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9/21/17: Tour Ohio's Largest Solar Farm With IEEE Toledo

Solar Farm

Please join IEEE Toledo on a tour of the Bowling Green Solar Generation Station on Thursday, September 21 at 5:45 pm.

The 20 megawatt Bowling Green Solar Facility is the largest solar installation in Ohio. This 165 acres facility has more than 85,000 modules and uses a rotating tracker system to maximize production.

An onsite substation steps the voltage up from 34.5 kV to 69 kV for transmission on a newly built 1.75 mile line that ties into the Bowling Green electric system.

Click here to sign up for tour

Tour requirements:

Closed toed shoes, long pants, and a signed tour release form are required. Please print, sign, and bring the form along.


The address is 16520 Carter Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. Exit I-75 at BGSU. Go North on Dunbridge Road. Turn East on Poe Road. Turn North on Carter Road. You will see the solar field entrance in about a mile.

10/12/17: Distinguished Lecture on IoT, by Fawzi Behmann

Fawzi Behmann What do smart grids, virtual power plants and smart homes have in common? They are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the inter-networking of physical devices embedded with control systems, sensors, and actuators, that can collect and exchange data.

The IoT makes it possible to collect real-time power-related information from end-users and automate the management of distribution devices like transformers and reclosers. Efficiencies can therefore be gained within power production and distribution systems.

For the end-user, it is expected that IoT will be integrated into all forms of energy consuming devices (such as switches, power outlets, bulbs, televisions, etc.). Such IoT devices would offer the opportunity for off-site management and advanced scheduling.

IEEE Distinguished Visitor Fawzi Behmann is an expert on IoT. Please click on this link for an abstract of his bio.

11/16/17: Annual IEEE Toledo Institute Night

Gary Leidich The guest speaker for the 2017 Institute Night will be Industry expert and retired Executive Vice President of FirstEnergy, Gary Leidich. Please click on this link for an abstract of his bio.

Mr. Leidich will speak on the topic of "Energy Policy in Ohio". One PDH will be available for attending the presentation.

IAS Events in Cincinnati

IEEE Industry Applications Society, Annual Meeting is in Cincinnati (October 1 - 5). Please visit the meeting website for further information.

2018 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (Sponsored by IEEE IAS), is in Cincinnati (September 24 - 26, 2018). Please visit the conference website for further information.

Past Activities and News

Planning for a Successful Career (5/25/17)

Ethical Compass

IEEE Toledo Young Professionals (YP) invites you for a networking event, professional presentation at the University of Toledo (SSOE room - Nitschke hall 1027) on Thursday, May 25th 2017 (5:30 PM). The RSVP deadline is May 24th 2017. This event will feature a lecture on career development to all students and young professionals. Presenter Steve Cowan, General Manager at Owens Corning, will share his experiences and advice attendees in the talk.

Steve Cowan Steve Cowan serves as General Manager of the Asphalt business at Owens Corning, a world leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Refreshments will be served, and there is no charge for the program. One PDH will be available for attending the presentation.

Registration link: Click here to register now!

   May 25, 2017
   5:30 - 6:00PM   Gathering & Social Time
   6:00 - 6:45PM   Technical Presentation
Event Location:
   SSOE Seminar Room,(Nitschke Hall 1027),
   The University of Toledo, College of Engineering,
   1610 N. Westwood, Toledo, OH - 43607.

Code of Ethics for Professional Engineers & Surveyors (4/5/17)

Ethical Compass

Ohio HB 236 (signed into law in January 2017) requires professional engineers and surveyors complete at least 2 PDH in professional ethics or rules relevant to engineering or surveying practices.

IEEE Toledo is hosting a presentation on “Code of Ethics for Professional Engineers & Surveyors”. Our guest speaker is John Greenhalge, Executive Director of the Ohio Professional Engineers & Surveyors Board.

Two Professional Development Hours offered!

This event is open to members and non-members. Dinner options are chicken tarragon and vegetarian lasagna. Costs are $50 for both dinner and presentation, and $30 for presentation only. Please see time schedule below.

Space is limited! Click here to register now!

   April 5, 2017
   5:00 - 5:30PM   Gathering & Social Time
   5:30 - 6:30PM   Dinner
   6:30 - 8:30PM   Technical Presentation
Event Location:
   NECA Hall,
   727 Lime City Road,
   Rossford, Ohio.

Engineers Week Banquet (2/23/17)

IEEE Toledo Section is reserving a table for the annual Engineers Week Banquet that will be held on Thursday February 23, 2017. The table will seat section members, guests and students at a reduced price.

Febuary 10 update: The IEEE table is fully booked and reservations are closed for this event.

Where: Parkway Place - Maumee, OH
When: Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 for members, guests and students
Keynote speaker: Comedian Michael Jr. Whether as an actor in a number 1 box office Hit (War Room), or on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, or a guest at a church event, Michael Jr. shows up and delivers the funny!

