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Our Next Roving Social

Come join us for our next Roving Social.  We will be in Northeast Minneapolis!

When: Tuesday, April 22nd -- 4 to 7 pm

Where: Dangerous Man Brewing Tap Room

Click HERE for more information and to RSVP (so we have enough food!)

Here's a great opportunity to meet some of the IEEE Twin Cities Section officers and fellow members, and to find out more about our Section's Chapters and Committees.


Upcoming Section Meetings

IEEE Twin Cities Section - SP/COM Chapter Meeting 4/29/14 3:30-5:30 PM - TWIN CITIES SP01/COM19 CHAPTER on 29-April-2014
Featured Research Talk

It is our great pleasure to announce this featured research talk by professor James Kates, one of the top experts on signal processing research for hearing aids.

HASPI and HASQI version 2: A unified approach to predicting speech intelligibility and quality

Professor James Kates
Department of Speech Languages and Hearing Science
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Parking and Directions:

When you come into the front door, please approach the receptionist and ask for Sandy Jobes. The receptionist will give you a visitor’s badge and Sandy can guide you to the Orion Conference room.

You can come to the Tech Center building at 6600 Washington Ave. S | Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Free parking is available in front of and around the building.

Posted on: 4/14/2014 09:57:58 PM


ICNTC (IEEE Consultant's Network of the Twin Cities) - TWIN CITIES CONSULTANTS NETWORK AFFINITY GROUP on 14-May-2014
After a lengthy hiatus, the IEEE Consultant’s Network of the Twin Cities (ICNTC) will be meeting Wednesday May 14th at the Wentworth Library. The main purpose of the meeting is to Network with our fellow consultant's or those who have an interest in consulting. Also we have a great presentation. "Thinking Outside the Box" is what we are always told to do, but what does that really mean? Joe Palmiter (past chair of the IEEE TC Section) is going to take on this question with some interesting insights. Joe works at PaR Systems and has many years of experience solving many difficult and complicated engineering problems. So put the following meeting on your calendar and attend! Please forward this email to anyone else who might like to attend.

Who: All who want to attend the Consultant's Network (current consultants or those interested in becoming a consultant)
What: Meeting including a valuable presentation by Joe Palmiter on "Thinking Outside the Box". (See below for more details).
When: May 14th, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Wentworth Library in West St. Paul (199 East Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118), Directions below.
How: Just show up. We will start with light refreshments (free) and networking with other consultants.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Steven James (james@ieee.org)
IEEE Consultants' Network of the Twin Cities Chair

Driving Directions
Located just east of Robert St., on the north side of Wentworth Ave.

>From I-494, Take Highway 52 North.
1. Exit at Wentworth Ave. and go left.
2. Turn right into the library parking lot.

Posted on: 4/13/2014 06:44:40 PM


Twin Cities Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter Meeting - TWIN CITIES IM09 CHAPTER on 05-June-2014
“Evolution of Microwave and Millimeter Wave Imaging for NDE Applications”

Dr. Reza Zoughi, Schlumberger Distinguished Professor at Missouri University
of Science and Technology

Boston Scientific, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, started from a small laboratory in Massachusetts in 1979. Today the company employs 24,000 people world-wide. BSC delivers a broad portfolio of innovative medical solutions world-wide through the Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Electrophysiology, Peripheral Interventions, Endoscopy, Urology and Women's Health, and Neuromodulation.

Sandwiches, snacks, cookies and beverages will be provided.

DIRECTIONS TO Boston Scientific:
From I-694
Take the Lexington Avenue exit.
Go north on Lexington to County Road F.
Take left onto County Road F.
Go west on County Road F until traffic light.
Take a right at the traffic light (Hamline Avenue).
Take first right into Boston Scientific.
Park in the lot off of the Hamline Ave entrance (go to the right after entering driveway from Hamline Ave).

Enter the facility at the Hamline Ave entrance (at circle drive).

Posted on: 4/10/2014 10:22:17 AM


IEEE Twin Cities Section - SP/COM Chapter Meeting 4/22/14 3:30-5:30 PM - TWIN CITIES SP01/COM19 CHAPTER on 22-April-2014
Acoustic Communications Seminar at UofM, Shevlin Hall

Five Presentations on Acoustic Communications sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Starkey Hearing Technologies and the IEEE TC SP/COM chapter.

The address of Shevlin Hall is:
164 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Registration (required):

To help us determine the head count and arrange refreshment, please register by emailing Sandy Jobes (Sandy_Jobes@starkey.com) your Name, Email, Affiliation.

Parking and Directions:

You can find the parking and local map on the following web page:

Posted on: 4/9/2014 02:14:19 PM


Best Practices, Benefits, and Economics of Load Testing - TWIN CITIES PE31 CHAPTER on 08-May-2014
About the talk: Overview of Load Bank Testing, methods, and best practices for facilities that include Data Centers and Utility Substations, addressing:
• Benefits and economics of Load Testing
• Industry Trends – Changing Standards will lead to New Test Requiremnts
• Innovations in Load Testing

Benefits and economics of Load Testing
Discussion of the cost of power failures, power quality issues, the importance of availability and reliability and, finally review an economic model of user benefits

Industry Trends
Review significant trends that will affect many facilities and industries, including:
• IEEE Standards for Interconnection (IEEE 1547 Interconnection Series – there are dramatic changes coming
• IEEE Smart Grid interoperability Series, and UL 1741 and 6171 series on Wind Interconnection.)
• NIST, FERC and NERC Rulings that will affect testing.

