April 2021 Newsletter

IEEE-Boise Section Newsletter April 2021 From the Chair (Randy Rannow) Thank you for your membership in IEEE. You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the IEEE-Boise section. Previous newsletters are on our section web site at https://site.ieee.org/boise/archive/ . In this issue, we have articles about upcoming events, job, networking and volunteering… Read more

IEEE-Boise Computer Society Talk: Getting Started with Cybersecurity Science (April 7)

This talk offers an introduction for students and practitioners to the application of the scientific method to cybersecurity tools and systems. Speaker: Josiah Dykstra, Technical Fellow from NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center and ACM Distinguished Lecturer Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Noon MT (US Mountain) Details and registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/266994

March 2021 Newsletter

From the Chair (Randy Rannow) Thank you for your membership in IEEE. You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the IEEE-Boise section. Previous newsletters are on our section web site at https://site.ieee.org/boise/archive/ . In this issue, we have articles about upcoming virtual events, job, networking and volunteering opportunities, and pointers to… Read more

IEEE WMED 2021 – Registration Open (VIRTUAL) and Call for Posters

On behalf of the 2021 WMED Organizing Committee, we are pleased to announce the Opening of Registration and Call for Posters for the 18th annual IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices. The workshop will be held virtually on Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Advance registration will close on April 9th, 2021. Our Website has been updated to reflect these changes. Zoom links will be sent from IEEE… Read more

SUSTECH – Green Economy and Cybersecurity (Feb 23)

SusTech 2021 is hosting talks on Sustainability leading up to the conference in April 2021. “Green Economy and Why Cyber Security is so Important – An overview of NIST 800.53 and NIST 800.171” with David E. González, DoD Cybersecurity WorkForce (CSWF) Date: February 23, 2021Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST Registration info: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/259748

IEEE WIE Event – An Engineer’s Exploration of Voting Technology – Feb. 17

IEEE Boise Section is excited to host Professor Elisa Barney Smith, Professor and Associate Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boise State University who will be presenting a virtual Seminar on “An Engineer’s Exploration of Voting Technology” on Wed 2/17-10:30 am-11:30. For more details see https://ieee-region6.org/boise-wie/boise-wie-events.

Engineering Week volunteers

Please email Lynn Olson @ lynnolson1@boisestate.edu if you are interested in volunteering to interview or forward to others that would like this opportunity to meet with the top engineering students in the Class of 2022. Engineers Week, or EWeek, is coming up February 21-27.  Founded by NSPE in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by… Read more

Feb. 17th talk – Dark, Deep and Political on the Internet

The IEEE Computer Society Phoenix Chapter is hosting a talk by Bill Curd of SYNESYS GROUP on Wednesday, Feb. 17th (rescheduled from Feb. 10th), at 7pm-9pm MST. He will discuss the Surface Web, Dark Web, and Darknet as well as cybersecurity certifications. For more details and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-deep-and-political-on-the-internet-tickets-138016508091 .

Jan. 26th talk by HP Chief Engineer Chandrakant Patel

Date: Tuesday, January 26th 2021, 6pm PT (Pacific Timezone), 7pm Mountain Timezone) HOST: IEEE Santa Clara Valley SectionSPEAKER: Chandrakant Patel, Chief Engineer and Senior Fellow, HP, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chandrakant-d-patel-pe-80a5171 TITLE: Exciting Cyber Physical Course Ahead at the crossroads of domain, data and data sciences Chandrakant is a great speaker and I would highly recommend this event. Ray Beausoleil… Read more

Idaho Regional Future City Competition

The IEEE-Boise section and the IEEE-Boise PES Chapter are proud to be sponsors again for the 17th Idaho regional Future City Competition. This year we sponsored the “Best Communications Infrastructure” special award. The competition was held on Friday, January 22nd. This year’s competition included 20 teams from 11 different schools.  Participants came from all over Idaho including… Read more

Sawtooth and the Collaborative Computing Center – what makes it all work?

