IEEE Utah Section – 09 March 1917

August 16th, 2018

The summer is almost over and it’s back to school and back to work for many of our members and their families. I also want to wish UVU the best of luck with their new electrical engineering program. I’ve had the chance to chat with professors at several schools around the state and I’m excited to see that several of them are looking at starting, or recently started, electrical engineering programs.

We have some exciting speakers and activities coming up this fall.  We have a tour of the UofU nuclear reactor (next week – there’s a few spots left), UDoT traffic operations center, and Mathworks coming to speak about deep learning and AI.  We’re working on even more.  If you want to know what we have planned, have ideas, or just want to help, come join us at the next business meeting.  We are having it at J Wong’s in SLC.  Please signup if you are coming so we have food for everyone.  If there’s anything I can do to help IEEE work for you, please let me know.  I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

–Chad Kidder
IEEE Utah Section Chair

May 8th, 2018

You are invited to come celebrate the accomplishments of our members over the last year.  Our annual awards dinner will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Desert Star in Murray.  This is a great time to meet other IEEE members and celebrate our successes.  To attend, please register here.  We look forward to seeing you there.  If you have any questions, please contact David Willis at


Location:            Desert Star Banquet room

4861 S. State St

Murray, UT 84107

The banquet room is in the back. Access the parking from 4800 S.


Time:                  6:00 gather and socialize

6:30 to 7:30 dinner

7:30 to 9:00 awards


Menu:                Choice of Rib-eye steak or Salmon

Roasted red potatoes

Mixed vegetables



March 13th, 2018

Message from the Chair

March Business Meeting

Message from the Chair

First I want to thank David Willis for stepping up as our awards chair for 2018.  We have a lot of people who do a lot of exciting things in Utah and I didn’t want to miss recognizing them.  Along those lines I want to congratulate Dr. Masood Parvania from UVU for winning Engineering Educator of the Year from the Utah Engineering Council.  I also want to congratulate UVU for starting an electrical engineering degree this fall.  This is a nice addition to the computer science, computer engineering and information technology degrees that UVU offers.

In April we have several meetings coming up that may interest many of you.  We have Samtec visiting Utah on April 17th and presenting a talk on connectors geared towards the practicing engineer.  On April 10th and 11th, we have Aline McNaull visiting from IEEE USA to talk about the Air Force Science and Technology Workshops.  One is being held at the UofU in late July and it is a great opportunity for us to impact Air Force S&T policy for the next 10+ years.  She will be speaking up and down the state on those two days, starting at BYU, then the UofU and working her way up to USU.

If you have a favorite presenter (corporate application engineer or not) that you think the IEEE membership will benefit from hearing, please send them my way.  Often the bigger road shows skip Utah so we appreciate it when they speak to our members.  If you have a friend or coworker who did something cool they should share with the section, let us know and we can arrange a meeting for them to share.  We make a lot of neat stuff and it’s nice to have an opportunity to share that with others who can appreciate our achievements.  IEEE is about its members and the more we put in, the more we all benefit.  If you want to volunteer (even if you’re not sure how) please let me know and we can find a way for you to be involved that fits the time and energy you have available.

–Chad Kidder
Utah Section Chair

March Business Meeting

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.  This is a virtual meeting, please contact Chad Kidder for the dial in information.

The agenda of this meeting is:

  1. Officer Changes
  2. UEC Updates
  3. Final Results of Senior Membership Elevation
  4. Awards Banquet
  5. USU SPAC Involvement – Report
  6. Upcoming presentations
    1. Samtec
    2. IEEE USA on Air Force Innovation Workshops
  7. Partnering with other technical societies and conferences
  8. Volunteer needs in the section, either open officer positions or volunteers for specific activities.


February 28th, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to attend the next
Utah Power and Energy Forum
to be held
Thursday March 15th, 2018
Lunch & Networking 11:30am-12:15pm, Program 12:15:pm-2pm
Sorenson Molecular Bio-Technology Building Auditorium

(36 S. Wasatch Dr, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112).Please see the forum program below.

The attendance is free with RSVP:

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 14, 12:00pm

The Utah Power and Energy Forum is aimed at bringing together the experts from the power and energy industry, government and regulatory agencies, and the academic community in a common forum, for facilitating discussion and sharing of the latest power system and electric grid related research and trending issues. The forum will also provide a platform for attendees to network, initiate partnerships, advance the dialogue and breadth of power and energy knowledge, academic pursuit, and activity in the state of Utah, and advancing education and employment opportunities for the students.

We look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Best regards,
IEEE PES Utah Chapter

February 25th, 2018

We want to congratulate Dr. Masood Parvania from UVU for winning Engineering Educator of the Year from the Utah Engineering Council.

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: