IEEE Boston Section

Upcoming Events!

Oct
4
Tue
Python Applications for Digital Design and Signal Processing @ Zoom
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
COURSE DESCRIPTION First Video Release, Wednesday, September 7, 2022.   Additional videos released weekly in advance of that week’s live session! Live Workshops:  6:00PM – 7:30PM EDT, Tuesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4 Attendees will have access to the recorded session and exercises for two months (until December 4) after the live session ends!
    IEEE Member Fee:  $190.00 Non-Member Fee:  $210.00 Decision to run/cancel course:  Friday, September 2, 2022 Speaker:  Dan Boschen This is a hands-on course combining pre-recorded lectures with live Q&A and workshop sessions in the popular and powerful open-source Python programming language. New Format with Pre-Recorded Videos:  The course format has been updated to release pre-recorded video lectures that students can watch on their own schedule, and an unlimited number of times, prior to live Q&A workshop sessions on Zoom with the instructor. The videos will also be available to the students for viewing for up to two months after the conclusion of the course. Overview: Dan provides simple, straight-forward navigation through the multiple configurations and options, providing a best-practices approach for quickly getting up to speed using Python for modelling and analysis for applications in signal processing and digital design verification. Students will be using the Anaconda distribution, which combines Python with the most popular data science applications, and Jupyter Notebooks for a rich, interactive experience. The course begins with basic Python data structures and constructs, including key “Pythonic” concepts, followed by an overview and use of popular packages for scientific computing enabling rapid prototyping for system design. During the course students will create example designs including a sigma delta converter and direct digital synthesizer both in floating point and fixed point. This will include considerations for cycle and bit accurate models useful for digital design verification (FPGA/ASIC), while bringing forward the signal processing tools for frequency and time domain analysis. Jupyter Notebooks: This course makes extensive use of Jupyter Notebooks which combines running Python code with interactive plots and graphics for a rich user experience. Jupyter Notebooks is an open-source web-based application (that can be run locally) that allows users to create and share visually appealing documents containing code, graphics, visualizations and interactive plots. Students will be able to interact with the notebook contents and use “take-it-with-you” results for future applications in signal processing. Target Audience: This course is targeted toward users with little to no prior experience in Python, however familiarity with other modern programming languages and an exposure to object-oriented constructs is very helpful. Students should be comfortable with basic signal processing concepts in the frequency and time domain. Familiarity with Matlab or Octave is not required, but the equivalent operations in Python using the NumPy package will be provided for those students that do currently use Matlab and/or Octave for signal processing applications. Benefits of Attending / Goals of Course: Attendees will gain an overall appreciation of using Python and quickly get up to speed in best practice use of Python and related tools specific to modeling and simulation for signal processing analysis and design. All set-up information for the installation of all tools will be provided before the start of class. Topics / Schedule: Pre-recorded lectures (3 hours each) will be distributed Friday prior to all Workshop dates. Workshop/ Q&A Sessions are 7pm-8pm on the dates listed below: Tuesday, September 13 Topic 1: Intro to Jupyter Notebooks, the Spyder IDE and the course design examples. Core Python constructs. Tuesday, September 20 Topic 2: Core Python constructs; iterators, functions, reading writing data files. Tuesday, September 27 Topic 3: Signal processing simulation with popular packages including NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib. Tuesday, October 4

Topic 4: Bit/cycle accurate modelling and analysis using the design examples and simulation packages

Speaker’s Bio:

Dan Boschen has a MS in Communications and Signal Processing from Northeastern University, with over 25 years of experience in system and hardware design for radio transceivers and modems. He has held various positions at Signal Technologies, MITRE, Airvana and Hittite Microwave designing and developing transceiver hardware from baseband to antenna for wireless communications systems and has taught courses on DSP to international audiences for over 15 years. Dan is a contributor to Signal Processing Stack Exchange https://dsp.stackexchange.com/, and is currently at Microchip (formerly Microsemi and Symmetricom) leading design efforts for advanced frequency and time solutions. For more background information, please view Dan’s Linked-In page.
Structuring Your Company @ Microsoft Technology Center & On-Line
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Entrepreneurs’ Network

Structuring Your Company

Location:  Microsoft Technology Center, 5 Wayside Rd, Burlington, MA

Registration: https://bostonenet.org/events/structuring-your-company/

Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at the Microsoft Technology Center in Burlington, MA or online via Zoom.

