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The Region 5 Community Connector

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

October 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….

    R5 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

Call for Volunteers – Region 5 Committee

Do you know an experienced section, affinity group, chapter or other operational unit volunteer within IEEE?  IEEE Region 5 is currently seeking nominees for leadership positions on the 2024 Region Committee.  Nominators or nominees can apply here.  Nominations open October 1st and close November 1stBe a part of helping advance humanity for technology in the US Southwest!

    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

Recorded Candidtates Forum:

Director-Elect https://ieeetv.ieee.org/video/ieee-region-5-ieee-region-5-delegate-elect-director-elect-candidates-forum

IEEE-USA https://ieeetv.ieee.org/video/ieee-region-5-ieee-usa-president-elect-candidates-forum

IEEE https://ieeetv.ieee.org/video/ieee-region-5-ieee-president-elect-candidates-forum-0 


 Rebate for SD Mines Student Branch and student activities


Pictured from the left: Tate Dille, Matthew Sin, Faye Kann, and Dr. Neha Choudhary

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines) student branch received the 2022 rebate in September 2023 based on student branch plan and activities in 2022. SD Mines student branch sponsors engineering activities for incoming freshmen students. Matthew Sin, student branch president, and Tate Dille, student branch treasurer, are shown receiving the rebate check from Faye Kann, Black Hills Subsection Treasurer and Region 5 West Area Chair, and Dr. Neha Choudhary, IEEE SD Mines Student Branch Counselor. The IEEE student branch meets monthly during the academic year with the IEEE Black Hills Subsection, which is sponsored by High Plains Section in Ft. Collins, CO. The Subsection provides pizza for the monthly joint meetings which are primarily based on technical topics or plant tours that assist the students in learning more about internships at local businesses that employ electrical engineers

Submitted by Faye Kann, Black Hills Subsection Treasurer and Region 5 West Area Chair

SD Mines student branch sponsors Circuits Night

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines) IEEE student branch provides a Circuits Night for new students entering the university. The Circuits Night includes showing freshmen how to solder through-hole and SMD components onto a PCB and sharing information on IEEE student branch.

The first picture shows IEEE student branch treasurer Tate Dille and student branch secretary Cody Noe sharing information with students to learn more about soldering. The second picture shows Evan Buettgenback, EE freshman, who just completed one of the activities. The third picture shows Kyle Roth and Josh Brockschmidt, IEEE members and EE students, who have completed the activity of checking the circuit to make sure it works.

SD Mines has a tradition of competing and placing in the IEEE Region 5 student circuits competition during the annual meeting each spring. Dr. Neha Choudhary is the student branch counselor. SDSMT recently received their six-year accreditation for the EE/Computer Science department from ABET.

The SD Mines student branch is looking forward to the 2024 IEEE student circuits competition in Arkansas in spring 2024. For the student competitions, Matt Francis, 2024-25 R5 Director provided the information to check the Discord server for updates on student competition rules and guidelines. https://discord.gg/meG8Qku6RD

Fort Worth Section’s Life Members Affinity Group September Lunch and Learn:

“During the Life Members Affinity Group September Lunch and Learn, Klaus Dannenberg spoke on his perspectives on the space race. Klaus is the son of Konrad Dannenberg, a postwar scientist with NASA, honoured for his work on propulsion systems for the US 1969 moon landing.

With a strong legacy in aerospace, Klaus shared his 40+ years experience in aerospace/defense ranging from program management to start ups and turnarounds, Klaus spent most of the past decade as Deputy Executive Director of the AIAA.

