December 3, 2018 Meeting Agenda

November 26, 2018

Our December meeting will be on Monday December 3rd at Razzi’s in Greenwood at 6pm.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Around the Room
  5. Treasurer Report
  6. Engineering Fair Report
  7. Calendar
  8. Website Updates
  9. Banquet Update
  10. Mentor Nights
  11. Action Item Review
  12. Adjourn
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Webmaster Report, September 2018

September 10, 2018

From time to time, I use this space to let everyone know what’s happening on the PSEC website. I haven’t done one of these in a long time but since we are starting a new program year tonight I figured I’d put down a few words.

I am Stan <webmaster@pseconline.org>. I have been operating this website for many years. It has largely been a solo effort but I would much prefer that others join me. Besides being more fun for me I think it improves the site if it reflects the input of the community of engineers. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to help out or have ideas to share.

The site is running the same as it has for several years now. We run the WordPress software here with only a very few customizations. WordPress has finally made upgrading the software very easy. I can now make updates in minutes without bringing down the site for any time.

If you are not familiar with the site, I’d encourage you to look around. There is a lot of unrealized potential for reaching out to our membership and the representatives. There is also much we could do in the way of advocacy and outreach to the broader community. It is also fairly easy to contribute to the site itself. You just need to have an account. You can put up announcements, post reports and photos from events you attended, or anything else you can think of. I know there are a lot of neglected corners on the website that could use some attention. Please consider adopting one of those sections and helping to make it better.

If you are involved in any way with any of the PSEC Events whether it is the banquet, the mentor nights or the ISOW, please consider how you might use the website to advertise and market them. You should contact me if you want to discuss ideas.

Calendars

The calendar events page is also worth a look. The PSEC maintains a calendar of our own events but we also publish the events calendars of our member societies. You can view events from any of the participating societies and they are updated live as their respective owners edit them. You can also subscribe to them such that they will appear on your own calendar in most cases.

If you don’t see the events calendar for your society, it is probably because they haven’t contacted me yet to get it added. If your society maintains a calendar I can probably add it to our list. All you need to do is put the person in charge of maintaining that calendar in touch with me. It generally takes only a few minutes to get up an running.

Collaboration

The primary means for PSEC Representatives to communicate is via the PSEC Reps mail list. If you are a PSEC Rep you should subscribe to that list via that link. I only request that you refrain from sending file attachments over the list. The mail list software blocks attachments that are larger than about a megabyte. File attachments are a primary source of bad things happening on the Internet. Various forms of malware get transmitted via attachments and make their way onto other computers that way. Plus, it is generally more considerate to your recipients to not make them open another program to read something that could have been typed into an email body anyway.

If you really need to send a photo or spreadsheet file or something there are good alternatives available that are far superior to attaching it to an email. For example, the PSEC maintains a DropBox folder. If you are not a party to that folder, let me know and I can add you. When you add or edit a file in the DropBox folder on your machine, it automatically gets updated everywhere else. This is super convenient and simplifies collaboration involving files. It also means you don’t have to download large files manually.

As a side note, if you have materials that you want to be shown on screen at a PSEC meeting, I maintain a specific folder inside that DropBox for them. Simply place them in the Meetings folder and I will get them.

The PSEC also has a limited social media presence. We maintain a Facebook Group and a Twitter Account. We also have a LinkedIn group but it is somewhat difficult to maintain so it does not get updated by me as often. I post general announcements and links to things on this website on those social media accounts so please join/like/follow/share/etc. if you participate. I try to follow back from those accounts where possible.

If you want to make an announcement, whether it be to the engineering community or the broader public, the best way to go about it is to get it posted here on the website or if it has a date/time associated with it, on your events calendar. Work with me to get it up here. If the President approves, we post it and then we can then boost it by linking to it from within our social media accounts. In all cases, you should include the URL to your announcement post in all your later communications. If the details change, we can edit it without changing the URL. We can schedule multiple pushes to social media also.

Well, that’s probably enough. If you need to get in touch with me I’m at webmaster@pseconline.org. Please think about how this website can better work for your goals and contact me or if you have an account here leave a comment in the comments section below

Thanks,
Stan

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September 10, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Meeting Announcement

Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Razzis Pizzeria 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103 (map)
Free parking is available behind the restaurant and on neighborhood side streets.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Around the Room
  5. Treasurer Report
  6. Calendar
  7. Website Updates
  8. Mentor Nights
  9. Swearing in of 2018-19 Officers
  10. Banquet Proposal
  11. Action Item Review
  12. Adjourn
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Meeting Minutes, April 2, 2018

May 9, 2018

Attendance

Sam Gheesling, Stan Dyck, George Bondor, Charles Beard, Kathi Shoemake, Hardik Dalal

