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The IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks (AICN) was established to help U.S. IEEE members develop their own consulting businesses. There are currently more than 30 local consultants networks throughout the United States, and more emerging in India, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Following is a listing of consultants' workshops.

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Consultants' Network of Northern New Jersey

When and Where:

Thursday, April 10, 6:30pm, Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ
For more information contact: 973-728-0344,


2008 Financial Crisis, Overview & Current State
(From the perspective of an electrical engineer on Wall Street)

Do you know what factors really caused the worst recession since the Great Depression? What are the prospects for the US economy in the near future? The speaker, Samir Padalkar, will take a quick look at some often-debated basics of the 2008 financial crisis including causes, financial products and the role of various players; banks, insurers, rating agencies, Fannie - Freddie and the Federal Reserve. He will compare the 2008 crisis with the Internet Bubble. Finally, he will describe the current state of affairs including Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule & Too Big to Fail.

Topics covered:

* Deconstructing ‘ Toxic’ assets- CDOs and derivatives and how they work, how they were priced,Monte-Carlo simulations, role of rating agencies and AIG , who bought them.

* Fannie and Freddie- subprime mortgages- and the mortgage crisis , credit crisis and credit crunch.

* Financial Fault propagations.

* The role of the Federal Reserve.

* Looking at the Internet Bubble in 2000- how this was different.

* Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule, Too big to Fail.

About the Speaker
Samir Padalkar has over 20 years of experience building Real-Time decision systems, first in the chemical/aerospace industry and later in Real-Time trading systems such as those used in algorithmic trading. Most recently, he was CTO of Hold Brothers, a proprietary trading firm in NYC, where he built a real-time equities and derivatives trading platform.

Samir started his career with a B.Tech from IIT Madras and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. His research was patented and commercialized by the Osaka Gas Company of Japan. Later he joined Quant Trading as lead software developer and applied his Real-Time systems work to developing Fixed Income & Derivatives trading systems. In 1996 he lead the launch of “Sector”, one of the first off- the- shelf trading products on Wall Street, selling it to companies like Daiwa, GovPX, TD, ABN Amro, Lehman & Chase.

In 2002, Thomson Financial bought Quant and Samir went to lead their fixed income development team as Vice president of Fixed Income Development. The following year he moved to TradeWeb, to lead a development team launching online Mortgage Backed Securities trading. Samir lives in Summit, NJ with his wife and 2 kids, is an avid bicyclist, hiker & cricket lover and enjoys travelling to wine regions. He can be reached at, (908) 420-9022.

IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee
IEEE Consultants Network of Orange County/Los Angeles Area Consultants Networks

Where & When:

DeVry University's Pomona Campus (Pomona, Calif.)
12 April 2014 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (US PST)

The IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee is collaborating with the IEEE Consultants Network of Orange County/Los Angeles Area Consultants Networks to bring to the Southern California area afull-day workshop that will cover a range of issues that will interest consultants. Topics will include:

Improving your networking skills
Legal Concerns for Consultants?
How to find clients and entrepreneurship

This full-day workshop will also include a closing panel discussion featuring engineering consultants who will address any final questions from workshop participants. The workshop will take place at DeVry University’s Pomona Campus on Saturday, 12 April 2014. Cost for this workshop will be $40.00 for IEEE members. Registration Fee for students will be $20.00 and $60.00 for non-members. Register today!

IEEE Consultants Network of San Diego


Monday, April 14, 2014 6:00 pm Member networking and dinner on your own
Monday, April 14, 2014 7:00 pm Program


Giovanni's Pizza Restaurant
9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-6700


If you're looking to hire a consultant, we invite you to join us at our CNSD monthly meetings. Held the second Monday of every month it will give you a chance to interview our members in person. For more information on our next meeting, contact Kent Deines at 858-395-0229 or

IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network


Wednesday, April 23, 2014: networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m


PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727


Human Factors and Ergonomics
Dr. Kolar's undergraduate work in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology gave him the ability to understand how things work, and how people interact with those things. Clever designs do not equate to usable products. We have all bumped our heads into "pull to open" doors expecting them to be "push to open" doors. Bumping one's head is a minor embarrassment. However, when ego driven designers choose to use introspection, rather than consult a human factors professional, things can go very wrong very quickly. Not understanding the behavioral characteristics of the consumer audience can result in death and destruction. Tonight's presentation will show many examples of how and why Human Factors is so important to our safety and sanity.

Speaker: Dan E. Kolar, Ph.D. CHFP, Manufacturing Procedures Analyst and Consultant

Speaker's Bio
Dr. Kolar started with IBM in Chicago as a Customer Engineer, maintaining electro-mechanical banking machines. After completing his PhD. he worked in Austin's Product Test Department when the technology was changing from Mag Card typewriters to electronic word processors. He conducted human factors usability tests by hiring potential users of the products and watching how they interacted with the machines. In the Product Development Laboratory responsibilities included testing, evaluating and creating new procedures to overcome usability problems. Two human factors based procedures resulted in a $30 M cost avoidance. He is the author of several IBM Technical Reports, user documentation and “How to Love Your Computer without Cursing the Cursor.”

Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.

Boston Section of the IEEE Consultants' Network


23 April 2014 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Olin College, #113 Academic Center, 1000 Olin Way, Needham, MA


Panel Discussion - Everything You Wanted to Know About Consulting But Were Afraid to Ask
A panel discussion consisting of 5 consultants who will share their experiences and tips on how best to consult. Topics covered will include:

* Specialization vs. generalization
* On site vs. off site
* Your tools vs. client's tools
* Proposals
* Record keeping
* Corp, Sole proprietorship, or partnership
* 1099, Corp to Corp, or, W2
* Consulting, contracting, and employees
* Pitfalls and traps to avoid

The session will be an open discussion and questions are encouraged.

