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March 2017 | Volume 7, Issue 1 | Ethics and Standards |

Ethically Aligned Standards – A Model for the Future

In April of 2016, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (AI/AS) was launched with a mandate to provide a document that could provide technologists with a pragmatic guide to deal with the pressing ethical considerations of AI/AS. Although ...

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Letter from the Editor

by Yatin Trivedi, David Law

You are an Ethical Engineer. Are Your Products?

All of us are taught ethics through moral stories in our childhood. Many professions such as engineering, medicine, and law teach a “code of ethics,” and many businesses have a formal code of ethics in their collection of policies. While these ethical standards are applied largely to an individual’s behavior in interacting with peers or customers, they rarely push individuals to reflect on the considerations applied to designing or certifying a product. Falsifying product performance, emission reports, or breaching data security to access private information are all well-known examples of an engineering organization’s actions having directly harmed people as individuals or society as a whole. As “smart” gadgets along with their corresponding infrastructure continue to develop, one has to worry about the conscious or unconscious misuse and harm this may cause. (more…)

Student Application Papers

for students

Student application papers applying industry standards are papers submitted by students, or their faculty mentors on their behalf, in which an industry technical standard(s) was applied (analyzed and implemented). Each paper highlights specific design choices in the application of various technical standards and describes the resulting product, process, or service.   Click on the title to view the full paper.

Integrating Spatial Modulation Into 802.11n

(PDF, 672 KB), Meng Zhang, Xiang Cheng

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Illustrated by Rick Jamison, David Law


Call for Contributors

The IEEE Standards Education eZine Editorial Board invites contributions from industry practitioners, educators and students on topics related to education about technical standards. Interested parties may submit an inquiry or article abstract for consideration to the Editorial Board at any time throughout the year via email to: Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and final articles should be no more than 2,000 words. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • impact and development of standards in various regions of the world;
  • reliance by employers on complying with standards for introducing their products to the marketplace
  • best practices and ideas for incorporating standards into the classroom and curricula
Final contributions should include a 100 word biography of the author(s) and a high-resolution (JPEG) picture. All illustrations must be provided in a high-resolution (JPEG) format. References to all copyrighted material must be properly cited.

Interested in contributing an article?  Please make note of these important dates.

2nd Quarter 2017 issue theme: Consumer Electronics, including Virtual Reality, Wearables, and Drones
  • Articles due: 1-May-2017
  • Publication date: 1-Jun-2017
3rd Quarter 2017 issue theme: Standards and Compliance/Regulation
  • Articles due: 14-Jul-2017
  • Publication date: 18-Aug-2017

About the IEEE Standards Education e- Magazine

A publication for those who learn, teach, use, deploy, develop and enjoy Standards!

Technical standards are formal documents that establish uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices developed through an accredited consensus process. The purpose of this publication is to help raise awareness of standards, show the importance of standards, present real-world applications of standards, and demonstrate the role you can play in the standards development process. Knowledge of standards and standards activities can help facilitate your professional engineering practice and improve technological developments to meet the needs and improve the lives of future generations.

Standards are:

  • developed based on guiding principles of openness, balance, consensus, and due process;
  • established in order to meet technical, safety, regulatory, societal and market needs;
  • catalysts for technological innovation and global market competition.
  • Knowledge of standards can help facilitate the transition from classroom to professional practice by aligning educational concepts with real-world applications.


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  • promoting the importance of standards in meeting technical, economic,environmental, and societal challenges;
  • disseminating learning materials on the application of standards in the design and development aspects of educational programs;
  • actively promoting the integration of standards into academic programs;
  • providing educational materials about standards needed in the design and development phases of professional practice.

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