January Section Meeting: Dr. Bethany Stadler gave and excellent talk on the current state of research on magnetic Nanowires. This fascinating talk showed how her lab advanced the state of the art in naowire research by growing wires of different materials using elecrochemistry with new substrates. Wires with 10-nanometer diameters and length to width ratios of over 10,000:1 can be made using her techniques. Some of the more interesting results were “striped” wires with copper interspersed with magnetic materials. By controlling the length of each section, the magneto-resistive properties can be controlled. Arrays of these wires are being adapted to read a number of simultaneous tracks on disk drives to separate the desired track from the adjacent “noise” tracks. By proper selection of materials, flagella-like hairs could be made to vibrate in a magnetic field for nano-bot locomotion.
One interesting aspect of Dr. Stadler’s talk was the use of nano-wires coupled to bio-active compounds. Such wires can be readily absorbed (actually “eaten”) by cells, allowing new uses of the materials for biological systems research. One novel use was to have the wires absorbed into cancer cells. Since the viscosity of cancer cells was more water-like than the viscosity of animal tissue cells, an applied magnetic field would cause the wires to spin, destroying cancer cells. The animal tissue cells, being more solid, wold not allow the wires to spin, just vibrate. Stadler’s talk was not recorded, but a related Distinguished Lecture is posted by the Magnetics Society “IEEE-TV” at this link.
The Life Member and February Section Meetings will be held at UW-Madison College of Engineering Campus. Note that they are both evening meetings to help with the on-campus parking problems. Use the link posted to see what parking is available. Note also that there is often parking on Breeze Terrace adjacent to the CoE and Camp Randall areas. These meetings will discuss research at two of the world-renowned facilities on campus — the the HSX Plasma Lab and the WEMPEC/IESL/WEI facilities.
The March IEEE-Section Meeting is slated to be a talk by Anton Kapella of 5Nines on a topic related to networked radio communications. Tony engineered a New York to Chicago over-the-air radio link, the purpose of which was to “beat” the velocity of propagation of single-mode fiber by using free-space radio waves, relaying across some 17
tower sites, landing on either end atop tall buildings in each metro area. Tony also will touch on NSF-supported primary mobility networking research, via connection
with the UW “WiNGS” lab. Quoting Tony: “It’s sure to be a whirlwind tour of all the raw, broken, and nasty crap we call “mobility networking” today!” Stay tuned for the time and place for that talk.
The IEEE-Madison LMAG is not planning a March meeting but is working on an April event at the Madison Science Museum to be sponsored by the Section and held as a joint LMAG/Madison Section event. It will feature results from the UW-Madison “Ice Cube” facility in Antarctica.
IEEE-Madison Facebook Page/New Web Site Planned
Thanks to volunteer, Nate Toth, the IEEE-Madison Section recently launched a Facebook page. It is located at IEEE-Madsion Facebook link. Feel free to “like” and/or “follow” this page, as it is a great place to share information on the happenings of IEEE Madison. Events will be posted there, as well as some interesting things that folks are working on. So, if you are working on interesting projects, conducting research, or doing anything else that is related to the activities of IEEE, please post. Nate has also agreed to take over the IEEE-Madison Web site. The new site is in the planning stages and will have the licensed Domain Name “ieee-msn.org”. If you are interested in helping with the design/testing/rollout, please let us know.
IEEE Sections Congress 2017
The IEEE International Sections Congress for 2017 will be held August 11-13 Sydney, Australia. The IEEE-MGA will pay the full cost of one, and partial cost of a second delegate from the Madison Section. We are sending Clark Johnson, a long term volunteer with the IEEE-Madison Section, and Nate Toth, a new volunteer and Young Professional. The primary purpose of the Sections Congress is to vote on directions for the IEEE and to help with leadership training. We hope both will bring back new ideas to re-envigorate the IEEE-Madison Section.
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.
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.