November 2020 Newsletter

Madison Section Newsletter

Vol. 23, No. 8           Serving IEEE Members of South Central Wisconsin               November 2020
Newsletters are archived online at IEEE-Madison Web Site.


Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 PM  On-Line
Event Info

Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 PM  On-Line
Event Info

IEEE-Madison PES/IAS: "A New Grid Model Repository and New Ways to
Securely Share Grid Data for Research and Industry"
Wednesday, December 2nd 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.

Section ELECTIONS: Help Us!

Past Meetings

October 21st ECN  Meeting

October 29th PES/IAS Chapter Meeting




  • Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting Review Video
  • Location:
    On-Line  (Link will be emailed from you registration information)
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.
  • Sponsored by IEEE-Madison Engineers in Biology and Medicine Chapter

Video:   This will be a video presentation via WebEx

The event is a video presentation of a recent update from Dr. William Hartman, medical director of the UW Health Preanesthesia Assessment Clinic and Professor and Dietram A. Scheufele, the Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the UW-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. Dr. Hartman covers research and clinical trials of Convalescent Plasma, Covid-19 Vaccine and Monoclonal Antibody studies at UW-Madison. Dr. Scheufele examines the formation of public attitudes and policy dynamics surrounding emerging science in the era if Covid-19.

Topics include:

Convalescent Plasma Studies

Monoclonal Antibody Studies

Covid-19 vaccine Trials

Scientific Communication Issues for Covid-19

Bio: William Hartman, MD/PhD is Assistant professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine and Public Health, and Medical Director of UW Health Pre-Op Clinic. He is the Principal Investigator for the UW COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program (Adult and Pediatric Programs) and the Principal Investigator for the UW-Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody (Antispike) Clinical Trials. He is also involved in the clinical trial of the Astra-Zenca covid-19 vaccine at UW.

Dietram A. Scheufele is the Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. His research examines the formation of public attitudes and policy dynamics surrounding emerging science. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, a lifetime associate of the National Research Council, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Communication Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. His consulting experience includes work for DeepMind, Porter Novelli, PBS, WHO, and the World Bank.


  • Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 PM
  • On-Line Presentation by Corey Proctor of ITC Midwest and John Boston of Alliant Energy
  • Location:
    On-Line  (Link will be emailed from your registration information)
  • Please Register at the Joint Cedar Rapids/Madison  event page.

Talk: A rare derecho storm created straight line winds gusting between 126 – 140 mph in Linn/Benton Iowa counties with concentrated damage in the Cedar Rapids Iowa area. Cedar Rapids and Madison Power & Energy Societies are offering this virtual event focusing on the power system damage. Join us to hear the impacts and recovery of the power transmission network managed by ITC and the power distribution system managed by Alliant Energy.

The August 10 2020 derecho storm intensified and centered on Linn County/Cedar Rapids Iowa. Damage extended from Nebraska and beyond Indiana.  Severe building and tree destruction took out the power and communication grids.

Join this event to learn of the impact and recovery on power transmission and distribution systems in the area.  ITC Midwest and Alliant Energy are the presenters.

Read about the storm here: Midwest Derecho

IEEE-Madison PES/IAS Webinar: "A New Grid Model Repository and New Ways to Securely Share Grid Data for Research and Industry"

  • Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:00 Noon
  • Virtual Talk by Terry Nielsen of GridBright
  • Location:
    On-Line  (Link will be emailed from you registration information)
  • Please Register at the IEEE-Madison  event page.

Talk: New control, optimization algorithms, and other research and development projects are being developed by research institutions and vendors to address new issues such as grid resilience, grid modernization, and increased penetration of distributed energy resources. However, due to the sensitivity of data sets and models that often contain critical infrastructure information and/or personally identifiable information, new research projects and vendor products cannot be easily tested on real grid data. Furthermore, if research projects and products do manage to test using sensitive data, the complete test datasets and related results cannot be shared, restricting the ability to independently validate results and perform peer review. For these reasons, in 2016, ARPA-E funded the GRID DATA project to develop new, large and realistic grid models that are public and can be used by researchers, vendors, and utilities.

A result of this project was the creation of the Grid Data Repository that contains many new, large and realistic publicly available grid models. As a follow-on and currently on-going project, ARPA-E funded another research project to reduce complexity, cost, and friction when vendors, utilities, researchers and grid business entities need to share data that does include sensitive information.

Bio: Terry Nielsen is an Executive Vice President and Board Member at GridBright. He has over 30 years of experience in defining and developing software solutions for the utility industry. His experience includes the development, implementation, and integration of Energy Management Systems (EMS), Network Model Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Outage Management Systems (OMS). Terry has been teaching courses annually at EUCI and DistribuTech on ADMS, DERMS, and OMS for over five years. Terry is also currently the technical committee chair for the Grid Model Repository that serves the power systems research community.

Terry is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an active member of the several IEEE working groups. Terry has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.


IEEE-Madison Section Elections

  • Officer/Volunteer Solicitation: Please let us know if you would like to volunteer for IEEE Madison.  We welcome anyone interested in helping out, or in being considered for an elected office.  Email Nate <> if you are interested.

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

  • October 21st ECN  Meeting:  Tarek Lahdhiri gave a very good talk on how to cope in this new virtual and hybrid engineering environment brought about due to covid-19 -- Over 40 people participated in the event.  It was recorded and is available for review below.

    Duration:  96 minutes
    WebEx Recording: WebEx Recording: Viewing Link

  • October 29th PES/IAS Chapter Meeting: "Reaching the Full Potential of Integrated Machine Drives" by Thomas Jahns was an excellent review of the current state-of-the-art of integrated drives/motor technology.  He also discussed the fact that the exciting new wide band-gap semiconductors offer the possibility of switching from voltage control to current control on motor drives.  A more complete review of the talk by Don Neumeyer is available at this link.  Dr. Jahns also provided a link to his complete talk slides at his UW "Box" account linked HERE. You will have to sign up for a UW "Box" account to access it.

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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