2012 Meeting Thursday, April 19 in Roanoke
year, the Region 3 Student Conference is held in conjunction
with SoutheastCon. The highlight of the student conference
is the hardware contest and, in March this year, it was held
in Orlando, Florida. Student teams from throughout IEEE Region
3 designed autonomous robots and competed in the contest.
objective of the 2012 contest was to produce an autonomous
robot that traversed a course making electrical and temperature
measurements. Teams were awarded points for robots that made
correct decisions based on the measurements. The Virginia
Tech and Virginia Military Institute teams will report on
their robot designs and performances in the contest.
robotics team from Virginia Military Institute is composed
of First Class (Senior) Cadets all majoring in electrical
and computer engineering.
A. Kendzia III
is from Doswell, Virginia and is currently seeking employment
in the robotics, power, or defense industry.
C. Baber is from Glen Allen, Virginia and upon
graduation will be entering the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion
Officer Candidate Program.
K. Kiprotich is a native of Eldoret, Kenya
and is currently seeking employment in the power and green
M. Graziano is from Bealeton, Virginia and
after graduation will be entering the Army as an infantry
Wagner is a native of Mooresville, North Carolina
and plans on commissioning into the Air Force upon graduation.
David will be stationed at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, doing
developmental engineering work.
Bishop is a senior in Computer Engineering
at Virginia Tech. Originally from Covesville VA; he has been
involved with the IEEE Robotics team for 3 years. He has lead
the software division of the team in previous years and the
overall team with the help of Chris Arnold this year. He will
be Graduating from Virginia Tech this semester to begin work
in the private sector.
Arnold is a Senior Mechanical Engineering Student
also perusing a Computer Science Minor. I have a great interest
in robotics and automation. Over the past four years he has
been on multiple robotics design teams including; the IEEE
Hardware Team, ASME Design Challenge team, and DARwIn-OP in
Hartman is a junior in the computer engineering
program at Virginia Tech. He has been involved with the IEEE
Robotics Team for two years. He is a Roanoke native, but has
enjoyed the time he has spent in Blacksburg and will certainly
return after graduation. This summer, he will be participating
in an internship with Microsoft. After graduation, he hopes
to pursue a career in computer engineering.
Ayssa Is a transfer student from Northern Virginia
community college. He transferred to Virginia Tech in the
fall 2010. He started as an Electrical engineer, but then
after noticing how programming can take my circuit design
to another level, he decided to add Computer engineering as
a second major. Add to that, those two majors will give him
the set of skills that will enable me to fulfill his dream.
He will get his Electrical degree this fall, and hopefully
his Computer Engineering degree the following spring.
Walton is a junior mechanical engineer from
Falls Church, VA. He got interested in robotics in high school,
through the FIRST Robotics program, and that has carried through
and continued since coming to Tech.
Russiello is a junior in Mechanical engineering
at Virginia Tech. He is from Northern Virginia and attended
James Madison High School. When deciding on colleges he chose
Virginia Tech for the comfortable student environment as well
as the relevant majors that it offered. " [for] My whole
life I have been tired of being ignorant about how things
work, cars, robots, and even children's toys, so I decided
I wanted to be a Mechanical Engineering major. Over the past
few years of engineering courses I found that I was really
interested in robotics and electronics so I joined the IEEE
robotics team in an effort to broaden my horizons. It was
a great experience and taught me a lot about teamwork. I plan
to graduate next May."
Thursday April 19, 2012
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00
Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here
3315 Ordway Drive
to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.
Please contact Joe
Hartwell or John
Dilley (540-443-2800 ext. 8607) to make
reservations by 5 PM, Monday, April 16, 2012 and specify the
number of attendees.
Invitation for IEEE VMS members
Blue Ridge Chapter of AIA, The American Institute
of Architects, has invited IEEE VMS members to their networking
Time in the Mountains
Green Continuing Education event for SWVA Construction Professionals
Thursday, May 24, 2011, 5:30 -9:00 PM.
Location: The Vinton War Memorial, 814 Washington Avenue,
Vinton, VA 24179
Cost: $20 for members and guest
Registration (available May 1) www.aiablueridge.org
CE units and GBCI ERB approved credits for LEED AP Credential
Maintenance Program will be offered, for an additional fee.