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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.

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 | Chris McManes

Disney Imagineers Help Revitalize Student Professional Awareness Activities

IEEE-USA turned to Disney Imagineering to help spice up its Student Professional Awareness Conferences and Ventures (S-PAC and S-PAVe).

Aug 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

S&T Policy Briefs: Highlights from July & August

Brief highlights of notable U.S. Science- and technology-related legislative and policy developments from the past 30 days.

Aug 14 | Alexander B. Magoun, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The Long Road to Consumer Virtual Reality, Part II

The story of Hasbro Interactive's quest to bring a "Total Virtual Reality" game system to the consumer market.

Aug 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: World War I: 100 Years Later

 

Aug 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: August 2014

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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.

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 | NJIT Staff

The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

One of the most promising industries in recent years is that of renewable energy. This infographic illustrates the evolution and future growth potential of renewable energy sources.

Jul 14 | Dr. Christopher Jacobs, Ph.D.

The Genteel Story: IEEE Senior Member Invents Pain-Free Lancing to Help Friend with Diabetes

Find out how one IEEE Senior Member's eight-year quest to help a diabetic friend find a gentler way to test his blood sugar went from the drawing board to production of a device that can help diabetics around the world.

Jul 14 | Chris McManes

Modern Technology Helps American Icon Generate More Power

Each year, Hoover Dam generates an average of about 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power — enough to serve 1.3 million people in the southwest. Despite lower water levels in the dam's reservoir, recent upgrades to turbines, wicket gates and software have increased the powerplant's efficiency tremendously.

Jul 14 | Chris McManes

Mobile Apps to Help People in Unsafe Situations & Protect Private Information Win Top Prizes in App-E-Feat Contest

An application to help people in an unsafe or confrontational situation and one to keep an Android phone clean and optimized won the top prizes in the App-E-Feat mobile app development contest sponsored by IEEE-USA.

Jul 14 | Steven Rubin

Will Your Patented Software Survive an Abstract Idea Hearing?

On 19 June 2014, the Supreme Court ruled on the patentability of software. Patent protection is available for new processes and systems but "abstract ideas" are not patentable. Here's the problem, what is "abstract" and how do we determine whether an invention is an "abstract idea"?

Jul 14 | Alexander Magoun, Ph.D., IEEE History Center

The Long Road to Consumer Virtual Reality, Part I

Recent publicity surrounding Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR, might lead one to assume that virtual reality is a revolutionary advance. However, interacting with electronic displays dates back to technicians and operators adjusting equipment in responses to oscilloscope and radar displays up to a century ago, and to government and academic researchers researching and developing specialized interactive applications.

Jul 14 | Terrance Malkinson

Defects, Recalls, and Quality Assurance

As of 1 April, the total number of cars recalled in 2014 was 6.26 million. The consequences of defective components goes beyond mere annoyance, with injuries and deaths adding up. So, Why is this happening?

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Appropriators Make Progress on FY2015 Federal S&T Funding Levels

On 30 May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act (H.R. 4660), which provides funding for NSF, NIST, NASA and other agencies.

Jun 14 | Terrance Malkinson

Book Review: Andrew Yang's Smart People Should Build Things

In his book, Smart People Should Build Things, Andrew Yang envisions a career path, work environment, and business model where ambitious young people are encouraged to pursue the critical job of innovation and build new businesses.

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.

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 | 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 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: John W. Lieb

IEEE and the Stevens Institute of Technology have a “history” together that goes back almost to the beginning of each institution in the person of John W. Lieb.

Jun 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Reversing Extinction

Advances in genetic engineering are opening up possibilities that were once the subject of science fiction movies.

Jun 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

S&T Policy Briefs: Highlights for April-May

Brief highlights of important U.S. S&T legislative and policy developments from the past 60 days, including patent reform, big data and privacy, internet governance, R&D funding, immigration policy, and more.

May 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Despite Gridlock, Several S&T Measures Advance in Congress

Despite the strains of election year politics and partisan gridlock, several notable S&T measures on a variety of subjects ranging from space exploration to energy-water nexus have been introduced and are slowly working their way through Congress.

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 | 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 | Dusty Fisher

IEEE-USA Exhibit a Huge Hit at USA Science & Engineering Festival

IEEE-USA again participated in the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and contributed to a highly successful event. More than 325,000 people walked through the doors of the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, and an estimated 11,000 visitors stopped by the IEEE-USA exhibit.

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 | John Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Early History of Sonar

The media has devoted considerable time to the use of “towed pingers” and side-scanning sonar in its coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The fascinating history behind those technologies dates back more than a hundred years.

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.

May 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: May 2014

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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 Power & Energy Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Popular Conference and Expo

The IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition, 14-17 April at McCormick Place in Chicago, has grown into the place to be for those in the electric power industry. The biannual gathering offers such high-quality technical presentations and panel sessions in addition to its vast trade show, that it can be a challenge for attendees to take advantage of it all.

Apr 14 | NJIT Staff

The Electrical Engineer and 21st Century Innovation

A few months ago, students in NJIT's electrical engineering program revisited a discussion on how mobile and wireless communications have emerged as a quintessential innovation in the modern world. From the way stories are told to the speeds at which we communicate, wireless communication has ensured a more connected community where information is shared at the blink of an eye.

Apr 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Can Technology Protect Americans from Cybercriminals?

The headlined question was the subject of a 6 March hearing by the House Science Subcommittees on Oversight and Technology. The hearing’s purpose was to examine the state of technology and standards to protect Americans from international cybercriminals, ranging from rogue hackers to foreign governments and sophisticated crime syndicates.

Apr 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Science & Technology Fellowship Program Recognized with NSF Public Service Award

IEEE-USA and the other science and engineering societies who partner in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science and Technology Fellowships Program were collectively honored on 27 March with the National Science Foundation’s Public Service Award.

Apr 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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.

Apr 14 | Robert Colburn

From Matches to Lightning: The Ohio Brass High-Voltage Laboratories

Much of what the world knew about high-tension insulators in the twentieth century was learned at the four high-voltage laboratories established by the Ohio Insulator Company (which later changed its name to Ohio Brass Company). The first laboratory was established in 1910, while laboratory number four is still operating.

Apr 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Chained to the Desk – Sitting is Killing You

As early as 1953, it was noted and reported that the risk of coronary heart disease was twice as great in bus drivers who were seated all day than in bus conductors who spent most of their time standing and moving. Have we learned anything in the last 60 years?

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

First Look at the President’s FY2015 S&T Budget Request

The White House released preliminary details of its FY 2015 federal budget request on 4 March, including highlights of its plans and priorities for S&T-related research and development.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Rep. Rush Holt, Friend of S&T, To Retire at Year End

One of science and technology’s champions in Congress, U.S. Representative Rush Holt (12th District, N.J.) announced on 19 Feb. that he would be retiring from Congress at year end and would not seek re-election.

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 | Chris McManes

EWeek 2014 Highlights Depth, Breadth and Diversity of the Profession

Inspired by a speech former president Bill Clinton delivered on the value of mobile apps in the aftermath of the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, IEEE Fellow Dr. Karen Panetta had an idea — an idea that became reality during EWeek.

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.

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 | Nathan Brewer

Your Engineering Heritage: A History of Interactive Fiction and Adventure Games

Computer gaming can be traced back to the earliest experiments in computer artificial intelligence from the 1940s. While the popularity of adventure games has greatly declined in the past decade, they survive in various forms.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and information technology and allied fields reported during February 2014.

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 | 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.

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 | Russell Harrison

CVD 2014

IEEE-USA’s annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) will be held this year on 25-26 March in Washington, D.C. IEEE members who are concerned about declining federal investments in basic research, our national labs and our research universities are invited.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Video Telephony: An idea whose time may have finally come

Today, with apps and services such as Skype and FaceTime, video telephone calls are cheap, easy and readily available over the internet on computers and smartphones. Yet, video telephony remains but a small sliver of the total volumes of calls.

Feb 14 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: 'Way-Out-of-this-World' Bytes

In 2004, a probe lifted off on a ten-year journey into deep space to its destination: a periodic comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For 31 months, the probe was kept in a state of hibernation with most of its systems switched off to limit power and fuel consumption. On 20 January 2014, it woke up.

Feb 14 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest Tech News Digest Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and information technology and allied fields reported during January 2014

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.

Jan 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.

Jan 14 | Russ Harrison

Time Slipping Away for Immigration Reform

In early 2013, supporters of comprehensive immigration reform said any immigration bill needed to be passed before 1 January 2014 for it to have any chance of becoming law.

Jan 14 | Richard M. Jones, AIP

2013 in Review: Highlights from AIP's FYI Bulletin

The American Institute of Physic's FYI Bulletin was kind enough to share their annual review of 2013 science- and technology-related highlights from Capitol Hill and beyond.

Jan 14 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: Passings

There is an interesting phenomenon of people who were educated as engineers but then went on to contribute to society in very different ways. IEEE History Center Senior Director Michael Geselowitz highlights three celebrities whose deaths in 2013 were highly publicized and who were engineers.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments from December 2013.

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.

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 | Daniel E. Fisher

Opinion: Problems with the Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 3309)

The House just passed the Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 3309), which will now go to the Senate for consideration. Troubling to many in the tech community are the added pleading requirements, which seems to reveal a contempt on the part of the bill's supporters for U.S. patent owners and a love for infringers.

Dec 13 | Dan Donahoe

Opinion: The Definition of STEM?

Honest and productive discussions about STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are muddled by the public's confusion about what exactly STEM means. Corporations have one definition they use to push for more workers, while engineers and scientists, who believe there is a surplus, have another.

Dec 13 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Toys for Future Engineers

Don Christiansen is a strong believer that hands-on toys encourage youngsters to pursue careers in science and engineering, so he tries to keep up with what’s new in this area. With the holidays upon us, he decided to peruse the aisles of Barnes & Noble and also went online to check out new toys and games.

