IEEE Cedar Rapids Section

January 6th, 2016

Tour of Integrated DNA Technologies

Thursday, January 21st @ 5:45pm


Join fellow IEEE Members and guests as we tour Integrated DNA Techonlogies:

  •      Tour IDT’s oligo manufacturing facilities.
  •      Overview of manufacturing platforms.
  •      Engineering Role in IDT’s competitive edge.

Speakers/Tour Guides:

  •       Norm Fuller: VP of Platform Development
  •       Jon Harvey: Director of Design Engineering

More information / registration here.

November 30th, 2015

yp gus event

The Cedar Rapids Young Professionals are hosting a networking event for new IEEE members.

Appetizers and drinks will be on us!

Where: Gus’, 2421 Coral Ct Coralville, IA 52241

When: Wednesday, December 2nd, from 5-6:30 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other members in the area, share ideas and experiences and ask questions regarding your membership and what the local section has to offer.

November 2nd, 2015


Downloadable Flyer:  TaxACT Agile

More information / registration here.

October 26th, 2015

Cedar Rapids Section EMC-S Chapter Meeting


Wednesday, October 26 at the Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids

This will be a technical meeting featuring a presentation on:

Probe Compensation for Finding Electric & Magnetic Fields in Near Field Scanning

Near field scanning of pc boards and similar electronic devices or systems can be a valuable tool in determining EMC performance of a new design or troubleshooting problems with an existing one. A sometimes overlooked issue when applying the special probes used for these investigations is the perturbation effects that the probe has on the actual field around the DUT. This presentation examines these effects and develops the mathematical description of the EM environment and shows the compensation required to offset the probe’s effects.

The speaker will be:  Prof. Richard E. DuBroff, Illinois State University, Physics Dept.

More information / registration here.

October 21st, 2015


The October 2015 issue of the Corona is now available!

Click here to view/download: CoronaOctober15

October 21st, 2015

University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility Open House

Friday, October 23rd, 1-5pm @ The University of Iowa


  • Hands-on operation on one-of-a-kind nanotool in Iowa—Raith Voyager Ebeam to sculpt nanostructures.
  • See in action the manufacturing technologies involved in the next generation of nano-devices, from DNA sequencing chips, sensors for cancer cells detection, drug delivery devices to LED lights, solar cells, transistors and smart phones.
  •  Participate in hands-on demonstrations on several state-of-the-art nanotools in a dust-free facility.

For more information / registration here.

October 5th, 2015

Mobile Handset PA Performance:

ET vs. APT & GaAs HBT vs. SOI/CMOS

Co-sponsored by Skyworks

Thursday, Oct 15th @ 5:15pm @ Skyworks

skyworks mobile
Both Silicon and GaAs PAs have been battling to gain market share for the Mobile Phone handset business. New technology such as Envelope Tracking has helped to improve silicon PA performance. This presentation will explain how to fundamentally compare the performance of linear and envelope tracking PAs and their performance in GaAs or Si technologies. Conclusions will be made regarding the best technology now and into the future for the Mobile Phone PA market.

More information / registration here.

September 24th, 2015

IEEE Corona Logo

Corona is published quarterly on the 15th of the month (January, April, July, October) and is an official newsletter of the IEEE Cedar Rapids Section. To submit your announcement to Corona, email:
Submissions for next edition are always due the 1st of the next editions month.

September 22nd, 2015

The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility: Converging Science and Technology at the Nanoscale

Friday, October 2nd @ The University of Iowa


Nanofabrication is the meeting ground of engineering, biology, physics, medicine and chemistry. Most of these disciplines converge at the nanoscale towards the same building blocks, principles, tools of investigation and fabrication. The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) offers a common platform for the convergence of multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and facilitates collaborative research with strategic partners and information exchange. The UIMF is an interdisciplinary central research facility and service center that provides access to state-of-the-art equipment in the areas of micro and nanofabrication, metrology, device characterization and offers expertise and advanced training courses in the same related areas. It is an open-research facility serving the academic, industrial and governmental researchers across campus and beyond. Key research areas enabled include micro- and nanofabrication techniques, optical devices, sensors, micro/nano-electronic devices, plasmonics, graphene electronics, photovoltaic, bio-medical and micro- and nanofluidics.

Hands-on demos and lab tours: Visitors will wear cleanroom suits to visit the lab where the state-of-the-art tools on nanofabrication that include thin-film, etching and lithography are housed. Visitors will be provided with hands-on demonstrations on various tools and processes.

For more information / registration here.

September 14th, 2015

Modern Methods for Microwave Filter Synthesis

Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 pm  @ The Cedar Rapids Public Library

Speaker: Professor Richard Cameron (C.Eng, FIEEE, FIET)

The presentation will focus on the coupling matrix representation of microwave filter electrical networks and the many opportunities for advanced microwave filter design that it opens up.  Although there are a number of commercial software tools available for the design of such filters, they are often applied without proper understanding of the Professor Richard Cameronfundamentals involved or awareness of alternative designs better suited to the specifications in hand, resulting in a device which is sub-optimal in terms of electrical and mechanical performance. Younger upcoming designers tend to rely on these packages, largely due to a scarcity of reference works and journal articles on the subject of modern filter network synthesis methods.

These state-of-the-art filter synthesis methods will be presented along with the new possibilities for meeting the very stringent specifications demanded by modern telecommunication, broadcast, radar and scientific/earth observation satellite systems in a style that minimizes mathematics and jargon.

More information / registration here.

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