Upcoming Events

October 17th, 2013

Charger IEEE has some new events that will be coming in the next couple weeks, and we would love to see you all there!

Talk with Dr. Piccirrillo
When: Friday, October 18th @ 1:00 pm
Where: Engineering Building Room 258
Description: Dr. Piccirrillo is one of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s experts in Robotics, and he would like to present his previous experiences and current ideas with the IEEE SouthEast CONference (SECON) Hardware Competition.

Lockheed Martin Presentation
When: Monday, October 21st @ 7:00 pm
Where: Engineering Building Room 258
Description: Speakers from Lockheed Martin will be coming to UAH to talk to Charger IEEE. They will discuss the various projects that they work on here in Huntsville. The topics will be: Flight Test Activities, Production, Systems, Customer Relations (primarily THAAD).

Charger IEEE Halloween Party
When: Friday, October 25th @ 6:00 pm.
Where: Engineering Building Room 141 (The IEEE Lab)
Description: Every year, Charger IEEE throws a small Halloween party to allow us to relax from the rough times known as Midterms, and the random projects that we work on. This means that we spend all night playing various games and watching movies. If you plan to attend, bring some food or soda (alcohol is not permitted).

Dynetics Visit
When: Tuesday, October 29th @ 6:00 pm
Where: Dynetics (Specifics TBA)
Description: Dynetics is inviting Charger IEEE to come visit their facilities to learn more about what Dynetics does and possibly go on a tour.
IMPORTANT: Dynetics has requested a list of people who will attend and whether they are US Citizens. They require this information since they do work with US Defense. If you are planning attend, you must let us know at ChargerIEEE@gmail.com. Please let us know your name, whether or not you are a US Citizen, and if not, what your nationality is. Non-US citizens may come to the presentation, but if we go on a tour, they might not be able to join. Sorry for any inconvenience that this causes, but hopefully you decide to come!

IEEE Open House!

September 5th, 2013

The IEEE Open House will be on September 10th at 7:00 pm in Engineering Building room 141. During this time, the members of IEEE will show off various projects that we have done, and future projects that we are currently working on or plan to work on.

Some of the projects that will shown will be:

  • SECON Robots from the past 2-3 years as well as the current competition plans and prototypes
  • XBox360 Kinect camera images being run through a Sobel Edge filter using OpenKinect/libfreenect, SDL, OpenGL, and OpenCL (GP-GPU computing)
  • True Random Number Generator
  • Tesla Coil – A Fall 2009 EE100 Project

Meeting Minutes 6/10/2013

June 10th, 2013


Wes Bartholomae

Elena Todorovska

Matt Davis

Justin Bennett

Ashley Monroe

Steven Brown



We need staples and bowls.

Meeting Minutes 5/28/13

May 28th, 2013


Matthew Bartholomae

Elena Todorovska

Matt Davis

Justin Bennett

Mandeep Singh

Ashley Monroe

Luke Burgess



SECon is moving to Wednesday nights 7:15pm.

Having regular meetings on Tuesdays is inconvenient for several members, so we’re moving it to Mondays at 7:15pm.


Meeting adjourned.



Meeting Minutes 05/21/13

May 21st, 2013


Wes Bartholomae

Matt Davis

Ashley Monroe

Luke Burgess



Chris Parker

Mandeep Singh

John Ross



EE-412: SECon as an EE (3hr) elective in the fall; project course.

SECon team will meet on Thursdays at 7:15pm.

Goal: have a moving chassis soon.  Use last year’s robot for preliminary experiments.

Possible use of omni wheels with two wheel drive.



Transition to forum-based site.

Better organization, easier navigation.



We will have meetings during the summer semester. They will be at 7:15 on Tuesday nights.



All new officers need to stop by ACU to sign account transfer forms.







Meeting Minutes 4/16/13

April 20th, 2013



Members present:

  1. Luke Burgess
  2. Tyler Helms
  3. Travis Cleveland
  4. Wesley Bartholomae
  5. Elena Todorovska
  6. Jason Caudill
  7. Ashley Monroe
  8. Matt Davis
  9. John Ross


Wes updated the members present (9) on the following topics discussed with Tim Torrie:

1.      Mounting the projector screen: paperwork will be started

2.      The power rail: Tim will check

3.      Getting a card reader: high on priority list

4.      Fixing the door handle: locksmith will fix

5.      XP reinstall: ok’d, but only one admin

6.      Getting a new oscilloscope: will not get one; will talk to Nick instead


Wes did not ask Tim about getting eyewash, a first aid kit, or a new fire extinguisher (which the present members decided should be a CO2 variant).


Tim ok’d getting a new refrigerator.


The members discussed getting a wet/dry vacuum.


SECon was discussed along with the possibility of getting a new lab.  According to Wes, Dr. Lyndquist assures that the faculty would be willing to help with special mention of Dr. Picarillo.  He also said that the work for SECon could be used as a senior design project.


It was decided that there would be no meeting next week.


Game night was discussed further.


UAH outreach for robotics was discussed.  It would be a paid internship in Decatur over the summer.


Treasury updated:

$3200 foundation

$500-$600 in account


The SECon budget was discussed


The open house to take place this Saturday (4/20) was discussed



Minutes, 04/09/13

April 20th, 2013



Lab Needs


  • eye wash
  • check fire extinguisher
  • new table saw blade
  • surface mount solder station
  • safety glasses
  • face shield
  • micro controllers to replace 16′s
  • hack saw/blades
  • 32U4 ATmega
  • wire wrap tool for 26g


It was decided to store projects in containers on the second-to-bottom shelf.


The members present (10) voted on a self-run security camera

For: 8

Against: 1


A presentation was made by Phillip Henson (of Dynetics) regarding IEEE Gold.

His contact information is as follows:

Phillip E. Henson

Dynetics, Radar Systems Branch

Street Address:

1002 Explorer Blvd

Huntsville, AL 35806



Mailing Address:

PO Box 5500

Huntsville, AL 35814



256 964-4698


256 964-4026


The treasury was updated with respect to the transition; the new treasurer needs to visit an ACU branch.


Future projects were updated.


It was decided that SECon meetings would be on Thursdays at 7pm.


The members present (10) elected a new SECon leader.

For Matt Davis, the votes were as follows:

For: 10

Against: 0


Game night was tentatively scheduled for May 3rd.