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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 6

Conference Chairman:  Basil Sherlund

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 27, 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


November 19, 2015 – Dennis Schwaiger, Interplay Between Engine Cooling Fan and Heat Exchanger – Bosch Presentation Room 15000 N. Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, MI  – Sponsor: Bosch EMC Laboratory


The IEEE Southeastern Michigan Chapter IV invites you to a special celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Maxwell’s equations, as part of the 2015 International Year of Light. The celebration will include guest speakers, a student demo competition, and open discussion with a panel of experts. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. We hope to see you at the celebration!

Date: Friday, November 20th, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room #1200 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building
(EECS Bldg.), University of Michigan, North Campus, Ann Arbor
Address: 1301 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visitor Parking (metered): NC48 off Hayward Ave (recommended), NC26 off
Hubbard Rd, or NC27 off Murfin Ave in the following map:

Registration is free, but required. Please register no later than November 16th at:

Additional Information:

3:00 pm – Keynote Lecture by Dr. Arthur Yaghjian: “What Did Maxwell Do and How Did He Do It: An Overview of Maxwell’s Treatise” (EECS 1200)
4:00 pm – Panel Session (EECS 1200)
5:00 pm – OSUM Demo Competition and Reception (EECS Atrium)
6:00 pm – Keynote Lecture by Dr. Jim Rautio: “Life of James Clerk Maxwell” (EECS 1200)

Panelists: Sue Dean, Dr. Deanna McMillen, Dr. James C. Rautio, Dr. Michelle Stock, Dr. Arthur D. Yaghjian

Historical Background:
In 1865, James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) published A Dynamical Theory of the Electrodynamic Field, which featured the original set of what is now referred to as Maxwell’s equations. Through these equations, Maxwell described scientifically the propagation of light and electromagnetic waves travelling through space at the speed of light. His equations have been called the “second great unification in physics,” following Isaac Newton’s formulation of the laws of motion and gravity, and his contributions to science and impact on society have been likened to those of Albert Einstein. He is considered the founder of the field of electromagnetic theory.

“An extraordinary amount of information about the world – the basic rules by which light behaves, current flows, and magnetism functions – can be boiled down to four elegant equations,” wrote Dr. Jim Rautio, a distinguished lecturer on the topic of Maxwell. “Today, these are known collectively as Maxwell’s equations, and they can be found in just about every introductory engineering and physics textbook.” While Maxwell’s theories were developed 150 years ago, his equations continue to impact many scientific and technological developments today.


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.


Congratulations to Scott Lytle for Receiving the IEEE 2015 Sustained Service to the EMC Society Award

Jim Woodyard, EMC Chapter VIII Awards Director, presenting to Scott Lytle, on behalf of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, the 2015 Sustained Service to the EMC Society Award. The award was presented at the October 7th IEEE SEM EMC Chapter VIII meeting. The award was announced in August at the EMC 2015 Symposium held in Dresden. The award citation reads: For service since 2000, successfully leading the Southeastern Michigan EMC Chapter to become the most successful Chapter in the Section and also spearheading each year’s very successful “EMC Fest.” Scott is the current chair of the chapter and has served continuously as chair for the past 15 years.


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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