Michael Jr.

PowerAFRICA Conference Ghana, June 27-30 2017

On behalf of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Association (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES), you are invited to participate in and support the upcoming PowerAfrica 2017 Conference that will be held in Accra, Ghana, from June 27 – 30, 2017.

The theme is “Harnessing Energy, Information and Communications Technology for Affordable Electrification of Africa”. The purpose of the IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference is to bring together investors, stakeholders, experts, professionals, researchers and students with engineering, finance, and social science backgrounds from companies, R&D organizations, academics, government and financial institutions from around the world in order to share and discuss advances in the development and deployment of technologies and business models for affordable electrification.

This year’s conference will emphasize the emerging opportunities to leverage ICT to build solutions for both on-grid and off-grid systems across the continent that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. The conference will cover practical, solution-oriented topics, including case studies and lessons learned in the form of keynotes, plenary sessions, poster and oral presentations, tutorials and workshops, by worldwide experts on energy and information technology with focus on Africa.

PowerAfrica 2017 will be hosted in beautiful Accra, the capital of Ghana located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, which honors Ghana’s first president. Makola Market is the city’s vast, colorful bazaar. Popular seafront spots including Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach offer golden sand and high-energy nightlife.

To participate, register now at to take advantage of early bird rates.

To submit a paper or presentation, see the call for papers and presentations.

To support and exhibit your company at the conference, fill out the supporter package.

For additional information please contact Ayomide Longe, IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference 2017 Publicity Chair (

Tech Toledo Geek Dinner Holiday Mixer (December 8 2016)

IEEE members were invited to the sixth annual Tech Toledo Geek Dinner Holiday Mixer. This is the largest social gathering of IT professionals in the Toledo region (100 people expected). This event featured a recap of 2016 and information on various IT-related groups.

When: December 8, 5:30pm – 8pm

Where: The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe Street, Toledo, Oh 43604

FREE to attend! Each person pays for their own food and drinks.

2016 IEEE Institute Night (Nov 17, 2016)

Dr Oliver Our speaker was Dr. Douglas Oliver. He spoke on the history of fraud in science and engineering.

Dr. Oliver received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1985. He graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo's law school (2003). In 2004, he was award a "Best Paper Award" from the ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice – Legal Issues Division.

Dr. Oliver has been a Science and Technology Fellow of the AAAS (Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science) assigned to the National Science Foundation. His publications and research work have covered a very broad range of topics in engineering and law. He has practical experience in the nuclear energy field at the Hanford Atomic Reservation.

Event Photos (click on thumbnails to see larger photos):

Dinner and Presentation: Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic (Nov 3, 2016)

IEEE Toledo will be hosting a dinner and Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic presentation on Thursday November 3. This event will be held at the Electrical Industries Building (TECA Office), 727 Lime City Road, Rossford. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm and the lecture starts at 7:00 pm. The cost for dinner is $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and $10 for students. You can attend the lecture only, which is free. An attendance certificate for 1 PDH is available at the end of the lecture.

The speaker is IEEE Toledo member Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga. Sandrine is the Electrical Engineering Manager at the University of Toledo, where she helps manage a $15 million annual budget. She has worked in industry for 15 years during which she designed, interconnected and/or approved about 50MW of solar PV and worked on distribution system planning and protection. Sandrine is a Professional Engineer and a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toledo, where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees.

Sandrine Mubenga Sandrine was invited by the European Parliament S&D Group, to be a panelist during 2015 Africa Week. She has served as keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Energy Fair in Wisconsin, USA and at the 2nd Sultani Makutano business networking event in Kinshasa, DRC. She has been featured in AMINA, Forbes Afrique, JeuneAfrique, the Toledo Blade, the Portage County Gazette, Afrimpact, and has appeared on television on France24, Congo WebTV, RTNC, and b-one. Please click here for a more detailed bio.

Abstract: Small island states strive to continue economic growth, mitigate climate change and reduce their dependence on imported fossil fuels. They offer a geographical landscape which encourages distributed generation in order to provide power to end users that are located in remote areas. Often times, this distributed generation is accomplished through grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Because they do not emit greenhouse gas, and they use the free light from the sun to generate electricity, solar PV systems provide renewable energy in a sustainable way. This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with grid connected solar PV in island states. It will also propose potential waste management strategies of such solar PV systems from cradle to grave.

Davis-Besse Tour (October 20 2016)

A tour of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is planned for Thursday, October 20 starting at 5:30 PM.

A technical presentation in the Administration Building, (right off State Route 2) will be followed by a tour within the protected area of the plant. New plant changes post-Fukushima will be covered. There will be food prior to, or during the presentation.

