On 1 January 2015, TMC transitions from an IEEE Council to an IEEE Society. This transition will impact all of the existing TMC Chapters, and will bring new opportunity to Sections without current Chapters. The specifics of the situation are as follows:
- Technical Councils in IEEE do not have individuals as members: their members are Societies. As a Council, TMC has 14 Member Societies. The current Chapters have large membership, because the membership of the Chapter is the sum of all of the local members of all 14 of these Societies.
- Societies do have individuals as members, so when TMC transitions to TEMS, the new Society, and hence the Chapters, will need to have members in order to maintain their status.
Building this membership base will be difficult, as today many of our current members are not aware of the transition, as such they do not know of the new Society, and hence will not know to join. In order to keep the Society and the Chapters alive, we need to work at both the Society and the Section level to ensure that those members who are interested in management and leadership understand that there is now a Society which they can join for networking at the local level, and for publications, conferences, and educational products from the Society. This offers a new opportunity for Sections without a current Chapter, as there is now something that can be offered, addressing management areas specifically.
Please help to ensure that people understand that they need to click the box for TEMS on their renewal form in order to remain or become connected to Technology and Engineering Management. The option will be available as of September 2, 2014.