IEEE Region 6 - Western US

March 25th, 2017

Region 6 Website Design Contest

Do you have what it takes to create the new front page for the Region 6 website?


  1.  The design must conform to the IEEE guidelines, such as:
    a.   Digital Style Guide
    b.   Global Page Element and Branding Requirements
    c.   Web Sub-Site Templates Style Guide
    d.   Responsive Web Design Guidelines for IEEE Sites
  2. The design must contain the following menu elements:
    – Activities
    – Professional Development
    – Awards
    – Volunteer
    – About Us
  3. The design must be able to be deployed on IEEE wordpress.   IEEE wordpress only uses themes and plugins that are currently maintained, so if you rely on a particular theme or plugin, choose wisely.
  4. The design must be submitted via email to by 11:30PM Mountain Time, Saturday, April 16, 2017.

After the design submission deadline, all entries will be reviewed by the distinguished members of IEEE Region 6 team responsible for redesigning the overall site:

  1. Michael Andrews
  2. Ed Perkins
  3. Lance McBride
  4. Tim Worboys

Finally, the top 10 entries will also be submitted for review to Cia Romano, and the Interface Guru team for the final selection of the top 3 entries.

The top 3 entries will receive valuable IEEE branded merchandise.   Amaze your friends and impress your co-workers with your major prize, direct evidence of you skills and abilities.

March 17th, 2017

GHTC 2017

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference
DoubleTree By Hilton San Jose, California, USA – October 19-22, 2017
Organized by IEEE Region 6 & IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section

Notice of Competition: Call for Solutions

2017 Global Humanitarian Technology Solutions Challenge
Ensuring sustainable food consumption and production

Click on the following for more information:
About the Solutions Challenge
Call for Solutions

March 3rd, 2017

5th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2017) CFP

The SusTech 2017 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 5th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability which is being held in Phoenix, AZ. on November 12 – 14, 2017. See

Abstracts are solicited for both oral and poster presentations from industry, government and academia (including students) covering relevant research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies. Topics with policy implications are also welcome. Poster presentations this year will be limited to students.

Topics of Interest (see website for full details)
Smart Grid
Renewable/Alternate Energy
Energy Efficiency
Internet of Things – IOT
Agriculture & Food Technology
Water Resources Management
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Ocean Waste & Pollution
Smart Cities
Ecological Sustainability & Conservation
Societal Implications
Quality of Life / Public Policy

For information for authors, please visit the conference website at and follow the instructions there.

Key Dates
April 15, 2017 Submission deadline for paper and poster abstracts
May 15, 2017 Notification of acceptance
July 1, 2017 Review manuscript submission deadline
August 31, 2017 Final manuscript submission deadline

SusTech 2017 is sponsored by the IEEE Phoenix and Oregon Sections, IEEE Region 6, IEEE-USA; and co-sponsored by the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative, CES and SSIT.

March 3rd, 2017

2017 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) CFP

We are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference that will be held October 19-22, 2017 in San Jose, CA, USA.

Please see the Call for Papers at:

Now in its 7th year, GHTC is the flagship IEEE Conference focusing on innovation, deployment and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development. GHTC invites presenters to showcase innovation and progress in technology and methodology addressing the socio-cultural and socio-economic needs of vulnerable and resource-constrained end-user communities in developing and developed countries, as well as confronting the challenges of both natural and man-made disasters.

Key focus areas that are particularly relevant include (but are not limited to):

Poverty Alleviation
Agriculture & Food Security
Quality Education
Affordable & Clean Energy
Clean Water & Sanitation
Connectivity & Communication
Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities
Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Participation is invited from the public, private, education and research, societal and funding sectors. Researchers and policy makers, practitioners and representatives of end-user communities all have valuable contributions to make. Interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary papers, and proposals for interactive sessions and panels are warmly encouraged; such approaches have proven highly effective in the development and application of technology for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian goals.

Authors and Presenters must demonstrate a clear understanding of the interrelationship of their work with socio-cultural, socio-economic, policy and environmental factors, and clearly state preliminary, final or expected results and impact.

Key Dates:
Submission of Abstract: April 7, 2017
Submission of Proposed Final Paper: June 2, 2017

March 3rd, 2017

The 2017 Region 6 Awards Program

by Jeffrey Pawlan, Region 6 Awards Chair

The 2017 Region 6 awards program is substantially different from all previous years. In brief, here are the important changes:

  • All Section awards will directly become nominations for Region awards. There are no Area awards.
  • All award nominations and endorsement letters will be submitted online to an Open Water award management system. There are no forms any longer. No more emailed or paper nominations.
  • There are many new award categories added.

Purpose and Value of the Awards Program

The awards program honors IEEE volunteers, engineers, and teachers within Region 6. This is important because those who contribute to IEEE and to our community should be recognized and thanked for their hard work, dedication, and contributions.

The New Awards Categories

Companies and Corporations:

  • Outstanding Corporation or Company of the Year

IEEE Organizational Units:

  • Outstanding Small Section of the Year  (less than 501 active members)
  • Outstanding Large Section of the Year  (more than 500 active members)
  • Outstanding Small Student Branch of the Year (less than 26 active members)
  • Outstanding Large Student Branch of the year (more than 25 active members)
  • Outstanding Chapter of the Year (includes Technical Councils and Affinity Groups)

Mixed IEEE OUs and Individuals:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Women in Engineering – this may be to an individual, a group of people, or to a WIE Chapter
  • Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Life Member Activities – this may be to an individual, a group of people, or to a LMAG Chapter


  • Outstanding Engineer
  • Outstanding Service and Leadership (for an IEEE volunteer)
  • Outstanding Educator (must be an IEEE member)
  • Outstanding K through 12 Educator
  • Outstanding IEEE Contributions to STEM and Education
  • Outstanding IEEE Contributions to Global Humanitarian Projects or Activities
  • Outstanding IEEE Membership Development or Senior Elevation
  • Outstanding IEEE Young Professional

Rules and Requirements to Submit Region 6 Nominations

For 2017, the deadline for submission is May 15, 2017 by 11pm local time of your Section. All nominations will be online and to your own Section.

All nominations of individuals require two letters of recommendation. The deadline is the same as above.

All nominations and letters must come from IEEE members and they must be members within the Section that they send their nominations or letters.

IEEE Rules for Awards and Nominations

No individuals may nominate themselves.

Neither an Awards Chair, nor a Section Chair acting as an awards chair may be nominated for a Section or Region award. The exceptions are

Special Section Chair’s awards and Section Region Director’s awards.

Neither an Awards Chair, nor a Section Chair acting as an awards chair may submit nominations or letters of recommendation.

Members of any awards committee that has voting power on awards may not submit nominations or letters of recommendation.

To make a nomination, download the 2017 Region 6 Awards Categories with Descriptions (PDF) to determine the requirements and qualifications, then contact Jeffrey Pawlan, R6 Awards Chair for instructions on how to submit a 2017 online award nomination.