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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.

January 21st, 2018

Award Nominations for achievements during the 2017 calendar year are due February 19, 2018.

A short description of each award and nomination forms are posted on the Region 5 Website (  Some forms have been updated for 2018.

Please send nominations to the Region 5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Diane Bowen Collier, with the following subject: “IEEE R5 Award Nomination # [Award Type]”

Nominations must be submitted using the Word forms available.  The deadline for nominations is February 19, 2018.

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

Diane Bowen Collier

December 18th, 2017

Three Region 5 members were honored at a 17 Nov 2017 EAB ceremony in Phoenix. According to the article in The Institute, Gil Sik Lee, Adam Foster Moreau, and Siddharth Suryanarayanan were honored.
Senior Member Gil Sik Lee received the Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education “for significant contributions to preparing underserved students to succeed in college education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.” He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas. He founded the nonprofit IntelliChoice in 2014 to tutor Texas and Arizona students in math. Last year the organization’s 200 volunteers worked with more than 700 students.
The Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship went to Member Adam Foster Moreau, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins. Moreau is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology. Moreau’s research focuses on the irradiation of novel nanowire structures with high-contrast femtosecond laser pulses to generate large X-ray fluxes with high-conversion efficiencies.
The C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award was given to Senior Member Siddharth Suryanarayanan “for leadership and excellence in curriculum design, course delivery, and the education and mentorship of electric power engineers.” Suryanarayanan is an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Colorado State University. He has designed, developed, and taught four graduate-level courses in electric power systems engineering and has created an online graduate certificate program for the university. In recognition of his contributions, the university awarded him the Lisa and Desi Rhoden Endowed Chair, the first endowed professorship in the department’s history. Suryanarayanan is vice president of the IEEE Power & Energy’s education committee.

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,, with the following subject: “IEEE R5 Award Nomination # [Award Type]”.

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

Diane Bowen Collier

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.