adept but uninterested in pursuing math studies because they cannot imagine any useful way to apply what they might learn.

Oct 06 | Terrance Malkinson

Pandemic Avian (Bird) Influenza

In May, the Bush Administration released the 233-page U.S. National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan. Although the outbreak or timing of a pandemic is in no way certain, it is important that an effective plan be created and that citizens are familiar with it, so that the nation will be prepared and united in action in the event that this pandemic or other epidemic should emerge.

Oct 06 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Crikey

 

Sep 06 | David Ferrell

Keeping Tomorrow's Engineers in School Today

Last fall, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) launched a program to identify best practices for improving the retention and success of freshman and sophomore EE students. More than 40 schools applied for program grants, five of which were awarded $20,000 grants each to fund their programs. More than 400 students were affected, with all of the schools are reporting positive results.

Sep 06 |  

President's Message: Of Polls and Pipelines

According to a recent Harris Interactive Poll, Americans count engineers among the top 10 most admired professionals. Not bad, considering all of the professions out there. But in his latest column, IEEE-USA President Ralph Wyndrum explains why it would be even better if more people remembered that the doctors, nurses, scientists and military officers who garnered the most admiration would be hard-pressed without the instruments engineers conceived and designed.

Sep 06 | Elizabeth Lions

Interview Your Next Boss

Every engineer is familiar with the feelings that can creep in during the few moments before you are called into a job interview. But instead of being overly concerned with the notion that the employer would want your skill set, why not try something different and interview your prospective next boss?

Sep 06 | Robin Peress

Forensic Engineering: On the Trail of Truth

“Forensic” is nearly a household word today, thanks to a nightly splatter of courtroom, crime lab and police shows on TV. Despite being synonymous with gruesome investigations, forensics — derived from the word forum — actually refers to any juncture where specialized professional knowledge is brought to bear in a legal setting. How do engineers figure into the process?

Sep 06 | Mark Tomlinson

It’s Not Just What You Know About Lean, But How You Apply That Knowledge

Becoming a guru in all things lean can definitely boost your standing with the boss. But here’s something pivotal to keep in mind as you read about lean, or participate in formal lean training: lean success does not come just from what you know. Rather, it’s what you do with that knowledge that is of value to you and your employer.

Aug 06 | Reece Lumsden

Engineering and Law — a Practical Example

IEEE member Reece Lumsden thinks engineers and attorneys have more in common that one might think. Find out how his engineering background gave him the upper hand in a recent small claims court experience.

Aug 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Helping the Kids, and Ourselves

"Nearly all recent surveys of science and mathematics curricula in our secondary schools paint a picture of gloom and doom. A cross section of high school curricula and faculty taken across the United States reveals a lack of consistency in both the number and quality of courses." That was written 20 years ago and is still pertinent today.

Aug 06 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Check Your Blood Pressure

 

Aug 06 | Glenn S. Tenney

Think Security: Security Begins With You

Some IEEE members deal directly with security on the job, but most deal only incidentally with it because their employers demand that their inventions be kept secret, especially from competitors prior to new product releases. But, there’s much more to security than some people being careful about some situations some of the time.

Aug 06 | Elizabeth Lions

Writing Cover Letters That People Will Read

The job hunting process has changed dramatically since the dot-com days of the late 1990s. In those heady days, whatever you had on paper in terms of a resume or cover letter got you the job. In today’s job market, marketing yourself and your skills to prospective employers requires a different approach.

Jul 06 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Take Off for Some Time Off

 

Jul 06 | Glenn S. Tenney

Mentoring Children: Inspiring "Aha" Moments

Most of us have, at one time or another, been mentored and taught on-the-job. Some of us have also been “mentored” back in high school, middle school, or even grade school — an experience akin to that “aha” moment when you realized that this is what you enjoy and want to do when you grow up. Help share that “aha” moment with children so that they, too, can become engineers or scientists.

Jul 06 | George McClure

The Outlook for Workforce Demand

Now that the national unemployment rate is down to 4.7 percent, and in some areas of the country, 3 percent, the pendulum is swinging from concerns over where currently displaced engineers and computer scientists can find work to how we will meet the future demands for talent. A continuing concern of IEEE-USA's Career and workforce Policy Committee is that predicting future demand is a precarious task. A look at the Department of Labor's latest forecasts for workforce demand through 2014.

Jul 06 | Larry N. Grogan

Facing Financial Issues as Retirement Nears

After years of saving and planning for retirement, you may be relieved and excited to realize that you can finally afford to stop working. The period of transitioning from the workforce to retirement will itself present a whole series of financial issues to address. Careful planning in the months leading up to retirement can ensure a smooth transition from employee to retiree. TE offers some guidelines for working with your investment professional to make the transition run as smoothly as possible.

Jul 06 | Steven F. Barrett

To P.E. or Not to P.E.: That is the Question

Steven F. Barrett, Ph.D., P.E., recalls arriving at the decision to become a registered professional engineer. Today, he sits on a committee that helps develop and vet the questions used for the examination. It was the right decision for him. Is licensure right for you and your career?

Jul 06 | Debra Feldman

Networking Boot Camp

All too often, people revisit their networking contacts when they need an introduction to power a job search campaign. Contrary to popular practice, the best time for leveraging connections is not when you are about to enter the job market, but rather on a continuous basis — always keeping in touch, sharing information, initiating ideas, reaching out and being generous to an increasingly larger circle of colleagues and associates.

