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Being an Engineering Consultant w/Kip Haggerty, PhD, PE

September 4, 2012 in LACCN, OCCN by kgeiger

Saturday, 22 September 2012, join the Los Angeles Consultants Network and Orange County Consultants Network as Kip Haggerty presents “Being and Engineering Consultant: What does it take?”

When:

10am-1pm, Sat. 22 September 2012

Where:

Engineering and Computer Science Building, Rm 221, CSU Fullerton

Cost:

Lunch is free with reservation.

Contact:

Bob Gauger, r.gauger@ieee.org for more info or to RSVP

Flyer with Detail and Directions:

LACCN/OCCN 2012-09 Announcement

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Metro LA PES: Engineering Power Systems for Safety

August 18, 2012 in Metro Los Angeles by admin

IEEE Metro LA PES Chapter presents “Engineering Power Systems for Safety” 8am-4:30pm Saturday 15 September 2012 at the LA Dept. of Water and Power, 111 North Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA.

An IEEE technical seminar on safety related topics, with a focus on medium voltage substation and distribution systems. The seminar starts with the fundamental topics of SCD calculation and grounding.

Several specific engineering solutions that draw on these fundamentals are covered from an applications level perspective: arc flash and fault location. While the seminar’s focus is primarily from the perspective of engineering for medium voltage (4,160-34.5kV) electrical infrastructure, all seminar topics have relevance across the power delivery path: generation through end-use utilization.

Please see the full agenda in the attached flyer: 20120915-IEEE-PES-Power-Safety

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ELECTRICAL VEHICLE, A “TEACH IN” FREE EVENT TO ALL ATTENDEES

August 15, 2012 in Metro Los Angeles by admin

TOPIC:  EV – Beyond the hype?

WELCOME:  Kevin Payne, Southern California Edison Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services

SPEAKER: Dr. Joachim G. Taiber, Chair of the 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference, is a Research Professor of the Department of Automotive Engineering at the Clemson University International Center of Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

LOCATION:  SCE Headquarters – 2244 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, September 21, 2012. Lunch starts at 11:00AM. The presentation starts at 11:45AM and the event ends at 1:15PM.

RESERVATIONS:  Email your request to Kay Nguyen at kay.nguyen@sce.com by 9/14/12. Please include your membership number. If you are not a member and wish to become one, go to www.ieee.org/join Questions? Please contact Eremita Miranda at e.miranda@ieee.org.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:
Dr. Taiber will share his vast knowledge gathered in industry/academia and will discuss his strategic views of the Electrical Vehicle business considering the rapid progress in information and communication technologies. His presentation will help attendees determine their position towards EV’s and their potential. For those interested in Dr. Taiber’s list of presentations/publications on the technical aspects of EV and connected vehicle technology, please send an email to e.miranda@ieee.org.

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New IEEE Tools and Networks for Consultants and Entrepreneurs

July 24, 2012 in Buenaventura Section, Central Coast Section, San Diego Section, San Fernando Valley Section by admin

What can the IEEE-USA do for you? Dr. Gary L. Blank, IEEE-USA Vice-President, Career and Member Services, will describe new tools, new services, and new programs, and updates on older ones, at this special meeting. These are all designed to advance the careers, practices, and networking of consultants, entrepreneurs, those who are employed, and those who are unemployed.

During his talk, Dr. Blank will explain how the Consultants Networks function, and how they interface and work with other IEEE organizations including the Sections, PACE, Chapters and Societies, WIE Women in Engineering, GOLD, and Life Members. He will describe the powerful IEEE-USA Consultants Database website and how it helps consultants find clients. He will also talk about the newly-formed IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs Networks and how effective they are in helping members to start new businesses, the new IEEE-USA Employment Networks that are rapidly growing and how they are helping our unemployed members to find jobs, and some of the new career advancement tools and services.

About the Speaker

Dr. Blank earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has been a full-time technical consultant for many years having provided consulting services for more than 40 major corporations and government agencies. He is the founder of the IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants Network which has over 200 members, and is the past chair of the AICN (Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks). He has been a full-time professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, and Marquette University. He also taught at UCLA, and the University of Florida. He has worked with and consulted with many companies in Southern California. He is currently consulting with the U.S. Department of Energy in the areas of Smart Grid, Electric Vehicles, and Renewable Energy, and with the United Technologies Corporation (Hamilton Sundstrand) in the areas of Control Systems and Power Electronics.

