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CONTENTS
- Gauge Your Worth with the New IEEE-USA Salary Calculator
- Deans take the Lead
- Region 8 Workshop Explores Promise of Global Equivalency in University
Accreditation
- IEEE EAB in partnership with CCNY
- IEEE Power System Fundamentals CD-ROM Set Available
- Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund Community Establishes Scholarship
Fund to Benefit Victims of 11 September
- LeEarl Bryant, 2002 IEEE-USA President
- E-Week 2002 Kits Now Available
- Experienced Women in High Tech Have Higher Incomes than Men,
IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals
 
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Gauge Your Worth with the New IEEE-USA Salary Calculator
 
The IEEE-USA Salary Calculator for technical professionals is now available online at
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/salarycalculator.
 
Easy to use, this online salary comparison system allows you to find out
instantly what you're worth in today's job market. By factoring in more than
70 variables, including industry, experience, education and geographic
location, it is the most precise salary calculator in existence. Results
include a range of values, in addition to the median.
 
The IEEE-USA Salary Calculator can help you:
* Estimate a raise request for your annual salary review.
* Evaluate the effects of prospective career changes on your market
value.
* Negotiate an initial offer for a new job.
 
The salary calculator, which is updated monthly with consumer price
index adjustments, is based on the precise formulas and solid data of the
IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2001 Edition, the nation's
pre-eminent salary survey.
 
This year's scientific survey was conducted online for the first time,
resulting in a near doubling of respondents to more than 9,500. As the
biggest and most accurate measure of member compensation conducted by
IEEE-USA, the report provides many details not reported in the past. These
measurements are incorporated into the salary calculator and are part of
IEEE-USA's ongoing quest to provide useful, low-cost products and services
to IEEE members.
 
The IEEE-USA Salary Calculator replaces Salary Benchmarks: A Personal
Workbook. The list price is US$19.95 for a 12-month subscription or US$9.95
for IEEE members.
 
The IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2001 Edition can be ordered
by IEEE members for US$74.95 or non-members for US$149.95 To order, call +1
800 678 IEEE (4333) and ask for product number UH-2990; or go to
http://www.ieeeusa.org/catalog/01salary.html for more information and to
order online.
 
Deans take the Lead
 
For the first time ever, nearly fifty university deans of education and
their counterparts in engineering from Regions 1-6, 8, and 10 attended a
conference specifically designed to bring them together. The Deans
addressed new requirements for the preparation of teachers in mathematics,
science, engineering and technology. They realize that a population that
does not understand these subjects cannot make informed decisions as
citizens, consumers, and workers.
 
The deans began cross-campus collaborations at the IEEE Educational
Activities Board Taking the Lead: A Deans Summit on Technological Literacy,
held 1-2 October in Baltimore, MD, which was supported by grants from the
National Science Foundation, the United Engineering Foundation, and the
IEEE Life Members Committee.
 
Speakers and panels provided motivation and background information for the
breakout groups. The groups brainstormed to develop action agendas. By the
end of the conference, each pair of deans had committed to a customized
plan that will guide their future partnership.
 
Panel presentations, a list of major emerging themes developed by the
breakout groups for future consideration, and the summary are posted at
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/eab/precollege/deansummit/index.htm. The
proceedings will be available online by the end of the year. For further
information on the Deans Summit contact Douglas Gorham, Pre-college
Manager, at d.g.gorham@ieee.org.
 
Region 8 Workshop Explores Promise of Global Equivalency in University
Accreditation
 
Invited leaders of industry, government, universities from Central and
Eastern Europe met to consider the problems and promises of global
equivalency of academic accreditation for university engineering programs.
The IEEE Engineering and Computer Science Educational Program Accreditation
Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia was held 8-9 July 2001 in conjunction with
EuroCon 2001. Major financial support for the Workshop came from the IEEE
Foundation and IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB), with additional
support from IEEE Region 8, the IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Regional
Activities Board.
 
Representatives from Germany, Greece, Mexico, Slovakia, the United Kingdom,
and the United States of America addressed the intellectual and the
practical considerations in the quest for global equivalency in
accreditation. Accreditation identifies engineering and computing programs
that meet established quality criteria to the public, to employers, and to
students and their parents. Being accredited is a mark of achievement for a
university, attracting the best and brightest students. Though based on the
US Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) model, new
customized programs are developed taking into account a country's culture
and traditions.
 
