November 2018 Section Meeting


Join us for the November section meeting hosted by the Northern Illinois Univeristy Student Branch at the NIU College of Engineering in DeKalb, IL.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 15 Nov 2018
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Northern Illinois University
  • 590 Garden Rd
  • DeKalb, Illinois
  • United States 60115
  • Building: College of Engineering
  • Room Number: EB311

  • Andrew Baker -

  • Starts 05 November 2018 08:51 PM
  • Ends 15 November 2018 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian


Sunil Patel Sunil Patel of Avionics Advisor, Cyient Inc.


Introduction to Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus Communications

This presentation will start with a history of the Controller Area Network (CAN) bus specification development over the years. It will cover the key features of a CAN bus that makes it different from most point to point networking architectures. The concept of an N port memory structure and a multimaster protocol will be discussed. The error detection and mitigation methods provided by a CAN help justify the use of this architecture for flight critical Aerospace applications. The key points for upfront system level considerations and analysis of incorporating a CAN bus in a system will be discussed.


Sunil Patel received M Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, India in Controls and Instrumentation and B E from BIrla Institute of Technology and Science in Electronics, Pilani, India. Work experience includes 32 years in Aerospace Electric Power systems, currently working as an Avionics Advisor for Cyient Inc.


6:00 PM Networking

6:30 PM Dinner

7:15 PM Presentation