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R5 matching funds for the IEEE Foundation John Meredith Fund

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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Region 5 will match $1000 of donations to the IEEE Foundation John Meredith Fund.

Click here to donate to the IEEE Foundation John Meredith Fund

Our entire professional community experienced a profound loss with the passing of IEEE Life Fellow John Meredith, whose many years of dedicated service to our organization, our profession, and his community set a standard of excellence in personal commitment. A lifetime member and dynamic volunteer, John joined IEEE as a student in 1960 and served as Region 5 Director in 2004 and 2005 and as IEEE-USA President in 2007. John was committed to sharing his passion for engineering and technology with the next generation and was active with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. As an ardent supporter of the IEEE Foundation, John served on its board of directors from 2006 to 2014. For his efforts and dedication, John was named a director emeritus of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015. Many IEEE members were drawn into IEEE volunteer service due to John’s encouragement and inspiration and he served as a trusted mentor to many of us who have become leaders and active contributors in the IEEE.

IEEE Pikes Peak Life Member Affinity Group Formed

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

IEEE Pikes Peak Life Member Affinity Group Formed

David Bondurant, 2019 Chair

During 2018, Russell Theisen, a Life Senior member from Colorado Springs, CO
collected the required signatures from the area to organize a formal Pikes Peak Life
Member Affinity Group, which will cover the entire Southern part of the state of
Colorado.
Our group was approved and our first organization meeting was held on June 5. Scott
Atkinson, Life Member Coordinator Region 5, kicked off the first meeting of 12
members and provided an overview of the Life Member organization and typical
activities. The attendees each introduced themselves to each other as a means of
networking.
Our second meeting was held on October 18 with 16 members in attendance from the
138 potential attendees in the area. Again, the focus of this meeting was networking
among the attendees.
David Bondurant, a Life Senior member from Colorado Springs, CO has volunteered as
2019 chair and is current organizing the first meeting expected in April. He will be
solicit other members to fill out the organization chart and help plan a schedule of
meetings for the coming year.

Seminar IEEE Corpus Christi and Kingsville Student Branch: What Are Standards? *

Friday, 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. (more…)

2017 MOVE Volunteer Appreciation

Wednesday, 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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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

Teach Electricity and Electronics in the WV mountains

Sunday, 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.

New IEEE President Elect

Thursday, 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.

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.

Meetup (Social Media)

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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

Meetup.com 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!