Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Mission

The purpose of this organization is to disseminate information relative to the theory and practice of all aspects of electrical engineering, electronics, allied branches of engineering, or related to computer sciences, as well as the advancement of the professional development of the student. The organization and operation of this student chapter shall be in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the IEEE.

Activities

The UMKC IEEE Student Branch plans each year to have one meeting each month, during the regular school year, with a guest speaker. They sponsor the IEEE Robotics Team, which attends various recruiting events and participates in the annual IEEE Region 5 Conference. Other activities include teaching free Salsa lessons to the students at UMKC, volunteering at the Christmas in October event hosted by Black and Veatch, the Egg Drop competition in February during scE-Week, teaching over 400 seventh grade science students about electricity and circuits, and co-hosting an IEEE S-PAC conference with the student branch from the University of Kansas.

How to Join

Students are welcome to join IEEE by going to www.ieee.org.

Awards and Interesting Facts

UMKC IEEE was chartered in September 1980. It boasts a membership of over 70 students with the national organization thus putting it in the category of “large student chapter.” In 2004 it received the Region 5 Membership Growth and Leadership Award, chosen first place out of 85 universities in the Southwest region that covers twelve states. In the 2004-05 school year, it received the runner-up status in the International Website Design competition, only beaten by Auburn University, University of British Columbia and the University of India Bombay. The 2005 Region V Outstanding Student Member was Jonathan Rodgers, UMKC’s IEEE Student Branch President that year, and in 2006 Debby Dilks received the Region 5 Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award. In 2008 UMKC Faculty/Staff and Students co-hosted the 2008 Region 5 P-BASICS2 Technical, Professional and Student Conference, and Jim Surber, ECE student, took first placed in the Student Paper Competition at the regional conference in 2009. The Robotics Team has participated in the Region 5 Robotics Competition every year since 2005 with a highest placement of 6th in the first round and 13th overall against 26 robots.