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The Region 5 Community Connector

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

May 2023

    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/

  • IEEE Region 5 2023 Winter EXCOM Meeting and Audit Committee Meetings: The meeting was held on Friday Jan 27 – Sunday Jan 29, 2023 at Courtyard Marriott Springfield Airport, 3527 W Kearney Street, Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65803.ExCOM recommended Christopher Sanderson and Kenneth Rice for the R5 Director-Elect Candidates. There could still be a petition candidate, thus, this is not the final candidates slate for the Director-Elect position.
  • 2023 Region 5 Annual Meeting and Student Competitions was held on Friday April 21,22 & 23 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, 13200 E. 14th,Aurora, CO 80011. Meeting details and highlight coming in June Newsletter

    Audit Committee

2023 Audit Committee
  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


The Experience: Priceless
Denver Section sponsored FRC Robotics Team 1799 makes it to World Championship

Congratulations to FRC robotics Team #1799 Wired-Up! of the completion of an amazing season. In this second year of IEEE Denver sponsoring the team, they have grown and learned so well that they won the Colorado Regional FRC Competition in March and just returned from an awesome trip to the World Championship in Houston, Texas.  The team credits their success to choosing a non-traditional strategy and developing an original robot design to carry it out.   “Attaching a milk crate to the top of the robot was a little gimmicky, and we ended up not using it as much as our arm to pick up cubes.”, Grayson F.  “We kept it simple, and it paid off” Tori F.  We had the vision system (Limelight) mounted that would allow the robot to automatically line up with goals, but we were stretching our programming ability just to get the autonomous program to balance the robot on the tilting “Charge Station”.  “The first time we tested our balancing code the robot used the charge station as a ramp and flew over it.  The landing broke a motor, so it was a while before we got back to testing that code.”, Owen Flanagan.  Overall, this has been a great experience and the students are excited to work hard in the off season to be ready to do it again next year.

They did not plan that they would get to go to the World Championships competition, so they did not fund raise or organize for such success. They were the underdogs and IEEE Denver Section lent a helping hand to the World Championships.  With transportation, hotel, and food the overall cost totaled over $20k, so any other help would be appreciated. If anything is received over the amount, it will go to competing for next year.  This time the team is planning on their return to World Championships.

To help fund the team, mentor and/or click the link:

choose “school/program”, select “Dakota Ridge High” from the pull-down menu.  Enter your donation on the line for “Robotics.”https://jeffcopublicschools.org/community_portal/donate



    Membership Development

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Did you know about IEEE

IEEE Young Professionals IEEE Young Professionals is the group of IEEE members and volunteers who have graduated from their first professional degree within the past 15 years. It is an international community, whose members are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to their community. Since it encompasses all members from recent university graduates to experienced professionals and entrepreneurs, the group is highly diverse in what it has to offer. To join the IEEE Young Professionals community, you need to be an IEEE member. 

Find out more about IEEE Young Professional activities and how you can become a part of the dynamic group.  See yp.ieee.org

Region 5, Membership Development Chair J.Redfield@ieee.org

   R5 Cofernences, Webinars and Professional Activities

Engineering Camp at Rice University | TryEngineering Summer Camp
Engineering Summer Camp at Rice University
The goal of our engineering camp at Rice is to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers. We aim to position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life. If you have ever been interested in Rice University engineering, the TryEngineering Summer program is a great fit for you.
2023 NESC Changes, plus ARC Flash calculation for small services workshop
Workshop Details: This one-day workshop has four parts under two major divisions: Parts 1 – 3 will explore the changes in the 2023 version of the National ElectricalSafety Code Handbook (NESC, IEEE STD C2-2023), a print copy of which will be provided each registered participant as Workshop material. New for 2023, the IEEE Handbook contains the full 2023 NESC plus the commentary in a single text. Part 4 will cover arc flash including two effective methods to calculate arc flash for small electrical services, especially single-phase 100-amp services, and the strengths of each method. Location Details: The historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater is located at 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Registration: Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/341023. Wednesday, 5/03/2023 is the final day for online registration. Walk-ins will be accepted but must have a check for the full amount made out to IEEE-CTS. Contact Information: If you have any questions or need any additional information about the workshop, please contact James Mercier at jmercier@ieee.org.
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/.
POC: Diane Collier pacechair@ieeer5.org.
    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

    IEEE USA News

IEEE-USA Livestream Webinar: Project Management
Speaker: Diane Bowen Collier

All I Needed to Know about Project Management, I Learned Planning a Wedding
When Diane was planning her wedding, she had an opportunity to work on site at a nuclear power plant assisting in the development of the schedule for the second unit. Her response to the request was “I just need access to a phone during lunch.”
If you have planned a wedding, a conference, an event, a move, a remodel, or other big change, you have been a project manager. 
Diane will provide an overview of project management using examples as small as a wedding to as large as a major power plant. She will also address how Agile may fit into your project or how the PM fits into an Agile project.
For those considering project management careers, she will cover PM and Agile certifications and project management jobs.




