Webinar: Networking Pro Tips: Come off as Confident, Not Cocky 🗓

— Take your networking skills to the next level

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Webinar Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Jacquelyn Adams
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: Event
Summary:
Take your networking skills to the next level by applying these leadership hacks. Learn about the importance of having an engaging bio and how to craft your own professional networking introductions. Through this process, you can build up a community of mentors and advisers to help you rise to the next stage of your career trajectory.
Bio: Jacquelyn Adams earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She is the founder of Ristole, an engineering consulting company which transforms corporations through employee development and organizational change management.

Webinar: Five Action Steps to a Better, More Positive Work Culture 🗓

–real, tangible, and actionable steps to building a better workplace culture

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Webinar Date: January 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 PM (PT)
Speaker: Catherine Mattice Zundel
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: Event
Summary:
This presentation changes all that. Attend and learn the real, tangible, and actionable steps to building a better workplace culture, using Civility Partners’ proven method for positive culture change.
Bio: Catherine Mattice Zundel
The founder of Civility Partners, Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Strategic HR Consultant who assists organizations in building positive cultures through HR practices.

Toward 100Gbps Fully Integrated Wireless Communication Transceivers 🗓

— Hear about way of implementing highly integrated ultra-high-speed wireless transceivers.

IEEE Joint Foothill and OC Sections Nanotechnology Council Chapter
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Meeting Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM Networking & Food; 12:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Huan Wang
Location: Cal Poly Pomona
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary:
The future’s more connected societies are in sore need of high-speed point-to-point wireless links with a data rate comparable to wireline links in both indoor short-range and outdoor long-range scenarios. Enabling applications include: optical fiber replacement, high-capacity backhauls, close-proximity wireless data transfer, etc. High-speed communication relies on two major factors: bandwidth and modulation format. The vastly under-utilized mm-wave to sub-THz band is very attractive for this application. However, the abundance of bandwidth in mm-wave/sub-THz bands cannot be easily utilized with commercially available low-cost Silicon-based fabrication technologies. Meanwhile, increasing modulation order puts stringent requirement on the high-speed mixed-signal interface design, i.e. analog-to-digital converters, digital-to-analog-converters and digital signal processors. In short, conventional transceiver architectures encounter serious bottleneck that limits achievable data rate and posts significant concerns on system cost and efficiency. The state-of-the-art solutions will be presented and discussed first, followed by our proposed way of implementing highly integrated ultra-high-speed wireless transceivers.

Bio:
Huan Wang (S’11) received his B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, in 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. From 2013 to 2015, he was with Cirrus Logic, Austin, Texas, as an analog design engineer, where he was involved in the design of audio class-D amplifiers for mobile applications. He was an engineering intern with Qualcomm during the summer of 2012, 2016 and 2019, where he worked on the design of RF transceivers for cellular applications. His current research interest includes RF, mm-wave/THz circuits and system design for wireless communications.

Remaining Challenges for Designs with High Power Wide Bandgap Power Devices: A Circuit Perspective 🗓

— GaN and SiC converters, introduction, challenges, gate drive, reflective waves, electromagnetic interference …

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Webinar Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Jin Wang, Ohio State University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieee-pels.org
Summary: The talk will focus on high-power applications of Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices. It will start with a brief introduction of examples of state-of-the-art high-power GaN and SiC converters. Then, common challenges that are faced by both GaN and SiC devices including gate drive designs, high dv/dt-caused reflective waves, electromagnetic interference, partial discharge, etc. will be discussed. Specific challenges for the implementation of SiC in medium- and high-voltage applications will also be discussed.
Bio: Jin Wang received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2005. From Sept 2005 to Aug 2007, he worked at the Ford Motor Company as a Core Power Electronics Engineer. He joined the Ohio State University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and Full Professor in 2017. His research interests include wide bandgap power devices and their applications, high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electrification of transportation. Dr. Wang has over 180 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and 8 patents. Dr. Wang received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Young Engineer Award and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2011. At The Ohio State University, Dr. Wang received the Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Innovation in 2012, the Lumley Research Award in 2013 and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2017. Dr. Wang served as the General Chair and the Steering Committee Chair for the IEEE Future Energy Challenge in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Dr. Wang had been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications from 2008 to 2014. Currently, Dr. Wang serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (J-ESTPE).

