IEEE Cedar Rapids Section

March 19th, 2014




vincedelongA major contributor to the health of the Cedar Rapids Section of IEEE was lost with the death of Vince DeLong on March 30, 2013.  Besides being a valued engineer at Collins Radio/Rockwell International, he should be remembered for giving the Cedar Rapids Section a major kickstart back in 1975.  The section had decayed into inactivity … there were no meetings and no active leadership.  It is my understanding that Jack Cosgrove, not wanting to see the demise of IEEE, leaned on Vince to form an operating committee and start having meetings.  At any rate, Vince came on board and assembled a slate of officers to get the section moving again.  He tapped me to be Programs Chair, and we began having quality programs over the lunch hour as well as in the evening.  We offered door prizes to encourage better attendance, and meals were often subsidized for IEEE members.  It didn’t hurt that Vince’s Longbranch was near Rockwell, which made noon luncheons convenient for the many members at Rockwell.  There was also more encouragement and support from Rockwell in the form of in-kind services and time management.   I even remember Jack Cosgrove coming to an IEEE Ice Breaker, providing a welcome to potential new members from the company president and encouraging more support from members.

I know you’ll enjoy the following articles written by former associates of Vince, Merrill Ludvigson and Phil Topf. 

Remembering Vince DeLong – Phil Topf

Vince DeLong – Merrill Ludvigson

Gayle Buroker, Section History Chair

February 20th, 2014

 future city 2014 winners


Future City IEEE Special Award Winners: Most Innovative Power Distribution or Communications System:

Capital City from Roosevelt Middle School, Cedar Rapids.  Team members Miya Stahle, Elizabeth Mohr, Hannah Carr, Teacher Jen Erwin, mentor Jeff Weissenberger.

January 30th, 2014

Tim  Schoenfelder, right, receives the IEEE Cedar Rapids Section’s 2013 Ted A. Hunter Award  from John Nirschl, the 2012 recipient of the Section’s Ted A. Hunter Award

Tim Schoenfelder, right, receives the IEEE Cedar Rapids Section’s 2013 Ted A. Hunter Award from John Nirschl, the 2012 recipient of the Section’s Ted A. Hunter Award

During 1944 Ted Hunter became the driving force behind the formation of the Cedar Rapids Section of the Institute of Radio Engineers (the predecessor of the IEEE).  He was primarily responsible for the rapid growth and solid organization of this section.

The Cedar Rapids Section’s Ted A. Hunter Award is given in recognition of outstanding individual service in furthering the purposes and objectives of the Cedar Rapids Section and IEEE.

Tim Schoenfelder receives this award for his numerous years of dedication to the Section.  He has served the section as Section Vice-Chair, Section Chair, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Awards Committee, and most recently as Programs Chair for the Section.  Tim was the driving force for the Section’s submission of it’s entry into the IEEE-USA 2013 contest for a short video showcasing the Section’s PACE activities.  These activities encompassed Member professional development, career assistance, pre-college outreach, legislative policy advocacy and promotion of public image of IEEE.

July 8th, 2012


Photo: Myron Wilson, left, receives the Jack Sherman Outstanding IEEE Region 4 Member Award from Robert Dawson
By: Himanshu Rawell
Myron Wilson, presently a Life Fellow Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IEEE Cedar Rapids Section, was awarded the 2011, Jack Sherman Outstanding Member IEEE Region 4 by the IEEE Region 4 awards committee. IEEE Region 4 is a geographical 10 state area in the central USA.
Myron has been awarded because of the collective contributions that he made of outstanding and noteworthy stature as well as his singular works that exemplify the objectives and attributes of IEEE.
Myron, a fellow member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), is active in ASQ and also ASQ’s National Board.  Additionally, Myron is on the Board of the Iowa Quality Center.
Myron is presently Vice-Chair of the IEEE Teller’s Committee.He also served as IEEE Cedar Rapids Section Chair when the first ProCon was held in 1997.  Myron has also served as IEEE Cedar Rapids Section Educational Activities Chair, IEEE Region 4, Director-Elect (1999-2000) and Director (2001-2002).  He has also served as IEEE Region 4 Life Member Affinity Group Coordinator (2007-2008).

Myron, presently a fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), served as the IIE International President during 1991-1992. He also served on their Board of Trustees 1983-1987 and 1990-1993.

Additionally, Myron is an active volunteer with Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers (RCRV) and Cedar Rapids Symphony Foundation Board.

“The Jack Sherman Outstanding Member” Award is designed to recognize members of IEEE Region 4 who through their professional and technical abilities have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the Institute, their communities, fellow professionals and fellow man. The award is not designed to recognize a single achievement, but rather collective contributions complemented by singular works exemplifying the objectives and attributes of IEEE. The award is considered for presentation annually by evaluation of nominations submitted in accordance with the award criteria and procedures. For more details see: and

March 13th, 2012

Dr. Manas Roy receives IEEE Outstanding Professional award!

