2012 Messages

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On IEEE Day, let us celebrate the achievements of our profession and commit ourselves to extending the benefits of technology to all, while creating new technologies that will enhance quality of life and build prosperity as dramatically as those of the past century have done. And as we move forward, let us remember the importance, indeed the growing importance, of technologies that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


– Dr. Gordon W. Day, 2012 IEEE President and CEO

“Engineering the Future and Beyond”, the theme of this year’s IEEE Day, calls upon us to do as generation of technologists who came before us have done—to look beyond the world as it is, and re-envision it as it could be. Some of our members and volunteers have already begun these efforts, and we applaud them for it. However, as we mark the 2012 IEEE Day, I encourage all of us to commit to taking
part in “Engineering the Future and Beyond”.
Every day, you will find an IEEE technologist engaged in advancing technology to benefit humanity. It is an activity that our members and volunteers have been undertaking for more than a century; it is an activity that has brought about revolutions in communications, computation, energy, and healthcare.
Today, IEEE members and volunteers lead efforts among the technical community in areas that are the leading edge of cutting edge. The future is well within our headlights even now as we support and assimilate these emerging technologies. We can and should expand our technical scope to areas beyond these topics. Let us find out together; let us all begin “Engineering the Future and Beyond” today.

– Dr. Peter W. Staecker, IEEE President-Elect

The reason I like IEEE Day is the strong continuity that it represents between our rich heritage and our future aspirations. IEEE Day commemorates the first technical meeting of AIEE – a parent organization of IEEE – in October 1884 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. What was discussed at that meeting, which was dominated by incandescent bulb technology, is not important from a technical
standpoint today. However, the spirit of the discussion, namely using new technology to transform society by “conquering the night” through electric light, is as important and inspiring today as it was in 1884. What our predecessors have done then was revolutionary – it changed forever the way humanity lives, works, studies, communicates and creates new ideas. Our challenge is to be as innovative, daring, original and bold today as the attendees and speakers of the AIEE meeting were 128 years ago.

– Dr. Moshe Kam, IEEE Past President

This year’s IEEE Day theme, “Engineering the Future and Beyond” is emblematic of the work our members have been engaged in since 1884. Where others saw insurmountable difficulties, our members saw opportunities, and focused their skills and abilities to solve problems once considered intractable.
Electric light, computers, radio, cellular communications, the Internet…these and thousands of other advances were made possible—or made better—by IEEE members over the last 128 years. It is a long, distinguished heritage that all IEEE members and volunteers can take pride in.
But “Engineering the Future and Beyond” calls us to view the world as those who came before us did. They did not view the world as it is, but viewed it as it could be. They wanted a world with cleaner energy, efficient power generation, wireless communications, and better medical solutions—and then they dedicated themselves to engineering that world. I encourage all IEEE members, from Students and GOLDies to Senior Members and Fellows, to look at today’s world as it could be, and do the same.

– Dr. James Prendergast, IEEE Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

IEEE is a marvelous organization which brings together electrical and computer engineers and encourages us to work together for the betterment of mankind. It is our privilege to be part of this organization. This year’s theme for IEEE Day, “Engineering the Future and Beyond”, causes us to look to our future and that of our world to consider what we can do to improve. Let’s take advantage of IEEE Day to motivate ourselves to excellence, and to help the public to understand the value that engineers bring to the world. Let’s work together to preserve our world and continue to improve it in the years to come.

– Mrs. Celia L. Desmond, IEEE Director and Secretary

Obtaining and maintaining your technical and professional skills is the foundation of a successful career and your ability to contribute to the many challenges facing society today. The educational model used in many parts of the world can be characterized as supply-side – the university and faculty say what you can learn, where you can learn it, how much it will cost, and who can have access to it. The wave that is sweeping technical and professional education can be characterized as a move to a demand-side model where the learner has much greater choice along all dimensions. The IEEE has demand-driven technical and professional education built into every aspect of our organization. As we focus on Engineering the Future and Beyond I encourage each of you to renew active participation in, and personal design of, your lifelong learning.

– Prof. Michael R. Lightner, IEEE Vice President for Educational Activities

Greetings to all participants in IEEE Day 2012! Your commitment to advancing technology in service to society worldwide is of critical importance to mankind. Your hard work and focus on the future gives all of us great hopes for progress. IEEE’s publication program aims to provide readers with instantaneous electronic access to the most advanced technical information to. Please find and use information from IEEE Xplore via your university or employer subscription, or as an individual IEEE member subscriber, to accelerate your projects and your professional progress as an engineer or scientist. Should you seek to publish your original technical work, IEEE’s many Transactions, Journals, and Magazines provide high-quality peer-reviewed channels for presentation of your contributions.

