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Mini Colloquium: “How Embedded Memories are Enabling AI & Machine Learning”, Global Foundries – October 23, 2019

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

“Climbing the Memory Wall: How Embedded Memories are Enabling Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Starting at 8:30 AM

Hosted by Global Foundries and the IEEE EDS Schenectady Chapter

Global Foundries Global Cafe
400 Stonebreak Road Ext.
Malta, NY


Speakers include:

  • Dr. Martin Mason, Sr. Director, AIM BU Global Foundries Inc.
    “Embedded Non-volatile Memory”
  • Prof. Naveen Verma, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Princeton
    “Platform Technology for Next-Generation AI”
  • Prof. Vijay Narayanan, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Penn State
    “In-memory Computing: The Resurgence”


Albany Nanotechnology Symposium: Materials and processing innovation for future AI applications Nov 12-13, 2019

Monday, October 21st, 2019

2019 Symposium: Materials and Processing Innovation for Future AI Applications


Tuesday, Nov 12th – Wednesday, Nov 13th, 2019

Nanofab South Auditorium

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
257 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12203


The conference will feature oral presentations and posters by authors from federal and private research institutions, industry, and academia. IEEE ANS provides a forum for creating and promoting cross-functional and interdisciplinary research. This year’s topic focuses on emerging research and insight into the development of artificial intelligence.
The 2-day program will consist of:
  • Keynote Speech by Kaushik Roy (Purdue University)
  • Plenary Talk by Lisa Amini (IBM)
  • Invited talks from experts in AI research: Geoffrey Burr (IBM), Chris Carothers (RPI), Michael Lercel (ASML)
  • Contributed oral presentations
  • “Building Trust in AI” invited talks and panel discussion by Michael Hind (IBM), Abby Everett Jaques (Stanford), Geoffrey Burr (IBM) and Selmer Bringsjord (RPI)
  • Lithography tutorial session by Luciana Meli (IBM), Richard Farrell (TEL), Charlie Liu (IBM) and Robert Brainard (CNSE)
  • Poster session

Awards for Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation will be recognized at the end of the conference.

Registration for this event is free, but please pre-register at the link at the bottom of the page! There will be limited same-day registration.



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For questions, please email our conference committee at



Union College film screening of “The Bit Player” documentary about Claude Shannon – October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

On Thursday Oct 10 at 6:30 PM Union College is hosting a screening of a great documentary about Claude Shannon called “The Bit Player” (  in conjunction with both our Film Studies Program and the Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Department. The director, Mark Levinson will be present for a Q&A after the screening.  It will be held in the Reamer Auditorium.

TITANIC: The Truth Behind the Myths – June 19, 2019 5:30 PM, Albany

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

IEEE Schenectady Section members are invited to the talk TITANIC: The Truth Behind the Myths presented by The University Club of Albany Foundation and co-sponsored by IEEE Schenectady Section on Wednesday, June 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Engineer and historian Phil Barker will discuss TITANIC: The Truth Behind the Myths at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. The evening begins with a networking reception with light fare and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. followed by the illustrated presentation at 6:00 p.m. with time for a question and answer period.

Barker has long been a student of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City in 1912. He will discuss the vessel and the tragedy in ways that will appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds and provide historic context for the tragedy. He’ll share rare photographs of the opulent interiors for architectural historians, provide technical details of the ship’s design relevant to engineers, and discuss health and safety regulations from the annals of maritime law. He’ll even discuss elements of the Academy Award-winning 1997 film Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron.

With 30 years of experience in the electric power industry, Barker received his Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University with a concentration in electric power systems. He was a consulting engineer at Power Technologies, Incorporated (PTI) for 14 years. Later he worked for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI PEAC Division) where he focused on advanced research related to distributed generation, power quality, and distribution reliability.

In 2003, he founded Nova Energy Specialists (NES), a consulting company that provides engineering services to the utility sector in the areas of power systems, distributed generation, and emerging technologies. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has published over 30 papers and/or technical articles. Barker received the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2010.

The event is hosted by the University Club of Albany Foundation and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The program is free but reservations are appreciated and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to; or on the Club’s website at

The University Club of Albany Foundation is a 501c3 corporation formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. Support for educational programming at the University Club is provided by AT&T.

For more information about the University Club, visit


Frequency Support among Asynchronous AC Grids through Multiterminal DC Grid – May 30, 2019

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

It is envisaged that Multiterminal DC (MTDC) grid will be a key cornerstone of the sustainable future of our planet. The presentation, which can be downloaded here, identified some of the key challenges facing DC grid systems and focus on the frequency support issue among AC grids interconnected by the DC network.

