Energy Storage Systems for Automotive Applications 🗓

— IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series

Central LA Section CSULB Systems Council Chapter
Meeting Date: Marc 1, 2018
Time: 5 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Hannes Wegleiter of Graz University of Technology, Austria
Location: California State University Long Beach
Cost: none
RSVP: requested
Event Details: IEEE vTools
The transition from fossil fuel-based transportation to clean electric mobility has to be considered one of the crucial steps of decarbonization. In this sense, reducing the import of oil to gain political independence is as important as mitigating global warming due to CO2 emissions according to the international climate goals. Even though the strong projected increase of electric vehicles must be seen as a rather positive development, a number of new related challenges will arise for energy supply companies, grid operators, vehicle and charging-station manufacturers and eventually the customers. In this talk the key enabling technology, the energy storage device, will be discussed more in detail. Typical application scenarios of batteries and flywheel systems will be presented in the context of Automotive Applications.

Bio: Dr. Hannes Wegleiter received the MS and PhD degrees from Graz University of Technology in Austria, in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

Since 2014, he is an assistant professor and deputy head of the Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology. His research interests include electrical measurement technology, and electrical energy storage systems. Dr. Wegleiter is author and co-author of more than 40 technical publications.

CRC Elk Hills Power Plant Tour 🗓

IEEE China Lake – Bakersfield Section
Meeting Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 10AM – 12PM
Location: Tupman, California
Cost: none
RSVP: Preference will be given to IEEE student members and then IEEE section members. Registration is open, however, the initial tour will be limited to maximum of 15 attendees.
Lunch will be provided following the tour.
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Elk Hills Power Plant, a 550-megawatt (MW) natural gas, combined-cycle power plant tour

Micro/Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (M/NEMS) Resonators: Fundamentals and Applications 🗓

Meeting Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Logan Sorenson, Research Staff Member at HRL Laboratories
Location: Newbury Park
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools

Since the invention of the integrated circuit, the path followed by the semiconductor industry has led to unprecedented advances in technology and computation through miniaturization and integration of highly complex circuits into single chips. More recently, this trend toward extreme miniaturization characterized by Moore’s Law has expanded beyond traditional computing devices into the realm of integrating more features and capabilities on a single chip (More-than-Moore/MtM). For example, in some emerging application areas, including the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, the barrier between the cyber and the physical worlds is heavily eroded. Sensor systems, which convert physical quantities into their digital counterparts, and especially those which can be integrated on chip in the MtM paradigm, are highly sought after as the gateway between worlds. This talk will review the fundamentals of Micro and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (M/NEMS), in which the traditional microfabrication technologies developed by the semiconductor industry are adopted and adapted to create resonant structures which are free to mechanically vibrate on chip. M/NEMS resonators have been used in a variety of different ways to implement various sensor systems on chip, including temperature and pressure sensors, timing elements, inertial sensors including accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, and gas and chemical sensors, among other physical quantities of interest. These sensors have already widely proliferated into everyday consumer products, including automobiles, smartphones, activity trackers, and the like. The talk will conclude by highlighting some emerging high performance M/NEMS-based sensors and the associated challenges.

Bio: Dr. Logan Sorenson is a Research Staff Member at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. He received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. In 2003-2004, he spent one year on exchange in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) inertial sensors and timing devices from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2013 and subsequently joined HRL Laboratories. His research interests are in the areas of design, modeling, simulation, fabrication, and evaluation of resonant M/NEMS materials and devices, precision oscillators, inertial sensors, gravimetric, chemical and temperature sensors, energy dissipation, noise, phononic crystals, and integration of M/NEMS with semiconductor and atomic devices. Dr. Sorenson was a recipient of a Camras and Grainger scholarship at IIT and the 2005 IEC Everitt Award of Excellence. He also earned the IIT Graduate Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and, in 2007, the prestigious Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship. He is the recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Oral Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE MEMS conference in Taipei, Taiwan, and served on the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE MEMS conference as well as a reviewer for the IEEE Inertial Systems conference and the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. He was selected as a 2015 DARPA Riser for promising early-career researchers. Dr. Sorenson has authored or co-authored over 20 publications and holds 6 patents with 30 patents pending.