Dec 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

New Democrats Coalition Outlines Principles for Reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act

As House Science Committee Republican and Democratic leaders circulated draft bills taking different approaches to reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act and the Senate held its first exploratory hearing, a group of centrist House Democrats issued a separate statement on 14 November outlining a series of principles they would support in forthcoming congressional deliberations over the COMPETES Act reauthorization.

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 Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The Kodak Moment is Dead; Long Live the Kodak Moment

In 2013, just 125 years after George Eastman put the revolutionary Kodak camera on the market that launched the Kodak business empire, the company was forced to auction off 1,100 of its patents as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Dec 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

Nov 13 | John Platt

Federally Funded Research: The Key to Unexpected (and Valuable) Discoveries

Even the most basic scientific research can lead to unexpected benefits for human health or the economy. But the impossibility of predicting that end-result has made the funding environment much more difficult in research years. The Golden Goose Award, now in its second year, was created to recognize scientists and engineers whose seemingly obscure federally funded research led to later breakthroughs which had "significant human and economic benefits."

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?

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Partisan Lines Drawn on America COMPETES Reauthorization

Originally passed with bipartisan support by Congress in 2007, the America COMPETES Act sought to put selected federal civilian R&D investments on a doubling path in order to sustain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Eight years later, in the post-crash environment of federal deficits, budget sequestration and partisan divide, America COMPETES has fallen well short of its original goals. The updated legislation, whose budget authorizations for agency R&D programs expire at year end, is now up for reauthorization, and divergent proposals have been put forward by Republicans and Democrats in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee over how best to proceed.

Nov 13 | Jim MacInnes, P.E.

Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services

The impacts of climate change and a decreasing Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) of fossil fuels have sparked interest in increasing the penetration of intermittent renewables into the world’s electric power grids.

Nov 13 | Robert Colburn

Your Engineering Heritage: “Messages of a Disloyal Character,” “Black Chambers,” and the History of Bulk Data Collection

Massive government data collection programs may be the stuff of recent headlines, but their history stretches back to before the beginning of electrical forms of communication.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

Oct 13 | John Platt

Six Ways Electric Vehicles Are Stimulating the Economy

Sales of electric vehicles and hybrids have risen to an all-time high, but that's not the only way they are creating growth. Experts predict that the next five years will see tremendous change, and with that change will come a wide range of opportunities. Some of those opportunities have already arrived. Here are six ways in which electrified vehicles are stimulating the economy.

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 | 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 | Christiansen

Backscatter: Barney Oliver, Defender of Language

Barney Oliver is best remembered by engineering history buffs as the long-time head of R&D for Hewlett-Packard. Perhaps less known was his unyielding devotion to correct use of the English language, which he captured in his book Modern English Misusage: The Rules of Grammar Explained with Precision and Wit.

Oct 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

New Bipartisan Public Access Legislation Introduced

Members of the House Science Committee have introduced significant legislation to mandate public access to federally funded research in technical publications.

Oct 13 | Russ Harrison

Rethinking Research?

Proposed legislation would change the way research projects are selected for federal funding at the National Science Foundation. Congress should make sure taxpayer dollars are spent as efficiently as possible, but is this proposal the best way to meet that responsibility?

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?

Oct 13 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA and DuPont Team Up to Lead EWeek 2014

IEEE-USA and DuPont are teaming up to lead 2014 Engineers Week activities in the United States. The partnership promises to reap many benefits.

Oct 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Congressman David Price Receives 2012 Public Service Award

On 17 September, a delegation from the IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section presented IEEE-USA’s 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award to Congressman David Price.

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 | 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 | Alexander Magoun, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The Road to Wrist-Wearable Electronics

With the debut of Samsung’s smart watch in September and speculation about Apple’s applications for an iWatch trademark last summer, some writers have traced the concept of wireless wrist devices to Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy.

Oct 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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."

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 | 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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

New Leadership at National Science Foundation

On 31 July, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. France Anne Cordova as the incoming Director of the National Science Foundation, filling the post previously held by Dr. Subra Suresh, who resigned earlier this year to become President of Carnegie Mellon University.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Energy Secretary Outlines Plans to Enhance DOE's Laboratory Programs

New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz outlined his views and described his plans regarding the future of the national energy laboratories in a July letter responding to questions posed by leaders of the House Science Subcommittee on Energy.

Sep 13 | Nathan Brewer

Your Engineering Heritage: Electric Boats

The introduction of electric motors in the early 19th century allowed for a number of advancements in the transportation industry.

Sep 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Using the New to Discover the Old

Technological innovation creates exciting new opportunities for those who think creatively about possibilities and act courageously to pursue their dreams.

Sep 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: September 2013

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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

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 | 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 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Vinyl Rising

Vinyl records are staging a comeback. The New York Times recently cited a Nielsen SoundScan report of an increase in vinyl sales of 18 percent in 2012 over 2011. Although CDs had caused the demise of most vinyl pressing plants, today the major labels are again releasing vinyl, as are many independents.

Aug 13 | Abby Robinson

Computer Engineer Aspires to Advance Technology for Humanity

IEEE Student Member Curtis Ullerich participated in nearly every extracurricular activity available to him as a high school student, and his go-getter attitude continued when he arrived at college.

Aug 13 | Chris McManes

IEEE NewNEB Conference Preview

Ever since the Northeast Electric Utility Battery Conference (NEB) dissolved in the mid-1990s, Art Salander dreamed of a new, similar event. With IEEE-USA’s help, the reincarnated conference will return in October.

Aug 13 | Sheldon Hochheiser

Engineering Hall of Fame: Charles Kettering

Charles Kettering was one of the most distinguished engineers of the twentieth century, serving for decades as the director of General Motors’ research division.

Aug 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Douglas Engelbart and His Computer Mouse

Douglas Carl Engelbart was an American engineer and inventor; and a pioneer of computer and Internet technology.

Aug 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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 | 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?

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 | 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 | Patrick E. Meyer, Ph.D.

Fifth Annual IEEE GREENTECH Conference Rejuvenates IEEE Commitment to Clean Technology

In its fifth year, IEEE GREENTECH 2013 brought together 150 people from more than 30 countries in early April to facilitate new dialogue on engineers’ role in emerging green technology markets.

Jul 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

President Obama Outlines Plans for Addressing Global Climate Change

During 25 June remarks at Georgetown University, President Obama outlined a series of actions using existing legislative authorities to address carbon emissions and the challenges associated with global climate change.

Jul 13 | Nate Bailey

Patents 101: A Prelude to Unpredictability

Recently, the Federal Circuit issued a much anticipated opinion in a case involving whether claims drawn to computer-implemented inventions encompass statutory eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (“§ 101”), the provision of the patent laws governing which subject matter is eligible for patent protection.

Jul 13 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: "Old Days" in Chicago

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the International Consumer Electronics Show, which has it roots in the Chicago Music Show.

Jul 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Flood and Engineering Advocacy

Engineers and technologists are uniquely positioned to help before and after natural disasters occur.

Jul 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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.

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.

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 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Tesla Lab to Become Science Center

In May 2013 the only remaining research facility of Nikola Tesla was saved from the threat of the wrecking ball when it was acquired by the nonprofit Friends of Science East, known now as the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

Jun 13 | Helen Horwitz

IEEE 1149.1™-2013 Enables Integrated Circuit Counterfeit Protection

A new IEEE standard to help track the testing of integrated circuits (ICs) from wafer to grave also offers an innovative new approach to combatting the serious problem of IC counterfeiting.

Jun 13 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA Proposals Found Throughout Immigration Bill

It’s rare to find a major piece of federal legislation that leaves everyone entirely happy. The comprehensive immigration reform bill is a good example. IEEE-USA, for the most part, is pleased with proposed changes in the high-skill immigration sections that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in May and is expected to reach the Senate floor in late June.

Jun 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Fed Updates Guidance on Support of Travel and Conferences

In late May, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Controller’s Alert updating previous OMB budgetary guidance that had significantly reduced federal participation in Science- and Tech-related conferences and meetings.

Jun 13 | Jim MacInnes, P.E.

Book Review: Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution, The Energy Return on Investment

Do we need to — or more importantly, can we — replace fossil fuels with solar energy? Authors Pedro A. Prieto and Charles A. S. Hall make their case in their new book, Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution, The Energy Return on Investment.

Jun 13 | John Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Grand Central Terminal

A landmark in architecture, urban planning, and rail transport, New York’s Grand Central Station celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Superlatives for this rail station abound.

Jun 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: A "Close" Encounter

An asteroid streamed past Earth last month. Given the vastness of space; its distance was close ― a near miss.

Jun 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments from April and May.

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 | Sherry Gillespie, Ph.D. and Jack Cederquist, Ph.D.

IEEE-USA Government Fellowship Program Expands to Include USAID

Beginning in 2014-2015, a U.S. member will serve as a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Engineering & International Development Fellow. Find out how to apply.

May 13 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA Opposes H-1B Visa Increases, Agrees with Companies on Green Cards

A leading expert on high-skill immigration and a Microsoft executive testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 22 April in favor of high-skill immigration reform legislation IEEE-USA supports.

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 | Richard M. Jones, AIP

Holdren Responds to Proposals to Limit Federal Support for Research

In remarks prepared for the AAAS Forum on S&T Policy, OSTP Director John Holdren responded to congressional concerns about federal funding for social science research and proposed legislation impacting NSF's grant making process.

May 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Congress Looks Big Data and Next Generation Computing Challenges

On 24 April, the House Science Subcommittees on Research and Technology held a joint hearing on next generation computing and big data analytics to explore how advances in information technology and data analytics are spurring innovation.

May 13 | Katharine Zambon, AAAS

AAAS Analysis Shows Uncertain Future for Federal R&D Spending

Spending cuts forced by sequestration, drove federal R&D spending for Fiscal Year 2013 down to 0.8 percent of GDP—the lowest level seen in 40 years. If sequestration continues, it could drop below 0.8 percent for the first time in a very long time.

May 13 | Robert Colburn, IEEE History Center

Engineering Hall of Fame: “Advantageously exposed”: Palmer Putnam’s 1.5 MW Wind Turbine, 1941

Supplying electrical power generated from wind to the commercial supply grid has a long history. Although wind power began to make great strides towards industrial scale installations in the late 1970s and 1980s, many of the technical obstacles had been addressed in the 1930s.

