IEEE Northern Virginia Section Newsletter for May 2017

IEEE Northern VA Section Newsletter for May 2017



In This Issue:

  • IEEE NoVA Section Chair Message

  • Volunteering

  • Upcoming Events

  • Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences


Section Chair Message

Dear IEEE NoVA Members,

April was one of the busiest months with IEEE activities in National Capital area. Special thanks to all the IEEE Scientists and Engineers who came downtown DC in a rainy Earth day, Saturday April 22nd, to participate in the March for Science (MfS) activities. Our IEEE volunteers proudly wore their IEEE T-Shirts demonstrating the IEEE objective for Advancing Technology for Humanity, carried our IEEE banner and distributed IEEE recruiting cards urging scientists to join IEEE. The March for science had 320 registered IEEE members. Most of them came with their families and joined the IEEE delegation from with IEEE NoVA Washington And Baltimore sections with MTT EDS and CIS Societies. As such the IEEE MfS is the most attended locally organized event in our area. NoVA wishes to particularly thank Pamela Abshire for her diligence in organizing the IEEE march and all the UMCP students and IEEE volunteers who helped make the march a great historic event.

The National Capital Area Annual Awards Banquet took Place on Saturday April 29th. Our Science Fair Area Winners were on site with posters and demonstrations of their winning projects. IEEE NoVA thanks the pre-University STEM activities Chairs Martin Schulman and Dan Cross-Cole for organizing the science Fairs IEEE judges and recognizing the winning students for their very amazing early electrical engineering achievements. The Students that received first place awards from the Northern Virginia Section are Ms. Siona Prasad, Fairfax County “Estimating CO2/CH4 Emissions Using Low Cost Sensors and Drone Technology” Mr. Christopher Cerne, Loudoun County “The Smartphone of the Future”; Mr. Brendan Doney, Northen Virginia “Code Conversion”; Mr. Zachary Nowak, Prince William-Manassas “Using Pattern Recognition to Improve Solution Speed for A Complex Problem” The complete list of all NoVA Science fair awards is in the attached NoVA Science Fairs Awards Document. Many thanks to returning judges Amarjeet Basra, Dan Cross-Cole, David Kane, Don Rickerson and Martin Schulman.

Congratulations to all our active society chapters’ councils and affinity group Volunteers who received awards at the awards Banquet. In addition to the chapter awards the NoVA Section Special Awards went to:

Emily Sopensky, James F. Stother Meritorious Service Award for long and distinguished service to the local membership over five years

Barry Douglass, Volunteer of the Year to recognize superior contributions during 2016

Kafi Hassan, Chapter of the Year award to Communications Society chapter to recognize superior contributions during 2016

Mr. Dan Cross-Cole, Distinguished Service Award for Individual Sustained contributions over three to five years.

Sprint Corp. and George Mason University School of Engineering, Friends of NOVA Award for Sustained support.

Our Sister Washington Section Special Awards went to:

Harvey Newman, Volunteer of the year to recognize superior contributions during 2016

Kiki Ikossi Chapter of the year award Microwave Theory and Techniques Society to recognize superior contributions during 2015

Harry Sauberman, P.E. Distinguished Service Award for Individual Sustained contributions over three to five years.

Many thanks to our NoVA awards committee, Marc Apter, Kate Duncan and Kafi Hassan for the hard work in recognizing our volunteers and warm congratulations to all the NoVA and Washington DC volunteers for their awards.

On April 10-12, 2017, the 17th Integrated Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems (ICNS) Conference took place at the Westin, near Dulles airport, in Herndon VA. The conference is an international aviation conference addressing technology and policy advances. This year, ICNS emphasized the challenges of integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the managed airspace and CNS challenges to facilitate that integration. Aviation experts from the industry and governments from all over the world were present. The conference was very well attended and a great success. Many Thanks to IEEE NoVA volunteers Mike Cardinale and Asim Aziz who were helping with local arrangements and registration.

Please consider attending the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in Baltimore MD on May 28-31, 2017. It is organized by our local volunteers. The International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2017 is hosting a tutorial for high school students on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott from 1:30-5pm. The tutorial will introduce tomorrow’s engineers to electrical engineering concepts and careers, providing an overview of the field of Circuits and Systems.



STEM Volunteer Opportunity

IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) need scientists, engineers, and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, including Loudoun County, during the 2017-18 school year.

The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the video clips at

If you are interested in helping K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to with your home address, or call Betty Calinger, 202-326-6629.

IEEE NoVA is organizing speakers to discuss STEM career fields for Career Day at Henderson Elementary School on Friday, June 9. If you would like to be a STEM speaker, please contact Marty Schulman at


With best regards to all,

Kiki Ikossi, Ph.D.

Chair, IEEE NoVA Section


Upcoming Events

Following is a list of events for 2017 brought to our attention that may be of interest to our IEEE members. Registration may be required. Please follow the link for details.


Friday, May 12, 10:00 – 11:00 am

IEEE Photonics Society Baltimore Section Seminar Series

Integrated Photonics for Space and Millimeter Wave Optical Communications

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Klamkin, University of California Santa Barbara

Catonsville, MD


Tuesday, May 16 5:30 – 7:00 pm

IEEE Communications Society Baltimore Section Technical Meeting

Degree Distributions in Large Networks: A Little Theory and a Counterexample

Speaker: Dr. Armand M. Makowski, University of Maryland

National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD


Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 8:30 pm

IEEE Baltimore IAS – Baltimore Electrical Expo

Cummins Power Systems, Glen Burnie, Maryland


Sunday, May 28, 1:30 – 5:00 pm

IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Tutorial

Interactive Jewelry Maker Workshop Tutorial for High School Students

International Symposium on Circuits & Systems (ISCAS)

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, Baltimore, MD


Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

IEEE Washington Section Administrative Committee Meeting

Aviation Museum College Park MD


Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00 – 11 am and 1:00 – 3:30 pm

IEEE at Career Day 2017

Henderson Elementary School

POC: Marty Schulman,


Monday, June 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

IEEE Monthly WIE Webinar

Driving Innovation Within STEM & Cyber Across the Generations – Part II

Speaker: TBD


Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

IEEE Northern VA Executive Committee Meeting

TeqCorner, McLean, VA


Friday, June 17 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

A Continuing EE Education (CEEE) course

Bioprocessing and Biomedical Instrumentation – Miniaturization and Cost Reduction

Speaker: Dr. Yordan Kostov, University of Maryland Baltimore County

National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD


Save the Date:

Friday, Saturday, August 4 – 12, 2017

2017 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility & Signal/Power Integrity Gaylord, National Harbor, MD


Thursday – Saturday, November 30 – December 2, 2017

WIE Forum USA East, Baltimore, MD

For more information on attendance, patronage, career fair, speaking, and volunteer opportunities, see:


For more information or to see events further in advance, visit our web site,


Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences around the National Capital Area


Conference Title



Conference Venue

IEEE Sponsor Name

May 1-5

2017 IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)


The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

IEEE Computer Society

May 28-31

2017 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

May 30-Jun 3

2017 12th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face & Gesture Recognition (FG 2017)


DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC – Crystal City

IEEE Biometrics Council; IEEE Computer Society

Jun 11-14

2017 IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC)



IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society

Jun 25-30

2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)


Marriott Washington Wardman Park

IEEE Electron Devices Society


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Newsletter Editor

Dr. Chandra Curtis, 2017 IEEE NoVA Section Vice Chair