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IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter – May 2017

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017


In this Issue:




Meet our 2017 Executive


Chair: Ekram Hossain

Ekram Hossain is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Victoria, Canada, in 2001.

Dr. Hossain’s current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless/mobile communications networks and cyber physical systems, and network economics. He serves as an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications. Also, he is a member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board. Previously, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials from 2012-2016, an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the area of “Resource Management and Multiple Access”’ from 2009-2011, an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing from 2007-2012, and an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series from 2011-2014.

Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC–Fall 2016) “Best Student Paper Award” as a co-author, University of Manitoba Merit Award in 2010, 2014, and 2015 (for Research and Scholarly Activities), the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2012 (WCNC 2012) Best Paper Award. Dr. Hossain was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2012-2015). Currently he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Manitoba, Canada.


Vice-Chair: Steven Howell

Steven Howell received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2010 and 2013 respectively and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manitoba. Steven currently works at Manitoba Hydro as a Grid Supply Engineer in the System Planning Department responsible for performing system impact studies for prospective generation interconnections as well as performing integrated resource plans for future generation expansion. Additionally, he is a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Steven has been a member of IEEE for 10 years and has served in various capacities in various affinity groups and has most recently served as Treasurer of the Winnipeg Section since 2015. Steven is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Manitoba.


Treasurer: Nuwan Perera

Nuwan Perera received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2003 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Manitoba in 2007 and 2012 respectively.He works at ERLPhase Power Technologies, Winnipeg and is responsible for designing protection/control solutions, leading power system studies, providing the technical specifications for development projects and providing technical support for the application & sales team.

Nuwan is an IEEE member for over 10 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba.


Secretary: Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2014 and 2016, the latter under the supervision of Dr. Puyan Mojabi and Dr. Ian Jeffrey. He recently began his Ph.D studies under the direction of Dr. Mojabi in September 2016.

Trevor is an IEEE Graduate student member, and has participated in a number of events including a beginner level Embedded Systems workshop, an IEEE GOLD LaTeX workshop, the IEEE Xtreme Programming competition, and various lectures sponsored by the IEEE Waves chapter.

Trevor has served as the Secretary of the Winnipeg Section since 2015. His vision for the Winnipeg Section is to focus on improving the balance between academic and industrial involvement by effectively communicating the numerous benefits of IEEE to both local professionals and the future professionals, students. To accomplish this he plans to increase member awareness of IEEE-related events and improve coordination with the Section website. He also plans to continue maintaining and distributing accurate Sections records and support the Chair and Vice-Chair with any initiatives they undertake.



Emerging Leader Award presented to Nasim Abdollahi


On March 16, 2017, Ms Nasim Abdollahi received the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award for her contributions as Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Chapter. Since her appointment in 2016, Nasim has revitalized the chapter, increased participation, organized seminars, networking, and outreach events.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes the outstanding contributions that students make to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus. Furthermore, students must demonstrate cross cultural understanding, sustained leadership, and initiative that is worthy of recognition.

Congratulations on behalf of the IEEE Winnipeg Section and we look forward to continuing to work with you to grow Winnipeg WIE activities.

For more information on the University of Manitoba Emerging Leader Award, please visit:



2017 Capstone Award Recipients


The IEEE Capstone Awards were handed out on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the University of Manitoba. These awards recognize outstanding final year undergraduate projects through a certificate and a cash prize. The projects are selected by a panel of industry judges who evaluate the written reports, whether the group completed the goals of the project, and the technical complexity of the project. The award recipients for 2017 were:

IEEE Winnipeg Section Ted Glass Award

Students: Erik Johnson, Adam McAllister, Rajveersinh Raol, Pooja Raval, Mark Yacoub, and Qihuan Yang
Project: Implementation of a Quadcopter Flight Controller with Obstacle Avoidance and Navigation
Advisers: Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Dr. Dustin Isleifson

IEEE Winnipeg Section 1st Prize

Students: Rebecca Moffat, Rachel Peters, Paul Schellenberg, Ben White, and Isaac Wiebe
Project: The Design and Implementation of the MusicBot 5000
Advisers: Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Dr. Derek Oliver