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.

May 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments from March and April.

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.

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 | 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 | Chris McManes

Green Cards, Not H-1B Visas, are Better for High-Skill Workers, U.S. Economy

Comprehensive immigration reform is a hot topic on Capitol Hill and around the country. While the focus is on amnesty and border security, the high-skill component most interests IEEE-USA.

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 | Nathan Bailey

Real World Virtual Patent Marking

While it’s probably safe to say that innovation in the legal world will never rival the pace of Moore’s law, progress is being made. One area worth noting relates to virtual marking of patented articles.

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

President Calls for Targeted Increases and Cuts in FY 2014 Budget Request for R&D

On 10 April 2013, the White House released its FY 2014 budget proposal, including funding requests for key federal S&T programs.

Apr 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Robotics Leaders Unveil Robotics Roadmap 2.0

On 20 March, robotics leaders from academia and industry briefed Congress on the newly updated Roadmap for U.S. Robotics: From Internet to Robotics.

Apr 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

White House Announces Technology-Focused Initiative to Map the Human Brain

On 2 April, President Obama announced a proposed $100M Brain Mapping Initiative as a highlight of his forthcoming FY 2014 budget request for federal R&D.

Apr 13 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Consensus on Concussion in Sport

A 32-person panel of global experts recently examined the important issue of the management, assessment and prevention of concussions in sport with the goal of improving outcomes.

Apr 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments.

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?

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 | 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 | 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 | Richard M. Jones

"The Wolf is at the Door": Likely Impacts of Sequestration

On 1 March, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, began going into effect. Here is AIP's analysis on the likely impact on key federal R&D agencies.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Feds to Increase Public Access to R&D-Related Pubs and Data

Agencies with over $100M in annual R&D expenditures have been asked to develop proposals for increasing public access to both scientific publications and digital scientific data.

Mar 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: March 2013

Technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and IT and allied fields.

Mar 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Apple, the iPad and Federal R&D

The research ecosystem is fueled by the flow of people and ideas back and forth between academia and industry. This robust ecosystem has made the U.S. the world leader in information technology.

Mar 13 | Nathan Brewer

Your Engineering Heritage: Bulletin Board Systems

Before the World Wide Web became popular in the mid 1990s, millions of people used bulletin board systems as their primary method of getting online.

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.

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.

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 | 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 | 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 | Daryll Griffin

IEEE Members Can Join National Consultants Network

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

Feb 13 | Russell Harrison

Senate Proposes Massive H-1B Increase

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would more than triple the size of the H-1B program, while making nominal increases to the EB green card program.

Feb 13 | Chris Brantley

NASA at a Crossroads

NASA earned its reputation as one of America's premier technology agencies, but due to budget constraints and a fragmented mission focus, today it risks losing its leadership in space.

Feb 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Key Departures and Changes in Obama's Science and Technology Team

The President's science and technology team is losing leaders from two of the top posts in Washington.

Feb 13 | Gary Blank, 2013 IEEE-USA President-Elect

Blank Space: Communicate with the President-Elect

2013 IEEE-USA President-Elect Gary Blank shares some of his goals for his presidency in 2014 and wants your feedback.

Feb 13 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and IT and allied fields.

Feb 13 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: John J. Carty

He began as a telephone operator, and fifty one years later was Vice President of AT&T and Chair of the Board of Bell Labs.

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.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

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 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Protecting Power Lines

How can we harden our infrastructure against natural disasters, even as climate scientists are predicting that storms like Superstorm Sandy will likely become more frequent?

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

Technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and IT and allied fields.

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 | 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 ...

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 | Chris Brantley

Rep. Lamar Smith to Assume Key S&T Post in 113th Congress

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith will chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology when the 113th Congress convenes in January.

Dec 12 | Chris Brantley

Hearing Explores Challenge of Forced Technology Transfer to U.S. Competitiveness

Are American companies and taxpayers paying for R&D investments whose benefits are being realized by foreign countries? And what, if anything, can be done to limit the activity or its impact?

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 | Aline D. McNaull

STEM Visa Bill Passes House; Stopped in Senate

A bill that would grant visas to skilled foreign nationals with STEM degrees from U.S. Universities passed the House, but was scuttled in the Senate largely because the new visa program would require the elimination of the diversity visa program.

Dec 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Engineer Petitions White House to Examine Age Discrimination in STEM Fields

One engineer is using a new online petition site to draw attention to age discrimination in STEM fields, and he needs your help by 27 December.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

A roundup of technology-related news and notable developments with a focus on electrical engineering, computing and information technology and allied fields reported during November 2012.

Dec 12 | Alexander Magoun, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The Wireless Women of WWI

What was the Women’s Radio Corps (WRC) and who are these women?

Dec 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Workplace Bullying

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

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.

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 | 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 | Carol Glennon, CSAPM

An Overview of Agile Development Methods for Engineers and Tech Professionals

This article provides an overview of agile development basics, including common terms and processes, elements and stages, and how the agile process identifies and then delivers a work product.

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 | 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 | Chris Brantley

GSA Conferences Scandal Affecting Participation of Federal Scientists and Engineers in Society Conferences

Political fallout from the GSA conferences scandal is hindering participation of federal scientists and engineers in society conferences.

Nov 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Nov 12 | John Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Bing Crosby and Magnetic Recording

 

Nov 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: 128,100 Feet

 

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 | Matt Hourihan

A Look at Sequestration: Potential Cuts to Federal R&D in the First Five Years

The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program has released a new report that estimates the impact of sequestration on federal R&D budgets and by state over the next five years.

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 Calvert

Minnesota Pro Bono Pilot Program Helps Independent Inventors Gain Patent Counsel

Many independent inventors find that they can’t afford the cost of getting competent legal service to assist them in the preparation and prosecution of their patent application. Find out what one program is doing to help Minnesota inventors.

Oct 12 | Russ Harrison

STEM Visa Bill Defeated in House

Legislation to create 55,000 new STEM visas was defeated in Congress on 20 September, despite receiving strong bipartisan support. While disappointing, the vote does not necessarily preclude further action on a STEM bill later this year.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: October

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

Oct 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: My Rudy Moment

 

Oct 12 | Robert Colburn

Your Engineering Heritage: Univac and the 1952 Presidential Election

 

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 | 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 | 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 | Chris Brantley

Congress Swings, Misses on Cybersecurity

After two years of focused effort, the Senate took a critical procedural vote on comprehensive cyber-security legislation on 2 August, essentially deciding not to proceed with consideration of the legislation at this time.It appears that the 112th Congress’ cyber-security efforts were largely for naught.

Sep 12 | Rick Stephens

The Business of Education: Avoiding a Skills Gap

When it comes to K-12 STEM education, many believe that we are a nation in crisis. Boeing Senior VP of Human Resources and Administration Rick Stephens travels the country and visits with individuals and organizations who are working hard to innovate and create great learning environments for kids, and eventually for their families. Find out what he believes is necessary to bring our education system back from the brink.

Sep 12 | Ron D. Katznelson

"Here they go again" — this time with the Patent SHIELD Act

Before the ink has dried on the America Invents Act, a new patent bill was recently introduced in Congress — one that appears to be a major assault on patentee (patent holder) rights.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest: September

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

Sep 12 | Pender M. McCarter

IEEE-USA Spearheads Press Club Event Honoring Alan Turing Birth Centenary

On 4 October, in advance of Los Angeles and Washington theatre premieres later in the month and a national cable TV broadcast later this year, U.S. IEEE members and their guests are invited to Washington's National Press Club for a sneak preview and panel discussion of Codebreaker, an acclaimed new 53-minute film about Alan Turing’s heroic life, tragic death and lasting legacy.

Sep 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Man on the Moon

 

Sep 12 | Nathan Brewer

Your Engineering Heritage: Westinghouse Electric Corporation

 

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.

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 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: A Modest Beginning

With the arrival of the 100th-anniversary issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE in the mail, Don Christiansen reflects on the publication's modest start in 1912 as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers.

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 | Chris McManes

San Diego Gets Smart

Twice this year San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has been recognized for its Smart Grid network. So it was fitting that it served as host utility for the 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting.

Aug 12 | Richard Schwarz, P.E.

NCEES Past Presidents Lead NAE Technical Session on Licensure; plus a Recap of the April 2012 Electrical & Computer PE Exam Results

Three NCEES past presidents recently represented the organization at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies with a technical session titled "P.E.: The Regulation of Engineering in the United States." Plus, find out how PE exam takers fared in April.

Aug 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

S&T Advisors Recommend Freeing Government Spectrum to Promote Wireless Innovation

The volume of mobile data has doubled every year globally for the past four years, as users of wireless smart phones, tablets, and other devices increasingly view mobile access to data a necessity of daily life. As the demand for spectrum increases to support the wireless devices used for work, social networking, entertainment and other purposes, pressure is increasing to free up wireless spectrum now held by government agencies and private entities for other purposes.

Aug 12 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA’s Hole in 1s and 0s Part of Cool Mini Golf Course

During the multiple heat waves that have overcome Washington, D.C., this summer, the National Building Museum has been one of the coolest places in town. And not just because of its air conditioning.

Aug 12 | Pender M. McCarter

Engineers, Architects and Designers Honored in AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

For five days, some 500 panels blanketed the 116- by 316-foot Great Hall of the National Building Museum. Many of the panels recognized engineers, architects and designers connected to the building industry.

Aug 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Aug 12 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The Foundations of Mobile and Cellular Telephony

 

Aug 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

 

Jul 12 | John Platt

Prosthetics: A Career That Changes Lives

Every day, 500 people in the United States lose at least one of their limbs to amputation. Engineers are helping them to regain their lives.

Jul 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Remember Radio?

Not the origins of radio as represented by the works of its notable pioneers, or the advancements produced through the activities of radio amateurs, or even to the founding of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in 1912. Rather, do you remember the days when radio had become the dominant and sometimes only means of bringing news and entertainment into the home?

