IEEE Orange County Section

Helping members in Orange County

April 2nd, 2013

A Happy Spring to Fellow IEEE Members -

As promised, here is your monthly reminder about volunteering. We now encourage the formation of  Teams of Outstanding Volunteers. The teams and their tasks are on the website. Click here to see how you can help your industry, your community, your IEEE, and yourself:

See our IEEE-OC Section Calendar here. Bookmark the calendar on your browser tool bar to keep abreast of current IEEE OC events:

Your IEEE GameSIG members have devoted the month of March to getting ready for the Second Annual IEEE GameSIG Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase which will be held beginning at 2:00PM at UCI on Saturday April 27th.  You are all invited. Bring your parents, grand parents, and your teenage children to cheer for your favorite college at this free event. Last year’s Showcase at Chapman University was a blast. Two hours of Fun & Games, followed by two hours of Food, Networking, Recruiting, and Fun & Games. Ya’ll come. RSVP here:

Our Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society (AESS) is presenting an exciting talk on the future of Space Exploration and its effect on our society and economy entitled Crossing the Threshold: The Case for Increasing Our Exploration of Space.  The lecture will by given Mr Paul Wieland, P.E, M.E., Author, and former ISS Life Support Systems Engineer.  His talk’s tagline is: “The Beginning Is Near”.

We have also included a link to this year’s OC-AIAA Aerospace Systems and Technology  Conference (ASAT) at the DoubleTree Club for a few of reasons: firstly – a sample small local OC conference at the DoubleTree Club that we could use as a model for the Section’s proposed Center for Multidisciplinary Innovation (CMI) conference in the fall; secondly – to promote our local Aerospace industry; thirdly – as a cross disciplinary networking opportunity for our members; and fourthly – IEEE-OC AESS Chapter members will be speaking – ya’ll come.

Business Card-Sized Ads:

This month we are beta testing free business card-sized ads for our members. This is a great opportunity for members to promote their new and small businesses or consulting services by just posting their business cards. Please email qualifying PDF or JPG files (as defined on page 2) to or click here:

We will be beta testing another new section next month where you the members can post various IEEE Society Calls for Papers (CFPs). If you get CFPs from a society, please extract the useful information, along with a link to the details, and email them to It is best if you edit the CFP yourself before submitting it to Lynx since you know best what is appropriate for your own society. Presenting a paper about your work is so beneficial for your industry, your company and your career! Let’s give this a go!

All My Best,
Dr Don V Black, Visionary
IEEE-OC Section Chair
chair (at)
(949) 548-1969

March 5th, 2013


My Dear Fellow IEEE Members -

The future economic health of Orange County lies in economic growth. Economic growth is fostered by new business and new technology.  You and the IEEE can help by creating an environment in which new technology can develop and new businesses can prosper.

Innovation occurs at both ends of the business power spectrum – i.e. the start-up and the mature business; the mom-n-pop shop and the corporation. Full employment comes with economic growth – a demand for productivity and labor. Lets give Silicon Valley a run for its money. Added productivity drives new jobs in all sectors – its a win-win game.

New IEEE Section Programs

Free Business Card Ads for our members in the newsletter. Send a clean, sharp .PDF of your card to and our Newsletter Team will add it to the newsletter and our website.  For now, you can renew every month for free.

Industrial Spotlight – A new OCCS program to spotlight a different local business every month in exchange for fiscal support.

IEEE Volunteers of Orange County

Join “IEEE Volunteers of Orange County”. Send your name & email address to our Volunteers list and get notices when your help is needed:

Center for Multidisciplinary Innovation

Virtual Incubator Initiative – The IEEE Section will join  a team of both IEEE members and non-members to study, recommend, and implement a Virtual Incubator to support technological innovation. (See Wikipedia – )

Innovation Conference – We will join other local Professional Societies to produce the first IEEE-OC Section multidisciplinary conference on Innovation. This will be profitable, educational, fun, and lead to new technologies and new industries.

Call for volunteers for our IEEE Infrastructure. (Note: The Section Secretary is Communications Chair; The Section Treasurer is the Fiscal Chair, The Section Vice Chair is the New Initiatives Chair)

Newsletter Team

Thank you, Dr. Hector de los Santos, for your seven years of outstanding service as Newsletter Editor. It sorrows me to replace you. Thank you for offering to train your replacements.

Newsletter Editor* – Responsible for the Lynx Newsletter content. All Lynx articles are now to be emailed to

Newsletter Liaison – Help Chapter Chairs get articles & events into the Newsletter.

Website Team

Website Editor & Liaison – Responsible for Website content and helping Chapters effectively use the Website and Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). Huge marketing opportunity here. The Chair wishes to create new Web Pages devoted to: Conferences – Local; Conferences – International; Call for Papers (CfP); Extant Incubators (many in The OC)

Careers Team

Jobs Liaison – Acts as Liaison between local industry recruiters and IEEE. Responsible for content of Jobs eMail List.

Career Fair Manager – Manage the annual IEEE Career Fair.

Funding Team will identify funding strategies and sources for worthy Section and Chapter initiatives.

Interdisciplinary Team – Establish relationships with members of other professional engineering societies to achieve our common goals.  Aerospace and Communications are huge in The OC.

Section Advisory Board – Consisting of: Industry Leaders; Academic Leaders; Professional Engineering Society Leaders; Community Leaders.

In my Papa’s words: ”Planning is essential, but plans are no damn good”. My plan is to continue to remind you of our Volunteer Opportunities until they are filled.

Sign up online for IEEE [Infrastructure] Volunteer Opportunities here: or send a blank email from your subscribing client here:

All My Best,
Dr Don V Black, Section Chair