IEEE Texas Panhandle Section

IEEE Robotics Presentation – Monday April 27, 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Topic:        AACAL Robotics Team 4694 Atomic Armadillos, Robotics Presentation

When:        Monday, April 27th, 2015
Food and Drinks at 5:30pm

                   Demo to follow at 6:00pm

Where:        AACAL Building

1100 N Forest ST

Amarillo, TX 79106

Who:          IEEE and AACAL Robotics Team 4694 Atomic Armadillos

Attire:          Business casual

Cost:            $5.00 per person

RSVP:          Please make reservations by COB on Friday, April 24th with John Vara by e-mail at

IEEE Spring Professional Development Seminar – Thursday March 26, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

 Spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar

8:45am to 5:00pm, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amarillo College Business and Industry Center

1314 South Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas


Join us for this valuable Continuing Education Seminar!

You’ll have a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards!  To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be registered for the Seminar and present for the drawings.


Cathodic Protection & Solid State Isolators – 9:20am
Mr. Mike Tachick, president of Dairyland Industries, is presenting the an overview on how to implement solid state isolators to decouple cathodic protected equipment with a ground grid. Mike Tachick graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, having previously joined Dairyland Electrical Industries, a manufacturer of solid-state protection products, in 1984.


Board Update and Ethics – 10:40am
Mr. Clark will be speaking on behalf of the Texas Board of Professional Engineering. Mr. Clark is Director of the Compliance & Enforcement Division for the board where he manages the day-to-day operations of the division to include policy advisory opinions, compliance reviews of continuing education audits, seal imprint approvals, investigations of enforcement cases against violators, and providing outreach programs to educate the public and licensed engineers on engineering matters pertaining to the Board and the Engineering Practice Act.


Time Management for Dummies– 1:00pm

Mr. Eric West is a Firm Principal and team leader for site development and planning in PSC’s Public Works Sector. With a passion for the profession, he has served in leadership roles including president of the local chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers and Texas Society of Professional Engineers, as well as state and national roles for the National Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers in Private Practice. For his dedication and professional conduct Eric has been recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year on a chapter, state and national level by TSPE and NSPE.


Structural Forensics– 2:20pm

Our own Arlen Work will share some of his past engineering investigations including; original causes and ultimate failures of a collapsed steel grain silo, a heat damaged concrete building, and malfunctions in an F-16 (fighter jet).  Arlen earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics.  He currently works in composite analysis at Bell Helicopter and has previously worked in civil structures, land development, ballistic panels, circus rides, and testing (strain gauge, NDI, destructive). Arlen also serves on Canyon City Board of Adjustments.


What’s New in Tech. – 3:40pm

We will welcome back Mr. Eric Spellmann to enlighten us on what is new and best in the world of Technology. Eric Spellmann is the Owner and President of Spellmann & Associates, a technology company offering online marketing, social media management, and website design.


¨       The Seminar is open to everyone! – Please invite others who might be interested

¨       There will be 1 hour of ethics education

¨       Seminar will begin at 9:15am with Late Registration Opening at 8:45am

¨       Lunch will be served beginning at 11:50 am and is included in the fee for the Seminar.

¨       Dress for this Seminar is casual and will begin at 9:15am.

¨       Amarillo College will issue CEU certificates for 0.7 unit ( 7PDH) to attendees who are present for the ENTIRE Seminar.

¨       Cost:

Current member of a sponsoring organization                                                              $35

Current student member or retired member of IEEE                                                   $15

Anyone not a current member of a sponsoring organization                                      $55

*The exorbitant additional cost of $1 dollar will be added for online registration due to credit card fees*


All attendees must register on-line or by mail, by Friday, March 20, 2015. Or otherwise pay late fees
Late registration is available at door with cash or check plus a $15 late fee.

