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Robotic Industries Association (RIA) coming to FIT – March 2021

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

FedEx has agreed to host the RIA’s annual committee meetings, known as R15 week, at the FedEx Institute of Technology March, 2021 (tentative dates to correspond with the University of Memphis Spring Break – Mar 8 – 14)

Over 100 robot safety experts from the US and Canada will descend on to Memphis for a series of committee meetings. These meetings do allow for the public to sit in on, so we will set up seating in the top rows of the auditorium for those that want to sit in on the meetings can.

The committees that will be meeting during R15 week –

  • R15.06 Industrial Robot Safety Committee – this is the committee that sets US safety standards for Industrial Robots, mainly arms and their supporting equipment. This committee will be very busy as they work to make the new ISO 10218 Robot Safety Standard into the US standard.
  • R15.08 Industrial Mobile Robot Safety Committee – this is the committee that sets US safety standards for mobile robots in Industrial settings.
  • Standards Acceptance Committee (SAC) – this committee approves all robot safety standards for the US as they come out of their home committees.
  • US Technical Acceptance Group (US TAG) – this committee represents the US within the ISO Robotics Committee. They will be picking who will be the representatives for the upcoming ISO meetings in 2021. They will also set the US position when it comes to ISO standards. There are a bunch of new ISO standards in the pipeline that the US will need to set a position on during these meetings.
  • RIA-OSHA-NIOSH Alliance – this committee works to ensure the RIA, OSHA, and NIOSH are on agreement when it comes to robot safety from an enforcement position.

Please watch for more information…..

PES Tour of Millington Solar Farm – Canceled

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the PES Tour of the Millington Solar Farm has been canceled.

We hope to reschedule when things return to normal.

Stay well!

PES Tour of Millington Solar Farm

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Meet at the Millington Solar Farm for a tour of this new TVA 53-megawatt solar farm on April 10, 2020. Tour Starts at 3pm and should take aprox 45-90 min(students will be carpooling from UofM around 2:15).

RSVP will be posted closer to the event (check back here)

IEEE Memphis – 2020 Officers

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Congratulations to Patrick McGinnis who will be the 2020-21 IEEE Memphis Section Chair. Patrick has been active as PACE Chairman, YP Chairman, and Vice Chair. He will take the reins in January.

We would like to thank Amy de Jongh Curry who has been our section Treasurer for her years of service. Frank Niedzwiedz will be taking on that roll in the coming year.

Are you interested in getting involved? We are still looking for professionals for the rolls of Secretary and Vice Chair. Please contact the webmaster at daniel.kohn@ieee.org.

MJEC Engineers Week Student Contest

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

As part of its Engineers Week Activities, the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council sponsors a contest for Middle School and High School students. It is an opportunity for students to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by working on concept projects designed to improve our quality of life. In addition, it is an opportunity to enhance public speaking skills as students will make presentations to judges about their projects.

CONTEST LOCATION AND TIME:
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: Setup begins 9:00 a.m.; Judging begins 10:00 a.m.: Award Ceremony 11:30 a.m.
Location: Nabors Auditorium, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove (I-40 at Sycamore View)