Tour attendees must be US citizens for security reasons. All attendee names, social security numbers, and copy of driver’s licenses must be submitted by October 12 for a background check. Attendees can e-mail their driver’s license to the Power Engineering Chapter Chair, Robert (Bob) Toth ( You can call Bob at 419-249-5199, let him know your SS number and any questions you have.

The maximum number of attendees for this tour is 30.

A sturdy shoe with leather uppers and good tread, along with clothing appropriate for a plant, is required. All required PPE for the site tour will be provided. The tour will involve a significant amount of walking, and stairs.

Request for Nominations for IEEE Toledo Officers for 2017

The slate presented by the Nomination Committee for 2017 Officers is as follows:

Chair: Dominic Wilson
Vice Chair: Brandon Boltz
Secretary: Ed McConnell
Treasurer: Jarrad Henson
Immediate Past Chair: Bryan Curtis
Members at Large (new): Tom Nestor, Jian-yu Lu, Richard Molyet
Members at Large (second term): Bill Barnhart, Vamsi Borra, Ryan Goolsby

Nominations are also encouraged from members for the above offices which will be voted on during Institute Night (11/17/16). Please forward nominations to Tom Papademos ( latest by mid-October.

Request for Nominations for Awards for 2016

Please nominate IEEE Toledo members for the Engineer of the Year Award and the Young Engineer of the Year Award That will be presented at this year's Institute Night (11/17/16). Send nominations to Please include reasons why the nominee is deserving of an award.

News: Jian-yu Lu Receives Distinguished Service Award

IEEE Toledo member Jian-yu Lu received the 2016 IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society (UFFC) Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Tours, France on 19 September 2016 during the UFFC symposium.

The UFFC Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term support of the Society's activities. Recognition is given to those who are innovative and develop new Society programs, administer major committees, manage Society functions, or promote the Society's areas of technical interest to the larger community.

Jian-yu Lu receives award

Jian-yu Lu receives award

News: DeForest “Woody” Trautman Passed

Woody Trautman, passed on August 18, 2016 aged 96. He was an electrical engineer and former University of Toledo administrator.

Woody Trautman had a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He became the University of Toledo's Chief of Management Information Systems in 1976, from which he retired.

He was a former president of the Technical Society of Toledo and in 1978 was named Toledo’s Engineer of the year. He was one of the recipients of the IEEE Toledo Millennium Awards at the 2000 Institute Night event. He is pictured below (sitting on the left) during that event.

Woody Trautman

Cruise to Mars: Bridging the Technology Gap (July 21st 2016). Networking event and tech talk


IEEE Toledo Young Professionals (YP) invites you for a networking event, technical presentation and a catered dinner at the University of Toledo (Brady Engineering Innovation Center) on Thursday, July 21st 2016. The RSVP deadline is July 18th 2016.

COME JOIN US and know more about the revolutionary electric propulsion technologies being developed at NASA’s Glenn Research center in Cleveland.

Therese Griebel

This event will feature a lecture on the solar electric propulsion research that enables the mission of humans to mars presented by Ms. Therese Griebel, the Associate Director for Strategy at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Griebel will also talk about the hybrid gas electric propulsion, an aviation objective using a collection of GRC technologies.

The IEEE YP is proud to present this event at a very reasonable cost for IEEE student members and regular members. All attendees will get a free parking pass (at the event location) to attend this event. One PDH will be available for attending the presentation.

Location :

Brady Engineering Innovation Center
Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex - NT1000
The University of Toledo
1510 N. Westwood, Toledo, OH 43607

Menu :

  • Main dish:

    • Choice of Hearty Lasagna with a Meat Bolognese OR Lasagna layered with Fresh Vegetables in a Marinara Sauce accompanied by Tossed Salad with Ranch and Italian Dressings, Garlic Bread, Dessert Bars, and Iced Tea, Iced Water and Coffee Service.

  • Hot Hors d`Oeuvres (Appetizers will be served during the social time / networking event):

    • Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce.

    • Mini Chicken Tacos with Salsa and Sour Cream.

    • Southwest Egg Rolls.


  • IEEE Student members - $5

  • IEEE Members - $10

  • Students Non-Members - $10

  • Non-Members - $20

Networking event will begin 5:30 PM. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:30 PM. The keynote presentation beginning at approximately 7:15 PM. Please encourage your peers to be part of IEEE through this event and use this discount opportunity from the section. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Please contact Vamsi Borra at with any questions about this event.

The lecture is free. You can choose to attend only the lecture when RSVP’ing. This lecture counts for 1 PDH.

Here are the URLs if the above links doesn’t work:


About author:

Distinguished Lecture and Dinner: Securing Intelligent Control Systems (April 12 2016)

Cyberattacks on infrastructure control systems are getting more frequent and sophisticated since Stuxnet’s effect on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010.

More recent attacks such as Flame, Shamoon, Havex, Dragonfly and Black Energy are equally troubling. Many attacks have resulted in outages and physical damage of infrastructure.

