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2018 IEEE Maine Section Member Survey

Happy New Year from your new IEEE Maine Section executive committee. We are looking forward to a terrific year with activities focused on a variety of member interests. Please send your suggestions for events and meeting topics to one of your executive committee members whenever you have an idea. And, as a reminder, executive committee meetings are open to all section members. If you would like to be added to the excom email distribution, please let me know at

The executive committee has created and published the 2018 IEEE Maine Section Member Survey. The survey is located at and may be accessed using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. We encourage all members to take a moment to complete the survey. This is your chance to add your voice to the organization of the section. The results of the survey will be published in early February.

Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018,
Walter Rawle
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Maine Section Chair selected for Region 1 Award

Ronald O. Brown has been named a recipient of the 2017 IEEE Region 1 Enhancement of the IEEE or Engineering Profession’s Image with the Public Award by the Region 1 Board of Governors:

For significant contributions to creating a positive IEEE–Public relationship in Maine

Congratulations to our section chair, Ron Brown!

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Thanks to the efforts of Dick Wilkins, the Maine Section is a sponsor of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC-2017) in San Jose, CA, 19–22 October 2017. Dick is also serving as conference chair, with support from the Maine Section.

Submissions to The Beacon

The Maine Section has revived The Beacon. The current issue can be found in the sidebar on the left. Submissions are always appreciated; for further information or to make a submission, contact Ron Brown.

Be sure to check the Maine Section Events page for details on the latest events.


IEEE Maine EDS/SSC Distinguished Lecturer: Prof. M.A. Alam

The Maine IEEE EDS/SSC (Maine Chapter of the Electron Devices and Solid State Circuits Societies) hosted Prof. Muhammad A. Alam of Purdue University to lecture on his current research. For more about Prof. Alam and his talk, see [flyer].

Maine IEEE YP Revitalization Meeting: 3 August 2017

The Maine IEEE YP (Young Professionals) and friends (17-strong), met and cruised on Casco Bay. A follow-on meeting is being planned for the Fall.

Maine IEEE YP Cruise

IEEE Maine Section Top ECE Student Awards

Congratulations to Armando Ayes (undergraduate) and Chitra Manjanai (graduate) who received the IEEE Maine Section Top ECE Student awards at the 2017 UMaine Student symposium.

IEEE Maine Section Top ECE Student awards 2017

From left: Dr. Ali Abedi, Symposium Co-chair, Dr. Ronald Brown, IEEE Maine Section President, Armando Ayes, Chitra Manjanai, and Dr. Susan Hunter, UMaine President. Picture courtesy of University of Maine Division of Marketing and Communications.

IEEE Maine Section Meeting: 18 May 2017

The first event of the year 2017 was a lunch time meeting at UMaine's Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME. The event included networking, lunch, a talk by EMMC trauma surgeon Dr. Rafael Grossmann and a tour of the Front Street Shipyard.

Maine Section Celebrates IEEE Day 2016

The Section celebrated IEEE Day with several events at UMaine:

  • Mark Ouellette, COO of Maine's nationally recognized, pioneering, and innovative broadband provider Axiom Technologies, discussed rural broadband.
  • Dr. Walter Rawle presented The Aerospace Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for Electrical Engineering Graduates, based on Walter's career as a leader in aerospace.
  • UMaine's Lonnie LaBonte presented Wireless Leak Detection System for International Space Station – UMaine's project in space!
  • IEEE Day concluded with a dinner and reception at Hill Auditorium.

IEC 61850 Technical Conference

The IEEE Maine Section co-sponsored (with Omicron) the IEC 61850 Technical Conference in April. IEC 61850 is a family of standards used to govern substation automation and protection via TCP/IP networks.

Attacks and Hardware Defenses for Network Infrastructure

The IEEE Maine COM/CS joint chapter hosted a talk by Professor Tilman Wolf (University of Massachusetts Amherst) in April. [Full abstract and speaker bio]

2016 Maine Section Election

The election is complete. The full set of officers and committee chairs is here.

Maine Section Member Selected for Prestigious IEEE-USA Award

Dr. Mohamad Musavi Dr. Mohamad Musavi, Associate Dean of Engineering at the University of Maine, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 K-12 STEM Literacy Educator-Engineer Partnership Award. Dr. Musavi’s partner recipient for the award is Mr. Cary James, Science Department Head at Bangor High School. The award recognizes collaborative activities between K-12 educators and technical professionals who are IEEE members.

Three years ago, after extensive collaboration between Dr. Musavi and Mr. James to provide research opportunities for Mr. James’ students, Dr. Musavi and Mr. James formalized the process and designed Bangor High’s STEM Academy. The STEM Academy is a program option available to any Bangor High School student. It offers a rigorous sequence of STEM courses and a long-term research apprenticeship with a University of Maine faculty member. Dr. Musavi’s and Mr. James’ program has become a model which is being replicated in other areas of Maine.

The award is a plaque engraved with the citation:

In recognition of your outstanding leadership and dedication
to the design and direction of the Bangor High STEM Academy

Dr. Musavi received recognition of his achievement at the IEEE-USA Awards Ceremony in Milwaukee, WI on May 16, 2015. The Maine Section offers our sincere congratulations to Dr. Musavi and Mr. James for a job well done!

