Welcome to IEEE Region 2 in the COVID era…
It is my honor to serve as the 2021-22 Director of the IEEE Region 2. IEEE Region 2 is the home to many past and current innovators in technology and tech-policy over the decades, with both a rich history and a bright future. We support over 22,000 members in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, and Washington, DC as one of 10 global geographic regions of IEEE.
Much has changed over the 9 ½ months of stay-at-home isolation due to the pandemic. Under normal conditions, my welcome would focus on the programs and activities we support in the Region, in the US, and Globally, but many of these have been radically (if temporarily) altered by the Work From Home, Zoom/WebChat/Teams/Meet/etc. world we have entered into. We still have a very active (if virtual) program going in many technical areas, and are working to expand both content and engagement opportunities going forward. Our membership is a mix of academic, industry and Government workers, leaders and learners. We have a range of talents, and a very different set of needs and views of what is and is not working in the technical community. While we remain (for the most part) homebound, I hope to encourage a series of town hall dialogs to allow focus on where we should focus resources and efforts in the Region. Funds are available as a result of not travelling, which can be leveraged to create custom programming to support our members. I herein solicit ideas for topics and features for presentation.
On the up side, the “pause” in regular activities has allowed some newer concepts the opportunity to grow… virtual meetings within the Region and involving broader IEEE have become both more efficient and are better attended. WIE has been offering a program to decompress and dialog. Lifelong learning programs have enabled our more senior members who are less likely to travel in any case to confer ideas and wisdom on the rest of us. Some of this will be retained as normal operation when we return to travel. We will also begin to offer some Region wide virtual presentations…be looking at the newsletter and website for information on some of these programs beginning later this month.
We await decisions from above and outside as to when in person activities may resume, and I will update my message accordingly, but for now watch the calendar and e-notices for announcements of what we will be bringing forward. I wish all of you the best.
Director’s Farwell Message!
It was my honor to serve as the Director of the IEEE Region 2 for 2019 and 2020. IEEE Region 2 has a proud heritage and serves over 22,000 members in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, and Washington, DC with 20 vibrant IEEE sections. We are one of 10 geographical regions around the world which make up the IEEE whereas Regions 1-6 are the only regions within the US.
As I look back on two years as IEEE Region 2 Director, I recognize especially this year as one marked by world-changing events. What has been quite obvious is that IEEE Region 2 is still a vibrant, engaged community and contributing more to our Region 2 members than ever before. This year we faced the challenges of a global pandemic, and we have still made Region 2 great again.
During my term as the Region 2 Director, many initiatives and projects were started and have been realized. At the beginning of 2019 I stated my primary goals for my term to especially support:
- Our IEEE industry members, the “working professionals”, who have needs which might include continuing educations opportunities, career services, or networking opportunities.
- Young Professionals are the key to sustaining our organization. We must engage our Young Professionals, and allow them opportunities for leadership.
- Women in Engineering population needs more support from us than provided in the past to increase their visibility and ability to contribute and lead in our engineering profession,
Our Region 2 Committee has tirelessly worked on implementing new ways to support those goals. Thanks to all of you!
For this, I am particularly grateful to Felicia Harlow, Region 2 Secretary, Philip Gonski Region 2 Treasurer, Region 2 Director-Elect Barry Tilton, Region 2 Parliamentarian and Region 2 Life Member and Regional Coordinator Marc Apter, and Rhonda Farrell Region Vitality Coordinator & Strategic Planning Coordinator. Without their never-failing support, encouragement, and hard work our success would never have been possible. I encourage every one of you to fully support our new Region 2 team in 2021, our newest addition will be Drew Lowery who will join us as our new Region 2 Director-Elect. Region 2 Director Barry Tilton (2021) has my full trust to continue making Region 2 the most successful of the 10 regions at IEEE. Many past and possibly future IEEE presidents do have their home section in Region 2!
As you have new ideas that will help our members, I still want to hear from you. Please share these ideas with me (my email is given below) and I hope Barry can implement them for the benefit of all members in Region 2.
A very happy, especially healthy, Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2021 to all of you!!
Region 2 Director, 2019-2020
The July 2019 Region 2 Newsletter is now available via web and can be downloaded as a PDF document
by Dr. Rhonda Farrell
Includes information about upcoming Annual IEEE R1 & R2 WIE Forum in late November
**This message is sent on behalf of Martin Bastiaans, MGA N&A Committee Chair**
The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2020 MGA committee member and liaison positions.
MGA Committee Members
- IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee
- MGA Awards and Recognition Committee
- MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee
- MGA IEEE.tv Advisory Committee
- MGA IT Coordination and Oversight Committee
- IEEE Life Members Committee
- MGA Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory Committee
- MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee
- MGA Potentials Editorial Board
- MGA Strategic Planning Committee
- MGA Student Activities Committee
- MGA Training Committee
- MGA vTools Committee
- IEEE Women in Engineering Committee
- IEEE Young Professionals Committee
MGA appointments to other organizational unit boards/committees
- IEEE Conferences Committee (two members)
- IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) (two members)
- IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB)
- IEEE TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee
Each IEEE Region is encouraged to submit nominations to help ensure that MGA is globally balanced. Self-nominations are encourage
The deadline to submit nominations is 1 August 2019.
Call for participation: 2019 IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training
Program (VoLT) – The MGA Training Committee is pleased to announce the launch
of the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VoLT). The program
continues this year after graduating over 250 graduates to date. VoLT graduates
represent all IEEE Regions and over 100 Sections. As a testament to its
success, graduates are taking positions of leadership within their local
operational units and at the region level.
Participation Criteria – VoLT targets volunteers who have a true desire to learn about the broader IEEE and are considering taking leadership positions within their local units and roles in IEEE committees. IEEE volunteers with 2+ years of volunteer experience in their local units and who have not held a Section Chair position are highly encouraged to participate. The program runs in two phases as described below. Please read the information carefully.
Track 1 – IEEE volunteers are invited to participate in Track 1, which covers the core organizational units of IEEE and provides key foundation knowledge of the organization. The eight courses are located in the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) web site. Participants will need to complete a short quiz at the end of each session. If you are interested in participating in the 2019 VoLT Program you should complete these courses between May 28 and July 9, 2019.
To access Track 1 courses, log into the CLE (https://ieee-elearning.org/CLE/) with your IEEE account starting May 28 and click on the “VoLT Program” icon from home page to begin. Volunteers who complete Track 1 within May 28 and July 9 can apply for consideration for Track 2.
Track 2 – After completing Track 1, volunteers will receive an email notification in July 2019 with a link to complete an application form, completion deadline, and other details of the program. Track 2 candidates need to send an endorsement note (e.g., email or word file) signed by either his/her Region Director, Section Chair, Chapter Chair, or local Committee Chair. We may consider endorsements from other IEEE volunteer leaders on a case-by-case basis. The endorsement is a short note by a volunteer leader who knows you and believes the program will be beneficial to you. Send an endorsement only if you completed Track 1 within the dates defined above and receive the email with the program application link.
Please note that participation in the program requires a time commitment of 4-8 hours a month.
Track 2 will run from early September thru early December 2019. During these 3 months, participants will have weekly live webinars focused on leadership related topics. They will have a mentor and will work on a project assignment as part of a team.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Volunteers who completed Track 1 in CLE after the June 25, 2018 deadline and before the start of Track 2 on September 8, 2018, and are interested in the 2019 Track 2, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Bowen Collier, 2019 MGA Training Committee Chair
E-mail VOLT staff with questions: email@example.com