Jul 06 | Paul J. Kostek

Engaging in Industry Outreach

A topic of interest to many within the IEEE is how best to build relationships with the organizations that employ our members. Before the IEEE-USA Career and workforce Policy Committee (CWPC) met in Portland, Ore., in March, committee members spent a Friday in a series of meetings with industry and academia reps. The meetings were coordinated through the Oregon Section and members of the Section attended the meetings.

Jul 06 | Mary Lou Jepsen

Working on the $100 Laptop

Mary Lou Jepsen's humanitarian mission to develop and mass produce a $100 laptop to be used by the world's children is nearing fruition. The ambitious project's CTO describes how a 10-minute interview with MIT Media Labs' Nicholas Negroponte for a faculty position turned into a three-hour discussion about the need for a low-cost computer and the sort of organization that could make it happen. Jepsen shares a progress report on the organization and the computer that promises to transform education around the globe.

Jun 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Keeping Up

 

Jun 06 | Vern Johnson

Career Mentoring 101

 

Jun 06 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Volunteer Spotlight: On Jean Eason

 

Jun 06 | George McClure

IEEE Membership: Much More than a Magazine Subscription

 

Jun 06 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Secrets @ Work

 

Jun 06 | Lee Hollaar

IP Update: Foreign Method Steps

 

Jun 06 | Barton Reppert

Wave of the Future: Service Learning in Engineering

 

May 06 | Steve Cain

Long-term Care Planning: Tax Advantages

 

May 06 | Russ Harrison

IEEE-USA Responds to Senate Immigration Bill

Congress is embroiled in a major debate over immigration reform, with a spate of bills currently under consideration. Central to this debate is Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-Pa.) bill (S. 2454). Because Sen. Specter is Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration issues, his bill is currently the most likely to be acted upon.

May 06 |  

IEEE-USA President's Column: The Value of Membership

 

May 06 | Debra Feldman

Converting Gatekeepers to Greeters

Proper technique and good manners can turn interactions with corporate gatekeepers from frustrating to fruitful. Learn how to increase the odds that gatekeepers will grant you access to important decision-makers. Start with the premise that gatekeepers aren't enemies; like you, they are professionals trying their best to fulfill their assignments, keep the boss happy, and get rewarded for a job well done.

May 06 | Chris McManes

An Interview with Joe Bordogna

 

May 06 | Elizabeth Lions

What are Engineering Employers Looking For?

Ever wonder why you didn’t land a job, even though you possessed all of the required technical skills? Unfortunately, even the best engineers experience rejection. Remember: companies need your talent to create and build their products. Without your brainpower, companies wouldn't exist. So, how do you convey that to the hiring manager during the interview?

May 06 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Deforestation

 

Apr 06 | Larry N. Grogan

Savings Woes — The Worst Since 1933

In 2005, the national savings rate was -0.5 percent, the worst on record since 1933 and the Great Depression. If savings practices don't change, we could be headed for another dark period in U.S. history. However, it's not too late to make changes to avert another economic catastrophe.

Apr 06 | Robin Peress

Web Site 101:Put Yourself in the User's Shoes

Time is short; the Internet is long. Find out what Web site visitors really want. For IEEE members who maintain a personal Web site, or who are considering building one, usability is a critical design factor to consider. A few simple details can make all the difference in whether a visitor stays or leaves a site.

Apr 06 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Build Your Network Purposefully

Conducting a successful networking campaign demands that you stretch beyond your established circles to new, well-connected individuals.

Apr 06 | Debra Schiff

How the Government Refocused on Innovation and Competitiveness (Part II)

"Innovation" and "competitiveness" aren't just empty buzzwords in Washington these days — they've garnered very real bipartisan support from both chambers of Congress and the White House, and have yielded a number of promising legislative initiatives. In Part II, this article examines the National Academies Report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm.

Apr 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Picking a Good Boss

Most experienced engineers agree that having a good boss is one of the most important aspects of one’s job. Your boss can serve not only as a professional colleague, mentor and leader, but often as a shield from the whims of an oppressive bureaucracy. But, how do you find a good one?

Mar 06 | Contributed by IEEE Financial Advantage

Finding a Life Insurance Plan That's Your Type

Most families — especially professional families like those of IEEE members — already have some form of life insurance, but many probably need more. What is term life insurance, and why do we need it?

Mar 06 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Spotlight: On Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr., 2006 IEEE-USA President

Get to know a little bit more about 2006 IEEE-USA President Ralph Wyndrum.

Mar 06 | George McClure

The Stealth Profession: How Do Engineers and R&D Benefit the Nation?

A disconnect seems to exists between the arcane and esoteric realm of basic research — conducted in secretive labs by cloistered engineers and scientists — and the familiar and ubiquitous technologies we take for granted today. But the fact is, many of the technologies we utilize daily were born in those very same labs.

Mar 06 | Debra Schiff

How the Government Refocused on Innovation and Competitiveness

"Innovation" and "competitiveness" aren't just empty buzzwords in Washington these days — they've garnered very real support from Congress and the White House, and have yielded a number of promising legislative initiatives. This two-part article examines two reports that crystallized this movement, beginning with the Council on Competitiveness report Innovate America.

Mar 06 | Debra Feldman

Seeking a New Job? Think Like an Employer

Establishing a connection inside a company to obtain an appointment may require clever, innovative persistence. Here are a few tips to help you launch a more effective targeted campaign.

