IEEE Saint Louis Section

December 13th, 2018

Please find the attached program guide for IEEE St Louis Winter Social.


December 8th, 2018

Kirk A. Damman, J.D. will be the featured speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the St. Louis Section of the IEEE.

The subject of the presentation will be “Protecting Your Inventions and Ideas: Intellectual Property Fundamentals for an Engineer”.

Where: Engineering Club of St. Louis, 4359 Lindell, St. Louis 63018

When: January 17, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Lunch at noon with program starting at 12:15 pm.

Cost: $20 / person or $5 /students

To download a flyer with additional information including how to register for this informative event please click on the following link:  MSPE IEEE FLYER 2019-01-17

December 6th, 2018

Gwen Mizell 

Gwendolyn Goosby Mizell is the Senior Director for Corporate Social Responsibility for Ameren Corporation in St Louis MO.  Previously, Ms Mizell served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion also for Ameren.

Prior to joining Ameren, Ms Mizell served as President and CEO of GSM Development, a St Louis-based energy consulting firm which provides energy efficiency and conservation services as well as sells MRO materials to utilities.  GSM Development was engaged with diversity programs at Memphis Light Gas and Water, Laclede Gas and Georgia Power.  Under Ms. Mizell’s leadership, GSM developed an Internship Development program, hiring, influencing and graduating nine (9) interns.  Some of these graduates have gone on to pursue careers at Bain Consulting, Alcoa, Monsanto, UMKC Medical School, and University of Texas Law School.

Ms Mizell began her career in 1986 on a Sales and Marketing Leadership Development program at Westinghouse Electric, spending 13 years building competencies in sales and marketing strategies, proposal preparation, and environmental engineering.  She later worked for both ABB and Calpine Corporations during the deregulation of the California energy markets and developed new power plants to support grid stability.  In 2007, Ms Mizell joined KEMA Consulting as VP Power Generation Services and helped build out a new segment of the consulting business in the Americas.

Ms. Mizell holds a MS in Management and Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama Birmingham.   Ms. Mizell completed a Public Policy and Management summer institute at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.  Recently, she completed a six-month certificate program at Georgetown University in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion.

Ms Mizell currently serves on the St Louis County Workforce Investment Board and the Board of Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club.  She serves as Vice President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).

She is married to Steve Mizell, EVP and CHRO Merck Corporation and has two daughters, Alyssa and Morgan.


Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D.

Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Director of the Africa Initiative Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri | | 314.565.6242

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Director of the Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. He was appointed by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton in March 2018 to strengthen and expand the University’s efforts in Africa.

Dr. Akande is a respected economist, scholar and global consultant to Fortune 500 companies and institutions in the higher education space in the areas of strategy, leadership development, corporate responsibility and market positioning. He served as a director of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., a $5 billion publicly traded manufacturer of high quality private food labels, including Post, and has consulted for corporations such as Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, SeaWorld, U.S. Bank and many others.

Dr. Akande served as the 21st President of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 2015-2017.

As tenured Professor of Economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis from 2000-2015, Dr. Akande is credited with building the school’s reputation, and positioning it as a globally relevant business school.

Dr. Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and completed post-doctoral studies at JFK School of Government, Harvard University and Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Dr. Akande currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Argent Capital, a $4 billion asset management company. He is a member of the Board of Enterprise Bank & Trust ($5 billion assets), serving on the Regulatory and Compliance Committee.

With the experience to recognize when to take calculated risks and the confidence to make tough business decisions, Dr. Akande believes that the future belongs to those who can see it. He and his wife, Bola, a pharmacist, have three adult daughters.

November 19th, 2018

The Saint Louis Section Winter Social/ Awards Banquet is planned for Saturday December 15, 2018. This year we will have two very interesting and informative talks as part of the Winter Banquet.  Our two speakers will be Gwen Mizell, Sr Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ameren and Dr Bengamin Ola Akande, Washington University. Please find the Bios of the speakers here.


Make your reservations now for the IEEE STL Section Winter Social!

RSVP Required by Dec. 8!!!

Please indicate your dinner choice in the evite poll when RSVP’ing!!!! Include name, age and gender of your child/children for holiday gift in the evite comment.  A special kid’s room with games and snacks throughout the evening.


************************   EVENT DETAILS   *******************

WHEN:     Saturday, December 15th, 2018 (6:00 PM)

WHERE:   ‘Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, 4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis 63108

HOW: RSVP for the event at


No Charge for IEEE members and family!!!!
A $20 dinner charge for other non-members or no shows.

