IEEE Northern Virginia (NoVA) Section Newsletter – April 2019

The IEEE NoVA section in collaboration with the IEEE Washington Section cordially invite you to the annual awards banquet.  The awards banquet honors the volunteerism of our members and celebrates their achievements.  The banquet will be held at the Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry St SE Vienna, Virginia 22180) on Saturday May 11th starting at 6:00 PM.  Details and registration information are currently available at  This website will be regularly updated as more information about the event becomes available.

We are soliciting nominations for the 5 NoVA special service awards.  To nominate your colleagues please send an email to the awards chair, Dr.  Kiki Ikossi, at ikossi@ieee.orgwith a name of the nominee and a short description for the nomination qualifications.  Self-nominations are accepted.  The deadline for nominations is April 22nd.

The IEEE NoVA Special awards are:

James F.  Strother Meritorious Service Award For long and distinguished service to the local membership over five years.

Distinguished Service Award For sustained contributions over three to five years.

Volunteer of the Year To recognize superior contributions during 2018

Chapter of the Year To recognize superior contributions during 2018

Friend of the IEEE NoVA Award For the Industry, Corporation or Institution, to recognize sustained superior contributions to IEEE NoVA for over 3-5 years or impactful contribution during 2018

Section News

Please visit the NoVA section’s website ( for information on local IEEE and related activities.  You can also access the Washington section’s website ( or the Baltimore sections website ( if activities in one of these locations is convenient for you.  We want to make these websites useful tools for you.


Volunteers with technical expertise are needed by a wide range of organizations in the greater DC area.

AAAS STEM Volunteer Program

The AAAS STEM Volunteer program invites IEEE members to learn about the program and consider becoming a volunteer.  The program is celebrating its 15th year of placing STEM professionals in DC Metro area K-12 classrooms!  This school year, over 200 scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are assisting teachers and students in ten school districts.  Volunteers give demonstrations, assist with lab experiments, present on special topics, help with homework.  Hours are flexible.  Volunteers attend a one-day orientation in September.

You can learn more about the program by attending the STEM Volunteer Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the AAAS Auditorium (1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005).  Please RSVP to by April 16th.

Cybersecurity Curriculum Guideline for community College Survey

Another opportunity to volunteer exists for individuals with expertise in cyber security and an interest in school curriculum.  This opportunity does not require travel and can be done at your home computer!

The first draft of new Cybersecurity Curriculum Guideline for community colleges (CSEC2Y), StrawDog, is now released and available for review and comment.  The draft was first presented at SIGCSE 2019 (video available on our YouTube channel).  The comment period will remain open until April 15th.  The developers would love to get input from IEEE members and ask that you share it with anyone in your networks who may also be able to provide input.  Below is the pertinent information.

StrawDog Draft – draft document to review

StrawDog Survey – survey to complete with your feedback and comments

CSEC2Y Status – project overview and status page for future reference

The survey is long, walking through each of the 8 knowledge areas, and it will provide very important feedback in shaping the CSEC2Y guidelines.  Please take the time to review StrawDog and complete the survey.  You may skip the knowledge areas you don’t feel comfortable evaluating.  The team appreciates the feedback.  The comment period closes April 15.

Upcoming Events

The best way to stay informed of local activities is to visit the NoVA website’s pages that lets you search for events of interest, or that provides a list of the next 2 months events.  Events conducted by the Washington and Baltimore sections can be found at parallel pages on their websites.

Note that if you have trouble getting to events that interest you (and who doesn’t have trouble commuting in the DC area!), many events are broadcasted via WebEx and you can attend virtually.  You must register and under Special Instructions request WebEx login information.

The events currently scheduled for next few months include:

Quantum Computing: The Foundation for the Next Digital Era – Computer Society Chapter Meeting04 Apr 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIAComputerWashington, District of ColumbiaYes
VTS: Swiss Railways09 Apr 2019 11:30 AMWASHINGTONVTSWashington, District of ColumbiaNo
IEEE NoVA AdCom Meeting10 Apr 2019 06:40 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIAN/AVienna, VirginiaYes
Garbage In, Garbage Out: The Predictable and Unpredictable Challenges of Regulating Machine Learning Systems11 Apr 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIASSITWashington, District of ColumbiaNo
IEEE Washington Section AdCom11 Apr 2019 06:30 PMWASHINGTONN/ACollege Park, MarylandYes
Baltimore Section Executive Committee (ExCom) Meeting, 15 April 201915 Apr 2019 06:30 PMBALTIMOREN/ALinthicum, MarylandYes
New Tools for Quantum Computing Software Development – Computer Society Chapter Meeting18 Apr 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIAComputerMcLean, VirginiaYes
Superconducting Electronics for Quantum Computing23 Apr 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIANano
College Park, MarylandNo
Computing Medicine / National Capital Area Computer Society Chapter Distinguished Lecture30 Apr 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIAComputerMcLean, VirginiaYes
A Civic Vision for Systems Engineering – IEEE SSIT Chapter Meeting01 May 2019 06:30 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIASSITWashington, District of ColumbiaNo
IEEE Northern VA/Washington Annual Awards Banquet11 May 2019 06:00 PMNORTHERN VIRGINIAN/AVienna, VirginiaNo
VTS: Air Brakes State-of-the-Art14 May 2019 11:30 AMWASHINGTONVTSWashington, District of ColumbiaNo
Edge Computing (online course for group attendance)18 May 2019 10:00 AMBALTIMOREN/ALinthicum, MD 21090, MarylandNo
Baltimore Colloquium on Next Gen Technologies for 5G and Beyond09 Oct 2019 09:00 AMBALTIMOREEDSCollege Park, MarylandNo

Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences

The IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management will be held in Washington DC April 8th -12th.  The theme of this this year’s conference is “Intelligent Management for the Next Wave of Cyber and Social Networks”, reflecting the increasing convergence of both technical network infrastructure and infrastructure for social interactions Intelligent Management for the Next Wave of Cyber and Social Networks.  Detailed information can be found at

Best wishes,

Michael Olex

Chair, IEEE Northern Virginia Section