Winners & Losers, MathBlazers 2003











Here are a few events that were produced by Emily Sopensky.



RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC)
Intelligent Hospital Awards Program

RHCC, which produces the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual Conference. In 2013, RHCC debuted the first-ever Intelligent Hospital Awards. We were pleased to organize the Awards Program.



IEEE Vanguard Series Short Courses

Solicited by IEEE Electron Devices Society, these 6-hour short courses were conceived as a fast track on new technology. The topics, RF-CMOS, fiber optics, hi-k dielectrics, and modeling, rendered great demand. Venues for the courses were Austin, San Jose, and Taiwan.







2003, 2004

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dallas Math Blazers

Like a lot of chapters of national non-profit organizations, BGCD (10 faciities) supported national fundraising programs. With confusion about names and giving, many Dallas contributors gave to the national with the believe that the funds were going to support local efforts. Dependent locally on a large number of fundraising events, the BGCD was interesting in clearing up this distinction between national and local programs. Additionally, BGCD was interested in promoting home-grown programs, like the MathBlazers competition.

With the help of the Iris Company and Ray Marchant, video entrepreneur, a commercial video clip was produced. Other promotional efforts as well as retaining intellectual property were overshadowed by the partnership that grew with Texas A&M University professor of education Gerald Kulm. Having studied and worked with large urban schools, like Los Angeles, Professor Kulm developed curriculum for the MathBlazers program, an year-long, afterschool program that culminated annual in a competition among the 10 BGCD facilities.

Hard at Work, MathBlazers 2003

Happy Participants

Some answers come after contortions

2004 Oak Cliff Club


IEEE-USA/IEEE  Globalization & Technology Forum: A Dialogue on  Policy Issues
Oct 17 2003. General Chair: Emily Sopensky
This was another first-time event.


9-9-99 Texas Software Symposium

The Austin Software Council sponsored this event. Emily Sopensky provided marketing advice.


IEEE ITSC’97 Technical Conference

Recap   IEEE ITSC’97 Report: A Grass-Roots Epiphany (IEEE PCS Newsletter, March/April,, pp.13-15





Austin Center for Attitudinal Healing

Each year the Center, which received no federal or state funding, produced a gala event with live and silent auctions. Emily Sopensky, a board member, donated the writing, composition, design and production of the Gala programs.



Austin Writers’ League

Now the Writers’ League of Texas, Emily sopensky served as Program Chair for the Austin Writers’ League for a few years in the 1980s. Most who spoke were from Austin. Some notables during this period included Bruce Sterling,  science fiction cyberpunk author and futuris; John Burnett, NPR correspondent; Sarah Bird, whose dry wit graced the pages of Redbook and Bird’s novels, such as Alamo House and The Boyfriend School; and Louis Black , co-founder South by Southwest (SXSW).  Here’s a partial  list of programs during Emily Sopensky’s tenure.