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Wavelengths Newsletter Vol.55 Issue 10 October 2015


Saturday 10 October 2015 – 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) Leadership Conference

General Motors Technical Center: Vehicle Engineering Center building

$10 (professional)/ $5 (student) registration includes breakfast and lunch.



Saturday 24 October 2015 – 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM

Embedded System FREE Workshop at Oakland University

Annual workshop on Embedded Systems at Oakland University, Dodge Hall #201



Attention IEEE Student Members:

Hands-on Training Course on
Embedded Software Design Oriented Fundamentals
Date: 3rd, 10th, and 17th October 2015 (Consecutive Saturdays), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Engineering Center – Room EC461
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan 48309

Event Flyer Link

Register on the web:



IEEE Embedded System Workshop

October 24, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday)

Dodge Hall – Room 201

Oakland University

Rochester, Michigan  48309

Event Flyer Link

Register on the web:


2015 Electrical Power and Energy Conference

October 26 – 28 London, Ontario, Canada

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Tours – IEEE EPEC2015 IEEE EPEC2015

More info and Register at

Tour #1: Renewable Energy Tour

October 26th 12:30-19:15

Includes afternoon snack

Cost: $65 (including HST)

Start and End of the tour: the bus will pick you up and drop you off at the London Convention Centre

This tour takes you to three different locations of electricity generation from renewable sources. You will visit and tour a 40 MW Wind Park, an 80 MW Solar Farm – for some time the largest in the world – and a 2.4 MW Landfill – to – Generation Project. For these visit you will be travelling by bus from London to Sarnia and back with stops along the way.

Tour #2: Hydro Power & Energy/Environment Research Tour

October 28th 12:30-16:00

Cost: $35 (including HST)

Start and End of the tour: the bus will pick you up and drop you off at the London Convention Centre

This tour highlights two very attractive installations around London: the long-established Fanshawe Dam and hydroelectric generator and the ultra-modern WindEEE dome, a unique wind research and test facility.

Registration is through the EDAS system (note also that new users will need to create an account on the EDAS system).


Save the Date:  November 17, 2015


 Keynote Speaker:  Robert Neff

Keynote Presentation: Autonomous Vehicles: Their Legacy and Future

University of Michigan, Dearborn – Fairlane Center – North Building.

Conference Announcement Fall 2015 Rev 4

Autonomous Vehicles: Their Legacy and Future
Electrical and Electronic Engineers Creating Our Future
Tuesday Evening, November 17, 2015
University of Michigan – Dearborn
Fairlane Center – North Building
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Conference Website:
Keynote Speaker: Robert L. Neff
Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC):
Member SAE J2735, J2945 Technical Standards Committee
Chairman DSRC Vehicle Safety Subcommittee
Co-Founder Intrass Corporation
SAE: Life member
IEEE: Senior member and SEM Section Chairman

What will our life be like with autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered?
The presentation provides a history of Automated Vehicles and Highways with some highlights of the 1997 National Automated Highway Demonstration. Many automated features have been introduced since the 1997 Demonstration for reasons described in this presentation. The presentation will discuss the challenges facing consumer education and adoption of these features and will show how vehicle to vehicle communication can facilitate the future of autonomous vehicles. Finally, the presentation will offer a future vision of what life may be like with autonomous vehicles.

Registration Website:
Early Registration ends October 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM.
Late Registration ends November 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM.
After November 12, 2015, Technical Presentations Only.
Conference Attendee Fees: Early Late
Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members) $25 $35
IEEE and ESD Members $45 $60
Non Members $60 $80
Technical Sessions Only $30
First Two Poster Authors $0
Additional Poster Author $25


IEEE SEM Officers:  

All our IEEE SEM Officers are invited to participate in a series of ‘Virtual Officer Training Classes.  These classes are designed to give you the fundamental knowledge of your duties and responsibilities as an IEEE Geo-unit officer and an introduction to the tools and methods available to you to assist you in your efforts.

