IEEE Section Night


Sponsored by the IEEE Philadelphia Chapters of the Computer (C) and Professional Communications (PC) Societies

First Talk: Benjmin Franklin, First Double E.

There is only one talk in February


  Date and Time




  • Sheraton University City
  • 3549 Chestnut St.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States 19104

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  • Starts 23 January 2019 08:00 AM
  • Ends 19 February 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Admission fee ?
  • Register


Robert Swayne

Robert Swayne


Benjamin Franklin, First Double E

Benjamin Franklin, born January, 1706, passed April, 1790, Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Moving to Philadelphia at age 17, Franklin became a printer, politician, postmaster, author, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rodbifocals, and the Franklin stove, among many other inventions. He founded civic organizations such as the Library Company, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia's first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Robert (Bob) Swayne. Bob retired in 2017 after an electrical engineering and consulting career in a variety of industries including steel, aerospace, commercial, industrial, and transportation. Project types included low and medium voltage power distribution systems, substations, power studies, emergency/standby generator systems, life safety systems, lighting systems, power monitoring and SCADA systems.

          A graduate of Drexel University with BS and MS in Electrical Power Engineering, Bob is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.

          Bob has served positions on IEEE local and national societies including the Philadelphia Power & Energy - Industry Applications Joint Chapter, National Electrical Code panels, and IEEE standards committees.

          He was 2013 Delaware Valley IEEE Electrical Engineer of the Year and now a Senior Life IEEE member.

          Bob’s interest in Benjamin Franklin was sparked by his volunteer work at The Franklin Institute. Through readings, internet resources, and Yale University’s The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Bob has combined all with his electrical experience and Franklin’s spice of life for an entertaining and thought provoking presentation


Dinner Starts at: 6:00 pm
1st Talk: 7:00 pm
2nd Talk: 8:00 pm

Please note that the dinner fee of $25.00 is mandatory at the time of registration. To pay at the door the fee is $30.00.

In the event of bad weather please call the Sheraton after 1:00 PM the day of the meeting Phone: 215-387-8000, ask the front desk if the IEEE meeting has been cancelled.