EDS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Graduate Student Fellowships

The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) is seeking nominations for its 2015 PhD and Masters Student Fellowships. These awards are presented annually to promote, recognize, and support graduate- and masters-level study and research within the EDS field of interest.  For both Masters and PhD, it is expected that at least one fellowship will be awarded to a student in each of the following geographical regions: Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific. Please visit the links below to view information about these Fellowships.

The EDS Masters Student Fellowship offers a prize of US $2,000 and an award plaque.

The EDS PhD Student Fellowship offers a prize of US $5,000 and travel funds to attend the IEDM for presentation of an award plaque.

The submission deadline for both fellowships is May 15, 2015. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact edsfellowship@ieee.org.

Announcement contributed by Kellie Gilbert, CAP, IEEE Electron Devices Society Committee Administrator

IEEE Electron Devices Society Announces 2014 Graduate Student Fellowship Winners

The IEEE Electron Devices Society is pleased to announce its 2014 Student Fellowship winners!

The winners of the PhD fellowship are:
Peng Huang – Peking University (Beijing, China)
Amit Trivedi – Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia, USA)
Sam Vaziri – KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Kista, Sweden)

The winners of the Masters fellowship are:
Yexin Deng – Purdue University (Indiana, USA)
Siu Sik Lam – The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

The PhD fellowship winners will be honored on December 14, 2014 at the IEEE Electron Devices Society Board of Governors awards ceremony in San Francisco, CA, USA. The award consists of a plaque and a check for US $5,000 to each student. The Masters fellowship winners will receive a plaque and a check for US $2,000 each. This award is presented annually to promote, recognize and support PhD- and Masters-level study and research within the IEEE EDS field of interest. For more information, please visit the EDS website.

Article contributed by Kellie Gilbert, CAP, IEEE EDS Committee Administrator

IEEE EDS Seeks Nominees for PhD and Masters Fellowships

The IEEE Electron Devices Society is seeking nominations for its 2014 PhD and Masters Student Fellowships. These awards are presented annually to promote, recognize, and support graduate and masters level study and research within the EDS field of interest. For both Masters and PhD, it is expected that at least one fellowship will be awarded to a student in each of the following geographical regions: Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia & Pacific. Please visit the links below to learn more about these fellowships.

EDS Masters Student Fellowship
Prize
: US $2,000 and an award plaque
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

EDS PhD Student Fellowship
Prize: 
US $5,000 and travel funds to attend the IEDM for presentation of an award plaque
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Announcement contributed by Kellie Gilbert, IEEE Electron Devices Society Committee Administrator

Fine Arts and Four Presidents at the R10 SGW Congress

This article is part I in a two-part series on last year’s Region 10 Student/WIE/GOLD Congress.

A performance in the Kuchipudi art form by the Pallavi Academy of Fine Arts at the 2013 IEEE Region 10 Student / WIE / GOLD Congress

A performance in the Kuchipudi art form by the Pallavi Academy of Fine Arts at the 2013 IEEE Region 10 Student / WIE / GOLD Congress

Young volunteers from Hyderabad, India teamed up to organize Asia Pacific’s largest gathering of leaders, the Region 10 Student/WIE/GOLD Congress from July 11th, 2013 – July 14th, 2013. The goal of this volunteer team was to create a platform for conversations and partnerships through a curated set of sessions, designed around the theme  “Empowering Women and Youth to create a better tomorrow.” It took eight months of meticulous planning and effort to realise the final result.

The core objective of the Congress was to gather IEEE volunteer leaders from the Asia Pacific region to network, share best practices, and learn about what’s new in IEEE. A diversified mix of 250 delegates attended the Congress. Notably, the event was distinguished by the presence of 4 IEEE Presidents, a first for any regional Congress: 2013 IEEE President & CEO, Peter Staecker; 2014 IEEE President, Roberto De Marca; 2011 IEEE President, Moshe Kam; and 2006 IEEE President, Michael Lightner.

The first day brought the Congress to order and created a networking-friendly environment for the delegates, featuring a team activity to acquaint attendees with each other. Day Two started with the Congress co-chairs (Prashant Venkatasubban and T L Prasanna Venkatesan) addressing the audience on the what and why of the conference, including a brief overview of the schedule for the next 3 days. Then the formal sessions began with Peter Staecker (2013 IEEE President & CEO) presenting the opportunities & impact created by being a volunteer and explaining the four priorities for IEEE discussed by the Board of Directors. Michael Lightner (2006 IEEE President & 2013 VP EAB) followed with a lively session that included a survey to understand the current educational system and live questions from the audience on the subject of educational activities taken up by the IEEE. John Day (IEEE Staff Director of Member Engagement) gave an overview of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) from a member engagement perspective. There were parallel sessions by various student, GOLD, and WIE (SGW) groups highlighting their plans and talks from leaders of the individual tracks.

