The Computer Society -- C16

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About the Twin Cities Chapter

The 2015 chapter officers are:

Chair:           Bruce Hanson

Vice Chair:   Charles (Chuck) Cole

Treasurer:    Larry Beaty.

Member-at-large: Eric Sit

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Please contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Chapter Upcoming meetings

Electronic Recycling at Free Geek Twin Cities - TWIN CITIES C16 CHAPTER on 30-July-2016
7/8/2016 05:47:45 PM

Free Geek Twin Cities (FGTC) is dedicated to addressing the following issues though direct, local, community-driven action:

  • The Digital Divide
  • Electronic Waste (eWaste)

The Digital Divide and Education

There are still many people in our community that do not have access to computers and the Internet, or do not possess the skills to adequately leverage these technologies. There are many reasons for this gap in our population, but one of our main goals is alleviate this problem through work and education. Volunteers work in programs where they gain skills on how to use, build, and understand computers, and in the process earn a free computer.

Electronic Waste and Reuse

With the rapid growth of technology, our community has created large quantities of electronic waste. FGTC accepts this waste and its first goal is to reuse this material and refurbish it into a new computer to give to volunteers or to sell in our thrift store. It is not always possible to reuse all the materials we get, so we are dedicated to recycling those materials in a way that is both environmentally and socially friendly. 

Bring your unwanted equipment for recycling!  

Note that CRT Monitors and printers may incur a charge since recycling those items must also be paid by Free Geek). Check the Free Geek web page link below for more information about the items accepted.

If you don't need a receipt, you can just leave your equipment in the designated drop-off area.  If you want a receipt, please leave your materials in your vehicle until after the meeting and work with a volunteer to check in your donation.

Volunteer in the Afternoon

Grab some lunch and return to volunteer, disassembling equipment, testing subassemblies, or helping rebuild PCs into systems for sale.  Free Geek is open until 5pm, stay as long as you are able, your contribution is very much appreciated!

No Charge for admission.

Infrared Astronomy from the Ground, Air, and Space - TWIN CITIES C16 CHAPTER on 27-August-2016
6/20/2016 12:33:21 PM

Infrared Astronomy from the Ground, Air, and Space 


Robert D. Gehrz,  Professor, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota Infrared (IR) astronomical observations, beginning in the late 1960’s, have provided new understanding of the origin, content, and chemical evolution of the Universe. Early observations in the field were made with ground-based observatories that set the stage for more advanced facilities recently developed by NASA.

A brief history of the field will be presented. Observations with the Wyoming Infrared Observatory, and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared astronomy (SOFIA) will be presented. Anticipated observations with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be described.

Other sites of Interest

The IEEE Computer Society home page: IEEE Computer Society Home

Seminars and Colloquia at the University of Minnesota Department of Computer Science and Engineering: U of M Seminars

U of M Master of Science in Software Engineering Program Events: U of M Master of Science Events

Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon - Calendar of Events: SEI Calendar of Events