IEEE Albuquerque Section

IEEE
March 28th, 2015

Each year the IEEE Albuquerque Section recognizes the efforts of its membership to improve the organization and bring merit to our profession.

This year’s awards will be presented at the annual IEEE – Sigma Xi banquet on May 11th. Nominations are now open for the following awards:

• Outstanding Engineering Educator
• Outstanding Young Engineer
• Outstanding Engineer
• Outstanding Entrepreneur
• Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Student
• Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student
• Outstanding Service

You can download nomination guidelines and forms (PDF):

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Nominations will be accepted until April 24th and recipients will be notified by May 1st.

Please send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to the Section Chair, Gilberto Zamora, at: g.zamora@ieee.org, and Professor Harjit Ahluwalia at: hsa@unm.edu.

We look forward to recognize outstanding members of our IEEE Section.

Sincerely,

Gilberto
Chair


March 11th, 2015

Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks

Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UNM Division of Continuing Education.

Presents

Stimulating Science: Caffeinated Drinks in the Prehispanic American Southwest

By
Patricia L. Crown

Thursday, 19 March 2015 5:30 PM

The University of New Mexico Conference Center, Auditorium
1634 University Blvd. NE

Meet & Greet: 5 p.m.

Pizza with the speaker will follow the lecture

Patricia L. Crown received her A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1981. She has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1993, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Dr. Crown has conducted field investigations in the Ancestral Pueblo, Mogollon, and Hohokam areas of the American Southwest; she recently directed the re-excavation of a room in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon. With collaborator Jeffrey Hurst, she identified the first prehispanic cacao (chocolate) north of the Mexican border in ceramics from Chaco Canyon.

Abstract. This talk explores the initial recovery of evidence for chocolate drinks in Chaco Canyon and the connection to the Chacoan cylinder jars. It presents results from a recently completed NSF-funded study looking for chocolate residues on almost 200 ceramics from throughout the Southwest. The results show that chocolate may not have been the only caffeinated drink consumed in the southwestern past. Finally, it investigates what this discovery means for our understanding of Southwest-Mesoamerican interaction.

For more details, please see the following flyer:
Patricia Crown Lecture 2015

Thank you.

Gilberto.
Chair.


March 11th, 2015

The Albuquerque IEEE Joint Chapter of AP/MTT/EMC/NPS Presents

TOPIC OF TALK: An Exploration of Radiation Physics

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Edmund K. Miller, Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

TIME: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Social begins at 5:45 pm
Dinner begins at 6:30 pm

PLACE: The Canyon Club (Formerly Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills Road, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

DINNER: Soup of the Day, Grilled Salmon, Asparagus, Rice Pilaf, Dinner rolls & Butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert,
Coffee, Iced Tea and Water (Vegetarian entrée available by request at time of RSVP)

COST: No charge and no reservation required to attend just the talk.
$25 per person for dinner (full-time student members of IEEE, $15) — reservations required

RSVP by email to harrisonmgabq@comcast.net or phone Mike Harrison at (505) 239-2663.

Reservations & cancellations accepted until March 23. 2015. The Canyon Club can often make late arrangements so it it is worthwhile to contact Mike Harrison after Monday March 23, if you wish to join us for dinner.

For more details, please see the following attachment:

Feb 25, 2015 Meeting Announcement

Thank you.

Gilberto
Chair


February 18th, 2015

Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks

Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UNM Division of Continuing Education.

Presents

The Search for Habitable Planets

By

Debra Fischer

5:30 PM Thursday, 19 February 2015

The University of New Mexico Conference Center, Auditorium

1634 University Blvd. NE

Meet & Greet: 5 p.m.

Pizza with the speaker will follow the lecture

Debra Ann Fischer is a professor of astronomy at Yale University researching detection and characterization of exoplanets. She contributed to the discovery of the first known multiple-planet system. Fischer has co-authored over 200 papers on stellar astrophysics and extrasolar planets. She led the N2K Consortium searching for hot Jupiters around metal-rich stars. For the last decade, she has been leading an instrumentation effort to reach Earth-detecting measurement precision. She was the principal investigator for CHIRON, the CTIO High Resolution Spectrometer in Chile and for EXPRES, a special-purpose spectrometer that will be commissioned at Lowell Observatory in 2016.

