IEEE London Section

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.

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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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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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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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

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

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.

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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May 19th, 2015

Cryptocurrencies: a scam? an investment treasure or a career opportunity?

IEEE Young professionals London presented an interactive technical lecture by Dr. Alexsander Essex, a faculty member at Western.

The lecture focused on cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, and their potential as investment tools and career enhancement options.  The goal was to increase general awareness of the cyber security field in general and the possibilities Bitcoin opens for research and career development purposes.

A raffle followed where encrypted coins were used!   The event was held in SEB2100 on March 11th at 6:00 PM, with about 70 young professionals attending!

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