IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada
Issue: April 2000

News of Interest
Senior Member Updates
Upcoming Events
IEEE Commercial Releases
Submission Information

News of Interest

Spectrum Online

Beginning 1 March 2000 IEEE members will benefit form a completely redesigned IEEE spectrum Online, at . The improved Spectrum Online uses the capabilities of the web to deliver content beyond what is available in print. New features exclusive to the online version include:

  • Daily Science and Technology news provided by Reuters, the international news service.
  • News is archived for 30 days
  • Weekly Web Sights, reports on news, compelling websites of special interests to the science and technology communities.
  • Weekly Newslog identifies and summarizes key science and technology events for the prior week.

Spectrum Online will be available free to the general public for a special six week trial from 1 March through 12 April 2000.

Professional Career Time Line (part 1 of 2)

By Stu Levy & Ed Podell, Co-Chairmen

Today is the first day of the rest of your career! Are you drifting along, letting random events or others determine your career path? Are you bored, stagnating? Do you feel ill-prepared to compete in our changing world?

YES? Then it's time today to take charge of your career...because how you plan and manage your career will determine whether it is exciting, challenging, and growing -- or dull, routine, and uncertain.

To help you set your goals, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' (AIAA) Career Enhancement Committee created this Professional Career Time Line. It supplies a checklist of helpful actions for assuring greater success during every phase of your career.

The Time Line begins two years prior to your college graduation and continues through your retirement. It suggests measures you should take through each phase of your career to keep it vibrant. Please reflect on each phase, set your goals, and frequently re-evaluate yourself to keep your career plan current.

Throughout Your Career:

  • Assess yourself to define specific goals. Periodically check, reassess, extend, or modify goals.
  • Keep your resume current.
  • Remain active in a professional society that represents your discipline, such as the IEEE
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts
  • Write, publish, and present your own work at technical meetings.
  • Stay abreast of new developments in your field by subscribing to appropriate periodicals, attending workshops and seminars, and traveling to international and national conferences when feasible.
  • Pursue additional formal education and on-the-job training to remain competitive in an increasingly complex work world.
  • Maintain an appropriate balance among family, career, community, and recreation.
  • Manage money wisely and make intelligent purchases. Periodically seek professional advice about financial planning matters.
  • Sustain good physical and mental fitness.
  • Enhance organizational and interpersonal skills, including communication, interviewing, and networking.
  • Remain adaptable to all changes (technological, social, etc.) implemented in the world of work.

Six stages in your career time line follow. Start wherever you are: student to retiree.

1. Completing College College Junior to Graduation Career Phase: Student Typical Age: 20-22

  • Take advantage of co-op opportunities and internships
  • Work while in school in a career-related field.
  • Participate in an IEEE Student Paper Competition to learn how to prepare and present technical papers.
  • Decide on graduate school, or seek employment after graduation.
  • Prepare your resume.
  • Research potential employers in your chosen field.
  • Develop tentative goals. Make career-path decisions (e.g. industry vs. government vs. R&D vs. design vs. manufacturing vs. teaching, etc.).
  • Prepare for the FE (EIT) Exam. Take it during your senior year.
  • Make a realistic and valid first-job choice based upon your career interests.

2. First Job Grad. to 3 Yrs in Work Force, Career Phase: New Engineer/Scientist in Training Typical Age: 22-25

  • Upgrade from IEEE Student Member to Member.
  • Adjust to routines of the work environment.
  • Apply textbook knowledge to real life situations.
  • Learn the company ropes. Become an effective contributor to the team.
  • Learn to perform under pressure. Accomplish tasks effectively and on time.
  • Obtain advanced degree (technical discipline or MBA).
  • Start preparing for the state professional engineering license, if available, in your field of discipline.
  • Develop a mentor or sponsor relationship.
  • Enhance your technical competency. Subscribe to periodicals, technical journals, etc.
  • Present papers on your work (participate in local mini-symposia, national young professional paper sessions, etc.)

 This Time Line is a product of the AIAA Career Enhancement Committee. It is the compilation of information and experiences of individual members. The information is intended as general guidelines for technical professionals, and should be tailored to individual situations. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the AIAA or the IEEE

Part 2 of this will appear in the next IEEE Canada newsletter - May 2000.

18th IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, Montreal, April 2000

The 2000 IEEE VLSI Symposium will be held at the Omni Montreal hotel in Montreal, Canada April 30th to May 4th . VTS-2000 is one of the main annual technical events sponsored by the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council.

The two and a half day technical program includes 60 paper presentations and 8 special sessions comprising of panel discussions and short embedded tutorials. The regular paper sessions include BIST, Analog/Mixed-Signal Test, IDDQ Test, On-Line Test and Fault Tolerance, Diagnosis, Validation/Verification, Scan and Boundary-Scan, Memory Test, Delay Test and ATPG, Defect Driven Test, Testing High Speed Circuits, Thermal and Power Issues, Core based System-On-Chip Test, and High-level Test. Panel topics include the effectiveness of Fault Coverage Metrics, Optimizing Test Resource Partitioning, the new ITRS Roadmaps, Testing Biomedical ICs, the P1500 System-on-Chip (SOC) Test Standard, and EDA Tools for chip design and test.