Mar 06 | Terrance Malkinson and George McClure

Sarbanes-Oxley and You

An invitation to become a member of an organization's board of directors is a recognition of personal and business excellence. Before accepting, however, it is important to have a full understanding of the role and its responsibilities.

Feb 06 | Terrance Malkinson

Globalization and Your Career

Career building is a continuous activity that requires awareness, and making adjustments to take advantage of rapid changes in local, national and international conditions.

Feb 06 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Make or Buy? Backscatter: Make or Buy?

When it comes to specialized parts for products designed and developed in house, some firms opt to make their own. Many, however, choose to outsource the job — which increasingly means sending manufacturing and even engineering jobs overseas.

Feb 06 | Chris McManes

Administration, Congress Get Behind Innovation

Responding to a troubling National Academies report and a broad industry initiative, President Bush and Congress have recently proposed competitiveness initiatives that are designed to help the United States maintain its leading edge in science and technology.

Feb 06 | Debra Feldman

Cold Call Your Way to a New Job

Just thinking about cold calls is enough to put most people off their lunch. So why would anyone bother going through the agony? Simple answer: it works.

Feb 06 | George McClure

Book Review: Why Men Earn More by Warren Farrell

 

Feb 06 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Authenticity

 

Jan 06 | Larry N. Grogan

Transitioning Jobs, Managing Your Finances

Downsizing, layoffs and second jobs are terms we're all familiar with and, sometimes, must deal with. In addition to the normal stresses of finding, accepting and starting a new job, you may also feel the strain of emotional and financial pressures. Whatever your circumstances, a positive attitude is vital to your job search and your ultimate success. The IEEE Financial Advantage Program offers practical advice for staying afloat until you secure your next job.

Jan 06 | Debra Feldman

Five Steps to a New Job

Self-promotion can be a huge challenge for many otherwise savvy, capable executives. Here’s how to simplify the job search process, accelerate campaign progress, and find your next career challenge swiftly.

Jan 06 | Vern Johnson

Opinion: Engineers May Be Treated As Commodities... But So Are MDs

There is a commodity-like value to engineers who are hired simply for what they can do today, rather than what benefits their knowledge and skills might bring tomorrow.

Jan 06 | George McClure

What Lies Ahead: Forecast for 2006

Now that we're four years past the end of the last recession, what lies ahead in 2006? TE examines changes and trends in eight categories that are likely to affect all of us in one way or another in the new year: technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economic outlook.

Jan 06 | Russ Lefevre

High-Tech Concerns in the GAO Offshoring Report

In November 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a study detailing an investigation of the issues surrounding offshoring of services, including those specifically associated with high-tech jobs.

Dec 05 | Terrance Malkinson

The Governance Board and You

The Board governs on behalf of the organization's owners or members; it is accountable for an organization's performance and integrity. How does it affect you?

Dec 05 | Terrance Malkinson

world bytes: Thoughts That Inspire

 

Dec 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Volunteer Spotlight: On Gregg Vaughn

IEEE-USA's vice president of member activities is the ECE department chair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also loves barbeque and thinks he may be overusing the expression "cool." Read on about one of IEEE-USA's key volunteers.

Dec 05 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Ghosts

Sometimes we develop a nostalgic fondness for a building we used to work in, a ship we used to sail on, or some other place where we spent a good deal of time. Perhaps it's a fascination with the history of technology, industrial archaeology and the preservation of artifacts that brings our attention back to it... or perhaps it's something more.

Dec 05 | Denise K. Gibson

Moonlighting Engineers: The Consultant Stands Alone

As a consultant or "moonlighting" engineer, you can do everything right, and still be sued if something goes wrong on a project. Do you have the personal professional liability coverage to protect yourself?

Dec 05 | Barton Reppert

Workshop Assesses U.S. Regional, State and Local Initiatives for Nanotechnology R&D and Commercialization

Partnerships, cooperation and sharing lessons learned were key watchwords during a two-day government-industry workshop bringing together dozens of representatives from regional, state and local initiatives across the United States that aim to help promote and support the development of nanotechnology.

Dec 05 | Russ Harrison

Q&A With Washington State Representative Toby Nixon

Washington State legislator Rep. Toby Nixon is an IEEE member and a project manager at Microsoft. He recently sat down with IEEE-USA's Russ Harrison to discuss how engineering and politics intersect.

Nov 05 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Jump Start Your Job Search

If a senior level executives or professionals are out of work for an extended period, they need new techniques to increase job leads. Here are some strategies to help you identify your next career challenge.

Nov 05 | Paul J. Kostek

Semiconductor Workforce Demands and Opportunities

Too frequently reports of high-tech worker shortages come without key specifics, such as what types of engineers and skill sets are in demand. In keeping with its mission to educate and recruit a highly skilled workforce for the future, the Semiconductor Industry Association's (SIA) workforce Committee compiles a list of "Hard-to-Find Skills" in the U.S. chip-making industry — an $80-billion-a-year economic driver.

Nov 05 | David Ferrell

SIA Initiatives Capture EE Student Interest, Increase Retention

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is lending support to two important initiatives aimed at reversing slipping EE enrollments and increasing retention among students already enrolled in EE majors.

Nov 05 | Robert J. Kuntz

Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio, keeps alive the stories of the nation's inventors, inventions and innovations.

Nov 05 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Multiple-Boss Syndrom

 

Nov 05 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: The Internet in the Workplace

Patricia Wallace's book looks at how netcentric technologies are changing the workplace and the world we live in.

