April 2020 Issue

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Scholarships and Prizes

  • IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards recognize and honor individuals and companies for major contributions to engineering and technical education. Several awards are available. To learn more, please visit this page. Applications are due May 4th, 2020.
  • Every three years, the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual, who over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board, its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its goals and objectives. Selection criteria, the nomination form, and more information on the MGA awards process are available.To learn more, please visit this page. Applications are due May 15th, 2020 (for completed nomination form and two letters of endorsement).
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation supports Power & Energy Scholarship (PES) Plus Initiative - The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to qualified undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.To learn more, please visit this page. Applications are due June 30th, 2020.

IEEE Canadian Foundation - Special Grant Reports

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation awarded the University of British Columbia IEEE Student Branch UBC Formula Electric FSAE team a Special Grant in support of students' participation in the 2020 competition in Fontana, California.
    In 1981, SAE International (formerly known as Society of Automotive Engineers) developed and managed the first Formula SAE® (FSAE®) student competition. In the North America, there are now three competitions managed by SAE International: in Michigan, California, and Ontario, Canada. Internationally, there are currently over 20 Formula SAE/Formula Student competitions. The students are to conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with small, formula style vehicles. Last year, the number of registered teams was 120 and onsite there were 109 teams, while the number of participating students was 2567. This year, Formula SAE® California is scheduled for June 17-20, 2020 in Fontana, CA, USA, and under present circumstances it is not certain if it will be held at that time. In 2018, the UBC team competed at Formula North 2018 in Barrie, Ontario with their first electric race car, and placed 7th overall out of 18 teams. The UBC team has now 60 members, almost double than last year. For this year's competition, the team has used technical skills gained during the two-year construction of the vehicle. The 2020 race car improvements incorporate traction control and torque vectoring, manufacturing a carbon fiber monocoque, and more energy-dense accumulator cells. The team's aim is to finish among top 5.

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation awarded a one-time Special Grant to the University of Toronto IEEE Student Branch for their MakeUofT 2020 project. The main objective of MakeUofT was to provide University students with an opportunity to work with electronic and mechanical hardware to strengthen the design and technical skills, team collaboration, as well as to get exposure to industry through interaction with sponsors. MakeUofT started in 2017 on a smaller scale as the “Hardware Hackathon” with about 100 participants. This year, MakeUofT welcomed over 270 participants, 30 industry professionals, and over 40 organizers and volunteers at the 24-hour hardware hackathon. Teams of 3-4 used hardware and software components and a small fabrication facility. Experienced technical mentors and industry experts provided guidance and support to participants. At the end, 56 teams presented their innovative projects to guest judges.

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation awarded a Special Grant to a non-IEEE entity: London (Ontario) District Catholic School Board for their Rural STEM Outreach Workshop Series. The goal was to provide access to robotics workshops to underserved students at 5-9 years of age in rural areas. The organizers purchased two Lego WeDo 20 robots and two Lego EV3 robots, to which a number of the rural schools did not have a prior access or staff with the required expertise. The set goal was achieved as students attended all of the county workshops and had many activities appropriate to their age and skill levels. In addition, unique leadership opportunities were offered to 14 teenage volunteers in designing, testing, delivering and revising curriculum and activities for the students attending the workshops. The feedback from participants and their parents was overwhelmingly positive about this STEM learning possibility organized for youth in Elgin County.

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IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Webinar Series - II

We invite you to join us on May 21st, 2020, 2-3 PM (ET) for IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Webinar Series - II.
Speaker: Suzanne Grant of Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
Topic: TechnologyNorth - the gold standard
Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/229769

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