Putting the “Data” into “Big Data” 🗓

Hear how to define and organize data sets that are useful, clear, and durable in a simple, practicable way.

IEEE Buenaventura Section
Meeting Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Karl Geiger
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Pity the poor data scientists. Much of the raw input they see is data exhaust from one process or another. From data smog they conjure, through the magic of various algorithms, critical insights into business operations, demographics, market trends, and operations. But what happens if the data are bad or sketchy, wrong or misunderstood? The resulting algorithmic output is still “true”, leading to a phenomenon known as garbage in, gospel out.

Algorithms may be fads, but data are forever. “Forever data” — clear, easy to understand, well-defined, well-organized, easy to use — are what data scientists need to ensure good results while keeping a full head of hair. The presentation draws on experiences from web analytics, systems logs, business informatics, telemetry, biological signals and more to define and organize data sets that are useful, clear, and durable in a simple, practicable way.

Bio: Karl Geiger has been one of the most impactful Section Chairs of the Buenaventura Section and very active with IEEE from 2009 to 2013, and chaired the IEEE Los Angeles Council from 2012-2013. He retired in 2009 to work pro-bono full time with the IEEE, local start-up companies Cure Pharmaceutical, InClinical, MCI START, lectured at local colleges, supported the Moorpark College Engineering Club, Ventura County schools competitions and the national champion Moorpark High School Academic Decathlon team in which his three children competed state-wide and nationally.

Karl founded Convergent Informatics, Inc., with three Amgen colleagues in 2008. Customers included biotech companies such as Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, an eCommerce businesses, and other start-up businesses along the 101 corridor in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Karl also worked with the local venture communities, reviewed pitches and coached entrepreneurs. Prior to Convergent, Karl was the Director of Enterprise Architecture at Amgen, Inc., where his teams designed and documented several enterprise-class information systems. From 2013-2015 he was chief architect at Neural ID in Redwood City, CA, more recently product manager at NovaStor in Agoura, CA, and is currently retired again.

His technical interests include machine intelligence, information retrieval, database systems, human factors engineering, software test and development to support regulatory compliance, and making fun toys for the web (

IEEE OC Section Executive Committee Meeting 🗓

Chapter and Section representatives gather to manage and improve society impact on community

IEEE OC Section

Meeting Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Meeting
Speaker: Chapter representatives and Section Officers
Location: 41 Tesla, Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: Requested to scale food order. email rsvp to Secretary

Summary: IEEE OC Section monthly Executive Committee meeting, all chapters representatives and interested members are welcome to attend and contribute.

Confluence 2018 – American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin Southern California 🗓

— a social, professional and family gathering. The entrepreneurs and social activists in the panel will discuss the challenges and hardships they have faced in their lives.

American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin Southern California
Meeting Date: March 30, 2018
Time: 11AM Registration
Speaker: Azim Khamisa, Keynote, Founder TKF.Org.
“Achieving Peace & Purpose Through Forgiveness.”
Location: Irvine
Cost: Indian Hors d’oeuvres, and Live Dosa ‘Station’. They will be followed by an Authentic Indian Lunch that will be served during the event.
RSVP: First 25 registrations are $25. After that, it will be $40.
Event Details: Eventbrite

Summary: ASEI SoCal brings you this event, “Confluence 2018” a social, professional and family gathering. The entrepreneurs and social activists in the panel will discuss the challenges and hardships they have faced in their life by sharing their stories.

Bio: Azim Khamisa Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (, which started a subsequent forgiveness movement that has reached millions. He has received over 60 local, national and international awards, including: in 1997 the National Crime Victims Special Community Service Award presented by President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno, and in 2002 the Search for Common Ground’s prestigious award alongside Desmond Tutu and Ted Koppel.

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

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.