He went on to share that after he retired, his focus turned towards family, and through his experiences, published a book on caring for aging parents, called “Honoring Aging parents: How to Grow Up When Mom and Dad Grow Old” He hopes that it will help others avoid some of his mistakes and mistaken impressions about caregiving. His talk gave us all something to think about, both reflecting on our history in space and our future”

IEEE Sponsors the 2023 National Scout Jamboree 

National Scout Jamboree, Electricity & Electronics Exhibit (in pictures)

   2023 IEEE Sections Congress Highlights

Sections Congress 2023: The Promise, The Reality, The Legacy

Sections Congress 2023 was held 11-13 this past August in Ottawa, Canada.  Sections Congress is the triennial flagship IEEE event that brings together IEEE volunteers from every member country to share ideas and solutions. IEEE volunteer leaders from around the world meet to exchange ideas and learn about IEEE products and programs IEEE offers to members in their local areas. These leaders also attended sessions to improve their personal leadership skills that are beneficial in their own careers and have the opportunity to network with a wide range of IEEE volunteers including the IEEE President.

On Tuesday 20 September, Region 5 hosted a WebEx highlighting Sections Congress.  For existing IEEE section and region volunteers, this panel discussion provided useful information to enhance the ability to provide programs and services to the local IEEE community.

Panelists with a cross section of backgrounds in Region 5 including Young Professionals (YPs), new officers, veteran officers, Section, Chapter, and Affinity group officers, women and men, spoke about their experience at SC2023, including references to programs they found useful to support members and provide personal development.

Click this link to hear their stories and hear how you can benefit from this recent SC2023 event.

The presentations for the Breakout Sessions for Sections Congress 2023 are now available in the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence.  https://ieee-elearning.org/ . Under the banner for the CLE are four blocks, with the block on the right being a link to the Sections Congress Library. At that link click on the SC2023 event and you’ll be taken to the page for SC2023 (or just click here:  https://ieee-elearning.org/mod/page/view.php?id=2534 )

For more information, please contact j.reinert@ieee.org

    Membership Development

Annual IEEE Election – VOTE…VOTE….VOTE

Annual Election Process Has Begun: Look for your annual election ballot package to have arrived in August or by early September. All members eligible to vote will receive a paper ballot and a postage-paid reply envelope via first-class mail. Included is information about how to vote electronically. VOTE NOW AT www.ieee.org/election.

Not an IEEE Member?

Join IEEE today and get 16 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till the end of 2024.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at www.ieee.org/membership

Did you know about IEEE – eLearning Library 

Did You Know – 

The IEEE has created an IEEE eLearning Library, the premier online collection of short courses and conference workshops.  Login with your IEEE login and view many recorded webinars and training tutorials.  Login as a guest and see public content.  Current eLearning Course Topics.

  • Power and Energy
  • Automotive
  • Telecommunications
  • Cyber Security
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Photonics
  • And lots more!

·       Check these and others out at www.ieee.org/elearning

 IEEE Member Benefits Finder

Uncover IEEE member benefits that are most relevant to you. Use the Global Benefits finder below to select your current career phase, then select “Go.” Your results page will render a list of key IEEE member benefits that can help you accelerate your career plans and help you grow as a technology professional.  Whether you are a long time IEEE member, a student, or have just joined IEEE as a higher-grade member you’ll learn of member benefits you probably didn’t know you had!

Go to IEEE Member Benefits and check it out!

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)

Electrical Generating Systems Association Offering Complimentary Fall Engineering Symposium

Conference The 2023 Fall will be held in the heartbeat of Texas, San Antonio, from October 1-3. As with every year, this conference is designed to be a beacon of enlightenment for current and future leaders in the Electrical Generating Systems industry. 

Electrical Generating Systems Association, representing on-site power generation manufacturers, distributors, dealers, contractors, integrators, and energy services companies.  Many of our member companies regularly work with engineers. The installed base of power generation equipment is growing each year, and our member companies continue to look for qualified engineers with whom to partner.

Conference will be visiting the Hyatt Hill Country in San Antonio October 1-3, and will be hosting a complimentary Engineering Symposium sponsored by Generac for anyone who is interested in attending.

Attendees will be eligible for 0.6 CEUs/6 PDHs. We will also have a trade show of various product manufacturers and dealers that may be of interest to you and your members. 

