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The Region 5 Community Connector

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

December 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

The R5 Fall EXCOM meeting was hosted at Texas Tech University and was organized by Dr. Bilbao and Dr. Gale. Dr. Bilbao hosted the tour of Texas Tech University Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing (GLEAMM) facility https://www.depts.ttu.edu/gleamm/

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

Final Call for Candidates – Region 5 Director-elect 2023 Election

Final call for candidates interested in running for Region 5 Director (2023 election cycle) Any Senior member (or above) from the South Area Sections (Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dall, Fort Worth, Galveston Bay Houston or Lone Star Section) is invited to express their intent to run for the position.

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

New to IEEE? Want a refresher on the benefits of your membership? Go to www.ieee.org/start for a step by step approach to maximizing your membership benefits. After a short introduction video, this site contains a summary of the many benefits of being an IEEE member including Technical Content, Networking, Career Resources, help in finding local activities, Discounts, and Humanitarian and Philanthropic Opportunities. Check it out and MAXAMIZE your membership!
Not an IEEE Member? Have you been waiting for the right time to join? Join the IEEE this month and receive 14 months of the benefits of being an IEEE member for the price of 12. Go to www.ieee.org/join to begin receiving all the benefits of being an IEEE member NOW. IEEE is the world’s largest technical society, bringing members access to the industry’s most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools, and many other exclusive benefits. To find out more, go to www.ieee.org/membership
Opportunity to make a difference as an Engineer! As an IEEE member, or simply as an Engineer, we get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of future engineers AND have some fun at the same time!
Science Fair Judge – Yes it is science fair season again! There are a number of science and engineering focused schools in the Region 5 area that host science fairs each year. Most will be hosting fairs over several days this year. Typically, they start in December with a local fair, move to a regional based fair in the Feb/March time, and then onto a state level competition. Those winners then go to Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair – Society for Science, the Regeneron International Science and Engineer Fair. This is the world’s fair of science fairs. In 2023 ISEF will be held in Dallas May 13-19. If you look, there will probably be many local Science Fairs in your area. Many schools are still working out how to continue to support their students with virtual/in person science fairs. Pick a school, find out if they have a science fair, reach out to them, and go have some fun supporting the next generation of engineers! R5 Membership Development Chair: Joe Redfield, R5 Membership Development Chair (J.Redfield@ieee.org)
R5 Conferences, Webinars and Professional Activities

R5 Conferences and Webinars

  • The IEEE MetroCon 2022 (November 3, 2022) IEEE Fort Worth Section Annual Technical conference. A Success! Welcomes attendees back to in-person event:

After two years of virtual sessions and a virtual conference, the IEEE Fort Worth Section set its sights on having a fully in-person conference for 2022. The conference theme for this year is “Transforming the Future”, and boasted over 150 attendees. This conference featured 2 new tracks (Photonics, Autonomous and Vehicle Systems) and also saw participation in its Student Poster Competition from the University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, and the University of Houston at Victoria.

In searching for plenary and keynote speaker, it was challenging finding speakers who fit the theme of the conference. Power & Energy Track Chair, Derrick Webster, who has participated in the conference the past five years, utilized his IEEE network and found both speakers. The plenary address was provided by Patrick Dubose of Burns and McDonnel, who kicked off the conference with an exciting presentation on EV Penetration: Solutions with Data Analytics. Our attendees enjoyed a lunch fit for royalty while enjoying the keynote address given by Mike Dempsey of Burns and McDonnell, who presented on Microgrids.
There were many people who made this conference possible.

Track Chairs Internet of Things – Ed Hightower, Prabha Sundaravadivel
Track Chairs Developing & Deploying Secure Systems – Phillip Todd, Princy Mehta
Track Chairs Systems and Software – Michelle Maddox, Juanita Winfrey
Track Chair Power & Energy – Derrick Webster
Track Chairs Computational Intelligence – Ed Safford, Colleen Bailey
Track Chairs Biotechnology – Hongli Wu, Don Osborne
Track Chair Financial Planning – Brian Wronko
Track Chairs Autonomous and Vehicle Systems – Chris Elliott, Jim Hogan
Track Chair Photonics and Publication Chair – Catrina Coleman
Volunteer Coordination – Michelle Maddox, I’Nita White
Finance Chair – Mike Siok
Patron Chair – Tim O’Conner
Exhibits Chair – Jim Thompson
Conference Co-Chair, Student Poster Contest Chair, Program Chair – Mike Bishop
Conference Chair – Diane Bowen Collier

The picture above: Conference Chair Diane Collier and the plenary speaker Patrick Dubose of Burns and McDonnell

The picture above: The keynote address speaker Mike Dempsey of Burns and McDonnell with Conference Chair Diane Collier

IEEE Fort Worth Section would like to thank all of the volunteers, attendees, and vendors that made this event special. We would also like to thank our patrons, especially our platinum patrons, Lockheed Martin and Oncor, who have graciously supported and participated in the conference for years (and hopefully years to come!). Our first conference back in person was truly commendable, and we look forward to seeing everyone back next year! POC dbcollier@ieee.org.

