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10 meetings

Industry Applications - New Trends in Vehicle Electrification: Advancing e-Mobility Applications
April 17th
5:30 PM (3 hours)
Admission fee may apply

The officers of the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of the Industry Applications Society invite you to join us Wednesday evening, April 17, 2019, for our dinner, meeting and technical presentation.  We appreciate the support of all who attend our dinners and presentations.  We will be meeting this month at Eaton in Tualatin (NOT Eaton in Wilsonville), 10955 SW Avery Street, Tualatin, OR 97062. This location is easy to access by car from I-5 via SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd and parking is FREE.  

The cost will be with the menu to be announced. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when you register.  There is no charge to attend the presentation only.  Our IAS Chapter always offers free dinners for local PSU, OSU, George Fox, U of P, OIT and WSUV Electrical Engineering Students who attend our meetings. This is an excellent networking opportunity for students as our meetings are attended by many professionals in consulting, industrial engineering and electrical equipment manufacturing.


Slick’s Big Time Barbeque:
Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket,
Coleslaw, Baked Beans,
Corn Bread and all the fixins,
Iced Tea/Sodas

Portland General Electric's Fundamentals of Wind (No Registration Required)
April 16th
12:30 PM (1 hour)
Lloyd Center Tower

A high-level view of how the wind turbines work, how they are connected at the wind farms, and an overview of what’s next for PGE wind.

IEEE Signal Processing Society research seminar/webinar
April 12th
10:00 AM (1 hour)
Kelley Engineering Center

The SPS chapter of the Oregon section will hold the inargural technical seminar/webinar at 10am on Friday, April 12. The physical location is 1003 Kelley Engineering Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. You can also join by WebEx (please see the WebEx information below). Our speaker is Prof. Kejun Huang from University of Florida. The talk title is "Simple and Effective Heuristics for Nonconvex Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming" (see the agenda for the abstract and the bio). The SPS chapter plans to hold technical seminar/webinar on a regular basis, and this is the first of its kind.


Time/Date: 10am on Friday, April 12.

Location: 1003 Kelley Engineering Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis

WebEx meeting information:

--Meeting link:

--Meeting number:920 956 280

--Join by video system


You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

--Join by phone

+1-415-655-0002 US Toll

Access code: 920 956 280

Oregon - NWSE Special Awards Judging
April 12th
8:00 AM (6.5 hours)
Viking Pavillion

Judges Needed for State Science Fairs

IEEE Oregon will again provide Special Awards for the Intel Northwest Science Expo's (NSWE) State Fair on April 12 at PSU.

There are two categories: middle school and high school.

If you are interested in being an IEEE judge for the State Fairs please contact:
Middle School Fair: Coral Jean Cotterell,
High School Fair: Ed Perkins,

See for more details.



IEEE Oregon Section ExCom
April 9th
6:00 PM (2.5 hours)
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
WebEx Meeting number: 599 106 288WebEx Meeting password: OregonWebEx Audio connection: +1 210-606-9466 US Toll                                     +1 866-282-7366 US Toll-Free WebEx Meeting Link:
Demystifying Deep Learning
April 8th
6:30 PM (2 hours)
Axiom Electronics

Highlights: During this presentation we will take a look "under the hood" of the mathematics which is driving all the excitement. Advanced math concepts are not required. A demonstration will be done with a Python coded example.

The real breakthrough for the modern Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Machine Learning (M.L.) technology explosions started back in 1943 when researchers McCulloch & Pitts came up with a mathematical model to represent that function of the biological neuron; nature’s gift that allows all life to operate and learn over time. Eventually this research would give birth to the A.I. revolution that we are experiencing today!

Before there can be any discussions of deep learning, there are some fundamental concepts and terms that need to be understood which begins with the introduction of the perceptron and its' structure. The perceptron is the basic building block of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). While there are other approaches to A.I., which the other approaches will be briefly discussed, the ANN is the most fundamental approach and more closely relates to the solution to learning that nature has provided all of life; as we know it. There are also different classifications of ANNs, and they will be discussed as well, but to demystify deep learning only the understanding of a basic ANN is needed.

While there are many platforms that allow anybody to leverage the power of A.I. today via such environments as: TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc., the details of how these systems work is still a mystery to most users. During this presentation we will take a look "under the hood" of the mathematics which is driving all the excitement of the A.I. movement along with the associated challenges. While some knowledge of advanced math concepts would be helpful it is not required as the main math that one needs to be comfortable with is just multiplication and addition. The complexity comes in with the scale and magnitude of the number of operations needed and not the complexity of the operations themselves.

A demonstration will be done with a Python coded example. For those that would like to try it out themselves, the code will be made available during the session.



Manuel "Manny" Muro studied Electrical & Computer Engineering at N.C. State University, along with a minor in Business. With more than 25 years of industry experience, he has been involved in just about every aspect of the design, verification and testing of semiconductor devices particularly Microprocessors and SoC/ASIC/FPGAs along with Software, RF, Memory, Analog and Mixed-Signal experiences as well. He has worked at start-up companies, as well as some mid-sized and larger companies. Since 2014, he has been working on the hardware implementation of A.I. systems for a local start-up company in North Plains, Oregon; which resulted in two patents being granted at the end of 2018. More recently he has been doing research and development on coming up with novel hardware approaches to significantly accelerate how machine learning is carried out to address both the speed and power consumption issues associated with current methods in how A.I. systems are trained.


