IEEE Madison Section - 2005 Meeting Archive
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Computer Networking: Recent Developments, Trends, and Issues IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Series (WEBCAST)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM (please arrive at 9:45)
Note different date, time and location (see map below)

     Speaker: Dr. Raj Jain, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Nayna Networks, Inc.;
              Adjunct Professor, Ohio State University
    Location: Realtime Utility Engineers, 8417 Excelsior Drive, Madison WI
              (next to AAA Building and across the street from WI Milk Marketing Board)
        Menu: soft drinks and coffee (cost $2.00, free for student members) 

RSVP by January 24th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

This presentation will be limited to 25 participants, please RSVP early.

Non-member guests are always welcome!Realtime map

We are in a networking age, where computer networking developments affect all aspects of life, technology, and industry. They have impacted education and research as well. The time between research and productization has narrowed. Over the last few years, hyping the impact of networking technology has lead to the so called “hype cycle of technology.” After a general discussion of networking and its impact, we will discuss the recent developments in optical and wireless networking. In optical networking, the industry has moved away from core networking issues to metro and access issues. These developments will be described. In wireless networking, the aspects of broadband access, mobility and handoff are becoming important. These and other hot telecom issues will be discussed.

The talk is designed to entertain both networking and non-networking professionals.

Raj Jain is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nayna Networks, Inc - a next generation broadband access equipment company in San Jose, CA. Until August 2002, he was also a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Jain is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Communication Society. He is on the Editorial board of 4 technical journals and on Board of Technical Advisors to several companies. He has been the keynote speaker at many conferences including Concord Users Group Conference 2002, OpNetwork 2001, NREN Gigabit Networking Workshop 2000, Summer Computer Simulation Conference SCSC/SPECTS 2000, and International Conference on Networking (ICON) 1999. Based on his active participation in the computer industry, Dr. Jain was awarded 1999 siliconindia Leadership Awards for Excellence and Promise in Business and Technology. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University and is the author of 4 books and hundreds of papers, details of which can be found at

National Electrostatics Corp. Tour
Multi Million Volt Ion and Electron Beam Accelerators: Principles of Operation and Applications

Thursday, February 17, 2005,
lunch at 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, talk/tour at 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Note different location (see map below)

     Speaker: Dr. Greg Norton, Vice President, Marketing
    Location: National Electrostatics
              7540 Graber Road, P.O. Box 620310, Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
        Menu: Optional lunch at 11:30 AM at Fitzgerald's restaurant
              located at 3112 West Beltline Hwy (see map)

RSVP by February 14th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144. Please RSVP for both the lunch and the talk/tour.

This presentation will be limited to 25 participants, please RSVP early.National Electrostatics map

Non-member guests are always welcome!

This meeting will consist of an optional lunch at Fitzgerald's (see map) and then a talk and tour at National Electrostatics Corp.

National Electrostatics Corp. manufactures multi million volt, direct potential drop ion and electron beam accelerators. These systems produce high energy beams of charge particles for a wide range of analysis and materials modification applications. Although these accelerators were originally developed primarily for nuclear structure research, they are now being used in a large number of very diverse fields including semiconductor research, environmental studies, climatology, art authentication, and, more recently, pharmacokinetics research.

Dr. Gregory A. Norton is Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Quality Assurance at National Electrostatics Corp. He received his PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Ohio State University in 1973. He has been involved in the initial design and field commissioning of some of the world's largest electrostatic accelerators. Dr. Norton has published twenty-eight papers describing the applications and advancements of all phases of electrostatic ion beam systems.

High Speed Circuit Simulation for Signal Integrity & EMI

Thursday, March 17, 2005, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

     Speaker: Roy Leventhal
    Location: Rocky Rococo's Pizza
              7952 Tree Lane (Madison Beltline Hwy. at Mineral Pt. Rd.),
        Menu: Pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks
 Lunch Price: $10.00 (free for UW-Madison Student Branch members)

RSVP by March 14th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

IEEE-EMC Society member Roy Leventhal will present a review of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools as applied to simulation of high-speed circuits to design for Signal Integrity, Crosstalk, Power Integrity, and EMI/EMC. The main modeling focus will be on the IBIS (Input/Output Buffer Information Specification) model. SPICE and Scattering-Parameter models will also be discussed. In addition to technical descriptions, the discussion will cover some aspects of design process flow, and model accuracy and availability. The conclusion of the presentation will be a question and answer session where experiences on these matters can be shared.

