2014 Fall Section Conference

Fall Section Conference – November 13, 2014

Venue: Best Western Plus Sterling Inn –  34911 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Keynote Speaker Dr. Gregory Auner, Professor, Electrical and Computer, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University. Research Interests: Smart sensors, MEMS and microsystems, medical devices and instrumentation, Raman spectroscopy for pathogen and cancer detection, neural implants

Registration page: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27391


Call for Posters for Fall Conference 2014 – IEEE_SEM_Call-for-Posters_FALLConference_2014. (Due Date to submit your poster entry : 6th November,2014).

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Electrical and Electronic Engineers Creating Our Future

IEEE Southeastern Michigan FALL CONFERENCE
Thursday Evening, November 13, 2014
Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn
34911 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312

Tel: +1 586 979 1400

Keynote PresentationEmerging Nano Science and Technology For Medicine

Keynote Speaker:          Gregory W. Auner
Strauss/TEAMS Endowed Chair and Director,

Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) Program

Wayne State University, School of Medicine


4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Registration and Poster Presentations Scott Lytle, Chaitanya Setti
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Overview of Conference and Recognitions Raju  Brahmandhabheri
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Panel Discussion Dr. Hoda S. Abdel-Aty-Zohdy
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Breakout Sessions – 2 Speakers per session
  • Sensing & Measuring
Dr. Nicholas Langhals

Dr. Junghoon Yeom

  • Computing & Systems
Dr. S. Ramesh

Jacob Beningo

  • Power & Energy
Dr. Feng Lin

Kevin Taylor

  • Vehicular Technology
Dr. Yi Lu Murphey

Dr. Weidong Xaing

  • Technology Management
Gary L. Gruenberg

Nestor Rychtyckyj

  • Education & Management
 Thelma Dobson

Sanjay Dhall

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Dinner All
7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gregory W. Auner
8:45 PM – 9:00 PM Awards Presentation Dr. Mohamad Berri
9:00 PM Adjourn

Panel Discussion led by Dr. Hoda S. Abdel-Aty-Zohdy,  J. F. Dodge Chair Professor, Oakland University

Technical presentations:

Chapter 17 – Nanotechnology Council

Dr. Junghoon Yeom “Micro/Nanotechnology-Enabled Gas Sensing and Nanomanufacturing”

Chapter 11 – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Dr. Nicholas Langhals “Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces for Prosthetic Control and Sensory Feedback

Chapter 5 – Computer Society

Dr. S. Ramesh “Design and Verification Challenges of Automotive Embedded Systems

Consultants Affinity Group

Jacob Beningo – To be announced

Chapter 1 – Circuits, Info. Theory and Signals Society

Dr. Feng Lin “Power Distribution Network Management Using Networked Control of Timed Discrete Event Systems

Chapter 7 – Power Engineering Society

Kevin Taylor “IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship plus Program

Chapter 2 – Vehicular Technology Society

Dr. Yi Lu Murphey “Intelligent Energy Control and Management in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

Dedicated Short Range Communications

Dr Weidong Xaing “High-speed at high-speed (HaH): Research and Prototyping on Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) For Connected and Automated Vehicles

Electric Energy

Gary L. Grueneberg “US Commercial Nuclear Power

Chapter 10 – Technology Management Council

Nestor Rychtyckyj “Applying Semantic Technologies in Industry

Women in Engineering

Thelma Dobson “Enhanced women’s persistence in the fields of engineering

Life Affinity Group

Sanjay Dhall “Mobile technologies for homebuilt aircrafts and drones



Registration Website: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/27391

Early Registration ends November 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Late Registration ends November 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

After November 9, 2014, Technical Presentations & Refreshments Only.


Conference Attendee Fees:                                Early /   Late

Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members)           $25 /     $35

IEEE and ESD Members                                   $45 /     $60

Non Members                                                   $60 /     $80

Technical Sessions Only                                                $30

First Two Authors of Poster                                           $0

Additional Poster Author                                                            $25

For more conference information including registration, see the conference website.
Conference Websitehttps://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/27391


Registration ends November 9, 2014 (early registration ends November 2, 2014).




Dr. .Gregory Auner – Keynote Speaker

Emerging nano science and technology for medicine


Mr. Sanjay Dhall

Affiliations: Emergent Systems Corp., Experimental Aircraft Association

Topic:  Mobile technologies for homebuilt aircrafts and drones


Amateur homebuilt aircraft are an inexpensive alternative for average people to enter the field of aviation. However, certified aviation related autopilot systems tend to be expensive. Meanwhile, rapid advances being made in mobile electronic technologies are enabling availability of dynamic positioning and orientation data. Combining these with off the shelf electromechanical servo devices and display tools, has the potential to offer amateur aircraft builders access to sophisticated control and monitoring technologies without significant costs. This presentation will offer some personal experiences of migrating mobile technologies for use in amateur aviation.