ENET’s panel of legal experts will discuss fundamental legal issues that founders and executives of early-stage companies must address to insure vital protections and the building of value.  These issues are compounded by changes in technology, commerce, and the law.

What is the preferred form of entity and where should it be established?

What is the preferred method to protect the company’s Intellectual Property by use of various forms of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets, either alone or in combination?

How should founders’ equity be apportioned through stock options and what restrictions should apply?

What compensation and benefits should be included in employee agreements including consideration of Non – Disclosure Agreements, the changing environment for Non – Compete Agreements, as well as Assignment of Invention Agreements?

These issues and their benefits and pitfalls will be discussed and presented with you, the business professional, in mind.

More information:

This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):LOCATION: Microsoft Technology Center, 5 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803.

PARKING: Free parking is available.

REFRESHMENTS: Pizza will be served.

COVID POLICY: You are required to provide proof of vaccination or self-attest to having received a negative COVID-19 test within the previous week via HealthCheck.  Attendees who do not upload proof of vaccination must wear a face covering onsite.

Online Participation:  Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

COST AND RESERVATIONS: This event is free for ENET members and $10 for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.

Registration: https://bostonenet.org/events/structuring-your-company/

Event Schedule

October 4, 2022

6:00 pm Networking

7:00 pm Introduction, ENET Chairperson’s announcements

7:10 pm eMinute Pitch, up to 3 startup pitches

7:25 pm Expert Panel, 4 expert speakers on the night’s topic

8:10 pm Q & A Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers

8:30 pm Networking, panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.

Speakers:

Kent Gregoire, Founder and CEO of Symphony Advantage, serial entrepreneur, angel investor.

Kent Gregoire is one of the first certified conscious capitalism global consultants and he is the Founder and CEO of Symphony Advantage. which has provided advisory and consulting services to executive level managers for over 35 years.  In addition, Mr. Gregoire is also a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor in purpose-driven companies.  Mr. Gregoire launched his first manufacturing company at age 14.  Since then, he founded or led more than a dozen organizations.  He has been involved in all phases of their business cycle from startup to growth to repositioning.  He also led many of these to successful exits and raised tens of millions of dollars in capital.

In his consultancy work, Mr. Gregoire is known as the ‘CEO to ‘CEOs’ who focuses on a win-win approach that delivers exponential value to all stakeholders, including leaders, shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and the environment.  Mr. Gregoire is a coveted speaker who has shared his powerful insights in venues such as the United Nations, FintechSouth, and many others.  Mr. Gregoire is a published author in the Harvard Business Review as well as in Inc.com and Forbes.  He is also the incoming president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization U.S. East Bridge chapter and a member of the Conscious Capitalism Senior Leadership Network.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kentgregoire/

David Powsner, Intellectual Property attorney, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., Boston Harbor Angels Angel Investor

Attorney Powsner is an Intellectual property attorney and Boston Harbor Angel Investor.  He is an active angel investor and advisor to high-tech companies on a range of complex matters.  His physics degree from MIT and experience in computer programming, combined with his legal experience, enables him to understand, analyze and provide practical guidance on patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, licensing and litigation matters.

Attorney Powsner represents companies with products in a variety of tech markets, from medical devices to computer software to networking to consumer electronics.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidpowsner/

Mary Beth Cicero, MBA, CLP, Co-Founder & CEO of 3Daughters, Inc.

