September 2020 Newsletter

Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 23, No. 6           Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin               September 2020
Newsletters are archived online at IEEE-Madison Web Site.


Upcoming Meetings

September  18th (WebEx Remote): “Battling cancer at the cellular level with magnetic nano-bots”
Friday, September 18th at 12:00 noon On-Line
Event Info


We hope you are healthy and safe during this current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please follow CDC guidelines to protect yourselves, your families, and your communities.


Past Meetings

June 30th IEEE Region 4 Meeting - Government Update



IEEE Madison WebEx: "Battling cancer at the cellular level with magnetic nano-bots


  • Friday, September 18th, 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM
  • Dr. Bethanie Stadler, University of Minnesota
  • Location:
    On-Line via WebEx (or alternate TBD)
    (Link will be emailed from you registration information)
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

Talk:   The first step in fighting cancer using personalized medicine is finding its molecular “calling card” in the body and examining it through a blood or tissue sample. Blood samples, or biopsies, are safer and less invasive than tissue biopsies, but there’s a catch – finding cancer's calling cards in the blood is currently next to impossible. Stadler will discuss her research to improve blood biopsies for personalized cancer treatment.

Bio:  Professor Beth Stadler has served as associate head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2018. She received a B.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1990 and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994. She was then a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base, until joining the University of Minnesota.

Stadler’s research is in magneto-optical materials and devices and in magnetic nanowires (the topic of today’s talk). In optics, she is working to commercialize a new Si-integrated garnet for optical isolators. She has taught at the IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School in Chenai India, Assisi Italy, and hosted the school for 80 global students at the University of Minnesota in 2015. She also served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Magnetics Society and will be a General Co-Chair of the Intermag Conference in 2023 in Sendai Japan. Professor Stadler was a General Co-Chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in 2004, and is now a Fellow of MRS.


Social Issues: Maydm Internships

The Social Issues Committee of the IEEE Madison Section is working to help Maydm student graduates find internship positions.  The students are High School juniors/Seniors who have completed Maydm software training and need to further their career development with part-time internships.  If you are interested in hosting these exceptionally gifted students in an internship, please contact Tom Kaminski (


  • Volunteers:   We need volunteers for:  YP, ECN, LMAG, PES/IAS, Section and EMB.
  • Free On-Line Books: "For Members Only: All IEEE-USA eBooks and Audio Books -- Now Free to All IEEE Members!
    WASHINGTON (1 April 2020) -- IEEE-USA’s eBooks and audio books help IEEE members advance their careers, work on their soft skills, learn about public policy, even provide a fun distraction--and now, for the first time, the whole collection is available to all IEEE members for free in the IEEE-USA Online Shop.“This is a difficult time for our members and our country, as the world deals with this unprecedented public health situation,” said Jim Conrad, 2020 IEEE-USA President. “By providing all of our eBooks for free to our members, we hope to make their time at home in isolation a little more productive.  Some of these e-books are also helpful for those members who are facing job security questions, or recent unemployment.”

    All IEEE members can now access for free titles on careers, skill development, professional development, and other topics from industry veterans such as, Caring for Your Project Team, by Harry T. Roman; The In’s and Out’s of Mentoring, by Peggy Hutcheson; and Critical Thinking Skills for Engineers--Book 1: Analytical Skills, by Sridhar Ramanathan. Members can also now get free IEEE-USA’s first comic book, complete with new engineering superheroes, The Slate Twins: Caught in the Currents, Vol. 1, by cartoonist Jeff Knurek.

IEEE-Madison Slack Channel Established and Open to IEEE Members

  • What is Slack?: Slack is a messaging application that works on most modern computing platforms, including cell phones.  Many organizations use slack to quickly connect with people and conduct business. You can share files and create sub-channels for discussion. IEEE-Madison is using the free verison of slack that has limited features.
  • Executive Committee Presence: Members of the IEEE-Madison Executive Committee have joined a Slack Channel and will be available to discuss issues you might bring up.
  • For more:  See this YouTube Video on Slack.
    Also see this site: What is Slack?
  • Get an Invitation to Join the IEEE-Madison Slack Channel: at Slack Channel.
  • Access it here: IEEE Madison Slack Channel
  • 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

  • June 30th IEEE Region 4 Meeting - Government Update:  IEEE USA full-time lobbyist, Russ Harrison (IEEE's Director of Government Relations),posted links to the recorded version of the presentation here:

    Topic:  IEEE Region 4 Government Update-20200630 2258-1
    Create time: 7/1/20 1:26 am
    File size: 69.35MB
    Duration:  1 hour 8 minutes

    Streaming recording: Streaming Link
    Download Recording: Download Link

    The slides for the presentation 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 – Mike Stemper
  • PES/IAS Vice Chair – Dan Ludois
  • PES/IAS Secretary/Treasurer- Don Neumeyer
  • EMB Chapter Chair – Dennis Bahr
  • Life Member Affinity Group Chair – San Rotter
  • Life Member Affinity Group Vice Chair – Charles Cowie
  • ECN Chair – Matt Nowick
  • Young Professionals Chair – Thomas Murphy
  • Members at Large: Clark Johnson, Craig Heilman, Dennis Bahr

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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