Sanjay Dhall is the Founder, President and CEO of Emergent Systems Corp., and a passionate aviation enthusiast.Sanjay has been involved for over 20 years in product development in the automotive, energy, aeronautical and engineering software industries, with an emphasis on developing technical solutions, implementing them in real-world environments, and reengineering business processes for better efficiency and better results. His work shows a flair for finding an artistic expression in engineered products. Sanjay is an avid inventor and holds numerous patents in areas as diverse as aviation, engineering and knowledge management. Sanjay is particularly interested in the interplay of creativity, design and art with knowledge and logic, and the behavioral aspects of economics. His interest in new approaches, crossing domains, small footprint thinking and seeking efficiencies has been a driving force behind the creation and growth of the Auros knowledge management system. Sanjay studied business at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. Sanjay holds a private pilot’s license and flies a performance experimental aircraft he built in his garage.

Dr. S. Ramesh

Affiliation: General Motors R&D, Warren, MI.  He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering

Topic: Design and Verification Challenges of Automotive Embedded Systems

Embedded applications like automotive control software are becoming complex: from single to multiple functions and features, from centralized to distributed, federated to integrated architecture, from passive to active control, simple to safety-and business-critical applications, closed to open systems, from single party to multi-party development, from isolated to connected components and so on. Rigorous software engineering of Automotive Control Systems is an important area of research requiring significant involvement of software engineering researchers, domain experts and practitioners. It is a big challenge to build effective methods and tools for developing such systems. In this talk, some of the challenges are highlighted in the context of automotive embedded systems and a few preliminary solutions methods developed by our team are discussed.


S. Ramesh earned his B.E. degree in Electronics and communication engineering from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and his PhD degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He is currently a senior technical fellow at General Motors Global R&D, USA, and is an adjunct faculty at IIIT Bangalore.

At General Motors, he is responsible for providing technical leadership for research and development in several areas related to Electronics, Control & Software processes, methods, and tools. He is an active industrial member of the Network for the Engineering of Complex Software-Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems (NECSIS), sponsored by the Automotive Partnership Canada. NECSIS is a research program focusing on making Model Driven Engineering into a mature industrial engineering methodology. This program pulls together a large number of academic researchers across Canada and three industrial partners: General Motors Canada, IBM and Malina Software.  As a member of NECSIS, Ramesh is responsible for monitoring and providing directions, and to facilitate interactions among the partners involved in NECSIS.

Earlier, he was on the faculty of the department of Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Bombay, for more than fifteen years. At IIT Bombay, he played a major role in setting up a National Centre for Formal Design and Verification of Software As the founding head of this Centre, he carried out many projects on verification of embedded software, for several Govt. organizations which include BARC Mumbai, VSSC Trivandrum, and ADA Bangalore.

His areas of interests are Rigorous Software Engineering, Embedded Systems and Real-Time Systems. He has published more than 100 papers in International journals and conferences. He has been on the editorial boards of the International Journal on Real-Time Systems and Eurasip Journal on Embedded Systems and earlier on IEEE Journal on Embedded Systems Letters

Mr. Gary L. Grueneberg

Topic: US Commercial Nuclear Power


US nuclear power plants have racked up an impressive 50 years of operation without one fatality. Compare this fact with the other major sources of electric generation. It makes you wonder why commercial nuclear power is not booming in the US as it is in China.

Ever wonder why we can’t reprocess spent fuel rods? If we did we could significantly lower the cost of electric energy generated by boiling water with nuclear fission. Maybe that’s why. Note: Approximately 65% of a spent fuel rod can be reprocessed into a new fuel rod.

Commercial Nuclear Power Plants does not contribute to acid rain, and do not belch CO2 as a byproduct, period.

Significantly lower costs for electric energy encourages new industry, by adding more profit to the bottom line, or making the product more competitively priced, or a mixture of either. Either way, more Americans are working.

Significantly lower electricity costs leaves more ‘coins’ in everyone’s pocket. Imagine paying 40% of what you are currently paying for your electric bill. Maybe President Eisenhower’s advisor that said, “Nuclear power will be too cheap to meter!” was right. On the other hand some people may not want to compete with commercial nuclear power.


Mr. Gary L. Grueneberg P.E. has enjoyed a career in the commercial nuclear power industry.

He is now retired after years of experience in the design, construction, licensing, operation and maintenance and modification of US commercial nuclear power plants. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan and is a senior member of the American Society for quality.


