IEEE Phoenix Section

Including Northern Arizona

January 7th, 2015


Annual Banquet - Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Keynote Presentation

Title: The Grand Canyon – A 1.8-Billion-Year Slice of Earth History

Speaker: Prof. Thomas Sharp
Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science
Arizona State University


The Grand Canyon is an amazing surface feature that attracts millions of tourists from around the world. The canyon exposes a thick sequence of rocks that represent 40% of Earth’s history. The inner canyon exposes the oldest igneous and metamorphic rocks, known as the Vishnu basement. These rocks record the history of continental crust assembly through collisions, mountain building, metamorphism and melting in the Paleoproterozoic Era between 1840 and 1660 Ma. The layered Grand Canyon Supergroup rocks of the inner canyon in the east record a history of sedimentation, crustal extension and basaltic volcanism on the continental interior during the Neoproterozoic Era between 1200 and 700 Ma. Separating the rocks of the inner canyon from those of the main canyon is the Great Unconformity, representing as much as 1200 million years of missing geologic record. The flat-lying sedimentary rocks of the of the main canyon record a history of sediment deposition in and adjacent to shallow seas that moved on and off of the continent through the Paleozoic Era (540 to 260 Ma). A thick sequence of Mesozoic sediments covered the area, but have been eroded away. The timing and mechanism of Canyon formation is the subject of current study and debate. The erosion that created the Grand Canyon is part of the recent history of the Colorado Plateau uplift and formation of the Basin and Range Province and is believed to be as young as 6 Ma.

Speaker Biography

Prof. Thomas Sharp is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University. He earned a BS in Geology and in Geophysics at the University of Minnesota in 1983 and a PhD in Geology from Arizona State University in 1990. Prof. Sharp is a mineralogist interested in mineral reactions, phase transitions and deformation and how these can be used to understand processes that occur within Earth and other planetary bodies. This research combines experimental and natural samples with detailed physical and chemical characterization of rocks and minerals with transmission and scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, thermal emission infrared spectroscopy and other techniques. Applications include: Phase transitions in Earth’s deep mantle; High-pressure minerals in meteorites as indicators of impact history; and Chemical weathering of basalt and its implications for the remote sensing of Mars. In addition to his research, Professor Sharp is the ASU Associate Director of the NASA Arizona Space Grant Consortium.

Banquet Agenda

Registration / Social Hour: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sit-Down Dinner: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Section Program: 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Keynote Presentation: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Awards Presentation: 8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Change of Section Officers: 9:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Banquet Registration Direct Link:

Please Support the IEEE Phoenix Section by Joining as Volunteer in Section Committees, Society Chapters, Affinity Groups, and Student Branches. 

October 20th, 2014

ieee_logo_mb_taglineThe IEEE Phoenix Section awards Student Scholarships to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who are IEEE student members. The applying student must attend a university in the Phoenix Section during 2014. The universities include Arizona State University, Arizona State University Polytechnic, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Northern Arizona University.

The student should submit a completely filled application along with financial aid statement; a one-page personal statement of achievements, interests, and goals; official transcripts of all college work; and recommendation letters. The scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and service to the IEEE.
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January 26th, 2015

Lukas A. Schwoebel, CTO of the German tech-startup Favendowill be able to explain latest use ofiBeaconsinthe fast growing industry of measurable marketing and indoor-positioning by introducing the hardware and thesoftware technology behind it.

Whether you are a wireless, embedded, or app technology expert, or youare just curious, Please stop by!

  • Location:Dan Noble Conference room, Freescale Semiconductor, 2100 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe
  • Time: Wednesday 28th January 5.30 – 6.30pm
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January 23rd, 2015

New EMC Measurement Techniques for Efficient and Compliant Antenna Calibration and Test Site Validation

Complemented by Live Demonstrations

This is a free half-day workshop, but you must register IN ADVANCE no later than February 20 to assure your space.

For more details please click here for the flyer

January 14th, 2015

The January 2015 edition of the IEEE Phoenix Section newsletter “Valley  Megaphone” is available.  The issue includes all the information regarding IEEE-Phoenix Section Annual Banquet. Download the PDF right here. The current and older  editions of the Megaphone can always be found here.

December 4th, 2014

IEEE Phoenix Section, Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of Hilton Phoenix Airport (2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 (480) 894-1600). Registration & Social Hour begins at 5:30 PM followed by Dinner and Section Awards. Keynote Presentation “Grand Canyon and Its Wonders” by Prof. Thomas Short, Director, Arizona State University.

December 4th, 2014

The December 2014 edition of the IEEE Phoenix Section newsletter “Valley  Megaphone” is available. Download the PDF right here. The current and older  editions of the Megaphone can always be found here.

November 7th, 2014

The IEEE Phoenix Section is seeking nominations for the elected Section officer positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) for the 2015 term. In addition, the Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for non-elected (appointed) standing committee Chair positions for the 2015 term. Details for the announcements and Job Descriptions are available here

November 5th, 2014

The November 2014 edition of the IEEE Phoenix Section newsletter “Valley  Megaphone” is available. Download the PDF right here. The current and older  editions of the Megaphone can always be found here.

October 20th, 2014

ieee_logo_mb_taglineThe IEEE Phoenix Section recognizes the contributions of members, non-members, society chapters, affinity groups, student branches, corporations, and educational institutions at the annual banquet. The next banquet is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Hilton Phoenix Airport located at 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ – 85034 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Tel: 480-894-1600).

The Section is pleased to issue a call for nominations for this year’s Section awards. The scope and purpose of the Section Awards Program is to plan, promote and implement IEEE award and recognition programs that recognize outstanding performance in furthering the objectives and professional aims of the IEEE Phoenix Section, the IEEE, and the IEEE-USA, and to stimulate others to pursue such achievements of excellence.

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