Complimentary attendee passes for the Engineering Symposium and trades show will be available for IEEE attendees and reduced full conference registration will be available for first time attendee at request.

Registration: https://egsa.ezfacility.com/login?SmuFormId=5E48A74F-EE4E-4721-9867-057AABA43460

 For more details, please contact Mir M. Mustafa @ m.mustafa@egsa.org

IEEE OKC Section Webinars – October 4, 2023

IEEE OKC Section invites you to join the October 4, 2023, Free Webinars below organized by Oklahoma International Publishing, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 

 Links are provided below to register for the specific event you want to attend.  Upon registration, you will get the web address.

 >>> Talk 1: 8:55 am

 Embedded AI Applications”  Subramaniam Ganesan, PhD Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA

 Link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/375455

 Short BiograDr. Subramaniam Ganesan is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA. He is a senior member of IEEE, was IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visiting Speaker, IEEE Region 4 technical activities member, and Fellow of ISPE. He received the Lifetime Achievement award from ISAM, Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from SAE, Best Paper award from ISAM, and the Best Teacher award from ASEE and Oakland University. More details are on his website. www.secs.oakland.edu/~ganesan

 >>> Talk 2: 11:55 am

 “AI and Digital Transformation: Industry Driven Partnerships” Adel S. Elmaghraby, PhD University of Louisville, KY, USA

 Link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/375462

 Short Biography: Professor Adel S. Elmaghraby is the University of Louisville Director of Research and Innovation for the Digital Transformation Center, he is also Director of Industrial Research and Innovation and Winnia Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Speed School of Engineering – University of Louisville. He received both his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and his BS degree from Alexandria University (Egypt). He has also held appointments at the Software Engineering Institute – Carnegie-Mellon University, The American University in Cairo, and as A Fulbright Scholar at Qatar University. He advised over 60 master’s graduates and 36 doctoral graduates.   Dr. Elmaghraby’s research and consulting spans the areas of Intelligent Multimedia Systems, Artificial Intelligence, HPC, Cybersecurity, Visualization, and Simulation. His research applications include Smart Cities, Data Analytics, Medical Imaging, Bioinformatics, and Computer-Aided Diagnostics. He is a well-published author, a public speaker, a member of editorial boards, and a technical reviewer. He was recognized for his achievements by several professional organizations including a Golden Core Charter Membership by the IEEE Computer Society at the 50th-anniversary celebration.   Professor Elmaghraby’s continued collaborations, mentoring, and scientific contributions have resulted in research funding, international collaboration, and published articles in many prestigious journals such as IEEE-TMI, Medical Physics, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and Protein Engineering. He is a Life Senior Member of IEEE, the former President, and a lifetime member of the Association of Egyptian American Scholars.

>>> Talk 3: 12:55 pm

 “Perspectives of AI in Biotech or Biomed Applications” Tom Jobe BioInSpire LLC, Oklahoma, USA

 Link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/375926

 Short Biography: Mr. Jobe spent 10 years in the energy business as an instrument developer before moving to Corazonix of OKC in 1987 to develop hi-res ECG equipment. In 1990, he began a 15-year career as a developer and manager of medical diagnostic instruments with Organon Teknika & BioMerieux, where he led the development of microbiology, coagulation, and nucleic acid diagnostics instrumentation. 

 In 2005, he became the Business Manager for the SensiQ division of Nomadics, directing the development of biosensor-based Life Science equipment for pharma and biotechnology applications. After SensiQ spun out of Nomadics to become SensiQ Technologies, he directed the company’s R&D, manufacturing, and commercialization efforts as Chief Operating Officer. After SensiQ Technologies was acquired by Pall Life Sciences in 2017, Mr. Jobe co-founded startups BioInSpire of Oklahoma City and Essai Sciences of Stillwater. 

