Talks and Events
IEEE-Madison Section Meeting: This event,
co-sponsored by the Engineers in Medicine and Biology Society, will
feature a talk by Dennis Bahr, a long-time member of the
IEEE-Madison Section and VP of R&D for HelionX, LLC. In
the past, Dennis has lectured on designing and constructing a
state-of-the-art Tesla Coil. He demonstrated the device during
a past IEEE-Madison Section Meeting. The device produced a
spectacular display of electrical sparks and loud crackling
noises. The device is now part of the permanent collection at
the University of Wisconsin, College of Engineering. His
talk this time will discuss the design and construction of a
novel, compact particle accelerator for producing neutron flux
suitable for a wide range of applications. Dennis has provided
a photo of the device shown below.
December ECN Meeting: The
topic for discussion will be "Software Defined Radio". Radio
technology has rapidly evolved with the advent of inexpensive USB
conected devices that use a hetrodyned front end and a high-rate
in-phase and quadrature ADC to capture radio signals.
Processing is done on a laptop or microprocessor, leading to a
very flexible receiver. Today's smart phones, augmented with
an "On-the-go" cable set can use these devices to implement a
complete radio sub-system for decoding FM and radio broadcasts
over a range from 30MHz to as high as 1800MHz. It is now
possible to have your own spectrum analyzer for under $50.
Have you done any work with these devices? Bring your
stories to tell!
Hands-on Drones for Electrical
Engineers: This one-day workshop will present the theory
and practical side of building your own drone. Workshop
attendees will work in teams to build, program, test, and fly a
quadrotor Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle (UAV). Tom Kaminksi
has taught a number of classes in Robotics and Automation and has
found that UAVs are an effective learning tool to study the basics
of 3D motion control. Attendees will also become familiar with
modern brushless DC motor controls, inertial navigation systems,
ground-station software and advanced RF systems for control,
telemetry, and video transmission. This is the course to
take if you are interested in this emerging field. Sign up
soon -- space is limited.