Nov 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Member Spotlight: On Charles Rubenstein

Get to know this year's recipient of the Robert S. Walleigh Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award.

Oct 05 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Sine Qua Non

Put the sine qua non of job search success — networking — to work for you.

Oct 05 | Russ Harrison

U.S. Membership Split on Privatization of Social Security

U.S. IEEE members believe social security needs to be reformed. But how?

Oct 05 | Donald Christiansen

Engineers: Mere Mercenaries?

The standard line goes like this: Engineers are interested only in furthering technical capabilities and improving the performance of our designs. We don’t have much concern for how our resultant systems will be used in the real world. Or whether our efforts will contribute to the betterment of society, as compared to merely bringing more dollars to the bottom line. But we have traditionally countered with the argument that once a technical development is successful, its applications cannot be limited — for better or worse — by its creators.

Oct 05 | George McClure

Engineers as Commodities

Productivity improvements have contributed to the trend to move engineers from the commodity category to the “skilled artist” category. But there are many jobs where engineers are interchangeable, and those are the jobs in the greatest danger of being outsourced.

Oct 05 | Dr. Trudy Hu

Successful Career Makeover for Engineers in the 21st Century

How can U.S. engineers makeover their careers to remain global leaders?

Sep 05 | Candy Robinson

Finding Employment in an Economic Downturn

How one IEEE member bounced back from her protracted unemployment spell.

Sep 05 | Pender McCarter

IEEE-USA Promotes Discussion About Ethics in Movie On Engineering

Shane Carruth discusses the ethics involved in his film, Primer, with an IEEE panel.

Sep 05 | Greg Hill

Special: Katrina Poses Extreme Challenges for Power Engineers

IEEE-USA Today's Engineer asked two electric power engineers experienced in storm damage and service restoration for their thoughts on the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and what power engineers are doing, and will need to do, to restore electric service in affected areas, returning Gulf Coast residents to some semblance of normalcy.

Sep 05 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: Six Ways to Maximize Job Search Success

Job search expert Debra Feldman offers tips and advice for job hunters.

Sep 05 | Russ Harrison

Pulse: Employment Data Paints a Disturbing Picture

Troubling trend: falling unemployment coincides with falling employment among EEs.

Sep 05 | Terry Costlow

Engineering Education Evolves

Olin College is on the cutting edge of engineering education.

Sep 05 | Russ Lefevre

IEEE-USA and the Globalization Challenge

Whether it’s characterized as globalization, offshoring, trade in services, competitiveness or Thomas Friedman’s "world flattening," U.S. engineers are facing unsettling new challenges and asking what needs to be done not only to preserve their own career vitality, but also to maintain a strong U.S. engineering workforce and keep engineering an attractive career path for future generations.

Aug 05 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: About That MBA

Notwithstanding a generally good reputation, business schools are coming under criticism, not only from employers of their graduates, but also from some of the business school leaders themselves.

Aug 05 | John William Templeton

In My Opinion: The Tech Dream Deferred

Nearly 20 years after the Hudson Institute's workforce 2000 report called for the creation of one million new high-tech jobs for people in low-income neighborhoods, the nation is mired in a jobless recovery. For far too many Americans, the dream of economic prosperity that comes with growing numbers of high-skilled, high-wage jobs has been postponed or abandoned. The African-American community has been particularly hard hit.

Aug 05 | Brent Rowe

Making the Transition from School to Work: Lessons Learned

Making the transition from student to the working world can be a shock to the system. Former WISE intern Brent Rowe explains how IEEE membership and his experience in Washington helped ease the transition.

Aug 05 | Terrance Malkinson

Self-Sabotaging Behavior

 

Aug 05 | Pender M. McCarter

IEEE-USA Promotes Engineering Public Awareness in Myriad Venues

U.S. IEEE members often list creating a public understanding and appreciation of engineering as one of their major goals. IEEE-USA has been actively promoting public awareness of engineers and engineering for almost 25 years. So, what have we done for you lately?

Jul 05 | Hardy J. Pottinger

The BEST Things In Life

It's often said that "the best things in life are free." That's generally true, although care and maintenance can cost a bundle. But it's particularly true when talking about BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology).

Jul 05 | Chris McManes

Extra: What Will Grokster Decision Mean For Technology Users and Inventors?

The Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in the MGM vs. Grokster file-sharing case on 27 June. The decision will affect the public's access to the Internet and the development of future technologies, as well as determine how Americans receive their entertainment, according to IEEE-USA experts.

Jul 05 | Debra Feldman

Hidden Job Market Secrets: 10 New Commandments for Career Success

Networking isn't just about finding a new career opportunity that isn’t advertised. And it's more than the hidden job market. Being an active, engaged professional is smart executive career planning. Here are 10 New Commandments for executives and professionals to follow to find career success.

Jun 05 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Credit Where Due

Some of the very early formulators of electrical science, like Volta and Ampere, were given what is perhaps the highest individual accolade — having electrical units named for them. Today, however, with the proliferation of teams and work done in parallel, assigning credit to one individual for a particular technical development is harder than it used to be.

Jun 05 | Jeremy Tunnell

Blogging 101: What Exactly Are Web Logs?

Chances are, you've heard about blogs and blogging. Blogs on almost any topic abound, but what are they? And how can you get up to speed on this intriguing new mode of communication?

