IEEE Albuquerque Section

April 25th, 2017

A message from our member, Hy D. Tran, PhD, PE:


Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite Albuquerque engineers and scientists to participate in the 2017 STEM Symposium, a K-12 teacher professional development conference sponsored by the Math & Science Bureau  of the New Mexico Public Education Department (MSB, NM PED:

This event typically occurs in early June, and brings together K-12 math and science teachers from all over New Mexico to look for ways to more effectively teach math, science, engineering, and technology (STEM).

The math and science outcomes for K-12 education in New Mexico, on average, have been poor. The science standards currently in use date from 2003—consider that this is before the iPhone! NM PED is recommending changing the science standards to an integrated standard that includes inquiry-based teaching, engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. A major component of NM PED’s plans is greater professional development for the K-12 teachers in science and engineering content.

What better source for content than us, the professional scientists and engineers in New Mexico?

We are working with volunteer science and engineering professionals to develop a short workshop (say 90 minutes) in collaboration with K-12 science/math teachers, with these goals:

  • Content aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS, see
  • Content involving crosscutting engineering science practices, appropriate to the student groups (elementary, middle, high school)
  • A scalable curriculum that teachers who attend can not only teach, but  can also use easily to train other teachers at their home schools

Why should we, the professional engineers and scientists in New Mexico do this?

  • This is important to society. Well educated populations, whose education includes STEM topics and engineering practices, whether or not they pursue a science or engineering career, are good for all of us.
  • Teachers are a great leveraging entry point. While many of us enjoy volunteering in classrooms, helping teachers has much greater impact in addressing a larger population.
  • You get to work with engineers and scientists in other disciplines.
  • You get to exercise your creativity and skills! This should be a really fun activity!

We are already making progress !!

Our proposed workshop about measuring chocolate strength. Yes, chocolate. The premise is that we can teach valuable engineering lessons while having fun and using readily available resources. Yes, it also a good excuse to have chocolate. We will be posting our progress and our participation at the STEM symposium. There may be meetings where you can come and help us making this a great workshop. Please stay tuned.

Here are some pictures of our experiments:

Setting up the experiment. The objective is to find out how what it takes to brake the chocolate bar.

Measuring things before pieces of chocolate fly across the room. Note the different orientation of the chocolate bar. Engineering takes trying different configurations of your experiment.

Trying the setup. But you need to come back to see what happens…

If you want to help and participate at the workshop, please contact Dr. Tran at

See you there,

Gilberto (Albuquerque Section Treasurer).

March 2nd, 2017

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 15th. 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 (.doc):









Nominations will be accepted until March 31st and recipients will be notified by May 5th.

Please send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to the Section Chair, Jason Neely, at:, and Professor Harjit Ahluwalia at:

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



May 10th, 2016

The UNM Sigma Xi Chapter announces the winners of its Excellence Awards competition for 2016. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is a global honor society of scientists and engineers with a mission to enhance the health of research enterprise, foster integrity in science, and promote understanding of the role of science in improving the quality of life for humans. With its proud traditions and extensive Chapter network (~500 Chapters worldwide), Sigma Xi is a positive force in research community locally, nationally, and internationally.  Induction into Sigma Xi has been a milestone in many distinguished research careers, including those of nearly 200 Nobel laureates initiated into Sigma Xi while they were still graduate students.

UNM Chapter is dedicated to furthering the goals of Sigma Xi in the Albuquerque area. It recognizes individuals in our community who excel in science and engineering research and teaching. For more than 30 years the Chapter has co-sponsored a Distinguished Lecture Series on Science & Society themes to inform New Mexicans about important science issues of the day that impact their lives. In continuing collaboration with the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the following individuals are declared winners of the 2016 Excellence Awards competition in several categories; IEEE is the largest professional organization in the world with ~ 400,000 members, 300 local Sections and 1,150 Chapters in 10 Regions worldwide.

