Staging up Computer Electronics Apps with Open Source Arduino

Pete DuMelle

Tuesday May 24th 2011 at 7:00pm
Wheaton, Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus, Room 103


For those who have staged up computer controlled electronics projects, the options available are very costly and proprietary. Pete will present an overview of Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software, intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. He will discuss the programming language, how the hardware can be built or acquired and examples of how he has used Arduino.


Pete DuMelle is owner of PD Design Inc, a consulting company that works with it's clients to optimize their websites for better revenue, traffic and effectiveness. Mr DuMelle has a BSEET from ITT, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and all but dissertation for his DBA from Argosy University Schaumburg. He has held various IT / Engineering positions before starting his own company, PD Design Inc He is an avid speaker, providing presentations to other professional groups and clubs in the area. He is also very busy with unique projects of his own presently working on a project using Arduino, an open source electronics prototyping platform.

Getting to the meeting

The next general meeting of UniForum Chicago will be:

        IIT Rice Campus
        Room 103
        201 East Loop Road
        Wheaton, IL 60187-8489
Directions to IIT - Rice Campus in Wheaton
The 19-acre campus is located just northeast of the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield roads in sou th Wheaton's Danada development. The campus is three miles west of the Butterfield Road interchange of the N orth-South Tollway (I-355) and two miles north of the Naperville Road interchange of the East-West Tollway ( I-88).

From the North or South: From I-355 (North-South Tollway), exit westbound at Rt.56/Butterfield Road and proceed west 3 1/2 miles on B utterfield Road to East Loop Road. Turn right onto East Loop Road (Phillip's 66 Gas Station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. Park in the Student parking lot behind the building. Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.

From the I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), take the I-88 (East-West Tollway) westbound and follow directions "From the East or West" below.

From the East or West: From I-88 (East-West Tollway), take the Naperville Road exit. At the traffic light, turn north (right when exiting westbound, left when exiting eastbound) to Warrenville Road. After the short distance, turn right at the traffic light to get to Naperville Road and turn left (north) for 1-2 miles to Rt. 56/Butterfield Road. Turn right onto Rt. 56/Butterfield Road and proceed 1/4 mile to the first traffic light (East Loop Road). Turn left on to East Loop Road, ( Phillip's 66 Gas station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. If you arrive late, we suggest that you park and enter at the main doors at the south end of the building. IIT has started locking the other doors at 7pm, so the north doors by room 103 might be locked once we've started the meeting.

Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.

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