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Report of the Outreach Initiative. Muriel Medard. Main highlights. Mission: to provide events and services that address needs and encourage participation of our underrepresented demographics, while being of interest and use to the community at large Members of committee: Todd Coleman UIUC

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Report of the Outreach Initiative

Muriel Medard


Main highlights

  • Mission: to provide events and services that address needs and encourage participation of our underrepresented demographics, while being of interest and use to the community at large

  • Members of committee:

    • Todd Coleman UIUC

    • Christina Fragouli EPFL

    • Robert Gray Stanford

    • Sid Jaggi CUHK

    • Muriel Medard (Chair) MIT

  • Main current activites:

    • Events at ISIT and Allerton

    • WithITS website to serve as focus for our women members

    • Active plans for recognition of our under-represented senior members

    • Formal mentor/mentee network


Events

  • ISIT 2008

  • Allerton 2008 (jointly with our student committee)

  • Planned for ISIT 2009 – an event centered on the experience of women in industrial careers, led by Christine Pepin of DoCoMo (thanks to the ISIT 2009 organizers for their enthusiastic cooperation)


WithITS website

  • The purpose of our effort is to increase the visibility of our women members within the society, to publicize our activities and to serve as a platform for connecting members and building community

  • We have an associated mailing list


Promotion of our senior members

  • Our data shows a lower fraction of female Fellows than SP and a proportion of senior members below that of our sister societies

  • As a Society, we have started identifying candidates for IEEE Fellow nomination, encouraging these to obtain SM status if they have not done so already (effort by Effros, Goldsmith, Medard, Mitra)


Members |Events |Links

Mentor/mentee network

  • Mentoring of junior members in academia and industry

  • Our recent Allerton event identified the need for and the frequent difficulty of securing good internal and external mentoring

  • We propose to establish a formal mentor/mentee network:

    • Formal mentor/mentee relationship of 3 years

    • E-mail contact a few times a year for checking in an providing advice (e.g. going over CAREER proposal, providing introductions to potential collaborators)

    • A yearly mentor/mentee event at ISIT after the program has been established

    • We are restricting the mentees to being Society members

    • Coordinate the matching and shepherd the process

    • Requests are done according to general interests


Mentor/Mentee network

  • Current Matches

    • Muriel Medard and Aditya Ramamoorthy

    • Joerg Widmer and Shizheng Li

    • Alon Orlitsky and Tracey Ho

    • P.R. Kumar and Chee Wei Tan

    • Muriel Medard and Aylin Yener

    • Michelle Effros and Steven Weber

  • Our folder on the IT Web Site has a collection of materials on mentoring

  • We have already recruited 15 mentors in academia and industry (Qualcomm, Lucent/Alcatel, Docomo)

  • Our requirement for membership for mentees has already led to some new members


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