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The Region 5 Community Connector 

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

September 2022

 Membership Contacts:

Hunter J Boudreaux – East Area Chair

Maciej J Zawodniok– North Area Chair

Christopher B Sanderson– South Area Chair

Faye Kann– West Area Chair

R5 EXCOM Roster can be viewed here:  https://rosters.ieee.org/home.html

 R5 EXCOM Meetings

 2023 Audit Committee

Congratulations, the N&A Committee has approved the following slate to serve as the Region 5 Auditors during 2023.  You will be contacted by 2023 Audit Chair, Bill Wylie, later in the year as he prepares you for 2023.

  1. Treasurer: Paul Cassingham.
  2. Audit Committee Chair, 4th Year:  William Wylie (North) Billwylie@ieee.org
  3. Audit Committee, 3rd Year: Silke Spiesshoefer (East) Silke_Spiesshoefer@ieee.org
  4. Audit Committee, 2nd Year: Ernest X Njouondo (South) njouondo@ieee.org
  5. Audit Committee, 1st Year: Patterson, Tristan Hunter (West) tristanpatterson10@hotmail.com

POC: Director Bob Becnel bob.becnel@ieee.org

 Calling for Region 5 Director Candidates

Calling for Region 5 Director Candidates If you are a Senior IEEE member (or above) of the Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston Bay, Houston, or Lone Star Sections you have the opportunity to run For Region 5 Director in the 2023 election. This is a chance for you to get deeply involved with the full scope of the IEEE, including representing Region 5 at worldwide meetings, interacting with hundreds of similarly dedicated members and influencing change in the organization.

This is a unique opportunity to serve as Director-elect in 2024, then become Region 5 Director in 2026.  Over the next month, the Nominations Committee is simply looking for expressions of interest.

Please contact the Chair of the Nominations Committee (jim.look@ieee.org) if you wish to be considered as a potential candidate or if you have questions. Nominate yourself or another qualified volunteer now!

 Membership Development

HALF PRICE IEEE MEMBERSHP That’s right half price IEEE membership.  Join IEEE for the first time and pay only ½ annual dues.  If you have someone that’s been looking to join, but has been waiting for a good excuse, now is it.  Send them to www.ieee.org/join for details.

If you are currently unemployed or retired and have not renewed your membership for 2022, you can also renew your IEEE membership at ½ price.  Simply go to: www.ieee.org/renew.

Graduating Students move to Higher Grade Members

Twice a year the IEEE will automatically upgrade graduating student IEEE members to regular IEEE Member Grade.  The first upgrade for this year happened in June for all students who had listed graduation dates in their IEEE profile through June 1, 2022.

For those who just graduated, WELCOME to the next phase of your IEEE carrier.  Now that you are a regular member, the IEEE has a lot more to offer. Check out the many benefits of being an IEEE member by going to: IEEE Member Benefits.

And lastly for those graduating students, be sure and update your IEEE profile with your new post college contact info.

Did you know about IEEE – Collabratec

Did You Know –

IEEE Collabratec™ is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create – all in one central hub. IEEE Collabratec™ offers a suite of productivity tools and is available to technology professionals around the world with exclusive features for IEEE members. Sign up is free to everyone. You don’t have to be an IEEE member to join!

Establish your professional identity to connect and network with verified IEEE members and technology professionals by location or technical interests.

GO TO IEEE Collabratec now at https://ieee-collabratec.ieee.org/

POC Joe Redfield Region 5 Membership Development Chair J.Redfield@ieee.org  

R5 Conferences and Webinars


R5 Sections and Formation Date


   Section  Date
 1 Arkansas River Valley  June 20, 1994
 2 Arkansas April 23, 1947
 3 Baton Rouge February 5, 1955
 4 Beaumont June 27, 1945
 5 Central Texas  May 23, 1930
 6 Corpus Christi  October 25, 1951
 7 Dallas March 18, 1928
 8 Denver May 18, 1915
 9 El Paso March 7, 1940
10 Fort Worth  January 5, 1956
11 Galveston Bay  January 1, 1980
12 High Plains  February 13, 2010
13 Houston  August 7, 1928
14 Kansas City  April 4, 1916
15 Lafayette November 11, 1970
16 Lone Star  November 23, 2019
17 New Orleans  December 8, 1933
18 Oklahoma City  February 16, 1922
19 Ozark April 20, 1966
20 Panhandle   June 12, 1947
21 Pikes Peak  May 22, 1978
22 Saint Louis  January 14, 1903
23 Shreveport  January 14, 1903
24 South Plains  May 4, 1955
25 Southwest Missouri  February 14, 2009
26 Tulsa October 1, 1937
27 Wichita September 16, 1937



Check out IEEE-USA Insight’s New Look IEEE USA have launched version 3.0 of our flagship publication IEEE-USA InSight, which covers career and public policy issues that are important to technology professionals. Nominations Open: IEEE-USA Awards & Recognition

IEEE-USA is currently accepting nominations for its annual awards, given in recognition of professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States. The nominations portal will close 15 September.

IEEE-USA Awards & Recognition | Building Careers & Shaping Public Policy (ieeeusa.org)        


Call for Nominations: 2022 MGA Individual Awards: Deadline 25 September Help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Awards Program
Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, Inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders. If you know someone who has made substantial regional IEEE volunteer contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals as related to transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

1.       MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award

2.       IEEE MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award

3.       MGA Innovation Award

4.       MGA Leadership Award

5.       MGA Achievement Award

6.       MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award


Please visit the MGA Award nomination process to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements. MGA awards are peer-recognized awards; therefore, self-nomination is not permitted. 

The deadline to submit nominations is 25 September 2022. A complete nomination form with two letters of endorsement by two IEEE members are required to be eligible.

Nominate a colleague now


If the link above goes to the IEEE Awards home page, go to ‘My Nominations’ under the ‘Login’ tab. You may need your IEEE account login to access.


Email questions to mga-awards@ieee.org 

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Newsletter Editor: Ademola Peter Adejokun