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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 ( 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.

November 21st, 2019

IEEE Region 3 is pleased to announce two more offerings for its member-direct 2019 Fall Webinar Series.

** Saturday, November 23, 2019: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST — So you want to be an Entrepreneur? **

This talk explores some of the myths and misconceptions of a startup business and provides some personal advice. The talk addresses the early stages of forming a startup and is not a comprehensive guide but a primer on forming a startup and charting a course to success.

Working on a startup is a lot of work and requires dedication; there is no way around that fact. However, it is not necessarily arduous; because if you approach it with the proper strategy, it will be an exhilarating experience full of joy and personal growth. With the right level of expectations, and a clear view to the challenges ahead, working to start your own business is invigorating and rewarding.

Presenter: Richard Toftness

Register: Use the link (next) to register and receive connection information for the event.

** Thursday, December 5, 2019: 7:00 to 8:15 PM EST — How to Ace your next Technical Presentation **

The ability to give a great technical presentation is a powerful tool in business. During a career spanning over 30 years in the field of technology, Bob Swarner has seen many presentations; both good and bad. In this webinar, Bob Swarner, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and past Director for Toastmasters in South Carolina (D58), will share his proven tips and tricks to help you ace your next technical presentation!

Presenter: Bob Swarner

Register: Use the link (next) to register and receive connection information for the event.

November 21st, 2019

IEEE SoutheastCon is the annual IEEE Region 3 Technical, Professional, and Student Conference, and will be held at Raleigh Marriott City Center and Raleigh Convention Center on March 12-15, 2020. The conference theme For SoutheastCon 2020 is “Engineering Vision 2020 – The Future is Bright”. We look forward to an exciting IEEE SoutheastCon 2020 and hope that our innovations will enhance your technology experience. We also hope that you will be able to find time before or after the conference to enjoy the many exciting experiences that the Raleigh area has to offer. SoutheastCon brings together Computer Scientists, Electrical, and Computer Engineering professionals, faculty and students to share the latest information through technical sessions, tutorials, and exhibits. It is the most influential conference in Region 3 for promoting awareness of the technical contributions made by our profession to the advancement of engineering science and to the community. As usual, attendance and technical program participation from areas outside IEEE Region 3 are encouraged and welcomed.

IEEE SoutheastCon 2020 invites prospective authors to submit their original technical work on any aspects of engineering, science, and technology of current interest to the conference. Topic areas appropriate for technical program submissions include, but are not limited to, the following six tracks:

Power System Engineering
Communications and Signals Processing
Automation and Control
Advanced Computing and Computer Applications
Sensor Systems & IoT

For details see

SoutheastCon 2020 Proceedings will be published by the Conference Publishing Services (CPS) of IEEE. All the presented papers are to be submitted to the IEEE Xplore.


This year, IEEE SoutheastCon 2020 will distinguish regular from poster papers; a regular paper appears as a complete work in the proceedings and is presented in a technical session at the conference, whereas a poster is published only as a 2-page extended abstract and less formally presented as a poster. At least one author for each accepted paper/poster must register as an author for, attend, and present the work at IEEE SoutheastCon 2020. All paper submissions will be checked for plagiarism and fully peer reviewed (targeting at least 3 reviews per paper).

Submitted Papers should describe original work that has not been submitted (or accepted) for publication elsewhere. They will be evaluated based on their scientific and technical contribution, originality, and relevance. Submissions of regular research papers must be in the PDF format (IEEE 2-column, no more than 8 pages).


Full Paper Submission Deadline : December 20, 2019
Extended Abstract for poster submission Deadline : December 20, 2019
Tutorial Submission : January 7, 2020
Notification to Authors : Rolling Review Process. Final Notification January 10, 2020
Publication-ready Version : January 15, 2020
Author Registration Deadline : January 10, 2020

Note to Authors: Submitted papers reviewed on rolling review basis allowing early notification to authors, particularly international authors requiring INVITATION LETTER FOR VISA to arrange for their travel.


Covering Expenses for Paper Presentation & Publication
Please read carefully the following information concerning the registration procedure that is presented in the Author Instructions, especially if you are the prospective presenter of an accepted paper or if you need to guarantee inclusion of your accepted paper in the proceedings. An accepted paper will be published in the program and proceedings only if the full-fee registration payment for one of the authors is received and correctly processed by January 10, 2020 – no exceptions. In addition, the author must attend the conference and present the paper. Papers that are not presented will not be published. No exceptions.

Only an author registration at the full IEEE member or non-member rate are allowed to cover the presentation & publication of an accepted paper. To qualify for IEEE member rates, the membership number must be provided in the registration form. The student registration rates do NOT qualify for the publication of an accepted paper. If the author registering to cover the paper publication is a student, he/she has to pay the appropriate IEEE member or non-member fee. IEEE Members (e.g., Students, Life Members of the IEEE) cannot use the discounted rates to cover the publication of an accepted paper and will have to pay the full author registration fee.

One author registration will cover the publication expenses of only ONE accepted paper. Authors presenting up to 2 additional papers without a co-author registered at the full author rate are required to pay a surcharge of $100 USD for each additional paper. Authors presenting more than 3 papers must pay an additional full author registration fee for the 4th paper, $100 USD for the 5th, etc. For each additional accepted paper associated to the same registration, a $100 USD fee will be charged. In the case no registration has been received and correctly processed to cover the paper publication, the conference organizers will contact the authors before the paper is removed from the proceedings.

Additional info:

With Kindest Regards!

Parag Upadhyay, PhD, Senior Member – IEEE

November 7th, 2019

CLICK HERE form more info and to register.

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.

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 ( 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 or

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;

To register and get connection information:

October 11th, 2019

Region 3 Awards: Deadline is December 1st

Go to:

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

  • 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 and sign up for an account today!


Kristin Bing
IEEE Region 3 Awards Chair

September 13th, 2019

The University of Memphis Student Branch invites you to a Tour of the Mitsubishi Electric Power Products facility (2865 Riverport Rd, Memphis, TN 38109) for a tour on Oct 11 at 2pm.


June 4th, 2019

Brandy Washington (CBU -ECE ’20)) and Mason Cowing (U of M IEEE) submitted an entry to the 13th annual IEEE/RFID International Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona and finished in the top three in the Mega-Challenge. The rules for the competition were to pick a city and think of a problem that could be solved using RFID technology. As interns at R&N Systems Design – a company that deals with correctional facilities, the project that was developed revolved around the use and movement of tools in correctional facilities. The solution presented was to create a tool belt that used a Raspberry Pi Zero as a Bluetooth module, a BLE tag, LEDs, and a buzzer. These components were used to help track tools and alert users when a tool was out of range from the tool belt. A prototype was developed in which a red LED would flash and a buzzer would sound if the device was not found or out of range, and a green LED would light meaning the device was found or in range. Pictured are Brandy and Mason at the poster competition at the 13th annual IEEE/RFID International Conference.