IEEE Winnipeg Section 2nd Prize

Students: Roslyn Debacker, Marian Grocholski, Winston Grocholski, and Nathan Moschler
Project: HomeUnit: An Internet of Things Air Quality Monitor
Advisers: Dr. Ken Ferens

IEEE Winnipeg Section 3rd Prize

Students: Christian Chabikuli, Joshua Fast, Kurtis Gibson, Mark Kolynchuk, and Kristian Torres
Project: Design and Implementation of an Exercise Monitoring System using 3-D Wireless Skeleton Tracking
Advisers: Dr. Jun Cai

The IEEE Winnipeg Section will also like to thank the industry judges Stephen Dueck (Chair of the Capstone Awards), Owen Preston, Dawn Nedohin-Macek, and Jason Kuyp for all their efforts reviewing the reports.


Cyber Security Threats Seminar at the U of M


On December 19 2017, IEEE EduMan chapter at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg hosted a housefull seminar titled “Collaborative DDoS Defense and New IoT Threats”. Jem Berkes, an alumnus of the University of Manitoba and currently a research lead in a US based cyber security company Galois Inc. Portland Oregon, conducted the session and shared his current work to handle growing challenge of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). This talk had two parts; part 1 covered the current state of the art on DDoS attacks and how this apparently simple technique and tactic of threat actors is becoming a nightmare for security experts, and in part 2, DDoS threats specific to the domain of Internet of Things (IoT) were discussed.

More than 22 participants attended the seminar, including 7 IEEE members and the remaining were students, faculty and industry experts. Head of Manitoba Internet Exchange and members of local ISPs attended the event and the discussion extended for more than 2 hours. Jem has proposed a collaboration with Manitoba Internet Exchange to fight DDoS threats and received encouraging response. Further, Jem visited the cyber security research group working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ken Ferens. Jem was given a tour of the malware sandbox developed by his research group, and he advised them on key security issues. This seminar was very successful, because not only students, professors, researchers and industrial experts participated in the event and shared their knowledge, but Jem’s advice is helping University of Manitoba graduate students in cyber security to steer their work towards industrial challenges.

For more information about the EduMan Chapter, contact:
Prof. Ken Ferens, Ph.D., P.Eng.



Robotics Highschool Outreach Workshop presented by Women In Engineering


The IEEE WIE Winnipeg Chapter presented a workshop on Robotic Simulation using the “Processing” software for high school students. Students were from different high schools in Winnipeg. The outreach day was organized by Winnipeg Girls In Gaming Group.

The afternoon session started by introducing IEEE and IEEE WIE. Then two videos from IEEE WIE TV Chanel were presented. The main part of the outreach was engaging students by offering the robot simulation workshop. During the workshop students became familiar with basics of programing while enjoying the robots they made.

This workshop was held at Tec Voc High School on March 6, 2017. Attendance was 40 people, including 3 IEEE Members.


For more information about Winnipeg’s WIE Chapter, contact:
Nasim Abdollahi
IEEE Winnipeg Women In Engineering Chapter



IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Kevin Lamothe


On January 17, 2017, Mr. Kevin Lamothe, Chair of the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch received the IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship recognizing his participation in educational programs within the organization. Kevin has been an active member of IEEE serving in various roles over the last few years. He lead major renovations of the IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre, helped organized a number of workshops at the University of Manitoba, and collaborated on initiatives with the IEEE Red River College Student Branch.

The scholarship recognizes IEEE student members in their penultimate year who have been active in their branches for at least one year and taken on leadership roles. The award is intended to pay a major portion of the final year tuition fees and related academic expenses to encourage students who demonstrate commitment to the IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre and related activities.

The Winnipeg Section is very proud of Kevin’s accomplishments.

For more information on the IEEE Canadian Foundation, please visit



Congratulations to IEEE Senior Members


The IEEE Winnipeg Section is honored to recognize the excellence of its valued members, especially when they have performed for a long time at a particularly high-quality level.

Congratulations to the following newly elevated IEEE Senior Members:

  • Dr. Nuwan Perera
  • Dr. Ali Banitalebi Dehkordi
  • Mr. Paul Forsyth

Do you know an outstanding IEEE member who is not yet an IEEE Senior Member? Do you feel that you are qualified for such recognition? If you are interested in becoming a Senior Member or nominating a fellow IEEE member please see for an application and for qualification requirements.