Jul 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Engineering's Debt to the Morrill Act

The Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, signed into law 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln, played a key role in helping to establish the United States as an industrial nation and world power, by providing the skilled engineers, new technologies, and emphasis on technology transfer and extension that helped build the growing nation.

Jul 12 | CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com Reports on the Nation's Best Jobs In Engineering & Information Technology

Engineering, computer science and many other traditionally "nerdy" careers have become some of the nation's coolest professions, according to a new CareerCast.com report on the best jobs in engineering and information technology.

Jul 12 | Dr. Massoud Amin

Op-Ed: Building New American Prosperity through Smarter and More Secure Infrastructure

Not only in developing parts of the world, but even more so in the advanced societies, our economy and quality of life depends on reliable and disturbance-free electricity and other life-line critical infrastructures that we often take for granted.

Jul 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

IEEE-USA Launches Redesigned Careers Page

IEEE-USA strives to help members manage their own careers by providing tools that will help them through tough times and help them hone the skills that will build resilient, enduring careers. To help facilitate members' career growth, IEEE-USA has redesigned its careers web page to make it more engaging and easier to navigate.

Jul 12 | Susan K. Land, PH.D. and Sorel Reisman, Ph.D.

Software Engineering Certification in Today's Environment

Professional knowledge-based certification programs exist or can be created for all experience levels, from entry-level to professional to mastery (or specialized). In today's software industry, the certification programs are primarily vendor specific (for example, Microsoft or Oracle) or domain specific (for example, focused on quality). It's time for certifications that help computing professionals demonstrate proficiencies across the breadth of software engineering practices.

Jul 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

White House Outlines S&T Priorities for FY 2014

On 6 June 2012, the White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy outlined the President's S&T priorities in a joint memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies as guidance for the development of their FY2014 R&D budget proposals.

Jul 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

50 Nations Outline Shared Principles for Merit-Review of Research Proposal

On 14-15 May 2012, the National Science Foundation hosted a global summit of primary science-funding agencies from nearly 50 countries for the purpose of developing best practices for international collaboration and to outline a set of shared principles for merit-review of research proposals.

Jul 12 | Jim MacInnes, P.E.

Energy and the Economy: Part II

This is the second in a two-part series on energy and economy. These articles first appeared as 10 installments in the Benzie Record Patriot and Manistee News Advocate newspapers in Michigan, and are reprinted here with permission from the author.

Jul 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Jul 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Growing Problem of Dementia

 

Jul 12 | Sheldon H. Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Telstar's 50th Anniversary

 

Jun 12 | John Platt

Crowdfunding: A New Opportunity for Science and Innovation

Would you kick in a dollar to help a world-changing technology come to life? Crowdfunding sites are helping scientists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise see the light of day. In the process, they want to help turn scientists into rock stars.

Jun 12 | Debra Feldman

How to Make a New Job Fall into Your Lap

Many earnest job seekers end up feeling hopeless that they will ever find a new opportunity, let alone have a new job find them. But by making some subtle changes to your job search tactics, you can get back on track and position yourself as a go-to, in-demand expert in your field.

Jun 12 | Russ Harrison

STEM Visa Legislation Proposed

On 13 May, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would dramatically reduce the time international students must wait for green cards after graduating. The STAR Act (S. 3185), introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) represents a significant step forward in IEEE-USA’s efforts to pass meaningful high-skill visa reform.

Jun 12 | Jim MacInnes, P.E.

Energy and the Economy: Part I

This is the first in a two-part series of articles about energy and economy. These articles first appeared as 10 intallments in the Benzie Record Patriot and Manistee News Advocate newspapers in Michigan, and are reprinted here with permission from the author.

Jun 12 | Jim MacInnes, P.E.

Book Review: Energy and the Wealth of Nations

In his review of Charles A.S. Hall and Kent A. Klitgaard's book, Energy and the Wealth of Nations, Jim MacInnes provides a discussion about the ‘science’ behind economic growth and the critical yet often misunderstood role that energy plays in our economy.

Jun 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Engineering Societies Engage World Leaders on Sustainable Development

On 22 June, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups will gather in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka Rio+20). The conference will focus on sustainability in the contexts of jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water oceans and disaster readiness. IEEE will have a delegation at the conference lead by IEEE President Gordon Day, working along with other engineering societies in support of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

Jun 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Jun 12 | John Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Pulse Code Modulation: It all Started 75 Years Ago with Alec Reeves

 

Jun 12 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: Sex Bias in Research

 

May 12 | John Platt

Aerospace Engineering Careers Still Flying High

Despite some uncertainty — and slower growth than other engineering fields — careers in aerospace remain strong and the need for new employees continues to grow.

May 12 | Debra Feldman

Telling Secrets of the Hidden Job Market

While networking may not be the easiest or most comfortable way to job hunt, the tight job market demands extraordinary efforts. And the results of networking purposefully are undeniable. Here's how you can get started building your own network.

May 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Girls Encouraged to Pursue STEM Careers

In April, the White House hosted a special event to encourage the next generation of women in STEM, which featured a panel of some of America’s top women in science and engineering, and premiered the new video, Girls in STEM.

May 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Not My Type

In an attempt to mimic web designers and their penchant for brightly colored and reversed out text, are print designers sacrificing readability and, possibly, losing readers? Don Christiansen muses on design trends in some of today's most popular print periodicals.

May 12 | David L. Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.

Developing New Specifications for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

The specifications for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) will change in January 2014 in concert with NCEES’s plans to move the exam from paper and pencil to computer-based testing (CBT). Learn about process by which the new specification were developed.

May 12 | Chris Brantley

Engineering Leaders to Convene to Discuss Future of U.S. Engineering

In April, the National Academy of Engineering, joined by Lockheed Martin and the Council on Competitiveness, announced the inaugural National Engineering Forum (NEF), which will challenges leaders of the engineering community to “address the precarious state of U.S. engineering — in terms of its capacity, capability and competitiveness.”

May 12 | Patrick E. Meyer, Ph.D.

Fourth IEEE Green Technologies Conference

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May 12 | David Boundy

Comments Sought on Existing USPTO Regulations and Patent Application Paperwork Burden

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently requested comments on the paperwork that applicants submit during post-filing, pre-allowance patent prosecution. This is a highly significant opportunity to seek reform of problematic PTO regulations — one that only comes once every three years.

May 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

May 12 | Alexander B. Magoun, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Titanic, Wireless Communications, and the Popular Delusions of Mass Media

 

May 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Animal Wildlife Crossings

 

Apr 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Computer Science PostDocs

By all accounts, the number of computer science graduates who take postdoctoral fellowships — also known as PostDocs — is quite small: just a few hundred per year. But thanks to the extended poor economic outlook, PostDocs are on the rise in academic circles, while the number of full-time academic positions is on the decline.

Apr 12 | Elizabeth Lions

Dos and Don'ts of Working with Corporate Recruiters

Knowing who managers hire and why is always helpful, but another — and perhaps superseding — issue is how you interact with a recruiter during the job search process, and how the wrong approach can unwittingly turn off the recruiter and hinder your campaign's progress.

Apr 12 | Debra Feldman

Get Employers to Notice You

The best way to find a job today is through a personal referral or what is commonly called networking. Passing information about a possible new role or pending vacancy between individuals who are connected to each other or have a mutual contact continues to be a rich source of new job leads. So, how do you get noticed?

Apr 12 | Richard Schwarz, P.E.

NCEES's Evolution, plus a Recap of the 2011 Electrical and Computer PE Exam Results

Today, the NCEES continues to evolve in its efforts to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors. Find out how the organization has worked to meet its mission of advancing licensure over the years. Plus, a recap of the October 2011 Electrical and Computer PE exam results.

Apr 12 | Samit Ghosh and David Woessner

Will Electrified Vehicles Ever be Profitable?

The electrified vehicle industry has received tremendous attention over the last few years and the great expectations continue. Looking at 2011 sales, however, expectations fell short compared to reality. So, how do suppliers, consumers and others industry stakeholders deal with this unprofitable situation and turn it around to get in the black?

Apr 12 | Chris McManes

Remembering the 'Ultimate Team Player,' George McClure

The greatest among us are those who serve others. George McClure would never have been so bold to think of himself as great. He served his family, country and fellow IEEE members without concern for how it would benefit him.

Apr 12 | Sabatini Monatesti; Stephen E. Beller, Ph.D.; Dan Kopen, MD, JD; Joseph Lyons, Ph.D.; John R. Zaleski, Ph.D., CPHIMS

Quality Healthcare: A Right, a Privilege, a Responsibility and a Concern

Reforming today’s healthcare system is a daunting challenge, which is why we must “Break the China” by implementing a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) value chain model that leverages 21st Century health information technology (HIT).

Apr 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Apr 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: From Film Star to Frequency-Hopping Inventor

Some younger readers may not know who Hedy Lamarr was. Old-timers remember her as a popular Hollywood star of the mid-20th century. Unknown to her fans and many of her Hollywood colleagues was her creative side. They were unaware that when the cameras were not rolling, Ms. Lamarr might be at home at her drawing board, diligently working at some concept that might lead to a commercial product or a patentable invention.

Apr 12 | Robert Colburn, IEEE History Center Staff

Your Engineering Heritage: Inventors' Responses to the Sinking of the RMS Titanic

 

Apr 12 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: To the Depth of the Ocean

 

Mar 12 | John Platt

Career Focus: Forensic Engineering

When things break and parties litigate, sometimes the person who has the most impact on the proceedings is not the plaintiff, the judge or an attorney — it's a forensic engineer. Forensic engineers investigate and reconstruct failures in a variety of systems, often determining the cause and liability of an event as it moves toward, or into, a courtroom setting. So, how does one go about becoming one?

Mar 12 | Debra Feldman

How is a Job Search Like a Romance?

Today's job search sometimes bears a striking resemblance to today's dating scene. Similar tools and tactics are employed in both endeavors to find a suitable match.

Mar 12 | Leslie Martinich

Your Engineering Career: Keep on Pushing

As an engineer, you already know how to keep trying different approaches, to keep on pushing, until you solve a technical problem. This ethos applies to engineering careers as well.