Jun 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Going a Step Further — Beyond Job Satisfaction

Are you happy in your job? Or just feel ho-hum? Satisfied with your career? Or just settling because it’s comfortable? Take your career a step further — and become fully engaged with what you do at work.

May 05 | Vern Johnson

Gaining Intellectual Maturity: Becoming an Independent Learning Professional

Adults of every age are self-directed as workers, parents and more, but when they need to learn something new they put on their dunce caps of educational dependency and say, “teach me.” Professionals must take charge of their own intellectual maturation to progress from dependency to increasing self-directedness in their careers.

May 05 | Terry Costlow

U.S. IEEE Members Earn Acclaim, Respect

Engineers often labor in the shadows, getting attention too often when design flaws cause problems. But a handful of U.S. IEEE members have won national recognition for their creations, which span a broad gamut of technology and society.

May 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Finding Success and Fulfillment in Your Career

Can we find both success and fulfillment in our careers? Peggy Hutcheson, a session speaker at IEEE-USA’s 2005 Leadership Conference, told attendees that achieving both is one of the leading career challenges of the 21st century.

Apr 05 | George McClure

The Future of Social Security

While the payroll tax for Social Security is bringing in more money than is being paid out now, by 2018 that situation is expected to reverse as fewer workers contribute and more retirees draw benefits. Everyone's talking about it... but what's getting done?

Apr 05 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Writing Skills

 

Apr 05 | Rob Barnett

Engineering a Better Future

The United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) are an ambitious set of goals (see Table 1) aimed at reducing poverty and improving the lives of people living in the world's least developed countries. What role can engineers expect to play in accomplishing these goals?

Apr 05 | George Zobrist

United States vs. Europe — Who's More Productive?

In the early 1990s, there was growing optimism that the burgeoning European Union (EU) would become a driver of productivity growth around the globe. Today, however, the outlook is less optimistic.

Apr 05 | Glenn S. Tenney

Grokster and You

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing, Grokster, Kazaa and copyright inducement have been in the news the past year. What's it all about, and how does it affect you?

Apr 05 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Irreconcilable Differences?

Why is it that engineers and marketing people so often discount the advantages of talking to one another? Sometimes the relationship between engineering and marketing becomes downright adversarial and, no surprise, counterproductive. Social scientists have earned Ph.D.s studying the phenomenon.

Apr 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Leadership: A Matter of Choice in Lifelong Learning

Leadership happens at every level of life and is a process of lifelong learning. And most leaders equate mistakes with growth, learning, and making progress, according to Erna Grasz, keynote speaker at IEEE-USA’s Annual Leadership Workshop in Tucson, Ariz., 11-13 March.

Apr 05 | Terrance Malkinson

book review: The Blackwell Handbook of Global Management

 

Mar 05 | George McClure

Is the United States Saving Enough for Retirement?

Long-term comparisons of the household savings rates of Europe, Japan and the United States reveal that, although all three have been trending downward, the Japanese are saving twice the amount — Europeans four times — as the United States. Given the questions swirling around the future of Social Security, and facing a declining number of traditional employer-maintained defined benefit pension plans, are we saving enough for retirement?

Mar 05 | George McClure

reader poll: Phased Retirement

 

Mar 05 | Vern Johnson

Understanding and Assessing Team Dynamics

Technical professionals are very good with tasks. But when it comes to successful teaming, tasks are only half the equation — the other half is about fostering relationships. Find out how to select team members and assess your team's development to maximize productivity.

Mar 05 | Jeremy Tunnell

students' voice: On Becoming WISE

 

Mar 05 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Spotlight: On IEEE-USA President Gerry Alphonse

2005 IEEE-USA President Gerry Alphonse is an IEEE Fellow, an accomplished engineer and a highly respected leader in technical and professional communities. He recently sat down with Today's Engineer to share some of the more personal defining moments in his remarkable life.

Mar 05 | Kenneth Sonnie

How I Handled Hearing "You're Being Downsized"

Whatever you call it — downsized, laid off or fired — the emotional journey that accompanies losing a job can be a rocky one. But it can also be a period for personal and professional growth. Read about how one IT consultant dealt with his unceremonious layoff, and how he bounced back to find an even better employment situation.

Feb 05 | Pilar Molina Gaudó

WIE Contributes to EWeek Globalization

Engineers Week (EWeek) takes place later this month, 20-26 February, and the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee is fervently supporting some of EWeek's most ambitious programs, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Feb 05 | Butch Shadwell

Engineering Career Strategies: Getting an Education

Engineering is a global competition, with the winners getting the most money and the most challenging projects to work on. If you are a student, the time to join the competition is now — to equip yourself with the tools you need to succeed in the global talent pool.

Feb 05 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: All in a Day's Work

An engineering career can provide excitement and even drama. But how can we convince young people who might be considering a degree in engineering that the profession is every bit as interesting and exciting as we believe it to be?

Jan 05 | Vern Johnson

Managing Conflict in a Small Team Setting

In a small-team setting, unresolved conflict can hamper productivity and deflate morale. By recognizing the drivers of conflict and learning how to communicate concerns, team members can work toward resolution and getting their project back on track.

Jan 05 | Harry T. Roman

Conquering Change: Cross-Discipline and the Need for a Fold-Out Business Card

At various stages of your career, you will almost certainly find yourself on the bottom of one learning curve or another, challenged to climb it quickly. The good news is that as problem solvers, engineers — probably more than any other professionals — are ideal candidates to deal with change.

