Past Meetings/Webinars

Women in Computing: Challenges & Opportunities 🗓

— (CS) – STEM fields, declines, growing the numbers, challenges, opportunities …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Jill Gostin, Georgia Tech Research Institute (and IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, Membership & Geographic Activities, Vice Chair of Outreach)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Women in many of the STEM fields continue to struggle to gain footing. While computing has traditionally had more women than some of the other technical fields, there has been a decline in the number of women in computing. A recent study showed that by 2025, the number of women in the computing workforce will decline to 22%; in 1995 that number was 37%. Join us as we discuss:
— The challenge of growing our numbers
— The challenge of being a woman in a male-dominated work environment
— Turning the challenges into opportunities
— What lies ahead

Jill Gostin has an MS in applied mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a Principal Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). She has worked at GTRI since 1985, where her work has focused on algorithm assessment, software test, and evaluation. She has managed programs related to radar software development & testing, was instrumental in creating an acoustic environment simulation, and has successfully developed fractal geometry applications. She has authored numerous technical papers and won several research & service awards.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Governors and on the Membership & Geographic Activities Board as Vice Chair, Geographic Activities. She is the past chair of the CS Atlanta Chapter and a member of both the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and Women in Engineering. She won the 2016 Georgia Women in Technology Woman of the Year Award.

Applying Steady-State Cable Temperature Calculations for Safe Cable Operation 🗓

— (PES/IAS) – ampacity, limits, reliability, life expectancy, raceways, loading, heat-flow …

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Networking & Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
Speaker: Victor Andrade, Applications Engineer, ETAP
Location: 7 Hutton Centre Dr, Santa Ana
Cost: The presentation is free and dinner can be purchased for $30 upon arrival, with choices: Chicken, fish, or vegetarian.
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE Event
Establishing the Current-Carrying Capacity (Ampacity) of underground buried cables plays a vital role when figuring out the maximum power which the cable system can transmit. Equally important is calculating an optimal ampacity in order to operate the cables below their maximum temperature limit. If the temperature exceeds the maximum allowable limit, the reliability and life expectancy of the cable will be reduced. Manufacturers typically publish cable ampacity values at very specific conditions that rarely match actual practice. The Steady-State Cable Temperature calculation determines the operating temperature of cable conductors in a raceway system under a specified loading condition. The calculation is based on the NEC accepted Neher-McGrath approach, which employs a thermal circuit model to represent heat flow situations. We will review hand calculations and also the use of power systems analysis software for these calculations.

Bio: Mr. Victor Andrade received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University in 2007. At ETAP, Victor is the Applications Engineer responsible for supporting the Gulf Region accounts. Victor’s previous duties included the review of power system studies, ranging from Power Flow, Short Circuit, Protection/Coordination, Arc Flash, Harmonics and Transient Stability. Before joining ETAP, Mr. Andrade worked as a technical support engineer for SKM Systems Analysis, Inc., implementing software testing and V&V procedures, and creating CAPTOR protective device library models.

CyberPatriot – Engaging Middle, High School and Community College Students 🗓

— (OC Cybersecurity SIG)—

— IEEE OC CyberSecurity SIG Monthly Technical Talk — Co-sponsored by IEEE OC Computer Society
Meeting Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Irvin Lemus, Regional Coordinator, Southern California Cybersecurity Community College Consortium
Location: Tustin
Cost: Food and beverage at this event is free and is sponsored by CyberSecurity SIG
RSVP EARLY: The room capacity is 50. Most of our sessions continue to fill up
Event Details: IEEE Events
This presentation will overview SoCalCCCC*’s involvement with the local K-12 Districts and the Community Colleges that participate in CyberPatriot. It will be informative for anyone who is interested in cyber defense competition volunteering, sponsorship and gameplay. The presentation
will cover the event lifecycle for colleges hosting in our region, training and team development for K-12, the CyberPatriot competition timeline and training timeline along with some examples from the competition and hands on preview.

Irvin Lemus has been in the Information Technology industry for 10 years, focusing on Cybersecurity, Virtualization, Systems and Network Management for small and medium sized businesses ranging from clinics, law firms, investment advisors, manufacturing to energy efficient experts, non-profit organizations and after school K-12 programs.
Irvin has been involved with CyberPatriot for three years as a coach, mentor and as the Regional Coordinator for the Southern California Cybersecurity Community College Consortium.
He leads the participating community colleges in the consortium by training, mentoring and supporting the K-12 schools from various districts across Southern California.

