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 http://www.r5conferences.org/.  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 zach.s.carpenter@gmail.com.

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

Hyacinthe Aboudja at haboudja@okcu.edu.

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
Internet    http://people.mst.edu/faculty/watkins_profile.html
E-mail     steve.e.watkins@ieee.org

Collaborative Editor for Circuit Schematics

Upverter LogoA small group of electrical engineers from Toronto, Canada, are creating an collaborative editor for drawing circuit schematics. Upverter runs entirely in-browser (no need to download and install any programs), and will allow users to work on a schematic at the same time as other users. While you can’t perform any simulations on the schematics within the editor, it is very useful for prototyping and sharing your ideas. If that sounds interesting to you, go to http://upverter.com/ and sign up for a free account to try out the Beta.

For a slightly more in-depth explanation and a video interview with one of the creators, check out this IEEE Spectrum article:


NI Student Ambassador Opportunity

IEEE has partnered up with NI to make their software available to students at a highly discounted price. In addition, NI has developed a structure to allow students to become experienced in its use of LabView. One such way is to become an NI Student Ambassador. Information about this position can be found here.

If you do become the Ambassador for LSU, please let the the IEEE student branch know and also the EE Department advisers. We will work together to develop training modules for all EE students at LSU.

XSEDE Scholars Program

XSEDEIncludes travel grants for the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle, WA, on November 12 – 16, 2011!

An outstanding student opportunity in the computational sciences! Supercomputers, data collections, new tools, digital services, increased productivity for thousands of scientists around the world. Sound exciting? Apply to become an XSEDE Scholar today!

XSEDE is a five-year, $121 million project supported by the National Science Foundation that replaces and expands on the NSF’s TeraGrid project. More than 10,000 scientists used the TeraGrid to complete thousands of research projects, at no cost to the scientists. XSEDE continues that same sort of work — only in more detail, generating more knowledge, and improving our world in an even broader range of fields. You can become involved in XSEDE, too, if selected as a Scholar.

XSEDE Scholars will:

  • Attend the SC11 (supercomputing) conference in Seattle, November 12-16, 2011, through travel grants.
  • Meet other XSEDE Scholars in special sessions at SC11.
  • Participate in at least four activities with other Scholars during the year (e.g., technical training, content-based and mentoring webinars).
  • Network with leaders in the XSEDE research community.
  • Learn about research, internships, and career opportunities.

Apply now at: http://bit.ly/xsede_2011

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, September 30, 2011

Underrepresented minority undergraduate or graduate students interested in the computational sciences are especially encouraged to apply for the year-long program.

Questions about the XSEDE Scholars?

The XSEDE Scholars Program is directed by Richard Tapia and managed by Alice Fisher, Rice University. Contact Alice Fisher at afisher@rice.edu for more information.


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is supported by the National Science Foundation.

XSEDE is led by the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The partnership includes: Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, Indiana University, JüSupercomputing Centre, National Center or Atmospheric Research, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rice University, Shodor Education Foundation, Southeastern Universities Research Association, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Virginia.

Find out more about XSEDE at https://www.xsede.org/

PHP Programmer Position Available

Local 13 year old Web development firm is seeking a full time experienced PHP programmer. Applicants must have the ability to design, plan and see projects through completion. In addition, the applicant must be driven, innovative and have a thirst to learn new technology. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative.


  • Build web-based applications and websites
  • Create and maintain existing PHP codebases
  • Implement and troubleshoot programming changes and modifications
  • Prioritize tasks and multi-task in order to set and meet project deadlines
  • Work closely with graphic designers and other team members
  • Design and optimize MySQL databases
  • Perform maintenance and updates to existing websites and custom PHP-based software
  • Interact effectively with clients


  • Background in web administration
  • Understanding of CMS systems
  • At least 3 years work experience in web content and/or web applications development
  • Proficent working knowledge of the following:
  • Apache
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • HTML and CSS
  • Javascript (including AJAX techniquies and jQuery) and XML
  • Subversion and version control systems

Helpful Experience:

  • FreeBSD and/or Linux server administration
  • Cloud hosting environments
  • Understanding of back-end and hosting infrastructure, including BIND, DNS and Apache configuration

This is a full-time on-site position available immediately. Part-time and freelance consultants will not be considered for this position. Applicants must include a resume and a written summary of at least 2 completed projects-webdevelopment or custom software. If interested apply to job-g3bxb-2582032019@craigslist.org. You can find the online posting at http://batonrouge.craigslist.org/sof/2582032019.html.

Pixel Dash Studios looking for Interns

Pixel Dash StudiosPixel Dash Studios, an independent game development studio in Baton Rouge, is hiring contract programmers and programming interns.  At Pixel Dash, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of experienced professional developers on a variety of different game projects for platforms such as iOS, Android, Web, and PC.  We offer the opportunity to choose your own hours and also to work remotely.


We are looking for smart, talented individuals with exceptional programming abilities.  Whether student or professional, you must display knowledge of object oriented programming, good programming practices, and an aptitude for problem solving.  You must be able to learn new programming languages and technologies quickly as these may vary based on the needs of the project.  We do not require experience with any particular language or technology, but experience in the following will be a plus:  C#, Unity, Flash, Unreal, Objective-C, iOS, Android, Facebook SDK.  We also prefer individuals that are passionate about playing and making games.

Contact:  jobs@pixeldashstudios.com