By: Himanshu Rawell

Dr. Manas Roy is presently an IEEE Volunteer and Life Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He is also the Chairperson of the IEEE Cedar Rapids Section Microwave and Theory Techniques (MTT) Chapter.  Jim Reiss, IEEE Region 4 Chairman presented the award to Manas on January 21st, 2011 at the IEEE Region 4 (Central USA consisting of 10 states) meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  The award recognizes Manas’s designs and technological concepts which have contributed to several state of the art devices and technology advancements.

Dr. Roy received his Doctorate at University of Montpellier, France for his work on Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices which are key components in mobile phones.

In his long career spanning several prestigious civilian and military research centers including Rockwell Collins, AT&T Bell Labs, Motorola, and Northrop Grumman. Dr. Roy designed and developed miniature tunable filters for military radios, invented SAW delay filters for cellular base stations, and developed real time analog signal processors for military communications.

March 13th, 2012



Cedar Rapids Section of the IEEE is awarded 2011 Region 4 Outstanding Small Section

Robert Bruckman, 2012 Cedar Rapids Section Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Chair, accepted the Region 4 Outstanding Small Section Award on January 21st, 2012 at the IEEE Region 4 Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.The award recognizes the excellent work of the Cedar Rapids Section during the past year.It is based on required section information submission to IEEE Headquarters, retention of members, new affinity group formations, Active Student Branch activity, recruitment of student members, continuing educational activities including conferences, technical activities, and training courses.

The Cedar Rapids Section of the IEEE is composed of approximately 500 members in Eastern Iowa residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and surrounding areas.Our professionals work in their respective disciplines of engineering, computer science, education, project management, manufacturing, quality assurance, marketing, biomedicine, and energy production amoung others.The Cedar Rapids Section IEEE website is

Region 4 IEEE is comprised of 23 IEEE Sections and 3 IEEE Subsections in 10 Central US States.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an umbrella organization for professional working in many high tech disciplines. The IEEE is the worlds largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Iowa has a major part in this association with the Cedar Rapids Section and the contributions have just been recognized, against competition from as far away as Chicago.

This recognition is a welcome reminder that high tech is not just in Silicon Valley,  but is alive and well in our community.


March 3rd, 2012

Hello to all members of the the Cedar Rapids Section of the IEEE. My name is Robert Bruckman and I am your chair this year. I and the Executive Committee are already working hard to bring you excellent programs and events to you this year. We welcome all suggestions from you since we want to make this a Section we all are proud of.

I wish to thank Vickie Ozburn on her excellent leadership last year. This month the section or people in the section will be receiving awards from Region 4 of the IEEE. These awards are the 2011 Outstanding Small Section in Region 4 of the IEEE, Cedar Rapids Section, one of the 2011 Outstanding Member Awards, Mike Wilson and one of the 2011 Outstanding Professional Awards, Manas Roy. I have the honor of working with these people and the Executive Committee of the Section.

I hope to continue the excellent work of Vickie and other chairs of this great Section. This year should be a good one for the Section as we continue to work together.

January 28th, 2011

Most of my involvement with the Cedar Rapids Section for the past 12 years has been as a ProCon conference committee member or as Conference Chairman the past 7 years.  ProCon is a Section sponsored professional development conference held each spring, this will be our fourteenth year…and still going strong.  I encourage each of you to mark the date of May 3rd, 2011 on your calendar and plan to join us.  With that being said I have really learned a lot about our Section and the great volunteers who worked diligently at providing learning opportunities over the past year as Vice-Chair.  Thank you to Shana Fliginger, the IEEE Section officers and Committee chairs for their support and guidance over the past year.

Though the years there have been many valuable volunteers who for various reasons have gone on to different endeavors.  The Cedar Rapids Section owes much to them also.  I thank them and the current volunteers deeply and sincerely for their wonderful spirit and the effective work they perform.  I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to join our team and find out how wonderful it can be to be a Section volunteer.

We welcome your involvement in our section committees and monthly meetings to support, plan, and present activities like the ProCon Conference, technical events, and other educational events for our members.  If you enjoy behind the scenes as well as front stage action, enjoy planning activities, or just really enjoy networking with other professionals please contact me directly to determine how you can best get involved to achieve your personal and professional goals.

A full list of section officers can be found by clicking on the Contact link on the left side of the Section Website.

January 5th, 2011

Rockwell Collins Inc., will be awarded the IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Organizations Award on Saturday, March 5th in conjunction with the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. The award is being presented to Rockwell Collins for their sustained support of IEEE professional development activities. The IEEE-USA Board of Directors is very pleased to recognize Rockwell Collins efforts with this award.

The IEEEUSA Professional Achievement Award recognizes significant specific contributions, achievements, and efforts of individuals and organizations in the development and implementation of professional activities in the United States. Selection is be based on the dedication, effort, and quality of an accomplishment in this realm. Congratulations!

March 20th, 2010

Congratulations Gary Bishop on your IEEE-USA Professional Achievement in Region 4 Award!


Thank you Gary for your hard work in Pre-College and College Activities.