Foundation Skills in Matlab

Introduction to Matlab with Dr. Thomas JohnsonFoundation Skills in Matlab with Dr. Thomas Johnson

Place: EME 2205 Computer Lab

Time: 4:30 PM, Tuesday November 6


Its that time again.  The midterms have midtermed, and all those labs and projects are starting to get real.  What better time to pick up some fundamental skills in the eminently useful Matlab!

This year’s Matlab seminar will be hosted by Dr. Thomas Johnson.  He will provide an essential skills introduction to the Matlab environment which you will be required to use in many of your courses.  This seminar has a history of being packed, so please bring your laptops with Matlab installed just in case there aren’t enough computers.

Introduction to Stargazing

The Messier Astronomy Recreational Society presents a guest speaker from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.  This short presentation will open your eyes to the wondrous world above our heads.  Whatever your reason, if you’re interested in the stars this talk has something for you.

Monday October 22, 2012 in ART110

Intro to Stargazing Poster


The MLRC is proud to present, Capacitors!

EME2245 Tuesday October 23, 5:00 – 5:30 PM

Stop by EME 2245 on Tuesday October 23 for a quick 30 minute jaunt in the lab.  Curious about capacitors?  Ever thought a capacitor and a battery were pretty much the same thing, but couldn’t quite figure out why?  Ever opened up an appliance and wondered, “what can I use all those colourful caps for?”  All this and more, next tuesday.

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

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

We invite all of our members and affiliates to come out to the Annual General Meeting and BBQ behind the EME building.

(see invite for a map)

We will start the evening at 5:30pm with a free BBQ, and will proceed to acknowledge our volunteers.  Several professors will be attending as well as members of industry from Sphere Research Corp and SkyTrac.  After a rapid election, guests are invited to come over to the Chair’s condo in Quail Ridge for a more informal get-together. The telescope will come with us and there may be a late evening outing on the golf course to look at the stars.  Guests are welcome

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