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IMS Newsletter, Issue 6

Quarter 2, 2013

President's Perspective

I have recently looked back to previous issues of our Magazine, and I was reminded of four years ago when Alessandro Ferrero, who was President of the Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) in 2008, made a very interesting analysis of our membership considering many factors (The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, vol.11, no. 2, 2008, Apr. 2008).

Now, it is time to revisit the numbers and see how our Society membership has changed and if we are being effective in our membership activities actions directed by the Administrative Committee (AdCom). Initially, Alessandro analysed data from November 2007, so I considered the numbers from November 2012. That makes a full, five-year cycle. Five years ago, the IMS comprised 2.1% of the total IEEE members, but now we have fallen down to 1.2%. This is a common problem to all IEEE Societies so it should not worry us but we still have to find how to revert the situation. I am more concerned about our finances and how healthy we are. Our Finance Committee is doing an excellent job in trying to spend the most we can in satisfying our members’ needs by supporting programs and activities in Chapters and to favouring the activities of students. Lately in our AdCom, we have been thinking about the “adequate” number of members and agreed that there is no good or bad number for that. Member satisfaction rather than quantity is our goal.

When we look at our membership distribution according to grade, we see that 73% of our members are Members and 14% are Senior Members. If we compare them to IEEE numbers, we exceed the IEEE which has 61% regular Members and 8% Senior Members.
In the case of student members, we have (6%), which is well below the average in IEEE with (26%). That is why we are always trying to develop support programs for students. We are also aware that Instrumentation and Measurement requires specialization that may make it difficult for students to become members at an early stage. This can explain the big difference between the numbers.

When we analyse our membership according to the geographical origin, we see that we are almost divided in equal parts considering North America and the rest of the world. But when we look deeper into the details, we can find some interesting facts. IEEE in general is divided with 53% in North America and 47% in the rest of the world. The difference is smaller each year. In the case of our Society, the behaviour is different. In 2008 we had 52% of our membership in North America and 48% in the rest of the world; however, in 2012 there were 45% in North America and 55% in the rest of the world, showing that our Society is growing more internationally than the average of IEEE. This has been a challenge for us since to consider many different cultures and needs, but we are very happy about it. These percentages are clearly reflected in the composition of our AdCom. There are thirteen members from Regions 8 to 10 out of a total of 24 members. We are improving the composition of our Board of Governors and Ad Com to make them more closely representative of our Society’s current and envisioned membership.

When we analyse the membership according to our members’ line of business, we also find interesting facts. In North America, 58% of our members come from industry and only 15% come from academia. However, in the rest of the world, the situation is quite different. In Region 8 (Europe and Africa) 34% come from industry and 41% from academia. In Region 9 (Latin America) 30% come from industry and 37% from academia. And finally, in Region 10 (Asia), 30% come from industry and 39% from academia. As you can see, we have different situations depending on the region of the world. This is also a challenge for us because the needs are very different in these two groups, and we have to use different strategies when dealing with North American members from those coming from the rest of the world.

Finally, when taking gender into account, we identified that women are 1.9% of the total membership of IEEE. However, in our Society, this number climbs up to 5%. If we look at the composition of our AdCom you find a clear majority of women. This is because we really believe that, to be part of our committee, you have to be valuable to the Society irrespective of your gender. IMS provides equal opportunities for both genders across all geographical origins.

See you in our next column and keep in touch.

Jorge Fernandez. Daher
President, IEEE I&M Society


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