Past Meetings/Webinars

Developing a Complex Sequence of Operations 🗓

— PES/IAS — sequence of operation, failure modes, PLC programming, testing …

— Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Industry Applications Society (IAS) — (sequence of operation, failure modes, PLC programming, testing …
Meeting Date: (Thursday), (November 17), 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: (Mr. Jerrold Peterson of Kohler Power Systems)
Location: The Doubletree Club – Orange County Airport, Costa Mesa
Cost: None for talk only; Dinner can be purchased upon arrival – $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members; $10 for students
RSVP: Reservations are appreciated but not required
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/41534
Summary:
The design of a complex on-site power system presents unique challenges from both a documentation and PLC programming prospective. The typical narrative sequence of operation does not provide the necessary detail to ensure that all failure modes have been accounted for. This presentation will cover:
1. How to create a chart based sequence of operation that removes all ambiguity from the sequence of operation and ensures that all failure modes have been taken into account.
2. We will also look at how this chart is used to program and test the system.
3. We will also look at best practices for programming the PLC to ensure the system never gets lost and allows easy troubleshooting and changes.
4. Finally we will look at best practices for sequence testing the system.


Bio: Mr. Peterson has over 23 years of experience in the power industry and has supported end-users and consultants for the design of mission critical, healthcare, water and industrial facilities. He currently works for Kohler Power Systems as an Engineered Solutions Manager, focusing his efforts working with a variety of customers, providing critical design support and solutions. His past experience includes working for Black & Veatch as a design engineer for the Transmission and Distribution Group, General Electric as Team Lead for the Electrical Distribution and Controls group and over 11 years with Caterpillar’s Electric Power Group as Regional Sales Manager. Jerry has lived in Texas for more than 35 years and currently resides in Frisco, TX.

Five Common Generator Issues for California 🗓

— PES/IAS – backup generators, facilities, issues, solutions …

— PES/IAS – backup generators, facilities, issues, solutions …
Meeting Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 6:00PM Networking; 6:30PM Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Mr. Paul O’Hara of Cummins Pacific, LLC
Location: The Doubletree Club – Orange County Airport, Costa Mesa
Cost: None for talk. If purchasing meal:  $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members; $10 for students
RSVP: Highly Appreciated. Not required for meal
Event Details: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40793
Summary: This presentation covers the five most common issues which are encountered when designing and installing backup generators at facilities in California.

Speaker Bio: Paul O’Hara, the General Manager of Mission Critical and Technical Communications for the Distribution Unit of Cummins, Inc. which provides service and application assistance of generators, automatic transfer switches and paralleling controls in North America. Paul is a registered P.E. in California and has been helping consultants apply on site power generation to facilities for over 30 years.

An Introduction to Railway Power Systems 🗓

— webinar: DC and AC, distribution, inverters, grounding, variations …

— webinar: DC and AC, distribution, inverters, grounding, variations …
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Webinar Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Eduardo Pilo de la Fuente, EPRail
Sponsor: IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org
Summary: This webinar will introduce the power supply systems which are most commonly worldwide and describe how they are implemented.
The first part will be focused on DC railways, which are normally connected to the three-phase distribution grid by means of electronic converters (generally 12-pulse rectifiers, but in some cases also inverters to achieve bi-directionality). The electrical circuit (composed of the contact system – the catenary or the feeding rails – and the return system – normally the rails) will be described. Regarding the return system, some notions related to the grounding of the return circuits (and its impact into the stray currents) will be introduced. Finally, some variations of the basic DC system, such as the 2x1500V system, are described.
The second part will be centered in the Industrial Frequency (50Hz/60Hz) systems, which are connected to the three-phase transmission or distribution grids by means of transformers (whose topologies will be described). Within this group, two sub-families will be described: the single-phase (1x) and the double-phase (2x, also called autotransformer-based) systems. The concept of (isolation) neutral zones, often required because of the way transformers are connected to the grid, will be presented. Also, the electrical circuit (composed of the contact system and the return system, which is normally grounded) will be described. Finally, the application of the so-called boost transformers in traction will be detailed.
Finally, the third part will be focused on the Low Frequency (16.6/20Hz) systems, connected to three-phase or to single-phase grids by means of transformers and/or phase/frequency converters. Within this group, the two sub-families will be described (single-phase and double-phase systems). Also, the electrical circuit (composed of the contact system and the return system, which is normally grounded) will be described. Finally, the application of the so-called boost transformers in traction will be detailed.


