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On 10-11 May, IEEE-USA volunteers traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 10th Annual Science Engineering Technology Congressional Visits Day (CVD). The 25 IEEE members joined more than 200 U.S. scientists, engineers and business leaders representing scientific and engineering societies, higher education associations, institutions of higher learning, and trade associations to communicate directly with legislators and deliver their core message about the importance of federally funded R&D.

IEEE-USA members visited the following members on Capitol Hill:

Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) (left) meets with IEEE members Catherine Jaggard, Robert Page and Robert Cranston of New Jersey.

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) (left) with Tom Jobe


IEEE-USA volunteers met with Senator Coburn's legislative assistant for defense, G.T. Bynum (second from left).


IEEE-USA volunteers met with Senator Corzine's staff member Lucas Ballet (right).



IEEE-USA President Gerry Alphonse (right) presented the George E. Brown Award to Rep. Vern Ehlers of Michigan for his untiring support for research and development project funding in the U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman was also awarded the George E. Brown Award.


Making the day even more interesting for all participants was the evacuation of the Capitol Hill offices. When a small aircraft accidentally flew into restricted airspace near downtown D.C., the White House, and House and Senate buildings were evacuated. The interruption did not however, hinder the efforts of the CVD. All meetings resumed as scheduled once it was safe to go back inside.