Panel Members:

Larry Nelson, Nelson Resarch

Steve Golson, Trilobyte Systems

Clive Bolton, Bolton Engineering, Inc.

Ronald Goodstein, First Shot Logic Simulation and Design

Craig E Goldman, CoAutomation Inc.

Oregon Consultant's Network

When and Where:

From January through October, Orcnet meets on the fourth Thursday (April 24, 2014) of each month. The no-host dinner usually starts at 6:00 PM, with business or presentation starting at 7:00 PM.

We usually have a combined November/December meeting on the FIRST Thursday in December, to avoid the holidays. We sometimes skip the August meeting during vacation time; check the presentation page for more information.

We meet at the Beaverton International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 15935 SW Regatta Lane, Beaverton, OR , near the intersection of 158th and Walker, southwest corner next to McDonalds, across the street from Fred Meyer, restaurant phone 503-614-8485.

IEEE-CNSV: Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 7:00 PM


Agilent Technologies, Inc. - Aristotle Room, Bldg. 5
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
No RSVP needed


A New OS Architecture for the Internet of Things
This talk will identify some of the current technology enablers for the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as some of the remaining software obstacles required to allow pervasive connection of IoT devices to the Internet.

Edge devices for the IoT are typically small in size, are run by a low-end microcontroller, include small amounts of RAM, Flash and ROM, and have low power consumption. Off-the-shelf real-time operating systems (RTOSs) are not geared toward this environment, and hence are unable to solve many of the problems faced by the IoT designer.

In this talk, Steve Jordan will propose a different approach for an IoT RTOS. IoT edge devices first and foremost require an Internet-centric connectivity OS that can handle the Internet's non-deterministic nature. For instance:

* it is unknown if and when a browser will be able to successfully open any particular web page, the Internet is state machine-oriented by its nature, and
* IoT edge devices are generally very constrained by the amount of power available.

Thus, (1) an IoT OS must exhibit the characteristics of a state machine architecture since the Internet is more connectivity-driven than what is supported by conventional RTOSs, and (2) an IoT OS must be architected for the lowest node power possible. Steve Jordan will elaborate on how these requirements can be achieved.

About the Speaker

Steve Jordan is President and CEO of Paqet Systems, and was a VP at Poqet Computer where he led the design and introduction of the first DOS-compatible handheld PC. He also worked at Fairchild Semiconductor Co., Daisy Systems and Mostek Corp.

Steve has consulted to technology businesses for over 20 years, with a focus on developing successful growth strategies for both Fortune 100 companies and venture funded startups. He was a Partner with R. B. Webber and Co. (RBW), a leading Silicon Valley technology strategy management consulting firm, as well as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Co. in its technology practice. He earned a BS in EE and a BS in Economics at MIT, and an MBA at Harvard Business School.

IEEE Dallas Section Consultants Network

When & Topic:

May 12, 2014
Using LinkedIn for Business
Everyone knows that LinkedIn can help you grow your business. Duncan Gilman will show us how.

IEEE Consultants Network of the Twin Cities

When and Where:

When: May 14th, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 
: All who want to attend the Consultant's Network (current consultants or those interested in becoming a consultant)
: Meeting including a valuable presentation by Joe Palmiter on "Thinking Outside the Box".  (See below for more details).  
Where: Wentworth Library in West St. Paul (199 East Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118)
: Just show up.  We will start with light refreshments (free) and networking with other consultants.

Tentative Agenda
1) Light refreshments and networking: 6:00-6:30pm (practice your 2 minute elevator speech)
2) General ICNTC business:  6:30 - 7:00pm
3) Presentation by Joe Palmiter: 7:00 - 8:00pm (see below for bio and description of the presentation)

The Art of Thinking Out Of The Box
Many times as engineers we find ourselves faced with problems that just don’t want to succumb to the techniques and tools we have always used.  We are told or just decide that we need to “think out of the box”; but what does that mean exactly?  Thinking Out of The Box is an Art.  Like all of the arts there is technique to be learned, the techniques must be practiced to develop competency, and then throw in a bit of inspiration. This presentation will address the techniques and the methods of practice with some examples from the presenter’s experience. Inspiration will be left to the practitioner.

Speaker Bio 
Joe Palmiter has over 30 years of experience as an engineer and engineering manager in the development and deployment of high reliability products, applications, & systems. Joe is currently a Program Manager for PaR Systems in Shoreview, MN where he is responsible for both preparing proposals and managing projects for custom robotic machines for the aerospace industry. He also acts as the Export Compliance Officer for the Robotics group at PaR. Prior to PaR Joe was Director, Communications Technology Center of Excellence for Emerson Electric where he provided product development strategy and technology consulting to Emerson's divisions. Previously, he held positions in both department management and Program Management of product development at ABB Automation in Rochester, NY and at a venture financed startup in Boston, MA.  Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a PMI certified Project Manager. He has previously held the positions of Vice Chair and Chair of the Twin Cities Section of IEEE, and Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Twin Cities chapter of the IEEE Engineering Management Society.



Local and Regional Consultants' Workshops

If you would like to plan a workshop for your local section or region please let us know and we would be happy to assist you.  Contact: Daryll Griffin for details.  See Workshop Planning Guide (PDF)

For more information on IEEE-USA's Consultant Services, the Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee, or how to start your own local IEEE Consultants' Network, contact:

Daryll Griffin
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-5104
(Office) 202/530-8337
(Fax) 202/785-0835

Updated: April 8, 2014
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