IEEE Spark inspires young students

IEEE Spark

If you are a middle or high school student, or know someone who is, be sure to check this website out!

IEEE Spark is an online publication intended to inspire students ages 14-18 to learn more about engineering, technology, and computing, and raise excitement about careers in these disciplines. IEEE Spark features articles on technological innovation, university preparation tips, professional career profiles, at-home activities, cartoons, and more! IEEE Spark is brought to you by IEEE with generous funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee.

XSEDE Student Engagement Program

The XSEDE Student Engagement Program is seeking undergraduate and
graduate students for a 10-week project experience for this summer.
Working with XSEDE researchers and staff, students will make meaningful
contributions to research, development and systems projects that benefit
the national scientific and computational community. In exchange,
students will be provided with travel support for project orientation
and to attend the XSEDE’12 conference in Chicago, IL in July, and a
small stipend.

Projects for 2012 address a wide variety of computational needs. Most of
the projects allow students to work remotely (from their home or home
institution), although some require the student to be onsite at their
supervisor’s institution. All projects will have well-defined work
plans, established collaboratively at the orientation meeting. Students
are also expected to participate in surveys and other evaluation
activities, to help XSEDE track the effectiveness and impact of the program.

Available projects are listed at To apply, complete
the form below and email your current resume and current academic
transcripts to Your application will not be
considered until all material has been received.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2012
Interviews: April 9-16 (via conference calls)
Student Notification: April 23
Orientation:  May 29-June 1 (location(s) to be determined)
XSEDE’12: July 16-20 (Chicago, IL)

Questions can be send to

Microsoft Imagine Cup – Ideas for Senior Design

This is the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition. For a decade, students have shown the world their innovative solutions to help improve and change the lives of people around the globe. This year, we’re celebrating by making joining the Imagine Cup community even more fun and rewarding.

For more information, please visit

Region 5 Student Competitions

Every year, IEEE Region 5 offers students in the region the opportunity to compete in different activities. They include a paper competition, ethics, and robotics competition. This is a great opportunity for you to get some cash and represent your alma mater. For more information and rules, please visit:

Location: Tulsa, OK

Date: April 21, 2012

For funding requests, contact your Electrical Engineering Chair Dr. Ajmera and request funds from Student Government. Good Luck!


The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) at Indiana University is pleased to announce the 2012 Summer of Networking internship program. The 10-week program offers:

Hands-on experience in cyberinfrastructure projects such as:
Advanced networking
Network Security
Programming for OpenFlow networks
Real-world training from industry-leading networking professionals
Professional development via a fundamentals course and seminar series
Housing and a $2,000 stipend

Application deadline: February 24, 2012

For more information, visit:

Knovel University Challenge

The 2011 season of the Knovel University Challenge started breaking records almost instantly. After the first month, 3 schools had already qualified for the contest-within-the-contest, a reward for schools with outstanding participation of 100 individual student entries or more, guaranteeing an iPod Nano prize. As of this week, there are more than 5200 total entries from over 400 universities worldwide. Students are playing easy, medium and hard difficulty levels to test their knowledge! For an update on how the contest is shaping up, check out the leaderboard below.

  • University of Arkansas 1,032
  • Oklahoma State University at Stillwater 645
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) 500
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) 231
  • University of Alberta 144
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 140

It’s not too late to ramp up the Challenge at your school— Feel free to drive students and professors to the official contest page, to the contest banner showing at the top of your Knovel account, and share the contest from our Facebook page.

New Officers!!!

Congratulations to our newly elected officers! May they forge a path to a better and brighter future for our IEEE Student Branch.

  • Bradley Martin – Vice President
  • Anthony Tanios – Engineering Council Liaison
  • Katherine Blackburn – Education Outreach Chair

IEEE Day Photo Contest: Please Vote!

It is the second time in history when all engineers worldwide are going to celebrate the IEEE Day. As a leading organization IEEE defines standards and directions in technology but as a leader, it is also responsible for future generations of engineers. Thus, this year the theme of the IEEE Day will be focused on “Empowering Members to Create the Future”.

In the same spirit, our group has decided to share some pictures with the world of recent activites we have participated in. At the same time, here is a chance to help your student chapter win the IEEE Day Photo contest. It’s simple! All you have to do is log in using your IEEE account. Then  “Like” the pictures from the LSU student branch . The link to the gallery to submit your vote follows:

Thanks for the support, and be sure to check out for more information!

2012 Robotics Competition Rules are Out


The Region 5 IEEE Annual Meeting and Student Conference is 19-20 April in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Information will again be posted to  I will place these main rules in the IEEE On-line Community as well.  The Robotics Rules have been finalized and they are here. If you have any technical question or need for rules interpretation, please contact

Zachary Carpenter at

For all other matters related to the robotic competition please contact the robotics chair,

Hyacinthe Aboudja at

A FAQ webpage will be created on the conference site for responses to questions and for updates. Note that the conference will also include a circuits competition, a student ethics competition, and the student papers finals.  All competitions and events will be placed on the conference site.

Dr. Steve Watkins
R5 Student Activities Coordinator

Professor and Associate Chair for EE Undergraduate Studies

121 Emerson Electric Co. Hall
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology
301 W. 16th Street
Rolla, Missouri 65409-0040
Telephone  573-341-6321       Fax  573-341-4532