Region 3 Members,

This is your Monthly Member Communication – April 2021 Edition

Well Hello Folks! Hopefully you all have enjoyed an awesome Spring Break.  My family enjoyed a road trip throughout several states and saw lots of amazing sites in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and back to Alabama.  I was able to tell the kids about the awesome wind turbine farms while passing through Illinois and Iowa.  It was a beautiful site of hundreds of giant wind turbines spinning and generating power for the local cities.  Lots of STEM education on road trips, which makes me proud to be in the IEEE.  Please browse through the announcements and virtual technical meetings below to see what’s going on in Region 3. Make sure you share the invites and attend with a few of your friends and colleagues!

April 2021 – Region 3 Upcoming Virtual Meetings & Announcements

Announcement: To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the IEEE MOVE disaster relief vehicle, an online townhall meeting/5th year celebration was presented on March 16, 2021. To learn more about MOVE and those involved in this initiative, please check out the on demand video of that meeting here:   or the website:

Announcement: Is your section, chapter, or student branch interested in doing an IEEE project?   Region 3 may be able to help with funding.   Get details here under Pandemic Funding:

Announcement: Watch for the Region 3 Virtual booth at Sections Congress training on April 10, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm EDT.  Learn more about doing projects in Region 3.  For more details, email:

Thursday – April 1st, 2021 (11:55am – 1:10pm EST) Jacksonville Section

AI & A/IS Quality: Integrating Development Methodology & Ethics Processes, By: Robert Hobbs

Previously, we identified Ethical frameworks and their benefits to development.  Today we will outline an approach to integrate an ethical framework into an Agile methodology. Including ethical requirements with functional requirements allows the product owner to review diverse requirements to prioritize development needs for the business properly. Including bias issues and other ethics bugs with features allows the teams to have visibility of all issues to include how they may interact. While Ethical compliance does mandate some additional processes and roles, minimizing the ethics-specific items maximizes the team’s ability to maintain signs of all the issues and weaknesses associated with the A/IS efforts.

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Monday – April 5th, 2021 (4:00pm – 5:00pm CST) Alabama Section

Modernization of Control Systems, By: Bob Slawson

Present day control systems are islands of their own. Future control systems are moving towards connected enterprises that make use of the information in our systems.

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Tuesday – April 6th, 2021 (12:00pm – 1:00pm EST) Jacksonville Section

JTA: What it takes to run a Fleet of Autonomous Vehicles, By: William Frazer, JTA/Dir. of Automation/Testing

In 2020, JTA took the next step in fielding a fleet of autonomous vehicles to meet the transportation needs of the Jacksonville and Duval county’s citizens. The JTA has been working on autonomous vehicles as part of the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) program since 2017. The Olli 2.0 vehicles are part of U2C larger program to both reach rider locations while repurposing the Skyway and other facilities. The Olli’s and facilities will be part of a 10-mile urban transit network. Operating autonomous vehicles requires extensive planning and preparation. William Frazer, Director of Automation & Quality, and his team at JTA have will provide an overview of the Olli’s and their operational processes. Focal areas for the discussion include planning for power demands and automation services.

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Wednesday – April 7th, 2021 (7:00pm – 8:30pm EST) GRSS Melbourne, Florida

GRS and AP/MTT – Deriving Actionable Insights from Remote Sensing Data in Agriculture, By: Dr. Keely Roth

In this seminar, we will cover a few of the major areas of application for remote sensing-based solutions in precision farming, as well as the challenges each of these pose. We will look at several examples of industry-based solutions and their implementations in different regions of the world. We will also discuss cutting-edge, newly-developed imaging technologies and how they might be used to advance agricultural applications of remote sensing in the coming years.

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Thursday – April 8th, 2021 (4:00pm – 5:00pm CST) Alabama Section, Computer Society

Autonomous and Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems and the Era of Big Data, By: Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle

This talk describes autonomous and intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and how the availability of experimental testbeds in CPS has enabled discoveries applicable for societal-scale systems.

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Wednesday – April 14th, 2021 (12:00pm – 1:00pm CST) Bogota, WIE Jamaica Section

WIE Jamaica Webinar Series #1 – Intro to the Intellectual Property Office of Jamaica, By: JIPO

The WIE Jamaica Affinity Group in collaboration with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) presents a series of Webinars on Intellectual Property and their service. The first Webinar will be focused on an introduction of the Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) and briefly introduce services relating to Trade Marks, Design and Geographical Indications, Copyright GDA and Patent.

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Thursday – April 15th, 2021 (6:00pm – 8:00pm CDT) Northwest Florida Section

Careers in Technology, By: Michael Viron

This event will feature a moderated Q&A with a 2-person panel, and explore such topics as what you need to know to enter (or re-enter) the technology field, ways to learn or gain experience between jobs or while you are still a student, and lessons that the panelists have learned during their long careers.

