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Welcome to the IEEE Pikes Peak Section!

If you are new  visitor to the website, here are:  the Pikes Peak Section’s Mission, Vision and Goals;  2023 History and Achievements; and 6-minute video of Achievements during the 2019-2022 can be found here.  For more detailed information, you can find it documented at the State of the Pikes Peak Section (2019-2022).

Section Meeting Minutes can be found here.

NEW:  Please visit the following for those who are in applying AI for Increased Productivity.


 

15-16 May 2024:  UTILITY SCALE SOLAR GENERATION AT COLORADO SPRINGS UTILITIES

flyer:  Utility Scale Solar Generation at Colorado Springs Utilities 

Below is a flipbook version of the Trip Report followed with a link of the pdf file itself.

A pdf file of above report can be found here.

 


 

Title: Rise of Computing inside the Automotive DNA.

Registration link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/412846

Speaker: Sharan Kalwani, Industry Tech Expert (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharankalwani/)

Click on the images below for more details and the author’s bio.

The LinkedIn button below leads to Dr. John Santiago (webmaster), where more LinkedIn posts on Education Week topics are discussed.  Dr Santiago plans to discuss AI-generated images for engineers and small businesses who are experiencing lower margins due to increase advertising and marketing costs in various platforms.  

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27 Feb 2024: Presentation on CEUs/PDHs, Google Suite, and AI Image Generation

NOTE:  For the digital flipbook below, right click and Select option to go FULLSCREEN.

CHIPLETS SOLUTIONS FOR CUSTOM IC – Design Workshop

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Archived Events for 2019-2023 can be found here.

Dedicated Web Pages of Society Chapters

We recently added dedicated web pages for the following society chapters/groups.   Click on the blue ‘i’ on the logo image or hyperlinked text below the set of logo icons for more information.

Videos and Digital Flipbooks from Society Chapters

Based on the content generated from the Pikes Peak Section societies and groups, we also provided digital flipbooks and/or videos to the society and group pages shown below: 

Note:  Please be patient as it takes a minute or two to load the flipbooks and videos.  Some videos take time to load due to bandwidth-limited websites.


We also provided a dedicated section on the Entrepreneurial Mindset for Students and Faculty.  The multi-media content will provide graduating IEEE students a competitive edge during a job interview. The Entrepreneurial Mindset working in tandem with the technical skillset is based on the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) framework, also found at Engineering Unleashed website.  The web section that was developed contains:

Student Videos on Engineers Make A Difference | Skillset & Mindset |Student Activities | Engineering Unleashed   | IEEE & Other Videos


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18 Nov 2023, National Museum of WWII Aviation Tour Report

Right click on the digital ebook below to go “FULL SCREEN”

Combined Meeting Reports  for 25 Oct 2023 with Joint CAS/EDS Chapter and 23 Oct 2023 IEEE Pikes Peak LMAG Meeting


Download article/newsletter here.

8 August 2023 IEEE Pikes Peak Excom Meeting Report

 

The IEEE Pikes Peak Section Excom met on August 8, 6 pm, at the La Bella Vita restaurant.

The meeting was attended by 8 Excom members and 3 guests.

Name Title Email
David Bondurant Chair dbondurant@ieee.org
Gene Freeman Vice-Chair gida.woodman@gmail.com
John Santiago Past Chair, Webmaster john.santiago@ieee.org
Rich Painter Past Chair painterengr@gmail.com
Dmytro Bozhko Magnetics Society Chair dbozhko@uccs.edu
Thottam Kalkur Electron Device, Circuits & Systems Chair tkalkur@uccs.edu
Jude DePalma Student Advisor, CSU-Pueblo jude.depalma@csupueblo.edu
John Ciezki Student Advisor Air Force Academy john.ciezki@usafa.edu
Dan Donahoe Former Utah Section Chair dan@1000kilometers.com
Bailey Heyman Region 3 SYP Coordinator bailey.u.heyman@gmail.com
Julia Bluff PR, Amergint Technologies julia.bluff@amergint.com

The meeting was called to order by David Bondurant.  Initially, the group reviewed their backgrounds and involvement with IEEE with each other.

While the group was eating, David Bondurant presented information on the Section history and recent activities.  The Section started as a part of the Denver section but in 1978 became a separate Section covering Southern Colorado.  A listing of Section chairs was shown covering the 45-years of Section operation.  We reviewed the formation of Section Chapters, some Section Awards, some notable Section Chairs who went on to become IEEE-USA President.

David reviewed the current Section roster including officers, past chairs, Chapter Chairs, and Student Branch advisors.  Notably, the Power & Energy Society was not represented at this meeting and UCCS Student Branch advisors were not present because UCCS was still on vacation.

