History Activities Operations Manual

Region 8 History Activities Operations Manual (Draft)

  1. Charter − R8M-6.1.16

    1. Mission

      To stimulate in the Region’s subunits the awareness and importance of history, the proper documentation of their history, and the organization of history-related activities.

    2. Composition

      The Region 8 History Activities Coordinator is appointed by the Region Director and serves as HA Committee Chair. The Committee may be formed only by corresponding members. Members are appointed by the Vice Chair − Member Activities from recommendations by the Region 8 OpCom as well as recommendations by the Region 8 N&A Committee.

    3. Statement of authority

      1. Document the Region’s history and make the documentation publicly available on the Region’s website and through the Engineering and Technology History Wiki.
      2. Support the Region’s subunits in properly documenting their history.
      3. Support the Region’s subunits in their history-related activities − such as (but not limited to) preparation of IEEE Milestones, arranging of Oral Histories, and organization of history-related meetings and conferences − and assist in establishing necessary contacts with relevant IEEE organizational units.
      4. Maintain a strong relation with the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center.
  2. Reporting

    The History Activities Coordinator reports through the Region 8 Vice Chair − Member Activities and submits a report to the Region 8 Committee prior to its meetings. Current and previous reports are and remain available on the History Activities webpage.

    The Coordinator maintains two webpages: (i) the History Activities webpage with news about recent, current and upcoming history-related events that may be of interest to Region 8 and (ii) the History webpage, which pages are updated on a regular basis. Both pages have internal and external links to many documents. Note that updating the content of these pages − in particular the History webpage − is often restricted to updating the documents at the back end, so that the pages may seem rather static but the information that they provide is not!.

  3. Meetings

    Since the History Activities Committee has only corresponding members, meetings of the committee are generally held via teleconference.

  4. Programs

    1. Document the history of Region 8

      Documenting the history of Region 8 is based on the book ‘A short history of IRE Region 9 / IEEE Region 8’, which is available on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW) and which is constantly updated. A short guide through the book is available on the Region 8 History webpage. This page offers also many lists and tables from the history book in the form of links to spreadsheets; the spreadsheets are updated throughout the year when changes and additions are required.

      To update the book and the spreadsheets, the Coordinator uses several resources and remains in contact with several IEEE Organizational Units, such as:

      • OU Analytics (History officers, Membership statistics)
      • MGA (Geographic Unit statistics)
      • ETHW (Milestones, Oral Histories, Section histories, …)
      • Region 8 News (anything that may be interesting for the Region’s history)
      • History Center (Milestones and Oral Histories)
      • History Committee meetings (Milestones and any history items that may be interesting for the Region)
      • Board of Directors meetings (Medals, Awards, and Milestone approvals)
      • MGA Board meetings (Awards, new Sections and Subsections)
      • Region 8 Committee meetings (Awards, new Sections and Subsections, approval of Region 8 conferences, …)

      Note that it is extremely rare that somebody takes the initiative to inform the Coordinator about relevant history items; the initiative should thus come from the Coordinator’s side.

    2. Support the Region’s subunits in documenting their history

      The Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW) is a wiki-based platform that allows IEEE members and Organizational Units to collaboratively preserve and share their history (including, for instance, the history of individual IEEE Sections). ETHW hosts the Milestones, Oral Histories, and Archives programs, and also allows IEEE members to contribute to Wikipedia-style topic articles or to preserve their own First-Hand Histories.

      Sections and Subsections are urged to document their history on the appropriate space in ETHW: click on the Section’s or Subsection’s link in this spreadsheet). The Region 8 history book and the History webpage may serve as a source of information and inspiration on what to document. The Coordinator will be happy to assist Sections and Subsections in this important task and to help them in the process of realizing Milestones and Special Citations, Oral Histories, and First-Hand Histories.

    3. Milestones and Special Citations

      The IEEE Milestones program honors significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE. It is a program of the IEEE History Committee, administered through the IEEE History Center. Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity found in unique products, services, seminal papers and patents. Milestones are proposed by any IEEE member, and are sponsored by an IEEE Organizational Unit, such as an IEEE Section, Society, Chapter or Student Branch. After recommendation by the IEEE History Committee and approval by the IEEE Board of Directors, a bronze plaque commemorating the achievement is placed at an appropriate site with an accompanying dedication ceremony.

      The IEEE History Committee also administers a Special Citation program to recognize events or institutions which − although not being technical achievements as defined by the Milestone Program − have contributed to the profession. Examples might be: museums or archives with substantial holdings pertaining to the history of electrical engineering and computing, the holding of a seminal conference, or the formation of a technical society.

      Sections are urged to propose Milestones for significant achievements that took place in their Section as well as Special Citations to recognize events or institutions that have contributed significantly to the profession. If necessary, a list of achievements suitable for Milestones is available, but we need volunteers – maybe a group of Life Members? – to work out a proposal. The Coordinator is always available for advice.

      The Coordinator closely follows the Milestone and Special Citation approval process as it goes through the IEEE History Committee by staying in contact with the IEEE History Center, by attending (via teleconference) the History Committee meetings and by closely monitoring the Milestones Status Report on ETHW, and reports about it in the History Activities webpage. Note that the Coordinator is the official liaison of Region 8 to the History Committee.

    4. Miscellaneous

      Started in Paris in 2008, HISTELCON (HISTory of ELectrotechnology CONference) is a flagship conference of Region 8 held every two years on the history of electrical engineering, electronics, computing, their applications, and their impact on humanity’s social development. Sections willing to organize a future HISTELCON can express their desire to the Conference Coordination Committee; please keep the History Activities Coordinator in the loop.

