IEEE HAC & SIGHT Special Call for Proposals for COVID-related Projects
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world in an unprecedented manner, and as such, the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) has adapted its requirements to better enable IEEE volunteers to contribute. For that reason, HAC and SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) Projects are joining forces to prioritize proposals that have a strong potential for immediate impact in the fight against COVID-19. Ideally, projects will have good connections with local IEEE organizational units (OUs) and engage a significant number of IEEE members.

While this is an exceptional situation, HAC and SIGHT still require that teams have relevant technical and other expertise to credibly execute the project. Projects must comply with all national/federal, state, and local guidelines and restrictions.

Given the rapidly evolving situation and expedited review, HAC and SIGHT will make awards of up to US$5,000 per project. Successful projects may apply for additional funding. If you have an initiative that requires significantly more support, please get in touch with HAC at hac-projects@ieee.org.

Details of Note:

  • Term of funding: Up to six months following the project start date.
  • An expedited review process will be implemented so that selected projects can start right away.
  • All activities that involve children must follow IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children.
  • Applications may be submitted and will be reviewed continuously through 15 May 2020.

Additional details on eligibility and information requested on the application form can be found in the IEEE HAC & SIGHT Projects 2020 Special Call for Proposals related to COVID-19. When you are ready to apply, you can do so via the IEEE HAC & SIGHT funding opportunities portal. If it is your first time submitting a request, you will need to create an account in order to proceed.

For more information on free resources, such as relevant IEEE Xplore articles and IEEE standards, and how else you can get involved with IEEE’s and HAC’s response to COVID-19, visit the HAC website.

Upcoming IEEE Webinars
Every Team Can Innovate

In this hands-on Session, Vibhu Srinivasan, an Agile thought leader and Director of Accenture’s Seattle Innovation Hub will introduce concepts from Design Thinking, Lean product development and Agile Product management techniques to work together to build products.  

Learn the techniques to empower teams, so that they can be innovative as they do their work . Recently Gartner published this picture that shows in theory how Design Thinking , Lean Startup  

Join Vibhu,  in this session as he unravels how these techniques actually work together to facilitate Product Discovery and Product Development in unison. This session will be practical in nature with examples of actual work that is done today.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore the definition of Innovation and types of Innovation
  • Learn how innovation can happen by using techniques from Design thinking
  • Learn Key concepts from Design thinking and Lean Startup.
  • Using Design Sprints as a way to use the discovery process
  • Lean Agile mindset as a way of working and how it influences Innovation
  • Learn why Storytelling is a technique to influence innovation.
  • Practice design thinking by working in small teams by doing an activity
  • Lean How dual track agile can help discovery and development in sync
  • In this time of virtual work, how can we do these techniques virtually.
  • Learn what you can do to further deepen these concepts

You will leave with clear appreciation of the tools in the toolbox needed to have every team in the world innovate and delight customers.

This will be a workshop style 90-minute long immersive session.

Pre Reading:
Please take the time to go through this Stanford D School webinar on Design Thinking. This will help you be more productive in this session.

Stanford Webinar – Design Thinking = Method, Not Magic – https://youtu.be/vSuK2C89yjA


Events organized by IEEE Consultant Network Seattle

Tech Talk Live Stream: Maximize your Speaking Skills with Chris Widener – Tuesday August 25, 2020 7 pm

Conference: Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – Thursday October 29, 2020 8am

Upcoming Live Webinars, from IEEE-TEMS-SCV and ETA

IEEE-USA Washington Update [more]
— Russ Harrison, IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations
— Friday, August 7, 2020     — 10:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
Join us on the IEEE-USA Facebook page or the IEEE-USA YouTube Channel at 1 PM ET on Fridays for the live stream. No registration required. Past Updates are available to stream from our website.

Monitoring and Benchmarking Your Processes and Assembly Yields [more]
— Bob Willis, SMTA Europe
— Monday, August 10, 2020     — 6:30 AM PDT (on the Internet)
This webinar will show how to implement a defect monitoring project in your company and the yield data produced.

How to Create Generalizable AI [more]
— Anima Anandkumar, Director of ML Research, NVIDIA, & Professor, California Institute of Technology; Michael Zeller, Head of AI Strategy & Solutions, Temasek
— Tuesday, August 11, 2020     — 11:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
Real-world deep-learning benchmarks require generalization to new, unseen scenarios, domains, and tasks. Beginner-friendly: unsupervised learning, feedback mechanisms, causal discovery, inference.

Non-Contact Additive Processes for Contemporary Electronics Production [more]
— Gustaf Martensson, the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
— Tuesday, August 11, 2020     — 8:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
Specific aspects of the demands of the SMT industry with respect to application specifications, such as positioning and volume. A cursory description of traditional application methods will lead into a description of contemporary non-contact deposition strategies, including jet dispensing and jet printing.

Adding a New Sensing Dimension to Soft Electronics: From the Skin to Below the Skin [more]
— Dr. Sheng Xu, UC San Diego
— Wednesday, August 12, 2020     — 5:00 PM PDT (on the Internet)
— materials design, microfabrication, stretchable, multichannel patch, wireless.

IEEE-USA: The Language and Habit of Execution [more]
— Dave Burrill, Managing Director, IT’s About What, LLC
— Thursday, August 13, 2020     — 11:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
Over 70% of enterprise IT projects fail. These failures cost US companies roughly $500 Billion every year. Two-thirds of these failures happen for just one reason. It’s not the technology; it’s not the team. It’s because what the business is trying to do is never fully communicated; therefore, it’s never fully understood.

