April 2016

IEEE-MSN Newsletter


Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 19, No. 4 Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin April 2016
    • Upcoming Events

      • April ECN Meeting “Cloud Servers Discussion”


        • Thursday, April 7th, 11:45-1:00 PM
          • Talk on Cloud Servers and Demonstration
        • Fee: Free
        • Location: 
              2100 Winnebago Street
              Madison,  WI
        • Drinks and Snacks are available for purchase.
        • Bring your own Brown Bag lunch!
        • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

          Talk/Demo: Tom Kaminski and Tim Chapman will give a short talk and demonstration on setting up your own Cloud Server.  One server, hosting an interactive book with Redmine project management was used for teaching.  The second server, an M2M server for data collection and display shows details of the “Internet of Things” approach to connecting small SoC to user laptops through cloud servers.

          Discussion: After the short talk, the ECN group will open the floor for discussions of participant’s experience with cloud servers.  Bring your questions, suggestions, experiences to share.

      • April Section Meeting “The Adult Role Models in Science”

        Adult Role Model in Science

        • Date: April 12, 2016, 11:4 AM – 1:15 PM
        • Lecturer: Dolly Ledin, Outreach Coordinator for UW-WISCINECE
        • Location:
             Madison Sequoya Library Branch
             Large Room on the Right
             4340 Tokay Blvd
             Madison, Wisconsin
             United States 53711
        • Details: Lecture and Pizza, Cookies and Beverage
        • Suggested Donation: $5 IEEE Members, Free for IEEE Student Members, $10 Others
        • Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event page


          The Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program is founded on the basic idea that the best way to transform science education for children is to help adults—from teachers to undergraduates to researchers to parents—become and see themselves as competent scientific role models. Each trained role model can mentor many children, and that’s how ARMS is able to reach hundreds of kids each year. She will be joined by Shaheen Sutterwala who is Outreach Specialist at Center for Biology Education at the UW Madison.


          Dolly Ledin works to engage scientists in collaborating with educators to engage youth in the process of science. She has worked as outreach coordinator for the University of Wisconsin WISCIENCE for the past 25 years.  She has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, an environmental educator with the Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources and an adjunct faculty with Univ. of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Most of Dolly’s work has focused on the Madison community, building long-term partnerships between the university, local K-12 schools and organizations that serve youth.  She has also led environmental science courses for teachers in Puerto Rico, led university students on a study-abroad course in rural Ecuador and spent a year as the environmental education coordinator at the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica.  She has an MS in Land Resources from UW Madison Institute for Environmental Studies (now the Nelson Inst.)   She received the Sister Joel Read Civic Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Campus Compact in 2015.
    • Section News

      • Review of March Events

        March LMAG Meeting/tour: “Charter Street Heating Plant” (Review by Charles Cowie and Chuck Kime)  The tour of the Charter Street plant was conducted by Campus Utilities Engineer Jeffrey A. Pollei, P.E. Jeff summarized the history of UW heating and cooling plants and described the factors influencing the planning and design of the new Charter Street plant. The tour included the control room and control systems, the new 225,000 LB/HR natural gas boilers, the natural gas meter pit, the new utility tunnel and steam exit locations, the water treatment plant, the steam turbine generator, the campus cooling chillers and pumping systems, and the backup fuel oil tank. Jeff described the auxiliary equipment and technical features of each major piece of equipment included in the tour. You can read about the history of the Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant here. Boldt, the construction contractor also has information on the plant here. More images by Chuck Cowie are available here.
        Composite Charter Street

      March Section Meeting: “Magnetics + Mechanics + Nanoscale  = Electromagnetic Future”

          Our Mar 17 talk featured a talk by Dr. Greg Carman.  Instead of talking about the planned topic of CDs, Dr. Carman talked to us about his researching into future data storage technology. Dr. Carman recommended the book Innovators by Walter Isaacson.  The book is about how a collection of small innovations made computers possible.  He believes that his research into converting electricity into magnetism at a small scale may be part of similarly revolutionary technologies of the future. There is certainly room to improve data storage efficiency.  An internal combustion engine is about 20% efficient, and most people agree we need more efficient alternatives.  MRAM storage is 0.0003%.  Clearly this is an area with great opportunity for improvement. 
          It has been known for centuries that current through a wire creates a magnetic field (See Fig. 1).  The trouble is if we do this on a small scale, we need a tiny wire, and wire resistance becomes a problem.  We need a different mechanism to do this.  One way is Dr. Carman’s area of research, strain mediated multiferroics – research that uses materials whose magnetic field changes with mechanical strain (See Fig. 2).
          We want a material whose magnetic field changes with electricity. The Curie brothers discovered piezoelectric material in 1880.  In 1894 they searched unsuccessfully for a magnetic “magnetoelectric” analog to this effect. In 2002, Dr Ryu demonstrated it’s possible to laminate magnetoelastic materials to piezoelectric materials so an electric field can modulate the direction of a magnetic field.  In the late 2000s, researchers at Berkely started doing research on single-domain nanostructures.  (See Fig. 3)
          Dr. Carmen’s research uses a film of nickel 30-100nm thick. (See Fig. 4) The research could radically increase storage efficiency.  Good modeling is needed because it’s impractical to work out the best geometries by trial-and-error.  Testing concepts on such a small scale is challenging.  There may be future applications beyond storage, such turning a string of molecules using changing magnetic fields to push liquid on a very small scale.  (See Fig. 5)
          NOTE:  The talk was recorded and Dr. Carman’s Presentation may be viewed



