IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Baltimore, MD, on 23 November 2012.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$159 for members*, and US$209 for non-members.

Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Below you will find the agenda and course description for each track. Attendees may choose one full-day track on each day of IEEE Smart Tech.

As a special incentive for non-members, if you choose to wait and join IEEE on site at the workshop, you will receive a US$50 credit toward your first-year membership dues in lieu of the member discount on your registration fee.

*Society affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Workshop schedule

All times are ET.

Friday, 2 November

Saturday, 3 November


Three tracks run concurrently all day. Choose one:

  • Track 1: Smart Grid - Microprocessor Based Protection of Power Systems: Distribution and Transmission Lines

  • Track 2: Software Engineering Essentials
  • Track 3: Introduction to Cybersecurity for Engineers/Managers  

Four tracks run concurrently all day. Choose one:

  • Track 1: Introduction to Smart Grid 
  • Track 2: Wireless Communications & Spread Spectrum Design

  • Track 3: Biomedical Device Connectivity in Electronic Medical Record Integration

  • Track 4: Career Assistance - Managing Your Career as a Business
7:00am8:00amRegistration and Continental BreakfastRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am8:30amOpening Session Opening Session
8:30am10:00amTrack SessionTrack Session
10:30am12:15pmTrack SessionTrack Session
1:15pm3:00pmTrack SessionTrack Session
3:30pm5:00pmTrack SessionTrack Session
5:30pm7:30pmKeynote Address by Nobel Prize Winner Dr. John C. Mather and Evening ReceptionWorkshop Series Ends at 5:00pm 


Smart Grid: Microprocessor-Based Protection of Power Systems - Distribution and Transmission Lines

Traditional electromechanical relays used to detect short circuits on distribution and transmission lines have been replaced with microprocessor based-relays that are not only more versatile and more flexible but also include additional functions such as data recording and fault locating.

This course presents features that must be considered when microprocessor-based relays are installed at electric utility substations and explains the need for high-quality products at every step of the engineering, design, and application process.

This course is designed for engineers and technical professionals interested in learning about the utility industry, with a focus on microprocessor relay and protection systems. Specifc topics to be covered include:

  • Zone of Protection
  • Redundancy and Reliability
  • Physical Separation of Transmission Redundant uP Relay Schemes
  • Voltage and Current Inputs
  • Analog and Virtual Inputs
  • DC Power Requirements
  • Supporting Calculations
  • Trip and Alarm Outputs
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Oscillography and Fault Recording Features
  • Transmission Circuit Breaker Failure Considerations
  • Employment Trends and Demand in Power

At the end of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • understand why microprocessor-based protective relays are installed and the need for rapid fault detection and prompt fault isolation;
  • understand the relationship between microprocessor relay inputs, logic ladders, outputs, and other design features;
  • recognize increased demands on DC power supplies when installing microprocessor-based relays;
  • understand why repeat acceptance testing is needed whenever inputs, outputs, firmware (including relatively minor changes provided by the uP manufacturer), etc., are changed;
  • discuss the need to address reliable fault detection and security from unwanted actuations;
  • discuss the need to maintain power-system stability;
  • understand employment trends, demand, necessary skills and other components needed to make a successful transition into power technology.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Tony Sleva, Technical Manager of Electrical Engineering, Altran Solutions, Cranbury, NJ, USA, has worked in the electric power industry for more than 40 years. Tony has experience designing, building, operating, refurbishing, retrofitting, and enhancing substations, power lines, and generating plants. Tony is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a licensed professional engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and a Senior member of IEEE.

Joseph Dzwonczyk holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. He has been employed by Florida Power and Light as a system protection field specialist, and by Baltimore Gas & Electric as a system protection design engineer and engineering supervisor. He has designed protection and control systems for all components of transmission and distribution systems, calculated relay settings, and completed arc flash studies. He has also served as an instructor for relay technicians and engineers. Joseph is currently employed by Altran as a lead engineer and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.

Software Engineering Essentials

Presented by the IEEE Computer Society, Software Engineering Essentials is an in-depth look at 12 of the 15 Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) Knowledge Areas (KAs) that define the entire software life cycle, from the development of software requirements through software deployment and maintenance. These KAs are the basis for the Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) Assessment Course and Certification exam.

The CSDP is the premier credential for software engineers and software-development professionals embracing the principles, standards, and practices of software engineering to create more robust and valuable programs and applications. Increasingly more employers are recommending or requiring the CSDP in their job descriptions when advertising for software professionals.

Whether you manage a software-development group or are an individual contributor, this is a great opportunity to increase your overall knowledge of the software-development life cycle, making you more valuable to your company.

