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The Region 5 Community Connector

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

July 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. More meeting details and highlight coming soon.

    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@ie

    IEEE Candidates Forum

Meet the IEEE candidates.


The voting membership of IEEE annually elect officers that serve on the top-tier IEEE governing bodies.  The 2023 IEEE Annual Election runs from 15-Aug through 2-October.  For more information on the open positions, candidates, and the overall election process see the IEEE Annual Election webpage.

IEEE’s strength come from having strong volunteer leadership, with the support of all of our members.  To support member engagement in these important elections, Region 5 will be hosing three IEEE Candidate Forums, one each, for the following positions
•    IEEE President – 11 July – 7:30 p CST
•    IEEE USA President – 25 July – 7:30p CST
•    Region 5 Director Elect – 1 August – 7:30 p CST

During these one-hour WebEx forums, you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates themselves as well as hear the candidates answer questions submitted by R5 members like you.  Register for the forums and submit your questions through the following Vtools Meetings.

IEEE President – https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/365380

IEEE USA President – https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/365382

Region 5 Director Elect – https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/365383

    Membership Development


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If you are currently unemployed or retired and have not renewed your membership for 2020, you can also renew your IEEE membership at ½ price.
Simply go to: www.ieee.org/renew.

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Did You Know – 

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Establish your professional identity to connect and network with verified IEEE members and technology professionals by location or technical interests.
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Region 5, Membership Development Chair: J.Redfield@ieee.org 210-744-2968

    R5 Conferences, Webinars and 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/.
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

The IEEE-USA Innovation Workforce and Research Conference
One example of IEEE-USA’s collaborations to support CHIPS in our region is the IEEE-USA Innovation Workforce and Research Conference (IWRC). IWRC will be held 13-15 September, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. IEEE-USA is partnering with Arkansas’ NSF EPSCoR program to further connect industry, academia and government through the 2023 IEEE-USA through this three day event. IWRC will bring together stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to bridge the gap between research and commercially viable products. Experts from our region and across the country will discuss research grants, technology transfer programs, start-up funding, intellectual property, and a host of other topics related to inspiring and empowering true innovation in the Heartland and Delta Regions

Based on the success of a session held at the 2023 Region 5 annual meeting, Director Elect Matt Francis and Pikes Peak Section Chair David Bondurant will review details of the $52B CHIPS Act in the context of the fifty-year history of semiconductor and computer technology in a free webinar sponsored by IEEE-USA in July. You can register today at https://lnkd.in/gnq7bguF


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

Visit the Teaching Excellence Hub Today. teaching.ieee.org
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

    Frequent Links

The Full ExCom Roster can be viewed here: https://rosters.ieee.org/home.html
IEEE Region 5 https://r5.ieee.org/

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Newsletter Editor: Ademola Peter Adejokun