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RCSS MINIGRANTs due by Oct. 31

 The RCSS Minigrant provides a means for math and science teachers to supplement their standard funding. The funds for these grants are provided to RCSS by various organizations and individuals in the Greater Rochester Area. Up to $250.00 can be requested upon application, as described below. Applications will be reviewed and judged on the basis of relevance to science and math, on lasting impact on students and/or class room facilities, and other aspects, such as: innovation and creativity, new teaching concepts, long term usefulness, numbers of students served, plans to share results with others, etc… RCSS accepts applications for Minigrants from teachers in primary and secondary schools in the following eleven counties surrounding Rochester, New York: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.


April 19th — Joint Chapters Meeting

What could be better? Good food (cheap), lots of great talks, PDH credit, and spectacular networking opportunities!

Did you know that the IMAX Laser Projection System has roots to the Rochester Community? Come learn about IMAX Rochester!

2016 Rochester Section Joint Chapters Meeting

April 19, 2016

RIT Inn & Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Road

Registration and refreshment: 4:00 – 4:30 PM

Chapter Technical Presentations I: 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Chapter Technical Presentations II: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Networking (cash bar): 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Dinner & Keynote Presentation: 7:00 – 9.00 PM

Keynote Presentation

“The IMAX Laser Projection System: From 0 to Insane in Under 2 Years”

By Barry Silverstein

Out of the ashes of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging business was born the world’s first cinema-quality laser projection prototype. Learn about the creation of the newly formed IMAX business unit, IMAX Rochester. Follow the technical journey (adventure) of taking a prototype 10,000 lumen, 2k resolution laser projector and turbo charging it to deliver six times the brightness in order to light screens that are more than 100 feet wide at 4k resolution. The projection system born out of this effort is currently delivering stunning images at IMAX’s most iconic locations around the globe…. a mere two years later. The revolutionary optical-mechanical system is unlike anything ever built for a projector and was designed in Rochester. It is currently in production in Canada by a simultaneously created custom assembly line. IMAX, in conjunction with local suppliers, managed to deliver this system on time while working across three countries and two continents. The performance of this system has exceeded expectations and is receiving accolades from the industries experts.

Dinner Reservations Required (Fee increases after April 12, 2016). No charge for attending technicalpresentations. LAST DAY FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS IS APRIL 15, 2016

Register on-line at (pay-pal accepted)

Discount Fee until April 12th: $25.00 (IEEE Member or IEEE Member significant other), $30.00(Non-member)

$10.00 (IEEE Student Member), $10.00 (Full-Time Student Non-member), $20 (IEEE Fellow or Senior Member)

Dinner between April 13 & April 15: $30.00 (IEEE Member or IEEE Member significant other), $40.00(Non-members), $15.00 (IEEE Student Member), $15.00 (StudentNon-member), $20 (IEEE Fellow or Senior Member)


New York StripSteak, Ten Ounces with Caramelized Onions & Cabernet Butter


Seared Salmon, Prosecco Cream Sauce


Spicy Orecchiette, Pasta with Mixed Vegetables in Arrabbiata Sauce


For Chapter Technical Presentation updates please visit:

CHAPTER                                              TITLE                 PRESENTER

Product Safety Engineering Safety in Railway Control Systems Kenneth Jackson
Geoscience and Remote Sensing LANDSAT 8 Thermal IR Sensor (TIRS) Stray Light Correction Algorithm Dvlpmnt & Assessment Dr. Aaron Gerace
Communications/Aerospace and Electronic Systems Data Mining in the IoT era: practical examples and a peek into future developments Professor Michele Rossi
Engineering in Medicine & Biology Rethinking Computing in Healthcare: Implications for Intervention Dr. David R. Holmes III
Life 1.   Keeping engaged with the community as a Life member: RES’s tutoring team at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

2.   STEM Concepts

Lee Loomis



Jon Kriegel


* PDH Credit availlable. More coming very shortly!!

