IEEE celebrates 125th anniversary

Piscataway, NJ, Jan. 22, 2009 — The technical professional society IEEE is commemorating its 125th anniversary this year with a variety of activities surrounding the theme of “Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future.”

Major anniversary events include the first IEEE presidents’ Change the World Competition for college and university students worldwide; a global media roundtable and webcast addressing emerging technologies; a series of celebrations in various cities throughout the year; and IEEE Engineering the Future Day on 13 May 2009. (The latest information is available on the new anniversary Web site,

IEEE traces its roots to the founding of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by early industry giants, including Thomas Alva Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Today’s IEEE has become a source for fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity as well as the profession, said the organization.

“For the last 125 years, IEEE has fostered technological innovations that have helped improve the quality of life,” said 2009 IEEE president Dr. John Vig. “We are proud of our heritage and our community where the best in engineering, technology and applied sciences continue to learn, discover and develop new knowledge for the benefit of humanity worldwide.”

IEEE kicked off its celebration on September 1, 2008, with the launch of its first Change the World Competition. The goal of the contest is to recognize and reward individual college and university students or teams of students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing and leadership skills to solve it. Submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2009, and winners will be announced in June at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

On March 10, 2009, IEEE will hold a media roundtable in New York City. Researchers in human technology interactions will highlight emerging technologies that have world-changing implications. The event will provide a platform to promote IEEE’s Engineering the Future Day, on May 13, the actual anniversary date of IEEE.

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