IEEE Region 2


Region 2 Outstanding Meeting Program (ROMP)

Speaker List



Region 2 has organized a speaker list for the Outstanding Meeting Program as suggested by the sections
Ralph Sprang is the point of contact. Allow at least 8 weeks from the time of scheduling until the presentation.

The Region will pay travel expenses for the speaker, including a rental car if necessary, the Section will pay for lodging and meals.

Please contact Ralph with funding estimate and to check availability of funds before making travel arrangements for your speaker as travel funds are limited.  IEEE travelers should follow IEEE general travel reimbursement policies.

Note: Availability is dependent on the speakers.




Presenter: Sol Black

Abstract: In this one hour presentation, Mr. Black, explains the various techniques to test electronic circuit cards in a manufacturing environment. He covers disciplines such as Product-Testing-Product, Functional Testing, and Boundary Scan (JTAG IEEE 1149.X), but concentrates on In Circuit Testing as this is the fastest way to test products as well as the method having the highest fault coverage.

This is a fast moving and entertaining discussion which combines humor with a lot of technology. It is not an academic speech but a real hands on description of what is done in the industry. There are short entertaining explanatory skits such as “Two guys in a bar in Boston” and “A little girl with a red marker.”

Although students will find this talk especially informative, practicing Engineers will also learn a considerable amount from it.

Biography: Mr. Black is a retired Senior Test Engineer from Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies. He was responsible for Design For Testability and Test Development at Lucent. He has also consulted in the field, spent time at Celestica Technologies, and is still working in the field, part-time, at LSI/ADL Technologies. He resides in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He is Membership Chair of the Columbus Section and past Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. He had also served many years as Communications Society Chair of the Columbus Section.

Amateur Radio – It’s Not Just for Morse Code Anymore


Presenter: Dennis Silage, PhD

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Temple University, Philadelphia

Abstract: Nowadays many professionals are not fully aware of Amateur Radio and its potential in undergraduate education, as an interesting technical diversion or for effective STEM outreach. Presented here are the scope of accomplishments, past, present and the near future, of Amateur Radio including digital data transmission and wireless networking protocols, experimental satellite design and telemetry, high performance receiver architectures, digital modulation and coding and antenna design. Various methods for digital data communication are implemented using digital signal processors, programmable gate arrays or a PC with a sound card peripheral. Low earth orbiting Amateur Radio satellites have been available since 1961 and provide experience in polarized antennas, automated tracking, modem design and telemetry data analysis. Amateur Radio digital voice standards are being developed to replace traditional analog modulation methods.

STEM outreach is also easily accommodated with projects requiring less expensive and that are more inclusive than robotics. The Marconi Challenge is a hands-on project using infrared diodes and phototransistors and optics for an introduction to digital data transmission that has been offered to early teenagers.

This presentation with demonstrations is intended to engage the audience and provide the motivation to bring Amateur Radio and Engineering professionals together again for education, personal enjoyment and outreach.


Biography . Dennis Silage received the BSEE from Northeastern University and the MSEE and PhD from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University, Philadelphia and a Life Senior Member of IEEE. He received the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award for his pedagogical innovations in teaching digital communications, capstone design and STEM outreach programs. He is an Extra Class Amateur Radio licensee (k3DS) and received the ARRL Atlantic Division Technical Achievement Award.

SMART Power Flow Controller for Smart Grid Applications



Kalyan K. Sen, PhD, PE, MBA

IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer

Abstract: Smart Grid is an initiative to modernize the existing electric power system, which is envisioned to be integrating necessary devices for its most efficient operation. One such operation is increasing electric power flow in existing transmission lines with the use of a goal-oriented SMART power flow controller (SPFC). A SPFC controls the flows of active power and reactive power in a transmission line independently. The direct benefit of independent control is to maximize the useful active power flow while minimizing the less desirable reactive power flow, thereby reducing losses due to the reactive power flow in a transmission line. An additional benefit is the ability to increase power flow through the desired transmission paths that have high impedances, low power flow, and low line utilization. Also, grid congestion is avoided by redirecting the excess power flow from an overloaded line to underloaded lines, instead of tripping the overloaded line when power flow is needed the most.

