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Archive for January, 2015

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Meeting, January 28th

Monday, 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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New EMC Measurement Techniques @ Compliance Testing, LLC

Friday, 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

Valley Megaphone January 2015

Wednesday, 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.

IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Banquet 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


Annual Banquet – Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Keynote Presentation

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


 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). Thick sequences 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 Fees

IEEE Members and Guests :  $50.00
IEEE Undergraduate Student Members:  $30.00
IEEE Graduate Student Members:  $30.00
IEEE Student Member Guests:  $50.00
IEEE Student Branch Table without Guests: $300.00*
IEEE Society Chapter / Affinity Group Table:  $500.00**
Corporate Sponsorship : $1000.00***

Note: IEEE Members should list their membership numbers at the time of registration. They should be current members. IEEE membership numbers will be checked against IEEE Member Data Base.

*Table sits 10 persons and includes only Undergraduate and Graduate Student Members and not their guests. The fee of $50.00 listed above applies to IEEE Student Member Guests.

**Table sits 10 persons.

***Sponsorship includes recognition at program, table of ten for dinner, and space for a display.

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