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not magic and is still stuck with the same old database and the same old problems: out-of-date, missing, or confusing data.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


April 8th, 2017

Congratulations are in order for Region 5’s own Sandra Robinson who is IEEE-USA’s newly elected President Elect for 2017. She will be President of IEEE-USA in 2018, following in the footsteps of other presidents from IEEE Region 5: Jim Jefferies, John Meredith, Jim Leonard, LeEarl Bryant, and John Reinert. Candy is currently a Software Engineering Manager for Lockheed Martin MST, assigned to the F-35 program and a past Region 5 Director.


March 27th, 2017

An agenda for the upcoming #ieeer5 Committee Meeting is available at the Online Community. The meeting is to be held April 1, 2017 in Denver Colorado.


March 1st, 2017

The 2017 Greentech conference in Denver is right around the corner. The program flyer can be found here.

The IEEE Green Technologies Conference continues to bring together scientists, researchers and practitioners from
around the world to develop realistic solutions to the current energy crisis, and to reduce carbon emissions and
greenhouse gas emissions. The conference features two days of technical presentations, representing the cutting
edge of clean energy research, development, and demonstration. This international conference convenes attendees
from China, Taiwan, Japan, India, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and all over the United States -universities,
industry, government and national laboratories. Although the conference smaller than some IEEE events, it certainly
did not lack diversity, creativity and the overwhelming enthusiasm of attendees and presenters.
Mark your calendar now! (29-31 March 2017)

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


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.


November 6th, 2016

Late last month, I received my brand new IEEE Life Senior Member certificate and membership card. This means that as of the 2017 membership year I will be age 65 years or older and have been a member of IEEE for at least 35 years. One of the benefits of being a life member is that my annual IEEE membership dues will be waived. I remember that in my early years the annual dues were a significant personal expense and I questioned the value of my membership each year before renewing. Read the rest of this entry »


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.


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.


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.