Meeting Minutes 05/21/13

May 21st, 2013


Wes Bartholomae

Matt Davis

Ashley Monroe

Luke Burgess



Chris Parker

Mandeep Singh

John Ross



EE-412: SECon as an EE (3hr) elective in the fall; project course.

SECon team will meet on Thursdays at 7:15pm.

Goal: have a moving chassis soon.  Use last year’s robot for preliminary experiments.

Possible use of omni wheels with two wheel drive.



Transition to forum-based site.

Better organization, easier navigation.



We will have meetings during the summer semester. They will be at 7:15 on Tuesday nights.



All new officers need to stop by ACU to sign account transfer forms.







Meeting Minutes 4/16/13

April 20th, 2013



Members present:

  1. Luke Burgess
  2. Tyler Helms
  3. Travis Cleveland
  4. Wesley Bartholomae
  5. Elena Todorovska
  6. Jason Caudill
  7. Ashley Monroe
  8. Matt Davis
  9. John Ross


Wes updated the members present (9) on the following topics discussed with Tim Torrie:

1.      Mounting the projector screen: paperwork will be started

2.      The power rail: Tim will check

3.      Getting a card reader: high on priority list

4.      Fixing the door handle: locksmith will fix

5.      XP reinstall: ok’d, but only one admin

6.      Getting a new oscilloscope: will not get one; will talk to Nick instead


Wes did not ask Tim about getting eyewash, a first aid kit, or a new fire extinguisher (which the present members decided should be a CO2 variant).


Tim ok’d getting a new refrigerator.


The members discussed getting a wet/dry vacuum.


SECon was discussed along with the possibility of getting a new lab.  According to Wes, Dr. Lyndquist assures that the faculty would be willing to help with special mention of Dr. Picarillo.  He also said that the work for SECon could be used as a senior design project.


It was decided that there would be no meeting next week.


Game night was discussed further.


UAH outreach for robotics was discussed.  It would be a paid internship in Decatur over the summer.


Treasury updated:

$3200 foundation

$500-$600 in account


The SECon budget was discussed


The open house to take place this Saturday (4/20) was discussed



Minutes, 04/09/13

April 20th, 2013



Lab Needs


  • eye wash
  • check fire extinguisher
  • new table saw blade
  • surface mount solder station
  • safety glasses
  • face shield
  • micro controllers to replace 16’s
  • hack saw/blades
  • 32U4 ATmega
  • wire wrap tool for 26g


It was decided to store projects in containers on the second-to-bottom shelf.


The members present (10) voted on a self-run security camera

For: 8

Against: 1


A presentation was made by Phillip Henson (of Dynetics) regarding IEEE Gold.

His contact information is as follows:

Phillip E. Henson

Dynetics, Radar Systems Branch

Street Address:

1002 Explorer Blvd

Huntsville, AL 35806


Mailing Address:

PO Box 5500

Huntsville, AL 35814



256 964-4698


256 964-4026


The treasury was updated with respect to the transition; the new treasurer needs to visit an ACU branch.


Future projects were updated.


It was decided that SECon meetings would be on Thursdays at 7pm.


The members present (10) elected a new SECon leader.

For Matt Davis, the votes were as follows:

For: 10

Against: 0


Game night was tentatively scheduled for May 3rd.

Meeting Minutes – 3/19/2013

March 19th, 2013

Our elections for the next year’s officers were held today. The candidates for each position were as follows.

  • President – Wesley Bartholomae
  • Vice President – Matt Davis
  • Treasurer – Elena Todorovska
  • Lab Manager – Luke Burgess

Since there was no competition this time, there was no voting. The new officers will take office at the end of the SouthEast Conference on April 7th, 2013.

Meeting Minutes — 3

March 12th, 2013

Mandeep gave a financial report

Confirmed nominees for next term’s officers. Elections will be next week.

SECON is having double meetings to prepare for the upcoming competition. For the next two weeks Wednesdays and Thursdays will be SECON meeting days. Some members may also meet on Saturday and Sunday for extended development time.

T-shirt ideas were also briefly discussed.

Meeting Minutes — 03/14/2013

March 5th, 2013

Elections will be held on March 19th. If you wish to hold an office you need to try to get a nomination before that time.

Shirts are being repriced. The pricing will be dependent on how many people to sign up to receive one; however, the overall price should be less than the previous quotes.

Meeting Minutes — 02/05/2013

February 5th, 2013

John investigated getting a card reader installed in the lab. If the budget for installing card readers allows for it, the lab will get one. Unfortunately, it is unclear at this point if that will happen. The unanimous decision is to wait and see if the funding is available for the lock; however, the lab will be able to obtain an old pin lock from one of the labs if it is not.

The club approved the potential to buy a NXT Kit, Vex chassis, and arduino shield to help finish up SECON. Not all the purchases are required to be made, but the budget will be allotted for those projects.

The purchasing of an FPGA and a batch of  5v Regulators will be completed tonight.

Stitches and Ink, the place that IEEE shirts were previously made, is now out of business. We are currently seeking alternatives.