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The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society Nominations Committee has supplied a slate of eight nominees for election to the 2022-2024 Administrative Committee.  The voting has opened on September 15, 2021.

This year’s election continues to offer an electronic balloting option.  If you would like to cast your ballot electronically you will need your IEEE Account username/password.  If you do not remember your account information, you may retrieve it on the voter login page.

It's your choice – you may send in the paper ballot by mail using the envelope provided OR cast your ballot electronically by using the URL below to access the ballot through the Internet and cast your vote now https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE

Please vote for UP TO FIVE candidates.  Ballot cards or electronic ballots must be received at IEEE no later than 29 October 2021.  Any returns received after this date will not be counted.  The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

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View the PULSE events as well as all other BTS virtual products on the BTS Resource Center https://resourcecenter.bts.ieee.org/

March 3, 2021- 2021 is ahead of us and the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is excited to return to a healthy future. We are aware that the postponement of the 2020 IEEE Broadcast Symposium left our community missing a key event, where vital industry discussions are exchanged and connections are fortified. BTS understands this event is an annual milestone on our calendar and we always look forward to engaging with our friends and colleagues, however BTS needs to keep everyone's safety as our top priority.

After carefully evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national and international organizations, and as a result of the current global environment and continued uncertainties, we have made the decision that the IEEE Broadcast Symposium will take place again in 2022. BTS continues its efforts to create an event that will exceed industry expectations; evolving with thought provoking content and audience demands.

Please check our website https://bts.ieee.org and follow us on social media for upcoming information on dates and location for the IEEE Broadcast Symposium 2022, and all BTS virtual events taking place throughout 2021. We look forward to meeting you in person very soon!

ABOUT BTS: The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is a membership organization open to everyone in the broadcast industry and allied fields. The BTS mission is to serve the needs of its members; to enhance their professional knowledge by keeping them informed of the latest research results and industry trends, and provide enriching educational and networking opportunities.

Follow IEEE BTS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IEEEBTSociety

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Press, Event & Sponsorship Contact: Margaux Toral, Society Promotions & Marketing Manager, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, 732.981.3455, m.toral@ieee.org

February 24, 2021

Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by any financial institution. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and may not have been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the financial institution.

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An engineering degree can be a great investment, one that could lead to a lucrative and fulfilling career — but first, you’ll need to figure out how to pay for school. Fortunately, there are scholarships for engineering students that could make your education much more affordable.

14 scholarships for engineering students

Whether you’re planning to major in mechanical engineering, computer engineering or another specialty, one or more of these scholarships could be a great match. Note that the application deadlines can change from year to year, so be sure to check the website links below.

1. AACE International Scholarship
2. AIAA Scholarships
3. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) scholarships
4. American Nuclear Society (ANS) Scholarships
5. ASHRAE Society Scholarship Program
6. Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Senior Undergraduate Scholarship
7. Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
8. IEEE Broadcast Technology Society / AFCCE Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarships
9. National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
10. Olin E. Teague Scholarship
11. SPIE scholarships
12. Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
13. UNCF STEM Scholars Program
14. Women in Leadership Scholarship
● Plus: Where to find additional scholarship opportunities

1. AACE International Scholarship

Award amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: Generally in March

AACE International offers scholarship awards to engineering students who have completed at least one year of college. Many engineering majors are eligible, as well as those studying business administration, building construction or quantity surveying. You’ll also need a GPA of at least 3.0 to qualify for this scholarship award.

2. AIAA Roger W. Kahn Scholarship

Award amount: $10,000
Deadline: March

Through the Roger W. Kahn Scholarship, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awards up to four $10,000 scholarships each year to high school seniors who plan to pursue aerospace or another STEM major at college. You’ll need to show an interest in aerospace through your extracurricular activities and have a 3.5 minimum high school GPA.

Along with winning a scholarship award, you could also get a $2,500 travel stipend to attend an AIAA event, along with a mentor to help you plan your career in aerospace.

3. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) scholarships

Award amount: varies
Deadline: February for undergraduates, March for graduates and high school students

The ASME Foundation administers a number of scholarships for engineering students. The Kenneth Andrew Roe Scholarship ($13,000), American Electric Power Scholarship ($4,000) and Frank and Dorothy Miller Scholarship ($2,000), for example, are just a few of the awards available to students who are studying mechanical engineering.

