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SoutheastCon 2020

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

SoutheaseCon 2020 will be held in Mobile Alabama March 31 – Apr 3 2022. Click Here to be taken to the SoutheastCon 2020 Website.

FIT-Blockchain901 Seminar Series

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The FedEx Institute of Technology and Blockchain901 are excited to present a virtual series on the current and future state of blockchain technology. Tech leaders from Microsoft, IBM, IEEE, ConsenSys Health, and more will share their real world experience and provide insight into what lies ahead in the blockchain world. Topics will include blockchain governance, platforms, tokenization, and more. To find more information and a list of upcoming talks, CLICK HERE.

IEEE Blockchain Groups – Americas Virtual Event

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
Abstract: A Framework for Assessing Blockchain Applications in Healthcare
Blockchain use cases in the healthcare industry are starting to mature and greater attention to the potential of the technology to address public health challenges, such as COVID-19, are also emerging. However, ensuring that blockchain applications are “fit-for-purpose” for the heavily regulated and complex industry of healthcare is easier said than done. In this presentation, we will discuss a framework for assessing blockchain applications in healthcare with a focus on business blockchains and design constructs. We will also discuss healthcare blockchain research use cases and also what blockchain approaches have been suggested for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker: Timothy K. Mackey

Tim Ken Mackey is a Professor of Global Health at the University of California, San Diego, the Global Health Policy and Data Institute, and also the CEO and co-founder of the S-3 Research LLC. He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations, a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego – San Diego State University. His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health and he has extensive professional experience including over 10 years experience in the private sector and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of State and others. His research interests include big data, machine learning, data visualization and blockchain technology applications to public health challenges.

Click HERE to register.

IEEE Memphis Blockchain Group

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

IEEE Blockchain Groups – The Americas (the geographic section that the Memphis local BC group is part of) is planning a virtual event on 9/15. Details are still being sorted.Blockchain901/FIT Blockchain SeriesThese events are organized through the partnership between FedEx Institute of Technology and Blockchain901.

  • Ramesh Ramadoss (Chair of the IEEE Standards Committee and Co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative) will speak in October. No date set yet.
  • Info for the July talks on blockchain governance with the chair and vice chair of IEEE P2145 Blockchain Governance Standards Working Group:

REGISTERhttps://bit.ly/BC-Governance-Series
SERIES INFO

FedEx Institute of Technology-Blockchain901 Series (includes links to past recordings):

– https://www.memphis.edu/fedex/engagement/fit_blockchain901.php

MEETUP Link with InfoBlockchain Governance Series with Kirsten Pomales and Thomas Cox of IEEE:
https://meetu.ps/e/K7sLB/BlrwZ/a

DESCRIPTION:

“Blockchain Governance: Enterprise Applications” is a virtual three-part event included in the FedEx Institute | Blockchain901 Technology Series.
As Blockchain technology enables new business models, how do we ensure this blockchain ecosystem is designed to continually benefit all stakeholders?


Join two leaders in Blockchain Governance as they help us to understand this complex topic. Thomas Cox and Kirsten Pomales serve as chair and vice-chair of the IEEE P2145 Blockchain Governance Standards Working Group. They will guide us through the intricacies of group decision-making in a three-part event which will end in a hands-on workshop:


Part 1 – Tue 7/13 – Learn about the implications of blockchain technology for enterprises
Part 2 – Tue 7/20- Deep dive into why governance will play an integral role in the success of blockchain applications and networks
Part 3 – Tue 7/27- Hands-on workshop on preparing your organization to ideate on, evaluate, and adopt Web 3.0 technology

Engineers Week 2021

Friday, February 5th, 2021
Engineers Week

https://www.DiscoverE.org/our-programs/engineers-week
DiscoverE: We are the E in STEM

2021 Theme – Imagining Tomorrow

DiscoverE is the backbone organization behind Engineers Week (established 1951), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (2001), World Engineering Day (2016, formerly known as Global Day of the Engineer), the Global Marathon (2005), and the Future City Competition (1993). Its programs and resources have been adopted and adapted by individuals and organizations around the globe.

DiscoverE programs and special campaigns cover pre-k to work force and intersect at the points of corporate social responsibility, public affairs, and talent acquisition. They are highly collaborative, represent the breadth of engineering, and are compelling yet simple to execute. This strategy enables organizational partners, volunteers, and educators to effectively reach millions of students, parents, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. 

2021 MEMPHIS-AREA ACTIVITIES

Visit the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council website http://mjecm.org/

Friday, February 5, 2021 – Saturday, February 6, 2021 – MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition

Due to COVID-19, this year’s MATHCOUNTS Competition Series has been modified and will be online.