Bio: Eduardo Pilo received his PhD degree in ICAI (Engineering School of the Pont. Univ. of Comillas, Madrid, Spain) in 2003. From 2003 he has been involved in different research and consulting projects in the field of railways and power systems. From 2003 to 2010, he served as a researcher in the Institute for Research in Technology (Comillas), as the responsible of the research projects related with traction power systems. From 2010 to 2012, he worked for the electrical industry as a consultant of the company Multitest. In 2012, he founded his own company, EPRail, focused on providing research and consultancy services in the field of power systems in railways. His main interests include the analysis of railway power systems, the optimization of their design and operation and the conception of the next-generation railway smart grids.

Simulating MRI Heating of Medical Implants 🗓

— SPECTRUM Webinar — metallic devices, field concentration, tissue effects, testing …

— SPECTRUM Webinar — metallic devices, field concentration, tissue effects, testing …
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Webinar Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time:11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Kyle C. Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies; Walter Frei, COMSOL, Inc.
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: spectrum.ieee.org/webinar
Summary: Metallic medical devices can concentrate RF fields and generate heat during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can lead to tissue denaturing and breakdown. Computational simulation allows medical device companies to identify designs that require experimental tests, dramatically reducing the testing required to demonstrate the MRI compatibility of their products. This presentation will discuss capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to analyze heat generation, RF fields, and heat transfer to surrounding tissue. The webinar will include a live demonstration in the software and a Q&A session.

Fifth Generation (5G) Cellular Wireless: Vision, Goals, and Challenges 🗓

— ComSoc-OC: technologies, designs, features, adoption …

— ComSoc-OC: technologies, designs, features, adoption …
Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM Networking and light dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
Speaker: Prof. Ender Ayanoglu, ECE, UC-Irvine
Location: Doubletree Hotel, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana
Cost: $10 IEEE members, $20 non-members, $5 students (no cost for talk only)
RSVP: not required
Event Details: comsig.chapters.comsoc.org/event/fifth-generation-5g-cellular-wireless-vision-goals-and-challenges
Summary: Cellular wireless or mobile communications have seen four generations of technological developments. Starting with analog voice with the first, and then moving on to digital voice with the second generation, these generations were each marked with a clear technological advancement. For the third generation, the advancement was in incorporating data on top of a voice-based infrastructure. With the fourth generation, every service was converted into data format, or packetized transmissions, including voice and video. Today, technologists are proposing a fifth generation for around the time frame of 2020. Most consider this time to be when the infrastructure will need to be renewed. Together with this observation, it is usually argued that the new generation technology should possess a number of features. Yet, there is really no consensus on what these new features should be. Some argue that we are facing a new generation of devices that will have continuous Internet connectivity, and with that there will be more machine to-machine or machine-type communications. It is further argued that, as a result, new communication protocols should be able to support the new formats of communication that this change will require. For example, it is argued that machine-type communication will require very low latency. Others argue that the demand for services will increase by about three orders of magnitude and the new technology should be designed to support this tremendous increase, perhaps handling each order of magnitude by means of a different approach. Yet, there are others who argue that the current communications infrastructure is highly energy-inefficient and the fifth generation should be designed to solve this problem, by increasing energy efficiency by several orders of magnitude. In this talk, we will discuss the pros and cons of the approaches for defining and realizing the fifth generation cellular wireless technologies as seen today. We will discuss what fifth generation can be expected to be and, more importantly, what it cannot be. The goal in this presentation is to address both the very high expectations and the realities.
Bio: Dr. Ender Ayanoglu received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1986 in electrical engineering. He was with the Communications Systems Research Laboratory, Holmdel, NJ, part of AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1996, and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1996 until 1999. During 1999-2002, he was a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA. Since 2002, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, where he served as the Director of the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing and held the Conexant-Broadcom Endowed Chair during 2002-2010.
His past accomplishments include invention of the 56K modems, characterization of wavelength conversion gain in Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) systems, and diversity coding. 56K modems broke what was believed to be the “Shannon limit” of about 36 kb/s for voiceband modems. Since every laptop computer includes one, the number of implementations of 56K modems is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions or even billions. His work on wavelength conversion gain in WDM networks showed large gains can be achieved via better wavelength selection and routing algorithms without the need for optical wavelength converters. And, diversity coding is a technique for link failure recovery in communication networks employing erasure coding introduced in 1990, prior to the publication of the first papers on network coding. During 2000-2001, Dr. Ayanoglu served as the founding chair of the IEEE-ISTO Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF), an industry standards organization which developed and built a broadband wireless system employing Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
(OFDM) and a Medium Access Control (MAC) algorithm that provides Quality-of-Service (QoS) guarantees. This system is the precursor of today’s Fourth Generation (4G) cellular wireless systems such as WiMAX, LTE, and LTE-Advanced.
From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Ayanoglu served on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Committee, and from 1999 to 2001, was its Chair. From 1993 until 2014 Dr. Ayanoglu was an Editor, and since January 2014 is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2004 to 2008. Since December 2014, he is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Series on Green Communications and Networking. He led the efforts to convert this series into an IEEE journal, and since June 2016, he is serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the new journal IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.
Dr. Ayanoglu is the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 1995 and the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 1997. He received the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Technical Committee Outstanding Service Award in 2014. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1998.

