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Tableau – the new SAMIEE

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Some of you may have recently been invited to try out the new SAMIEE/OBIEE/database viewer called Tableau. Tonight was my turn at the wheel. I missed the tutorial which happened during my extensive travels this summer but got a link to the dashboard and decided to dive right in.  Here’s a brief rundown on my experience.

Tableau dashboard

Region 5 AESS members

First of all, compared to its two previous incarnations, Tableau is a breeze for the most part. The link took me to a ‘landing page’ which was attractively arranged as a grid of six colorful blocks outlining different ways of visualizing the IEEE membership database: Membership, Students, Volunteers, Societies, Doublet, and Map. Societies is cryptically named ‘Memberships, Subscriptions, and More’, and the even more cryptic ‘Doublet’ is simply a cross reference of membership in one or more societies. Chapter officers will be interested in those two and others will most likely use the first three more often. The map feature is just

kind of fun but would be more useful if you could drill down to the section level.

 

I found Tableau to be considerably more intuitive than OBIEE ever was and substantially faster. Unfortunately it’s

Region 5 statistics

Tableau Map of R5

not magic and is still stuck with the same old database and the same old problems: out-of-date, missing, or confusing data.  For example, students are placed into a geographic location by their listed home address. Consequently Region 5 appears at first glance to have a huge number of student branches, scattered all over the world! One new feature that I haven’t noticed before is a list of previous volunteers in a particular position. For example, it was very simple to get a list of previous North Area chairmen.

If you are a SAMIEE user and haven’t tried Tableau yet, I encourage you to do so. You might be pleasantly surprised!

2016 Region 5 Annual Award Nominations due February 17, 2017

Monday, January 16th, 2017

IEEE Region 5 is accepting nominations for Outstanding Large Section, Small Section, Member, Educator, Large Student Branch, Small Student Branch, Student, Branch Counselor, Large Company, Small Company, Young Professional, and Individual Achievement. A short description of each and nomination forms, as well as the Call for Nominations, and the awards manual can be obtained from the Region 5 Online Community. Note that you will need a login and password to access the Online Community but the individual documents are not password protected. Deadline for nominations is February 17, 2017. Please send nominations to the Region 5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Diane Bowen Collier, d.b.collier@ieee.org, with the following subject: “IEEE R5 Award Nomination # [Award Type]”.

Please address any question to the R5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair:

Diane Bowen Collier
817-988-5660
d.b.collier@ieee.org

Teach Electricity and Electronics in the WV mountains

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Do you want to raise the awareness and understanding of technology and its impact on society
to middle and high school students from around the world? The IEEE emeritbadges Project is a
global pre-university technology education program for boys and girls. emeritbadges has
developed a program to foster the accomplishment of its vision around the Electricity Merit
Badge and the Electronics Merit Badge programs. A group of thirty (30) volunteers is needed to
implement most of the project objectives at the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel
Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia from 15 – 29 July 2017. The Jamboree will be attended by
thousands of boys and girls from around the world.
YOU are needed to staff the Electricity and Electronics Merit Badge booth in the STEM Quest
area at the 2017 National Jamboree.
Contact Ralph W. Russell, II at emeritbadges@ieee.org to volunteer to spend two (2) weeks in
the scenic West Virginia mountains adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area to
teach boys and girls the basics of electricity and electronics.

New IEEE President Elect

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Region 5’s James A. Jefferies, Senior Member, has been selected by the members as the 2017 IEEE President-Elect. Pending acceptance of the IEEE Tellers’ Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 20-21 November, Jefferies will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2018. He will succeed 2017 IEEE President Karen Bartleson, senior director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Synopsys (retired), Mountain View, CA, USA. Congratulations Jim! IEEE will be in good hands.

Officer Rosters

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The IEEE Region 5 homepage has a menu on the right which has links to a) the Region 5 excom roster, and b) Section Officers. In the past, these two links took you to a simple list of contact data for either the excom or section officers. The lists were produced periodically by IEEE HQ from the vTools Officer Reporting database. That was replaced in 2016 with a new one-stop-shop for IEEE rosters at rosters.ieee.org. The old lists are no longer updated and have been removed. On the new page, you have the option of either searching for a person or organization, or browsing a list. For example, to find the officers for the Central Texas Section, a) click on the bullet next to IEEE Geographic Units, b) click on the bullet next to Region 5, c) click on the bullet next to Sections, d) click on Central Texas (not the bullet).  On the right you’ll see a list of officers and committee chairs for the Central Texas Section.

If you know a person’s name but not their office or section name you can search for that person. For example, if you recall meeting an interesting fellow by the name of Redfield but don’t recall what he does, you can enter ‘redfield’ in the search box and as you type, various matches will be displayed. Select ‘joe redfield’ and you’ll see his contact information as well as all of the offices he holds displayed. Be sure that ‘people’ is selected and not ‘organizational units’. If you know the geocode or unit name, you can search for those as well. This list of rosters even includes student branches, unlike the old lists.

Keep in mind that, like the old lists, this new roster is also produced from the officer reporting database. If you haven’t reported that new officer, they won’t show up here! Try it out. I think you’ll like it.

