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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 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

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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

IEEE London Fall 2015 Message from the Chair

Friday, September 11th, 2015

London Section Members

Summer vacations have ended and we are starting planning Section activities for the fall and winter.  I will provide updates in a future email or you can look on our website (

IEEE’s elections are this fall and the deadline is Oct 1.  I don’t want to miss this in the excitement of our federal election!  Please take the time to review the candidates and to vote.  Depending on your membership, you may be eligible to vote for several positions.  You should have received information from the IEEE, but can access you ballot at (

All of you can vote for our President- Elect.  Information on the two candidates, Karen Bartleson and Frederick Mintzer, is available at (

All of you can also vote for IEEE Canada President-Elect (and Region 7 Director-Elect).  Information on the candidates, Fernando Xavier and Maike Luiken, is available at (

I encourage you to take the time to learn about the candidates and to vote.  While all the candidates are quite capable, I’d like to provide my personal recommendation as R7 President for Maike Luiken.  She has been our Section Chair and very active on our behalf.

Looking forward to your participation in our Section activities.

Murray MacDonald
London Section Chair

Presentation on Advancing Green Energy by Ian MacRobbie of Enbridge

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Ian MacRobbie of Enbridge gave a presentation on “Advancing Green Energy” on May 28, 2015 at the Lambton College Event Centre.

The slides from the presentation are available here: Professional engineers presentation – May 28 Enbridge.

Western FIRST Robotics Team 4617 Sponsorship Dinner

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

An IEEE Canadian Foundation Sponsored team.

On the 14th of May, we participated in the Team 4617 sponsorship dinner for the University of Western Ontario FIRST Robotics group. The group was sponsored in part by the IEEE Canadian foundation (ICF) for a special grant of an amount of $1250. The group was able to achieve impressive results in the competitions they took part in. They successfully built a working robot which weighed approximately 90lbs. They were able to compete in two regional competitions in Waterloo and Windsor. At the Waterloo competition, they won the Judge’s Award, which praised their team for their perseverance, empowerment, and teamwork.
The ICF support comes as part of its continuous support for innovation and encouragement for young engineers-to-be. The ICF was represented at the dinner by IEEE Young professionals London Chair Mohamed Abu Sharkh.

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Welcome the Windsor Section to IEEE Canada

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We welcome the newly approved Windsor section to IEEE Canada (Region 7). The spring edition of the IEEE Canadian Review contained interviews and background from Windsor.

London Section 2014 Annual General Meeting

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Our London Section 2014 Annual General Meeting was held November 8th at the Delta London Armouries. This AGM celebrated the section’s 70th year of operation. The section was founded in Oct 1944 as a section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, which was merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1963 to form the IEEE.

The meeting was opened by our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, our Vice-Chair, Trevor Grant. The first item was a video clip greeting from IEEE Canada President, Amir Aghdam, who could not attend.

Murray MacDonald - Chair ReportThe Chair’s report was presented by Murray MacDonald. One of the 2014 highlights was the move of Windsor area members from the SE Michigan section in Region 4 to our section. Windor has already submitted a petition to become their own section, and as of this report the IEEE board has approved this. Therefore, by year end, our membership will return to about 370 members. Best wishes to Windsor!

Our various society chapters and affinity groups held over 20 events in 2014 and are planning more for 2015. As always we need volunteers. If interested, please contact any of the executive shown on the new website at:

Our Treasurer, Allan VanDamme, presented our financial report indicating that we continue to have very healthy reserves.

Our Past Chair, Weiming Shen, presented a slate of nominations for the four executive positions for 2015 and then called for any further nominiations from the floor. Then were no new nominations and the following were aclaimed:
2015 IEEE London ExecutiveChair: Murray MacDonald
Vice-Chair: Abdallah Shami
Treasurer: Allan VanDamme
Secretary: Ahmed Refaey Hussein

We then enjoyed a delicious dinner served by the Delta Armouries.


After dinner, formalities continued with the awards presented by Senior Past Chair Maike Luiken,

PES AwardThe PES chapter’s Outstanding Engineer award was given to David Weigand, recognizing “a lifetime of contribution to the electric utility distribution transformer industry”. Dave shared a few humorous stories from his long career.

Volunteer Appreciation certificates were presented to:
Weiming Shen for volunteer dedication in starting the joint Computer Society and Science, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter in the London Section,
Abdallah Shami for volunteer dedication in building the joint Computer Society and Science, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter in the London Section, and
Xianbin Wang for volunteer dedication in starting and building the joint Communication Society and Broadcast Society Chapter in the London Section.

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Vinay SharmaA Friend of IEEE London Section certificate was presented to London Hydro for encouragement of employee membership, hosting section events, and support for IEEE Canada Conferences. The certificate was accepted by London Hydro CEO, Vinay Sharma.

Randy FrankOur key note speaker, Randy Frank, Technical Director – 3M Canada Company, presented an informative talk on “3M Innovation”. There were numerous questions afterward, reflecting the interest level in the audience. Randy has graciously allowed us to post a copy of his slides on our website at:
3M Innovation – IEEE Meeting – Nov 2014 Keynote Slides

The AGM was then adjourned.

International Humanitarian Technology Conference 2015

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

IHTC 2015 will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  For more information see IHTC 2015