IEEE Albuquerque Section


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Sigma Xi Distinguished Public Talks: 2013-2014

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, organizes monthly public task on topics of interest in all scientific areas. The IEEE Albuquerque Section has very close ties to the UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi through joint events like the annual banquet held every May. The IEEE Albuqueqrue Section encourages all its members to attend these talks and post comments on this website.

The next Science and Society public lecture will be “Aerobiology, The Final Frontier for Environmental Engineers. How molecular biology is rapidly changing our views of the air we breathe at home, in transit and at work”. by Mark Hernandez, University of Colorado. Thursday, 5 December 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Mark Hernandez is a registered professional civil engineer and a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hernandez is an expert on characterizing and controlling biological aspects of air pollution—both indoors and out—and serves the National Academy of Science through reviewing risk assessments of new biological defense laboratories being constructed by the US military and the Department of Homeland Security. His aerobiology work has focused on large-scale disasters including bioaerosols generated by major metropolitan floods, the quarantined City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and coastal Louisiana following the Horizon oil spill.

All talks will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the UNM Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE. FREE parking is available in the attached (well lit) parking lot. Refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Jackie Ericksen; Phone: (505)821-0299; E-mail:

To learn more, visit the page to the 2013-2014 Lecture Series page.

We hope to see you there.

Vice Chair

Q2/Q3 Issue of the Albuquerque Section Newsletter: The Downlink

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

You can now download the latest issue of the IEEE Albuquerque Section Newslette, The Downlink.

Check out what is happening and the upcoming events.


Vice Chair


2013 Awards

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

On May 13th, the IEEE Albuquerque Section held its joint Award Banquet with the UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi at the UNM’s Continuing Education building.

Each Award consisted of a framed certificate and a monetary award. In the case of the Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the awardee is asked to give a talk at a publick talk event organized by Section later in the year.

Aaron Murray, the Section Chair presented the following awards:

Outstanding Young Engineer: Simon Barriga
Outstanding Graduate Student: Chris Leach
Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Raymundo Rael

After the award presentation, Dr. Dale Alverson, UNM’s Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, gave the talk: “A Brave New World: A Time for Telemedicine and Health Information Technology,” which was received enthusiastically by the entire audience.

We look forward to next year’s nominations and awards.

Here are some of the pictures from the banquet:

Section Chair, Aaron Murray presenting the awards.

Some of the attendees.

Another view of the people attending the Awards Banquet.

Dr. Dale Alverson just before delivering his talk.

Dr. Dale Alverson at the beginning of his talk.

Dr. Harjit Ahlywalia, past Section Chair, Banquet organizer, and Master of Ceremonies.

2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award to Chris Leach. Here, his wife receiving the award on his behalf.

2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Award presented to Raymundo Rael.

2013 Outstanding Young Engineer Award presented to Simon Barriga.


Vice Chair

UNM’s ECE Poster Session

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Senior Capstone Design Projects Poster Session will be this Friday, April 26 from 11.30 am to 2:00 pm at the ECE Building Atrium and room 118.

Free parking for the poster session is available.

More information about parking options is included in the attached flyer (PDF)

We hope to see you there.

Vice Chair

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IEEE Albuquerque Section’s Newsletter, The Uplink

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The IEEE Albuquerque section publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Uplink, with information relevant to all our members. The Uplink is send to our members through IEEE’s e-notice service but you may not receive it if your contact information is not up to date.

We will attached The Uplink (PDF) to post in this site as they become availble.

We accept short pieces (text and pictures) on information relevant to IEEE, our section, and our members. This may include information on events, achievements, and even brief descriptions of organizations closely related to IEEE’s mission. If you would like to submit material for The Uplink, please contact its editor, Jorge Piovesan at Note that we reserve the right to reject material that is objectionable or not relevant to the mission of the IEEE Albuquerque Section.


Vice Chair

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Reminder: Awards nominations are open through 21 April

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

This is a reminder that you have the opportunity of nominating your fellow members to one of this years IEEE awards:

The awards program is one of the most important activities in the IEEE. It provides the vehicle to recognize the efforts of the membership to improve the organization, and to bring merit to our profession.

