New Officers for 2014-2015

April 7th, 2014

Congratulations to the new officers.  May you represent us well:

Chair:  Sean Finnigan

Vice Chair:  Stephen Moyer

Secretary:  Casey Murphey

Treasurer:  Branden Essick

Officer Elections for 2014-2015

March 27th, 2014

Here are the nominees for IEEE student branch positions:



  • Sean Finnegan

Vice Chair

  • Daniel Casciato
  • Stephen Moyer


  • Ben Nowak
  • Casey Murphey


  • Stephen Moyer
  • Branden Essick

We will elect our officers on Thursday night at 7:00 pm in Rhoades 001B.  Bring your appetite and laptop if you have one.

Eaton Plant Tour March 28

March 13th, 2014

All engineering students are invited to attend this tour of the Eaton Corporation plant in South Asheville, as well as IEEE student branch members. Here are the details:

  • Date of tour: Friday, March 28
  • The tour will start at 10am and finish around noon.
  • We will leave campus at 9:30am and return to campus about 1:30pm.  (Meet at 9:15am in-between Rhoades 001B and the shop)
  • The tour is free, but bring money for lunch (12 Bones on Sweeten Creek Rd) if you plan on eating with the group afterward.  You can usually get a good meal for $10-15.
  • We have one university van to accommodate 7 people. The rest of us will need to carpool.  We will work this out Friday morning.
  • If you have to get back to campus (or go straight to work) right after the tour, that’s fine.
  • Bring safety glasses and safety-toe shoes if you have them. If not, they can provide slip-on safety-toe shoes and glasses. Do wear flat-soled, closed-toed shoes if you don’t have safety-toe shoes.  Safety-toe shoes are either steel-toe or aluminum-toe with full coverage.
  • No cameras or phones are allowed on the tour.
  • No tobacco products are allowed in the facility or on the grounds.
  • You must stay with your tour group at all times.
  • This goes without saying, but we expect your best behavior at all times. You are representing UNC-Asheville, the engineering department, and IEEE.
  • Look at the email Hallie sent out with the list of people who have signed up.  If you are NOT on that list and submitted your form, it must have not gone through. Sometimes on smartphones these forms are problematic, also you needed to submit the form using your email address.  Email Hallie by Thursday noon if you’re not on that list and are planning to go on the tour.
  • Wear long pants.  You don’t have to dress up, but you may wish to dress in business casual.  Considering EATON could become your employer, first impressions do count.

T-shirts coming soon, but not before spring break

March 5th, 2014


Check ‘em out:

I heard back from our t-shirt supplier.  Unfortunately, the shirts won’t be here until the week after spring break.   When we come back on the 17th, they will be in the senior lab, 001A (next to where EGM 180 is held.)

Meeting 3/27 and Officer Elections

March 5th, 2014

We have scheduled a meeting for Thursday, March 27 at 7pm in RRO 001B.  On the agenda for this meeting:

  • FOOD.  Specifically, pizza and a “make your own hot fudge sundae” bar.
  • LinkedIn.  The must-have for all students who will (eventually) enter the workforce…assuming you pass your engineering classes that is…
  • Officer elections for 2014-2015.

We will use this meeting as an opportunity for IEEE student branch members to start or improve their LinkedIn profiles, connect with each other, socialize, and get tips on what to add to your profile as you progress through your engineering degree.  Please bring your laptop if you have one, as desktop computers are limited in number.

OFFICER ELECTIONS: The current officers are “passing the torch.” If you wish, nominate someone you think would be great as an IEEE officer.  It would be a good idea to actually ask the person if he or she is willing to take on the responsibility first.  Send nominations to me via emailWe will vote on the nominated officers at this meeting so that they have a chance to become familiar with their roles before the summer vacation.  It kind of goes without saying, but nominate only IEEE members please (see list of email recipients).

Visit the officer webpage for info on officer titles and duties.

It may sound like a lot, but in my not-so-humble opinion, being an IEEE officer is worth every bit of effort you put into the organization.  You get to work with a fantastic group of people, meet dozens if not hundreds of professional contacts (you never know who will end up hiring you…), participate in some amazing activities, and help the sanity of engineering students (by stocking the drink machine of course).  And yes, you get to put some awesome sauce on your resume and LinkedIn profile.

FYI:  There is a special from now until August 15 for half-priced membership through December 2014 for $16!