Space is Limited

On-Line Registration:

Credit Card registration go to:

To Issue CEUs Amarillo College Requires:

 Date of Birth

& Last 4 of SSN



IEEE Section Meeting – Tuesday January 27, 2015 – Downtown Amarillo Development

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Panhandle Section of the

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


Topic: “Downtown Amarillo Development” – Melissa Dailey

Melissa Dailey is Executive Director of Downtown Amarillo, Inc. , an organization

formed to revitalize downtown through implementation of the Downtown

Strategic Action Plan. In that role she works to create an environment conducive

to bringing additional business, residents and visitors to downtown through

partnerships with public and private entities. Prior to coming to Amarillo, Melissa

worked for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. for 9 years as Director of Planning where

she worked on projects to enhance the downtown experience for employees,

residents and visitors. She also worked with the cities of Fort Worth and

Arlington as an urban planner. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Texas

at Arlington where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of

Arts in Urban Affairs, and Master of Business Administration. She is married to

Todd Dailey and has a daughter, Karma, who they adopted from Nepal.

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Where: Macaroni Joe’s – Church Room

Who: IEEE members are encouraged to bring a guest

Attire: Business Casual

Cost: $15.00 per person for IEEE members & guests

Meal: Limited menu to speed up service

RSVP: Please make reservations by close of business Monday, January

Meeting starts at 7:00PM

1619 S. Kentucky (I-40 & Georgia), Amarillo, TX

payable to IEEE Panhandle Section at the door

26 with Joe Dunn at (806) 359.2606 or by e-mail at

IEEE Consultant’s Network Meeting – December 9 – Electric Fields and Polymer Insulators

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Panhandle Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
and the
Consultant’s Network Affinity Group

Topic: “Electric Fields and Polymer Insulators”

Speaker: Jason Dickinson from NGK-Locke Polymer Insulators will provide a technical presentation on insulator design and corona mitigation.

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11:30AM to 1:30PM

Where: Amarillo Club Sunburst West Room Chase Tower, 30th Floor

600 S. Tyler

Amarillo, TX

Who: IEEE members and guests are invited to attend

Attire: Business Casual

Cost: $15.00 per person for IEEE members payable to IEEE Panhandle Section at the door

Meal: Buffet Style Lunch

RSVP: Please make reservations by close of business on Monday, December 8 with Scott Davis at (806) 376-9678 or by e-mail at Scott’s E-mail

IEEE PES Meeting – HVDC design, The Power Networks of the Future

Monday, November 24th, 2014
The Panhandle Section of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
The Power & Energy Society

Topic: “HVDC Design  The Power Networks of the Future”

Speaker: Neil Kirby, Business Development Manager, Alstom Company, Philadelphia, PA

When: Wednesday, December 03, 2014
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where:  Amarillo Club Sunburst room, 30th floor Chase Tower
600 South Tyler St
Amarillo, TX 79101

Attire: Business Casual

Cost:   $15.00 per person
payable to IEEE Panhandle Section at the door

Meal:   Buffet Style Lunch

RSVP:   Please make reservations by COB on Tuesday, December 2nd with Mohsen Ghavami at (806) 378-2787 or by e-mail at “”.

No IEEE membership is required for this meeting. For more information on the Panhandle Section of IEEE refer to the section’s website at
Neil Bio
Neil Kirby obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering & Computing Science at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England. He joined Alstom in 1982, which at that time was GEC Rectifiers in Stafford, England.  After a period of working in, and then managing, the test department he went on to work on the design of HVDC projects, in the areas of control hardware and software, system design, and overall project engineering. This has included extensive periods of site work and commissioning tests on HVDC projects in Canada, India, and South Korea. In 2003 he moved to the USA where he is presently Business Development Manager for the HVDC business in North America. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of IEC, ANSI and CIGRE, and is an active participant in several working groups in these organizations.  Neil is based in Philadelphia with his family, and holds no hope of retirement any time soon with 2 girls currently at university.
About the Presentation
Since the days when Edison and Tesla competed for supremacy in the supply of electricity in the 1880’s there has been a constant evolution in the power networks around the world, with AC quickly taking the lead and a dominant role in the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy to the end user. HVDC has been applied in about 150 installations around the world for a variety of reasons, including long-distance transmission of hydro energy, interconnection of asynchronous networks, long-distance submarine crossings, etc., which by comparison with the extent of AC transmission systems is obviously a very small proportion.  However, the recent introduction of VSC technology into the HVDC world is presenting network planners with a whole new toolkit for the creation of more efficient, intelligent and controllable power systems in the future.  The presentation will give a history of the development of HVDC over the years, illustrate the systems being installed currently around the world, and provide some insights into the recent innovations and prospects for the future.
About Alstom
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world. It provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,700 people in 100 countries and had sales of €20.9 billion in 2010/11.
Alstom Grid has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to its customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than €4 billion. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chainfrom power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user. 
In April 2014, General Electric made an offer to acquire the Power Generation and Transmission assets of Alstom, and after a period of negotiations this offer has been accepted by the Alstom Board, and the French Government in June 2014. The acquisition process is proceeding subject to the final approval of the Alstom shareholders in December 2014, and is expected to be complete by mid-2015.

