2018 IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium (ANTS) 
Call for Papers

Submit abstract at http://albanynanotechnology.org by September 30th, 2018

Date: November 14-15, 2018
Time: 8 AM to 5 PM
Location: Nanofab South Auditorium, Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, 257 Fuller Road, Albany NY 12203

The IBM Albany Technical Vitality Council, IBM’s Mid-Hudson Technical Vitality Affiliate, IEEE Electron Device Society, Schenectady Chapter are hosting our 2018 IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium (ANTS). The conference will feature oral presentations and posters by authors from the industry, academia, federal and private research institutions. The goal of the conference is to promote cross-functional and interdisciplinary research and provide the opportunity to present any recent non-confidential work related to semiconductor scaling, packaging, manufacturing, memory technologies, artificial intelligence and nanosciences.

The program will consist of a keynote by Dr. John Cohn, IBM Fellow, and EDS distinguished lecture by Dr. Rajiv Joshi, IEEE Fellow and IBM Master Inventor. There will be oral presentations from both invited speakers and participants. In addition, poster sessions will provide a less formal venue and allow for in-depth discussions. Registration is free and all attendees are required to pre-register online. Accepted papers meeting IEEE quality standards and format requirements will be published in the Proceedings of 2018 IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium (ANTS) in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

We will also be hosting a Women in Engineering (WIE) event on November 14th from 5 pm to 7 pm, to be attended by women engineers from industry and academia. Attendance to this event is on a first come first serve basis and is only open to the first 50 applicants.

Winners in the following categories will be recognized at the end of the conference: Best Poster Presentation, Best Oral Presentation (Student/Professional/New-hire categories).

2018 Engineering Colloquium (IEEE PES – Schenectady Chapter)

See details here. Register by September 6, 2018

Date: September 14, 2018
Time: 8 AM to 5 PM
Location: College Park Hall, Union College, 450 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12308

The Steinmetz Memorial Lecture for 2018
The Evolution of the Smart Grid from Edison and Steinmetz

By: Dr. Anjan Bose, Regents Professor, Washington State University
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Location: Nott Memorial building, Union College
Free and open to the public

Optional buffet dinner at 5:30 pm in Hale House, Union College for $25
For those attending the dinner please register by September 15 on-line at here.
If you prefer to pay for diner by check send your payment to:
IEEE Schenectady Section, PO Box 1417, Schenectady, NY 12301
Please provide your name and email for confirmation of reservation.

(See details here.)

Technical Symposium on Future Electronics – Invited Talks
Dr. Isabelle Ferrain, GLOBALFOUNDRIES – “A Giant Leap in the Nanotechnology World”
Dr. Ljubisa Stevanovic, GE Global Research – “From SiC MOSFET Devices to MW-Scale Power Converters”
Prof. Mona Hella, RPI – “TeraWaves: New Opportunities for Silicon Integration”
Dr. Dechao Guo, IBM Research, “An Overview of Semiconductor Technology: History, Challenges, Opportunities”

Date: Friday, May 25th, 2018
Time: 1.00pm to 5.00 PM
Location: Reamer Campus Center Auditorium, Union College, 807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308
(Free and open to the public)
Registration: https://muse.union.edu/ieee/
Sponsored By: Electron Device Society, Schenectady Chapter
Lunch: Lunch will be provided (for registered participants)

Section Membership Meeting – Panel Discussion
Large Generator Insulation – a necessary evil

Presented By:
Robert Fenton, President of Generator Technology Consultants
Ronald Halpern, President of Generator Consulting Services, Inc.
Clyde V. Maughan, President of Maughan Generator Consultants

Moderator: J. Keith Nelson

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 11:45 AM to 1 PM
Location: Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY
Sponsored by: Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS)
Lunch: Free for IEEE members,  $10 for all others
Reservation: Aqsa Patel at aqsa@ieee.org by Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Robert Fenton, President of Generator Technology Consultants. Dr. Fenton is a former General Manager of GE Power Generation, was Treasurer of the Power and Energy Society, and is a Life Fellow of that Society.
Ronald Halpern, President of Generator Consulting Services, Inc. is also a past General Electric Engineer and brings a mechanical perspective to the team.
Clyde V. Maughan, President of Maughan Generator Consultants after a 36-year career (1950-86) with General Electric. Clyde is focused is on passing on to the next generations of generator maintenance engineers the knowledge of his generation of generator engineers, which is generous. He is author or coauthor of around 40 major technical papers and a 240-page text on generator repair.