TOPIC:  Frequency Support among Asynchronous AC Grids through Multiterminal DC Grid

ABSTRACT: Multiterminal DC (MTDC) grids are planned in and around Europe to integrate significant amount of offshore wind energy and onshore solar energy to the Pan-European AC grid and two pilot MTDC projects are already operational in China. AC grids interconnected by the DC network are ‘asynchronous’ in nature, and as a result, they do not have a natural way of exchanging frequency support. Since in each AC area the inertia is progressively reducing due to replacement of conventional generation by inverter-interfaced renewables, they are experiencing deeper frequency nadir and higher rate-of-change-of-frequency following a generation loss, which can lead to under frequency load shedding issues among others. The talk will briefly touch upon modeling of such AC-MTDC systems and will then delve deeper into the control challenges of such grids in providing exchange of frequency support in a controlled manner. The viability of a new ratio-based inertial and primary frequency support framework that has the promise for a new market mechanism in future will be demonstrated.

PRESENTED BY: Dr Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri


DATE and TIME: May 30th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church Room, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Control System Society, IEEE Schenectady Section

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.


Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri received his Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London, London, UK in 2011 in Power Systems. From 2005-2007, he worked in General Electric (GE) John F. Welch Technology Center. He came back to GE and worked in GE Global Research Center, NY, USA as a Lead Engineer during 2011-2014. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, University Park, PA. He was an Assistant Professor with North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA during 2014-2016. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE PES. Dr. Ray Chaudhuri is the lead author of the book Multi-terminal Direct Current Grids: Modeling, Analysis, and Control (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2014), and an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER DELIVERY and IEEE PES LETTERS. Dr. Ray Chaudhuri was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty CAREER Award in 2016.

Superconducting Synchronous Machines for Electric Ship Propulsion – June 13, 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

IEEE Schenectady Section would like to invite you to a talk which outlines a notional design for a 36MW, 120r/min motor for ship propulsion

Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

TOPIC:  Superconducting Synchronous Machines for Electric Ship Propulsion

ABSTRACT: The 36MW, 120r/min synchronous motor uses low temperature superconducting (LTS) field coils to create a 2.5T magnetic field in the air gap of the motor. Because of the high air gap magnetic field, an air core armature is designed. The space within the armature normally used for ferromagnetic teeth is used for insulation, cooling, and structure. The notional motor design exhibits high torque density (66Nm/kg) and high efficiency (99%). The LTS motor is enabled by thermosyphon technology developed for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems used in the health care industry. A significant feature of the LTS motor is reduction in radial forces between the field and armature, representing a reduction by two orders of magnitude in the radial forces of a conventional motor. The LTS motor is compared against motors of comparable rating based on high temperature superconducting (HTS) technology. The LTS motor is substantially lighter, more compact, and far more cost effective

PRESENTED BY: Dr David Torrey

DATE and TIME: June 13th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church Room, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Schenectady Section

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

THE SPEAKER: Dr David Torrey is a Senior Principal Engineer within the electric machines team in the Electric Power organization at GE’s Research Center in Niskayuna, NY.  David received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA); he received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA, USA).  He has been with GE Global Research since 2012 advancing electric machine design for applications to Oil & Gas, Aviation, Appliances, Transportation, and Renewable Energy.  This work has involved reluctance, permanent magnet, induction, and superconducting machines and their associated controls.  Prior to joining GE Research, he was involved with a couple of start-up companies.  He has held faculty positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, NY.  He is a fellow of the IEEE and IET, and serves as an associated editor for the IET Proceedings on Electric Power Applications.

The Effect of Voltage Impulses from Variable Speed Drives on Electrical Insulation – June 6, 2019

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Voltage source – Pulse Width Modulated inverters can create thousands of short rise time voltage impulses per second. IEEE Schenectady Section would like to invite you to a talk that will focus on the issues associated with these voltage impulses.

TOPIC:  The Effect of Voltage Impulses from Variable Speed Drives on Electrical Insulation

ABSTRACT: Since the introduction of Voltage source – Pulse Width Modulated inverters in variable speed motor drives and doubly-fed induction generators in the early 1990s, the voltage impulses created by the inverters have caused premature winding failure in both low voltage random wound windings as well as high voltage, form wound windings.

