Region 3 Members,

This is your Monthly Member Communication – November 2021 Edition

Happy November Everyone! It seems like this year has flown by so fast.  Now is the time when it is traditional for us to share with our friends and family, the things that we are MOST thankful for.  Please remember to be thankful for the many blessings that we have had this year.  Hopefully, your Sections are starting to host some in-person technical meetings as well as virtual meetings.  IEEE Conferences are also starting to go back to the live format.  Our Region 3 SoutheastCon will be back in-person in 2022, so keep an eye out for registration information which will be coming soon.  The Region 3 website is located at:  Please browse through the announcements and virtual meetings below and join us.


November 2021 – Region 3 Upcoming Virtual Meetings & Announcements

Monday – November 1st, 2021 (4:00pm – 5:00pm CST) Alabama Section

Cable 101, By: Eric Rasmussen/RSCC Wire and Cable LLC

Eric Rasmussen of RSCC Wire and Cable LLC to provide an overview of the basis of cable design, construction, and the application of industry standards for low voltage power, control, instrumentation, and medium voltage cable.  Key points from industry standards such as IEEE 383 (Cable EQ), IEEE 1202 (Flame Propagation), UL 2196 (fire-resistive cable), and relevant ICEA standards will be discussed.

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Monday – November 15th, 2021 (1:00pm – 2:30pm EST) Atlanta Section, ComSoc

Communication, Computation and Privacy Trade-Off in Machine Learning for Smart Environments,

By: Dr. Damla Turgut.  In this talk, we investigate the type of data sharing necessary for learning user models in smart environments and propose several novel considerations. We point out that data sharing is only ethical if the user derives a benefit from it. This implies that the decision to share data must be periodically revisited, it is not a commitment extending indefinitely in the future. We study the data sharing decisions made by users under several machine learning frameworks: local, cloud, and federated learning. We show that most users only benefit from data sharing for a limited interval after the deployment of the system. We also investigate machine learning techniques that predict whether the user will benefit from sharing the data before the data is shared.

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Wednesday – November 17th, 2021 (5:00pm – 6:00pm EST) Melbourne Section

Challenges and Opportunities to Produce Power and Energy from Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW), By: Dr. Toufiq Reza

Dr. Toufiq Reza is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences of Florida Institute of Technology.

MSW often alters chemical composition, and physical and biological properties, which present a significant challenge for utilization and conversion to power, energy, and fuel. This lecture will provide an overview of the MSW characteristics, current practices of MSW handling, and challenges of MSW upcycling to power and energy. The lecture will also introduce emerging technologies to overcome the challenges related to MSW utilization to achieve U.S. Department of Energy’s 2030 cost goal of bioenergy of $2.50/gasoline gallon equivalent.  This meeting is Co-sponsored by IEEE Melbourne, Power and Energy Section. You don’t want to miss this meeting.

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Monday – November 22nd, 2021 (12:00pm – 1:00pm EST) Palm Beach Section

The Impact of Open Source Technologies on Early Stage Drug Discovery Research, By: Pierre Ballargeon

In both the pharmaceutical and academic drug discovery environments, efforts are made to accelerate these timelines and reduce the cost of development by tightly integrating software and hardware automation to facilitate high throughput experimentation. The evolution of open source software and hardware technologies, alongside the availability of freely available documentation and training materials, enable end users to independently develop tools where commercial solutions are not available or do not fully address the problem.

The engineering staff at Scripps Research Molecular Screening Center has leveraged these open source educational materials and technologies to address a variety of challenges which are frequently encountered in the laboratory environment. The impact of these technologies and lessons learned over the past 16 years will be discussed during this presentation.

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Wednesday – December 8th, 2021 (12:00pm – 1:00pm Bogota/EST) Jamaica Section, WIE Jamaica Affinity Group

Webinar Series #4: Jamaica’s Intellectual Property International Treaties, By: Mr. Jason Wongsam

Our speaker, Mr. Jason Wongsam, is the Assistant Patent Manager and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Officer.

The IEEE Women in Engineering, (WIE) Jamaica Section Affinity Group in collaboration with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) presents a series of Webinars on Intellectual Property.  You are cordially invited to join the 4th and final Webinar in the series for 2021. Topics will include:

Jamaica’s Intellectual Property International Treaties

* Trademark – Madrid

* Designs – Hague

* Copyright – Berne

* Patents – Patent Corporation Treaty

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We are looking forward to seeing you all in an upcoming IEEE Region 3 meeting!



Sonya Dillard, Chair

R3 Member Communications Committee