IEEE Buffalo Section History


IEEE Buffalo Section History
Established date 1925-02-10
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The Niagara Frontier Section was chartered by the AIEE on February 10, 1925. Curiously a small area around Niagara Falls was not included, or was later removed and incororated into a Niagara International Section, which was Chartered on August 5, 1948. Niagara international included Niagara Falls, USA, and Niagara Falls and St. Catherines in Ontario, Canada.

The first chair of the Niagara Frontier Section was J. Allen Johnson, and the first Secretary was A.W. Underhill Jr. The Section was closely associated with local electrical industries and the secretaries frequently listed their addresses as: GE. Niagara Electric, Westinghouse, NY Telephone, and Dupont.

The Niagara International Section on the other hand shows officers home addresses, which alternated between Niagara Falls, USA, and Niagara Falls and St. Catherines Canada.

The IRE was first incorporated in 1927, as the Buffalo-Niagara Section, with L.C.F. Horle as its first chair, a position he held for at least three years. Several of the Section officers listed their address as Colonial Radio Corporation, 1280 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

When the IEEE was formed by the AIEE and IRE merger in 1963, the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Sections in the USA became the IEEE Buffalo Section. It is assumed that the Canadian area became a part of some Canadian Section. Although the IEEE was formed in 1963 there is no data in the archives prior to 1975. The first known Regional meeting that was held in the Buffalo Section was on September 27, 1980, at the Niagara Hilton, Niagara Falls, NY. Hans Cherney, Armonk, NY was the Regional Director and Bruce Wedlock, Boston, MA was the Secretary-treasurer.

Hobson M. Archer signed in as the Buffalo representative, but it is not stated whether he was the Buffalo chair. Another meeting of the Regional Committee ws held in the Niagara Hilton at Niagara Falls on August 19, 1989. Victor Zouridew, Wheatley Heights, NY was then the Regional Director and Peter Eckstein, Smithtown, NY was Secretary. By that time the Treasurer had become a second position which was held by Donald Grieco, Manhasset, NY. Quentin Hoffmann was the Buffalo chair and hosted the meeting. On August 10-12, 2001 a third Region 1 meeting was held at Niagara Falls, NY at the Holiday Inn Select. Irving Engelson was the Director, Peter Eckstein, the treasurer and Karl Sommer, the Treasurer. Jennifer Zirnheld, the Buffalo Chair hosted the meeting.

Buffalo Section Officers
Year Chair Vice chair Secretary Treasurer
2001 Jennifer Zirnheld Thomas Heckmann Kevin Burke
2002 Jennifer Zirnheld Kevin Burke Thomas Heckmann Elnora Balser
2003 Kevin Burke Thomas Heckmann Thomas Heckmann Elnora Balser
2004 Thomas Heckmann Elnora Balser Thomas Kocialski
2005 Elnora Balser Elnora Balser R Kent Roberts
2006 James Bates Judith Moskal R Kent Roberts
2007 James Bates Judith Moskal R Kent Roberts
2008 Jennifer Zirnheld Thomas Heckmann Judith Moskal R Kent Roberts
2009 Thomas Heckmann R Kent Roberts Peter Capelli Ashish Shah
2010 R Kent Roberts Thomas Heckmann Peter Capelli Ashish Shah
2011 R Kent Roberts Ashish Shah Peter Capelli Peter Capelli
2012 Ashish Shah Chris Mierzwa Greg Koch Thomas Heckmann
2013 Ashish Shah Greg Koch Paul Ardounis Thomas Heckmann
2014 Greg Koch Judith Moskal Mary Christ Joseph Ott
2015 Greg Koch Judith Moskal James Bates Joseph Ott
2016 Joseph Ott Jennifer Zirnheld Jason Andrews James Bates
2017 Joseph Ott James Bates Jason Andrews Michael Chirico
2018 Jason Andrews / James Bates Steven Rhoads Ii Padma Kasthurirangan Michael Chirico
2019 Michael Chirico Padma Kasthurirangan Mitch Fronczak Kyle Nadolinski
- 20 Michael Chirico Mitch Fronczak
2021 Padma Kasthurirangan Kyle Nadolinski Mitch Fronczak Brian Hess

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