2015 IEEE SEM Humanitarian Technology Conference

CONFERENCE:    South Eastern Michigan Humanitarian Technology Conference

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Speakers and Agenda


Governor Rick Snyder – Video Address


  Senator Gary Peters – Video Address

Second Keynote Speaker: David Behen, Director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan’s CIO.


  Keynote Speaker: Yvette Pearson Weatherton, Program Director, NSF

Dr. Yvette Pearson Weatherton has 20 years of experience in engineering education. After serving as a faculty member at Southern University for 12 years, she joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington in September 2007, where she is Associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Pearson Weatherton holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Southern University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from The University of New Orleans, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

Currently an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointee, Dr. Pearson Weatherton is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation where she manages a large and diverse portfolio of awards geared toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. Prior to assuming this role, she provided leadership in acquiring and administering nearly $3 million in funding for projects focused on improving recruitment, retention, and graduation of STEM majors. One of her key focus areas is broadening the participation of students from underrepresented groups – minorities, females and persons with disabilities – in STEM education and careers. Identifying with all three of these groups, Dr. Pearson Weatherton offers a unique perspective shaped by her experiences as an engineering student and professional.

Dr. Pearson Weatherton is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where she has served in a number of leadership roles. Most recently, she was appointed as a member of the society’s Committee on Sustainability, a Corresponding Member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and was selected to represent the organization as a Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET. Additionally,  Dr. Pearson Weatherton is an actively engaged member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where she regularly participates in conferences as an author/presenter and reviews for one of the organization’s journals, Advances in Engineering Education, as needed.

Dr. Pearson Weatherton’s accomplishments in engineering education and research have been recognized  through several honors and awards. She has been invited to Oxford University twice (2007 and 2012) to speak about her work, most recently presenting the results of her research team’s efforts to infuse various engineering curricula with sustainability. In 2013, she was ranked among the top 25 women professors in the State of Texas and she received the University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching award in the University of Texas System. Dr. Pearson Weatherton also received the 2010 and 2012 UT Arlington Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2009 UT

Arlington College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, Southern University’s Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Member (five years), and Southern University’s 2003 College of Engineering Teacher of the Year award.

FOCUS AREA:      Applying Technology for Humanitarian Causes

WHEN:                      17th July,2015

WHERE:                    Burtor Manor,Livonia in City of Metropolitan Detroit

BACKGROUND:     The IEEE Mission and Vision are listed as below:

Conference Mission:        

  • Promote science, engineering and technology as a solutions to humanitarian problems
  • Foster exchange of information and networking in the humanitarian field
  • Focus attention of businesses on emerging market and social entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Impact in positive and meaningful ways the lives of residents of South Eastern Michigan

Vision:            IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the         contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving   global condition.

Need:             No technological developments have taken place during the last 30 years to make the city technologically secure.

IMPACT:  The outcome of the conference will be reported in press to have a direct impact so as to improve the homelessness and crime prevention and reduction in the city of Detroit.

BENEFICIARIES:   The people of South Eastern Michigan in general

GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS TO BE AFFECTED:            State of Michigan

Conferenece Chair –  Harpreet Singh (hsingh@eng.wayne.edu)

Register here – https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33421

Why Attend?

  • Participate in an extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program
  • Learn from world-class knowledgeable practitioners working in the field
  • Exchange information, share experiences and network with actively involved attendees
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your humanitarian work and projects
  • Find new resources, ideas, and potential partners or investors

IEEE SEMHTC will cover a wide range of topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Health, Medical Technology, Telemedicine
  • Disaster Warning, Avoidance, and Response
  • Water Planning, Availability and Quality
  • Sanitation
  • Power Infrastructure/Off-grid Power/Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Connectivity and Communications Technologies (data/voice) for Remote Locations
  • Educational Technologies
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Applying Science, Engineering and Technology for Environmental Sustainability
  • Humanitarian Challenges and Opportunities


  • The IEEE South Eastern Michigan Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE SEMHTC) is the platform for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to humanitarian challenges. The technical focus of the Conference is complemented by an integrated understanding of broader contexts—economics, policy, culture, environment—to create and promote sustainable holistic solutions.
  • SEMHTC welcomes participation by individuals and organizations from technical and non-technical backgrounds, including engineers, scientists, academics, small-businesses, corporations, philanthropists, foundations, and government and non-government organizations.

