Past Meetings/Webinars

IEEE OC Section ExCom Meeting 🗓

All invited, add your ideas, volunteer at the next level

Meeting Date: April 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Food; 6:30 PM Presentation

Location: ATEP IVC Tustin
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: All IEEE OC Committee/Chapter/Affinity/SIG Chair/Key Volunteers (or their proxy) are requested to attend

Futures In Engineering Conference 🗓

Company demos, Guest Speakers, and student project demonstrations

IEEE Foothill Section and IEEE Student Branch
Meeting Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 10AM Registration; Speaker Introduction 10:30AM: Q&A 11:20AM
Speaker: Dr. Lorenzo of Telephonics Corporation
Topic: Radar, the Invention that Changed the World
Location: Cal State University San Bernardino
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: A one day event at CSUSB focusing on current and future trends in technology. Featuring Company demos, Guest Speakers, and student project demonstrations. This event is hosted by the Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Club, the IEEE Student Branch, ACM Student Chapter at CSUSB and the IEEE Foothill branch MTTS/APS Society.

Featured talk summary: Aerospace Electronic Systems, and in particular Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW), are one of the most active yet unappreciated fields in the Electrical Engineering community. The IEEE AESS members account for only 1% of the IEEE total, yet the AES market is estimated to be in the range of hundreds of billions of dollars. Radar and EW applications are typically unheard by the general public, yet they are the backbone of any military force worldwide, providing defense, security, and peace. The history of radar and EW is also intriguing: Robert Buderi considered radar as “the invention that changed the world,” while General Patterson though that radars were the real reason why the Allied forces defeated the Axis powers. This talk will introduce you to the captivating history of radar/EW, leading to the most recent radar/EW systems worldwide and their applications, both civilian and military ones. The talk will show you what radars can do for the society and what the AES industry is looking for, in particular from young engineers. The talk will end with an overview of the IEEE AESS, its benefits to the members, and in particular to students and young professionals.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Lo Monte has comprehensive experience in applied Radar, RF, DSP, EW system design and prototyping, from small companies, consulting, academia, research institutions, to large defense contractors and government agencies worldwide. He serves as Chief Scientist at Telephonics, a top-100 defense corporation specializing in ISR, with the role of translating research innovations into commercial products. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Dayton, where he created the courses “Intro to Radar,” “Radar/RF Systems Design,” and “Intro to Electronic Warfare.” He was also the Director of the Mumma Radar Laboratory. Dr. Lo Monte has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and two book chapters.

Throughout his career, he gained experience in HF-to-W Band radar systems prototyping, including monopulse, radar transmitters, early-warning radars, multistatic and MIMO radar, ISAR and tomography, GPR, passive HF/VHF/UHF systems, IED/EFP detection, ballistic missile defense radar, resonance exploitation, RF/IR integration, DRFM, EA/EP/ES, AMTI/GMTI/MMTI, clutter modeling and study, antenna/microwave design and measurements, instrumentation control, computational electromagnetics, inverse scattering, DSP, electrical/mechanical CAD design.

Dr. Lo Monte is very active in the IEEE community, serving in the AESS Board of Governors as the VP for Education. Dr. Lo Monte is also the Topical Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal for “Radiation Sensors.” Dr. Lo Monte is also an AESS Distinguished Lecturer and an approved AESS Short Course Instructor. He taught many short courses in radar, EW and RF worldwide, with a focus to underserved areas. He is also the Young Professionals coordinator for Region 1.

Students from Ventura County to Show Off Their Robots 🗓

Bring your kids! This is an excellent opportunity to get them interested in science and engineering.

IEEE Buenaventura Section
Meeting Date: April 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation

Location: Thousand Oaks
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEEvtools

Summary: Students from Ventura County schools will demonstrate the robots they built for the VEX Robotics Competition. We will hear an introduction from the teams, followed by an extended demonstration.

About VEX
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the REC Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

DataFest – Become a Sponsor and help underwrite this event 🗓

— A 48 hr data hackathon for undergrads

Sponsored by The American Statistical Association
Meeting Dates: May 3 – 5, 2019

Location: Chapman University, Orange CA

Information and registration:

ASA DataFestTM is a data hackathon for undergraduate students, sponsored by the American Statistical Association. ASA DataFestTM at Chapman is hosted by the Schmid College of Science and Technology and Office of Residential Life.

Analyze ASA DataFestTM introduces you to what is likely the richest, most complex dataset you’ve seen so far in your undergraduate career. The dataset is provided by a real-life organization and is chosen to provide many avenues of discovery. Students at any stage of their data science education will find something of interest and will have the opportunity to make an original finding. Students from any major are welcome.

Network Mingle with data science professionals who visit DataFestTM to offer their advice and answer your questions. You also get to meet students from other colleges and universities in southern California.

Experience Past participants of the ASA DataFestTM have gone to job interviews able to describe technical challenges overcome, explain how they work under time-pressure, and talk about their thoughts on solving real-life data problems.

