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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network.

Consultants In Private Practice Serving The Public.

A joint Affinity Group of the Chicago and Rock River Valley IEEE Sections.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019; NOTE THE ROCKFORD, IL VENUE LOCATION: Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, Room WTC1308, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114 Link to Venue Location on Google Maps.

Every spring the local IEEE Consultants' Network holds a joint meeting with the IEEE Rock River Valley Section (RRVS) at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. During that joint meeting, consultants from within the Chicago / Rockford communities are the featured speakers. This is the announcement for that joint meeting!

6:00pm - Networking
6:30pm - Dinner ($0 IEEE Members / $10 Non-Members)
7:15pm - Presentation ($0 Members & Non-Members)

RSVP either online ( Link to IEEE Event RSVP) or via email to Diane at . Attendees may receive 1 PDH. Guests are always welcome. Hiring managers from industry should attend this job-networking meeting.


"ABCs of Electric Utilities for the non-power Electrical Engineer"


"Why you should REALLY appreciate what happens when you flip that wall switch and the light comes on"

By Steve Wickman, P.E.


Overview of the Electric Power System from the generating station to the wall sockets in your house…

    • How the transmission systems and distribution systems are put together

    • Interesting facts about the transmission system network, communications systems used for protective relaying

    • Interesting facts about the distribution system network

    • What makes a "smart grid" so smart?

Steve Wickman, P.E.


Steve Wickman, P.E.

Licensed P.E. in the State of Illinois. 37 year career as a Power Engineer with Commonwealth Edison in the greater Chicago, IL area. BSEE from Iowa State University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management [DeVry University]. His 40+ year engineering career has spanned work experiences in substation equipment testing and commissioning, design engineering, substation construction and operations management, as well as project management, work scheduling and work controls areas. Steve is now working as an independent consultant in the electric utility industry.


Do you know that networking is responsible for most professional jobs?  Do a friend a favor, invite him/her to a meeting.  There is no admission fee.  Don't forget to bring business cards for networking! Attendees may earn 1 PDH.


Future Meeting Dates:


September 23, 2019

November 25, 2019


The board would like your input and suggestions for discussion topics for our 2019 meetings. We credit presenters on the WEB. Your professional credentials are enhanced when someone Google's you it it shows that you are an IEEE presenter. You can contact the board at the following email.


Information on past meetings: Please feel free to contact the presenter if you would like more information or an unlisted copy of the presentation.

On 25 Mar. 2019, Robert Stemp P.E., NGC Technologies LLC presented "IEEE1451: A Universal Standard for Sensors, or, How to Easily Make Everything Just Work".

Robert Stemp P.E., NGC Technologies, LLC


On 26 Nov. 2018, Jerry Meyerhoff, JDM LABS LLC presented "Why does my design fail EMC? & How to fix it!".

Jerry Meyerhoff, JDM LABS LLC


On 24 Sept. 2018, Jim Spangler presented "Design Resources for Power Sources".

Jim Spangler


On 23 July 2018, Ben Miller, P.E. presented "Professional Engineering Licensure".

Ben Miller, P.E.


On 31 May 2018, Rob Klein presented "The Engineers Behind the Curtain: Realizing the Client's Vision".

Rob Klein


On 22 Jan. 2018, John Zulaski presented "Science Kits for Public Libraries".

John Zulaski


For information on 2017 presentations click here.
For information on 2016 presentations click here.
For information on 2015 presentations click here.
For information on 2014 presentations click here.
For information on past presentations click here.


The Objective of the Network is:

* To foster and promote the interests of its members with respect to the business of providing professional and technical consulting services.

* To maintain, publish and distribute a directory of the members and the consulting services offered by each.

* To arrange for and provide technical and management talks, tutorials, and special seminars and workshops on subjects of interest to members professional development.

* To provide a networking forum for personal interaction through meetings, social functions and other events.

* To publicize the contribution to society by its members.

* To collect and distribute charitable funds on a voluntary basis, consistent with these objectives.


The Directors at their 2015 board meeting.

Left to Right: Robert Abrant, Roy Leventhal, Benjamin Miller, Michael Sullivan and Paul Johnson. Photo by Joseph Auer


Directors, Elected by Network Members; Positions Appointed by Board:

Mike Sullivan P.E., Chair
Pete Kindinger, Vice-Chair
Rob Klein, Secretary
Donald Zinger P.E., Treasurer
Roy Leventhal P.E., Program Chair
Joseph Auer, Venue Co-Chair
Wesley Martin P.E., Venue Co-Chair
Ben Miller P.E., Director-at-Large
Robert F. Gillette P.E., Director Emeritus
Gary Blank P.E., Director Emeritus


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