2020 Retention AwardWelcome to Northern Virginia (NoVA) Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Born in the fall of 1972 as a Subsection of Washington Section, NoVA is the result of Orest A. Meykar’s October 1st , 1972 petition to form the subsection and Dr. Jenny Bramley’s instrumental assistance with obtaining the required number of signatures, NoVA obtained the full Section status only four years later, in 1976. The Northern Virginia Section’s full history can be found here.

NoVA Section coordinates closely with Washington and Baltimore Sections with whom we form the South Area of the IEEE Region 2.  We also coordinate with the Central Virginia and Richmond Sections, our neighbors in Region 3.

This web site provides information for IEEE members who are or want to be active in the IEEE Northern Virginia Section. For information about IEEE, visit the main website https://www.ieee.org/.

Select the About Us menu for a description of our geographic span and relation to other sections, who we are, and what we do.  You will also find here the various leadership positions and the lists our affinity groups, chapters, committees, and external professional relationships.

Visit Newsletters for copies of the past Newsletters.

Hover over or click on the Calendar to find the description of our upcoming events for a monthly view.  To receive event notifications login to the IEEE site and verify your primary email address is correct and your communication preferences permit the local IEEE section and chapter e-mail.  You may have to be a member of a chapter to receive notice of its meetings.

The Resources page identifies different categories of resources available for volunteers involved with our Section. 

The vast majority of our activities are organized by members who donate their time. Contact any of our volunteers if you are interested in helping or contact NoVA chair at nova-chair@ieee.org.

2020 Chair’s Message

      Welcome to the IEEE Northern Virginia Section – a geographic unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  which embodies scientific thought and scientific endeavor.  Led by engineers volunteering to professionally help their peers, our section’s members serve to disseminate and make accessible the principles and practices of science to the Washington DC community.  

      I am honored to serve as the IEEE Northern Virginia Section’s Chair in 2020, and I am very grateful to have by my side one of the best Executive Committee (ExCom) to support my endeavor and commitment of leading our Section to a winning trajectory of growth, inclusivity, quality of education, networking and services. 

      I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the new Section and Chapters leadership and to extend a heartfelt appreciation to all our volunteers for their continued dedication to serving our members and communities. In particular, my gratitude goes to the 2019 Executive Committee, Section and Chapter leaders and members for their service during the past year and for their professionalism and dedication. And we couldn’t possibly be successful without the help of all of our volunteering members, and thus, I would like to thank all our members for supporting IEEE NoVA and contributing to its success.

      Without any doubt, what distinguishes IEEE as a professional organization from many other organizations, is its multidisciplinary character, its growing influence towards a scientific education and professional development. Because of our members, of their innovative research and our volunteers’ dedication and professionalism, IEEE ranks high in the advancement of research and professional development, generating constant learning experiences and professional growth.

     The Northern Virginia Section management team is committed to raise the bar and to discover new ways of facilitating better communication and integration of our members’ diverse points of view into our every day activities by infusing our efforts with new ideas and emerging opportunities. I will diligently work, for our members and with our members, to prioritize our team’s effort and focus on ensuring that our Northern Virginia Section continues to be known for significant accomplishments – ones we identify together. I will particularly focus on our ‘working professional’, our ‘women in engineering’ and our ‘young professionals’ and aim to identify the best way of engaging our members, and of leveraging IEEE resources of supporting all our members in their endeavor towards professional growth. The IEEE Northern Virginia Section’s management team is here to capture your ideas, your opinions, and your issues and to deliver the best networking and professional development opportunities. Some important annual events open to all our members are:

  • IEEE Officer Leadership Training, South Area – Jan 25, 2020
  • DCCEAS Engineers Week – Feb 17-23
  • NoVA and Washington DC Sections Award Banquet – Apr 18, 2020,
  • Region 2 Student Activities Meeting – April-May 2020 [at UMBC]
  • 2020 Science and Engineering Festival – April 25-26, 2020
  • NoVA Section Summer Picnic – July 18, 2020 [at Knights of Columbus Club]

Hope you will join us! Full information about these events and many more can be found through our website https://r2.ieee.org/nova

Wishing you all the best,

Dr. Michaela Iorga

IEEE Northern Virginia Section Chair



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