OKC Section 100th Year Anniversary Celebration - First American Museum

#Anniversary #Celebration

The OKC Section of IEEE will celebrate its 100th year of service on August 27th, 2022 at the First Americans Museum.
Our program begins with a tour of the Museum at 4:00 pm, followed by a catered dinner at 5:30 pm.
Our speakers will be Michael Carolina, former Executive Director for OCAST and Dr. Jim Sluss, Interim President, OU-Tulsa.  Our speakers will cover our Past, Current and Future History. 

We are limiting attendance to 100, so make your reservations through the OKC web site listed below. Registration is $5 per person. (Adults only please). Attire is “business”, ties are optional.

To Register for the meeting $5.00 is required per person to attend; expense are about $100 per person so you will not want to miss this Centenial Activity.  Members and spouses only.  

Registration web site link: OKC Section 100th Year Anniversary Celebration - First American Museum : vTools Events (ieee.org)

  Date and Time




  • Date: 27 Aug 2022
  • Time: 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • 659 First Americans Blvd
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • United States 73129
  • Building: First American Museum

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  • Co-sponsored by Todd Hiemer
  • Starts 01 July 2022 09:11 AM
  • Ends 26 August 2022 09:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Admission fee ?


C Michael Carolina C Michael Carolina


History of Growth in Oklahoma and OKC The Past Few Decades

Mr. Carolina will present some examples of growth for our city and state in both industry & academia over the past few decades, highlighting ways in which engineers have both benefitted and been beneficial to our local economy.


C. Michael Carolina served as the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) from August 1, 2005 to July 1, 2022. Before joining OCAST, he worked in management and executive positions with the Western Electric Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. While with AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he was involved in engineering, strategic planning, new product design and introduction, manufacturing, technology transfer, and joint venture operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Carolina earned his B.S. in biological sciences from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his M.S. in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma (OU). In 1986, he completed AT&T’s Executive Development Program in Princeton, NJ. He serves on numerous boards, committees and councils, including:
the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Council for the
OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology;
the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF);
the Advisory Board for the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oklahoma;
Trustee of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation;
Board Member of the Oklahoma Academy
Board Member of the United Way of Central Oklahoma
In 2016, Carolina was inducted into the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Distinguished
Graduates Society. In 2018, the OSU Alumni Association named Carolina as a recipient of its Distinguished Alumni
Award. In 2021, Carolina was appointed to the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) Standing Council
under the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr Jim Sluss Dr Jim Sluss


Vision for Potential Technology Advances To Support Growth in the Future Decade

Dr. Slus will present a vision for potential technology advances in local industry and how academia will both lead and support this growth in the future decade, as well as how the OKC Section will lead in these efforts.


Dr. Jim Sluss is the Interim President of OU-Tulsa. He has held various administrative roles of increasing responsibility within the OU system, notably serving as the systemwide Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2005-2014), leading the School through a period of historic growth. A Regents’ Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he has worked in research areas leading to new technology development across a variety of industry sectors.
He has been awarded 15 U.S. patents, has authored/co-authored over 100 journal and conference publications, and has been principal/co-principal investigator on over $20 million in sponsored research grants and contracts.
He is in his 39th year of membership in the IEEE. He is President Emeritus of the IEEE Education Society and in 2015 was awarded the International Engineering Educator Honoris Causa by the International Society for Engineering Education “for outstanding contributions in the field of Engineering Education.”


3:00 PM Self guided Tour 
4:00 - 5:30 Museum Tour
5:30 -6:30 Start of the Buffet Dinner
6:35 6:45 History of OKC Section , Speaker Introduction - Todd Hiemer
6:45 7:05 Mr. Carolina - Engineering a Technology Corridor in Oklahoma
7:10 -7:30 Dr. Sluss - “A Vision for Oklahoma’s Role in Advancing Technology
7:35 Presentation by Region 5 Director
7:40 OKC IEEE Future Strategy & Closing comments - Todd Hiemer, OKC Section Head

The Oklahoma City Section was established Feb 16, 1922 with the licensing of WXY radio station in Oklahoma City.

Archived history about the Oklahoma City Section can be found at the Engineering and Technology History Wiki – https://ethw.org/IEEE_Oklahoma_City_Section_History  

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