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Vol. 2009, No. 18 ( October 2009)
125 Years of Innovation and Ingenuity

CAPITOL HILL

House Science Committee To Explore Ways to Secure Cyberspace

House Science Committee Passed Legislation to Improve Solar Technology, and Research the Link between Water and Energy Resources

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Obama Names Victoria Espinel To US Intellectual Property Post at OMB

President Obama Outlines National Innovation Strategy

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITY

FCC Announces Support for "Net Neutrality"

Commerce Creating Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Advisory Council

REPORTS, DOCUMENTS OF NOTE & INFO RESOURCES

U.S. STATES

AWARDS & GRANTS

AAAS: Communicating Science, Tools for Scientists & Engineers

$5,000 in Scholarship Awards to Be Presented in 2009-10 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition on 'How Engineers Make a World of Difference' (FLYER)

LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

WISE 2010 - Seeking Student and FMR Applications

Third Quarter Engineering Unemployment Data Show Mixed Trends

IEEE Green Technology Conference Seeks Technical Papers

IEEE/IEEE-USA Seek Nominations for 2010 "New Faces of Engineering" Recognition Program (FLYER)

Got an Idea For an IEEE-USA E-Book?


CAPITOL HILL

House Science Committee To Explore Ways to Secure Cyberspace

On May 28, the House Committee on Science and Technology Committee received the Administration's 60-day Cyber Security Policy Review Report and subsequently scheduled a series of hearings to determine the current methods used to secure cyberspace. Those hearings reviewed cyber security R&D and agency response to cyber security policy review, and assessed cyber security activities at NIST and DHS. The next hearing is scheduled for October 22md to review the cybersecurity activities at NIST's Information Technology Laboratory.

"A more secure cyberspace equals a more secure nation. The path forward must focus not only on near-term solutions to current cyber attacks, but also on leap-ahead technologies and innovative research that will fundamentally change the future state of play," stated Chairman Bart Gordon. "The President has made cyber security a priority and the Committee is looking forward to working with the Administration on this crucial issue."

IEEE-USA's 2009 Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow Tom Tierney, is currently working on one of the NSC-led subcommittees in
support of this topic by creating a class on the subject for students at the foreign service institute at the US Department of State.

House Science Committee Passed Legislation to Improve Solar Technology, and Research the Link between Water and Energy Resources

The House Committee on Science and Technology recently approved two energy related bills: the Solar Technology Roadmap Act (H.R.3585), and the Energy and Water Research Integration Act (H.R.3598).

1) H.R.3585, Solar Technology Roadmap Act - authored by Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) - requires the Secretary of Energy to create a comprehensive process for creating a roadmap for solar RD&D activities. The roadmap covers a broad range of important research areas, including solar power, solar manufacturing, solar heating and cooling, and integration of solar technologies into buildings. It incorporates expertise from both the public and private sectors to provide recommendations on ways to address short-term, mid-term, and long-term RD&D needs.  

"We worked very closely with the Minority in crafting this amendment, and the vast majority of the text was suggested or provided by my colleagues and their staff on the other side of the aisle," said Giffords. "Beyond technical changes, the amendment adds important language to address potential issues of conflicts of interest among the Roadmap Committee members, and it provides further guidance on establishing a photovoltaic materials database."

2) H.R.3598, Energy and Water Research Integration Act - requires the Secretary of Energy to integrate water-related issues into DOE's current energy and energy efficiency RD&D programs. Water and energy go hand in hand. Water is required to generate energy and produce fuel, and energy is required to process, pump, and distribute water. Both resources are expected to be in greater demand in the coming years. In addition, this bill creates the Energy-Water Architecture Council (EWAC), a program within DOE, to coordinate with the industry, academics and other relevant federal agencies to collect and report interagency data.

"The country faces immense challenges with increased demand on our energy and water resources.  H.R.3598 will provide us with new tools to meet specific technical challenges occurring at the nexus of energy and water," said bill author Chairman Bart Gordon. "This legislation is the product of several recommendations from five Committee hearings on water and several reports from the National Academies, the Government Accountability Office, the National Science Technology Council, and the Department of Energy."


THE WHITE HOUSE

Obama Names Victoria Espinel To US Intellectual Property Post at OMB

President Obama named Victoria Espinel to be the new U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, an administration position created last year by Congress. The intellectual property coordinator, part of the Office of Management and Budget, is mandated as part of a law aimed at beefing up U.S. enforcement efforts to stop the sale of pirated or counterfeited movies, music, drugs and software.

