2009 Events

IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section / Oceanic Engineering Chapter Technical Presentation

Added: Dec 10, 2009

Monday, December 14th, 7PM

S.J. Carew Bldg, MUN, Room EN 4002 (Engineering Boardroom, 4th Floor)

Presentation: "Development of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Optimized for Sonar Imaging" ("We Didn't Know We Couldn't Do It").

Presenter: Neil Riggs, Vice President, Research and Development & Program Manager, Unmanned Untethered Submersibles, Marport Canada Inc.

Neil Riggs has over 30 years of experience in research and development, product development and operations in technology companies. His areas of activity have included R&D associated with the engineering of solutions to problems caused by sea ice and icebergs, subsea geotechnical sampling systems, electronic mapping and charting, sonar measurement and telemetry methods and, most recently, unmanned underwater vehicles. Generally, his professional career has been devoted to development of advanced technology solutions for ocean monitoring, sensing and communication systems. Neil is a member of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists - Newfoundland and Labrador and he is a Director of Oceans Advance, the ocean technology cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please Contact Brian Kidney, bkidney@ieee.org, for further information.

IEEE Newfoundland-Labrador Section Annual General Meeting

Added: Nov 23, 2009

November 30, 2009, starting at 7pm

S.J. Carew Building Boardroom (EN-4002)

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting, being held at 7pm on Monday, November 30, 2009 in the S.J. Carew Boardroom, Engineering Building, MUN. In addition to reports from Section executive members (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and other roles), we will be featuring a guest talk by Gerard Dunphy on the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). Gerard attended a HTC workshop in Washington, DC in October 2009 and will share details about the Challenge, how it can change lives, and how to get involved. The workshop concluded with basic plans established for four field tests:

  • Providing an integrated power-on-demand electricity supply and management system
  • Establishing a network of 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi data communications links among small rural outposts
  • Identifying patients by facial characteristics in a clinical setting
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) linked to medical records

More information from the HTC website (http://www.ieeehtc.org/) explains the Challenge:

"The Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) was created by people like you, for people like you: technologists, humanitarians, nonprofit organizations, students, government employees - and citizens of the world - who are coming together to identify, and work to solve, some of the world's most pressing challenges. With a unique, open-source collaborative concept, HTC enables you to make a difference - without making a major commitment of your time or resources."

We encourage you to invite friends and colleagues for whom the HTC may be a topic of interest. Following the meeting, a reception will be held in the Engineering Lounge. Anyone is welcome to attend! For more information, please contact Gerard Dunphy (g.dunphy@ieee.org) or Lori Hogan (lori.hogan@ieee.org).

Nominations for 2010-2011 Executive

Added: Oct 23, 2009

Our Nominations Committee has compiled a list of candidates for the 2010-2011 executive. In accordance with our bylaws you have 14 days to nominate alternate members by petition.

The slate of nominees is as follows:

  • Chair: Lori Hogan (C-CORE) (automatic ascension from Vice Chair)
  • Vice Chair: Cheng Li (MUN Engineering)
  • Treasurer: Geoff Holden (Progress Software)
  • Secretary: Dave Tilley

Lobster Boil

Added: May 11, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 6:30 for 7pm

The Fluvarium

Tickets only $20 each for IEEE members and one guest; non-members $30 each. Please specify lobster, vegetarian or steak dinner at time of ticket purchase. Salads, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and 2 drink tickets included! Catered by the Fluvarium.

Deadline for tickets: noon, Monday, June 15

For tickets, contact any member of the IEEE Newfoundland & Labrador Section Executive.

Talk & Tour of ICP Solar Technologies

Added: Feb 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7:00pm

At the NRC Institute for Ocean Technology

NRC-IOT is located on Arctic Avenue immediately west of the Engineering Building at Memorial. The main entrance is opposite the Student Centre. There is limited parking in the IOT Visitor's Lot in front of the building. Other parking is available in Memorial Lot #16.

In March 2008, ICP Solar purchased WES Power Technology, an emerging technology company established in 2003. WES Power was founded by Michael Snow to specialize in the design, manufacturing and distribution of advanced power control solutions capable of managing hybrid renewable energy sources and power storage systems (in conjunction with existing conventional power as required) into a seamless, functional intelligent system.

ICP Solar Technologies is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of solar panels and solar cell based products and building materials.

Michael Snow, P.Eng. is a 2003 graduate of Memorial University, with a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Power Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He is Director of Engineering, Control and Monitoring for ICP Solar Technologies Inc. His responsibilities include supervision of product development for monitoring and control of renewable power systems, research and development for new products and refinement of existing products.

Refreshments will be served following the tour.

Please contact Paul Thorburn, 772-4755, j.thorburn@ieee.org, or Brian Kidney, bkidney@ieee.org, for further information.