IEEE Utah Section – 09 March 1917

February 17th, 2018

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend the IEEE Region 6 (western US) operating committee meeting. It was three days packed with training and discussion about how to help IEEE work for its members. From educational initiatives to STEM activities; from engaging student members to life members, much was talked about. Here in the Utah section we have programs for pre-college students through working professionals. We are always looking for better ways to serve our members and the community. To do this we need you. If you have an idea on how we can better serve our members or the community, please let us know. If you’re not sure, but are willing to help out, let us know. There are many good ideas that only lack people willing to help execute them. Many of the volunteers in the Utah section have lots of experience they are willing to share. Come by (or join remotely) our February business meeting (see right sidebar for details) and see what IEEE can do for you and how you can help out. See you there!

–Chad Kidder
Utah Section Chair

December 27th, 2017

The Utah Section was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Section Membership Recruitment award for meeting our recruitment and retention goals for our membership.  We thank everyone who has volunteered over the last several years for this.  It’s our volunteers who give IEEE its value in the Utah section.

November 28th, 2017

The IEEE Utah Section will be holding a monthly meeting on Tuesday, 28 November at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Weber State University Farmington Station Park. The address is 240 North Promontory, Suite 3000, Building C, 3rd Floor, Farmington, UT 84025. Dinner will be provided.

November 28th, 2017

The IEEE Utah Section will be hosting a Senior Member (SM) Grade Elevation Event.

Candidates for Senior Member Grade must supply three references from current IEEE members holding the grade of Fellow, Senior Member, or Honorary Member.  There will be three Senior Members in attendance at this event ready to review each senior member applicant’s application and CV/Résumé and help with the approval process by making the necessary referrals.

The grade of Senior Member is the highest for which application may be made and shall require experience reflecting professional maturity.  For admission or transfer to the grade of Senior Member, a candidate shall be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields for a total of 10 years and have demonstrated five years of significant performance.

The ad hoc Admission & Advancement (A&A) Review Panels of IEEE meet periodically, six to twelve times annually, to review applications or nominations for election or elevation to Senior Member (SM) grade.

If you would like to have the Utah Section nominate you for SM elevation and/or provide you with the required Senior Member references at the event, please fill out the on-line form at the senior member site.

When: Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Weber State University Farmington Station Park.  The address is 240 North Promontory, Suite 3000, Building C, 3rd Floor, Farmington, UT 84025
Cost: Free (food provided)
Who: Current IEEE members who may qualify for Senior Membership

October 20th, 2017

Dr. Pieter Harpe from TU Eindhoven will be the distinguished speaker who is an IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Harpe is an expert in data converters and will present two lectures on successive approximation analog-to-digital conversion circuits.

Lunch is free for SSCS members and there is a small fee for non-members.

Please register via IEEE vTools:

September 1st, 2017

This event is for the Power Industry Professional which will help you to understand the technical aspects of the Electric Power System.  You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today’s electric power systems.

The course curriculum includes:
  • Day 1:  Power System Basics – Understanding How the Bulk Electric Power System Works
  • Day 2:  Distribution System – Delivering Power to the Customer
  • Day 3:  Transmission System – The Interconnected Bulk Electric System

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August 27th, 2017

The Value of Coordinated Infrastructure Planning for Electric Power and Natural Gas Transmission by Dr. Seth Blumsack (Pennsylvania State University)

The recent and rapid shift towards the increased use of natural gas for power generation in North America has convinced both power grid operators and regulators that additional coordination between electric power and natural gas transmission is needed to ensure the reliable operation of both systems. This talk will report on a new public-domain modeling framework for joint gas-grid expansion planning and steady-state operations, the Combined Electric and Gas Expansion (CEGE) environment. The CEGE model incorporates recent advances in convex approximations for large-scale nonlinear systems; is able to capture then on linear behaviors of large-scale electric power and gas transmission, along with the couplings between the systems; and captures price formation processes in electricity and natural gas markets. Along with the optimization framework the CEGE environment also contains the first public-domain test system for joint electricity and gas transmission analysis, which is topologically similar to the electricity and gas infrastructure serving the Northeastern United States. The CEGE environment is computationally tractable, and has been used to illustrate economic cost reductions achievable through joint infrastructure planning and coordinated operations, as well as the costs associated with network expansions to avoid extreme events such as the unusual coincident gas-electric peaks experienced in North America during the winter of 2014. This modeling framework is flexible enough to admit other system performance objectives or design criteria, such as system security for both gas and electricity or environmental impacts of air emissions from the natural gas sector.