For questions and assistance with references, please contact:
Dario Schor
Membership Development Chair



Special thanks to all those who contributed to this edition of the IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter.

Contributions for future issues, along with feedback and suggestions can be sent to:

Brent Schellenberg
IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter Editor


IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter – October 2016

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


In this Issue:



South Dakota Student Branch visits the U of M


On Sunday September 11th, the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch (UMIEEE) received a delegation of students from the South Dakota State University (SDSU) IEEE Student Branch, who were visiting Winnipeg for a tour of local power systems engineering companies. The group of thirteen students were joined by Dr. Reinaldo Tonkoski, a Power Systems professor at SDSU.

UMIEEE Officers Chelsea Taylor, Matthew Kehler, Mark Rabena, and Erik Johnson met the SDSU delegation in the EITC at the U of M. The tour was kicked off with a greeting and speech by IEEE Canada Chair Dr. Kinsner, followed by a tour of the UMIEEE McNaughton Centre laboratory space as well as the UMIEEE lounge. The group then visited the UMSATS design room and listened to a presentation about the most recent UMSATS nano-satellite, and then moved on to a quick presentation about the UMSAE student design teams, with a focus on the Formula Electric team. Following the tour, the group dined at Barley Brothers.

The next day, the SDSU group proceeded to visit RTDS Technologies, ERL Phase Power Technologies, and PTI Transformers before returning to the United States.



Submitted by

Chelsea Taylor
Vice Chair – IEEE University of Manitoba Student Branch



Waves Chapter Hosts Multiple Events


On May 10, 2016 the Waves Chapter hosted Dr. Edmund Miller, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society and IEEE Life Fellow. The talk was held at the Engineering & Information Technology Complex at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Miller’s talk was entitled “An Exploration of Radiation Physics”, in which he summarized some of the main observations regarding radiation physics in both the time and frequency domain.

The technical session was well attended with 22 IEEE members and 7 guests.



On September 22, 2016, the Waves Chapter co-sponsored a talk entitled “Neuroimaging of Brain and Spinal Cord at Ultra-High Magnetic Fields” along with the IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter, IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Details for this session are listed in the article here.

Submitted by

Chaitanya Narendra
Vice Chair – IEEE Winnipeg Waves Chapter



Distinguished Visitor Welcomed by the Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter


Thanks to the IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) and the IEEE Winnipeg Section, the Winnipeg Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter (CIC) welcomed Dr. Andre Oboler to give two seminars this past August. The talks Computational Intelligence and the Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media and Software Engineering for the Research Environment were given on August 24th at the University of Winnipeg and August 25th at the University of Manitoba, respectively, and were well received and well attended. Lakehead University participated in both talks remotely. Moreover, these events marked the first collaboration between the University of Manitoba (Dr. Ian Jeffrey), University of Winnipeg (Dr. Christopher Henry) and Lakehead University (Dr. Laura Curiel) for the Winnipeg CIC Chapter.

The DVP provides funding and support to encourage local chapters to offer high-calibre seminars by prominent IEEE members. In particular, the DVP covers the cost of airfare for DVP speakers within IEEE regions. In this case, Dr. Oboler resides in Region 10 (Asia and Pacific), but was planning on visiting North America during August. The result was that Dr. Oboler reached out to contacts across the continent to share his expertise on the online hate challenge to social media, controlling Wikipedia, and improving the research process. With respect to Winnipeg, the CIC Chapter acted swiftly to provide Dr. Oboler forums to disseminate his important message on the dangers of social media in regards to hate speech, incitement and extremism.



The positive outcomes of Dr. Oboler’s visit was exposure for Winnipeg Section members to a preeminent researcher in the field of online hate and social media, and increased membership awareness on these important issues. Additionally, Dr. Oboler was able to work with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights during his visit to Winnipeg and hopes to strengthen this relationship through further collaborations and funding opportunities in the upcoming year. As evidenced by this experience, the DVP is an important resource available to section chapters, with many benefits to our members and the local community.

