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To support the Society’s growing member base, this page provides membership development resources to Society members and volunteers to share at Society events, workshops, Chapter meetings and more. 

In addition, the Society creates the SPS Membership Development Report each month, which is designed to give the Society’s Boards insight into the Society’s monthly and annual growth. It highlights Society strengths and areas for improvement in membership and subscriptions, and serves as a roadmap for membership development initiatives, outlining current and future plans. 

Please access the SPS Membership Development Reports by logging in with your IEEE account login credentials to be directed to the Reports page. 

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A quorum of a Board or Committee shall be a majority of those members having voting rights. A majority of the legal votes cast by members of the Board or Committee present at a regularly convened meeting shall be necessary for the conduct of business.
Face-to-Face Voting: The vote of a majority of the votes of the members present and entitled to vote, at the time of vote, provided a quorum is present, shall be the act of the Board/Committee.

Telecommunication Voting: The Board/Committee may meet and act upon the vote of its members by any means of telecommunication. The normal voting requirements shall apply when action is taken by means of telecommunications equipment allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other at the same time.

E-Mail Voting: The Board/Committee may take action without a meeting if applicable (e.g., e-mail voting). An affirmative vote of a majority of ALL the voting members of the Board/Committee shall be required to approve the action. The results of the vote shall be confirmed promptly in writing or by electronic transmission. The writings and/or electronic transmission shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board/Committee. “Electronic transmission” means any form of electronic communication, such as e-mail, not directly involving the physical transmission of paper, that creates a record that may be retained, retrieved and reviewed by a recipient thereof, and that may be directly reproduced in paper form by such a recipient.

Voting Example: If a committee has 40 members and 30 of them are present at the meeting, then you have quorum. For voting, the committee would need a minimum of 16 favorable votes for face-to-face or telecommunication meetings and a minimum of 21 favorable votes for electronic voting.

A plurality of the votes is not enough to pass a motion. For example, if there are 30 total votes split into 14 yes, 13 no and 3 abstain, the motion fails.

Number of Votes. Individuals holding more than one position on the Board/Committee shall be limited to one vote on each matter being considered by the committee. Proxy voting is not allowed.

TIP stands for Technical Interest Profile. Each individual should identify with their IEEE Membership a set of TIP codes. TIP codes allow members to identify what technical areas they are working in or are interested in. TIP codes are used within IEEE to target specific technical audiences. The Signal Processing Society has a set of TIPs assigned to the Society, which can be found on the web at http://www.ieee.org/about/volunteers/tab/tab_tip_codes.html.

Please refer to Policy 2.20. Awards Nomination Process for details on nomination procedures, as well as Policy 5.7. for Technical Committee and Special Interest Group Award Nomination Procedures. Nomination procedures for each award are detailed on the Society FAQ page, but full details for each award can be found in Policy 2.19 Signal Processing Society Awards in the Policy and Procedures manual.

Board/Committee level endorsement is not needed for IEEE awards, but individual Board/Committee members may wish to nominate an individual for an IEEE level award. The award procedures and selection process are handled by an IEEE level committee. View Awards and details on the Society FAQ page.

The Awards Board shall make an open solicitation for all distinguished lecturer nominations no later than 1 June of each year. All nominations will be considered by the Awards Board and a list of nominees and alternates, along with a list of their lecture topics, will be provided to the Board of Governors at least three weeks prior to its Fall meeting. The Board will consider this list at its Fall meeting and provide its advice and consent for the final selections, which shall be announced by the Awards Board Chair.

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