His current IEEE-USA VP responsibilities include over 40 IEEE Consultants Networks in the USA, many of which he has founded for their sponsoring Sections. He also provides a 6-hour workshop/training for the members of the Networks on how to start and how to rapidly expand a successful consulting practice. In addition to the AICN (Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks) Dr. Blank, as IEEE-USA Vice President, is also responsible for the start-up and management of the IEEE-USA Employment Networks, the IEEE-USA Entrepreneur Networks, the IEEE-USA K-12 STEM Literacy Activities, and the IEEE-USA Professional Engineering Licensure and Registration programs. He is a candidate for IEEE-USA President-Elect 2013, nominated and endorsed by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors.

Date:

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Time:

6:30 PM  Networking and food.

7:00 – 9:30  PM Presentation and Q&A.

 

Location:

Diamond Bar community Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, Diamond Bar,CA

The Community Center is located near the  intersection of the Freeways 57 and 60, with the Freeways 10 and 210 fairly nearby.  This was selected in order to allow many IEEE members from the LA Metropolitan Area, as  well as the Inland Empire and Orange County to attend.  Free parking on site, but car pooling is recommended.  Use your travel time to network.

Contact/RSVP by August 1:

Bob Gauger, r.gauger@ieee.org

Flyer:

OCCN-LACCN-Foothill_GaryBlank_08-08-2012

IEEE USA Logo

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Optoelectronic Packing & Assembly – Sept 6 & 7

July 15, 2012 in Buenaventura Section by admin

Orange County Chapter of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society is holding a two-day workshop, Sep. 6 and 7 2012, in Anaheim, CA.

Thursday, 6 September, invited technical experts will be presenting on the advances and trends in Optoelectronic Packaging and Assembly Technology areas for applications such as Optical Interconnects & Semiconductor Photonics, Optical Transceivers & Networks, High Brightness LED and CMOS Image Sensors.

Friday, 7 September, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) Organization will hold an assembly and packaging roadmap working session for the workshop participants, with a presentation on the ITRS working process and an interactive discussion about their optoelectronic packaging activities.

For Sponsorship & Vendor Exhibition inquiries, please contact:

  • Lawrence Williams – larry.williams@ansys.com, 714-417-9311 x449
  • Jaydutt Joshi – jaydutt@gmail.com, 949-697-9814

Early-Bird Registration Fees:

  • IEEE / IMAPS Members – $200; Non-Members – $250; Students – $75

Registration options are also available for attending only one of the days. Prices will increase for each category, after July 31, 2012.

Registration Instructions:

Full Details:

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NIKOLA TESLA, THE MAN AND THE LEGEND

June 30, 2012 in San Fernando Valley Section by admin

Short Description of the Presentation

The presentation will give a brief history of Nikola Tesla’s birth, youth, and early years as an Electrical Engineer. The well know highlight of Tesla’s long career is the development of the Poly-phase Electrical System. When Tesla came to the United States and met with Thomas Edison he  probably had no idea that he would end up digging ditches in a short time. What irony for one of the greatest minds and inventors of the 19th Century!

Fortunately Tesla had much better luck in his relationship with George Westinghouse, the man who recognized Tesla’s genius. Westinghouse ended up buying Tesla’s patents thereby financing Tesla’s High Voltage Experiments.

We will have a “hand’s on” demonstration of  a table top Tesla Coil. How many times in your life will you get to “touch” 100,000 Volts!

Guest SpeakerSpeaker’s Biography

Anthony Demaria has over 50 years of experience in the Electrical Field. His father (Anthony Demaria Sr.) fostered an early interest in Nikola Tesla and together they visited the Tesla Museum in Beograd, Yugoslavia in 1986. Anthony visited the Birthplace of Tesla in Smiljan, Croatia last year with its new Museum.

Anthony served his IBEW apprenticeship working under the supervision of his Father. Then he went to work for the Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angles as a High Voltage Electrician for 7 years. This included approximately 2 years at the 800kV DC Sylmar Converter Station.

Thirty years ago, Anthony, his Father and Brothers joined forces to create Demaria Electric. Anthony now owns Tony Demaria Electric, a National Electrical Testing Association (NETA) Company. Anthony is on the NETA Safety Committee.

Where:
ITT Technical Institute
12669 Encinitas Ave
Sylmar, CA 91342
When: 
Thursday 12 July 2012
6:00 – 6:30 PM:
Pizza & Networking
6:30 – 7:00 PM:
PES in Action
7:00 – 8:00 PM:
Presentation
No Cost, Space is limited –
Please RSVP at:
http://ieeesfv-pes.eventbrite.com

For more information contact:
Milenko Bistric, Chapter Chair
milenko.bistric@us.abb.com
Paul Schultz, Vice Chair
paul.schultz@ieee.org

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IEEE Orange County Consultants Network (OCCN) joins with the Los Angeles Area Consultants Network (LAACN) in presenting:

June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized by admin

Consulting Opportunities with Big Data and Hadoop

Gayn B. Winters, Ph.D.

