A friend of mine recently asked for volunteers for the SCV GOLD group. Rather than attempt to carry on individual conversations with each one for the entire information, I am putting the intial information dump on what they need to know here, then followup with each one to
see what volunteering role best fits them.
About IEEE-GOLD the "Graduates of the Last Decade" is a group of all IEEE members in the first decade of their Career (typically measured from the date of granting of the BSEE or equivalent). The overlap with PACE is primarily in the "Career" arena, and a little with the other concerns common to all members. I.e how to take the best advantage of benefit packages provided by employers, should I continue my education part time (and how)?, should I go into management? how can I afford to buy a house in the Bay area.
IEEE started GOLD groups on the theory that new Engineering Grads were not finding enough value in existing IEEE local activities to actually go, and that a GOLD focused group could do a better job of hosting such activities. The benefit to the IEEE is that more attendees to these meetings will discover other IEEE activities they want to attend, and they will, remain members, and go on to volunteer with the other groups as they graduate from GOLD.
How the IEEE works
The IEEE is a volunteer organization. Everything that happens at the IEEE starts as a volunteer activity. Some of the activities (particularly publishing and conferences) have over the years generated enough surpluses to allow hiring of full-time support staff. Some of that surplus is regularly made available to support, but not fully fund, other activities, for instance, creation of new local groups. Even when supported by full-time staff, the direction comes from IEEE volunteers.
Why to be a volunteer
The reasons vary from person to person. I want to keep up to date technically, I want to learn a new skill, I want to learn how to lead, I want to meet other people in my field so that I have a network to help me next time I need to look for work, find consulting, find customers, find co-workers, find employee’s or consultants. I want to give something back (we do after all “stand on shoulders of giants”). I want friends with whom I can discuss technological topics. I want to make Engineering my Profession AND my Career.
Whatever your initial motivation, most who try it discover additional value, and keep at it.
What to do as volunteer?
Volunteer Opportunities list: Elected (typically 1 year terms, a full rotation thru the list is a typical goal)
Appointed (not exhaustive):
Since one comment questioned the cost of the career e-handbook I mentioned earlier,
I thought I'd add this note from the mailing I got today from the IEEE-USA
Free IEEE-USA e-Book for Membership Renewal
IEEE members who renew their memberships before 31 December 2006 will receive a
complimentary IEEE-USA e-Book. Titles include "Career Planning Guide for IEEE
Members," "The Best of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer: On Career Survival," and
"Strategic Thinking: A High-Tech Strategy Guidebook," among others. See http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/4001/77981 for a
complete list of titles. Offer applies only to higher-grade members (not
students, afilliates or associates) and the member must have an e-mail address
available for IEEE mailings listed on the member record. A coupon code and
redemption instructions will be e-mailed to all eligible members early in
They Also mentioned that ...
A Georgetown University study found problems with the high-skill visa
provisions within the Senates major immigration reform bill (S.2611). The
study looked at three of the larger high-skill visa programs: H-1B, EB and F
visas. The report, funded by IEEE-USA, concluded that S.2611, as passed, would
expand the permanent immigration system beyond reasonable estimates of future
demand for non-American workers. The U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor
Statistics estimates the number of new computer and engineering workers needed
by the nations economy over the next 10 years at 1.25 million. As passed,
S.2611 would make as many as 1.88 million high-tech visas available over that
same time period exceeding total demand by some 630,000 visas.
More information can be found at: http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/4006/77981
version of Today's Engineer Online can always be found at:
Speakers: Ed Perkins, Dr. Trudy Hu
Date: Friday Nov 3, 2006
Time: 6:30 dinner 7:00 presentation
PACE exec-comm meeting 5:30pm
Cost: Dinner $10 minimum per person
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Every mega trend requires new frontiers new visions, new tools, and new problem solving skills. The latest trend on the economic battlefield is globalization of commerce, science and technology development. Change is the only unchangeable force in nature. Engineers’ and scientists’ career markets have gone through the following paradigms:
I. 1950s-1960s: Secure engineers in corporate world
II. 1970s-1980s: Restless and trend-knowledgeable engineers
III. 1990s-2000: Project-based engineers
IV. Future Trend: Globalization, Globally competitive engineers
Engineers, technologists and scientists have created incredible inventions using their scientific minds, logical and differential cognitive powers. Our scientific and engineering training equips engineers with the best tools for future career markets. However, it is time for us to upgrade our tool sets and sharpen our scientific minds to integrate diverse perspectives. The new globalization paradigm requires adopting new tool sets (communication skills and perceptions) to turn negative energy into positive breakthroughs. They include cognitive, emotional and behavioral upgrades and psychological makeover.