  • In December 2015, a coordinated cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid lead to an outage for 80,000 customers.
  • Extensive damage resulted from a cyberattack that prevented the proper shutdown of a blast furnace at a German steel mill.

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Dr George Proeller presented on "Securing Intelligent Control Systems". This lecture was held at the Electrical Industries Building (TECA Office), 727 Lime City Road, Rossford, on April 12.

Dinner started at 5:45 pm and the lecture started at 7:00 pm. The cost for dinner was $20 for members and guests, and $10 for students. The lecture was free. An attendance certificate for 1 PDH was distributed at the end of the lecture.

Dr Proeller has thirty-plus years of highly technical/increasingly responsible operations and management experience in Information Technology Systems (ITS) focusing on Information Assurance/Computer Network Security with Program Management, and Process Improvement/Quality. Dr. Proeller's experience encompasses all aspects of information systems life cycle from requirements definition through development and deployment to follow-on test and evaluation to decommissioning.

Dr Proeller holds multiple security certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential, the Certified Information Security Manager, and the GIAC Security Leadership Certification and is a pioneer in the transition of information security to academia. His Department of Defense (DoD) experience includes a Certified Acquisition Professional certification in Operational Test and Evaluation and extensive experience in the DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Computer Science Department of one local university and departmental advisory boards two others.

Distinguished Lecture: A Forensics Discussion on Personal Electronic Devices - (April 11, 2016)

Attendees Listening to the Lecture

Smartphones, tablets, iPods, and PDAs continue to merge in form, fit, and functionality and now include data acquisition, data aggregation, storage, and communications capabilities.

This presentation provided insight into the features and capabilities of such systems, their possible uses in unethical/unlawful activities, and a discussion of the concepts of forensic analyses and approaches useful in combating such uses.

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Dr George Proeller presented on this topic at the SSOE Seminar Room(Nitschke Hall 1027), Univ. of Toledo, College of Engineering, 1610 N. Westwood,Toledo, OH - 43607.

Dr Proeller met with students and other attendees before and after. Attendees received an attendance certificate that counts for 1 PDH.

Tour of Northstar Steel (March 16, 2016)

The Toledo Section of IEEE visited the Northstar Steel plant in Delta on March 16. We saw several interesting projects that they have in the works.

Toledo E-Week Banquet (Feb 25, 2016)

This year's National Engineers' Week Banquet was held on Thursday, February 25, at 6:00 PM in Parkway Place in Maumee, OH. Toledo IEEE reserved a table for IEEE Toledo Section members and guests for the discounted rates of $20 per member/guest and $22.5 for student members.

The banquet speakers was Sunjay Nath, MBA, BScE, CSP, Human Performance Engineer and Author.

Tour of Big Fab Lab (Feb 11, 2016)

Mug Etched at Big Fab Lab Mark Bowlus Leading the Tour

IEEE Toledo toured the Big Fab Lab makerspace in Bowling Green on February 11 2016 at 5:30 pm.

The Big Fab Lab is an open-access full service makerspace serving Northwest Ohio. They currently host meetups for enthusiasts in wireless networking, Drones, Arduino and Embedded computers, among others.

Mark Bowlus was our host. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and specialization in Computer Science. He has worked in a number of engineering related positions with organizations such as: Honda, Westinghouse Robotics, and Materion.

There was a one hour presentation on Intellectual Property by the Buchanan and Nipper Legal Firm at 6:00 pm after the tour, and an open house after up till 9pm.

Toledo Section Recognized for Outstanding Retention Performance

2015 Silver Retention Award Outstanding Achievement Certificate Letter

2015 IEEE Institute Night

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the IEEE Toledo section’s 2015 Institute Night on Thursday November 12th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, OH

COME JOIN US and learn more about the history in the development of photovoltaics and investments in the energy generation around our own Toledo.

Our speaker will be Dr. Al Compaan, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Physics and Astronomy Department at The University of Toledo. He has been leading a research effort for more than 25 years in thin-film photovoltaic materials and devices. He holds several patents in the area of thin-film PV and has authored more than 250 scientific publications in professional journals. Recently Dr. Compaan co-founded Lucintech Inc which is developing flexible, cadmium-telluride-based semitransparent PV modules for window applications.

Date:Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Location:   Holiday Inn French Quarter
10630 Fremont Pike
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
  • Prime Rib
  • Fresh Atlantic Salmon
  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Students - $10
  • Members - $20
  • Non-Members - $30
  • New Members with Confirmed Application - $20

Registration link: LINK
Social hour will begin 5:45 PM. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:45 PM. The business meeting will be conducted at 7:30 PM with the keynote presentation beginning at approximately 8:00 PM. Please encourage your peers to be part of IEEE through this event and use this discount opportunity from the section. We look forward to seeing you at the institute night.

