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Recording of WIE’s talk: Health and Justice for All – an IEEE SIGHT Group Technology Project By Katherine Grace August, PhD.

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

On October the 21st, the Albuquerque IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) group organized a public talk that was broadcast on Zoom and everyone in the Albuquerque Section was invited to attend. The talk was organized by WIE’s Chair, Khandakar Islam and co-sponsored by the IEEE Albuquerque Section and WIE.

The title of the talk was “Health and Justice for All – an IEEE SIGHT Group Technology Project” and the speaker was Katherine Grace August, PhD.

If you could not attend the talk but are interesting in learning about the projects Dr. August talked about, you can wath the recording of the talk here: https://youtu.be/dZ_27ZteQw0

About the speaker: Katherine Grace August, PhD (Kit) IEEE Senior Member Biomedical Engineer is a Research Guest at Stevens Institute of Technology – ECE Intelligent Networks. Dr. August received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering NJIT, the MSCS-MIS, Marist College, and BFA Communications Design, Parsons the New School for Design. She has research experiences in neurorehabilitation with robots, haptics, augmented and virtual reality, functional brain imaging, biological, analog and digital signal processing, wireless, systems engineering, communications, steganography, intelligent systems, search, AIML, speech processing, and the like. She was engaged Bell Labs MTS New Service Concepts Systems Engineering 1991 – 2002. Currently she is Steven’s consultant and her current Projects: IEEE SA DIITA Workflow Transparent Design for Wellbeing, IEEE SIGHT: “Do Good Things, Justice for All,” an experiential learning system to understand hearing loss, and provide augmentative communications and closed captioning to reduce disparity. 18 United States Patents; 50 International Patents; Citations: 3189, h index 21, i10 index 25; Health and Medical Device Literacy. Her current projects promote improved opportunity for underrepresented, minorities, women, and girls, with an emphasis on inventing. Dr. August is currently IEEE NJ Coast Section PACE SIGHT
Group Chair, IEEE NJ Coast Section History Chair, AP-VT-EMC Chapter Vice Chair, Computers Chapter Vice Chair, IEEE
ComSoc History Committee; She was the Whitaker Scholar 2009-2012 at ETH Zurich and won Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Arts in Technology Award Virtual Actor with John Jesurun and Daniel Lee, PhD.


Abstract: During the COVID-19 emergency, it became clear that timely and comprehensive access to intelligent technology and a connected lifestyle should not be considered discretionary but compulsory for every human being. Successful systems will be culturally and linguistically appropriate. Systems will accommodate people’s needs regarding aging, mobility, hearing, vision, and level of expertise. Since an increasing number of people care for themselves and also care for their loved ones, people need connectivity to one another, to timely information to remain safe, and to resources. To improve wellbeing, easy access to health and medical device literacy is needed for individuals and for professionals. Accommodation is needed for various languages, levels of education and subject matter expertise, interfaces for hearing and or vision loss, and more. Our IEEE SIGHT Group technology humanitarian project, ‘Health & Justice for All’ connects people to health and medical device information in a culturally and linguistically appropriate form for individuals and caregivers, community members, volunteers and professionals. Our IEEE DIITA Workflow Transparent Design for Wellbeing will lead to new related Standards.

We hope you enjoyed the talk and if you were not able to attend it, that you make time in your day to watch the recording.

The officers of the IEEE Albuquerque section would like to thank to Khandakar for organizing the talk.

Sincerely,

Gilberto

Albuquerque Section Treasurer.

Albuquerque IEEE WIE upcoming Public Talk: Health and Justice for All – an IEEE SIGHT Group Technology Project by Katherine Grace August, PhD

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

The Albuquerque IEEE WIE group is proud to announce the upcoming public talk titled Health and Justice for All – and IEEE SIGHT Group Technology Project by Katherine Grace August, PhD.

The talk will be help on Zoom on October the 21st at 5:30PM (MT).

You can register to attend the talk via this link: https://unm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElduGuqzgvHdNaOhiiEQ8KjircB14ScGDo

Kit August, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, will discuss volunteer technology projects with IEEE Humanitarian Activities,
IEEE SIGHT Groups, and IEEE DIITA. The discussion will cover the importance of connecting the unconnected, health
and medical device literacy, accessibility, and culturally and linguistically appropriate systems.