As a result of this Workshop, Jerry R. Yeargan, former EAB Vice President
and 2002 ABET President, was invited to make a presentation to an assembly
of the universities of Croatia. Any one interested in arranging such a
visit should contact James T. Cain, Chair of the newly established IEEE EAB
Committee on Global Accreditation Activities at t.cain@ieee.org.
 
A summary of the workshop is posted at
www.ieee.org/eab/apc/wkshp/workshop.htm. The Workshop Proceedings are
available on CD-ROM from EAB. For further information, contact Sharon
Strock, s.strock@ieee.org or Daniel Donoval, donoval@elf.stuba.sk.
 
 
IEEE EAB in partnership with CCNY
 
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) has been awarded $40K for the
first year of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
to work in conjunction with the City College of New York (CCNY). This NSF
grant project focuses on the creation of an on-line professional
development model to support and implement technology education at the
United States elementary school level. The IEEE EAB was approached by CCNY
to partner with them in August 2001. IEEE volunteers will act as on-line
observers and technical advisors for the participating teachers. CCNY has
produced educational classroom materials that will be distributed to the
teachers in the project. For information on how to participate, please
contact Douglas Gorham, EAB Pre-College Manager at d.g.gorham@ieee.org or
at 941 753 4758.
 
 
IEEE Power System Fundamentals CD-ROM Set Available
 
Here's your chance to have Power System Fundamentals at your fingertips.
Dr Bruce F. Wollenberg, Director of Graduate Studies at University of
Minnesota (UM) & Director of the UM Center for Electric Energy, designed
and delivered this three and half hour course at the 2001 IEEE Power
Engineering Society Summer Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada in July.
 
The IEEE Educational Activities Board production of Power System
Fundamentals is now available. For those working in the electric power
industry, this two CD-ROM set provides an opportunity to learn or review
some of the basics of power system engineering. For those who possess a
general engineering background and supervise engineers, it can provide some
familiarity with power system engineering terms. It teaches the basics of
AC Power Systems, but avoids the use of deep mathematics. Think of it as
"Power Systems 101."
 
For full outline of contents, special CD-ROM formatting plusses, and system
requirements, see EAB newswire, www.ieee.org/organizations/eab/newswire
79.htm
 
To order The CD-ROM set, use IEEE number EC 142, $250.00 member; $300.00
non-member. Contact the IEEE Customer Service Department, 445 Hoes Lane, PO
Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA; by e-mail:
customer-service@ieee.org; by phone: 1.800.678.4333; and on the Web at
http://shop.ieee.org/store/.
 
Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund Community Establishes Scholarship
Fund to Benefit Victims of 11 September
 
Families devastated by the events of 11 September will face one less
hardship in years to come, thanks in part to the generosity of the science
and engineering community. IEEE-USA is proud to join dozens of technical
and scientific societies representing more than one million members in
sponsoring the Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund. Financially needy
dependents of both domestic and foreign victims of the terrorist attacks
can rely on the fund to help them pursue science and engineering degrees at
U.S. colleges and universities. The endowment is part of the broader
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which is benefiting from a campaign
led by Bill Clinton and Bob Dole to raise $100 million through fund-raising
events and gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals.
 
To make a donation or learn about the Fund visit:
http://www.aps.org/sciencefund.html. Or, for more information, contact
Sarah Davis at the American Physical Society: (301) 209-3223,
davis@aps.org. Submitted by IEEE-USA

  

LeEarl Bryant, 2002 IEEE-USA President
President's Column, January 2002
 
Let's Make a Difference During National Engineers Week
 
By the time you read this, a new year has started with all of our hopes
and possibilities for better times. With that in mind, I encourage and
challenge you to find ways for increasing the public's awareness of the need
for sound math and science education and how engineers use these tools for
the betterment of our daily lives, as well as the security and economic
soundness of our nation. The easiest and most rewarding way to accomplish
this is to volunteer to assist our local schools, students and parents in
better understanding how technology is born from math and science, and how
these subjects don't have to be boring or hard to understand.
 
January is a great month for preparing to make a difference during
National Engineers Week 2002, 17-23 February. Thanks to your E-Week
coalition, new tools have been prepared to assist in your volunteer efforts,
including a free E-Week kit with a host of ideas on how you can promote your
profession. To receive your kit directly from IEEE-USA, contact Rita
Hamilton at r.m.hamilton@ieee.org.
 