Meetup (Social Media)

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

You may or may not have heard about the social media site meetup.com which has been around oh, about fifteen years. That’s a long time in social media years. I joined up years ago to get event information in my local area but recently found out that meetup groups have their own websites too. I also heard about one of our own sections, the High Plains Section, who has a meetup website of their own. That’s another innovative use of social media sites to engage members!

Meetup.com says this about themselves on their website:

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

High Plains officer Richard Toftness reports that Meetup makes a difference as it reaches a different demographic from the usual IEEE sites. We see a lot of outside interest in our meetings from people that follow meetup. All of our meetings are open to members and non-members.

While I’m not proposing you abandon an official IEEE website like WordPress or WebInABox (for one, you would lose vTools connectivity like officer roster and calendar event data), you might consider looking into meetup as an adjunct to twitter, facebook, linkedin, and the plethora of other social media sites. Meetup is unique in that it makes it easier for people in your local area to find your website. Who knows, you might even recruit some new members, and that’s not all bad!

WordPress login URL changed

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Sections that have a WordPress website from IEEE, be aware that the login page for website administrators has changed from …/wp-admin to sites.ieee.org/…/dashboard/ where … is your website name. This does not affect ordinary user access to your website, only administrative access.

2015 Region 5 Annual Award Nominations due 10 Feb 2016

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

IEEE Region 5 is accepting nominations for Outstanding Large Section, Small Section, Member, Educator, Large Student Branch, Small Student Branch, Student, Branch Counselor, Large Company, Small Company, Young Professional, and Individual Achievement. A short description of each and nomination forms, as well as the Call for Nominations, and the awards manual can be obtained from the Region 5 Online Community. Note that you will need a login and password to access the Online Community but the individual documents are not password protected. Deadline for nominations is February 10, 2016. Please send nominations to the Region 5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Diane Bowen Collier, d.b.collier@ieee.org, with the following subject: “IEEE R5 Award Nomination # [Award Type]”.

Please address any question to the R5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair:

Diane Bowen Collier
817-988-5660
d.b.collier@ieee.org

Virtual Job Fair Jan 20

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

The IEEE Virtual Career and Talent Expo, hosted by Region 6, takes place January 20, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PDT. Register today at www.IEEEexpo.org for instant access to jobs and career resources.

Members may conveniently attend the Virtual Career and Talent Expo from their personal computer, tablet, or mobile device. Registration is FREE to all IEEE members, and nonmembers pay only $125.00.

The Expo’s mission is to support members in career advancement and professional growth while upholding the highest standards of the IEEE.  Based on the simple premise that people are more than their résumé, a virtual environment combined with groundbreaking job matching technology places an innovative spin on the old concept of fitting the right individual to the best employment opportunities.  Better yet, one may begin immediately as our Expo team is actively seeking placement candidates.

Hiring companies include Burns & McDonnell, SEL, GW Electric, HP, Samsung, Leidos, Cadence and Medtronic — just to name a few.  Additionally, the Expo places a high priority on referring participants to a host of Fortune 100 companies.

Live webinars will take place every 30 minutes starting at 10:00 AM PDT.  Learn to use LinkedIn in your search, get the latest résumé tips, and hear presentations from company recruiters to learn what they are looking for in new hires.

We understand pinpointing gratifying employment opportunities is a challenge one will face at some point in a career.  Job boards are often endless, a nonresponsive means of seeking employment.  The Expo, combined with our groundbreaking technology, breaks down the old barriers of locating gainful employment for all participants.

To create an event for the brightest and biggest professional organization in the world, we knew it had to be innovative and different and so we partnered with the best in both the virtual and job matching technologies.

“We are excited to have our members attend to learn and grow in their profession.  We think we are onto something big by incorporating assessment driven data for real job matching: we are changing the way people look for jobs and the way businesses recruit, hire, onboard, and develop.  It’s important for all our members to participate in the event as an excellent IEEE benefit.”

—Thomas Coughlin, Director of IEEE Region 6

For more information, please contact: Kyla Bonnstetter JobMatching@IEEEexpo.org

Note: Although sponsored by Region 6, it is open at no cost to any IEEE member. In addition, Kyla tells me that if a company in a Section is having layoffs, she can make a no-cost code available to any engineers losing their jobs. Also, if companies want to be part of the Fair they can contact her.  Region 6 plans to host these quarterly.

Voice Annotated Tutorials

Monday, September 21st, 2015

John Meredith, one of our past Region Directors, reports that the Southeast Michigan Section (SEM) has created a number of short video tutorials that may be helpful to Section and Chapter Officers in carrying out their duties as an IEEE volunteer leader. At the time of writing, there were 55 tutorials, most are under a couple of minutes long, that briefly explain various software tools.  Examples include new officer reporting using vTools, student branch reporting, using google hangouts for holding a teleconference, and many others. A few are specific to SEM but most are generic enough to be of value to any IEEE entity. The list of tutorials can be found on SEM’s website at http://sites.ieee.org/sem/about-sem/training
Thanks to SEM member Kimball Williams for providing these videos.  If you find them useful in your section or chapter, let us know by using the contact form.