At the end of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • discuss the SWEBOK in terms of its principle objectives, the content of its KAs, and as a baseline for the practice of software engineering, including the necessary skills needed to make a successful transition into software engineering;
  • describe the principle elements of the software-development life cycle;
  • explain the relevance of each KA to the software-development life cycle;
  • illustrate how this life cycle governs real-world software-engineering projects;
  • identify how the CSDP certification demonstrates a practical knowledge of the software-development life cycle;
  • assess their strengths and weaknesses relative to preparedness for success in taking the CSDP certification exam;
  • overview employment trends and demand in the field of software engineering and software development.

Plus, attendees will be provided with one month of access to the entire CSDP 15-module curriculum online at the IEEE Xplore Digital Library at no cost to study the three Foundations modules that will not be covered in class (Math, Computing & Engineering Foundations), along with any other desired KAs.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Dr. Thomas B. Hilburn is a Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has worked on software-engineering research and education projects with the FAA, General Electric, the Harris Corp., the MITRE Corporation, DOD, FIPSE, the SEI, the NSF, the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. His interests include software processes, object-oriented analysis and design, formal specification techniques, and curriculum development. He has published over 70 papers in these areas. He is an IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and SEI-Certified PSP Developer, and he currently chairs the Curriculum Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board.

Introduction to Cybersecurity for Engineers/Managers

This course presents a systems-engineering approach to implementing and managing effective information security in contemporary, highly networked enterprises. The course provides an overview of the security challenges faced by individuals and organizations in the information age and introduces the complex and dynamic state of information assurance in cyberspace. It is intended to sensitize managers and computer professionals to challenges of doing business in an interconnected world, and to familiarize the student with various organizations and materials that can be turned to for assistance in understanding how to operate and use modern computer systems and networks securely.

Upon course completion, attendees should be able to:

  • define security attributes confidentiality, integrity, and availability;
  • describe confidentiality, integrity, and availability requirements for an enterprise environment;
  • describe and use a systems-engineering approach to define security architecture for a given operational environment;
  • identify current and emerging approaches to protect against threats to confidentiality, integrity, and availability;
  • discuss the basic requirements for developing, implementing, and managing an organizational Cybersecurity program;
  • apply Defense–in-Depth strategies to mitigate risks to system operation and to foster effective operations in a Cybersecurity threat environment;
  • analyze and evaluate information-security policies, practices, and procedures in order to assess potential advantages and disadvantages that might flow from implementing them.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Ben B. Shariati has been working and teaching in the field of Cybersecurity for 17 years. He completed his master's and doctoral work at George Washington University (GWU). Ben has been teaching Cybersecurity courses for the last nine years as an adjunct professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, GWU. He has also developed courses for Cybersecurity tracks for colleges and universities. As a professional, he has worked as a director of Cybersecurity for last 12 years, working with international organizations (UN) as well as private/public USbased organizations. His areas of expertise include Cybersecurity compliance, risk management, advanced threat assessment, enterprise security architecture, Cybersecurity operations, and Cybersecurity training and education.

Introduction to Smart Grid

This course provides a basic introduction to Smart Grid from multiple stakeholder perspectives. It covers the Smart Grid principles that accommodate all generation types, including renewable and energy storage options. These principles drive the goals and objectives that enable new products, services, and markets; optimize asset utilization and operating efficiencies; improve system reliability and power quality; and enable informed customer participation. The NIST Conceptual Model and its domains and interfaces will be explained. Smart Metering will be explored. The various definitions and focus areas of Smart Grid will be described, as will the current state of Smart Grid applications and how these drive infrastructure requirements. Monitoring equipment used by Smart Grid applications in the network to generate data for analysis and to improve customer service will be highlighted. Issues involved with the integration of Smart Grid elements into utility operations will be explored. There will be a look into how distribution automation can be an enabling technology for Smart Grid. The terminology and techniques of Smart Grid cyber security and the technology and techniques used to provide security will be introduced. The Smart Grid standards framework and the challenges associated with it will be described. An overview of Smart Grid network communications and the data needed in/out of the network will be explained.

Recommended for all technology professionals. CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

At the end of the course, attendees will:

  • gain a high-level understanding of the levels of the NIST Conceptual Model and be able to identify the conceptual model's seven domains and describe their functions;
  • be able to compare smart grid applications of today and tomorrow, as well as how they impact infrastructure requirements and deployment challenges;
  • gain a high-level understanding of the large volume of data required to enable the smart grid and how this data is obtained;
  • gain an understanding of issues important to energy consumers and how monitoring enabled by the smart grid can help utilities address these issues;
  • gain a high-level understanding of security principles and how these principles are applied to smart grid concerns;
  • gain a high-level understanding of the various types of equipment used in distribution automation and the benefits of distribution automation;
  • gain an overview of the need for interoperability and how the explosion of data that results from smart grid will require a common method of communication;
  • be able to list the categories of standards in the Smart Grid Standards Framework and relate these to stakeholder benefits;
  • understand the employment trends, necessary skill and other components needed to make a successful transition into Smart Grid.