In conjunction with E-Week 2002 sponsors, the American Society of Civil
Engineers and the Dupont Corporation, E-Week 2002 is launching a new
outreach program for grade levels K-6. This program, ZOOM Into Engineering,
was created by WGBH public television station of Boston from selected
episodes of the popular ZOOM daily television series and Web site
(www.pbskids.org/zoom) that challenges youngsters 6-12 to explore,
experiment and share their creativity.
 
Unlike other E-Week activities for precollege students, ZOOM Into
Engineering can be a single activity or a multitude of activities and can be
conducted within several environments, including individual classrooms,
malls, parks and museums. Thus, one engineer volunteer or a group of us can
implement ZOOM Into Engineering.
 
In preparation for the launch, more than 100 engineers and educators
from approximately 34 cities - including me - were trained for implementing
the program last October in Washington. Check out www.eweek.org to find if
your locality has a trained facilitator. If so, contact this person to find
out how to participate in the local training program and any upcoming
events. If your area isn't listed, you can order a ZOOM Into Engineering
toolkit (www.eweek.org/2002/Engineers/zoomB.shtml), which will provide a
training manual, support materials such as a CD ROM and video, and balloons
and pencils to hand out as goodies for your first students. The toolkit can
be ordered online at www.eweek.org/2002/Engineers/zoom_order.shtml or by
calling 412-741-1393.
 
After reviewing the materials, recruit others to help out and you're on
your way. While you're considering the need and possibilities for this and
other precollege volunteer needs, remember that U.S. IEEE members and
societies only benefit from our E-Week investment when we bring these
educational programs to life in our local areas. Please accept the challenge
and help improve society's understanding of math, science and technology and
you - engineers who bring products and services to life.
 
E-Week 2002 Kits Now Available
 
WASHINGTON (28 December 2001) - National Engineers Week 2002 is 17-23
February and now's the time to request your free E-Week kit from IEEE-USA or
the E-Week Website.
 
The kit features information on the exciting new E-Week program, ZOOM
Into Engineering. Based on ZOOM, the popular PBS series, ZOOM Into
Engineering pairs fun activities for 6-12 year olds with opportunities to
interact with engineers.
 
The kit also includes "50 Ways You Can Participate" in E-Week, a
planning calendar, talking points, E-Week poster, tips for working with
students and a product catalog and order form.
 
To request your kit, contact Rita Hamilton at 202-785-0017, ext. 8354 or
r.m.hamilton@ieee.org. You can also get one by visiting
https://shop.eweek.org/eweek/ and clicking "Promotional Materials."
 
IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers created in 1973 to promote the careers and
public-policy interests of the more than 230,000 electrical, electronics,
computer and software engineers who are U.S. members of the IEEE. The IEEE
is the world's largest technical professional society. For more information,
visit us online at http://www.ieeeusa.org.
 
Experienced Women in High Tech Have Higher Incomes than Men,
IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals
 
WASHINGTON (28 December 2001) - Professional women with 20 to 29 years
experience in electrotechnology and information-technology fields have
higher median incomes than like-experienced men, the IEEE-USA Salary &
Fringe Benefit Survey, 2001 Edition reveals.
 
Women with 20 to 24 years experience earned $100,037 per year from
primary sources, while men made $98,500. Women with 25 to 29 years received
$107,000, men $99,600.
 
At lower experience levels, however, men earned more than women. For
example, for those with 5 to 6 years, men made a median income of $76,000,
compared to $68,000 for women. Men received $96,000 at 15 to 19 years, while
women earned $84,700.
 
With more than 9,500 respondents, the survey revealed a median primary
income of $93,100 for all U.S. IEEE members in 2000. Primary sources of
income include base salary, bonuses, commissions and self-employment income.
Women make up 6.8 percent of the U.S. membership.
 
A regression analysis to determine the net contribution of many factors
on primary income reveals that, on the whole, women U.S. IEEE members are
paid 7.3 percent less than men. This is probably a more reliable indicator
of distinction in member income.
 
The IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2001 Edition can be ordered
online at http://www.ieeeusa.org/catalog/01salary.html. An online salary
calculator, based on the survey, makes it easier for technical professionals
to assess their market value. Visit
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/salarycalculator.
 
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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the IEEE created in 1973 to
promote the careers and public-policy interests of the more than 230,000
electrical, electronics, computer and software engineers who are U.S.
members of the IEEE. The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional
society with over 360,000 members in 150 countries. For more information,
visit us online at http://www.ieeeusa.org.
  
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