The presentation is designed to provide the basic principles of power flow control technology and an overview of most commonly used power flow controllers. Since the intro duction of the power electronics-based Unified Power Flow Controller at the American Electric Power’s Inez substation in 1998, a great deal has been learnt on why power electronics-based FACTS controllers are not widely used, despite the usefulness of the functionalities of FACTS controllers. Based on presenter’s experience, the need for SPFC is explained.

Biography: Kalyan Sen is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc. ( that specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers. He spent 26 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Pittsburgh, USA. He contributed in all aspects (conception, simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has 25 patents and publications in the areas of FACTS and power electronics, including two books. He is the co-inventor of the Sen Transformer. He coined the term SMART Power Flow Controller. He received BEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University, India, Tuskegee University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, respectively. He also received an MBA from Robert Morris University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kalyan, a Senior Member of IEEE, has served the organization in many positions. In 2003, he reestablished the Pittsburgh Chapters of the Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Industry Applications Society (IAS). Both Chapters received the “Outstanding Large Chapter” awards for their activities in 2004. Under his Chairmanship, the Pittsburgh Section received the “Outstanding Large Section” award for its activities in 2005. His other past positions include Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2002 through 2007), Technical Program Chair of the 2008 PES General Meeting in Pittsburgh, Chapters and Sections Activities Track Chair of the 2008 IEEE Sections Congress in Quebec City, Canada, and the PES Region 2 Representative (2010 and 2011) . He has been serving as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 2002. In that capacity, he has given presentations on power flow control technology in over 50 places around the world.


WEB, WE, W and the ‘post Google era’


Presenter :  
Zary Segall, Professor
Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at UMBC

NOTE: Not available in 2014

Abstract: This talk will present design and interaction models that are human aware and are capable of making an artifact or a living space ‘human literate’. Conceptually, human aware systems are integrating active sensing of the body’s physiology, context and emotions with new information-driven technologies that are perceived as superior by users in terms of adoption, use and learning. To help in exploring this space we will look into the relevance of the Web and the knowledge the Web has about an individual. We will present and discuss a number of example human aware systems in the areas of wearable computing, future mobility, health care, and wellness.

Biography: Zary Segall is a Professor in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMBC. Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Segall served as Computer and Information Science Department Head at the University of Oregon. Dr. Segall was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. As part of his research activity, he had developed theoretical methods and practical systems for parallel processing, highly dependable systems, networking and wearable information systems. This work led to software licensing to IBM, AT&T, GE and NASA and to applications to parallel processing, NASA missions, Air Traffic Control and telecommunication services. His current research work is in Human Aware Wearable Computing and Convergent Design. Dr. Segall is a fellow of the IEEE Computer Society, a Fulbright Distinguished IT Chair and a honorary guest chair professor at the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.


High-performance and Power Efficient Computing with Graphical Processing Unit (GPU)


Presenter :
Prof. Xiaoming Li
University of Delaware

Abstract: Presentation of the technique of using a GPU card to speed up computer applications where graphics are employed, including having the GPU card do calculations. Also discussion of methods to program the cards for a specific application.

Biography: Xiaoming Li obtained his B.S. and M.E. in Computer Science at Nanjing University in 1998 and 2001, and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware. His research interests are code generation and optimization, compilers, and interaction between hardware and software. The main goal of his research is to make programs run faster and use less resource. His research covers all aspect of compiler optimizations and transformations, as well as domain-specific tuning for computation-driven applications.


Intro to Cloud Computing


Fred Stluka, Founder and CEO of Bristle Software, Inc

Abstract: Wondering what all the fuss is about “Cloud Computing”?

