IEEE Miami Section

April 8th, 2017

Dr. Iqbal Husain, Ph.D.

Director of NSF FREEDM Systems Center

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NC State University

Date:                                   Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time:                                  10:30 PM to 11:30 PM

                                Place:         Room No. EC 2186 Applied Research Center, FIU 10555, West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174



This FREEDM concept provides an architecture for a future electric power distribution system that is suitable for plug-and-play of distributed renewable energy and distributed energy storage devices. Motivated by the success of the (information) Internet, the FREEDM concept envisions the “Energy Internet,” a system that enables flexible energy sharing for consumers in a residential distribution system. One of the core technologies for the FREEDM system is the solid-state transformer (SST) which is a power electronic device, but makes use of high frequency transformer for isolated AC-AC power conversion. The regulated low voltage DC/AC bus of SST could be used as an interface to distributed renewable resources and storage devices such as wind, solar, charging stations, and DC micro-grid. The SST is an “Energy Router” proposed to provide a compatible and flexible interface for power flow control, reactive power compensation capability, and potential fault current limitation. In addition to the role of a traditional ac transformer, the SST can also provide a low voltage (LV) DC bus. The bi-directional power flow capability of the SST provides possibilities to feed locally generated power back to the grid. Islanding can also be achieved when the HV side is disconnected from grid. This talk will present the research activities and results aimed at demonstrating the FREEDM concept followed by the power electronic controls for the SST. The experimental paltofrm of the developed DC/AC hybrid microgrid built to demonstrate the SST’s ability to integrate different renewable energy sources and to improve grid quality will also be discussed.



Dr. Iqbal Husain joined the ECE department at North Carolina State University as the ABB Distinguished Professor after serving as a faculty member at the University of Akron. He was also a visiting Professor at Oregon State University. He received the B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.  Prof. Husain’s research interests are in the areas of control and modeling of electrical drives, design of electric machines, and development of power conditioning circuits, microinverters for distributed power generation, inverter controls for grid synchronization, and modeling and control of electric and hybrid vehicle systems. He has also published the textbook Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Design Fundamentals.

Prof. Husain is a Fellow of the IEEE, and also, is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine. Prof. Husain received the 2006 SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award, the 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the 1998 IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member award, and several IEEE-IAS prize paper awards.



Dr. Iqbal Husain                                                                                                          Tel: (919) 513-5927

Director of NSF FREEDM Systems Center                                                     Professor, NC State University

100-24 Keystone, Campus Box 7911, NC State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7911

March 29th, 2017

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 04:00 PM
Address: Engineering Center, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: Panther Pit

IEEE Miami Section together with FIU online are organizing an informational session on Engineering Management and Network Security online courses at FIU. The informational session will be on April 13th 2017 at 4 – 7 PM. Please check the flyer below for more details. We will be happy to see you there. If you plan to attend, please RSVP

December 7th, 2016



Extending Detection with Forensic Information

Invited Lecture by

Berkay Celik

Date: Dec 7, 2016
Time: 03:00 PM
Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-3350

Abstract:For over a quarter century, security-relevant detection has been driven by models learned from input features collected from real or simulated environments. An artifact (e.g., network event, potential malware sample, suspicious email) is deemed malicious or non-malicious based on its similarity to the learned model at run-time. However, the training of the models has been historically limited to only those features available at run time. This talk covers an alternate model construction approach that trains models using forensic “privileged” information–features available at training time, but not at runtime–to improve the accuracy and resilience of detection systems. In particular, we adapt and extend recent advances in knowledge transfer, model influence, and distillation to enable the use of forensic data in a range of security domains. Such techniques open the door to systems that can integrate forensic data directly into detection models, and therein provide a means to fully exploit the information available about past security-relevant events.

Bio: Berkay Celik is a PhD student in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University working with Prof. Patrick McDaniel and a member of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory (SIIS). His research focuses on solving privacy and security problems using system techniques, machine learning, and probability/statistics. He obtained his MS degree in Computer Science at the Pennsylvania State University. During his MS. studies, he worked with Prof. George Kesidis and Prof. David J. Miller on NSF NeTSE Unsupervised Flow-Based Clustering project. His research focused on network security and design of learning algorithms. Moreover, he worked under the direction of Prof. Sema Oktug at Istanbul Technical University focusing on practical security problems.



