e-Newsletter: February 2022


Dr. Mukesh Nagpal named IEEE Fellow

IEEE Vancouver congratulates Dr. Mukesh Nagpal, P.Eng. on his recent elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow. Dr. Mukesh Nagpal is a Senior Member and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia, a professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, and Fellow of Engineers Canada.

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Student Scholarship Applications

Each year the IEEE Vancouver Section awards
several student scholarships. This year marks the introduction of the fourth award in honour of John S. MacDonald, bringing the total available awards to $6,000. The Vancouver Section of the IEEE will award up to four $1,500 scholarships to students who best meet the objectives of the Scholarship Awards in 2022.

The award competition is open to undergraduate and graduate IEEE student members within the Vancouver Section’s geographic area (province of BC, excluding Vancouver Island). The deadline for sending the application is Friday, March 4th 2022 at 11:59 pm. For more information, including award objectives and instructions on how to apply, please review the
Invitation for Student Scholarship Applications

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Vancouver Section and Subsection Officers for 2022

The Vancouver Section announces its Section and Subsection Officers for 2022:

  • Section Chair: Matthew Wilder
  • Section Vice-Chair: Jacqueline Nichols
  • Section Treasurer: Mandeep Pannu
  • Section Secretary: Osama Ansari

  • Northern BC Subsection Chair: Fan Jiang
  • Northern BC Northern BC Subsection Vice-Chair: Liang Chen
  • Okanagan Subsection Chair: Youry Khmelevsky

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Vancouver Section announces its Affinity Group and Chapter Officers

The Vancouver Section announces its Affinity Group and Chapter Officers for 2022. There are far too many to list here in this short abstract.

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Upcoming Events

Probabilistic Movement Primitives Control via Control Barrier Functions

Dr. Nicholas Gans, Division Head of Autonomy and Intelligent Systems, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute.

Joint Control, Robotics & Cybernetics Chapter

Thursday, February 10th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Online

In this seminar, Dr. Nichilas Gans will present a recent investigation into novel control methodologies that employ probabilistic movement primitives (ProMPs), control Lyapunov Functions (CLFs) and control barrier functions (CBFs). ProMPs are a powerful tool for defining a distribution of robot trajectories via demonstration.

Dr. Nicholas Gans is Division Head of Autonomy and Intelligent Systems, the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. His research interests are in the fields of robotics, nonlinear and adaptive control, machine vision, and autonomous vehicles.

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Retrofit plug-in Hybridization

Seattle Joint Communications Chapter

Tom Gurski, Founder and President, Blue Dot Motorworks

Wednesday, February 16th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Online

Blue Dot Motorworks, a Seattle-based startup, is developing a family of bolt-on retrofit systems to convert existing vehicles
into plug-in hybrids. The motivation for this approach lies in the slow turnover of the global vehicle fleet. For example, if non plug-in vehicle production were completely phased out by 2027, a dramatically more aggressive strategy than anything being adopted anywhere, the resulting vehicle emissions would consume 230% of the remaining 1.5 C carbon budget.

Tom Gurski has innovated and rigorously engineered solutions to bring beneficial technologies to life over a 22 year career. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and has made impacts across multiple sectors including alternative energy, medical devices, global sanitation, and electric mobility.

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Life Members – Keeping in Contact

Life Member Affinity Group

Saturday, February 19th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Online

This is the fourth talk session that invites Life Members to express/describe their experiences to their fellow engineers. It will continue monthly.

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Vancouver Section AGM March 30th

The 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IEEE Vancouver Section will be held online on the evening of Wednesday March 30, beginning at 7:00 PM. The meeting will cover several business items such as the auditor’s report, and the announcement of section scholarship award recipients.

Due to current COVID concerns and limitations, the AGM will be held online once again. Though we will not be able to enjoy a full in-person “gala” event, we are planning an interesting and interactive event for our members and friends – an outstanding keynote speaker and the opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues!

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