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Oregon IEEE Consultants' Monthly Meeting
April 2nd
6:00 PM (3 hours)


Meeting date Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2019.

Title:      Update in Worldwide Product Safety and Regulatory Requirements.  

Abstract:              The winds of change continue to blow in the product safety and regulatory arena.  Change is coming for equipment all the way from large industrial equipment to the smallest IoT devices.    In the industrialized world continued upgrades to the popular safety standards along with additional requirements to support a greener world are the order of the day.  In the wannabe industrialized world, the adoption of similar requirements is underway – along with the development of the needed infrastructure to support this technical work.  

Cross fertilization discussion will be encouraged.   

Bio: Peter E Perkins   Pete Perkins has been involved in product safety and regulatory activities for more than 50 years.  

For the first half of this career he was responsible for Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Tektronix, Inc, the oscilloscope manufacturer.  After that he continues to be an independent product safety and regulatory affairs consultant.   

He has a BS in engineering from the University of Portland and a MSEE from Oregon State University.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in OR and CA.  He is a Life Fellow in the IEEE.   

He has participated in standards activities for more than 40 years. He is an American electric shock expert having served as a member of IEC TC64/WG4 (IEC 60479 series; Effects of electric shock on the human body), and UL STP 101 (Leakage current of appliances) as well as convenor of IEC TC 108 WG5 (IEC 60990, Measurement of Touch Current).  He has extensive experience in safety standards for equipment as a member of IEC TC 108 (IEC 60950, IT equipment; IEC 62368 Electronic Equipment).  He serves on US/TAGs for TC109 (IEC 60664, creepage and clearances), TC66 (Test & Measurement Equipment) & TC108 (IEC 60950 & IEC 62368 HBStd).   

He was an instructor in the Univ of Wisc Engineering Development course ‘Getting your CE marking’ when Euro CE marking was first implemented.   

He has given papers at the IEEE PSES meetings from the beginning of the society.  Many are on electric shock issues.   

He is a US patent holder.   

His work is archived at  

He is the recipient of the 1999 IEEE EMC Michael J DeMartini award for work in the product safety area.   

He is the recipient of the 2012 IEC 1906 award for longstanding skillful leadership in IEC standards development.   

He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Life member of NSPE. 

IEEE SSCS Oregon Chapter March Meeting and Seminar
April 1st
6:30 PM (2 hours)
Hawthorne Farms Building 3


IEEE SSCS Oregon Chapter March Meeting and Seminar

Join us for a talk from SSCS Distinguished Lecturer from Prof. Arun Natarajan of Oregon State University on Monday, April 1.  Food and drinks will be provided during the networking event from 6:30 to 7:00pm.  The seminar will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and we will continue with networking until 8:30pm.



Achieving battery less sensors/wireless transceivers that can sense, compute and communicate enables a wide range of ubiquitous internet-of-things applications. RF-powering presents a robust, reliable approach for providing energy to such battery-less sensors. In this talk, I will focus on the key technical challenges for achieving wirelessly-powered sensors for representative IoT applications. Following an introduction to far-field wireless powering, I will present architectures and circuits with a focus on increasing wireless powering range and energy harvesting efficiency at the system level. Packaging and sensor size are also critical constraints for such systems and we will discuss how constraints on volume and weight impact circuits and architectures. We will discuss performance in the context of state-of-the-art and outline future research to further enable ubiquitous RF-powered sensing and communication.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Natarajan's research is focused on RF and mm-wave integrated circuits and systems for wireless communication and imaging. He received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY and worked on mm-wave phased arrays for multi-Gb/s data links and airborne radar and on self-healing circuits for increased yield in sub-micron process technologies. Since joining Oregon State University, his research group has focused on low-power RFICs and RF/mm-wave arrays integrated in CMOS/SiGe BiCMOS. Dr. Natarajan received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2017, the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Government of India [1995-2000], the Caltech Atwood Fellowship in 2001, the Analog Devices Outstanding Student IC Designer Award in 2004, and the IBM Research Fellowship in 2005, and serves on the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE ISSCC and IEEE RFIC.

IEEE Oregon Section YPs- Bowling Night
March 30th
6:00 PM (2 hours)
14950 SW Barrows Rd

Come to join us in our Bowling Night. You will have the opportunity to meet engineers from all fields. 

Talk up and throw some bowling balls! 

ROS Lab: Open Manipulator Build
March 25th
6:30 PM (2 hours)
This lab is focused on the three of us that are building the Robotis Open Manipulator. We have purchased kits and will be assisted by Michael Brinkley of e1ectr0n. All others on this list are welcome to stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 to see how the build is moving along. You may also enjoy networking with others and share your projects. There will be no other formal activity. 

Builders: (Bring a Ubuntu laptop with ROS installed if you can) 

  • Tom Sommerville
  • Edward Metzler
  • Edward Epp
  • Michael Brinkley: e1ectr0n (
Open Manipulator Manual: page: We will be building the model with Dynamixel XL430-W250-T servos which give it  50 grams (1.7 ounces) payload capacity.  

10 meetings. Generated Thursday, April 25 2019, at 1:21:53 AM. All times America/Los_Angeles