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IEEE Humanitarian Activities Grants to Denver Area

Friday, February 1st, 2019

IEEE Humanitarian Activities Grants to Denver Area

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee has awarded grants totaling $95,000 to two non-profit organizations based in the Denver Section.

  • Africa Development Promise for Smart Farming in Uganda (#18-PC3-13)
  • Colorado Haiti Project for Investing in Rural Haiti – Solar at St. Paul’s in Petit Trou de Nippes, #18-PC3-10

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) is tasked with supporting the IEEE Board-endorsed vision of IEEE volunteers around the world carrying out and/or supporting impactful Humanitarian Activities at the local level – i.e. “feet on the ground.”

HAC has a stringent evaluation process for project proposals and looks for submissions that address one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a major, impactful way, demonstrate consultation with and a clear understanding of the needs of target communities, and demonstrate a needs-driven approach to strengthening local capacity through technology deployment.

by Ian MacMillan

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 .  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.

Meetup (Social Media)

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

You may or may not have heard about the social media site 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! 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!

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