2014 Engineer’s Week Banquet – Free Dinner for IEEE Members!

February 4th, 2014

WNC Engineers Week 2014 F1 (1)

IEEE Student Branch members,
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Engineer’s week banquet, Feb. 20th.  This event and dinner is FREE for IEEE members only.  You will need to RSVP to this event by sending your IEEE membership number in an email to Brian Kowald (see the PDF linked above) by Feb. 17.


2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition in Chicago – free hotel and 8 meals

January 29th, 2014

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Chicago for the 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition.  Even a single day at T&D in Chicago could change your life and open the door to the power & energy industry!

T&D Collegiate Program Connects Students with Industry
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join us for the popular Collegiate Program!  More than 200 students participated in the Collegiate Program at the 2012 T&D event in Orlando!  Don’t miss it!
Highlights of the Collegiate Program include
  • Social media fueled frenzy known as the “Infinitely Electrifying Energy Extravaganza (IEEE)” Scavenger Hunt in the exhibit hall,
  • Collegiate reception (networking, food, career panel),
  • 8 opportunities to refuel from Monday dinner through Thursday breakfast (free for registered students),
  • Student job fair,
  • Collegiate/Industry luncheon,
  • Student poster contest with prizes.
T&D will provide networking opportunities with more than 700 exhibitors and thousands of industry professionals.
See the Collegiate Program links ( ) for details on the student poster contest and the student hotel support program (Deadline: Jan 31, 5 PM Eastern Time).  Note that you need to register for T&D before you can apply for the poster contest or the student hotel support program.
IEEE Student Members can register for the IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition for $40 (meals included).  Not a student member?  Join IEEE at .  Student membership is $32.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to network with industry experts, visit over 700 exhibitors, and learn more about the exciting opportunities in the power & energy industry!
Get the latest information from the conference web site (
On behalf of the Collegiate Program Committee, we look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Order your IEEE T-Shirt

January 28th, 2014

The time has arrived: you can now place your order for the IEEE/Mechatronics T-shirt designed by our very own Dan Casciato.  Cost is $15 for S – XL and $17 for XXL or XXXL.  The shirts are fitted Next Level (100% cotton), color is light olive, with charcoal print.  Women’s sizes tend to run a bit small (so order a size larger if necessary) and men’s sizes tend to be true-to-size.

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Here is the design (note the shirts are going to be light olive, not grey, and the print is to be charcoal, not black)
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Here’s how to place your order:
  • Find an IEEE officer: Hallie Sheaffer, Hunter Davison, Cullen Reed, or Deric Solis.  One of us can usually be found either in 203, 206, 001A, 001B, or the shop.
  • Give them $15 or $17 depending on what size you want and fill out the sign-up sheet with your desired size, gender, and price.  (We prefer cash, but if you must write a check, make it out to UNC-Asheville and write in the memo area that it is for IEEE Student Branch t-shirt.
  1. Sign up and get your money to one of the officers by Valentine’s Day (Friday, Feb. 14).
We will only order a FEW extras, so make sure to get your order in by Valentine’s Day!!


Next Meeting: WNC Section Oct 17

October 9th, 2013

Our next meeting will be with the WNC section of IEEE on Oct 17 at 7:00 pm in Rhoades-Robinson 125 (Physics Lecture Hall):

IEEE WNC Section
“A Review of the 2013 IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware Competition”
The UNC Asheville and Western Carolina University
Student Competition Teams.

Everyone is invited.

These autonomous robots are exciting and loads of fun to watch.
That coupled with the how they designed them is a terrific experience.
Bring your youngsters and let them get a taste of how exciting and creative Engineering can be.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
5:30 PM, Dinner in PD 100 & 200
7:00 PM, Program in Robinson 125 (RRO 125)
University of North Carolina Asheville

Student teams from both Western Carolina University and UNC Asheville participated in the 2013 IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware Competition.  Both teams made it to the finals with scores in the top 10 percent from a field of over 50 competitors.
The objective of the competition was to simulate the sorting of containers at a shipping port.
To accomplish this, different colored and sized blocks were picked up and sorted for shipment by either land, rail or sea.
Members of the student teams will present their competition bots and discuss their experiences at the competition.

Fellow IEEEers

October 8th, 2013

Here at UNC-Asheville, mechatronics engineering students are hard at work in everything from statics to fluids.  The t-shirt contest is officially under-way.  Get your submissions to Deric Solis by November 15th.