Register on-line at (pay-pal accepted)


CHAPTER                                               TITLE      PRESENTER

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory Techniques Plasmonic Enhancement of Graphene Heterostructure Based Terahertz Detectors Dr. Vladimir Mitin
Signal Processing Society Computational Electrical Imaging of the Heart Dr. Linwei Wang
Awards IEEE Senior Member Information Jean Kendrick
Photonics Nanowire Optoelectronics: New Breakthroughs in Photonic Devices Professor Parsian Mohseni
Technology & Engineering Management Society 1.   America Invents Act – What you need to know

2.   Do Rules and Rulings matter to an Inventor?

George Blasiak, JD


Joe Manico


Local research will be on display for interactive Q/A. Best student poster prize of $100.

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Madeline Loui & Alicia Loui win 2015 IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition!

Congratulations to Madeline Loui & Alicia Loui, winners of the 2015 IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition!

Judge’s Choice winner Madeline Loui & Alicia Loui

Nominated by IEEE Member: Alexander Loui (Rochester Section)

Animation title: The Future of Fitness

Animation description: We were inspired by the growing awareness of fitness and healthy living, which we combined with technology to create a personalized smart gym. This idea can be made a reality through the use of smart technologies, like intelligent health monitoring, machine learning algorithms, as well as advanced computer vision and pattern recognition technology.

To find out more about their work, please visit:

Greg Gdowski receives IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award

Section Chair -- Greg Gdowski
Section Chair — Greg Gdowski

Greg Gdowski, the Rochester IEEE Section Chair, has received an IEEE award for Regional Professional Leadership from IEEE USA for demonstrated leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of IEEE in Region 1, specifically in revitalizing the Rochester Section and the photonics community.   Notice of this award and other award recipients of IEEE USA awards can be found here.

The Regional Professional Leadership Award are granted by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors and is given to recognize members for their outstanding leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of IEEE in the United States within their Regional or Divisional entities.

Selection is based on dedication, effort, and quality, of accomplishment in advancing the professional aims of the IEEE as they pertain to United States activities on a regional or divisional (Society) basis.

More information on this award can be found on the IEEE USA website.

Another successful Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop!

The IEEE Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop (WNYISPW) was held on Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. 

41 people attended the Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop this year including 22 guest and 19 IEEE members.

Two keynote speakers included: Dr. Dhrun Batra from Virginia Tech who presented on “Visual Question Answering (VQA) (and other diverse musings)”, and Dr. Regine Choe from the University of Rochester, Department of Biomedical Engineering who presented on “Diffuse Optical and Correlation Tomography for Monitoring Treatments for Bone Graft and Breast Cancer”.

The Section is grateful to Nathan Cahill and others of the SP Society for hosting such a successful event!   We also thank Mark Schrader for taking a number of great photos at the event!

Overview of event:

The WNYISPW is a venue for promoting image and signal processing research in our area and for facilitating interaction between academic researchers, industry researchers, and students. The workshop builds off of 17 successful years of prior workshops in Western New York. The workshop comprises both oral and poster presentations.

Topics included:
– Formation, Processing, and/or Analysis of Signals, Images, or Video
– Computer Vision
– Information Retrieval
– Image and Color Science
– Applications of Image and Signal Processing, including: Medical Image and Signal Analysis, Audio Processing and Analysis, Remote Sensing, Archival Imaging, Printing, Consumer Devices, Security, Surveillance, Document Imaging, Art Restoration and Analysis, and Astronomy


Congratulations to newly elevated Rochester Section IEEE Fellows

Wendi Rabiner Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester, has been named a Fellow of the IEEE contributions to algorithms, protocols, and architectures for wireless sensor and mobile networks.

Bruce Smith, professor and director of microsystems engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named a Fellow of the IEEE for his significant contributions to semiconductor lithography through research, engineering education, and technology innovation.

Volunteers Appreciation Dinner!

In recognition of the IEEE Rochester Section Volunteers, the Section Chair (Greg Gdowski) arranged a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Artisian Works on Thursday, December 10.  Volunteers and their guests enjoyed a full cocktails dinner amid the beautiful melodies from the violin duet, Rachel and Anna.  Membership’s loyalty pins and certificates of appreciation were presented to volunteer members along with a small gift.  The dinner was a great success.  Below are some highlights of the event.

Apply now! Graduate Student Scholarships

New in 2015!  One $1,500 Scholarship will be annually awarded to Graduate Students! Applications due by November 15th!

Apply now!