Espinel is the founder and president of Bridging the Innovation Divide, a not-for-profit foundation. From 2007-2009, Ms. Espinel was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. Her areas of teaching and research were intellectual property and international trade. She also served as an advisor on intellectual property issues to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Finance Committee, House Judiciary Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. In 2005, Espinel was appointed to be the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, serving as the chief U.S. trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation.

Espinel's appointment was welcomed by groups keeping on eye on intellectual property protections. "We are anxious to work with Victoria on the development of the first comprehensive national strategy, as mandated by Congress, to address the full range of IP issues now facing American industry, workers, and consumers," said Mark Esper, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center. Gigi Sohn, president of the advocacy group Public Knowledge, said Espinel is well qualified for the position and "will be fair in her approach to intellectual property enforcement issues."

President Obama Outlines National Innovation Strategy

On September 21st, President Obama outlined a national strategy for promoting innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship, and investing in priority areas such as energy, health IT and advanced manufacturing. The plan focuses on three critical areas where sensible, balanced government policies can lay the foundation for innovation that leads to quality jobs and shared prosperity.

1. Invest in the Building Blocks of American Innovation. We must first ensure that our economy is given all the necessary tools for successful innovation, from investments in research and development to the human, physical, and technological capital needed to perform that research and transfer those innovations.

2. Promote Competitive Markets that Spur Productive Entrepreneurship. It is imperative to create a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship and risk taking that allows U.S. companies to be internationally competitive in a global exchange of ideas and innovation. Through competitive markets, innovations diffuse and scale appropriately across industries and globally.

3. Catalyze Breakthroughs for National Priorities. There are certain sectors of exceptional national importance where the market is unlikely to produce the desirable outcomes on its own. These include developing alternative energy sources, reducing costs and improving lives with health IT, and manufacturing advanced vehicles. In these industries where markets may fail on their own, government can be part of the solution.


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITY

FCC Announces Support for "Net Neutrality"

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced on 21 September that the FCC would seek public comment on proposed new "Net Neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications and ensure that network management practices are transparent.

Commerce Creating Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Advisory Council

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced plans to create a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Department of Commerce and launch a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Both new initiatives will help leverage the entire federal government on behalf of promoting entrepreneurship in America. The new office is expected to announce additional initiatives in the coming months.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship - The new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be geared toward the first step in the business cycle: moving an idea from someone's imagination, or from a research lab, into a business plan. The mission of the Office is to unleash and maximize the economic potential of new ideas by removing barriers to entrepreneurship and the development of high-growth and innovation-based businesses. The office will focus specifically on identifying issues and programs most important to entrepreneurs. Working closely with the White House and other federal agencies, this new office will drive policies that help entrepreneurs translate new ideas, products and services into economic growth. The office will focus on the following areas:

  • Encouraging Entrepreneurs through Education, Training, and Mentoring
  • Improving Access to Capital
  • Accelerating Technology Commercialization of Federal R&D
  • Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Coordination
  • Providing Data, Research, and Technical Resources for Entrepreneurs
  • Exploring Policy Incentives to Support Entrepreneurs and Investors

National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - The National Advisory Council will advise the Commerce Department on policy relating to building small businesses and help to keep the department engaged in a regular dialogue with the entrepreneurship and small business communities. The council is expected to be comprised of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, non-profit leaders and other experts who will advise Locke and the administration on key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. The council will identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to the creation and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems that will generate new businesses and jobs.


REPORTS, DOCUMENTS OF NOTE & INFO RESOURCES

National Academies Reports

Understanding Research, Science and Technology Parks: Global Best Practice: Report of a Symposium - Many nations are currently adopting a variety of directed strategies to launch and support research parks, often with significant financial commitments and policy support. By better understanding how research parks of other nations operate, we can seek to improve the scale and contributions of parks in the U.S. To that end, the National Academies convened an international conference on global best practices in research parks. This report includes discussion of the diverse roles that research parks in both universities and laboratories play in national innovation systems. The presentations identify common challenges and demonstrate substantial differences in research park programs around the world.

