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September 24th Technical Meeting: Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors – Professional Practice Update & Ethics

Michael Sims, PE, Director of Compliance & Enforcement for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

About the Speaker:

Michael has been with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since June 2018. Prior to joining the Board, he had over 20 years experience at the Railroad Commission of Texas, Oil and Gas Division, during which he served in positions as an engineer, Special Project Manager and as Manager of Environmental Permits and Support. Michael began his engineering career at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality after obtaining a Bachelor od Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

Location: Cover 3,2700 W Anderson Lane, #202, Austin

6:30 to 7:00 pm  Check In, order dinner
7:00 to 7:30 pm  Social/Business Items
7:30 to 8:30 pm  Program

RSVPs appreciated – respond via vTools at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/203869

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendees help defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $20 cover charge.

IEEE student members: We will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members; take your receipt to the Treasurer after the meeting

 

Highlights of August Tech Meeting: Lightning 101 with Eddie Schoenthal of Bonded Lighting Protection

Eddie provided a thorough and practical guide to Lightning Protection in Texas, including what is in the scope and what is not. He discussed many ways to address the idiosyncrasies of building construction.

The August meeting was busy! We also heard about Energy innovation and getting student involved in engineer through robotics these presentations:

  • Kimberly Britton described the work of EPIcenter http://www.epicenterus.org , a think tank, incubator and accelerator for strategically addressing the future of Energy – founded by CPS Energy, Itron, Landis+Gyr and OCI Solar Power. A Global Lecture series is planned for September 11th – watch for details on their website. You can volunteer as a mentor or Subject Matter Expert on their website as well.

  • Ken Burch provided information about the “BEST” (Boosting Engineering, Science & Technology) Robotics Competition https://www.capitol-best.org/home.php , among area schools. Kickoff day is September 7th, and the competition is October 19th and open to the public. See the below for sponsorship opportunities from small to large, and where to inquire for additional information.

 

Recent Events:

2019 IEEE PES General Meeting and Awards Dinner

On August 6th, IEEE (PI)2 Austin Joint Chapter Chair Andrew Bluiett stepped onto the stage at the IEEE PES GM Awards Banquet to accept the 2018 award for IEEE PES Best Large Chapter! It was a great meeting with many stimulating papers, panels and posters and discussions with colleagues. Read more about our Chapter Award here:

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News: The Latest from SEPA: Lithium-Ion Prices Down, Energy Storage Up

View the Smart Electric Power Alliance 2019 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot report here.

SEPA Report

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UT-Austin Energy Symposium

September 26 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm CDT

Upcoming Events

Tue 24
Tue 24

IEEE PI2 Austin, September 2019, Tech Meeting, “Professional Practice Update/Ethics””

September 24 @ 11:30 pm - September 25 @ 1:30 am CDT
2700 W Anderson Lane TX
United States
Thu 26

UT-Austin Energy Symposium

September 26 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm CDT
Oct 03

UT-Austin Energy Symposium

October 3 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm CDT
Oct 10

IEEE PI2 Austin, October 2019, ChapComm, Officers Meeting

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Austin TX
United States