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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

January 30th, 2019

On Monday, October 29, 2018 the Central Texas Section in sponsorship with the EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), Computer Society, and Communication Society  facilitated a  Austin Joint Chapters, Special Health Forum on “Blockchain-Based Healthcare Initiatives”.

Their were over seven CEOs and leaders on blockchain took part in a well-attended special program held at Dell Medical. The special interactive session focused on Healthcare initiatives based on blockchain technology and was designed to bring awareness and education as to how technology and in particular blockchain usage is being used in the healthcare industry.  The program included a set of two-panel sessions of experts on healthcare/blockchain who are developing to introduce a set of diverse applications using blockchain technologies and highlighting some of the key benefits to healthcare.

IEEE recognizes the vital role standards will play in the development and adoption of blockchain technologies. IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, and has been actively pursuing blockchain standardization efforts through various activities in multiple industry sectors, including the launch of the world’s first Advancing HealthTech for Humanity™ virtual blockchain workshop. Additional IEEE blockchain standards and activities include the following:

The Pharma Supply Blockchain Forum is a non-biased, educational program with the goal of developing a roadmap for advancing adoption of blockchain technology in the pharmaceutical enterprise.

The Blockchain for Clinical Trials Insights Program helps track complex data flow with numerous diverse stakeholders, and documenting it in real-time through a timestamping workflow, is a key step towards proving data consistency and inviolability, and will hence improve clinical trial methodology.

Blockchain in Agriculture technologists is a new set of developing solution using IoT, artificial intelligence to help optimize and secure the agricultural value chain while enhancing consumer safety and knowledge about the food we eat.

The blockchain forum was a great learning experience and a shared Best Practice that I believe can be replicated with other sections. I’m looking forward to identifying other sections to partner with to bring a similar program to their perspective sections and technology of interests.

For additional information about R5 South activities visit

January 30th, 2019

Dinner to celebrate and acknowledge its many section volunteers. The Central Texas Section is composed of more than 3,800 members representing more than 26 different societies and affinity groups. The uniqueness of the sections is its two Life Members Group and two Young Professionals groups representing Austin and San Antonio. Bridging the young IEEE member and some of its senior members, which may be one of its keys to its success.

Before becoming the R5 South Area Chair, I always admired the Central Texas Section from a far and SWIPE (Steal With Integrity and Pride Everywhere) many of its volunteer activities and corporate partnerships ideas. As the R5 South Area Chair, I have a greater understanding and appreciation of its volunteers and the spirit of those volunteers in leadership roles being proud to serve their area communities. Its reflected in its Mission Statement.

  • For Central Texas Section to be RELEVANT to the members and community at large.
  • Chapter vitality: Min 3-5 meetings, relevant topics, increase attendance, audience satisfaction
  • Improve Communications and Training
  • Building communities of Interest: K-12, Student engagement, YP
  • CTS Initiatives: Collaboration with other consortiums/councils, special interest groups, industry, government and academia
  • Collaboration with other sections, regions, and societies

Special recognition to the following volunteers for their Commitment, Dedication and Contribution in 2018 to the section. The following 2018 Exceptional Service Awardees are recognized:

  • Bill Martino
  • James Mercier
  • Semih Aslan
  • Hanan Potash
  • Ehsaneh Sunny Shahhaidar
  • James Brakefield
  • Tom O’Brien
  • Fawzi Behmann

A special thank to Fawzi Behmann and the rest of the CTS EXCOM team for the opportunity to celebrate with your membership.

January 30th, 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019 the Houston Section Life Members Group (LMG) met for the first time with an overflow of attendees. We’re still unsure if it was because of this inaugural meeting presided by Dr. Cajetan M. Akujuobi, P.E. LMG HOU Sec. Chair or the Distinguish keynote speaker Mr. Joe Redfield, P.E., of Redfield Consulting Services.

T.Scott Atkinson, R5 Life Members Chair opened the meeting and shared some of the challenges and opportunities that await the newly formed LMG HOU Sec. Additional remarks were share by Christopher Sanderson, HOU Sec. Vice-Chair and R5 South Area Chair about the importance of leadership, policy and procedures, and mentorship. Key to this groups success will be defining goals and value proposition to its members.

Mr. Redfield presentation on “Electric transportation and the Grid – What will it take to deliver the promise?” was so well received that attendees added potential solutions to this challenging technology. The spirit of IEEE “Advancing Technology for Humanity” filled the discussion.