With the career paradigm shift, engineers and scientists have encountered severe conditions, such as high unemployment rate, multiple layoffs, outsourcing, declining benefits, burnout, declining health, age discrimination, and many more. Many fell through a silent crack due to shame, pride, or negative coping strategies. Engineers, technologists and scientists need to have a support system, a clear self-analysis, and understand their strengths and areas for future growth.
The ultimate goal of the Career Makeover is to empower engineers, technologists and scientists and their profession. It motivates engineers and scientists to work with management and human resources to innovate their own career and lifestyle in the 21st Century with empowered vision, confidence, and global leadership in technology and scientific frontiers.
The goal of this seminar is to teach you how to help yourself manage/run your career in this era of globalization and selective hiring.
You will learn about:
Communicate what employers are expecting, what things are needed to succeed
Understand market requirements, how you relate to market, your business model (EXERCISE)
Communicate attitudes and approaches needed to respond to new workplace
Understand personal factors impacting adapting to new workplace
What are your “critical variables”?)
Paradigm shift: the past, current, and the future trends
Highlight and compare the traits of the old and new paradigms
Assess your working styles, personality, career goals (self assessment)
Integrate different paradigms and empower yourself and your profession
Ed has 30 years experience in the electronics industry, including hardware design automation, program and project management, mixed-signal test development automation, design services management, chip architecture development, software development, and real time embedded systems programming. He was a program manager in the Virtual Test Division of IMS in
Dr. Trudy Hu
Dr. Hu is a Licensed Psychologist and National Health Provider based in
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added the SCV-PACE list.
IEEE-USA 2006: PRIORITIES, LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY ACTIVITIES
Speaker: Dr. Russell Lefevre, IEEE-USA VP Tech. Policy
Date: Tues Oct 3, 2006
Time: 6:30 dinner 7:00 presentation
Cost: Dinner $10 minimum per person
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Based on a survey of members in December 2005, the IEEE-USA formulated the following priorities for 2006, focusing the activities of the IEEE-USA board-members, staff and volunteers.
In addition to covering the status of these activities, Dr. Russell Lefevre, IEEE-USA Vice President – Technology Policy will address the issue of National policy in the face of globalization raised in the National Academy of Engineering report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm”, and how the IEEE-USA is directing its efforts in this area. He will also share his experience in dealing with the staff of many Senators and Representatives.
He will conclude with a brief discussion of IEEE-USA Technology Policy activities. These are used to help define our legislative agenda and have had many successes.
Russell J. Lefevre is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He received the B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of North Dakota. He received the Ph.D.EE from UC Santa Barbara. He has over 30 years experience as a radar engineer. His activities include identifying advanced technologies, performing R&D, developing business strategies, and organizing proposal activities. He was responsible for over 80 Small Business Innovations Research awards. During 2001, Dr. Lefevre was an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow serving as Science Advisor to Senator Jay Rockefeller. He was the Senate Staff person responsible for the activity leading to the NSF Math and Science Partnership program to improve K-12 education. Dr. Lefevre was personally responsible for inclusion of the Noyce Scholarships that provide scholarships for college students who major in a technical field and commit to teaching in a K-12 school. He continues these policy and Congressional liaison activities for IEEE-USA.
When he is not working on IEEE stuff, Jonathan does Mixed Signal Design Verification at Qualcomm. Senior Member IEEE. Founder IEEE-SCV-SSC (the first Solid State Circuits chapter). Past Section Chair, Santa Clara Valley Section - the Largest Section. Co-founder IEEE-SCV-CAS. IEEE-SSCS Membership chair 2001-2003. IEEE SSCS chapters Committee member. IEEE-SCV-PACE committee member 2001- IEEE-SCV-PACE Chair 2006-2007. IEEE R6 PACE coordinator.
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