Innovations in Load Testing
We will discuss current and upcoming innovation in facility load testing, including:
• Data Center Commissioning using multiple load bank types to test many aspects of power system and power quality. Comprehensive testing also balances the thermal performance with electrical.
• Medium Voltage Load Banks are used to provide a simpler safer approach to load testing at large facilities or a Utility substation
• Application Specific Load Banks used to speed up setup and provide a safer layout of power system elements along with the testing equipment.
• Interactive Load Banks are a new innovation that allows reactive control or communication based system to control load based on set conditions in the application (Mobile Generator or wind farm example)
• Liquid Cooled Load Banks are emerging to provide very high power density loads and tie in to liquid cooling systems that are increasingly being used in High Performance Computing application.

Lessons Learned/Summary and Conclusion
Finally, we will summarize how organizations can take advantage of this important practice and improve availability, reliability and reduce incidence of business interruptions. Mark is looking forward to meeting with and discussing the topic with this important audience.

Posted on: 4/7/2014 07:30:31 AM


IEEE Roving Social: Minneapolis Area - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 22-April-2014
The Twin Cities IEEE Roving Social is now coming to Minneapolis! Just an excuse to get together, do some networking and blow off some steam at an end of the day.

Happy Hour: We'll be rotating these events around various locations in & around the metro area. Please come along! Bring a friend, colleague, or new blood. Seating will be limited, so please RSVP to let us know that you are coming . This event is free to attend. The first drink is on us!

DIRECTIONS and PARKING: The Dangerous Man Brewing Co. is located just north of downtown Minneapolis. The parking lot is available on the building's west side. (See below for details).

MORE INFO: Google Map | Dangerous Man Brewing Co. | Non-alcoholic beverage options

Posted on: 4/3/2014 09:21:23 PM


IEEE Day 2014: Membership Appreciation Dinner - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 10-October-2014
The 2014 annual IEEE Day dinner will be held as we celebrate the spirit of leveraging technology for a better tomorrow. This will be an exciting evening of dining, networking, and learning. Your local IEEE Section is on the move -- Don't be left behind!

This event is for Twin Cities IEEE members and their adult guest. Student members and all chapters are welcome! Stay posted for more event details and registration.

Posted on: 4/3/2014 02:41:47 PM


Executive Committee Meeting - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 06-May-2014
Twin Cities Section: The May 2014 executive committee meeting will take place at the Broadway Ridge Office Center; located north of downtown Minneapolis. The official start time will be 5:00pm, with networking and refreshments available at 4:45pm.

• Meeting details: Driving directions (Google Maps) | Free parking | WebEx: available
• No RSVP is required. Please notify the event organizer if you are bringing 1 or more guests.

Posted on: 4/2/2014 06:10:25 PM


Phoenix Project - TWIN CITIES SECTION on 27-April-2014
The Phoenix Project is a study group of the Twin Cities IEEE to develop an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for the Halberg Chronobiology Center at the University of Minnesota. Our goal is to make a monitor that is inexpensive, unobtrusive, easy to use and collects a week of blood pressure measurements.

The Halberg Chronobiology Center wants the monitor for long term use on massive scale to obtain measures of health, and to encourage the development of diagnostic, prevention and treatment techniques.

See our website at www.phoenix.tc-ieee.org

Posted on: 4/1/2014 05:46:08 PM


Twin Cities Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter Meeting - TWIN CITIES IM09 CHAPTER on 24-April-2014
“Flowmeter Temperature Compensation”

Eric Anderson

Following the presentation there will be a tour of the manufacturing development and test labs.

Emerson Process Management: They help process industries better manage plants through intelligent control systems and software, measurement instruments, valves, and industry expertise.

Emerson is a diversified global manufacturing and technology company. They offer a wide range of products and services in the industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through their Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions businesses. Recognized widely for their engineering capabilities and management excellence, Emerson has approximately 135,000 employees and 235 manufacturing locations worldwide.

Eric Anderson is a Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer and has been with Emerson Process Management for 8 years. He graduated from University of Minnesota with a BSEE.

The presentation will cover the theory of operation, design, and implementation for temperature compensation stations targeting various industrial flow measurement products.
Station attributes include:
• Configuration testing
• Precision compensation of Analog Output and Pulse Output
• Over a 125C temperature range (-40C to 85C)
• Uses Least Squares Fit analysis
• Asynchronous testing of 80 devices
• HART and Fieldbus protocols supported, Modbus planned
• Instrument and database connectivity

Sandwiches, snacks, cookies and beverages will be provided.

Emerson Process Management
12001 Technology Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Enter and park along the East side of the building, directly across the street from Gander Mountain. The visitor entrance is on the North-East corner of the building.

Posted on: 3/29/2014 11:51:32 AM


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