IEEE Northern VA Section Newsletter for February 2017

IEEE Northern VA Section Newsletter for February 2017

 In This Issue

  • Report and Acknowledgements
  • Volunteering
  • Upcoming Events
  • Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences
  • Monthly Survey

Section Report and Acknowledgements

In addition to the IEEE NOVA Section’s first EXCOM and ADCOM meeting which was very well attended, the section also hosted a PES, two industry, and three WIE partner events.

  • IEEE NOVA Section: held their first ADCOM meeting, chaired by Dr. Kiki Ikossi recognized efforts of Globecom 2016, WFIoT 2016, and put forth a challenging agenda of growth, working with our broader surrounding IEEE sections, industry, academia, and our non-profit partners.
  • IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) NOVA: offered their first virtual online seminar led by Mr. Malcolm Harkins which explored the elements of cyber leadership that allows teams to perform at optimal levels and lower risk levels for the clients and associated enterprises.
  • IEEE WIE NOVA Partner (ASQ SW SIG): Mr. Curtis Bragdon offered a discussion on the need to promote and/or enforce secure development practices, in his talk, “Secure-SDLC: How to Drive Adoption”.
  • IEEE WIE NOVA Partner (ISSA-NOVA): Ms. Laurie Wiggins offered an effective overview of how the Program Risk ID (PRID) tool enhances risk assessment capability in their discussion: Excellence, Cybersecurity, and Risk – Building on the Baldrige Excellence Builder to Lead Organizations Forward
  • Industry Events: Two very interesting and informative talks were offered, the first by Dr. Jerry Krassner who spoke of the history of the NASA Airborne Astronomy Program. The second, by Dr. Picciolo on advanced RADAR detection algorithms.
  • PES: Hosted Mr. Sieva, whom spoke on an innovative method for understanding arc flash incident energy based on incident energy time-current curves (TCC) that replace traditional “point in time” calculations.

Volunteer for the Section

Volunteer engagement is one of the strongest focus areas of our regional leadership. We are always looking for bright, talented, committed members to join the leadership ranks. If you have interest in leading a society chapter or serving on a section committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to the leadership team at

 Upcoming Events

Following is a list of events for 2017 brought to our attention that may be of interest to members. Inclusion in this list does not imply section involvement and registration may be required. Follow the link for details, and click on the “Add Meeting to Calendar” link on vTools for an automated import into popular calendar managers.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          IEEE NOVA ADCOM – February Meeting

          TeqCorner, 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA, 22102


Monday, February 13, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

            IEEE NOVA WIE – Mentoring Success Around the Globe – Million Women Mentors

            Online – Webinar



Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

            IEEE Vehicular Technology Society National Capital Chapter

            25kv Break-Free Overhead Contact Supply

            American Public Transportation Association

            1300 I Street, NW, Washington DC



Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

          We Are Paying for What?! IT Asset Management: security, sanity, and saving money”

          MITRE Corporation, MITRE-2, McLean, VA 22102


Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

          Driving Innovation within STEM & Cyber Across the Generations – Part I Online – Webinar


For more information or to see events further in advance, visit our web site,

Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences

Save the date for the IEEE WIE Forum USA East, November 30 – December 2, 2017 Baltimore, MD. For more information on attendance, patronage, career fair, speaking, and volunteer opportunities, see:


Help our IEEE-NOVA section to drive higher levels of engagement with our section, technical communities, affinity groups, and special interest groups. Answer our survey and let us hear your thoughts!

We are all very fortunate to be in a profession that shapes and accelerates technology for the immediate present and far into the future. As IEEE members, we all pledge to promote and use our technology for the betterment of humanity.


                                                                               Dr. Kiki Ikossi

                                                                               2017 IEEE Northern VA Chair

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