About Jeffry Handal

Jeffry is an LSU graduate who serves as a mentor to the student branch. In his spare time he enjoys flying planes and eating cheeseburgers.


WISE seeks applications from outstanding engineering students who display evidence of leadership skills and have a keen interest in public policy. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should select a sponsoring society(s), fill out an application form, write two (2) brief essays in response to questions, arrange for two (2)faculty references, and forward an official transcript. The deadline for Summer 2012 applications is December 31, 2011.  For more info and application forms, please visit: http://wise-intern.org/application/index.html

“…one of the best summers of my life. One which truly transformed my dreams and goals.  ….when I left D.C. I really wanted to instill in my fellow engineers the appreciation of the interaction between public policy and engineering.” — Marc Canellas, WISE 2011

Knovel University Challenge

The 2011 season of the Knovel University Challenge started breaking records almost instantly. After the first month, 3 schools had already qualified for the contest-within-the-contest, a reward for schools with outstanding participation of 100 individual student entries or more, guaranteeing an iPod Nano prize. As of this week, there are more than 5200 total entries from over 400 universities worldwide. Students are playing easy, medium and hard difficulty levels to test their knowledge! For an update on how the contest is shaping up, check out the leaderboard below.

  • University of Arkansas 1,032
  • Oklahoma State University at Stillwater 645
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) 500
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) 231
  • University of Alberta 144
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 140

It’s not too late to ramp up the Challenge at your school— Feel free to drive students and professors to the official contest page, to the contest banner showing at the top of your Knovel account, and share the contest from our Facebook page.

New Faces of Engineering: College Edition (Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching)

WASHINGTON (11 October 2011) — IEEE-USA is seeking applicants for Engineers Week’s new program, the “New Faces of Engineering: College Edition.” The contest is open to IEEE student members in all 10 IEEE regions.

“College Edition” is for third-, fourth- and fifth-year students enrolled in a bachelor of science engineering program at an ABET-accredited college or equivalent international institution, and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. The initiative is designed to recognize students whose academic success, contributions and experiences in engineering have them poised for future success.

The application is available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CollegeEdition. Winners will be announced Dec. 5 and featured on the page, and their hometown and college newspapers will be notified.

Nominations opened in September and are due 21 October 2011.

“College Edition” also provides a forum for engineering students to communicate with the National Engineers Week Foundation throughout the year and to learn about academic and professional development opportunities, events, licensure exams, internships, jobs, competitions and more.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. http://www.ieeeusa.org

Contact: Chris McManes
IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager

IEEE Day Photo Contest: Please Vote!

It is the second time in history when all engineers worldwide are going to celebrate the IEEE Day. As a leading organization IEEE defines standards and directions in technology but as a leader, it is also responsible for future generations of engineers. Thus, this year the theme of the IEEE Day will be focused on “Empowering Members to Create the Future”.

In the same spirit, our group has decided to share some pictures with the world of recent activites we have participated in. At the same time, here is a chance to help your student chapter win the IEEE Day Photo contest. It’s simple! All you have to do is log in using your IEEE account. Then  “Like” the pictures from the LSU student branch . The link to the gallery to submit your vote follows:

Thanks for the support, and be sure to check out www.ieeeday.org for more information!

2012 Robotics Competition Rules are Out


The Region 5 IEEE Annual Meeting and Student Conference is 19-20 April in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Information will again be posted to http://www.r5conferences.org/.  I will place these main rules in the IEEE On-line Community as well.  The Robotics Rules have been finalized and they are here. If you have any technical question or need for rules interpretation, please contact

Zachary Carpenter at zach.s.carpenter@gmail.com.

For all other matters related to the robotic competition please contact the robotics chair,

Hyacinthe Aboudja at haboudja@okcu.edu.

A FAQ webpage will be created on the conference site for responses to questions and for updates. Note that the conference will also include a circuits competition, a student ethics competition, and the student papers finals.  All competitions and events will be placed on the conference site.

Dr. Steve Watkins
R5 Student Activities Coordinator

Professor and Associate Chair for EE Undergraduate Studies

121 Emerson Electric Co. Hall
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology
301 W. 16th Street
Rolla, Missouri 65409-0040
Telephone  573-341-6321       Fax  573-341-4532
Internet    http://people.mst.edu/faculty/watkins_profile.html
E-mail     steve.e.watkins@ieee.org

NI Student Ambassador Opportunity

IEEE has partnered up with NI to make their software available to students at a highly discounted price. In addition, NI has developed a structure to allow students to become experienced in its use of LabView. One such way is to become an NI Student Ambassador. Information about this position can be found here.

