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March 2022 Newsletter


The IEEE Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society is inviting all interested IEEE members and prospective members to a webinar

An Overview of Radiation Effects on Electronics

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: Online: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Prof. Ken Coffman, Senior Field Applications Engineer

To Register: or e-mail: 

Traditionally, electronic systems for outer space applications used hermetic packages which were extensively screened. These parts were used in robust, low-volume and high-cost systems. Over the last decade, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) New Space (or Space 2.0) systems—driven by entrepreneurial billionaires—using lower-cost, higher-technology Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components—components selected for radiation performance and carefully qualified for the intended satellite orbits. This raises questions. What are the mechanisms for radiation damage and what do they do to the electronics of our designs? This presentation is not comprehensive, but is a good starting point for understanding what happens to electronic components in space.

Speaker's Bio

Ken Coffman, currently employed by Vicor Corporation as a Senior Field Applications Engineer for the New Space Initiative, is a power engineer, writer and technical book publisher (Faraday Press). Formerly employed by Fairchild Semiconductor and Intersil, Ken has decades of experience with power components and their application in power supply designs.

19th IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Date: August 15th - 17th, 2021

Conference Website:

Upcoming Deadline: Special sessions March 15th, 2022

Please see the conference website for additional information.
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