Financial Planning Seminar

Presenter: Richard G. Desautels, CFP

An Ameriprise Financial Representative with 30 years' experience in personal financial advising. Richard is from Toledo, Ohio and a graduate of Bowling Green State University. His area of expertise is in retirement planning, wealth accumulation, and tax reduction.

Topic: Confident Retirement Approach

Ameriprise developed the Confident Retirement Approach for individuals at all stages of life. We will discuss these four basic principles, and how it effects your retirement. The seminar is a generic overview of the steps involved to reach retirement and retirement years. You will be able to go onto a web page and take a three minute Confident Retirement check-up.

Mancy's Italian Grill
5453 Monroe St.
Toledo, Ohio 43623

Date is September 30, 2015 at 6:00pm.

  IEEE members $15.00
  IEEE Student Members $10.00
  Guests $30.00

The meal choice will be:

  1. Chicken Parmesan
  2. Atlantic Salmon
  3. Tuscan Prime Rib
  4. Vegetarian Lasagna, or other similar vegetarian dish

All meals will include house salad, oven roasted redskins and house vegetable.
All meals will include coffee and iced tea.
No appetizers.
No dessert.
Cash bar.

Deadline for RSVP: September 23rd

Use this link to register.

Please contact Bryan Curtis at with any questions about this event.

IEEE Toledo Section Young Professionals Social Event

IEEE Toledo Young Professionals (YP) is sponsoring a multidisciplinary social event on September 10th 2015 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Sportway of Toledo.

For this event we are inviting young engineers from different fields such as electrical, mechanical, civil, computer science, manufacturing and other engineering disciplines to join us for appetizers and drinks while networking with other young professionals.

We will have a raffle drawing at the end of the event for $100 Visa gift card; all you have to do is to put your business card in the box in order to enter the raffle! That’s it.

This is a FREE event to all the participants and space is limited to 25, so please register using this link NOW!


If you don't receive a confirmation by email within 48 hours after registering or if you have any other questions, please contact Vamsi Borra at

Location: Address: 5950 Angola Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Site Tour of Hancock County Generating Station

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

6:00 PM EDT

The Toledo Section of IEEE is planning a tour of the Granger Hancock County Generating Station for Tuesday August 11, 2015. The tour will begin at 6:00PM and will be held at

      3574 TR 142
      Findlay, OH 45840

Individuals wanting to attend are responsible for their own transportation. Given the distance from Toledo you may want to contact persons planning to attend and form carpools to the site.

The tour should take approximately one hour. After that we are planning to get together for dinner at a local restaurant

      Tony’s Restaurant
      10280 US-224, Findlay, OH 45840
      (419) 424-3100

When replying to the invitation please indicate whether you plan to participate for dinner after the tour. We will inform the restaurant of how many people plan to attend, so that they may prepare accordingly.

Please respond to this invitation via this link no later than Friday, August 7.

Accommodations for the tour were arranged by Bill Barnhart, VP of Engineering and Operations, Hancock-Wood Electric Coop.

Some information about the tour:
The Hancock County Generating Station, located at the northeast corner of the Hancock County Landfill, has the capacity to generate about 3.2 megawatts of electricity, using four Caterpillar 3516 generators. The naturally occurring gas in landfills is comprised of approximately 50 percent methane, which has about half the heating value of natural gas. The gas is collected through a perforated pipe and gathering system. The gas is pulled from the landfill into the generation station, processed and used as fuel for the generators. The generators create electricity, which is then distributed to the utility grid.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project is approximately the same as emissions from burning more than 579 railcars worth of coal, the carbon dioxide emissions from nearly 15,105,111 gallons of gasoline consumed, or the carbon sequestered by more than 110,441 acres of pine or fir forests.

FirstSolar Plant Tour

FirstSolar Group Photo

FirstSolar Manufacturing Plant Tour

IEEE Toledo Young Professionals presents FirstSolar manufacturing plant tour on Wednesday June 17th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

COME JOIN US and know more about the solar panel manufacturing process from the World Leader in Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar panels.

28101 Cedar Park Blvd, Perrysburg, OH 43551 Ph: 419-662-8500

FirstSolar has set a world record recently with solar cell efficiency of 21.5%. It also installed more than 10 gigawatts (GW) capacity worldwide.
Please RSVP using this link.

Please print and fill the visitor agreement form (LINK) and bring it with you to the tour. Driving directions to the plant and parking lot assistance can be found in this document (LINK).

Please wear comfortable walking shoes typical for a plant tour.
Please contact Vamsi Borra ( for more info.

Here are the URLs if the above links doesn’t work:
Registration link:

Visitor agreement form:

Driving and parking directions:


Tour of Owens-Illinois Plant (3/27/15)

IEEE Toledo will be touring the Owens-Illinois Plant on Friday March 27, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Owens-Illinois is the leading glass bottle manufacturer. Join this interesting and informative tour and learn more about the related processes and equipment for manufacturing Glass bottles. The tour starts with a discussion of the plant operations and equipment.

