I am committed to ensuring that IEEE-USA is responsive to the needs of the members, practitioners, students and the public. Several programs and activities outlined below are in various stages of discussion or implementation, and others can be implemented fairly easily. They will provide improved member benefits. I will provide hands-on tactical leadership for IEEE-USA to move forward with these programs. I have the track record of results and experience to make this happen.
IEEE-USA provides professional and public policy support for U.S. IEEE members. IEEE-USA has many successful programs and activities including: magazines and articles, salary survey, e-books, webinars, policy recommendations, STEM literacy activities, career and professional activities.
- To ensure members are aware of what IEEE-USA does, we should focus on increasing awareness and participation in Section-level grass-roots professional activities.
Sections should be encouraged to hold professional development events, either in person or via webcast. IEEE-USA should provide a speakers bureau and/or webcasts on current topics relevant to both higher grade members and students.
- Many members have certifications or licenses that require ongoing education. IEEE-USA can and should provide inexpensive IEEE PDH or CEU credits for its professional development events.
- Members are interested in the issues confronting their State legislators, who are bombarded with technology options and solutions by people with vested interests. They need impartial factual technical advice. Section leaders and members need training and encouragement to be a resource for local, regional and state governmental bodies.
- Email and newsletters have given way to tablets and smartphones. Communication is via social media, Flipboard, webinars and on-demand videos that can be viewed on mobile devices and tablets. There are hundreds of articles in Today’s Engineer. Many may be viable as short audio/video presentations by the authors, for example.
- Most IEEE-USA activities take place in committees centered in the Washington DC office. For many, the transfer to local volunteers and members for action is missing or ineffective. As with Consultants and Entrepreneurs Networks, IEEE-USA needs to enable Sections to establish local professional Affinity Groups for high interest areas, such as STEM literacy, public policy, and career sustainability.
- We need to ensure that we are delivering to student members the career and professional information and guidance they need so they will remain as members, especially about what experiences to expect when they join the profession.
US higher grade membership is declining, putting pressure on IEEE-USA finances. There are many reasons for this – the solution is to recruit more U.S. higher grade members. The pilot member referral program has shown positive results.
An ‘Annual Meeting’ needs to be a destination event that attracts non-members and industry and generates revenue for IEEE-USA. I will support the necessary steps to position the ‘Annual Meeting’ concept for long term success as a premier professional development and leadership conference.
These programs and activities described above can provide a basis for such member benefits to ensure you are satisfied with your membership experience and remain with IEEE.