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The 2003 IEEE Annual elections are underway. Members have been mailed out a ballot and should have received them by now. IEEE Canada encourages all members to read the candidate biographies statements and cast their vote. Remember, ballots must be received by 3 November, 2003.
Canadian hailed as father of PC
The recent issue of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing has recognized the MCM-70 Microcomputer, invented by Kerrs Mutt, as the first of its kind.
For the full article, please refer to the article in The Globe and Mail from 25 September 2003
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IEEE's Financial Advantage Program has started an electronic newsletter. The second issue is now available. The mailing list description is:
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IEEE Canada Student Branch Awards
The IEEE Canada Student Activities Committee is very pleased to announce the recipients of two prestigious awards granted by the IEEE for extraordinary Student Branch activities within the IEEE Region 7 (IEEE Canada).
First of all, the George Armitage Outstanding Student Branch Award. This award, supported by IEEE Canada, is given to recognize extraordinary Student Branch achievements by Student members engaged in activities conforming to IEEE objectives and purposes. For 2003, this award is granted to the Carleton University IEEE Student Branch for exceptional achievements in organizing professional and technical events that resulted in a significant increase in student membership. This award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of two hundred dollars ($200).
Secondly, the IEEE Region 7 RAB Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award. This award is to recognize annually the student most responsible for an extraordinary accomplishment associated with IEEE Student Activities in each Region. For 2003, this award is granted to Kevin Yang Ma of the University of Waterloo for an exceptional achievement by initiating, organizing and coordinating the Blackberry Programming Contest involving the IEEE Student Branches of the Kitchener-Waterloo Section, in partnership with Research in Motion Ltd. This award consists of a plaque and three years of free membership in the IEEE.
John Bandler inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
John W. Bandler, Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, and President of Bandler Corporation, was inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering on May 30 in Montreal.
The Canadian Academy of Engineering is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987 to serve the nation in matters of engineering concern. The Fellows of the Academy are professional engineers from all disciplines and are elected on the basis of their distinguished service and contribution to society, to the country and to the profession.
John Bandler's record spans 40 years of scholarly, pioneering and professional contributions in radio frequency and microwave theory and techniques, optimization of circuits and systems, and computer-aided engineering (355 papers). Pioneering achievements include design centering and yield-driven design, analog diagnosis, testing and tuning, and device statistical parameter extraction, now taken for granted in the RF and microwave arena. He founded Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA) in 1983, developing optimization-based products until 1997, the date of acquisition of OSA by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). His optimization contributions, even exploiting electromagnetic simulators, set benchmarks for today's software. John is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (Great Britain), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario (Canada) and a Member of the MIT Electromagnetics Academy. He received the Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG) Automated Measurements Career Award in 1994. He is Guest Co-Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Issue on Electromagnetics-Based Optimization of Microwave Components and Circuits (2004).
2003 IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award
IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award was awarded to Sarma P. Maruvada, “For contributions to the understanding and characterization of electromagnetic fields and corona phenomena associated with high voltage AC/DC overhead transmission lines.” during the Awards Luncheon on 15 July at the IEEE - PES General Meeting in Toronto.
Sarma P. Maruvada’s work in the analysis and measurement of audible noise and radio interference on transmission line conductors has significantly furthered the study of electromagnetic fields and corona phenomena associated with high voltage AC/DC power lines.
During his nearly 30-year tenure at the Hydro Quebec Institute of Research (IREQ), Dr. Maruvada’s efforts in the sensitive areas of human and environmental impact have been particularly far-reaching. Through a combination of innovative research, large-scale measurement programs and shrewd analysis, he has increased understanding of electric and magnetic fields, ion densities, space charges, onset voltages, power losses and many other factors that affect the design and development of transmission lines.
Dr. Maruvada’s work has determined acceptable levels of audible noise, based on psychoacoustic studies; the subjective human response to radio interference on AM radio reception; and acceptable signal-to-noise ratios. His research has also transformed the field of electromagnetic exposure related to high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) transmission lines. The Canadian Standards Association has used his research to develop high-voltage AC standards.
Throughout Dr. Maruvada’s career, he has worked to promote and transfer his knowledge through committees and publications. His text, Corona Performance of High-Voltage Transmission Lines serves as a defining guide for professionals in the field.
Sarma P. Maruvada was born on 1 January 1938, in Rajahmundry, India. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering from Andhra University in 1958, and a master’s degree with distinction in engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1959. He also earned a master’s of science in 1966, and doctorate in 1968, from the University of Toronto, both in electrical engineering. Currently he is a consultant.
Dr. Maruvada is a Fellow of IEEE and an honorary member of CIGRE. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition and chairman of CIGRE Study Committee 36 on Power System Electromagnetic Compatibility. His many awards and honors include the Platinum Jubilee Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award of the Indian Institute of Science.
Student Design Teams Sought for 2004 CSIDC
The IEEE Computer Society is seeking design teams for its 2004 International Design Competition. Open to undergrads worldwide, the competition involves designing and prototyping a computer-based device to solve a real-world problem. The competition has a US $25,000 first prize. The deadline for entering is 1 November. For details, visit http://computer.org/computer/homepage/0803/CSIDC/sidebar.htm.