To reserve for this free tour (there is room for only 16 visitors), please RSVP to Behin Elahi (IEEE Toledo section Member at Large and officer) at or

* Please, wear pants, suitable walking shoes typical for a plant tour (close toed shoes), and no high heels. Safety glasses will be provided.

Location: Owens-Illinois Global Headquarter, One Michael Owens Way,Perrysburg, OH 43551-2999, USA. (It’s about 30 minutes driving from the University of Toledo)

We are planning carpools from University of Toledo College of Engineering campus. Please contact Behin for carpool details. For visitors who plan to come individually rather than carpool, please meet at O-I Plaza 4 at 10:00 am.

Flyer for Owens-Illinois event Map and Parking for Owens-Illinois event About Owens-Illinois

Toledo Walleye Hockey Game (3/21/15)

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the IEEE Toledo section’s upcoming social and informational event. IEEE Toledo Section is sponsoring an evening at a Toledo Walleye hockey game. The game is on Saturday, March 21, at 7:00PM. This is a great opportunity to build your network, meeting different professionals from various industrial backgrounds, join IEEE, or upgrade your membership to Senior Member status. See the attached flier.

IEEE has an area reserved for gathering, conversation, food and drink. We will be in the Club Level for both the gathering space and seats. The cost of the event, including food, beer, soft drinks and a club level seat is $20 for members ($40 for non-members). If a non-member becomes a new member of IEEE before May 1, 2015, the Toledo Section will reimburse the total cost ($40) of their attendance. If a member upgrades to a Senior Member in this same time frame their $20 fee will be reimbursed. So, please encourage your peers to be part of IEEE through this event and use this rebate opportunity from the section.

Timing is critical with this notice. Get your reservation in now! The first 25 registrants will receive seats within the block of seats reserved. Additional seats may be in other spots. Also the Walleye are hot this year and tickets are hot. They may sell out. Get your reservation in NOW! Registration will be closed after noon on Monday, 3/16/15.
Register here.

Remember that with your reservation, the Toledo Section will be committing tickets and funds. These tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Engineers Week Banquet (2/26/15)

The Toledo Section of IEEE reserved a table for the Engineers Week Banquet that was held on Thursday February 26, 2015. The table was used for seating of section members, at a reduced price.

Wind Energy Presentation by Dr. Robert Green (1/28/15)

Robert Green picture

Please plan to attend the rescheduled presentation on wind energy on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the EECS Department Conference Room (Nitschke Room 2004) at the University of Toledo.

Our speaker will be Dr. Robert Green, Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Green has served as Director of Wind and Solar Research at Wind Energy Corporation, and he was our Guest Speaker at the 2013 IEEE Institute Night where he spoke on Reliability and the Smart Grid.

One PDH will be available for attending the presentation. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no charge for the program. Please RSVP to Bob Toth by phone (419-249-5199) or email ( by Friday, January 23 so the certificates can be prepared.

IEEE 2014 Institute Night (11/20)

Institute Night was on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, OH. This year's featured speaker was Mr. Chris Schafer, System Architect and EV Program Manager with American Electric Power. One (1) PDH was available for attendees.


  • Social Hour (5:45 PM)
  • Dinner (6:45 PM)
  • Business Meeting / Officer Elections (7:30 PM)
  • Keynote Presentation (8:00 PM)

Dinner RSVP

Dinner RSVPs closed on Friday, November 14th. For any questions, please email Steve Root <>.

Chris Schafer Presentation abstracts and speaker biography 2014 election officer slate

News: Former Section Chair, Dr. Kollarits, Passed Away

Francis "Frank" J. Kollarits Jr., Whitehouse, Ohio at 75. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1981, served as IEEE Toledo Section Chair in 1988-89, and continued as an adjunct professor of radiology at MCO. In 1996, he started the bioengineering division in the College of Engineering.

Tour: Lucas County Maumee River Waste Water Treatment Plant (10/16)

Toledo IEEE will be touring the Lucas County Maumee River Waste Water Treatment Plant from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Thursday October 16. The plant is at 5785 N River Rd, Waterville, OH 43566 .

To reserve for this tour (It’s Free for all attendees), please RSVP to Behin Elahi ( You can also discuss carpool opportunities.

Please wear walking shoes suitable for a plant tour. You can click to download a flyer for the tour and further information on the plant.

Presentation: The Patentability of Software (9/16)

IEEE Toledo members are invited to attend the Ray Meiers presentation on "The Patentability of Software after the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International".

This event is hosted by The Nerd Summit Meetup Group, and will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday September 16 at Service Spring Corporation (1703 Toll Gate Drive, Maumee, OH).