Government Accountability Office Reports

Energy Policy Act of 2005: Greater Clarity Needed to Address Concerns with Categorical Exclusions for Oil and Gas Development under Section 390 of the Act GAO-09-872  September 16, 2009 Summary (HTML) Highlights Page (PDF) Full Report (PDF, 72 pages)  Accessible Text

Homeland Security: Despite Progress, DHS Continues to Be Challenged in Managing Its Multi-Billion Dollar Annual Investment in Large-Scale Information Technology Systems GAO-09-1002T  September 15, 2009 Summary (HTML) Highlights Page (PDF) Full Report (PDF, 40 pages)

Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Preliminary Observations on Preparedness to Recover from Possible Attacks Using Radiological or Nuclear MaterialsGAO-09-996T  September 14, 2009 Summary (HTML) Highlights Page (PDF)  Full Report (PDF, 18 pages) Accessible Text

Information Technology: DOD Needs to Strengthen Management of Its Statutorily Mandated Software and System Process Improvement Efforts GAO-09-888  September 8, 2009 Summary (HTML) Highlights Page (PDF)Full Report (PDF, 43 pages) Accessible Text


U.S. STATES

Stateline.org If you like to keep up with what's going on in state politics, StateLine.org provides a good overview of the activities in all 50 state legislatures.

Stateline.org's annual report on state trends and policy, "State of the States 2009" is now available. The report is full of helpful graphics and maps, in addition to reports on the most significant developments in the 50 states.


AWARDS & GRANTS

National Science Foundation

2010 National Science Board Public Service Award ~ Honoring Service in Public Understanding of Science and Engineering - The National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.  These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering – including mass media, education and/or training programs, entertainment, etc. The NSB Public Service Award is given to one individual and one group recipient in May of each year. Past recipients include: NUMB3RS , the CBS television drama series; Ira Flatow, Host and Executive Producer of NPR's "Science Friday"; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Bill Nye The Science Guy; and NOVA, the PBS television series. For nomination instructions, please visit the NSF site. All inquiries about the award or nomination procedures should be directed to Jennifer Richards, National Science Foundation. Call for Nominations Deadline: November 4, 2009

2010 Vannevar Bush Award ~ Honoring Exceptional Service to the Nation in Science and Technology - The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.  The Vannevar Bush Award is presented by the National Science Board, the policymaking board of the National Science Foundation. Past recipients of the Vannevar Bush Award include such renowned leaders in science and technology as: Charles Townes, Harold Varmus, Maxine Singer, H. Guyford Stever, Phillip Abelson, Norman Ramsey, Linus Pauling, and James Killian. For nomination instructions, please visit the NSF site.  All inquiries about the award or nomination procedures should be directed to Jennifer Richards, National Science Foundation. Call for Nominations Deadline: November 4, 2009

$5,000 in Scholarship Awards to Be Presented in 2009-10 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition on 'How Engineers Make a World of Difference'

IEEE-USA is launching the organization's 3rd online engineering video competition for undergraduate students on "How Engineers Make a World of Difference." We will present four scholarship awards totaling $5,000 to undergraduates who create the most effective 90-second video clips reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers improve the world. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 15 January 2010. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, 14-20 February 2010.

Entries in the 2009-10 competition should provide an individual profile of an engineer and how he or she makes "a world of difference." Entries will be judged on their effectiveness in reaching the target audience by portraying engineers as "real people" who seek to make life better, as well as on their originality, creativity and entertainment value.

First prize is: $2,000; second prize, $1,500; and third prize, $1,000. The first-place winner will also receive up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to receive his/her award at the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN., on 6 March 2010.

Further, a special award for $500 will be presented for the most innovative and effective showing of a video entry to a "tweener" target audience. This could involve presenting the video entered in the competition at a university engineering expo for K-12 students, in a middle school classroom, with a scout group, or in another setting with 11-to-13-year-olds.  

For the first time, the video competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate students regardless of academic discipline. However, at least one undergraduate participant must be an IEEE student member. For the third consecutive year, the competition will be judged by two engineering graduate Ph.D. students, Andrew Quecan and Suzette Aguilar; and by Nate Ball, engineer-host for PBS' "Design Squad." (FLYER)

