Minutes of the IEEE Buffalo Section Board Meeting

October 17, 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, October 17, 2013,

at 6:30 p.m.




Ashish Shah, Chair

Gregory C. Koch, Vice Chair

Paul Ardounis, Secretary

James R. Bates

Mary J. Christ

Marlin R. Gillette

Judith M. Moskal

Joseph S. Ott

Norman E. Schweitzer



Praveen Iyer

Steve Rhoads


Secretary’s Note:

Call to Order 6:39pm


Review of June 2013 Minutes:

Minutes passed by motion:

            James Bates

            Paul Ardounis


Treasurer’s Report:









Committee Reports Program & Arrangements:


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

2:45 Greeting / Refreshments

30 minutes – meet & greet

30 minutes – tour

Government Run operation

Dean Morton – Guide

                Tunnel Slideshow

                Open to Q/A

John Phillips – IEEE Buffalo Member

                NYPA Submarine Inspection

                Slide Show

Niagara on the Lake Dinner

                Little Red Rooster

IEEE Hamilton Chair to Attend

49 Viewed event on FB

Limited to 50 guests


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

Dates to Choose:

                T/Th Dec 3rd/5th

                T/Th Dec 10th/12th


Kom Automation Robot Arm (Judy)

Dekter (Robot) – Programming


January 2014 – Board Meeting

            Planning - Ashish




National / Region 1 / Western Area        Update (Ashish)

            Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit

Information Technology Healthcare


Societies Chapters


Computer – New Contact Development

Control Systems – Eye on Rockets / Thrusters

Communications – Jim to send out member list

Engineering Management – none

Gold – none

Microwave Theory & Techniques – none

Antennas & Propagation – none

Power Engineering – none

Industry Applications – none


TSC – none

ASME – none


PACE – none

EPICS – none


November 8, 2013 Meeting

            Golden Plug Award –

Christopher L. Mierzwa

R1 Award – Outstanding Contribution to the Section


Old Business


Gold – No Report


Buffalo section archive – No Report


Buffalo section website – No Report


Facebook – $40 Balance


PACE – None


New Business


2014 Officers

            Jim Bates sent out notice to all members

            20 inactive life members

            Life member: Age + Membership


15% Membership Turnover / Year

150 New / 150 Leave


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

·        Purchase 5-10 laser pointers

·        Re-order cups


Call for Nominations

-          Elections in December

-          Send notice to IEEE Buffalo 2 weeks before elections

-          Greg nominated for Chair


Review Action Items

Ashish - Contact Mary on National Fuel Tour


Judy – 2014 IEEE Officers


Jim – 2014 IEEE Officers


Judy – Cups / Laser Pointers / Thank you gifts


Paul – Contact Jennifer / Kevin to Reserve Room at UB for November Meeting


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

November 14, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. [2]

The meeting adjourned at 8:12 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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