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Leveraging Semicondutor Technology for the Benefit of Society (virtual) – April 30, 2021, 12-1

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Speaker:  Fernando Guarín of GlobalFoundries, East Fishkill NY

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Thanks to relentless scaling, coupled along with advances in materials and process integration of semiconductor devices have enabled the exponential growth of applications enabling sensors and information technologies that have transformed society. The level of instrumentation grows daily with ever increasing intelligence and ability to communicate and automate many processes and industries in what is now known as the Internet of Things (IoT) at much higher speeds with the upcoming advent of 5G. Thanks to these advances the world is already smaller and flatter. The reality of living in a globally integrated world is upon us and is presenting us with many opportunities and challenges.  This increased information content gives us a unique path to alleviate and find solutions to the very serious problems that pose some of the most important issues facing the world today; Climate change, water scarcity, soil depletion, overpopulation and social interaction. As technology advances we must be reminded that we are all now connected – economically, technically and socially, sharing an increasingly fragile planet. But we are also learning that just being connected may not be sufficient. We must solve many problems.  As engineers, we have the knowledge and the responsibility to do so.   In this talk, we will discuss how advances in semiconductor technology and electron devices have benefited society and the world in which we live.  The extraordinary advances in devices and materials have provided us with unprecedented amounts solutions and information at continually decreasing costs.  In this lecture I will provide tangible evidence to illustrate how Electron Devices are influencing society, enabling us to better use the energy in a more sustainable manner and changing our interaction with other people near and far.  I will also show hoe the Electron Devices Society EDS is funding projects and engaging many talented members to provide tangible solutions. We are now able to provide many people the ability to have access to advanced technology even in the most remote corners of the planet.  We must leverage these advances to expand global educational opportunities, access to clean water, all while helping to preserve a sustainable and greener environment.  We will provide information on initiatives and access to funding for engineering projects at the local level. Ultimately we must always bear in mind that the large number of scientific and technological advances must produce tangible results for the benefit and progress of humanity.


Dr. Fernando Guarín is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Global Foundries in East Fishkill New York where he leads the reliability team responsible for the qualification of 5G technologies. He retired from IBM’s SRDC after 27 years as Senior Member of Technical Staff.  He earned his BSEE from the “Pontificia Universidad Javeriana”, in Bogotá, Colombia, the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Arizona, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY He has been actively working in microelectronic reliability for over 35 years.

 From 1980 until 1988 he worked in the Military and Aerospace Operations division of National Semiconductor Corporation.  In 1988 he joined IBM’s microelectronics division where he worked in the reliability physics and modeling of Advanced Bipolar, CMOS and Silicon Germanium BiCMOS technologies. He is currently leading the team qualifying GlobalFoundries RF 5G technology offerings.

Dr. Guarín is an IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electron Device Society EDS, where he has served in many capacities including;  member of the IEEE’s EDS Board of governors,  chair of the EDS Education Committee, Secretary for EDS. He was the EDS President 2018-2019.


Advances in Localization and Tracking for Internet of Things (virtual) – May 5, 2021

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, a Distinguished Lecturer from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, will give a talk “Advances in Localization and Tracking for Internet of Things”. The talk will be held in a webinar format from 12pm to 1pm on Wednesday May 5, 2021.

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IEEE Signal Processing Society Schenectady Chapter and Control System Society Schenectady Chapter are honored to be the hosts.

Title:  Advances in Localization and Tracking for Internet of Things
Speaker:  Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang, PhD, MBA, P.Eng., FIEEE, FEIC, FCAE Professor, Ryerson University, Canada

Abstract: With the emerging deployment of 5G wireless systems and the rapid growing number of smart sensors and deploying sensors on or around physical objects, the Internet of Things (IoT) seamlessly integrates a world of networked smart objects, makes their information be shared on a global scale, and provides an ability of intelligent computing and information processing, such as reporting status, position, and surrounding condition of each sensor node. Localization and tracking is a key problem, which has been studied in various fields, including sonar, radar, seismic, mobile communications, wireless sensor networks. Typical metrics are measured at the local sensors including sample covariance matrices (SCM), time of arrival (TOA), gain ratios of arrival (GROA), angles of arrival (AOA) and frequency differences of arrival (FDOA). Estimating the source position as accurate as possible by utilizing the above-mentioned metrics is full of challenges. In this talk, we introduce the fundamentals, elements, basic localization principles and measurement models, and typical source localization and target tracking methods. We discuss state-of-the-art advances and applications with examples in passive source localization, including subband information fusion, localization penalized maximum likelihood, and performance bounds using AOA-GROA-TOA, and other state-of-the-arts in localization and tracking systems for IoT applications.

