For more history on the Ozark section, see our history page at http://ethw.org/IEEE_Ozark_Section_History
Memories from John Meredith – IEEE-USA President 2007, and early member of what would become the Ozark Section
John befriended me at my first regional meeting as Chair of the Ozark Section and was eager to offer great advise as well as share memories of his time in Fayetteville. John remains very active in IEEE and Region 5 and is always a highlight at our regional meetings and events – Matt Francis, Chair, Ozark Section
I wasn’t active in the Student Branch leadership as I was pretty shy fellow during my college years. I do recall attending some branch meetings. One was a technical meeting where an Arkansas Alum from TI talked about the challenges of fabricating discrete bipolar devices. Another was an off-campus presentation by some Baldwin Piano and Organ engineers on their electronic organ manufacturing operation located southwest of Razorback Stadium. I worked for Baldwin during my college years. One of my fellow Baldwin employees was a Student Branch officer. He recruited me and a couple of others to build some Heathkit oscilloscopes for EE Department laboratories. I was more interested in amateur radio and attended most of the UofA Amateur Radio Club (W5YM) meetings. Our sponsor was an EE Professor, Walton Cannon. Dr. Cannon was a mentor to several Fayetteville High School budding EEs who were ‘hams.’ When I look back at my motivation for joining AIEE/IRE, I believe the thought that I could belong to an organization which represented EEs like Walt Cannon convinced me that I should join.
University of Arkansas HKN Chapter Petition (1958)
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