Dr. Junghoon Yeom

Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Topic: Micro/Nanotechnology-Enabled Gas Sensing and Nanomanufacturing


Timely identification and measurement of gas constituents are essential in many areas of science and technology, and the micro gas chromatograph (µGC) analyzer are being developed around the world for myriad applications ranging from detecting undesirable compounds in air for security and safety, facilitating process control in industry, and sensing compounds in breadth for health monitoring and diagnosis. Key drivers for the miniaturization efforts include speed (less than a few seconds), cost (< $1000), portability (PDA size), energy consumption (< 10 J), sensitivity (< 1 ppb), and reduction in false positives (< 1 in 106). First, I will present at the system level the design, fabrication, and assembly of the UIUC µGC system and the characterization of the individual components (micro preconcentrator, microvalves, microcolumns, and micro/nano gas sensors).  An emphasis will be placed on how the micro/nanotechnologies help us to improve the device performance and address the challenges associated with the scale-up fabrication. One of the micro/nanomanufacturing technologies that enabled the low-cost, high-rate, scale-up fabrication of the µGC components is detachment lithography; the process based on soft lithographic printing and transfer, which we have developed to build multilayer, 3D microstructures on flat or curved substrates. This new lithographic technique also allows us to develop (i) a top-down/bottom-up hybrid method for integrating nanomaterials into functional devices and (ii) nanofluidic elements that are difficult to be made otherwise. Then, I will present some of my recent work on a couple of nanomanufacturing platforms, namely a large-area assembly of nanomaterials and vertically-aligned silicon nanowires.


 Dr. Junghoon Yeom was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and received his B.S. in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and his dissertation was focused on designing, fabricating, and characterizing the micro gas chromatography system components and their integration. Prior to joining in Michigan State University in fall 2013, he was a NRC research associate at US Naval Research Laboratory working on Si nanowire-based chemical sensors and solar cells. Dr. Yeom was a research scientist at Cbana Labs Inc. and served as a principle investigator for NASA lunar surface analysis project. He was also a visiting scholar affiliated with the nano-CEMMS center at UIUC to develop unconventional nanomanufacturing technologies. Dr. Yeom has co-authored one graduate-level textbook, one book chapter, 20 peer-viewed journal papers, and numerous conference proceedings. His current research interests are in three areas: (i) developing scalable and inexpensive patterning techniques and nanomanufacturing platforms for assembling various nanomaterials, (ii) manufacturing portable/wearable gas sensing systems for military and consumer applications, and (iii) synthesizing and testing high-temperature, regenerable sorbents that help to remove sulfur-containing or other catalyst-poisoning impurities in gasified syngas feedstock.


Dr. Yi Lu Murphey

Intelligent Energy Control and Management in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)


In this seminar, I will present our research in intelligent energy management for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV).  I will discuss a machine learning framework, ML_EMO_HEV, developed for the optimization of energy management in an HEV, machine learning algorithms for predicting driving environments and generating optimal power split for a given driving environment. Experiments are conducted based on a simulated Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle model provided by Argonne National Laboratory’s PSAT (Powertrain Systems Analysis Toolkit). Based on the experimental results on the test data, we can conclude that the neural networks trained under the ML_EMO_HEV framework are effective in predicting roadway type and traffic congestion levels, in predicting driving trend and in learning optimal engine speed and optimal battery power from Dynamic Programming.


Dr. Yi Lu Murphey is a Professor and the Chair of the ECE(Electrical and Computer Engineering) department and the director of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She received a M.S. degree in computer science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, in 1983, and a Ph.D degree with a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1989. Her research interests include machine learning and intelligent systems with applications to vehicle fault diagnostics and prognostics, optimal vehicle power management, big data mining, driver wellness, vehicle safety systems, and real-time trip modeling.  She has authored over 130 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She is currently an Editor for the Journal of Pattern Recognition. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Army TARDEC, State-of-Michigan, Ford Motor Company, TRW and many others. She is a fellow of IEEE.


 Mr. Kevin Taylor

Topic: IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship plus Program


Power and energy engineers work with some of today’s most exciting technologies, developing solutions to problems that affect our lives and lifestyles. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.


Kevin Taylor been IEEE member since January 2005, and member of IEEE’s Power & Energy Society, Industry Applications, Power Electronics, and Industrial Electronics Societies. 2008-2009 IEEE S.E Michigan Section Treasurer, and Current Chairman of IEEE SEM PE/IA technical chapter. Chairman of IEEE Career Work Force Committee, and member at large of IEEE Energy Policy Committee. 2009 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting energy track chair. 2008-2010 IEEE’s Power & Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer Coordinator. 2006 Secretary of the IEEE IAS I&CPS Conference. 2011 General Chairman of the IEEE’s Power & Energy Society General Meeting Detroit. Chairman of the 2012 IEEE Metro Detroit Area Workshop. 2008 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award for an Individual and 2010 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award. Member of IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship plus Program committee. Bachelors of Science Degree with Major in Chemistry; Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.