IEEE Pikes Peak Section (December 13, 2022, 10-11 am Mountain Time)


Questions: John Santiago, Chair of Pikes Peak Section / john.santiago@ieee.org

Engineers often get a bad wrap as being committed to their profession but not to leadership.  Leadership is the number one key to building successful organizations and teams and can also be a key to gaining acceptance of ideas. Leaders are a major influence on the culture in which people work, on how people are treated, and how things get done. Engineers can be excellent, high impact leaders who make a difference in lives and organizations. However, to do so they must be committed leaders as well as committed engineers and become students of how to lead and bring out the best in people, teams, and organizations. This session will provide a practical understanding of the importance of skilled leadership, the impact leaders can have, and the critical skills engineers need to learn to be leaders committed to making a difference.

Dr. Warrick’s Biography

Dr. Warrick is an award winning educator, consultant, and author who specializes in developing and coaching leaders, developing high performance teams and organizations, managing change, and building strong cultures.  He is a Professor of Leadership and Organization Change and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and President of the Warrick Agency Training and Development Company.  Dr. Warrick has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Organization Development Network Association for his “significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development” and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management for “exceptional contributions to organization development and change education, scholarship, and practice.”  He has also been recognized as one of the leading thinkers on organization change in the prestigious Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers and has received numerous other awards for his contributions.  Dr. Warrick is the author or co-author of over 90 articles, book chapters, and professional papers and nine books primarily in the areas of organization development and change and leadership.  He has been a consultant and speaker to over 200 organizations including Fortune 500 companies, international companies, and smaller organizations.  At his university, Dr. Warrick has received the Chancellor’s Award, the University’s highest annual award, the Outstanding Teacher Award for the University, and many awards in the College of Business including Teaching Awards, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and other awards.  He received his BBA and MBA degrees at the University of Oklahoma and DBA at the University of Southern California.

2023 Region 5 Annual Meeting and Student Competitions 
The 2023 IEEE Region 5 Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, 13200 E. 14th Place, Aurora, CO 80011. On Friday April 21, 2023, a reception starts at 6 PM. The website is https://r5conferences.org/

R5 Business Meeting:  The R5 Annual Business Meeting will start on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 8 AM [when a quorum is needed] and will continue Sunday April 23, 2023. IEEE Region 5 holds an annual meeting to approve its Executive Committee members, set goals, and determine an annual budget for programs and services. Each of the 27 Sections are expected to send a minimum of one voting representative to participate [Primary Section Delegate PSD].

Student Competitions:  For more information about the competitions, visit the Student Activities webpage https://r5conferences.org/student-activities/ Student Teams interested in competing will also need to complete the Intent to Compete forms from the competition of their choice.  Forms should be submitted as soon as possible to properly accommodate everyone.
We are looking forward to a great conference in 2023, and we hope to see you all there.
Note that the Region 5 annual business meeting is held adjacent to the IEEE 2023 GreenTech conference; for information on attending this technical conference, please visit the GreenTech webpage at https://ieeegreentech.org.

R5 Conference Organizing Committee:
Abd Arkadan, General Chair
Ian MacMillan, Operations Chair
Jim Sipes, Student Competitions Chair

   Region 5 Annual 2023 Student Competitions
  • The 2023 IEEE Region 5 Annual Student Competitions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, Colorado on April 22, 2023. These competitions are open to all undergraduate IEEE student members who are attending a school in Region 5. Space is limited for some competitions and is given on a first come first serve basis. Interested teams should submit their ‘Intent to Submit’ forms as soon as possible. Student Competition Discord server: https://discord.gg/meG8Qku6RD For more information, please visit: https://r5conferences.org/student-activitiesPlease direct any questions you may have to the region 5 student representative, jaiden or the student activities chair, Amardeep.  Jaiden Strong rsr@ieeer5.org, Amardeep Kaur student_activities@ieeer5.org
Professional Activities
  • Professional Activities: Region 5 makes funds available for the support of professional activities in IEEE R5 Sections, Chapters, and Student Branches. The funds are managed and distributed through the Region. To obtain funding, a Section, Chapter, or Student Branch must complete a Project Plan and Financing Request form, obtain supporting signatures, and file the form with the Region 5 PACE Coordinator. For R5 PACE Form (includes program details) and project ideas, https://r5.ieee.org/member-opportunities/professional-activities-pace/. If you have 2021 carry over and 2022 events, please send your completed PACE forms including event report to pacechair@ieeer5.org by Dec. 3, 2022.
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




Region 5 may be in a position to receive an IEEE-USA MOVE Vehicle that would be located in the Region to help with disasters,
STEM events and training for the central part of the USA.  To help launch this exciting opportunity, we need a volunteer coordinatorto act as a project manager on behalf of the Executive Committee through 2023 to start.  If you have time on your hands, are passionate about the mission of MOVE and would like to be involved with the Region for the first time, please drop
an email to bob.becnel@ieee.org.  It is important this slot gets filled this month.

You will not be required to service, drive, or be called out for a disaster in this role. It will be decided later where the vehicle will be maintained but you will be part of that decision making.  More information on MOVE is here:  https://move.ieeeusa.org/.  This is a perfect opportunity for a Life Member.

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.



Stay Tuned


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