Chuck Kime and son-in-law Peter Callies in front of a Piper Navajo at Talkeetna
January Informal ECN Meeting: “LENR Basics Webinar” — The organization Energy 2.0 produced a 1.5 hour Webinar on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions with Mats Lewan. Eight IEEE members (and on interested cat) gathered at Sector67 to view the Webinar and discuss their thoughts. Mats is a Swedish Journalist from the technical publication, Ny Teknik. He discussed the early experiments of Fleischman and Pons, explaining how they had really observed excess energy, though the experiment could not be duplicated, a fact that has been shown to require 16 meticulous steps to observe. He then went on to discuss Andrea Rossi’s follow on work and presented a good summary of what is current technology. Mats was able to observe first hand the early Rossi demonstrtions and was allowed to make his own measurements confirming excess energy. The most interesting part of the Webinar for me was his answers to questions. The one question Mats posed that I can relate to is “Why am I the only main-stream journalist reporting on this paradigm shifting technology?”. If you missed it, the entire webinar was recorded to YouTube HERE.
Sector67 LENR 101 Webinar. The cat in the middle is appropriately named “Tesla”
February ECN Meeting: Kevin Kaufman from the University of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center will talk at Sector67 on the difficulty of scaling a business up from an early stage start-up. The SBDC is an organization that helps businesses develop the plans and skills needed to start and grow a business. Kevin will also lead in interactive assessment process to identify where a business is in relation to the five needed engines of growth. As usual, it is a “brown bag” event, so bring your lunch or snack and also be prepared to give a short “elevator speech” introducing your business.
February Section Meeting: Dominic DiMarco, one of the co-founders of MobileIgniter will speak on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and MobileIgniter’s approach to helping people develop devices and applications for this new and growing area. Dominic and his co-founder, Timothy Nott were recently highlighted in an Isthmus article that you can read here. On a related note, Dominic attended the IEEE-Madison sponsored “Hands-On Drones for Electrical Engineers” at UW-Madison on December, 2014.
March Section Meeting: Dr. Greg Carman will be giving a talk titled “Beethoven, Shannon and the Compact Disk” on the history of development of the Compact Disk. Dr. Carmen is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Magnetics Society.
March Life Member Affinity Group Meeting: A tour of the new UW-Madison Charter Street Power Plant is planned. Dates and times are still being worked on, so check the Vtools Meetings site for details, or wait until the next Newsletter.
Micro Volunteers: Do you have some time to spare to help IEEE-Madison Section? Perhaps you have a meeting topic that you would like to see us host and could find a speaker. Maybe you have time to call a few members who might have forgotten to renew their membership.
Please consider sending some time helping with the Section activities. Let me know (tjkaminski (at) ieee.org).