Science Olympiad News

The team of Gordon Lipscy, Wayne Lu and others met for 4 training sessions during January 2017 where about 80 middle and high school students were introduced to electrical concepts. This included building and testing circuits and devices which demonstrated such things as resistive and capacitive circuits, logic and electromagnetics, and how to use a volt-ohm-ammeter. (See photos above).

The  competitive events are held on Saturdays March 3, for middle schoolers, and March 17 for high school ages. The events are held at the Delaware State College campus at Dover, Delaware. Several Delaware Bay IEEE members will help administer the electrical portion of these events. If you are interested in helping with these events, contact Gordon Lipscy (acrodyne@aol.com) or Wayne Lu.



Upcoming Events:

Ist Notice
IEEE Delaware Bay Section

March 13, 2018 Program

 Location: University of Delaware    Bldg and Room to be announced     Time:  6pm

Topic:  “Cyber Security for Physical Systems” by  Zachary Birnbaum, Ph.D. 

 About the Topic:

The omnipresence and reliance on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) coupled with the steadily increasing number of cyber-attacks against these key systems gives cause for great concern.   Although often located behind the scenes, Cyber Physical Systems are vitally important to maintaining operations in industries such as electric, water, oil, energy, chemical, transportation, food, and manufacturing. These systems are often critical, highly interconnected and mutually dependent.  As demonstrated by Stuxnet, there is a pressing need for solutions able to defend Cyber Physical Systems against both simple and complex cyber-attacks.  Traditionally, cyber-attacks have been detected using a binary signature approach, but this approach has key limitations including an inability to detect zero day attacks and polymorphic malware. Conversely, behavioral anomaly detection can provide a solution to targeted attacks, as an attack is likely to introduce some distortion to observable system activity. By observing behavior, and building normalcy models, cyberattacks can be detected by performing behavioral analysis at a higher semantic level. In this presentation I will begin with a short introduction to cyber security framed by the Confidentiality Integrity Availability model.  I will then discuss several cyber security applications and methods as they relate to ICS controllers and UAVs.

Speaker Bio:

Zachary Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Zachary Birnbaum received B.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2015) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University.  He is currently a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals Program. His research areas include Cyber Physical Systems security, behavioral analysis, and cyber threat modeling.   

 RSVP no later than March 12, 2018 if you are attending to: ssteffel@verizon.net for us to get an accurate count for dinner


–        a light dinner will be served 6-6:30pm.   Please advise in your RSVP if you have special dietary requests (vegetarian, etc.).

–        we will have PDH forms for any PE’s attending. 

Steve Steffel, Section Chair