January 2016

IEEE-MSN Newsletter


Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 19, No. 1 Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin January 2016
    • Upcoming Events

      • January LMAG Meeting “Denali: Flightseeing Meets History”

        Chuck Kime

        • Thursday, January 7th, 11:30 AM
        • Speaker: Chuck Kime, Emeritus Professor, ECE, University of Wisconsin – Madison
        • Details: Photo and video presentation
        • Fee: Free
        • Location:  
          Madison Public Library – Sequoya Branch
          Meeting Room A
          4340 Tokay Blvd
          Madison,  WI  53711
        • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

          Talk: Photos and video taken on an aerial summit tour around the upper reaches of Alaska’s Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in 2008 show the terrain of the Mountain and historic climbing routes. Photos of parts of the route used by the tragic, controversial 1967 Wilcox expedition illustrate the challenges to climbers of Denali’s terrain and its extreme weather conditions.

          Bio: Charles (Chuck) Kime is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. At UW, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, now Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 1966 and retired from there in 2001. He specialized in computer engineering with research in system fault diagnosis and VLSI testing. Chuck was named an IEEE Fellow for his work in these two areas and was as an Associate Editor of two IEEE journals and on committees for numerous conferences in testing and fault-tolerant computing including two held at Monona Terrace in Madison. Heavily involved in computer engineering course development, he led the establishment of the undergraduate Computer Engineering degree at UW Madison. He was the primary coauthor of four editions of the textbook Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals. Chuck’s hobbies are photography, travel and reading.

      • January Section Meeting “CoFe-based cylindrical nanowires”

        CoFe Nanowires

        • Monday January 18th, 2016, 11:45 AM
        • Lecturer: Professor Manuel Vazquez, Madrid Spain
              • Location:
                   Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
                   Room Number: 216/7
                   5445 E Cheryl Pkwy
                   Fitchburg,  Wisconsin
        • Time: 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
        • Details: Lecture and Pizza, Salad and Beverage
        • Fee: $5 IEEE Members, Free for IEEE Student Members, $10 Others
        • Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event page


          The recent interest on the magnetization reversal process of novel families of nanowires originates in the need to have full information about their magnetic properties for different functionalization and technological applications. The electrochemical route to fabricate nanowires is attracting much interest owing to their low-cost and reliability to fabricate tailored magnetic nanowires and nanotubes. This technique enables the synthesis of nanowires with cylindrical symmetry in opposition to nanostripes prepared by lithography techniques. Arrays of such nanowires can be grown with diameter of 15 to 200 nm, and length from 100 nm up to tens of microns. Cylindrical nanowires can be also grown with compositional multisegmented character and with controlled modulation in diameter intended to play a similar role as notches in lithography nanostripes. The particular study of Co-based nanowires is relevant since their magnetocrystalline anisotropy, in opposition to Py nanostripes, plays an important role to determine the magnetization reversal mechanism by vortex or transverse domain walls and spin rotation modes.                        
          Most recent results in our laboratory will be overviewed specially focusing on the spin reversal process in Co and CoFe individual nanowires after their release from porous templates. Knowledge of the fine crystalline structure, through high resolution transmission electron microscopy and other advanced techniques, is essential to determine the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the spin reversal process. 


          Professor Manuel Vazquez was born in Madrid, Spain. He was awarded a PhD in Physics by the University of Madrid, 1980; had post doc stays at Max-Planck-Institute fuer Metallforschung, Stuttgart (1981-3) and at the Technical Univ. of Denmark, 1985. He was Associate Professor at Madrid University, 1985-1989, then, he moved to the Spanish Council for Research where he became Research Professor in 1996. He is presently heading the Research line of Nanomagnetism and Magnetization Processes at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC. His main scientific interests lie in the topic of Magnetic Nano- and Microwires, with particular emphasis on the magnetization reversal processes, domain structure and domain walls, and magnetic anisotropy (i.e., magnetostriction). With more than 400 publications, co-authoring of 9 chapter books, and about 20 patents, he has given over 70 invited talks in international conferences and research centers, has supervised about 30 PhD and hosted a number of international visitors.
          His most recent interest is overall related to the development of three-dimensional magnetic nanostructures by combined electrochemical/lithography techniques, and to unveil the magnetization reversal process and domain wall structure in individual and ordered arrays of magnetic nanowires and nanotubes as well as of antidot thin films. Research efforts are being addressed to the study of Co base cylindrical nanowires/nanotubes where the tunable magnetocrystalline anisotropy plays an important role.

