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VMS IEEE Meeting: An Introduction to the Python Programming Language

12:00 AM - 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013
Location: Holiday Inn, Roanoke

Dr. Brad Davis, General Dynamics, will be the speaker.

Abstract: Historically, general programming languages such as FORTRAN and C/C++ have been widely used to produce custom engineering tools across technical disciplines. But my recent experience shows that these appear to be viewed by new graduates as archaic or inconvenient if they have been used at all. On the other hand, new graduates are well schooled in high level tools such as MATLAB® and interface tools such as LabView® which seem to have replaced more general coding in undergraduate and graduate curricula. These high level tools are often available to the graduating engineer in their new job, but this is not always the case. For small companies, a high price tag comes with these tools and it can be prohibitive. As a practicing engineer and a manager of recent graduates and interns, I have found that a middle-ground was needed. One alternative is the Python programming language. Python has gained underground popularity over the past several years with major visibility in projects offered by NASA and Los Alamos National Labs. The language is platform independent running on Linux, Microsoft Windows, or MAC OS with very little ‘tweaking.’ In this talk I will introduce the Python language and some of its advantages.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Brad Davis’ expertise lies in design, construction and modeling of passive and active electromagnetic systems. His background includes industrial experience in electromagnetic wave propagation, diffraction and scattering, the design and development of antennas, radar systems, sensor systems, and power systems. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is currently with General Dynamics in Marion, VA where he works in the areas of electromagnetic applications and simulations. Dr. Davis was previously employed by NanoSonic, Inc., Virginia Tech, Central Maine Power, Westinghouse Defense Electronics (Northrop-Grumman) and GTE. He also holds a Professional Engineer’s license and has published over 40 journal and conference papers.

Meeting Details:
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn- Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, Nov. 18 to Joe Hartwell ( Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs or restrictions.