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June 5th, 2018

The 2018 Region 6 Awards nomination package is now available.

See the Region 6 Awards page for descriptions of the awards and the nominations process.

Download the Submission Package here. (There is no online process this year.)

 

May 16th, 2018

Download the quarterly Regional Newsletter for May 2018 here (PDF).

 

May 16th, 2018

[Article republished from IEEE Spectrum]

28 Mar 2018119:00 GMT

Edison and the King: How Hawaii Became Electrified

In 1881, Thomas Edison convinced King Kalakaua that electric streetlamps were superior to gas

By Allison Marsh

Photo: The Friends of lolani Palace

In 1881, King David Kalakaua of Hawaii (https://www.loc.gov/item/2014686540/) went on a world tour, the first of its kind for a sitting monarch. He circumnavigated the globe, stopping in Asia, India, Egypt, Europe, and the United States. Among other things, he sought to encourage immigration from the Asia-Pacific region, as Hawaii’s dwindling population had created a labor shortage on its sugar plantations. But the king also wanted to introduce the culture of Hawaii to the world, and he was curious about modern science and technology.

When he arrived in Paris in August 1881, the International Exposition of Electricity (https://archive.org/details/reportoninterna01heapgoog) was just getting under way. The exposition showcased the latest advancements in electrical technology, such as dynamos, batteries, and lighting. The first International Electrical Congress (http://www.ampere.cnrs.fr/histoire/parcours-historique/unites-electriques/congres1881) also convened during the exposition, with participants presenting papers, discussing research, and deciding on definitions for the ampere, the volt, the ohm, and other electrical units.

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May 15th, 2018

IEEE Congressional Visits Day
Tom Coughlin, IEEE-USA President Elect, Past Director IEEE Region 6

On May 9, 2018 several folks from Region 6 attended the SET Congressional Visits Day in Washington DC (https://ieeeusa.org/advocacy/cvd/).  These have been done for decades and the IEEE joins several other technical organizations in carrying on these visits.

There were over 60 IEEE members participating from throughout Regions 1-6.  We spent a day of training on how these visits work, what is the most effective way to do such a meeting (usually with legislative staff) and what IEEE-USA’s official policy positions are.  I was one of four participants from CA.  Below is a picture of the CA participants with Zoe Lofgren, Congressperson from the 19th district in California (which includes much of Silicon Valley).

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May 15th, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the IEEE will be producing a major dual milestone event celebrating the Birthplace of Silicon Valley (Shockley Labs) and Moore’s Law. It will begin in the afternoon in the plaza of the new San Antonio Village, in final stages of construction, and continue with an evening at the Computer History Museum. In the afternoon, at the outdoor stage within the plaza, there will be a group of speakers, headlined by Jim Gibbons of Stanford University and supported by our president, Jim Jeffries, who will unveil the Birthplace plaque. Our IEEE milestone plaque for Moore’s Law is embedded in the Silicon Molecule Fountain, within the plaza.

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