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Potentials Chair / Editor-in-Chief
Sharad Sinha - India

Student Editor
TBD

Associate Editor
Christopher James - United Kingdom

Associate Editor
Catia Bandeiras - Ireland

Associate Editor
Dario Schor - Canada

Associate Editor
Cristian Quintero - Colombia

Associate Editor
Teng Joon Lim - Australia

Associate Editor
Mahshid Iraniparast - United States

SAC Chair
Hossam Ali - Australia

Corresponding Editor
Thanos Kakarountas -  Greece

Corresponding Editor
John Benedict Boggala - India

Corresponding Editor
Syrine Ferjaoui -  Tunisia

Corresponding Editor
Vaughan Clarkson - Australia

Corresponding Editor
Ray Floyd - United States

Corresponding Editor
Sachin Seth - United States

Corresponding Editor
Greg Linton -  Canada

Corresponding Editor
Jacquelyn Adams - United States

Corresponding Editor
Michael Salem -  Lebanon

Staff Managing Editor
Craig Causer - United States

Potentials Magazine

Potentials Magazine provides 140,000 undergraduate and graduate students members of IEEE with a publication to address global issues, technology trends, and career development topics.

Bi-monthly publication focuses on educational and industry themes such as:

  • Careers/graduate Education
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart Cities
  • Drone Technology
  • Student and YP Entrepreneurship

IEEE Potentials Magazine is a publication dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals. IEEE Potentials explores career strategies, the latest in research, and important technical developments. Through its articles, it also relates theories to practical applications, highlights technology’s global impact, and generates international forums that foster the sharing of diverse ideas about the profession.

Call For Papers

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not represent original research. The Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations from within the main text and minimal equations, but liberal use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged.

For more information, refer to the Magazine’s Information for Authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee .

Theme Issue: Smart Cities: Review and Challenges Ahead

Release: January/February 2021

Lead Editors:
Sharad Sinha—sharad_sinha@ieee.org
Cátia Bandeiras—catiafmbandeiras@gmail.com
John Benedict Boggala—john.benedict.007@gmail.com
Syrine Ferjaoui—syrine.ferjaoui.eng@ieee.org

“Smart Cities: Review and Challenges Ahead” will explore the current state of smart cities around the world and the challenges in their implementation and realization. It also examines the question: What makes a city smart? Authors should discuss the scientific and/or commercial benefits of current and future technologies using concepts suitable for a student audience.

Topics include but are not limited to:

■ An introduction to smart cities
■ Case studies of smart cities
■ Public transportation – tech/systems and mobility
■ Economics of a smart city
■ Sustainability aspects
■ Energy and buildings
■ Health care and security
■ Security of Smart Infrastructure
■ Smart power grids, smart hospitals, and smart schools


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 July 2020
3 August 2020
1 September 2020
January 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: The Future of Education

Release: March/April 2021

Lead Editors:  Dario Schor – schor@ieee.org
Teng Joon Lim— tj.lim@sydney.edu.au
Witold Kinsner—w.kinsner@ieee.org

A theme issue on the “Future of Engineering Education” will take a step back from the traditional models and explore how education helps mold worldview, impacts the way society works, and shapes our future. Authors are encouraged to discuss pedagogical ideas and practices for teaching sustainable and responsible skills such as collaboration, lifelong learning and design thinking, so that future engineers will be prepared to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, ranging from climate change to disease prevention and response. Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Experiential learning
■ Physical, virtual, and interactive laboratories
■ Interdisciplinary education
■ Transdisciplinary education
■ Personalized curricula
■ Exams at a distance
■ Cognitive digital twins in education
■ Collecting data on learning
■ Privacy in education at a distance
■ Accreditation
■ Online learning
■ Mentorship


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 October 2020
1 November 2020
1 December 2020
March 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Release: May/June 2021

Lead Editors:  Pamela Bhatti – pamela.bhatti@ece.gatech.edu
Witold Kinsner—sharad_sinha@ieee.org

This theme issue will cover aspects of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship from perspectives in the academic world and the startup world. Authors are encouraged to discuss the benefits of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship training in an academic setting. Topical coverage from recent startups as well as experiences in startup incubators and accelerators is encouraged. Content addressing changes and challenges to entrepreneurship in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is also of interest. Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Privacy in education at a distance
■ Accreditation Courses in innovation and entrepreneurship with course outcomes
■ How to foster an entrepreneurial mindset
■ Advice and best practices for student entrepreneurs and cofounders
■ Successes and challenges in technology translation from an academic setting
■ Case studies on engineering innovation including examples of innovation with social impact
■ Entrepreneurship on today’s world (influence of COVID-19)


