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Tuesday, November 26th, 2019


Dallas Section meeting and STEM Fair

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Article – Dallas Section 02-23-2019 Visit

IEEE Student Branch University of Houston Clear Lake

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Article – UH-CL Rock Your Career Tour w IEEE

IEEE Student Branch Prairie View A&M University

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Articles – IEEE Spark of Innovation Visit

IEEE Texas A&M Hosts TAMUmake Supported by the IEEE Houston Section

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Article – Student Branch TAMUmake Event

IEEE Dallas Section 2018 Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 the IEEE Dallas Section hosted their 2018 Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
The ceremony is a time to thank those IEEE Volunteers for their hard works and celebrate each others
accomplishments with fellow IEEE and work colleagues and this year was no exception. On behalf of the
IEEE R5 South Area team, I wanted to say congratulations to all of the evening winners.

Organization First Name Last Name Award
UT Dallas Student Branch Jason Wayne Student Volunteer of the Year
Dallas Section Isam Yassin Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Fahrin Ali Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Rajah Vysyaraju Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Cheri Dickey Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Raja Mir Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Jim Archibald Outstanding Section Volunteer
Dallas Section Joel Arzola Outstanding Section Volunteer
CAS (CAS04 (CH05245)) Andrew Marshall Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
Consultants Network David Stephens Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
MTTS (MTT17 (CH05018)) Raja Mir Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
PS (PHO36 (CH05024)) Neil Ding Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
PS (PHO36 (CH05024)) Andre Lalonde Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
CVT (VT06/COM19 (CH05015)) Andrew Silver Outstanding Chapter Volunteer
Consultants Network Maura Schreier-Fleming
Most Active Chapter RS (RL07 (CH05077)) Eric Wong Most Active Chapter
Young Professionals Ashwini Gokhale Most Active Chapter

Photos of the event can be found

Thank you Daniel Schlieter for sharing the great news of this ceremony.

Article by Christopher Sanderson, IEEE Region 5 South Area Chair, IEEE-USA Career & Professional
Development Committee, Houston Section Vice-Chair, IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee

IEEE Region 5 South Area has been in existence for more than 90 years serving the surrounding Texas Area.
We are comprised of the Ft. Worth Section, Dallas Section, Central Texas Section, Galveston Section and
Corpus Christi Section. The R5 South Area is comprised of 26 other sections in Region 5. The Sections
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.

Austin Health Forum: “Blockchain-Based Healthcare Initiatives”

Wednesday, 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

CTS Appreciation Dinner 12-3-2018

Wednesday, 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.

Houston Section Life Members Group

Wednesday, 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.


R5 Student Branches Master IEEExTreme 12.0

Wednesday, 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.