This talks covers:
– What: What’s new, what’s old but re-packaged, why now?
– Why: Pros/Cons, costs, scalability, etc.
– Where: Public, Private, Hybrid
– How: SaaS, DaaS, PaaS, IaaS
– New possibilities
– IaaS via AWS: EC2, S3,EBS, RDS, etc.
– Getting Started: Details of how to set up a server

Note: There will be an opportunity after the program to see how signing up for an Amazon Cloud account works. A few laptops will be on hand with internet access. Unless you are a UD student, you cannot have UD internet access unless you have previously registered with UD IT security.

Biography: Fred Stluka is founder and CEO of Bristle Software, Inc., with a mission statement that says:

Bristle Software thrills its customers via the rapid development of quality software to solve real-world business problems. Expert in Web, Mac, Linux/Unix, and Windows. Focus on secure, “filthy rich client”, user- friendly Web apps using robust, scalable, supportable architectures via Java, JavaScript, CSS, XML, and Ajax. He has been a professional programmer for 27 years, and still springs out of bed early every morning because there are so many cool architectural and programming things to do, and he can’t wait to get started.His wife hates this about him, but tolerates him because he’s nice to the cats and builds beautiful walls and staircases out of massive stones.

Check out Fred’s resume, links, tips, presentations (yes, including this one), open source libraries (including the JavaScript library that drives this slide presentation), etc. at:
and his mailing lists at:


Fusion Energy Research and Development: Starbuilding on Earth


Presenter :
Dr. John Glowienka, ITER Program Manager, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Abstract: History and update on the Fusion Energy Project. For a number of years, the US has been looking at fusion energy because the fuel cost would be low, and there seems to be an endless supply of it. The idea is that At the temperature of the sun, hydrogen nuclei fuse to give Helium and Energy. The problem to date is that achieving and maintaining this temperature is very, very difficult — and expensive. The US has been working for years to achieve a demonstration of a “break even” process, one that yields as much energy as it consumes. This has been achieved on a small scale for a short period of time.

Currently, a large effort, known as ITER, is sited in France, and has a many nation support, including the US. There are other smaller efforts also. This is an effort to build a fusion based power plant. For more details on the fusion process and current technologies, see the pdf file that was used in the talk.

Biography: Dr. Glowienka received his BS EE (‘71), M EE (‘73), and PhD EE (‘75) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then served in the U.S.Air Force as an officer and research staff member of the SHIVA experimental group, Phillips Laboratories, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM. Following an assistant professorship in the Nuclear Engineering Program, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, he began, in 1977, a 30-year career with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN. During the first half of his ORNL career, he served as a member of the research staff of the Fusion Energy Division, where he contributed to the research and management of the ELMO Bumpy Torus and Advanced Toroidal Facility experiments. During the second half of his ORNL career, he managed Laboratory activities dealing with safety, performance management, and performance assessment. For example, he directed the Laboratory’s Y2K preparations. Dr. Glowienka retired from ORNL in 2007 and joined the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) as a physical scientist staff member within the DOE’s Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, U.S. ITER Program Office.

Dr. Glowienka is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society.
He is an instrument-rated pilot, soccer referee, licensed radio amateur, and woodworker.



 TaiC Wong

Presenter :
Tai C. Wong
American Electric Power (Retired)

Abstract: To make, or lose, money in the stock market involves three components: What to buy, When to buy and When to sell. These and the following topics will be covered in the presentation: The roles of Politics, Macro-economics, Fiscal and Monetary policies. Capitalizing on the results of Technical Analyses following the Fundamental Analyses. Criteria applied to Fundamental Analyses. The relative desirability of owning company Common Shares, Mutual Funds, and Exchange Traded Funds [ETFs]. Concepts and tools, such as the 50-day, 200-day Moving Averages, Golden Cross, Death Cross, Moving Average Convergence Divergence [MACD], Stochastic, Trading Volume, Trailing Stop Loss, and Diversification. Sample portfolio holdings requiring different levels of due diligence and attention. “Real time” market interfacing will be made for clarifying the material. It’s hoped that the participants would leave the meeting with a sense to try “one’s luck”, if he/she has not tried it before. However, only try it with fake, not real, money, especially in the beginning.