Later that evening, the delegates dressed in their best for the Awards Ceremony and Gala Night dinner, which commenced with a welcome message by the Congress Chair Prashant Venkatasubban and Co-Chair Prasanna Venkatesan followed by a scintillating talk by Moshe Kam (2011 IEEE President) on “the top seven reasons to be proud you’re an IEEE Member.” A topnotch performance in the Kuchipudi art form by the Pallavi Academy of Fine Arts took the audience’s breath away with a beautiful showcase of local culture. The evening ended with the awards ceremony and requisite photo sessions.

The second day began with a keynote session by Professor D. B. Phatak of IIT Mumbai, leader of the Aakash Tablet project. Later, along with Michael Lightner, Dr. Attendees at the 2013 IEEE R10 SGW CongressPathak announced an app development competition for Aakash tablets, followed by another exciting announcement: the Aakash Tablet project presented a tablet to every student delegate participating in the Congress to help them participate in the competition and test the apps they develop. Following Dr. Pathak’s talk, Dr. Moshe Kam delivered a keynote session on humanitarian activities and challenges. A technical poster competition was organized in parallel, sponsored by the Lab X Foundation and judged by the IEEE presidents. The top five winners shared a cash prize of US $1000.

The Congress also emphasized active participation from societies by providing a platform for collaborative discussions between experts. The societies represented were the Computer Society (by Aditya Rao), EMBS (by Subhamoy Mundal), PES (by Mini Thomas), and HKN (by Douglas Graham). These sessions included a focus on Educational Activities. Additionally, a TISP workshop was hosted by Douglas Graham and a WIE workshop by Sandhya Kode. For the WIE track, Nita Patel (IEEE WIE Chair) outlined the challenges and opportunities for Women in Engineering in IEEE.

Attendees at the 2013 IEEE R10 SGW CongressOn the third day, the Congress was inspired by the warm personality of IEEE Region 10 Director Toshi Fukuda, an author of more than 200 technical papers and books. His talk on Multi Scale Robotic Systems included a few lively anecdotes about Japanese anime, manga magazines, and his pet dog. That evening, the delegates arranged a spectacular display of native traditions and cultures during the Multicultural Night. All the delegates dressed in their ethnic attire and organized stalls with local artefacts and food items to reflect their country’s heritage.

The last day began with a keynote by Roberto De Marca (2014 IEEE President) on IEEE Technical Activities, followed by a second keynote session by Raju Pandeya, Senior Project Executive of the Gujarat Energy Development Agency. After this came the highlight of the day: the presidential forum moderated by T.L.Prasanna Venkatesan, where the four IEEE presidents took to the stage to provide their insights on IEEE and address questions from the audience.

As the day drew to a close, the stage was set for the closing ceremony with final remarks by the 2013 IEEE R10 Director Elect, Ramakrishna Kappagantu. The Attendees at the 2013 IEEE R10 SGW Congressawards for all the competitions hosted during the Congress were presented during this ceremony. A remarkable and emotional expression of thanks was presented by the Congress Chair, Prashant Venkatasubban. The crowd broke into huge applause for the entire Congress team as they congregated onto the dais.

More photos from the event are viewable at https://www.facebook.com/ieee2013.

Article contributed by Prashant Venkatasubban (Chair, R10 SGW Congress)
and Preeti Kovvali (Secretary, R10 SGW Congress)

GOLD at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium

Chocolate winners Matt Juszczyk (left) and Chijoke Obiekezie (right) with Caroline Chan (middle) at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium Ice Cream Social

Chocolate winners Matt Juszczyk (left) and Chijoke Obiekezie (right) with Caroline Chan (middle) at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium Ice Cream Social

Greetings, and welcome to GOLD EMC news! At the 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium in Denver, GOLDies were very busy between the Ice Cream Social, the Ethics in Engineering sessions, and all the raffles. I was delighted to see the majority of the GOLD members who attended the symposium stop by the GOLD table to say hello and of course, collect their raffle tickets and lovely mugs.  Over 20 GOLDies attended each event.

I would like to thank our special speaker, Louann Devine from the Chicago Chapter, who presented remarks during the Ice Cream Social on the evening of Tuesday, August 6th. I also congratulate her on receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors, who presented her this prestigious award for acting as

Sandra Hernandez (EMC Student Representative) and Caroline Chan (GOLD EMC Representative) at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium Ice Cream Social

Sandra Hernandez (EMC Student Representative) and Caroline Chan (GOLD EMC Representative) at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium Ice Cream Social

program manager, lead instructor, and content coordinator for the IEEE EMC Society Chicago Chapter classes on Electromagnetic Compatibility at the Illinois Institute of Technology in January of 2013.  This program was well-received and generated much publicity for the IEEE EMC Society around educational assistance and membership development at the student level.  Louann’s energy and knowledge inspires all of us to further educate ourselves by reaching out to our communities. You can find her biography in the GOLD article inside the Spring 2013 issue of EMC Magazine.

