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Issue: September 2006

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IEEE Victoria Section Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

On August 18, 2006, the Victoria Section hosted the 50th Anniversary Banquet at the University Club, University of Victoria. Section’s special guests were Dr. Bob Hanna (IEEE Canada President), Dr. Harold Page, and Prof. Vijay Bhargava (UBC).

Victoria Section Chair David Gregson (left) is receiving the 50th Anniversary banner from IEEE Canada President Bob Hanna.

The Section was created as a local organization of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) on October 5, 1956. It became an IEEE Section in 1963, when AIEE and its sister society IRE (the Institute of Radio Engineers) merged.

Harold J. Page, P.Eng. Life Member, IEEE – one of the founders of the Section - recollects: “It is significant to note that almost coincident with the formation of the Victoria Section; in fact, the month before, saw the turn up for service of TAT-1, the first Trans-Atlantic telephone cable. Up to that point, such telephone service as there was between Canada and Europe used expensive and unreliable radio channels, and so it ushered in the era of modern global communications. In our present world of high speed internet, i-pods, and broadband communications facilities, it seems incredible that within the life of this Section it was a difficult and chancy business to make a phone call from Victoria to London.” To learn more about the history of the Victoria Section please read a complete story -

Dr. Bob Hanna, IEEE Canada President, made a presentation congratulating Victoria Section and announcing “IEEE Pacific Rim Vijay Bhargava Scholarship” to be awarded to IEEE Students Attending at University of Victoria.

Prof. Vijay Bhargava (right on the picture below) is a long time IEEE Volunteer with distinguished record. He is a Fellow of IEEE, EIC, RSC and CAE. Among multiple awards he has received are: IEE (UK) A.F. Bulgin Premium, Royal Society of Canada - Eadie Medal, EIC the John B. Stirling Award, IEEE Centennial Medal, IEEE Canada's McNaughton Gold Medal, IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, IEEE Harden Pratt Award, IEEE Millennium Medal.

Prof. Bhargava’s IEEE activities include:

•         President of the Information Theory Society

•         IEEE Vice President - Regional Activities Board

•         IEEE Director - Region 7

•         Chair - Montreal Section 

•         Chair - Victoria Section

•         Founder of IEEE Canada CCECE Conf. in 1987

•         Nominated by IEEE Board as a Candidate for the Office of President-Elect in 1996 and 2002

•         Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society




At the IEEE Victoria Section 50th Anniversary Banquet. 


Congratulations to two more IEEE Canada Sections celebrating 50th anniversaries this year:

 - IEEE Southern Alberta Section - September 27, 2006

 - IEEE South Saskatchewan Section - October 27, 2006


2006 Fall IEEE Canada Board Meeting

The IEEE Canada Fall Board Meeting will be held in conjunction with the IEEE Canada TELUS Competition, IEEE Canada Executive Meeting, IEEE Canada Student Congress and IEEE Canada GOLD Congress in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario.  The meetings run from Thursday September 14 to Sunday September 17. 


Senior Member Upgrades

The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the August 2006 IEEE Admission and Advancement Panel meeting:

Hamilton Section



Kingston Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Newfoundland-Labrador Section



Ottawa Section

Mustapha C.E.


Quebec Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section

Resi Laura


Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Winnipeg Section



Winnipeg Section

Peng Randy



Newly Elected IEEE Senior Members Featured in this Issue

Alain Beaulieu, CD, MEng

Kingston Section

Maj A. Beaulieu

Alain Beaulieu is a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.  He is also a PhD candidate in the same department.

Research interests are:

Verification and validation of real-time systems

Scheduling of tasks in real-time systems

Bio-medical software and computer systems

Safety of bio-medical software

Alain has a MEng in Computer Engineering (RMC 1992) and a BENG in Computer Engineering (RMC 1986). He is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.


Martin Plumer

Newfoundland-Labrador Section

Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Memorial University of Newfoundland


Ph.D. 1984 University of Toronto.  Condensed Matter Theory.

