Computer and Communications Technical Society Chapter Tour

Joint IEEE Columbus Computer and Communications Technical Society Chapter Tour

Come and Join the East Columbus Maker Meetup to tour The Point at Otterbein University’s STEAM Innovation Center !     ALL IEEE Members are Welcome to Attend !

When:  Monday, 13 March 2017

Time:  6 to 8 PM

The Point at Otterbein University
60 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH  43081-1429

Parking:  Is available at the above address.

Tour Organizer:  Joshua Civiello, IEEE Columbus Section Educational Activities Chair and Member of the East Columbus Maker Meetup

About The Point at Otterbein University:
Otterbein has partnered with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio to create The Point at Otterbein University, a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Innovation Center that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of the community.  The Point and its STEAM Innovation Center is home to two resident companies and Otterbein academic departments, with lab space available to businesses and the broader community.  The purpose of the center is to convert ideas into commercialized products and services.

The Point at Otterbein contains 61,000 sq. ft. of space for State of the Art Classrooms, 3D Printers, a Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Machine Shop, an Electronics Shop, and is a business incubator.

RSVP to Robert A. Walston via E-Mail at Robert Walston by 2 PM on Monday, 13 March 2017.

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2017 IEEE R2 STUDENT ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE seeking Industry Donations

So far we have the following area Universities going;

DeVry University
Ohio State
Ohio University
Youngstown State
Akron State
Cleveland State
Wright State
Ohio Northern

We are seeking donations for the event(see flyer).  Donations will help offset costs of travel, parts for competition, food, and lodging.  Since this is in (Region 2) New Jersey this year the local university student chapters will incur significant travel costs.  We are currently discussing renting busses to take all the Ohio students to this event.  This is by far the best IEEE event I have participated in with several hundreds of IEEE student participants!

Professor College of Engineering
IEEE past Columbus Section Chair
IEEE DeVry University Columbus Counselor
IEEE Senior Member
DeVry University
1350 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43209

p: 614.257.5053
e: John Pax

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WIE Affinity Group and DeVry student chapter joint meeting

Columbus IEEE-WIE Affinity Group and DeVry Student Branch invites ALL IEEE Columbus members, students, and guests to attend the WIE/DeVry student section joint meeting.

DeVry University
Room 109
1350 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, OH  43209

When: February 15, 2017

5:00 pm          Refreshment and Networking
5:15 pm         Meeting and Presentation of WIE-Boston Summit 2016          

RSVP:Helen Winfrey  or – Josiah Stein –DeVry IEEE Student Branch

by February 14, 2017.

 “The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in the technical disciplines. IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity”

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AP-MTT Chapter Presents: Ettus Research SDR Hands-On Workshop

Ettus Research (a National Instruments company) will be presenting a Hands-on Workshop on USRP, UHD, GNU Radio.

Neel Pandeya (Senior Engineer)
Tim Fountain (Business Development Director)

Time and Date:  8:00AM – 04:30 PM, Thursday February 16th, 2017 

Place:  ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University, MRC Conference Room #132, 1330 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212 (free parking is available)

Please see this flyer for detailed information.

Note:  Lunch provided to those who register:


Introduction to SDR (architecture, HW and SW overview, application overview)

Overview of the USRP devices (hardware and software)
Introduction to open-source software tools and frameworks
Building, installing, and configuring UHD and GNU Radio on Linux
Practical hands-on laboratory for using UHD and GNU Radio
Building SDR application based on USRP, UHD, and GNU radio
Spectrum Monitoring using GNU Radio and Gqrx
Overview of the FPGA toolchain (Xilinx Vivado)
Introduction to building FPGA images, and FPGA programming using RFNoC
Discussion of synchronizing multiple USRP devices for phase-synchronous and MIMO applications
Discussion of cellular applications (OpenBTS, srsLTE, OpenLTE, EurecomOpenAirInterface, Amarisoft)
Discussion of GNSS applications (GNSS-SDR, Skydel Solutions, etc.)
Discussion of embedded SDR workflow, embedded Linux environment (OE), and E310 SDK
Discussion and demonstration of using the E310/E312


Neel Pandeya: Neel is a Senior Software Engineer and the Manager of the Technical Support group at Ettus Research, a National Instruments Company, in Santa Clara, California. His background and interests are in open-source software development, kernel and embedded software development, wireless and cellular communications, DSP and signal processing, and software-defined radio (SDR). Prior to joining Ettus Research in 2014, Neel Pandeya worked at several start-up, mid-size, and defense companies, such as Range Networks, Draper Laboratory, Envoy Networks, Texas Instruments, and Teradyne. Neel Pandeya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering (MSEE) from Northeastern University. He also has a ham radio license, and is aspiring to obtain a private pilot license.

Tim Fountain: Tim has over 25 years’ experience with industry leaders in electronics manufacturing in specific areas of RF, high speed analog to digital technologies, test and measurement, military & aerospace, consumer electronics, data acquisition and control. Tim works with customers to help them design, develop and deploy SDR technologies in the diverse areas of next generation communication systems, signals intelligence, satellite communication, telemetry and spectrum monitoring. Tim holds an MSEE in Electrical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer.

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Jan 2017 Section Meeting

You are invited to the next IEEE Columbus Section meeting. Please come meet the new officers of the Section and help us to plan our 2017 meetings and activities.  We are seeking to expand our efforts to increase social interaction between members, societies, and our students. Your input and assistance with that would be greatly appreciated.

Tue. Jan 24, 2017

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch
4445 East Broad St, Whitehall OH 43213

5:30-6:15   Arrival and refreshments
6:15-6:30   Host presentation
6:30-7:30   Business meeting

Please click here to see the detailed agenda.

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IEEE Columbus Power & Energy Society January 19th Program

Date:   Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2017                       Refreshments:  5:30 to 6:00 PM

Presentation:  6:00 to 7:00 PM                         Earn 1.0 CPD Hours

Location:  AEP Ohio Office, Conference Room 2G, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Title:  “More Accurate and Optimized Substation Grounding Study Methodologies”

Abstract:  This seminar will introduce hands-on solid modeling experience of the safe, optimal ground grid design for a large Extra High Voltage (EHV) substation.  The optimized ground grid meets the IEEE-80 standards for safety without compromising on step or touch potential thresholds.  The ground grid has been designed in CDEGS software using fault current flow concepts, with multiple injection points simulating the actual conditions and fault currents at the substation.  In addition, the new clearing time analysis and grounding study safety assessment strategy are implemented.  The method focuses on substation specific data to perform substation grounding studies and does not assume the fault current split factors, or utilize the IEEE-80 curves. The method is conceptually correct, meets safety requirements, and leads to copper savings. Thus, a safe and cost-optimized ground grid for an EHV station is achievable.


Xuan Wu received the BS degree in EE from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China in 2011 and the MS degree in EE from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2013. Right now he is working as a Station Design Standards Engineer at American Electric Power and a part-time Ph.D student at The Ohio State University. His research interests include electromagnetic & electrostatic coupling effects, substation fault analysis and grounding design and transmission/operation planning. He has contributed to several utility guidelines and published more than ten journal/conference papers in power system transmission areas. Xuan is an IEEE member and treasurer of IEEE PES Columbus Chapter.

Vinod Simha received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from B.M.S. College of Engineering Bangalore, India and University of Texas at Arlington, USA in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He has designed low voltage switchgear and switchboards for OEMs, simulated load flow studies for Transmission Planning. He is a Principal Engineer in Station Engineering Design Standards at AEP, and enjoys computer simulation in grounding, induced voltage, and fuse co-ordination and other substation engineering topics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, and a Senior Member of the IEEE and IEEE-SA.

Please RSVP by Jan. 17th to Jerod Marker at or 614-552-1409


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2017-18 Columbus Officers

Congratulations to our new 2017-18 elected Officers for Columbus!

Jeffrey D Keller – Chair

Carl N Lee – Vice Chair

Dr Fang Luo – Treasurer

Howard Jones – Secretary

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