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[December 19, 2012]
Super Senior: Jerry Carroll
PICAYUNE, Dec 19, 2012 (Picayune Item - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Jerry Carroll is this week's Picayune Item Super Senior.
He moved to Picayune in 1978, when he relocated to Stennis from Washington, D.C. He is married with one daughter, Lauren Larsen, and has three grandchildren.
Carroll resides in Millbrook and is responsible for forming the Millbrook Property Owner's Organization for which he served as vice president and later president. He has served on the Board of Directors for Millbrook Golf and Country Club for 12 years. He was president for three terms during that time.
Carroll partnered with Dewey Partridge, the Kiwanis and Stennis to launch the Special Olympics Golf Tournament Benefit. During part of that time, the New Orleans Saints football team also partnered with them and brought in team members as well as Miss. athletes to draw attendance.
Currently, Carroll serves as President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This organization has "more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries; more than 50 percent of whom are from outside the United States; more than 107,000 student members; 333 sections in 10 geographic regions worldwide; 2,110 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests; 2,173 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries; 585 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies; and 404 affinity groups -- IEEE Affinity Groups are non-technical sub-units of one or more Sections or a Council. The Affinity Group patent entities are the IEEE-USA Consultants' Network, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Women in Engineering (WIE) and Life Members (LM)." According to Carroll and supported by the organization website --
"I currently work around 40 hours each week for the organization, which doesn't include the international travel," he said. "The IEEE is very important and makes an impact on an international scale. We help set standards for interconnectivity between electrical devices among other things. The IEEE is very concerned about providing opportunity for members to be current through the latest technology. We provide information through conferences held throughout the world, technical journals and meetings.
"We are also active in promoting STEM courses and the arts on the primary and secondary educational levels. As you can see education is a a top priority for this organization." At the time of this interview, Carroll had just returned from a conference in Japan. While there, the organization hosted a robotics competition and underwater art competition for students.
"These competitions encourage them to go into science," he said.
The art competition focused on underwater scenes and was a high-caliber competition.
"We were impressed with the results of this show." While the IEEE is out promoting sciences and education, Carroll said a big concern of the organization is lack of support from the Federal Government in Science, Technology and Engineering.
"We have got to get the backing that we once had to keep our profession in line with what other countries are doing," he said.
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