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Plant tour and catered dinner at
Cobham in Blacksburg
Ray Pengelly, Cree RF and Microwave Products
Research Triangle Park, NC
HEMT Technical Status: Transistors and MMICs for Military
and Commercial Systems
on the title above for a 6 MB pdf copy of the slides)
nitride high electron mobility transistors (GaN HEMTs) utilize
a wide bandgap semiconductor capable of operating at high
voltage and high power density at µ-wave and mm-wave
Outline: (click on the title above for a pdf copy of the slides)
Power Densities - Blessing or Curse?
Management - Modeling and Measurement
General Purpose Amplifiers
and Efficient Telecommunications Amplifiers
- Applications, Higher Frequencies and new devices
Pengelly gained his BSc and MSc degrees from Southampton
University, England in 1969 and 1973 respectively. Ray worked
for the Plessey Company from 1969 to 1986. In 1986 Tachonics
Corporation employed Ray, where he was Executive Director
of Design for analog and microwave GaAs MMICs. He joined Compact
Software in 1989 as Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
in 1993, Raytheon Commercial Electronics employed Ray in a
number of positions including MMIC Design and Product Development
Manager and Director of Advanced Products and New Techniques.
August 1999, Ray has been employed by Cree Inc. He is presently
responsible for the strategic business development of RF and
wireless products and applications using GaN HEMT transistors
and MMICs. Ray has written over 120 technical papers, 4 technical
books, holds 13 patents, and is a Fellow of the IET and a
senior member of the IEEE.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
6:00 PM Cobham Plant Tour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Talk
Members & Guests $10.00, Students $5.00
Nationals (any persons who are not citizens or permanent residents
of the United States) are welcome to attend but must provide
their name and country of origin to John Dilley via e-mail
by October 12.
Continuing Education Credit Hours
Virginia Mountain Section will award 1 continuing education
credit hour to P.E.'s licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
who attend the presentation at the October meeting detailed
above. For more information, contact Dave Livingston at email@example.com.
section is in need of volunteers with fresh ideas to help
it continue to provide high quality services to its membership.
If you are willing to serve as a member of the executive committee,
the newsletter editor, assist with the webpage, etc.; please
come to our next executive committee meeting prior to the
general meeting on October 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM. I will make
a sign-up sheet available prior to the tour for those interested
in serving the VMS.
Sample of Executive Committee Responsibilities
executive committee meetings
the section at regional meetings
technical portion of general meetings
arrangements for meeting venues
for chair when necessary
minutes at executive committee meetings
with regional and national IEEE
and maintain the section budget
and make payments associated with section business
decisions at executive committee meetings
In Memoriam: Ira Jacobs
a professor of electrical engineering and former interim department
head at Virginia Tech died August 11, 2010 after a long battle
with cancer. An expert in fiber optic telecommunications,
Jacobs joined ECE in 1987 after a 32-year career at Bell Labs.
VMS will be collecting donations to be forwarded to one of
Ira's favorite charities in the name of the section. More
information on how to contribute will be forthcoming.
announcement by Scott Midkiff, Professor and Department
Head at Virginia Tech, appears below.
is with great sadness that I report that Ira Jacobs passed
away this morning, August 11. Ira has battled colon cancer
since 1992 with great strength and dignity.
funeral will be this Friday in New Jersey. There will be a
memorial service in Blacksburg at the Jewish Community Center
on Sunday, September 5. I do not know further details, but
will provide them when available. It is expected that an obituary
will appear in tomorrows paper.
received his BS from City College of New York in 1950 and
his MS and PhD from Purdue in 1952 and 1955, respectively.
After graduating from Purdue he joined Bell Labs and retired
from Bell Labs in 1987. Educated as a physicist, Ira distinguished
himself as an engineer. Perhaps his most notable accomplishment
at Bell Labs was directing the development and trial deployments
of AT&Ts initial fiber optic communication systems
in the 1970s. Always humble, Ira once told me that his greatest
accomplishment at Bell Labs was recruiting Bob Lucky to Bell
Labs from Purdue.
he retired from Bell Labs in 1987, Ira certainly did not retire
from professional pursuits. He joined our faculty that year
as a Professor. Ira was valued as a researcher, as a teacher,
and, especially, as an outstanding citizen of the department.
He took on many assignments in the department, including a
one-year term as interim department head. As one small example
of his recent service, Ira contributed significantly to writing
the self-study reports for our EE and CPE ABET program reviews
in 2008. As recently as last year, while retired
from Virginia Tech, Ira volunteered as a consulting member
of the departments Assessment Committee.
was a Life Fellow of the IEEE and was particularly engaged
in the IEEE Virginia Mountain Section, even while retired.
I spoke at the IEEE VMS meeting in Roanoke this past March
and it was a pleasure to see Ira there.
was one of the wisest and fairest people that I ever met.
Virginia Tech was fortunate to have him on its faculty and
we were all fortunate to have him as a colleague. He was truly
special and will be greatly missed. Please keep Irene and
the rest of Iras family in your thoughts and prayers
at this difficult time for them.
obituary from VT ECE.
The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of
the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner
of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.
We currently have one active technical
chapter representing three Technical Societies:
- Computers, Control Systems, and
two Student Chapters in local universities
and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia Tech
The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning
consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants
and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.
Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information
should contact David Livingston,
Information about our Section, the Chapters,
and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting
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