We the members…
In order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice and ensure domestic
Tranquility, provide for the common defense of the profession, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, did ordain and establish IEEE-USA in 1973 as a unit within IEEE.
I have penned these words as a reflection of the sovereign, immortal words of the Constitution of the United States of America. I do not mean to detract in any way from the sentiment they are drawn from. Of a truth, I become misty eyed when I read or hear those words. When I think of IEEE-USA, I see the professional equivalent of our country in which we live: a professional organization for engineers and technologists dedicated to freedom, service to humanity, open and honest communications, and just and equitable dealings with all stakeholders in our professional lives.
I don’t hold to manifest destiny, but I do believe that the members of IEEE-USA hold a sacred duty to serve humanity along with all of our IEEE sisters and brothers across the world in their respective countries. We each have unique opportunities to serve humanity with boldness and integrity, and we can work toward those ends through several IEEE-USA programs. These programs serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern. IEEE-USA serves as a resource for enhancing the professional growth and career advancement of members. IEEE-USA aids members through its Government Relations programs to shape the workforce and technology policy.
We live in an age of great opportunities in communications, technologies, and activities. We also face a number of factors which present unique challenges in our time: Constant changes in technology that affect how people live and work, as well as their engagement preferences and relationships with member associations; Globalization, including the increased mobility of technology professionals; Offshoring and Onshoring of engineering, manufacturing and related services; and Generational changes in the workforce and changes in population demographics.
In order to forge the path for the future, meet these opportunities, and overcome these challenges, we must employ our individual and corporate knowledge and expertise, our professional staff, the credibility of IEEE-USA as a reliable and authoritative technology policy resource for government policy makers, as well as our legacy of service to U.S. members on core professional issues (pension and retirement policy advocacy, employment assistance, intellectual property protection, workforce improvement, opinion and salary surveys, and career maintenance and development resources), and public policy initiatives (position papers and public policy symposia, government fellowship programs).
Let’s work together to Provide for Future Leader Development; Prepare Members to Engage in Advancement of Technology; Encourage and Enable the Next Generation; and Support Engineers and Technologists to Create and Build the Future!
Thank you for your vote!
The opinions expressed herein are the opinions of the author and not necessarily the opinions of IEEE.