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April 2018 Section Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 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 April 2018 Section meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

The IEEE Albuquerque Section at the STEM Symposium 2018, post-action report

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

This year, the IEEE Albuquerque Section had another successful participation at the 2008 New Mexico Public Education Department’s STEM Symposium on June 1. Like in 2007, we put together a workshop to show teachers and students basic engineering principles while having fun. The workshop, titled “Breaking Chocolate” was presented by Turtle Haste, NBCT, MSED; Rebecca Kreitinger, Student Member IEEE; Zane Kominek, Student Member IEEE; and Hy Tran, Senior Member, IEEE.

IEEE’s Albuquerque Section provided financial support for this activity; the support helped provide 50 teachers with measurement tools that they can use in the classroom.

IEEE and Sigma Xi members also offered their names/contact information as possible mentors for teachers who want to test lesson plans from tryengineering.org.

You can download the handouts used for the “Breaking Chocolate” activity next:

Fifty teachers participated in the session (this was the room limit); and teachers participated in discovering the importance of standards in measurements; how to calibrate a measuring tool; and the design process to test the breaking strength of various types of chocolate.

The team has received feedback from the participants. All participants greatly enjoyed the activity, and will use this materials in their classes. Some participants would like to address lower grades (below 3rd grade) in the activity, and some participants would like more structure in the activity in the balance between exploration and structure.

The team intends to participate again in 2019, should NM PED invite us to do so.

As always, the IEEE Albuquerque Section thanks all the presenters for their dedication to improve public education in our state.

See some of pictures of the workshop:

 

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