About the speaker: Katherine Grace August, PhD (Kit) IEEE Senior Member Biomedical Engineer is a Research Guest at Stevens Institute of Technology – ECE Intelligent Networks. Dr. August received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering NJIT, the MSCS-MIS, Marist College, and BFA Communications Design, Parsons the New School for Design. She has research experiences in neurorehabilitation with robots, haptics, augmented and virtual reality, functional brain imaging, biological, analog and digital signal processing, wireless, systems engineering, communications, steganography, intelligent systems, search, AIML, speech processing, and the like. She was engaged Bell Labs MTS New Service Concepts Systems Engineering 1991 – 2002. Currently she is Steven’s consultant and her current Projects: IEEE SA DIITA Workflow Transparent Design for Wellbeing, IEEE SIGHT: “Do Good Things, Justice for All,” an experiential learning system to understand hearing loss, and provide augmentative communications and closed captioning to reduce disparity. 18 United States Patents; 50 International Patents; Citations: 3189, h index 21, i10 index 25; Health and Medical Device Literacy. Her current projects promote improved opportunity for underrepresented, minorities, women, and girls, with an emphasis on inventing. Dr. August is currently IEEE NJ Coast Section PACE SIGHT
Group Chair, IEEE NJ Coast Section History Chair, AP-VT-EMC Chapter Vice Chair, Computers Chapter Vice Chair, IEEE
ComSoc History Committee; She was the Whitaker Scholar 2009-2012 at ETH Zurich and won Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Arts in Technology Award Virtual Actor with John Jesurun and Daniel Lee, PhD.


Abstract: During the COVID-19 emergency, it became clear that timely and comprehensive access to intelligent technology and a connected lifestyle should not be considered discretionary but compulsory for every human being. Successful systems will be culturally and linguistically appropriate. Systems will accommodate people’s needs regarding aging, mobility, hearing, vision, and level of expertise. Since an increasing number of people care for themselves and also care for their loved ones, people need connectivity to one another, to timely information to remain safe, and to resources. To improve wellbeing, easy access to health and medical device literacy is needed for individuals and for professionals. Accommodation is needed for various languages, levels of education and subject matter expertise, interfaces for hearing and or vision loss, and more. Our IEEE SIGHT Group technology humanitarian project, ‘Health & Justice for All’ connects people to health and medical device information in a culturally and linguistically appropriate form for individuals and caregivers, community members, volunteers and professionals. Our IEEE DIITA Workflow Transparent Design for Wellbeing will lead to new related Standards.


Needs: People must monitor & care for themselves & family at home, with telehealth, in clinic, for chronic, acute & emergency health conditions. Solution: Easy to use Medical Device guides, with Languages, expanded Lexicon/vocabulary, Closed Captioning (CC), screen readers, uses Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to connect Medical Devices.

Recording of WIE’s talk: A Day in The Life: Being a Woman in Electrical Engineering by Emily Schrock

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

On January 14th, the Albuquerque IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) group organized a public talk that was broadcast on Zoom and everyone in the Albuquerque Section was invited to attend. The talk was organized by WIE’s Chair, Khandakar Islam and co-sponsored by the IEEE Albuquerque Section and WIE.

The title of the talk was “A Day in the Life: Being a Woman in Electrical Engineering” and the speaker was Emily Schrock.

Abstract: Although the numbers of women in engineering fields have increased, we are still a minority in the field, and depending on the niche field you enter after college, you could find yourself as an even greater minority. This was the case for me, with about 10% of women in my electrical engineering graduating class, to being the only woman in the TTU pulsed power laboratory working on my thesis, and very commonly one of only a handful of women in my job or at conferences. I will share my experiences as a woman (and new mom) in the engineering field as well as an overview of Sandia Labs and my area of expertise.

About the speaker: Emily Schrock graduated with her BSEE and MSEE from Texas Tech University in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Her master’s thesis was in the testing and failure analysis of wide-bandgap semiconductors for their use in pulsed power systems. She tested Silicon Carbide PiN diodes, MOSFETs, and IGBTs, and performed Silvaco TCAD modeling to help analyze their failures. She had two internships at Texas Instruments and worked in their power supply and battery charging groups as a software engineer and a test engineer. Following graduation in 2017, Emily was hired at Sandia National Laboratories, where she currently works as a senior member of technical staff on a variety of research and development projects mostly centered around pulsed power and RF generation. Her research interests include compact pulsed power components and system design and test, non-linear transmission lines (NLTLs) for RF generation, and photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS) for power distribution applications. She is a committee member and secretary of the IEEE Pulsed Power Science and Technology (PPST) Nuclear and Plasma Science Society (NPSS) and is serving on the committee for the Pulsed Power Conference (PPC) in 2021.

The following is a link to the recorded talk: https://youtu.be/jqspK05e5vM

We hope you enjoyed the talk and if you were not able to attend it, that you make time in your day to watch the recording.

The officers of the IEEE Albuquerque section would like to thank to Khandakar for organizing the talk.

