Event Flyer:


Governor Snyder  ( video address)



First Keynote Speaker: Yvette Pearson Weatherton, Program Director, NSF

Keynote Abstract PDF



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

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Organized by IEEE SEM, the technical professional society with over 2000 members, IEEE SEMHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This cross-discipline conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join together. The conference attracts an audience of educators, engineers, scientist, practitioners, philanthropists, corporations, foundations, NGO’s and others in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the South Eastern Michigan populations.

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

Why Attend?

  • Participate inan 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 

  Date and Time




  • 27777 Schoolcraft Rd
  • Livonia, Michigan
  • United States 48150
  • Building: Burton Manor
  • Room Number: TBD

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  • Scott Lytle Event Registrar 734-983-6012

    Event Chairman: Harpreet Singh,

  • Starts 10 March 2015 08:30 AM
  • Ends 17 July 2015 11:55 PM
  • All times are US/Michigan
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Regular, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, None
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Yvette Pearson Weatherton, Ph.D., P.E. of National Science Foundation


A Broader View of Broader Impacts

The National Science Foundation (NSF) was established with a mission “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense, …” The agency has established merit review principles and criteria by which all proposals are vetted to ensure NSF-sponsored projects and activities are aligned with this mission. The two merit review criteria are intellectual merit, which "encompasses the potential to advance knowledge," and broader impacts, which "encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes." Both criteria are equally important.
While principal investigators (PIs) generally emphasize the intellectual merit criterion, a large fraction struggles with the potential broader impacts of their projects. Aligned with the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Humanitarian Technology Conference themes of promoting “science, engineering, and technology as solutions to humanitarian problems” and producing “positive and meaningful” impacts upon society, the keynote will address elements of broader impacts that are not often considered. Examples will be drawn from the presenter’s personal experiences as a PI, a program officer, and an individual who identifies with three groups that are typically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.


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.


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.


Address:Arlingrton, Virginia, United States

David Behen


Technology for Improved prevention of cyber-crime, the latest threat to public safety


The safety of Michiganders has been a top priority for Governor Rick Snyder since taking office in 2011.   An emphasis on adopting new technology has led to more efficient and accurate crime-fighting, cut down barriers in communication between public safety jurisdictions and improved prevention of cyber-crime, the latest threat to public safety. Department of Technology, Management and Budget director and state CIO David Behen has overseen efforts to put Michigan on the cutting edge of citizen safety and offers a broad and unique perspective about what’s next.



David Behen holds dual roles as director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan’s CIO. He serves on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Cabinet, advising him on technology investments and programs. As DTMB director, he leads a department that provides business services to state agencies, including IT and communications services, facility management, financial services, procurement, real estate, fleet and retirement services, among others. Additionally, Behen is leading a multiyear, multimillion dollar IT alignment process to develop innovative services focused on customer service and citizen engagement.
In 2014 Behen was named a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader. Under his leadership, DTMB received the 2013 CIO Award from CIO magazine. Also in 2013, he received the Merit Network Award for innovation in networking and information technology, and he and the governor were named to Government Technology magazine’s top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers. In 2012, he received a Crain’s Detroit Business CIO Award.
Previously, Behen cofounded a software company and served as vice president and CIO of its parent corporation. He also was CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County.
He earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in public administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Address:Michigan, United States

Yvette Pearson Weatherton, Ph.D., P.E. of National Science Foundation


A Broader View of Broader Impacts



Address:Arlingrton, Virginia, United States

David Behen


Technology for Improved prevention of cyber-crime, the latest threat to public safety


Address:Michigan, United States


Registration Fee Schedule:  ...

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

Conference Attendee Fees:

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

IEEE and ESD Members ................................$25

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

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

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

Student Table for 10 Sponsor.........................$250

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

Silver Sponsorship Registration............................$2000

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

Speakers and VIPs................................................$0

Spouses of Speakers and VIPs...............................$0



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



IEEE South Eastern Michigan will be hosting a poster session at the upcoming IEEE SEM Humanitarian Conference.  The poster (Professionals and Students) awards will be given to the three top presented posters in each of the category, as judged by the review committee. Poster topics related to any of Humanitarian Technologies such as Energy, Health, Disaster, Humanitarian Challenges, Education, and Water & Agriculture are encouraged.  

Authors wishing to participate in the poster session must submit a poster title and abstract (less than 150 words) at no later than July 6, 2015. The suggested poster size is 4 feet by 3 feet or smaller should contain large text to be read from a distance. Poster authors should attend and present their posters during the Poster Session and Competition on the day of the conference.

There is No registration fee for each poster and its one presenter. All the additional authors for a particular poster need to be registered at the registration link above for a fee of $30. Every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation.

For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact:  Shashank Kamthan, (IEEE SEM Young Professionals – Chair) - Email:  

COMMITTEE          Chair - Harpreet Singh

  •          Arun Hundiwal
  •          Nevrus Kaja
  •          Ashok Patel
  •          Bill Moylan
  •          Imad Makki
  •          Yi Lu Murphey
  •          Lora Schulwitz
  •          Praveen Kumar
  •          Mohamad Berri
  •          Kimball Williams
  •          Ali Eydgahi
  •          Robert Neff
  •          Rajeev Verma
  •          Subramanian Ganesan
  •          Kevin Taylor
  •          Scott Lytle
  •          Robert Reynolds
  •          Basil Sherlund
  •          Devinder Kaur
  •          Lubna Alazzawi
  •          Ravi Nigham