About the instructor:

Hahn Tram, Senior member, IEEE, is Vice President of Enterprise at Quanta Technology. He has helped a good number of utilities successfully develop and implement AMI, Smart Grid, and Demand Response as well as scores of Distribution and Outage Management Systems. His most recent projects include BC Hydro (DA and Distribution Grid Operations Strategy), Hydro One (smart grid, DMS), Snohomish County PUD (DMS), Madison Gas & Electric (DMS/OMS), and Tallahassee Utilities (AMI/MDM). A member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee and Utilimetrics, Hahn is a frequent instructor in conferences and Penn State University’s Advanced School of Power Engineering (outage management, Smart Grid engineering and operations). He has his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Wireless Communications & Spread Spectrum Design

This course is designed for wireless-communication engineers involved with spread spectrum systems and managers who wish to enhance their understanding of the wireless techniques that are being used in all types of communication systems and products. It provides an overall look at many types and advantages of spread spectrum systems that are designed in wireless systems today. The specific topics to be covered include:

  • Transceiver Design
  • Transmitter Design
  • Receiver Design
  • Demodulation Techniques
  • Basic Probability and Pulse Theory
  • Error Detection and Correction
  • Multipath
  • Broadband Communications and Networking

At the end of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • perform link budgets for types of spread spectrum communications;
  • evaluate different types of wireless-communication transceivers;
  • understand methods used for spread spectrum modems, multiple access, OFDM, and error detection/correction for digital communication systems;
  • understand multipath and how to reduce multipath and jammers;
  • understand techniques that are being used for broadband communications in both commercial and military radios including networking.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

Scott R. Bullock, P.E., M.S. Electrical Engineering, specializes in wireless communications including spread spectrum systems and broadband communication systems for both government and commercial applications. He holds numerous patents in communications and has published several articles in various trade magazines. He was active in establishing the data link standard for GPS SCAT-I landing systems and developed spread spectrum landing systems for the government. He is the author of two books, Transceiver and System Design for Digital Communications and Broadband Communications and Home Networking, Scitech Publishing. He has taught seminars and at universities for years and was a guest lecturer for Polytechnic University on "Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum and Multiple Access Technologies." He has held several high-level engineering positions including VP, Senior Director, Director of R&D, and Engineering Fellow.

Biomedical Device Connectivity in Electronic Medical-Record Integration

The evolution of electronic health records, the federal guidance and direction on the meaning of "Meaningful Use" of healthcare information technology, and the Recovery Act have motivated the need for more seamless integration of information within the long-term clinical records of patients. Further, the importance of error reduction vis-à-vis the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “To Err Is Human” has placed a more directed focus on those areas within the healthcare enterprise that can be more efficiently automated to reduce errors, ensure richer, more complete data collection, and provide a stepping-off point for more robust clinical research and clinical decision making. This course leverages aspects of the instructor’s texts in medical device integration and clinical decision support.

The specific topics to be covered include:

  • Electronic health records and how medical-device data is employed as part of episodes of care
    • Raw data vs. meta data vs. filtered data vs. episodic/batched data 
    • Alarm integration, Joint Commission
  • What it means to "integrate" data from medical devices into electronic medical- and healthcare-information systems and what the perils are 
    • HIPAA/privacy implications and solutions
    • Patient safety
    • System of systems challenges, such as V&V, for multi-vendor systems
    • User-interface issues, both single and multiple devices and multi-vendor
    • Implications of operating system, network, and antivirus update 
  • Standards in healthcare surrounding medical-device data integration
    • Health Level Seven (HL7)
    • Integrating the Healthcare Environment (IHE)
    • Integrating the Clinical Environment (ICE)
    • Continua
    • Technical/technology risk management, and ISO 80001
  • Examples of integration, including a survey of the landscape
    • Some worked problems: devices from specific segments of the hospital landscape (ED, OR, ICU, MED/SURG, HOME)
    • Student participation in a worked problem
    • Medical-device data integration and the FDA
    • Regulatory challenges
    • MDDS
  • Managing a medical-device connectivity rollout
    • Key features to employ (e.g., integration labs, dedicated teams, etc.)
    • Troubleshooting interoperable systems
    • Network management and implications for device integration   Project/product design life cycles
  • Future of medical-device data integration vis-à-vis clinical decision making and migration toward standards
    • Apps, interoperability, and medical devices
    • Alarms and real-time alerting
    • Waveforms

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructor:

John Zaleski, Ph.D., CPHIMS, is CTO and Vice President of Clinical Applications at Nuvon, Inc. John works in fields related to healthcare-information technology, clinical informatics, clinical decision support, health-information technology, electronic medical-record interoperability, and medical-device connectivity. Over the course of the past 20+ years, he has focused on the use of data for analytics in decision making. His primary interest has been in the connection between patient care device data (that is, data collected from medical devices measuring patient state, such as physiological monitors, mechanical ventilators, etc.) and the use of that data for clinical decision making.

