As part of the initiative to reconnect IEEE with industry, the IEEE Region 8 Industry Ambassador team contacted companies across the Region (Europe, Africa and Middle East) and gained their participation in providing Internships and Mentors. In 2016, over 100 Interns were placed. And, IEEE Seniors and Fellows are mentoring many young (and not so young) members.

Over 85 Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the participating companies and the company people who championed the participation with IEEE. The companies recognise that IEEE engineers have deep skills and diversity from whom they may recruit and strengthen their teams. Below is a snapshot of the range of companies involved in our initiative:

IEEE recognised the success of the AfI initiative to reconnect IEEE with industry as a major achievement for 2015-2016 with its 2016 Achievement Award. The leader and team received the awards at a ceremony at the Region 8 meeting in Stockholm this year. The AfI team agreed that the monetary award be donated to MSF.

The Action for Industry initiative continues in Region 8 and through activities also in United Kingdom and Ireland Section. Watch this space.