August ECN Meeting:
Tom Kaminski outlined his recent work to provide cellular modem coverage for a non-profit organization driving around the state. He also discussed possible approaches to get better 4G cellular phone data rates in a home with poor cell coverage. Several others provided their solutions to the cellular data problem. Follow-up: Tom’s bi-directional amplifier/antennas did not work. The cellular modem is working well around the state.
August Section Meeting: Steven Nelson gave a comprehensive presentation entitled “Ethics for Electrical Engineers”. He first discussed the relevant law and regulations for the professional engineer (PE) starting with the specific Wisconsin Rules and Regulations. He specifically discussed the difference between “shall” and “may”, the former required, the later optional. Next, the Wisconsin Administrative Code covering the “Professional Rules of Conduct” was reviewed. He also covered the Code of Ethics for both the IEEE and the National Society of Professional Engineers. The second hour covered detailed cases that Steven has worked on and what happens when things go wrong. Steven mentioned that for the most part, engineers he has worked with are ethical and truthful, being trained as problem solvers. That is less so the case for his profession (Lawyers). In fact, Steven mentioned that sometimes engineers have to be reminded to be truthful, but to just answer questions posed and not volunteer other information. Attendees were given 2 PDH hours and the course should meet the requirement for the Wisconsin PE re-certification.
September Joint Section and LMAG Meeting: Professor Robert Lasseter will give a talk on the emerging microgrid technology. Despite having retired, Dr. Lasseter is heavily involved in this important new area. His understanding of the pertinent technical issues will help us to understand this increasingly important technology for distributed power generation. The meeting is at Sequoya Library. Note the parking restrictions for on-street parking near the library.
Vote: IEEE Elections
By now you should have been informed on-line or with a mailed notice about the open IEEE elections. This year’s vote is particularly important because of a proposed change in the bylaws. The proposed amendment has generated a lot of controversy. At least four of the IEEE Societies (PES, PELS, RAS, and CS) have sent messages asking members to reject the amendment. Please review the issues and VOTE. (Editor’s Note: I voted on-line and almost missed the vote on the amendment. It is the first entry you vote on, but is “hidden” in the instructions. Based on the vocal opposition of societies I am a member of and contact with delegates to the past few IEEE conferences, I decided to vote against the amendment.)
You can access the on-line ballot and learn about the candidate’s positions by following this voting link. The process also lets you review candidate’s statements prior to voting for them. You will need an IEEE login to vote on-line. You can access your account (or create on if you do not yet have one) by visiting this IEEE account page.
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).