Check out the foundation’s website for its full list of scholarships and their requirements.

4. American Nuclear Society (ANS) scholarships

Award amount: $1,000 to $5,000
Deadline: February or April, depending on award

The American Nuclear Society offers a variety of scholarships for STEM majors with an interest in nuclear science. High school seniors can apply for the ANS Incoming Freshman Scholarship of (with an award of $1,000), while current college students can pursue the ANS Incoming Sophomore or Undergraduate Scholarships ($2,000).

Head to the ANS website for its full roster of engineering scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

5. ASHRAE Society Scholarship Program

Award amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: May or December, depending on the award

Over the past 30 years, ASHRAE has awarded over $2.25 million in scholarships to more than 400 students. To be eligible for one of the foundation’s 45 scholarships, you’ll need to become an ASHRAE student member and show an interest in the HVAC or refrigeration industry.

Other eligibility requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, demonstrated leadership and community service.

6. Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Senior Undergraduate Scholarship

Award amount: $5,000 to $10,000
Deadline: March

ASDSO awards scholarships to rising college seniors who are enrolled in a civil engineering program and show an interest in “hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams.”

When determining winners, the scholarship committee looks at your GPA (minimum 2.5 required), academic achievement, work experience, activities, financial need and essay.

7. Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Award amount: Up to $15,000
Deadline: March

To be considered for this merit-based award from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), you must be going into your junior or senior year at an ASF-affiliated school and be nominated by a faculty member. Along with pursuing a degree in STEM, you’ll need to be planning to pursue research in your field (or to advance your field in some other way) after earning your degree.

8. IEEE Broadcast Technology Society / AFCCE Jules Cohen Memorial scholarships

Award amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Varies by award

These awards go to undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in a career in broadcast engineering. To select winners, the scholarship committee looks at a variety of factors, including a personal statement, academic record, financial need and relevant extracurriculars.

9. National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: April or June, depending on award

NSPE offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The George P. Hightower, P.E. scholarship, for example, awards $3,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student studying engineering. Meanwhile, the Maureen L. & Howard N. Blitman, P.E. Scholarship seeks to promote diversity in engineering by awarding $2,500 to high schoolers who are “member[s] of an underrepresented ethnic minority in the field of engineering: African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander.”

For the full list of scholarships for engineering students, head to the NSPE website.

10. Olin E. Teague Scholarship

Award amount: $4,000
Deadline: October

The National Space Club and Foundation offers this scholarship to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a major and career in aerospace fields. The scholarship application asks for a statement of intent and a relevant research paper, along with other information.

11. SPIE scholarships

Award amount: Up to $11,000
Deadline: February

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, offers a variety of scholarships awards for students of optical engineering and related fields, including:

  • D.J. Lovell Scholarship ($11,000 annually)
  • John Kiel Scholarship ($10,000 annually)
  • Laser Technology, Engineering, and Applications Scholarship ($5,000 annually)
  • Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship ($5,000 annually)
  • BACUS Scholarship ($5,000 annually)
  • Teddi Laurin Scholarship ($5,000 annually)

Head to SPIE’s scholarship page to learn more details about each award.

12. Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Award amount: Up to $30,000 per year, plus other benefits
Deadline: September through October

The U.S. Intelligence Community offers the Stokes scholarship program to high school seniors, especially minority students, who intend to major in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering. This program will cover your tuition and mandatory fees up to $30,000 per year, as well as providing you with a year-round salary while you attend school.

In exchange, you’ll work durings the summers at the National Security Agency’s (NSA) headquarters, as well as agree to work at the NSA after you graduate for at least 1.5 times your length of study. If you studied for four years, for example, you’d commit to six years of working at the NSA.

Learn more about the scholarship program, along with its requirements and benefits, on the U.S. Intelligence Careers website.

13. UNCF STEM Scholars Program

Award amount: Up to $2,500 per year for freshmen and sophomores; up to $5,000 per year for juniors and seniors; up to $5,000 for a research or internship stipend
Deadline: April

The UNCF STEM Scholars Program was “designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields.”

