IEEE Albuquerque Section

November 8th, 2014

The New Mexico Tech Student Branch of the IEEE has updated its webpage with information on their latest activities. You can check out their page here.

If you want to contact them, please send an email to Chris, their President at:

Congratulations to the officers and their faculty adviser, Dr. Hector Erives.


Gilberto (Section Chair)

November 8th, 2014

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.


Whose innovations are helping? Comparing climate change solutions from engineers, architects, planners, chemists, biologists, and others
By Clinton J. Andrews

Thursday, 20 November 2014

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

For more details check the attached flyer:

Andrews Flyer


Gilberto (Chair)

October 10th, 2014

The Albuquerque IEEE Joint Chapter presents the talk: The Low-Noise Receiver Systems Developed for the EVLA.

Presented by: Bob Hayward, NRAO Senior Engineer (Retired), Socorro, NM.

Time: 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Social hour begins at 5:45 pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm.

Location: The Canyon Club (was Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills Road SE, Albuquerque.

Dinner Menu: Soup of the Day, Top Sirloin, Asparagus, Garlic Mashed Potaoes, Dinner Rolls/Butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert, Coffee, Iced Tea and Water.

Cost: There is 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 or phone Mike Harrison at (505) 239-2663.

PLEASE NOTE: This dinner meeting will be held at The Canyon Club which requires a pretty accurate number of meals to prepare by noon on Monday before the Wednesday meeting. Please try to make your reservation by Monday, October 20. The Canyon Club is often flexible so it is worth trying to make a late reservation.

Presentation Summary: The Very Large Array (VLA), located less than an hour’s drive west of Socorro, NM, is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically productive radio telescope. Operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), this aperture synthesis interferometer consists of 27 movable antennas, each 25 meters in diameter, which can be configured to provide the resolution of an antenna whose size can range from 1 to 36 kilometers in width. When commissioned in 1980, the VLA could only observe celestial sources in four narrow frequency bands centered at 1.5, 4.7, 15 and 23 GHz. Over the next 20 years, its receiver systems were incrementally improved
to give the Array better sensitivity and wider frequency coverage. But as the 21st century dawned, the VLA’s performance was still limited by its 1970′s era technology.

The recently completed Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) project has provided many major enhancements, including the installation of 240 new, state-of-the-art, low-noise, cryogenic receivers that now enable astronomers to observe at any frequency between 1 and 50 GHz and with bandwidths as wide as 8 GHz, some 80 times broader than before. Over the 10 year long EVLA upgrade effort, the author was deeply involved in the design and testing of the prototype receiver hardware as well as the production of several of the new receiver bands. This talk will discuss the EVLA’s front-end systems and the innovative solutions developed by the various NRAO design teams to meet the
demanding performance goals required for the project, including such critical microwave components as the broad-band feeds, circular polarizers, low-noise amplifiers and multifunction MMIC modules. Finally, an explanation of the system tests that were used to evaluate the cryogenic receivers will be presented.

If time permits, the talk will also attempt to put the VLA into historical context by briefly discussing the early days of radio astronomy and radio interferometry, as well as describing the evolution of the VLA’s low-noise receiver system from its inception to the present day.

About the Speaker: About the Speaker: Bob Hayward has spent over 3 decades developing digital spectrometers and low-noise receiver systems for radio telescopes. He was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his BSc in Physics in 1977 from Dalhousie University and
his MSc in Radio Astronomy from Queens University in 1981. He began his career in radio astronomy instrumentation in 1979 when he joined the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa as a digital engineer supporting the 150-ft telescope at the Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO). His was placed in charge of the construction, testing and system integration of the ARO Auto-Correlation Spectrometer which contained over 3,000 ECL, TTL and CMOS integrated circuits. In 1986 he was named the Project Engineer for the pair of 345 GHz receivers which HIA developed for the 15-meter James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii. He left Canada in 1996 and
moved to Tucson, AZ, to become the Chief Engineer at the10-meter Sub-Millimeter Telescope Observatory (SMTO).

In 1999 he joined the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, NM, where he spent the next 13 years designing, building, testing and maintaining receiver systems for the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). His first job was to act as the lead engineer in the development of new 80-96 GHz W-Band receivers for the VLBA. From 2004 to 2008 he managed the Front-End and Feed Systems element of the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) upgrade project which required the prototype design of 8 new receiver bands and the construction of a total of 240 low-noise cryogenic receivers.He was also the lead engineer on the development of the new L, K,
Ka & Q-Band EVLA receiver systems.

Bob retired from NRAO In 2012 as the Senior Engineer for Front-End Systems in Socorro. Since then he has spent his newly found free time doing historical research into some of the more obscure stories in the history of radio astronomy instrumentation. Bob became a member of the IEEE in 1980. From 1993 to 1996 he was the Secretary of the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science (CNC /URSI).