Angela Adams briefing a case at the Ethics in Engineering discussion, 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium

Angela Adams briefing a case at the Ethics in Engineering discussion, 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium

On Wednesday August 7th 2013, we had our GOLD luncheon. Elya Joffe presented on Ethics in Engineering and discussed the IEEE Code of Ethics.  GOLDies savored the gourmet food from Bubba Gump Shrimp and enjoyed the infectious enthusiasm of the speaker for doing the right thing and making wise engineering decisions.  As an exercise, the audience was asked to identify where the Code of Ethics was broken in two cases, separating into two teams with each taking a turn to present their case.

If you’re in the mood for a brain teaser, meet Hung-Chuan
Chen from Taiwan and check out his article on “Suppression of RF Interference Using
Balanced Filter in Communication System” at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6623299.

Article contributed by Caroline Chan, IEEE EMC Society GOLD Representative

Ethics in Engineering and GOLD Luncheon participants at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium

Ethics in Engineering and GOLD Luncheon participants at the 2013 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium

GOLD EMC At Work In Chicago

fullHello! My name is Caroline Chan, the GOLD EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Society Representative, and I am proud to introduce Louann Devine who is another GOLD EMC member volunteering at the IEEE EMC Chicago Society.

Louann Devine received her M.S. degree in electrical engineering with emphasis in electromagnetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 while working full-time at Agilent and Panduit, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005. She is currently employed as a Principal Transmission Engineer in Panduit’s Corporate Research and Development organization; in this role, she focuses on wireless applications, antenna design and measurements, IEEE 802.11 developments, wireless infrastructure, and structured category cabling.

Louann has been an active member of the EMC Society since 2008. Her first interest in the society began when she saw the type of interference issues and testing that designers encountered while working at Agilent as a wireless applications engineer, and her previous experiences at Motorola developing cellphones. Fast forward to this year: she and her team from the Chicago IEEE EMC Society held a successful complimentary “Introduction to EMC” class over a series of four Saturdays.

The Illinois Institute of Technology was a key partner in the success of this course by providing the classroom space and enabling successful recipients to earn 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CECs). Each of the four classes offered approximately two hours of lecture and two hours of hands-on-labs.  The lectures were focused on topics ranging from cables, shielding, and PCB layout to the history and motivation of EMC. The labs concentrated on providing students an opportunity to work with lab equipment such as LCR meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, and network analyzers to explore the fundamentals of capacitance and inductance, the mechanisms of crosstalk, and how to design a low pass filter.  The intent of the class was to provide undergraduate seniors in electrical engineering, recent graduates or engineering students new to electromagnetic compatibility an opportunity to gain relevant knowledge and lab experience in applied electromagnetics.  The format of this class is unique when compared to a majority of university-level Introduction to EMC classes because it offered a practical hands-on lab component; many universities offer a class focused on the theory of EMC but do not offer hands-on lab experience.  Members of the EMC Chicago Society and Chicago area students recognized the need for electromagnetic applications and created this class to provide young Chicago area engineering students an opportunity to gain initial hands-on learning.

The class was taught by four instructors (Robert Hofmann, Louann Devine, Jerry Meyheroff, Roy Leventhal) and was supported by several dedicated EMC Chicago Society Members (Roger Swanberg, Jack Black and Yai Cao).  All instructors and supporters volunteered their talent and energy to prepare and deliver the lectures and hands-on labs.  Lectures were based on Henry Ott’s latest book “Introduction to EMC” (published 2009), and the lab ideas were sourced from the IEEE EMC Society lab handbook.  The EMC Chicago Society underwrote a heavy majority of the costs for the class including the Ott textbook, the lab equipment rentals, lab materials, and the administration costs.  Several key donations were made to the class including a personal donation from Sharon Phillips, the IEEE Chicago Section President.

The successful completion of this class in early 2013 encouraged the IEEE EMC Chicago Chapter to host a similar hands-on event at the 2013 Chicago EMC Mini-Symposium and create a new EMC Education board.  The board will support hands-on EMC concepts and demonstrations for engineers seeking to acquire practical EMC experience.  The board is planning for the Second Annual IEEE EMC Chicago Chapter Introduction to EMC class to be two to four days longer, with longer sessions each day (potentially offering more CECs).  The format and class content will be more rigorous and geared to young working engineers that are new to EMC concepts.  The IEEE EMC Chicago Chapter looks forward to these educational opportunities in 2014!

For more information on the IEEE EMC Society, visit their website at http://www.emcs.org/.

Article contributed by Caroline Chan, GOLD EMC Society Representative