The IEEE's Jim Prendergast visits the IET

Jim Prendergast, the Executive Director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recently visited the IET.

During the visit, IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine and other senior IET staff met with Jim to discuss the latest news from both institutions, which enjoy a longstanding and productive relationship.

Fine said afterwards: "The IET gains a great deal from discussing best practice and new developments in engineering and technology with other key member organisations. We’re very proud to have close ties to the IEEE and it was a pleasure to welcome Jim Prendergast to our offices in Stevenage."

Prendergast said: “One of IEEE’s aims is to advance technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. As organisations, IEEE and IET have several areas of joint interest. I was very pleased with the opportunity to meet with Nigel and IET staff as we look for more opportunities to work together in support of that aim.”

The IEEE and IET share many common members, work in partnership on conferences, and are also two of the six key partner bodies responsible for IBC, the premier international annual event for professionals engaged in entertainment and news content.

Academic publishing is another key area of collaboration for the two institutions. The IEEE’s “Xplore” Digital Library provides users with access to the IET’s 22 journals, and the IEEE’s own journal content is indexed by the IET via the Inspec database. Discussions regarding new collaborative efforts in the wider publishing arena are also currently taking place.

A visit from the IEEE’s President-Elect 2011, Moshe Kam, also took place in August. He met with the IET’s Deputy President, Nigel Burton, and Nigel Fine at Savoy Place.

Headquartered in the United States, but with a broad and extensive international network of members and services, the IEEE was formed in 1963 following the merger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. Today, with over 395,000 members, the organisation is the world’s largest professional association focusing on technological innovation.

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