Please come to enjoy our Holiday Banquet, 

Delicious food, good wine, pleasant companies, stimulating keynote

                 and inspiring discussions…..

The event will be held at top rated Mandarin Buffet and Grill. There are over 800 delectable dishes for your pleasure,

Mongolian bar, sushi, crabs, steamers, seafood, dessert, salad, chocolate fountain, ice cream and more….


 Keynote Speaker:   Thomas Coughlin, IEEE- USA President Elect

 Topic: The Memory of Cars

       Abstract:  Automobiles are becoming rolling applications platforms needing computing power, networking to other cars and the cloud as well as digital memory and storage.  This talk will look at the requirements for memory as well as digital storage in automotive entertainment and navigations systems, including expectations for cars with driver assist features and autonomous driving.  The evolution of memory and storage technology are key drivers for creating the deep learning capabilities required for the car of tomorrow.



Date: 01 December 2017


Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM


Location: 14850 NE 24th St, Redmond, Washington 98052.


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IEEE member, early bird $12 before Nov 23, $15 regular, $28 at door, children free.

Non-IEEE member, $26.


Host: Dr. Sheree Wen, swen@ieee.org

Chair, Professional activities, Seattle

The computer Society, Seattle

The Region 6 Government relations

Co-sponsored by IEEE Seattle section, The Computer Society and The Signal Processing Society chapters

Nanotechnology for Cancer Screening


Samir M. Iqbal, Ph.D., P.E., FRSC


Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Bioengineering; Faculty Associate, Nanotechnology Research Center, University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX 75390, USA




A number of bio-inspired solid-state devices have emerged in recent years that utilize micromachining to interface cells and to detect molecular biomarkers. The approaches provide rapid, label-free identification, and selective capture of diseased cells. The sensing and recognition of diseased cells when these are very few in numbers, especially in early stages of cancer, require nanoscale approaches that biomimic physiological conditions. Nanotechnology is helping create innovative physical systems for single-cell analysis.  Such engineered single-cell analysis approaches are providing new insights about cancer progression and can be important to tackle early cancer detection challenges. The biologically inspired manufacturing frameworks can be extended to other investigations, especially where viscoelastic, mechanical and chemical behaviors can be used combinatorially to faithfully transduce important molecular and cellular anomalies to meaningful signals.  This talk will provide an overview on detection, sorting and isolation of rare cells with nanotechnologies and microfluidics.



Dr. Samir Iqbal is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington), USA. His work focuses on nanotechnology applications in solid-state sensors, developing novel nano-bio interfaces and cancer screening devices with high sensitivity and selectivity.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Socety of Chmeistry and a senior member of IEEE.  He is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and is on the EMBS Technical Committee on BioMEMS. He is also a member of American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Biophysical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, European Society for Nanomedicine, and Sigma Xi, to name a few. He was a recipient of US National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009. In 2013, UT-Arlington selected him for Honorable Mention for Best Academic Advisor Award. In 2014, the College of Engineering at UT-Arlington nominated him for President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was awarded Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2014. In November 2014, he was inducted into National Academy of Innovators by UT-Arlington. In 2015, he was given the Best Research Mentor Award. In 2016, he was awarded Research Excellence Award by his university.

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  • Alon Newton
    Chair, IEEE Seattle Section
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  • Starts 18 October 2017 12:00 PM
  • Ends 9 November 2017 11:00 AM
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Dr. Samir M. Iqbal
Topic: Nanotechnology for Cancer Screening


November 9th 2017,


6pm -7pm  Presentation by Dr. Samir M. Iqbal


IEEE Seattle Signal Processing Chapter and EMBS Chapter co sponsor this event.

Host: Alon Newton – IEEE Seattle Section Chair anewton@ieee.org


Papua New Guinea: First GPS & Sensor Tracking of Wild Tree Kangaroos

November 14 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm


In October 2017 Woodland Park Zoo sent me plus an Emmy award winning filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo (www.joepontecorvo.com) to the top of a remote mountain range in Papua New Guinea. I was invited because I designed an electronic tracking collar that acquires weak GPS signals under a cloud forest canopy, along with an innovative integration of altimeter and motion sensor. This research is part of a conservation program that integrates shade-grown coffee, subsistence hunting, and tree kangaroo conservation. First-ever film footage of this rare animal’s behavior plus substantially new biological data from my tracking devices will be featured on a one-hour television special in 2018. Come get a preview of this dramatic NatGeo experience!

