Recent Events

Announcements, presentation materials, reviews and comments from
recent events hosted by the IEEE Consultants Network of New Hampshire.

Beagles and Berries: The world of low-cost ARM-based computing

posted Feb 24, 2013, 6:48 AM by CNET-NH chair   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 3:44 PM by CNET-NH Administrator ]

Joseph Rothweiller

Wednesday, February 6th,2013  at  ABI Innovation Hub @ NEW LOCATION!


The Beagleboard and Raspberry Pi are examples of ARM based boards that provide processing power comparable to PC's in a compact, low-cost, low-power footprint. While targeted at the educational/hobbyist market, these boards  also open up opportunities for improvement and innovation in various product areas. For example, image and signal processing or pattern recognition capabilities and other high-level analysis can be implemented in areas where it was previously infeasible.

This talk will provide a brief overiew of ARM processors for the embedded and handheld computing markets, demonstrate some boards including the Beagle and  Raspberry, and hopefully prompt discussion and inspire consideration of novel applications.

About the Speaker

Sensicomm LLC was started in 2003 by Joe Rothweiler to provide research and development services in the areas of digital signal processing, speech and audio analysis, and general signal processing. Services include basic analysis, algorithm development, programming, and hardware design and development.

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The Fundable Entrepreneur

posted Feb 4, 2011, 3:19 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Feb 4, 2011, 3:21 PM ]


Your concept is great.  Your solution is even better! The market is ready and you think you have the team to make it happen.  The only thing left is working capital.  You get one shot at it.  You need to raise money fast but the deal has to be right and has to provide enough “gas in the tank” to get you there and some!  But before you can execute you have to become “fundable”.  You want people begging you to take their investments but how? It starts with five key documents, lots of experience and know-how. 

This session, “The Fundable Entrepreneur”, will focus on how to prepare to pitch to angels, how to increase your chances of negotiating successful financing, and how “not to mess it up”.  An hour packed full of on-topic, ready-to-use, insightful knowledge from one of New England’s cornerstones in entrepreneurship, Ken Steinberg of Cambridge Research & Development.  As a member of the local angel community, Ken has seen hundreds of pitches.  Come learn from his experience and position yourself to win.

About the Speaker:

Ken Steinberg serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Research and Development, a company founded by Mr. Steinberg in 2003.  Prior to Cambridge Research, Mr.

Steinberg was the Founder of Savant Protection, a leading security firm based on intellectual property he created.  This was preceded by a 20-year career as an executive and key contributor at the National Science Foundation, Digital Equipment, Hughes, Hitachi and Softbank.

A native of New Hampshire, Mr. Steinberg received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1986.  He is a member of the MIT Sloan Symposium committee and the founding chair of Northeast Angels, a private equity group in New England. Mr. Steinberg is on the advisory board of Daniel Webster college and the Northeast chapter of the SANS institute.

Ken holds several patents in various disciplines, is a published author, speaker and contributor to various publications. He has received numerous awards including the Hughes Excellence Award and NH Software Association Excellence Award.

The Beeping False Teeth Project

posted Jan 11, 2011, 4:22 PM by CNET-NH Administrator


A wealthy gentleman "invented" and patented the idea of putting a locating beacon on false teeth and eyeglasses.  Among his many holdings were several assisted living communities.  The residents kept hiding or losing these items.  The cost to find or replace them became significant in the large organization.

Over six years, two companies failed before completing laboratory demonstrations for battery life and range.  On one bad-luck day, Intrel Service Company was recommended by two independent advisors as the place to get the problem solved.

The presentation of this real life adventure includes: extracting a feasible contract from a pipe dream; dealing politely (or not) with a technically out-of-touch client; getting paid thanks to a properly structured contract; using gun play when necessary to force an issue (really!); having a hands-on hardware demo for attendees to enjoy; and showing some neat technical tricks in a brief summary of the hardware/software solution.

About the author:

Mr. James Kuzdrall is the owner of Intrel Service Company and has produced over 200 circuit designs through his career involving some 24000 electronic components.  About half of the designs are in the analog area and include digital computers, microprocessor-based controllers, digital state machines, analog computers, ultra sensitive amplifiers, ultrasonic systems, and high power servo systems.  Mr. Kuzdrall holds 4 patents, is the author of more than 15 articles in publications such as "Electronic Design" and the "C Users Journal", and he has lectured at businesses and several area universities.

Working with Foreign Partners

posted Dec 5, 2010, 2:19 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Dec 5, 2010, 2:23 PM ]


What can you do with a business card from a European partner that you can not do with one from an Asian partner?

We all run into foreign business partners whether in their country or as part of doing business with our customers here at home. There are certain nuances in dealing with other cultures; some they recognize as good or bad and others that we find annoying or even confusing. Knowing what to expect from other cultures may make a difference in gaining or retaining their business. This event explores the differences of other cultures from culinary etiquette to universal languages.

About the author:

James Jendrzejewski is the owner of Applied Product Development Solutions in Candia, and a recent member of The IEEE Consultants Network of New Hampshire. His experience extends through several engineering and management positions in high speed manufacturing with Kimberly Clark Corporation, field service and development with Nuvera Fuel Cells, and paper coating operations at Nashua Corp. His travels have taken him to several countries in Europe as well as Asia and as a member of several codes and standards development teams with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), providing him the opportunity to learn about many cultures.