Special thanks to Scott Atkinson, Dr. Akujuobi, Christopher Sanderson, and Alice Wang, HOU Sec. Chair in supporting to the newly formed HOU Sec. Life Members Group. Check the HOU Sec Events page for area meeting and

IEEE HOU Sec. has been in existence for more than 90 years serving the greater metro Houston Area. We serves more than 4,000 higher grade members and over 300 student members living and working throughout the greater Metro Houston area. The Houston Section is one of 26 sections in  Region 5 with 15 Society Chapters and Affinity Groups and 5 Student Branch Chapters. The Section provides planning and funding support to assure Chapters have vibrant programs to support members’ careers and meet the IEEE mission of Advancing Technology for Humanity.   We hope your visit to the website will allow you to find ways to become more active in the greater Houston Area.


November 21st, 2018

IEEEXtreme is an annual hackathon and competitive programming challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members and supported by Volunteer Proctors who are IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. Many student branches from around IEEE Region 5 participated in the October 2018 competition against student branches from all over the world. Two teams from Rice and UH in the Houston Section and one from Louisiana Tech finished in the top three of Region 5. The team YoungSimpleNaive from Rice finished top in R5 and tenth out of a field of about 4000 teams worldwide. The Houston Section did a great job in promoting and supporting the competition for their student branches. Follow the rest of the story with pictures in the article submitted by South Area Chairman Chris Sanderson. More information including all the results for 2019 can be found at

We congratulate all of our R5 Student Branch teams that participated in this year’s competition and encourage others to join in the excitement of the 2019 competition.

November 11th, 2018

On November 7, 2018 the IEEE Houston Section hosted an IEEE Life Members meeting at HESS
facilitated by T. Scott Atkinson, Region 5 Life Members Coordinator. Over 28 area Houston Section’s Life
Members came out to learn more about some of the exciting things taking place within the Life Member
community. Other area Sections like the Central Texas Section and Galveston Bay have very active Life
Member Groups and Scott shared some of those activities and Best Practices. Read more at the link above.


October 5th, 2018

On Tuesday, April 23, 2018 the IEEE Corpus Christi and Kingsville Student Branch sponsored a seminar “What Are Standards?” facilitated by Christopher Sanderson, Region 5 South Area Chair and Standards Education member volunteer along with Bob Shapiro, Region 5 Director who also added additional insight on the importance of IEEE Membership, Engagement, and Career Development opportunities. The seminar was attended by both students and local IEEE professional members. Read the rest of this entry »

August 1st, 2018
A sincere thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to making IEEE-USA MOVE Community Outreach successful in 2017. Volunteers from Region 5 are highlighted.

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March 15th, 2018

If you are an IEEE member, you may have heard of the membership directory “Membernet”. This has been a part of myIEEE for several years and is a front-end for the main membership database. It’s a handy way of searching for other members of IEEE, and (if the member allows it), send them a message. Recently I heard that membernet is scheduled to be retired and replaced with IEEE’s Collabratec. That’s good news because the membership directory search facility in Collabratec is vastly superior to the old myIEEE membernet. If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to do so. Here’s how.

  1. Login to Collabratec.   Use your IEEE web account. If you are a member, you already have one. If you aren’t a member, sign up for an account (it’s free). If you have an account but forgot your password, just follow the instructions to retrieve it.
  2. After logging into Collabratec (CT), type your name in the search box at top. As you are typing, CT will display a short list of matches. If you have an unusual name, yours might show up quickly. If not, you’ll have to hit ‘Enter’ or click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box. If you get too many ‘hits’ on your name, you might want to click on ‘People’ on the menu on the left side.
  3. Click on your name when you see it and your IEEE profile will appear. You’ll know it is yours if you see a box in the upper right labeled ‘Profile’. If your name is fairly common (like Mary Smith) you might have clicked on someone else’s name, in which case you won’t see the Profile box and thus won’t be able to edit someone else’s profile. If that’s the case, just return to the search results and try again.
  4. When you find your profile, don’t be surprised if all you see is your name and an outline of a person’s head. IEEE by default keeps all profiles hidden. Only you can change that default and you choose what other’s can see about you. If you click on the Profile button, you will be able to control what, if anything, others can see. CT lets you choose how much can be seen by a) the general public, b) other CT members, c) other IEEE members, d) your Network (a subset of CT members you select), or e) Recruiters.

Please take a few minutes and explore the new membernet. I think you might like it. If you are a volunteer, I encourage you to at least permit other IEEE members to identify and contact you.