Doug Bonham is a former wildlife biologist from Montana, now a EE on Surface Pro. This project is a spin-off from a National Science Foundation grant that he received for his novel integration of Argos satellite with 802.15.4 wireless links for tracking wildlife. Doug Bonham brings fifteen years of experience designing tracking devices for endangered birds, mammals, and marine animals.

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  • Alon Newton
    Chair, IEEE Seattle Section
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  • Starts 25 October 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 14 November 2017 12:00 PM
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IEEE Seattle EMC and Joint MTT/AP/ED Chapter Meeting Announcement

Date:               Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time:                  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

6:00 pm:            Complimentary dinner
7:00 pm:            Welcome by Prof M. P. (Anant) Anantram, University of Washington,   

MTT/AP/ED Seattle Joint Chapter Co-Chair

7:15 pm:            Presentation “New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology”

                                                      by IEEE MTT Society Distinguished Lecturer, Mona Jarrahi,

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – See technical program and speaker bio below.

9:00 pm:            Adjourn

Location:Microsoft14820 Northeast 36th Street Redmond, WA 98052, USA, Bldg 99, Room 1919. Free parking.

Directions:        Click here for Map

Register:            Seating is limited!! Register online now to save your space!  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/48280


New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology

By Mona Jarrahi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)



Although unique potentials of terahertz waves for chemical identification, material characterization, biological sensing, and medical imaging have been recognized for quite a while, the relatively poor performance, higher costs, and bulky nature of current terahertz systems continue to impede their deployment in field settings. In this talk, I will describe some of our recent results on developing fundamentally new terahertz electronic/optoelectronic components and imaging/spectrometry architectures to mitigate performance limitations of existing terahertz systems. In specific, I will introduce new designs of high-performance photoconductive terahertz sources that utilize plasmonic nanoantennas to offer terahertz radiation at record-high power levels of several milliwatts – demonstrating more than three orders of magnitude increase compared to the state of the art. I will describe that the unique capabilities of these plasmonic nanoantennas can be further extended to develop terahertz detectors and heterodyne spectrometers with quantum-level detection sensitivities over a broad terahertz bandwidth at room temperatures, which has not been possible through existing technologies. To achieve this significant performance improvement, plasmonic nanoantennas and device architectures are integrated with on-chip optical sources. Therefore, our results pave the way to compact and low-cost terahertz imaging, spectroscopy, and spectrometry systems that could offer numerous opportunities for e.g., medical imaging and diagnostics, atmospheric sensing, pharmaceutical quality control, and security screening applications.


Mona Jarrahi received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2000 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2007. She served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California Berkeley from 2007 to 2008. After serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, she joined the University of California Los Angeles in 2013 where she is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory. Prof. Jarrahi has made significant contributions to the development of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz, infrared, and millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, and quantum well structures as well as innovative plasmonic and optical concepts. The outcomes of her research has appeared in 150 publications and 120 keynote/plenary/invited talks and have received a significant amount of attention from scientific news outlets including Huffington Post, Popular Mechanics, EE Times, IEEE Spectrum, Optics & Photonics News Magazine, Laser Focus world, and Photonics Spectra Magazine. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by several international and national prestigious awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE); Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Moore Inventor Fellowship from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Kavli Fellowship by the USA National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award from the USA National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine; Research Award from Okawa Foundation; Early Career Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council; Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; Booker Fellowship from the USA National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science; Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; Early Career Award from the USA National Science Foundation (NSF); Young Investigator Awards from the USA Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); the Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award from the University of Michigan; Distinguished Alumni Award from Sharif University of Technology; and best-paper awards at the International Microwave Symposium, International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, and International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves. Prof. Jarrahi is actively involved in several professional societies and has been on program committees of several conferences from IEEE, OSA, and SPIE societies. She is a senior member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE societies and serves as a member of the Terahertz Technology and Applications Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, an editorial board member of Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, a Traveling Lecturer of OSA, and a Visiting Lecturer of SPIE. In addition, she serves as a panelist and reviewer for the USA National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Energy (DOE).  For more information –  http://www.seas.ucla.edu/~mjarrahi/


Pacific Northwest Chapter * Society for Information Display
Wednesday, November 15th6:00 P.M.

