Being technically proficient is only part of what it takes to become successful in the ever-changing global economy. More and more companies are beginning to recognize the added benefits of improving their workers' professional development skills and are providing training for it. IEEE-USA provides seed funding for professional activities and increasing awareness of existing programs such as Professional Development Seminars.

PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) is a grassroots network of IEEE volunteers and committees organized at the section and chapter level in the United States with support from their respective regions and IEEE-USA. The goal of the PACE Network is to promote the professional interests of U.S. IEEE members, as well as provide a mechanism for communicating members' views on their professional needs. IEEE-USA's success is attributed largely to all the hard work by PACE volunteers. In return, the IEEE-USA National PACE Committee is working to better serve your interests with more programs, better communication and more opportunities for professional development.

For more information on PACE, please contact: 

David Iams
Manager, Career, Member, and Professional Activities
+1 202 530 8374
d.iams@ieee.org

Contact

David Iams
Manager, Career, Member, and Professional Activities Manager
d.iams@ieee.org
+1 202 530 8374

Appropriate PACE Projects

The work of the PACE Network is directed toward achieving objectives that include:

  1. Encouraging the provision of member services, mainly in the form of increased economic benefits, professional stature, and employment security for engineers
  2. Enhancing public awareness of the socio-technical issues affecting American society and promoting public recognition of engineers as professionals
  3. Engaging in government action at the local, state, and national level by making the background and problem solving experience of engineers available to the legislative process and by influencing legislation that affects the professional careers of engineers

As a means of achieving these objectives, the PACE Handbook outlines five areas within the responsibility of the Region PACE Coordinator:

  • Government Activities
  • Career and Employment Enhancement Activities
  • Precollege Education Activities
  • Student Professional Awareness Activities
  • Technical Policy Activities

All of these areas are appropriate subjects for PACE meetings.  The IEEE-USA PACE Network website lists a number of past examples of relevant PACE funded programs that have been held.  Here are a few of them:

  • Professional Development Seminars
  • SPA-X  meetings
  • Teacher-Engineer Partnerships
  • Teacher In-Service Program
  • Future City Competition
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Lego Mindstorms

As you can see, the range of appropriate PACE projects is quite broad.  As you continue to look for ways to serve the IEEE membership in your Regions, please work with your PACE Coordinators to develop a comprehensive PACE program that works toward achieving all PACE objectives.