Chapter Officers for 2014:

Chairman: Everett Farr (505) 846-0956
Vice-Chair: Michael Harrison (505) 239-2663
Treasurer: Paul Cravens (505) 730-3397
Secretary: This office is currently unfilled. There are few responsibilities. It would look good on someone’s Resume’.
EMC Liaison: Bud Hoeft (505)889-9705
MTT-S Liaison: George Oltman (505)299-3369
NPSS Liaison: Jane Lehr (505) 277-0298

September 17th, 2014

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 Department of

Physics & Astronomy, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and the Division of Continuing Education.


Colour, Music, and Emotion in Synesthetes and Non-Synesthetes


Stephen E. Palmer

Thursday, 18 September 2014

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

Stephen E. Palmer received his B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University in 1970 and his

PhD in Psychology at UCSD in 1975. He has taught in Psychology and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley ever since, where he also served as Director of the Institute of Cognitive Studies. He is best known for his research on perceptual organization and his interdisciplinary book, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology. He now studies visual aesthetics of color and spatial composition, as well as cross-modal associations between music and vision.

Abstract. Music-to-color associations were studied in synesthetes and non-synesthetes for several kinds of music, including classical, single-line piano melodies, and 34 different genres of popular music (from heavy metal to country western). When non-synesthetes chose the colors that “went best” with each selection, faster music in the major mode was strongly associated with more saturated, lighter, yellower colors. Further evidence shows that these music-to-color associations are mediated by emotion (e.g., the happy/sad ratings of the music were highly correlated with the happy/sad ratings of the colors chosen as going best with the music . Similar emotional effects were present for lower-level musical sounds. The similarities and differences of synesthetes’ and non-synesthetes’ color experiences will be discussed.IEEE and Sigma Xi present the talk: Colour, Music, and Emotion in Synesthetes and Non-Synesthetes.

September 17th, 2014

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Gilberto (Chair)

July 15th, 2014

Follow the link below to download the Q2 issue of The Downlink, the IEEE Albuqurque Section Newsletter. In this issue The Downlink includes pictures of the awards banquet and the names of the awardees.




2014 Chair

May 29th, 2014

On May the 19th, the IEEE Albuquerque Section held its annual awards banquet in collaboration with Sigma-Xi. Here are some pictures of the event.

Professor Harjit Ahluwalia was the master of ceremonies.


2014 Outstanding Young Engineer: Jose Luis Cruz-Campa (Sandia National Labs). His wife Tara received the award on this behalf.


2014 Outstanding Entrepreneur: John Maynard (MDDC)


2014 Outstanding Engineer: Dr. Vince Calhoun (The Mind Research Network / ECE)


2014 Outstanding Engineering Educator: Ganesh Balakrishnan (CHTM)


2014 Outstanding Graduate Student: Firas Ayoub (ECE)


2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Student: John-Mark Collins (ECE)


Professor Ahluwalia announced his retirement from UNM and received a recognition from Dr. Wolfang Rudolph, Chair of the department of Physics and Astronomy.


After the awards were presented, Professor V.M. Kenkre gave the talk: Spread of Infection in Epidemics: Random Walks, Nonlinearity, and Extintion.


On bahalf of the our Section, congratulations again to all the awardees. Our thanks to Professor Ahluwalia for his tireless contributions to our Section, and our thanks to Professor Kenkre for given such an interesting talk.

We look forward to the 2015 award nominations.


Gilberto Zamora (Chair)

May 13th, 2014
Dear IEEE member,

You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 IEEE Annual Awards Banquet (jointly held with the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter) on Monday, 19 May 2014, at the UNM Division of Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, just north of the Indian School Road. The well-lit site offers free parking in a large lot.


5:00 pm: Check-in and Greet / meet
Welcome new members and awardees in an atmosphere of good fellowship amidst live music by `Sweet Breeze.' Mock Champagne Punch with tasty Appetizers (cheese strays with asparagus, spicy shrimp cocktail) will be served.

6:00 pm: Dinner (with wine) served by Indulgence Cafe & Catering (delicious menu) 

Roasted Asian Infused salmon OR Lemon Oregano chicken OR Eggplant Parmesan

Wine and garlic sauced green beans; Baby greens salad with raspberries, tomatoes, goat cheese, and almonds, served with a citrus dressing; Pinon Rice; Fresh baked rolls with butter; Amaretto cake with strawberry coulis; Iced Tea and Coffee.

7:00 pm: Awards
Recognition of the awardees in several categories and induction of the new members.

8:00 pm: Banquet Talk: 
V. M. (Nitant) Kenkre, Distinguished Professor of Physics & Director, Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Science, UNM, "SPREAD OF INFECTION IN EPIDEMICS: Random Walks, Nonlinearity, and Extinction."

