September 2019 Newsletter

Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 22, No. 9             Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin               September 2019
Newsletters are archived online at IEEE-Madison Web Site.


Upcoming Meetings

LENR Replicator's Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 4th at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sector67, Madison

Event Info

LENR what the ....???

Date: Wednesday, September 4th
UW-Madison, Science Hall

Event Info

Optimizing power system operations
Methods to manage the impact of renewable energy on electric grids

IEEE-Madison IAS/PES Chapter
Date: Monday, September 9th
UW Engineering Hall

Event Info

Tuning magnetic anisotropy in nanostructures for biomedical applications

IEEE-Madison Joint Section/ EMB18 Chapter
Date: Friday, October 25th
UW Engineering Hall

Event Info


Volunteers Needed!  See below for more information

It's time to Renew your IEEE Membership!

Past Meetings

Review of August EMB/Section Meeting



September Section Meeting

"LENR What the ...."

New Fire

    • Wednesday, September 4th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Bob Greenyer, Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project
    • Location:
      Science Hall
      550 North Park St., Madison WI 53703
    • Lecture Hall 180


Talk: When you think you know how things work and then you not only witness, but recognize something as being so far from what is generally expected, that it shocks you to the core, what would you do? Would you let your scientific curiosity become a life-long search for the answer? Could you let it pass you by and carry on the mundane treadmill of the path often traveled? What would make a person choose to spend the rest of their life engaged in an activity that to many, would appear pointless and misguided?
Bob Greenyer talks about some of those people that not only knew they were seeing something special, but took it upon themselves to try and understand the observed effects, with an aim to give humanity, against the odds, new tools with which to take us collectively forward.

These people laid the groundwork for what is now becoming a hot research area, one which may define the next millennia and our species long term prospects.

Bio: Bob Greenyer studied manufacturing engineering at Brunel University, West London, during which time he also worked at the Electrical Engineering Department of Smithkline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now Glaxo-Smithkline) at their largest UK factory which produced Augmentin and conducted primary research including that focussed on anti-bacteria and anti-viral solutions.  During his time there, he updated all of the Electrical Engineering standards documentation, developed a portable system to monitor the over 100 electrical meters on site, helped specify a factory wide modern alarm system and developed a database to track maintenance on the sites 4000 industrial electric motors.
On leaving university he launched his then new media studio and developed cutting edge websites, animations and interactive solutions for a range of industries and FTSE 100 companies. Later he worked at the highest levels of one of the worlds largest international banks, developing all of their major client and investor facing media, analyzing complex data sets and presenting the resulting conclusions in words, graphs and moving images.

This skillset and operation was moved to India where it was intended that the operation would be scaled, however, a combination of the financial crisis and proceduralization of what once was stimulating problem solving led him to explore one of his other greatest passions, the science of energy.

In 2012, he took himself to South Korea to ICCF-17 the semi-annual conference of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, where he and 4 other like-minded individuals set up the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project to try and see if a new approach to science could stimulate more engagement in a maligned and poorly understood frontier of energy research.

Since then, he has had the opportunity to converse and work with some of the leaders in this field across the world and be a part of designing, conducting and analyzing a range of experiments both in house and conducted by third parties.

September ECN Meeting

"LENR Replication Workshop"

New Fire

  • Wednesday, September 4th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Bob Greenyer, Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project
  • Location:
    56 Cory Street., Madison WI 53704
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

Workshop: LENR -- Low Energy Nuclear Reactions -- may provide the world with limitless, inexpensive, carbon-free energy.  Once called "Cold Fusion" and debunked as "Junk Science", LENR has recently become a hot topic.  Recently, Google invested $10Million in an MIT Lab attempting duplication.  The Department of Defense and US Government has patented several devices, one of which is being commercialized by Global Energy Corporation, a spin-off of DoD Researchers.  NASA has osdered a compact Fission/Fusion reactor based on LENR technology. LENR has now progressed from fiction to fact as a number of scientists and engineers around the world work on the technology.

A number of organizations around the world are attempting to duplicate LENR reactions.  Bob Greenyer, a volunteer with the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project, has studied many of the approaches and will be available to talk about the details of replication.  Bob has either been a direct part of replication efforts, or has visited replicators around the world. Come and join a discussion with Bob on replication efforts. His in-depth knowledge of the technology can help replication efforts get a fast start. Here are some of the efforts he has been involved with:

Dog-Bone:  A MFMP replicaton effort to duplicate Andrea Rossi's LENR Reactor.
LION: An independent replication of a nickel-diamond deuterium fueled reactor.
LION-2: A duplicate of the LION Reactor.
Parkhomov: A Russian Research Lab's replication of Andrea Rossi's reactor.
Suhas Relkar: A High Power Ultrasonic/Electrical Discharge LENR fueled reactor.
OHMASA Gas: A Japanese Researcher's LENR Charge-Cluster generator exhibiting LENR reaction signatures.
Mizuno: A Nickel-Deuterium Reactor with detailed plans available.