Biography: Tai C. Wong is an engineer turned investor, after retiring from American Electric Power (AEP). In his investment adventure, he listens to everyone, except himself. Also, he pays little attention to what he is buying. Yet, his investment result is quite impressive. More formally, Tai received the B.S.E.E, M.S.E.E. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Washington, Ohio State University and New York University respectively. He also graduated from the General Electric — Advanced Engineering Course and the University of Michigan Executive Training Program. Before retiring from AEP, he was Manager — Regional Planning. After Tai has completed bench marking 10 Fortune-500 companies, the AEP Corporate Technology Development Department was created. He has published numerous technical papers, was an instructor of Power System Short Courses at the Ohio State University and has lectured at the Ohio University, Youngstown State University, West Virginia University, Tsinghua University, and the Electric Power Research Institute (Beijing). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and New York. Tai, a Senior Member of the IEEE , is a past member of the Governing Board of the Power Energy Society (PES), past Chairman of the PES’s Distinguished Lecturer Program and General Chairman of two IEEE-PES Winter Meetings, ESMO and PICA Conferences, each with an international attendance of some 2,500 participants. Currently, he is a Board member of CURE — Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.


TOPICS:  History of Rocketry, or History of Humans in Space, or Advanced Space Propulsion Concepts, or Hubble Space Telescope, or Apollo Moon Landings, or The Moon, or Moon Bases, or Asteroids, or Humans to Mars, or Spacecraft Accidents (many options), or Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Cars in Space


Presenter: Bryan Palaszewski

Biography: He has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry.

He currently leads work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where rocket deceleration is planned for the final descent to the planet’s surface. He is also investigating outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits of mining them for future space missions.

A recent focus of his research is in nanoparticle metal additives for gelled liquid fuels, and solid hydrogen for atomic propellants.

He recently led the Fire Prevention – Accident Mitigation aspects of the NASA /FAA Aviation Safety Program, investigating ways of making aircraft and their fuels safer.

In 1996, he led the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) special topic for commercializing safer, denser propellants.

In 1995, he led a team to plan the testing of a 1500 pound thrust Oxygen/Hydrogen windowed rocket engine with laser-based measurements of injector and combustor mixing.

For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

He was also the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) for three years, as well as being involved other flight projects such as the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.

He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York.

He has received the AIAA Sustained Service Award in 2004, and was chair of the AIAA Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical committee for 3 years.


Advanced Inverter Design 


Matthew Perkins, Sales Manager
GE Power & Water, Solar Technologies

Abstract: Grid-tied solar power plants bring significant challenges to grid systems vis-a-vis variability and dynamic fluctuations in irradiation / power output. Rapid growth in the installation of such plants (>40% CAGR) has brought this issue to the forefront of utility and RTO/ISO discussions regarding the proper interconnection and integration of this power source. Further, financing challenges and long-term power-purchase agreements have driven a greater focus on technical innovations to address industry concerns regarding reliability and maintainability. Advanced Inverter designs yield several key solutions for these issues, namely: voltage regulation, voltage and frequency ride-through, and generator power management for grid system challenges; and next generation cooling designs and component selection criteria for reliability challenges.

Biography: Matt Perkins leads Solar Sales for GE Energy, Power & Water across Canada and the Eastern/Central United States.

Matt’s career in the energy industry began in California where he worked at Chevron Energy Solutions, performing energy audits. His career at GE began with a role in the Wind Energy Engineering organization, where he served on the Cost-Out team, working a cross-functional role to reduce the direct material costs of GE’s wind technologies.

Matt returned to GE in a Sales training role at the headquarter offices in Beijing, China, where he served to support collaboration between the global offices and developing the marketing efforts of GE’s wind business in China.

In 2008 Matt joined the Commercial Leadership Program, where he worked across Sales and Marketing roles in several key areas of GE’s product lines: supporting the commercialization efforts of GE’s thin film solar business, representing GE as a Sales Manager for Wind Turbine and Gas/Steam Turbine technologies, providing customer-facing techincal support via a Field Sales Engineering role, and creating / negotiating contracts in a Commercial Leader role.

A native of New York, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

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