1962 Lerner Lane

Santa Ana, CA 92705

714/366-4296 cell

gaynwinters@alum.mit.edu

Abstract:

Becoming common are Petabyte (10^15 bytes) and larger datasets and techniques to process them on clusters of thousands of ordinary PCs.  This talk discusses the techniques provided by The Apache Software Foundation’s Hadoop, which enable high availability processing on such clusters where frequent machine and disk failures are common and expected.  The techniques and several simple examples plus at least one substantial example will be presented.  Once basic principles are understood, consulting opportunities abound as more and more companies realize they have huge amounts of complex data.  For example, in the financial markets there are huge datasets that are related to risks on various investments being made.  Many companies offer their products on line, and as a prospect logs into their site, the company wants to make meaningful suggestions for products (Think Amazon for books, NetFlix for movies, Fry’s for electronics, Dell and HP for PCs, etc.)   GM just cancelled their Facebook advertising for lack of productivity; GM has tons of consumer data, what did they do wrong on Facebook and how should GM proceed?  Grocery stores give discounts for using “membership cards.”  They collect petabytes of information yearly that correlate the shopper’s age, address, and purchases.  How should they use this data?  Power transmission companies have amassed huge quantities of usage and load data across the current grid.  How should they use this to design the next generation “smart grid”?  Electronic medical records can now be mined to discover correlations with various sources of pollution and certain diseases.  Google builds all of its applications using this technology; what would you suggest for Yahoo and other specialized search engines?  There will be time for Q&A on these and related consulting opportunities

Bio:
Ph.D. from MIT, with considerable post doctoral and academic work. Did foundational work using distributed workstations in the Financial Analysis industry. At Digital Equipment built the industry’s first PC with integral Ethernet, won a Computerworld award for best micro/mainframe integration software (that became Digital’s highest volume software product), promoted to Digital’s corporate strategy board and Corporate Consultant, corporate internationalization architect, oversaw multiple worldwide programs with many F1000 clients. Board of Directors for Unicode, Inc. At Phoenix Technology, as CTO, VP and GM, ran worldwide engineering and program management for systems; clients were manufacturers of PCs, boards, chips, peripherals, PDAs, and laptops. Started Bristol Systems to do engineering and application development outsourcing. Expert in high availability networking and security. Consulting, software development, and project/program management for manufacturing, commercial real estate, legal, and laboratory clients. At L-3/IEC, worked on current and modernized military GPS based products.  Currently working on Big Data problems in the insurance industry.

Date:  Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Time: 10:00 AM Introductions & Presentation

          12:00 PM Lunch & Networking

Location:   Cal State Fullerton on Nutwood and 57 in Fullerton.

Meeting is in the Engineerimg and Computer Science (ECS) Building.  Room 202.

Parking: Saturday parking is free. Enter from Nutwood and take Folino Drive north to       Parking Lot E. See maps at parking.fullerton. edu.maps for more detail.

 

Future Meeting: A presentation by Dr. Gary L. Blank, consultant, workshop leader, and 2012 candidate for IEEE-USA President-Elect is being rescheduled for an August date.  Watch for the announcement.

Lunch is free with reservation.  RSVP before the 23rd with an email to r.gauger@ieee.org.

Check out the IEEE-USA consultants website, database, and resources at www.ieeeusa.org/business.