More information regarding Dr. Oboler’s work can be found at the following links.

Online Hate Prevention Institute:

Dr. Andre Oboler’s personal website:

Submitted by
Dr. Christopher Henry
Vice Chair – IEEE Winnipeg Computers and Computational Intelligence Chapter



Marathon Programming Competition at Lakehead and the U of M


The IEEE Xtreme 10.0 was held on Friday, October 21, 2016. In this annual worldwide competition, teams of 2 or 3 of student or graduate student members attempt to solve a series of programming problems over the course of 24 hrs. Each team is supported by a proctor within their student branch. This year, there were over 2600 teams from across the world adding up to more than 6700 participants. The Winnipeg Section was well represented with 25 students and many proctors from the University of Manitoba coordinated by Dr. Ian Jeffrey and Lakehead University coordinated by Dr. Laura Curiel.

Lakehead University:


Megan Eyben, John Simko, and Tomas Rakusan


Dr. Zhou, Dr Christoffersen, Dr Ahmed, Dr Ikki, Mr Servais, Dr Natarajan, Dr El-Ocla and Mr Toombs.

Financial Support:

Faculty of Engineering in Lakehead University


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University of Manitoba:


  • Team TuringCompete: Jordan Engel, Max Hughson, and Isaac Weibe
  • Team SlashDevSlashNull: Erik Johnson, Dan Milanese, and Huy Hoang Bui
  • Team TheNullTerminators: Lucas Wiebe-Dembowski and Amanjyot Singh Sainbhi
  • Team houseOfCodes: Chen Niu and Tom Neusitzer
  • Team BananaBrosPlusBen: Kevin Brown, Nicholas Geddert, and Benjamin White
  • Team AndYetItCompiles: Chai Narendra, Trevor Brown, and Keeley Edwards
  • Team BalmerPeak: Becca Moffat, Rachel Peters, and Paul Schellenberg
  • Team EARSSupreme: Maxine Fehr, Tim Tebinka, and Harman Brar


Vladimir Okhmatovski, Mike Domaratzki, Ahmad Byagowi, Ken Ferens, Sherif Sherif, Bob McLeod, Dustin Isleifson, Puyan Mojabi, Carl Ho, Witold Kinsner, Dario Schor, and Joe LoVetri

Organizational Support:

Mount-first Ng, Glen Kolansky, Guy Jonatschick, Chai Narendra, Trevor Brown, Janice Tilly, Keverley Malawski, Kirk Dyson, Amy Dario, Christopher Henry, Kevin Lamothe / IEEE UofM Student Branch, The Faculty of Engineering, and The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Financial Support:

The Faculty of Engineering, The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IEEE Winnipeg Section


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For more information on the IEEE Xtreme Programming Challenge, please visit

Congratulations to all the students participating and a special thank you to all proctors, organizers, sponsors for making this possible.


Submitted by
Dario Schor
IEEE Winnipeg Section Chair


Special thanks to all those who contributed to this edition of the IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter.

Contributions for future issues, along with feedback and suggestions can be sent to:

Brent Schellenberg
IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter Editor


IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter – March 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


In this Issue:

Recent Events:

Upcoming Events:


Recent Events

IEEE Winnipeg Section AGM

The IEEE Winnipeg Section Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on January 26, 2016 at the Viscount Gort Hotel. The meeting agenda featured guest speakers, a short review of the 2015 activities, and the election of the 2016 officials, and a turkey buffet dinner.

The guest speakers for the evening were:

  • Prof. David Barber, Director, Centre for Earth Observation Science, delivered an engaging presentation on the polar ice cap research being conducted at the University of Manitoba. He highlighted many applications of Electrical and Computer Engineering that enable his research, challenges in the field, and future collaborations between engineers and scientists to advance the research further.



  • Ms. Lesley McFarlane, President of Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (EGM) and past IEEE Winnipeg Section Chair brought greetings on behalf of EGM.
  • Mr. Loren Hendrickson, CARIC Regional Director for Central Canada, highlighted the types of research collaborations between industry and academia supported by CARIC and the potential benefits to the aerospace industry in Manitoba.