A) 2016 Junior Division Finalists at the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Challenge

  • Katelyn Detweiler, Edgewood Middle School, Animal Sciences
  • Safa Kassem, Salaam Academy, Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Sera Saavedra, Hope Christian School, Biology & Microbiology
  • David Stotzer, Annunciation Middle School, Chemistry
  • Charles Rice, Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science, Computer Science
  • Calvin Succi, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Kaeli Benavidez, Hope Christian School, Engineering
  • Ana Maria Perez, Albuquerque Academy, Mathematical Sciences
  • Isaiah Sanchez, St Mary School, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Samuel Chackerian, Jefferson Middle School, Physics & Astronomy
  • Cole Romig, Jefferson Middle School, Plant Sciences
  • Adittyo Paul, Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science, Energy & Transportation

B) 2016 Finalists for the INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair, Phoenix, AZ

  • Lien Tang, Manzano High School
  • Rusty Ludwigsen, Early College Academy
  • Rebecca Pattichis, Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science

 C) 2016 Outstanding Science/Math Teacher

  • Dan Shaw, Bosque High School; Nominator: Audrey Kruse/Timothy Thomas

 D) 2016 Superior Undergraduate Student

  • Ahmed Elshafiey, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Nominator: Salvador Portillo

 E) 2016 Excellence in Graduate Research

  • Elisa Borowski, Civil Engineering; Nominator: Mahmoud Taha
  • Stephen Machuzak, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Nominator: Sudharman Jayaweera

 F) 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section Contest Winners at SW Area Spring Meeting.

  • No award this year.

 G) 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Engineering Educator

  • No award this year.

H) 2016 Sewa Singh & Jaswant Kaur Memorial Presidential Schora

  • Alex Johnson, College of Arts & Sciences; Sponsor: Harjit Ahluwalia

I) 2016 IEEE Presidential Scholar

  • Matt McCullough, Electrical & Computer Engineering: Sponsor: Gilberto Zamora

J) 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Entrepreneur 

  • Murat Okandan, CEO: mPower Technology Inc; Nominator: Vipan Prakash Gupta

 K) 2016 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Young Engineer

  • Jay Johnson, Sandia National Laboratories; Nominator: Jason Neely
  • Derek Lamppa, Sandia National Laboratories; Nominator: Ryan McBride

L) 2016 Albuquerque Section IEEE Fellows

  • None this year.

M) 2016 Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator

  • No award this year

N) 2016 Sigma Xi Noteworthy Technical Support Person

  • Gary Harrison, Physics & Astronomy; Nominator: Wolfgang Rudolph
  • David Taylor, Consulting Geologist; Nominator: Michael Jackovich

O) Banquet Talk

  • ‘Sleep: The Pattern of Life,’ June J. Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

 P) Initiation of New Sigma Xi Members


The Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge awardees in the Junior Division and ISEF finalists were feted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at the EXPLORA (near the Museum of Natural History and Science). Others named above will be honored at the Annual Awards Banquet held jointly with IEEE Albuquerque Section on Monday, 16 May 2016 at the Delish Restaurant*, Ellison Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 (located near Ellison & Alameda in the Barnes & Noble Shopping Ctr, Tel: 505-899-0197). On this occasion, the Chapter will induct new Members into Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Further information may be obtained from Professor H. S. Ahluwalia, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1156; Tel: 277-2941, Fax: 277-1520, e-mail:

Dinner tickets are $25 if paid in advance, $30 if paid at the door; current Board members pay $20 each, student members eat free. Dinner is complimentary to past Chapter Chairs, the Awardees (+ their nominators) and their significant others. Please make reservations by 11 May 2016 at: Banquet Registration Link

The link for Banquet reservation and menu selection was mailed to the members and sponsors. Please plan on joining us for this memorable event!


*Note the change this year (only) of the location of the Awards Banquet. To get there take the Alameda Blvd west until you hit the Ellison Road, go past it and make the first left turn into the shopping center. At the STOP sign turn right and you will see the Delish Restaurant to your right.

