December 2020 Issue

IEEE Member Benefit for December 2020

  • Thimble Products

    Thimble is an educational program that teaches kids (ages 10+) robotics, coding, and engineering skills through STEM kits and live and on-demand classes. IEEE members can get an exclusive 15% off any Thimble products.

    Examples of projects include robots, drones, weather stations, and other electronics devices. Thimble is perfect for homeschoolers, microschools, pandemic pods, and parents interested in getting their kids interested in STEM.

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  • 2021 IEEE Medal and Recognition Recipients

    We are pleased to announce that the 2021 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients can be found on the new Awards website at
  • The recipients have been notified. Please feel free to send your own notes of congratulations and to publicize the recipients.

    These awards will be presented from May 11 - 13, 2021 at the virtual ceremony shown below:
    2021 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony.

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  • Anis Ben Arfi Wins EAB Award

    Congratulations to Anis Ben Arfi for winning the 2020 EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Outreach and Informal Education.

    IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards recognize and honor major contributions to engineering and technical education.

    More award details and video can be found in this link:

  • Jing Jiang inducted into Royal Society of Canada

    Congratulations to Jing Jiang on being inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. Jin is an IEEE Fellow, and Ziogas award winner from London.

  • Recipients of IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus in Canada

    The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy. Recipients are high-achieving undergraduate students in electrical engineering programs who have committed to exploring the power and energy engineering field. Canadians may chose to donate to the IEEE PES Canadian Scholarship Fund to support this initiative in Canada via the IEEE Canadian Foundation. Recently announced recipients are:

    • 2020/2021 PES Scholarship Plus:
      • Maisha Nasim, University of Saskatchewan
      • Samia Sami, University of Saskatchewan (also John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award)
    • 2020 Anne-Marie Sahazizian Scholarship:
      • Maisha Nasim, University of Saskatchewan
      • Samia Sami, University of Saskatchewan

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Scholarships, and Prizes

  • IEEE TFA's, Herz Staff Award, and Medals & Recognitions

    The IEEE Awards Board (AB) administers the highest medals, awards, and recognitions presented by IEEE. The IEEE Technical Field Awards are awarded for contributions or leadership in specific fields of interest of the IEEE. IEEE Medals embrace significant and broad IEEE interests and purposes.

    Nominations are due January 15, 2021 annually for the IEEE Technical Field Awards.

    All are encouraged to submit a nomination for a worthy candidate within their technical fields. Corporate award nomination guidelines, award-specific criteria, and parts of a nomination form can be downloaded from All nominations must be submitted through the online nomination portal. For more information visit or e-mail

IEEE Canadian Foundation

  • Your Gift has Impact

    Donations via IEEE membership renewal support the General Fund. On-line gifts may be designated to any one of the following funds of the IEEE Canadian Foundation at:

    • General Fund – supports IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centres across Canada, related Scholarships, and Special Grants.
    • Canadian Life Members Fund – supports activities of interest to life members, potential engineers, and engineering students.
    • Technology for Humanity Fund – supports new and innovative projects that seek to apply technology for the benefit of humanity.
    • Vancouver Section Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships awarded by the IEEE Vancouver Section.
    • The IEEE PES Canadian Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships in undergraduate electric power programs in Canada.
    • The IEEE Canadian Foundation Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science Fund – supports a scholarship in Computer Science, a field of studies of interest to IEEE.
    • Kingston Section Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships awarded by the IEEE Kingston Section.
    • Raymond D. Findlay Annual Undergraduate Scholarship – supports a national scholarship recognizing leadership and professionalism.

    IEEE Canadian Foundation is registered in Canada as a charity and a public foundation. All Canadian individual donors receive CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) approved tax receipts.


  • Webinar: Small Modular Reactors

    As a low-carbon source of energy, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are well-aligned with global desire to reduce our carbon footprint. Both smaller in size and in energy output, SMRs are considered ideal for deployment both on-grid and off-grid in remote locations suchas mine sites or the oil sands, as well as willing communities in northern Canada reliant on diesel-fuelled generators for electricity. In addition, these technologies can also be utilized in other industrial applications such as production of hydrogen, local area heating, or other industrial heat applications. Currently, SMRs are an emerging technology. There are a wide variety of designs being developed by multiple prospective reactor vendors, each working hard to bring their technology to market.

    This webinar will provide participants with an introduction to SMRs, covering the fundamental features of the technology, and an overview of the most popular designs proposed to date. The webinar will also include a discussion on the economics of SMRs – how they are expected to compete in the global energy market, and what conditions could make them successful in the future. Join two renowned researchers from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) – Canada’s premier nuclear nuclear science and technology organization, for an engaging discussion on this exciting new set of technologies.

    • Date: January 20, 2021
    • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Mountain time; UTC-7)
    • Presented by: Denys Elliot, Megan Moore and Metin Yetisir of Canadian Nuclear Laboratorie
    • Registration:
      Registration closes January 18, 2021, or once full

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