Some of the program’s requirements include a rigorous course of study in high school in math and science courses, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Along with a scholarship award, the program provides a stipend for a STEM-related project or internship, academic support, mentoring and access to online support services and other resources.

14. Women in Leadership Scholarship

Award amount: $5,000
Deadline: Not currently available, check website for more information

Engineering consulting firm Brown & Caldwell offers the Women in Leadership Scholarship to women interested in pursuing a profession in environmental fields.

This scholarship is open to college juniors and seniors or graduate students who are majoring in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical or environmental engineering, or one of the environmental sciences, such as geology, hydrogeology or ecology.

Along with meeting eligibility requirements, such as having a GPA of at least 3.0, you must write an essay answering the following prompt: “Tell us about a personal experience that influenced your decision to focus on environmental studies.”

Where to find additional scholarship opportunities

Along with checking out the awards on this list, you can search for additional scholarships for engineering students with these scholarship search tools.

You could also try asking your school counselor for local opportunities that you might not know about. Finally, check with your college to find out if your department has any awards specific to your field of study.

By applying for scholarships, as well as submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can earn money for college that will bring down the cost of your degree and reduce the amount you need to borrow in student loans.

We have more great news – Broadcast Technology Society of the IEEE has joined RadioDNS as a member.

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is a membership organization open to everyone in the broadcast industry and allied fields.  The BTS mission is to serve the needs of its members; to enhance their professional knowledge by keeping them informed of the latest research results and industry trends, and provide enriching educational and networking opportunities. 

Originally formed in 1912 as the Institute of Radio Engineers, it has been through a few changes, but it was in 1976 that the IEEE was organised into Societies, and broadcasting became a part of the IEEE Broadcast, Cable and Consumer Electronics Society. On their website they describe their field of interest:

Broadcasting is a one-to-many communication service in which the transmissions are intended for direct reception by the general public or a target audience, which may include audio, video and/or data services. The field of interest of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) shall encompass devices, equipment, techniques, and systems related to broadcast technology, including the production, distribution, wired and wireless  transmission, propagation aspects and reception.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity and the Broadcast Technology Society is one of the technical societies & councils you can join as an IEEE member.

We are delighted to welcome them to RadioDNS and we believe there is much alignment between our two organisations.


Ben Dawson with IEEE BTS Jules Cohen Award 2020Ben Dawson — whose name is associated with more than a hundred medium-wave, UHF and VHF broadcasting antenna and transmission system projects in the United States and abroad — is the recipient of a notable honor from the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

The BTS chose Dawson to receive its Jules Cohen Outstanding Achievement Award.

“Although we could not present Ben with the award in person, he attended the October virtual BTS Adcom meeting as an invited guest, where President Ralph Hogan virtually presented him with the award,” the society said in an announcement.

Dawson has six decades of experience in telecommunications engineering, and specializes in antenna and propagation design and analysis. (For a sampler of his many projects, see below.)

“Ben received numerous nominations from many colleagues throughout the industry,” the IEEE BTS stated. “One nominator stated ‘If Ben Dawson is associated with a project, it has instant credibility.’ Another nominator stated ‘Ben has always been a fabulous mentor.’”

Dawson taught himself calculus in high school to better understand antennas, according to a Radio World profile story in 2006.

“When I was 15, I began working an air shift during the summers for a radio station in Salem, Ore., but when the transmitter broke — an old RCA 250L — I was the only one who could fix it,” he recalled at the time. “Then my parents moved to Portland, Ore., and I started work for KUIK(AM), which was half-owned by Harold Singleton, who was a consulting engineer. Once Harold realized I could fix things I became his go-fer.”

After college, where he was chief engineer of Harvard’s student FM station WHRB for a year or so, and after stops as the chief of several West Coast radio stations, Dawson formed Hatfield & Dawson in 1973 along with Jim Hatfield Jr., and Maury Hatfield.

The Cohen award is given to “exemplify outstanding work in the field of broadcasting, focusing on Integrity, professionalism, quality, extent, reach and thoroughness of the candidates work as well as commitment to client success.” Last year’s recipient was Gary Cavell.

It is named after Jules Cohen, who among other contributions played a major role in developing the rules governing assignment of stations in the noncommercial educational portion of the FM band.