Mar 12 | George F. McClure

Are You Flourishing?

The Greeks had a word for it: Aristotle thought of flourishing as a synonym for happiness — eudaimonia, combining well-being or abundance and the control of individual destiny.

Mar 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The Engineering Gender Gap

Don Christiansen reviews mixed bag of reactions to Lego's announcement that will be marketing a new line aimed at girls, and wonders if engineering may be becoming a gender-neutral profession?

Mar 12 | Dan Donahoe

Reversing the Loss of STEM Careers

Interest in STEM careers among U.S. high school students is declining, while unemployment among U.S. engineers remains high. And U.S. immigration policies continue to complicate matters. So, what can be done to ensure that STEM careers remain a viable option for U.S. students and to ultimately reverse these trends?

Mar 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Interest Low in Federal STEM Jobs

According to a recent report by the Partnership for Public Service, only 2.3 percent of U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) grads are considering post-graduation employment in the federal government. Starting salaries were cited as one of the primary reasons students would not pursue federal jobs.

Mar 12 | Chris Brantley and Bill Williams

1.4 Percent Increase Proposed for Federal R&D in FY2013

The President's FY2013 budget proposal, as submitted to Congress, includes a $140.8 billion request for Federal R&D. If enacted, the R&D budget would increase by $2.0 billion or 1.4 percent over the 2012 level.

Mar 12 | Rias J. van Wyk

Technological Vigilance

Engineers and scientists are the custodians of technological progress. So what is is technological vigilance, and why is it important?

Mar 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Mar 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

In Remembrance: Roger Mark Boisjoly (1938-2012)

Engineer Roger Boisjoly entered the public consciousness in 1986, with his unsuccessful effort to stop the fateful launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Boisjoly passed away in January, but his legacy as a champion of engineering ethics carries on.

Mar 12 | Nathan Brewer

Engineering Hall of Fame: Pavel Nikolayevich Yablochkov

 

Mar 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: John Glenn, An American Hero

 

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 | 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 | Tom Tuytschaevers

Sifting for Gold in the Invention Mine

Many companies generate more inventions than they recognize, and each overlooked invention is a missed opportunity and potentially a wasted asset. Fortunately, capturing these assets through “invention mining” is easy and efficient. As an engineer, you are in an ideal position to help your company identify potential nuggets of patentable inventions.

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 | 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 | 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.

Feb 12 | Eric Burger

SOPA/PIPA Defeated...For Now

Extreme proponents of SOPA claimed the legislation would save hundreds of thousands of jobs and add between $50B and $250B to the U.S. economy per year, while detractors at the other extreme argued it would turn the U.S. into a police state and terminate the first and fourth amendments to the Constitution. As with many things in life, the truth lies somewhere in between.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Feb 12 | John Vardalas, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Early Digital Technology and the Navy

Steeped in long traditions, Navies tend to be very conservative organizations. And yet, there are times when these organizations will exhibit a remarkable willingness to blaze new technological trails. Two examples, one from the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the other from the U.S. Navy (USN), offer striking examples of this boldness.

Feb 12 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Passing of Mentors

Fortunate are the individuals who have had mentors guiding them on their journey through life. Age catches up with all of us, and our mentors die with the torch being passed to the next generation.

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.

Jan 12 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Toys for Budding Engineers

Do today's kids miss out on fun and learning that could propel them to engineering careers as they remain glued to iPads and computer games?

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 | Chris Brantley and Glenn Tenney

Policy in the Cloud: Part III — Congress Looks at Legislation

Issues ranging from privacy, security, law enforcement powers, intellectual property and global competition are prodding Congress to enact legislation to clear the way for new legal and regulatory approaches.

Jan 12 | Russ Harrison

Congress Delivers Holiday Present for Small Businesses

In mid-December, after more than three years of haggling, legislators agreed to a six-year extension of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, removing long-term uncertainty about the future of these programs.

Jan 12 | Russ Harrison

Immigration Reform Poised to Move in 2012

After a busy 2011, Congress may be ready to move a significant immigration reform bill early this year. A number of pieces have fallen into place over the last few months which, if bundled together, could easily result in bipartisan legislation becoming law.

Jan 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Digital Darwinism: FutureMedia Report IDs Six Areas of Growth

According to Georgia Tech's FutureMedia Outlook 2012, the coming years will bring increased personalization, innovation and flexibility in the media landscape. The report identifies six megatrends that will have a pervasive impact on how content is created, distributed and consumed.

Jan 12 | George F. McClure

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

In late October, participants from all over the world gathered at the inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference to present and discuss solutions for present and future humanitarian needs. George McClure recaps some of the conference highlights.

Jan 12 | Emmett Collazo

Protecting Brand Reputation with Software Copyrights

When companies create software, they create copyrighted works. Copyright law immediately protects is the innovative or creative expressions written in Python, C++, ASP, or any other coding language. But copyright protections can go much further: copyrights can also protect a company’s reputation.

Jan 12 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Spotlight: On James Howard, 2012 IEEE-USA President

James Howard has been an active IEEE volunteer for almost 25 years. Get to know a little bit more about the personal side of your 2012 IEEE-USA President.

Jan 12 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Jan 12 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: 2012 — A "Milestone"Year

2012 looks like a banner year for anniversaries. Some we may have an opportunity to feature in this section over the course of the next 12 months, but others we may not, so let's start off the year with an overview.

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.

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.

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 | 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 | 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 | Chris Brantley and Glenn Tenney

Policy in the Cloud: Part II — Issues Engaging Policy-Makers

Cloud Computing represents a revolutionary technological leap forward for policy-makers, who must grapple with new issues related to security, privacy, law enforcement and more. The second installment of this three-part series looks at the issues policy-makers face on this complex issue.

Dec 11 | Steven Rubin

Do NOT Publish That Article (if you care about U.S. patent rights)

The America Invents Act changed our patent system from "first to invent" to "first to file." But what does that really mean?

Dec 11 | Sherry Gillespie, Ph.D. and Tom Tierney, Ph.D.

What Does it Take to be an IEEE-USA Government Fellow?

IEEE-USA annually sponsors three government fellowships, which afford U.S. IEEE members opportunities to spend a year in Washington, DC, serving as technical advisors to either the U.S. Congress or to key U.S. Department of State decision-makers.

Dec 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Dec 11 | Nicholas Diakopoulos

The Future of U.S. Manufacturing

If machines and artificial intelligence are increasingly replacing humans in the workforce, how will engineers fare in the transition?

Dec 11 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: Henry Ford, Electrical Engineer

Henry Ford did more than any other individual to establish the modern automobile industry and, by perfecting mass production, he transformed the American and, ultimately, the world economy. But how many people realize that Henry Ford was “one of ours?”

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.

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.

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 | 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 | Chris Brantley and Glenn Tenney

Policy in the Cloud: Congress Looks at the Fed's Role in Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing represents a revolutionary technological leap forward for policy-makers, who must grapple with new issues related to security, privacy, law enforcement and more.

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 | 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 | John Platt

Report Addresses Entrepreneurship, Promises 10K New Engineers a Year

The United States must invest in infrastructure, accelerate entrepreneurship, increase competitiveness and focus on developing the professionals the economy will need in five to 10 years, says a new report from the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Nov 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

NCEES Seeks Volunteers for FE Exam Review

NCEES is seeking engineering professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam to help update the exam's test specifications.

Nov 11 | Russ Harrison

STEM Education Bill Introduced in Congress

On 5 October, Rep. Raul Labrador introduced a bill to change the process international students use to become U.S. citizens. The bill would dramatically reduce the time between students earning advanced degrees and getting a green card.

Nov 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

IP Seminar: The New Patent Law and What it Means to You

On 22 October, IEEE-USA hosted a seminar to help those interested in the patent process better understand the America Invents Act and its potential impact. Video from the seminar is now available online.

Nov 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Nov 11 | Sheldon H. Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Fiber Optics

 

Nov 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Steve Jobs

 

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

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 | Emmett Collazo

Patent System Reform: Costs Expected To Increase on Small Businesses

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act makes major changes to the U.S. patent system. Among the changes, the United States will now award patent rights to the first entity to file for a patent — just one of the changes that will likely burden small businesses and individual inventors.

Oct 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Comparison of FY 2012 Appropriations for Defense Science and Technology Programs

As of 26 September, the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee had completed work on FY 2012 appropriations for the Department of Defense and its science and technology programs. Both chambers are looking at similar Science and Technology cuts of over 4 percent, but with funds shifting to provide increases for basic research.

Oct 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Key Federal Research and Development Appropriations Take Shape for '12

With Fiscal Year 2012 beginning on 1 October, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on proposed FY 2012 budgets for NASA, NSF and NIST. The result has overall funding levels declining at all three Science and Technology agencies, although there is an effort to minimize the impact on the research and development components of the agency budgets.

Oct 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

The Green Button Challenge: Making Smart Grid Consumer Friendly

In 15 Sept. remarks to more than 1,000 Smart Grid leaders gathered in Washington for GridWeek 2011, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra challenged the Smart Grid community to innovate a “Green Button” that would empower consumers to better manage their energy usage.

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Oct 11 | Robert Colburn

Your Engineering Heritage: Degaussing Warships, Library Books, and Hard Drives

The “clunk” you hear when you turn on a large CRT television or a computer monitor, and the electrical surge you can sometimes feel and hear near the screen, are modern reminders of an important World War II electrical technology which saved many lives. The sound is made by the degaussing coil, which — in television sets — is used to prevent the discoloration of the display which can occur if the beams of electrons triggering the different colored phosphorus cells are not correctly aimed by the magnetic field.

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.

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 | 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 | 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.

Sep 11 | Mauro Togneri

IEEE-USA Position Statements — What are They, Why do we Need Them and What do They do for Me?

Many people know that IEEE-USA takes positions on important engineering, technical and career-related aspects of public policy that impact U.S. IEEE members. But maybe you’re also among the many people who don’t really know much about IEEE-USA’s positions and what they’re meant to do.

