February 2021 Long Island Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the IEEE Long Island Section February 2021 e-Newsletter.

We will be publishing this e-newsletter periodically to try to keep our membership informed on a wide variety of technical topics.  If you have any comments and/or suggestions, please reply to us.  Thanks. 

In these unusual times it would be nice if we could all indulge in some learning as we deal with reduced or missing work hours. 


Below are some links to free Webinars and lectures on a very wide range of highly interesting topics.  Enjoy!

⦁ The IEEE-PES is co-sponsoring the International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC2021) in March of 2021. The conference theme is "climate resiliency". We have an IEEE distinguished lecturer and IEEE Fellow, Dr. Damir Novosel, as the Technical Keynote speaker.

 ⦁ Please visit the LI Section LinkedIn group website: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3173694/

⦁ The LI Section magazine is available at:  https://ieee.li/the-pulse-of-long-island/ along with the Calendar at:  https://ieee.li/calendar-of-events/2021-03/ 

⦁ Just a reminder that the IEEE Long Island Section Technical Reference page has several handy on-line electrical calculators available from: https://ieee.li/ under the “Reference Menu”.

⦁ A reminder that our member, John Dunn, has been writing the “Living Analog” Blog for EDN magazine for many years. See https://www.edn.com/category/blog/living-analog-blog/ It is also available on our LI Sections LinkedIn page at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-dunn-39964a12/

⦁ The LI Section has been holding very well attended bi-monthly Networking events at Houlihan’s in Farmingdale until the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. We are planning on trying to virtually reproduce this networking event via Zoom starting on March 22 at 7:00 PM.

(Will take place every 2 months on the 4th Monday)
Join Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86315256453
Meeting ID: 863 1525 6453
Passcode: 047629
Dial in +1-929-205-6099


⦁ The section (mostly Charles Pleckaitis and Lonnie Chu) are planning on setting up an “Employ Me Day” and trying to line up appropriate presenters. We expect the topics will include “Finding a job in these COVID Times”, a workshop on ”Tell Me About Yourself in 5 minutes”, hints on “How to write a winning Resume”, etc. For updates watch the LI Section Website https://ieee.li/committees/employment-assistance-committee/. Additional information about the Mar 12 and Mar 19 IEEE-LI EmployMeDay can be found at:   


More Available Lectures and Webinars

⦁ This huge array of free videos from the Cold Spring Harbor Labs include some targeted at teen-agers as well as many aimed at adults on a wide range of fascinating topics: https://dnalc.cshl.edu/resources/dnalc-live/

⦁ Some really interesting stuff from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with many articles on the science associated with COVID-19 at: https://www.nationalacademies.org/home

⦁ Interesting, short article on how communication takes place between neural networks in the brain. https://neurosciencenews.com/neural-communication-mechanism-17458/ 

 ⦁ IEEE has several possible Grants available:

  • 2021 Graduate Student Research Grants: Call for Applications

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) funds scholarships for deserving undergraduate, graduate and PhD students who need financial support to carry out their research during an academic break period. The primary intent of these scholarships is to cover the expenses related to a visit to another venue for collaboration with an identified researcher in the field of interest of the applicant. Funds can be used to cover travel expenses as well as certain living expenses (such as housing).

The field of interest of applicants is open but should be connected with an identifiable component of the CIS (neural networks, fuzzy systems, or evolutionary computation). The call for the next round of applications will be announced soon and will have a deadline for submission of March 15, 2021. https://cis.ieee.org/professional-development/research-grants

⦁ IEEE IAS is Accepting Submissions for the 2021 Myron Zucker Faculty Grant Program

The Industry Application Society is soliciting interested parties to submit proposals to the Myron Zucker Student Faculty Grant Program. The deadline for application submission is 31 March 2021. The program functions like a research support agency. It is administered by the IEEE Industry Applications Society through its Zucker Grant Committee with the consent of the IEEE Foundation. The preferred period of performance (for these 12 months) is 1 September through 31 August of the following year. The funding is such that approximately two grants, not exceeding US$25,000 each, can be awarded during each annual proposal cycle.

https ://ias.ieee.org/chapters-membership/chapter-promotion-programs,-awards-and-contests.html

⦁ IEEE Educational Activities

You can Explore the available courses at: https://connect.ieee.org/n/gv0k4U30030PPH0aG000cDv
⦁ IEEE members can take advantage of exclusive and discounted pricing on a variety of products and services—including courses from IEEE Educational Activities!

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IEEE Non-Members: US$140   US$49

Artificial Intelligence: A community for those interested in AI technologies, AI (robotic) embodiments, AI applications, AI-human interactions, AI standards and policy, AI predictions and fictions – and their related technical, expectational, ethical and societal issues. https://ieee-collabratec.ieee.org/app/community/1298/Artificial-Intelligence?gtmetrack=Community

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  • IEEE and Kohler would like to invite you to a Power Electronics related live webinar over lunch break. The new course offerings are listed by date below. This is a continuation of last year’s series with a couple of repeated classes for refresher. 
    • Registration is required:  Click HERE (once for the series). If you registered last year, you don’t need to register again. For PDH credit, fill out the survey at the end of each session. 
    • Course schedule:
      ⦁ Generator 101: Basics and Application. (Repeat). 02/18/2021
      ⦁ ATS 101: Automatic Transfer Switch Basics. (Repeat). 03/04/2021
      ⦁ ATS 102: Withstand Ratings and Selective Coordination Implications. 03/18/2021
      ⦁ Paralleling 102: Paralleling Controls, Sequence of Operation and Configurations. 04/01/2021
      ⦁ Generator Enclosure Basics, Considerations, and Options. 04/15/2021
      ⦁ Generator Diesel Tank Basics, Considerations, and Options. 04/29/2021



Just a note. If you haven’t renewed your IEEE membership by Saturday, 27 February 2021 all unrenewed members lose their active member status and access to IEEE benefits. However, new and renewing students can get a 50% reduction in their membership dues if they enter code FUTURE50 when they join or renew.



Contributors: Arnie Stillman, Lou D'Onofrio, Carl Meshenberg (carljoanm@ieee.org), Howard Edelman
Editor:   David C Pinkowitz ( david.pinkowitz@ieee.org)