Ben Dawson received the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Engineering Achievement Award in 2006, with his longtime project partner Ron Rackley. He has produced numerous policy analyses and technical research for private clients as well as local, state, federal and foreign governments. He’s a past delegate to study groups of the International Telecommunications Union.

He’s a professional electrical engineer who is a member of several IEEE societies, as well as the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Check out Ben’s favorites

Radio World asked Ben Dawson to list some of of his favorite or more interesting jobs. He replied by email:

1.  Diplexing 620 Portland on the 1190 antenna when the Port of Portland destroyed the beautifully designed 620 antenna (designed/implemented by Harold Singleton), ironic since 1190 had originally been at the 620 site.

2.  The three-station frequency swap in the Miami area that Ron Rackley and I did, establishing the 1040 operation in Miami with 50 kW.

3.  Designing the 900 MHz point-to-multipoint delivery system in the L.A. basin for City News Service of L.A.

4.  Design (with Harris Broadcast engineering staff) of the conversion of the Loran antenna in western Iceland to LF broadcast, and designing the new LF broadcast antenna system in eastern Iceland.

5.  Designing the adjacent-frequency two-site operation (954 kHz, 963 kHz) of what was then Radio Liberty in London, providing citywide coverage despite the unnecessarily restrictive allocation policies of the then-UK regulator (who’ve since been replaced by OFCOM).

6.  Obtaining FCC authorization for the first fulltime slant-wire fed grounded AM antenna in several decades.

7. Designing and implementing the rebuild of the 1 megawatt VOA (USAGM now) antenna in Thailand so it would handle the peak modulation from a modern solid-state (DX-1000) transmitter.

8.  Design and implementation (including supervising installation contracting) of conversion of the original R. France antenna at Cape Creco, Cyprus for use by Radio Sawa (USAGM). Two high-power directional antennas (600 kW and 1.2 MW) in close proximity.

IEEE BTS Pulse three-day virtual event will touch on issues like broadcaster disaster preparedness

IEEE BTS Pulse, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is taking its 2020 symposium in a new direction with a new moniker.

Instead of hosting its traditional annual in-person IEEE Broadcast Symposium, the new BTS Pulse event will be a three-day virtual event held from Oct. 6–8 that will focus on the timely issue of broadcast disaster preparedness as well as 5G broadcasting and ATSC 3.0.

Radio is a very relevant instrument for disaster preparedness, said Samina Husain, BTS secretary and Pulse event co-chair, and so a session on the final day will explore the ins and out of broadcast disaster preparedness. The session will be chaired by Guy Bouchard, director of transmission systems at Télé-Québec, and will touch on lessons that have been learned during the current pandemic and explore how to design disaster-resilient infrastructure.

“Our priority is to ensure we have an established platform, enabling continuity to fulfill our integral role in industry of information sharing,” Husain said of the Pulse event. Since IEEE BTS was unable to host its annual Broadcast Symposium in-person due to the current pandemic environment, an event such as Pulse serves as an essential means of answering vital questions and discussing issues relevant to a global industry audience, she said.

The first session of the three-day event will be chaired by broadcast industry advisor Peter Siebert who will look at the role that 5G will play in the future of DTT broadcast. The second session, which will be chaired by ATSC President Madeleine Noland, will review the status of next-generation ATSC 3.0 rollout.

Similar to the IEEE Broadcast Symposium, this virtual event will provide attendees the opportunity to earn multiple continuing education credits or professional development hours.

“The sessions will include essential topics and innovation discussions as well as best practices and insights for both leaders and practitioners,” Husain said.

Registration details are available can be found on the BTS Pulse event website.

