Here is the October 2020 newsletter for the Rochester NY IEEE Section.
IEEE continues to strengthen its footing in a COVID-19 world through virtual events that bring new opportunities for interaction. The Rochester Section Young Professionals (YP) affinity group cosponsored a virtual IEEE Trivia night with the New York City YP group. Over 20 teams, each with up to 4 people, participated in the virtual trivia contest that put their IEEE, science, engineering, and nerdy knowledge to the test.
2020 IEEE Rochester Section Undergraduate Scholarship awarded to Madeline Loui.
On Saturday, April 4, a virtual Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair took place. Approximately 56 students presented their projects, each in one of seven assigned virtual rooms. In each virtual room a supervisor and about five judges scored the 4 presentations assigned to that room. The morning sessions saw and heard project presentations from senior-level (high school) students, and the afternoon sessions had 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade student presentations. The judges individually scored the presentations using an online form and made special award recommendations after group discussions. The top presenter from each senior session room went on to the second round.
Judging for the second round took place Monday, April 6th, in evening. The finalists presented their projects to a select group of judges who determined the highest level awards for the virtual fair. Rochester IEEE Section members Mark Schrader and Ram Dhurjaty Ph.D. served as judges in the first round, and Ram served as a judge in the second round. Both Mark and Ram are founding (IEEE) Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair members and serve on the Organizing Committee.
The Rochester Signal Processing Society hosted a virtual zoom session on Thurs, April 30th entitled “Fast Deep Learning Prototypes with Tensorflow and Keras Tutorial”, by RIT PhD student Miguel Dominguez. 63 people registered for this hour-long session which included the distribution of iPython notebook sample code and deep learning software installation instructions.
Deep Learning Training Performance
This year’s IEEE Rochester Section Joint Chapter Meeting will feature a keynote presentation from Katherine J. Duncan, Ph.D., the IEEE-USA President-Elect. Dr. Duncan is an expert in the development of novel nanomaterials for next-generation communication systems, and currently is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy West Point. She will be discussing the impact of IEEE on her career and the future of IEEE.
Congratulations to the newest IEEE Senior Members in the Rochester Section:
IEEE Senior Membership recognizes the recipient’s history of technical and professional excellence. In the Rochester Section, just 21% of active members have Senior Member or Life Senior Member status.
Chair, Rochester IEEE Section
IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Gaurav Sharma: RIT presentation