2021-05-05 Dr. Zhang talk announcement PDF

IEEE WIE Leadership Conference LEAD BEYOND 2020 “Leading Through Change”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

LEAD BEYOND 2020 “Leading Through Change”

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Albany Nanotechnology Symposium (virtual) – Nov 9th-11th, 2020

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Calls for abstracts for the 2020 IEEE Albany Nanotechnology Symposium (ANS), a 3-day virtual conference hosted by IBM Albany Technical Vitality Council and the IEEE Electron Device Society, Schenectady Chapter.

Attack-Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems – January 30, 2020

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Fanxin Kong

DATE and TIME: January 30th, 2020, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch Library, 2400 Nott St E, Niskayuna, NY 12309

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.

RESERVATIONS: Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

ABSTRACT: Cyber physical systems (CPS) are smart and distributed systems that tightly integrated computing, networks, and physical components. CPS continue evolving to be more computerized, autonomous, and connected, which transitions from isolated control systems to more open architectures. Meanwhile, this transition comes with a series of crucial issues in terms of security. The tight interaction between information technology and the physical world makes CPS vulnerable to malicious attacks that are beyond the traditional cyber-attacks. Recent incidents and practical experiments have clearly demonstrated easily exploitable vulnerabilities and new attack surfaces in CPS. In this talk, the speaker will discuss Attack-Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems through briefly introducing his three recent works on on detecting and reacting to sensor attacks using data fusion, autoencoder, and recovery techniques.

THE SPEAKER: Dr. Fanxin Kong is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Before that, he worked shortly as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Victoria, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the PRECISE Center at University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at McGill University. Dr. Kong’s research interests include security, sustainability and real-time aspects for Cyber-Physical Systems. His application areas include automobiles and transportation systems, and power and energy systems. He has published over 40 research papers at highly reputable venues, including top conferences such as ICCPS, RTSS, RTAS, IoTDI, ACM e-Energy, INFOCOM, etc and various IEEE/ACM Transactions. He has also authored three monographs. Dr. Kong has served as program committee members and reviewers for many top conferences and journals, including ICCPS 2020, DAC 2020, ACM e-Energy 2020, ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS), CSUR, COMST, etc.

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society


Towards Personalized Real-time Closed-loop Brain-machine-brain Neurotechnologies – January 16, 2020

Monday, January 6th, 2020

IEEE Schenectady Section is ready to kick off the new year with a talk which will provide an overview of the ongoing work towards establishing a control systems principled analysis of electroencephalographic (EEG) data in the context of neurotechnology applications.

DATE and TIME: January 16th, 2020, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

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

TOPIC:  Towards personalized real-time closed-loop brain-machine-brain neurotechnologies

PRESENTED BY: Dr Sergio Pequito

ABSTRACT: In the context of healthcare applications, cyber-physical systems (CPSs) bring the promise of enabling continuous and automatic monitoring and interaction with subjects, with the objective of ensuring or enhancing their quality of life. Consequently, CPSs possess the potential to lower healthcare costs for prevention and therapies associated with chronic diseases. Neurotechnologies enable CPS applications like brain-machine interfaces (e.g., interaction with a computer to move a cursor or a speller, or with a prosthetic device), and brain-machine-brain (e.g., neurostimulation devices used to mitigate neurological diseases such as epilepsy). Notwithstanding, such applications are still to fulfill their promise as they currently need to be highly tuned ad hoc and/or under very controlled environments.