Career Assistance: Managing Your Career as a Business

The Career Assistance track is presented by volunteer members of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee (ECSC). The goal of the workshop is to assist engineers and technology professionals in developing lifelong employability in a continuously changing career and employment environment by focusing on their own professional and career development. The workshop will provide information and tools that will help engineers and technology professionals in:

  • developing networking and job-seeking skills;
  • achieving career satisfaction;
  • improving the ability to take responsibility for personal career and professional development;
  • emphasizing that career and professional development involves both technical and non-technical areas;
  • learning how to make organizations more productive.

Throughout the Career Assistance track, the presenters will highlight the unique resources that IEEE makes available to help engineers and technology professionals manage their careers, including the wealth of online tools and the power of the IEEE network.

Specific topics that will be discussed in the workshop may include:

  • managing your career as a business;
  • developing an effective career strategy;
  • avoiding career derailers;
  • the critical role of networking, and how to do it effectively;
  • targeted job searching;
  • preparing winning resumes;
  • nailing the interview;
  • consulting as a career option;
  • globalization and your career.

Participants will learn:

  • why career management is vital to a satisfying career;
  • how to effectively compete in the job market through improved job searching, resume preparation, and interviewing;
  • how to assess if consulting is a viable career option, and how to compete in the consulting market;
  • how IEEE can greatly enhance career management through available tools and networking opportunities.

CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Don Herres is the IEEE Region 1 Employment & Career Activities Coordinator and also Syracuse Section Chair. He has been involved with Career Activities Workshops with IEEE for a number of years and was awarded an IEEE-USA Citation of Honor in 2006 for these efforts. Don has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, and he is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He has extensive experience in product design and manufacturing, holds three patents, and is currently employed as Senior Design Electrical Engineer with the Switches, Sensors and Controls Business Unit of Marquardt Switches in Cazenovia, NY.

Holly M. Cyrus is currently a project manager for the Airport Safety Technology R & D Section, ANG-E261, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. She performs research and development of Visual Guidance equipment and Pavement Marking Materials. She has been with the Federal Aviation Administration for 24 years. Her experience includes two years with the Environmental Engineering Branch, Depot Engineering, AAC-445C, where she found replacements for obsolete parts for lighted navaids and engine generators. She worked for 11 years with the Navigation and Landing Branch, AOS-240, in Oklahoma City, OK, performing modifications and field support of lighted navaids. Holly is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is a graduate of Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She received an MBA. She has been in Toastmasters for 11 years and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). She has also been an IEEE member for 11 years and is an IEEE Southern New Jersey Employment and Career Activities Coordinator Region 2 and Women In Engineering (WIE) Committee Member at the International level.

Edward L. Kirchner is the 2012 Chair of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services committee, on which he also represents IEEE Region 3. His engineering career spans 28 years and includes senior technical and management positions at United Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and, presently, Harris Corporation. His current role is Project Engineer and Deputy Program Manager. He is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.S. in Electrical Engineering), New York University (MBA) and the Florida Institute of Technology (M.S. in Systems Engineering).

Keynote Address: Nobel Prize Winner Dr. John C. Mather

History of the Universe From the Beginning to End

The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future. John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering their history.

Mather was Project Scientist for NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which measured the spectrum (color) of the heat radiation from the Big Bang, discovered hot and cold spots in that radiation, and hunted for the first objects that formed after the great explosion. He will explain Einstein’s biggest mistake, how Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the universe, how the COBE mission was built, and how the COBE data supports the Big Bang theory. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope. It will look even further back in time than the Hubble Space Telescope and will peer inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born today. It is capable of examining earth-like planets around other stars using the transit technique, and future missions may find signs of life.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, where he specializes in infrared astronomy and cosmology. He received his B.S. in Physics at Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California at Berkeley.

As an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, he led the proposal efforts for the Cosmic Background Explorer (19741976) and came to GSFC to be the Study Scientist (1976–88), Project Scientist (1988–98), and the Principal Investigator for the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) on COBE. He and his team showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million, confirming the Big Bang theory to extraordinary accuracy. The COBE team also discovered the cosmic anisotropy (hot and cold spots in the background radiation), now believed to be the primordial seeds that led to the structure of the universe today. It was these findings that led to John's receipt of the Nobel Prize in 2006.

John now serves as Senior Project Scientist (1995–present) for the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the great Hubble Space Telescope.