Milestones:Milestone Program Frequently Asked Questions
MILESTONE PROGRAM FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS
Why does it take 8 weeks to cast the plaque?
We want to allow time for the plaque citation to be checked carefully, not only by History Center staff, but also by the nominators and the IEEE organizational units. This sometimes involves many sets of eyes, and time for revisions and corrections. Once the plaque text is approved, the foundry's casting schedule depends on workflow, and whether they are casting large orders for other clients. Once cast, the plaque has to be burnished, finished, and patinaed. Shipping times must also be accounted for.
What are the payment methods the sponsoring IEEE Organizational Unit may use to pay for the plaque(s)?
Plaques may be paid for by five methods: Check, credit card (Visa or Mastercard), wire transfer, transfer to IEEE History Center account from IEEE organizational unit account, or by deduction from section rebate. IEEE History Center staff will provide payment details (e.g how to arrange deduction from section rebate, or transfer to History Center accouont) on the invoice that will be sent to the IEEE organizational unit.
My IEEE Organizational Unit has lined up corporate sponsorship or financial support for the milestone. Can I have that corporation pay for the milestone plaque?
It is always wonderful when an IEEE organizational unit can garner corporate support. However, the History Center muste must be paid for the plaque by the IEEE organizational unit, which may then be reimbursed by the corporate supporter.
The location where the plaque is eventually to be mounted is not a suitable venue to host a large dedication ceremony. Must Milestone dedication ceremonies be held at the final plaque location? It is often the case that for reasons of weather, catering convenience, or because the plaque location is in a busy public space (e.g. a train station), that dedication ceremonies are held in a place other than where the plaque will finally be mounted. Dedication ceremonies have been held in hotels, corporate auditoriums, town squares, to name a few. Often the plaques are presented on stands or eisels during the ceremony, then mounted later; sometimes they are unveiled in situ. Every situation is different, and it is left to the discretion of the ceremony organisers.