IEEE-KC Electronic NL, 05 JAN 2012

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KC Section and Chapter Meetings  
Visit our Meetings page to see meeting details and to register.
January Dinner Meeting, Thursday, January 12.
Held by the Aerospace & Electronics System Society (AESS).
Topic: RF Expansion Module used for testing new Boeing 787 Avionics..
Other 2012 Dinner Meeting Dates
  • February Dinner Meeting, Thursday, February 09, 2012.
    Held by Power & Energy Society / Industrial Applications Society.
  • March Dinner Meeting, Thursday, March 08, 2012.
    Held by Communications Society.
  • April Dinner Meeting, Thursday, April 12, 2012.
    Held by Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).
  • May Dinner Meeting, Thursday, May 10, 2012.
    Held by Computer Society.
  • June Dinner Meeting, Thursday, June 14, 2012.
    Held by G.O.L.D.
  • July Dinner Meeting, Thursday, July 12, 2012.
    Held by Power & Energy Society / Industrial Applications Society.
  • August Dinner Meeting, Thursday, August 09, 2012.
    Held by Communications Society.
  • September Dinner Meeting, Thursday, September 13, 2012.
    Held by Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).
  • October Dinner Meeting, Thursday, October 11, 2012.
    Held by Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS).
  • November Dinner Meeting, Thursday, November 09, 2012.
    Held by Computer Society.
  • December Dinner Meeting, Thursday, December 13, 2012.
    Held by the Section.

Website Changes  
IEEE has provided some tools that allow us to be more database-driven in how we get content onto the Website. This means much less e-mailing and HTML work. And that should translate into some benefits for the members of the Kansas City Section. We don't know exactly how yet, but you'll see as things progress.

Our first foray into this was our meeting information; you may have noticed the changes on the Meetings page. We implemented that by inserting code into our existing page, to draw content from the database. Our next step is going to be reversing that relationship, wherein the database-driven area will be the main area. This is much easier and less prone to breakage than doing extensive coding to import things.

Soon, you'll notice two domains if you click around. We're going to try to do as much as possible in the IEEE domain that's data-driven, with our original domain being mostly archival.

Note from Section Webmaster: Big thanks to Jorge Marquez for getting so much of the legwork done. This will make my job easier in the long run, which also means it should be easier to pass the baton some day.

PES Award  

Kirk Duncan presents Clement Lumanyika with the 2011-12 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Award.



Congratulations to Clement Lumanvika, University of Missouri – Kansas City, winner of the 2011-12 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Award. In addition to recognition by the Power and Energy Society, Clement received $2,000 from PES.

The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ recognizes undergraduate students who:

  • Have declared a major in electrical and computer engineering.
  • Are high achievers with strong GPAs with distinctive extracurricular commitments.
  • Are committed to exploring the power and energy field.

Ninety-Three (93) PES Scholarship recipients have been selected from 51 U.S. universities for the 2011-12 Academic year. These scholarships are being distributed through the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund, which is being used to support the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.

Here are the other winners from IEEE Region 5:
  • Taylor Barber, Kansas State University
  • Brian Clark, New Mexico State University
  • Kyle Dunn, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Jimmy Higgins, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Tyler Long, New Mexico State University
  • Cody Lundie, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Stephen McConnell, Texas A&M University
  • Jackson Meyer, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Timothy Neese, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Nwamaka Nzeocha, University of Houston
  • Fletcher Richman, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Aaron Rosenthal, New Mexico State University

KC Section Officer Awards  
In late December, some Section officers gathered at a dinner arranged by Jorge Marquez. During the festivities, the Section officially recognized two people for their volunteer service.
  • Cale Yates, Section Chair. Cale did an enormous amount of legwork in 2010 and in 2011 to solve some Section issues such as where to find the best value in a meeting venue. The Section formally acknowledged him for these "outside the box and beyond the call" efforts.
  • Mark Lamendola, Section Publishing Officer. Mark's been the Webmaster and newsletter editor since 1997 (except for a brief two week "retirement) and he's worked behind the scenes to help keep things on track. The Section formally acknowledged him for this long service.
Each honoree received a handsome plaque and kind words. But for both, it was an honor just to be in the company of those others who give so much. IEEE really is a volunteer organization, and many people pitch in to make the various dinner meetings and other events the successes that they are.


Thought for the Day  
If you can't remember the last good thing you said to someone, it's time to say something good to someone now.


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