Minutes of the IEEE Buffalo Section Board Meeting
May 23, 2013
A meeting of the IEEE Buffalo Section Board was held at the University at Buffalo Davis Hall, Room 230A  in Amherst, N.Y., on Thursday, May 23, 2013,
at 6:30 p.m.
Ashish Shah, Chair
Gregory C. Koch, Vice Chair
Thomas M. Heckmann, Treasurer
Christopher L. Mierzwa, Committee Director, Power Engineering, and Committee Director of Industrial Applications
James R. Bates, Committee Director of Membership Development, Committee Director of Engineering Management
Jennifer Zirnheld, Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo
Marlin R. Gillette, Former Chair, Buffalo Section, Committee Director of Microwave Theory & Techniques Society, and Antennas & Propagation Society
Norman E. Schweitzer, Committee Director, Computer Society, and Control Systems Society
Judith M. Moskal, Committee Director, Communications Society
Mary J. Christ, Committee Director of PACE
Jesuita Christ, Guest
Joseph S. Ott, Embedded Software Engineer, DSP/VoIP
Call to Order 6:30pm
Review of April 2013 Minutes:
Accepted, by motion.
Tom confirmed BeamTrek payment; approved and issued travel expense for Next Generation Weather Radar presentation; approved and issued catering expense for section board meetings.
Action item: Bonus payment for new student chapters. (Jennifer, Tom)
Committee Reports Program & Arrangements:
April 19th meeting
Marlin reported on Next Generation Weather Radar event: 40 attended course requirement; 20 attended evening presentation; which benefited Section members and SUNYAB engineering faculty and students.
Action item: Schedule event with two speakers, Rob Rubino and Tom Heckman. (Ashish)
Action item: Add event to IEEE Buffalo web pages. (Greg)
Action item: July tour of Perry’s Ice Cream Plant followed by picnic at Akron State Park. (Jim)
Action item: Schedule IEEE Buffalo group tour for Fri Aug 23 5:30 PM. (Ashish)
Action item: Schedule event with IEEE Hamilton and the Adam Beck Station. (Greg)
Action item: Schedule Lockheed field radar engineer for September presentation. (Martin)
National / Region 1 / Western Area Update None
Computer – none
Control Systems – none
Communications – none
Engineering Management – none
Gold – none
Microwave Theory & Techniques – none
Antennas & Propagation – none
Power Engineering – Announcement: TSC March 20, 2014 Joint Meeting will qualify for PE credit. (Chris)
Gold – No Report. (Paul)
Buffalo section archive – update
Action item: Schedule inspection at Akron picnic. (Judy, Greg)
Electronic storage (Google Drive): No report.
Buffalo section website – update
Joe reported on recent changes made to the IEEE Buffalo web pages at url: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r1/buffalo/
PACE – close out report status
Mary introduced her daughter and reported on PACE events; Mary was unable to attend this year’s BEAM Trek.
Ad rate for Newsletter ($25)
The newsletter ad rate was reinstated, by motion. (Greg)
Sections congress goals
· Increase member engagement.
· Improve relationships with and between members.
Discussion of the above two goals resulted in the following action:
Action item: Prepare draft membership request for member’s involvement in scheduling an IEEE Buffalo promotional tour of their own company or an affiliated company. (Jim)
· Increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.
· Enhance collaboration with other business units.
· Increase membership
· Publish events on online site
Other items - Meeting minutes after acceptance on online site
Procedure change: The publish date for Section Meeting minutes should be no earlier than the date of acceptance by board members. (Ashish, Joe)
Announcement: IDETC (Intl Design Engineering Technical Conferences) scheduled its August 2014 venue for Buffalo NY. (Ashish)
2013 IDETC information: http://www.asmeconferences.org/conference-home/IDETC-CIE.cfm
2014 IDETC venue promotion: http://files.asme.org/Divisions/DED/29583.pdf
Jennifer and Joe reported on BEAM Trek results which included engineer assignments to six (6) venues and maximum points set for each venue: first place awarded to the all-woman team from Orchard Park NY. Promotional information: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/05/037.html
6:30pm – 8:30pm. 
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Paul G. Ardounis
Last update: July 09, 2013