September 2018


Madison Section Newsletter

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Vol. 20, No. 8 Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin September 2017
  • Upcoming Events

      • September Life Member Meeting: “WMTV-15 Tour”

        LMAG Tour of WMTV-15

          • Thursday, September 6th, 4:30-6:00 PM
            • Speaker: Tom Weeden, WMTV Chief Engineer
            • Location: 
                  615 Forward Drive
                  Madison, Wisconsin 53711
          • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.


            Tom Weeden will lead the tour and talk about the station, the equipment and the station operation. He will answer questions during the course of the tour. There should be ample parking at the WMTV station lot.


          This is open to all IEEE members and guests on a space available basis.
    • Section News

      • PES/IAS: A Joint Power and Energy Society/Industry Applications Society Chapter has been approved for the Madison IEEE Section. Thanks to all of the PES/IAS members who received and signed the petition to create the society.   The petition reached the required number of signatures in less than 24 hours after the notice was sent out. Together, there are approximately 170 IEEE-Madison members who are members of the PES/IAS or both Societies. Now is the time to get involved in the “ground floor” of a local professional engineering society and help define what its activities will be.  The Chapter will have an initial organizing meeting in September and will need to elect officers and plan events.  Please let Tom Kaminski (tjkaminski ( at ) know if you or the organization you work for are interested in helping to kick-off the new Chapter.  We will need:
        1. Chapter Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Activities Chair).
        2. A meeting location or locations conveniently located close to most members.
        3. Industrial Outreach: Companies and organizations willing to help sponsor events or host meetings.
      • Madison Section Officer Nominations Open:  Greetings!  The fall is upon us, which means that elections are coming up.  Not just the fall mid-terms, but for the officers of IEEE-Madison. Our officer positions include Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Members At Large. Our officers run the local Section, manage its finances, schedule its meetings, and manage communications with membership.  Being an officer of an IEEE section has, to me, been a very good experience. I have learned a lot, and have developed a great deal of respect for the organization. I believe that my fellow officers, both past and present will agree.  One of my duties as Vice Chair is to organize elections and form/lead an officer nominating committee. Therefore, my ask this month is for a few volunteers for the Officer Nomination Committee.  We will be tasked with finding folks to run for these positions.  This will not be a heavy time commitment, but our duty is important.  Please reach out to me if you would like to be on this committee, run for office, or volunteer your time in any other way.  Or if you have any questions, please reach out to me. I can be reached by email at 

        Thank you very much!
        Nate Toth
        Vice Chair, IEEE Madison

      • Technical Support for Legislators: Because legislation affects the future of our engineering discipline, Clark Johnson and Hugh Schmidt are investigating ways for IEEE members to be more involved in helping legislators understand technology. One approach is to facilitate student meetings with legislators. Electrical engineering students can develop essential career skills while helping to educate lawmakers about technical issues that will affect engineering.  Hugh and Clark are looking forward to bringing power engineering, environmental studies and law students together with faculty, staff and industry to meet with legislators this year.   Collaborating with people outside their discipline will help students frame technical issues in terms that appeal to broader audiences.  They will get a feel for the mechanics of lawmaking also by consulting with utility staff and political interest groups and by writing opinion pieces.  Interested in participating?  Contact Hugh or Clark via email to tjkaminski (at) 
    • Upcoming Meetings

      • September Joint UW-Madison Student Branch/IEEE-Madison Social Event: The Madison IEEE Section Members  and new or continuing Engineering Students who have joined the UW-Madison Student Branch will be welcome to attend a social event near campus with free drinks and food sponsored by the IEEE-Madison Section. A general announcement will be e-mailed to all IEEE members when the details are firmed up.
      • September  12th, IEEE-Madison Young Professionals Kickoff Meeting: Hi Folks, Nate Toth here! IEEE Madison has formed a Young Professionals Affinity Group!  And it is time to kick this off!  We will hold our kickoff meeting on Wednesday September 12th.  I will send out details as soon as they are finalized (by the 31st of August at the very latest).  You all are invited, but we would really like a strong turnout from our Young Professionals (those individuals less than 15 years from their first undergraduate college degree).  Stay tuned for more info! Check the the IEEE-Madison  event page for the latest details.

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      • October ECN Meeting:  On Thursday, October 4th the Entrepreneurs and Consultants Network will hear about and tour the 100State facility at 316 W. Washington Ave. Suite 675.  Claudia Seidenberg will talk about 100State, Wisconsin’s largest co-working space.  Because it is an active office space, the talk and tour will be held from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.
      • November IEEE-Madison Section Meeting:  On November 8th, Professor L. Jean Camp from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University will be giving a talk on the security of Internet-of-Things (IoT). Professor Camp is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a  Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of human and technical trust, leveraging economic models and human-centered design to create safe, secure systems. A venue for this talk has not yet been scheduled, but will likely be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    • 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: Varies
        • Process: Members are encouraged to make introductions, describe endeavors, and make request for: contacts in target companies, needs, resources.
    • 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) 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 2017 Officers and Board Members are Tom Kaminski – Chair, Nate Toth – Vice Chair, Charles Gervasi – Treasurer, Steve Schultheis – Secretary, Nate Toth – Webmaster, Tom Kaminski – ECN Chair, Dennis Bahr – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair,  Chuck Cowie – Life Member Affinity Group Chair, San Rotter – Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair, Scott Olsen – Membership Development Chair, Members at Large: Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, Sandy Rotter.

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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)