Mary Beth Cicero is Co-Founder and CEO of 3Daughters, Inc., Evolutionary Women’s Healthcare for Women, developing a newly designed nonhormonal intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception.  She has over 40 years of executive leadership skills and was formerly the President of MarketSense Ltd., with prior business development, marketing, pharmaceutical sales at both smaller and large biotech/pharmaceutical firms.  Ms. Cicero has an extensive network of C-suite, high level corporate development professionals and investors, thought leaders, clinicians and patients, as well as patient advocacy groups. Her educational background includes a BS in Biology cum laude from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College.  Ms. Cicero is a Certified Licensing Professional™ (CLP).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-beth-cicero-2209323/

Moderator and Co-Organizer:

Kristin King, MBA. Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, Defibtech, LLC

Ms. King is an accomplished MedTech executive, serial intrapreneur, investor and strategic advisor to startups developing biotech solutions.  With over 20 years of experience spanning technical topics, marketing topics, and investing as she is a proud member of Boston Harbor Angels, she offers multi-disciplinary expertise in transforming technologies from early concept to successful global divisions at leading Medical Device companies and startups.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-king-mba/

Co-organizer:

William Mansfield, Esq., Secretary of Boston ENET, Member of Boston ENET’s Executive Committee and Managing Attorney at Mansfield Law

Attorney Mansfield is a registered patent attorney licensed by the USPTO in all 50 states and he is an attorney in Massachusetts and New York and his high bar exam scores in those two states have allowed him to waive into the D.C. Circuit.  He won the prestigious CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering.  He assists clients with corporate and intellectual property law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, trade secret protection (including non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-compete agreements, and assignments of IP rights), strategic partnerships, and succession planning.  He also creates and review leases, employment contracts, term sheets involved in raising capital for his clients, and other contracts.  From 2004, he has worked on legal matters and he has counseled entrepreneurs and startups since 2009 through Mansfield Law.  He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, fintech, AI, telecommunications, life science and medical device, and e-commerce patents.  He has filed for global IP protection and works with a network of foreign IP professionals.  His Twitter handle is @patentmansfield, his telephone number is 857-333-1876, his website is https://www.protectyourpassionalways.com/, and his e-mail address is hello@protectyourpassionalways.com.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/protectyourpassion/

Registration: https://bostonenet.org/events/structuring-your-company/

 

Registration:

Oct
11
Tue
IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology 2022 @ The Westin Waltham Boston Hotel
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm
FROM ENGINEERING ELECTROMAGNETICS TO ELECTROMAGNETIC ENGINEERING: TEACHING/TRAINING NEXT GENERATIONS @ Nashua Public Library -   Room Number:  Theater Room and Hybrid
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Hampshire – Microwave Theory & Techniques/Antennas & Propagation Societies

Hybrid Presentation

Registration is required in order to receive link via e-mail for the live video if attending virtually.

Click here to register:  

Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Levent Sevgi 

Agenda:

6:00PM to 6:15PM:  Meet and greet

6:15PM to 7:15PM:  Presentation

7:15PM:  Optional dinner with speaker at a nearby restaurant

Come hear, in-person or virtually, IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Dr. Levent Sevgi’s broad presentation on the importance of and challenges in teaching electromagnetics in electrical engineering today. His presentation is meant for a general audience and has been well-received throughout the world in his travels as the 2020 – 2023 IEEE AP-S DL. Dr. Sevgi brings over 40 years of electromagnetics experience, in both academic R&D and industry, to his role as an IEEE AP-S DL.  See the full presentation abstract and register at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/323548. Everyone is welcome, from practitioner to retiree, and even undergrad students will especially enjoy it. (Don’t worry if you can’t remember all of Maxwell’s Equations!). IEEE events are open to all; you do not have to be an IEEE member to attend.

Parking at the Nashua Public Library’s parking lot is paid by the hour, via parking meters; see the lot’s $/hr rates and location along the southern bank of the Nashua River at https://www.nashuanh.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Downtown-ParkingBrochure-PDF?bidId=.

The role of Electromagnetic (EM) fields in our lives has been increasing. Communication, remote sensing, integrated command/ control/surveillance systems, intelligent transportation systems, medicine, environment, education, marketing, defense are only a few areas where EM fields have critical importance. We have witnessed the transformation from Engineering Electromagnetics to Electromagnetic Engineering for the last few decades after being surrounded by EM waves everywhere. Among many others, EM engineering deals with broad range of problems from antenna design to EM scattering, indoor–outdoor radiowave propagation to wireless communication, radar systems to integrated surveillance, subsurface imaging to novel materials, EM compatibility to nano-systems, electroacoustic devices to electro-optical systems, etc. The range of the devices we use in our daily life has extended from DC up to Terahertz frequencies. We have had both large-scale (kilometers-wide) and small-scale (nanometers) EM systems. Large portion of these systems are broadband and digital, and have to operate in close proximity that results in severe EM interference problems. Engineers have to take EM issues into account from the earliest possible design stages. This necessitates establishing an intelligent balance between strong mathematical background (theory), engineering experience (practice), and modeling and numerical computations (simulation).

