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IEEE PES Winnipeg – Basics of Geomagnetically Induced Current and Effects on Power Transformers – May 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016


IEEE PES Winnipeg is proud to announce the upcoming Technical Meeting scheduled for May 17, 2016 at Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway, featuring a presentation on “Basics of Geomagnetically Induced Current and Effects on Power Transformers” by Dan Boyd. Please view the upcoming event on our website for detailed information and to register for this event.

The IEEE PES Winnipeg Chapter must provide Holiday Inn with the number of attendees. Our best estimate of walk-in registrants will be submitted but we cannot guarantee all walk-in registrants will be served lunch. Please register early to avoid any unwanted inconvenience. No refunds after registration closes.

Registration closes on Friday Noon13 May 2016. If you have any question, please contact Kang Liu at 204-360-6419.

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IEEE PES Winnipeg Chapter

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IEEE Winnipeg Waves Chapter – An Exploration of Radiation Physics – May 10, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

IEEE Winnipeg Waves Chapter is pleased to present:




Speaker: Dr. Edmund Miller

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer—Antennas and Propagation Society


Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2.30 PM


Location:  EITC E2-350 (Fort Garry Campus; Engineering Building)


Abstract of the Presentation: All external electromagnetic fields arise from the process of radiation.  There would be no radiated, propagated or scattered fields were it not for this phenomenon.  In spite of this self-evident truth, our understanding of how and why radiation occurs seems relatively superficial from a practical viewpoint.  It’s true that physical reasoning and mathematical analysis via the Lienard-Wiechert potentials show that radiation occurs due to charge acceleration.  It’s also true that it is possible to determine the near and far fields of rather complex objects subject to arbitrary excitation, making it possible to perform analysis and design of EM systems.  However, if the task is to determine the spatial distribution of radiation from the surface of a given object from such solutions, the answer becomes less obvious.


One way to think about this problem might be to ask, were our eyes sensitive to X-band frequencies and capable of resolving source distributions a few wavelengths in extent, what would be the image of such simple objects as dipoles, circular loops, conical spirals, log-periodic structures, continuous conducting surfaces, etc. when excited as antennas or scatterers? Various kinds of measurements, analyses and computations have been made over the years that bear on this question.  This lecture will summarize some relevant observations concerning radiation physics in both the time and frequency domains for a variety of observables, noting that there is no unanimity of opinion about some of these issues.  Included in the discussion will be various energy measures related to radiation, the implications of Poynting-vector fields along and near wire objects, and the inferences that can be made from far radiation fields. Associated with the latter, a technique developed by the author called FARS (Far-field Analysis of Radiation Sources) will be summarized and demonstrated in both the frequency and time domains for a variety of simple geometries. Also to be discussed is the so-called E-field kink model, an approach that illustrates graphically the physical behavior encapsulated in the Lienard-Wiechert potentials. Brief computer movies based on the kink model will be included for several different kinds of charge motion to demonstrate the radiation process.


Biography of the Speaker: Since earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, E. K. Miller has held a variety of government, academic and industrial positions.  These include 15 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he spent 7 years as a Division Leader, and 4+ years at Los Alamos National Laboratory from which he retired as a Group Leader in 1993.  His academic experience includes holding a position as Regents-Distinguished Professor at Kansas University and as Stocker Visiting Professor at Ohio University.  Dr. Miller wrote the column “PCs for AP and Other EM Reflections” for the AP-S Magazine from 1984 to 2000.  He received (with others) a Certificate of Achievement from the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society for Contributions to Development of NEC (Numerical Electromagnetics Code) and was a recipient (with others) in 1989 of the best paper award given by the Education Society for “Computer Movies for Education.”


He served as Editor or Associate Editor of IEEE Potentials Magazine from 1985 to 2005 for which he wrote a regular column “On the Job,” and in connection with which he was a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Advisory Committee of the Education Activities Board and a member of the IEEE Student Activities Committee.  He was a member of the 1992 Technical Program Committee (TPC) for the MTT Symposium in Albuquerque, NM, and Guest Editor of the Special Symposium Issue of the IEEE MTT Society Transactions for that meeting.  In 1994 he served as a Guest Associate Editor of the Optical Society of America Journal special issue “On 3 Dimensional Electromagnetic Scattering.” He was involved in the beginning of the IEEE Magazine “Computing in Science and Engineering” (originally called Computational Science and Engineering) for which he has served as Area Editor or Editor-at-Large.  Dr. Miller has lectured at numerous short courses in various venues, such as Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), AP-S, MTT-S and local IEEE chapter/section meetings, and at NATO Lecture Series and Advanced Study Institutes.


