IEEE St. Louis Section Annual Awards Banquet and Social 🗓 🗺

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Date:  November 09 2019.
Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (CST)
Speakers: Dr. Jie Huang (Professor, Missouri S&T)

Location:

Engineers Club of St. Louis
4359 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Cost: Free for IEEE/IEEE family; $20 otherwise
RSVP: Required.
Event Details & Registration: (IEEE St. Louis Section)

Summary:

The IEEE St. Louis Section November meeting is devoted to Drone Technology!!!!!
The talk will demonstrate how drone technology is changing the utility operations at Ameren.
Anyone with an interest in Drones is invited to attend.

Biography:

Dr. Jie Huang, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T, has performed research in instrumentation and measurement for more than ten years. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 2015. His research focuses on the development of optical and microwave sensors and instrumentation for applications in energy, intelligent infrastructures, clean-environment, and biomedical sensing. In particular, he has been working on fiber optic and microwave sensors and instrumentation for applications in harsh environments, integration of additively manufactured parts with sensors, and optical biomedical imaging, sensing, tomography/microscopy, and spectroscopy. Dr. Huang has successfully established the Lightwave Technology Laboratory (LTL) with a strong track record of sustained research funding, high-quality journal publications, and cutting edge research capabilities. In 2019, Dr. Huang established the Missouri S&T Blast Lab (the only lab of its kind in Missouri) for conducting fundamental studies of advanced fiber optic sensors for mitigating traumatic brain injuries from blunt impact force events. Dr. Huang led or participated in many externally-funded research projects include federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, Department of Energy, National Labs, and select private companies, all historical supporters in the arena of advanced sensors.

Fiber Optic Sensors for Industrial Applications

The talk presents Dr. Huang’s recent inventions and breakthrough in the field of fiber optic sensors. The talk will specifically focus on the development of robust and easy-to-manufacture sensors that can be easily commercialized and have great potential for applications in the chemical-oil industry, construction industry, and other industries with harsh environments. The challenges of this interdisciplinary and crosscutting research direction will be discussed, and the potential solutions will be proposed.

For questions, email sec.stlouis@ieee.org.

Drones Changing Electric Utility Operations 🗓 🗺

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Date:  November 05 2019.
Time: 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM (EDT)
Speakers: James Pierce & Rohit Gohil (Ameren Drone Group)

Location:

St. Louis University (McDonnell Douglas Hall)
3450 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63102

Cost: Free
RSVP: Not Required.
Event Details & Registration: (IEEE St. Louis Section)

Summary:

The IEEE St. Louis Section November meeting is devoted to Drone Technology!!!!!
The talk will demonstrate how drone technology is changing the utility operations at Ameren.
Anyone with an interest in Drones is invited to attend.

Biography:

James Pierce and Rohit Gohil
Ameren Drone Group

Free Workshop – Artificial Intelligence: How Computers Learn 🗓 🗺

Free Workshop – Artificial Intelligence: How Computers Learn

Opex Analytics 350 N. Orlearns St, Suite 8500N, Chicago, IL 60654

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Have you ever wondered how Alexa or Siri recognizes your voice, or how Facebook is able to automatically recognize your friends in pictures? The answer is Artificial Intelligence (AI), or also known as Machine Learning!

In this workshop, students will learn about how machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks learn from data to answer real world questions. They will get insight on and explore how new technologies like Alexa or Siri are able to recognize your voice and learn new commands.

Regsiter: https://patch.com/illinois/chicago/amp/cal/20191116/677391/free-workshop-artificial-intelligence-how-computers-learn

 

Variable Speed Drives (VFD’s) 🗓 🗺

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Date: Nov 18 2019.
Time: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM (EDT)
Speaker: B. Miller, P.E.

Location:

1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, Illinois
United States 60067

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
Event Details & Registration: (URL)

Summary:

A look “under the hood” to see what makes VFD’s work, and then will discuss proper application; potential problems and solutions; and methods of control. He will demonstrate some of the concepts using an operating VFD.

