Winter 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs in Baton Rouge

The Winter 2012 ESCC /Internet2 Joint Techs is being hosted by the Louisiana Optical Network Intitiative (LONI) at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building, C. B. Pennington Biomedical Research Center, from Sunday afternoon, January 22 through Thursday, January 26. Event URL:

If you are a student interested in networking or telecommunications, this might be worth your while attending or even submitting a proposal. Joint Techs is a highly technical conference and lets you learn a lot from peers. The added benefit is that if you are an undergraduate or graduate student, the cost of attendance is only $25!  To register, please send an email to Marie Modrell and indicate you are a student interested in attending the conference.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) – 2012 Summer Program

The NREIP application is officially open as of October 6, 2011. Please see their website for all of the details at The following changes have been made to the program this year:

Stipend increases: Undergraduate Sophomores receive $5,250.00 and Juniors and Seniors receive $7,880.00, Graduate students will receive $10,500.00

Deadline set for January 6, 2012


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Dual citizens may be accepted ONLY at Naval Research Laboratories.
Students graduating in the Spring 2012 semester are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be a Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student to apply.  If you are a freshman you may still apply but you must have reached sophomore status before starting at the lab.

Applicants should have majors relevant to the research interests of the laboratories.

Rising Sophomores now eligible to apply!!!!!!!

If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Ed Linsenmyer, 850-234-4161.


WISE seeks applications from outstanding engineering students who display evidence of leadership skills and have a keen interest in public policy. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should select a sponsoring society(s), fill out an application form, write two (2) brief essays in response to questions, arrange for two (2)faculty references, and forward an official transcript. The deadline for Summer 2012 applications is December 31, 2011.  For more info and application forms, please visit:

“…one of the best summers of my life. One which truly transformed my dreams and goals.  ….when I left D.C. I really wanted to instill in my fellow engineers the appreciation of the interaction between public policy and engineering.” — Marc Canellas, WISE 2011

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 Faces of Engineering: College Edition (Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching)

WASHINGTON (11 October 2011) — IEEE-USA is seeking applicants for Engineers Week’s new program, the “New Faces of Engineering: College Edition.” The contest is open to IEEE student members in all 10 IEEE regions.

“College Edition” is for third-, fourth- and fifth-year students enrolled in a bachelor of science engineering program at an ABET-accredited college or equivalent international institution, and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. The initiative is designed to recognize students whose academic success, contributions and experiences in engineering have them poised for future success.

The application is available on Facebook at Winners will be announced Dec. 5 and featured on the page, and their hometown and college newspapers will be notified.

Nominations opened in September and are due 21 October 2011.

“College Edition” also provides a forum for engineering students to communicate with the National Engineers Week Foundation throughout the year and to learn about academic and professional development opportunities, events, licensure exams, internships, jobs, competitions and more.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

Contact: Chris McManes
IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager

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

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 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: