The New Orleans Section will host the 2015 IEEE Region 5 (R5) Annual meeting to be held this year. It will take place April 17-19, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans. Region 5 has about 25,500 members of all levels and represents 7% of the world-wide IEEE membership. The Region comprises 26 local sections, 186 technical society chapters, and 102 University/College student branches. The Region 5 meeting is structured as a weekend event and includes the Region 5 Student Competitions, Student Professional Activities Conference (SPACs) and the annual Region 5 business meeting. All sections are encouraged to send a voting delegate to the R5 meeting and expenses will be paid by the Region.
The R5 Business meeting, held mainly on Saturday April 18 and if needed on and a Section Training Session on Sunday April 19, will cover a wide range of topics including Officer Reports, Finances, Educational Activities, Membership Development, Affiliate Group Reports (Women In Engineering – WIE, Graduates Of the Last Decade – GOLD now Young Professionals), Professional Activities Committee for Engineers (PACE) support, and updates on overall IEEE leadership directions.
The Region 5 Student competitions, held on Saturday April 18, include Circuit Design, Ethics, Robotics, Student Paper (undergraduate) and Standards Development (New contest for 2015) events. We expect a robust representation of students from Universities and Colleges in our region. For example, we expect over 30 Student Robotics teams competing; while the competition will be held on Saturday, the teams will start assembling Friday evening.
This annual event is to be capped by a Saturday evening Awards banquet that will feature a guest speaker, and recognition of students and team competition winners and outstanding IEEE individuals and programs across the 26 R5 local sections.
J. Derald Morgan,
Region 5 Director