Past Meetings/Webinars

Don’t Speak Like An Engineer — Think Like One! 🗓

— communication skills, input and output states, emotional calculus, cognitive duty cycle, presentation spec sheet, how-to’s …

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Mark Kretschmar, IABC Accredited Business Communicator
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: It’s not your technical skills that limit your career and success; it’s your communication skills.
Give your engineers and other technical staff an engineering lens from which to view presentations. This inspiring overview of the EngineerSpeak model empowers them with familiar tools such as:
— Input and output states
— Emotional calculus
— Material science of the human brain
— Cognitive duty cycle
— Creating and working from a presentation spec sheet
Approaching presentations from this viewpoint and with some specific how-to’s, you can expect shorter presentations that are more on-point and people remember — less rehashing and regurgitating of content in the hallways and office doorways later. Smoother projects, better impressions on customers and corporate VIPs.

Bio: Unlike any other speaker or mentor, Mark Kretschmar uses engineering tools and viewpoints to understand and dissect communication problems and he can show his fellow engineers how to do the same. When communication is viewed as a problem to be solved, suddenly it falls into the engineer’s area of expertise. Engineers are amazing problem solvers – therefore they can be amazing communicators and speakers.
This fusion of engineering and research-based communication principals has engineers from the world’s biggest brands talking about “drastic change,” “helpful algorithms,” “time well spent,” and Mark’s “deep domain knowledge.” As a skeptical engineer and adjunct professor of communication studies, he bases his content on academic research rather than current fads or unfounded opinions.
Mark works with successful engineers, engineering leaders, and other technical types who understand the value of continuous improvement in their professional skills — those who realize their ability to perform and advance includes more than their engineering skills. He has done workshops for IEEE, ASME, SAME, ASCE and other engineering societies and has worked with people from numerous big-name corporations like Medtronic, Bosch, 3M, St. Jude Medical, Par Systems, Infor, MTS and more.
Participants in Mark’s programs benefit from his sought-after leadership and speaking skills. In his local area he has served on the board of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and as president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) where he was awarded for his improvements to the organization’s ability to engage members and produce revenue. IABC has also certified him as an Accredited Business Communicator and awarded him with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Quill awards for his work in corporate communication. He is also a winner of multiple awards from Toastmasters not only as a speaker, but for his ability to evaluate and improve others’ speaking skills.

High Resistance Grounding 🗓

— Meeting of IEEE PES/IAS Joint Chapter of Orange County

IEEE PES/IAS Joint Chapter of Orange County

Meeting Date: February 15, 2018
Time: Social from 6:00 – 6:30 PM; Dinner starts at ~6:45 PM; Presentation from ~7:30-8:45 PM
Speaker: Mr. Terry Yeung, Sector Development Manager, I-Gard Corporation
Location: The Doubletree Club Orange County Airport, Santa Ana

Cost: Meal: $30 (plus 2.75% for major credit cards); FREE for full-time college students with I.D.
Please specify a dinner entree: Chicken, Fish, or Vegetarian

Summary: High Resistance Grounding (HRG) is relatively simple and easy to apply in radial distribution systems at Low Voltage and at high voltage up to 5 kV. When high resistance grounding is applied, a Neutral
Grounding Resistor (NGR) is used at the supply transformer with an alarm system to detect and indicate
the ground fault has been in use for many years and is widely applied. In high voltage systems 15 kV to
36 kV the practice has been to use low resistance grounding. The use of resistance grounding is safe
and more reliable. This presentation will explore the technical and application sides of this grounding
method; high, low and hybrid grounding. The focus of this presentation is ground fault and arc flash
mitigation through the use of high resistance grounding.

Bio: Terry Yeung Terry Yeung is a Sector Development Manager at I-Gard Corporation. He partners with the Sales and Engineering leadership teams to improve and accelerate sales processes. Terry earned a BS in
Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and continues to raise awareness
about the critical needs of having a safer and more reliable electrical distribution system. He effectively
communicates with consulting engineers and end users, educating on the requirements to maintain,
update or implement safe electrical distribution systems helping companies save lives, profits and

Power Electronics-Enabled Autonomous Power Systems – Synchronized and Democratized (SYNDEM) Smart Grids 🗓

— distributed energy resources, flexible loads, virtual synchronous machines, reduced complexity, improved performance, resiliency …

Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Founder, Syndem LLC
Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Power systems are going through a paradigm change from the current power systems dominated by electric machines to the next-generation smart grid enabled by power electronics, presenting a great opportunity to the power electronics society. In this lecture, it will be shown that the power electronic converters in millions of active, intermittent, non-synchronous, variable and distributed energy resources and flexible loads can be controlled to behave like virtual synchronous machines (VSM). They can all take part in the regulation of power system frequency and voltage via independent individual actions in a synchronized and democratized manner, leading to synchronized and democratized smart grids. Moreover, the dedicated synchronisation units, often phase-locked-loops, can be removed to further reduce complexity and improve performance. These active distributed players only require local information and communicate with each other through the power network, rather than through additional communication infrastructure, bringing stability, scalability, operability, reliability, security and resiliency to next-generation smart grids.
Bio: Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, is the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering and Management at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, and the Founder & CEO of Syndem LLC. Having been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Power and Energy Society and the IEEE Control Systems Society, he is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in power electronics, control, and power systems. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems.