Teaming at a Distance: How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company 🗓

— IEEE-USA — business strategy, problems, miscommunication, core concepts, practices, success …

— IEEE-USA — business strategy, problems, miscommunication, core concepts, practices, success …
Webinar Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mercer University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/webinar-9-8-16.html
Summary: Remote teams are probably a part of your organization’s day-to-day operations. Teaming at a distance is critical to current business strategy, and yet organizations are not preparing their employees to be successful in these teams. Among 285 engineering professionals who participated in a recent survey, 68% reported experiencing communication problems in their virtual teams, and many of these professionals emphasized the costs of miscommunication in virtual teams. Sixty percent of these professionals reported that their organizations provided no formal training to prepare employees to work in remote teams. Another 17% reported that their companies provided some formal training but with limited success. Instead, most of these professionals confessed to learning by trial and error, a very costly approach.
In this webinar, Dr. Pam Estes Brewer will tell you how to make remote teams work for you and how to increase the reach of your organization. In this webinar, she will cover:

  • Some basics of remote teaming
  • Current remote team practice among engineering organizations
  • Predictions for the future of remote teaming
  • Core concepts for making your remote teams successful
  • Finally, she will take questions and invite you to a new LinkedIn group on remote teaming.

    Bio: Dr. Pam Estes Brewer is a technical communicator, educator and management consultant. She teaches in Mercer University’s School of Engineering. She researches remote teaming, and her book entitled International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success was published in 2015.

    Landing Your Dream Job in Today’s Competitive Landscape 🗓

    — IEEE-USA — career path, roadblocks, preparing, experiences from an engineer …

    — IEEE-USA — career path, roadblocks, preparing, experiences from an engineer …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: John Collins, Hardware Program Manager, Microsoft – Hololens
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/webinar-9-7-16.html
    Summary: The career path for one engineer: from Microsoft to Apple, then landing a dream job.

    Bio: John Collins has his dream job, creating the future of augmented reality with HoloLens. But the path to get there wasn’t well defined and he had to adapt to roadblocks along the way. John will share his story, starting from college to now working at Microsoft on the HoloLens, including his time at Xbox and at Apple on the latest battery technologies. Top job openings can receive thousands of applications from around the world, gain insight into landing your dream job in this competitive landscape.

    IEEE-USA Legislative Update 🗓

    — IEEE-USA — professional issues, status in Congress, updates …

    — IEEE-USA — professional issues, status in Congress, updates …
    Webinar Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Russell T. Harrison, director of Government Relations, IEEE-USA
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2016/GR-webinar-9-1-16.html
    Summary: Stay up to date on recent events in Washington that affect IEEE members. IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations Russ Harrison will brief attendees on what Congress is doing for, and to, our profession.