David introduced three guests.  Dan Donahoe, is the former Utah Section Chair that David had worked with representing the Computer Society.  Dan has recently moved to Colorado Springs and is working at Peterson.  Dan bring long experience with the IEEE to our group.

Bailey Heyman is the current Region 3 SYP Coordinator and a Space Force member working at Peterson.  David had met her when she was volunteering with Denver section at the R5 annual meeting.  She brings experience with SYP activities.

Julia Bluff is a PR person working for Amergint Technologies, a space technology company.  She is working on the companies outreach activities in STEM to local school districts.  Her company is engaging their engineers in STEM work.  Last year, they cooperated with District 49 on a number of STEM activities.  She is seeking to work with Pikes Peak Section to see how we could mutually serve the  K-12 community in Southern Colorado.

David showed Section statistics which show that we have 627 Professional Members.  Our Student Membership consists of 57 Students (38 Undergraduates, 19 Graduate Students).

David showed that we have 5 Society Chapters (Life Member Affinity Group, Computer Society, Power & Energy Society, Joint Electron Devices and Circuits & Systems, and Magnetic Society).  It appeared that we might have enough YP members (84) to form a YP affinity Group.  Statistics only showed that Section, LMAG, and Computer Society were very active with Magnetics & PES Chapters with some activity.

Gene Freeman (Vice-Chair) and John Reinert (Treasurer) are representing the Pikes Peak Section at Sections Congress 2023 in Ottawa, Canada this week.  A large number (over 2000) representatives from Sections around the world are expected at this meeting.

David described R5 Annual Meeting.  He had received the MGA Achievement Award, 2 members of the AFA Student Branch won awards and 1 member of the CSU-Pueblo student branch received an award.

David said that he was surprised that Pikes Peak LMAG has received the 2023 Global LMAG Achievement Award in completion with 5 other Regions of the world.  This Award carries a stipend of $2000 for future Chapter activity.  David believed that this award was an acknowledgement of the $6K grant program put together to create a Student Simulation Lab at the National Museum of WWII Aviation located at Colorado Springs airport.  The Simulation Lab will support UCCS seniors working on projects at the National Museum where they are creating interactive exhibits.  Examples were shown of 270 degree, high resolution flight simulator and a 3-D Printed Norden Bombsite already developed by students.  Our grant purchased a high performance PC with 8 high resolution monitors and a satellite Internet terminal.  This will allow development of full wall graphic displays.  One example application is a B-17 Waist Gunner simulation which a 50mm machine machined at the Museum firing on German Messerschmitt aircraft flying by the plane.

David reviewed a Future City proposal sent by Denver Section chair, Jeff Hardy.  Future City Competition is run by Discover Engineering, a Washington DC based non-profit.  It is a national competition with state-level competitions leading to a National competition.  Both Denver Section and their PES Chapter have donated $500 to this program.  David is requesting Pikes Peak support of this program.  He showed that 8 of the 42 participating schools in the state were in Southern Colorado.  Jude Depalma said that had been involved with the program from the beginning and had worked with local Pueblo middle school to implement the competition.  He recommended the program.  David said he will contact the Colorado Future City coordinator to see how we can participate.

We had an open-end discussion on how to engage students.  John Ciezki from AFA said that he was planning to involving his students in a student paper competition and would like to hold a MicroMice robotic competition at the Air Force Academy in the future.  One thought was to hold this competition at the new Visitor Center being built at the AFA North Entrance.  There was discussion of holding some future meetings on UCCS campus to engage their students in our activities.

At the end of the meeting, David explained that we lost the bid to host the 2026 Greentech Conference/R5 Annual Meeting.  The R5 committee felt that neither Pikes Peak or South Plains sections had sufficient experience to host.  Denver held the meeting this year and the Denver section holds several major conferences in Denver each year.  Pikes Peak needs to demonstrate its ability by hold a conference locally in the next few years and building a base of volunteers to support this activity.

Actions from Meeting

  1. Hold Section Meetings monthly (preferably at a single fixed location).
  2. Contact Future City Colorado to determine how our $500 donation will help and how our Section can participate in the future.
  3. Continue to engage with Amergint to see how Pikes Peak Section can support their STEM activities
  4. Hold Section Meeting at National Museum of WWII Aviation as soon as Student Simulation Lab is in place so members can see results of our Grant program and we can document results to Life Member Committee and Computer Society
David Bondurant
IEEE Pikes Peak Section Chair
IEEE Pikes Peak LMAG Chairman
IEEE Life Member Committee – LMAG Activities Coordinator

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Virtual Event Details

Are you involved with Computer Game Development? Do you know of staff or students at academic institutions who are?  If so, please share this information on this event with them so they can attend this year’s Competition.  The top 10 of this year’s entries of games submitted will compete and be judged by professionals from the Computer Game Development industry.