    • Section News

      • Review of December Events

        December Section Meeting “Audio and Computer music in the Present Age:  (Review by Charles Gervasi)  Greg Taylor’s talk was called “Campfires Seen from Orbit” because it approached the subject from a philosophical view of how electronic music fits into music over human history. When Max, an early music creation software, started 36 years ago, it required a whole room of computing equipment to run. Now it runs easily on a laptop, making modern musicians think of a laptop as an essential musical instrument. New technology tends to affect music in unforeseen ways. Originally someone put a microphone on a guitar to make it louder.  Imperfections like clipping or feedback became part of music and became more important than the original purpose of adding a mic. There is a modern type of music called Congotronics that uses older electronics repurposed playing traditional music from the Congo in completely new ways. 

        Taylor talks about the broad question in technology of “what’s the next big thing?” As engineers we want to know because have an interest in cutting-edge technology and there’s potential for great wealth. Taylor says the question is based on a false premise of a linear progression of technology. There is no “next big thing”. We have access to things down “the long tail”, not vetted by gatekeepers, and not geo-local. The talk touched on chaos theory of “attractors”. Starting with the phonograph, music has been getting easier and cheaper to record and transmit, making it seem natural for music to be free. The perception of the cost of music is affected by the cost of the media. Every new development in music technology influences music in unpredictable ways.

        There are countless new pieces of musical hardware and software people are creating and sharing on the Internet. Taylor showed us an example of a keyboard with lights that is really nothing more than an I/O device for a computer that lends itself to music. There are musical instruments that run entirely on a tablet computer. In one example, the musician can drag things around on the screen to change the nature of the sound. In the past musical communities formed to develop music. They admitted or rejected people based on certain aesthetic judgments and biases of the members. These musical communities have gone online. They serve the same purpose as musical communities throughout human history except everyone can join regardless of initial judgments of members, opening music to people who in the past would have not been part of a community. This will affect music in unknown and exciting ways.

        Campfires Seen From Space

        Photo:  Greg Taylor’s Section Meeting Talk: “Campfires Seen from Orbit: Audio and Computer Music in the Current Age”

      December ECN Meeting:

          Was held on Thursday, December 3rd and included free pizza and snacks  It was a social/professional “Meet and Greet” where attendees shared their background and had an opportunity to pitch what it is they do. Topics ranged from manufacturing temperature probes in China, to not exporting jobs to China. There was a particularly lively discussion of software job opportunities ranging from “I need one (Software Development)”, to “My job was exproted to India (database Programming)” to “I see opportunities for the foreseeable future (Embedded Controllers)”.

      • Upcoming Meetings

        January Life Member Affinity Group Meeting: Chuck Kime will be giving a dynamite image and video presentation of his photos from Denali.  Chuck has used time in retirement to polish his considerable skill in photography and videography. Don’t miss it! Check out some of his work Chuck Kime | Flickr.

        January Madison Section Meeting
        : Professor Vasquez, the current President of the IEEE Magnetics Society will give a lecture on CoFe Nanotubes. NOTE THE DAY change — Monday rather than the usual third Thursday. 


      • IEEE Madison Election Results

        Madison Section Officer Elections: Chair: Charles Gervasi, Vice Chair: Matthew Bartlett, Secretary: Steve Schultheis, Treasurer: Thomas Kaminski,
        Members-At-Large: Sanford Rotter, Mitchell Bradt, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, Clark Johnson.  In addition, the following positions have been affirmed: Membership Development: Scott Olsen, Webmaster: Timothy Chapman, Engineering Consultants Network (ECN) Chair: Thomas Kaminski, Educational Activities: Ann Thompson, Newslstter Editor: Thomas Kaminski, Engineers in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair: Dennis Bahr.  As previously reported, Charles Cowie is Chair and Charles Kime, Vice Chair for the Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG).

      • 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:

      • Senior Application and Configuration Engineer, Watertown
      • Software Engineer, Madison Area
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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.