Written by IEEE | December 2, 2019
In honor of Giving Tuesday, held annually on the Tuesday following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer holidays in the United States to encourage philanthropy on a global scale, we’re highlighting some of the impactful programs funded by the IEEE Foundation which help drive IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for humanity.
1. IEEE Smart Village
IEEE Smart Village works to empower marginalized communities through access to reliable electricity, broad-based education, women’s empowerment and market-based business development. IEEE Smart Village was co-founded by IEEE Life Fellow Ray Larsen, and is an IEEE Foundation Signature Program.
2. MOVE Community Outreach
MOVE Community Outreach, an IEEE-USA Initiative, offers a mobile emergency relief program to assist victims of natural disasters. The MOVE truck provides temporary emergency provisions such as communication, computer and power solutions. Read below how the program was formed from IEEE Fellow Mary Ellen Randall, IEEE-USA MOVE program director.
3. IEEE Milestones Program
The IEEE Milestones Program recognizes significant technical achievements that made an impact on the future of technology. For example, technology created over a century ago that was designed to prevent ships from running into each other and helped lay the foundation for today’s radar systems was awarded last month.
4. IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute
Students aspiring to be the next technologists can attend the IEEE Try Engineering Summer Institute. The program introduces students in grades 8 through 12 to the fields of engineering and technology during a two-week program. The IEEE-designed curriculum includes team-based, hands-on design projects, guest speakers, academic preparation tips and field trips. Donations from the IEEE Foundation helps fund 30 need-based scholarships.
As the philanthropic partner of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation enables IEEE programs that improve access to technology, enhance technological literacy and support technical education and the IEEE professional community.