IEEE Schenectady Section



IEEE student branch at University of Albany – Panel Discussion

IEEE Panel Discussion:  Preparing for a Career in Industry

Date:  Wednesday, April 25th

Time:  6 to 7pm

Location:  University at Albany.  Lecture Center Room 22 (LC22)


Section Membership Meeting

TOPIC: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Power: High Performance MVA Gradient Drivers

PRESENTED BY:  Dr. Juan A. Sabate, GE Global Research Center

DATE and TIME:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY

PDH Credit: No PDH credits provided. 

SPONSORED BY: Industry Applications Society (IAS) 

LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.


Please contact Aqsa Patel at by Monday, Feb. 26th, 2018 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members. There is a $10 fee for non-members.


In high performance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, the gradient driver is required to supply the gradient coil with large current (>600A) and high voltage (>2000V) to achieve strong gradient field and fast slew rate. In addition, extremely high fidelity for reproducing the current command from the central system is very critical for imaging quality. This paper presents the solutions for the different elements of the driver: high bandwidth power inverter, ripple cancellation filter, multi-output power supply and digital control.

High BW power inverter requires stacked bridges structure to allow high output frequency. The high voltage and high frequency for large power modules benefits by low switching loss modules using SiC devices. The control needs a digital implementation and a very fast processor. Digital control provides compensation and feedforward to improve the response. A capability improvement is obtained by reducing the switching frequency when large currents with very low frequency variation are needed. Control can handle it very well, but the filter has to be designed to eliminate more than one ripple frequency. Finally, many power supply solutions have been used for multiple isolated outputs, but digital control compensation permits the use of much simpler unregulated power supply and keep the performance.

A 2 MVA, 900A/1200V, platform has been built and fully tested. The experimental results proved the validity of the proposed structure and modulation technique. 

TryEngineering Summer Camps Powered by IEEE

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Two camp program dates to choose from:
Session 1: 1-14 July 2018
Session 2: 15-28 July 2018

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2018 IEEE Region 1 Annual Student Conference

When: March 23-25, 2018
Where: NYIT (Old Westbury)

For details click here.


NYSSPE Seminar with Urban Green Council
Conquering the Energy Code for Engineers & Architects: Commercial – 7 PDHs

When: March 30, 2018
Where: Urban Green Council Manhattan, 55 Broad St, 9th Floor “Blue Room”, New York, NY

Any questions contact Urban Green Council at:

Registration click here.


Membership Meeting on January 25, 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018

IEEE Schenectady section membership meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25th. At this meeting Mr. Vince Forte will give a talk on “Ethical Situations Encountered by Engineers

TOPIC: Ethical Situations Encountered by Engineers
PRESENTED BY: Vincent Forte, P.E.
DATE: 11:45 to 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 25, 2018
PDH CREDIT: $10 per credit (first 10 IEEE member sign-ups are free)
LOCATION: Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna, NY
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided.
SPONSORED BY: Power and Energy Society
RESERVATIONS: Please contact Aqsa Patel at by Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 to reserve. This event is free for IEEE members (PDH credits are extra, see above). There is a $10 fee for non-members in addition to the PDH credit fee to cover venue and food related costs.
ABSTRACT: Mr. Forte will briefly review the IEEE code of Ethics and the NYS PE licensing law. A decision making process and engaging application cases will be used to explore the topic of Engineering Ethics.


27th North Atlantic Test Workshop

The IEEE North Atlantic Test Workshop provides a forum for discussions on the latest issues relating to high quality, economical, and efficient test methodologies and designs. The 27th NATW will feature a tutorial on Monday on the subject of verification. In addition to traditional topics, the 27th NATW will feature a general theme of “Silicon Photonics.”

May 7-9, 2018 at Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, Vermont

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The Central New York Engineering Expo (CNY Expo) is a day-long symposium featuring a variety of technical presentations.

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When: Monday, November 13 | 8am–5pm | Oncenter, Syracuse


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Global Foundries FAB 8 Open House

When: October 12, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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2017 IEEE EDS-Global Foundries Mini colloquium

Monday July 31, 2017 is the Paper Submission Deadline.

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