IEEE BTS Pulse Virtual Event Information

When: October 6–8

Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET each day


Day 1 — 5G & Broadcasting: Session Chair Peter Siebert, broadcast industry advisor

Day 2 — ATSC 3.0 Implementation & Roll Out: Session Chair Madeleine Noland, ATSC president

Day 3 — Broadcast Disaster Preparedness: Session Chair Guy Bouchard, director of transmission systems at Tele-Quebec


July 1, 2020, 9:30AM Eastern Standard Time


MEDIA ADVISORY: IEEE BTS offers a virtual event: meet the experts over three days in three sessions and hear their answers to vital industry questions.
WHEN: October 6th - October 8th


WHAT: Although BTS is unable to host our annual Broadcast Symposium in-person events due to the current global environment, we can still fulfill our integral role of industry information sharing. Get vital industry questions answered by top experts during a three-day virtual event hosted by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

5G Broadcasting will be the focus of the first session chaired by Peter Siebert, Broadcast Industry Advisor; Will 5G be the future of DTT broadcast? What role will 5G play? Will 5G replace or complement DVB or ATSC Broadcast?

Madeleine Noland, President of ATSC will chair the second session which will review ATSC 3.0 Implementation and Roll Out; What is the ATSC 3.0 rollout status? Who will deliver the devices? How will NextGen TV features entice the end user? Is spectrum re-pack an opportunity or an obstacle to ATSC 3.0 rollout?


To conclude the event, the third session chaired by Guy Bouchard, Director of Transmission Systems at Tele-Quebec will focus on Broadcast Disaster Preparedness; Lessons learned during the pandemic?  Were broadcasters ready? Radio broadcast, the ultimate solution for emergencies? Can there be a truly disaster resilient infrastructure?

Similar to the IEEE Broadcast Symposium and our other industry offering, this virtual event will continue to provide attendees the opportunity to earn multiple Continuing Education Credits or Professional Development Hours. When registering for the technical sessions you will have the option to purchase
CEUs or PDHs.

Registration and speaker information will be available soon on the BTS website https://bts.ieee.org/



ABOUT BTS: The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is a membership organization open to everyone in the broadcast industry and allied fields. The BTS mission is to serve the needs of its members; to enhance their professional knowledge by keeping them informed of the latest research results and industry trends, and provide enriching educational and networking opportunities.

Follow IEEE BTS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IEEEBTSociety

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IEEEBTSociety

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IEEE-Broadcast-Technology-Society-IEEE-4937489

TWEET THIS: IEEE Broadcast Society Offers Virtual Event on October 6-8, 2020. The event will have top industry experts covering 5G and EMBS in Broadcasting, ATSC 3.0 Implementation and Roll Out, and Broadcast Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Press, Event & Sponsorship Contact:

Margaux Toral, Society Promotions & Marketing Manager, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society

445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, 732.981.3455, m.toral@ieee.org


2019 IEEE-USA Awards Honor Eight Members for Excellence, Service, Contributions

Not long ago, Phillip Neudeck of Cleveland was planning a trip to Oklahoma City. There, at the 2020 Region 5 Conference set to begin on 3 April, the longtime NASA electrical engineer and IEEE Senior Member would receive the 2019 IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award.

Nominations for the 2020 IEEE-USA Awards are now welcome! NOMINATE NOW

Neudeck’s trailblazing work — leading a team that has advanced silicon carbide as a semiconductor material tough enough to finally allow exploring the hostile environment of Venus — would be recognized at the Conference.

So were the contributions and achievements of seven other IEEE members.

But in mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic halted plans for both the Conference and the 2019 IEEE-USA Awards presentations — along with other IEEE in-person meetings, conferences and activities throughout the United States, and much of the rest of the world.

According to Susan Gilmore, who chairs the 2020 IEEE-USA Awards & Recognition Committee, presentation of the 2019 Awards will be rescheduled after IEEE has safely resumed normal operations.

She notes IEEE-USA’s Awards and Recognition Committee administers these prestigious awards; then the IEEE Awards Board and the IEEE Board of Directors approves them. IEEE-USA presents its awards and recognitions in three categories: professionalism, technical achievement and literary contributions.

“Each year, the committee receives many nominations for deserving individuals,” she says. “We encourage nominators who were unsuccessful in 2019 to resubmit their nomination packages for 2020.”

Here are the eight 2019 award winners IEEE-USA is honoring this year, for their excellence, outstanding service and contributions that further the objectives of IEEE-USA:

Emily Sopensky

Emily Sopensky, who died in September 2019, is being honored posthumously with the IEEE-USA Robert S. Walleigh Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism. An IEEE Senior Member, and longtime volunteer in Central Texas and Washington, D.C., her service spanned decades and included IEEE-USA public policy and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

In 2007, Sopensky spearheaded the first IEEE RFID Conference, now an annual, global event. She also worked to address policy implications of RFID technologies in health care settings. IEEE and IEEE-USA recognized Sopensky with many awards, including the 2017 IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor and the 2009 IEEE New Technology Directions Committee on RFID Award.

