Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society of IEEE, had an induction ceremony on April 19, 2019. There are 21 outstanding EECS students who were inducted into HKN. The impressive induction ceremony was carried out by HKN faculty advisor Dr. Lili Dong and student officers Anusree Mandali, Kelsey Letizio, Mark Travis, Shubo Zhang, and Anson Bajramaj. In the dinner reception after the ceremony, Dr. Allen Morinec delivered a powerful presentation entitled "Get the Job and Keep it". In the presentation, Dr. Morinec shared his over 30 years of industrial experiences in career development, and encouraged the inductees to be successful. The inductees and their families and fiends joined the reception.
Dr. Lili Dong successfully organized and hosted an IEEE Women-in-Engineering seminar on April 12, 2019 at CSU. The seminar featured an opening remarks delivered by Mr. Steve Galecki, the chair of IEEE, Cleveland Section. Then Dr. Hannah Arnson, a lead data scientist from PanData LLC, gave a keynote speech entitled "A Data Scientific Approach to Career Optimization (with n=1)". Lately, Data Science has been receiving a lot of press as the career of the future. Dr. Hannah Arnson talked about her engineering-adjacent career path from neuroscientist to data scientist. She imparted career lessons extrapolated from a rich personal data set. The event has attracted about 65 attendees, including the students and faculty/staff members from CSU and CASE, and local industrial engineers. The room was over crowded with curious listeners. The audiences evaluated the presentation as informative, inspirational, and courageous. This IEEE WIE seminar was sponsored by IEEE, Cleveland Section.
The CSU branch of IEEE successfully organized and hosted an annual VEX Robotics Competition event on Feb. 2, 2019 at the Recreation Center of CSU. The event provides a great opportunity for high school and middle school students to engage themselves in STEM activities that promote teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and education. The competition involved 32 teams (or 128 students) from 10 different high schools and middle schools in Ohio. Every robotics team designs a robot to carry out certain tasks on a playing field. This year the tasks involve several different skills that the robot must be capable of to be competitive. These skills include climbing small pedestals, throwing plastic balls to score flags, and flipping plastic disks throughout the field. These games combine multi-disciplinary engineering fields including mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and computer science. The VEX Robotics program gives these college-bound students an advantage over their peers having already been exposed to so many fundamental concepts taught in early engineering courses.
There are over 20 CSU student volunteers throughout the day of the event. Specifically, the EECS students Derek Woods, Stephen Matz, Amani Hamideh, Andrey Yushchishin, Michael DiPiero, Daniel Quintano and Dylan Doyle all deserve recognition for their work in the different stages of the event. IEEE student officer Jacob Richey is the major organizer of the event. IEEE President and Vice President, Brighid Rancour and Mark Travis help planning and organizing the events. The competition will continue in Spring 2020.