The IEEE-Boise Computer Society chapter and IEEE-Boise Power and Energy Society chapter will be hosting a virtual talk by Eric Whiting, who will share insights into the compute, electrical, and mechanical systems that came together in support of the installation of the Sawtooth supercomputer at INL. Sawtooth ranked #37 in the November 2019 TOP500 list… Read more

IEEE-USA Washington Update – Tune in to watch live

Join us as IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations Russ Harrison discusses what Congress is doing for, and to our profession during the COVID-19 crisis. #IEEEUSAhelp #COVID19 Facebook livestream: https://bit.ly/wa-update-7-10-fb YouTube livestream: https://bit.ly/wa-update-7-10-yt

Free academic conferences and workshops in July

Here are some academic conferences or workshops in July that are virtual and free for non-authors. Most, if not all, of them still require registration. IEEE: • IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (Jul. 6 – Jul. 8): https://asap2020.cs.manchester.ac.uk/index.html • IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (Jul. 6 – Jul. 10):… Read more

Sustainable and Renewable Energy – BSU Online Event

Sustainable Energy – Meet alumni from the Mechanical Engineering program at Boise State. These three engineers work in the sustainable/renewable energy industry. Host: Yvette Barrios Panel: Todd Haynes, Lars Dorr, Melissa Elkinton Join Zoom Meeting https://boisestate.zoom.us/j/96479506560?pwd=K0ZyMW12OE1oc0VhWE95MEszQktwdz09 Hosted by Boise State Alumni and Friends, Boise State University and Boise State College of Engineering  

IEEE Member Benefits Bulletin

IEEE publishes a member benefits bulletin for its members. This bulletin is a great source of information about member benefits from across IEEE that you can use as you work or learn from home and that you can take advantage of right now. We hope that these resources will continue to provide you with member value as we all… Read more

Online Educational Resources

Please feel free to share these links with your kids, grandkids, family, and friends. MIT FULL STEAM Ahead is a collection of resources for teaching and learning online. MIT will curate existing resources for K-12, higher education, and workforce learners, as well as provide a weekly package of relevant materials for K-12 students and teachers…. Read more

Tribute to Admiral Archie Clemins of Boise

Please check out Bob Kustra’s tribute to Boisean U.S. Navy Admiral Archie Clemins, who passed away in March. https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article241493621.html? Admiral Clemins served as Command in Chief, US Pacific Fleet from 1996 to 1999. He retired from active duty in 1999 to Boise with his wife Marilyn. He was the owner and president of Caribou Technologies, a… Read more

BSU Research Computing Days – Registration Open and Guest Speaker Announced

———- Forwarded message ——— From: Research Computing <researchcomputing@boisestate.edu> Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 2:19 PM Subject: Research Computing Days – Registration Open and Guest Speaker Announced To: <ebarneysmith@boisestate.edu> Registration is open! Use our online registration form to sign up for: Software Carpentry Workshops: LEARN TOOLS TO GRAPH, PLOT, AND ANALYZE YOUR DATA using Unix Shell to automate tasks, version… Read more

2019 IEEE Boise Section Fall Picnic

Free IEEE Boise Section fall picnic catered by Boise student branches. Family and friends are welcome. Location: Bldg: Shelter site KA Municipal Park 500 S Walnut St Boise, Idaho 83712

Microgrid Architectures and Enabling Technologies

This two-part seminar provides an overview of AC and DC Microgrid architectures, components, and hierarchies. The challenges of maintaining reliable and optimal operation of an autonomous local power system are also introduced. This is followed by a closer look at the enabling technologies by focusing on the major modules of a representative DC Microgrid. These… Read more


This presentation is an overview of IEEE Standard 1547. We will discuss interconnection and interoperability of distributed energy resources and the benefits they can provide to distribution and transmission systems. Speaker(s): Eric Bakie, Jim_Burdick & Andres_Valdepena_Delgado Location: Room: Main Auditorium Bldg: Idaho Power Headquarters 1221 W Idaho St Boise, Idaho 83713

Robotics for Industry

Learn about the state of robotics and automation plus the biggest challenges facing robotics development today. Presented by Toyota Advanced Logistics (Bastien Solutions) roboticists working from their laboratory right here in Boise. Tiffany Greyson is the Lead Robotics Controls Engineer at Toyota Advanced Logistics after 13 years at HP as a PCB architect. She is… Read more

Deep Convolutional Spiking Neural Networks for Image Classification

Spiking neural networks are biologically plausible counterparts of the artificial neural networks, artificial neuralnetworks are usually trained with stochastic gradient descent and spiking neural networks are trained with spiketiming dependant plasticity. Training deep convolutional neural networks is a memory and power intensive job.Spiking networks could potentially help in reducing the power usage. There is a… Read more