Mina Hanna

Mina Hanna is the first recipient of the IEEE-USA John Meredith Professional Service Award. An IEEE Senior Member, IEEE-USA is recognizing Hanna for his “outstanding contributions to the advancement of artificial intelligence technology, policy and strategy on behalf of IEEE-USA.” Since becoming chair of the then-emerging Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee in 2017, Hanna has advocated its recommendations on global platforms from Washington, D.C., to Dubai, establishing IEEE-USA as an AI thought leader. In addition, he co-chairs the Policy Committee of the IEEE-Standards Association Global Initiative on Ethics of A/I Systems — helping to establish successful collaborations between the two AI programs that boost their impact. Hanna is on the Editorial Board of IEEE Computer Magazine, published by the IEEE Computer Society.  He is also editor of “Policy Corner,” a column on data privacy, which he co-wrote. Readers have accessed the column nearly 14,000 times.

James Mercier

James Mercier is the first of three members receiving the 2019 IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor. Mercier’s nominator cited him for his “tireless devotion to making IEEE, industry professionals, students and academics better educated and connected.” Mercier is perhaps most visible in the Central Texas Section for his long-term role as workshop coordinator. The IEEE Life Senior Member almost single-handedly produces two popular workshops a year — generating significant revenue, while also ensuring that attendees keep up with their CEU credits.

A co-founder of the local IEEE Power & Engineering Society chapter, in 2011, Mercier pushed to incorporate the IEEE Power Electronics, IEEE Industrial Applications and IEEE Industrial Electronics Societies — eventually becoming known as IEEE (PI)2 Austin. His goal? To offer local members of all four societies a means to connect, participate in more professional activities, and continue to learn. The joint Chapter has since become a model for several others.

Richard Toftness

Richard Toftness is receiving the 2019 IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor for initiatives ranging from engaging students in IEEE activities to bringing IEEE leadership closer to grass-roots members. In 2016, the IEEE Life Senior Member founded, and still directs, the Engineer-in-Residence Program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. The IEEE High Plains Section partners with CSU to bring practicing engineers to campus to share their experience and knowledge with ECE students and be resources for career or technical advice.

In September 2018, Toftness also was project chair for the first IEEE Presidents Forum.  Streamed live from CSU over IEEE.tv and Facebook, the event enabled IEEE leaders to converse with Sections across the United States about members’ issues and concerns. A technical innovator as well, Toftness was part of the Emmy- and Oscar-winning team that created the Phantom digital camera, which pioneered instant slow-motion replay.

Chan Wong

Chan Wong is receiving the 2019 IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor for “significant sustained contributions in promoting professional development and fostering industry partnerships.” His nominator describes Wong as “a motivating figure for many new hires and young professionals with his unsurpassed passion and energy.” The IEEE Senior Member designed and manages Entergy’s Advanced Metering Laboratory in New Orleans; it measures and tests smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure — among the utility’s key grid-modernization initiatives.

Wong is a very involved IEEE member, leading Section, regional and national programs. He founded the first IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum; chaired IEEE-USA’s EVO19 Conference; and in 2017, he was the lead organizer for both a Utility Communication Architecture 61850 Joint Interoperability event, and an IEEE Power & Energy Society working group meeting on 61850 and digital communication. At Tulane University, Wong serves on the Engineering Board, and is IEEE Robotics Coordinator.

Philip Neudeck

Philip Neudeck is receiving the IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award “for contributions to the development of silicone carbide integrated electronics and crystal growth technology at the NASA Glenn Research Center.” As the lead semiconductor electronic device engineer in the Silicon Carbide (SiC) Electronics and Sensors research group, Neudeck oversees the design, fabrication and testing of the first semiconductor transistors and integrated circuits to withstand thousands of hours at 500° C. and months of operation in the hellish Venusian atmosphere. They are the only known circuits that, if used in a lander, would permit learning more about the planet.

