IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Banquet 2015


Annual Banquet – Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Keynote Presentation

The Grand Canyon: A 1.8-Billion-Year Slice of Earth History


 Prof. Thomas Sharp

Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science
Arizona State University


The Grand Canyon is an amazing surface feature that attracts millions of tourists from around the world. The canyon exposes a thick sequence of rocks that represent 40% of Earth’s history. The inner canyon exposes the oldest igneous and metamorphic rocks, known as the Vishnu basement. These rocks record the history of continental crust assembly through collisions, mountain building, metamorphism and melting in the Paleoproterozoic Era between 1840 and 1660 Ma. The layered Grand Canyon Supergroup rocks of the inner canyon in the east record a history of sedimentation, crustal extension and basaltic volcanism on the continental interior during the Neoproterozoic Era between 1200 and 700 Ma. Separating the rocks of the inner canyon from those of the main canyon is the Great Unconformity, representing as much as 1200 million years of missing geologic record. The flat-lying sedimentary rocks of the of the main canyon record a history of sediment deposition in and adjacent to shallow seas that moved on and off of the continent through the Paleozoic Era (540 to 260 Ma). Thick sequences of Mesozoic sediments covered the area, but have been eroded away. The timing and mechanism of Canyon formation is the subject of current study and debate. The erosion that created the Grand Canyon is part of the recent history of the Colorado Plateau uplift and formation of the Basin and Range Province and is believed to be as young as 6 Ma.

Speaker Biography:

Prof. Thomas Sharp is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University. He earned a BS in Geology and in Geophysics at the University of Minnesota in 1983 and a PhD in Geology from Arizona State University in 1990. Prof. Sharp is a mineralogist interested in mineral reactions, phase transitions and deformation and how these can be used to understand processes that occur within Earth and other planetary bodies. This research combines experimental and natural samples with detailed physical and chemical characterization of rocks and minerals with transmission and scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, thermal emission infrared spectroscopy and other techniques. Applications include: Phase transitions in Earth’s deep mantle; High-pressure minerals in meteorites as indicators of impact history; and Chemical weathering of basalt and its implications for the remote sensing of Mars. In addition to his research, Professor Sharp is the ASU Associate Director of the NASA Arizona Space Grant Consortium.

Banquet Agenda

Registration / Social Hour: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sit-Down Dinner: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Section Program:  7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Keynote Presentation: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Awards Presentation: 8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Change of Section Officers: 9:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Banquet Registration Fees

IEEE Members and Guests :  $50.00
IEEE Undergraduate Student Members:  $30.00
IEEE Graduate Student Members:  $30.00
IEEE Student Member Guests:  $50.00
IEEE Student Branch Table without Guests: $300.00*
IEEE Society Chapter / Affinity Group Table:  $500.00**
Corporate Sponsorship : $1000.00***

Note: IEEE Members should list their membership numbers at the time of registration. They should be current members. IEEE membership numbers will be checked against IEEE Member Data Base.

*Table sits 10 persons and includes only Undergraduate and Graduate Student Members and not their guests. The fee of $50.00 listed above applies to IEEE Student Member Guests.

**Table sits 10 persons.

***Sponsorship includes recognition at program, table of ten for dinner, and space for a display.

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Banquet Entrees

PepperCorn Crusted Ribeye
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast
Blackened Scottish Salmon
Vegetarian: Fettucin
Vegan: Roasted Butternut Squash-Chickenpea Curry

Note: One choice per attendee

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 Dinner Menu


Vegetable Spring Rolls
Andouille Sausage en Croute
Vegetable & Cheese Display

Arugula Salad
Served with Toasted Almonds, Fresh Seasonal Berries,
Maytag Cheese & Candied Walnuts with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

PepperCorn Crusted Ribeye
Served with Green Chile Potato Au Gratin, Grilled Asparagus, and
Ancho Chile Demi Sauce


Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast
Served with Red Potato Puree, Candied Local Carrots, and Garlic-Chive Cream


Blackened Scottish Salmon
Served with Creamy Polenta, Baby Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes, and
Heirloom Tomato Beurre Blanc


Vegetarian: Fettuccin
Served with 5-Hour Roasted Roma Tomatoes/Brocollini /Fresno Chile Pepper/Goat Cheese


Vegan: Roasted Butternut Squash-Chickpea Curry
Served, Organic Quinoa “Fried Rice,” and Local Vegetable

Key Lime Mousse Cake
Vegan: Sorbet