The demand for computer programmers is on the rise, but last year fewer than 14 000 U.S. students received undergraduate degrees in computer science. Concerned about a shortage, some tech companies like Microsoft are taking matters into their own hands by sending engineers to high schools to teach computer science courses. In this IEEE Roundup, Editor Kathy Pretz points out that IEEE has been fostering computer engineering education programs for years. Do you think putting engineers in classrooms is the right approach for getting students excited about computer programming? Find out more and share your thoughts in the comments section.
What does it take to sell your new wireless gadget internationally? One thing is certain: You must make sure it complies with a host of regulations, because each country's RF spectrum authority makes its own rules. In this IEEE Roundup, guest blogger Michael Cassidy, founder of MC Global Access, which provides product certifications for telecommunications, IT, and household equipment, shares tips on how to navigate wireless regulations and avoid surprises while planning your global launch.
The Engineering for Change (E4C) initiative has had a busy year. The global community of organizations and individuals promotes sustainable and accessible tech-based solutions to problems facing poor and underserved communities. More sponsors with financial support have come aboard for the initiative, and its membership rolls have grown around the world. Read more about what E4C members have done so far and what's in store for the future.
A new type of electronic journal, launching in the second quarter of next year, will get articles published faster than traditional journals. Covering topics from all of IEEE's fields of interest, this open-access and free journal follows the movement in scholarly publishing to make content available via the Internet. Like other open-access journals, this one will be supported with fees charged to authors. Find out more
For decades, power engineers, electrical inspectors, and utility contractors have used IEEE Color Books to zero in on recommended practices related to power systems. But with the advent of the smart grid and new utility regulations, better guides are needed that reflect the latest technologies and are easier to use. That's why the IEEE Standards Association recently launched its IEEE 3000 Standards Collection, which offers the most up-to-date best practices for virtually any power system installation or application. Learn more
IEEE student and graduate student members renewing or joining for the 2013 membership year will have to start checking e-mail—not postal mail—for their monthly issues of IEEE Spectrum and quarterly issues of The Institute. That's because starting next year students are being switched from print to digital delivery. Find out more
The IEEE-USA Student Professional Activities Committee recently reached a milestone in its 32-year history: It held its 1000th Student Professional Awareness Conference. During the event at Cleveland State University, professional engineers offered career advice and discussed the soft skills so necessary on the job. Read on
IBM and IEEE are looking for creative team-oriented projects that can help students at any level learn to apply engineering, science, and other tech disciplines to solve real-world problems. Submissions are due 1 November. For more information, check out the contest's promotional video.