• Arduino Fundamentals Highlights

    Morris County Library

    On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the IEEE Consultants' Network of Northern NJ (www.technologyontap.org) will host a presentation on Arduino Fundamentals. About the Topic This is an overview of Arduino boards, shields, sensors, Starter Kit, and the Fundamentals certification. It also covers exam concepts from the Starter Kit project book which is aimed at getting you started with building a maker project. Arduino produces one of the most popular families of open source hardware and software microprocessor kits for students and makers available today. Arduinos are the basis of many maker projects involving robots, kinetic artwork, musical instruments, wearable devices, instruments, weather stations, games, sensors, and many more. The Arduino Education group recently released an Arduino Fundamentals Certification program based on the Arduino Starter Kit projects to certify Arduino user’s skill and expertise. About the Speaker Jay Morreale provides electrical engineering, electronic prototyping, modeling, analysis, design, research and development, and networking consulting services through his small business p-brane LLC. Some of his past projects include working with Raspberry PI and wireless energy-harvesting sensors for a smart home challenge, an undersea power and communication junction box for an undersea observatory application, a medium voltage power supply and actuator driver, and adapting Labview software to control a 6 axis alignment robot that integrated an Arduino as a test instrument. Before consulting, Jay worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies designing undersea telecommunication and optical networking hardware. He co-founded Red Sky Systems which made regional undersea systems. Jay earned a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona. When not consulting, he is developing a graphene-based terahertz light source for communication and spectroscopy applications, which has been awarded two patents. Jay is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Vice-chair of the IEEE Consultants’ Network of North New Jersey (CNNNJ) and can be reached at [masked]. CNNNJ Invites You to Join the Network Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry. The CNNNJ invites all engineers engaged in independent practice to join its ranks. For more details on member benefits and admission requirements, please visit our website at technologyontap.org.

  • Understanding Motors for Drones and Servos

    Morris County Library

    NEW! Click to join remotely: https://jimjulianunlimited.my.webex.com/jimjulianunlimited.my/j.php?MTID=m0f47ec336a4941c8cddb0866165adc87 And use your computer's audio, OR join by phone: [masked] USA Toll Access code:[masked] Introduction On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the IEEE Consultants' Network of Northern NJ (www.technologyontap.org) will host a presentation on Motors for drones and servos. About the Topic How Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors are constructed, their performance, and how to select them will be discussed. Both inside rotor and out runner motors, as used in drones, will be discussed. Brushless DC motors are used in high performance servo systems and in copter drones. They are capable of high power output in a given size, making them the motor of choice for weight or size sensitive applications. When properly applied they are enormously robust. Without resorting to heavy math, the basics of their design will be presented, so that attendees can have a more complete understanding of how they work and what design features to look for. Users of BLDC motors will be in a better position to ensure they get a motor that will meet their requirements. About the Speaker Steven Garfinkel received his B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has designed autopilots, flight control actuators, rescue hoists, cargo winches and industrial tools over his career of more the twenty five years. His company, Ellipsah LLC, provides complete servo system design services including custom motors and controllers if they are required. Steven can be reached at [masked] or at (973)[masked]. CNNNJ Invites You to Join the Network Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry. The CNNNJ invites all engineers engaged in independent practice to join its ranks. For more details on member benefits and admission requirements, please visit our website at www.technologyontap.org. Details Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ Contact Robert Walker at (973)[masked] or [masked].

  • Can learning ham radio make for better engineers and software developers?