Radiant Visions Systems
22908 NE Alder Crest Dr., Suite 100
Redmond WA 98053

New Optical Devices for Display and AR/VR Testing
Doug Kreysar, Chief Solutions Officer, Radiant Vision Systems

Today’s complex display geometries place new testing requirements on makers of AR/VR technologies, embedded displays, and smart devices. Radiant’s Chief Solutions Officer, Doug Kreysar, will demonstrate how new optical devices facilitate the measurement of these advanced technologies, including:
  • Near-to-Eye display (NED) testing in headsets
  • Angular distribution of near infrared LEDs
  • View angle performance in displays
  • Light & color inspection of projected displays (HUDs)
A live demonstration featuring Radiant’s conoscope and wide FOV lens technologies will accompany the presentation.
Speaker Biography

As Chief Solutions Officer, Doug Kreysar heads Radiant’s engineering, operations, product development, and marketing teams to ensure the successful implementation of customer solutions worldwide. Under his direction, Radiant’s optical technologies for light and color measurement have become known as the gold standard for production applications. Prior to joining Radiant in 2000, Kreysar was head of the optical design group at North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL). Kreysar received a B.S. in Physics from Vanderbilt University, and an M.S. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The author of multiple technical papers and a regular speaker in industry symposia, he has been the recipient of an Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Kreysar has been awarded eight US patents.
The seminar is free. Non-Members are welcome. We will be serving pizza and refreshments after the talk. RSVP to Samantha Phenix at samantha.phenix@planar.com.  Please indicate if you plan to join us for pizza and let me know your pizza preference.

For those remotely attending, we are now using GoToWebinar.

To register, click on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4163695889745042947
Please consider becoming a member of SID and receive full SID membership benefits including access to technical journals such as Digest of Technical Papers and Journal of SID.  You will also receive a complimentary subscription to Information Display, the leading publication covering display technology and business trends.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society for Information Display was established for the following purposes:
  • To support the activities and purposes of SID.
  • To encourage and contribute to the scientific and educational advancement in the field of information display and to promote its use.
  • To provide forums for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge relating to the field of information display
The Executive Committee of the Pacific Northwest Chapter consists of:

  • Chair:                        Gary Johnson (Tektronix)
  • Co-Chair:                   Steve Sechrist (Insight Media)
  • Secretary:                  Sam Phenix (Planar, A Leyard Company)
  • Treasurer:                  Chris King (Consultant)

Standing Committee Chairs are:

  • Membership:                Ben Clifton (Consultant)
  • Nominations & Awards: Jacob Choi (Microsoft)
  • Program:                     Koji Yugawa (Esterline)
  • Web Master:                Sam Phenix (Planar, A Leyard Company)

Jobs jobs jobs…

Seattle University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department is seeking someone to fill an adjunct faculty position for this Fall Quarter, beginning September 20 and continuing through mid December. This position requires strong Internet communications skills. Previous teaching experience desirable. To receive a more complete course description and other pertinent information, please contact Al Moser, Associate Professor, at almoser@seattleu.edu

Jobs jobs jobs…

UW’s division of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) is hiring! We’re seeking an enthusiastic engineer to teach the first course in our Embedded and Real-Time Systems certificate program. The course meets one evening a week during the Autumn, in North Bellevue. If you’d like to learn more about teaching for UW PCE please visit our website.  If you’d like more information on this specific teaching position, and how to apply, please find the flyer here.


Upcoming Events

  1. Seattle IAS November 2017 Meeting

    November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. IEEE Seattle Holiday Banquet and Keynote By IEEE USA President-elect

    December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology

    December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. IEEE Seattle Section Excom meeting December 2017

    December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm