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IEEE Foundation Gives Away More Than $300,000

Through cash grants to projects across a broad spectrum of fields related to the IEEE mission, the IEEE Foundation supports a cross-section of programs that seek to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Traditionally, top funding goes to support several IEEE awards for service and achievement in the computing profession, including the IEEE Medal of Honor, $60,000; the IEEE Founders Medal, $15,000; and the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, $9,000. Also enjoying support from the IEEE Foundation this year are several education and service programs taking place around the globe.

Funded Projects

A $40,000 grant to Solar Roller Interactive Energy Literacy Exhibits in Durango, Colorado, will support the design and fabrication of two mobile interactive science and energy exhibits. These exhibits, intended to engage youth in the process of scientific inquiry and experimentation, will be deployed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The first exhibit will be "Powerstack," a hands-on exploration of the science and history of electricity generation. The second will be "GoCam," a portable visual imaging station.

A $25,000 grant to the Rugerero Survivors Village Solar Project in Rwanda supports the innovative use of solar technology and training to bring electricity to many communities within the country and to develop a sustainable model that can be replicated worldwide. The project will bring solar-generated electricity to 100 families. Rugerero residents, all 1994 genocide survivors, are being trained as entrepreneurs and solar engineers to design, install, and maintain solar home electric systems, bringing electricity to their community and generating new sources of income.

A $10,000 grant to the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide a significant portion of the funds needed to open the Kids Connect to Wireless Technology exhibit. This dedicated permanent exhibit will introduce museum visitors to electrical engineering via amateur radio. It will include enticing and educational graphics along with three to four tabletop interactive activities expected to include Morse code, radio directional finding activities, and how to build radios.

Other funded projects include the Benjamin Franklin House education and outreach project in London; a Solar Bug Tugs project at the Fayetteville, Arkansas, public library; a project to re-house the electricity collections at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History; and the IEEE's site.

IEEE Foundation

The IEEE Foundation cultivates relationships and resources to advance IEEE's core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence. To fulfill its role, the IEEE Foundation awards grants to new and innovative projects and administers more than 125 donor-designated funds that support a variety of educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of IEEE. To learn more, visit

Al Gore to Address Society-Sponsored SC09 Conference

Former US vice president Al Gore will deliver the conference keynote address at SC09, the foremost conference on supercomputing.

SC09 is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM. It offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the ways in which discoveries in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis lead to advances in science, research, education, and commerce.

The overarching theme of SC09 is "Computing for a Changing World." Organizers plan a special focus on initiatives related to sustainability, biocomputing, and the 3D Internet. Gore will deliver the keynote presentation on Thursday, 19 November before an anticipated crowd of more than 10,000 top scientists, researchers, and academicians.

Gore is known for his work on environmental policy in the years following his service in the Clinton White House. Gore represented Tennessee in the US House of Representatives from 1977 to 1985, and in the US Senate from 1985 to 1993, before becoming vice president. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

SC09 takes place 14-20 November in Portland, Oregon. Registrationopens 15 June. Visit for complete conference details.

Computer Society Seeks Awards Nominations

The IEEE Computer Society sponsors an awards program designed to recognize both technical achievement and service to the Society and the profession. In the technical area, recognition may be given for pioneering and significant contributions to the field of computer science and engineering. Service awards may be given to both volunteers and staff for well-defined and highly valued contributions to the Society. The IEEE Computer Society Awards Committee takes care to preserve the integrity of the evaluation and selection process to ensure that it is both open and rigorous, and that it contributes to the prestige of both the Society and the award recipients.

Among the two dozen awards presented every year are the Seymour Cray Award, named for a man known widely as the "Father of Supercomputing"; the Sidney Fernbach Award, for outstanding achievement in the development and application of high-performance computers for the solution of large computational problems; and the Ken Kennedy Award, for outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in highperformance computing together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. All members are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for consideration. It's not necessary to be an IEEE member to submit a nomination. Anyone can nominate a suitable candidate.

Most Computer Society awards nominations are due by 15 September. Nominations for the Sidney Fernbach, Seymour Cray, Taylor Booth, and Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Awards are due by 31 July. For nomination forms and details on individual awards, visit http://awards.

Computer Society E---Learning System Debuts

The new IEEE Computer Society e-Learning System is a comprehensive, self-paced, online system that covers all 15 knowledge areas of the Certified Software Development Associate exam in four learning modules, supplemented with six assessments that total 500 questions, delivering a particularly effective e-learning experience.

The Certified Software Development Associate program is intended for beginning software development and software engineering associates. Achieving CSDA status is the first step toward becoming a Certified Software Development Professional.

The new IEEE Computer Society e-Learning System is priced at only $395 for Society members. Print and CD-ROM versions of the course are available at extra cost. Visit for full program details.

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