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March 23: STP Nuclear Plant Tour

Location: Palacios, Texas
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 11:45AM to 3:00 PM

Abstract: This tour will occur immediately after one of the two reactors has been shutdown for refueling; we anticipate seeing the blue glow coming from the cooling pond containing the freshly removed fuel.

Registration closes on March 19th. Be sure to read the complete agenda before registering at

Register soon if you'd like to attend as we are filling up the last spots available!


March 28: Motor Starter and Control Applications

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This meeting will be held at Eaton's Austin office at 4616 W Howard Ln, Austin, TX 78728 in Building 2, Suite 500 (this is in the back of the complex/away from the road).

Below is a link to the vTools Meeting Invitaion:

Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM - Social

6:30 to 7:00 PM - Business Meeting
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Program

Speaker: Dan Bumbernick

Abstract: This presentation will cover the basics of motor theory and control.  The theory basics will include a discussion on electro-magnetic principles and how they apply to the common induction motor.  The presentation will also cover the methods of motor starting and control.  Motor schematics will be reviewed to illustrate what the different types of motor control look like on a typical motor control schematic.

The covered methods of motor starting will be Wye-Delta, Part Winding, Rotor Resistance, Auto-Transformer, Soft Start and Variable Frequency Drives.  The control methods covered will include 2-speed 1-winding, 2-speed 2 winding, Rotor Resistance and Variable Frequency Drives.

Biography: Dan Bumbernick earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982.  He worked at LTV Steel in Aliquippa, PA as a Maintenance Engineer.  In 1985, he moved from the Pittsburgh area to Niagara Falls, NY to work for Carbide / Graphite Corporation as a Project Engineer and later as the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance.  In 1996, he went to work for Westinghouse Electric Field Engineering Services and in 1998 when Eaton Corporation formed Eaton Engineering Systems & Services, he left Westinghouse to join Eaton as a Field Services District Manager.

At Eaton, he worked in Engineering Services in Buffalo, NY, the Project Management Organization in Asheville, NC, and in 2006 moved to the Austin area as a Field Based Project Manager.  He is presently the Application Engineer supporting the Austin / San Antonio area.  He is also currently serving as the Chair of the San Antonio chapter of IEEE PES.

Dan also served as an electrician in the US Army Reserve from 1978 to 1984.


If you plan to attend please RSVP to

Location: Eaton's Austin office at4616 W Howard Ln, Austin, TX 78728 in Building 2, Suite 500 (this is in the back of the complex/away from the road).

Dinner: Eaton will be providing everyone with a catered dinner that evening!

Cost: FREE!


IEEE (PI)2 AustinNEC Workshop:

Early Registration Ends March 14th

March 30 & 31: NEC Workshop

Early registration and discounted pricing end on March 14th.

Not an IEEE member? Becomea member before registeringand you will save enough to pay for your annual membership, see IEEE Membership Rates.

Registration and payment are required, make sure you read all preconditions before registering.

Location: City of Creedmoor Community Center,5008 Hartung , Lane,Creedmoor, Texas,78610

Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days

Instructor: Thomas Domitrovich, Eaton

Abstract: This two-day workshop will provide instruction on the changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code in a new and unique way. Rather than cover the NEC changes in the standard sequence, the instruction will introduce a topic important to electrical engineering and design such as short circuit current ratings, selective coordination, or incident energy. After understanding that topic, the instruction will draw attention to the various NEC changes affecting the topic before moving on to the next topic. This Workshop is intended for Electrical Designers, Estimators, and Field Engineers. In addition, there will be exhibits by industry manufacturers and suppliers.

Biography: Mr. Thomas A. Domitrovich P.E., LEED AP is the Vice President of Technical Sales for the Bussmann Division of Eaton Industries. He is an expert on the National Electrical Code and a member of several Code Committees. He is even the High Priest on one committee. Mr. Domitrovich is a graduate of a small college in rural Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, he is stronger than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap tall buildings with a single bound!




April 25: Seeing Thunder

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM - Social

6:30 to 7:00 PM - Business Meeting
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Program
9:00 PM - Room Closes

Speaker: Dr. Maher Al-Dayeh, Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute

Abstract: Lightning and thunder are among the most fascinating visual and auditory displays on Earth. Surprisingly, these phenomena are still poorly understood. For the first time, we present images of the acoustic signatures generated by individual return strokes from artificially triggered lightning. The acoustic camera comprises a linear array of 15 microphones (equally spaced, 1 meter apart) and situated 95 meters from the lightning channel. Experiments took place at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing in Camp Blanding, FL during the summer of 2014. The microphone array was positioned in an endfired orientation so that the peak acoustic reception pattern can be steered vertically along the channel with a frequency-dependent spatial resolution.

In this talk, I will first review our current understanding of the lightning discharge and thunder generation processes. I will then describe the acoustic camera and the experimental setup and details. Finally, I will present the acoustic images of the lightning channel and compare them with optical photographs of the same event. I will also discuss the implications of these results on advancing our understanding of the lightning phenomena.

A 6-second exposure photograph of a rocket-triggered lightning event.

Biography: Dr. Maher Dayeh is a senior research scientist in the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute. He has worked and published in diverse research areas in space and atmospheric physics. His current research interests include heliospheric and magnetospheric physics, thunderstorm microphysics, and the development of novel radiation and particle detectors. He has authored/co-authored over 68 refereed publications in relevant topics and presented numerous contributed talks/posters at national and international conferences and workshops. He is affiliated with the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Physics Honor Society-Sigma Pi Sigma.


If you plan to attend please RSVP to

Location: Cafe Express

3418 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
Click here for MAP

Phone: 512.452.9888

Parking: There is a large parking lot in west side of the restaurant at Medical Parkway and 35th Street.

Dinner: Choose from a select menu of soups, salads and dinner plates.

Cost: Minimum $9.95 per member or guest attending meeting, which includes up to $9.95 of meal selection.  Attendees select from cafeteria style line and pay restaurant cashier.  Meet in the large glassed-in room past the cashier station.



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