Climate Change is NSF Engineering Alliance’s Top Research Priority

Climate Change is NSF Engineering Alliance’s Top Research Priority

Since its launch in April 2021, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance has convened a diverse set of experts to explore three areas in which fundamental research could have the most impact: climate change; the nexus of biology and engineering; and securing critical infrastructure against hackers.To identify priorities for each theme, ERVA—an initiative funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation—holds what are termed visioning events, wherein IEEE members and hundreds of other experts from academia, industry, and nonprofits can conceptualize bold ideas….

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

Whether you’re streaming a movie on Netflix, playing a video game, or just looking at digital photos, your computer is regularly dipping into its memory for instructions. Without random-access memory, a computer today can’t even boot up.Over the years, memory has been made up of vacuum tubes, glass tubes filled with mercury and, most recently, semiconductors.But the first computers didn’t have any reprogrammable memory at all. Until the late 1940s, every time a machine needed to change tasks, it had…

Stories of the War in Ukraine: Volodymyr

Stories of the War in Ukraine: Volodymyr

Over the past week, The Institute has made contact with some of the 400 members of the IEEE Ukraine Section to help them share their experiences during the war. This personal account was written by Volodymyr Pyliavskyi, a senior researcher at the Odessa National Telecommunications Academy in Odessa, Ukraine. “For so long I was planning to take part in IEEE conferences but due to what is happening I can’t,” Pyliavskyi told The Institute. “I am forced to to hide in the…

IEEE President’s Note: Make IEEE Your Professional Home

IEEE President’s Note: Make IEEE Your Professional Home

Did you know that IEEE is not just an organization of electrical and electronics engineers? We welcome all those who are interested in and want to contribute to our technological mission.
As the world’s largest technical professional organization, IEEE has long been composed of engineers, scientists, technologists, practitioners, and entrepreneurs. Members are experts from the highest echelons of academia, industry, and government, and they work in every vital area of technology. For this reason, the organization is now referred to simply…

Girls Need More Moms as STEM Role Models

Girls Need More Moms as STEM Role Models

Men dominate computer science and a lot of other tech fields—which can discourage girls, as they do not see a lot of female role models. Here is some advice that I hope will inspire anybody.
DREAM BIG Dreaming inspires the heart, motivating us to overcome the adamantine hurdles that inevitably arise. Seeing my mother’s hard work and success as a physician, I dreamed of being an engineer when I was in high school. I was inspired by the success of my family…

5 Courses to Beef Up Your Knowledge of Blockchain Technology

5 Courses to Beef Up Your Knowledge of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology has the ability to change a number of industries. Although it is commonly referred to when speaking of cryptocurrencies, blockchain also can affect the supply chain, health care, the Internet of Things, and more. According to MarketsandMarkets, blockchain technology and services are estimated to reach US $67.4 billion by 2026. Already this year they hit $4.9 billion.
One of the key benefits of blockchain technology is decentralization—its ability to distribute data and computing power across multiple computers in an organization’s…

Solutions for Providing Internet Access to Rural Areas

Solutions for Providing Internet Access to Rural Areas

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the need to provide Internet connectivity to underserved communities. Many people with affordable access have been able to work from home, learn remotely, and shop online, but that certainly hasn’t been the case for everyone. Almost half the world’s population has no Internet access, according to the World Economic Forum. And where access is available, it can be too expensive. The IEEE Standards Association Connectivity and Telecom Practice is working on the issue, researching communities’…

AI Is Helping to Stop Animal Poaching and Food Insecurity

AI Is Helping to Stop Animal Poaching and Food Insecurity

When Fei Fang was a graduate student she was introduced to game theory—mathematical models that describe strategic interactions among rational decision-makers. The IEEE member knew she had found her calling. She has combined the modelling technique with machine learning to thwart terrorist attacks and reduce animal poaching.
For Fang’s work in the field, she was named one of IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine’s “AI’s 10 to Watch in 2020.”
Fang, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, is now…

Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs Dies at 88

Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs Dies at 88

Paul Penfield
Founder of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Labs
Fellow, 88; died 22 June
Penfield’s academic career at MIT spanned 45 years. He was instrumental in increasing the school’s involvement in silicon integrated circuit design. In 1977 he founded the institute’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, which provided modern fabrication facilities to enable research and provide education in nano- and microtechnologies
After joining MIT as a professor in 1960, he moved up the ranks and served as associate head of the electrical engineering and…

10 Lessons From the Legacy of Apple’s Steve Jobs

10 Lessons From the Legacy of Apple’s Steve Jobs

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, a tireless tech visionary, an extraordinary innovator, and the cofounder of Apple. When he died on 5 October 2011 at age 56, he left a lasting legacy.
Jobs’s innovations made a profound impact. He redefined computing, enhancing the user experience, and created products and services loved by millions around the world. He reshaped the music industry with the iPod, the mobile phone industry with the iPhone, and the movie…