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April 2014     

Connected devices will provide opportunities in almost every field, but only if the right high-tech employees are in place.  more
Whether you're a team lead/project lead, a manager, a project manager, or just someone who'd like to have better relationships with your colleagues and teammates, try looking for answers about human behavior in the pages of fiction. And take a close, unhurried read. This isn't a quick fix, but it's not a tedious one either because, while you're at it, you can enjoy the story.   Many professionals use their technical degrees as a solid foundation for a satisfying career doing something else. Recent interviews with eight successful people, most of them IEEE members, demonstrate this winning combination: a strong set of technical skills plus a passion for the work at hand.   Accreditation work is an exciting and rewarding activity conducted by volunteer accreditation teams. ABET, in concert with its member societies, is constantly recruiting volunteers who are interested in furthering the profession through the accreditation process. Find out if this volunteering opportunity is for you.
Daniel Linskey, then superintendent-in-chief of the Boston Police Department, led the manhunt for the suspects responsible for the explosions that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the Boston Marathon last 15 April. Linskey discussed his role as incident commander during his keynote speech at the November 2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security in Waltham, Mass.   The IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition, 14-17 April at McCormick Place in Chicago, has grown into the place to be for those in the electric power industry. The biannual gathering offers such high-quality technical presentations and panel sessions in addition to its vast trade show, that it can be a challenge for attendees to take advantage of it all.   The headlined question was the subject of a 6 March hearing by the House Science Subcommittees on Oversight and Technology. The hearing’s purpose was to examine the state of technology and standards to protect Americans from international cybercriminals, ranging from rogue hackers to foreign governments and sophisticated crime syndicates.
IEEE-USA and the other science and engineering societies who partner in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science and Technology Fellowships Program were collectively honored on 27 March with the National Science Foundation’s Public Service Award.   Although women make up about half of the world’s population, they are woefully under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations. This and other issues are covered in IEEE-USA's new E-Book, Women in Engineering — Book 1 (Volume 1): Inspire and Close the Gender Gap.   A few months ago, students in NJIT's electrical engineering program revisited a discussion on how mobile and wireless communications have emerged as a quintessential innovation in the modern world. From the way stories are told to the speeds at which we communicate, wireless communication has ensured a more connected community where information is shared at the blink of an eye.


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