Jan 05 | John Hoschette

Joining the IEEE Before Joining the Workforce Pays Off

When new graduates begin seeking career opportunities, it's often their IEEE student membership that gives them a leg up on other candidates.

Jan 05 | Terry Costlow

Better Ethics Needed to Improve Energy Distribution

In October, several experts outlined and discussed the myriad factors involved in this new era of energy distribution at an IEEE-USA-cosponsored seminar at Notre Dame University on "Ethics and the Changing Energy Markets." Though early attempts to let open markets define the industry bordered on disastrous, many believe that things can settle down and run smoothly.

Dec 04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Getting on Prime Time

Engineering is everywhere, but rarely is it the central premise of mainstream television programs or major motion pictures. Sure, there have been a few exceptions, but most of the efforts, as IEEE Spectrum noted several years ago, have ranged from comical to “good try.” So, why isn’t there a television show about engineers?

Dec 04 | George McClure

Year-End Tax Planning for Retirement

Just as you get regular checkups from your physician, you should revisit your retirement planning before the end of every year. What can you to now to maximize your savings both now and down the road?

Nov 04 | Chris McManes

Students' Corner: On IEEE-USA Media Fellows

 

Nov 04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Hat Trick — Having It Both Ways

Unless we have the latest version of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) program, we're considered technically disadvantaged..."My iPod can do more than yours" is an acceptable boast...As agents of change, engineers lay the foundations for disenchantment with the old, while helping popularize the new...

Nov 04 | George McClure

Book Review: The Introvert Advantage

 

Nov 04 | Vern Johnson

Self-Assessment: A Required Skill for Life-Long Learners

When you were in school, you had teachers to guide your learning. Even after graduation, we must consider pursuing learning for the rest of our professional lives. Now, though, we must be both teacher and student. Here's how.

Nov 04 | Steven L. Nichols

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

Many employers and business managers today expect their engineers, designers and scientists to be sources of innovation that can be protected as a valuable asset. As an engineer, how can you obtain and maintain intellectual property rights?

Nov 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Golden Handcuffs

 

Oct 04 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: Leonardo's Laptop

 

Oct 04 | George McClure

Is Your Pension Safe?

ERISA established the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to pay benefits to defined-benefit pension plan participants when their employers cannot. While PBGC has sufficient assets to pay benefits for several years, the organization’s deficit continues to grow as it pays out larger and larger claims. We should make fundamental changes to the defined benefit system now, before PBGC’s deficit reaches a crisis point.

Oct 04 | Hiromasa Haneda

Ethics: A Responsibility for Us All

Being aware of, understanding and adhering to IEEE’s Code of Ethics is more important now than ever in today’s workplace. Ethics is an essential component of our continuing development as engineering professionals. It is a life-long process that must be melded into our daily routines.

Oct 04 | George McClure

In My Opinion: How Big a Threat is Offshoring?

More and more, companies hoping to improve their bottom lines are taking advantage of lower labor costs offshore. In fact, high-tech job outsourcing has become a staple in today’s corporate environment. How much do employers really gain, and what effect is this trend having on engineers and other high-tech professionals?

Oct 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: My Personal Everest

 

Sept04 | Russ Harrison

U.S. IEEE Member Inspires Congressal Action

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved an appropriations bill that earmarks $2 million for an independent study on the effects of offshore outsourcing. IEEE-USA Career and workforce Policy Committee Chair Ron Hira had met earlier with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to discuss offshoring and high-tech employment, prompting Wolf to add a provision to the FY 2005 Commerce, State and Justice Departments appropriations bill for an offshoring study.

Sept04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: At-Will Employment

 

Sept04 | George McClure

Does the IEEE's Code of Ethics Meet Today's Needs?

The IEEE’s Code of Ethics has retained the fundamental principles detailed in the Code first adopted by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in 1912. Meanwhile, business practices have changed, society’s needs have changed, and engineers’ roles in business have changed. In light of the world in which we live and work today, could it be time to consider modifications?

Sept04 | Peter and Cheryl Reimold

Many Audiences, One Formula for Success

When creating a presentation, you need to focus first on developing your message and key points, paying special attention to your listeners’ needs. Then you need to fit that message into a structure that will prompt the response you want. One simple, universal structure works well for all presentations, whether technical or non-technical, informative or persuasive.

Sept04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Picking a Winner

Deciding which technologies will be successful — and how and when they will be incorporated into commercially viable products — is a daunting challenge for corporations. They often call upon technology forecasting to help them “pick a winner.” Just how accurate are such forecasts?

Jul 04 | Jim Jindrick

10 Thoughts on Innovation

Many modern-day technological advances are remarkable, to be sure, but modest innovations get introduced to the marketplace everyday. Whether simple or complex, several general rules of thumb apply to all innovations.

Jul 04 | George Zobrist

Demand for Phased Retirement Programs on the Rise

Many professionals nearing retirement age are opting to continue working by taking advantage of one of several phased retirement options. These alternative work arrangements are becoming more and more popular in the American workplace, as they benefit employers and employees alike.

Jul 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Digital Divide

 

Jun 04 | Richard Burnham

Engineers as Credible Marketers

Articles written by engineers and other technical experts top the list in credibility rankings over all other information sources. Often, however, the experts focus so heavily on pursuing solutions that they have neither the desire nor the time to write for publication. Here’s an alternative.

