June 2020 Issue


Happy International Women in Engineering Day!

IWE2020 Reposted from IEEE’s LinkedIn:
International Women in Engineering Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the women engineers who are innovating to #ShapeTheWorld. So many of our greatest technological achievements exist due to their work, inspiring future generations of girls in STEM. #INWED20
~~IEEE on LinkedIn

Also, checkout the great article by Engineers Canada:
This year, the world has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we chose to shine the spotlight on women in engineering who have marshalled their skills and resources to help Canada overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic.
~~INWED 2020: How women in engineering are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 IEEE Medal & Recognition Recipients Honored Online

This year, in light of the global health emergency and pervasive travel restrictions, IEEE made the difficult decision not to hold the in-person IEEE Honors Ceremony. Instead, the 23 diverse 2020 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients will be honored in a series of online promotions.

Visit the Awards’ Facebook and Twitter social media platforms to see a continuing series of posts highlighting each 2020 recipient.

Watch videos about each award recipient and learn more about their accomplishments on the Awards Channel on IEEE.TV.

Flip through the digital 2020 IEEE Awards Booklet.

The Awards Program is also partnering with the IEEE History Center to promote the 2020 recipients on their Engineering and Technology Wiki. Q&As with these recipients will be posted there in the months to come.

Plans are being made to recognize the 2020 recipients at the 2021 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony.

Stay tuned for updates about the online promotions.

2020 IEEE Canadian WIE Prize Winner – Leanne Dawson of IEEE Southern Alberta Section

Leanne_Dawson IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize for 2020 in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Leanne Dawson of IEEE Southern Alberta Section. The purpose of this prize is to recognize excellence in young women engineering professionals and to support the Women In Engineering programme within IEEE in Canada. The prize is sponsored by the Judy Clift Fund which was established to honour a gracious individual who believed strongly in gender equality.

Leanne Dawson received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary (UofC) in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the UofC. Both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses have been focused on researching the implementation of Dynamic Thermal Line Rating, using machine learning to analyze large weather data sets in the Electric Power Industry. She has already published journal and conference papers on this subject.

In addition to her research work, Leanne has also been a very active volunteer. Among her numerous volunteering activities at the UofC, she was VP-Academic for Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate (ECEG) Board, 2015 – 2017, and she has been Academic Support Committee Chair at the Graduate Students' Association since 2019, organizing workshops to promote academic development of graduate students and being responsible for planning the annual graduate student research conference. On the IEEE side, she has been Chair of the Women in Engineering at the UofC IEEE Student Branch since 2017, and Secretary of the IEEE Southern Alberta Section since 2019.

New IEEE Medal Named in Honor of Computer Scientist Frances E. Allen

IEEE will present a new medal—the IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal—for the first time at the 2022 IEEE Honors Ceremony. IBM sponsors this medal, the second in honor of a female, named for the IBM Fellow and computing pioneer. Nominations for this award will open in December 2020.

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Special Grants cover virtual activities and events

Special Grants from the IEEE Canadian Foundation can cover virtual as well as in-person activities and events. Special Grants support new and innovative initiatives of interest to the IEEE Canada community.

By all means, make first use of collaborative tools made available to you from IEEE, such as Collabratec, Webex or Google (Hangouts) Meet, or those from your school/work environment. Beyond those, IEEE Student Branches and other groups are encouraged to apply imagination to what might be possible and achievable in the present COVID-19 situation.

Or perhaps there are initiatives that could start early as virtual then reasonably anticipate developing into hybrid or in-person, hands-on activities when the time is right.

Projects that benefit or engage more people or have a broader impact on society will normally be given preference. Projects that are part of student’s normal course requirements (e.g. capstone design projects) will not normally be funded.

Submissions for the next round of Special Grants are due August 15, 2020 with applicants notified of decisions by mid-September.

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Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
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