          Thesis: Theory of the Spin-Density-Wave State of MnSi.

M.Sc. 1979 Dalhousie University.  Condensed Matter Theory.

           Thesis: Investigation of Many-Electron Systems Through the Density  Functional Formalism.                     

B.Sc.  1977 St. Francis Xavier University.  Honours Physics.

            Senior report:  Thermal Expansion in Holmium.


Mustapha C.E. Yagoub P.Eng., ing.

Ottawa Section

 Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Institut National Polytechnique, France)
Magister. (Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria)
Dipl.Eng. (Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria


Research Interests

 Major field

  Microwave and millimeter-wave devices, circuits and systems

 Minor fields

  Applied electromagnetics

  Microwave circuit CAD

  Neural nets for microwave applications

  Linear and nonlinear modeling

  Optimization methods 



Soosan Beheshti

Toronto Section


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University



system dynamics, modeling and control

data processing

statistical learning theory and generalization





Ben Liang

Toronto Section

Assistant Professor
The Edward S. Rogers Sr.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto

Research interests are in developing theories, algorithms, and protocols for communication networks and mobile computing. Recent research topics include ad hoc and sensor networks, mobility and resource management, multimedia networking, heterogeneous network integration, and information assurance.

Ben Liang received honors simultaneous B.Sc. (valedictorian) and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York, in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with computer science minor from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 2001. In the 2001 academic year, he was a visiting lecturer and post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2002.

He received an Intel Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 2000 toward the completion of his Ph.D. dissertation, the Best Paper Award at the IFIP Networking conference in 2005, and the Runner-up Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Quality of Service in Heterogeneous Wired/Wireless Networks in 2006.


Website portal:

 Two years ago, while at a national conference for college admissions counsellors Douglas Gorham, director of educational outreach, IEEE noticed people were hungry for information on careers in engineering. Gorham watched counsellors at the conference rush to the engineering table for information pamphlets.

 Encouraged, Gorham said the clear need for information gave him  confidence that a project he'd been working on was moving in the right direction.

 The project? A website portal:, containing information on careers in engineering. Geared towards students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors the site includes links to profiles of an engineer, tips on how to become an engineer, a university finder, lesson plans for teachers, engineering games and the option to ask a question to practising engineers.

 The website, originally started out as a searchable database, providing a list of accredited universities that have programs in engineering. In North America, there are 507.

 Gorham didn't tackle this ongoing project alone. Some of the key players involved are Moshe Kam, IEEE vice president for educational activities, IBM, the New York Hall of Science and Yvonne Pelham, IEEE educational outreach program manager. IBM designed the site, the New York Hall of Science houses the site, but both Gorham and Kam, were the key players in getting the website going.

 "We wanted to impact and educate school counsellors," said Gorham. "The site contains all the flavours of engineering," he said. has had 57,000 hits or clicks to the home page and 8,500 visitors since it's launch on June 5. Yvonne Pelham, Educational Outreach Program Manager for IEEE educational activities in Piscataway, NJ, defines a visitor as someone who has spent at least twenty minutes on the site clicking on several pages. 70 per cent of the visitors so far are from the U.S., and the site has even received questions from students as far away as the Middle East. The partners involved in are in the midst of planning a bigger promotional splash set for this September and October, with Canada at the top of its agenda.

 With students investigating their careers now as early as 15, the TryEngineering website is a great tool, designed to answer all of their questions. Sleek and professional looking with profiles of practising engineers, the website caters to the curious seeker who does not know too much about the field.

 Engineers such as John Harding, a hardware development engineer for Hewlett Packard Company give honest and frank advice in about two sentences or less and profiles, such as the one featured on himself highlight the education, the job description, and a brief interview with engineers in various fields. 


John Harding, one of seven

engineers profiled on the webiste features those in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, material, mechanical and nuclear engineering.

