IEEE Northern Virginia Monthly Newsletter – Summer 2017

IEEE Northern Virginia Section Newsletter for Summer 2017


In This Issue:

  • IEEE NoVA Section Chair Message

    • Section News

    • Volunteering

    • Upcoming Events

    • Special Forums, Seminars, and Conferences


Dear IEEE NoVA Members,


I hope you all had a great 4th of July. Most of our IEEE chapters are on a summer hiatus but some events are still ongoing for the people who stay in town and endure the heat and humidity of Northern Virginia.


  • Section News


Congressional Visit Day:

First, I would like to thank the NoVA members who participated on the Congressional Visit Day. On this day Scientists and Engineers from all over the nation come to Washington DC and visit their senators and Congressmen to relate the importance of supporting the sciences research and advancing technology.

The event is organized by IEEE-USA and coordinated with other scientific professional organizations to enhance the impact of the capitol Hill visits. We thank IEEE USA for organizing the event and coordinating the visits and meetings. Particularly, many thanks go to Russell Harrison IEEE USA Director, Government Relations, and Bernadette Concepcion IEEE-USA Administrative Assistant, on Government Activities for organizing this event.

This year a NoVA delegation consisting of Jeffrey Weinberg Marc Apter, Alfred Mondelli Dave Sharma and Kiki Ikossi, visited the offices of Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and congressman Don Beyer. The Senators and congressmen representatives were very receptive and they came back with questions that were addressed by our IEEE Subject Matter experts.


ISCS 2017:

The IEEE 50th International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCS 2017) took place in the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, May 28 through May 31, 2017. The conference was organized by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, one of the largest IEEE societies. This year’s conference theme was “From Dreams to Innovation,”. Key Note speakers included Miyoung Chun, Executive VP of Science Programs, Kavli Foundation, Kerry Bernstein, Program Manager – Microsystems Technology Office, DARPA and Tyson Tuttle, President and CEO, Silicon Labs. Technical sessions with state of the art research results, Industry demonstrations, and special sessions were held to encourage students and minorities to consider an Electrical Engineering career. Despite the concerns from the travel band from international points the conference was highly attended with representatives from all over the world. Many thanks and warm congratulations for a highly successful event to our local volunteers who served in all levels including General CO-Chair of the ISCS2017, Prof. Pamela Abshire, also the Chair of the Circuits and Systems Washington DC /NoVA Joint Chapter.


SDC workshop:

The IEEE COMSOC Society Software Defined Radio Workshop took place last Saturday July 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Aviation Museum in College Park Maryland. This workshop was very well attended by IEEE members from Washington DC Northern Virginia and Baltimore Sections

Through a joint effort on the parts of Tim Cash, Baltimore Section, Sherwood Olsen, Baltimore Section, Dan Cross-Cole, NOVA Section, Barry Douglas, NOVA Section, Penny Hix, NOVA Section, Jean de Graaf, Washington Section, and Carolyn Carroll, Washington Section, a half day workshop on current topics in spectrum use and management, the evolution from 0 to 5G, regulatory rules and requirements,  and the implications for new hardware and systems. Dr. Steve Majowski, Nokia-Bell Labs explained where we had come from and where we were going with respect to spectrum, today’s wireless and communications technology and what current and predicted demands mean for future technology. Presentations and demonstrations by Mr. Cash, Mr. Olsen, and Mr. Cross-Cole illustrated how pervasive our use of spectrum is, how signals which began in analog form are processed via digital signal processing code, GNU radio, python routines, and operating system commands can be observed on pc displays. The days 30 attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast, conversations with new and old friends, coffee, and a working lunch of sandwiches and salads. If you missed this great opportunity follow up workshops with hands on labs are being organized. Please Please send wishes and desires to Carolyn Carroll <>


Double header: Cognitive modeling and NoVA meeting

On Wednesday, July 12th at 5 pm you are cordially invited to a presentation on cognitive modeling by invited speaker Tom Starai, Chair of Washington Section and Acting Chair of the NoVA/DC joint chapter of the Computer Society. The talk is sponsored by the Computer Society and the IEEE Systems Council.  Light dinner and beverages will be provided. Date:  July 12th at 5 PM Place Teqcorner, 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102, 3rd floor conference room. The talk will be followed by a NOVA Administrative Committee meeting. Please plan to attend learn the latest on cognitive modeling and how you can get involved with your Technical society and IEEE section.


National Capital Area IEEE Picnic:

On Saturday July 22, 11:00 am 2:00 pm The annual capital area picnic will take place at the beautiful EDW Knights of Columbus grounds, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Virginia. Please come and enjoy the day with your IEEE friends and make some new friends. Food and beverages courtesy of the IEEE DC/NoVA Baltimore sections. There is no fee to attend but please register to ensure we get enough burgers and hot dogs for all


IEEE Milestone Recognition plaque- Atomic Clock:

on Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM, please make sure you attend the unveiling of the IEEE Milestone Recognition plaque for the Invention of the Atomic Clock in 1948. The plaque will be located at the side of the original building were the Bureau of Standards was located when the atomic clock research was on going. That is on Connecticut Ave, NW DC just north of the intersection with Tilden Street, NW. The unveiling event, will be followed by a Colloquium at 1:30AM at NIST Administration Building 101, 100 Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20899. Remarks are scheduled for many distinguished speakers This is one of the special projects IEEE has undertaken to keep the memories of our local engineer’s milestone contributions to society and the world alive. Please RSVP to Mary Lou Norris to attend.  Phone 301-975-2002 or email


IEEE NoVA looking for new meeting location:

The Teqcorner building IEEE NoVA has been meeting for the last few years will be demolished. We therefore are looking for a new location. Please volunteer your space for IEEE meetings. If you work for a corporation that has facilities in the NoVA area please ask if IEEE can meet at your location and contact the NoVA chair if it is possible.