Abstract. One of the great successes of modern astronomy was the discovery of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the sunlike star, 51 Pegasi in 1995. Since then, hundreds of planets and planetary systems have been detected; however, most would not be habitable for carbon-based life as we know it. The next frontier for exoplanet science is the discovery of analogs of Earth, laden with oceans of water. The discoveries that we have already made hint that these worlds should be common and new instruments are now being designed with the required sensitivity to find them. These are discoveries that will jolt the perspective of humanity and awaken a new view of the Universe.


January 25th, 2015

On January 21st, Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, a very successful scientist with Sandia National Laboratories, here in Albuquerque, presented the talk Miniaturization effects of solar cell: Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics as part of the IEEE Albuquerque Section, Sigma Xi series of Distinguished Public Talks.

The talk took place at the UNM Conference Center in the Continuing Education building. Dr. Cruz-Campa went into a very informative presentation on the role that micro electronics systems are having in improving the performance of photovoltaic materials. In particular, Dr. Cruz-Campa, talked about three types of photovoltaic systems, thin film, polycrystalline, and condenser, and how leveraging the use of micro electronics systems and fabrication techniques have led to breakthrough level of efficiency.

Dr. Cruz-Campa was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer award for our Section for his contributions to the area of photovoltaics. He received the award at the awards banquet last May.

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Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa delivering his talk.

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Another part of Dr. Cruz-Campa talk.

This the list of upcoming talks in the series:

The Search for Habitable Worlds By Debra Fisher, Yale University. Thursday, 19 February 2015

Stimulating Science: Caffeinated Drinks in the Prehispanic American Southwest By Patricia L. Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. Thursday, 19 March 2015

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Pursuing the Jabberwock Across the Mud, the Slime, and the Rest of the Galaxy By Penny Boston, NM Tech. Thursday, 16 April 2015

For more information, contact Jackie Ericksen, jhericksen@msn.com

Thank you.

Gilberto (Chair)


January 25th, 2015

On January the 20th, The Mind Research Network and IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society hosted a talk by Dr. Constantinos S. Pattichis, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Cyprus on Multiscale Amplitude-Modulation Frequency-Modulation (AM-FM)Texture Analysis of Multiple Sclerosis in Brain MRI Images

This presentation introduced the use of multiscale amplitude modulation-frequency modulation (AM-FM) texture analysis of multiple sclerosis (MS) using magnetic resonance (MR) images from brain. The motivation for this work is that clinically, there is interest in identifying potential associations between lesion texture and disease progression, and in relating texture features with relevant clinical indexes, such as the expanded disability status scale (EDSS). Dr. Pattichis’ talk presented results from a longitudinal study that explored the application of 2-D AM-FM analysis of brain white matter MS lesions to quantify and monitor disease load.

To this end, MS lesions and normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) from MS patients, as well as normal white matter (NWM) from healthy volunteers, were segmented on transverse T2-weighted images obtained from serial brain MR imaging (MRI) scans (0 and 6-12 months). The instantaneous amplitude (IA), the magnitude of the instantaneous frequency (IF), and the IF angle were extracted from each segmented region at different scales. The findings suggest that AM-FM characteristics succeed in differentiating 1) between NWM and lesions; 2) between NAWM and lesions; and 3) between NWM and NAWM. A support vector machine (SVM) classifier succeeded in differentiating between patients that, two years after the initial MRI scan, acquired an EDSS ? 2 from those with EDSS 2 (correct classification rate = 86%). The best classification results were obtained from including the combination of the low-scale IA and IF magnitude with the medium-scale IA. The AM-FM features provide complementary information to classical texture analysis features like the gray-scale median, contrast, and coarseness. The findings of this study provide evidence that AM-FM features may have a potential role as surrogate markers of lesion load in MS.

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Dr. Marios Pattichis, Professor at the ECE Department at UNM introducing his brother, Dr. Constantinos Pattichis.

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Dr. Constanstinos Pattichis at the beginning of this talk on AM-FM.

Currently, Dr. Pattichis is a Professor with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus. His research interests include ehealth and mhealth, medical imaging, biosignal analysis, life sciences informatics, and intelligent systems. He has published 90 refereed journal and 200 conference papers, and 27 chapters in books in these areas. He is Co-Editor of the books M-Health: Emerging Mobile Health Systems, and of the Ultrasound and Carotid Bifurcation Atherosclerosis, published by Springer in 2006, and 2012 respectively. He was Guest Co-Editor of 14 journal Special Issues including the more recent ones on Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Health Informatics, and Citizen Centered e-Health Systems in a Global Health-care Environment, of the IEEE Trans. on Information Technology in Biomedicine. He was General Co-Chairman of the IEEE 12th International Conference on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (BIBE2012), and the IEEE Information Technology in Biomedicine (ITAB09). Moreover, he serves as Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMBS, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. He is a Fellow of IET, and Senior Member of IEEE.