Dinner is $30 if you pay in advance (see web site link below) and $40 if you pay at the door. IEEE student members and current board members pay only $10 each. Dinner is complimentary for past section chairs, IEEE fellows, the awardees and their significant other. Please make reservations by 16 May 2014 on the internet using:


Ray Byrne, 

Albuquerque Section

April 27th, 2014
The Albuquerque IEEE Joint Chapter Presents
TOPIC OF TALK:  Terahertz Radar for Stand-Off Through-Clothes Imaging
PRESENTED BY:  Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay
                               Jet Propulsion laboratory, California Institute of Technology
                               Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
 TIME:  Social Hour begins at 5:45 pm
             Dinner begins at 6:30 pm
                Talk at 7:30 pm  Wednesday, May 7, 2014
 LOCATION:  The Canyon Club (was Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills road SE, Albuquerque
 DINNER MENU:  Soup of the Day, Apple Brined Pork Chop, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetable Medley
                            Chocolate Pot De’ Crème, Coffee, Iced Tea and Water
                                   A vegetarian option is always available and a substitute for the entrée is often                                       available upon request.
 COST:   There is 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 or phone Mike Harrison at (505) 239-2663.
PLEASE NOTE:  This dinner meeting will be held at The Canyon Club which requires a pretty accurate number of meals to prepare by noon on Monday before the Wednesday meeting.  Please try to make your reservation by Monday, May 5.  The Canyon Club is often flexible so it is worth trying to make a late reservation.
Demand for new surveillance capabilities for usage in airport screenings and battlefield security check-points has led to the development of terahertz imagers and sensors. There are several advantages of imaging at terahertz frequencies compared to microwave or infrared: the wavelengths in this regime are short enough to provide high resolution with modest apertures, yet long enough to penetrate clothing. Moreover, unlike in infrared, the terahertz frequencies are not affected by dust, fog, and rain.
          Several groups around the world are working on the development of terahertz imagers for various applications. One option is to use passive imaging techniques, which were very successful at millimeter-wave frequencies, by scaling in frequencies to terahertz range. However, the background sky is much warmer at terahertz frequencies due to high atmospheric absorption. Since passive imagers detect small differences in temperatures from the radiating object against the sky background, at these frequencies passive imagers do not provide enough scene contrast for short integration times. On the other hand, in an active imager, the object is illuminated with a terahertz source and the resulting reflected/scattered radiation is detected to make an image. However, the glint from the background clutter in an active terahertz imager makes it hard to provide high fidelity images without a fortunate alignment between the imaging system and the target.
          We have developed an ultra wideband radar based terahertz imaging system that addresses many of these issues and produces high resolution through-clothes images at stand-off distances. The system uses a 675 GHz solid-state transmit/receive system in a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar mode working at room temperature. The imager has sub-centimeter range resolution by utilizing a 30 GHz bandwidth.  It has comparable cross-range resolution at a 25m stand-off distance with a 1m aperture mirror. A fast rotating small secondary mirror rapidly steers the projected beam over a 50 x 50 cm target at range to produce images at frame rates exceeding 1 Hz.
          In this talk we will explain in detail the design and implementation of the terahertz imaging radar system. We will show how by using a time delay multiplexing of two beams, we achieved a two-pixel imaging system using a single transmit/receive pair. Moreover, we will also show how we improved the signal to noise of the radar system by a factor of 4 by using a novel polarizing wire grid and grating reflector.
          The research described herein was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, under contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  ABOUT THE SPEAKER:     Goutam Chattopadhyay (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. From 1987 until 1992, he was a Design Engineer with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Pune, India.
His research interests include microwave, millimeter-, and submillimeter- wave heterodyne and direct detector receivers, frequency sources and mixers in the terahertz region, antennas, SIS mixer technology, direct detector bolometer instruments; InP HEMT amplifiers, mixers, and multipliers; high frequency radars, and applications of nanotechnology at terahertz frequencies. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. Among various awards and honors, he was the recipient of the Best Undergraduate Student Award from the University of Calcutta in 1987, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship Award from the Government of India in 1992, and the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 1997. He was the recipient of the best journal paper award in 2013 by IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. He also received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

March 29th, 2014

Earlier this month we had told you about Engineering for Kids. I hope you checked out their website or visited their location.

This time Ed, the site director, has told us they have just added four new Junior Summer Camps during the weeks of June 9-13 and June 23-27 for ages 4 to 7. Note that student(s) can sign-up for Supervised Lunch for those wishing to attend both morning and afternoon sessions.

The new camps are:

Engineering of Travel
Engineering of Pirates
Engineering of Power and Energy
Engineering of Medieval Times

The descriptions are found on-line at:

The new camps are thematic–they use dynamic labs and activities from all the major engineering disciplines.  The information from the parent-portal page is below for your convenience:


If you have questions, please contact Ed:

Ed Hazlett
Engineering for Kids Site Director