March 26th, 2016

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Thank you,

Gilberto (2016 Section Treasurer)

March 21st, 2016

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 16th. 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 (.doc):









Nominations will be accepted until April 5th and recipients will be notified by May 5th.

Please send your completed nomination package according to the guidelines to the Section Chair, Jason Neely, at:, and Professor Harjit Ahluwalia at:

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



November 2nd, 2015

The IEEE Albuquerque section invites you to attend a special seminar by Dr. Salvatore Campione: Engineerable Phased-Array Sources Based on Nonlinear Metamaterial Nanocavities.

Dr. Campione is with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia Nationals Labs.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Noon.
Location: UNM, CHTM Building, Room 101.
Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Dr. Campione is this year’s recipient of the IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

Please contact Doris Williams at 272-7764, or Gordon Keeler at 284-1314, for more information.

This special seminar is sponsored by the IEEE Albuquerque Section, IEEE Photonics Society, OSE, SPIE and OSA Student Chapters, and UNM’s CHTM, ECE, and Physics & Astronomy.

Abstract: We propose a new concept for phased-array sources at infrared frequencies based on the second harmonic generation capacity of metamaterial nanocavities strongly coupled to a highly nonlinear semiconductor heterostructure comprising intersubband transitions in quantum wells (QWs). This system is attractive for the manipulation of the direction, shape, and polarization of optical beams. The metamaterial nanocavity is designed to support both a fundamental resonance and an orthogonally polarized resonance at the second harmonic frequency. The asymmetric QW structure is designed to provide a large second order susceptibility. Optical pumping of the nanocavity induces a localized, phase-locked, nonlinear resonant polarization that acts as a source feed for a higher order resonance of the nanocavity. Varying the nanocavity design enables the production of beams with arbitrary shape and polarization. Due to the sub-wavelength extent of our QW structure, we are not limited by phase matching conditions as one would have for a conventional nonlinear crystal. Upon continuous wave illumination at the fundamental frequency we observe second harmonic signals in both the forward and backward directions. We achieve very efficient overall second harmonic generation given the deep sub-wavelength dimensions of the QW structure (at mid-infrared, about 1/15th of the free space wavelength of 10 μm). We also demonstrate two second harmonic phased-array sources that perform two optical functions at the second harmonic wavelength (~5 μm): a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter. Such systems represent a viable strategy for designing easily fabricated phased-array sources across the entire infrared spectrum through proper choice of QW and nanocavity designs.

Biography: Salvatore Campione received a Laurea Triennale degree (cum laude) and a Laurea Magistrale degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He also received a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA, in 2009, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California Irvine, CA, USA, in 2013. He was a visiting scholar at the U.S. Army Charles M. Bowden Research Center, RDECOM, Redstone Arsenal, AL, USA in 2012 and at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA in 2012 and 2013. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 2014, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Appointee. He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 75 conference papers, 1 provisional patent, and 2 book chapters. His research interests fall in the general area of applied electromagnetics, including electromagnetic analysis and modeling of complex structures, antenna radiation, computational electromagnetics, metamaterials, plasmonics, nanophotonics, and optical devices for energy and optoelectronic applications. Among other awards, he has been selected as a 2013 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar (3 awarded each year worldwide), recognizing his academic achievements and leadership in the field of communications and information science.

November 1st, 2015

IEEE Albuquerque Section Board Members are requested to VOTE for the following candidates to serve on the Board for the year 2016.

The e-ballot must be returned by cob Monday, 23 November 2015 to: Please include your IEEE member number on ballot for verification.

CHAIR: Jason Neely OR Write-in

VICE CHAIR: Larry Anderson OR Write-in

SECRETARY: David Rosewater: OR Write-in

TREASURER: Gilberto Zamora OR Write-in

Event Coordinator: Raymond Byrne OR Write-in

Thanks for your help!

Harjit S. Ahluwalia

for Nominations Committee

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