Dinner to include choice of …

Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Potatoes


Three Leaves Chicken with Roasted Potatoes


Zucchini Noodle Pasta Plate (Vegetarian Option)


For questions, email

November 17th, 2018

Thank you for voting for the St Louis Section 2019 officer selection. The elected officers will assume new roles from Jan 1, 2019. Please find the names of officers elect-

1- Chair
George Engel
2- Vice-Chair
Prasenjit Shil
3- Treasurer
Prachee Chaturvedi
4- Secretary
Asdrubal Garcia-Ortiz

November 12th, 2018

Due to possibility of icy streets when the meeting is scheduled to begin we have decided to cancel the meeting at SLU tonight!

November 6th, 2018

Students from several schools from the IEEE Saint Louis Section participated in the annual “Black Box” competition which was held this year on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), St. Louis University (SLU), and Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) participated in two separate categories: analog and digital.  Six team participated in the analog competition while three teams competed in the digital contest.

The analog black box completion is a contest where student teams (1 or 2 persons) are given an analog circuit enclosed in a “black box“.  Students are then asked to draw the electrical schematic of the circuit inside.  The box contains only four terminals which the teams use to make electrical measurements that help them unravel the mystery of what is inside.  This year Aparna Shekar and Esther Chinwuko from SLU finished in Third Place.  Luke Taylor and Mathew Chan from SLU took Second Place.  Winning the analog contest was Jerome Ukah and Joel Rahlfs from SIUE.

In the digital contest, students are given a programmable logic device with a pre-programmed circuit.  As in the analog contest, students observe the behavior of the circuit.  They then are asked to describe what circuit was programmed into the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) based on their observations.  Shawn Gilles (SIUE) finished in Third Place.  Hayden Long and Richard Kell from MS&T tied for First Place along with Amy Guo and Charles Coleman from SLU.

Cash prizes for the First ($500), Second ($300), and Third ($200) place teams in were awarded in both the “analog” and “digital” categories. Other students participating in the annual event were Evan Fitzgerald (MS&T), Aaron Colvin (MS&T), Brycen Dhom (SIUE), Usman Khan (SIUE), and Sam Stoner (MS&T).  By long-standing tradition, the school which wins the analog contest hosts the event the following year.


Student Contestants in 2018 IEEE St. Louis Section Black Box Competition

November 5th, 2018

Welcome to the St Louis Section 2019 officer election Election! I would like to take this opportunity to personally express my sincere appreciation for you being an IEEE member!

Our duty and responsibility is to ensure that your voting rights are protected and you are confident that your vote is accurately cast and tabulated. We will utilize the vTools.Voting system for our elections. Please log in to vote in the election.

Voting will start from Nov 2 12.01 am and close at Nov 16 11.59 pm.

To place your vote, go to

Please select one candidate for each position or specify a write-in candidate.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have a question, comment, or complaint regarding your voting experience.

Thank you for voting – your vote counts!



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October 31st, 2018

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that you are all well.

IEEE St Louis Section is hosting November meeting on November 12. We are also delighted to welcome Abhijit Choudhury as the speaker for this meeting. We will have the ExCom meeting from 6 to 6.30 pm followed by presentation by the speaker. Please find his Bio and details of the meeting below-

Location– McDonnell Douglas Hall (Room 2101), SLU (3450 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103)

Time– 6 pm to 8.30 pm

Title- Applications of Robotics in Food and Beverage Industry

With the advent of automation, changing customer preferences, and pressure to minimize costs has lead to highly flexible manufacturing systems for food and beverage manufacturing companies. This necessitated robotics to replace/improve traditional machines used in the value addition process. The presentation will explore the needs and applications of robotics in a food and beverage manufacturing plant.
Speaker: Abhijit Choudhury, Cambell Soup.
Abhijit Choudhury is a Sr. Project Engineer with Campbell Soup Company as a Packaging Systems Automation Engineer. He has been in the realm of packaging automation for over a decade working in different food and beverage packaging machinery technologies. He graduated from NIFFT Ranchi, India with a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing and Material Science. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Missouri Rolla (Missouri S&T), Rolla, MO. His expertise lies with Robotics, Automated Guided Vehicle, AS/RS systems etc.

October 28th, 2018

Attached is the brochure for the annual MSPE PE Refresher Course.   IEEE members get $50 discount for the class.  The class is a face-to-face instructor-led opportunity for interested members to prepare for the PE exam.

Brochure MSPE Refresher Spring 2019