Nominations Open for New Award Recognizing Outstanding Researcher-Entrepreneurs - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association announced that they are accepting nominations for the Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a researcher who has successfully brought his or her discovery to market. Nominees must have completed postdoctoral training in the United States and founded companies to commercialize their scientific discoveries. (To learn more about eligibility requirements for the award, go here.) The winner of the award, which includes a $10,000 honorarium, will be announced at the NPA's annual meeting in March 2010 in Philadelphia. Learn more about the Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award. Click here for the nomination form. Nominations must be submitted electronically or by mail by 2 November 2009.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Opportunities - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (Public Law 111-8) appropriates significant federal funding for technology-related programs in areas identified by IEEE-USA as being of high priority for strengthening the nation's innovation infrastructure and ensuring its long-term economic competitiveness.  To stimulate the economy, funds are being distributed as quickly as possible, using existing federal programs as funding outlets where possible.  This webpage provides information and links on these funding opportunities as a resource for IEEE members and their companies.  Additional information is available on-line at Recovery.Gov.  Members should also look to funds distributed through their respective state governments.

AAAS GrantsNet Express - A weekly American Association for the Advancement of Science listing of science funding opportunities from private foundations and organizations, and new U.S. government grant announcements in the sciences. AAAS will send GrantsNet by e-mail to AAAS member subscribers.

Grants.gov - The President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda established grants.gov as a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs. The site provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. Most agencies, such as the DOE's Office of Science, use only grants.gov to list all funding opportunities. Other funding opportunities of interest include the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NASA.

AAAS: Communicating Science, Tools for Scientists & Engineers

Scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. In response to this need in science communications, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops to help researchers communicate more broadly with the public.

Communicating Science online resources include webinars, how-to tips for media interviews, strategies for identifying public outreach opportunities, and more. Additionally, AAAS is providing workshops for scientists and engineers interested in learning more about science communication tools and techniques are now available. The schedule of NSF-sponsored workshops for the 2009-10 academic year has been updated and pre-registration is open. Please contact AAAS if you are interested in hosting a workshop at your institution.


LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

 

  • Public Policy Priority Issues (111th Congress, 1st Session, 2009)

  • Position Statements - The statements identify important technical or engineering career-related aspects of public policy issues deemed to be of concern to or affecting IEEE's U.S. members; and make specific public policy recommendations for the consideration of Congress, the Executive Branch, the Judiciary, representatives of State and Local Government, and other interested groups and individuals, including IEEE members.

WISE 2010

Call for WISE 2010 Faculty-Member-In-Residence - If you are an outstanding faculty member or policy professional, WISE needs you to mentor and teach engineering students about the interaction between S&T and policymaking during the 2010 WISE Program in Washington, DC. (PDF Flyer) The deadline for applications is 31 January 2010.

WISE 2010 - The application period for the summer 2010 program is now open.  You will find application forms for all of the sponsoring societies here. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2009.

Third Quarter Engineering Unemployment Data Show Mixed Trends

The unemployment rate for U.S. electrical and electronics engineers (EEs), which had jumped to a record high in the second quarter, has eased, according to third quarter data just released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the engineering profession as a whole, the rate continued to climb, but more slowly. The jobless rate for EEs dropped from 8.6 percent in the second quarter to 7.3 percent in the third. Quarter to quarter, the EE workforce grew by 26,000.

For civil engineers, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 percent to 3.6 percent, but for mechanical engineers, it rose from 5.6 percent to 9.5 percent. Overall, engineering joblessness rose to 5.9 percent, a 0.4 percentage point increase compared to a 1.6 percentage point increase in the second quarter.

The unemployment rate for computer professionals went from 5.4 percent in the second quarter to 6 percent in the third. Software engineers showed a slight decline (4.7 percent vs. 5 percent), while computer scientists and systems analysts experienced an increase (7.3 percent vs. 6.4 percent).

"These mixed data suggest that the worst may be passing, but we are still a long way from the levels of engineering unemployment we would expect to see in a strong economy," IEEE-USA President Gordon Day said. "We are also encouraged that announcements of layoffs in the high-tech sector appear to have subsided, after peaking early in the year. A clear turnaround in engineering unemployment would be a very positive sign for the general workforce, since engineers create new jobs in many categories."

Career enhancement resources are available for IEEE members at http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/. Help for unemployed and at-risk members is available at http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/help/.
 
IEEE Green Technology Conference Seeks Technical Papers

Organizers of the second IEEE Green Technology Conference (http://www.ieeegreentech.org) are seeking technical papers on topics related to current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies. Accepted papers will be presented during the conference, 15-16 April at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_faq.jsp).