  • Volunteering


Camp Invention:

Every year our IEEE volunteers participate with local schools at the “Camp Invention” event. It is one of the most rewarding events with young students encourage to create and invent. IEEE volunteers over the years witnessed the most amazing results from the young free minds of our future scientists and engineers. Anyone interested in participating Please contact Martin at for more details. Martin Schulman <>


– Colvin Run Elementary, Vienna, VA – Wednesday, July 12, or Thursday, July 13


– Fort Hunt Elementary, Alexandria, VA – Wednesday, July 19, or Thursday, July 20 (Special Guest – National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee James E. West (inventor of electret microphone) to visit students)


– Wolf Trap Elementary, Vienna, VA – Wednesday, July 19, or Thursday, July 20


– Henderson Elementary School, Dumfries, VA – Wednesday, August 2, or Thursday, August 3



IEEE NoVA Elections:

The IEEE NoVA elections will take place on the first week of November. IEEE members wishing to serve as IEEE officers or know of an IEEE member who can serve are welcomed to submit nominations to the election Chair Jim Magee. Jim Magee <> All positions are up election.


August 21st Total Solar Eclipse in North America

Consider watching it.

Also, a film with real stories of Engineers behind space exploration, called The Farthest, will premiere on PBS stations on August 23 and 9/8c. This coincides nicely with the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 (August 20) and this summer’s total solar eclipse in North America (August 21). Here is a some more information about the film:


With best wishes for a relaxing summer to all.



Kiki Ikossi, Ph.D.

Chair IEEE NoVA Section



  • Upcoming IEEE 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.


Wednesday, July 12, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

IEEE Joint Washington/Northern Virginia Computer Society and Systems Council Meeting

A Cognitive Model

Teqcorner, McLean, VA


Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

IEEE Northern VA Executive Committee Meeting

Teqcorner, McLean, VA


Saturday, July 22, 11:00 am 2:00 pm

IEEE National Capital Area Picnic

EDW Knights of Columbus grounds

5115 Little Falls Road

Arlington, Virginia


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:30 pm

IEEE Washington Section Administrative Committee meeting

College Park Aviation Museum

Wednesday, August 5,10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

IEEE EMB Baltimore Chapter Meeting and Distinguished Lecturer Series

Multi-Organ Modeling and Computational Anatomy in Abdominal Imaging

By Dr. Marius Linguraru

National Electronics Museum, Pioneer Hall,Linthicum Heights, Maryland


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone Recognition plaque -Invention of the Atomic Clock in 1948.

Connecticut Ave, NW DC just north of the intersection with Tilden Street, NW.


Colloquium at 1:30AM at NIST Administration Building 101, 100 Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20899.

Remarks are scheduled for many distinguished speakers. Please RSVP to Mary Lou Norris to attend.  Phone 301-975-2002 or email


Thursday, August 17, 06:30 PM



College Park Aviation Museum


Monday, August 21st Total Solar Eclipse in North America

Consider watching it.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 6:30 pm

IEEE Washington Section Administrative Committee meeting

College Park Aviation Museum


Wednesday September 13, 2017 6:30 PM

IEEE NoVA Executive Committee meeting

Place TBD



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 Start Date Conference End Date Conference Title Conference Website URL Conference Venue IEEE Sponsor Name
08/01/2017 08/04/2017 2017 IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing (PAC) The George Washington University IEEE Computer Society
08/04/2017 08/12/2017 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility & Signal/Power Integrity (EMCSI) Gaylord National Harbor IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
08/07/2017 08/10/2017 2017 6th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics George Mason University IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
08/15/2017 08/17/2017 2017 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS) TBD IEEE Power & Energy Society;IEEE Power Electronics Society
09/05/2017 09/09/2017 2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) Omni Shoreham Hotel IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
09/25/2017 09/28/2017 2017 IEEE 29th Annual Software Technology Conference (STC) National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) IEEE Computer Society
10/09/2017 10/13/2017 2017 IEEE Broadcast Symposium (BTS) Keybridge Marriott IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
10/10/2017 10/12/2017 2017 IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR) Cosmos Club IEEE Computer Society
10/23/2017 10/25/2017 MILCOM 2017 – 2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) Baltimore Convention Center IEEE Communications Society
10/23/2017 10/25/2017 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE) Hyatt Hotel IEEE Computer Society




IEEE Northern Virginia Section

Newsletter Editor


Dr. Chandra Curtis, 2017 IEEE NoVA Section Vice Chair