IEEE USA President talks – Memories of Tomorrow 🗓

— Exploring the options for non-volatile memory to replace DRAM and SRAM

IEEE Computer Society and ACM
Meeting Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Tom Coughlin
Location: Knobbe Martens, Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Meetup

Summary: New computing architectures are being driven by the end of Moore’s Law scaling. At the same time AI, IoT, and faster connectivity will drive the need for more computing in data centers, at and beyond the network edge and in individual consumer and industrial devices. An important requirement to enable these new computational architectures and to improve computational efficiency and reduce energy consumption will be moving from volatile to non-volatile memories. There are many options for non-volatile memory to replace DRAM and SRAM including phase change memory (PCM, such as Intel’s Octane), magnetic random access memory (MRAM), ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) as well as FeFETs and resistive memory (RRAM). This talk will look at the drivers for new computing architectures, the future role of non-volatile memory (including computational storage and in-memory computing), and the candidates for non-volatile memories that will be used in tomorrow’s embedded devices and computers.

Bio: Tom Coughlin, is President, Coughlin Associates and President of IEEE USA, is a digital storage analyst as well as a business and technology consultant. He has over 37 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE, (he is past Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, President of IEEE USA and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference ( as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).

The Technology and Art of Engineering a Competitive Killer Robot 🗓

— an insider’s account from one of the leading BattleBot teams

San Diego IEEE Robotics Society, Co-hosted by the Control Systems Society
Meeting Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
John Mladenik of Logi-core
Mike Lindberg of Philips Respironics
Location: Cal State San Marcos
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: BattleBots® is a televised, high stakes robotics competition where combat robots clash in a fight to the death. Winner take all! BattleBots® now has coverage in more than 150 countries appearing on the Discovery and Science Channels, Amazon, Apple TV, Hulu, Google Play, DiscoveryGO, and SciGO. King of Bots is the Chinese equivalent to Battlebots, which is streamed on, and has gotten over a billion viewers in the first two events, more than all other robots events in the world combined.

This talk will feature an insider’s account from one of the leading BattleBot teams that designed and built Megabyte and Gigabyte, ‘spinning’ robots. The founder of the Robotic Death Company will talk about what motivated him to get started in the competitive robot business, how he built a winning team and their competition experiences. Technical challenges will also be discussed and how the team found effective design solutions to survive the harsh environment of robotic battles.

Bio: John Mladenik is self-employed Electrical Engineer that’s worked on electronics, systems, circuits and chip designs in the San Diego area since 1994. He received his BSEE in 1982 from Purdue University and his MSEE in 1986 from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. In 1995 he founded his own company, Logi-Core Engineering and Incorporated in 2009. In 2001 John founded the Robotic Death Company to build combat robots for professional, televised competitions. In 2003 John’s team won the RFL National Champion Heavyweight competition with Megabyte, becoming a member of the Robotic Combat Hall of Fame. In 2018 Megabyte was chosen The Most Popular Robot in China.

Bio: Mike Lindberg is a Senior Staff Electrical Engineer who designs medical ventilators for Philips Respironics in Carlsbad, CA. He works with the Robotic Death Company as a team member specializing in motor controller electronics. Mike began his early electronics career as a middle schooler exploring junkyards for parts to build radio receivers, motors and nefarious devices for zapping friends with electrical shocks. In 1980 he received his MSEE from the University of Minnesota studying Flicker Noise in Indium Antimonide Hall Sensors under contract to Hitachi Corp. Mike worked in Aerospace designing power equipment for the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and Geostationary communications satellites. In commercial industries he designed power magnetics for computers and for satellite / internet communications equipment. Mike holds numerous patents in power electronics, linear motors, magnetics and sensors and has served as Vice President of Engineering for two previous companies.

Mike and John work together at Philips where they developed a brushless motor controller for a blower in a medical ventilator; Mike doing the analog and system level design, John doing the FPGA with a PID current control loop.

Fundamentals and Advances in Power Integrity Analysis Methods of Data Communication Systems 🗓

— IEEE EMC Distinguished Lecturer Seminar

IEEE San Diego EMC
Meeting Date: Tuesday March 26, 2019
Networking with light food and refreshments: 6:00-6:30pm. Talk: 6:30-8:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Ihsan Erdin – Celestica Engineering Design Services
Location: San Diego
Cost: Free for IEEE members and Qualcomm Employee. $5 cash at the door for general public

RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Although signal and power integrity practices are as old as the digital design itself, unlike SI, PI still remains as an elusive concept in the eyes of industrial circles. One reason is the cause-and-effect relation in PI analysis hasn’t been firmly established in practical applications. For example, with SI analysis, a logic failure can be traced to a noise threshold violation. PI analysis, on the other hand, hardly points out to a smoking gun with the same rigor. Starting from a qualitative and descriptive introduction of power noise fundamentals, the current analysis techniques for printed circuit structures will be reviewed and their limitations will be discussed with practical work-arounds. Some recent developments including a novel interpretation of the effective radius of a decoupling capacitor and multipin optimization of capacitors will be presented on sample cases.

Bio: Dr. Ihsan Erdin received the M. Sc. degree from Middle East Tech. U, Ankara, Turkey in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree from Carleton University in 2001, both in electrical engineering. From 1995 to 1996, he was a research fellow at Defense Research Development (DRDC) Ottawa. From 2000 to 2007, he worked as an SI/PI engineer at Nortel. Since 2007, he has been working in the same job function at Celestica Engineering Design Services in Ottawa. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Electronics Department of Carleton University since 2007. Dr. Erdin is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario and a senior member of IEEE. He also serves as a member of Signal and Power Integrity Technical Committee (TC-10) of EMC Society. He has published over 40 technical papers in peer-refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are analytical and computational electromagnetic methods with application to printed circuits and multichip modules.

OC IEEE Spring BBQ – Delayed to 4/27. 🗓

— Family food, fun and games

OC IEEE Section
Meeting Date: April 27, 2019 RAIN or SHINE
Time: 11AM – 3PM
11:00 – 12:00 Check in & IEEE Member Introductions
12:00 – 1:00 BBQ
1:00 – 2:00 Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer or Robot playtime
2:00 – 3:00 Clean up

Location: Mason Park
Join the IEEE OC Section on our first section BBQ of the year at Mason Park, by UCI. We will have food and drinks for $5 an individual or family, as well as free games like Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer and robots for everyone to play with.
Parking is $5 for Mason Park or you can park at the Albertsons on Campus Drive and walk across Harvard.
The shelter location will be Shelter 3 but you can ask the park staff at the gates or check this event page the day of to confirm the location. There are directions coming in from the entrance showing where the shelters are. Vegetarian options will be available.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

IEEE OC YP April Boba Night 🗓

— how to grow your network and personal brand!

Meeting Date: April 2, 2019
7:00 – 7:30: Check in & get dinner if needed in the UTC plaza
7:30 – 8:00: Boba provided for IEEE members with complimentary appetizers for everyone
8:00 – 9:00: Board game time with digital games like Jackbox Party 3 and physical games like One Night Werewolf

Location: Irvine, California Address is for Le Diplomate Cafe but we don’t meet inside due to space restrictions, come look for us at the tables across from the cafe!
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Summary: Come hear how to utilize your time to do what you love while growing your network and personal brand! In this case, it’s with boba, brunch and BBQ as the chairman of OC IEEE YP presents how those three loves help connect IEEE students and YPs.

Meet new friends with tasty boba tea, delicious hot food and fun board games! Boba Night is every month on the first Tuesday at the University Trade Center by UC Irvine at the tables under the white canopy near the fountain. There will be a table with IEEE swag on it as a marker. Whether you’re an EECS student, young professionals and general IEEE member, come meet new people while eating delicious food and drinks and playing fun games.

Terahertz Communications at 300 GHz: Devices, Packages and System 🗓

— the first prototype of a THz wireless ‘touch-and-go’ system

IEEE San Fernando Valley Section, CSUN, Room JD 1568
Meeting Date: April 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM Networking & Food; 8:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer Dr. Ho-Jin Song
Location: Northridge, California
Cost: none. Send RSVP if attending dinner to
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Summary: Recent progress in semiconductor devices on compound semiconductor or silicon substrates have made it possible to produce more power and receive a signal with less noise at THz frequencies. Various integrated circuits for the THz radio front-end functional blocks, including power and low-noise amplifiers, modulators and demodulators, and oscillators, have been demonstrated in the last decade. In the first experimental demonstration conducted in 2004, bulky instruments originally developed for THz spectroscopy were used to transmit pulsed THz signals carrying a 7-kHz bandwidth audio signal across a short free space. However, recently, there have been several successful demonstrations of multi-Gbps data transmissions at THz frequencies with state-of-the art devices and components. In this talk, the first prototype of a THz wireless communications system designed under the ‘touch-and-go’ scenario will be presented. I clarify the concept of the KIOSK data downloading system, cover some considerations in this work, and present a brief link-budget plan. We will then overview technologies for implementing THz components operating at 300 GHz and their performance, followed by preliminary investigation of the channel responses and the experimental demonstration results. At the end of the presentation, we will discuss several issues that need to be addressed for the future of the THz communications systems, in terms of system architectures, packaging and potential applications.

Bio: Ho-Jin Song received the B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Gwangju, Korea, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Since he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Japan in 2006, which is the third largest telecommunication company in the world, he had engaged in the development of sub-millimeter and terahertz wave devices, circuits and systems for communication, remote sensing and imaging applications. In 2015, he was named to a Distinguished Research Scientist at NTT Labs. Since 2016, Dr. Song has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Gyeongbuk, Korea. His current research interest includes mm-wave and terahertz circuits, antenna, packages and test-bed systems, particularly for wireless communication, connectivity and radar applications. Dr. Song was a recipient of GIST Best Thesis Award (2005), NTT Labs Research of the Year Award (2009 and 2014), Young Scientist Award of Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2010), IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component Letters Tatsuo Itoh Best Paper Award (2014) and Best Industrial Paper Award at IEEE MTTs-IMS 2016 (2016). He is a senior IEEE member and an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for the 2019-2021 term.