Jun 04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Black-on-Black Design

It seems many of today’s sleek and sophisticated but user-unfriendly consumer products, which feature black knobs and pushbuttons on black cabinetry and housings have been designed by artists hoping to win prestigious design awards. Miniscule icons imprinted on or near the controls in dishwater gray do little to help. Where are the engineers who designed the sophisticated stuff that’s inside? And who represents the customer?

May04 | Sylvia Wilson-Thomas

Educating the World's Children: A Call to Action

In remarks to the United Nations (UN) non-governmental organizations on "Girls and Technology," spearheaded by IEEE-USA, IEEE member Dr. Sylvia Wilson-Thomas challenged the UN to support and encourage greater involvement for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

May04 | George McClure

Will a Clearance Make Your Job More Secure?

Increased demand for high-tech personnel with security clearances and a growing backlog of security clearance investigations has brought attention to the lengthy clearance process. Is going through the time-consuming process worth it?

May04 | Harry T. Roman

How to Avoid Drowning in Data and Information

Are you starving for knowledge, but suffering from data overload? You're not alone in the business world, but that's no reason to remain in the mire.

May04 | Cameron H. G. Wright, Ph.D., P.E.

Kick Your Career Up a Notch ? Become a Licensed P.E.

P.E. licensure isn't just for civil and power engineers, anymore. A P.E. license can improve your job security and your chances for advancement.

May04 | George Zobrist

On the Lighter Side: Fact or Fiction? Urban Myths, Legends and Chain E-mails

If you've got e-mail, you've seen them. Urban myths, legends and assorted hoaxes propagated and proliferated with the click of a button. Most are harmless, but all cost time and money.

May04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Success Without College

 

Apr 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Smart in Any Language

 

Apr 04 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: Global Leadership: The Next Generation

What will tomorrow’s global leaders need to be successful? This book identifies 15 leadership dimensions and elaborates on dozens of skills in a reader-friendly, immediately useful format — a must read.

Apr 04 | Terrance Malkinson

Connecting the Engineering World

National Engineers Week 2004 co-chairs the Fluor Corporation and IEEE-USA launched an international program designed to expand minds through interactive, “live” global teleconferences and web-based forums. What did participants discuss, and how can you get involved?

Apr 04 | Jennifer Hartranft

Are Career Events Worth Attending?

While more and more jobseekers use the Internet to submit their résumés to prospective employers, career events such as job fairs still have their place in the job-seeking market. What can you do to make the most of job fairs and get your foot in the door — in person?

Apr 04 | George McClure

U.S. Science and Engineering Careers Outlook

The National Science Board (NSB) considers U.S. strength in science and engineering as being in “potential peril.” NSB has endorsed an imperative for the federal government to ensure the adequacy of the U.S. science and engineering workforce, partly by increasing the number of Americans pursuing science and engineering studies and careers. Is this strategy really the way to go?

Apr 04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Collyers and the Web

Estimating the number of pages being added daily to the Internet to be between five and 10 million, are we becoming swamped with information we can’t process? How can we find good content without getting “caught in the Web?”

Mar 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Surviving Without a Salary

 

Mar 04 | Harry T. Roman

Getting to Know Your Customers

If you are just beginning your engineering career, you might be wise to concentrate on getting to know your customers – really know them. You'll realize your long-term development goals sooner and gain experience, as you earn your customers' confidence and respect.

Mar 04 | Paul J. Kostek

Contract Engineering: A Viable Career Alternative

While many engineers still seek permanent, full-time employment, others are turning to contract engineering as an alternative. What is contract engineering; what are the benefits; and what are the challenges?

Mar 04 | Sharon C. Richardson

IEEE-USA Pulse: Engineering Equality as Important as Job Availability

While much talk surrounds the question of whether or not an engineering shortage actually exisits, many believe an issue just as worthy of debate and action is engineering equality. What is IEEE-USA doing to encourage young women, minorities, people with disabilities and the disadvantaged to consider engineering a viable career choice?

Mar 04 | Terrance Malkinson

The Virtual Workforce: A Concept Unfulfilled?

Some years ago, industry leaders predicted that computers would help create a paperless office environment. Others forecast that most workers would work in virtual offices as members of virtual teams. The reality has been quite different.

Feb 04 | Barton Reppert

IEEE Volunteer Bob Krause Reports from Baghdad

Long-time IEEE member Bob Krause, who is currently on a consulting assignment in Baghdad, Iraq, has taken on a personal project on behalf of the global engineering profession. Krause is helping Iraqi electrical and electronics engineers — repressed for decades under Saddam Hussein’s regime — to join or rejoin IEEE and form their own national Section.

Feb 04 | Vern Johnson

Satisfying a Hunger for Knowledge Through Experiential Learning

You’ve heard the expression, “If you give a man a fish, he will have a single meal; if you teach him how to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life.” The natural progression of maturity involves moving from dependency on others toward increasing self-reliance. How can engineers progress from focusing on survival to focusing on endurance to become self-reliant learners.

Feb 04 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Ephemera for Engineers and Scientists

Many technical articles now include references to Internet addresses, as opposed to hard-copy resources. In one study, 108 of 184 Internet addresses became inactive within four years.

Feb 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Wellness and Fitness

 

Feb 04 | James E. Gover & George McClure

In My View: The Realities of Age Discrimination

It wasn’t until 1967 that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) made age discrimination in the U.S. workplace illegal. ADEA was intended to protect workers aged 40 and older, but the growing body of age discrimination cases indicates that it has not served its purpose.