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 December 2020
1 January 2021
1 February 2021
May 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Engineering Design Competitions

Release: July/August 2021

Lead Editors: Dario Schorschor@ieee.org
Thanos Kakarountaskakarountas@ieee.org

A theme issue on “Engineering Design Competitions” will highlight projects, learning experiences, and lessons from thousands of engineering students who participate in design competitions every year. Authors are encouraged to discuss how these competitions expose students to the full lifecycle of a project, to learn about real-world constraints, work in a team environment, and impact careers and professional development. Additional tips or recommendations for successful teams will also be considered. Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Experiential learning
■ Teamwork and collaboration
■ Interdisciplinary teams
■ Project lifecycle
■ Student time management
■ Industrial Mentors


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 February 2021
1 March 2021
1 April 2021
July 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Careers and Graduate Education

Release: September/October 2021

Lead Editors: Cátia Bandeiras — catiafmb@ieee.org
Jacquelyn Adams — jacquelyn.r.adams@gmail.com

The annual theme issue of Careers and Graduate Education will be focused on a prominent effect of the COVID-19 pandemic: the need for advancing remote work, education, and career development. Authors are encouraged to discuss technology for remote work and education and how their workplaces or classrooms adapted to the constraints posed by social distancing. Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Technologies for remote work and education
■ Long-distance laboratories
■ Platforms for continuous education
■ Changes in job market dynamics
■ Conducting grad school research in a remote environment
■ Time and project management
■ Organization of online events
■ Job interviewing and job onboarding remotely
■ Various IEEE resources for grad students and young professionals

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not include original research. IEEE Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations within the main text, and minimal equations but the use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged. For more information, refer to the magazine’s information for authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 April 2021
1 May 2021
1 June 2021
September 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Science Fiction or Fact?

Release: November/December 2021

Lead Editors: Christopher James – c.j.james@ieee.org
Syrine Ferjaoui – syrine.ferjaoui.eng@ieee.org
Catia Bandeiras – catiafmb@ieee.org

IEEE Potentials is the IEEE’s global magazine for students, with a circulation of 140,000. The theme issue, “Science Fiction or Fact,” will explore various breakthroughs inspired by science fiction and cover real innovations in science and technology influenced by the futuristic concepts presented in science-fiction novels and movies. Authors are encouraged the discuss the scientific facts behind elements such as time travel, teleportation, telepathy, superintelligent computers and robots, parallel universes, and space travel, among others, while using concepts suitable for a student audience. Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Medical advancements
■ Artificial intelligence and data science
■ Augmented and/or virtual reality
■ 3D printing
■ Transportation
■ Extra-human abilities
■ Robotics
■ Other (lasers, jet pack, landspeeder, etc.)

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not include original research. IEEE Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations within the main text, and minimal equations but the use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged. For more information, refer to the magazine’s information for authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 June 2021
1 July 2021
2 August 2021
November 2021
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.

Theme Issue: Drone Technology

Release: January/February 2022

Lead Editors: Vaughan Clarkson — v.clarkson@ieee.org
Felipe Gonzalez — felipe.gonzalez@qut.edu.au

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also commonly known as drones, are reshaping our world: from traffic surveillance to crop monitoring photography to parcel delivery. The best is yet to come, however. Drone technology is advancing on all fronts to have more endurance, longer range, wider application, and more capability while becoming safer than ever. In this theme issue, these breakthroughs will be explained to our student audience by the leading  researchers and practitioners.

Topics include but are not limited to:

■ Sensors for UAVs
■ Autonomy
■ Navigation, path-planning, and on-board decision making
■ Standards
■ Mechanical design
■ Counter-drone technology
■ Legal and regulatory aspects
■ Networking and coordination (“swarming”)
■ UAV-based change detection
■ Sense and avoid
■ UAV onboard data storage, transmission, and retrieval
■ UAV applications including traffic management, agriculture, environmental monitoring, and search and rescue

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit articles of up to 4,000 words. Articles should be aimed at a student audience and should not include original research. IEEE Potentials style requires no abstract, no citations within the main text, and minimal equations but the use of relevant, captioned illustrations and photographs is encouraged. For more information, refer to the magazine’s information for authors. Articles for consideration should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pot-ieee.


Items
Manuscript submission
Notification of paper acceptance
Accepted manuscript upload
Publication date

Dates
1 June 2021
1 July 2021
2 August 2021
January 2022
Please note that the deadline is just a guideline – once enough articles have been received for an edition submissions for that theme will close.
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How to volunteer for Potentials

Students and Young Professionals can volunteer for Potentials by becoming a Contributing editor. We ask that you submit a list of 5 ideas of articles related to any of our upcoming themes and a writing sample.

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