April 2019


Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 22, No. 4 Serving IEEE Members of
South Central Wisconsin April 2019
Newsletters are archived online at IEEE-Madison

Upcoming Meetings

IEEE Section Meeting: “Cybersecurity and
You: Recommendations on Protecting Your Personal Digital Assets”

Date/Time: Tuesday April 16th, 5:30pm –

Location: Sector67, 56 Cory Street, Madison


IEEE ECN Meeting: “Entrepreneurs and
Startups, A panel Discussion”

Date/Time: Friday April 26th, 11:30am –

Location: Sector67, 56 Cory
Street, Madison 53704



Volunteers Needed! See below for more

It’s time to Renew you IEEE Membership!

Past Meeting Reviews

Review of March LMAG/Student
Branch Meeting

Amateur Radio Digital Communication Mode

Review of March Section Meeting

Thorium and the Waste Issue

Review of March PES-IAS Meeting

Magnetic Levitation and Bearingless Motors

April Section Meeting: “Cybersecurity and You:
Recommendations on Protecting Your Personal Digital Assets”


  • Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-7:00 PM
  • Speaker: Nate Toth, Alliant Energy
  • Location:
  • Sector67
    56 Cory Street, Madison
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison
    event page

Title: Cybersecurity and You: Recommendations on
Protecting Your Personal Digital Assets
Talk: Nathan Toth, Chair of IEEE Madison, will make a
presentation on how you can stay safe online and on your home computers,
and how you can protect your digital assets. The threats present against
you and your digital assets are serious. But as we become more connected
to the world, as our information moves to the cloud, and as our personal
identities are further connected to our digital lives, the importance of
safeguarding those assets becomes more crucial. Discussed will be tips
on how to make sure you can browse the internet safely, how you can
protect your computer from malware, how to protect social media
accounts, and how to avoid scams and fraud.

Nathan works as a IT Security Systems Administrator at Alliant Energy,
and is very experienced in network security, firewalls, defending
against internet based threats, and maintaining safe computer systems.
He is a 2007 graduate from Herzing College with a degree in Computer
Science, is ISC2, CompTIA, and Cisco certified, and broad experience
in securing networks and systems of all sizes.

April ECN Meeting: “Entrepreneurs and Startups, A
panel Discussion”

ECN Meeting

  • Friday, April 26th, 11:30am-1:00 pm
  • Speakers: (See below)
  • Location:
    56 Cory Street, Madison
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison
    event page

Panel Discussion: Three local Entrepreneurs with
experience in starting, running, and financing start ups will
participate in a panel discussion about the process. Each panel member
will give a short summary of the experience and then continue the
discussion with questions from attendees.

The meeting will start with a short introduction of all present —
pleased be prepared to give your “Elevator Speech”. Bring a brown-bag
lunch. Snacks and drinks are available at Sector67 for a small fee.

Bios: Panel Members

Mark Shults received two BS degrees from MIT in
Aeronautical Engineering and Biology in 1970 and a MS in Biomedical
Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1975. He has
over 4 decades of experience in medical R&D. About half of this time
he spent at the UW Medical School also with one year each at Harvard
Medical School and the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Overlapping with this academic career were positions as VP of R&D at
venture-funded Markwell Medical in Madison WI (1981- 1999) and DexCom in
San Diego (1999 – 2003). Mark was a 1999 founder of DexCom, a publicly
traded (DXCM) industry leader in FDA cleared continuous transcutaneous
glucose sensors for people with diabetes. He is a member of the angel
investing group, Wisconsin Investment Partners.

Daniel van der Weide is a pioneer in terahertz
generation and detection using integrated circuits, having designed,
fabricated and measured the shortest pulses on record using these
circuits in 1994, with comparable results at world-record slew rates
reported in 2018. He has made extraordinary contributions to the
understanding of terahertz electronics, including coherent measurements,
ultra-broadband antennas, and remote sensing. He helped develop the
ability to localize high-frequency energy which led him to its use in a
wide range of applications, including the first non-contact measurements
of pore-forming protein dynamics in membranes. The small-signal
measurements gave way to exploration of localized microwave power to
treat cancer. With others, he pursued the clinical refinement of this
application of 2.45 GHz microwave power, ultimately establishing Neuwave
Medical Inc., which has treated thousands of patients with kidney, lung
and liver lesions, and was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2016.

Justin Reed, CEO and Co-founder of C-Motive Technology,
Inc. is an entrepreneur at heart, driven to “build something from
nothing,” and applies his meticulousness to the company’s strategic
development, fundraising, evaluating new business opportunities, and
forging customer relationships, among many other hats. A graduate of
UW-Madison’s power research program (WEMPEC), Justin’s technical
expertise lies in multi-level power converters and electromechanical
power conversion. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen technical
papers and is an inventor of patented and patent-pending core C-Motive

Reviews of Past Meetings

Review of March LMAG/Student Branch Meeting:
“Amateur Radio Digital Communication Mode FT8”

Dale Burmeister gave a very informative talk on the use of a new
(developed in 2017) digital communication mode called FT8, shorthand for
Franke & Taylor, 8-frequency shift keying format. The mode as
implemented represents a 31 dB signal to noise improvement over typical
SSB mode communication, and is even 6 dB (S/N) more efficient than CW.
The 31dB improvement means that you cna make a contact with 1 Watt using
FT8 that would require 1000 Watts SSB! To use the code, one needs a
computer (there are event Raspberry Pi implementations) with an audio
card and a traditional SSB transmitter. The typical 2500 Hz of bandwidth
is sliced into a number of “virtual” channels, with each one using about
50 Hz of bandwidth.