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 | Ronald Land

Assessment Exam for Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology Programs Now Available

Wondering if your 2- or 4-year university program is actually developing the desired knowledge, skills and abilities in graduates? If yours is an electrical or electronics engineering technology (or related) program, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Departments Heads Association has a tool that can help you.

Sep 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Zero Robotics Lets High School Students Program Robot Satellites in Space

A new national robotics competition from MIT, NASA and DARPA is letting high school students experience computing and engineering first hand by programming small space satellites to perform challenging tasks.

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Sep 11 | Nathan Brewer

Engineering and Pop Culture: Spaceflight in Silent Film

 

Sep 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Social Responsibility, Business and the Economy

 

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 | 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?

Aug 11 | History Center Staff

A Brief History of the U.S. Federal Government and Innovation (Part III: 1945 and Beyond)

In this third installment of a series of articles on the long, broad and deep history of the federal government's role in technological innovation, IEEE History Center staff look at the period beginning with the conclusion of World War II through the 1987.

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 | 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 | 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 | George F. McClure

How Safe Are We in Air Travel?

Two recent hearings by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations explored the current state of air travel safety. The first hearing, held on 16 March, entitled, "TSA Oversight Part 1: Whole Body Imaging" examined issues associated with the use of imaging technology, including effectiveness, privacy concerns, and health risks. The second hearing, “Airport Perimeter Security,” on 13 July, investigated the security of U.S. airports’ physical boundaries.

Aug 11 | Jim Jefferies

Policy 101: Watching Washington

Thanks to the internet, Americans now have much better access to information about Congress, pending legislation and their elected officials than ever before. You just need to know where to look.

Aug 11 | Marlin P. Ristenbatt

Opinion: The Patent Swamp

With engineers being drawn into unethical acts, shell companies with fake addresses being formed to behave much like the Mafia, IEEE Life Senior Member Marlin Ristenbatt believes we have entered a “swamp.”

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

National Strategy for Stewardship of Electronics Waste Announced

According to the EPA, Americans generate almost 2.5 million tons of used electronics every year, which are made from valuable resources such as precious metals and rare earth materials, as well as plastic and glass. At a 20 July event held at a certified electronics recycling center in Austin, Texas, representatives from EPA, GSA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality joined with senior executives from Dell, Spring, and Sony Electronics to unveil a new “National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.”

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Aug 11 | Terrance Malkinson

USDA’s MyPlate Program

 

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 | 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 | George F. McClure

Book Review: This Time Is Different — Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Recessions may differ in depth and length, but a recent book by Carmen N. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff finds no significant difference in eight centuries of financial folly. In each case, however, those engaged were able to convince themselves that their situation was unique.

Jul 11 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

A Brief History of the U.S. Federal Government and Innovation (Part II: 1917-1945)

In this second installment of a series of articles on the long, broad and deep history of the federal government's role in technological innovation, IEEE History Center staff look at the period beginning with World War I through World War II (1917-1945).

Jul 11 | Chris McManes

IEEE Innovator Recognized for 250th Patent

IEEE director Dr. William Tonti was recently honored for a milestone few inventors ever achieve — his 250th patent. His parents, Aldo and Catherine, made the day even more special by joining him for the ceremony at the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, N.J.

Jul 11 | Chris McManes

IEEE-USA Teams Up with Industry to Promote High-Tech Immigration and Job Creation

Some of world’s top international students earn their advanced high-tech college degrees in the United States, and many would like to remain here. But with an immigration system that makes them wait as long as 10 years for a chance to become permanent residents, many choose to return home or move to a country more welcoming.

Jul 11 | George F. McClure

Impasse Over Yucca Mountain

To reduce its dependence on foreign fossil fuel, the United States is considering applications for more nuclear power plants, but has not come up with a permanent solution for storage of spent nuclear fuel. And now, DOE has announced plans to scrap the Yucca Mountain disposal site, which had been slated to open for storage in 2020.

Jul 11 | Bill Williams

EcoCAR Competition Prepares Engineering Students to Tackle Tomorrow’s Engineering Challenges

The 200 some engineering students from 16 colleges across North America who have been working diligently over the past three years to compete in the prestigious EcoCAR Challenge will have a leg up on the competition when they enter the job market.

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.

Jul 11 | William R. Kassebaum, P.E.

Biofuel — A Viable Solution Engineered from Algae

With gasoline prices continuing to increase, finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuel is urgent. Engineers and scientists are creating renewable and sustainable solutions from algae to meet this challenge.

Jul 11 | Phillip Laplante and Mitch Thornton

Opinion: When Do Software Systems Need to be Engineered?

Until very recently, no state required licensure of software engineers. But licensure for software engineers will become a practical reality within two years in 10 states, and it's likely that eventually all U.S. states and jurisdictions will adopt some form of professional licensure for software engineers in order to protect the public. But which software systems should this change affect?

Jul 11 | Russ Harrison

Policy 101: Meeting with Legislators

There are many ways to share your views on important policy matters with Members of Congress. But the best way to influence an elected official, by far, is to meet with him or her directly.

Jul 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

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 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The American Cowboy

 

Jun 11 | Levi Lyons

Power Engineer Profile: Jay Caspary

Meet Jay Caspary, a working power engineer.

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.

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 | 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 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 | IEEE History Center Staff

A Brief History of the U.S. Federal Government and Innovation (Part I: 1787-1917)

In this first installment of a series of articles on the long, broad and deep history of the federal government's role in technological innovation, IEEE History Center staff look at the period beginning with the nation's independence up to World War I (1787-1917).

Jun 11 | Don Shafer

Taking Responsibility for Technology

IEEE Senior Member Don Shafer discusses some of the most infamous engineering disasters in modern history and the responsibilities of the engineers who build, deliver and use technology.

Jun 11 | Nita Patel

Book Review: The New Cool by Neal Bascomb

In his new book, The New Cool, Neal Bascomb provides an inspiring account of Dos Pueblos High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team and their quest to win the 2009 FIRST competition.

Jun 11 | Dan Skaar

Opinion: Raising Priority for Cyber Security in the Electric Utility Sector’s C-Suite

Cyber security receives plenty of attention in the industry through mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, says Dan Skaar, CEO of the Midwest Reliability Organization. But he wonders if it is getting the attention of all top utility executives.

Jun 11 | Russ Harrison

Policy 101: Inside the Minds of Congressional Staff

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) helps Members of Congress run their offices more efficiently. However, CMF also provides us with useful insights into how Congressional staff thinks.

Jun 11 | Patrick E. Meyer

Third IEEE Green Technologies Conference Underscores IEEE's Commitment to Clean Tech

The 2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference was conceived on the pressing need to address one of the nation’s most complicated challenges: securing green and clean energy sources for the 21st century.

Jun 11 | Julie Thompson

Improving the Nation's K-12 STEM Education: One School’s Program for Educating Future Teachers

The T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University has created one of the country’s first Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering Education in an effort to educate teachers who can accurately introduce K-12 students to engineering and encourage them to enter the field.

Jun 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

U.S. Support for Academic R&D Lagging Behind Other Nations

According to a recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, U.S. university research funding is falling behind that of other industrialized nations.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

Jun 11 | Chris McManes

Former IEEE-USA President Discovers Ancestor is Aviation Pioneer

Jim Leonard set out to find if he had Native American ancestry, but the former IEEE-USA president found out something entirely different — a link to early U.S. aviation history.

Jun 11 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: The Last First World War Combat Veteran Dies

Claude Stanley Choules, considered to be the last known verified combat veteran of the First World War (1914-1918) died in Perth, Western Australia on 5 May 2011 at the age of 110.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

World Engineering Convention Seeks an Engineering Approach to Addressing Global Energy Challenges

The World Engineering Convention (WEC), 4-8 Sept. 2011, will bring together engineers, policy-makers, researchers and industry leaders from around the globe to endorse a statement on behalf of the global engineering community to help inform national and international policy-making on energy and climate change.

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech News Digest

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

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.

May 11 | Robert Colburn

Engineering & Pop Culture: Communication Technologies and Liberation Movements

The recent events in Egypt and the Middle East have intensified the debate over whether information and communication technologies — often referred to as ‘liberation technologies’ — assist popular movements, or are used even more effectively as a means of surveillance, monitoring, and controlling of dissident movements.

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.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

White House and Industry Leaders Partner to Promote Entrepreneurship

In January, the President announced "Startup America," a public-private partnership to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship in the United States.

Apr 11 | Christina Inge and Fausto Molinet

Entrepreneurs' Network Celebrates 20 Years of Entrepreneurship Education

For 20 years, greater Boston and eastern New England tech entrepreneurs have had a local resource to turn to for training, ideas on how to run a lean, effective startup business, access to top VCs, and, most importantly, a sounding board of other startup founders.

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 | 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.

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 | David Pietrocola

The Quiet War on Innovation

Tucked away from the front pages and politicians' speeches, a legal battle of sorts is being waged against innovation, however unintended it may be.

Apr 11 | Aaron Collins and Mitch Thornton

Which PE Exam Should You Take?

Electrical and computer engineers have choices when it comes to the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. They can either take the computer engineering or the electrical and electronics engineering exam. But which one should you take?

Apr 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

House Introduces Patent Reform Bill

On 30 March, Rep. Smith introduced the House version of the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), followed by a full committee hearing on the bill held on 31 March.

Apr 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest

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

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 | Nathan Brewer

Engineering & Pop Culture: Electronic & Computer Music

Computers play an integral part in today's music industry. From recording and production to composition, many of today's popular artists use computers in their work. While it may evoke images of high-tech and sophisticated machinery, computer music and electronic music are not recent phenomena; electronic music has been produced for over a century, and music has been made using computers since before the era of rock and roll. While the widespread use of computers in recording and production may have only gained favor within the mainstream industry in the past 30 years, the genre has a very rich and deep history.

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.

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Federal S&T Budget at a Crossroads

With pressure building to bring the spiraling federal budget deficit under control and a change in political leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, Federal R&D spending has become a prime target for congressional budget-cutters.