Sponsoring Organization: Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Memphis Chapter

For more information: https://www.mathcounts.org/programs/competition-series

The Competition Series typically has 4 levels of competition – school, chapter, state and national. However, this year the 2020-2021 Competition Series will have 4 levels of official competition—chapter, chapter invitational, state and national—and 4 unofficial online practice competitions. The competition is comprised of 4 rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. However, Team and Countdown Rounds will not be conducted officially in the 2020-2021 Competition Series until the national level.

The Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) sponsors both regional and state competitions every year for the nationwide MATHCOUNTS program (www.mathcounts.org). MATHCOUNTS is a national competition for students in 6th through 8th grade. Regional and state competitions are held in February and March, along with a final national competition in May. MATHCOUNTS offers exciting programs for students who not only love math, but fear math as well. The programs are designed to engage students of all ability levels in fun and challenging ways that are sometimes not possible within the structure of a math classroom.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Online Engineers Week Kickoff and Awards Presentation

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89088389264?pwd=NUhHL1BSMXU5Y0EzdzIyMDM4RmFHZz09

Meeting ID: 890 8838 9264

Passcode: 540595

Audio by phone: 312-626-6799

Speaker: Brian Sullivan, FedEx Pilot & MD11 Fleet Standards Manager, MD11 Fleet Operations During the Pandemic

Sponsoring Organization: The Engineers’ Club of Memphis                     Website: http://www.engineersclubofmemphis.com

Proclamations from the City and County Mayors will be read; Featured Engineering and Engineering Technology Students from Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and the University of Memphis will be recognized; Featured Engineers from local engineering organizations will be recognized; and the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council Award of Excellence will be presented.

2021 MEMPHIS-AREA ACTIVITIES (Continued)

Friday, February 19, 2021 – Online Ethics Presentation (1 PDH)

Note: Order of the Engineer will not be held this year.

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Meeting Link: : http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jonqx86ab&oeidk=a07ehjepf1680e7b281

Speaker: 2021 National ASCE President-Elect Dennis D. Truax, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, F.NSPE, F.ASCE will speak on “Engineering a New Code of Ethics” https://source.asce.org/get-to-know-asce-2021-president-elect-dennis-truax/

Cost for PDH certificate: Free

Sponsoring Organization: American Society of Civil Engineers, West TN Branch

The Order of the Engineer ceremony will not be held due to COVID-19.  However, here is some information about it.  The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States in 1970 to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the Engineer.  Participants in the Order of the Engineer Ceremony take the “Obligation of the Engineer” oath, which states an Engineer’s responsibilities to the public and to the profession.  Participants receive an Obligation Certificate and a stainless steel ring that is worn as a reminder of an Engineer’s commitment to high ethics and professionalism.  Any Engineer is eligible for induction if he or she has graduated from an ABET accredited engineering program or holds a license as a P. E.  Students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering degree programs are eligible to participate if they are within two academic terms of graduation.  There are no membership dues.  Additional information may be obtained at the Order of the Engineer website at http://www.order-of-the-engineer.org/index.html.

Saturday, February 27, 2021 – MJEC Engineers Week Student Contest Championship Round

Due to COVID-19, this year’s contest will not be held in person.  As in past years, there will be two rounds of judging.  The deadline to participate is the end of the day Friday, February 12, 2021. The First Round of judging will determine which projects advance to the Championship Round. Schools will be notified no later than Monday, February 22, 2021.  The Championship Round will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021.

For the First Round, teams will submit their projects in pdf format, preferably with pictures. Judges will review the projects and determine which will advance to the Championship Round.

The Championship Round will be conducted via on-line Zoom meetings.  Teams will be assigned a 10-minute time slot.  Students will present their projects in no more than 4 minutes and the remaining time will be used for questions from the judges, local professionals from many different engineering disciplines.

Sponsoring Organization: Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council

Contact: Renee Stoll email rstoll@fisherarnold.com

The Engineers Week Student Contest is an opportunity for middle and high school students to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by working on concept projects designed to improve our quality of life.  Judging criteria include benefit to society, creativity, feasibility, and presentation. Monetary awards are given to the winning students and schools.

Volunteers are needed to judge the Student Contest, both the First Round, February 13 – February 21, and the Championship Round on February 27.

Contact Renee if interested.

Engineers Week Banquet, sponsored by TSPE, will not be held in February this year.

STEMology Memphis, sponsored by NSBE, will not be held in February this year.

Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will host a Virtual Career Fair as part of 2021 Engineers Week, (February 21–27, 2021) a week-long event founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 and dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.   There is no charge for students or employers to participate but advanced registration is required. If your company is interested in participating, please contact Shelia Moses at srmoses@memphis.edu

This Month’s Region 3 Meetings

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Click Here For List

SoutheastCon 2021 – Now a Full Virtual Event

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

SoutheastCon 2021, originally scheduled as a face-to-face conference in Atlanta, GA on 10 – 14 MAR 2021, will now be a fully virtual, due to uncertainties in travel and meeting restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full virtual event will take place on the same days and times as the scheduled physical event, 10 – 14 MAR 2021.

Technical papers will be presented by the authors in a live streaming format and audience participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. A change this year for the Technical section is that we will be using EDAS as our paper submission and registration software. This will hopefully alleviate delays which occurred in previous years in getting papers uploaded to IEEE Xplore.

The Deadline for the Call for Papers for SoutheastCon 2021 has been extended. (https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/wp-content/uploads/sites/213/Flyer-SEC_V5_deadline-extended.pdf) The new dates are now available on the conference website. Please visit our website at https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/call-for-submission/call-for-papers/ to upload your papers to the EDAS portal.

The student hardware competition will still be a hardware competition. Teams will compete from their respective schools via live synchronous streaming.

Please take a moment to explore the SoutheastCon 2021 program at our website https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/ and plan on joining us on our virtual journey next March.

Region 3 Awards

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Region 3 Awards nomination deadline is December 1st.   Nominations, endorsements and evaluations are handled on-line at the Region 3 Awards and Recognition Portal. Please visit https://ieee.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/259/home today!  Nominating someone doesn’t take long.  Review the purpose of each award below, ask the nominee to help provide the information you need, and submit your nominations.  Feel free to contact me, the Region 3 Awards and Recognitions Chair, with your questions at R3-awards@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.

IEEE Council on RFID – Educational Mega-Challenge 2020

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

The IEEE Council on RFID is pleased to announce that we will once again be running our Educational Mega-Challenge as a part of the 14th Annual International Conference on RFID. This year’s topic, It’s RAINing IoT, will concentrate on the integration of RAIN (UHF) RFID into an Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Undergraduate and graduate student teams are invited to submit solutions that use IoT to address technical, social, or economic problems or issues. The projects must have RAIN RFID as a component of the solution, but the RAIN RFID component does not have to be the centerpiece. Proposals can be a part of ongoing research, a completely new concept or a variant of another proposal or solution.

Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC on February 7, 2020, and should be in the form of a response to an RFP. See the webpage (2020.ieee-rfid.org/crfidmega/) for details on judging and submissions. The three finalist teams will be invited to present in person at the Conference in the RFID Journal Live Awards Theater where one member will give a 3 minute, single slide presentation of their solution.

Teams must have at least one IEEE student member and one IEEE senior member (as an advisor/mentor). Teams are encouraged to be multi-disciplinary and can be comprised of students from up to two institutions (community colleges, 4-year colleges/universities). Thanks to our generous sponsors, the three finalist teams will receive funding to help defray the costs of travel to the conference (exact amount will be dependent upon the final level of sponsorship that is obtained), but the winning team will receive approximately 1/2 of the funding and the runner-ups will receive approximately one-quarter each).

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Mega-Challenge chair, Dr. Kevin Berisso at megachallenge@ieee-rfid.org or kberisso@memphis.edu.

IEEE Blockchain Memphis

Monday, January 14th, 2019

The IEEE Blockchain Initiative

The IEEE Blockchain Initiative started in January 2018. It is the hub for all IEEE blockchain projects and activities. The local IEEE blockchain groups are informal groups with support from the local parent section. The groups serve as a forum for professional networking, learning, and growth for IEEE members in the rapidly emerging blockchain field. https://blockchain.ieee.org/

The IEEE Memphis Blockchain Group will organize technical meetings and events covering start-of-the-art blockchain technology and applications. It will invite speakers from academia and industries as it builds a speaker list in Memphis. It will connect with other organizations that are actively working in the blockchain space.

Blockchain is over the hype cycle. As pilots reach maturity and consortia are in full swing, the need for trusted standards is greater than ever to advance the adoption of blockchain technology. The IEEE Memphis blockchain group will bring awareness to the tremendous opportunities offered within IEEE to be part of building the future of this technology.

BiTA appoints IEEE for standards: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/blockchain/bita-to-use-ieee-standards

Join us at our inaugural meeting on January 17th at 6:00pm at the new CommuniTech Research Park at 460 S. Highland St. Please RSVP at http://ieeememphisblockchain.eventbrite.com/.