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Biography:

Ben is an electrical engineer and president of B. Miller Engineering. He specializes in the design and testing of industrial electrical controls and power systems, investigating electrical accidents and fires, and providing electrical maintenance and safety training. He is a member of a number of technical and professional societies, including senior member of IEEE and a board member of the Chicago/Rockford Consultants’ Network . Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, and served on the Illinois Professional Engineering Board for 15 years.

Electric Vehicle Charging and Rural Distribution Systems 🗓 🗺

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Date: Nov 21 2019.
Time: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Ryan Goolsby of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative

Location:

3155 Chappel Drive
Perrysburg, Ohio
United States 43551

  • Cost: Free

RSVP: Required.
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Summary:

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative:
Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, Member-owned electric utility serving more than 10,000 Members with more than 13,000 accounts spanning more than 1,800 miles of line throughout 10 northwest Ohio counties.

Electric Vehicle Charging and Rural Distribution Systems:
Rural electric distribution systems, compared to their suburban and urban counterparts, are characterized by longer, radial feeders with fewer consumers per mile. These feeders are limited in length by voltage drop more than thermal capacity. Corrective action must be taken when peak demand results in insufficient end-of-line voltage.

Today, most of the energy consumed by the transportation sector is delivered via fossil fuels. Electrification of the transportation sector has the potential to increase peak demand on feeders that have historically seen little to no load growth. Likewise, additional energy sales without a corresponding peak demand increase are possible. Both “on-peak” and “off-peak” charging of electric vehicles require consideration.

Biography:

Ryan has been with Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative since 2012. He shares responsibilities in distribution line design, system planning, overcurrent protection, power quality, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, SCADA, renewable energy interconnections, and business analytics.

Ryan is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, and holds a BSEE from the University of Toledo in Electrical Engineering. He currently serves as Treasurer for the IEEE Toledo Section and President for the Ohio Rural Electric Engineers Association.

Fundamentals of mm-Wave and Sub-Terahertz Frequency Generation, Synthesis, and Radiation for Multi-Antenna Array Transce 🗓 🗺

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Abstract: Operation in the mm-wave and terahertz (THz) bands has gained great interest due to abundance of unutilized spectrum and resurgence of new applications in wireless/cellular communications, most notably 5G. If combined with spectrally efficient (de-)modulation techniques, mm-wave/THz wireless communication has the potential to achieve multi-gigabit-per-second wireless data-rate. In addition, the operation at higher frequency gives rise to smaller size passive components (most notably antennae), making it possible to design and implement massive phase-array or MIMO systems on a single die or single wafer. As the communication schemes including spectrally-efficient (de-)modulation and carrier aggregation techniques are making progress at RF frequencies, far more challenging requirements will be imposed on the oscillator and frequency synthesis design. Increasing the carrier frequency towards the mm-wave/terahertz regime only makes these requirements more stringent.

This lecture will cover two generic inter-related themes: (1) a comprehensive overview of mm-wave multi-antenna transceiver architectures which includes phased-array, MIMO, and beam-forming MIMO architectures; (2) overview of frequency generation, synthesis, and high-efficiency radiation at mm-wave and sub-terahertz frequencies.

 

Biography:

Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research covers the design of terahertz/millimeter-wave/RF and analog integrated circuits. He is the (co)-author of two books, one book chapter, and more than 140 journal and conference papers. Professor Heydari, an IEEE Fellow, has served as Distinguished Lecturer of both the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) (2014-2016) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) (2019-2022).

The Wonderful World of RF Power (Principles and Applications of Radio-Frequency Power) 🗓 🗺

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The October Central Iowa Section meeting will be a presentation on the principles and applications of Radio-Frequency (RF) power.  This will be a joint meeting with Iowa State University Student Branch.


This talk provides an overview of the applications of RF power.  It begins with the history of how RF power was generated.  Next is a short overview of RF power amplifiers, transistors, and transmitters.  The talk then presents numerous applications including broadcast, communication, and navigation and radar.  Finally it describes systems for applications such as RF heating, Magnetic-Resonance Imaging, and particle accelerators.

Frederick H. “Fritz” Raab
Topic: 

The Wonderful World of RF Power (Principles and Applications of Radio-Frequency Power)

This talk provides an overview of the applications of RF power.  It begins with the history of how RF power was generated.  Next is a short overview of RF power amplifiers, transistors, and transmitters.  The talk then presents numerous applications including broadcast, communication, and navigation and radar.  Finally it describes systems for applications such as RF heating, Magnetic-Resonance Imaging, and particle accelerators.

