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 [1]  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




Secretary’s Note:

Call to Order 6:30pm


Review of April 2013 Minutes:


Accepted, by motion.


Treasurer’s Report:



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.


Upcoming Events



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


Societies Chapters


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)

Industry Applications - none


Old Business


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/      


LinkedIn/Facebook Update/hits

No report.


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)



New Business


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


Review Action Items



The next meeting of the Board would be held at Davis Hall, Room 230A, University at Buffalo, North Campus on June 27, 2013,

6:30pm – 8:30pm. [2]

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 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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