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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network.

Consultants In Private Practice Serving The Public.

A joint Affinity Group of the Chicago and Rock River Valley IEEE Sections.

To find the best Chicago/Rockford based technology consultants, click here: Link to local consultants data base.

For the best technology consultants, through out the United States click here: Link to national consultants data base.


NEXT REGULAR MEETING:The 21 May 2018 meeting has been cancelled and replaced by a 31 May 2018 joint IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network meeting. The meeting location is; The Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center. Link to meeting location map. Meeting times are 6:00 PM Networking, 6:30PM Dinner amd 7:15 PM Presentation. Please use on line registration if you are planning to have dinner as we need a head count. Link to on line registration.

31 MAY PRESENTATION:"The Engineers Behind the Curtain: Realizing the Client's Vision" by Rob Klein

Rob will provide a brief glimpse into some of the adventures of a local member of the IEEE Rockford/Chicago Consultants Network. He will highlight some of his previous work history that helped prepare him to enter the world as an independent consultant. While proprietary client project info is not able to be discussed, sanitized case studies of past client engagement scenarios will be shared to highlight the kinds of design services he provides to help his clients achieve their product development goals.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rob Klein is the owner of Xenon Digital Workshop, an engineering design services firm founded in 2006, which specializes in the development of embedded systems incorporating FPGA technology. With 22 years of proven embedded systems experience, Rob has held key design roles within product developments at leading communications, military, avionics, and industrial equipment manufacturers. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, BSEE, 1994.


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Future regular scheduled meeting: for 2018: TBD


The board would like your input and suggestions for meeting discussion topics for our 2018 and 2019 meetings. We credit presenters on the WEB. Your professional credentials are enhanced when someone Google's you it it shows that you are an IEEE presenter.


Information on past meetings. (Contact the presenter if you would like more information or an unlisted copy of the presentation.)

On 22 Jan. 2018, John Zulaski presented "Science Kits for Public Libraries".

John Zulaski


On 27 Nov. 2017, Pete Salerno presented "Today's Cyber-security Challenges for Consultants".

Pete Salerno


On 25 Sept. 2017, Roy Leventhal presented "Designing PCBs for Success".

Roy Leventhal


On 24 July 2017, Jim Spangler presented "Safety and Compliance Database inside the PSMA Website"

Jim Spangler


On 22 May 2017, Pete Kindinger presented "A Case Study on WiFi Range Improvement--from Antennas to EMC to Embedded Software"

Pete Kindinger


On 27 March 2017, Rob Klein presented "FPGA Development: A High Level Overview"

Bob Klein


On 23 Jan. 2017, Dr. Donald S. Zinger P.E. presented "Electromechanical Systems to Control Essential Tremor"

Donald Zinger P.E.


For information on 2016 presentations click here.
For information on 2015 presentations click here.
For information on 2014 presentations click here.
For information on past presentations click here.


The objective of the Network is:
* To foster and promote the interests of its members with respect to the business of providing professional and technical consulting services.
* To maintain, publish and distribute a directory of the members and the consulting services offered by each.
* To arrange for and provide technical and management talks, tutorials, and special seminars and workshops on subjects of interest to members professional development.
* To provide a networking forum for personal interaction through meetings, social functions and other events.
* To publicize the contribution to society by its members.
* To collect and distribute charitable funds on a voluntary basis, consistent with these objectives.

The Directors at their 2015 board meeting.

left to right: Robert Abrant, Roy Leventhal, Benjamin Miller, Michael Sullivan and Paul Johnson. photo by Joseph Auer


Directors, Elected by Board and Appointed by Board Positions:

Roy Leventhal, Chair
Joseph Auer, Vice-Chair
Mke Sullivan, Secretary
Robert Abrant P.E., Director-at-Large
Donald Zinger, Treasurer
Paul Johnson P.E., Program Committee Chair and Membership Committee Chair
Ben Miller P.E., Director-at-Large
Wesley Martin P.E., Venue Committee Chair
Richard F. Gillette P.E., Director Emeritus and Web Committee Chair
Gary Blank P.E., Director Emeritus

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