The Importance of Networking – 🗓

(Hear about personal experience on how networking has helped her excel in her workplace) — OC WIE —

— OC WIE —
Meeting Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Speaker: Neyha Sehgal, Market Intelligence Analyst, Innovation Lab
Location: Irvine
Cost: none

Event Details: IEEE events
In this talk, Neyha will share her personal experience on how networking has helped her excel in her position and advance professionally serving as a liaison between the Innovation Lab team and its hospital member system owners.
Neyha Sehgal brings over eight years’ experience in medical innovations, serving as a liaison between the Innovation Lab team and its hospital member system owners. A key aim of the Innovation Lab is to find novel ways of advancing the most promising technologies that solve today’s healthcare challenges by working with five prominent health systems across the United States. These health systems are comprised of more than 100 hospitals in 18 states with over 17,000 physicians and 150,000 healthcare professionals. As Market Intelligence Analyst, Neyha is responsible for mining and evaluating innovative ideas conceived by physicians, nurses, and administrators who work within these health systems. Prior to joining the Innovation Lab, Neyha led the strategic growth for the formation of a new biotechnology incubator and accelerator in the Paso del Norte region (El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-Las Cruces). Neyha’s career also included a stint in evidence-based interventions to reduce health disparities, and strategic communications for sustainable development. Neyha received both her M.B.A. (Health Care Policy and Management) from Brandeis University and M.P.H. (International Health) from Boston University School of Public Health.

Big Data Applications in Smart Grids: Benefits and Challenges 🗓

— utility industry sources, field measurements, devices, databases, weather, market, management, processing …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Mladen Kezunovic, Regents Professor, Director Smart Grid Center, Texas A&M University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: “>

Summary: The issue of Big Data (BD) was introduced relatively recently as enormous amounts of data became available through the space exploration, weather forecasting and medical biogenetic investigations. Social media and outlets such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and others have also faced similar problems of handling huge data sets.
The focus of this webinar is on different BD sources in the utility industry that range from field measurements obtained by substation/feeder intelligent electronic devices, to specialized commercial and/or government/state databases: weather data of different types, lightning detection data, seismic data, fire detection data, electricity market data, vegetation and soil data, etc.
Due to the massive amount of such data (terabytes) available in real time, and through historical records, processing and management of such data requires revisiting data analytics used in the BD industries such as banking, insurance and health care. This webinar will point out the BD characteristics in the power industry where the temporal and spatial properties, as well as correlation to the power system and component models, are necessary for efficient data uses.

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic serves several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center; and Director, Power Systems Control Protection Lab. As the Principal Consultant of XpertPowerTM Associates he provided consulting services to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide in the past 25 years. He was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published more than 550 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Honorary Member and Fellow, and Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.

Understanding Stimulated Brillouin Scattering with a Multiphysics Approach in COMSOL 🗓

— optical fibers, critical level, electrostrictive stress, acoustical phonons, experimental results …

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time:11:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Dr. Carl Meinhart, UC-Santa Barbara; Mads Herring Jensen, COMSOL
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: If you are interested in learning how to model stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in COMSOL Multiphysics®, then tune into this webinar with guest speaker Carl Meinhart of Numerical Design, Inc. and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SBS is commonly observed in long lengths of optical fiber, where the electromagnetic intensity exceeds a critical level and there is sufficient distance for the SBS to accumulate. There has been renewed interest in SBS, as it is now feasible to microfabricate photonic chips that exhibit SBS.
In this webinar, we present a multiphysics approach for simulating SBS in the COMSOL® software. First, optical whispering gallery modes are predicted. Next, they are combined with the photoelastic tensor to estimate the 3D electrostrictive stress distribution, which is used to simulate 11-GHz acoustical phonons. Finally, the SBS gain is calculated by integrating the overlap modes between the pump photons and acoustic phonons. The results are compared to experimental data (Hansuek et al., 2012), which reports Q factors approaching 875 million.

Dr. Carl Meinhart is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB). He obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1994. Since coming to UCSB in 1996, his research has focused on developing microfluidic devices and investigating their fundamental transport mechanisms. Professor Meinhart’s research on microfluidics has been cited approximately 7800 times, with an h-index of 34 (Google Scholar™ scholarly texts search). He has seven issued patents. In addition to being a professor at UCSB, Dr. Meinhart is the founder and CEO of Numerical Design, Inc., which is a COMSOL Certified Consultant. Dr. Meinhart is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Mads Herring Jensen is a technical product manager for acoustics who joined COMSOL in 2011. Before starting at COMSOL, he worked in the hearing aid industry for five years as an acoustic finite element expert. Mads has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics from the Technical University of Denmark.