Jan 04 | Harry T. Roman

Protect Your New Ideas and Inventions

Since its establishment in 1790, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued more than six million patents — more than one third of them in the last 25 years. The pace of innovation is speeding up, and now more than ever, engineers need to protect their new ideas and inventions by maintaining both a technical and legal audit trail…

Jan 04 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: What a Difference a Century Makes

 

Jan 04 | Catherine S. McGowan

Assignment: Overseas

The land of opportunity for today’s engineers extends well beyond their own countrys' borders. Preparing for an overseas assignment is key to having a meaningful and enjoyable experience. Of course, adequate preparation goes beyond packing your suitcases and updating your passports...

Dec 03 | Peter & Cheryl Reimold

Preparing Effective Visuals

You’re scheduled to give a presentation and want to get and keep your audience’s attention. You know creative visuals would help support your talk. After all, a presentation without visuals is, well, just a presentation, right? Not exactly. In fact, unless they’re good — which is rare — visuals can actually kill an otherwise solid presentation. What do you need to know to produce all-around, effective visuals that will stay with your audience long after your talk?

Dec 03 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Designing Junk?

Most of us probably have our own personal collections of e-waste: “dated” computers, thermal fax machines, older-model CD players and cell phones, VCRs. We can credit “planned obsolescence” at least partially for these collections. And now that we have the newest, the fastest, the latest bells and whistles, what do we do with the growing pile of yesterday’s latest and greatest?

Dec 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Festivals and the Global Community of Values

 

Nov 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Childhood and Adult Obesity

 

Nov 03 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: The Short Road to Great Presentations

 

Nov 03 | Harry T. Roman

Mentoring — Passing Along the Wisdom

In our hectic modern work place, the time-honored activity known as mentoring can get lost in the shuffle. Nonetheless, mentoring is an essential component of the "leadership mix." How can mid- and late-career professionals hand down the wisdom they have gained over the course of their careers to give young engineers a sense of belonging and the knowledge they need to succeed?

Nov 03 | Terrance Malkinson

Vary Your Résumé

Whether you're actively exploring employment opportunities, or happy with your current situation, you should always be prepared to respond should that a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity present itself. Read on for recommendations on preparing five variations of your conventional résumé.

Oct 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Reflecting on Résumés

 

Oct 03 | Paul B. Crilly

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

As a recent graduate and new hire, what can you do now to know you'll have a million bucks in the bank when you retire?

Oct 03 | Peter and Cheryl Reimold

On the Road to a Great Presentation

Regardless of how polished your presentation may be, it will surely fall flat unless you connect with your audience. How do you get there?

Sep 03 | Terry Costlow

Global Issues Cloud Job Market

The employment market hasn't rebounded as quickly as unemployed and underemployed engineers have hoped, but layoffs have slowed. While professionals are looking for the upturn, they remain concerned about the impact changes in the global marketplace will have on this "jobless recovery."

Sep 03 | Judy Boggess

Leadership…or Something Like It

What makes a great leader? What are some of the leadership killers? How can we be a part of the covenant that creates both leaders and results?

Sep 03 | Hardy J. Pottinger

Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic and… Engineering?

Several states have added pre-engineering to their K-12 curricula. Is this a good thing? And, if it is, what format should precollege engineering coursework take?

Sep 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: World Bytes: Raise Your Sights

 

Aug 03 | Harry T. Roman

Prepare for the Future — Generate Wealth

Wealth generates money and is much more than what we think of as physical assets. By focusing on the future instead of the “here and now,” companies and professionals can create the wealth necessary to bring in the revenues. Find out how.

Aug 03 | Vern Johnson

Lifelong Learning Is Necessary for Career Success, According to Survey

IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer ran a survey earlier this year to determine engineers’ opinions of and preferences for continuing education. Find out what the respondents had to say.

Aug 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The World's Children

 

Aug 03 | George Zobrist

Engineering Degrees Can Be 'Steppingstones' to Other Professions

Whether you are an engineer who is concerned about the faded employment picture, or one who has simply decided engineering is not for you, your degree and skills need not go to waste. Many engineers have shifted their career directions dramatically and successfully. The possibilities are many.

Aug 03 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Taking a Look Inside Peer Review

To the neophyte, peer review might seem a jungle; to others, it’s a familiar hurdle to overcome in the quest to get papers published. How does it work; who’s involved; and how will you know whether or not your peers judged your work impartially?

Jul 03 | Vern Johnson

The Career Change Process: Five Steps to Follow

If you are looking to improve your professional stature within your organization, consider following a flexible five-step career-change process.

Jul 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Simplicity

 

Jul 03 | Larry Gaffin

Workplace Success: Enhancing Communications Skills

Being able to work effectively with people is essential to job and workplace success. While most of us want to work well with others, many of us don’t know how. What kind of training will help?

Jul 03 | Kem Blanchard

Evaluating Job Offers — Is This the One?

You’ve gotten a job offer, but is it the right one for you? Even in today’s tight labor market, it’s important to evaluate job offers carefully before you accept or decline them.

Jun 03 | Todd Yuzuriha

Engineering Trends: Career Management 101

 

Jun 03 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Who's in Charge Here?

Engineers have always had an inherent desire to control their work — and the way society uses it. Are we in charge? Do we really need to be?

Jun 03 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: More Than Footprints