Building on the success of last year’s competition, this year’s is also being held in a Hybrid format! We’ll be in-person at California State University, Fullerton, and virtual in Twitch/Discord.

The IEEE GameSIG Intercollegiate Game [Developers] Competition, now in its eleventh year, is an educational outreach project of IEEE GameSIG (which is part of the Orange County IEEE Computer Society, but does not geographically limit competing teams). The purpose of this event is to help students develop and demonstrate their skills at game design, development and promotion. They are challenged to show off a playable level of a game, live, in front of an audience of experienced game industry personnel and guests (which are hoping you will join).  The Computer Society Publication Office produced a 9 minute Youtube video about a previous live Competition/Showcase which is available at 2013 IEEE Intercollegiate Game Showcase.

The competition typically attracts 30 to 50 entries, from which the top ten are chosen to present their work to the “live” audience and judges. Three primary awards are given, plus a series of special awards for unique achievements. These special awards are different each year based on the nature of what the developers are showing.  Their is also a People’s Choice Award.  More details on the competition can be found at GameSIGshowcase.org.

This year’s showcase will be hosted from the California State University, Fullerton, and held Online via Twitch.

The Twitch stream will start at 1:00 PM (PT) and end by 5:30 PM (PT).

Registered individuals will receive reminders about the Showcase as we get closer to the event, with the Twitch link provided the night before the Showcase.  The Twitch stream will be public.

Suggested Attendance fee is $25.00 for in-person attendance; there is no charge for virutal attendance, and for students, the under-employed, judges, staff and invited guests.

For those qualifying for free attendance, select “Regular Ticket – 0 USD” as the “Registration Fee”.
For credit card sponsorship and support, payment can be found as ticketing options at registration check-out.
For sponsorship payments, we’ll contact you to acknowledge and verify processing. If unsure, please contact us.
Support in check-form are preferred to avoid processing fees.
For inquiries and larger sponsorship or support, contact us for more information at gamesigshowcase@gmail.com

Competition details at: http://gamesigshowcase.org/

The web of interconnections between today’s technology and society is upending many traditional ways of doing things:

The internet of thingsbitcointhe sharing economy, and connected autonomous vehicles are increasingly in the public mind.

As such, computer scientists and engineers must be increasingly conscious of the interplay between the technical performance of their systems and the personal objectives of users, customers, and adversaries.

Dr Brown will present recent work studying the design tradeoffs faced by a planner who wishes to influence and optimize the behavior of a group of self-interested individuals.

A key goal is to balance the potential benefits of implementing a given behavior-influencing scheme with its potential costs; seeking to systematically avoid schemes which are likely to create perverse incentives.

Dr. Brown will explore these concepts in two contexts: routing of autonomous vehicles in mixed-autonomy transportation networks and decision design for communication-denied distributed multiagent systems.

He will ask “when is altruism good?” through the lens of the Price of Anarchy and a new conceptual framework that is termed the “Perversity Index,” which captures the potential harm that an incentive scheme may cause.

Ultimately, this work seeks to develop foundations for a theory of robust socially-networked systems which leverages the decision processes of automated components to enhance overall system reliability and performance.

  • Dr Philip Brown: When is “Altruism” good in distributed decision-making?

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Utility Scale Solar Generation at Colorado Springs Utilities - Pikes Peak Section on 15-May-2024

Pike Solar is the largest solar facility in the Coloado Springs Utilities electric system, consisting of 400,000 photovoltaic panels. Through our Power Purchase Agreement with Juwi, we are able to use [...]

Abstract:  The built environment has a data problem. The buildings, cities, water treatment plants, and other human-made systems produce more data now than ever before, opening new possibilities of using [...]

Abstract: Cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as robots and self-driving cars, demand rigorous scheduling to prevent failure, where every millisecond of processing time can be critical. These systems often rely on [...]

Although unique potentials of terahertz waves for chemical identification, material characterization, biological sensing, and medical imaging have been recognized for quite a while, the relatively poor performance, higher costs, and [...]

Unleash Your Potential: AI-driven Productivity & Workflow Strategies - Pikes Peak Section on 25-April-2024

  Real-world examples of examples and demos in using AI-assisted tools are introduced to increase your productivity.  These tools include actual use of these AI-assisted tools during education week to [...]