The talk will specifically discuss how spatiotemporal models described by fractional-order dynamics enables a succinct parametric description of the EEG evolution possibly under unknown unknowns. Equipped with such models, we can propose to use model predictive control schemes that are suitable for personalized neurostimulation schemes per opposition to the current event-trigged open-loop schemes used in common practice. To illustrate the use of the proposed framework, we will consider different publicly available data where our methods outperform state-of-the-art approaches.

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Schenectady Section, Control System Society

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.


Dr. Sérgio Pequito is an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering department. From 2014 to 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher in General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory (GRASP lab) at University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Instituto Superior Técnico, through the CMU-Portugal program, in 2014. Previously, he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Superior Técnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Pequito’s research consists of understanding the global qualitative behavior of large-scale systems from their structural or parametric descriptions and provide a rigorous framework for the design, analysis, optimization and control of large scale (real-world) systems.

Currently, his interests span to neuroscience and biomedicine, where dynamical systems and control theoretic tools can be leveraged to develop new analysis tools for brain dynamics that, ultimately, will lead to new diagnostics and treatments of neural disorders. In addition, these tools can be used towards effective personalized medicine and improve brain-computer and brain-machine-brain interfaces that will improve people’s life quality.

Dr Pequito was awarded the best student paper finalist in the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009). Also, he received the ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Teaching Award (University-wide) honorable mention, both in 2012. He was a 2016 EECI European Ph.D. Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems finalist and received the 2016 O. Hugo Schuck Award in the Theory Category.

Annual Holiday Lunch & General Meeting – December 19, 2019

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The IEEE Schenectady Section is excited to host our annual Holiday Party and the General Membership Meeting. With the holidays around the corner please join your friends, peers and colleagues as we wrap up 2019 and gear up for a new year ahead.

DATE and TIME: December 19th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

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

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

We look forward to seeing you on December 19th!

An Agile Path to Employability and Promotability – December 5, 2019

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

The IEEE Schenectady Section would like to invite you to a talk that focuses on how we can leverage technology to teach Emotional and Social Intelligence.

TOPIC: An Agile Path to Employability and Promotability

PRESENTED BY: Dr Jami L. Cotler

DATE and TIME: December 5th, 2019, Thursday, 12 to 1:00 PM

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

SPONSORED BY: IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Schenectady Section

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Supriya Tawde, at by Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.

ABSTRACT: This interactive and discussion based talk will explore ways to enhance personal employability/promotability and team synergy. The talk will also include a brief discussion of current research in the area of detecting empathy through facial emotional analytics and eye tracking.

THE SPEAKER:  Dr. Jami L. Cotler is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Siena College in Loudonville NY. Discovering ways for students especially software engineering students to thrive, not only for entry into their careers but for lifelong success, fulfillment, happiness and advancement, is her passion and the drive behind her teaching and research. Her research looks at factors that influence work readiness, employability and promotability. One place where graduates can achieve this is in the area of emotional and social intelligence. Her expertise is in developing evidence-based programs that are effective in both face-to-face and online mediums, and focus on strengthening an individual and team’s emotional and social intelligence, creating team synergy, empathy and mental attention/mindfulness. Having earned a doctorate in Informatics with a research focus in teaching Emotional and Social Intelligence online supported by mindfulness practices, along with professional coaching certifications, she bring a unique insight to how we can leverage technology such as machine learning and facial emotional analytics to teach Emotional and Social Intelligence and detect empathy. She teaches a yearlong Software Engineering Senior Capstone and Human-Computer Interaction where the concepts of employability, promotability, empathy, mindfulness and emotional and social intelligence are integrated into the fabric of the courses.

IEEE WIE Webinar: “Cultivating the Art of Persistence”, December 4, 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The IEEE Women in Engineering Webinar Series presents:

Cultivating the Art of Persistence

PRESENTED BY: Monique J. Morrow

DATE and TIME: December 4, 2019, Wednesday, 10 to 11:00 AM

ABSTRACT: Monique Morrow is a big thinker in technology and social good, leading efforts in the space on the global stage, guided by her own definition of the art of persistence. Her work operates at the intersection between blockchain technology, security-privacy issues, questions of legal jurisdiction, and portfolio development, which she exercises as President and Co-founder of the Humanized Internet. She is also President of the VETRI Foundation, which is building the future of a fair data economy. Through her years as a woman working in technology, Monique crafted her meaning of persistence that involves both courage and compassion, authenticity and vulnerability. These themes are reflected in her TEDx Talks. If there is one takeaway from her talk, it will be to take concrete action to cultivate your own art of persistence and to be generous along the way.