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April 25th, 2016


The Energy Systems Research Laboratory presents

LLG Micromagnetic Analysis of Perpendicular Recording Heads – Write Head and Spin-Transfer Torque Oscillator in Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording

Invited Lecture by

Dr.Eng.Yasushi Kanai

Date: Aug 09, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Address Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-3960

Abstract: Microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) is one candidate scheme for next-generation perpendicular magnetic recording and is considered to bridge the gap between current perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR, shingled recording etc.) and heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).We will present spin-transfer torque oscillator (STO) and head configurations that will allow the STO element to operate at a low injected current density for higher reliability. The main points are: 1) Reducing the interaction between the head and STO lowers the injected current, 2) A tilted main pole – trailing shield gap model has a lower injected current compared with the perpendicular gap head, 3) A low anisotropy field (Hk) spin injection layer (SIL) is promising for utilizing both reflection/transmission torques, and 4) Media recording simulations are carried out to determine how the optimized head + STO performs.


Short Bio: Dr Yasushi Kanai is a Professor of the Information and Electronics Engineering Department at Niigita Institute of Technology, Kashiwazaki, Japan. He has authored and co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed journal papers, more than 180 international and more than 190 national conference records. He specializes in micromagnetic analysis, both in perpendicular magnetic recording heads and media, and electromagnetic field- heat transfer coupled computations of hyperthermic treatment.




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March 11th, 2016

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The Energy Systems Research Laboratory presents

“Innovative Security through Managed Risk in the Electric Industry”

Invited Lecture by

Dr. David W. Whipple

Date: April 11, 2016
Time:  2:00 PM– 3:00 PM
Address Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-2300

david whipple 2013Bio: Dr. Whipple has extensive background grounded in security, leadership, and innovative cultures that have an interest in protecting the organizational infrastructure as well as the security and privacy of customers. As a career security practitioner with over 25 years’ experience, his research and practice is focused on reducing organizational risk through innovative security controls that enable the business to accomplish their strategic goals and financial objectives. Currently a security leader with one of the nation’s largest energy corporations, he’s focused on minimizing risk in customer e-commerce to the cloud Paas/SaaS platforms ensuring reliability and long term savings. He also serves on the FBI’s InfraGard board as Energy Sector Chief, SME Board Member for DoE Research, and MBA Adjunct Professor at Drexel University. Dr. Whipple also has extensive international business experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and doesn’t shy away from any challenges.




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February 16th, 2016



Privacy as a Differentiator: One Privacy Officer’s Perspective

Invited Lecture by

Paul Plofchan

Date: Friday Feb 19, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida International University, 10555 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33174
Room: EC-2300

Abstract: Consumer technology comprises a more than US$200billion, highly profitable global industry with customers using their products extensively, anytime, anywhere. But with evidence of stalling consumer interest in spending on both mainstay technologies and IoT devices, companies must develop tactics to ignite their next wave of growth. Growth in new categories will happen, and can happen very quickly. But companies need to fix the fundamental enablers that will help them ramp up when disruptive innovation occurs. What is the role of Privacy here? This presentation provides insights into efforts to move privacy “beyond-compliance” – enabling its integration into core firm values and business line processes to better serve customers and win in the marketplace.

paulShort Bio: Paul Plofchan serves as Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer for ADT, based out of Boca Raton, Florida. Paul leads both ADT’s political engagement and public policy strategy, to include oversight of the company’s political action committee (ADT PAC) and grassroots efforts, and is a leader within the company’s data stewardship and protection program. As Chief Privacy Officer, Paul works with ADT’s senior management team to provide organization-wide privacy oversight to foster customer and employee trust and manage the risks and business impact of privacy laws and policies. Prior to joining ADT, Paul spent 20 years with Pfizer, Inc. in corporate affairs, government relations and sales and marketing. In conjunction with his current role, Paul serves as Chairman of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) government affairs board. Paul has significant experience working withCongressional committees, federal agencies, and state legislatures. He is actively involved in many national business, political and policy organizations, including the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, and state attorneys general associations. Additional interests include economic development and entrepreneurship. Paul currently serves on the board of Westlake Reinsurance, a privately held insurance captive, and is past Chairman of Bio Nebraska, a life sciences association. Paul is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Economics) and the University of Nebraska (MBA) and holds a privacy certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP-US).



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