December 2019 Newsletter

Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 22, No. 12            Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin               December 2019
Newsletters are archived online at IEEE-Madison Web Site.


Upcoming Meetings

December YP/ECN: Hi-Tech Toys
IEEE-Madison Joint Young Professional/ Entrepreneur and Consultants Network
Date: Thursday, December 5th
Secto67, 56 Cory Street, Madison
Event Info

December Section Meeting: Volunteer Appreciation Social
IEEE-Madison Section
Date: Thursday, December 19th
Brasserie V,  1923 Monroe Street, Madison
Event Info


Section Elections!  See below for more information

Past Meetings

November PES/IAS Meeting


IEEE-Madison Joint Young Professional/ Entrepreneur and Consultants Network

"Hi-Tech Toys"


  • Thursday, December 5th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Networking/Social and FUN!
  • Location:
    56 Cory Street, Madison WI 53704
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

Talk: The Holiday Season is just around the corner. What Hi-Tech consumer items have impressed you? Bring your favorite one and be prepared to discuss it's technical merits. Also, be prepared to give give a brief introduction to what you do ("Elevator Speech").  This is your opportunity to discuss your company, or your consulting expertise while having fun. .

December Section Meeting

"Volunteer Appreciation Social"

Optimizing Power Grids

  • Thursday, December 19th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location:
    Brasserie V
    1923 Monroe Street, Madison WI 53711
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

Volunteer Appreciation Event: 

IEEE-Madison Volunteers will be honored.  Free appetizers and cash bar will be available for IEEE members and guests.  Volunteers will have free drink tickets.

For 2019, the volunteers to be honored are Nate Toth - Chair and Webmaster, Hugh Schmidt - Vice Chair, MIke Stemper - Secretary, Tom Kaminski - ECN Chair, Newsletter Editor and Treasurer, Dennis Bahr - Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter Chair,  San Rotter - Life Member Affinity Group Chair, Charles Cowie - Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair,  Scott Olsen - Membership Development Chair, Members at Large: Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr, Sandy Rotter.  Also Dan Ludois -- PES/IAS Chair, Eric Severson - PES/IAS Vice Chair, Mike Stemper - PES/IAS Secretary/Treasurer.

Social Event

Meet your IEEE colleagues and their guests socially.


  • Section Elections: Are you interested in becoming an office in the IEEE Madison Section, or one of its Chapters or Affilates?  If so, please let Hugh Schmidt know (
  • Volunteers:   We need volunteers for:  YP, ECN, LMAG, PES/IAS, Section and EMB.
  • 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

    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  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

  • Renew your IEEE Membership:  It is that time of year to renew your IEEE Membership and help support the Madison Section.  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 RENEW NOW link.

Reviews of Past Meetings

  • November PES/IAS Meeting: On 2019-11-21, Bob Lasseter gave an excellent talk on Grid Forming Inverters to a packed room of mostly utility engineers. He first defined what is meant by "Following" verses "Forming" inverters. "Following", or current-source inverters, require voltage to be present and constitute the majority of inverters on the grid today mostly from Solar PV and Wind sources. "Forming" inverters are more like stiff voltage sources and behave better than "Following" inveters under a range of fault and load changing conditions.  Professor Lasseter's slides are available at this link.

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 Rotter.


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 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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