LI Section April 21 Newsletter



April 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the IEEE Long Island Section April 2021 e-Newsletter. 


We will be publishing this e-newsletter periodically to try to keep our membership informed on a wide variety of technical topics.  If you have any comments and/or suggestions, please reply to us.  Thanks. 

In these unusual times it would be nice if we could all indulge in some learning as we deal with reduced or missing work hours. 

For those who are willing to volunteer a bit of your time the Young Professionals and Women in Engineering (WIE) affinity groups of the IEEE LI Section could always use volunteers to help with upcoming events. The School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), which manages all the FIRST Robotics programs from elementary through high school on the Island can also always use volunteers at all levels.

Below are some links to free Webinars and lectures on a very wide range of highly interesting topics. 


From the latest IEEE Collabratec issue.  A very relevant discussion on society and technology in this age of Big Data, AI and Machine Learning.   “On Empathy: A Q&A with MIT’s Sherry Turkle”, the pathbreaking MIT professor has a new memoir, and the past, present, and future of our efforts to make technology feel human.  Let us know if you agree that machines will “never” (a very long time indeed!) learn how to feel empathy.  

A reminder that April 22, 2021 is IEEE Power and Energy Society Day.  The LI IEEE PES is co-sponsoring an event with Farmingdale State College RESC.  The agenda and further information can be found at      

Some other interesting Reads, Websites and Events For the first time, a team of scientists has created a synthetic single-celled organism that can divide and grow like a regular living cell. This breakthrough could lead to designer cells that can produce useful chemicals on demand or treat disease from inside the body. Researchers have developed an electronic nose that can reveal spoiled meats, by analyzing unique color patterns in barcodes applied to packaging. 



  • Just a reminder that the IEEE Long Island Section Technical Reference page has several handy on-line electrical calculators; available from: under the “Reference Menu”.



  • The LI Section had been holding very well attended bi-monthly Networking events at Houlihan’s in Farmingdale until the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. We had our first virtual version of the event on March 22 and the next IEEE-LI Virtual Networking Zoom meeting will be at 7 PM on Mon May 24 (4th Monday of alternating months).  The links are:

Meeting ID: 863 1525 6453

Passcode: 047629

Or Dial  +1-929-205-6099


The IEEE New Hampshire Section Broadband Forum will be holding an interesting meeting on April 21, 2021, 7:00–9:00 p.m.  While it is targeted at NH, there will be many issues raised that are relevant across the US.  The IEEE Broadband Forum is a free, virtual event addressing the challenges of providing broadband internet access to sparsely populated states. The forum will discuss the network technologies used and proposed for broadband access and address the technical/economic viability of each for urban, suburban, and rural areas. Open to the public the speakers will answer questions from the online audience. The goals for the event are to provide attendees with: An understanding of the demographic and economic issues hampering wide deployment of broadband access.

  • The technology options currently proposed for delivering broadband
  • Event description and registration for Zoom access is iat: The event will be recorded and posted on the IEEE New Hampshire Video Newsletter page


The Long Island Engineers Club is looking at Funding opportunities through Small Business Innovation Research Program SBIR programs.  They are assembling a team of members who are SBIR knowledgeable either as successful bidders or solicitation managers and they welcome anyone interested in pursuing such opportunities to.  They may be able to help or advise.

  • ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research(NIDILRR) has opened a new funding opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research Program.
  • The purpose of the SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research or research and development needs, and improve the return on investment from federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The goal is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through R&D generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of individuals with disabilities and promote their health and function, community living, or employment outcomes.
  • Phase II projects expand on the results of and further pursue the development of Phase I projects. Phase II applicants must be Phase I grantees with approaches that appear sufficiently promising as a result of their efforts as Phase I grantees.
  • View more details and application instructions. Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on June 1, 2021.


  • There may be some discounts available for both Members and Student members– Check the IEEE Website for the latest information.  It’s not the easiest website to navigate but persistence will be rewarded. 




Upcoming IEEE Related Scholarships and their Submission Due Dates


Submission Due Date

Scholarship Description

Some Info Links


30-Apr &     30-Sep

IEEE Computer Society Merwin Scholarship: This scholarship recognizes and rewards active leaders in the IEEE Computer Society Student Branch Chapters. Up to 20 US$2,000 scholarships are available and awarded on an annual basis.


IEEE Electron Devices Society Graduate Student Fellowship: This program promotes, recognizes, and supports graduate-level study and research within EDS, with at least one fellowship awarded to students in each of the main geographic regions: Americas, Europe/Mid-East/Africa, Asia/Pacific.



Masters Student Fellowship: Electron Devices Society



PhD Student Fellowship: Electron Devices Society



IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering:The fellowship is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student for work in the area of electrical engineering at an engineering school/program of recognized standing worldwide. The award carries a stipend of US$10,000 per year. The submission deadline is the first Monday after 30 April each year.



IEEE Masters Student Fellowship: This one-year fellowship is awarded to promote, recognize, and support graduate masters-level study and research within the Electron Devices Society’s field of interest. The prize is US$2,000 and a plaque to the student, to be presented by the dean or department head of the student’s enrolled graduate program.


15-Apr,          15-Oct

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship: This program was created to support students pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. Up to 10 Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $1500 may be granted semi-annually to assist BS and MS students in electrical engineering.



IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Program: A scholarship for undergraduate electrical engineering students in the US, Puerto Rico, or Canada, or a permanent resident that resides in IEEE Regions 1 through 7. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers. Award recipients receive up to three years of financial support (total of US$7,000) and gain career experience through internships and co-op work. The award process is competitive, but as long as you continue to meet the requirements, you’ll receive US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year



Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship:This Educational Activities Board scholarship is awarded annually for one year of full-time graduate work in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the US. The scholarship carries a stipend of up to US$24,000 and is awarded via a trust for which the IEEE Foundation serves as trustee.



IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship: The Scholarship Fund awards an annual scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an accredited US university or college. The award of US$5,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees) and IEEE Student Membership for twelve months.







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