IEEE Canadian Foundation

McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grant Report

In Dec. 2015, ICF Board of Directors awarded a McNaughton Learning Resource Centre (MLRC) Grant to the IEEE Student Branch (SB) at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, a public college based in Kitchener, Ontario. The purpose of the grant was to continue with the MLRC renovations from last year and to complete the makerspace. The SB was able to purchase a power supply, 2 function generators, and 2 oscilloscopes. This has completed the MLRC workbench area, which is now fully equipped and ready for use. The SB team learned from this experience how to work together as a group in order to achieve their goals. They may consider seeking alternate sources of funds for further purchases of electronic parts and small tools.


ICF Special Grant Report

The Queen's Space Engineering Team (QSET) at Queen's University was awarded the ICF Special Grant to compete in the Mars Society's University Rover Challenge (URC) in Hanksville, Utah from May 28-30, 2015. URC is an international competition which requires teams to build rovers designed to assist astronauts on the surface of Mars. A rover's capabilities are measured by its performance in four tasks: terrain traversing, equipment servicing, astronaut assistance, and sample and return. This project involves undergraduate students from a range of disciplines who are working together on a design project focusing on the creation of automated systems for human assistance.

On the first day of the competition, the rover's power regulators malfunctioned and the team was not able to participate in the first challenge, terrain traversal. Working throughout the night, the team managed to get the rover functional once again, and ultimately placed 11th in the equipment servicing challenge. Using the little spare time was available, the team worked to debug the new software system that was now in use. Later that day, the team achieved a 19th place finish in sample retrieval. The next day, the team finished 14th in the astronaut assistance challenge. Overall, QSET finished the competition in 16th place out of the 44 registered teams. This was a great experience for QSET with lots of room for improvements in the future.


        Group photo of QSET at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah

IEEE Canadian Foundation - Scholarships and Prizes

IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships with the value of $5,000 (universities) or $2,500 (colleges) each.
Any IEEE student members, registered in their penultimate year at a university or college with a McNaughton Resource Learning Centre, who has been active in the Centre for a minimum of one year.
To encourage awareness of and participation in the educational programs supported by the IEEE.
Deadline: March 15.

IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship (Northern Canada & Southern Alberta Sections Only)
One scholarship each year, value $1,500.
All IEEE student members in full time attendance at either the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary, who are in their penultimate year and whose program of study includes courses in electric power engineering.
Deadline: March 15.

IEEE Canada Women In Engineering Prize
One prize each year, value $1,000.
All female IEEE Canada members who received their first professional degree within the last ten years and who are active in IEEE activities.
To recognize excellence in young women engineering professionals and to support the Women In Engineering programme within IEEE in Canada.
Deadline: March 15.

IEEE Canadian Foundation - Grants

IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants
Eligibility: Canadian IEEE Student Branches.
To enhance the learning experiences of IEEE student members at Canadian Universities and Colleges, as well as encouraging IEEE membership and activities, and interaction between the IEEE Student Branch and the local IEEE Section.
Deadline: November 15.

IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants
An IEEE Student Branch, an IEEE Section, an IEEE Canada Committee, a non-IEEE entity such as a high school, or in rare cases an individual, all in Canada.
To partially fund one-time new and innovative projects that advance IEEE's core purpose to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity.
Deadline: March 15, August 15, November 15.

IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grants
Two travel grants each year, each one not to exceed $1,200.
IEEE Student Members in good standing in a Canadian University or College (at a college, undergraduate or graduate level).
To support IEEE student members to attend and present a paper at a Vehicular Technologies Conference or other IEEE Conference related to Vehicular Technologies.
Deadline: March 15, August 15, and November 15.

You Can Make a Difference - Donations to ICF by IEEE annual membership renewal

The IEEE Canadian Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE in Canada, is happy to accept your contributions when you renew your IEEE membership in the fall each year.

Just select the IEEE Canadian Foundation as your choice when you complete your annual IEEE membership renewal form (paper or web version).

Please note that this method enables you to make a contribution to the IEEE Canadian Foundation General Fund only. To make a contribution to one or more of our other funds, please consider donating online or donating by mail.

If you are a Canadian IEEE Life Member and wish to participate in our Canadian Life Member Fund "Thank You" program, please view this web page.

A Volunteer-Webmaster Needed for IEEE Canadian Foundation

The IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) is seeking a volunteer to maintain its bilingual website ( He/she will be part of a small committee whose duties include posting ICF meeting information and other related material, and coordinating French translation with the volunteer(s) handling that task. Some proficiency in French would be helpful/of value.

Experienced/knowledgeable and interested volunteers, please contact: John Mowbray, ICF Nominations Committee,

Webmestre bénévole recherché par la Fondation Canadienne de l'IEEE

La Fondation canadienne de l'IEEE est à la recherche d'un ou d'une bénévole pour maintenir son site Web bilingue ( Cette personne fera partie d'un petit comité chargé notamment d'annoncer l'information sur les réunions de la Fondation, de diffuser les documents connexes et de coordonner les travaux de traduction vers le français auprès des traducteurs bénévoles. Une connaissance du français serait utile et appréciée.

Les bénévoles compétents et expérimentés qui désirent occuper cette fonction sont priés de communiquer avec: John Mowbray, Comité des nominations de la Fondation canadienne de l'IEEE,

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