The talk will address the origin and characteristics of the voltage impulses, its effect on random wound winding caused by partial discharge, effect on form wound windings via increased PD and/or PD suppression coating overheating. The talk will further address the IEC standards to mitigate the effect of the voltage impulses on random and form wound windings.

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Greg Stone

DATE and TIME: June 6th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church Room, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, IEEE Schenectady Section

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.


Dr. Greg Stone was one of the developers of on-line partial discharge test methods to evaluate the condition of the high voltage insulation in stator windings.  From 1975 to 1990 he was a Dielectrics Engineer with Ontario Hydro, a large Canadian power generation company.  Since 1990, Dr. Stone has been employed at Iris Power L.P. in Toronto Canada, a motor and generator condition monitoring company he helped to form.  He has published two books and >200 papers concerned with rotating machine windings. Greg Stone has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Realizing The Promise of Smart and Connected Cities – April 9, 2019

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Cities around the world are, more and more, aiming at becoming a smart city. But what is a smart city? What is behind the concept: a trendy term or real implementation? What does becoming smart entail and what type of initiatives and technologies can make a city smart(er)?

The IEEE Schenectady Section would like to invite you to a presentation to answer all these questions and have a spirited discussion with our speaker.

TOPIC: Realizing The Promise Of Smart And Connected Cities

PRESENTED BY: Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez

DATE and TIME: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019. 12 noon to 1:00 PM.

LOCATION: UAlbany Academic Podium Earth Science And Mathematics Building, Room #144, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

 Guests should park in the visitor’s lot in this location.

 IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Schenectady Section

 Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde at by Wednesday, April 8th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members. There is a $10 fee for non-members.


Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez (@estratic) is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. Among other, he participated at the 2014 ITU/UNESCO Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities, appointed by the IEEE Smart Cities Committee. Since 2017, he is also member of the IEEE Schenectady section. As a practitioner, he has worked in the public sector for almost 30 years, both as a public servant and as a consultant. His work in Digital Government is well known around the world. He has a bachelor degree in Computer Science, a master degree in Data Science, and a research master degree in Information and Knowledge Society.

Twitter: @estratic

Nominate your colleague for a 2019 IEEE Region 1 Award!

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Please consider nominating your fellow peer or colleague or the Northeastern USA – Region 1 for a Region 1 Award this year!

Through its Awards Program, Region 1 advances the interests of its members by recognizing their significant contributions and service in advancing IEEE-designated fields of interest.  With this, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.

Awards are given to individuals for Professional and Lifetime Service and Young Professional endeavors.

Do you know someone that is deserving of one of the following awards?

Professional Awards for the following types of contributions:

  • Technological Innovation (Academic): For distinguished development, advancement and pursuit of the IEEE’s technical objective
  • Technological Innovation (Industry or Government): For significant patents, discovery of new devices, development of applications or exemplary contributions to industry or government.
  • Managerial Excellence in an Engineering Organization: For managerial excellence in organization, leadership, design and development
  • Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest (University or College): For outstanding contributions to education in an area of interest to the IEEE
  • Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest (Pre-University or College): For improving communications between the IEEE and a student body; for support and service to a student body; for service and leadership to the student community
  • Enhancement of the relationship between IEEE and Industry: For significant contributions in an enhanced IEEE-Industry relationship
  • Enhancement of the IEEE or Engineering Profession’s Image with the Public: For significant contributions in developing an IEEE-Public relationship
  • Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section: For outstanding service to the IEEE at the Chapter, Section, Region, MGA and/or National level

Lifetime Service Awards

  • The William Terry Distinguished Service Award: This award is intended to recognize those whose personal efforts have provided leadership, creativity, guidance, hard work and inspiration in a wide range of IEEE activities over a significant and sustained period of time

Young Professional Awards

  • IEEE Region 1 Young Professional Award: This award is designed to recognize those substantive projects or achievement of a relatively short nature, but which have left an undeniable imprint on the fabric of Young Professionals (YP) operations within Region 1.

Want to nominate the Northeastern USA – Region 1 for an award for their activities?  The Northeastern USA – Region 1 can also be nominated for their Professional Activity (PACE) Programs.

Please consider nominating your fellow peer or colleague, or the Northeastern USA – Region 1 for one of these awards!  Award nominations are due no later than Friday, June 21, 2019 to Dr. Jason Hui, Region 1 Awards and Recognition Chair at

For a complete list of Region 1 awards and nominee eligibility, visit the IEEE Region 1 website today!

Northeastern USA – Region 1 :

Global Foundries FAB 8 Open House

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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