BioInSpire provides consulting services to Life Sciences clients while Essai Sciences provided biomolecular interaction analysis services of pharmaceutical compounds. He has served on the Engineering Industry Advisory Boards at the University of Central Oklahoma, OSU-OKC, and the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at OU-Norman. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for 2016-2018, providing lectures related to the field of biosensors. Mr. Jobe holds BS and MS Engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma City Section : https://site.ieee.org/okc/

IEEE Fort Worth Section host 2023 MetroCon on November 2, 2023 In Hurst, Texas

MetroCon is an annual engineering conference hosted by IEEE-Fort Worth. The conference’s aim is to educate engineers on the latest developments in science, engineering, and technology.
IEEE Metrocon 2023 includes nine parallel and strong tracks! Attendees will have the opportunity to rapidly grasp the technical and societal implications of some of the most promising and innovative new developments and ideas. Each track has been organized into well-coordinated morning and afternoon sessions designed to achieve maximum exposure in minimum time.
Exciting Track Offerings
1.    Internet of Things
2.    Software and Systems Engineering
3.    Developing and Deploying Secure Systems
4.    Power & Energy Systems
5.    Computational Intelligence
6.    Biotechnologies
7.    Financial Management and Future Tools
8.    Autonomous and Vehicle Systems
9.    Photonics
Registration now open: https://www.eventbee.com/v/metrocon-2023/event?eid=282314165
Visit  Metrocon @ https://www.metrocon.org/2023/

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

Wanted:  Licensed volunteers to help with IEEE-USA and Region 5 Pilot for a PE Refresher

Region 5 is going to pilot a PE Refresher Pilot for IEEE-USA .  We have the opportunity to design and implement an exciting new and promising pilot for a program that IEEE-USA (Career and Professional Development ) and the MGA YP Committee are jointly creating.

As part of the pilot, a few subjects will be introduced to members that sign up.  These subjects are, tentatively, DC/AC Circuit Analysis, Mathematics, Ethics, Economics and Power.  At this time, we have an open call for an instructor in these areas to help with preparing a 2 hour webex on one of the preferred topics by creating some summary material and problems on the topic.  The instructor will present the material on one evening and then be available to answer questions on the problems.  We are looking to recruit the team in September and start enrolling in October.  I will have an informational session in mid September with those that respond to this call.  Instructors should not be concurrently supporting NCEES on any exam writing efforts.  Instructors should be licensed within the US.

In addition we would be looking for a project manager that is passionate about licensing to help manage the project and expand it beyond the pilot.

This is a pilot, so the purpose is to fine tune the program and collect feedback.  The informational session will help clarify format a little bit more.  However you may call me at 314-941-7641 or email at bob.becnel@ieee.org.

IEEE-USA Special IEEE Day Livestream Webinars

Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/375463


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

You’re Invited to the IEEE STEM Summit

The registration is now open for the third annual IEEE STEM Summit, held on 24-27 October 2023. This is a free virtual event hosted by the Pre-University Coordinating Committee as part of IEEE Educational Activities. We’d greatly appreciate it if you would attend and invite your Region Members. 

IEEE President Saifur Rahman and IEEE Educational Activities Vice President Rabab Ward will kick off the event on Tuesday 24 October at 10am ET. During this welcome session, President Rahman will speak about climate change. Please register here to attend his talk>>

In past years, hundreds of participants used the Summit as a chance to pose questions to award-winning educators and knowledgeable volunteers, who offered practical advice on how to plan interesting and effective STEM outreach activities for school-aged children. 

Our program will feature four keynote speakers, as well as sessions on STEM outreach resources. IEEE Volunteers will also present sessions related to their technical affiliations and affinity groups.


For more information please contact: Stamatis Dragoumanos @ sdragou@gmail.com

2023 Pre-University Coordinating Committee Chair, IEEE Educational Activities

    Frequent Links

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

The Newsletter is sent to all current members in Region 5

Newsletter Editor: Ademola Peter Adejokun