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- IEEE Virtual Museum announcement
- IEEE Sponsors Four Student Members for Prestigious Washington
Internships for Students of Engineering
- IEEE-USA Endorses Senate Bills on Homeland Security 
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IEEE Virtual Museum announcement
Piscataway, NJ -- Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb, so why does
everyone think he did? What was the first computer? How did the patterns in
a Utah cornfield lead to the development of TV? What is the "X" in an
X-ray? Why are Alvin and the Chipmunks part of a museum about technology?
The answers to these questions and more are found in the new IEEE
Virtual Museum launched at Designed for
educators, pre-college students, and the general public, the virtual museum
debuted with two exhibits containing audio and video clips, and interactive
features: Socket to Me! How Electricity Came to Be and The Beat Goes On:
How Sounds are Recorded and Played.
Three more exhibits are in production and are scheduled for release by
third quarter 2002. These will explore the different applications of
microwaves, the works of Thomas Edison, and contributions women have made
to electrical and information technologies.
The IEEE Virtual Museum explores the global social impact of
electrical and information sciences and technologies and demonstrates the
relevance of engineering and engineers to society. It is supported by the
IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Life Members, and the Trustees of the IEEE
History Center.
Kim Breitfelder
Project Manager, IEEE Virtual Museum
IEEE/Rutgers University History Center
39 Union St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 932-1066

IEEE Sponsors Four Student Members for Prestigious Washington
Internships for Students of Engineering
WASHINGTON - IEEE-USA, in collaboration with the IEEE
Technical Activities Board and the IEEE Life Members Committee, is
pleased to announce IEEE sponsorship of four IEEE Student Members in the
prestigious Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)
Summer 2002 program. Participating for the IEEE are:
* Jason Fredericks, an engineering science and physics major at Trinity
University in Texas. Fredericks plans to explore the role that powerline
broadband can play in bridging the digital divide.
* Trampas Kurth, an electrical engineering major at Kansas State
University. Kurth is interested in how the Internet has changed the
dynamics of intellectual property and fair use policies.
* Davis Richard Thompson, an electrical engineering major at Columbia
University. President of the IEEE student branch at Columbia, Thompson
will investigate current genomics legislation and issues related to
integration of technology and biology.
* Max Vilimpoc, an electrical engineering major at the Ohio State
University. Vilimpoc brings to Washington an interest in cryptography,
intellectual property and equal access policy issues.
Three additional IEEE student members are participating in WISE 2002
under sponsorship of other engineering societies. Andrew Lilly, of the
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is sponsored by the Society of
Automotive Engineers. Tolani Owasu, of the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte, is sponsored by the National Society of
Professional Engineers. Mark Rice, of Kansas State University, is
sponsored by the American Association of Engineering Societies.
Each year, WISE brings 14-16 outstanding engineering students to
Washington, DC for 10 weeks to learn how government officials make
decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can
contribute to legislative and regulatory public-policy decisions. WISE
Interns research and present detailed policy papers on such topics as
federal strategies to encourage rural broadband access or ensuring
electric reliability in deregulated markets. The summer 2002 program
begins on 28 May. For more information on the WISE Internships, visit
the WISE website at; or contact Chris
Brantley, IEEE-USA's Director of Government Relations, at
IEEE-USA TODAY'S ENGINEER has a new look and now includes the content
formerly published in IEEE-USA POLICY PERSPECTIVES, including articles and
commentary on the topics that are shaping legislation, the technology
workplace, and the engineering world. POLICY PERSPECTIVES will no longer be
published as a separate webzine, but will now complement the
career-building content of TODAY'S ENGINEER.
This month's edition of TODAY'S ENGINEER includes:
Building Careers
Shaping Public Policy
Also this month in TE:
- Engineering Trends: Do Engineers and Customers Mix?
- Engineering Hall of Fame: Hugo Gernsback
- World Bytes: How Can You Value What You Cannot Touch?
To read TODAY'S ENGINEER, visit:
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IEEE-USA Endorses Senate Bills on Homeland Security
WASHINGTON (24 April 2002) - In testimony before a hearing of the Senate
Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space on homeland security and
technology, IEEE-USA endorsed two Senate bills designed to provide a
coordinated technology response in the event of a major emergency, and
strengthen our nation's security against computer attacks.
Ron Hira, chair of the IEEE-USA Research and Development Policy
Committee, testified in support of S. 2182, the Cyber Security Research and
Development Act. IEEE-USA previously backed a companion bill (H.R. 3394),
which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 400-12 on Feb. 7. The
cyber security bills would create new research and education programs to
address the nation's extraordinary vulnerability to attacks upon computer
systems and networks, and the critical national infrastructures that rely
upon them (e.g., water systems and electricity grids).
IEEE-USA believes the Act will pay dividends not only for protection
against cyber terrorism, but for commerce and personal privacy as well. "In
order to advance the state of the art and the state of the market, we need
to advance the state of the science in cyber security," Hira said before the
Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space of the Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science and Transportation. "IEEE-USA is pleased to support S.
IEEE-USA also endorsed the objectives of S. 2037, the Science and
Technology Emergency Mobilization Act. The purpose of the Act "is to
mobilize America's extensive capability in technology and science in
responding" to terrorist attacks and other major emergencies.
"The concept of organizing to focus the nation's technology resources to
address the response to terrorist attacks and other emergencies is an
important ingredient in a robust homeland defense," Hira said. "The
challenge, however, is in coordinating the response, finding the necessary
experts and supplies, and getting them into place as quickly as possible."
Hira's testimony can be accessed at  
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