IEEE REACH has amazing supporters.
The IEEE History Center is extremely grateful to our generous donors—individuals, corporations, and foundations—who have given to the REACH Program to enable this important educational program to be built and to grow. Their philanthropic spirit is an inspiration, and we would like to recognize those who have given over $10,000 here. We are thankful for all of our donors, no matter the amount, each of whom are recognized in our annual honor roll of donors where we list all those who give to any program of the IEEE History Center.
We are also grateful to the other nonprofit institutions—such as museums, libraries, associations, and historical societies—who have so graciously partnered with us, providing access to artifacts and collections, in addition to in-kind contributions, without which REACH would not have been possible.
Emerson and Elizabeth (Betsy) PughFor more than a quarter of a century, Emerson and Betsy Pugh have generously invested their time, talent, and treasure to enable the IEEE History Center to preserve and promote the history of technology. 2020 marked the 40th anniversary of the Center. To celebrate the milestone, the Pugh’s decided that an investment in IEEE REACH was a good way to increase technological literacy of the next generation. Their visionary leadership and benevolence provides teachers with free Online Educational Resources (OER) that enrich the classroom experience and enhance students’ ability to gain insight and knowledge of the impact of technology and science on society.
The Ross Family: Christina, Tim, Nancy and StinaWe donate to and support REACH in honor of Ian M. Ross, IEEE Fellow. "Ian was so fond of IEEE and his work in the field. The importance of STEM education for the next generation of engineers is crucial in advancing electronic achievements. It is our wish to provide teachers and students with resources that inspire future engineers."
In Memory of John MeredithRegarded as a kind and generous friend, mentor, advocate and leader, John Meredith was often the quiet force whispering encouragement in support of worthy IEEE initiatives and future leaders. He tirelessly and passionately pursued his many interests, which included volunteering for IEEE, inspiring others to volunteer for IEEE, education at all levels, the US Navy, and the history of technology. Together, his wife Lorraine and IEEE friends established a fund within the IEEE Foundation to invest in IEEE programs that match John’s interests. REACH, with its goal of bringing the history of technology alive in the classroom and the resources focused on early maritime navigation, was a perfect match.
Peter A and Gretchen LewisAs an engineer, I am acutely aware that as a profession we have made technology so easy to use it is almost invisible. As a result, people have become very dependent upon technology and many lack a strong understanding about how technological systems work. This could lead to problems related to knowing when to rely upon, or when to question technology. By bringing together the history of technological developments and their social implications with current applications, REACH provides an opportunity for teachers to help students’ develop critical thinking skills. By supporting REACH, we are making an investment in the students to help them avoid being misled by the wonders of continuous technological advancements and appreciate that new features of the latest device may not always provide the answers they are seeking.
Ray and Carmen VargasIn high school, my fascination with computers and circuits drove me towards the math and science classes that ultimately led me to a career designing integrated circuits as an electrical engineer. However, now we both see a lack of interest by too many students in obtaining even a basic understanding of engineering concepts and the history of technology development. Many don’t see the relevance of traditional math and science classes, perhaps because they are not being taught how the mathematical techniques and scientific principles they learn in the classroom are actually used to solve modern problems and develop the technology that we all take for granted today.
We have been very supportive of the IEEE Foundation, and in particular the IEEE REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History) program. Rather than donate to a specific school, we would rather directly support an initiative such as REACH that can potentially benefit every high school student. Teaching the social and practical implications of technology in the history classroom might ignite an interest in engineering that could steer more students towards STEM fields. I remember reading in my college calculus textbook a quote from Isaac Newton: ‘If I have seen a little farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.’ Perhaps REACH can find students that might have been otherwise lost by sparking their imagination with technologies of the past and inspiring them with the possibilities the future can hold.
The Institute of Navigation (ION) is the premier professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing. REACH's Early Maritime Navigation Learning Inquiry unit is uniquely aligned with ION’s mission to develop and promote programs that engage youth in navigation and allied arts and sciences. ION is proud to support IEEE's REACH program and support the introduction of the next generation of potential navigators in a creative humanities-based environment.
- In the late 1950s, Lucille Saunders, the East Rochester Village Historian, had visions of collecting and preserving local history information and artifacts. The Village was only 60 years old, with many early settlers still living in town. The year 1947 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Village. Material had been researched and collected for the event and later it became the start of the Local History Department. After two years of intense collecting of local memorabilia in the early 60s, a Local History Room was established in October, 1962 in the Fryatt Memorial Building at 901 Main Street. Retta Fryatt, widow of B.J.Fryatt who was one of the first businessmen in Despatch, had donated her gracious home to the Village in 1954.
- Thomas Edison was an unknown young inventor when he moved his experimental facilities to the tiny village of Menlo Park, New Jersey, in 1876. Then, in a six-year burst of astonishing creativity, he patented approximately 400 inventions, including the phonograph and devices for electric light and power generation, and he revolutionized the process of invention itself. Known around the world as the Wizard of Menlo Park, Edison made himself and Menlo Park famous, and to this day, both names are synonymous with the spirit of invention. The Center’s grounds, located within the 36-acre Edison State Park, includes historic foundations of the Menlo Park library and office, nature trails, and the 1938 Edison Memorial Tower. The Tower is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Fully escorted tours are given inside the museum and Tower during our public hours and for group tours. We offer Seniors, School, Camp, Scout, and Corporate tours. Public Tours: Thurs, Fri, Sat. 10:00am-4:00pm, and available upon request for different days and times for large groups. Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, 37 Christie Street, Edison, New Jersey. 732-549-3299
Ways to Give
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“I am fascinated with how ideas impact history and I usually reflect on ideologies and how they influence all cultures. Using REACH in my classroom made me realize how much technology fits right into my passion.”
– Laurie Bisconti, Social Studies Teacher