Presentation on Raspberry Pi on Wednesday, May 15th 2013

The Raspberry Pi is an ultra-inexpensive ($25-$35) credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK with the intention of promoting computer science fundamentals in schools. Linux-based operating systems are the most popular way to run software by using a SD card to boot the system, run programs plus provide local data storage. Our presenter, Clay Helberg, will show a few applications that can run on the Raspberry Pi including office software and video playback plus introduce some interesting projects completed using this computer.
The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Tue., May 14th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Presentation on ECM Motors on Thursday, February 21st 2013

Perhaps you’ve noticed an ECMotor rebate offer included in your electric bill? Electronically Commutated Motors, or ECMotors, are based on a brushless DC permanent magnet design that is more efficient than the shaded-pole or split-phase motors found in older home heating and cooling system fans. The rotating magnetic fields in ECMotors are controlled by a microprocessor which provides the ability to maintain higher efficiencies across a wide range of speeds. Home fractional horsepower air-handling applications in long-running appliances such as furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners yield up to 67% in power savings.
The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., February 19th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Presentation: Denfeld H.S. FIRST Robotics on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in six-weeks starting with a standard “kit of parts” and set of rules. Duluth’s Denfeld Hunters, team #4009, competed in their initial FIRST tournament this past spring. Even though the Denfeld Hunters did not progress into the finals, they’ve made the experience a learning opportunity for next year’s competition. The Hunters 2012 robot was assembled in the school’s auto mechanics shop and also at Arrowhead Machinists across the street from the school. Denfeld also needs engineering mentors to help with their 2013 design.

The dinner and presentation will be from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. FREE catered Dinner will follow the presentation in the Denfeld cafeteria. Denfeld High School is located at 4405 West 4th Street, Duluth, MN. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., November 7th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Chevy Volt Presentationi from Kolar on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

General Motors’ plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt can be driven 35 EPA-estimated miles on battery power alone before the on-board gasoline engine starts. Each Volt has 100 electronic controllers, roughly 10 million lines of software code and its very own IP address. The electric motor provides 273 lb.-ft. of torque and test track speeds of 100 mph, making the whisper-quite propulsion more capable than other hybrids. Liquid cooled batteries and electronics help insure long battery life and system reliability. The EPA gas mode rating of 35 mpg city / 40 mpg hwy. only tells part of the story; Drivers with a daily round-trip commute of less than 35 miles may not have to fill up their gas tanks for weeks.

The presentation will be from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. Dinner will follow the tour at Azteca Mexican Grill, 2324 Mountain Shadow Dr., Duluth MN. The Kolar dealership is located at 4770 W Arrowhead, Hermantown, MN. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., September 25th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Tour: Silicon Energy MN, LLC on Friday, July 13th, 2012

Silicon Energy manufactures durable glass-on-glass frameless solar panel modules at their 25,000 square-foot facility in Mountain Iron, MN. Their ‘Cascade’ PV modules are designed to increase performance by shedding rain, dirt, snow and ice found in harsh climates. Silicon Energy invested years of effort into making their ‘Cascade’ PV panels UL 1703 certified and thereby eligible for programs like the “Made-in-Minnesota” solar incentive. Silicon Energy opened their first facility outside Seattle, WA followed by this plant on the Iron Range in response to government and utility renewable energy initiatives.

The Tour will be from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. Lunch will follow the tour at Grandma’s Restaurant, 1302 S 12th Avenue, Virginia, MN. The facility is located at 8787 Silicon Way, Mt. Iron MN 55768. Please RSVP by Noon, Wed., July 11th. To RSVP, please contact Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Two Engineering Student Presentations on the UMD Campus – Pizza & Soft Drinks Provided on Thursday, February 16th

There will be two student presentations: (1) Benjamin Nelson and his BattleBots team will recap their team’s experiences at the 2011 competition and introduce their robot ideas to compete again in Spring 2013 and (2) Joe Zhou, Matthew Willenbring, Benjamin Nelson, and Matthew Badzinski will present their design of an autonomous winch controller to raise and lower a hydro-characteristic data recording system for the Large Lakes Observatory.

The meeting will be at the UMD Campus Rm. MWAH 102 ECE Engineering Lounge Map There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by pizza and presentations. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., February 15th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Duluth East High School Robotics Presentation and Demonstration on Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Help Duluth East H.S. launch their 2012 FIRST Robotics team with a kick-off dinner followed by a presentation of past robotics successes. The “Daredevils” had their best year ever in 2011 when they competed in the finals in St. Louis. Dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind,” The FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a “brand,” and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

The meeting will be at the new Duluth East High School (formerly Ordean Middle School) 301 N 40th Ave. E., Duluth, MN. We will be meeting in the Auditorium. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by a $5/pp Lasagna Dinner catered by Sammy’s Pizza from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Tue., November 15th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Presentation on the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Each device on the Internet requires an address in order to communicate with other computers and the current 32-bit address standard is running out of unique locations. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) uses 128-bit addresses and allows approximately 3.4×10^38 unique numbers, extra flexibility in allocating networks and efficiency for routing data traffic. It also eliminates the primary need for network address translation (NAT), widely used to alleviate IPv4’s 32-bit address exhaustion. Bill Schwalbe, Network Transport Engineer, with Enventis Telecom will introduce the IPv6 protocol and how it will change Internet communications.

The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., November 2nd to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

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Presentation on Cymbet EnerChipTM solid state batteries on Thursday, September 29th 2011

Cymbet EnerChipTM solid state batteries are 10x smaller, allow nearly unlimited recharge-discharge cycles, and have integral power management circuitry making them an ideal energy storage solution for miniature devices or energy harvesting applications. Steve Tonkin, Cymbet Senior Applications Engineer, will explain the technology inside these advanced green-tech products. He will also demonstrate small wireless “Internet of Things” sensors powered from ambient energy harvested from light, vibration/motion, thermal gradients or RF induction.

The meeting will be at the Hammond Steak House (at the base of the Blatnik Bridge) 1402 N. 5th Street, Superior, WI. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by dinner from 6:00-7:00PM and presentations and meeting discussion after dinner. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., September 28th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

Three Student Presentations on the UMD Campus – Pizza & Soft Drinks Provided on Thursday, February 17th

There will be three presentations: (1) Brent Eliason, Levi Goeden and Kyle Somora will present their senior design project proposal, (2) Graduate Student, Buddhika Maitipe, will present his work exhibited at the 90th Annual Transportation and Research Board meeting in Washington, DC in late January, and finally, (3) Nathan McCullough and team will demonstrate their fighting robot, “Scorpio”, that will compete in the BattleBots nationals in Florida later this month.

The meeting will be at the UMD Campus Rm. MWAH 102 & Civil Engineering Bldg., Rm. 155 Map There will be a meet and greet from 5:30-6:00, followed by pizza and presentations. Please RSVP by Noon Wed., February 16th to Bruce Howell at brucehowell@ieee.org or 218-343-5546 (leave a message).

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