Enhancing Vehicle Dynamics and Energy Efficiency in Electric Vehicles with Multiple Motors Via Torque Vectoring 🗓

— energy efficiency, stability control, torque allocation, net traction force, cornering response, experimental results …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Basilio Lenzo, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Electric vehicles with multiple motors allow torque-vectoring (TV), i.e. the individual control of each drivetrain. TV has been largely studied in the literature since it can provide significant benefits in terms of vehicle safety and drivability. This webinar analyses recent experimental results of the EU FP7 Projects EVECTOORC and iCOMPOSE, in which torque vectoring is exploited for: i) enhancing vehicle dynamics; ii) maximising energy efficiency.
TV can enhance the handling qualities of a vehicle well beyond the capabilities achievable with conventional stability control systems, as it intervenes seamlessly and continuously without variation of the net traction force. A direct yaw moment can be generated through different torque allocation at the left and right sides of the vehicle, allowing the design of the cornering response of the vehicle. For instance, a “Sport” driving mode was designed to reduce the understeer gradient, extend the region of linear vehicle operation, and increase the maximum lateral acceleration compared to the passive vehicle.
As regards energy efficiency improvement, a simple and effective torque distribution strategy was developed. Basically, the torque demand on each vehicle side is compared to a “switching torque” value (function of the vehicle speed) which is defined based on the experimental measurements of the drivetrain power loss characteristic. The developed energy efficient torque distribution algorithm allows energy savings typically between 2% and 3% along common driving cycles, and up to ~4% during cornering conditions with respect to fixed torque distribution strategies.

Bio: Basilio Lenzo received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa and Sant’Anna University in 2010. He received his Ph.D. degree in robotics from Sant’Anna University in 2013.
In 2010, he was an R&D Intern with Ferrari F1. In 2013, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Delaware and Columbia University. In 2013, he was appointed as a Research Fellow with Sant’Anna University, focusing on kinematics and dynamics of robotic mechanisms. He obtained the “Marzotto” grant providing 250,000 Euro for a robotics startup developed at PercRo (Perceptual Robotics Laboratory, Sant’Anna University). In 2014 he won the Bernardo Nobile award for the best PhD thesis resulting in a patent application.
In 2015-2016, he was a Research Fellow with the Centre for Automotive Engineering, University of Surrey, UK. His research was focused on vehicle dynamics and control (European Project iCOMPOSE), dealing with: development of vehicle simulation models and state-of-the-art controllers for vehicle dynamics and energy management; experimental assessments of the performance of such controllers on rolling road facilities and proving grounds. In 2015, he obtained the MIT Young Innovators Under 35 Italy award. He was also invited to give a TED talk at TEDxBergamo2015.
Since September 2016, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering with Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His teaching/research interests include vehicle dynamics, control, and robotics.

Control Challenges in Automotive Electrical Traction Drives 🗓

— power electronics, real-time control, fast dynamics, embedded platform, control challenges …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc, MathWorks
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Vehicle electrification is a key research direction in the automotive business, with many challenging problems and opportunities arising. An important part in automobile electrification is represented by the electric drive with integrated electric machine, power electronics, high voltage battery and real-time control software. However, the implementation in a micro-controller based embedded system is a difficult task because these applications are characterized by fast dynamics that are subject to hard physical and control constraints. Therefore, it yields a complex embedded platform that must meet tough requirements and compulsory safety standards. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the operation of automotive electrical traction drives at the system level and to analyze the arising control challenges. The talk will cover aspects from modeling, control, hardware implementation and testing in automotive electrical traction drives. The talk will also include relevant case studies.
Bio: Sabin-Constantin Carpiuc received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in systems engineering from the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania, in 2012, and 2015, respectively. From March 2010 to June 2016, he was with the Powertrain Division, Business Unit Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Continental Automotive Romania, Iasi R&D Center, Iasi, Romania. From October 2010 to June 2016, he has been also an Associate Teaching Assistant with the Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi. In June 2016, he joined the Physical Modeling group at MathWorks in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
His research interests include physical modeling, electric machines and power electronics, automotive electric traction drives, model predictive control and optimization, constrained control and automotive control systems.

Future Electrification beyond the More Electric Aircraft 🗓

— hybrid propulsion, energy conversion, status, trends, advantages, limitations …

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Hao Huang, GE Aviation – Electrical Power
Sponsors: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, with the IEEE Industry Applications Society
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:
Summary: Aerospace is experiencing its third major technological advancement. The biggest milestone of the first major advancement was the human historic first flight by Wright Brothers in 1903, and the biggest milestone of the second was the introduction of the turbojet in 1939. The third major advancement involves the electrification of aircraft including more electric aircraft (MEA), hybrid electrical propulsion (HEP), etc. Energy conversion plays an important role in this major advancement. With this big wave of change on going, the speaker will first introduce the status, trend, advantages, and limitations of more electric aircraft (MEA), followed by a talk about the status, trend, progress, and limitations of turbo engine based aircraft propulsion. From there, he will lead a discussion on the necessity and benefits of the electrification beyond the MEA including hybrid electric propulsion, the new opportunities associated with, and the technology bricks needed to further this advancement. Finally, the challenges of the electrification beyond MEA and the relationship between HEP and MEA will be explored.
Bio: Dr. Hao Huang is the Technology Chief of GE Aviation-Electrical Power. He is responsible for generating the technical directions, innovation strategies, and multi-generation product roadmaps for the GE aircraft electrical power division. He has been constantly leading and involving innovations and inventions of aircraft electrical power technologies.
Dr. Huang is an IEEE fellow and an SAE fellow. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987. He has 30 years of experience in Aircraft Electrical Power Systems, Power Generation, Engine Starting, Power Electronics and Controls, and electric vehicle drives. Dr. Huang has had 50 US patents including pending, and he has multiple technical publications in the above-mentioned areas.

Brunch with Robots presented by IEEE OC Young Professionals 🗓

IEEE OC Section – Young Professionals
Meeting Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: PeopleSpace 1691 Kettering, Irvine, California 92614
Cost: none, Food and drinks will be provided and parking is free at the start up incubator venue hosting us, Peoplespace!

Event Details: FACEBOOK
11:00 – 11:30 Registration
11:30 – 12:00 Presentation & Brunch
12:00 – 1:30 Networking & Playtime

Enjoy brunch while learning about robots, with hands on demos for people of all ages!

For young professionals, this is a great way to network outside of the usual mixers and info sessions where you can meet others by playing with robots!

For students, you can meet your future employer here by showing off your technical skills with a robotics demo.

For families, your kids can play with all kinds of robots and STEM kits that you can purchase right off Amazon if they like them!

There will be a presentation on robotics with brunch provided, with free time afterwards for networking and playing

February Boba Night hosted by IEEE OC Young Professionals 🗓

OC IEEE Young Professionals –

Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Dinner can be bought at any of the restaurants in UTC
Location: Cha For Tea, 4187 Campus Dr. M173, Irvine
Cost: Boba and appetizers will be provided courtesy of IEEE.
RSVP: Just show up
Event Details: Facebook events
Want to meet new people? Like free boba? Then come join the Young Professionals of IEEE OC for our monthly boba & board games night! Free boba will be for those who arrive in front of Cha at 7 pm sharp! We will have appetizers for everyone regardless of time, and dinner can be bought from any of the restaurants nearby. Bring any board games you’d like to share and let’s get ready to meet new people with free boba!

Thinking Node – Reasoning Computing to handle Complex Knowledge instead of Big Data 🗓

— Reasoning Computing

IEEE San Diego Section
Meeting Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Kai Minh Pham, Founder & CEO of DataMind
Location: San Diego
Cost: none IEEE members, $5 non-members
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Humans use two main cognitive approaches to perceive and analyze problems: Pattern Recognition (left brain) and Problem Solving (right brain). In an age of ever-increasing volumes of both data and complex knowledge human cognition has become a bottleneck for humanity’s progress.

Interestingly, AI has two main schools based on the same complimentary cognitive approaches: Pattern Recognition (Data Mining/Machine Learning using Big Data) and Problem Solving (Reasoning Computing using Complex Knowledge). Today, AI companies have been focusing on Pattern Recognition systems and the results have been impressive. However, it is well known that these systems are “black boxes” and this is a major limitation when explanation is essential to justify the results and to improve upon a system. More importantly, solving the most challenging problems humanity is facing requires reasoning through combinations of Complex Knowledge where Big Data correlation analysis is not relevant or possible alone.

This is why, complementary to Pattern Recognition, Reasoning Computing is so needed and is the next big step for the AI market because it can solve problems where Pattern Recognition systems are not designed for or because it can process the output of these systems by combining knowledge contexts to provide meaningful results. Until now, Reasoning Computing systems have been in the deceptive phase for decades and have yet to see their “second surge” as neural networks have.