The Conference theme of “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in five tracks:

  • Energy—infrastructure and off-grid power, renewable, transportation, lighting, cooking & heating
  • Health—medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care
  • Disaster, connectivity, and communication—disaster warning & avoidance, disaster response, disaster management, networks, remote communication, communication technologies
  • Humanitarian challenges and opportunities—education, housing, supply chain & distribution, business development
  • Water and agriculture—clean water, sanitation, irrigation, farming practices & agricultural technologies

Master of Ceremony: Matt Roush

Matt Roush is a veteran Michigan journalist with more than three decades of experience in a wide variety of media. He has covered high tech and the internet since the dawn of the World Wide Web in 1994, first for Crain’s Detroit Business, then for WWJ Newsradio 950, where he created its technology blog, the Great Lakes IT Report. In 2014, Roush joined The Engineering Society of Detroit as its Director of Communications and Public Relations. There, he directs the production of its magazine, TechCentury, and its technology news blog, www.technologycentury.com, along with handling other communication and PR duties. Roush is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Journalist of the Year in 2009. Roush holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Albion College and resides in Dearborn.

Call for Postershttps://r4.ieee.org/sem/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/05/CALL-FOR-POSTERS-IEEE-SEM-HUMANATARIAN-TECHNOLOGY-CONFERENCE-UPDATED.pdf


Dean AslamMichigan State University Robert ErlandsonWayne State University Atul PrakashUniversity of Michigan
Pieter FrickOakland University Carol MillerWayne State University Ravindra NathChildren Hospital, Michigan
 David Bergeman Risarg (Reggie) HuffNSO – Director Homeless Recovery Taulant KadiuBalkan American Community Center
Zia UddinSt. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital   





5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Registration

Display Tables/ Posters/ Networking/ Snacks

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Poster Presentations and Poster Judging

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM  Technical Presentations/ Panels

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM  Dinner

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Keynote Speakers

9:00 PM – 9:15 PM  Awards and Recognition

9:15 PM – 9:30 PM  Cultural Activity

9:30 PM – 10:00 PM Dessert/ Coffee/ Closing


Registration: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/33421


Registration ends July 15 2015 at 11:59 PM.   No refunds

Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members)…………         $25

IEEE and ESD Members ……………………………………         $25

Non Members …………………………………………….…..            $30

Primary Poster Authors……………………………………..           $0

Additional Poster Author………………………………….            $25

Speakers and VIPs………………………………   $0

Spouses of speakers and VIPs………………….. $0

Student/ Faculty/ Company Table (10 persons)             $250

Gold Sponsorship Registration…………………………….       $3000

Silver Sponsorship Registration……………………………      $2000

Bronze Sponsorship Registration………………………….     $1000


COMMITTEE          Chair – Harpreet Singh, hsingh@eng.wayne.edu


  •          Arun Hundiwal
  •          Bill Moylan
  •          David Mindham
  •          Chaitanya Kumar Setti
  •          Yi Lu Murphey
  •          Lora Schulwitz
  •          Praveen Kumar
  •          Pieter Frick
  •          Mohamad Berri
  •          Kimball Williams
  •          Nevrus Kaja
  •          Ali Eydgahi
  •          Robert Neff
  •          Rajeev Verma
  •          Subramanian Ganesan
  •          Shashank Kamthan
  •          Kevin Taylor
  •          Raju Brahmandhabheri
  •          Scott Lytle
  •          Robert Reynolds
  •          Basil Sherlund
  •          Devinder Kaur
  •          Lubna Alazzawi
  •          Ravi Nigham