Mar 11 | George McClure

High-Speed Rail — Have We Missed the Train?

In February, Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the President's plan to invest $53 billion in high-speed, intercity rail service over the next six years. The Administration calls the investment vital to U.S. competitiveness, but will a cost-conscious Congress think it's worth the price?

Mar 11 | Richard Schwarz

NCEES Update: October 2010 PE Exam Results & New Engineering Education Standard

With four administrations of the restructured PE exam for electrical and computer engineers completed, NCEES has made available early results from the October exam. And in January, NCEES also began using a new standard for its education credentials evaluations for engineering licensure candidates.

Mar 11 | Glenn S. Tenney

2011's Patent Reform Legislation

After six years, Congress is once again considering patent reform legislation in the form of the America Invents Act (S. 23). At the heart of the bill is a shift from a first-to-invent to first-inventor-to-file system. But there are many other issues that should also be of concern to technology professionals. What does this bill mean to all of us non-lawyers?

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

The 100-Year Starship

Sending humans on an Interstellar flight to colonize far-away planets was a concept relegated to the realm of science fiction until DARPA and the NASA Ames Research Center announced that they were planning the first step in the next era of space exploration — the “100-Year Starship” — needed for a journey between the stars.

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 | Charles Eldon

Engineers Week: So?

Former IEEE president Charles Eldon reflects on EWeek, President Obama's comments on engineers and working together on the "Race to the Top" in education.

Mar 11 | George McClure

Book Review: The Next Decade The Next Decade

The just-published book, The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been…and Where We’re Going (2011), posits that the United States has evolved from a republic to an empire, not intentionally but through circumstances.

Mar 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest

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

Mar 11 | Russ Harrison

Register to Attend Congressional Visits Day

U.S. IEEE members have the opportunity to meet the new 112th Congress on 6-7 April during Congressional Visits Day. During this event focused on federally funded R&D, a coalition of 30 science and engineering groups team up to remind Congress of the importance of basic research.

Mar 11 | Frederik Nebeker

Your Engineering Heritage: Electrical Technology Comes to the Laboratory

Scientific laboratories were radically transformed in the early decades of the 20th century by the coming of electrical and electronic technologies.

Mar 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The World's Population

The United Nations Population Division predicts that in late 2011 — specifically on 26 August — the world’s population will reach seven billion people. Why should that concern us?

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

State of the Union Highlights S&T Themes

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address to the 112th Congress outlined his Administration’s plans and priorities for the nation over the coming two years, and featured several science, technology, engineering and math themes.

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 | 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 | 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.

Feb 11 | John Platt

Engineering for Reparability: Designing for the Greater Good?

Should product engineers strive to design their devices to be reparable? Is it always even possible? What benefits come from designing a product that can be fixed — or from building one that can't?

Feb 11 | Russ Harrison

IEEE-USA Wants You to Welcome the New Congress

Congress welcomes 110 new members this year, most of whom do not have backgrounds in engineering or the sciences. IEEE-USA is looking for volunteers to visit your new Legislator’s local office to discuss IEEE and engineering.

Feb 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

A Look at the New House Science, Space and Technology Committee

The House Science and Technology Committee starts 2011 with a new chair, a new name, a long list of new members, and a new focus on oversight, government efficiency and the space program.

Feb 11 | Pender M. McCarter

Changing the Conversation: About Engineering

Late last year, representatives of industry, government, academia and professional societies (including the IEEE) met to galvanize support for a coordinated, national messaging campaign about engineering — incorporating the National Academy of Engineering’s core public-outreach messages.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest

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

Feb 11 | Frederik Nebeker

Your Engineering Heritage: Electrical Technology Comes to the Laboratory

 

Feb 11 | Terrance Malkinson

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

 

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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Lame Duck Congress Passes Key S&T Legislation

Just before adjourning its post-election "lame duck" session, Congress reauthorized the America COMPETES Act, expiring legislation that aims to bolster U.S. economic and scientific leadership by supporting basic research, improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and fostering innovation.

Jan 11 | Mitchell A. Thornton and Phillip A. Laplante

IEEE-USA and IEEE Computer Society Cooperate in New Professional Software Engineering Licensure Initiative

In most parts of the country, software engineers aren't required to be licensed — despite the fact that they may be working on software embedded in systems that could pose a physical or financial risk to the public. However, that is likely to change soon, and IEEE-USA and the IEEE Computer Society are working together to make sure a path to licensure is available to software engineers who wish to pursue it.

Jan 11 | Norman C. Lerner, Ph.D., P.E.

Federal Government 101: The IEEE-USA Congressional and State Department Fellowships

IEEE-USA's 2010 Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow, Norman Lerner, P.E., recaps his year at the U.S. State Department, and answers some questions about the program — including why a successful professional in the private sector would even consider participating.

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 | 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.

Jan 11 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: January

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

Jan 11 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: IEEE & MIT

 

Jan 11 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Movies Can Teach Values

 

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 | Donald Christiansen

Three Threatened Tech Treasures

Recently, Don Christiansen's preservation instincts were aroused when he learned of threats to three endangered electrical engineering- and technology-related sites.

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.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Harnessing the Cloud To Serve Individuals With Disabilities

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a national Accessibility and Innovation Initiative during remarks at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: December

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

Dec 10 | Karen Kaufman

The IEEE Foundation and You – Making a Difference

Find out more about the IEEE-USA Fund and how you can help IEEE-USA fulfill its mission.

Dec 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Royal Engagement

 

Dec 10 | Nathan Brewer

Engineering Hall of Fame: Franklin Leonard Pope

 

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.

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 | IEEE Staff

IEEE Members Give "Thumbs Up" to IEEE Member Group Insurance Program

Find out how members feel, what they're saying and other feedback compiled from a recent survey conducted on current life and health insurance participants. Plus, learn about new improvements and service features designed to improve the program.

Nov 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Outlook for Key S&T Competitiveness Legislation Uncertain

Congress' early election recess and the time constraints on the anticipated post-election "lame-duck" session raise serious doubts about the prospects for reauthorization of the landmark 2007 America COMPETES Act.

Nov 10 | Edward J. Joyce

Ten Secrets of Successful Tech Support

Good support is that gem of technical trivia that hits the bull's eye on the first shot—a precision-launched silver bullet that notches a perfect score and in slap-down style declares match over, what next.

Nov 10 | George McClure

Do Taxes Affect Innovation and Jobs?

Taxes are in the news, with the presidential panel on debt reduction expected to issue its report in less than a month.

Nov 10 | Patrick Meyer

Biofuel Review Part 5: Impact on Water and Biodiversity

Biofuels account for 1 to 2 percent of global transportation fuel and their share is projected to continue rising to about 5 or 6 percent by 2020. The growth of biofuel production has already had serious consequences for water resources and biodiversity. This article, the fifth in the series, provides a discussion on the impact of biofuel development on water usage and biodiversity.

Nov 10 | Chris McManes

Smart Grid Needs More Broadband Spectrum, Researchers Contend

For the Smart Grid to work as touted, a constant stream of online communications is necessary between customers' electric appliances and electric utilities. To increase the flow of information, more broadband spectrum will have to be allocated to the utilities.

Nov 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

NIST Realigns Labs to Improve Decision Making, Strengthen Interdisciplinary Research

After 20 years with its research components organized largely by scientific disciplines, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is realigning its laboratories according to a mission-based structure.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: November

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

Nov 10 | John Vardalas

Your Engineering Heritage: From Gaining Weeks to Milliseconds — The Transatlantic Cable

Lest one think that the obsession with speed is only an Internet-era phenomenon, consider the great amount of effort and money spent in the19th century to move vital data across the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Oct 10 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Who Wrote This Stuff?

That’s the question we often ask when roaming across and delving into the Internet. But now we must be aware that even textbooks that are ostensibly the work of one author may have been amended and rewritten by several others without the knowledge of the original author.

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 | George McClure

Lower Home Ownership Foreseen

For many years home ownership was seen as a sign of stability. Owners tended to stay in their homes longer than renters did, had an incentive for home improvements, and developed community networks. In the past decade, the “Ownership Society” was touted as a goal for the United States.

Oct 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

K-12 STEM Initiatives on the Fall Agenda

With the start of the new school year, there was a concerned effort in mid-September to focus national attention on the challenges and opportunities for enhancing K-12 science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States.

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.

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

Tech Digest: October

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

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 | 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 | Robert Colburn

Engineering Hall of Fame: General Stoner and the 24-Hour Circuits

 

Oct 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Wide-Ranging Benefits of NASA

 

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.

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 | 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 | Jean Johnson, Jon Rochkind and Amber Ott

Are We Beginning To See The Light?

Americans are convinced that math and science skills are crucial for the future, with strong majorities who say there will be more jobs and college opportunities for students with those skills, according to a new Public Agenda survey. But while there's broad support from parents and the general public for K-12 national standards, more than half of parents say the math and science their child is getting in school is "fine as it is."

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 | 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 | 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 | Russ Harrison

Home Stretch for the 111th Congress

With approximately eight weeks left until the General Election, the next two months should be among the most active of the year in Washington as lawmakers rush to finish work on priorities in time to tell their voters.

Sep 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: September

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

Sep 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Plans Outlined for Carbon Capture and Storage

In mid-August, a federal task force outlined a plan to overcome barriers to widespread, cost-effective deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies within 10 years.

Sep 10 | João Figueiras

IEEE Day: 7 October 2010

IEEE Day is a global event planned for 7 October 2010, in recognition of IEEE members — past, present and future.

Sep 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: Scouts of America 100th Anniversary

 

Sep 10 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: The IEEE Archives

 

Aug 10 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: The “Inconceivable” Consequences of Failure

If an engineering project is very large and/or complex, was costly to produce and deploy, is expensive to maintain, and has been operating successfully without failure, does it follow that, inevitabley, something bad will happen? In the case of the BP oil rig disaster, it did.

