IEEE Region 2 Newlsetter: July 2019 Edition


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


PDF: IEEE R2 NEwsletter Vol 2 (2019)



MGA Nominations 2020

**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. 

Positions include:

MGA Committee Members

MGA appointments to other organizational unit boards/committees

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.

A complete list of available MGA positions, committee descriptions, and information on the MGA Nominations and Appointments process are available.

  Nominate yourself or a colleague now

2019 VoLT Track 1: Call for participation

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 ( 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. 

 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

Thank You.
Diane Bowen Collier, 2019 MGA Training Committee Chair

E-mail VOLT staff with questions:

2020 IEEE MGA Nomination Request

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for the following 2020 leadership positions:

– MGA Vice President-Elect/Board Chair-Elect
– MGA Treasurer
– MGA Vice Chairs
 -Geographic Unit Operations
 -Information Management
 -Member Development
– Committee Chairs
 -Admission and Advancement (IEEE)
 -Awards and Recognition Advisory
 -Life Members (IEEE)
 -Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory
 -Membership Recruitment and Recovery
 -Potentials Editorial Board
 -Student Activities
 -Women in Engineering (IEEE)
 -Young Professionals (IEEE)

The deadline to submit nominations for the above positions is 15 March 2019.

A complete list of available MGA positions, committee descriptions, and information on the MGA Nominations and Appointments process are available.

Nominate yourself or a colleague now

You must have applicable experience in IEEE or in other organizations for these positions.

2019 Directors Welcome

Welcome to IEEE Region 2!


It is 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 25,000 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 Region 1-6 are the only regions within the US.


In this elected position, it is my responsibility to represent our region’s successes, needs, and concerns as a sitting Board member of IEEE MGA (Member and Geographical Activities), as well as a Board member of IEEE-USA. In these bodies, I ensure you that Region 2 will be proactive, allowing our members to succeed in their goals. In addition, I am a sitting member of the IEEE Board of Directors, where my responsibility is to guide IEEE in current and future directions.


My goals for my term in Region 2 echo many of the goals of IEEE and our past director Timothy Kurzweg. We need to engage three populations better than we have done in the past. Our industry members, the “working professionals”, who have needs which might include continuing educations opportunities, career services, or networking opportunities. The second population is the Young Professionals (members within 15 years of receiving their first degree) are the key to sustaining our organization. We must engage our Young Professionals, and allow them opportunities for leadership. And our 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 male dominated engineering profession. I look forward to working with you all to better serve all of our members.


I would like to encourage you all to get involved as your time allows. This can be as attending a Section meeting or volunteering in different events. I realize that time is valuable and free time can be hard to find. I challenge each of the Sections to have events and volunteering commitments times that can fit a variety of schedules.


I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers at the Region and Section and chapter levels, and I know many of you are participating in all three. As a volunteer-based organization, IEEE could not survive without you. It is these individuals that organize new professional, technical, and social activities all throughout the Region.


As you have new ideas that will help our members, I want to hear from you. Please share these ideas with me (my email is given below) and I hope we can implement them for the benefit of all members in Region 2.


Many thanks to the hard work of our past Region 2 directors, especially Timothy Kurzweg who has shown exceptional leadership in leading our great Region 2 during his director term in 2015-2016. His vision and goals for Region 2 and his ideas to vitalize our great Region 2 will lead me during my term.


With your help, we will make Region 2 great again!


Best Wishes,

Wolfram Bettermann

Region 2 Director, 2019-2020

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