Roy Leventhal is an independent consultant. He has spent 45 years in electronics design at large OEMs. He holds a BSEE/MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology plus additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, concentrating on RF and microwave subjects. His engineering experience is specialized in semiconductor modeling, device physics, component reliability, failure analysis and simulation for signal integrity, EMI, and RF circuit design.

Joint Meeting with UW-Madison Student BranchEpic Logo

Healthcare Communications - Challenges and Solutions in Sharing an Electronic Health Record

Thursday, April 21, 2005, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Evening Meeting!)

     Speaker: Darren Berg, Technical Services Engineer,
              Care Everywhere Division of Epic Systems Corporation
    Location: 1800 Engineering Hall, UW-Madison Campus - parking available in lot 17 (see map) 
        Menu: Pizza and soft drinks (FREE for all members)

RSVP by April 18th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

Computerization and the use of information technology is relatively new to healthcare when compared with a number of other industries. Only in the last few years has there been a concerted effort by the industry and by government to move healthcare out of the paper age and into the computer age with an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Like many emerging technologies, this has produced a wide variety of unique solutions, many proprietary, and not standards based. Healthcare providers have adopted many of these products, and face daily challenges with communications between systems within and across organizations. This has lead to a number of hurdles in reaching an industry vision of a single patient chart that can be accessed seamlessly by any healthcare provider caring for that patient. The presentation will focus on what makes healthcare communication challenging, some industry standards for communication, overview of solutions employed by Epic and the direction the government and industry is headed for sharing electronic health records.

Darren Berg was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Specialization), from the University of Alberta. Prior to moving to Madison, Darren worked for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, working on three dimensional imaging modalities for scoliosis patients. Darren is currently employed as a Technical Services Engineer with the Care Everywhere Division at Epic Systems Corporation. He is responsible for the technical coordination and installation of the Care Everywhere product, which allows sharing electronic patient records between multiple deployments within healthcare organizations.

Engineering Building location map  

   36. Engineering Centers Building (G9)
   37. Engineering Hall (H10)
   38. Engineering Research Building (H9)
   74. McClain Athletic Facility (H10)
   77. Mechanical Engineering Building (H9)
  131. Union South (I10)
  143. Wendt Library (H11)
  151. 1410 Engineering Dr. (H10)

From development bench to in-line dedicated chemometrics sensor:

Encoded Photometric InfraRed (EP-IR) spectrometry delivers ppm to ppb levels of detection (LODs) in seconds.

Thursday, May 19, 2005, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

     Speaker: Bertrand S. Lanher, PhD, Aspectrics, Inc.
    Location: Rocky Rococo's Pizza
              7952 Tree Lane (Madison Beltline Hwy. at Mineral Pt. Rd.),
        Menu: Pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks
 Lunch Price: $10.00 (free for UW-Madison Student Branch members)

RSVP by May 16th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

Encoded Photometrics Infrared (EP-IR) spectrometry is a new technology enabling collection of all relevant spectral information in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum at scanning rates up to 300 scans per seconds.

The instrument has been optically optimized and strictly follows the theoretical curve of improvement of absolute signal-to-noise ratio as a function of the number of scans co-added. When combined with the speed of scanning of the instrument, the technology currently delivers signal-to-noise ratios of the order of 50 microabsorbance units (5.E-05 OD) in only seconds.

Application of multivariate signal analytical treatment techniques (chemometrics) to spectra collected under such conditions enable access to ppm LODs in aqueous phase and ppb LODs in gas phase in only seconds to minutes of spectral collection time.

EP-IR spectrometers are designed and engineered to be in-line chemometrics sensors, capable of operating over a wider range of environmental conditions than traditional infrared spectrometers. The best use of the technology is to develop a quantitative method for one or more chemical compounds in a given matrix using an EP-IR spectrometer configured as a development bench, then proceed to the transfer of the calibration method onto another EP-IR spectrometer configured as an in-line sensor.