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July 1st, 2017

Power and Energy Research at the Huazhong Dianzi University

The exploiting of potential energy storage behind high-rise buildings and sponge water tanks of large cities:  Urbanization is a worldwide trend which causes serious negative impacts, e.g., heavy electrical load brings great difference between peak and off-peak power which causes the low utilization hour of bulk power system, land harden makes flood disaster in most large cities in China, etc.  High-rise buildings embedded pumped storage (HBEPS), has been proposed including prospects and techno-economic analysis which will be talked; a huge investment will be spent for water detention pool to copy with short-term storm raining, thus, a propose of comprehensive utilization of those water pool for long term energy storage scheme for sponge city projects will also discussed.   Short discuss on situation awareness visualization for large-scale active distribution network and cyber security issue of digital substation:  The development of situation awareness visualization for large scale active distribution network and cyber security issue of digital substation, will be discussed based on two NSF projects and several research program supported by China State Grid Company.


Jianmin Zhang received B.Sc., M.Sc. from Huazhong University of Sci.& Tech.(HUST), Wuhan, China, and M.Eng. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, all in electrical engineering, in 1984, 1987, 1992 respectively.  He joined Hangzhou Regional Center of Small Hydro Power (HRC) and National Institute of Rural Electrification, Hangzhou, China from 1987 to 1997, as a chief of power grid division, and electrical and mechanical department.  He was also general manager of power system business department of Quare Ltd, and Hangzhou Guodian Information Technology Ltd from 1997-2007.  He joined Hangzhou Dianzi University since 2001 as a full professor of Electrical Engineering and Automation, a R&D consultant of Zhejiang Province Government, chief engineer and director of institute of smart grid of Zhejiang Creaway Automation Ltd under Zhejiang Electrical Power Corporation.  He is PI of China NSF program and PI of major program of Zhejiang provincial NSF in “Situation Awareness of Smart Grid”.  As the first or corresponding author, he has published more than 80 journal papers including 40 SCI/EI index, and near 20 EI indexed conference paper, and two books.  His research interests include electric power and energy system modeling, optimal operation and dispatching, intelligence engineering and automation, information system integration, cyber physical system, etc.  He is member of IEEE, member of China Electrical Engineering Society, Society of Water Resources, and director of Zhejiang Electrical Engineering Society.

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June 13th, 2017

The IEEE Utah Section will be hosting a summer activity at Lagoon Amusement Park on Saturday, 24 June 2017.  The fun will start at 10:00 AM and continue until 11:00 PM.  The Section has rented the Aspen bowery (inside the park) and will have dinner catered by Lagoon from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The dinner will include all you can eat hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, chips, ice cream, and drinks.  Veggie burgers are available upon request (please note this during registration).  The cost for a Single Day Pass with Dinner for IEEE Members and guests is $20.00.  Each IEEE Member may purchase up to five tickets.  The tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets may be purchased starting Saturday, 27 May at 10:00 AM until Friday, 16 June 2017 at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are limited.

When registering, please enter the name of each person.  The tickets will be placed in Will Call under the IEEE member’s name.  If a registrant is under age 3, please indicate so in the remarks during registration.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

Thanks, Jennifer, IEEE Utah Section Chair,

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June 6th, 2017

The following are the recipients for the 2017 IEEE Utah Section awards:

Outstanding Educator Award – Masood Parvania (University of Utah)

Outstanding Engineer Award – Kyle Fox (Hill Air Force Base)

Outstanding Engineering Manager Award – Peijung Tsai (L3 Communication Systems – West)

Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award – John Alan Stevens (Hill Air Force Base)

Outstanding Young Professional Award – Samuel Mitchell (IM Flash Technologies)

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!