    Bio: Russell T. Harrison is IEEE-USA’s director of Government Relations. He previously served as senior legislative representative for grassroots activities. In addition to providing overall strategic direction and day-to-day operational management of IEEE-USA’s government relations program and staff, he also focuses on programs and activities design to help U.S. IEEE members interact with – and influence – elected officials. He is also responsible for a number of IEEE-USA government relations initiatives, particularly small and independent business policy and high-skill immigration reform.
    Prior to IEEE-USA, Russell directed grassroots programs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the American Iron and Steel Institute. In these positions he also raised over $300,000 in campaign contributions through the associations’ political action committees. He has also represented the recycling and steel industries on Capitol Hill and in state capitols on a variety of issues as a professional lobbyist. Russell has a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in History and Communication, from Allegheny College, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

    Embracing Open Data Science in Your Organization 🗓

    — ACM — Python, R and Spark; Anaconda, collaboration, workflow, security, deployment …

    — ACM — Python, R and Spark; Anaconda, collaboration, workflow, security, deployment …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    Time: 9:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Christine Doig, Senior Data Scientist, Continuum Analytics
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: Web Link
    Summary: Large organizations wanting to leverage the amazing technology being developed in open source for data science in the Python, R and Spark ecosystems struggle to modernize their traditional analytic stack. Anaconda, the leading Open Data Science platform, is built on open source technology to fulfill the enterprise needs of Data Scientists and their colleagues, including Business Analysts, Developers, DevOps and Data Engineers. Anaconda leverages the open source innovation technology while providing enterprise features around collaboration, security, authentication, and deployment.
    In this webinar, we’ll present the Anaconda platform and its foundational open source packages: Conda for package and environment management, Bokeh for interactive data visualization, Dask for parallel computing, Numba for high performance Python, and Datashader for large scale visualizations. We’ll discuss the workflow of Data Scientists from exploring and building machine learning models to collaborating in a team and deploying. With the Anaconda Platform, it has never been easier to embrace and leverage Open Data Science.


    Bio: Christine Doig is a Senior Data Scientist at Continuum Analytics, where she has worked, among other projects, on MEMEX, a DARPA-funded project helping stop human trafficking. She has 5+ years of experience in analytics, operations research, and machine learning in a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing, and banking. Christine holds a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. Christine loves empowering people through open source technologies and is a regular speaker and trainer at community conferences including PyCon, EuroPython, PyData, OSCON and Data Science Summit.

    Battery Balancing and Management System for Electric Vehicles 🗓

    — TEC — series and parallel, equaling contribution, control system designs …

    — TEC — series and parallel, equaling contribution, control system designs …
    Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    Time: 2:00 AM (PDT)
    Speaker: Prof. Eric Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University & IEEE Transportation Electrification Committee
    Location: on the Web
    Cost: none
    RSVP: required
    Event Details & Registration: web link
    Summary: Energy storage for electric vehicle is mainly the battery and super-capacitor. Usually a large number of cells care connected in series and parallel in order to provide required voltage and current levels. The balancing is therefore needed to enable each of the cell under equal contribution to the voltage and current. The battery management system (BMS) includes the balancing, other management and monitoring and control system. Today BMS is the most important parts in most of the electric vehicles and there are reports that BMS is a critical parts to avoid any accident of electric vehicle.
    The talk presents the recent technology in the energy storage of electric vehicles including Li-ion battery and super-capacitor, cell balancing and BMS, and also introduces a number of different designs of the cell balancing techniques.

    Bio: Prof. Eric Cheng graduated from the University of Bath in 1987 and started research in Power Electronics and obtained his PhD in 1990 from the same university. He is now the Director of Power Electronics Research Center and a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
    He has developed a number of electric vehicle techniques including the battery charging system, battery management, electric drive, lighting, power conversion, in-wheel and integrated charger. He is also the project leader of a number of electric vehicle projects. He is also then project leader of a number of power electronics projects including medical robotics, intelligent clothing, DC distribution, electromagnetic modeling and excitation. He received the IEE Sebastian Z De Ferranti Premium Award (1995), outstanding consultancy award (2000), Faculty Merit award for best teaching (2003) from the University, Faculty Engineering Industrial and Engineering Services Grant Achievement Award (2006), Brussels Innova Energy Gold medal with Mention (2007), Consumer Product Design Award (2008), Electric vehicle team merit award of the Faculty (2009). Special Prize and Silver Medal of Geneva’s Invention Expo (2011) and Eco Star award (2012) He has published over 250 papers and 7 books. He is now the professor and director of Power Electronics Research Centre of the university. His research interests are all aspects of power electronics, electromagnetics, motor drives, EMI and energy saving.