    On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the IEEE Consultants' Network of Northern NJ (www.technologyontap.org) will host a presentation on Amateur Radio. About the Topic Amateur Radio, often called “ham radio” is often described as the original social network for good reason. Ham radio was the virtual gathering place before there was the Internet, Facebook and Twitter. But it also served as an incubator for many great ideas, and more importantly it kept people thinking and technically curious. Why? Amateur Radio has allowed its participants to experiment freely with radio and electronic technology, as well as share their ideas, discoveries and inventions with others. From the early days of “spark” transmissions, to today’s sophisticated digital and microwave communication, we’ll talk about how amateur radio through the years has helped many a scientist and engineer stay curious, as well as provide a welcoming distraction from daily life. We’ll also talk about some of the people you’ll find in ham radio, from the non-technical person who grows to learn about electronics to the Nobel Laureate and astrophysicist who helped redefine communications technology for the radio amateur. About the Speaker Ria Jairam, N2RJ has been licensed since 1997 in her native Trinidad and Tobago and in the US since 2001. First becoming interested in radio at age 5 from her dad who was an avid shortwave listener, she became interested in Amateur Radio in secondary school under the mentorship of a teacher, Mr. Tony Lee-Mack, 9Y4AL. Ria is especially interested in radiosport (contesting) and DXing, as well as building radios from kits, magazines, books or her own designs. She is also interested in digital VHF/UHF operating and digital weak signal modes developed by Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT. She especially enjoys remotely operating her amateur radio station over the Internet. Ria credits amateur radio with keeping her technically curious and willing to learn and investigate. She also credits Amateur radio with opening up numerous opportunities for networking and professional development. She has earned several amateur radio operating awards including several DXCC awards and contests. A keen Software Defined Radio (SDR) enthusiast, she has won a “Top Elmer” award in 2016 for her work with internet remote access for Flex radios. She has also won two FlexRadio “Top Tester” awards for her work in testing and debugging SmartSDR 2.0 and the Power Genius XL solid state Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor (LDMOS) amplifier. She is also the District 2 chair of the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) and a member of the British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association (BYLARA). Ria is an alumnus of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where she studied Electrical Engineering. Professionally she does UNIX server engineering and I.T. for the financial industry. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), having been elected in 2018 as director of the Hudson Division. Find Ria on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/riajairam and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/riajairam. CNNNJ Invites You to Join the Network Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry. The CNNNJ invites all engineers engaged in independent practice to join its ranks. For more details on member benefits and admission requirements, please visit our website at technologyontap.org.

  • Introduction to Consulting [rescheduled]

    Morris County Library

    On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Northern NJ (www.technologyontap.org) will host a panel discussion on getting started as an independent consultant. About the Topic * How do I get started as a consultant? * What are the benefits and what are the downsides? * How can I maximize my chances of professional survival in these trying times? * Is it the right choice for me? The panelists, all CNNNJ members, will describe what motivated them to become consultants and how they accomplished it. They will address basics such as forming a business and finding clients, as well as offer insights on their approaches to keeping their practices afloat. Audience participation and questions will be welcomed. About the Speaker(s) Jim Boyd (XL Research, Inc.) specializes in custom hardware and software design of PIC-microcontroller-based products for consumer and industrial applications. Since forming XL Research (XLResearch.com) in 1978, he has delivered real-time controller designs used in such products as cordless telephones, experimental solar homes, high-speed printing machinery, fire alarm systems, and a multiple processor control system for a US prison. Jim can be reached at [masked], (973)[masked]. Jim Julian (Jim Julian Unlimited, LLC) graduated from NJIT as an electrical engineer (BSEE). Self-taught in electronics, he worked professionally as an electronic technician at 16 in a local music store, and continued there through college. Upon graduation, he started as an electronic design engineer at RCA, then held project engineer, management, marketing, and quality positions at Timeplex, Datascope, VitalCom, GE Healthcare, and Stryker. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Find out more at jimjulian.com, or on YouTube at jimjulian.tv. Jim can be reached at [masked] or at (201)[masked]. Robert Walker (RD Walker Engineering), until recently, has been offering analog and digital circuit design services through RD Walker Engineering, started in 1987. His expertise includes communication, sensing, conditioning and control equipment, utilizing discrete design as well as embedded controllers and FPGA’s. Robert specializes in communication systems and develops equipment for telemetry and power line teleprotection; and he offered product development, debugging, as well as hardware/firmware integration. Contact him at [masked], (973)[masked]. CNNNJ Invites You to Join the Network Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry. The CNNNJ invites all engineers engaged in independent practice to join its ranks. For more details on member benefits and admission requirements, please visit our website at technologyontap.org.