Agenda

  • Call to Order : 6:15 PM
  • Approval of Agenda : Motioned & Approved
  • Approval of Minutes : Motioned & Approved
  • Around the Room :
    • Charles Beard AIAA:
    • Sam Gheesling, ASME: Meeting 4/10 , Presentation on Sound Transit
    • Stan Dyck, IEEE: Calendar on website now
    • Kathi
    • Marina Daniker, SWE: 4/14th Girls Scout Event, 4/15th SWE to the movies, Ready Play
    • George Bondor,SAE: Meeting 4/21 Formula SAE team presentation at WWU
    • Hardik Dalal, SAMPE: April 16th WAC Student Night – student present research posters, presentation is a panel discussion on engineering. May is national conference in Long Beach
  • Treasurer Report : Shared at meeting
  • Storage – Hold, still gathering data, Suggestion made to look to
  • Calendar : Mentoring Activities, Shoreline College Mentor Night, ISOW, Next meeting May7th
  • Website Updates: Discussion on what is shared on PSEC website and mentor night calendar
  • Mentor Nights: Next PSEC mentor night is Shoreline April 25th
  • Engineering Fair: Next year
  • Awards Banquet: Alternate Location Discussion
  • ISOW : Please send 2-3 reps for discussion
  • Non-Traditional Groups: Adding to PSEC membership – tabled for later
  • Action Item Review – looking for outreach coordinator
    • Action Items sent to reps list weekly – does this work? Let Stan know.
    • LinkedIn – Stan has Admin Rights
    • New item: Determine relative cost for Banquet
  • Adjourn : 7:07 PM, Next meeting May 7th
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Highline Mentor Night Event, May 22nd

Our friends at Highline College are hosting our latest (and last of the program year) Mentor Night. If you are an engineering student there it is a good way to meet and network with local engineers. If you are a local engineer the PSEC is always looking for volunteer mentors to spend an evening with the next generation, describing what you do and giving advice.

The Highline event will be May 22nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

If you’d like to attend as a mentor, please register on our Eventbrite site and come ready to talk a bit about what you do and answer questions from eager students.

The event will be at the Student Union Building (Building #8). The address is

2400 S. 240th St
Des Moines, WA

Please consult the campus map for directions.

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Shoreline College Mentor Night

March 17, 2018

Our friends at Shoreline Community College have announced their engineering Mentor Night will be held on April 25th at 5:30 to 8:00. If you would like to spend some time answering questions for some engineering students please consider registering on their eventbrite registration page.

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Calendar Updates

March 14, 2018

I have made several changes to the PSEC Calendar that I wanted to highlight. Hopefully, they will make it easier to see what events we are sponsoring and also see the events of our member societies.

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Dinner with Industry at Everett Community College

March 13, 2018

Natalie Salazar, a student at Everett Community College and member of the SWE student chapter writes in to inform us of a Mentor Night volunteer opportunity:

As a member of EvCC’s Society of Women Engineers, I’m happy to invite you to our annual Dinner with Industry as an Engineering/Computer Science Professional.

This is an amazing opportunity for engineering students here at the college to meet with experienced professionals like you to really learn about what the engineering/CS world offers outside of college. Sharing your hard work and experience is extremely valuable to students who are still in the beginning stages of their schooling. In return, dinner is on us!

Here are the event details:

SWE Dinner with Industry
Thursday, April 12th from 6-8pm
Everett Community College, Jackson Center 101

All engineering and computer science professionals are welcome, so feel free to invite any co-workers/colleagues/friends in these fields. We are also in great need of more software and electrical engineers, so the more the merrier.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Best,
Natalie Salazar
Electrical Engineering Major
Secretary of SPS
Everett Community College

To RSVP send an email to Natalie with your name and the name of the company you work for.

Thanks, Natalie!

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Olympic College Mentor Night on April 17

March 12, 2018

Roseann Berg, Directory of Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) at Olympic College writes in to tell us about a Mentor Night event they are holding in Bremerton in April.

The Olympic College MESA program is hosting an Engineering Mentor Night for Olympic College, Tacoma Community College and WSU undergraduate students on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6-8pm at our Bremerton campus.

The purpose of this mentor night is to provide engineering students (freshmen through seniors) an opportunity to interact with practicing engineers about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, career pathways, day-to-day work, internships, graduate education, professional advancement and more. No ongoing mentoring is expected of those attending this event.

There is also a registration form that she encourages you to fill out to receive more information or if you plan to attend either as a student or as a mentor.

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Webmaster report, February 2018

February 4, 2018

I haven’t done one of these in some time but since I won’t be able to attend the February meeting I will post my report here. There was quite a few changes over the last month.

  • Thanks to the help of Carmen Cejudo I was able to add the ASHRAE events calendar to our site’s Events Calendar. I wrote up a post that demonstrates it. If you would like to have your society’s calendar displayed I encourage you to put me in touch with whoever handles your website. Carmen and I were able to get their calendar in place in less than an hour.
  • I added posts for each of 2018 award recipients on the website. On that page there is a link to the general announcement as well as links to each of the individual award recipients. I pushed out announcements for each recipient to Facebook and Twitter over the week of January 28th. Thanks to John Schaufelberger for getting the bios and photos together for me.
  • I put up Luis Leon’s post announcing the Seattle Central mentor night on January 25th. I would encourage someone who was there to post a report on it for the website. Reports from the Banquet and the Engineering Fair would also be welcome!
  • I also added the North Seattle Mentor Night to the calendar for March 1st.
  • I updated the PSEC Background page‘s Past Presidents section to include links to obituaries for Milt Tiede and Don Northey. When Don Goehler died we created an In Memoriam post for him so I thought we should at least link to other past presidents who have passed. If there are others on that list that you think should be added let me know.
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