Calibration equations can be uploaded onto the SBCs of the in-line EP-IR spectrometer, enabling infrared signal collected to be transformed in real time into calculated concentration for the chemical compound(s) of interest in the mixture (matrix).

Practical live demonstration of such real-time and post-processing spectral collection and treatment capabilities will be proposed to support this discussion.

Bertrand S. Lanher, PhD, is Aspectrics, Director of Customer Application Services. A specialist in chemometrics applied to multi-components IR quantitative analysis (Far-, Mid- and Near-IR), he is responsible for developing chemometrics methods using Aspectrics, analyzer modules and for field customer support. Bertrand has 17 years of experience in all aspects of the development of analytical instrumentation (GC-MS, NDIR, DIR, FT-IR and Flow Cytometry), including hardware, optical accessories, sampling robotics, firmware, software and chemometrics methods development. He also has experience with regulatory approval processes for analytical instrumentation with the FDA, AOAC Int'l and IDF-FIL. Bertrand has worked both for and with government agencies in France and in the United States, respectively, universities and colleges (McGill University; UW-Madison; Edgewood College) and for analytical instruments manufacturers (Thermo Nicolet, Anadis Instruments; Perstorp Analytical). Most recently, Bertrand was teaching chemistry at the UW-Madison and Edgewood College (Madison, WI). Bertrand holds a BS in Biochemistry and a MS in Molecular Biology from the Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille 1 (France) and a MS in Food Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Chemometrics & Instrumentation from the Université de Bourgogne (France). He completed 1 year of post-doctoral studies at the UW-Madison (Madison, WI).

Berbee Information Networks - The Converged Network: Tying Voice, Video, and Data Into A Single Network Infrastructure.

Thursday, September 15, 2005, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

     Speaker: Eric Fairfield, Sales Engineer, Berbee Information Networks
    Location: Rocky Rococo's Pizza
              7952 Tree Lane (Madison Beltline Hwy. at Mineral Pt. Rd.),
        Menu: Pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks
 Lunch Price: $10.00 (free for UW-Madison Student Branch members)

RSVP by September 12th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

Eric's topic will revolve around the "converged network". Essentially this means how Berbee has tied voice, video, and data into a single network infrastructure. During the discussion, he will go over various applications that have allowed business processes to change by using IP as the communications transport.

Eric Fairfield is a Sales Engineer for Berbee Information Networks. He has been in the computer networking industry for about 12 years. Over the years his experience has been in LAN/WAN design and integration. The past five years has included a shift to include VoIP telephony architectures implemented over the LAN and WAN. Since he has joined the Berbee team, they have implemented hundreds of VoIP solutions and have been recognized by Cisco as the Global IP Communications Partner of the year. What this means is that Cisco Systems has recognized Berbee as their key partner in the successful deployment and advancement of their VoIP product sets.

Berbee Information Networks Corporation is a privately-held company. Since Berbee's formation in 1993, we have become a proven partner to businesses in need of information technology solutions. Today, Berbee has grown to over $225 million in revenue and more than 600 employees.

The entrepreneurial spirit and values on which Berbee was founded still guide us. We continue to set the standard for uncompromising customer support and technical leadership. Our partnerships with IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft provide our clients with category-leading platforms and products.

Whether it's hardware, software, networking, services, or support, we provide knowledge, skills and expertise through principled partnerships with our clients.

Find out more about Berbee at

Joint meeting with IEEE Entrepreneurs Network Affinity Group

Ideas to Profits: Embracing Failure as a Milestone to Success

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

     Speaker: Debra Malewicki, Ph.D., Director, Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
    Location: Rocky Rococo's Pizza
              7952 Tree Lane (Madison Beltline Hwy. at Mineral Pt. Rd.),
        Menu: Pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks
 Lunch Price: $10.00 (free for UW-Madison Student Branch members)

RSVP by October 17th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

"Ideas to Profits: Embracing Failure as a Milestone to Success" is an annual innovation commercialization conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center. This year's event will be November 4th and 5th at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The outstanding workshops focus on facilitating successful innovation commercialization-covering publicity and marketing strategies, cost-effective intellectual property decisions, licensing, success stories, and much more. A new workshop offers tips and strategies for consumer product developers interested in using direct response TV and Wal-Mart as possible distribution channels. A special track once again focuses on the new product commercialization issues specific to manufacturers.

