IEEE Central Illinois Section


Archive for 2016

Section Young Professionals Affinity Group Formed; Chair Needed!

Thursday, 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.

Seeking a Treasurer for 2017

Thursday, 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.

CILS Recognized for Outstanding Section Membership Recruitment Performance for 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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


IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Student 2016: Christopher Barth

Thursday, 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.

November 9th Tech Talk with Dr. Kiruba Haran

Tuesday, 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.

October 20th, 2016: Volition Studio Tour in Champaign

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 20th, where we will tour the Volition Studios in Champaign. Click here for the newsletter and here to register.

About the tour:

Have you ever wanted to tour a video game studio and see how your favorite games are made? Volition, maker of the popular Saints Row and Red Faction game series, is located right here in Central Illinois in downtown Champaign! Come tour their studio and talk to some of their programmers and game designers with your fellow IEEE Central Illinois Section members. Refreshments will be provided and we will have an opportunity for Q&A with Volition programmers.

May 10th Caterpillar Technology Center Tour

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 10th at 6 pm. We will tour the Caterpillar Additive Manufacturing Factory, Innovation Accelerator, and Soil Lab at the Caterpillar Technical Center Labs in Mossville.

Technical Tour: Caterpillar Additive Manufacturing Factory and Innovation Accelerator
See the linked newsletter for details.

Date:   Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Time: 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:   Caterpillar Technical Center Labs

14009 Old Galena Rd
Mossville, IL 61552
Register HERE

5:45 – 6:00 PM: Sign-in. Meet at Gate Y-17 entrance off of E. Cedar Hills Dr. on Tech Center Campus
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Tour of Tech Center Building K (Innovation Accelerator and Additive Manufacturing Labs)
7:00 – 7:30 PM: Tour of Tech Center Building E (Soil Lab)
7:30 – 8:00 PM: Networking, Refreshments, and Wrap-up

For more information, contact the tour’s organizer Sowmya Nagesh at sowmya.nagesh<AT>

April 19th, 2016 Meeting

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

A Practical Framework for the Implementation of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Concept
See the linked newsletter for details.

Speaker: George Gross, UIUC
Date:   Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Time: 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:   University of Illinois

5070 Electrical Engineering Building

306 N. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Register HERE

5:45 – 6:15 PM: Sign-in and Meet & Greet (Refreshments provided)
6:15 – 7: 45 PM: Seminar Talk by George Gross
7:45 – 8:00 PM: Wrap-up
8:00 PM: Meeting End