Also, regarded as an evangelist for SiC technology and its use in commercial applications, Neudeck has co-invented 15 United States patents on SiC electronics and crystal growth technology now regularly licensed to U.S. businesses. He is lead author of seven invited book chapters and six invited talks on SiC electronics technology, is a reviewer for many scholarly manuscripts, funding proposals and graduate theses, and regularly participates in SiC conference and symposia program committees.

Megan Culler

Megan Culler is being honored with the IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award for her “tireless efforts to bridge the gap between students and professionals by demonstrating the value of continued membership within IEEE.” One of her endorsers for the Award said, “Megan could command an army with her motivation.” The IEEE Graduate Student Member was an active IEEE Student Branch leader at Texas A&M University (TAMU); and she helped plan many events to bring industry professionals to campus to meet and encourage the school’s more than 200 Student IEEE Members.

As Student Branch secretary for two years, Culler strengthened communications with the IEEE Houston Section, by attending Section meetings and inviting its leaders to TAMU meetings. She led the first IEEE-USA SPAx (Student Professional Awareness Experience) program. Called “Excellence Night,” it honored TAMU faculty who are IEEE Fellows and provided student-faculty networking opportunities. Culler graduated summa cum laude, was named a TAMU Outstanding Senior Engineer, is an IEEE Power & Engineering Society (PES) Scholar, and was the PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar for Region 5.

Ralph Hogan

Ralph Hogan is receiving the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession. The IEEE Life Senior Member led the IEEE Phoenix Section in a partnership with KJZZ, the local National Public Radio station, enabling members to convey to the listening audience how engineering and technology contribute to society. Under Hogan’s leadership, Section members met periodically with station reporters and used a Google Drive to offer story ideas of potential interest to KJZZ’s nearly 300,000 unique weekly listeners.

The result was a bank of 53 technology-oriented news briefs — each several minutes long and with an IEEE sponsorship message — that aired throughout 2017. Stories ranged from Navajo students learning coding to 3-D security at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. An IEEE Foundation grant helped to fund the stories.

According to a recent study, radio listeners’ interest in science, innovation and technology stories ties with education as the second most popular interest that news radio stations cover. Only stories on politics/public policy rate more highly.

Nominations for the 2020 IEEE-USA Awards are now welcome!

Nominate now to recognize professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.


Helen Horwitz is an award-winning freelance writer who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. She was with IEEE from 1991 through 2011, the first nine as Staff Director, IEEE Corporate Communications.

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April 29, 2020
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BTS tech session webcasts every Wed. starting April 22 – May 20 covering the topics; Next 3 Innovations for Networked Radio, Viable Deterministic 5G Syst Model, Apollo System for ATSC 3.0, Technology for Reliable Transport Over Unreliable Networks, Cybersecurity in the Broadcast Plant Environment.
Programmatic Advertising is one of the most important topics for advertisers and marketers to know and understand. In order to help explain this topic AdCoach is hosting a free 30-minute webinar on the topic daily from now through May.
Net Insight Digital Experience is a platform presenting Net Insight’s latest product and solution innovations. This includes an overview of new products and solutions capabilities, as well as access to webinars, videos, on-demand demos, and downloadable digital resources.
Evertz Connected 2020 provides customers and partners an “express pass” to learn about the latest solutions Evertz is launching this Spring. As part of the interactive experience, guests are invited to take part in a comprehensive three-week series of webinars and online presentations.
In M&E, transmission methods are shifting to IP. However, it is also an undeniable fact that latency, packet drops, etc. occurs with IP transmission. EoM will detect these abnormalities and will maintain & improve the quality of IP networks.
NETGEAR is delivering virtual lunch and learns each week in May. Some sessions will be focused on network design concepts for AV over IP; others will be general overviews for those interested in NETGEAR’s innovative Pro AV products and services.

NEW! Broadcast IP Transformation Report 2020

Haivision recently polled broadcast professionals around the world to see what challenges they face, the technologies they use, and their plans for IP and cloud migration. Download the report to learn how the industry is evolving and what you need to know to stay ahead in 2020. Download the Report.