This keynote lecture aims at a broad-brush look at certain teaching / training challenges that confront wave-oriented EM engineering in the 21st century, in a complex computer and technology-driven world with rapidly shifting societal and technical priorities.

The lecture also discusses modeling and simulation strategies pertaining to complex EM problems and supplies several user-friendly virtual tools, most of which have been presented in the IEEE AP Magazine and which are very effective in teaching and training in lectures such as EM Wave Theory, Antennas and Radiowave Propagation, EM Scattering and Diffraction, Guided Wave Theory, Microstrip Circuit Design, Radar Cross Section Prediction, Transmission Lines, Metamaterials, etc.

Prof. Dr. Levent Sevgi is a Fellow of the IEEE (since 2009) and the recipient of IEEE APS Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award (2021). He received his B. Eng., M. Eng., and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1982, 1984 and 1990, respectively. In 1987, while working on his PhD, he was awarded a fellowship that allowed him to work with Prof. L. B. Felsen at Weber Research Institute / New York

Polytechnic University York for two years. His work at the Polytechnic concerned the propagation phenomena in non-homogeneous open and closed waveguides.

He was with Istanbul Technical University (1991–1998), TUBITAK-MRC, Information Technologies Research Institute (1999–2000), Weber Research Institute / NY Polytechnic University (1988–1990), Scientific Research Group of Raytheon Systems Canada (1998 – 1999), Center for Defense Studies, ITUV-SAM (1993 –1998 and 2000–2002) and with University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UML) MA/USA as a full-time faculty (2012 – 2013), with DOGUS University (2001-2014) and with Istanbul OKAN University (2014 – 2021). He has been with Istanbul ATLAS University Since Sep 2022.

He has been an IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer for the term 2020-2022. He served one-term in the IEEE AP-S AdCom (2013-2015) and one-term and as a member of IEEE AP-S Field Award Committee (2018-2019). He has been the writer/editor of the “Testing ourselves” Column in the IEEE AP Magazine (since Feb 2007), a member of the IEEE AP-S Education Committee (since 2006), He has also served in several editorial boards (EB) of other prestigious journals / magazines, such as the IEEE AP Magazine (since 2007), Wiley’s International Journal of RFMiCAE (2002-2018), and the IEEE Access (2017-2019 and 2020 – 2022). He is the founding chair of the EMC TURKIYE International Conferences (www.emcturkiye.org).

He has been involved with complex electromagnetic problems and complex communication and radar systems for nearly three decades. His research study has focused on propagation in complex environments; electromagnetic scattering and diffraction; RCS prediction and reduction; EMC/EMI modelling, simulation, tests and measurements; multi-sensor integrated wide area surveillance systems; surface wave HF radars; analytical and numerical methods in electromagnetics; FDTD, TLM, FEM, SSPE, and MoM techniques and their applications; bio-electromagnetics. He is also interested in novel approaches in engineering education, teaching electromagnetics via virtual tools. He also teaches popular science lectures such as Science, Technology and Society.

He has given dozens of seminars, invited/keynote talks, organized/presented several tutorials, training sessions and short courses from half-day to three-days in universities/institutes all around the World. He has published more than a dozen special issues / sections in many journals as a guest editor and/or a co-guest editor.

His recent keynote talks / distinguished lectures are: (i) From Engineering Electromagnetics towards Electromagnetic Engineering: Teaching, Training Next Generations, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nov 9, 2021, MA-USA (ii) Radiowave Propagation Modeling and Simulation, University of Toronto, Oct 29, 2021, ON-CA, and (iii) Electromagnetic Diffraction Modeling and Simulation, University of Syracuse, Nov 11, 2021 NY-USA.

