IEEE Boston Section

Upcoming Events!

Machine Learning in NextG Networks via Generative Adversarial Networks @ On-line
Dec 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Washington DC ComSoc and co-sponsoring Boston ComSoc Season’s Greetings, Please join us virtually online with guest speaker ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Ender Ayanoglu on Saturday, December 9, 2023, commencing at 1:30 PM.  Dr. Ender Ayanoglu will present “Machine Learning in NextG Networks via Generative Adversarial Networks.” To Attend Register online at by Dec 8, 2023, or  email Debi at In the subject heading RSVP “Machine Learning in NextG Networks via Generative Adversarial Networks.” In the email include your name, email address, and your phone number. You will receive a link to join the meeting by noon on Saturday 12-09-2023. Cost:  Free Location:  Online Agenda: 1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Welcoming & Speaker Introduction 1:40 PM – 2:20 PM Presentation 2:20 PM – 2:30 PM Presentation Questions and Answers 2:30 PM – 2:35 PM Closing Remarks Abstract Due to the explosive growth of new users and new applications, it is expected that the wireless spectrum will need to be used in a dynamic fashion starting in the future. This can be achieved by using the concept of cognitive radio, giving users access to the unused spectrum under dynamic spectrum access. It is generally accepted that conventional methods of cognitive radio will fall short of being able to handle the enormous demand for spectral resources, and therefore it is expected that techniques from artificial intelligence or machine learning will help provide dynamic control for spectrum sharing. The process of spectrum sharing begins with sensing the spectrum. Recently, several techniques for spectrum sensing employing machine learning have been introduced. In this talk, we employ a machine learning approach known as generative adversarial networks towards this purpose. This approach is known to be very successful for anomaly detection in image processing. We alter performance criteria used in this set of networks from image processing applications to wireless and employ such networks for spectrum sensing, both in conventional and cooperative spectrum sensing.  Initial results show the efficacy of this approach. Bio: Dr. Ender Ayanoglu received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1986, in electrical engineering. Dr Ayanoglu was with the Communications Systems Research Laboratory, Bell Laboratories until 1999. From 1999 until 2002, he was a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA. Since 2002, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA During 2000-2001, he served as the founding chair of the IEEE-ISTO Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF).  From 1993 until 2014, Dr. Ayanoglu was an Editor, and since January 2014 is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2004 to 2008. From January 2015 until December 2016, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Series on Green Communications and Networking, and from August 2016 to August 2020 the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.  From 1990 to 2002, he served on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Committee, and from 1999 to 2002, was its Chair. Dr. Ayanoglu is the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 1995, the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 1997, and the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Technical Committee Outstanding Service Award in 2014. Dr Ayanoglu has been an IEEE Fellow since 1998. He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2022-2023.
Building a Founding Team @ Science and Technology Center, Lasell University
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Entrepreneurs’ Network

Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at Lasell University, Newton, MA or online via Zoom.

This event will help navigate answering: Who do I need on the team? How do I manage the team to High Performance? What should a Founder’s Agreement include?

We will start with identifying the founding team roles, how to attract talent, and prioritizing the hiring based on the founder’s strengths. Then, we will move to processes and techniques to manage the founding to high performance. And we will end with creating a Founders Agreement.

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Visible photonic integrated circuits: From neuroscience to quantum applications @ MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Cafeteria
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Photonics Society

Reconfiguring, modulating and processing light at visible wavelengths typically requires complex and bulky table-top optics. High resolution optical applications such as optogenetic neural studies, fluorescence microscopy, and quantum information systems have a growing need for compact and efficient platforms that can control and readout large numbers of optical channels. However, in the visible wavelength range, where key optical transitions lie, this is a significant challenge because the traditional silicon photonics chip-scale platforms cannot be leveraged due to fundamental material absorption limits. Silicon nitride has been demonstrated as a foundry-compatible, low-loss photonic platform operating down to 400 nm wavelength through optimized fabrication processes and mode engineering. This talk will highlight recent work in visible photonic integrated circuits based on silicon nitride including switching networks, optical phased arrays, chip-scale lasers, modulators and ongoing challenges for their practical application in neuroscience, imaging, and quantum systems. Finally, opportunities in mode-multiplexing and hybrid integration of active optical materials will be discussed for expanding the platform’s functional capabilities.

Speaker:  Professor Aseema Mohanty

Aseema Mohanty is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University. She received her B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from Cornell University. During her postdoctoral work at Columbia University, she developed an implantable neural probe based on visible photonic integrated circuits for sub-millisecond and single-cell neural stimulation and readout. Her research focuses on using nanophotonics and engineered light-matter interactions to create miniaturized high performance optical circuits to control, shape, and sense light. Her interest in chip-scale optical devices broadly span the fields of neuroscience, implantable and wearable biomedical sensors, 3D optical beam shaping, quantum information and emerging computing and communication systems. Her work has been published in Nature Photonics, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Communications and was named a Scialog fellow for Advancing BioImaging in 2021.


6:00 PM – Networking starts.

6:15 PM – Light meals served.

7:00 PM – Seminar starts.


Overview of CRISPR/Cas9 and Gene Editing @ On-Line
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

New Hampshire Life Members and co-sponsoring Boston Life Members

CRISPR/Cas9 and related protein: RNA complexes are Gene Editing enzymes that are revolutionizing biological research and also starting to enter the therapeutic realm.  A Cas9-based therapeutic strategy to treat sickle cell anemia received approval recently in the United Kingdom and is also being considered for FDA approval in the United States.

In this presentation, I will give a broad introduction to enzymes used for Gene Editing, including Cas9, base editors, and prime editors.  This introduction is intended for both non-biologists and biologists, including the role of computational analysis in understanding gene editing outcomes.