Free online technology specific seminars start this month
This month, IEEE will begin offering free online seminars to users of IEEE technical content. Each course will focus on competitive intelligence and the use of IEEE technical content in the creation of intellectual property, including patents. The online sessions are oriented to executives, engineers, researchers and designers in these technologies. Sessions will be held at both 10AM or 7PM EDT, last for one hour, and require access to a phone line and high-speed Internet connection. Currently scheduled classes include:
Advance registration is required, and space is limited. For questions, or to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, affiliation, title, and preferred session and time.
IEEE celebrates 40-year milestone
Forty years ago, IEEE - the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - was formed following the merger of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). Today, IEEE has more than 380,000 members, publishes about thirty percent of the world's technical literature in the field, and holds 300 conferences annually. To learn about the 40-year history of the IEEE since the merger, visit the five-page feature in this month's issue of The Institute.
Best fares available through new IEEE travel services booking tool
This month, IEEE Travel Services introduced a new online booking tool that will enable travelers to quickly find the best Web-only rates for flights, car rentals and hotel fares. Users can access the best fares without leaving the security and familiarity of the IEEE Travel Services system, which is more secure, trusted, faster, and easier than booking on an external Web-direct site. In addition, the search tool boasts a maximum 90-second wait time for results. To find out more, or book travel, visit IEEE Travel Services at http://www.ieeetravelonline.org.
Why Projects Slip: Part 1, Starting off Right!(by Bill Franklin & Doug Copeland, Precision Planning Group)
Companies undertaking expensive initiatives to deliver new and innovative products or solutions to their customers often have good reason to harbour concerns over successful delivery of the project. Indeed, a large undertaking can bankrupt or seriously compromise a company’s future if the delivered product is excessively late, of poor quality, or significantly over budget.
Fortunately, strong signals portending problems can be observed and action taken to mitigate more serious issues. Many of these problems are recognizable at the very project launch! Here, occurring right at project launch, are our top four reasons for project slippage:
Projects don’t have to late, over budget or suffer from poor quality. Recognize the symptoms of project that are in trouble, understand the root causes that are causing issues, and take appropriate action. With practice and experience, you can consistently deliver projects on time, within budget, and with the features your clients and customers want.
In the next article, we’ll examine factors that cause significant slippage in a project well underway.
Senior Member Upgrades
The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the August 2003 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings in Brookfield, Wisconsin:
For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/smprogram.html. The 2003 Goal for IEEE Canada is to elevate 150 members to Senior Members.
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IEEE Commercial Releases
New volume provides Engineer's complete waveguide resource
Simplified manufacturing and faster, cheaper development in wafer technology provide the focus of a new book by IEEE Fellow Rainee N. Simons entitled "Coplanar Waveguide Circuits Components and Systems." Simons works in the Communications Technology Division at NASA's Glenn Research Center, and calls this work "an engineer's complete resource" on the topic. Find out more about this Wiley-IEEE Press book at http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471161217.
Book available on linear time-invariant systems
Wiley-IEEE Press offers engineers a book covering the fundamentals of linear time-invariant or continuous system theory. In "Linear Time-Invariant Systems," the basics of system theory are presented from a system, rather than an application-oriented perspective. Author Martin Schetzen provides a foundation for further study of system modeling, control theory, filter theory, discrete system theory, state-variable theory, and other subjects requiring a system viewpoint. Find out more about this Wiley-IEEE Press book http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471231452.
Book examines smart antenna technology
A new Wiley-IEEE book entitled "Smart Antennas" is the first book to examine adaptive antennas using digital technology. This text looks at the latest developments in smart antenna technology and offers timely information on fundamentals. Authors Tapan K. Sarkar, Michael C. Wicks, Magdalena Salazar-Palma, and Robert J. Bonneau have developed new adaptive techniques that are offered in this title. The book serves as an excellent resource for anyone working in electromagnetics and signal processing who deal with performance improvement of adaptive techniques. For more information, or to purchase, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471210102.html.
New IEEE Press title looks at challenges of IP Networks
Hot off the presses comes "Managing IP Networks: Challenges and Opportunities," a new book from Wiley-IEEE Press. Editors Salah Aidarous and Thomas Plevyak have assembled contributions from seven other experts to make this an essential resource on the future of IP networks. For more information, or to purchase, visit http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471392995.
New book covers theory and design of IGBT
Semiconductor devices, particularly the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), form the heart of the power electronics industry and play a pivotal role in the regulation and distribution of energy in the world. In his new Wiley-IEEE Press book, "Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT): Theory and Design," Vinod Kumar Khanna covers basic theory and design aspects of IGBTs, including the selection of silicon, achieving targeted specifications through device and process design, and device packaging. Find out more about this book at http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471238457.
Pulse width modulation for power convertors book now available
A new book offered by Wiley-IEEE Press, "Pulse Width Modulation for Power Converters: Principles and Practice," is now available. This book, written by D. Grahame Holmes and Thomas A. Lipo, brings together the field's diverse approaches into an integrated and comprehensive theory of PWM. For more information, or to purchase, please visit http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471208140.
Text offers practical information on radio control
Wiley-IEEE Press has published "Practical Radio - Frequency System Design," a hardcover book addressing practical information for radio frequency system design professionals. The book is written by William F. Egan, Ph.D., instructor at Santa Clara University and noted author. For more information, or to order, visit http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471200239.
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