November 13th, 2019


Wednesday 13th November, 2019

Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center

(Formerly the Clarion Inn)

Infrared Thermopile Sensor Array for Industrial Application


Infrared thermopile sensor array is an array that can sense thermal image of an object. With the development of electronic technologies, the resolution of infrared thermopile sensor array keeps increasing and its cost keeps decreasing. As a result, combining with Internet of Things it becomes a promising technology for many industrial applications.

Program Chair: Jim Stevenson

Speaker: Dr. Hong (Jeffrey) Nie

Hong Nie, UNI, received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and 1995 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and his Ph.D. degree with specialization in wireless communications in 2004 from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is currently a professor at the Department of Technology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, US, where he leads various research projects on wireless communication, digital signal processing, and Internet of things. Before joining University of Northern Iowa in 2006, he worked as a senior electronics instructor and research scientist at the Engineering Department of Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada from 2003 to 2006..

Future topics:

  • January 8, 2020. Education Technology, Schindler Tour. Dr. Leigh Zeitz, UNI.

  • February 12, 2020. University Avenue Reconstruction. Michelle Sweeney, AECOM.

  • March 11, 2020. Website Development. Marc Reifenrath, SpinUTech.

  • April 8, 2020. Electric Bicycles. Brent Johnson, BikeTech.

  • May 13, 2020. Hearing Devices. John Sperry, Wolfe Clinic.

Meal: Plated Dinner. includes French or Ranch dressing, butter, coffee, tea and milk.

  • Chef's Choice Salad

  • Salmon

  • Oven Roasted red potatoes

  • Carrots

  • Lava cake or Brown Butter Cake with strawberry topping

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Lifestyles Inn has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Location: Cedar Falls Lifestyles Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:


Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 11 November 2019. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Dues are used almost entirely for donations to local groups engaging in some technical field for which the money will make a real difference. Please join us in their support by becoming a member for $20 a year. Our Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.