Power-Dense High-Efficiency Engine-Coolant-Capable 200 kW Silicon Carbide Inverter for Heavy-Duty Vehicles 🗓

— US DOE, dual-inverter, 200 kW, 1050 VDC, 115C coolant, front loader vehicle, real-world application …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Brij Singh, senior staff engineer, John Deere Inc.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org/
Summary: This presentation will discuss public information related to a John Deere project funded by the US Department of Energy’s PowerAmerica Institute at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Through PowerAmerica, John Deere has formed a collaboration with researchers from the US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a 200 kW 1050 VDC silicon carbide (SiC) dual-inverter. The SiC inverter converts vehicle engine power into electrical power needed for the permanent-magnet-motor based power-train used in heavy-duty construction and mining vehicles. The presentation will cover development and test verification of various technologies deployed in the successful realization of a power-dense (greater than 40 kW/Liter) high-temperature (suitable for 115C coolant) high-efficiency (greater than 98% over entire range of coolant) SiC dual-inverter. Test results from various generations of the SiC inverter will be presented. In April 2017, the Fargo, North Dakota-based John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES) successfully demonstrated the SiC inverter in a John Deere 644K hybrid front loader vehicle, using the engine radiator fluid to cool the SiC power electronics. The SiC inverter technology demonstration took place at John Deere Dubuque Works (JDDW) in Dubuque, Iowa. Since then this SiC inverter has been operating on vehicles resulting in over 2,000 hours experience from real-world application of SiC power electronics technology. The DOE-PowerAmerica funding has greatly helped John Deere to accelerate the development of SiC inverter technology including the realization of key commercialization objectives.
Bio: Brij N. Singh is a senior staff engineer in John Deere Inc., USA and leading the US Department of Energy – PowerAmerica (DOE-PowerAmerica) funded project to develop a 200 kW SiC inverter for heavy-duty vehicle applications. Brij has earned Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, in 1996. In 1996, Brij joined the École de Technology Supérieure, Université du Québec, Montreal, QC, Canada, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, Brij joined Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada as a Research Fellow. In 2000, Brij joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor. In 2007, Brij joined John Deere in Fargo, North Dakota as a power electronics staff engineer. In Tulane, Brij received numerous teaching awards for outstanding instructions in electrical engineering. In John Deere, Brij received numerous awards for product and technology innovations and team collaboration activities. Brij has published over 90 research papers in various Journals including IEEE Transactions and IET Journals. Brij has 22 US patents, one trade secret, and numerous pending patents. Brij’s scholarly work and publications have been cited by his peers over 6000 times. Brij is a senior member of the IEEE.

vTools & Collabratec Training 🗓

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Webinar Date: Jun 19, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM (PT)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Summary: This IEEE volunteer tools (vtools) site [http://http://sites.ieee.org/vtools/] provides information on a wide range of tools developed by volunteers for IEEE members and IEEE volunteers. The toolbox simplifies organizational efforts and administration by offering web-based software in order to reduce time spent on managing local activities and to assist in member development.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid 🗓

— underlying causes, changing technologies, business models, adverse effects, disruptions, evolution …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Steven E. Collier, Director, Smart Grid Strategies
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Carl Sagan said, “You have to know the past to understand the present”. Most everyone knows something about the emerging smart grid. However, not everyone knows the whole story about how and why the smart grid began. It is not only fascinating, but also useful to understand the underlying causes that led to the emergence and continuing development of a smart grid. It’s all about changing technologies and business models. For a variety of reasons, the foundations of the century old legacy electric grid began to erode in the 1970s during the aftermath of the OPEC oil embargo. Longstanding favorable economics, acceptable reliability, stable monopoly business model, and standard utility operations were adversely affected. During this time, disruptive new technologies began to emerge to produce, store, and manage energy, both on the supply side and the demand side. New business models and new market participants emerged as well. The smart grid will continue to evolve as technology and business models continue to change.
Bio: Steve Collier writes, speaks and consults widely on issues and technologies related to the smart grid. He has worked for more than forty years as a professional engineer, executive, consultant, board member for energy, telecommunications, and consulting companies in the US and abroad, including Houston Lighting & Power, Power Technologies, Inc., Sandia National Labs, C. H. Guernsey & Company, Cap Rock Electric Cooperative, the Institute for Management Development and Change, Util-LINK LLC, and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. He has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Houston and Purdue University respectively. He has served as chairman of the IEEE IAS Rural Electric Power Committee, a member of the board of directors of IAS, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Education and Operations Committees.

