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Seminar: Vector Network Analyzer Basics

Monday October 1, 2012
Vector Network Analyzer Basics – Mr. Steve Hall from Agilent Technologies
2:30-3:20 PM:    RF connectors and connector care EME 2215 (microwave technology lab)
3:30-5:30 PM:    Vector Network Analyzer Basics EME 2205 (computer lab)

Steve Hall, an applications specialist in RF and microwave test equipment, will be giving a seminar to the ENGR470 Microwave Engineering class on Monday, October 1.
We will be having two sessions that run over a three hour period.  The session is open and all are welcome.

This seminar has been arranged by Dr. Thomas Johnson, head of the UBCO Microwave Technology Lab.

IEEE Congress

Plans are afoot for the coming academic term.  The Student Branch executive is gearing up to send one of our team to the IEEE  National Student Branch Congress in  Mississauga Ontario this September 14-16.   The event is intended to allow student branch teams from across the country to share their experience and learn from one another.  We’re excited to attend this year, and we have a lot of questions at the ready for our more established companion branches.

Closer to home, we’re hard at work planning activities for the MLRC as well as workshops and events for your enjoyment.  Enjoy your summer.  We all look forward to seeing you on campus again next year.

Transit of Venus

An interesting event happening soon is the transit of Venus between the Earth and the
Sun.  It occurs on June 5th, 2012; check your local transit times.

This transit only happens once every 105 years!  The next Venus transit will not be until 2117.  It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that should not be missed.

Do NOT use telescopes or binoculars to look at the Sun unless you have a proper solar filter.  There is a real danger of blindness if the Sun is looked at directly through a telescope or binoculars, so take appropriate precautions.  Sunglasses are NOT enough.


For more information and a pretty neat 4-minute video, visit

Simulink Workshop: April 11th

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Johnson
Date: 11 April 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: EME 2205


This is a hand-on workshop to gain experience with Simulink. Three examples will be presented which demonstrate how Simulink can be used for circuit simulation. The first example is a passive RLC circuit, the second example is a MOSFET transistor amplifier, and the third example is a sigma-delta modulator. The latter two examples include nonlinear components and demonstrate how Simulink can be used to model nonlinear systems. Although electrical circuit examples are demonstrated, a state space approach is used for implementing the circuit models and many of the concepts are applicable to mechanical systems.

Extension: IEEE Canada Student Paper Competition

To allow more students to enter, the deadline for entries into the IEEE Canada Student Paper Competition has been extended to Friday, April 15 5:00 PM.

Full Call For Papers

IEEE Student Branch Executive Positions

Annual General Meeting & BBQ: Friday, March 30th 5:30pm

If you are interested in becoming a member of the IEEE executive, we are always looking for more student involvement.

Executive Positions Available for (2012-2013)

Position Title (current nominees)
Chair (1)
Vice Chair (1)

Microprocessor Group Director

McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Director (1)

MARS (Astronomy Club) Director (1)
MARS External Coordinator
MARS Event Coordinator
MARS Education Officer

Local Paper Competition

Its time again to run our annual IEEE Canada Student Paper Competition. This competition is open to all undergraduate students and cash prizes are awarded to the winners! Your paper can be based on class work, research or on a personal project. The first round of the competition is local, so you only have to compete against your peers. The winner then goes to compete against all of western Canada. The national winner will published in an IEEE publication. Send in your competing papers!

Full Details: Here

The Invisible Universe – Speaker Series

Unit 5 in the I.K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to host The Invisible Universe speaker series during Spring 2012. Internationally renowned experts in radio astronomy will discuss the future of radio astronomy in a six-part series hosted at UBC’s Okanagan campus over the next three months. Our next talk is:

The Invisible Universe - Speaker Series
 Cosmic Compasses
by Tim Robishaw, Covington Fellow, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
Feb. 1 @ 3 p.m. LIB317
Abstract: Light from space can be used to probe far away magnetic fields on stars and the space in between.  We will look at the ways radio telescopes can be used to make such measurements.  Results will be shown from the world’s largest telescopes. The magnetic field structure of our own Milky Way Galaxy will be explored and new detections of magnetic fields from distant galaxies will be presented.



Attendees are invited to join in on the IEEE Wings Night following the talk, starting at 6:30pm at the Packing House Pub.

Subsequent Talks include
Feb. 15  *  Sean Dougherty  *  HIA-Penticton  *  Radio Starlight

Feb. 29  *  Roland Kothes  *  HIA-Penticton  *  Supernovae Explosions

Mar. 21  *  Russ Taylor  *  U. Calgary  *  The Square Kilometre Array

This speaker series is supported by the Unit 5 Colloquium Fund and the National Research Council Canada


Matlab Workshop Postponed

Due to a scheduling conflict with the presenter, the workshop titled “Circuit Simulation Using Matlab and Simulink” has been postponed. The new time will be announced on this website.


IEEE Wing Night: Wednesday Jan. 18

Come chill out with the IEEE gang. Last week had a good showing but was a bit crowded so we are going on the road to find a better bar. This week: Packing House Neighbourhood Pub

Time: Wednesday, January 18; 6:30pm until 9:30pm
Place: Packing House Neighbourhood Pub (663 Finns Rd, Kelowna)
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