Harnessing the Tremendous Power of the Sun !

This is an `in person’ meeting and will be a joint meeting with the Power and Energy Society Chapter.  Hope to see you there.

Discussion –

The discussion will survey recent advances in the deployment of solar photovoltaic technologies and pathways for solar energy-based water desalination technologies. The science behind the photovoltaic conversion and role of different semiconductor materials will be described at an introductory level. The talk will conclude with observations of unusual phenomena in past and upcoming solar eclipses.

Speaker –

Dr. Rana Biswas

Dr. Rana Biswas is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Physics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Iowa State University; and a Senior Scientist at the Ames National Laboratory and Microelectronics Research Center. His research has focused on materials for solar energy conversion and the trapping of light in thin film solar cells. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


Date: Thursday, 26 January, 2023

Probable Times:

PLEASE check back later for up to date information.

5:30 – Networking

6:15 – Dinner:  Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be provided by the Section (free).

7:00 – Presentation

Please RSVP:

Please let us know if you are attending via Zoom broadcast OR in person.  If `in person’, will you be dining with us or just attending ?

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You can also send an email to John Armstrong, jarmstrong@ieee.org


Tavern Pizza & Pasta Grill

1755 50th St

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Future and Other Meetings:

A very preliminary plan for springtime could be (by one of our members): Building and flying my plane, we could possibly use a meeting room at the airport then go to my hangar to see it. More about this later if we can get this put together.

Do you have meeting ideas ?

Officer Election:

The election of the Section officers for 2023 has been delayed.  The Executive Committee is still searching for candidates who wish to be on the ballot.  Ideally, we would like at least two candidates for each office  – Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  If you would like to be on the ballot for one of the offices, please send a note to Mike Simpson, mike_simpson@ieee.org.