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The Region 5 Community Connector

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

August 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.
  •  Summary of the recent IEEE board meetings:– 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.

The R5-hosted IEEE PE candidates event on 11 July is now available on IEEE.tv
Below is the direct link to the program:

Members can find the program on IEEE.tv and also on the PE candidates’ home page ieee.org/pe24

For any question, please contact: Carrie Loh c.loh@ieee.org

      IEEE Section Congress 
Region 5 Delegates attending SC2023
Region 5 will host Orientation/Networking meeting on Friday, August 11.
Please visit the Region 5 Collabratec site. for Primary Section Delegates and other attendees to Sections Congress for more details.
Region 5 SC23 Community Page in the folder Meeting Information/2023 Meetings/Sections Congress 2023 Region 5.
For any question, please contact John Reinert Region 5 Sections Congress Coordinator @ j.reinert@ieee.org

Eugene Freeman of Pikes Peak Section: Sharing Cybersecurity lesson at the Section Congress

I am attending Sections Congress in August and since one of the themes is “Reinvigoration of IEEE Organizations post Pandemic” I thought I would pass along my learnin from this engagement so far.


 Colorado Springs is a major hub for Cybersecurity activities due to the large presence of Military bases and local businesses that support them.

 In February of 2021 I was approached by Shawn Murray of Murray Security Services to give a short talk on our local IEEE activities.  Shawn is one of our affiliate partners. 

 The presentation was given at a monthly event called Cybersecurity First Friday, where members of the security community in Colorado Springs got together for information exchange and socialization.   Another focus for this event is to highlight local cybersecurity companies and how they are contributing to the ecosystem.  

 The event is hosted by Shawn and his co-host is Vincent Persichetti, from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.   

The attendance was virtual as this was mid pandemic.  One of the first things I picked up on was Vincent Persichetti, who ran the Zoom meeting, would break up the group into teams of 5 after the presentations for 10 minute socialization sessions where everyone would introduce themselves and discuss whatever was relevant to the theme of the meeting.  This turned out to be an enjoyable way to interact given pandemic limitations.

Once the pandemic restrictions began to lift, the monthly event moved to an Irish Pub in Downtown Colorado Springs.  One of the key draws of this meeting was folks with job openings mixed with those looking for employment.   The numbers continued to grow for the event and recently the venue was moved from the pub to the National Cybersecurity Center which has more room and easier parking.  Currently between 150-200 people attend each month.  Shawn and Vincent have been running this event for 5 years with continued success and growth.

One of the attendees I met was Joe Mallally, a manager and trainer of the LIFT program.   LIFT is a program sponsored by Goodwill Industries which provides scholarships for CompTIA certifications, A+, Network+,  Security +, and SySA+.  They have an impressive success story with folks who may have had to overcome some significant barriers to economic and personal independence.   In many cases these individuals obtained positions that doubled or tripled their salary as well as providing very satisfying work.  This effort is well in line with IEEE’s mission in using technology to benefit humanity.

I gave a reprise of my original presentation a few weeks ago.   I gave the folks at the First Friday Event for June, a summary of IEEE benefits called “IEEE Access to Tools.”   The audience was given information on accessing the wide variety of IEEE tools that are available to all, free of charge.   My feeling was that one way to attract more future members was to let them see the quality of the materials that are available to the general community.  The list included ComputingEdge, Cipher, Recorded Webinars on Security from our own Pikes Peak Chapter of the Computer Society, IEEE Innovation at work, IEEE Reach, and Oral Histories and Milestones.

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at Sessions Congress to discuss best practices to bring IEEE benefits to our communities as we transition to new models in the years to come.

Contact Gene Freeman, (Vice Chair of Pikes Peak Section and Chair of the Pikes Peak Computer Society Chapter) @. genef@ieee.org

Peter Adejokun of Fort Worth Section Presenting at the Section Congress.

Session Title : Engaging With Industry Professionals.  Session Type : Breakout Session\


Session Description : Industry professional engagement is a way to promote professional development activities that facilitates knowledge sharing. The main objective of industry professional engagement is to help cultivate the future generation engineers through mentoring, coaching and meaningful and engaging STEM outreach programs that advance the engineering profession and the state of art. Industry professional engagement requires an effective strategy to promote the value of IEEE that inspires collaboration with corporate and that aspires individual commitment. Thus, an engaged industry with a corporate culture that enables professional growth will further aspire individual professional commitment and engagement. The strategy to engage industry professionals is bottom-up. It is a grass root effort from the sections level, and it starts with awareness, implementations of various STEM programs and professional development program that provide enabling values for engagement of the local industries professionals. 

Sunday | 09:30 – 10:00 | Room 211 & Sunday | 10:30 – 11:00 | Room 206 

    Membership Development

Do you know what’s in your IEEE profile – Collabratec?

Take a few moments and log into your IEEE account and select my account to update your current information.  From this interface you can update your personal information as well as create or sign in to your Collabratec account.  Use the NEW IEEE Collabratec to manage your professional identify.  Connect and network with verified IEEE members and technology professionals by location or technical interest. Check it out at https://ieee-collabratec.ieee.org/

IEEE Member Discounts – Have you see what’s available now?

IEEE members can access more savings in more places for home and office including group discounts on insurance, travel, home/office and technology needs. While you focus on your career, we’ll take care of saving you money. See vendor details for terms, conditions and availability.

Visit the Member Discounts page at www.ieee.org/discounts to discover this added perk of IEEE Membership.

 Did you know about IEEE – IEEE Membership Tool-kit

 Did You Know – 

The IEEE-USA has put together a website to support membership career development.  Whether you’re a student trying to select a focus, if you’re just starting your career, or if you’re getting close to retirement, IEEE has a wealth of resources to help you at every stage of your professional life.

Resource  highlights:

       Career Ebooks

       Career Webubars

       IEEE-USA Salary Service

       PE/FE Training Material

       Employment Navigation


 And it’s FREE ……check it out at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/

 For more information please contact Joe Redfield Region 5 Membership Development Chair J.Redfield@ieee.org

    R5 Conferences, Webinars and Professional Activities
Region 5 Conference – ICC 2024 (Denver) June 9-13, 2024

The IEEE Denver Section is hosting the International Conference on Communications (ICC) which for 2024 which will take place in Denver Colorado (June 9-13, 2024).  ICC is one of the two IEEE ComSoc flagship conferences attracting a large number of contributors and attendants.  This year’s conference hosted 2000 attendees in Rome at ICC 2023


We invite you to submit a business, paper, workshop, tutorial proposal for consideration. See the attached Call for Papers (CFP) document.

CFPs for symposium, workshops and tutorials require technical papers that will be published in IEEE xPlore digital library.  Industry presentations, panels and workshops (not requiring publishing papers) will be solicited in the weeks ahead.

Given the convergence of computing and communication in our industry, we hope you will consider this opportunity and spread the word to your colleagues.

Access conference Weblinks: Symposium     Workshops    Tutorials

Photo attached is from this year’s program in Rome

 For any question, please contact Tim Weil – General Co-Chair – ICC 2024 (Denver)720.656.9572 (m) | 240.337-1305 (f)

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

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.

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Newsletter Editor: Ademola Peter Adejokun