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

News of Interest
Upcoming Events
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News of Interest

1999 in Review

Daniel J. Senese, IEEE Executive Director, presented the IEEE Year in Review: 1999 at the Board Caucus. The presentation is available at

IEEE Educational Activities Board requests nominations for Annual Awards

The Educational Activities Board (EAB) of the IEEE is currently accepting nominations for the 2000 EAB Awards. The deadline for nominations is 15 May 2000. No extensions will be granted to this date. In June, the IEEE EAB Awards and Recognition Committee will review all nominees and decide upon recipients for the following awards:

  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities - recognizes IEEE members for outstanding contributions in accreditation of engineering, engineering technology, and computer science programs.
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education - recognizes IEEE members for the design, delivery, or management of continuing education activities for IEEE members.
  • Major Educational Innovation Award - recognizes IEEE members for outstanding innovation in an educational field appropriate to the mission of the IEEE.
  • Meritorious Service Citation - recognizes IEEE members for outstanding and sustained service to the aims and objectives of the Educational Activities Board.
  • Employer Professional Development Award - recognizes organizations employing IEEE members for contributions to employee continuing education and professional development

Nomination packets must include the following materials:

  • A nomination letter that details the achievements of the nominee
  • A complete vita of the nominee (except for the Employer Professional Development Award)
  • A cover sheet listing the name of the EAB award being sought for the nominee, and the name, address (both postal and e-mail), telephone and fax numbers of both the nominator and nominee and IEEE member number of candidate.
  • Up to three letters of endorsement and not more than five pages of materials supporting the claims of contributions or achievements
  • For the Accreditation, Continuing Education, and Innovation awards only: Please provide a proposed citation of 25 words or less

Note: For the Employer Professional Development Award, letters of endorsement must include at least one from an employee who is an IEEE member, which includes IEEE member number of employee and one from the director of the IEEE region in which the organization's contributions were made.

IEEE Xplore Demo

Stop by booth #421 at the Computers in Libraries Conference for a demonstration of IEEE Xplore, the dynamic new interface for the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL).  The conference will be held 15-17 March at the Hilton Washington & Towers in Washington, D.C.  For more information, contact Karen Hawkins 

IEEE-USA applauds Great Engineering Achievements

The IEEE-USA is proud that electrification was named as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century," said Merrill W. Buckley, Jr., President of the U.S. career services and public policy arm of the worldwide Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

"In fact, the IEEE nominated most of the top ten. But what is most important is to recognize that the greatest achievements of engineering lie ahead of us, in ways that will combine and transcend these different disciplines to improve our lives."

"Without electrification, there would be no Internet. We couldn't have the commerce we do now, the communications. We would literally be in the dark. There wouldn't even be hospitals and clinics in most parts of the world," said Buckley. "Our whole way of life could not exist."

Nominated by 29 professional engineering societies, the top 20 list of Great Engineering Achievements was selected and ranked by a distinguished panel of the nation's top engineers, working in anonymity to ensure objectivity. The top 20 list was announced as part of National Engineers Week 2000 at the National Press Club by Neil Armstrong, an engineer and astronaut whose moon landing in 1969 was listed in #12, "Space Exploration".

List of the Top 20 Great Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century:

  1. Electrification
  2. Automobile
  3. Airplane
  4. Safe and abundant water
  5. Electronics
  6. Radio and Television
  7. Agricultural Mechanization
  8. Computers
  9. Telephone
  10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  11. Interstate Highways
  12. Space Exploration
  13. Internet
  14. Imaging Technologies
  15. Household Appliances
  16. Health Technologies
  17. Petroleum and Gas Technologies
  18. Laser and Fiber Optics
  19. Nuclear Technologies
  20. High Performance Materials

$35,000 Sloan Grant Awarded

A $35,000 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been awarded to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). This grant enables Educational Activities to produce a video for students which provides an overview of the myriad career opportunities in the computing and information technology fields. The video will broaden the scope of career information materials already available through the IEEE.

This new production will complement the videos and CD-ROMs that IEEE has already produced with funding from the Sloan Foundation. These include two videotapes and a multimedia resource kit as well as a web site and Q&A service administered by IEEE Regional Activities. The first videotape, "What's Out There," provides an overview of job opportunities, and the second, "Getting Ready," provides advice from professionals already in the field. The CD-ROM kit for individual use, "Careers for Electrical Engineers & Computer Scientists," includes profiles, databases of college programs and companies, a career development exercise, and much much more. The IEEE careers web site highlights some of the materials contained in the CD-ROM.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded the Career Cornerstone Series to help college students studying engineering, mathematics, and physical science make a successful transition from studies to work.. IEEE's efforts are part of a larger project funded by the Sloan Foundation that involves a variety of professional associations in the production of videos, websites, and CD-ROMs on careers.

For further information about EAD career resources or the Cornerstone Series please see or 

Call for papers for ICECS 2000

The IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS) will celebrate the year 2000 in Beirut. For the first time an IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems will be held in Lebanon. The venue will be in the continuously expanded and modern region of Lebanon located at the North of Beirut - the heart of a lively multicultural and Mediterranean country.

Authors Schedule Deadline for submission of draft papers May 26, 2000 Notification of acceptance August 25, 2000 Deadline for submission of Camera-ready paper September 29, 2000

Extended summaries must be forwarded to:
Prof. M. Sawan Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
École Polytechnique de Montréal
P.O. Box 6079
Station Centre-Ville Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 3A7
Fax: (514)-340-4147

Upcoming Events

  • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2000)
7-10 May 2000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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

Tutorials from IEDM'99 now available on video from the IEEE

If you were unable to attend the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) and want access to the tutorials that were given, the IEEE can help with these two video releases, recorded at the December 1999 meeting.

In Sub-100nm CMOS, a team of experts from North America and the Far East outline future challenges of CMOS scaling. This course identifies the growing challenges for CMOS scaling and elaborates on options being explored to meet future transistor requirements. The areas covered are new device structures, new materials and new ways of doing circuit design that will be needed to meet the technology requirements of sub-100nm CMOS.

5 Hrs. / 4 Videotapes + presentation notes List Price: $425.00 IEEE  Member Price: $275.00 IEEE Order # (for NTSC version): EV5538QVE IEEE Order # (for PAL version): EV5539QVE

In the second video, System-on-a-chip, the trend to miniaturization and lower operating voltages permits an ever-increasing degree of functional integration with the potential for dramatic improvements in performance, cost and power at the systems level. This course addresses the different requirements and the methods to meld them together for a complete and meaningful single chip solution.

5 Hrs. / 4 Videotapes + presentation notes List Price: $425.00 IEEE Member Price: $275.00 IEEE Order # (for NTSC version): EV5540QVE IEEE Order # (for PAL version): EV5541QVE

Both videos can be ordered from the IEEE Customer Service Department, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA; by e-mail:,  by phone: 1-800-678-4333; at our new site on the Web at  For further information on Education Activities check out our Website 

IEEE Welcomes Harvard Business School Publishing to IEEE BooksPlus Program

IEEE members can now tap into Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) titles like Serious Play by Michael Schrage to find out how the world's best companies simulate to innovate, or Information Rules by Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian, a strategic guide to the network economy. HBSP has carefully selected 30 current, relevant books in business and management to be offered to IEEE members at a 30% discount. In addition, Harvard Business Review reprints and Harvard Business School case studies are available to IEEE members for electronic delivery at 35% off. Whether students or practicing professionals, IEEE members need to be technically adept and business savvy in today's competitive marketplace. Including Harvard Business School Publishing through IEEE BooksPlus adds another dimension to the information advantage IEEE members have at their fingertips. Visit

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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