Nearly all successful, innovative entrepreneurs have scaled tremendous obstacles on the road to creating profitable and growing businesses. If "fear of failure" is keeping you from taking the plunge with a new venture or moving your company in a new direction, come hear our keynote panel of seasoned, award-winning entrepreneurs tell their adversity tales and how they retrenched for success.

Last year's conference attracted over 200 representatives from innovative manufacturers, technology companies, inventors and new ventures, along with students and faculty.

The Ideas to Profits brochure can be viewed at

Debra Malewicki is Director of Business Outreach Services at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which oversees the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center and the Small Business Development Center and acts as a gateway for business to UW-Whitewater resources. She has directly assisted innovative manufacturers and aspiring entrepreneurs with making more profitable product and market development decisions for over 20 years, personally working with over 3,000 inventors and product developers. WISC services have provided insight on over 6,000 products and services from a wide variety of industries through projects covering new product feasibility, competitive intelligence, licensing/strategic partnering, distributor assessments, and customer satisfaction.

West Campus Cogeneration Facility Tour

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Evening Tour - note time and location!

     Speaker: Don Peterson, Executive Director - Energy Products & Services, Madison Gas & Electric
    Location: 515 Walnut, UW-Madison Campus
              Meet near facility in parking lot 59 near the UW greenhouses north of the
              West Campus Cogeneration Facility.
              Additional parking is available in lot 67 across Walnut Street. See map below.
        Menu: Members can optionally arrange to go out to dinner, on their own, after the tour.
Co-Gen building

RSVP by November 14th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

The West Campus Cogeneration Facility began serving the Madison community in spring 2005. This new, natural gas-fired facility provides 150 megawatts of electricity to MGE customers while producing 20,000 tons of chilled water capacity and up to 500,000 pounds per hour of steam capacity to the UW-Madison campus.

Through the efficiencies of cogeneration and state-of-the-art emissions controls, it is one of the cleanest power plants in the Midwest. For information on how cogeneration works please see the following URL

Major components of this new cogeneration facility include:Co-Gen Map

Mr. Peterson has a BSEE from the University of Iowa and is a registered professional engineer. During his 20+-year career he has lead the development of the West Campus Cogeneration project, MGE's Rosiere Wind Turbine Project, MGE's Back-up Generation Service distributed generation program, plus various energy efficiency programs and distributed generation projects. He is a member of IEEE and is a past Chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, Wisconsin Chapter.

Medtronic: Probability, Testing, Measurement...

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

     Speaker: Dave Schaenzer, Medtronic
    Location: Rocky Rococo's Pizza
              7952 Tree Lane (Madison Beltline Hwy. at Mineral Pt. Rd.),
        Menu: Pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks
 Lunch Price: $10.00 (free for UW-Madison Student Branch members)

RSVP by December 12th to Les Schroeder via email or call 608.444.9144

Non-member guests are always welcome!

The implantable lead has been described as simply a "wire" that connects a "pacemaker" to the heart. While that description is true at high level, the complexity of a lead design, manufacturing and implant conditions challenge the ability of the "wire" to conduct the electrical activity between the "pacemaker" and the heart. Based on the most recent Medtronic CRM product performance report, there have been over 3 million Medtronic leads implanted in patients.

The historical performance of prior lead designs play a key role in the design and testing used during the development of new leads. If we assume a heart rate of 70 beats per minute, 100,000 beats per day, 40,000,000 beats per year, the lead will experience 400,000,000 beats in 10 years. Understanding the implant environment and the capability of a pacemaker continue to challenge the new lead designs. As we design new products, the experience of the previous products provide great insight for continued enhancements of design and reliability. The interdependence of electrical, mechanical and biological performance provides an exciting engineering challenge for new implantable product designs, the reliability testing and the computer modeling.

Mr Schaenzer has a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been involved with implantable products reliability for the past 15+ years working at Medtronic and Guidant. He has been involved primarily with the implantable defibrillation capable products. He has been awarded 3 US patents, and 3 Star of Excellence Awards, which are the highest quality award at Medtronic.

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