We will be announcing new EMBS-sponsored talks.

Thank you.

Gilberto (Chair)


January 17th, 2015

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is the technical authority on illumination who caters to all lighting professionals. The IES, a non-profit membership organization, sets out to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the general populace. The Illuminating Engineering Society was founded in 1906 to establish scientific lighting recommendations and to advance knowledge of the the lighted environment for the benefit and improvement of society.

The IES’s vision is to build upon a century of outstanding excellence to create a premier lighting community that’s dedicated to promoting the art and science of lighting to its members, allied profession organizations and to the public through inspiring events and through informative programs, presentations and networking events.

Announcements:

IES Albuquerque 2014-2015 Meeting Schedule
Events will be held the 1st Wednesday of the month at Chama River Brewing Company unless noted

2/4 – Jason Nabb, Echoflex Solutions – Maximizing ROI for Lighting Controls Using Wireless Technologies

3/4 – Matthew Tanteri, TANTERI + ASSOCIATES “IES Daylighting Tour” (11:30: Lunch, 12-1pm Presentation)

4/1 – Ryan Thomas, Color Kinetics/Phillips Lighting

Upcoming Events:

Announcing the 7th Annual IESABQ Golf Tournament

Friday, September 11, 2015
Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club
9:00am Shotgun Start

For more information consult their web page.


January 17th, 2015

Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks

Presents

Miniaturization effects of solar cell: Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics
By
Jose Luis Cruz-Campa

5:30 PM Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The University of New Mexico Conference Center, Auditorium
1634 University Blvd. NE
Meet & Greet: 5 p.m.

Pizza with the speaker will follow the lecture

Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, Ph.D. an optoelectronic devices researcher at Sandia National Laboratories is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer award from the Albuquerque Chapter of IEEE. He holds a doctoral degree in EE and a masters in Physics from the University of Texas at El Paso and a BS in mechanical engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico. His research has explored scaling-effects in silicon, GaAs, and CdTe to achieve new properties and enhanced functionality in photovoltaics. Jose Luis has been highly awarded and published, and is inventor/co-inventor in 22 filed patents.

Abstract. If solar energy is ever going to become a mainstream power source, the technologies for harnessing sunlight must become cheaper than all other forms of energy, be easy and quick to install, and work more safely, reliably and durably than present-day grid power. This presentation will be an overview a new class of photovoltaics with potentially novel applications and benefits such as dramatic reductions in cost, weight, and material usage. These solar cells take advantage of scaling effects using microsystem tools to improve functionality and performance. Materials such as silicon, gallium arsenide, and CdTe have been researched.

Download the announcement:

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January 17th, 2015

Here is the schedule for the UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi Science and Society lecture series for spring 2015. These talks are co-sponsored by the IEEE Albuquerque Section. All IEEE members are invited.

Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks

Spring, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UNM Division of Continuing Education.

Free and open to the public

5:30 PM

UNM Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM *

Meet and greet with refreshments at 5 PM

Pizza with the speaker follows

Miniaturization effects of solar cell: Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics By Jose Luis Cruz-Campa. Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Search for Habitable Worlds By Debra Fisher, Yale University. Thursday, 19 February 2015

Stimulating Science: Caffeinated Drinks in the Prehispanic American Southwest By Patricia L. Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. Thursday, 19 March 2015

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Pursuing the Jabberwock Across the Mud, the Slime, and the Rest of the Galaxy By Penny Boston, NM Tech. Thursday, 16 April 2015

Annual Sigma Xi/IEEE awards banquet Monday, 11 May 2015. Speaker TBA

More information: Contact Jackie Ericksen, jhericksen@msn.com

Facebook: UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi


January 17th, 2015

Here is the list of the IEEE Albuquerque Section for 2015:

Gilberto Zamora, Chair
Jason Neely, Vice Chair
Ray Byrne, Secretary
Aaron Murray, Treasurer

Additionally,

Jorge Piovesan, Newsletter Editor
Harjit Aluhwalia, Chair, Life Members

If you have any question or would like to participate, please leave us a comment or send us an email to: g.zamora@ieee.org

Thank you.

Gilberto (Chair)