A message from Alan Cisar, ’73, President, MIT Club of South Texas:

The weather the last couple of weeks has been a problem for everyone.  Some people have had significant damage to their homes, and may be facing the prospect of not going home for months and paying for the damage for years.  Other people fared better and are now home with little or no damage.  Even in the best cases we were trapped in our houses for days as rain came (and came and came).

We are truly sorry for those now facing serious repairs.  (I’m sure everyone had a lot to clean-up.)  Don’t forget to consider your MIT family as a resource on your road back.  If you want information about a contractor, or a recommendation for one send a note to one or more fellow alums in your area (the Infinite Connection is searchable by ZIP code) or better yet, place a request on our Club’s Facebook page.  You should get a response from someone.  
 
Don’t forget that school started on September 11 and to drive carefully.  Also, be careful as you clean–up.  After Ike, a significant number of people were injured in the clean-up.
 
Best Regards,
Alan Cisar ‘73
President
MIT Club of South Texas
acisar@alum.mit.edu

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  • Serving Alumnae and Alumni in the Greater Houston, Galveston, and College Station Areas
  • Sponsoring Activities for MIT South Texas Alumnae and Alumni
  • Assisting MIT in Recruiting Students and Promoting its Reputation Promoting Engineering, Science, and Math Education in Our Local Area


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    K-12 STEM News

    Call for Volunteers: FIRST Robotics “Robot Inspectors”

    Here’s a great volunteer opportunity for MIT Alums:  Be a Robot Inspector for the FIRST Championship in Houston next spring (April 2018) (https://www.firstinspires.org/).  I speak from experience, I’ve done it and I’m willing to discuss it with anyone interested.  I know April is a long time away, but to volunteer for a skill position at the championship requires advance planning, certification, and experience, all of which you can easily get if you start now.

    The first step is to sign up for at least one regional event and the championship.  Regionals are held all over Texas, Houston (two last year), Dallas, San Antonio, Lubbock, and Waco each had one and you can volunteer at any, several, or all of them.   (I’ve done three in a year, with two of them local in Houston, at one of them I had breakfast with Woodie Flowers.)

    Then in January 2018 (when they are released) download and read the rules, particularly the specifications.  After this you take a test.  It is open book, and you get three tries to pass.  Print out your certificate and you are ready to go to work.  

    At the regional you will be part of the inspection team that is very busy on day one and the morning of day two and much less busy on the afternoon of day two and day three.  As an inspector, you are NOT there to keep robots OUT of competition, rather you are there to make sure they are ready and safe (emphasis on safe, for more details, contact me.)  Except for a core crew that works the competition field to prevent people from making illegal last minute modifications, everyone can grab a seat in the stands and enjoy watching the competition.

    Alan Cisar ‘73
    acisar@alum.mit.edu


    MIT+K12 Videos Website

    MIT+K12 Videos is an educational outreach media program in the Office of Digital Learning. They produce original digital media and live programming that seeks to spark curiosity and a love of learning among middle-high school students, open the door to the science / technology / engineering / math (STEM) world, and promote STEM-literacy among the general public.

    Browse the site to learn more about videos, outreach, on-campus opportunities, and how MIT is building a community of learners and teachers at MIT and beyond.


    South Texas K-12 STEM Webpage Launch
    We have launched our K-12 STEM webpage!
    Learn more...



    News

    Local MIT Alumnus Jeff Myers ’89 Assists Hurricane Harvey Rescue Efforts

    Dateline Sept 5, 2017
    Local MIT Alumnus Jeff Myers ’89 used his military surplus high-water vehicle during Hurricane Harvey rescue activities at Rice University. Below are excerpts from Rice University news article – photo of truck sideview courtesy of RUPD.

    “Perhaps the most dramatic example of that attitude was the rescue of two international graduate students from their off-campus apartment building on Kirby Drive near Brays Bayou. Rice University Police Department Chief James Tate, who joined the university in March, said RUPD attempted to reach the students twice but were stopped by high waters. Jeff Myers, a graduate of RUPD’s Citizens Police Academy and the husband of a Rice alumna and lecturer in computer science, stepped up to help with a truck large enough to ford the flood and bring Captain Clemente Rodriguez and Officer Jermaine Fazande to the scene. Fazande and Rodriguez found the students and guided them through the high water to the truck…

    As was the case during Hurricane Ike nine years ago, government helicopters used parking lots by Rice Stadium to help transport patients, including a pregnant woman, to Texas Medical Center institutions across the street. Tate said he’ll long remember holding the frightened woman’s hand as he and RUPD officers helped move multiple choppers’ worth of patients to vehicles for transport, including that of Myers, who stayed on.”

    Comment from the webmaster:  "A few of us laughed when Jeff bought that surplus truck several years ago; good to see how useful it was during the storm!"

    Click on these photos for a larger image.