      Summary Images

                             Figures from Dr. Carmen’s Talk on Multiferroics
      • Upcoming Meetings

        April ECN Meeting: This meeting builds on the information presented by Dominic DiMarco about “IoT” technology.  The meeting will demonstrate how easy it is to create a cloud server for several applications.  Please come and bring your own “Tales for the Cloud”.

        April Section Meeting: This meeting will be Co-Sponsored by the Life Member Affinity Group and the Engineers in Medicine and Biology Chapter.  Dolly Ledin has spent many years helping to educate children. Her current role as Outreach Coordinator for the ARMS program at UW-Madison.  The Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program is founded on the basic idea that the best way to transform science education for children is to help adults. What’s a scientific role model? It isn’t just someone who can present scientific information to children in an interesting way. It’s someone who’s there with them over time to cultivate their curiosity and excitement about science, help them think like scientists, and nurture both their desire to learn more and their belief that they can. It’s also someone who’s a role model to other adults, taking leadership in science education and outreach. Can IEEE members participate as role models? , Many of the LMAG are retired educators and several already participate in children’s education. Join them!

      • Volunteers Needed

        Micro Volunteers: Do you have some time to spare to help IEEE-Madison Section?  Perhaps you have a meeting topic that you would like to see us host and could find a speaker.   Maybe you have time to call a few members who might have forgotten to renew their membership. 

        Please consider sending some time helping with the Section activities.  Let me know (tjkaminski (at) ieee.org).

    • Regular Meetings

      • Section Meetings

        The third Thursday of January through May, and September through December is reserved for a meeting to provide recent research, developments, trends and/or innovations in one of our membership’s technical areas.

      • Life Member Affinity Group

        The first Thursday of January, March, May, September and November is reserved for a meeting on a topic selected from a broad range including such areas as technology, science, history, culture and leisure.

      • IEEE-MSN-ECN Networking Meetings

        • Purpose: Presentations, Discussions, networking
        • Date: First Thursday of even-numbered months
        • Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
        • Location: Sector67, 2100 Winnebago Street (East Side of Madison)
        • Parking: Park in lot or on Winnebago Street.
        • Process: Members are encouraged to make introductions, describe endeavors, and make request for: contacts in target companies, needs, resources.
        • Contact: For assistance, call Tim Chapman 2 0 6 – 2 5 7 0
    • Membership Upgrades

    • Those interested in upgrading their IEEE membership level should send their resumes or other information showing five years of significant performance in an IEEE-designated field to Charles J Gervasi via email at cj(at)cgervasi.com. Madison Section Board will attempt to find Senior IEEE members knowledgeable in the applicant’s area of practice who may be able to provide references. You are invited to attend the informal networking portion of the monthly Section meetings (starting at 11:30am) to meet the Section Board members and discuss intentions.

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    • Madison IEEE Section

      The IEEE-Madison Section of the IEEE is a section in Region 4 of the IEEE-USA organized to serve IEEE members in the Madison, WI area with over 600 members. The 2016 Officers and Board Members are Charles Gervasi – Chair, Matthew Bartlett – Vice Chair, Tom Kaminski – Treasurer, Steve Schultheis – Secretary, Timothy Chapman – Webmaster, Tom Kaminski – ECN Chair, Dennis Bahr – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair, Ann E. Thompson – Educational Activities Chair, Charles Cowie – Life Member Affinity Group Chair, Chuck Kime – Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair, Scott Olsen – Membership Development Chair, Members at Large: Mitch Bradt, Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, Sandy Rotter.

    • Job Openings

      Check out WIEES.com for electrical engineering jobs in Madison and the surrounding region. This site is maintained as a service for electrical engineers. Jobs are displayed starting with the most recent postings first. You can filter results by location and job type. If you are hiring an electrical engineer in our area, for full-time or contract work, you can post the job in the Contact Us section on the WIEES.com site. Here is a sampling of the new job listings:

      • Electrical Design Engineering Manager, Chicago
      • Electronics Design Engineer, Sheboygan
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    • Contact Us

      The IEEE-Madison Section has a number of volunteer positions open if you are interested in helping out. Please direct any questions or comments to Tom Kaminski (Newsletter Editor) via email to tjkaminski(at)ieee.org.