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Thursday – April 15th, 2021 (11:55am – 1:10pm EST) Jacksonville Section

AI & A/IS Quality: Demonstration of Applying an Ethical Framework to Face Recognition By: Robert Hobbs

After the earlier presentations on Ethics Frameworks and integration with Agile, today we will demonstrate an approach using an Ethical framework in an Agile development methodology. We will step through an ethical framework and development methodology for a notional Face Recognition application for consumer smartphones. We will work through the processes to select a framework, identify stakeholders, and determine the organizational changes required.

Within the teams’ Agile development methodologies, the ethical factors will drive additional product features and testing requirements. The presentation will show how a team could use Jira to provide visibility and accountability throughout the A/IS lifecycle.

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Friday – April 16th, 2021 (4:00pm – 6:00pm EST) Florida West Coast Section

Propane – A Low Carbon Solution for the Future, By: Gokul Vishwanathan

In this talk, the speaker will provide an overview of the advantages of using propane as a low carbon fuel source for several applications including distributed generation, microgrids, medium-duty vehicles, and as a complement for renewables in stationary and transportation applications. In addition, emerging propane technologies (e.g. renewable propane) will be presented.

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Thursday – April 22nd, 2021 (9:00am – 10:00am CST) Bogota, WIE Jamaica Affinity Group

Be Empowered and Shine!, By: Women In Engineering (WIE) Jamaica

The WIE Jamaica Affinity Group will host a motivational talk to Girls in High Schools in Jamaica to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2021. Speakers will share their experience on their journey within their career to the girls as we celebrate international Girls in ICT day.

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Thursday – April 29th, 2021 (11:00am – 1:00pm EST) Atlanta Section

Live Webinar EW101: Introduction to Electronic Warfare, By: Dave Adamy, Adamy Engineering

This webinar provides insight into the whole electronic warfare field at the systems and operational level. It uses little math beyond algebra, yet the sources of important propagation and jamming equations are made amply clear. All information needed to understand the material is explained and included in the text. Both the webinar and the slides avoid deep mathematical coverage, explaining all concepts in practical, physical terms.

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Thursday – April 29th, 2021 (6:30pm – 7:30pm EDT) Coastal South Carolina Section

Tips and Tricks for Continuous Learning, By: Derik Pack

Learning should be a constant in your career, but it can be a challenge to find the time to invest in yourself. Come to this event to explore new ways to make learning a regular practice in your daily life and great learning resources you may not know you can access.

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Monday – May 10th – 14th, 2021 (8:00am – 6:00pm EST, All Day Conference) Atlanta Section

2021 IEEE Radar Conference, Hosted By: Multiple Technical Speaker’s

The virtual 2021 IEEE Radar Conference will be hosted by the IEEE Atlanta Section and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). This conference promises an engaging program through lectures chosen from hundreds of submissions, plenary talks, the radar summer school, a diverse set of tutorials, an exciting radar challenge, a Women in Engineering (WIE) discussion on “Being the First”, and a new government and industry panel session! In addition, there will be opportunities to learn more about the IEEE Young Professionals, schedule appointments with exhibitors, and network in this virtual environment. The rich technical program, themed under Radar on the Move, will include topics in radar systems, subsystems, techniques, technology, applications, phenomenology, and signal processing.

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Tuesday – May 18th, 2021 (11:00am – 1:00pm EST) Atlanta Section

Live Webinar: Radar Electronic Protection, By: Dave Adamy, Adamy Engineering

This webinar covers Radar Electronic Protection techniques used in modern threats (unclassified) focusing on their impact upon the way we intercept and jam threat radars. It starts with a discussion of the one-way communication link (including how to use the slide rule, which will be provided) and then reviews important jamming techniques. Finally, it covers the important Electronic Protection techniques. Because of classification, the techniques will be discussed technically – not related to specific threat radars except as discussed in open literature.

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Thursday – May 20th, 2021 (6:00pm – 7:00pm EST) Northwest Florida Section

Careers in Technology: Startup 101, Lessons Learned, By: Michael Viron

This event will cover lessons learned over the last 25 years of starting organizations and businesses, and ways that you can get a technology company off the ground for less.

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Friday – May 21st, 2021 (9:30am – 2:00pm EST) Florida West Coast Section

Symmetrical Components and Fault Calculations, By: Tom Blair, Senior Engineer Fellow with Tampa Electric Co.

Your local IEEE PES/IAS Chapter is offering this 4-hour seminar on Symmetrical Components and Fault Calculations. The level of difficulty of this course is Intermediate with Four (4) continuing education hours will be awarded. Be sure to enter your name and PE number on the signup website as it appears on your license. Florida provider #0003849. The seminar will include a review of the Basics of Phasors, Per-Unit, Symmetrical Components, Sequence Networks and Fault Calculations.

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Looking forward to seeing you at these meetings.  Blessings to you all!



Sonya Dillard, Chair

R3 Member Communications Committee