IEEE West Michigan Section

Serving electrical engineering professionals in W. Michigan.


Home Page

Welcome to the IEEE West Michigan Chapter website.

Upcoming Events:

Whitecaps Baseball Outing is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019.  Put this on your calendars.


Recent Section Events:

May 21, 2019 Presentation: Smart Materials are Clean Too  by Dr. Pnina (Pearl) Ari-Gur, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, WMU

Heusler alloys are one group called smart materials. They demonstrate magnetic shape memory effect, as well as the ability to simultaneously convert alternative energy or refrigerate under a moderate magnetic field, based on the concept of giant magneto-caloric effect (GMCE). The talk will focus on explaining the concepts behind these attractive properties and the state of the art in the field.


Technical Seminar on Thursday, April 11, 2019:  THE RECENT U.S. NREL EAST-WEST GRID INTERCONNECTIONS SEAM STUDY AND FUTURE PLANS, by IEEE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER Mr. JAY CASPARY (Director – Research, Development & Tariff Services at Southwest Power Pool in Little Rock AR and co-chair of the technical committee that reviewed the Interconnections Seam Study for the National Renewable Energy Lab).  Approximately 30 people attended this interesting lecture.  The powerpoint slides for the lecture are available here:  IEEE West Michigan Section SEAMS Caspary 40619



Tour of the Switch facility (the former Steelcase Pyramid) took place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 3:30pm.

Approximately 65 people joined the fascinating tour of the pyramid.  Switch is an interesting company that primarily provides cloud server operational space that is highly secure, has extremely reliable power, and provides a well controlled thermal environment.  Photos were not allowed on-site, so to see photos, go to to get an idea of what the facility looks like on the inside.


Founders Brewery Tour: Members of the IEEE West Michigan Section gathered on December 11, 2018 for a tour of Founders Brewery.  Obviously, the group had a wonderful time there.  Here are some photos from the event.


Summary of the Palisades Nuclear Plant Tour (MS Word Document):

The West Michigan Section IEEE Toured the Palisades Nuclear Plant Run by Entergy Inc


If you have suggestions, please email Randy Brouwer (