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IEEE Day 2015

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

IEEE Day 2015

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2015 is the 6th edition of the same.

Worldwide celebrations demonstrate the ways thousands of IEEE members in local communities join together to collaborate on ideas that leverage technology for a better tomorrow. We celebrate IEEE members!

The IEEE Day team is made up of student volunteers, young professionals, and staff. Together, they work to assure that this year’s celebration will be even bigger and more impressive than the last four editions. The principle task of the IEEE Day team is to initiate, motivate, and coordinate events and efforts to celebrate this day worldwide.

In addition to a enjoyable time and empowering members to engineer the future and beyond, the team actively supports members and volunteers.

Do not hesitate; share your excitement, visions, and joy with engineers worldwide.

Join IEEE Today

We are in the Student Commons 11 to 1 am and 4 to 6 pm Oct 6th and Oct 7th. Please stop by and say Hello.

Zero-Emission Electric Transit Bus Visits Wilsonville

Friday, August 14th, 2015

City of Wilsonville General News

South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), Wilsonville’s transit agency, is hosting a visit by a full-size, 40-passenger electric bus on Tuesday, August 25, 9 a.m., at the SMART Transit Center, 9697 SW Barber Street. At the event attendees are able to experience the smooth and quiet operation of a fully-electric, zero-emission bus that uses no gasoline, natural gas or diesel fuel. Currently there are no buses like this in operation in Oregon, Washington or Idaho, and only a limited number are in operation throughout the United States.

SMART Transit Director Stephan Lashbrook said, “I believe that battery-electric buses are the future for the transit industry. If they are recharged with electricity from renewable sources, these buses can be operated while producing almost no air pollution or greenhouse gases.” Lashbrook added, “If the region is going to get serious about implementing Metro’s recently adopted Climate Smart Strategy, this is the kind of transit vehicle that is needed.”

The bus manufacturer, Proterra, a company based in South Carolina, is one of just a few American bus manufacturers to make an all-electric, full-size bus. The company has been in business since 2004.

Anyone with an interest in public transit service or electric vehicles is invited to attend the free event.

CLS Panel of Professionals, Jul 14

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


Today from 4-6pm in Room 106 on the Wilsonville Campus

Have questions about externship sites and experiences? Curious about how to best prep for the boards? Want the inside scoop on some local labs and how to get a job there? Techs in Training is hosting an informal Q & A with local CLS professionals/alumni, to shed more light on what the future holds.

The guest speakers are as follows:
Caroline Doty, Peace Health;
Jen Miller, Legacy Central;
Ryan Howey and Rachel Barrett, Adventist Portland;
Shannon Anthony, W. Washington (did her externship in Reno).

We hope to see you there!

Snacks and beverages provided by TNT.

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

Friday, July 10th, 2015


Apple Car Play and Android Auto are systems that take the smartphone OS and run it through your car’s console. The smartphone is then linked to your car to operate navigation systems, access your calendar, take phone calls or listen to music through a touch screen pad that mirrors the phone’s interface. The biggest benefit should be to decrease driver distraction from the use of a handheld phone. The biggest  drawback is that these systems lockout the other features you normally use through the console like climate control and safety cameras. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are now supported by about 40 car makers all competing alongside Google and Apple for the most user friendly features. The 2016 models compatible with these smartphone capabilities will be  available for purchase by the end of the year. New apps are rapidly becoming available for interoperability. Apps such as auto performance, hybrid efficiency, collision detection and more. “Consumers expect their favorite smartphone environment and connected lives—contacts, music, social media, apps—to follow them wherever they go.”

Click Here To Read The Full Article On IEEE Spectrum





Independence Day In All Its Glory

Saturday, July 4th, 2015


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

May we never take for granted our freedoms.

Have a fun and safe holiday my OregonTech friends.

Gmail Adds Fun New Upgrades Today

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


As a member of the professional organization of IEEE

some of the perks are a unique IEEE e-mail address,

mail forwarding or email inbox, 30 GB of shared storage,

99.9% uptime guaranteed by Google, advertisement free Gmail,

and cloud storage for easy sharing and access. If you are using

Google’s email app you will be happy to know today

Gmail announced new upgrades to customize your email

with inbox categories, email formatting, shareable selfies,

many more themes with custom photos and more fun emoji to choose from.

Emoji all the things
Sometimes you just can’t find the words to express how you’re feeling over email. But fret no more, because today’s Gmail update includes emoji for just about every occasion.

Excited about this weekend’s barbecue? Finalize the menu, dress code and after-dinner plans with just a few characters:. Running a few minutes late? Let your friend know you’ll be there at. Whatever the situation, sending emoji is now a piece of.”

Find out more on Official Gmail Blog by Clicking Here


Join IEEE for 2015 and Pay Half Price

Thursday, June 4th, 2015


Join IEEE Today

Now through August 15 get half off membership dues and all of the benefits of membership through 31 December.

Student Rate is only $16-

For individuals studying at least part time in a technology or engineering field at an accredited institution.

Click  Here to Join Now


Charles Jost Featured in the Student Project Symposium

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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The Student Project Symposium is a two hour event to showcase student projects here at OregonTech. It will be held Wednesday, June 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm with more than 75 student projects on display, 4 oral presentations and includes project posters and demonstrations. Students, faculty, family, employers, industry partners as well as the public have all been invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to socialize, network, and see all the marvelous projects!! Charles Jost and his electric motorcycle is one project that will be featured in tomorrow’s symposium. He got the idea by seeing an electric motorcycle for sale and thinking to himself that he could build one more powerful at a better cost. With the support of amazing friends and family Charles is proud to display his accomplishment. It is worth noting that it is not a senior project or an assignment but his passion for life, his craft, and his incredible idea brought to life. Charles emphasizes that his EV motorcycle is about choosing equipment that will give better performance that is comparable to a gasoline model. Too often projects like this end up as a toy on the shelf because it lacks the power to perform on the street. This bad boy has the power and the science to back it up. The bulk of the weight is recycled material with an all electric drive train, 72  kW battery pack with 5.4 kW hours,  32.4 kW max power delivery, 83 mph no load wheel speed, and an impressive 89% motor power efficiency. The beautiful Honda Goldwing framed motorcycle and high power density electric motor will be on display. Charles will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss his project. As an EE Major he has brought us such an inspiring project please stop by tomorrow to check it out.

For more information click below

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff, Dissolves Into Nothing

Thursday, May 28th, 2015


“At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades. That’s the title of their paper, in fact, and they delivered on all of those promises: from a flat sheet with a magnet on it, their robot folds itself up in just a few seconds, is immediately ready to zip around on land or water driven by magnetic fields, and then when you’ve run out of things to do with it, drive it into a tank of acetone and it’ll dissolve. This is the first time that a robot has been able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and eventually, it’ll be doing it inside your body.”

Click Here for Video and Full Article by Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum



IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


Have you chosen your major yet? I know what a difficult decision it can be sometimes. I would like to take a moment to introduce you to Power and Energy Engineering. Supporting this major and the students involved in it is the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES).

“The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Members of the Power & Energy Society are leaders in this field, and they and their employers derive substantial benefits from involvement with this unique and outstanding association.”

This non-profit professional group has a long history as a leading provider of information on power and energy for the betterment of humanity. It is made up of over 26,000 engineers and scientists worldwide, from all areas of the power and energy fields. PES is committed to shaping the future of the power and energy industry through the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. Want to learn more? See if the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is right for you. Click below to check your eligibility and to start an application today.

The scholarship deadline is June 30th so don’t delay!

If you are still unsure if this is the right program for you. Read about students like yourself that chose to major in Power and Energy Engineering. Hear first-hand from PES Scholars about why they picked their major, how they’re enjoying it, and where it’s bringing them.


Herve Nyirinkwaya

Electrical Engineering 2015
University of Pittsburgh
Power Concentration
Nuclear Engineering Certificate

Why did you choose to study engineering and the power engineering field?

I chose to study engineering because I have always been fascinated with the how things work and how they fit together. Electrical Engineering is provided me with the common link to the almost every process in existence today. Power requirements. It is fascinating to see what can and can’t be done because of the power required and how to respond to such challenges with power analysis studies and power electronic innovations.

What do you love about the power engineering field? What excites you about being involved in the PE field?

I love that there is still so much that can be done in this field. Some of which is of monumental impact to the way we live our lives today, In addition to power generation, better storage and fast and efficient distribution will revolutionize the energy industry.

How has being selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

Being a PES Scholar has opened a variety of networking opportunities in the industry and means of learning about current ground breaking projects as well as understanding the Power and Energy industry in general.

Check out all our PES Scholar Profiles Here