CONNECT IN PERSON   The talk will be broadcast live on December 4th from 10-11 AM at the:

William K Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211

THE SPEAKER:  Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on addressing the need to control our identities as well as providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved. The belief in the social good of technology with embedded ethics has guided Monique’s extensive work with blockchain, especially its applicability to education and credentialing as well as other industries including healthcare, insurance, and Internet of things.

Monique is also President of the VETRI Foundation in Switzerland.

The main purpose of the Foundation is to manage a  platform presently known as VETRI and the funding, establishment and execution of initiatives that are focused on the management and control of data and privacy.

The Foundation abides by the key tenets of “Trust and Transparency”. The vision            is to enable individuals to self determine over their data. This alignment translates to assessing possible investments and activities towards secure self-sovereignty and secure e-vault mechanisms for the management and storage of data.

Much of Monique’s work operates at the intersection between blockchain technology, security-privacy issues, questions of legal jurisdiction, and portfolio development. She has had the opportunity to engage with and explore these issues in her capacity as a member of the and VETRI ’Global advisory boards based in Switzerland.  Furthermore,     she is  also an active member of the IEE Ethics  in Action Executive Committee as well as Co-Chair of the IEEE Ethics in Action Extended Reality Committee.

Monique has been recognized in the industry for her tireless focus on social good.

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IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Event in Syracuse – December 11, 2019

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Event


Wednesday, December 11 2019, 5:30 PM

CNY Biotech Accelerator
Update Medical university
841 E. Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

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Informational Event Flyer

5:30 pm – Registration
6:15-7:15 pm – Presentations
7:15-8:45 pm – Buffet & Networking

$25 for IEEE Members & Students
$20 for Student IEEE Members
$35 for Non-Members
(Includes Buffet Style Dinner)


James Rautio, Ph.D.
President and Founder
Sonnet Software, Syracuse
EM Modeling for High Aspect Ratio Lines
Rautio began designing EM modeling software at GE’s historic Syracuse Electronics Lab and has since developed a range of techniques employing Method-of-Moments EM analysis based on Maxwell’s equations to comprehensively model IC parasitic, cross-coupling, enclosure and package resonance effects. Today, Sonnet Software provides sub-micron EM modeling for IC and chip design, LTCC, PCB’s and laminates to an international client base and is the industry-leading vendor of high accuracy, 3D planar high frequency electromagnetic analysis software.

Alyosha (Al) Molnar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University, Ithaca
The Molnar Group at Cornell University
Molnar was co-responsible engineer developing Conexant Systems’ first-generation direct-conversion RFIC receiver for the GSM cellular standard, a chip that has sold over 100 million parts. Since moving into academia, Molnar’s light field 3D imaging research earned the Lewis Winner Award at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) before being commercialized in industry, and his passive mixer research earned the IEEE CAS Darlington Best Paper Award. The Molnar Group focuses research on RFIC design, image sensor ICs for 3D imaging and autonomous, wireless bioelectric sensor (including neural sensor ICs).

Rex Felton
Vice President of Operations, Cree Inc.
Research Triangle Park, NC
Cree’s SiC Wafer Fab at Marcy Nanocenter (near Utica)
Felton leads the building of Cree’s $1 billion SiC wafer chip fabrication facility at the Marcy Nanocenter (near Utica). His prior experience includes Delphi Technologies, where he was Vice President, Director of Global Operation, for Power Train Electronics. At Texas Instruments, Felton was Senior Wafer Fab Manager for TI’s three Dallas fabs and for the China Operations Fab/Assembly Test Site in Chengdu, China Operations. Felton was also General Manager for DMOS 5, TI’s largest fab in terms of size and volume, and home to the company’s most advanced ICs for analog, logic and embedded memory. CREE/Wolfspeed delivers power, RF and LED ICs worldwide.