The keynote address by Brian McFadden of Nortel Networks is entitled "The Optical Internet: Industry Challenges". This will be followed by the invited presentation "Wall Street Perspective on System-on- Chip and Test Technology" by Erach Desai of Credit Suisse/First Boston.

A number of other TTTC events are also scheduled in Montreal around VTS-2000. The TTTC Tutorials Group is offering four full day tutorials: Mixed Signal Testing, and BIST for SOC (on Sunday April 30th), and DFT for High Performance Design and Embedded Memory Testing (Thursday May 4th). Also, two TTTC workshops will be held in conjunction with VTS-2000: the Defect Based Testing Workshop (DBT-2000) on Sunday April 30th, and the Workshop on Testing Embedded Core-based System-Chips (TECS-2000) on Thursday May 4th.

For more information on VTS-2000 Test Week in Montreal, visit the VTS website at or contact Adit Singh at email: .

Senior Member Updates

The following members were elected as senior members at the February 2000 IEEE Admissions and Advancement Panel meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Kuruneru, Ravindra S. - Montreal
Ranaweera, Damintha K. - Montreal
Faried, Sherif O. - North Saskatchewan
Pimentel, Julio C. G. - Quebec

For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit their website at or check the Getting the Most of your Membership in the January issue of The Institute

Upcoming Events

  • IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS 2000)
30 April - 4 May 2000
Omni Montreal Hotel
Montreal, Quebec
Please visit for more information or Adit Singh at 
  • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2000)
7-10 May 2000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Please visit for more information.
  • Sustainable and Profitable Production of Electronic and Electrical Equipment
9-12 May 2000
Meridien Excelsior
Heathrow, London
For more information please contact:
Global Business Network
9 Wimpole Street
London W1M 8LB
Tel: 44 (0)20 7291 1030
Fax: 44 (0)20 7291 1001
  • IEEE 4th International Workshop on Systems Management
28-30 June 2000
Montreal, Quebec
Please visit for more information
  • Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM 2000)
30 July - 2 August 2000
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Please visit for more information
  • International Symposium on Parallel Computing in Electrical Engineering (PARELEC 2000)
27-30 August 2000
Quebec, Montreal
For more information, please contact:
IEEE Computer Society
Conference Services
1730 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington D.C. 20036-1992
Tel: (202)-371-1013
Fax: (202)-728-0884
Or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • 2000 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP 2000)
15-18 October 2000
Victoria, British Columbia
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Vishnu K. Lakdawala
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA  23529
Tel: (757)-683-4665
Fax: (757)-683-3220
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • 2000 IEEE International Carnaham Conference of Security Technology
23-25 October 2000
Ottawa, Ontario
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Larry D. Sanson,
186 Woodwalk Ct.,
Nicholasville, KY  40356
Tel: (606)-223-9840
Fax: (606)-224-3225
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • PSLM 2000 Conference
6-8 November 2000
Calgary, Alberta
For further information, please visit 
  • IEEE international Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS)
17-20 December 2000
Beirut, Lebanon
For further information, please contact:
Prof. M. Sawan
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Ecole Polytechnic de Montreal
P. O. Box 6079, Station Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3A7
Fax: (514)-340-4147
  • 2001 IEEE Nuclear & Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC 2001)
16-20 July 2001
Vancouver, British Columbia
For further information, please contact:
Professor Marty Shaneyfelt,
Sandia National Labs,
MS 1083 P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM  87185-1083
Tel: (505)-844-6137
Fax: (505)-844-2991
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878


IEEE Commerical Releases

CEU Course Directory now on the IEEE Web

Planning your professional development requirements for this year? It's time to freshen up your skills for either short-term or long-term goals. Help is as close as the IEEE website at 

A list of courses offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as well as contact information, can now be found on the IEEE website. Listed by date, the courses run the gamut from Advanced Induction Motor Production through XML Technologies.

1999 IEEE President Kenneth R. Laker has stated: "Engineers who desire to remain competitive in the job market must maintain professional vitality throughout the course of their careers. However, no individual can maintain professional vitality without continuing his/her education, especially in the contemporary job market."

Earn Graduate Degree Credits in Wireless Communications

Working in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (USA), the IEEE is offering its members the opportunity to earn graduate degree credits and a graduate certificates in Wireless Communications after completing four online courses. Classes begin in June - IEEE members receive a discount on course offerings. For more information contact,

Submission Information

You can send any submissions by email to the editor:
Abhi Gupta at

Please ensure you send in your submission by the 20th of the month

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