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Professor Jeffrey R. Yost at the Wilson Lecture Series - ECE Fall 2021 Colloquium

Fields of Dream Machines and Processing a Paradoxical Past: IBM Systems Engineering, Gender, and the Irony of Big Blue’s Solutions

IBM has a larger historical literature than any corporation globally. With iconic IBM objects, actors, facilities, and moments as inputs, innovation narratives result as outputs. Even IBM’s early 1990s crisis set up CEO Lou Gerstner to “innovate” a new services’ focus, and with wizardry make the “elephant dance.” In demystifying Big Blue, I argue IBM was always in major part a services company. In embracing irony and inclusion, I offer a wholly different history of IBM, one braiding maintenance, the field, and Systems Engineering (SE). By valuing labor activity, and not just profit centers, field services women—IBM’s System Services Women’s Corps (SSWC)—come to the fore. As “hidden figures” providing maintenance, custom programming, and systems know-how, the SSWC became a model for IBM Systems Engineering in 1960. IBM SEs set it apart and defined a solutions company long before solutions (albeit whitewashing women’s roles) became central to IBM’s marketing.

Bio of professor Jeffrey R. Yost

Jeffrey R. Yost is Director of the Charles Babbage Institute and Research Professor in HSTM, UMN. He is a specialist in computing history and has published six books—most recently, Making IT Work (MIT Press)—and dozens of articles on the social, business, and scientific history of our digital world. Currently, he has three book projects he is completing under contract on computing cultures, cybersecurity, and inequality. He is a past EIC of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, founding Co-Editor of Interfaces, and Co-Editor of the Computing and Culture book series for Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. He is among the most awarded PIs in the history of science in the nation (NSF, ACM, IEEE, DOE, Sloan, IBM, etc.).

Interview Prep with Brooksource - hosted by IEEE WIE

IEEE WIE is excited to welcome Brooksource for an interview preparation session today September 28Brooksource is a company that provides career advising, resume building, personal/professional development, and much more. Join us for this session to gain professional advice on how to ace an interview! There will be pizza!

Please RSVP using this form.

IEEE Weekly Board Meeting

IEEE UMN holds its weekly board meetings on Sundays at 9:30am via Zoom. All are welcome to join as the committee plans, discusses, and organizes events and networking opportunities. This is a great way to become involved in the decisions that IEEE makes! 

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Taste of SASE Kickoff

Join SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) on September 24 at Taste of SASE. You will be paired with a SASE mentor who will give you professional, academic, and life advice, meet other mentees, and the Society's board members. 

Study night - hosted by IEEE UMN

IEEE will be hosting a study night in Tate Hall with free snacks and drinks provided to help fuel your work. Whether you have a big test coming up or just want to hang out with others in your major, we encourage you to join us!

Professor John P. Hayes at the Wilson Lecture Series - ECE Fall 2021 Colloquium

Computing with Randomness: The Stochastic Circuit Approach

Almost all modern computers are deterministic and exact; randomness plays no role in their operation. Yet randomness has advantages, as suggested by its widespread occurrence in nature, ranging from quantum mechanical systems to the human brain. Stochastic computing (SC) is an unconventional computing technique that processes data defined by pseudo-random bit-streams. It mimics aspects of the nervous system and enables complex numerical operations to be performed using extremely small, low-power, and error-tolerant circuitry. SC has applications in several areas such as image processing, complex coding techniques, and the design of artificial neural networks. However, achieving results of acceptable quality is difficult and SC tends to require very long bit-streams and run-times. This talk reviews the underlying concepts of SC and its applications and discusses some of our recent research results that focus on accuracy and latency.

Bio of professor John P. Hayes

John P. Hayes is professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he holds the Claude E. Shannon Chair of Engineering Science. He has a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Ireland, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Michigan, he was a faculty member at the University of Southern California. His research interests include computer-aided design and testing, computer architecture, and unconventional computing techniques. Hayes has authored seven books, including Computer Architecture and Organization (3rd ed., 1998), Quantum Circuit Simulation (2009), and Design, Analysis and Test of Logic Circuits under Uncertainty (2012). He has served as editor of various technical journals, including the Communications of the ACM and the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM.


CSE Career Fair (Virtual)

The fall 2021 College of Science and Engineering Virtual Career Fair takes place over 2 days:

Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 from noon to 6 p.m. each day.

For questions regarding the Career Fair, contact the CSE Career Center.

IEEE Weekly Board Meeting

IEEE UMN holds its weekly board meetings on Sundays at 9:30am via Zoom. All are welcome to join as the committee plans, discusses, and organizes events and networking opportunities. This is a great way to become involved in the decisions that IEEE makes! 

Link for the Zoom meeting:

Virtual Star Party - hosted by the Bell Museum

Free event recommended for all ages

Join us for our fall observing season kickoff! We’ll be streaming live telescope views to you from the Bell Museum’s observation deck. Our expert planetarium team will guide you through what to look out for this fall, from seasonal deep space objects to upcoming meteor showers and eclipses.

Registration is requested through Eventbrite in order to receive a secure Zoom Webinar link.

Minnesota’s Astronomy Classroom is generously supported by Ruth and John Huss.

Résumé Review with Accenture - hosted by SASE

Join SASE as it hosts its first professional event of the academic year. Volunteers from Accenture (a Fortune Global 500 company) will review your résumé. Plan on getting a professional headshot taken along with some career advice from SASE board members. Make the most of the event and prepare for the Fall Career Fair.
(There will be free food too)