He has published many books/book chapters in English and Turkish, over 180 journal/magazine papers/tutorials and attended nearly 100 international conferences/symposiums. His three books Complex Electromagnetic Problems and Numerical Simulation ApproachesElectromagnetic Modeling and Simulation and Radiowave Propagation and Parabolic Equation Modeling were published by the IEEE Press – WILEY in 2003, 2014, and 2017, respectively. His fourth and fifth books, A Practical Guide to EMC Engineering (Sep 2017) and Diffraction Modeling and Simulation with MATLAB (Feb 2021) were published by ARTECH HOUSE.

His h-index is 37, with a record of more than 4750 citations (source: Google Scholar, Aug 2022).

Oct
13
Thu
Advances in Flat Optics: From Metalenses to High-Volume Manufacturing for Consumer Electronics and Communications @ On-Line
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Photonics Society

Prof. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Since the demonstration of the generalized laws of refraction for metasurfaces[1] and the first high performance metalenses[2], metaoptics has rapidly progressed from the laboratory to manufacturing, propelled by the vision that the foundries that manufacture ICs will manufacture CMOS compatible flat optics using the same semiconductor technology based on deep-UV lithography.[3,4]  This will impact the consumer electronics market in areas such as smart phones and wearable displays for AR/VR.  Metasurfaces are now on the market through its partnership with STMicroelectronics, marking the introduction of this revolutionary optical technology in real-world devices.[5]  I will also present advances in cm scale achromatic RGB metalenses for VR by inverse design[6] and 10 cm metalenses for space optics consisting of 20  billion metatoms.[7]  A compact and highly integrated metasurface-based inverse designed mode multiplexer that takes three single-mode fiber inputs and converts them into the first three linearly polarized spatial modes of a few-mode fiber with high fidelity the C-band (1530−1565 nm) of fiber optics will be presented.[8]  I will conclude with the report of  hybrid silicon-organic electrooptic metasurface modulators that use Mie resonances for efficient electro-optic modulation at GHz speeds for free-space communications.[9]

  1. Nanfang Yu, et al.  Science, 334, 333 (2011)
  2. Mohammadreza Khorasaninejad, et al.  Science, 352, 1190 (2016)
  3. Federico Capasso, Nanophotonics, 7, 953 (2018)
  4. Alan She et al., Optics Express, 26, 1573 (2018)
  5. https://newsroom.st.com/media-center/press-item.html/t4458.html; https://www.metalenz.com
  6. Zhaoyi Li et al. Nature Communications, 13, 2409 (2022)
  7. Joon-Suh Park et al. “All-Glass, Mass-Producible, Large-Diameter Metalens at Visible Wavelength for 100 mm Aperture Optics and Beyond” CLEO 2022
  8. Jaewon Oh et al. ACS Photonics 9,  929 (2022)
  9. Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus et al. Nature Communications, 13, 3170 (2022)

Biography:  Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after a 27 years’ career at Bell Labs where he did research, became Bell Labs Fellow and held several management positions including Vice President for Physical Research. His research has spanned a broad range of topics from applications to basic science in the areas of electronics, photonics, nanoscale science and technology including plasmonics, metamaterials and the Casimir effect.  He is a co-inventor of the quantum cascade laser; he recently performed the first measurement of the repulsive Casimir force and has been involved in research on plasmonic metasurfaces aimed at engineering the wavefront of light. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; his awards include the King Faisal Prize for Science, the APS Arthur Schawlow Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the Franklin Medal, the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis (the future prize), the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, the Jan Czochralski Award of the European Material Research Society for lifetime achievements in Materials Science.

This meeting begins at 7 PM Thursday, October 13, 2022 and will be online only.

The registration link will be posted two days prior to the seminar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will take place on Zoom and will be started 15 minutes early (at 6:45 EDT) to allow for technical troubleshooting. The seminar will begin at 7:00PM. For more information contact Keisuke Kojima, IEEE Boston Photonics Society chair at keisukekojima@ieee.org, or visit the IEEE Boston Photonics Society website at www.bostonphotonics.org.

Location:  Online Seminar

Directions:  This meeting will take place online

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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.