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GLOBECOM Call for Papers

June 9, 2012 in GLOBECOM 2012 by admin

Internet access is undergoing a fundamental change. Users expect to access
through different wireless devices and access technologies a diverse range of
services and applications anytime, anywhere. Driven by a new generation of
devices (smart phone, netbook, etc.), capacity demand increases faster than
spectral efficiency improvement, in particular at hot spots/areas. However, the huge
increase in demand cannot easily be met by current radio access systems. Hence,
there is a need for more powerful, more efficient, higher speed, lower cost radio
technologies and architectures for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA).
There is significant effort within the community to develop more advanced BWA
technologies – activities span the wireless domain, ranging from more advanced
antenna technologies and cooperative relays, to mesh networking systems and
many more: future networks will likely employ some mix of these different
mechanisms. New BWA standards are now available, such as LTE-A and IEEE
802.16m. The 8th BWA full day workshop will continue the success of the previous
editions, providing a forum for the exchange and discussion of new research results
and practical experiences working with innovative technologies in the BWA domain.
This full day workshop will be interested to a broad range of topics including, but not
limited to, those listed below.
· Incumbent and Future BWA Technologies, UMTS, HSPA, LTE, LTE-A,
802.16x
· Self-Configuring and Self-Optimizing Networks
· Repeater, Mesh, Relay, Femto and Pico Base Station based Solutions
Vehicular Networks
· Radio Resource Management, Admission Control, Power Control and
Scheduling
· QoS and QoE in Mobile and BWA Networks
· Cross-Layer Optimization Concepts and Experimental Evaluation
· Multi-Antenna Technologies, Beamforming, Antenna Selection, Rank
Adaptation, etc.
· Single and Multiuser MIMO Techniques
· Cooperative and Collaborative Networking, Network MIMO
· Interference Mitigation, Cancellation, Coordination and Alignment
· Channel Estimation Techniques
· Capacity Planning and Traffic Engineering
· Traffic, Mobility and Channel Models
· Design and Evaluation of Testbeds and Field Trials
· Experiences/Lessons from Recent Deployments
· Interoperability Aspects (Fixed/Mobile LANs/MANs, WANs)
· Micro and Macro Mobility Management
· Multicarrier Operation and Carrier Aggregation
· Spectrum Management, Regulatory Issues
· Cognitive and Dynamic Spectrum Management Techniques
· Broadcasting and Multicasting in BWA Networks
· Green Networking and Energy Efficient Algorithms
· Network Coding and its Applications in Wireless Systems
PAPER SUBMISSION: Submitted papers must represent original material that is
not currently under review in any other conference or journal, and has not been
previously published. Paper length should not exceed five-page technical paper
manuscript. Please see the Author Information page for submission guidelines in the
IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 website. The paper should be used as the basis for a 15-
20 minute workshop presentation. Papers should be submitted in a .pdf or .ps
format by selecting GLOBECOM 2012 at the EDAS paper submission website and
then selecting the workshop submission link. All submitted papers will be reviewed
by up to three experts and if accepted, published in the conference proceedings,
which will be available at IEEEXplore and registered in Engineering Index (EI). At
least one author of accepted papers is required to register at the full registration
rate.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper submission: 15 June 2012
Author notification: August 15, 2012
Camera-ready manuscript: Sept. 15, 2012

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The 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference and Expo

May 30, 2012 in San Fernando Valley Section by admin

 “Building the Green Economy”

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Northridge Center, USU
California State University, Northridge
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Expo Hall Open
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM – Conference Programming & Lunch with Roundtable Discussions
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Tours of CSUN  Sustainable Buildings


(Free CMP Professional Development credits approved by the GBCI for the maintenance of the LEED GA and LEED AP credentials with Conference registration)
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California Renewable Energy and Storage Technology Conference

May 30, 2012 in San Fernando Valley Section by admin

Keynote Speaker: Senator Alex Padilla

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Johnson Auditorium
California State University, Northridge
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
If you are a researcher, engineer, consultant or policy-maker in the field of Renewable Energy and Advanced Energy Storage Technology please participate in this inaugural regional conference at the California State University at Northridge for exchange of innovative ideas and visions of the future of a “Greener” California. This conference has been designed to bring together universities, industries, R & D laboratories & Government agencies to propel Renewable Energy and Advanced Energy Storage Technology into the future. This one day conference will consist of invited talks, poster presentations, exhibitions and tour of CSUN renewable energy facilities, thus providing a unique opportunity for communication and collaboration between academia and industry.
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Energy Efficiency Revolution

May 15, 2012 in Central Coast Section by GK

The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast 

presents:

Energy Efficiency Revolution: 

Transphorm’s Disruptive Technology and its Global Potential Impact

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

 

Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center 

1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103    

 

 Site parking $3, or street parking available.   

REGISTER NOW

(Discounted online pre-registration closes 24 hours prior to event.)

 

Event Speakers & Panelists 

Presenter: 

Umesh Mishra, Founder and CEO, Transphorm

Panelists: 

Rod Alferness, Dean of Engineering at UCSB and Former Chief Scientist of Bell Labs

Frank Foster, Managing Director, DFJ Frontier

Moderator

Daniel Brooks, MWH Americas, Inc.

 

View the complete biographies of the Presenter and Panelists.

 

Program DescriptionTransphorm, a Goleta-based startup originating from UCSB technological innovation, is commercializing a power conversion technology to reduce power losses by up to 90% on everything from HVACs to hybrids and servers to solar panels. With more than 10% of all electricity ultimately lost due to power conversion inefficiencies, the scale of this loss exceeds the world’s entire supply of renewable energy generation by an order of magnitude (U.S. Dept. of Energy) and represents an enormous market.