The classes are described in the attached document.  At this time we are asking all our officers to review the on-line audio module at:

to understand what we are planning, and what we hope to accomplish.

The audio module lasts 3 Minutes, 25 Seconds.

Watch for follow on messages giving the registration information for  each particular Q&A session to answer any lingering questions about the training modules.  Also, please let us know if there is any problem with any of the modules.

Kimball Williams N8FNC NCE



Mr. Cyrous Rostamzadeh received the IEEESEM Section Outstanding Member Award for contributions to the EMC Chapter VIII and the SEM Section.  The award was presented at the 2015 Spring Conference of the IEEESEM Section on April 28th.



Kimball Williams received The Jack Sherman Outstanding Member Award for significant professional and technical contributions to the Institute. His example and dedication to the profession has inspired all who know him to further the high standards prescribed by IEEE. The award was presented at the January 24, 2015 IEEE Region 4-6 Meeting in San Diego.



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Photos from the March 11, 2015 ESD Gold Award Banquet at Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center.  Congratulations to award winners Kevin Taylor, C J Chung, Tayfun Ozdemir and Scott Lytle.


IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference WIE-ILC, 23-25 April 2015 in San Jose, CA


Wavelengths – Volume 55 Issue-5, May 2015

Wavelengths – Volume 55 Issue-4, April 2015

Wavelengths – Volume 55 Issue-3, March 2015

Older Wavelengths articles are available at


Results are in from the Section Involvement in the SOCHI ROBOT OLYMPIAD:

Team LTU placed 5th as you can see on the web at:
A video of LTU team’s run can be found at:
Our younger elementary team won a Bronze medal!!!! 
Thank you so much for your support.
I plan an official report and video during the Christmas break.
CJ Chung



IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship plus Program Power and energy engineers work with some of todays most exciting technologies, developing solutions to problems that affect our lives and lifestyles. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers. See for more information on chapter presentations


IEEE Southeastern Michigan IA/PE chapter chairman is working hard to provide the newsletter with interesting Power Events. Enjoy. KEVIN TAYLOR, IEEE SEM PE/IA Chairman, Interested in learning and contributing to the new IEEE standards to replace the IEEE Color Books In May 2016 the IEEE Southeastern Michigan IA/PE chapter will host the IEEE IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS). I&CPS is a gathering of experts who work and conduct research in the industrial application of electrical systems. The Conference will have a full program of tutorials, technical papers, and working group meetings during the 4 days of the conference. The conference will feature several events including a reception, a dinner/dance and an awards luncheon which will honor members of the IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department. The Awards Luncheon recognizes the winners of the Prize Papers Awards, Standard Medallion Awards, and the Department Achievement Award. The LOC currently is having weekly planning teleconferences and will eventually need IEEE volunteers for the conference. If you like to get hookup with the LOC contact Kevin Taylor,


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IEEE member Kevin Taylor receiving an Detroit CVB award for bring many conventions to Detroit



IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section member promoting membership and the Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI) at SAE World Congress. IEEE SEM member Kevin Taylor, along with Bobby Wong and William Tonti of IEEE TEI


“Our organizational structure is changing starting now and moving on into 2014. We can better serve our members by moving to a more defined structure to facilitate communication and reduce redundancy of efforts. We are all volunteers and as such we should be able work within our Section in areas we have interest, feel comfortable, gain leadership skills and are intellectually stimulated. At the same time we should have experienced leaders to guide us so past best practices are retained and poor practices are not repeated. All volunteers, positions and duties remain the same. Just the organizational structure changes for the better. If you have concerns, compliments, or an opinion, I would like to hear from you.” 2014 IEEE SEM Organization (12-17-13) Robert Neff Section Chair (Elect 2014)


IEEE Member Discounts and Benefits Program – IEEE Member Discounts

University of Michigan’s – Post Dictatorial Fellowship Program


Additional section events may viewed on the calendar or