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Life Member Presentation and Meeting at UWO Feb 27th

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The first part of the meeting was a recognition of Dr. G.S.Peter Castle for earning the prestigious IEEE Kaufmann award for 2016. The medal was circulated for attendees. Dr. Castle then gave a presentation “A Century of Development in Applied Electrostatics; Nothing Static Here!” – brief description of the field of applied electrostatics and three main applications that have evolved over the last century. This was followed by a number of questions.

Slides for the presentation: A Century of Development in Applied Electrostatics, G.S.P. Castle

The second part of the meeting was for Life Members to elect a new executive and discuss plans to 2017. As proposed, Dr. Castle was elected the new LM chair and Murray MacDonald, Past Chair of the section, was elected as Vice-Chair. We thanked the current Chair, Ray Brule, and Vice-Chair, Trevor Grant (in absentia), for their efforts.

Discussion on future meetings yielded 4 points: preference for lunch meetings as opposed to evenings, preference for tours or similar activity to see current activities, recommendation to invite student branch, consideration of offering car pool to attract members who may not feel comfortable driving.

IEEE London Section 2016 Annual General Meeting

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The London section Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Thursday November 17 at the Doubletree by Hilton on Dundas St.

Chair Dr. Abdallah Shami welcomed all and provided a short report on the section activities for 2016 and plans for 2017. Our Treasurer, Allan VanDamme, presented the financial picture for this year and a budget for next. The election of the 2017 executive was held with the slate of 2016 officers returning for 2017 acclaimed:
Chair – Abdallah Shami,
Vice Chair – Ahmed Hussein,
Treasurer – Allan VanDamme, and
Secretary – Elizabeth Tomaszewski

After an enjoyable buffet dinner, Murray MacDonald presented award certificates to members nominated for recognition:
Outstanding Volunteer – Ana Luisa Trejos, for inspiring the London IEEE Section’s Women in Engineering Affinity Group
Outstanding Young Professional – Mohamed AbuShark, for his role as Chair of Young Professionals (YP) Affinity Group and continuing assistance in organizing YP events
Outstanding Young Professional – Abdallah Moubayed, for his roles as Young Professionals (YP) affinity group Secretary and Vice Chair, as Secretary of Computer Society chapter, and continuing assistance in organizing YP events
Outstanding Young Professional – Tame Mohamed, for his role as Young Professionals (YP) Treasurer, organizing YP events and conference and summit road trips, and assisting with Women in Engineering events

Then our keynote speaker, John Bebawy, Business Development Director at TELUS, provided an enlightening presentation on “the Connect World: Finding Competetive Edge with IOT”. This was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.

Adballah then adjourned the meeting though many stayed to network after.

Photos courtesy of Anas Saci

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Past Events (held in the last 90 days)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Congratulations G. S. Peter Castle for the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufman Award

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Dr. G. S. Peter Castle, Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, has been awarded the prestigious IEEE Kaufmann Award for 2016 “For development of applied electrostatic devices and processes in industry, agriculture, and environmental protection.”

The IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986. The Award is named in honor of Richard Harold Kaufmann in memory of his many important contributions to industrial systems engineering and his dedicated service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society. It is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council and sponsored by the IEEE Industrial Applications Society. It is presented to an individual or team of up to three persons “For outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering“

Congratulations to Dr. Castle.

Life Member Tour of Fanshawe’s School of Aviation Technology

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

On Wednesday April 27, the London Section Life Member (LM) Affinity Group organized a lunch and tour. Despite a small attendance, those who did attend thoroughly enjoyed the day.

First there was an informative tour of Fanshawe College’ s School of Aviation Technology. The school offers federally recognized technician programs in avionics maintenance and aircraft maintenance. We saw their training labs including a simulator and then toured the hanger where they have numerous decommissioned aircraft for training purposes Their drone operation course sparked some particular interest. Thanks to James Mallory, Program Co-ordinator – Avionics for giving the tour.

We then adjourned to the Katana Kafe for lunch and a bit of discussion about the LM group.

Lastly there was a tour of the Diamond Aircraft Industries manufacturing facility. The plant has a long history including manufacturing Mosquito bombers during WW II. We saw their avionics assembly which combines high technology with craftsmanship. We then followed the process for molding the air frame. painting it, installing the avionics, accessories, etc. and final preparation for acceptance. We saw a range of their products from 2 to 6 seaters with single and twin engines. Thanks to Chris Wood, Avionics Designer, for taking the time to give us a tour and provide his insight into their processes.

Hope to see more members at our next event – to be announced.

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IEEE London supports Science Fairs in London and Sarnia

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

London Section provided funds for awards at two local Science Fairs – Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair and Sarnia-Lambton Science Fair. The winners and their presentation topic were:
Sarnia-Lambton (photo of presentation by IEEE Canada President Elect Maike Luiken)
Junior – Ramtin Parvari – Solar Lens
Intermidiate – Kendra Prasad – Eco Clean Hand Hygiene: Soap Nuts
Senior – Joy Shah & Parth Vachharajani – The World’s First Biological Power Plant
Exhibit – Alsabith Nazeer & Lamees Shaikh – Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Thames Valley (photo of presentation by Councillor Harold Usher standing in for IEEE)
Aoife Pucchio – Styrofoam – A Problem We Need to (dis)-Solve
David Kim – Electricity Generating Insoles: Walking As A Source Of Renewable Energy

Congratulations the winners and all participants!

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IEEE Educational Outreach at London Children’s Museum – March 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

On March 19, as part of National Engineering Month the IEEE and PEO provided two engineering related activities at the London Children’s Museum. Murray MacDonald, IEEE TISP Champion for the London section provided the activities from the www.tryengineering.org website. The PEO provided the manpower for the day.

The first activity, “Ship the Chip”, involved designing, building, and testing packaging for a single potato chip. The testing went a little “over the top” with a drop from the second story of the museum. Most of the chips survived – only to be eaten by the budding “engineers”

The second activity, “Tall Tower Challenge” involved designing building, and testing a tower constructed using plastic straws and masking tape.

Although all of the participants were young, they started to appreciate the role engineers play in society and, with luck, a few may choose to pursue a career in technology and perhaps engineering.

If this or other educational outreach activities are of interest, please contact Murray at murraymacdonald@ieee.org.

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2015 Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2015)

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

London hosted the IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference from 24-26 October 2015. More information is available on the conference website at http://epec2015.ieee.ca