IEEE Kingston Section

May 2nd, 2016


IEEE Kingston Section cordially invites

IEEE Members, Students, Staff and Well Wishers to its

 2016 IEEE Annual Banquet.


with Guest Speaker


Dr. Arthur B. McDonald

2015 Nobel Laureate in Physics and

Professor Emeritus, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy




May 25th  2016, 

from 6:00pm at the

Donald Gordon Centre, 421 Union St. Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Dinner Menu:

Starter – Chef’s soup of the day, Spinach, Mandarin and red onion salad

Main Course options –

  1. Chicken Kiev (Halal available)
  2. Atlantic Salmon (gluten-free)
  3. Stuffed Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)

Desert – Molten Lava Cake (Fruit Salad available upon request)

Abstract of talk by Prof. McDonald:

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A success story for science and engineering

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory project involved the design, engineering and construction of a particle detector the size of a ten storey building 2 km underground under ultra-clean conditions with $300 million of heavy water as the central detection medium. With this detector it was possible observe one neutrino per hour with essentially no radioactive background in the region of interest and use this data to show conclusively that electron neutrinos produced in the core of the sun change to other neutrino flavours before reaching the earth. This requires that neutrinos have a non-zero mass, which is new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. The science and engineering challenges of the Nobel Prize winning project will be discussed.

Ticket Prices: (Deadline for purchase is 19 May, 2016)

Members (and max. one companion) $40.00
Student members (and max. one companion) $20.00
Non-members $50.00




Purchase tickets:

PDF version of the 2016 Banquet Announcement

March 28th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston in collaboration with Queens University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:

Fundamentals and applications of the temporal Talbot effect: from pulse repetition-rate control to passive waveform amplification

Date:       Thursday, March 31st, 2016.

Time:       11:00 – 12:00

Venue:     Mackintosh-Corry B201, Queen’s University Campus

Speaker:  Dr. José Azaña, Canada Research Chair, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal, Canada

Abstract: The temporal Talbot effect comprises a set of self-imaging phenomena in the problem of linear group-velocity dispersion of periodic waveform (pulse) trains. This seminar will provide an overview of the fundamentals of the temporal Talbot effect, and some of its most prominent applications, including energy-preserving pulse repetition rate control, clock recovery from data signals, and noiseless amplification of repetitive waveforms without using active gain.

Speaker Bio: José Azaña holds a Telecommunication Engineer degree and a PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. Presently, he is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Centre Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) in Montreal, Qc, Canada. His research interests include ultrafast photonics, optical signal processing, all-fiber and integrated-waveguide technologies, high-speed telecommunications, all-optical computing, measurement of ultrafast events, light pulse interferometry and broadband microwave signal generation and manipulation.

Prof. Azaña’s research outcome has been reported in more than 450 publications in top scientific journals and technical conferences, including nearly 200 contributions in high-impact peer-review journals (with most publications in the IEEE, OSA and Nature editorial groups), and many invited and co-invited journal publications and presentations in leading international meetings. Prof. Azaña is a Fellow of the OSA (Optical Society of America) and his research work has been recognized with several prestigious awards and distinctions, including the 2008 IEEE-Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, and the 2009 IEEE-MTT Society Microwave Prize.

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission.

March 15th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston in collaboration with Queens University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:

National and International Management of Radio Frequencies for Wireless Services

Date:       Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.

Time:       3:00 – 4:00PM

Venue:     Kinesiology, Room 101, Queen’s University (28 Division Street), Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Veena Rawat, O.C.

Abstract: Wireless services have become an essential part of every citizen. These services use a natural, renewable resource called radio frequencies/spectrum. The radio frequency spectrum is a very precious resource which must be managed to ensure efficient and equitable access for the services which use it. There are several variables, political, socio-economics, technical among others, one must consider when managing the spectrum resource. The talk will cover what is involved in managing the spectrum at national and international levels, development of policies and regulations, using Canada, US and ITU, a UN Agency as examples.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Rawat is an internationally acclaimed expert in Radio Frequency Spectrum Planning and Management, currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.”

From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Dr. Rawat spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services.

She has been keynote and invited speaker, panelist and moderator for over 100 conferences and events dealing with technology trends, wireless technologies, radio spectrum matters, and Canadian S&T matters. She has served on the Board of numerous national and international professional organizations.

Dr. Rawat has had many “firsts” in her career, a trail blazer, starting from first female PhD  ever in 1973 in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, to being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU’s highest level meeting WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 held in Geneva for which she was awarded ITU’s gold medal by the Secretary General.  Other key awards include: IEEE for Public Service in Communications – 2012; from the Govt of Canada the highest Public Service Award of Excellence – 2011; From Canadian Women in Communications’ Canadian Woman of the Year – 2004; Canadian Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 (2005).

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission.

February 4th, 2016

The  IEEE Kingston AP/MTT Joint Chapter in collaboration with IEEE Kingston Section is proud to sponsor the following  seminar:


Date:         Wednesday February 10th, 2016.

Time:        2:30PM

Venue:     Walter Light Hall, Room 302, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario

Speaker:  Dr. Ashwin K. Iyer, University of Alberta

Abstract: The spectacular growth of metamaterials (MTMs) research has been fueled by fantastic ideas like invisibility using MTM “cloaks” and imaging with unlimited resolution using MTM “superlenses”. These ideas, however, are just manifestations of a much more tangible concept: that MTMs afford unprecedented control over electromagnetic (EM) waves. This talk will focus on new ideas being developed at the University of Alberta involving cylindrical MTM geometries. Many microwave devices exhibit cylindrical symmetry (e.g. circular waveguides/apertures, dielectric-resonator antennas, radomes, etc.) and can benefit from the incorporation of MTMs. For example, we recently discovered that hollow circular waveguides lined with thin, cylindrical MTMs could potentially be operated well below their natural cutoff frequencies. This is tantamount to extreme miniaturization, which is unprecedented in the case of hollow-waveguide technology. I will present theory, simulations, and experiments verifying below-cutoff propagation and discuss three distinct and intriguing applications: (1) miniaturized waveguide probe antennas, capable of higher-spatial-resolution near-field characterization of antennas and surfaces, (2) enabling a new type of MRI based on traveling waves, and (3) the miniaturization of aperture arrays leading to new mechanisms for extraordinary transmission.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Ashwin K. Iyer received the BASc., MASc., and PhD degrees in elettrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2001, 2003, and 2009 respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of Alberta Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the fall of 2009, where he now leads a growing group of talented graduate students in the analysis, characterization and experimental validation of metamaterial phenomena and their applications to imaging and antennas.

Dr. Iyer was part of the pioneering effort at the University of Toronto in the early 2000s in developing metamaterials that exhibit a negative refractive index (NRI). Dr. Iyer’s contributions have greatly influenced the evolution of metamaterials and have mobilized much of the work in this area. He has contributed to several of the leading publications in the fields of RF/Microwave engineering, antennas, physics, and optics, with a total citation count of over 2500, and he has co-authored 4 invited chapters appearing in the earliest conferences on the subject of metamaterials.

Dr. Iyer has received numerous awards, including the 2008 R. W. P. King Award for the best paper published in the previous year by an author under the age of 36 years, and the 2015 Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award, both presented by the IEEE AP-S. His students are also recipients of several major national and international awards for their research. He currently serves as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and co-chair of the IEEE Northern Canada Section’s joint chapter of the AP-S and MTT-S societies. Dr.  Iyer is a member of the IEEE and a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

This seminar is open to the general public with free admission and refreshments served afterwards.