Nominees must be IEEE members

2013 Schedule:
Call for nominations March 31
Nomination packages due April 21
Recipient notified April 30
Award Banquet May 13

Only an Albuquerque Section member

Electronic submission is the preferred method, but hard copies will be accepted as well.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Recognizes service to IEEE and to the engineering profession.

OUTSTANDING ENGINEER: Recognizes superior professional and technical achievements within IEEE and to the engineering profession.

OUTSTANDING ENGINEERING EDUCATOR: Recognizes academic accomplishments that have enhanced the profession.

OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR: Recognizes a self-employed member of the Section who, through his/her consulting abilities has made outstanding contributions to the electro-technology profession.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ENGINEER: Recognizes superior professional and technical achievements by a young engineer (within ten years of his/her highest earned degree) within IEEE and to the engineering profession.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT: Recognizes graduate academic accomplishments. There are two awards: outstanding male and outstanding female graduate student.

OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT: Recognizes undergraduate academic accomplishments. There are two awards: outstanding male and outstanding female undergraduate student.

Forms can be found at the end of this post of on our Facebook page:

Email: Aaron Murray,

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Congratulations to Matthew McCullough, 2013 IEEE Presidential Scholarship awardee

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
The IEEE Albuquerque Section congratulates Matthew McCullough  for being this year’s IEEE Presidential Scholarship Awardee.
Matt will be honored at the  IEEE – Sigma Xi Joint Annual Banquet on Monday May  13th from 5-9pm.  The banquet will be held at the Division of Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd NE (just north of Indian School Road).
Congratulations Matt.
Aaron T Murray
IEEE Albuquerque Section Chair

Nominations for this year’s IEEE awards are now open

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

This year’s IEEE awards will be presented at the annual IEEE – Sigma Xi banquet on May 14th. Nominations are now open for the following awards:

• Outstanding Engineering Educator
• Outstanding Young Engineer
• Outstanding Engineer
• Outstanding Entrepreneur
• Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Student
• Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student
• Outstanding Service

Nomination guidelines and forms (PDF) are included in this post.

Nominations will be accepted until April 22nd and recipients will be notified by May 1st.

Please send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to the Section Chair, Aaron Murray, at:, and Professor Harjit Ahluwalia at:

We look forward to recognize outstanding members of our IEEE Section.


Vice Chair









The IEEE Albuquerque Section, UNM Student Chapter, and GOLD hosted Carl Selinger’s “Stuff” talk

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

On March 11th, our Section in collaboration with the UNM Student Chapter and GOLD hosted Carl Selinger’s talk “Stuff you don’t learn in Engineering school” at UNM’s Centennial Center’s auditorium.

As many of you know, Carl wrote a column by the same name on Spectrum many years ago and it became so successful that he wrote the book and travels around the country given talks and seminars on this topic.

Carl gave a 1 hour talk covering the main aspects of his take on the soft skills that any engineer, not only EEs, should acquire and nurture in order to be more successful and stand out from the crowd. The talk was very well received and afterwards several students and young engineers approached Carl with questions.

Interestingly, a group of high school students attended the talk, probably first attracted to the auditorium by the smell of pizza and cookies offered as part of the event. They also talked to Carl after the talk and invited him to see them practice for an upcoming robotics competition. The Centennial Center graciously offers space to these students to practice. The students are members of the FTC Team 5666 that participates in the US FIRST competition.

Thank you very much to our Chair, Aaron, the UNM Student Chapter chair, Raymundo, and GOLD’s chair, Cesar, for all the hard work in putting this event together. We think we can have Carl over next year for another talk or maybe a seminar so check with us periodically.

The pictures below show Carl at the beginning of the talk, Carl talking to students, Carl proudly showing Lobo and Student Chapter t-shirts, and Carl with the high school students in one of their practice runs.

Until next time,

Gilberto (Vice Chair)


Welcome to our new web page

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Welcome to the new web page of the IEEE Albuquerque Section.

We are starting the conversion of the old site to WordPress, so bear with us as we work hard to get this site up to date.

Check this site periodically and let us know what you think.

The list of Section officers for 2013:

Aaron Murray, Chair

Gilberto Zamora, Vice Chair

Ray Byrne, Treasurer

Jason Neely, Secretary

Welcome again. We hope to make this the place to connect to all our members in Albuquerque.


Gilberto Zamora

Vice Chair