IEEE Albuquerque Section

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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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


November 18th, 2017

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 September 2017 meeting.

Thank you,

Gilberto.


November 18th, 2017

Here is some of the activities that the New Mexico Tech IEEE Student Branch had in October.

The NMT student branch has bi-weekly meetings with their members. Below you can see picture of their October 11th meeting that was attended by 22 members.

A couple members, Zach and Austin, attended the Fall Region 6 conference in Boise, ID. Here is their feedback:

“[The picture below] is from the R6 Fall Meeting in Boise, ID (Austin and I are in the middle of the group, he is to my left). There was a dinner on Friday night. Austin and I not only met many other IEEE members there, but we also got a personalized tour of Boise from Sean Collision, one of the local members attending the meeting! On Saturday, we participated in two Student Leadership training sessions. We took away much from this training, including the discovery of very useful IEEE mentoring and career tools we will use in future semesters. We also networked with other Student Branches. In between the training sessions, there was a very interesting VR Technical Talk given by Duane Mathes and at the end of the day they held a Cybersecurity Programming Challenge. Altogether it was incredibly beneficial to our Student Branch. We have shared the notes we took at the training with the UNM Student Branch, so both branches will benefit from the 2017 R6 Fall Meeting.”

The NMT Branch also organized a Machine Learning workshop in October. The picture below is a screenshot of the output of a project in which they trained a Machine Learning algorithm to classify low-pixel images with positive results.

The NMT Student Branch meets bi-weekly. If you have any questions, would like to join the branch, or would like to attend any of their meetings or events, please contact the branch’s president, Zach Harris, at nmt.ieee@gmail.com

Thanks,

Gilberto

2017 Albuquerque Section Treasurer.


June 11th, 2017

Report from the STEM Symposium.

As we have informed you before, the Albuquerque Section participated in this year’s New Mexico Public Education Department STEM Symposium. Previous posts included a description of the workshop that some of our members prepared for the event and pictures from their meetings. Here, we are providing a report of the Symposium, and more pictures!!

Rebecca Kreitinger (student member, IEEE), Turtle Haste, and Hy Tran (senior member, IEEE) led a workshop on engineering practices for New Mexico teachers on Friday June 2, 2017, at the NM Public Education Department (NMPED) STEM Symposium. About 60 teachers participated in this session entitled “Breaking Chocolate: Engaging Science and Engineering Concepts”

Although the presenters have not yet received the formal feedback from the teachers who participated, verbal feedback from several attendees was positive, and several teachers commented that they intended to use many of the material and concepts presented on measurements, calibration, and the iterative nature of engineering practices.

A few photos from the session are included in this post from the event.

Hy Tran will be presenting both the concept behind the workshop and some lessons learned at the NCSLI (National Conference of Standards Laboratories) conference in August 2017 in Washington DC. The presenters desire to eventually turn this workshop, and STEM outreach collaborations between the professional engineering communities and the science teacher community, into a submission for a peer-reviewed publication.

The Albuquerque IEEE section is hosting all the electronic resources for the teachers at their website:

Here are some pictures from the Symposium:

Teachers brainstorming how to break the chocolate (and of course, measure the breaking strength.)

 

 

One team is testing out how to measure the geometry of the test before unwrapping the chocolate and testing.

 

This group is ready to perform an experiment and collect data.

 

The Albuquerque Section would like to thank again Rebecca, Turtle, and Hy for their hard work and spirit of service. We will continue looking for opportunities to further the IEEE mission among our members and our community.

Thank you,

Gilberto (2017 Treasurer)

 


June 1st, 2017

As a follow up to our 25 April post on the participation of the IEEE Albuquerque Section at this year’s STEM symposium, here we are offering a number of materials that are part of the workshop. Please download and share with anyone you know who can make use of them.

But first, let me recognize the hard work of the people who had the initiative to participate in this symposium and are the authors of these materials. Thank you:

Rebecca Kreitinger, UNM EECE ‘2019 (current IEEE UNM Student Branch President)

Turtle Haste, MSED, NBCT, Science teacher at Desert Ridge Middle School

Hy D. Tran, PhD, PE, FASME, Sandia National Labs

Workshop materials:

  1. Handout – Uncalibrated Ruler
  2. STEM Symposium Presentation
  3. Student Guide
  4. Educator and Student Guide

This website will continue to host additional materials as they become available.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

2017 Albuquerque Section Treasurer.