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. 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 <> Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 2:19 PM Subject: Research Computing Days – Registration Open and Guest Speaker Announced To: <> 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

People Skills for Engineers

Co-sponsored by: Boise State University (ECE380 class) Most engineers do not receive adequate people skills training in school or on the job. As a result, many engineers are grossly underprepared to face the interpersonal challenges they inevitably encounter while working alongside other engineers and engineering managers. In order to be most effective in our careers,… Read more

Boise OpCom

Monthly meeting Agenda: Budget review Event planning Review and comments on growing our community activities Other items Location: Boise, Idaho

Effects of major global events on the Bitcoin blockchain and network

Anthony will present results from his research into the effects of major global events on the Bitcoin blockchain and network. Speaker(s): Anthony Luo , Agenda: 6:00 Networking, meet & greet (refreshments provided) 6:30 Presentation Location: Room: RUCH 103 Bldg: RUCH Boise State University 1375 W University Dr Boise, Idaho 83706

Pahsimeroi Fish Hatchery Upgrades

Co-sponsored by: : This presentation will focus on recent construction of two fish ladders and an adult steelhead and salmon barrier weir at Idaho Power’s Pahsimeroi Hatchery. Speaker(s): Jerrod Vaughn, Location: Bldg: Main Auditorium Idaho Power Headquarters 1221 W Idaho St. Boise, Idaho 83713

Three generations of retro machines

Co-sponsored by: IEEE Boise Computer Society Presentation for three generations of retro machines from one of the original developers of the Atari and Amiga. Speaker(s): Joe Decuir, Agenda: 3:45PM-4:00PM Networking and refreshments 4:00PM-5:15PM Presentation Location: Room: 110 and First Floor Bldg: RUCH Boise State University 1375 W University Dr Boise, Idaho 83706

IVRC – Idaho VR Council, Boise, Idaho

Co-sponsored by: I Virtual reality is changing the way products, buildings and even homes are being designed. Join us for a panel discussion on how virtual reality is impacting the way engineers, architects and designers create. What challenges come with using this new technology within the workflow and how is improving the process itself? Find… Read more

vTools tutorial

*** Training event for new chapter officers. Q: contact Chris Gunning ( *** Speaker(s): Chris, Location: Boise, Idaho

Fundamentals of Overcurrent Protection on Electric Distribution Systems

Co-sponsored by: This presentation will provide an overview of the devices used for overcurrent protection on electric utility distribution systems; including breakers, reclosers, sectionalizers, and fuses.  It will also demonstrate how to coordinate these devices to limit the effects of short-circuit currents to the smallest area, and maintain reliability of service to customers. Speaker(s):… Read more

Quantum Computing: A Tutorial Survey

*** Demo event for showing new vTools @Event feature. Q: contact Chris Gunning ( *** Quantum computing could dramatically improve computational efficiency for particular tasks. A number of physical systems, spanning much of modern physics, are being developed for quantum computation.  We will review the fundamentals and examine the various components being considered as part… Read more

Inverter-Based Resources: Hold On!

Co-sponsored by: John Stubban The interconnected power system in the U.S. has experienced the addition of increasing amounts of inverter-based generation resources over the past several years.  In particular, a large amount of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants have been connected directly to the transmission system, including some in Idaho Power’s area.  Two recent… Read more

Instructor sought for BSU Computer Architecture course

The BSU Electrical&Computer Engineering (ECE) department is looking for someone who can teach the Computer Architecture course next semester. If interested, please contact Jim Browning . Here’s the course description (from ) : ECE 432 (CS 441) COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE (3-0-3)(S). Structure of computer systems using processors, memories, input/output (I/O) devices as building blocks…. Read more

SCADA Fundamentals and Security Threats Faced by Electrical Utilities

Attendees will learn about SCADA fundamentals and services provided to the company by the Technical Operations Group. The discussion will include threats to electric utilities who are faced with increasingly frequent cyberattacks.  Some of the recent notable attacks in the world will be reviewed and Young will describe what the SCADA/EMS Department is doing to… Read more

Milorad Papic newly elevated to IEEE Fellow

Congratulations to Milorad Papic from our section. Milorad was selected for the 2019 IEEE Fellow class for his contributions to probabilistic planning methods to mitigate cascading of the bulk power system. The IEEE Fellows Directory and a list of the newly elevated Class of 2019 can be found here: .

BSU Cyber-Physical Systems Security Forum on Nov. 30th

You are invited to the upcoming event organized by Boise State University: Join us for a Cyber-Physical Systems Security Forum at Boise State University on November 30. This FREE interactive forum is designed to promote discussion on the cyber-physical security risks, threats, and challenges organizations face. To help frame the discussion, we have invited industry leaders… Read more

IEEEXtreme Region 6 unofficial results

Here are the UNOFFICIAL RESULTS for IEEEXtreme 12.0 Region 6 teams as of November 8, 2018.  Final results will be posted soon on the IEEEXtreme web site at The members of the winning team, “Sheep”, are Rachel Weber, Wyte Krongapiradee, and Frank Shi. Region 6 will sponsor them to attend the IEEE Rising Stars Conference… Read more

Robotics are for girls! 

   At least that’s the mantra for the high school “all girl”  FIRST robotics team at Boise State University who affectionately call themselves  the “Chickadees”(    FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that… Read more

Micron Co-Founders Will Launch New COBE Speaker Series

From Boise State University Campus News, Nov. 5th, 2018: The co-founders of Micron Technology are the first speakers for Entrepreneur Connect, the new speaker series in the College of Business and Economics (COBE). The inaugural event, “Starting Micron – Founders Ward Parkinson and Joe Parkinson Share Their Story,” is free and open to the public. It will… Read more

Fundamental Barriers in Computer Science

Join us Thursday, November 1st at 4:30PM in RUCH 110 for a presentation from Perry Lea on Fundamental Barriers in Computer Science. This event is free and open to the public. It will be cohosted by the IEEE Boise State Student Branch and the IEEE Boise Computer Society. Speaker(s): Perry Lea, Location: Room: RUCH 110… Read more