Please RSVP at the Nerd Summit meetup page for their planning purposes.

IAS BG Water Treatment Tour (4/8)

Toledo IAS has scheduled a tour of the BG Water Treatment Plant at 17549 W. River Rd, Bowling Green, OH on Tuesday, April 8th at 5:30 PM.

The BG water treatment plant has undergone several recent improvements to ensure delivery of quality water to Bowling Green and much of the surrounding area. The water supply pumping station in the river has been replaced, a new underground clear well has been completed, controls have been updated and improvements have been made to the reservoir. Upgrades of the plant electrical power supply and emergency generator have been required to improve the reliability of the plant. A discussion of the plant operation and controls will precede the tour.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes typical for a plant tour.

RSVP online via Google Drive.

Technical Program: AEP Volt-Var Optimization Deployment (3/11)

Toledo IEEE hosted a dinner and technical presentation by Mr. Paul R. Thomas and Rm. Thomas F. Weaver III regarding the AEP Volt-Var Optimization Deployment on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at the Electical Industries Building (TECA Office Building) in Rossford, OH.

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IEEE Young Professionals Resume Writing Seminar (3/26)

The Toledo IEEE Young Professionals group (formerly GOLD) will be hosting a Resume Writing Seminar on March 26. RSVP by emailing
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Call for Speakers - Sections Congress 2014

The Sections Congress 2014 Program Committee is asking for nominations of qualified speakers for the 1 hr 15 min breakout sessions during the Sections Congress August 22-24th in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

More Information. Reply by Dec 10.

E-Week Banquet (2/20)

Toledo IEEE sponsored a table for members at the Toledo Engineers' Week Banquet on Thursday, February 20th at Parkway Place (Maumee, OH).

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2013 Institute Night (11/21)

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The 2013 Institute Night of the Toledo Section of IEEE was held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express, in Perrysburg. The speaker, Dr. Robert Green, presented "Reliability and the Smart Grid: Issues and Methods". One (1) PDH credit was available for participating.

11/7 Davis Besse Tour

A tour of Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station is being planned for Thursday, November 7 starting at 5:30 PM.

RSVP instructions and tour guidelines are available online HERE.

2014 Section Officer Nominations (updated 10/3)

The nominations for the 2014 Toledo Section Executive Committee have been revised due to a recent nomination. This is the slate that will be submitted at Institute Night on 11/21/13. The membership at large can present any other nominations to the Executive Committee by 10/18/13. Nominees can be any active "Member" or higher grade. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations should be submitted to Bryan Curtis <> or Ed McConnell at <>.

Nomination Committee Report

Call for Nominations: IEEE Toledo Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year Awards

The Toledo Section will once again present the Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year Awards during Institute Night. We are currently accepting nominations for each award for presentation at our annual business meeting on November 21st. To be considered for each award, the candidate must meet the following qualifications:

Engineer of the Year:

  1. Be of a Member grade or higher in good standing with the Toledo Section.
  2. Achieve significant or noteworthy professional career accomplishments, or
  3. Provide significant service to the Toledo Section.

Young Engineer of the Year:

  1. Be of a Member grade or higher in good standing with the Toledo Section.
  2. Achieve significant or noteworthy professional career accomplishments, or
  3. Provide significant service to the Toledo Section.
  4. Be 35 years old or less in age.

Please provide with your nomination a statement of 75 words or less why your nominee would be a worthy candidate for the award. Please submit nominations to Steve Root at by November 1st.

9/18 Cleveland Section Presentation: "America Is Eating Its Feed Corn"

On Wednesday, September 18, IEEE Cleveland Section will be hosting a presentation titled "America Is Eating Its Feed Corn" from 12:00 - 1:30 PM at The Oak Barrel in Valley View, OH.

9/12 UT PVIC Open House

On Thursday, September 12, UT will be hosting an open house of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (UT R1 building) between 11:00 - 2:00 PM and 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

More Information

2013 IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Program

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. As long as the scholar continues to meet renewal standards, he or she will receive up to three years of funding — US$2,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year — interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.


Carl Selinger Talk: "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School"

The Toledo Section of IEEE presented a talk by Carl Selinger: "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School" on Thursday, April 11th, 2013. The event was hosted at the University of Toledo Engineering facilities in the newly renovated SSOE Seminar Room, Room 1027, in Nitschke Hall.

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Project Management Workshop, Oakland University in Rochester, MI

Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00 AM. Four Hours by an certified PMP with awarded PDHs. Cost is $25 for IEEE Members, $50 for non-members.

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Toledo E-Week Banquet

This year's National Engineers' Week Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 PM in Parkway Place in Maumee, OH. Toledo IEEE has reserved a table for IEEE Toledo Section members and guests for the discounted rates of $15 per member/guest and $5 for student members.

The banquet speakers will be Bill Spracher and Casey Pieretti, co-owners of Amp'd Gear.