IEEE student branch at University of Albany – Panel Discussion

IEEE Panel Discussion:  Preparing for a Career in Industry

Date:  Wednesday, April 25th
Time:  6 to 7pm
Location:  University at Albany.  Lecture Center Room 22 (LC22)

Section Membership Meeting

TOPIC: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Power: High Performance MVA Gradient Drivers
PRESENTED BY:  Dr. Juan A. Sabate, GE Global Research Center
DATE and TIME:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.
LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY
PDH Credit: No PDH credits provided. 
SPONSORED BY: Industry Applications Society (IAS)
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.

Please contact Aqsa Patel at aqsa@ieee.org by Monday, Feb. 26th, 2018 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members. There is a $10 fee for non-members.


In high performance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, the gradient driver is required to supply the gradient coil with large current (>600A) and high voltage (>2000V) to achieve strong gradient field and fast slew rate. In addition, extremely high fidelity for reproducing the current command from the central system is very critical for imaging quality. This paper presents the solutions for the different elements of the driver: high bandwidth power inverter, ripple cancellation filter, multi-output power supply and digital control.

High BW power inverter requires stacked bridges structure to allow high output frequency. The high voltage and high frequency for large power modules benefits by low switching loss modules using SiC devices. The control needs a digital implementation and a very fast processor. Digital control provides compensation and feedforward to improve the response. A capability improvement is obtained by reducing the switching frequency when large currents with very low frequency variation are needed. Control can handle it very well, but the filter has to be designed to eliminate more than one ripple frequency. Finally, many power supply solutions have been used for multiple isolated outputs, but digital control compensation permits the use of much simpler unregulated power supply and keep the performance.

A 2 MVA, 900A/1200V, platform has been built and fully tested. The experimental results proved the validity of the proposed structure and modulation technique.

TryEngineering Summer Camps Powered by IEEE

Are you looking to send your children aged 12–17 years away for an unforgettable summer camp experience? Available at four US campuses, TryEngineering Summer Camps are designed to challenge and inspire students to explore academic and career paths in engineering. The IEEE-designed curriculum combines team-based, hands-on design projects, guest speakers, academic preparation tips, field visits to local state-of-the-art facilities, and more. This is a great opportunity for these teenagers to have a collegiate experience and make new friends.

Two camp program dates to choose from:
Session 1: 1-14 July 2018
Session 2: 15-28 July 2018

For more details on this remarkable experience, location of the camps, camp activities and to register, visit tryengineeringcamps.ieee.org

2018 IEEE Region 1 Annual Student Conference

When: March 23-25, 2018
Where: NYIT (Old Westbury)

For details click here.

NYSSPE Seminar with Urban Green Council
Conquering the Energy Code for Engineers & Architects: Commercial – 7 PDHs

When: March 30, 2018
Where: Urban Green Council Manhattan, 55 Broad St, 9th Floor “Blue Room”, New York, NY

Any questions contact Urban Green Council at: ecode@urbangreencouncil.org

Registration click here.

Membership Meeting on January 25, 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018

IEEE Schenectady section membership meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25th. At this meeting Mr. Vince Forte will give a talk on “Ethical Situations Encountered by Engineers

TOPIC: Ethical Situations Encountered by Engineers
PRESENTED BY: Vincent Forte, P.E.
DATE: 11:45 to 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 25, 2018
PDH CREDIT: $10 per credit (first 10 IEEE member sign-ups are free)
LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.
SPONSORED BY: Power and Energy Society
RESERVATIONS: Please contact Aqsa Patel at aqsa@ieee.org by Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members (PDH credits are extra, see above). There is a $10 fee for non-members in addition to the PDH credit fee to cover venue and food related costs.
ABSTRACT: Mr. Forte will briefly review the IEEE code of Ethics and the NYS PE licensing law. A decision making process and engaging application cases will be used to explore the topic of Engineering Ethics.


27th North Atlantic Test Workshop

The IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop provides a forum for discussions on the latest issues relating to high quality, economical, and efficient test methodologies and designs. The 27th NATW will feature a tutorial on Monday on the subject of verification. In addition to traditional topics, the 27th NATW will feature a general theme of “Silicon Photonics.”

May 7-9, 2018 at Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, Vermont

Click here for details.


The Central New York Engineering Expo (CNY Expo) is a day-long symposium featuring a variety of technical presentations.

See more info at: http://www.cscos.com/engineeringexpo/

When: Monday, November 13 | 8am–5pm | Oncenter, Syracuse


See more info at: http://ieee.scripts.mit.edu/conference


Global Foundries FAB 8 Open House

When: October 12, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Click here for details.


2017 IEEE EDS-Global Foundries Mini colloquium

Monday July 31, 2017 is the Paper Submission Deadline.

PDH Credit Opportunities – see Announcements!  Also more PE events at http://nysspe.org/upcoming-events/

See the Section Info page for Section and Society Chapter volunteers.  THANKS to all Volunteers!!!