Chair’s Message, Nov 2022

November brings us falling leaves and the start of the holiday season for many and the section has some exciting events upcoming during this time. This week, The Power Electronics Symposium kicks off November. By the time this issue arrives in your email, it will have been a big success; well-deserved after a long hiatus.

Another milestone for the section is the creation of the Section’s Robotics and Automation chapter, thanks to the persistence and leadership of Bill Wilkes. The chapter began with an introduction to programming and using the Raspberry Pi.

Given the popularity of the Raspberry Pi platform, the Section is also supporting the Stony Brook student chapter in their purchase of several of them for continued use in their student lab. I want to thank Lonni Chu for her efforts in securing a PACE contribution that will cover half the Section’s outlay in purchasing them. Lonnie’s position as our section representative to the PACE committee has paid off well for us.

Please see the article in this issue by Don Bruno of Brookhaven National Laboratory on the power engineering requirements for construction of the BNL’s Electron Ion Collider. We recall Dr. Michiko Minty’s introduction to the EIC at this year’s awards banquet last March. In conjunction with the article is the announcement of a BNL job fair for prospective hires. Lastly, stay healthy everyone and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Arnold Stillman
IEEE Long Island Section Chair, 2022