January Section Meeting: Is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17th at noon at Promega Biotechnology Center in Fitchburg and will be a talk by Bethanie Stadler who works on the integration of nanomagnetic and photonic materials with a variety of platforms to allow the development of practical devices and systems. This includes magnetic nanowires for magnetoelectronics (including hard drive heads), microfluidic flow sensors and actuators, acoustic/vibration sensor applications, and cellular biomarkers.
January Life Member Affinity Group Meeting and Tour: The LMAG group has arrange a talk about the UW-Madison Stellerator Project and a tour of the HSX Labratory for the evening of January 31st. Dr. David Anderson will give the talk. HSX is a modular coil stellarator optimized for quasi-helically symmetry located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Plasma physics research goals include investigation of transport, turbulence, and confinement in a quasi-helically symmetric magnetic field. Please check the event listing here for details about parking and the talk room location. At the time of the Newsletter, those details were not available.
IEEE/Badger Amateur Radio Society Joint February (Tentative) Meeting: Many of our members got our start in Electrical Engineering as a hobbyist, or a Ham. The UW-Madison Badger Amateur Radio Society is in danger of being de-listed as a student club. The ARRL has announced a program called “Ivy + Amateur Radio” — to boost college and university Amateur Radio club interest, membership, and activity. There will be a local joint meeting of the Madison IEEE Section including the UW-Madison Student Branch and BARS with the express intent of rekindling interest in BARS. For more information see the ARRL Announcement and the Badger Amateur Radio Society W9YT link.
February Section Meeting (Tentative) — Dr. Thomas Jahns will be giving a talk on the electric grid, distributed energy and micro grids. It will be held Thursday, February 16th starting with a social time at 5 pm and a 5:30 presentation. somewhere on the UW-Madison campus. Check the IEEE-Madison Section event link later for details.
Madison Section Elections
Madison Section Officer are finished. Thanks for voting! This year, 7% of the Membership voted (48 votes) and the new elected officers are:
Chair: Tom Kaminski (48 votes), Vice Char: Scott Olsen (46 votes), Secretary: Steve Shultheis (48 votes), Treasurer: Charles Gervasi (46 votes), Member(s) at Large: Clark Johnson (45 votes), Craig Heilman (47 votes), Dennis Bahr (46 votes) and San Rotter (47 votes).
Sector67 Announces a New Permanent Home
The IEEE-Madison Entrepreneur and Consultants Network holds regular meetings at Sector67. Sector67 is working hard to move to a permanent location on the near east side. They have identified a site at 56 Corry St just a few minutes away from their existing location and have announced a capitol campaign to purchase the building. So far, Sector67 has raised $450,000, 75% of the $600,000 capital campaign goal and over halfway to the $750,000 stretch goal. If you or you company are interested in donating, please visit their Donation Page. The donation page has a link to a great video staring John Wiley.
IEEE-Madison Facebook Page
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.
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.