Contributed papers in the following areas are solicited:

-- Alternative energy sources for homes, businesses and communities, including wind, solar and bio-fuels
-- Energy resource usage reduction, conservation and efficiency, including electric grid, home automation and commercial building energy management
-- Alternative energy choices, large and small, and their effects in product development
-- Green requirements, specifications and emerging standards and certifications
-- Architectural and engineering sustainable designs, including the use of green building components
-- Environmental, economic, political and social impacts of "going green"
-- Indoor and outdoor environmental use, impacts and quality

To submit a paper, which must be received by 2 November 2009, go to http://www.ieeegreentech.org/TechConf/PaperSubmission.htm. Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at  
(http://www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs/pubs/confpubcenter/pdfs/samplems.pdf). Authors will be notified by 15 December 2009 whether their papers are accepted. For questions regarding paper submissions, contact Edward L. Safford, technical program chair, at e.safford@ieee.org. Proposals for workshops, panels and tutorials are also welcome.

With increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. These include solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The conference aims to look at these technologies.

The inaugural IEEE Green Technology Conference was held in Lubbock, Texas, in April. For an overview of the event, see Patrick Meyer's June article in IEEE-USA Today's Engineer: http://www.todaysengineer.org/2009/Jun/Green-Tech.asp. Meyer is a doctoral student and research associate at the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

The 2010 IEEE Green Technology Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 5, the IEEE Financial Advantage Plan, the IEEE Fort Worth Section and IEEE-USA. The event will precede the annual IEEE Region 5 Meeting.

Contact: Chris McManes, IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager - Phone: 1 202 530 8356 - E-mail: c.mcmanes@ieee.org

IEEE/IEEE-USA Seek Nominations for 2010 "New Faces of Engineering" Recognition Program

It's time to nominate a younger engineer to be IEEE/IEEE-USA's 2010 "New Face of Engineering." The Engineers Week (EWeek) "New Faces of Engineering" program recognizes engineers new to the profession with outstanding educational and career accomplishments. The program is open to IEEE members worldwide.
 
"New Faces" is designed to promote the importance of technical education, celebrate engineering careers and recognize significant contributions to the engineering profession and society. Each year, the EWeek Web site features the photos and biographies of five notable young engineers from each EWeek sponsoring society. Each society's top nominee is recognized during EWeek in a full-page ad in USA Today. EWeek 2010 is 14-20 February.

To be eligible for recognition, engineers must be 30 or younger as of 31 December 2009, have a degree in engineering from a recognized U.S. college or university or equivalent international educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science and similar disciplines do not qualify; a degree in computer engineering is acceptable. Nominees must be a member of a sponsoring EWeek partner.

Judges will evaluate nominees based on their educational attainment, engineering achievements and participation and accomplishments in professional and technical society activities. Particular consideration is given to work (e.g. volunteering, publishing, conference presentations) in IEEE technical societies. IEEE nominations can be submitted through IEEE regional directors, section and GOLD chairs, or independently, and should be directed to Helen Hall at h.hall@ieee.org. Self-nominations are not permitted. The deadline ** EXTENDED** for all IEEE nominations is 20 October 2009.

The "New Faces of Engineering" program was the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers' legacy project for EWeek 2003. The program is now in its eighth year. Among the IEEE/IEEE-USA's "New Faces" were Deborah Zwitter, IBM Corporation (2003); Dr. Mark Hersam, Northwestern University (2005); and Dr. Carlos Cordeiro, Philips Research North America (2007).  

Sponsored by more than 100 engineering, science and education societies, as well as major corporations dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of engineering, EWeek is celebrated annually by thousands of engineers, engineering students, teachers and leaders in government and business. The IEEE served as lead society during EWeek 1993 and 2004. (FLYER)

Have an Idea For an IEEE-USA E-Book? - If you've got an idea for an e-book that will educate your fellow IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, e-mail your e-book queries and ideas to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia Stelluto.

IEEE-USA Stimulus Webpage -The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (Public Law 111-8) appropriates significant federal funding for technology-related programs in areas identified by IEEE-USA as being of high priority for strengthening the nation's innovation infrastructure and ensuring its long-term economic competitiveness.  To stimulate the economy, funds are being distributed as quickly as possible, using existing federal programs as funding outlets where possible.  This webpage provides information and links on these funding opportunities as a resource for IEEE members and their companies.  Additional information is available on-line at Recovery.Gov.  Members should also look to funds distributed through their respective state governments.


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