     

    The Rice University Police Department was grateful for the time and efforts of Jeff Myers, a graduate of RUPD’s Citizens Police Academy who brought his high-water truck to help rescue two Rice graduate students from their off-campus apartment and take people from a makeshift helicopter landing pad at Rice Stadium to Texas Medical Center institutions. Courtesy of RUPD


    MIT Alumnus Jack Fischer, Col. USAF, SM ’98, Returns to Earth from 5 Months on the International Space Station!

    Launched:             2:13am CDT April 20, 2017
    Arrived ISS:          8:18am CDT April 20, 2017
    ISS hatch open:   10:25am CDT April 20, 2017
    Landing:               8:21pm CDT Sept 2, 2017

                     

    MIT Alumnus Jack Fischer, Col. USAF, SM Course 16, ’98, launched at 2:13am CDT, April 20, 2017 on his first space mission.  The Soyuz MS-04 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 2:13 am CDT Thursday, April 20 (1:13 pm Baikonur time). At the time of launch, the space station was flying about 250 miles over northeast Kazakhstan near the southern Russian border. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikin of Roscosmos are now safely in orbit. The pair traveled on a fast-track, six-hour course to the space station and docked to the Poisk module at 8:18 am CDT. 

    Once at the station, they were welcomed by Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). Hatches between the Soyuz and space station were opened at 10:25 am CDT.

    MIT Alumnus Jack Fischer, Col. USAF, SM Course 16, ’98, (along with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos) safely landed on Earth Saturday at 9:21 pm EDT Sept 2, 2017 (7:21 am Kazakhstan time, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.  Welcome back Jack!

    Learn more about Jack at our website  www.mithouston.org/mitastro_fischer2017

    Follow Jack on Social Media:

    Twitter @Astro2fish
    Facebook @Astro2fish
    Instragram  @Astro2fish

    The best real time source of launch/mission status is via Social Media:
    On Facebook   @ISS
    On Twitter   @Space_Station
    On Instagram   ISS


    Club of South Texas Board of Directors for 2017-2018
    We pleased to announce the MIT Club of South Texas 2017-2018 Board of Directors!

    Al Cisar '73 is our new President, and Shannon Willems GM '03 is President-Elect.  A big thank you to Cordelia Price '78 for serving as President last year.  The full board roster can be found at www.mithouston.org/leadership


    Alumnus Receives “Commander of the Order of the Belgian Crown” Medal

    Dateline Dec, 2017



    Dr Marvin L Baker '51, SM '53, SCD '56, received the “Commander of the Order of the Belgian Crown” Medal on December 8, 2016.  The medal was bestowed by Princess Astrid, sister of King Philippe and the Commander title is two levels above “Knight.”  Marvin was recognized for his work in business development between Belgium and the US. Marvin served as Chairman of the Houston Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council – Europe in 2013/2014.

    After being introduced by Mr. Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the US, Marvin gave an acceptance speech on identifying adversaries in business situations and overcoming rejection, leading eventually to success, with a specific life experience example. The ceremony  was held at the Greater Houston Partnership with over 150 people in attendance.   Click on the title of this article to see more pictures.

    Click here for PDF of the Medal Proclamation.


    Event follow up: “Climate Issues – Headwinds for Oil and Gas? Perspectives for Energy Industry Stakeholders”
    For those of you that missed our May 10, 2017 event “Climate Issues – Headwinds for Oil and Gas?  Perspectives for Energy Industry Stakeholders” given by Phil Grossweiler SM ’72, you can view the presentation slides here.  We had an engaging audience Q&A discussion following the presentation

    Here is the link to the event announcement containing the abstract of the presentation, as well as Phil Grossweiler’s biographical information.

    Additionally, we have created a Club “Energy Group” on LinkedIn.  Perhaps we can continue the event Q&A discussions via our LinkedIn Group.


    Volunteer Opportunity with Family Point Resources in the Energy Corridor - Dateline April 2017
    The MIT club is looking for volunteers to work with FamilyPoint Resources, a community group in the Nottingham Park area of west Houston that "engages our community in supportive relationships that build hope, meet needs, and transform lives."  Volunteers can choose a number of activities such as:
      
    Afterschool homework help
    Coding class/club 
    Minecraft club (will begin in the Fall)
    Robotics club
    Khan Academy
    General technology volunteers to help with hardware, software, apps, etc.
      
    Here is their website:  
    http://www.familypointresources.com/
      
    Please contact Arno Bommer and David Brown at comm.service@mithouston.org if you are interested in helping and let them know your ideas and preferences.  Once we have a team of volunteers, we can meet with FamilyPoint Resources and decide how best to participate.

    Arno Bommer ‘82
    David Brown EC ‘77


    Annual Club Membership Drive – Calendar Year 2017

    The MIT Club of South Texas invites you to join or renew your membership for 2017.  Membership in the club runs coincident with the calendar year.  Need to sign up for 2017 membership or need to check your membership status?  Please visit our website Membership page.


    We’re Looking for Speakers…Got an Interesting Topic?

    Can you give an interesting presentation about your profession (or avocation)?  This can be a professional talk, an overview of an area, or a collection of “war stories” about your professional experiences. We’re looking for local alums to speak at an upcoming club event.  Learn more...


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