IEEE Central Illinois Section

September 18th, 2018

Please join us on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 for a tour of the Grainger Engineering Library “IDEA Lab”.

The IDEA Lab provides space and technology for collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of digital scholarship activities. The lab functions as a demonstration and prototyping site for exploring the interface between design learning, informatics, visualization, and data analytics. It features the informatics innovations and pioneering technologies that make the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center unique.

Click here for details and to register for the meeting.

5:45-6:00 PM: Meet, sign-in, networking time
6:00-6:30 PM: Word from the Chair and dinner
6:30-7:30 PM: Tour of the IDEA Lab
7:30-8:00 PM: Clean-up, wrap up.

November 28th, 2017

Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for an educational and technical event on the Bradley University campus presented by Bradley’s Dr. Mohammad S. Imtiaz.

The contraction of the heart is highly coordinated for pumping blood through the body. Generation and conduction of electrical signals, known as action potentials, underlie the sequential contraction of the heart muscle. A very large number of complex interacting ionic channels in each heart cell are involved in generation of action potentials and propagation of membrane potentials. Mathematical modeling and computational simulations have proven to be indispensable tools for understanding these interactions, and investigating heart function and dysfunction. Importantly, mathematical/computational modeling are also greatly facilitating our understanding of drugs and their actions on the heart.

The aim of this project is to investigate the effect of structural heart disease, such as fibrosis, tissue necrosis, etc., which result in abnormalities of the electrical properties of the heart. Importantly, this project investigates the interaction of drugs with structural abnormalities and aims to predict life-threatening drug related interactions.

In this presentation, Dr. Imtiaz will present an overview of the heart from an electrical perspective. Examples of aberrant electrical/chemical events will be presented that can result in diseases and life-threatening events, such as cardiac arrhythmia. Emerging results from his ongoing research will be presented to show how they are using mathematical modeling, machine learning, and high-performance computing to accelerate discovery of novel cures and drugs.

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November 28th, 2017

Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 for an educational and technical event on the Illinois State University (ISU) campus. Drs. Elliackin Messias Figueiredo and Hugo Valadares Siqueira are Brazilian Visiting Scholars in the Department of Technology at ISU. They are here as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair award that Prof. Anu A. Gokhale received for 2016-17. The research team comprises of professors, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in Brazil and at ISU. The talk will provide an overview of the studies undertaken by this group.

Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is a bio-inspired technique that has been applied successfully in many fields to solve optimization problems. In particular, the speakers will address applications in machine learning such as clustering, classification, and feature selection. The focus will be on two machine learning tasks, namely, time series forecasting of riverflow and pollutant dispersion, and clustering undergraduate students based on their grammatical errors.

Additionally, the speakers will briefly reflect on their experiences in the U.S. and provide some personal insights into similarities and differences between the U.S. and Brazilian cultures.

Registration link is here:

March 31st, 2017

The IEEE Central Illinois Section Young Professionals Affinity Group is happy to announce that we will be co-sponsoring the Chambana Science Cafe this Wednesday, April 5th at Pizza-M in Urbana. This month’s theme is: “Power Hour: Changes in Power Engineering in a Changing World”. Presentations by Illinois Power and Energy Systems graduate students will highlight this event, and there will be free pizza, while supplies last! Come to hear about cutting edge research in power and energy from young engineers in our community, and meet other YP members in our section.


What: Chambana Science Cafe — Joint Sponsored IEEE YP Event

Theme: Power Hour: Changes in Power Engineering in a Changing World

When: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, at 5:30 pm

Where: Pizza-M, 208 W. Main St., Urbana, IL

No registration necessary. Click here for the event flyer.


Contact the Central Illinois YP Chair, Tim O’Connell, at for more details.

March 17th, 2017

Our April meeting will be a Tour of Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois with Chief Operating Engineer Russ Reynolds on Wednesday, April 12th at 6pm. Click here for the newsletter and here to register.


Where to meet and park for the tour.

About the speaker:

Russ Reynolds is the Chief Utility Plant Operating Engineer of Abbott Power Plant.  He has over 41 years of experience in the utility industry where he has held positions such as testing, commissioning, and startup of nuclear and fossil power plants, engineering, design, construction, and operation of district cooling plants, fossil power plant  engineering, operations, and maintenance.  He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and His MBA from Lewis University.

December 8th, 2016

Our section has formed a new IEEE Young Professionals (YP) Affinity Group this year! You can find out more about IEEE YP at

Have you received your first professional degree in the last ten years? Do you want to expand your professional network and lead a group of other young professionals in one of the most innovative IEEE sections in the world? If so, then please contact Tim O’Connell for more information about joining and/or leading our YP group.

Tim O’Connell will serve as the interim YP Chair until a permanent Chair can be found. We are actively searching for a permanent chair for 2017.

December 8th, 2016

Our Section is in search of a new Treasurer for 2017. If you or someone you know have any interest, please contact our chair Tim. You can find Tim’s information on the Officer Roster tab of this website.

December 8th, 2016

Our section has met its recruitment goal for 2016, and we were recognized with a Silver Award from IEEE.


December 8th, 2016

The IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Student for 2016 is Central Illinois’ own Christopher Barth from the University of Illinois! The Central Illinois Section offers our congratulations to Christopher, who is currently studying and working toward a PhD in the Power and Energy Systems group at the U. of I. We are proud to have Christopher and so many other outstanding students and future electrical engineers in our section.

October 11th, 2016

Our November meeting will be a Tech Talk with Dr. Kiruba Haran on Wednesday, November 9th. Dr. Haran will discuss High-Specific-Power Machines and Drives for Aircraft Propulsion. Click here for the newsletter and here to register.

About the speaker:

Kiruba S. Haran obtained a PhD in Electric Power Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 2000. He spent 13 years as a senior engineer and manager of the research group developing advanced electrical machine technology at GE Research. He moved to the University of Illinois in 2014 as an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. His research focus in recent years has been on high specific power machines and drives for mobile applications, with both superconducting and non-cryogenic approaches. He serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, is the current Chair of the Electric Machinery Committee of IEEE-PES, and is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and is a Fellow of the IEEE.