IEEE Maine COM/CS Chapter

In May, the IEEE Maine COM/CS Chapter presented two distinguished lectures:

Prof. Hamid Jafarkhani (UC Irvine, CA)
Distributed Beamforming in Wireless Relay-Interference Networks

Prof. Leszek Szczcinski (INRS Montreal)
Decoding of binary codes in the presence of channel mismatch

[flyer] (pdf)

First Maine Section Award is to David Kotecki

David Kotecki The Maine Section is pleased to announce that Prof. David Kotecki of the University of Maine is the first recipient of the Maine Section Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize Section members for significant accomplishments in either of the two categories of technical achievement or service to the membership.

Dave was presented with his award at the Annual Section Meeting on December 5 in Orono. The award was a plaque which carries the inscription:

Maine Section Award
For a decade of dedication and service to the Maine Section

If you see Dave, please congratulate him. Thank you, Dave, for your years of dedicated service to the membership.

Engineers Go Rural

Many rural youth seek jobs that are close to home while others seek more information about careers beyond their communities. Engineering and technology-oriented jobs offer a myriad of options that both serve community needs and provide meaningful work beyond their communities. According to recent Department of Labor statistics, one of the top ten jobs for rural areas is civil engineering.

For further details, and how you can help, see [pdf].

Northern New England chapter: Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

IEEE has recently approved an Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) joint chapter for Northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont). Rosemary Smith is the Maine representative for the EMBS joint chapter [EMBS].

The IEEE Maine Section Fall Meeting and Emera Astronomy Center Tour took place 5 December 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono. The event featured guest speaker Walter Rawle on “Are UAV’s Safe in the National Airspace?” [abstract and bio] and a dinner buffet, followed by a visit to the Emera Astronomy Center.

Maine Section IEEE PES/IAS partnered with ABB to offer the 2nd in its 2014 continuing education series – on HVDC fundamentals, on Wedneday, 17 September 2014 in Augusta. Details here: [pdf]

PACE hosted a Career Management Event, Friday 2 May 2014, at U Maine Orono, with talks by Bala Prasanna (IBM), “Your Career – Don’t Let It Manage You” and George Harris (Micronetixx) “Applied High Power RF and Microwave Physics ... Applications”.
Their presentations are here: [Prasanna] [Harris]

Ali Abedi Chair of the IEEE COM/CS Maine chapter, Ali Abedi (University of Maine, Orono) has received the 2013 Region 1 Enhancing IEEE & Industry Relationship Award
for leadership in bringing together and forming lasting partnerships between IEEE and the wireless and aerospace industries”.

Congratulations to Ali!

Yong Liu IEEE Maine section member Yong Liu (Fairchild Semiconductor) has received the 2013 Exceptional Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society for
extensive contributions to analog and power packaging, focusing primarily on manufacturing assembly process modeling, reliability prediction, and innovations in analog and power packaging”.

Congratulations to Yong!

For more information, visit IEEE CPMT.

IEEE Maine Section members attended the Distinguished Presidential Lecture by Dr. Raj Singh, 30 October on the UMaine Orono campus [flyer].

On 1 October 2013, IEEE GOLD Maine members celebrated IEEE Day with a bowling and pizza event at the Brewer Bowling Alley.

On 5 September 2013, the Maine COM/CS Chapter hosted Dr. Erol Gelenbe (Imperial College, London) who spoke on CPN, a smart routing protocol for networks using ‘smart packets’. Meeting flyer [pdf].

Quad-Rotor Autonomous UAV, Prof. Usman Khan, Tufts University spoke at the IEEE Maine COM/CS Chapter Seminar, Thursday June 6 2013. Watch UAV videos on youtube

The 2013 Maine Section IEEE Spring Meeting convened Saturday, May 18th at Hadlock Stadium and celebrated the 20th season of Portland Sea Dogs baseball. Also featured was a talk by Dale Akeley on the challenges and achievements of the massive stadium renovation project that welcomed Slugger to Portland in 1994.

The Maine Chapter of the IEEE ED/SSC Societies met on 11 September 2012 at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. John Jensenius, NWS Lightning Safety Specialist & Warning Coordination Meteorologist, presented a talk and tour of the NWS facilities. See also: [pdf].

Yong Liu, of Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, Maine has just published a new book regarding power electronic chip packaging design, assembly process, reliability and modeling with Springer, in February 2012. For more details, please see:

Yong Liu welcomes comments on the book and hopes it may be a good reference for you!

The Maine IEEE Section held its winter meeting on 16 March at the Senator Inn in Augusta. Susan Corbett of Axiom Technologies was the invited speaker on the topic, Broadband: Today and Tomorrow.

Award to Frederick Schwaner, May 2010

Frederick Schwaner receives Second Best Paper Award at the May, 2010 IEEE R1/R2 Conference, accompanied by Director of Region 1 – Charles Rubenstein (left) and R1 SAC Chair – Jignasa Ray (right).

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