Welcome to the group and our first meetup!

Hello Everyone!  Our first meetup to introduce the group and meet everyone.  The place, date and time might not be ideal and may be too far for some.  I am open for suggestions and hopefully we can choose a place and a time that can accommodate everyone.

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  • Sadiya

    Hi! Joseph. Welcome to the group. Yes, I would really like to have more meetups. I just haven't had any feedback from anyone in the past meetup. There was only one person who showed up. I was hoping to have a co organizer who can help come up with meetup ideas, activities we can work on, and kinda take this group to a direction that's in the best interest of everyone in the group.

    2 · February 20, 2013

    • Winston W.

      Hi, Sadiya, to help you get started I've make contact with Vern Dunch of Excitron Corporation. He is very interested in helping buildup a reservoir of knowledge with the meetup group. He and other engineers could meet to talk about stepper motors, controller and ways the motors are designed into solar tracker, robotics, servo system, etc. Hope interest in your group will buildup as you branch out to other engineering areas.

      1 · February 21, 2013

    • Sadiya

      Hi Winston, thanks so much for discussing this group with others and promoting it and trying to sponsor it. I have not heard from them so far. We can discuss more when we meetup next time. Thanks again.

      May 4, 2013

  • Joseph V.

    I would be interested in helping organize, although, I'm very much new myself at EE, so I'm afraid I wouldn't be that much help outside of my areas of expertice (computers and gaming consoles). The unfortunate thing is that I don't think many would be interested in this rather "niche" area. One thing that I thought would be cool would be a session called "Decoding the NES".. Looking at the insides of the console, cracking it open, seeing what made it tick (IE: 6502 CPU, how different areas of the device would interact with each other, how the assembler code would look, etc), and also comparing it to how other computing products evolved over time.

    SOC ( System on a Chip) technology would be another interesting topic along with comparisions between ARM, MIPS and x86 in methodology (RISC vs CISC) as well as instruction sets.

    Another thing that I thought would be great would be a list of book/product suggestions for beginning engineers.. This is an area I've had issues with.

    February 21, 2013

    • Sadiya

      In order to organize this group, you don't have to be an expert in EE :) I'm not. Organizing this group would require just setting up a meetup and getting people together, find common interest and expand on them.

      May 4, 2013

    • Sadiya

      Or we can just meet up to have a cup of coffee with everyone and play some card games lol!

      May 4, 2013

  • Joseph V.

    Sorry, a link I was reading about our recent winter storm got copied somehow into the last message. lol

    February 21, 2013

  • Joseph V.

    Arduino vs ARM.. Which should one ushttp://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/us/weather-winter-storm/index.html?hpt=hp_t1e to build a project? Personally, I tend to think that a group like this should be used to make people excited about Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It should offer guidance to people asking about their own projects, but also provide the history behind many of the great engineers and engineering concepts of today and yesteryear. Both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are very related fields that have a lot to offer people. Some of it's reception depends on the way information is presented to people. IE: when I was in grade school, mathematics was boring because the teachers were boring.. But when something like Calculus is presented in an exciting way with someone enthuiastic and passionate about it, it changes the preception that listeners have about it. It's no longer boring. It has uses in the real world and is everywhere.. just like EE.

    February 21, 2013

  • Joseph V.

    A crash course in compiler design would be another area that overlaps with Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Just enough to whet people's chopps for what's involved in lower level hardware programming. Differences between languages, compiled code (C++, C, ASM, Machine Code) vs interpreted code (Python, BASH, VB Script, Java). A bit about JIT (Just in time java compilation) would be very informational and interesting as well. VGA and RGB.. How they work, how it gets it's signal, how it changes digital signals to analog signals to be displayed on monitors or televisions. How radio works.. What does FM (Frequency Modulation) and AM (Amplitude Modulation) stand for.. A bit of history. How to construct your own radio from parts. A bit about HAM radio. Telephone Phreaking: What is it? What was it designed to accomplish? Why it is now irrelivant? (This I actualy have experience in)

    Crash course in Electronics Theory, what is a flip flop, what is a nand gate/nor gate.

    February 21, 2013

  • Joseph V.

    Hey, will there be any more meetings? I'd really like to meet others interested in EE! :-)

    February 20, 2013

  • Winston W.

    Good meeting folks as part of the Electrical Engineering group.

    January 18, 2013

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