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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not magic and is still stuck with the same old database and the same old problems: out-of-date, missing, or confusing data.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

R5 Director-Elect Nominations

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee is seeking nominations for Region 5 Director-Elect for 2018-19.  For this election cycle the member must come from the Region 5 West Area (El Paso, South Plains, Panhandle, Pikes Peak, Denver, High Plains, Black Hills Sections).  Candidates selected would appear on the IEEE Ballot in the Fall of 2017.  The individual elected by all voting members in Region 5 would serve as follows:

Region 5 Director Elect and R5 Executive Committee Member   2018-19

Region 5 Director and IEEE Board Member in 2020-21

Region 5 Past Director and R5 Executive Committee member     2022-23

Candidates must be of senior member grade or higher, come from the West Area, and submit the nomination form located here.  Anyone can nominate, including self-nomination. To receive consideration, the completed nomination form must be submitted to the Region 5 Past-Director, Derald Morgan, at jderaldmorgan@hotmail.com .  Questions can also be directed to the Past Director.  An acknowledgement email will identify missing information or confirm that the form is complete and will then be placed into consideration.

 

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2017.

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.

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.

New Milestone for Region 5

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Western, IEEE and Siemens recently celebrated the IEEE Milestone commemoration of the Virginia Smith Converter Station. The station, located in Sidney, Nebraska, provides an important interconnection between two of the nation’s three electrical grids, literally connecting east to west. Its electrical current conversion technology represents an important technological achievement in the field of electric power. Western owns and operates the converter station. The station’s innovative control technologies act like giant shock absorbers between the eastern and western alternating current grids, allowing a reliable flow of energy between the two. Previous attempts to connect the grids without converter stations failed because frequencies on each side do not exactly match. The Virginia Smith station is capable of transferring energy in either an east-west or west-east direction by converting and inverting the AC grids to a common, controllable, high voltage direct current. Creating a reliable interconnection, the conversion process also makes it possible to maintain separation so that in times of disturbances, impacts in one grid do not adversely affect the other.

The IEEE Milestones plaque is permanently displayed in the lobby of Western’s Headquarters office at 12155 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood, Colorado, where it is publicly accessible to all who wish to view it. Photos from the event are here.

New Milestone

New Milestone in Region 5

2015 Annual Meeting Photos Are Here!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Standards Competition

Jeffry Handal and Director Morgan present Standards Competition Award to SLU students

Diane Collier graciously posted 134 of her photos from the April 2015 Region 5 Annual Meeting on her Google Plus page and shared them with IEEE.ORG.  I shared them again with my IEEER5 circle which should have notified at least some of the Region 5 members. If you have a Google Plus account and an IEEE email alias you should be able to access these. Probably the easiest way to find them is to use the G+ search feature and search for #ieeer5. Be sure to do the search from Google Plus though, if you use regular old google search you will find a bunch of ieeer5 tweets and mentions. If you have trouble finding them, send the webmaster an email or use the contact form and I’ll help.

As soon as we work out a more publicly accessible way to share these and sort out who is who and what is what, more of them will be posted here.  In the meantime, fire up Google+, find #ieeer5, and tag yourself!

R5 Annual Meeting Hotel Almost Full

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The room block reserved for our annual meeting in New Orleans is full but reservations can still be made on a case-by-case (last minute) basis (for now at least) by calling Shana Green, 504-585-4388, at the conference hotel. They will try to accommodate us until the hotel is full. Also note that the hotel is almost sold out for that weekend so folks registering for a room at the IEEE Region 5 annual meeting/university competitions event should make that reservation ASAP.  Once the conference hotel is full, anyone registering late will need to find another hotel.

Excom/Section Delegate Registration for R5 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Note: the deadline for hotel registration has been extended to Mar 31.

A  vTools form has been created to capture registration information for our region excom members and section delegates to the annual region meeting in New Orleans, April 17 – 19, 2015.  This form can be reached from here:
Only Excom members and Primary Section Delegates should use this form! All other attendees should use the regular registration form available at r5conferences.org. This form will be used to expedite registration for  EXCOM members and Section Delegates. Excom and Section Delegate registration will be completed from this data after validation. The cost will be calculated and paid by the region; however, EXCOM and delegates need to reserve their hotel rooms (hotel cut-off date is 3/25 but they will fill any remaining rooms available after 3/25 on a first come first served basis until the hotel is full).  There is a link to the hotel site from the vTools registration page.

 

Seeking Nominations for the IEEE Region 5 Director Elect 2016-17

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee is seeking nominations for Region 5 Director-Elect for 2016-17. For this election cycle the member must come from the Region 5 South Area (Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Galveston Bay, or Houston Sections). Candidates selected would appear on the IEEE Ballot in the Fall of 2015. The individual elected by all voting members in Region 5 would serve as follows:

  • Region 5 Director Elect and R5 Executive Committee Member 2016-17

  • Region 5 Director and IEEE Board Member in 2018-19

  • Region 5 Past Director and R5 Executive Committee member 2020-21

Candidates must be a senior member or higher, come from the South Area, and submit the nomination form (link provided below). Anyone can nominate including self nomination. To receive consideration, the completed nomination form must be submitted to the Region 5 Past-Director at jjefferies@ieee.org . Questions can also be directed to the Past Director. Links to the official nomination form and the complete call for nominations is provided below.

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2014.

Director nomination form

Director nomination request