All-Electric Propulsion for Heavy-Duty Urban Aerial Vehicles [more]
— Dr. Yue Cao, Oregon State University
— Wednesday, August 19, 2020     — 10:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
We will dive deep into heavy-duty all-electric UAVs, and particularly their propulsion systems, covering these subtopics: 1) Unique technology needs and challenges; 2) Propulsion system architectures and multi-physics modeling; 3) A machine-learning enabled automated and efficient system design approach; 4) A fully integrated fault-tolerant motor drive; 5) High-conversion high-voltage power converters; 6) Future opportunities.

Avoiding the Most Common PCB Failure Modes [more]
— Mike Creeden CID+, Insulectro
— Thursday, August 20, 2020     — 9:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
Learn solutions to help avoid the most common failure points in today’s circuits: forms of failures; performance; cost drivers; pro-active approaches.

IEEE Panel: Blockchain in Power Systems [more]
— from Tallinn University, EPRI, Blockchain Engineering Council, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
— Tuesday, August 25, 2020     — 5:00 AM PDT (on the Internet)
— leading experts on blockchain in energy markets, current environment and challenges, standards, use cases, reference model development

IEEE Seattle Section Sponsors TrickFire Robotics Team at University of Washington Bothell
TrickFire Robotics, is a University of Washington Bothell club focused on robotics design and education by conducting hands-on projects. Each year the team travels to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to compete in the NASA Robotics Mining Competition (RMC), in which each team is expected to build an innovative Martian mining robot.

For the past three years, TrickFire Robotics has generated several unique concepts for the NASA RMC as well as worked with the local communities to promote robotics to younger students. This summer we are focused on redesigning our robot’s digging cycle while also completely redesigning our arm to be faster and more versatile. We would like to thank the IEEE Seattle Section for their support in this effort. Without their backing we would not be on track for completing our summer goals and thus our year long competition.

IEEE Seattle Section has approved to sponsor the team for an in-cash donation to support its activity.

Volunteer needed for Puget Sound Engineering Council

Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Puget Sound area. IEEE Seattle Section is a member of PSEC. PSEC is in need of a volunteer webmaster to manage the council’s web presence. Duties include:

  • Manage PSEC’s WordPress based website (www.pseconline.org)
  • Manage other PSEC technology: Dropbox account, email listserv, email aliases and Eventbrite
  • Optional: attend PSEC meetings (1st Monday of the month, September through June)

For further information contact Dave Butcher (dbutcher@ieee.org), IEEE Seattle’s PSEC representative.



University of Washington Bothell

The UW Bothell EE program is a relatively new and rapidly growing program that needs working EE professionals with MSEE or PhD degrees to teach as Affiliate (part-time) Faculty in the program. In particular, professionals who have experience as technical leads or project team leaders would be ideal, but any experienced engineering professional will be considered to work with our Senior Capstone Project students.

As a faculty member teaching in the Capstone program, you would be responsible for overseeing between 1-4 teams of 4 students each. Typically, you would meet once a week with each team for up to 1 hour. Team meetings can be in person or on-line using Skype or other meeting software. Meeting times are flexible.  As an Affiliate Faculty member you would be paid up to $7K for mentoring up to four Capstone teams.

This is a great opportunity to work closely with senior students who are about to enter the profession. You’ll be teaching them the skills that will help them to be successful engineers in a business environment. Developing skills such as creating specifications from a customer needs analysis, project scheduling and project tracking gives our students the kind of practical knowledge that they need and that prospective employers want to see in their new hires.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to learn more please


Arnie Berger

Associate Professor and Former Chair

Division of Engineering and Mathematics

School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

University of Washington Bothell



Seattle University

Are you interested in working with and mentoring university students on their senior capstone project? The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Seattle University is looking for one more person to advise for a senior design project team. As advisor, you’d mentor a team of four electrical/computer engineering students as they work on an industry-sponsored real-world design problem. The project runs from late September to early June, and requires a commitment that averages a few hours per week. Advisors will be made adjunct faculty at Seattle University and are compensated. We have projects on IoT, electromagnetics, machine learning, and robotics.

Contact :

Dr. Henry Louie (louieh@seattleu.edu), Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seattle University

University of Washington Bothell

Lecturer Part-Time in Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Mathematics Division, School of STEM, University of Washington Bothell

Position Description

The Division of Engineering and Mathematics in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) invites applications for non-tenure track Lecturer Part-Time faculty in Electrical Engineering. We are seeking a candidates to join our faculty on a part-time basis (50% – 100%) for a 9-month service period and with opportunities to teach during the summer.  Appointments may be for multiple years (1-5 years).  The start date is September 16, 2019.

Division faculty contribute to teaching and service.  Faculty share an essential commitment to excellence in teaching and enhancing learning opportunities for a diverse student population. Instructional responsibilities for this position are focused, but not limited, to teaching laboratory classes in circuits (B EE 215 and B EE 233) and electronics (B EE 331 and B EE 332). A successful candidate will join a team that is enthusiastically committed to student access and excellence. Attending professional development opportunities offered by the School of STEM is encouraged. For information about the division and school, please see our website at https://www.uwb.edu/stem.


  1. Ph.D., or M.S. in Electrical Engineering or related fields, or foreign equivalent, by the date of hire.
  2. Two years experience teaching or mentoring in Electrical Engineering.
  3. Demonstrated ability of using basic laboratory measurement instruments.

More info: https://apply.interfolio.com/64172

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