  5. Training

    The Coordinator participates in the Regional training on the request of Region 8 OpCom.

  6. Awards


  7. Contact

    As is mentioned on the History Activities webpage, the History Activities Committee can be contacted via the email alias [email protected].

Mohamed Amin

Mohamed Amin is an IEEE member & volunteer serving currently as IEEE R8 (EMEA) Careers subcommittee chair.

Amin is a professional telecommunication engineer working for Nokia as Senior Account manager. Previously he was working for Alcatel-Lucent as IP Services Business Development Manager. He has a wide business experience in EMEA with a successful track record of achievements along his professional career.

He served in several leading positions in IEEE Region8, IEEE Egypt section, IEEE Egypt Young Professionals Affinity group and Program manager of Egyptian Engineering Day in 2011.

In 2016, Amin received IEEE MGA Achievement Award due to his contribution among his IEEE R8 AFI team for planning and implementing the IEEE Action for Industry Initiative, which has successfully increased member engagement and strengthened the relationship between IEEE and industry in Region 8 (EMEA).



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IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress (R8 vSYP) will be held during September 14th – 26th 2020 with three hours of daily content, and in total of more than 40 hours of keynote talks, addresses from IEEE officials, workshops and awards, supported by in-person or hybrid form of local meetings and presentations in countries throughout R8, which will be broadcasted for everyone as part of the program. Some of the content are speeches of IEEE President Elect Susan “Kathy” Land, IEEE Region 8 Director Magdalena Salazar Palma, technical presentation “Are We Alone?” by senior scientist from NASA JPL Goutama Chattopadhyay, finals of the IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative, and many more.


The Congress is a virtual substitute of the regular bi-annual IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress that gathers over 400 people from whole IEEE Region 8. Following the same spirit, the R8 vSYP will involve a series of plenary sessions, workshops, competitions, social activities, and many more – through separate Student, Young Professional and Women in Engineering tracks. It follows a good practice of virtual conferences, summits, and other business events, while striving to imbue the tailored focus for our students and young professionals. This implies learning from experts, learning from each other, learning both about the technology and cultures, strong networking, getting feedback from our volunteers to steer Region 8 and the whole IEEE, and of course, doing it all while having fun along the way!


Detailed program can be found at the official Congress website https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program and registration can be made over the registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y28ounyo, for both IEEE and non-IEEE members. Registration is free but number of attendees is limited so hurry up and save your spot.


Young Professionals Track schedule

Acceleration Contest 2019 Call for Participation

Call for Participation

The IEEE Region 8 Professional and Education Activities Sub-committee is calling all IEEE members in Region 8 to participate and submit their ideas in this year’s Acceleration Program contest. 

The contest calls for individuals and teams to submit proposals for the following:

  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;
  • An educational program or project in the area of Continuing Education;


The contest aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 members to initiate programs in Educational Activities;
  • Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 members to an international audience;
  • Find creative programs which provide value to IEEE membership and the general public.


IEEE Academic, IEEE Xtreme and IEEE Day were all initiated by Region 8 members;


The program or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Educational Programs.

Individuals and teams can submit up to 02 entries separately.

Participants should consider sustainability and scalability of the proposed program.

The deadline for the idea submission is 15th October, 2019 and the results will be announced by 31st of October, 2019.



The winning entries will receive the following prizes to be used as seed funding for piloting the program:


  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
    • Winner – USD 300
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;
    • Winner – USD 300
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Continuing Education;
    • Winner – USD 300



  • Participation can be from an individual or a team (up to 04 members);
  • Teams that where winners or runner up in previous Acceleration Contests and haven’t delivered the reports requested are not qualified to apply;
  • Individuals or teams can submit up to 02 proposals;
  • At least one IEEE member needs to be part of the team. If the entry is submitted by an individual then the individual should be an IEEE member;
  • The competition is open to all member grades;
  • The proposal shall contain the following information:
    • Summary of the idea (maximum 250 words)
    • Introduction
    • Description of the idea
    • Is the program scalable and sustainable? How?
    • How does the idea align with MGA goals    (https://mga.ieee.org/board-committees ) – The idea doesn’t have to align with all goals.
    • What are the educational outcomes of the program;
    • What skills will the program develop in the participants;
    • Additional information (optional)



Idea proposals will be judged in the following areas:

  • Innovation of the idea;
  • The educational outcomes of the idea;
  • Scalability of the idea;
  • Sustainability of the idea;
  • Humanitarian aspects of the idea;
  • The number of the MGA goals the idea is aligned with;



The submission shall

  • be a maximum of 04 pages;
  • be in times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include the full name of all team members and the Section name;
  • If the application is submitted by a Student Branch then the Name and Location of the Student Branch must be included;
  • be endorsed by the Section Chair or the Section Educational Activities Chair;


All submissions shall be submitted to [email protected] by 15 October, 2019.


[IEEE R8 YP] Successful Student Branch and GOLD Congress 2012

At the end of July, Madrid was the proud host of Region 8 SBC. The local organising committee, together with SAC and YP committees, prepared a great program during which attendees learned and acquired new technical and soft skills.
The Congress was divided in several tracks –Student, YP, Professional Activities, and plenary sessions – so every attendee was able to find something interesting. It was four very intense and demanding days where students, aside learning, had a change to network among each other. Several social events served perfectly as a platform to exchange views and ideas between attendees.
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