Dr. Miller edited the book “Time-Domain Measurements in Electromagnetics”, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY, 1986 and was co-editor of the IEEE Press book Computational Electromagnetics:  Frequency-Domain Moment Methods, 1991.  He was organizer and first President of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) for which he also served two terms on the Board of Directors.  He served a term as Chairman of Commission A of US URSI and is or has been a member of Commissions B, C, and F, has been on the TPC for the URSI Electromagnetic Theory Symposia in 1992 and 2001, and was elected as a member of the US delegation to several URSI General Assemblies.  He is a Life Fellow of IEEE from which he received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and is a Fellow of ACES.  His research interests include scientific visualization, model-based parameter estimation, the physics of electromagnetic radiation, validation of computational software, and numerical modeling about which he has published more than 150 articles and book chapters.  He is listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Technology, American Men and Women of Science and Who’s Who in America.


Hello, World! An Arduino LCD workshop – May 16, Skullspace

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


Hello, world! Come learn the ins and outs of LCD screens!  Admission is free, parts can be ordered via skullspace (see the ticket page for details)

May 16 @ 7PM, Skullspace (200-374 Donald St)
Participants will learn:

  • Basic arduino programming
  • How to display messages
  • How to make scrolling displays
  • How to make custom characters
  • How to display data over USB

Tickets available via eventbrite ($0 – $55)

LAPTOP REQUIRED! (Desktops can also be accommodated, just give notice via trdenton<at>




Presentation: Disaster Management & Your Personal Preparedness (Feb 29 2016)

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. till 1:30 p.m.
Place: Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Office870 Pembina Highway
Program: Lunch and Networking – salad, sandwiches, wraps, cheese and
crackers, dessert (Vegetarian plates available on request)
Presentation: Disaster Management & Your Personal Preparedness
by Jay Shaw PCP, MA (DEM), Emergency Preparedness and Policy Support, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
Cost: $15.00
[Elie Tornado Aftermath]
2007 Elie Manitoba F5 Tornado

Jay is a 14 year member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service as a Firefighter Paramedic with experience in hospital emergency rooms. He has been a part of both the Department’s technical rescue and water rescue teams, and is a published author of articles on emergency services and disaster management in both Canada and the US.

While emergencies and disasters, such as train derailments, may not always be preventable, the hazards and consequences can be significantly reduced through preparedness and knowing how to deal with stress and consequences.

This session will give an introduction to these concepts to help in the prevention, preparation, and reduction of your risk in a critical situation.

To register for this event, please follow the link below:
CSSE Event Registration

Registration deadline 12:00 noon on February 26, 2016. Get in there early as the recent sessions have sold out quickly.

Seminar: Mathematical Assessment of the Role of Climate Change on Spread of Vector-borne Diseases

Monday, September 14th, 2015


Abba Gumel, PhD, FAS, FAAS, FCBCS (ASU-Santa Fe Inst.)
Professor of Mathematics
and C. Castillo-Chavez Professor of Mathematical Biology
School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 871804
Tempe, Arizona, 85287-1804, USA.

DATE:       September 15, 2015 (Tuesday)
TIME:       11:0012:00 AM
PLACE:      E3-262 (Senate Chamber), EITC, Fort Garry Campus


  • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter


Climatic factors, such as temperature, rainfall, vapour pressure and humidity, are known to influence the incidence of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) such as such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever, Lyme disease and leishmaniasis.  These factors affect the incidence of VBDs typically through changes in the duration of vector and parasite life cycles or by influencing host, vector, or parasite behaviour.  As global temperature continues to rise, a key ecological question is whether or not a shift in the distribution of vectors into non-endemic areas may occur (so that endemic areas at lower temperatures may experience an increase in incidence, while regions with temperatures beyond a certain threshold are likely to experience a decline in incidence). In other words, will climate change alter distribution of disease vectors?  This talk addresses some of the main concepts and challenges associated with the mathematical modeling of the role of climate change on the transmission dynamics of VBDs, with emphasis on malaria. Models, of the form of deterministic systems of nonlinear differential equations, will be used to illustrate the main concepts.

Dr. Gumel is a Professor of Mathematics (and the C. Castillo-Chavez Professor of Mathematical Biology) at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University (ASU).  Prior to joining ASU in 2014, Dr. Gumel was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba (1999-2014).  Dr. Gumel’s research work centres on using mathematical approaches to provide qualitative and quantitative insight into real-life phenomena associated with the mathematical modeling of systems arising in the natural, social and engineering sciences, with emphasis on the ecology, epidemiology and population biology of emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health importance. Dr Gumel has authored/co-authored about 120 research publications and edited/co-edited three books.  Dr. Gumel served as Secretary of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society (2007-2009; 2009-2011). He is Fellow of African Academy of Science and the newly-formed ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. Dr. Gumel is Adjunct Professor at the University of Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba (2014-2017) and an Extraordinary Professor at the Department of  Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2015-2017).