Biography:

Frederick H. “Fritz” Raab is Chief Engineer and Owner of Green Mountain Radio Research, an R&D firm which he founded in 1980.  He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in 1968, 1970, and 1972.  He received the I.S.U. Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering in 1995, was named an IEEE fellow in 2006, and received the MTT-S Pioneer Award in 2019.  He is coauthor of the classic textbook Solid State Radio Engineering and over 100 technical papers.  He was program chairman for RF Expo East ’90 and founded technical committee MTT-17 that expanded the MTT-S to include HF/VHF/UHF engineers.  He is a member of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, AOC, RCA (fellow), and ARRL.  “Fritz” is an extra-class amateur-radio operator W1FR (licensed since 1961) and was coordinator of the ARRL 500-kHz experiment which was instrumental in gaining the new 630-meter amateur band.

Email: fraab@gmrr.biz

Webinar: Advanced 5G and SATCOM Phased-Arrays Using Silicon Technologies 🗓

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Join the CRIEEE MTT Section on Tuesday, October 22nd to view a recording of a presentation by Prof. Gabriel Rabeiz.

Abstract: Advanced 5G and SATCOM Phased-Arrays Using Silicon Technologies

During the past 50 years, phased-arrays have been largely developed for the defense sector. Today, due to the increased demand for data, there is a need for base-station and mobile-user phased-arrays which can provide high-capacity data services through directional links. Therefore, there is an amazing investment by the telecom industry in this sector at highly accelerated time scales (24-36 months) to meet the commercial demand. Today, both digital-beamforming at the element level (sub-6 GHz) and hybrid (i.e. analog/digital) beamforming for the mm-wave bands are being developed for next-generation 5G telecom systems. These commercial investments are leading to dramatic changes in phased-arrays: high EIRP, high-performance systems at 28 GHz, 39 GHz and even 60 GHz, and with multiple beams, are now available at low-cost. This talk will summarize our work in this area, and present a roadmap for the future.

 

Prof. Gabriel Rabeiz of University of California, San Diego
Topic: 

Advanced 5G and SATCOM Phased-Arrays Using Silicon Technologies

Biography:

Prof. Rebeiz is a Fellow of the IEEE and Wireless Communications Industry Chair Professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCSD. His expertise includes design of silicon RFICs for microwave and millimeter-wave systems with a specialty on phased arrays and low power circuits, active and passive imaging systems up to THz frequencies (including thermal imagers), THz CMOS and SiGe electronics, RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF MEMS), reconfigurable front-ends including tunable filters and tunable antennas, cognitive radios, planar antennas from RF to THz frequencies, radars, and collision avoidance systems for automotive applications.

Physiology of tDCS and related techniques 🗓 🗺

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The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago Chapter, and Loyola University Chicago Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program are honored to present Dr. Michael Nitsche, a leader who has conducted pioneering research in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation.

Topic: 

Physiology of tDCS and related techniques

Non-invasive brain stimulation has been developed during the last ten years as an interesting new tool to modulate cortical excitability, activity, and plasticity at the regional and network level. One of these tools is transcranial electric stimulation (tES), which alters respective physiology via application of weak direct currents (tDCS) or alternating currents (tACS) through the intact skull. This talk will deliver an overview about basic mechanisms of action of the respective techniques, including new results, and also an introduction with respect to effects on psychological and behavioural processes in health and disease.

Biography:

Dr. Michael A. Nitsche is Director of the Dept. Psychology and Neurosciences at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors in Dortmund, and holds a position as scientific staff member at the Dept. Neurology of the University Medical Center Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany. He studied Psychology and Medicine at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, and performed his Dissertation in Medicine at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen. From 1999-2015, he was resident and consultant at the Dept. Clinical Neurophysiology of the University Medical Center in Goettingen. His main research topics are plasticity research in humans, including non-invasive brain stimulation, neuropsychopharmacology, and cognition.

Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=cKxeGqQAAAAJ&hl=de