Individual Non Group Coverage vs Small Group Coverage, What is Best for Me?

posted Sep 22, 2010, 5:58 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 6:00 PM ]

n this one hour presentation, Mr. LaVine will discuss the benefits and costs of Individual Medical Coverage vs. Small Group Insurance through your business. We will learn:

1) The difference in product design

2) Underwriting guidelines

3) When can you enroll

4) What carriers offer in the marketplace

5)How do I get the most insurance for the least dollar?

About the speaker:

Mark LaVine started in the Insurance Industry in 1987 with Prudential Life Insurance. He then went to Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1994. He left in April 2008 and started his own agency Better Benefits of New England LLC located in Nashua, NH. He services over 100 businesses around the state of NH.

Continuing Education Topics

posted Jul 15, 2010, 3:59 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Feb 23, 2011, 4:03 PM ]


Continuing Education is a requirement to maintain professional relevance. This presentation shows an overview of requirements for maintenance of the professional engineering (PE) license, reporting requirements, and a description of various ways to meet those requirements; most of which Dr. Barrett has personal experience. Dr. Barrett found a lack of CEU accredited courses in his area of interest, and will speak on his experience creating courses that are accredited for PE CEU's. Come meet the author If you are NOT a PE and don't need the CEUs for credit, these courses can be obtained for free at:

About the Author:

Dr. Barrett is a registered Professional Engineer, Educator, and visionary IEEE Author/Speaker with wide ranging expertise in many disciplines of electronics: resulted in 35 patents and numerous awards. He has been an invited speaker on many engineering topics. He has had experience in both large and small corporations, where he focused on development of new innovative products, processes, methodologies, practices and supportive design environments for engineering creativity.Dr. Barrett is one of the founding members of the IEEE Consultant's Network of New Hampshire and a member of the Boston Section Consultant's Network. As CEO of American Research and Development LLC, author of a Continuing Education Series for SunCam, and long time Professional Engineer he brings a multifaceted view of this topic.


Ray Barret Slide Stack

Considerations and Issues in Consulting Agreements

posted Jun 8, 2010, 6:19 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Jun 8, 2010, 6:24 PM ]


What are the general considerations and key issues that need to be addressed in consulting agreements?

In this one-hour presentation, Mr. Cunningham will address some legal aspects important to consultants involved in the planning,
negotiating and drafting of consulting agreements.

The principal topics in his discussion will be:

  • General principles of contract law relevant to consulting agreements
  • Key legal issues specifically relevant to consulting agreements
  • Key tax issues relevant to consulting agreements
  • Key intellectual property issues relevant to consulting agreements
  • If the consultant has the upper hand in negotiating a consulting engagement, what should the consultant seek?
  • If the client has the upper hand in negotiating a consulting engagement, how should the consultant handle the negotiation?

During this presentation Mr. Cunningham will comment on the IEEE prototype consulting agreement.

About the Speaker  

John M. Cunningham is of counsel to McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., a New England law firm with offices in Manchester, NH, Woburn, MA and other cities. He is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. His practice is focused on providing legal and tax planning services to clients starting new businesses. He has published two books on limited liability company (“LLC”) formations—a general (i.e., non-state-specific) book and, with Vernon R. Proctor of the Delaware Bar, a book on Delaware LLCs. He has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting consulting agreements for individuals and companies that provide consulting services in high-tech fields and in various other fields. He has taught seminars on consulting agreements, LLC law and tax and other topics nationwide to business groups, law firms, accounting firms, bar associations and CPA societies nationwide. 

An FPGA-based Data Acquisition System

posted May 7, 2010, 1:26 PM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Jun 13, 2010, 1:58 PM ]


This talk will describe the development and use of the MHZ100Q, an open source, high-speed, multichannel data acquisition system for general laboratory use and experimentation. Applications include oscilloscope-like data capture and display, HF signal analysis and demodulation, and other algorithm development and analysis.

Design goals for the MHZ100Q include low cost, flexibility and modifiability, while providing essentials like clean buffer amplifiers and anti-aliasing filters. A secondary feature is compatibility with existing open and proprietary software tools like Octave and Matlab.  
A cost-related goal was to put as much functionality as possible in the FPGA minimizing the number of external components. To that end, it implements a USB interface in VHDL, uses internal RAM for data storage, and uses the internal clock generation circuitry to derive the A/D sampling clocks. The A/D's operate at a fixed rate, and lower sampling rates are simulated by digital decimation algorithms inside the FPGA.  
The talk includes a discussion of the design decisions involved in FPGA selection, an overview of the development process, and discussion of the DSP algorithms used. A demonstration of a unit in operation is planned.  

About the Speaker  

Joseph Rothweiler is a consultant providing research and development services in the areas of digital signal processing, speech and audio analysis, and other signal processing applications. Clients have included Sirius Satellite Radio, Agere Systems, L-3 Communications, and various smaller and start-up companies.

Lessons Learned from the IEEE-USA Meeting

posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:41 AM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Apr 25, 2010, 3:15 PM ]


The speaker discusses some of the items presented at the IEEE-USA annual meeting she attended regarding consulting and entrepreneur networks. She reviews some of the benefits offered to consultants by the IEEE. Additionally, there is a proposal for a future program the NH Consultant's Network may offer.

SpeakerMadeleine Lowe

Lessons Learned

Open Source Tools: Worth the Price?

posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:20 AM by CNET-NH Administrator   [ updated Apr 25, 2010, 3:14 PM ]


The presenter describes experiences with open source tools supporting the design and fabrication of custom integrated circuits.

SpeakerJay Moser, Sr.

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