We are very short on drivers right now.  We have had to turn down some deployments due to the lack of qualified/certified drivers.  If you are at all interested, please contact me.

Region 5 is anticipating an IEEE-USA MOVE Vehicle to be stationed within the Region in the near future. https://move.ieeeusa.org To prepare for the truck, R5 is working with the larger MOVE team to train volunteers to operate and drive the trucks.  Two trucks already exist, stationed in San Diego and Raleigh. 

The trucks are primarily focused on supporting disasters across the US in coordination with the American Red Cross.  The trucks are also used for various STEM events.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, truck drivers/operators, radio team, truck maintenance team, weather team, STEM volunteer, media coordination, etc.  If you are interested, take a look at the MOVE web site, click on “volunteer” and enter your information.  Or, contact Gerry Ourada, gourada@ieee.org for assistance or questions.

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.

    IEEE MGA News

The 2023 awards nominations are now being accepted through 4 May 2023.

IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards recognize and honor individuals, companies, and IEEE Societies, Sections, and Councils for major contributions to engineering and technical education. Awards are given for meritorious achievements, professional development, and service that advance the practice of engineering and of engineering education.
Do you know deserving individuals?
Who will you nominate?
For complete details or to nominate, visit https://www.ieee.org/education/awards/index.html
By Susan Kathy Land, Chair, 2023 IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee Volunteers are needed to serve as corporate officers, committee chairs, and members. IEEE depends on volunteer members for many things, including editing IEEE publications, organizing conferences, coordinating regional and local activities, authoring standards publications, leading educational activities, and identifying individuals for IEEE recognitions and awards. The Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is responsible for developing recommendations to the Board of Directors and the IEEE Assembly on staffing many volunteer positions, including candidates for president-elect and corporate officers. Accordingly, the N&A Committee is seeking nominees for the following positions:
2025 IEEE President-Elect (who will serve as President in 2026) 2024 IEEE Corporate Officers

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President, Educational Activities
  • Vice President, Publication Services and Products

2024 IEEE Committees (chairs and members)

  • Audit
  • Awards Board
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Election Oversight
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Ethics and Member Conduct
  • European Public Policy
  • Fellow
  • Global Public Policy
  • Governance
  • History
  • Humanitarian Technologies Board
  • Industry Engagement
  • New Initiatives
  • Nominations and Appointments
  • Public Visibility
  • Strategy and Alignment
  • Tellers

DEADLINES Nominate a Colleague

  • March 15 – Vice President and Chair positions
  • June 15 – All other positions

Submit Biographies/Self Nominations

  • March 30 – Vice President and Chair positions
  • June 30 – All other positions


Anyone may submit a nomination; nominators need not be IEEE members but must meet specific qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. An IEEE organizational unit may submit recommendations endorsed by its governing body or the body’s designee.

A person may be nominated for more than one position. Nominators need not contact their nominees before submitting the form. The IEEE Nominations & Appointments Committee will only contact eligible nominees for their interest and willingness to serve.

HOW TO NOMINATE For more details about position eligibility and the time commitment of the positions, check the Guidelines for Nominating Candidates. To nominate a person for a position, complete the form. NOMINATING TIPS

  • Check the eligibility requirements at the N&A Committee websitebefore submitting a nomination.
  • Volunteers with relevant prior experience in lower-level IEEE committees and units are recommended by the committee more often than volunteers without such experience.
  • Individuals recommended for president-elect, and corporate officer positions are more likely to be recommended if they possess a strong track record of leadership and relevant accomplishments within and outside IEEE.
  • Recommended candidates often have significant prior experience as members of IEEE boards and standing committees.

  More information about the duties associated with the different positions, qualifications, and eligibility requisites (such as prior service in certain positions or IEEE grade) can be found in the Guidelines for Nominating Candidates. For more information, please contact Yerjeny Diaz Committee & Program Administrator IEEE Corporate – Corporate Governance 732-465-6648 y.diaz@ieee.org  

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