SECTION TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
Can the event you are planning be defined as
a Section Technical
To be defined as such, your program should meet
the following criteria:
Section Technical Conference occupies the
major portion of a full day or
Section Technical Conference contains a
program of five or more technical papers,
panel discussions or similar technical
presentations (in addition to any planned
social activities). The technical program
runs for a minimum of five hours, including
Section Technical Conference is sponsored
exclusively by one Section (and possibly it's
own Subsections, Chapters, Affinity Groups or
in Regions 8, 9 and 10 may co-sponsor a
meeting of this type with national
engineering societies in their respective
Attendance should be drawn from the territory of
the Section and its environs. When
circumstances warrant, this requirement may be
waived by co-sponsoring the event with another
Section, or by obtaining a "cross endorsement."
See the next article on organizing a conference,
for further information.
FOR ORGANIZING A CONFERENCE
The prime objective of conducting IEEE
conferences is to provide IEEE members, other
individuals and organizations with information
and exhibits to assist in the advancement of
electrical and electronics engineering and the
related arts and sciences. As a Section or
Chapter leader, please remember to consult the
IEEE Conference web site at http://www.ieee.org/conferences
before you begin planning your event. In
addition, you should be aware of the following
organizational units engaged in conference
sponsorship may not enter into any type of
sponsorship arrangement with a "For Profit"
Units are expected to keep their sponsored
events within their geographic area. When a
unit moves out of its defined area,
co-sponsorship or cross endorsement is
required (IEEE Policy Manual
the IEEE Conference Database at
before you determine the date/location of
your conference. Are there any other IEEE
Conferences (with similar technical content)
scheduled at the same time of the your
contact IEEE Conference Services at
if you have any questions regarding the
organization of conferences.
ARREARS RECOVERY PROGRAM IS ENDING
Reminder: The Section Arrears Recovery Pilot
program will conclude on 31 August 2003. Thank
you to those Sections that have participated!
The program was designed to encourage Sections
to initiate a personal outreach to members in
arrears. The Section Arrears Recovery Program
offered Sections $5.00 for each full dues paying
arrears member recovered between 10 March and 31
August 2003. This incentive was in addition to
the regular rebates paid to the section for
every active member.
Sections are encouraged to reach out to local
members in arrears. For a complete program
description please visit the following
additional information about this pilot program
contact Felicia Taylor via email at
In addition to the Section efforts in the
Arrears Recovery Pilot program, the IEEE Member
Services Department conducted a telemarketing
campaign designed to recapture Arrears members
in the US and Canada (Regions 1-7).
program is an annual activity sponsored by the
Regional Activities Department. The program ran
from 19 March through 2 July 2003.
are pleased to report that the outreach has
resulted in the recovery of 2,280 IEEE Members
along with 2,216 Society Memberships ? with
renewals occurring in all 37 Societies, as well
as in the Women in Engineering affinity group.
Members who did not renew cited the following as
the most prominent reasons: 1. Dues/Fees too
expensive (18.9 %); 2. Employer doesn't pay dues
(11.6%); and 3. Change in career (9.9
additional information on this program, please
contact Felicia Taylor, Regional Activities
Department, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOURNALS RANK HIGH IN ANNUAL CITATION STUDY
Access to the latest technology is one of
the benefits of IEEE membership. IEEE publishes
the top eight journals in electrical and
electronics engineering and the top seven
journals in telecommunications, according to
recently released results from the Institute for
Scientific Information's annual Journal Citation
Reports (2002 edition). The ISI study ranks
journals by their impact factor -- the number of
times their papers are quoted or cited by other
scientific publications in their initial year of
issue publication. You can view the report in
more detail at http://www.ieee.org/citations.
list of member benefits can be found
TECH "BABBLE"? TEST YOURSELF!
An interesting article regarding the results
of a survey done on technical jargon can be
found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3054210.stm.
can take the jargon quiz at http://www2.amd.com/us-en/gcab/lt/exam/1,,,00.html.
We suspect that IEEE members would do better
than the general population (3% of the 1500
people surveyed in the US, UK, China and Japan
got a perfect score).