Dale demonstrated a live contact with FT8 by the use of Virtual Network
Computing (VNC) from the College of Engineering to his home. He made two
live QSOs while connected. He also showed how the contacts can be
automatically logged and showed his current world-wide contacts via a
mapped slide. Copies of his slides are at this
. Dale is also an alumni if the Badger Amateur Radio Society
(BARS) and is always searching for students interested in Amateur Radio
who can join BARS and help operate W9YT.

Amateur Digital Mode F8

Review of March PES/IAS Meeting: “Magnetic
Levitation and Bearingless Motors”

The meeting was a well attended meeting with many undergraduate and
gradate students present. The talk started with a brief overview of the
problem identifying the lifetime and reliability issues of existing
motors with bearings. Other low-wear bearing approaches were discussed
such as air and fluid bearings. Dr. Seversen then showed how current
motors could be modified with the addition of a small amount of
additional winding to provide both the torque for rotation and the
forces necessary to center the shaft in the housing with no bearings,
except for mechanical lands under no excitation. He showed the research
motor used to demonstrate the the technique is practical. It is likely
possible that the shaft position sensing can be done with some
additional control circuits measuring the winding currents and voltages.
At this point, there is considerable control circuitry, but that will be
reduced to an integrated assembly with production volume.

Review of March Section Meeting: “Thorium and the
Waste Issue”

Dr. Steeves informative talk discussed fission, actinides, fission
products, and a comparison of thorium with uranium, especially with
regard to thorium’s use in molten salt reactors instead of light water
reactors. If you missed the talk, his slides are available here.
He also addressed the issue of different reactor types including
Pressurized and Boiling Water Reactors, the Canadian CANDU Reactor, and
Gas Cooled reactors and traced the Thorium Reactor’s History. Finally,
he addressed the waste (he calls it unused fuel) issue and explained how
thorium or other advanced reactors could help to minimize and consume
the waste stored.

Dr. Steeves


  • Volunteers Needed: Are you interested in
    volunteering? If so, IEEE Madison is looking for a few people
    interested in a few exciting new volunteer positions.First, the
    Executive Committee is looking to fill a new position of auditor. This
    position will work with the Treasurer and the Executive Committee to
    review all expenditures and ensure that IEEE Madison remains compliant
    with all IEEE policies and procedures, as well as applicable laws. The
    auditor will also serve on the Finance and Audit committee. If you are
    interested and wondering how much time this volunteer position will
    require, it is estimated that it will be at most a couple hours per
    month. If you are interested, please contact Nathan Toth, IEEE Madison
    Section Chair, at tothnj@ieee.org.

    Secondly, IEEE Madison will be forming an Ethics Committee. The
    purpose of the Ethics Committee will be to foster awareness of
    ethical issues, promote ethical behavior among members of IEEE
    Madison, and advise the Executive Committee on IEEE Ethics policy
    and concerns. The Ethics Committee will consist of 3 or more members
    of IEEE. For those interested in volunteering for the ethics
    committee, please contact Nathan Toth, IEEE Madison Section Chair,
    at tothnj@ieee.org. The time commitment for this committee will be
    approximately 2 hours per month.
    Volunteering for IEEE Madison helps to grow a community of
    engineers, scientists, and technologists in the Madison area.

    If you are interested in any of the above positions or are
    interested in volunteering for any other position or task, please
    contact Nathan Toth at tothnj@ieee.org.

  • Renew your IEEE Membership: It is pasttime of year
    to renew your IEEE Membership and help support the Madison Section.
    However, you can still renew! A portion of your dues goes to
    financially support the Section, allowing us to host events with
    little or no cost to members. To renew your membership, click on this

IEEE Madison Leadership

  • Section Chair – Nate Toth
  • Section Vice Chair – Hugh Schmidt
  • Section Treasurer – Tom Kaminski
  • Section Secretary – Mike Stemper
  • Webmaster – Nate Toth
  • PES/IAS Chair – Dan Ludois
  • PES/IAS Vice Chair – Eric Severson
  • PES/IAS Secretary/Treasurer- Mike Stemper
  • EMB Chapter Chair – Dennis Bahr
  • Life Member Affinity Group Chair – San Rotter
  • Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair – Charles Cowie
  • ECN Chair – Tom Kaminski
  • Young Professionals Chair – Nate Toth
  • Members at Large: Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, San

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
thinformal networking portion of the monthly Section meetings (starting
at 11:30am) to meet the Section Board members and discuss intentions.

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