IEEE Seminar – Thank you!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Thank you for joining us at the 2014 Fall IEEE Professional Development Seminar.

We hope you had a wonderful time. As a follow up to our seminar I ‘d like to give out some information.

First as a public service announcement:


IEEE Panhandle is and has been looking for old computers to donate to Amarillo’s Westley Community Outreach Center.

We will wipe any old information off the hard drive for you as well as fix old computers. If you care to donate please contact:

John Vara, @


IEEE Panhandle would also like your help in thanking our speakers, their efforts make the Seminar possible.

If you would like more information their websites.


Thank you Richard Burgress

(If you missed his card)


Thank you Brian Thomas

Baylors’ Mission programs’ Home page


Thank you Mark Wingate



Thank you Dr. Matt Jackson

West Texas A&M’s Engineering program’s home Page



Thank you again for coming and I hope to see you in the Spring (March 26th, 2015)

Nathan Ciomperlik

IEEE Panhandle Education Chair

IEEE Fall Professional Development Seminar – Tuesday October 7, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar

9:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Amarillo College Business and Industry Center

1314 South Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas

Join us for this valuable Continuing Education Seminar!

You’ll have a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards!  To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be registered for the Seminar and present for the drawings.

Click here for more information and registration information

Future Seminars – Call For Volunteers

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Dear Panhandle Section Members:


For many years, the IEEE Panhandle Section has organized a biannual Professional Development Seminar.  These Seminars provide an outstanding value and service to our members, and the past Panhandle Section Education Chairs & Co-Chairs have put in a lot of hard work and sacrifice to make the Seminars happen.


This year, the Board voted to create an Education Committee to assist the Education Chair in his duties.  We are currently looking for volunteers to serve on the Education Committee.  Ideally, we would like 5-7 committee members to help find topics, book speakers, and handle logistics for our future seminars.  Our previous Education Chairs & Co-Chairs established a very high standard of quality for our seminars.  Your IEEE Panhandle Section Board is committed to maintaining that level of quality and service, and we need your help to make it happen.


Please let me know if you would like to get involved.


Thank you,

Joe Dunn, PE

Chairman – IEEE Panhandle Section 

Videos from Ziplining Social Event

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Hey everyone,

To all that missed out on the event, here’s what you could have been doing!

In related news, Jonathan Snodgrass will be stepping down from his position as the Young Professionals chair to return to Texas A&M University and pursue a master’s and PhD. Good luck out there Mr. Snodgrass!

IEEE Ziplining Social Event

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Greetings esteemed IEEE members,


The IEEE Panhandle section and the Young Professionals (formerly GOLD) group would like to invite you to come ziplining with your fellow IEEE members on Saturday, June 7that 10am.  We will be meeting at the Palo Duro ZipLine parking lot at 11100 State Hwy 217 East Canyon, Tx 79015.  The cost is $15 per person for IEEE members, and $20 for guests.  Please RSVP to me (Jonathan Snodgrass) by email or phone at 806-359-2602 by Monday, June 2nd.  Please see the attached meeting announcement for more information.


Also, the IEEE Young Professionals group will be organizing a social event at a sports game at the end of June.  Please use the voting buttons at the top of this email to indicate whether you would like to attend an Amarillo Venom or an Amarillo Sox game.


More information about Palo Duro ZipLine can be found at


I hope you can join us on Saturday, June 6 for Ziplining!