IEEE WIE Committee Description

OVERVIEW:

The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) reports to the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board through the MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee (MELCC).

SCOPE:

  • WIE Mission: To facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally.
  • WIE Vision: A vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.

FUNCTIONS/OBJECTIVES:

  1. Recognize women’s outstanding achievements in IEEE Fields of Interest through IEEE Awards nominations and other national/international award nominations.
  2. Organize receptions workshops and forums at major technical conferences to enhance networking and to promote membership in WIE.
  3. Advocate women in leadership roles in IEEE governance and career advancement for women in the profession.
  4. Provide assistance with the formation of new WIE Affinity Groups and support ongoing activities.
  5. Administer the IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program to mentor young women in junior high school and high school.
  6. Promote member grade advancement for women to the grades of Senior Member and Fellow.
  7. Facilitate the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into and retention of women in engineering programs.

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Voting Members:
    • Chair, Past Chair, three (3) Members-at-Large, Young Professional Representative, Technical Activities Representative, WIE Affinity Group Representative, WIE Student Branch Affinity Group Representative
  • Non-Voting Members:
    • Region Coordinators from Regions 1 through 10, appointed by the individual Region Director
    • Society Coordinators, appointed by the individual Society/Council President
    • IEEE Major Boards other than Technical Activities and MGA may appoint one (1) liaison each to the WIEC
    • Additional IEEE organizational units, with interest in coordinating joint activities and facilitating programs which align with WIEC’s purpose, and other professional organizations with similar interests and programs, may appoint a liaison.