Speaker:  Dr. Pattanayak of Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Vikram (MD/PhD Harvard University) is the Director of Histocompatibility (HLA) Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School

You can learn more about his background and contributions through the following links.

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Registration is required to access the presentation.

Preserving Innovation: Navigating the Essentials of Intellectual Property Protection – Webinar @ Webinar
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free Webinar.  Registration is required to attend.    Zoom information will be provided to registered attendees by January 16, 2023. 

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Summary overview

In high tech industries intellectual property may be a company’s most valuable asset.  Protection of a company’s IP – patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets – can be a key strategy for obtaining and maintaining competitive advantage in the marketplace.  This webinar will focus primarily on patents, including what might makes a patent essential for a protecting innovation, the legal requirements necessary for obtaining a patent in the U.S., and the particulars of the application process in the U.S.

Target audience

This webinar is intended for corporate counsel or persons in other leadership positions in companies that are developing innovations that they would like to protect from being copied by competitors. The content would also be beneficial to inventors within such companies that are involved in developing the innovations.

Benefits of attending the course

To obtain a better understanding of intellectual property, in particular patent law, as well as an understanding of when a patent might be the best vehicle for protecting an innovation and when other forms of protection my be more appropriate as well as to gain a better understanding about what hurdles must be overcome to obtain a patent and the process involved in doing so.

Topics covered in course

  • Forms of intellectual property and how they might be protected
  • What rights/benefits a patent conveys to a patentee
  • Legal Requirements for obtaining a patent
    • Anticipation
    • Obviousness
    • Written description/enablement
    • Patent Eligible Subject Matter
  • Procedure for applying for a patent


Greg Gerstenzang – Lando & Anastasi 

Greg works with clients of all sizes to leverage their intellectual property assets through strategic patent portfolio development and management. He prosecutes patent applications domestically and abroad in a wide range of technologies from water and wastewater treatment to solid state physics. Greg uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of technical experience in the semiconductor industry to maximize clients’ return on their intellectual property.

Greg spent several years working in semiconductor device fabrication for Intel Corporation in various positions, including process engineering and quality control. Specific projects included the transfer of new manufacturing technology from development to high volume production factories, various process optimization and cost reduction projects, and the development of systems for the monitoring of production and quality metrics.

John Spangenberger – Lando & Anastasi 

John brings deep technology expertise to his work with L&A’s Electronics, Computer Technology & Software, and Medical Devices groups. His work and academic experience have exposed him to a wide range of technologies, including sensors and electronic instrumentation, advanced electronics, integrated chip fabrication and design, and embedded systems. John has prosecuted and written applications in a variety of technical areas, including:

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Cybersecurity and Secure Transactions
  • Data-Center Design and Management
  • Power-Distribution and Power-Conversion Systems Design

Prior to his career at L&A, John worked at one of Procter & Gamble’s largest manufacturing facilities, where he was responsible for leading an issue-resolution team in the field of lean manufacturing. He devised and implemented solutions for a wide range of electrical and mechanical problems, and trained line teams in a variety of areas.

While at Rensselaer, John led various teams in fields ranging from volunteer construction work to embedded-systems design innovation. One team, sponsored by Cypress Semiconductors, was challenged to improve and popularize a Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC). The group created a control system to regulate the internal conditions of a thermal chamber designed to house a 3-D printer.

John received three distinct awards upon graduating from Suffolk University Law School: the Daniel J. Fern Award for graduating with the highest cumulative average within the evening program; the Judge Harry Kalus Book Award for demonstrating excellence in the Massachusetts Practice course; and the Benjamin Kaplan Copyright Award for demonstrating excellence in the Copyright course. John also received three Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grades in Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, and Business Entity Fundamentals, respectively.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Suffolk University Law School where he teaches a required first year class called “Legal Writing Skills.” The course instructs students on how to analyze a set of facts to identify legal issues and research the law governing those issues; outline a legal argument objectively and persuasively; draft memoranda of law and legal briefs; and draft preventative legal documents, such as contracts. John also mentors students on how to conduct themselves in the legal profession and prepares them for oral advocacy in a court setting.

Registration is required to attend.    Zoom information will be provided to registered attendees by January 16, 2023. 

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News & Announcements!

2024 IEEE Boston Section Slate of Officer Nominations

  • Chair – Maira Samary
  • Vice Chair – Karen Panetta
  • Sec./Treas. – Wig Blasingham 

Additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least 25 voting members (member grade or higher) of the IEEE Boston Section and submitted to the IEEE Boston Section office ( no later than 30 days after the posting of this slate.

Posting dated October 2, 2023.
Nomination closing date, November 1, 2023.

IEEE Boston Section

Call for Committee Volunteers!


IEEE Boston Section recognized for Excellence in Membership Recruitment Performance


IEEE HKN Ceremony

IEEE Boston Section was founded Feb 13, 1903, and serves more than 8,500 members of the IEEE. There are 29 chapters and affinity groups covering topics of interest from Aerospace & Electronic Systems, to Entrepreneur Network to Women in Engineering to Young Professionals. The chapters and affinity groups organize more than 100 meetings a year. In addition to the IEEE organization activities, the Boston Section organizes and sponsors up to seven conferences in any given year, as well as more than 45 short courses. The Boston Section publishes a bi-weekly newsletter and, currently, a monthly Digital Reflector newspaper included in IEEE membership.

The IEEE Boston Section also offers social programs such as the section annual meeting, Milestone events, and other non-technical professional activities to round out the local events. The Section also hosts one of the largest and longest running entrepreneurial support groups in IEEE.

More than 150 volunteers help create and coordinate events throughout the year.