Sincerely,

Gilberto

Albuquerque Section Treasurer.=

2021 AWARDS CEREMONY — Virtual

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section, in collaboration with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

In previous years, the awards have been presented during the annual banquet. This year, we will not have a banquet due to COVID but we followed the award selection process and we this year’s awardees clearly reflect the spirit of the awards.

We hope that we can resume our in-person annual banquet in 2022 and we will post any news as soon as we progress on our planning.

  • Congratulations to all the awardees for their hard work and dedication:
  • IEEE Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student: Justin Smith
  • IEEE Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Student: Sara Kathryn LaTouf
  • IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer: Jacob Mueller
  • IEEE Outstanding Engineering Educator: Eirini Tsiroupoulou
  • Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Award: Easwar Anand Narayanan, UNM Physics & Astronomy
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Undergraduate Award: Luke Denoyer, UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Sigma Xi Notworthy Technical Support Person: David Rademacher, Sandia National Laboratories

These awardees will be honored at the virtual awards ceremony, and each will give a short presentation on his/her research. In addition, both the awardees and their nominators will be invited to the in-person awards banquet to be held in May 2022. Sigma Xi awardees will be initiated into the society, with their initiation fees and first year dues compliments of the chapter. They will also be invited to the 2022 awards banquet. Please join us in honoring all these outstanding people.

2021 AWARDS CEREMONY:

MONDAY MAY 17 5:00 pm

ZOOM VIRTUAL EVENT

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

https://hsc-unm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcu2qrjotEtJ8TEAwqGeLnNK-jk-KO

Thank you,

Gilberto (Treasurer)

2021 IEEE Albuquerque Section Awards – open for nominations

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section, in collaboration with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

This year’s awards will be presented at the annual joint IEEE – Sigma Xi banquet on Monday, May 18th. Nominations are now open for the following awards:

Outstanding K-12 STEM Educator

Outstanding Engineering Educator

Outstanding Young Engineer

Outstanding Engineer

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Corporate Service

Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Student

Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student

Outstanding Service

Outstanding Humanitarian Service

Additionally, nominations are open for the following awards from the UNM branch of the Sigma Xi honor society:

  • Noteworthy Technical Support Person
  • Superior Undergraduate Student
  • Excellence in Graduate Research

MS Word versions of the nomination forms are available for download at the end of this post.

Nominations will be accepted until March 15th, 2021 and recipients will be notified by April 23rd. I encourage you to nominate an exceptional student, teacher, colleague, intern, mentor, or co-worker. Please feel free to forward and share the attached flyer as well.

To nominate, please use the MS Word nomination documents at the Section website and send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to:

We look forward to recognizing outstanding members of our IEEE Section.

Best Regards,

Lee Rashkin

Chair Albuquerque Section

Nomination forms:

October 2020 Albuquerque Section Meeting Minutes

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

NOTE: because of the current health order, we are holding our meetings online. If you need the link to join the meeting, please contact Gilberto at: g.zamora[at]ieee.org

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora[at]ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the October 2020 Section Meeting minutes.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

September 2020 Albuquerque Section Meeting Minutes

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

NOTE: because of the current health order, we are holding our meetings online. If you need the link to join the meeting, please contact Gilberto at: g.zamora[at]ieee.org

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora[at]ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the September 2020 Section Meeting minutes.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

2020 IEEE Albuquerque Section Awards

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section, in collaboration with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

In previous years, the awards have been presented during the annual banquet. This year, we did not have a banquet in observance of the health care order in place in New Mexico but we followed the award selection process and we had three awards that were delivered to the awardees by our activities coordinator, Ray Byrne.

We hope that we can resume our annual banquet in 2021 and we will post any news as soon as we progress on our planning.

Congratulations to all the awardees for their hard work and dedication:

•Outstanding Young Engineer Award: Brian Pierre – “for the development of algorithms and software tools to co-optimize grid resilience and reliability”, nominated by Ray Byrne

•Outstanding Engineering Educator Award: Prof. Ali Bidram – “for outstanding contributions in education, engineering, and research in Smart Grid power engineering”, nominated separately by Matthew Reno and Edl Schamiloglu

•Outstanding Graduate Engineering Award: Georgios Fragkos – “for outstanding academic performance in the field of Computing and Communications”, nominated by Prof. Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou

Thank you,

Gilberto

Treasurer

August 2020 Albuquerque Section Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the August 2020 Section Meeting minutes.

Thank you,

Gilberto.

February 2020 Albuquerque Section Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The Albuquerque Section of the IEEE meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The meeting is open to any Section member and it is free of charge for students. The meetings take place at Yanni’s on Central, at 11.30am, except for December, June, and July.

If you want to attend or have questions for the Section officers, please contact Gilberto (Treasurer) at g.zamora@ieee.org.

Here are the approved minutes for the February 2020 Section Meeting minutes.

Thank you,

Gilberto.