 

Come hear Transphorm’s founder and CEO, Umesh Mishra, share the story of his startup and its exciting growth potential. Dr. Mishra will be joined by Rod Alferness, Dean of Engineering at UCSB and former Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, who will discuss the energy efficiency landscape, opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the challenges and opportunities of shepherding technology from the lab to the market. Frank Foster, Managing Director of DFJ Frontier, will join our other speakers and address the challenges and opportunities in building a company around such disruptive technology.

 

Other panel discussion topics will include:

  • Opportunities in energy efficiency for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • To manufacture or not to manufacture in Santa Barbara
  • What a startup in energy efficiency needs to accomplish to succeed in the market

 

Event Info

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5:00 p.m. – Networking hour; wine, beer, light buffet

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.- Formal program and Q & A

 

Meeting Location

 

Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center

1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

View Map

PARKING is available on site for $3, or on street where available.  

 

Cost

General (pre-registration online):  $30.00* / $40.00 (at door)

Students (w/ ID):  $15.00

(*Online pre-registration closes 24 hours prior to event. Register now to take advantage of this discount. Note, if you choose to register online but ‘pay at door,’ you will require to pay ‘at door’ fee.) 

More Info

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San Diego BTS Distinguished Lecture

May 3, 2012 in San Diego Section by admin

Broadcast Technology Society Distinguished Lecture

Multi-Program Video Coding for Digital Video Broadcasting

Dr. Lap-Pui Chau – BTS Distinguished Lecturer

Abstract:

In digital video broadcasting systems, multiple video programs are compressed in parallel to form the elementary streams. The elementary streams are then multiplexed onto a single constant bit rate channel for transmission. At the receiver, the decoder first extracts the elementary streams, passes the corresponding streams which belongs to one program to the elementary stream decoder and then discards all other streams. The simplest approach to this multi-program encoding is to divide the available bandwidth equally among all programs. This method has the disadvantage that lead to uneven visual distortions between different video programs due to variation of scene complexity. To achieve even video quality for all programs, the channel bandwidth should be dynamically allocated to different programs in proportion to the complexity of each of the video sources. The lecture will first give a general introduction on multi-program encoding, following by the joint rate control algorithm to manage the operation of all the encoders to maintain a uniform picture quality among all video programs is discussed.

Dr. Lap-Pui ChauSpeaker’s Bio:

Lap-Pui Chau received the B. Eng degree with first class honours in Electronic Engineering from Oxford Brookes University, England, and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

In June 1996, he joined Tritech Microelectronics as a senior engineer. Since March 1997, he joined School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as a research fellow, then assistant professor and currently, he is an associate professor. His research interests include streaming media, multimedia coding and compression, and VLSI for signal processing.

He involved in organization committee of international conferences including the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2010, ICIP 2004), and IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME 2010). He is a Technical Program Co-Chair for 2010 International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communications Systems (ISPACS 2010). Besides, he also served as track chairs in technical program committee for many international conferences regularly.

He is a senior member of the IEEE, a Chair-Elect of Technical Committee on Circuits & Systems for Communications (TC-CASC), a member of Technical Committee on Multimedia Systems and Applications (TC-MSA), and a member of Technical Committee on Visual Signal Processing and Communications (TC-VSPC) of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is currently Chairman of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Singapore Chapter. He served as a member of Singapore Digital Television Technical Committee from 1998 to 1999. He served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and is currently serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting and an associate editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters. His research citation count is more than 1000 (the figure is obtained by Google Scholar).

May 31, 2012

6:00 – 6:30 pm   Networking/Refreshments
6:30 – 8:00 pm   Lecture and Q&A

Location:
11525 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
Joint meeting of IEEE San Diego BTS, ComSoc, CS, SP Chapters and Section

RSVP:
Murat F. Karsi: mkarsi@ieee.org, (760)-419-8524

Cost:
Free, IEEE members, $5 non-members

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Broadcast Technology Society Chapter in San Diego

May 3, 2012 in San Diego Section by kgeiger

Dr. Murat KarsiThe IEEE San Diego Section has added a new Broadcast Technology Society chapter.

The Chapter already started planning and executing its activity plans. Its first event will be a BTS  Distinguished Lecture.  All IEEE members are kindly invited.

The IEEE SD Section BTS welcomes suggestions, speakers, and collaboration opportunities. Please feel free to contact the Chair, Murat Karsi, at mkarsi (AT) ieee.org or 760-419-8524.

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Hello world!

January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized by admin

Welcome to the new IEEE Los Angeles Council website.

If you wish to write or publish on this site, please contact webmaster@ieee-lac.org.