From the IEEE Standards Education Desk How to Include Technical Standards in Curricula: Growth of the “Practical Ideas” Series

To help professors around the world include more information about technical standards and standardization in their academic curricula, in 2013 the IEEE Standards Education Committee created the “Practical Ideas from Professors” series. Integrated in 2016 as part of the new IEEE Standards University library, the series features two-page installments authored by university educators who have experience successfully incorporating standards education into their classes. Best practices and methodologies for introducing and exploring standards topics in academic environments are discussed, and examples of ways to include standards in lectures, projects, and assignments are provided. The “Practical Ideas” series highlights input from professors representing a diverse geographic area as well as a wide range of technical subjects, including biomedical engineering; environmental site assessments; communications; history and technology studies; and electromagnetics. In early 2016 the number of installments in the library nearly doubled with the addition of the latest contributions.

The IEEE Standards University is committed to disseminating learning materials on the application of standards in educational programs and to actively promoting the integration of standards into academic programs. For more information about the “Practical Ideas from Professors” series visit IEEE Standards University. Please contact Susan K. Tatiner to discuss related opportunities.

3D Printing: IEEE Standards to Address Counterfeiting

3D printing technologies are emerging at a rapid pace, with the research firm Canalys forecasting that the 3D printing market, which includes 3D printer sales, materials and associated services, will reach US $16.2 billion by 2018

Canalys Senior Analyst, Tim Shepherd points out, “The 3D printing market has enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed. Advances in technology are yielding faster print times and enabling objects to be printed in greater combinations of materials, colors and finishes.”

In fact, 3D printing technology is already well established in the production of prototypes and product models in quite a few industries, and analysts see it becoming a viable manufacturing tool for a number of industry sectors, including aerospace and defense, medical, engineering and architecture. However, one concern coming to light is how to prevent 3D counterfeiting, when the very nature of the technology is based on making 3D print jobs uniform and replicated with 100% accuracy across a wide range of printers.

In a recently published ECN article, Dr. Yu Yuan, Standards Chair of The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, discusses possible 3D counterfeiting techniques and scenario, and provides an overview of standardization efforts underway that can help build industry consensus on how best to advance and secure the technology, preventing the production of inferior parts that could impact safety and/or encroachment on individual property rights.

IEEE and Internet Society (ISOC) Fellowship Exchange Pilot Programme

802® Plenary sessionIEEE and ISOC launched the Fellowship Exchange Pilot Program at the IEEE 802® Plenary session from 8-13 November 2015, in Dallas, Texas. This program provides participants from emerging economies with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the open, collaborative standards development process. It also enables them to obtain a deeper understanding of the relationship between standards and their impact to industry and policy environments. The next session of the program will take place during the IETF 95 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 3-8 April 2016. For more information on the IEEE and ISOC Fellowship Exchange Pilot Programme, please contact Jodi Haasz, International Affairs Senior Liaison, via email at

To learn how you can get involved in IEEE 802®, visit

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Workshop Series at Prairie View A&M University Highlights Standards

don-fedyk-hpAs part of a workshop series at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, entitled “What are Standards?” Professor Sarhan Musa  focused the attention of his engineering technology students toward the application and value of technical standards, especially IEEE 515™ and IEEE 802.1aq™. The efforts of Prof. Musa, an IEEE senior member, were aided by the use of IEEE Standards Education materials found online, now incorporated as part of the new IEEE Standards University.

Don Fedyk of HP, an IEEE 802.1™ expert, attended the workshop to speak about his extensive experience with standards development and networking technologies. Students had the opportunity to give presentations on IEEE 802.1aq case study findings in front of Mr. Fedyk, who in turn shared related insights directly with the students.

Read the article by Christopher Sanderson of the IEEE Houston Section, which discusses the event and shares some of the students’ presentations.

IEEE Standards Education is committed to disseminating learning materials on the application of standards in educational programs, and to actively promoting the integration of standards into academic programs.

For more information about IEEE Standards Education, visit IEEE Standards University. Please contact Susan Tatiner ( to discuss related opportunities.

Special thanks to all involved for their support of IEEE Standards Education.

IEEE Engagement in Africa Leads to Agreements with Ghana and Zambia

global handshakeAs part of its ongoing global engagement activities, IEEE has been increasing its relationships on the African continent and proactively engaging national standards organizations in order to explore potential cooperation opportunities. As a result, the national standards bodies of Ghana and Zambia have each signed agreements that allow both the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards in their respective countries.

“What we are finding in Africa is a strong interest to adopt globally recognized standards and a recognition that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) offers an extensive portfolio of standards that can be readily adopted to address local standardization needs,” said Moira Patterson, Global Affairs Program Director, IEEE-SA. “IEEE has long been committed to developing standards based on a globally open process, and by working closely with national standards organizations to facilitate the adoption of standards, IEEE-SA is promoting the extension of their global use and reach and encouraging more participation from the stakeholders in further development and revisions.”

The agreements with Ghana and Zambia provide a framework for the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards as their own national standards.

Learn more about Global Engagement activities

Congratulations Wi-Trek Contest Winners!

wi-trekIn celebration of the 25th Anniversary of IEEE 802.11®, gamers tried their luck at Wi-Trek, where the player had to catch Wi-Fi® signals with a mobile device.

Congratulations to our two random winners:  Cyril G. from Santa Clara, CA and Chester M. from Robertsdale, AL.  The two winners were chosen randomly from a pool of over 340 entries.

Cyril G added, “I am a Wireless guy with 15+ years’ experience in wireless circuits/systems covering Aerospace, Consumer, and Industrial sectors and multiple technologies – GSM, DECT, WDCT, BT, GNSS and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.  But, no other technology has had such profound impact as Wi-Fi….with speeds exceeding 1Gbps, MU-MIMO and such……it’s the future and it’s here to stay. It has improved our productivity greatly.”

Once again, congratulations Cyril and Chester!

The contest may be over, but you can still play Wi-Trek at

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA) Sign MoU

Agreement Provides a Framework to Foster Closer Cooperation

By Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association 

Canadian business executive and author Don Tapscott has been quoted as saying that “collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.”

With those sentiments in mind, I recently had the opportunity to participate as the IEEE signee of an MoU with the Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA), where both parties formalized an agreement that’s based upon building greater cooperation, and with the common objective to perform and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and global standardization. This came about because both parties recognized that IEEE and KSGA have a reciprocal interest in gaining knowledge about the activities of the other organization, so that they might identify items of common interest and facilitate greater cooperation on standards development and implementation.

This agreement marks a significant step that encourages more regular communication between the two organizations, with each appointing a liaison for regular exchange. With greater visibility and shared knowledge of the standards development activities of each organization, there is also the added opportunity to facilitate liaisons between each other’s technical groups, and to pursue other cooperative arrangements that might arise.

A key element in the agreement also involves the works of The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) – an initiative of the IEEE-SA.  Established to provide programs and industry support that help bridge standards development activities with conformity assessment activities, and that accelerate market acceptance and enable new products and technologies, KSGA can now actively engage in shared projects with ICAP, drawing upon its foundation of industry best practices, internationally accepted quality systems and the use of proven test tools.

Korea is at the forefront of Smart Grid initiatives and already KSGA is heavily involved in the private sectors of various industries with projects related to advancing Smart Grid technology. In signing this MOU with IEEE, it can further its goal to establish national-level smart grids and take a lead in working towards international standardization, thereby boosting the quality of life for all residents, as well as enhancing its own national competitiveness. IEEE looks forward to a continuing collaborative relationship that provides mutual benefit to each organization, with a shared goal to put in place standardized technologies that will improve the daily lives of people throughout the world.