IEEE Panama Section History


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On July 19, 1972, Eng. Ernesto Obregon, Director of the IEEE Region 9, announced through local newspapers an invitation to engineers and electricians electronic Panama, in order to bring together those who were interested in forming the IEEE Section of Panama. On the same date, during the meeting to be held at the Hotel Panama, was appointed the organizing committee as follows: 

President Carlos E. Rodriguez B.
Vice President Hernan Acevedo
Secretary Antonio Raven
Treasurer D. Oswald Cleghorn
Vocal Roberto Barraza
Vocal Daniel George

On July 24, 1972 Organizing Committee raised the formal request to require the approval to establish the Panama Section of IEEE. This request was signed by thirteen active members residing in the Republic of Panama, nine active members residing in the territory of the former Canal Zone, a member in arrears and three non-members of the IEEE.

The creation of the Panama Section of the IEEE was adopted on September 12, 1972 and duly constituted by the following members considered "founding members":

Carlos Ramon Algandona Argote
Roberto Barraza Jose Barrios
Guillermo Flumach Robert Inchausti
Edilberto George T. Yee German
Daniel H. George A. Ernesto Richa
Manuel Lopez Esplá Val De la Guardia
Mario O. Roger Ng Endara
Antonio Raven Hernan Acevedo
D. Oswald Charles E. Cleghorn Rodriguez B.
Ricardo Vasquez Vasquez Numan
Horacio Alfaro Hugo Tapia
Cristobal Silva Miguel Aued

In January 1973 one started to prepare the statutes of the section and ran candidates for the first Board of Directors. On 20 February the same year was chosen the first Board of Directors, remaining as follows:

President Jorge T. German.
Vice President Ernesto Richa
Secretary Daniel H. George
Treasurer Manuel Lopez Esplá
Vocal Val F. De la Guardia

The Section Panama was then formed by two Senior Members, 24 Members, 8 Associates, and a student.

Presidents of Panama IEEE Section
Year Year President President
1973 George T. German 1974 Ernesto Richa
1975 Charles H. Numan Algandona 1976 Vasquez
1977 Carlos E. Horacio Alfaro Rodriguez Jr. 1978.
1979 Antonio Raven 1980 Victor C. Urrutia
1981 Ramon O. Argote 1982 Marco A. Chen
1983 Cristobal Silva Calderon Orlando 1984
1985 Manuel F. Fernando Diaz Reyes 1986
1987 Oscar Rendoll 1988 Hernan Acevedo
1989 Carlos E. Luke R. Rangel 1990 Halphen
1991 James R. Jaen W. 1992 Henry A. Tejera M.
1993 George H. Lee 1994 Gustavo A. Bayard
1995-1996 Gustavo A. Rodrigo A. Bernal 1997 Chanis
1998 S. Evaristo Alvarez 1999 -2000 George J. Him C.
2001-2002 Roman Altamiranda 2003-2004 Tania Quiel
2005-2006 Leonardo Perez

The Student Branch of the Technological University of Panama, was the first branch organized and approved, in 1982. The request was backed by 45 students of Engineering. His adviser was Eng. Jorge E. Salvatierra. Its first president in 1982-1983 was July Ivan Rovio.

At present Section Panama has 317 members in chapters power supplies, industrial applications, Computer and Communications Branch of the Technological University of Panama, branch of the University Santa Maria la Antigua and Rama at the University of Panama.

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