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New Membernet

If you are an IEEE member, you may have heard of the membership directory “Membernet”. This has been a part of myIEEE for several years and is a front-end for the main membership database. It’s a handy way of searching for other members of IEEE, and (if the member allows it), send them a message. Recently I heard that membernet is scheduled to be retired and replaced with IEEE’s Collabratec. That’s good news because the membership directory search facility in Collabratec is vastly superior to the old myIEEE membernet. If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to do so. Here’s how.

  1. Login to Collabratec.   Use your IEEE web account. If you are a member, you already have one. If you aren’t a member, sign up for an account (it’s free). If you have an account but forgot your password, just follow the instructions to retrieve it.
  2. After logging into Collabratec (CT), type your name in the search box at top. As you are typing, CT will display a short list of matches. If you have an unusual name, yours might show up quickly. If not, you’ll have to hit ‘Enter’ or click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box. If you get too many ‘hits’ on your name, you might want to click on ‘People’ on the menu on the left side.
  3. Click on your name when you see it and your IEEE profile will appear. You’ll know it is yours if you see a box in the upper right labeled ‘Profile’. If your name is fairly common (like Mary Smith) you might have clicked on someone else’s name, in which case you won’t see the Profile box and thus won’t be able to edit someone else’s profile. If that’s the case, just return to the search results and try again.
  4. When you find your profile, don’t be surprised if all you see is your name and an outline of a person’s head. IEEE by default keeps all profiles hidden. Only you can change that default and you choose what other’s can see about you. If you click on the Profile button, you will be able to control what, if anything, others can see. CT lets you choose how much can be seen by a) the general public, b) other CT members, c) other IEEE members, d) your Network (a subset of CT members you select), or e) Recruiters.

Please take a few minutes and explore the new membernet. I think you might like it. If you are a volunteer, I encourage you to at least permit other IEEE members to identify and contact you.

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