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IEEE Canada member benefits
For ten years, IEEE Canada members have used IEEE’s Financial Advantage Program to increase the value of their IEEE membership, by adding non-technical benefits for themselves and their family.
As IEEE Canada has membership in Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), IEEE Canada members may use EIC’s affinity and member benefit programs. No matter how long you have been an IEEE Canada member, you may be unfamiliar with all of the EIC benefit programs. We would like to change that.
Over the past year, EIC has expanded the number of their value-added, affinity and member benefits. EIC continually seeks new and relevant savings programs that you will find valuable. Through EIC’s relationship with Venngo, the number of value-added, affinity and member benefit programs offered to IEEE Canada members has increased substantially. These programs are valuable from both a business and personal perspective and include services such as discounts through Workopolis, Grand & Toy and the HP purchase program, as well as the monthly EIC Business Center e-newsletter.
You can take advantage of the savings offered by these EIC programs by going to the IEEE Canada website, as follows:
Or you can go directly to the EIC home page: http://www.eic-ici.ca
If you have any questions regarding how the Affinity and Member Benefit Programs work, please email .
Award deadlines upcoming
IEEE Canada has a lot of awards that are available for volunteers, professionals and students. The deadline for nominations for many of these is coming up - 30 November 2004. Some of the awards available:
Please visit http://www.ieee.ca/awards for more details on the various awards and the nomination forms.
IEEE Canada members are also eligible for EIC awards. Nominations for these can be found at http://www.eic-ici.ca/.
The Regional Activities Board is currently accepting nominations for the prominent RAB Awards:
These awards, the most prestigious RAB has to offer, are designed to recognize outstanding efforts by IEEE volunteers. These are NOT technical achievement awards. The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2004. More information and nomination forms are available at the RAB Awards Website http://www.ieee.org/rabawards.
Technical Experts needed in K-W area
Skills Canada Ontario, a not-for-profit organization which promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies for young people across the province, is holding an Ontario Technological Skills Competition in May. As part of the competition they have been asked to pilot a Solar Bicycle Challenge. A small number of high schools (no more than 5) will create 3 or 4 wheeled solar "bicycles" to compete in design, speed and endurance categories. Skills Canada is looking for 1 or 2 technical experts who can assist them in organizing and judging this competition. This would entail a small number of evening meetings in the Waterloo area, as well as the day of the actual competition in May.
Any members who are knowledgeable about solar-powered vehicles and are willing to assist Skills Canada can contact Mr. Arthur Mayer at email@example.com.
Elmer Bourque & Ferial El-Hawary nominated to EMCC
At its 20 June 2004 meeting, the Board of Directors confirmed the appointment of IEEE Canada volunteers, Elmer Bourque and Ferial El-Hawary as members of the Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC) Hearing Panel, for a two year term.
Congratulations and thank you for your willingness to participate in this important activity!
Renew your IEEE membership for chance to win a Dell notebook computer
IEEE members who renew their memberships online by 15 November will be entered into a drawing to win a Dell notebook computer. The drawing will be held on 29 November. For 2005, IEEE offers its members the opportunity to join 39 IEEE Societies, including the new IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS). ITSS brings together individuals who are using synergistic technologies and systems engineering concepts to develop and improve transportation systems of all kinds. To renew your membership online for 2005, visit http://www.ieee.org/renewal.
New IEEE society membership and journal subscriptions begin immediately
Renewing IEEE members can receive several free months of new society memberships and/or journal subscriptions when adding new services to their membership. Any society or subscription added now for 2005 will become active for the remainder of 2004. Complete details on all IEEE Societies and technical publications can be found on the online renewal site at http://www.ieee.org/renewal/
Donald A. Chisholm (1927-2004)
Don passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of 4 August 2004 with his wife Marilyn by his side and is lovingly remembered by his children Leslie and Andrew. Don was born on 7 May 1927 and grew up in the Upper Beaches of Toronto, graduating from Adam Beck and Malvern High School. He attended the University of Toronto after the war with many of the veterans at the Ajax Campus and graduated with a BA of Sc in 1949. He then went on to obtain an MA and PhD in Physics in 1950 and 1952. He joined Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey in 1953 and went on to become one of the youngest Directors in April of 1964. In May of 1968 he joined Bellcomm Inc. as Managing Director of Systems Studies working on projects involved in the Apollo Space Mission. He joined Northern Electric's main laboratories in Ottawa in June 1969 and in 1971 became President of the new company, Bell Northern Research (BNR). Under his leadership BNR grew into a creative, innovative powerhouse that would make telecommunications history. He was referred to as the 'Father of Digital World'. He steered the introduction of Nortel's DMS Central Office Switching System and the Meridian line of digital private branch exchanges. In September 1976 he became Chairman of the Board of BNR and Executive Vice President of Northern Telecom Limited.