Smart Buildings: Approaches to Promoting Reliability of Smart Grid 🗓

— demand-response, incentives, large office buildings, loads, self-healing, resource-responsive …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Raj Gopal, Smart Buildings and Smart Grid, Research Studies, Sustainable Energy and Smart Grid
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: To ensure meeting the reliability goals of the Smart Grid, Demand Response programs are offered by electric power utilities with incentives to participating customers in order to match power generation to demand and prevent network instability during peak demand periods. According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2012 commercial building energy consumption survey (CBECS), large office buildings in the USA with floor area > 9,000 m2 consume annually 180 billion kWh. This comprises of HVAC (cooling 17%, ventilation 25%), lighting (17%) and plug loads comprising of computers, monitors, printers, servers and other electrical loads associated with occupant productivity (17%) and the rest miscellaneous loads. These loads mostly occur, given the occupancy schedule, during the on-peak periods for a summer peaking utility. The need to address Automatic Fault Detection, Diagnosis and System Restoration (AFDDS) becomes important when implementing demand response (DR) strategies whether it is price responsive or resource responsive in office buildings. Should faults occur in the building HVAC system, the kWh energy consumption and KW demand will increase negating the objectives of the Demand Response program. This presentation will cover: definitions for Smart Building HVAC System; Smart Building Facility Management System (SBFMS) Architecture; development of algorithms for AFDDS for an example HVAC system with self-healing and resiliency feature and discuss the results of ‘Smart Voice Activated Speaker’ experiments with lighting and Plug loads and opportunities for its integration with SBFMS.
Bio: Dr. Raj Gopal’s current interest is performing Research Studies as a R&D Specialist in Sustainable Energy and Smart Grid. He is a member of ASHRAE and IEEE. He has served in ASHRAE Energy Calculations and Building Operations Dynamics technical committees, as a member of Standards Committee on Liquid Chilling Packages and as a Forum Chairman on Demand Side Management (DSM). His work experience includes working as a Scientist for a leading Building Automation System company and as a DSM engineer for leading Electric Power utilities and as a full time Consultant for Building Automation System companies. He has taught HVAC, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics at UW Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering and holds patents in Thermal Energy Storage and Solar Energy. Has published and presented papers in peer reviewed conferences and publications including presentations on Smart Buildings as the main speaker at UW Madison’s ‘Wednesday Nite@the Lab’ lecture series in December 2017 and at ASHRAE Madison Chapter meeting in September 2018. Also served as an Editor for ASME’s Symposium volumes on “Heat Transfer in Energy Conservation” and “Energy Conservation in Building HVAC Systems”. He has worked for 4 years as a Maintenance Engineer for a Multinational company. Dr. Gopal has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron and MS from IIT Madras, India.

A Reliable Grid is a Smart Grid 🗓

— design, redesign, tech advances, integration, rel principles, machine learning, monitoring …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Alan M Ross, Vice President of Reliability, SD Myers
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: The application of Reliability Engineering disciplines and principles provides a unique perspective to a Smart Grid. In this webinar we will look at how technology, UIoT, Machine Learning and Condition Based Monitoring can positively affect the long-term reliability of the Grid.
While reliability engineering starts at the design phase for asset management decisions, an even greater impact will be on the system those assets comprise. For the most part we are redesigning systems, not designing from scratch, adding technological advances while integrating wide-scale DER and DR into the grid.
Bio: Alan Ross is the Vice President of Reliability for SD Myers. He is a credentialed reliability professional with both the CMRP and CRL certifications and is a member of the IEEE Reliability Society. Alan Is the Chair of the Smart Grid working group for SMRP and the Electrical Power Reliability Summit and on the Planning Committee and Keynote speaker for the Comet Conference. He is a dynamic and frequent presenter or keynote speaker at NETA, Comet, EPRS, SMRP Conference and Symposium, Marcon, Reliability Conference, AIST, IMC and numerous Muni/CoOp regional organizations. Alan has published frequently in AIST Journal, Plant Engineering, Solutions Magazine, Uptime Magazine and on the blog Transformer Reliability, and numerous white papers on the adoption of new technology, reliability and leadership.

Advanced Safety Architecture for Automotive Systems 🗓

— critical components, brakes, steering, redundancy, Steer-By-Wire, Brake-by-Wire …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Ramakrishnan Raja, Halla Mechatronics
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieee-pels.org
Summary: This presentation gives a review of various advanced system architectures deployed for safety-critical components such as brakes and steering. The presentation talks about various type of redundant architectures deployed for autonomous driving conditions. It also discusses about advantages and disadvantages of such architectural changes. An overview of advanced controls strategy for Steer-By-Wire and Brake-by-Wire will be discussed in this presentation.
Bio: Ramakrishnan Raja received his B.Sc. degree from Amrita Institute of technology, India in 2003 and Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2005. He received his Ph.D. degree in automotive system engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. From 2004-2013 he has been working for Delphi steering and Nexteer automotive as Senior Electrical Engineer. Currently he is working at Halla Mechatronics as Chief Scientist-Controls. He is responsible for motor drive control for various automotive applications. His research interests includes electrical machines and variable speed drives including sensorless motor control drives.