The Institute - March 2021 - TI-2

president's column

IEEE Membership:
Make It Your Own
and volunteers and how
together we could make
positive changes to our
profession, I was hooked!
This is what I want to
share with every individual working in technology.
This is an essential point. It
is important to understand
that IEEE brings together
and welcomes to its membership not only engineers
but also technologists from
a variety of fields, including computer science,
information technology, physical science,
biological and medical science, mathematics, technical communications, education, management, law, and policy.
IEEE is home to some of the highest caliber individuals with whom I have ever
been associated. It also has always been
a place where my ideas are welcome and
participation encouraged. My desire is
to see IEEE continue to be a place where
future members-particularly those from
underprivileged or underrepresented



EEE is built on the strength of its members and their volunteer efforts throughout the organization. Volunteering not only benefits IEEE as an organization but is also
one of the key benefits available to members. Two new
opportunities hope to simplify the process and offer flexibility to volunteering within IEEE.
The IEEE Volunteering platform enables members to
search for opportunities across the organization, be
it short- or long-term, local or remote. Those who are



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groups including women, students, and
young professionals as well as those in less
advanced economies-seeking professional
growth can participate and contribute. I
would like to help these colleagues in their
quest. As never before, they need guidance
and support navigating expanding markets
and gaining the necessary knowledge to
become more competitive across the broad
expanse of technical careers.
We live in a diverse world full of complex problems. Solving them requires an

looking for helpers can post the positions they need to
fill. The portal was developed by the IEEE Young Professionals group but is open to all IEEE members. By using
the platform, IEEE leaders, volunteers, and members can
connect with each other according to their schedule, talents, and interest.
The objective of the new IEEE Volunteer STEM Portal
is to leverage IEEE's global community to engage and
impact as many students as possible and to increase
volunteer engagement in preuniversity science, technology, engineering, and math activities. It serves as a centralized volunteer resource for all such activities across
IEEE's operating units.



EEE membership means something
different to each individual. For some,
being a member means coordinating
a conference. To others it is chairing a
standards working group or editing a
publication. Some individuals become
members because they want to show the
world the " boots on the ground " vision
of IEEE's mission: advancing technology
for the benefit of humanity.
When people join, they are looking for
IEEE to fulfill a need. Over the years, we
have conducted a number of membership surveys. I have looked carefully at
the data from those conducted from 2015
to 2020. What I found is consistent. Our
members want IEEE to help them remain
technically current, engage and network
with others, and enhance their careers.
One of the best choices I made more
than 20 years ago was to become involved
in IEEE. It helped define who I am both
personally and technically. Once you
become involved with the organization,
you see how collaborative and how effective each individual can be. When I saw
how I could empower other members


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