In 1987 Don was presented with the Julian C. Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada and either chaired or served on committees for the Science Council of Canada, Ontario Research Foundation, Algonquin College, IEEE and several universities. He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Waterloo, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Université du Quebec and the University of Toronto. Dr. Chisholm was credited with creating an atmosphere of intellectual freedom which attracted some of the industry's most innovative and talented people.
(Source: The Globe & Mail, 4 September 2004)
Albert Glazer (1918-2004)
Albert Glazer died on 23 June at the age of 86 at Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre. He leaves his wife Helen, his children Stephen, Karen and Sam as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Glazer was born on 11 March 1918 in Toronto, graduating from Parkdale Collegiate. He then went to the University of Toronto, graduating with honours in electrical engineering, specializing in electronics and communications. He learnt about radars at a special school in England before being dispatched to Malta during the Second World War. There he did double duty as an observer in bombers attacking enemy shipping and naval targets, and being in charge of airborne radar on the island. In September 1942, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which at that stage of the war was a much rarer medal. It was the first DFC to be awarded to someone other than a pilot or navigator.
After the war, Mr. Glazer was not able to find a job in engineering and went back to the movie theatre business. He then operated a chain of hardware stores in Toronto for 10 years, called Geller and Glazer. After that he started as a career as an administrator in several large companies. After retiring in 1983, he spent time in veteran related work.
(Source: The Globe & Mail, 7 September 2004)
Senior Member Upgrades
The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the September 2004 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings:
For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/smprogram.html.
Many IEEE Canada sections maintain their own listings of upcoming events:
For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at http://www.ieee.org/conferencesearch/.
IEEE Commercial Releases
New title exposes innards of high-tech optical networks
The second edition of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources assesses the equipment and devices that make data transmission through fiber optic cables possible. Published by the Wiley-IEEE Press, the book draws from dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) research to develop a comprehensive, technical analysis of optical components as they function in optical networks. Learn more about this state-of-the-art technology, or purchase the title, at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471208167.html.
Update of classic CMOS text
R. Jacob Baker and David E. Boyce are acknowledged as experts in the field of CMOS. Their classic text, "CMOS: Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation," is now available from Wiley-IEEE Press in a newly expanded and updated edition. As with the first edition, the new volume offers a vital contemporary view of a wide range of analog/digital circuit blocks, the BSIM model, data converter architectures, and much more. This time, however, the authors take a two-path approach to the topic. They develop design techniques for both long- and short-channel CMOS technologies and then compare the two, resulting in multi-dimensional explanations that allow readers deep insight into the design process. For more information, or to purchase this book, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047170055X.html.
Book analyzes electric systems
With the growing need for engineers to keep pace with technology today comes an also mounting need for students to get a quicker educational start. Realizing this, Dr. George G. Karady and Dr. Keith E. Holbert introduce a new method for students to learn more, faster and more efficiently in their new book from Wiley-IEEE Press, "Electrical Energy Conversion and Transport." Through their active-learning approach, the book challenges introductory level students to solve problems that were once considered too complex. Key aspects of this new learning system include computer-assisted derivation of transmission-line and motor operation, the implementation of Mathcad, MATLAB, and PSpice in problem solving, and complete discussions of contemporary concerns ranging from the environmental impact of power generation to the electronic control of motors. For more information, please visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471476528.html.
Book provides insight into bit error rate estimation
Bit error rate (BER) estimation is a crucial element to the quality of service of DWDM optical communications systems and networks. Stamatios Kartalopoulos, one of the world's authorities on DWDM, now offers a comprehensive treatment of an easy-to-follow approach to BER estimation. His new book from IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, "Optical Bit Error Rate: An Estimation Methodology," describes the sources affecting the quality of optical signals. It lays the theoretical foundation on which signal quality and optical channel performance are estimated, monitored, and detected, and presents a cost-effective method for the automatic estimation of BER, Q-factor, and SNR, using integrated circuitry at the receiver. To purchase this book or find more information, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0471615455.html.
Software Developers - Certification testing period starts this month
The IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) Fall testing period is 1 September until 30 November 2004. The CSDP credential is the only professional certification that was developed by, for, and with software engineering professionals. To download an application and discount coupon good for US$100 off the exam fee, please visit http://www.computer.org/certification/promo.
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|IEEE Canada Newsletter - October 2004||Bulletin de IEEE Canada - Octobre 2004|
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