Power Components for Battery Applications 🗓

— flexibility, scalable, design cycle, reduced cost, weight, size, efficiency, power density …

Webinar Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 5:00 AM (PDT)
Speaker: Travis Williams, Vicor
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: Today, many systems from electric vehicles and home energy storage to communications infrastructure, use batteries to enable portable power or provide a fallback in the event that mains power fails. If demand for batteries continues to grow, engineers need an easier approach to designing battery-powered systems. In particular, the output voltage of batteries can vary significantly; power systems must deliver constant voltage to the load and act as a current source to charge the battery; and there is a continual demand for higher efficiency. This webinar explains how flexible power components can be used to shorten the design cycle, simplify the power system and reduce cost, weight and size while increasing efficiency.
Topics covered include:
• Why wide input and output voltage ranges are important
• How to design scalable power systems to meet current and future needs
• Reducing costs by using flexible components
• Maximizing power density and efficiency in systems with batteries
Travis Williams has extensive experience in power electronics design. He has worked at Vicor for two years and previously held a variety of engineering roles for 14 years. His patents include one to estimate the state of charge of a battery. He holds a BSEE from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.

Sixth Annual IEEE Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase – Student game developers present their best student developed video games 🗓

— IEEE OC Game Engineers SIG …

— IEEE OC Game Engineers SIG
Meeting Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: California State University, Fullerton
Cost: none, 159 tickets available
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Details
Summary: Now in its the 6th year, the IEEE Intercollegiate Games Showcase is providing student game developers the chance to present their best student developed video games for judging by an elite panel of video game professionals.
Come out in support of your favorite colleges as student development teams go head-to-head for school pride, bragging rights, and this year’s cup. Finalists will demonstrate their games for a growing number of students, alumni, and sponsors representing our internationally renowned video game industry.
This year’s showcase will be held at California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union pavilion A,B & C. Parking is free in the State College parking structure (SCPS) adjacent to the Titan Student Union. Following the showcase enjoy a reception featuring local gourmet food trucks, game demonstrations by the student developers, and networking. Put on your game face and come to cheer your favorite school, watch demos and play games.
The public is invited to attend the annual intercollegiate competition among the major universities of Orange County and the surrounding area.

ASA DataFest 2017 at Chapman University – (data hackathon for undergraduate students) 🗓

— Volunteer Professionals needed —

— Chapman University / IEEE — data hackathon for undergraduate students, …
Meeting Date: April 21 – 23, 2017

Location: Chapman University

Event Details: Datafest
Analyze ASA DataFestTM will introduce 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’ll 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.

The Microgrid Controller Innovation Challenge at the NREL 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – competition, sparking innovation, access to hardware, implement, test, contest details …

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Sarah Truitt & Brian Miller, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration:

Summary: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnering with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will host a competition to spark innovation in microgrid controller technologies where contestants will have access to controller-hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) test beds to improve their technologies and compete for prizes.
The Challenge is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Lab-Bridge pilot. The Lab Bridge pilot is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology-to-Market Program. Lab-Bridge enables the national laboratories to explore new solutions addressing the barriers they face when collaborating with outside partners and moving lab-developed technologies to market. Through small-scale projects, participating labs will implement and test new tools and approaches for increasing access to national laboratory resources and pushing lab innovations further toward market readiness.
Join this webinar to learn about the details and ask questions about the competition.

Sarah Truitt has been a Program Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the past six years. She is currently building up NREL’s User Program for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and leads NREL’s partnership development activities with academic and international partners. Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Brian Miller helps clients implement innovative power system projects featuring newly developed technologies and methods based on the latest research findings. He conducts site assessments, modeling, and detailed analysis of complex systems including microgrids. He provides sophisticated consultations and best practices for optimal renewable power, distribution, and storage.
Brian retired as a Major in the US Air Force prior to joining NREL. During his 15 year military service, he excelled as design engineer and project manager on multi-million dollar projects around the globe, earning substantial recognition for technical merit and leadership. Brian provided secure systems for national defense facilities, energy consults to the Pentagon, presentations to senior leadership, tech analysis to Korean officials, grid monitor research with Oak Ridge, hydropower implementation in Afghanistan, and system design/code/safety courses to military bases.