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IEEE Congressional Visits Day 2018

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

IEEE Congressional Visits Day
Tom Coughlin, IEEE-USA President Elect, Past Director IEEE Region 6

On May 9, 2018 several folks from Region 6 attended the SET Congressional Visits Day in Washington DC (  These have been done for decades and the IEEE joins several other technical organizations in carrying on these visits.

There were over 60 IEEE members participating from throughout Regions 1-6.  We spent a day of training on how these visits work, what is the most effective way to do such a meeting (usually with legislative staff) and what IEEE-USA’s official policy positions are.  I was one of four participants from CA.  Below is a picture of the CA participants with Zoe Lofgren, Congressperson from the 19th district in California (which includes much of Silicon Valley).


Proposed IEEE Constitution Changes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Region 6 members can discuss the proposed changes to the IEEE Constitution in the LinkedIn group.

You must be a member of IEEE and the LinkedIn group to participate in the moderated discussion.  Once you have a LinkedIn account, you can request to join the group by searching for “IEEE Region 6” and clicking the link to “Join”.   Once one of the group administrators has approved your request you can participate in the discussion.

Here is a link to the discussion in LinkedIn:

You can find the proposed amendment and more information here on the IEEE website.

Here is a Powerpoint Presentation about the proposed changes.

US Senate Patent Legislation

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4928

IEEE-USA Supports Senate Patent Legislation Favoring Innovators

WASHINGTON (4 March 2015) — IEEE-USA supports the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015 introduced Tuesday by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) for including proposals to safeguard U.S. technology entrepreneurs.

“These individuals are substantially responsible for creating the largest percentage of new high-paying jobs,” IEEE-USA President Jim Jefferies said in a letter, “and are key contributors to economic recovery and U.S. competitiveness in the global markets.”

The STRONG Act favors innovators and patent holders and includes proposals that IEEE-USA has long called for, namely elimination of USPTO* fee diversion and an impact assessment of the patent system on the U.S. economy.

“Without carefully assessing the impact of changes on those who rely heavily on patent protection,” Jefferies said, “anything else could negatively affect the inventors, entrepreneurs, and U.S. small businesses who have built our innovation economy.”

The Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth Patents Act is cosponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

The bill is supported by the Biotechnology Industry Association, Innovation Alliance, Medical Device Manufacturers Association, Association of American Universities, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Venure Capital Association.

The bill text is available at

For President Jefferies’ letter, go to

* United States Patent and Trade Office

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Benefits of IEEE membership:

Contact: Chris McManes
IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager


NOTICE: 2014 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

We cordially invite all Section and PACE Chairs to attend the 2014 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting being held with the inaugural IEEE Conference on Innovations in Technology (InnoTek2014), on May 15 – 18th at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island. We encourage you to actively recruit all Section and Area Chairs as well as your Section/Chapter PACE Chairs to attend this exciting event.

This year’s event is being organized and hosted by the members of the IEEE Providence Section and Region 1. Held in scenic New England, this venue is the perfect opportunity to bring your family along for a few extra vacation days. Weather in May is usually bright and sunny in the lower 60s to low 70s. Download the meeting tri-fold at:

Registration is open. Early registration ($495, same as last year) is good until 15 April 2014 after which the fee increases to $595.

Our hotel is the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. We have negotiated a very low rate of $135.00 per night (plus tax) for a standard room. The standard rooms are expected to sell out quickly so attendees are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible.  In order to secure these low room rates, reservations must be made by Friday, 18 April 2014.

We have also arranged a private dinner reservation at the Waterman Grille for all Region 6 attendees on Friday evening.

The conference website is:

Reminder – the early registration for the Annual Meeting ends April 15. After that the fee rises by $100.

Please again encourage your Sections to send a representative, It is crucial for the PACE and IEEE-USA program that the local Sections attend and get informed. There are some new things happening this year.

Please send an email with confirmation of your attendance.

I look forward to seeing you in Providence in May.

Keith Moore
IEEE Region 6 PACE Chair

US Membership Referral Offer Ending 28-Feb

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Refer a Colleague, Get Great Branded Merchandise

In conjunction with IEEE-USA, we are continuing this special offer for US members through 28 February. We want to give you more chances to earn great merchandise and help grow IEEE Membership in the US! Keep spreading the word!

Refer a colleague to IEEE. If they join before 28 February, they’ll get a $25 discount off their first year membership, and you’ll get a gift.

IEEE-USA gift items you can choose from include:

  • Cooler backpack
  • Computer backpack
  • Portable solar battery charger
  • Tablet case
  • Portable speaker
  • Parker pen and mechanical pencil set
  • Parker ballpoint pen
  • Travel coffee mug and tumbler set
  • Golf balls
  • Baseball hat
  • Golf umbrella
  • Travel umbrella

You will also be eligible to receive incentives through the IEEE Member-Get-a-Member (MGM) program.

How it works:

  • Refer your colleague via the online form.
  • Your referral will receive an e-mail inviting them to join at a $25 discount off their first-year membership dues.
  • Your referral will provide your IEEE member number as they join.
  • Within 1-2 weeks after your referral joins, you will receive an e-mail confirming your recruiting success, including a link which allows you to select your IEEE-USA merchandise item.
  • You will receive a separate e-mail for each new member you recruit.

Please help spread the word and share your IEEE experience – no one knows how beneficial IEEE Membership is to technical and career development better than you, the member. Refer your friends and colleagues today!


Elyn Perez
IEEE Member & Geographic Activities

Important to know: There is no limit to the number of merchandise items you can earn; as long as your referrals join as professional members. Student members and Society Affiliates are not eligible for this promotion. Your referrals must join and complete payment prior to 28 February 2014. You remain eligible for the MGM incentive awards given out once per year in September.

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