Here are links to some of the replication efforts:

Mizuno Replication

Mizuno Supplementary Info

Second Mizuno Replication

LION2 Replication Details

Google June 2019 Nature publication

Review of US Governmental LENR Patents

September IAS/PES Meeting: "Optimizing power system operations – Methods to manage the impact of renewable energy on electric grids"

Optimizing Power Grids

    • Monday, September 9th, 530 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Dr. Line A. Roald, UW-Madison ECE Department
    • Location:
      Engineering Hall
      1415 Johnson Street, Madison WI 53706
    • Room 2535


Talk: How can transmission system operators ensure secure and reliable operation of the electric grid when renewable energy generation is uncertain? How can rooftop solar PV be a resource rather than a problem when managing voltage unbalance in distribution grids? To answer these and other questions related to renewable energy integration, new tools for power systems operations are required. This presentation will discuss our research aimed at developing such new tools. In particular, we will discuss how data-driven, optimization-based methods can help manage renewable energy variability and harness the flexibility available in the grid.

Bio: Line A. Roald is an Assistant Professor and Grainger Institute for Engineering Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining UW Madison, she obtained her PhD at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Her research interests include optimization, probabilistic methods and data analytics for electric power systems.

October Joint Section/EMB Meeting: "Tuning magnetic anisotropy in nanostructures for biomedical applications"

Optimizing Power Grids

    • Friday, October 25th, Noon (TBD)
    • Dr. Hari Srikanth. Dept. of Physics, University of South Florida
    • Location:
      Engineering Hall
      1415 Johnson Street, Madison WI 53706
    • Room TBD


Talk: Magnetic nanoparticles have been building blocks in applications ranging from high density recording to spintronics and nanomedicine.  Magnetic anisotropies in nanoparticles arising from surfaces, shapes and interfaces in hybrid structures are important in determining the functional response in various applications. In this talk I will first introduce the basic aspects of anisotropy, how to tune it in nanostructures and ways to measure it. I will discuss resonant RF transverse susceptibility, that we have used extensively, as a powerful method to probe the effective anisotropy in magnetic materials. Tuning anisotropy has a direct impact on the performance of functional magnetic nanoparticles in biomedical applications such as contrast enhancement in MRI and magnetic hyperthermia cancer therapy. There is a need to improve the specific absorption rate (SAR) or heating efficiency of nanoparticles for hyperthermia and I will focus on the role of tuning surface and interfacial anisotropy with a goal to enhance SAR. Strategies going beyond simple spherical structures such as exchange coupled core-shell nanoparticles, nanowire, nanotube geometries can be exploited to increase saturation magnetization, effective anisotropy and heating efficiency in magnetic hyperthermia. This lecture will combine insights into fundamental physics of magnetic nanostructures along with recent research advances in their application in nanomedicine.

Bio: Hari Srikanth is a Professor of Physics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the Indian Institute of Science. After postdoctoral research for several years, Hari joined USF in 2000 and established the Functional Materials Laboratory. His research spans a wide range of topics including magnetization dynamics in nanostructures, applications of magnetic nanoparticles in nanomedicine and RF devices, magnetic refrigerant materials, spin calorics, microwave materials and complex oxides with competing magnetic phases. He has over 250 publications and has given over 200 invited talks around the world. Hari has developed a short tutorial on nanomagnetism, enjoys delivering pedagogical lectures for a broad audience and especially interacting with students and early career researchers. Hari is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, with the citation mentioning his contributions in the field of nanomagnetism, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Physics. Hari has been closely involved with the MMM and INTERMAG conferences for more than 15 years serving as Publication Editor, Publication Chair and on program committees. He is also a 2019 Fulbright awardee. Hari has been a short term visiting professor in Slovak Academy of Sciences (Kosice), Basque Center for Materials (Bilbao), Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad)


  • 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

Reviews of Past Meetings

  • Joint EMB/Section Meetings: Dr Giorgio Quer, distinguished lecturer for IEEE Communications Society, Sr. Research Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute, and Senior Member of IEEE, gave a great talk on how Machine Learning and lite AI can be used in Medicine to find patterns we have been previously unable to find. Massive amounts of data can be analyzed quickly using machine learning, like they used to analyse the data from a blood pressure study.  Or how images of blood vessels in eyes can be quickly and accurately scanned for signs of eye issues.  More information on Dr Quer's work, and the work of Scripps Research can be found at this link.
  • IFEC Competition: The College of Engineering published a web page with links to videos and pictures from July's 2019 International Future Energy Competition.  Have a a look-see here.

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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