The 2016 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET)

Welcome to the website for the 2016 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET) which will be held on August 26, 2016 in Jackson, Mississippi which will have the following tracks this year:

 Electrical and Computer Engineering Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering
 Mechanical Engineering Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
 Nuclear Engineering Ethics and Engineering Education
 Power and Energy Engineering Biomedical Engineering
 Systems Engineering High Performance Computing
 Cybersecurity Student Presentations

In addition to the main Symposium on Friday, August 26 of 2016, there will be a High Performance Computing Workshop held on Thursday, August 25 of 2016. There will also be a spousal event on the day of the symposium which will include a guided tour of historic locations and lunch. The 2016 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Topics, or the 7th SSCET, will be the first SSCET to rotate to one of the participating members locations. The SSCET this year will be co-hosted with the 1st Jackson State University Engineering Forum or JSU EF. This historic event will be held at the Historic King Edwards Hotel in Jackson and at the JSU downtown Jackson campus building. The King Edwards Hotel has been completely restored and is now owned and operated by Hilton as a Hilton hotel. Please plan to attend this historic event which marks a turning point in the Southeast for the SSCET. For those in the New Orleans area, the University of New Orleans Engineering Forum will be held in New Orleans on September 16 of 2016.

Please look for future information on the High Performance Computing Workshop, the technical program, and the spouse tour. The JSU Engineering Forum website will be linked below in the near future: JSU EF Website, UNO EF Website, SSCET Mission Statement.

The Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Topics provides a forum for universities in the Southeast area and companies in the Southeast area to discuss Engineering topics that are currently being worked on by industry in the Southeast and researched  by academia in the Southeast as well provide an opportunity for the practicing engineers in the Southeast to interact with the academic community in the Southeast to improve the approaches taken to resolve current issues and develop relationships that will enable the industry in the Southeast to work with the universities in the Southeast to resolve future contemporary Engineering topics in the Southeast.

History of the SSCET

The Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics was first held in New Orleans in 2009 and setup by the IEEE New Orleans Industry Applications Society Chapter with support from the IEEE New Orleans section and hosted at the University of New Orleans.  The power professors from LSU, MSU, Georgia Tech, and UNO suggested hosting the symposium at the participating universities locations in the Southeast at the dinner following the 1st SSCET. In 2013, the University of New Orleans suggested that when a participating university hosts the SSCET, they should start an university engineering forum which would be held at a periodic interval determined by the university and participated in by their alumni and the local engineering community in the city they reside in. In 2013, the annual University of New Orleans Engineering Forum (UNO-EF) was started.  The Jackson State University Engineering Forum  (JSU EF) was started in 2016 and will hold it’s first bi-annual event. The SSCET began in 2009 with presentations on electrical power engineering with 4 universities and the website was hosted on the IEEE New Orleans Section website. In 2011 the SSCET increased to 3 tracks including Power, Communications, and Electrical and Computer Engineering which was participated in by 8 universities and 8 companies and a website domain was obtained for to host the website. In 2012, a Civil and Environmental track was added as well as a student track which was participated in by 10 universities and the website was moved to and maintained by Mississippi State University. In 2013, a Professional Development track,  an Engineering Education track, and an Energy Leadership track was added and Coastal Engineering was added to the Civil and Environmental Engineering track. In 2014 a Naval Engineering track was added and Controls was added to the Communications track. In 2015, a Chemical and Petroleum Engineering track and a Smart Grid track was added, a STEM round table session was started, and the University of Alabama Huntsville took over maintenance of the SSCET website which is hosted on a server at MSU.