For full details see: https://mjecm.org/engineers-week/student-contest/

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CBU S-PAC Held

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The twelfth Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) 2019 was held on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s Marian Hall. Christine Fahey, Executive Director of Blockchain 901, gave a presentation on the “Blockchain901” and Rich Thompson, President of Memphis Makers, gave a presentation on “Memphis Makers.” IEEE Memphis Section and the CBU IEEE Student Branch hosted S-PAC 2019, and over 60 students and professionals attended S-PAC 2019. The program was organized by Conference Chairs, Jill Johnson (Interdisciplinary Studies ‘20), and Ian Dover (ECE ‘20), Website Chair, Sylvester Dzimiri (’21), and CBU IEEE Coordinator, Dr. John Ventura, PE, PS (‘65). Elizabeth Hays of Fisher Arnold and Chair of the Young Engineers of the Memphis Section of IEEE, Chair of the Memphis Section of IEEE, presented Jill Johnson, Ian Dover, and Sylvester Dzimiri the Award of Service from the Memphis Section of IEEE for their efforts in making the S-PAC a success. Steve Whatley (ECE ’20) was recognized for his award of $2,000 IEEE PES Scholarship. The S-PAC is a structured event where students interact with experienced engineers from diverse backgrounds. Hosted annually, the S-PAC (http://spac.ieeecbu.org/) brings together students and professionals from the Memphis Community where they have a chance to interact with professionals, through round table discussions. This year the round table discussions were on “Global Technology” and the “Memphis Community” ¬– Global Technology panelists: Ken Gendrich of Blockchain 901 and Methodist, Claudio Donndelinger of Aleph Objects, Ben Hoyt of FedEx Services, and Danny Thompson of Code Crew and The Google Community and Memphis Community panelists: David Hiltenbrand of SQLSaturday, Ibrahim Chum of The City of Memphis, Noah Vongphit of Wright Medical, and Joseph Johnson of Fisher Arnold. The sponsors of S-PAC 2019 were A2H, Blockchain 901, Fisher Arnold, Gadomski School of Engineering, Memphis Section of IEEE, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Midsouth Makers, R&N Systems Design, Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

S-PAC 2019

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

CLICK HERE form more info and to register.

Networking and Axe Throwing

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Join us for an evening of Networking and Axe throwing.

RSVP required. $5 cash and a business card due at event. Includes Axe Throwing, Rec Room Living room and food.

Friday, Nov 8, 2019
Rec Room Living Room (3020-1 Broad Avenue) 5:30pm-6:30pm
Axe Throwing 6:45-7:45
Drinks are available for purchase next door from Rec Room.
Venue requires 21+ as there will be alcohol available.

Webinar – Engineer Licensure from A to P.E.

Friday, October 11th, 2019

We are pleased to announce the member-direct Region 3 Fall Webinar:

Thursday, October 17, 2019: 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT — Engineer Licensure from A to P.E. ***

Have you considered being licensed as a professional engineer? What are the advantages? What is involved? Why should engineers pursue licensure, and what about software engineers? Hear the answers to these and other questions in this IEEE-USA sponsored webinar. Dr. Glenn Parker is chair of the IEEE-USA Licensure and Registration Committee, and is a licensed Professional Engineer who helps to write and review the Computer Engineering P.E. examination. Come hear the latest updates on the process and, if you are already licensed, hear how you can get involved in shaping the future of licensure.

Presenter: Dr. Glenn Parker; Glenn.Parker@gtri.gatech.edu

To register and get connection information: https://ieeeusa.org/events/webinar-10-17-19/

IEEE Region 3 Awards – Nominations Open! IEEE/IEEE_Memphis

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Region 3 Awards: Deadline is December 1st

Go to: https://apply-ieee.smapply.io/

I believe most of us know someone deserving of one of the Region 3 awards below. Nominating someone doesn’t take long. Ask the nominee to help provide the information you need! Review the purpose of each award below, and submit your nominations. Feel free to contact me, the Region 3 Awards and Recognition Chair, with your questions at kristin.bing@ieee.org.

  • Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who, through technical and professional abilities, has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.
  • Region 3 Outstanding Service Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who, through service to the Region and to the Institute, has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.
  • Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who has shared technical and professional abilities through teaching in industry, government, or in an institution of higher learning and in so doing has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.
  • Daniel W. Jackson Award — Purpose: To recognize a Past Director who, through continuing service to the Region and to the Institute, has made exemplary contributions to the electrotechnology profession.
  • Region 3 Professional Leadership Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 for outstanding leadership efforts in achieving the professional aims of IEEE in the United States.
  • Employer Professional Development Award — Purpose: To recognize an employer in Region 3 for outstanding contributions in advancing the professional development of employees.

Nominations, endorsements and evaluations are handled on-line at the Region 3 Awards and Recognition Portal. You can download the application(s) from the website to enable the gathering of information offline before you submit online. Please visit https://apply-ieee.smapply.io/ and sign up for an account today!

Sincerely,

Kristin Bing
IEEE Region 3 Awards Chair
kristin.bing@ieee.org