IEEE Green Technologies Conference Extends Deadline for Papers on Current & Emerging Renewable Energy Sources & Energy-Reduction Technologies
WASHINGTON (21 November 2011) — IEEE Green Technologies Conference organizers have extended the deadline for technical papers to 1 December.

Papers can be submitted at, and authors will be notified on 4 January 2012 whether their papers are accepted. For more information on the event, see

Accepted papers will be presented during the fourth-annual conference, 19-20 April 2012, at Oral Roberts University and the Hilton Tulsa (Okla.) Southern Hills. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore.

Contributed papers on topics related to current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies are solicited in – but not limited to – the following areas:

* Energy generation and storage technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar, water, geothermal,
biomass, energy harvesting and storage
* Energy usage reduction and conservation, including energy management, planning and forecasting, home and commercial automation, innovative HVAC and lighting
* Architectural and engineering sustainable designs, including strategies for sustainability, performance evaluation, use of green building components and system management
* Environmental, legal, social, economic and political impacts, including emerging standards for
renewable and reduced carbon emission energy sources, safety and technologies for developed and underdeveloped countries
* Smart Grid communication and control, including evolution and integration of renewable and reduced emission energy sources
* Environmental protection, including oil spill prevention and control 
* Green IT and sustainable computing, including IT de-manufacturing and legitimate recycling; energy-efficient IT solutions; network concepts and architectures for lowering energy consumption; energy efficient algorithms; sensor networks for climate and disaster monitoring; and power-aware software design and development 
* Biofuels and emerging fuels technology, i.e. generating combustion fuels from renewable sources such as algae, non-food plants and vegetable oils

Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The 2012 IEEE Green Technologies Conference aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The event is sponsored by IEEE Region 5, the Tulsa Section, Oral Roberts University, IEEE-USA and the Boeing Co.

Questions can be directed to 2012 IEEE Green Technologies Chair Sophie Liu at

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Colonel Mason at 214-329-4949 or

Cornell University Student Chosen IEEE/IEEE-USA’s “New Face of Engineering College Edition”

WASHINGTON (8 December 2011) — Jeremy Blum, an electrical and computer engineering major at Cornell University, is the first IEEE student member to be recognized as the IEEE/IEEE-USA’s “New Face of Engineering College Edition.” IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Administered by the National Engineers Week Foundation, “College Edition” recognizes third-, fourth- and fifth-year students enrolled in a bachelor of science engineering program at an ABET-accredited college or equivalent international institution with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. Winners are honored for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and participation in the engineering industry.

Blum is the founder and director of Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD), an interdisciplinary 150-member team that pursues environmentally inspired design-build projects. One project was a schoolhouse in South Africa. Blum also built the control system for a solar-powered house that entered the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. He is leading an effort to build a sustainability research facility at Cornell. He has released hundreds of videos, tutorials and projects on his YouTube channel ( Between that and his blog (, the senior has tens of thousands of online followers.

Blum enjoys sharing his zeal for engineering with children. In November he and other CUSD students taught youngsters at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Children’s Museum how to re-purpose soda bottles into hanging gardens. Last summer he taught several classes at the Harlem Children’s Zone about sustainable engineering and renewable energy.

“When I’m teaching young kids about engineering, I always start with this: ‘engineers change the world,'” Blum said. “I then go on to explain that electrical engineers are responsible for many of the things they likely take for granted, like iPods, computers, cell phones and more. I also tell them that engineers are problem solvers. When presented with information, an engineer’s job isn’t just to analyze it but to take that data and do something unthinkable and innovative with it.”

Blum thinks his IEEE membership has been greatly beneficial.

“Being a member of IEEE has been critical for expanding my network and meeting other amazing people whom I’ve been able to work with on various projects,” he said. “I’m consistently amazed by all the smart electrical engineering students and teachers at Cornell, and IEEE has been the ideal place to find them. I also think having access to IEEE’s vast network of technical papers has been invaluable in conducting my research.”

The IEEE/IEEE-USA portion of the “College Edition” contest was open to IEEE student members around the world. For more on all the winners, see

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. For information on the benefits of IEEE membership, see