Minutes of the IEEE Buffalo Section Board Meeting

September 26, 2013


A meeting of the IEEE Buffalo Section Board was held at the University at Buffalo Davis Hall, Room 230A [1]  in Amherst, N.Y., on Thursday, September 26, 2013,

at 6:30 p.m.




Ashish Shah, Chair

Gregory C. Koch, Vice Chair

Thomas M. Heckmann, Treasurer

Paul Ardounis, Secretary

James R. Bates

Mary J. Christ

Marlin R. Gillette

Philip M. Henderson II

Judith M. Moskal

Joseph S. Ott



Secretary’s Note:

Call to Order 6:30pm


Review of June 2013 Minutes:

Remove titles from board member names.

Minutes passed by motion:

            Tom Heckmann

            James Bates


Treasurer’s Report:


Tom reviewed accounting balances.







Committee Reports Program & Arrangements:


Summer Social - July

Dock at the Bay – Thursday, July 18th

15 members attended

Very nice event


August Meeting

Tonawanda Engine Plant Tour


September Meeting

Yahoo Tour – September 19th

30 people attended

26 attended dinner

Very secure facility

UB was represented

Mohawk Valley Chair / Students present

Technical tour

Infrastructure / Building / Power

Yahoo – 120+ employees

1 million circular discs (servers)

More people wanted to attend









Upcoming Events


October Meeting

Big Becky Tour (Greg) – October 26, 2013

Impact of Big Becky will be discussed

Niagara on the Lake Dinner


November Meeting

                Speaker from Purdue University (Marlin)

                Dr. Douglas Gotham – Energy Storage

                November 8th

                Thursday / Friday Event at UB

1.       UB Students @ 3pm

2.       Holiday Inn at NFB @ 6pm


Abstract to Marlin / UB / IEEE



UB – Air Fare

IEEE Buffalo – 2 nights Hotel

Other Travel – 50/50 UB/IEEE


December Meeting


Stanford University Skype (Marlin)

Backup PowerPoint over phone



Kom Automation Robot Arm (Judy)

Dekter (Robot) – Programming



National / Region 1 / Western Area        Update (Ashish)




Societies Chapters


Computer – none

Control Systems – none

Communications – none

Engineering Management – none

Gold – none

Microwave Theory & Techniques – James J. Whalen, remove from Newsletter


Antennas & Propagation – none


Power Engineering – none


Industry Applications – none


TSC – March 20, 2014 Meeting (Judy)

ASME – Conference IEDC Meeting (Judy)


PACE – Consultants Training Session in Chicago – October 26, 2013 ($40 + Travel)


EPICS – Projects with High Schools

-          Grants $3-4K

-          Buffalo / Amherst

-          Proposal needed for 10 weeks

-          ~ 1hr/week – 25 kids

-          10 projects


Old Business


Gold – Forms provided by Judy; recruiters


Buffalo section archive – No Report


Buffalo section website – No Report


LinkedIn/Facebook – No Report


PACE – None


New Business


2014 Officers

·         Jim Bates – Collect names for IEEE Buffalo Section nominations

·         Joe – Voting online

·         October Meeting have volunteers for Board

Advertise RAM Consulting Software in IEEE Buffalo Newsletter for Sale

·         Sandy Mathisen requested

·         Arc/Fault Calculation Software

·         1st – Selling Software Legal?


1st Motion by Judy for donation to Bob Mathisen’s Church in his Memory

2nd Motion – Greg

Abstain from voting – Tom Heckmann

 $100 to Church of Nativity


Need to acquire more laser pointers and cups for guest speakers. (Judy)

·         Purchase 5-10 laser pointers

·         Re-order cups


Review Action Items

Judy – Online Paying: vline


Greg – Big Becky Flyer


Marlin – Stanford Skype


Mary – EPICS


Judy – IEEE Award for Chris


Jim – Nominations for 2014 IEEE Board


Judy – Cups / Laser Pointers / Thank you gifts


Tom – Memorial Fund Donation: Bob Mathesin


The next meeting of the Board would be held at Davis Hall, Room 230A, University at Buffalo, North Campus on

October 17, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. [2]

The meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.


Paul G. Ardounis

  1. The Buffalo Section Meeting was held at Davis Hall, Room 230A, Amherst, NY: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/building?id=davis.  Return to text
  2. The Buffalo Section Meeting will be held at Davis Hall, Room 230A, Amherst, NY: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/building?id=davis.  Return to text

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