1303 Systems joins forces with Western Digital and Caringo so you can learn about: 1303 Systems’ Crucible MAM, Western Digital OpenFlex Composable Infrastructure, ensuring instant remote access to assets & archives with Caringo Swarm.
Learn how Irdeto and Zixi provide security solutions for live video over IP.
Join this webinar to hear all of the exciting updates that you would have heard at NAB Show. During this session you will learn about Spectra’s transformation as a provider, learn how our solutions bring efficiency to the overall storage infrastructure and much more.
Significant advances have been made in FM transmitters, including real-time adaptive precision, time delay control and software coverage planning tools which have closed the gap from paper to reality.
You are invited to join this webinar on April 30, 10 a.m. Pacific Time. This webinar will showcase tools to help simplify remote video sharing and video pool feeds. Please register in advance and you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This webinar will explore ST 2110 technologies and compare them against traditional SDI workflows. We will discuss the advantages and challenges of deploying ST 2110 systems. You will learn how Sencore can enable you to take advantage of these technologies with our products in transport and analytics.
Live Production Multiviewing on the Cloud. This webinar will include the following speakers: Paul Briscoe, Chief Architect and Ilan Torbaty, VP Global Technical Operations. Join us on April 30 at 11 a.m. (ET).
Object storage provides a viable alternative to address growing storage needs. The challenge is how to evaluate available products to find the right solution for your needs. Join us on April 30 to dive into the myths & facts about Object Storage.
AI-based Trance application can show you how you can automatically generate transcripts, create closed captions, easily translate text for localization. Trance provides cloud access to AI & ML capabilities for generating transcripts, CC & translation.
Join us for an insightful and provocative conversation with an array of industry experts and thought leaders as we explore the future and its opportunities.
Designed to facilitate mobility, quick news coverage and interviews, our 5G ready PRO3 and AIR Series provide a camera-mount, backpack or belt-pack alternative to satellite. We’ll also deliver a special on our brand new Rackable RACK200 and RACK300 Series designed for remote production.
Introducing Sony's Powering Creativity Technology Video Series showcasing the most comprehensive suite of tools and technologies that are Powering Creativity in Imaging, HDR, IP, Cloud and AI. Give your creativity the power it deserves with Sony.
Join the axle ai team to see the latest in ai-powered video search tools along with connectr.ai, our visual workflow designer, and learn how teams worldwide are using axle ai to transition to remote work.
The Interactive Case Competition will pit four teams of top graduate students in a case competition that tackles Pay TV & Streaming Models. Watch the competition live online May 4, 8:30-10 p.m. ET. For free access, email your name, affiliation and email address to Competition@InteractiveTVWorks.com.
We'll show what's new with our hybrid cloud media management and video collaboration hub with features like versioning, draw-on annotations, and transcription—all in real-time with answers to your questions.
Join our DiNA webinar on May 5 to see the latest innovations for the newsroom. Learn how you can bring staff from digital and linear together in one unified workflow. With DiNA you can, plan, create and collaborate for your news and stories creation in one unified tool, and much more.
Broadcast Projects and PayMedia present the user experience of leading pay TV and OTT services on May 5 with a live tour of the UI / UX and visual content merchandising features of the mature streaming services in the UK and European markets.
castLabs is releasing a new version of their HTML5/JavaScript PRESTOplay SDK to offer customers more flexibility and end users a better viewing experience. Join the webinar to see it in action and dive into the features and possibilities of customization.
This webinar covers Bannister Lakes’ Chameleon data aggregation solution with a focus on tickers. Chameleon’s data ingestion workflow and content management features will be explored while integrating content to generate new revenue opportunities.
This free event will feature producer Tim Wu & DP Nona Catusanu-Popp discussing their experiences together as a DP-Producer team, as well as how they got started in the industry and what inspires them. The event will be moderated by Jeff Lee, AbelCine Director of Education, with Q&A throughout.
Digital radio offers a wide range of services beyond simple audio delivery. We will look at the most popular standards available today, status of the technology, advanced features offered, new revenue streams enabled, receiver availability, and costs to deploy.
Join Panasonic on May 6 at 11 a.m. ET for a virtual experience to discuss the latest trends impacting video production and announce new products and technologies to help customers succeed today and prepare for the challenges and possibilities ahead.
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