Bio: Kai Minh Pham
A multi-disciplinary (Medicine and Artificial Intelligence +25 y) entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for 15 years, Dr. Khai Minh Pham is a serial entrepreneur and technology innovator.

In 1995 he pioneered Data Mining as the founder & CEO of DataMind, a leading data mining company using an Intelligent Agent Technology. Benchmarked by Andersen Consulting Research as the best technology in its field, it was used by major financial institutions, marketing centers, and medical manufacturers, and Bank of America acquired the patent in 2012. Later renamed RightPoint, DataMind was acquired in 2000 by E.piphany for US$400 Million, still one of the highest acquisitions for an AI-based company.

In 2000, Dr. Pham was a pioneer in social networking as the founder & CEO of Easyplanet, providing the first Community Browser (including video phone, favorites sharing, content. etc.) to help strong brands maintain their relationship with their customers, while harnessing data mining to push content and one-to-one ads. A major partnership was established in India as the first large scale pilot when the financial crash happened in 2008.

Today, with ThinkingNode, Dr. Pham is pioneering in Reasoning Computing. He believes that a breakthrough for humanity in solving major challenges is to overcome human linear reasoning to empower human thinking allowing us to apprehend highly complex systems.

Khai Minh holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in AI both from University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. Author of several scientific papers, received international grants (DEC research labs), taught AI at LISH-CNRS (eq. of the NFS in US), received an entrepreneur award from BP bank, was on the committee of Silicon French (a Silicon Valley network), was speaker at DBF, is EIR/Mentor at CONNECT (notorious startup accelerator in San Diego), and part of the jury for the “2016 Most Innovative New Product Awards” in Life Science and Robotics.

Keeping offshore oil rigs powered up 🗓

— Three example projects

IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Section
Meeting Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM Networking & Presentation
Speaker: Carolina Pardo
Location: Rolling Hills Estate
Cost: none
Event Details: IEEE vTools
In our everyday lives we use products made from plastic; we use our cars to commute to our workplaces; we take airplanes to fly to our vacation destinations. But what do all these products depend upon? They all have a common ingredient: crude oil.

In the 19th century, paraffin and kerosene were used on house lamps and street lights. What made kerosene attractive was that it was less expensive than other oils, so demand increased and consequently, oil exploration and production rapidly spread around the world.

First oil wells were drilled on land and as technology improved, exploration moved from land to offshore, then from shallow waters to deeper waters.

In shallow waters offshore drilling platforms could rest their legs on the seafloor; however, as crude oil demand increased and reservoirs were discovered on deeper waters, more complex designs were developed to withstand the new environmental conditions.

Deep water structures designs have been developed with different shapes, and different mooring systems: units may be anchored to the sea floor or actively positioned in a location precisely controlled by dynamic positioning systems.

As a result of the evolving environmental awareness, the industry faces more stringent regulations of the oil processing and refining, which has led to investment in new technologies to recycle hazardous waste as much as possible.

Carolina Pardo has been in the forefront of the electrical engineering of the power provision for offshore oil production facilities. She will describe in detail three projects:

1) The Delta House deepwater floating production facility with a daily peak rate of 100,000 barrels of oil and 240 million cubic feet of gas, was designed and fabricated in 22 months. A record for the industry. The hull was fabricated in a South Korean shipyard, while the topsides where built in Texas. Construction was run in parallel in both locations, which saved a lot of time, but engineering had to be in total synchronization.

2) A floating production/storage/offloading (FPSO) facility with two power generation and distribution systems consisted of 4 identical dual fuel reciprocating driven engines with generator output of 15MW each, plus one spare. An electric swivel installed in the FPSO connected to two subsea cables which provided 24MW/34.5kV to nearby platforms.

3) A flare gas recovery (FGR) system installed in a refinery where gases like NOx, SO2 are recycled into the chemical process rather than being released into the atmosphere. The two main compressors are 500Hp each at 4160V.

Carolina Pardo moved to Houston, TX in early 2001. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, where she is from. She also has a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, and P.E licenses from states of California, Alaska and Texas.

She started her career in Houston, as Electrical Engineer at American Bureau of Shipping in 2001. In 2008 she went to Exmar Offshore Company as an Electrical Engineer and got promoted to Electrical Department Manager in 2010, position that she held until she moved to Southern California at the end of 2014.

She is currently employed as Electrical Engineer Lead at Jacobs Engineering in Long Beach, CA.

Her notable projects include Delta House Floating Production Unit, Opti-Ex Floating Production Unit, and a Flare Gas Recovery System.