If you do become the Ambassador for LSU, please let the the IEEE student branch know and also the EE Department advisers. We will work together to develop training modules for all EE students at LSU.

XSEDE Scholars Program

XSEDEIncludes travel grants for the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle, WA, on November 12 – 16, 2011!

An outstanding student opportunity in the computational sciences! Supercomputers, data collections, new tools, digital services, increased productivity for thousands of scientists around the world. Sound exciting? Apply to become an XSEDE Scholar today!

XSEDE is a five-year, $121 million project supported by the National Science Foundation that replaces and expands on the NSF’s TeraGrid project. More than 10,000 scientists used the TeraGrid to complete thousands of research projects, at no cost to the scientists. XSEDE continues that same sort of work — only in more detail, generating more knowledge, and improving our world in an even broader range of fields. You can become involved in XSEDE, too, if selected as a Scholar.

XSEDE Scholars will:

  • Attend the SC11 (supercomputing) conference in Seattle, November 12-16, 2011, through travel grants.
  • Meet other XSEDE Scholars in special sessions at SC11.
  • Participate in at least four activities with other Scholars during the year (e.g., technical training, content-based and mentoring webinars).
  • Network with leaders in the XSEDE research community.
  • Learn about research, internships, and career opportunities.

Apply now at: http://bit.ly/xsede_2011

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, September 30, 2011

Underrepresented minority undergraduate or graduate students interested in the computational sciences are especially encouraged to apply for the year-long program.

Questions about the XSEDE Scholars?

The XSEDE Scholars Program is directed by Richard Tapia and managed by Alice Fisher, Rice University. Contact Alice Fisher at afisher@rice.edu for more information.


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is supported by the National Science Foundation.

XSEDE is led by the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The partnership includes: Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, Indiana University, JüSupercomputing Centre, National Center or Atmospheric Research, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rice University, Shodor Education Foundation, Southeastern Universities Research Association, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Virginia.

Find out more about XSEDE at https://www.xsede.org/

ACM ICPC South Central USA Regional Programming Contest

The 2011 ACM ICPC South Central USA Regional Programming Contest is
now accepting team entries for the October 28 and 29th event.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) provides
college students with opportunities to interact with students from
other universities and to sharpen and demonstrate their
problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills.  The contest
provides a platform for ACM, industry, and academia to encourage and
focus public attention on the next generation of computing
professionals as they pursue excellence.

The contest is a two-tiered competition among teams of students
representing institutions of higher education. Teams first compete in
regional contests held around the world from September to November
each year. The winning team from each regional contest qualifies to
advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World
Finals, typically held the following March to mid-April. Additional
high-ranking teams may be invited to the World Finals as wild card

Fees are $125.00 per team if registered prior to October 10, 2011.
Registration fees are for a team of three members and one coach.
Guests and alternates are an additional $30 each.  (See complete
registration rules at:

The South Central USA Regionals will take place on October 28 and 29th at:
1)  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2)  La Tourneau University, Longview, Texas
3)  East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

For more information, or to register a team, visit:

Engineering for Change

Are you a Senior needing ideas for a Capstone project or are you simply an individual who wants to make a change in the world? Then here is a great resource that will help. IEEE has partnered with other organizations to develop a platform to promote collaboration and provide solutions to common problems people face around the world. This is the Engineering for Change website which can be found here. This effort is part of IEEE’s mission to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. So, we encourage you to visit the website and join for free. You have the potential to change people’s lives!

Mini Grants Available by Using IEEE Standards

LSU students, please take advantage of this great opportunity. IEEE is offering grants for graduate and upperclassman design project student application papers. If you are working on your Capstone project or are a graduate students seeking funding for a project, here is a chance to get funding by making use of IEEE standards. For more information, please visit the link here. Some information extracted from the previous website follows:

Grants include US$500 for students, with additional honoraria for faculty mentors.


IEEE is offering grants to both students and faculty mentors to help with graduate and capstone design projects with an industry standards component.


Student(s) beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which includes:

  • a summary of the project goal (i.e., what are you trying to build?);
  • an understanding of what standards are being considered to achieve the project goal;
  • a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project;
  • a statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor must be included.

Application Deadline:

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Upcoming deadlines for 2011 mini-grants:

15 June 2011

15 October 2011

15 December 2011