IEEE Miami Section

July 28th, 2022

Eduardo Palma

Regional Technical Manager Schweitzer Engineering Labs

When: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, August 18, 2022


Cybersecurity is presently an important topic for critical control systems, as those found in Electric Power Systems. In the presentation, we will cover an introduction to Industrial Control Systems (ICS). It will define the differences between enterprise networks and ICS networks. Next, Cybersecurity’s purpose and core concepts are defined. These are used to illustrate how to start thinking like a defender against malicious attacks. An understanding of the anatomy of a Cyber Attack is key to visualizing the different vectors available to hackers, as well as defensive security strategies possible. Last, the presentation will analyze a case study: The Ukraine incident, December 2015, when the Ukrainian Power System Operators suffered a cybersecurity attack causing extensive damage.

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May 5th, 2022

The IEEE Blockchain Initiative is partnering with Activate on the largest multi-blockchain hackathon to date. The IEEE Miami Section invites you to participate in this event

Activate Miami: A Blockchain hackathon with boot camps, building, and over $100 K in prizes.

When: 18 – 22 May 2022

Bootcamps: Smart contract engineering, Web3 frontend, DAPP development, Web 3 business strategy, and more!

Ecosystems: Wormhole, Ethereum, StarkNet NEAR, Celo, Gnosis, Algorand, Solana, Polygon 

Tracks: Defi, Metaverse, NFTs, Infrastructure


Activate is designed to be valuable for builders who are new to engineering and new to blockchain. By attending the blockchain boot camps hosted on May 18th and 19th, you can get prepped with the tools you need to build during the hackathon. Bootcamps range from beginner to advanced and are designed to level up your skills quickly. There will be bounties and prizes for each track and each ecosystem, as well as Miami local impact prizes, UX/UI prizes, and more.
Apply to hack here.

May 2nd, 2022

Fernando Calero

Senior Principal Engineer for Schweitzer Engineering Labs

When: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, May 12, 2022


A very important aspect of the protection and control (PAC) of modern power systems is the communications system. The presentation will provide an overview of past, present, and future technologies for PAC power systems.  The presentation will address the needs for communications for PAC.  The overview of the technologies will follow from power-line carriers to packet-based communications.  While wide-area communications are important; presently substation IED communications are the hot topic.  A discussion of substation networks and technologies for PAC applications in the substation will be the focus.

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May 2nd, 2022

Dr. Richard Thompson

When: 12:00 PM (Noon), May 2, 2022

This talk reviews an article in the current edition of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, entitled “5 Charts that Explain the Global Chip Shortage – and why there’s no quick solution”.  We’ll briefly describe:

1.  The Chip-Supply Transport Grid,

2.  Warnings of a Fabrication-Capacity shortage,

3.  The Lost Inventory Backlog,

4.  Comparing the USA & China, and5.  The “America Competes” act in Congress      

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April 20th, 2022

Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner and Diogo Almeida

When: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, May 3, 2022

The IEEE Miami Section, the IEEE Blockchain Initiative, and the FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences are partnering to bring you a two-part workshop introducing students and professionals to blockchain technology, from a business and engineering perspective. These workshops are designed to be valuable for both engineers and business strategists.
IEEE Blockchain Initiative is creating a Miami local group for recurring meetups. If you are interested in becoming a member, please attend the workshop.

Blockchain: Business Applications
Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner will be joining us for an interactive discussion on blockchain business applications across the enterprise, gaming, finance, and more. By the end of the lecture, you’ll have a better understanding of what web 3 businesses are being built today: within the context of starting a career or startup in the blockchain space.

Blockchain Engineering 101
Diogo Almeida will be lecturing on blockchain development basics. What do engineers need to know to get started building decentralized applications? How do you determine which blockchain to build on? What skill sets are most needed in Web 3? These questions and more will be answered during the discussion.

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April 18th, 2022

Juan A. Sabate, Ph.D.

Senior Principal Engineer, General Electric

When: 12:00 PM, April 20, 2022


The improvements in MRI as a diagnostic tool in terms of image quality, speed, and clinical use have required increased capabilities and performance of the gradient amplifier. In addition, extremely high fidelity for reproducing the current command from the central system is very critical for imaging quality. Therefore, high power and high bandwidth gradient driver is needed for a high-performance MRI system. The driver output is arbitrary bidirectional currents that can be pulsating between zero and full power and must be reproduced with errors on the ppm range.

The gradient Driver is one of the key components in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The driver is responsible to create gradient fields by supplying the gradient coil with a large current (>1000A) and high voltage (>2000V) to achieve a strong gradient field and fast slew rate.

The gradient driver consists of three switching power amplifiers (inverters), multiple power supplies, and high-performance digital control:

  • Switched amplifiers are implemented with cascaded H-bridges to have high ripple frequencies (>125kHz) for the required bandwidth at power levels needed. High-performance modular solution with SiC devices enables solutions with only two bridges and 99% efficiency.
  • The accuracy for the currents supplied to the gradient coils requires regulated voltages provided to the inverter with reduced voltage change (<10%). The power supplies must be designed for peak power. Capacitors for energy storage in the system limit voltage sag and peak power draw from the facility power utilities.,

The presentation will provide a description of the electronics technology and technical implementation of the amplifiers currently used on high-performance MRI systems.

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Meeting ID: 983 6458 2724, Passcode: YznTR7 

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