– Dr. David A. Hodges, IEEE Vice President for Publication Services and Products

Thank you for your interest in IEEE Day 2012. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization with over 400,000 members in 160 countries. In 2011 we had more members from outside the US than from within the US. IEEE succeeds because of its member’s varied technical interests and geopolitical diversity. I encourage you to do something unique on IEEE Day to advance technology for the betterment of humanity, and let us know about it! Publicize your activity, tell your colleagues about it, and together we can help the IEEE grow and have a bigger impact on advancing technology for humanity.

– Dr. Howard E. Michel, IEEE Vice President for Member and Geographic Activities

Many IEEE members describe themselves as engineers; some describe themselves as scientists; some use other labels to describe their professional life. Yet, regardless of our self-descriptions, we are all engaged in creating the new technologies that shape the future. Furthermore, where engineers, scientists, and other tech professionals once were often back-room habitants, we now increasingly work with user groups, the media, business and government – to promote the adoption of those new technologies.
On IEEE Day, we should celebrate the many accomplishments of our predecessors – and reimagine our collective role in Engineering the Future and Beyond of science, technology, and society itself.

– Dr. Frederick C. Mintzer, IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities

Celebrate IEEE Day to recognize the work of dedicated volunteers and staff around the world in advancing technology for humanity! We have, with others in our professions, made many technological advances. IEEE has been there to facilitate the growth of the profession and its knowledge base. We are not done! Many of the problems that confront humanity have technical components that need our skills to solve. IEEE members — please continue your efforts both in your job and through the IEEE; non-members – please join us so that together we can be even more effective in our mission.

– Prof. David G. Green, IEEE Region 3 Director

IEEE Day provides the opportunity for members to get together and also to let the public know what IEEE stands for. This year’s theme “Engineering the Future and Beyond” speaks to what we do every day. Create an event, or find an event, get out, network, make new friends and celebrate IEEE Day!

– Mr. Edward G. Perkins, IEEE Region 6 Director

Engineering the Future and Beyond is a nice-sounding theme but what does it mean? Certainly, IEEE members do not engineer “the Past”; however, by being aware of the past, they benefit from past contributors and save time moving forward. Being enabled through IEEE, members also play a key role in engineering “the Present”. IEEE members apply engineering methodology to make sure humanity’s infrastructure continues to function smoothly. Finally, IEEE members are leaders in seeing humanity’s future needs, accounting for technical, economic, political, social and other considerations in bringing to fruition the visions of the future seen in science fiction (e.g., Star Trek). IEEE, through its array of networking and collaboration opportunities, provides a home for engineers, scientists and practitioners coming from diverse fields and of all ages to Engineer the Future and Beyond, with a sense of the past and urgency of the present.

– Dr. Douglas N. Zuckerman, IEEE Division III Director & Delegate

As engineers and scientists we will all make a difference in our lives for the good of humanity. However, each of us can do so much more cooperatively with like-minded colleagues working as a team. Look around and see the needs and then tackle those where you can contribute the best. We, through IEEE, have done a lot in over 125 years but we are only just beginning – the best is yet to come!

– Dr. Peter N. Clout, IEEE Division IV Director & Delegate

To me, IEEE is analogous to an intellectual transportation system – just like airplanes, airports, buses, or trains, you never know who you will meet – IEEE is no different. The more IEEE events you frequent, or the more visits you make to XPLORE, you’ll soon discover there is a rhythm to IEEE. It has a positive beat, is forward thinking, and inspires one to revisit often. In my “day-to-day” life, I meet folks from Hollywood, Wall Street, etc., and that is great. But my “IEEE life” opens doors that would have never opened had I not joined 25 years ago, and that is a priceless, and far more valuable journey. Let IEEE give you and your career the ultimate ride.

– Dr. Jeffrey M. Voas, IEEE Division VI Director & Delegate

I am issuing a personal challenge to each IEEE member. If you are not actively involved, become more engaged this year. Let IEEE Day be the catalyst for increasing your personal engagement with IEEE. Take a moment to reflect on what your membership in IEEE meant to you and share your positive personal experience with someone on October 2. Many professionals do not understand the importance, contribution, and necessity of nonprofit technical organizations like the IEEE. I would encourage all IEEE members to take advantage of IEEE Day by taking advantage of the publicity and excitement generated. Leverage the opportunities this day offers and show your pride as an IEEE member.

– Miss Susan K. Land, IEEE Division VIII Director & Delegate

Scientific, technological, and application achievements obtained by IEEE members are essential for advancing industry and many application areas in our daily life, promoting the economic and social development, and spreading high well-being standards worldwide. IEEE members energize and empower the global communities to shaping their future and significantly contribute to make everybody’s life better!

– Prof. Vincenzo Piuri, IEEE Division X Director & Delegate