IEEE is committed to helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network. To that end, the IEEE Young Professionals Committee launched a website refresh in 2015. Members can now find all information related to IEEE Young Professionals in one all-encompassing hub, making it easy to search for valuable content and to locate relevant information regarding upcoming IEEE Young Professionals meet-ups.
Another new addition to IEEE Young Professionals is a monthly webinar series that covers topics from personal finance to ideation to validation to deeply technical topics. What’s more, the publication GOLDRush was rebranded in 2015 and is now known as IMPACT by IEEE Young Professionals.
IEEE actively supports global accreditation to further the future of the engineering profession. In 2015, IEEE participated in the Engineering Education Programme Accreditation Workshop held in Lusaka, Zambia. The workshop’s objective was to develop a roadmap to assist Zambia in instituting an accreditation system that would ultimately be recognized globally.
Another key accomplishment in 2015 was the migration of all content from the IEEE eLearning Library to IEEE Xplore. The IEEE eLearning Library is a series of highly interactive online learning tutorials based on the best IEEE educational content.
Additionally, IEEEx, professional and continuing education courses delivered via the edX platform, broadened in scope. One of the best attended courses in 2015 was Introduction to Cloud Computing, which attracted more than 60,000 students.
Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) in IEEE is a program that organizes university and high school students to work on engineering-related community-based projects. It gives students the unique opportunity to become civically engaged in their local community, explore their interests and career options, and gain real professional experience with hands-on engineering projects. In its first full year as an IEEE Foundation Signature Program, EPICS in IEEE received greater visibility in 2015, resulting in the approval of 12 new projects. The total amount awarded to these projects was more than US$60,000.
More than 6,400 students from 76 countries, an increase of nearly 900 students and 16 countries from 2015, competed in one of the most dynamic and intense coding competitions around: IEEEXtreme. The 24-hour contest, which continues to grow in popularity, brings together IEEE student members from around the world to solve programming challenges that they might be confronted with in the real world. All told, 2,477 teams entered the competition.