Toledo Section Recognized for Membership Development

The Toledo Section was recognized by Jim Howard, IEEE-USA President, and the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for its positive net growth in higher grade members during the 2012 membership recruitment cycle (completed in August).

Toledo ISA 2013 Exhibit Information

The Toledo Section of ISA is hosting its Vendor Exhibit and Seminars event on Tuesday, March 19th from 11:00 - 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, OH.

UT-IEEE Participates in IEEEXtreme 6.0 Contest

This year, our student chapter registered two teams of three students each in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour Programming Contest.

Team ToledoIG88s: 194th Internationally; 7th in Region
  • Sandy Debruyne
  • Taylor Killian
  • Christopher J. Volny
Team NinjaTurtles: 320th Internationally; 13th in Region
  • Wesley Hedrick
  • Joe Pietrykowski
  • DaKota Reid

The contest was out of 1,941 teams internationally with 34 teams from Region 4. That puts both teams in the top 20% performers in an international competition with over 5,000 participants from over 60 countries.

Additionally, a special thanks is due to section members and UT EECS faculty Drs. Kaur, Molyet, and Green for proctoring the event.

IEEE 2012 Institute Night was on November 15

This year's featured speaker was Dr. Mohsin Jamali, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Toledo. He discussed his research is developing a radar/IR camera/acoustic system for monitoring and detection of wildlife near wind turbine farms. This work can lead to the development of mitigation techniques for wind farm applications.

Officers were confirmed for the 2013 Section Executive Commitee.

2013 Nominations

The Nominating Committee has reported and the section Executive Committee has accepted the attached list of candidates for 2013 . Please send in a nomination by email to Bryan Curtis (, if you (or someone you know) are interested in participating as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or Member-At-Large for 2013. Nominations from the membership are being accepted until October 18 2012.

UTMC Simulation Center Tour was on October 10 2012

IEEE Toledo Section had a tour and technical presentation at the University of Toledo Medical Center Simulation Center on Wednesday, October 10.

The new $36 million simulation center can teach numerous students how to prepare themselves for their future profession. The center is among the first health-science campuses in the nation to incorporate I-Space — a four-sided virtual immersive room with 3-D computer-aided design walls. This technology can create an unlimited number of virtual images allowing learners to travel through the heart of a human body or experience being inside a human blood cell.

Tour of I-280 Solar Array was on September 25 2012

IEEE Toledo toured the I-280 Photovoltaic field off Galena and Central Avenue on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. Alan Bowen of Advanced Distributed Generation discussed the design process, installation of the field, and other solar topics.

Tour of MidWest MicroDevices Facility was on September 12 2012

IEEE Toledo members visited the MidWest MicroDevices facility on September 2012.

MidWest MicroDevices is a dedicated wafer foundry for Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro-sensors and specialized thin film devices. They provide MEMS and non-MEMS thin film fabrication processing for emerging to medium volume applications. Their facility includes Class 10, Class 100, and Class 1,000 production areas for precise standards of cleanliness and quality along with a full set of micro-fabrication tools.

MidWest MicroDevices equipment set and facility are designed to meet the needs of the modern MEMS customer, providing processing flexibility and capability. MidWest MicroDevices support their customer’s needs from concept and design, to initial prototype and volume production. Their clientele includes Fortune 100 companies in Biomedical, Aerospace, Defense, Transportation and Instrumentation industries.

IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series was in Detroit September 7 and 8 2012

Smart Tech Workshops offered parallel, all-day track sessions that allowed attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Tracks included: Introduction to Smart Grid, Electric Vehicle Engineering, Electric Vehicle Engineering, Software Engineering Essentials, Employment and Career Assistance.

The two-day workshop was held at the Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center, 34911 Van Dyke Avenue Sterling Heights, MI 48312.

IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarships Available

Students who are interested in the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) scholarship can apply by June 30 2012. Last year 93 PES scholarships were awarded, our region received 18. If interested please read the PES Scholarship Plus Overview for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Please read the sponsorship flyer if you are a sponsor interested in supporting the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.

Requirements for Selective Coordination of Low Voltage Circuit Breakers Was on April 19 2012

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Power Chapter invited IEEE Toledo members to the above seminar. The speaker was Edwin Wickman, Specification Engineer, GE Industrial Systems. This event took place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at GE Training Location, 2 Towne Square, Southfield Michigan 48076. More background to the talk can be found on this link.

Cloud Computing Lecture Was on Feb 29 2012

A distinguished lecture on Cloud Computing by Dr. Mazin Yousif was held on February 29 at the Electrical Industries Building (TECA Office), Rossford, Ohio. One PDH was offered.

Dr Yousif also gave a daytime presentation on March 1, in the SSOE Seminal Room, Nitschke Hall 1027, University of Toledo College of Engineering.

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