Aug 10 | Edward J. Joyce

When Time Remaining Is Not Time Remaining

Software engineer Ed Joyce takes a humorous look at the computer interfaces that have evolved from a simple flashing cursor into a maybe-it’s-on/maybe-it’s-off cacophony of video and audio, touch screens, and voice commands, among other interactive media. Computer geeks may gush giddy over these rich interfaces, but the final products often leave end users feeling exhausted and emotionally drained.

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 | 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 | Barton Reppert

Can Local Networks of Experts Help Boost Diversity in Science and Engineering?

According to a recent interim report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), local networks of experts can show communities how to bring more women and minorities to careers in science and engineering.

Aug 10 | Nathan J. Bailey and Monica Ullagaddi

The Supreme Court’s Bilski Decision Leaves Questions Unanswered

Many had hoped that the Supreme Court's Bilski decision would clarify exactly what is and is not patentable. However, the Court's decision left much unresolved.

Aug 10 | John Platt

Electric Vehicles on the Rise: What Does That Mean for the Engineering Community?

Even before the first wave of electric vehicles rolls out of dealers' showrooms, a great deal of work is already under way to make it possible for roads — and the electric grid — to handle them.

Aug 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Engineers’ Roles in Auto-Safety Assessments Drawing National Attention

Mounting reports of sudden, unintended vehicle acceleration have generated national media attention and attracted congressional scrutiny. One of the questions emerging from this exposure is the adequacy of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) technical capabilities.

Aug 10 | Pender M. McCarter

DBIS – Reliable Science on Local TV News

IEEE-USA has been a partner in the Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science (DBIS) program since 2005.

Aug 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: August

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology reported during late June and July 2010.

Aug 10 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Measure of a Person

 

Aug 10 | Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D.

Your Engineering Heritage: Up for the Count

 

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.

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 | 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 | Russell Harrison

Work Continues on E2 Bill

IEEE-USA continues to push Congress to pass the Engineering Education Act of 2010, or E2 bill, before Congress adjourns later this year.  The Act is supported by a broad coalition of engineering societies, businesses, universities and other groups, all of which see value in teaching American students basic engineering design concepts.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Patrick Meyer

IEEE is Getting Greener

The Second Annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference, held in picturesque Grapevine, Texas, presented some ingenious research on sustainable engineering.

Jul 10 | Barton Reppert

ITIF Debate Focuses on Global Broadband Access

In a 90-minute debate on 21 June, telecommunications policy experts argued the resolution that: That the United States is lagging seriously behind other countries on broadband access and this is due primarily to a failure of U.S. telecom regulation.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: July

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology reported during late May and June 2010.

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 | Terrance Malkinson

World Bytes: The Great American Bike Race

 

Jul 10 | Nathan Brewer

Your Engineering Heritage: Helping Document IEEE's Legacy

 

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 | Barton Reppert

Science Coalition Report Stresses Importance of Federally Supported Research to U.S. Competitiveness

Significant and consistent levels of federal funding for university-based research are necessary in order to help bolster U.S. global competitiveness and long-term economic health, according to a report released on 11 May by the Science Coalition.

Jun 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Politics and Policy Intersect in America COMPETES Reauthorization

In a bit of political drama in three acts, the U.S. House of Representatives successfully passed the once bi-partisan American COMPETES Act before departing Washington for its Memorial Day break.

Jun 10 | Patrick Meyer

Biofuel Review Part 4: Food vs. Fuel and Profit vs. Hunger

How does biomass production impact food prices, and how does the value of bioproducts impact the decision making of organizations as they weigh options of commercial profit or societal well-being?

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 | Mitch Thornton, Steven Barrett and David Whitman

Potential Change Slated for PE Educational Requirements

Over the past decade or so, a number of professional engineering societies have become increasingly concerned about the amount of education received at the Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree level for engineers entering the workplace and beginning the path to professional licensure. What changes can the engineer of 2020 expect?

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.

Jun 10 | Veronika Rabl

The Scorecard: A Common Sense Approach to Carbon Mitigation Portfolio Assessment

The United States and other countries are pursuing a very broad range of technology options to mitigate potential climate change impacts. Do we run the risk of expending our financial and R&D capital on options that will not be available in a timely manner? The Scorecard is a simple, qualitative approach that can provide guidance for answering this question.

Jun 10 | George McClure

Should the United States Have an Industrial Policy? Politics and Policy Intersect in America COMPETES Reauthorization

The problem with industrial policy is strategic — some agency must direct the policy, and it is not always clear that the best direction has been chosen. While the United States lacks an official industrial policy, government actions in the past have achieved some goals akin to industrial policy, usually motivated by defense concerns.

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 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: June

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology reported during May 2010.

Jun 10 | John Vardalas

Your Engineering Heritage: The Making of Football's Yellow First-and-Ten Line

 

Jun 10 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: Problems with a Former Supervisor

 

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 | 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 | Robin Peress

An Interview with 2009 IEEE-USA Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow Tom Tierney

In this in-depth interview, Tierney discusses R&D in counterterrorism technologies, his role as a Fellow at the Department of State, and his affiliation with the IEEE, as well as the intriguing junctures among all three.

May 10 | George McClure

Reviving Free Trade Agreements

Free trade agreements (FTAs) have proven to have an advantage in increasing exports from the United States. Today, the United States has FTAs with 14 countries. In 2006, six new FTAs were implemented: with Bahrain, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Morocco, and Nicaragua. Last year, trade with countries that the United States has FTAs was significantly greater than their relative share of the global economy.

May 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Public Input Sought on Privacy Policy and Innovation in the Internet Economy

On 21 April, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a federal initiative designed to gather public input and review the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy.

May 10 | Martin M. Sokoloski and Tom Tierney

Technology Export Controls Revisited

Technology export controls continue to be vital to U.S. security and competitiveness, but also challenge the ability of industry, laboratories and academia to interact internationally. Industry, academia and the government are calling for reforms to the system of licensing technology exports to enhance U.S. national security while allowing key U.S. industries to remain competitive in global markets.

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 | 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.

May 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: May

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology reported during April 2010.

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 | Sarah Rovito

Student’s Voice: IEEE-USA in Action

As a student, young professional or IEEE member elsewhere on the career spectrum, what does IEEE-USA do for you and how can you use this to your advantage?

May 10 | Georgia C. Stelluto

Volunteer Spotlight: On 2010 IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt

Get to know a IEEE-USA's President Evelyn Hirt.

May 10 | Robert Colburn

Your Engineering Heritage: Making the Grid Smart

 

May 10 | Terry Malkinson

World Bytes: Terry Fox: A Remarkable Legacy

 

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 | Wole Akpose

Is There Anything You Can't Do with Math?

Mathematics is a very broad area of knowledge and is the foundation not just for engineering (and the long list of engineering fields is growing), but is essential to other scientific fields, including physics and chemistry. But math's influence doesn’t stop there.

Apr 10 | Donald Christiansen

Backscatter: Don’t Blame Us

Don Christiansen recently received the news that he has been waiting for: It turns out that when technology goes bad, it may not be the fault of engineers after all — or even of technology’s users.

Apr 10 | Daniel Fisher

What Should an Engineer Know About First to File?

Senate bill S.515, a patent reform bill, is poised to change the United States from a "first-to-invent" patent system to a "first-to-file" system. What could this mean for engineers and companies whose lifeblood is their intellectual property?

Apr 10 | Mark Conner

Yes, You Can Teach Engineering in High School

Interest in engineering among high-school students is on the rise, but are these students being prepared for an undergraduate engineering curriculum? Getting students excited about engineering was why educators in Hoover, Ala., started The Engineering Academy at Hoover High School in 2004. However, if all they accomplished was generating enthusiasm without adequately preparing students for the next stage of their engineering education, “success” would be short-lived.

Apr 10 | Lance Kinney

Why Should Software Engineers Be Licensed?

Since the licensing of professional engineers began in 1907, every state in the union has developed some sort of licensure process to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens by verifying the competency of those who wish to practice engineering. While many areas of engineering — including civil, mechanical and electrical, to name a few — have been recognized and included in the licensure paradigm since its inception, software engineering as a distinct area of engineering practice is relatively new.

Apr 10 | William B. Harrison, PE

Your Personal Health Record — It’s Your Responsibility

One way to accomplish the goals of health care IT adoption is to give the patients/health care consumers more control over their health care and wellness by enabling them to own and manage a Personal Health Record (PHR). What are PHRs and how can we, as consumers, use them to help manage our health care as well as that of our loved ones?

Apr 10 | Charles Blue

Engineering a New Window on the Universe

It’s easy to appreciate how science and fundamental research advance engineering. What’s less obvious, however, is that the opposite is also true; engineering and innovation advance scientific research. Nowhere is that more clear than in the development of what will be one of the world’s most powerful and sophisticated scientific instruments, the aptly named Thirty Meter Telescope.

Apr 10 | Barton Reppert

IEEE-USA Leadership Applauds New FCC National Broadband Plan

The leadership of IEEE-USA has applauded the National Broadband Plan (NBP) recently introduced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), aimed at providing access to very high-speed broadband Internet service for all American homes and businesses.

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.

Apr 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

National Initiative Envisioned to Drive Student Innovations in Broadband

Leveraging the recent release of a proposed National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has invited public comment on a possible national initiative to inspire student-driven innovation in new broadband applications.

Apr 10 | IEEE-USA Staff

Tech Digest: April

A roundup of news and notable developments in electrical engineering and computer or information technology reported during March 2010.

Apr 10 | Sheldon Hochheiser, Ph.D.

Engineering Hall of Fame: Alexander Graham Bell

 

Apr 10 | Terrance Malkinson

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

 

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.

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 | Richard Schwarz, P.E.

Recap of the October 2009 Electrical and Computer PE Exam Results

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for electrical and computer engineers assumed a new structure in the spring of 2009. With two exam administrations completed, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has provided early results from the October 2009 administration of the three Electrical and Computer PE Examinations.

Mar 10 | Bill Williams

IEEE Takes the Lead on Smart Grid

IEEE has recently initiated several projects designed to bring together a “broad array of resources to provide expertise and guidance for those involved in Smart Grid worldwide.”

Mar 10 | John Platt

Environmental Engineering Poised for Growth in United States