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September 2019 Newsletter

Presented by the Ottawa Section:

The Dedication of the IEEE Engineering Milestone “First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Technology, 1982”

Date: Monday, September 9th, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Registration: via Email (

Event Contact: Ajit Pardasani (

The Ottawa Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum cordially invite you to:

The dedication of the IEEE engineering milestone “First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Technology, 1982”

Join us at the museum for this special event, where we will also celebrate space-related technical achievements as part of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of humans landing on the Moon.
The keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony is renowned Canadian astronaut, Dr. Robert Thirsk. Special guests include IEEE President, Dr. José Moura, and IEEE Canada President, Dr. Maike Luiken.

A dedication and unveiling ceremony for two plaques (English and French), recognizing the historical significance of this satellite technology application.

Monday, September 9, 2019 at 2 p.m.

The grounds of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway,
Ottawa, ON.
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.:
Opening remarks and welcome by IEEE Ottawa Section Chair, Dr. Winnie Ye, and IEEE History Committee Chair, Dr. Branislav Djokic
Welcome address by the Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Mr. Chris Kitzan
Historical perspective on this IEEE milestone by Dr. Michael A. Stott
Welcome address by IEEE Canada President, Dr. Maike Luiken, and IEEE President, Dr. José Moura
Keynote speech by Dr. Robert Thirsk
Unveiling of the plaques by Dr. Robert Thirsk
Closing remarks by IEEE Ottawa Section Vice-Chair, Mr. Ajit Pardasani
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.:
Light refreshments and networking

Ajit Pardasani at by September 3, 2019.

For more information, see the attached flyer (Also available on our website at:


Presented by the Ottawa Section Humanitarian Initiatives Committee:

Open Source Development Forum

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Innovation Centre at Bayview yards
7 Bayview Station Road, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2C5, Canada


Event Contact: Alfredo Herrera (

The inaugural OSDforum will take place in Ottawa this September 18. It is of interest to System architects, software designers, hardware designers and researchers from government, industry and academia. 

RISC-V is the 5th generation of the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC-V) Instruction-Set Architecture (ISA), the OpenHW Group is a not-for-profit global organisation aiming to boost the adoption of open-source processors by providing a platform for collaboration, creating a focal point for ecosystem development, and offering open-source IP for processor cores. 

Don't miss out the opportunity to join this exciting new development platform and get your own RISC-V development board to keep. All this while learning from leading industry and academic experts focused on IoT, Edge and Machine Learning development that leverage open source SW and HW. 

Space is limited and we have all indications that the event will sell out. Register today.



Presented by the Ottawa Section Awards and Recognitions Committee:

Call for Nominations for the IEEE Ottawa Section Annual Awards 2019 

IEEE Ottawa Section presents every year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Year IEEE Ottawa Section Awards as recognition for its members, volunteers, chapters, affinity groups and student branches as well as recognition and appreciation for the industry and organizations. Please take this opportunity to accomplish something good and of great value to our profession and engineering community by submitting your nominations to a colleague, group, company or organization for recognition by an award from our section.
The deadline for submitting nominations for the following Awards is September 30th, 2019
Nominations can be completed and submitted online at the IEEE Ottawa Section Awards website:

For more information, see the attached flyer (Also available on our website at:
Presented by the Ottawa Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

IEEE WIE Ottawa News! 

According to stats, over 250 million people in the world are visually impaired but apparently,75 percent of these problems can be treated and even completely cured if they are detected sooner. Thus the development of retinal imaging instruments is a boon for the field of vision care.

IEEE WIE organized an illuminating seminar on “Recent advances in retinal imaging” to provide a gist of the principle of retinal imaging and an overview of the advances in retinal imaging with the opportunities for innovation in ophthalmology and retinal imaging.

Our speaker this time was Dr. Kexing Liu, a senior member of IEEE, who is currently serving as the chair of an IEEE Canada committee responsible for outreach. Dr. Liu is the CEO of OcuXcel Corporation, a technology company based in Kanata, Ontario, dedicated to providing advanced technology solutions and developing new products from a global tech workforce for ophthalmology and vision health. 
Presented by the Ottawa Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

ANCWT Information Session

Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT) is a program that helps bridge the transition to the Canadian job market for new immigrant and refugee women with technical skills in information technology, computer science, and engineering (

ANCWT invites you to attend an information session for potential applicants on September 10th, from 1:00-3:00 PM, at University of Ottawa , STM building , room number STM464. This session will describe the application process for the second cohort of 2019, which will have training sessions from October 14th to November 8th.  

To register for the event, please follow this link:

Section Chapter(Joint TEMS, PCS, & SSIT) Leadership Opportunity

The IEEE Ottawa Section is seeking an IEEE member to volunteer as Chair of the Joint Chapter of the Technical Management Council, Professional Communications Society, and Society on Social Implications of Technology (TEMS, PCS, & SSIT). Chapter Chairs are an important part of the grassroots of IEEE leadership and this is a great opportunity to contribute to the profession  and society and at the same time develop networking and management skills. 

The Chapter Chair's responsibilities include:

  • Plan for several technical meetings in advance - these can be on any topic related to TEMS, PCS or SSIT. The meeting can include workshops or similar events. 
  • Determine goals for the year
  • Delegate assignments to Chapter Committee Officers
  • Participate in monthly ExCom meetings as voting members


If you are interested, please email for more details.


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