  • Mr. Dave Kemp, VP Grants for the IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF), provided an overview of the projects supported by the ICF, reminded student branches to apply for funding, and encouraged members to contribute to the foundation.
  • Prof. Witold Kinsner, President of IEEE Canada, described the vision and goals for IEEE Canada for the upcoming year and reminded members of the immense value of IEEE for society.



Dr. Puyan Mojabi, 2015 IEEE Winnipeg Chair, presented some highlights from the past year including the formation of a new joint chapter for Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society and the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, finalizing the registration of the joint Robotics & Controls Chapter, and moving the operating account to IEEE Concentration Banking.

The election of the new IEEE Winnipeg Section officers for 2016:

  • Chair – Mr. Dario Schor, Magellan Aerospace
  • Vice-Chair – Prof. Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba
  • Treasurer – Steven Howell, Manitoba Hydro
  • Secretary – Trevor Brown , University of Manitoba

The evening concluded with a few short statements from the incoming officers on the plans for 2016.



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Update from the University of Manitoba IEEE Student Branch

On January 20th ICF Members Dave Kemp and Wayne Wagner visited the University of Manitoba McNaughton Learning Resource Centre hosted by Chair Eric Karr.

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Upcoming Events

PCB, Linux, and Arduino Workshops at the University of Manitoba




The University of Manitoba Student Branch is hosting several workshops this month at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus. These workshops include:

  • Beginner PCB Design with Altium Workshop (March 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Location TBA)
  • Linux Tutorial (March 10, 6:00pm, Location TBA)
  • Advanced Arduino Workshop (March 13, 6:00pm, Location TBA)

For more details, please contact Mike Lambeta at


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Manitoba Robot Games Volunteer Opportunity


The Manitoba Robot Games are coming up on March 19th 2016 at Tec-Voc High School and Robot Games Volunteer Committee are once again looking for volunteers to help with various duties.

Volunteering at the robot games is an easy and fun way to promote science and engineering in Manitoba, help out with the education of kids, meet other professionals, and pick up some participation professional development hours.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit for more information.


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All-Girls CodeMakers Camp this Summer


WISE Kid-Netic Energy is hosting several CodeMakers camps this summer, available to girls in Grades 7-9.

We’re really excited to offer an all-girls environment for those who would like to try out coding. Girls will have the opportunity to play and create with littleBits, Snap Circuits, Lego MINDSTORMS, Arduinos and Dash robots. The program will be led by a female instructors pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science and/or engineering. We will also have snacks, lots of icebreakers and incorporate outdoor play. This project sponsored by Google is part of a national campaign to get more youth interested in programming.


For more information, and to register please visit


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Computer Refurb Festival – SkullSpace


Come on out to SkullSpace’s computer system and part bazaar! Find great deals on laptops, desktops/workstations, servers and the parts and peripherals!  Or, rent a table and sell some of your own!

Event details, tickets @

Where: Skullspace,374 Donald st

When: Saturday March 12, 1-5pm

  • 1 – 3pm: Refurb market
  • 3-4 pm: Auction
  • 4pm: Assorted talks on computer refurb


  • Mark Jenkins  – / 2046665689
  • Troy Denton  – / 2047949123


Event Poster: refurb_fest_poster

Tickets, more info:


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Manitoba Space Adventure Camp


Wise Kid-Netic Energy is hosting a week-long Space Adventure Camp at the University of Manitoba on July 11-15, 2016, open to students in grades 9 to 11. The camp will explore the frontiers of science and engineering. For more information, see the event poster below:

Manitoba Space Camp Event Poster

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IEEE Winnipeg Section Monthly Meetings


The IEEE Winnipeg Section hosts monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
All members are welcome to attend!

Meetings are located at:

Room E2-361
Engineering & Information Technical Complex (EITC), University of Manitoba Fort Gary Campus
Winnipeg, MB

For more information and how to get involved please contact:

Ekram Hossain
IEEE Winnipeg Section Vice-Chair


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Special thanks to all those who contributed to this edition of the IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter.

Contributions for future issues, along with feedback and suggestions can be sent to:

Brent Schellenberg
IEEE Winnipeg Section Newsletter Editor