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2018 IEEE Albuquerque Section Awards — Banquet ceremony

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section, in collaboration with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

This year’s awards were presented at the annual joint IEEE – Sigma Xi banquet on Monday, May 14th.

Here’s the list of awardees along with pictures of the event.

 

Albuquerque Section Officers. From the left: Ray Byrne (Vice Chair), Hy Tran (Education activities chair), George Oltman (Life Member), Jason Neely (Chair), Lee Rashkin (Secretary), Gilberto Zamora (Treasurer)

Jason Neely, Section Chair, welcoming attendees

Amir R. Nafchi, 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student (UNM)

Rebecca Kreitinger, 2018 Superior Undergraduate Student (UNM)

Zack Daniels, 2018 Notable Achievement Award (UNM)

Matthew J. Reno, 2018 Outstanding Young Engineer (Sandia National Labs)

David Balata, recipient of the IEEE Albuquerque Section’s UNM Presidential Scholarship.

Emeritus Professor Harjit Alhuwalia (right) and the banquet speaker, astronaut Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt (Left)

Mike Jackovich and Dr. Schmitt

Astronaut Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt, presenting his talk “A Voyage to the Moon on Saturn’s Wings.”

Banquet attendees.

 

Congratulations to this year’s awardees. We look forward to recognizing a new batch of outstanding IEEE members in 2019.

Gilberto (Treasurer)

March 2018 Section Meeting Minutes

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

he Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the March 2018 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

February 2018 Section Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the February 2018 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

UNM’s Student Branch Participation at the 2018 Rising STARS Conference

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The UNM branch of IEEE sent 18 students to attend the annual IEEE Region 6 Rising Stars conference, held for three days in Las Vegas. This conference offers students an opportunity to network with other IEEE students and working professionals, plus presentation sessions to provide information about new trends within the electrical and computer engineering fields. There is also a session for resumes to be critiqued by the professionals in the field. The 2018 Rising Stars conference had presenters from companies such as Ford, Facebook, and Google. A total of 16 sessions were offered covering topics such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, finance, and tips for self improvement.

As part of the Rising Stars conference, Early Warning LLC hosted a cybersecurity capture the flag (CTF) competition. The CTF involves a series of challenges that acquaint participants with the tools available for checking for vulnerabilities in a system and familiarize them with common coding errors to fix. The UNM Branch of IEEE had 18 members compete against 40 other students in the challenges, receiving points for each completed task. UNM students Jonathan Daniels and Mike Chu scored the same number of points, receiving first and second place in the competition. “The competition was a lot of fun,” said Jonathan. “I’m excited we got to go and I hope we get to do more like that in the future. Congratulations to everyone who participated.”

Here is a link to pictures of the Rising Stars events.

The Albuquerque Section congratulates all the students who participated at this year’s Rising Stars conference and looks forward to help send more students next year. Funding for this year’s students who attended the conference was provided in part by UNM’s ECE department, IEEE PACE, and the Albuquerque Section.

Gilberto

2018 Section Treasurer.

January 2018 Section Meeting Minutes

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the January 2018 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

November 2017 Section Meeting Minutes

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the November 2017 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

New Mexico Tech’s IEEE Student Branch Activities and Updates

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The IEEE Student Branch at New Mexico Tech in Socorro has been busy!

Here are some highlights of their activities, accomplishments, and upcoming events as provided by Zach Harris, the Branch’s President:

NMT and UNM took the podium at IEEE Rising Stars 2018! We received awards for first, second, and third place in their Cyber Security Capture-the-Flag competition. Photos we took of Rising STARS

Our members are currently working on a Tesla Coil, one that will be completed by the end of this semester

We hosted a through-hole and surface-mount soldering workshop last week, many enjoyed that and we will have one again soon

We supervised two events at the Science Olympiad State Competition held at NMT this weekend. A photo of one of the events, Roller Coaster, is attached

We have many great events planned, including the following:
  • March:
    • Mini-speaker construction using op-amps
    • LaTeX and Git tutorials
    • BitCoin prediction using Machine Learning
    • Soldering for Experts workshop
  • April:
    • Tesla Coil completion
    • Reinforcement Learning workshops
    • Battle of the Brain Bots competition with UNM
    • Engineering BBQ and Ice cream social
I’ll keep you updated on these and future events that occur this year. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Zach Harris

2018 IEEE Albuquerque Section Awards — Open for nominations

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section, in collaboration with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

This year’s awards will be presented at the annual joint IEEE – Sigma Xi banquet on Monday, 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

MS Word versions of the nomination forms are available for download at the end of this post.

Nominations will be accepted until March 31st and recipients will be notified by May 5th.

Please use the MS Word nomination documents and send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to:

  • IEEE Section Chair, Jason Neely, at: jneely@sandia.gov, and
  • Professor Harjit Ahluwalia at: hsa@unm.edu.

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

Nomination forms:

Thank you,

Gilberto

2018 Section Treasurer

October 2017 Section meeting minutes

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the October 2017 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

UNM Student Branch participates in the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The UNM Branch of IEEE participated in the IEEEXtreme Programming competition, an
international, 24 hour coding competition. It was officially scheduled to start on October 14,
2017 at 0:00:00 UTC and end at 23:59:59 UTC the same day. During the 24 hours, teams of
three collaborated on a broad range of programming challenges. This year, over 3,000 teams
competed worldwide and contained a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students.

Three teams from UNM participated in the competition: DLC, Team3, and
MetalGearZappa. Team DLC had team mates Dante Orona Yang (Freshman, Electrical
Engineering), Charley Bickel (Freshman, Computer Science) and Lee Smith (Senior, Computer
Engineering). Team3 had Christian Page (Junior, Electrical Engineering), Alec Schuster (Junior,
Electrical Engineering), and Mark Perea (Freshman, Computer Science). MetalGearZappa had
team mates Francisco Viramontes (Senior, Computer Engineering), Isaac Torres (Senior,
Computer Engineering), and Christopher Zapotocky (ECE Graduate Student). The three teams
settled in rooms within the UNM ECE Building, monitored by proctors who fed the participants
and consulted guidelines for each challenge.

After 24 hours, though tired, the competitors and proctors considered it a learning
experience. “This competition was a great way to test student’s skills and expose them to
different programming problems that exist,” said Rebecca Kreitinger, the IEEE student branch
president and a proctor for the event. “Even though it was 24 hours of hard work, it was a great
time and was very rewarding for all of the participants.”
The UNM branch of IEEE intends to participate in the competition next year, for anyone
who would like to participate.

Here are some pictures of the UNM Student Branch members in action.

Left to Right: Dante Orona Yang, Charleyy Bickel, Lee Smith, Isaac Torres, Christopher Zapotocky, Christian Page, Francisco Viramontes, Mark Pera, and Alec Schuster

Back Row (left to right): Lee Smith, Charley Bickel, Dante Orona Yang, Francisco Viramontes, Isaac Torres, and Mark Pera. Front row (left to right): Christian Page, Alec Schuster

Left to Right: Charley Bickel, Lee Smith, Dante Orona Yang

Left – Isaac Torres. Back Right – Christopher Zapotocky. Front Right – Francisco Viramontes

Left to Right: Christian Page, Alex Schuster, Mark Perea

 

The IEEE Albuquerque Section would like to congratulate the UNM Student Branch of the IEEE for their participation at the IEEEXtreme Competition and hope to see them again at the next one.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

2017 Section Treasurer.