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IEEE Ottawa Section November 2019 Newsletter Continued
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November 2019 Newsletter Continued


75th Annual IEEE Ottawa Section AGM and Banquet

On 15th November 2019, Ottawa Section of IEEE celebrated its 75th birthday at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) Awards Banquet at the Shaw Center. Overlooking the beautiful skyline of Ottawa in the Trillium hall, the event was attended by 150 guests and volunteers from academia, government agencies, industry, and student community.  Mr. Marc René de Cotret presented the City of Ottawa’s smart city strategy in his keynote address. In his outstanding and informative presentation, he described the strategy as built on three pillars: connectivity, a smart economy, and an innovative municipal government.
The event honored, recognized, and celebrated the contributions of the local industry, academic institutions, academics, researchers, engineers, and student volunteers.  Following awards were handed out at the event.
Corporate Awards
  • The 2019 Outstanding Information & Communications Technology Company Recognition Award to Nokia
  • The 2019 Outstanding High Technology Company Recognition Award to BlackBerry
  • Present the 2019 Outstanding Clean Technology Company Recognition Award to BluWave-ai  
  • The 2019 Appreciation Award to Algonquin College

 Individual Awards
  • The 2019 Outstanding Educator Award to Dr. Sreeraman Rajan
  • The 2019 Outstanding Engineering Award to Dr. Gabriel Wainer
  • The 2019 Outstanding Service Award to Dr. Calvin Plett
  • The 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award to Dr. Branislav Djokic

Section Group Awards
  • The 2019 Outstanding Chapter Award to Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • The 2019 Outstanding Affinity Group Award to The Ottawa Young Professionals
  • The 2019 Outstanding Student Branch Award to The University of Ottawa IEEE Students Branch
  • The 2019 Outstanding Committee Award to The Ottawa Robotics Competition. 

Other Individual Awards
  • Dr. Michael Stott for the Milestone Program, “First Search and Rescue Using Satellite Location Technology, 1982”
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship to Dharina Hanumunthadu in recognition of valued service and contribution to the IEEE Student Branch at Carleton University
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship to Ivor Benderavage in recognition of valued service and contribution to the IEEE Student Branch at University of Ottawa
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation’s Women in Engineering Prize to Anastassia Gharib of Carleton University

Photonics Society Student Paper Competition Awards
  • Alan Godfrey for his paper on Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Blister Formation on Polymer Thin Films
  • Md Saad-Bin-Alam for his paper on Multi-resonant high-Q Plasmonic Metasurface

The pictures of Awards Banquet are available on the section’s web site at under the link 2019 Awards Banquet Photos

Submitted by: Ajit Pardasani, Vice-chair, IEEE Ottawa Section
Presented by the Ottawa Section Young Professionals Affinity Group:

Introduction to Amateur Radio Certification
Mike Kennedy & Anis Ben Arfi

Date: Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Room 230, Tory Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Event Information:

This workshop covers the basics of Amateur Radio including:
  • How to obtain your license
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands on!
  • Ready to get on the air?
Presented by the Ottawa Section Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter:

Modern Day Applications of Power Electronics – Who Can Benefit?
Kalyan K. Sen
CTO @ Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Date: Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Room P208, Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa

Registration: RSVP via email (

Event Contact: Tanya Gachovska (

Application of power electronics is widespread in everyday life. Some applications are considered as “nice to have it;” in other cases, they are essential. This presentation discusses a wide variety of daily-used applications around the world. Also covered is an advanced topic, such as SMART Controller that today’s grid requires for voltage regulation, power factor regulation, unbalance voltage/current regulation, harmonic elimination and so on. A SMART Controller that is based on functional requirements and cost-effective solutions is derived from utilizing the best features of all the technical concepts that are developed until now. Final year students of electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum, post graduate students, researchers, academicians and utility engineers will benefit from attending this course. The participants will hear from an expert who actually designed and commissioned a few utility-grade SMART controllers since their inception in the 1990s.

Speaker Bio
Kalyan Sen, a Fulbright Scholar, is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc. ( that specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers—a functional requirements-based and cost-effective solution. He received BEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University, India, Tuskegee University, USA, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, respectively. He also  received an MBA from Robert Morris University, USA. Dr. Sen spent more than 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He contributed in all aspects (conception, simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He is the coauthor of the book titled, Introduction to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications, IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian paperback editions. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer.

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Presented by the Ottawa Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

IEEE WIE Ottawa: Women's Impact in the Industry
Eng. Mohammed Ali Rencüz
Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems

Date: November 30th, 2019

Time: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 4359, Mackenzie Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Lecture Admission is FREE!
Lunch: FREE for IEEE WIE members / $12 others
RSVP via email: Manar Helal (

Life in the software engineering world, some networking theory, and women's impact in the industry!

Speaker Bio
Mohammed Ali Rencüz is a Carleton University alumnus with B. Eng. Degree in Computer Systems. He is currently working as a Software Engineer in Cisco Systems.

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Presented by the Ottawa Section Photonics Society:

Advanced semiconductor lasers: Ultra-low operating energy and heterogeneous integration with Si photonics devices
Dr. Shinji Matsuo
NTT Photonics Laboratories, Japan

Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Time: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 223, University of Ottawa
25 Templeton Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Event Information
Lecture Admission is FREE!
Lunch: FREE for IEEE WIE members / $12 others
RSVP via email: Manar Helal (

The electrical power consumed in data transmission systems is now hampering efforts to further increase the speed and capacity at various scales, ranging from data centers to microprocessors. Optical interconnects employing an ultralow energy directly modulated lasers will play a key role in reducing the power consumption. Since a laser’s operating energy is proportional to the size of its active volume, developing high-performance lasers with a small cavity is important. For this purpose, we have developed membrane DFB and photonic crystal (PhC) lasers, in which active regions are buried with InP layer. Thanks to the reduction of cavity size and the increase in optical confinement factor, we have achieved extremely small operating energy and demonstrated 4.4-fJ/bit operating energy by employing wavelength-scale PhC cavity. Reduction of the cost is also important issue because huge number of transmitters are required for short distance optical links. For this purpose, Si photonics technology is expected to be a potential solution because it can provide large-scale phonic integrated circuits (PICs), which can reduce the assembly cost compared with transmitters constructed by discrete devices. Therefore, heterogeneous integration of III-V compound semiconductors and Si has attracted much attention. For fabricating these devices, we have developed wafer-scale fabrication procedure that employs regrowth of III-V compound semiconductors on directly bonded thin InP template on SiO2/Si substrate. A key to realize high-quality epitaxial layer is total thickness, which must be below the critical thickness, typically 430 nm. Thus, membrane structure is quite suitable for heterogeneous integration. I will talk about our recent progress, focusing on ultralow-powerconsumption directly modulated lasers and their photonic integrated circuit. I will also describe progress in heterogeneous integration of these lasers and Si photonics devices.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Matsuo received a B.E. and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan, in 1986 and 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and applied physics from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2008. In 1988, he joined NTT Optoelectronics Laboratories, Atsugi, where he was engaged in research on photonic functional devices using MQW-pin modulators and VCSELs. In 1997, he researched optical networks using WDM technologies at NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Yokosuka. Since 2000, he has been researching InP-based photonic integrated circuits including fast tunable lasers and photonic crystal lasers at NTT Photonics Laboratories, Atsugi. Dr. Matsuo is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society, Japan Society of Applied Physics and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan.

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