 For teachers, looking for lessons for the more mathematically inclined, there are lesson plans. The activities teach both students and teachers how engineering can play a role in daily life, bettering the items we use daily, such as plastic, and perhaps take for granted. The lesson plans tell teachers what their student will gain from each lesson. Activities such as Simple Machines and Goldburger To Go, show parents, teachers and students alike how engineering is used in everyday life.

 If searching for a university on the site becomes a bit too tedious, users can either play a game or ask an expert about the industry to take a little breather.

Jennifer Kai



IEEE and Willis College, a 110-year-old Ottawa, Canada-based institution, have established a partnership that will provide IEEE members with a 10 percent discount on Clean and Renewable Energy Education programs. The programs are offered in several languages including English, Spanish, Chinese and French. Courses are available on campus or online through their eLearning Portal.

Willis College offers certificates in Clean Energy (26 credits), Green Heat (14 credits), and Green Power (12 credits).  The courses show participants how to use RETScreen software and uses a hands-on approach for each of the nine technologies covered (Passive Solar, Solar Air Heating, Solar Water Heating, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Solar Photovoltaics, Biomass, Wind Energy, Small Hydro, plus Co-generation). Two more technologies will be added in 2007 (energy efficiency in refrigeration and energy efficiency in heating). For more information or to access courses by Willis College, visit (THE IEEE Leadership Wire, 1 August 2006)


IEEE Student Branches - do you have or want to have an IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre? Now is the time to plan to apply for McNaughton Centre Grants from the IEEE Canadian Foundation to update your existing centre or start a new one - application deadline for this year is November 15. If your Branch Chair and Counselor attend the student branch workshop in Toronto, September 15-17, they will learn about these Centres, their advantages, and how to apply for a grant (as well as many other useful ideas about running a successful student branch) - since there are travel funds available, your branch should be well represented there - if you haven't planned to attend - why not!. For information about McNaughton Centres & Grants, go to For information about the Student Branch Workshop, go to


What's Out There: Careers for Electrical Engineers & Computer Scientists - this on one of the new videos available from IEEE - for IEEE members and conveniently available from your personal "myIEEE" web page - to access, just go to and click on the myIEEE graphic, ender your personal IEEE web account login (name & password) and click on "launch IEEEtv" at the top of the centre panel, then select the video you want to watch. If you are a parent of a high school student, you may want to watch this one on careers with your son or daughter.


New Tech Insider Webinar Series from IEEE Spectrum Online

These are educational presentations given by top industry experts that would be of great interest to your Canadian IEEE membership. This also includes our Career Accelerator Forum in October which has been a very popular event for students and professionals alike who are looking to augment their career status or change career directions. This event will concentrate on entrepreneurism and computer science. Please see the other Webinar topics and dates below. For more information, please go to

IEEE Spectrum Online Tech Insider Webinar Series
If you are an engineer or technology professional, check out IEEE Spectrum Online's new series of Webinars for people who need to know what's REALLY happening in today's hottest technology fields.
Leading industry experts will explore important technology developments and trends—-and get into the technical nitty-gritty. A live Q&A following each Webinar will give you the opportunity to address specific questions you might have.
Upcoming free Webinar in the series include:

Tech Insider: Car Talk about MEMS
Thursday, September 21, 2006
2:00PM (ET), 11:00 AM (PT), 18:00 (GMT) (Duration: 1 hour)

The Autumn 2006 Career Accelerator Forum: Changing Lanes
Live: 12 October 2006 Noon ET / 9:00 am PT / 16:00 GMT
Duration: 2 hours
1st session: The Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship in Today’s Technology Environment
2nd session: Programming your Future in Computer Science

Tech Insider: Medical Technology Gets a Shot in the Arm
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 18:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)

Tech Insider: The EDA Challenge - Design Automation and Convergence
Thursday, November 9, 2006, Time
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)

Tech Insider: Mobile Devices and their Impact on Network Security
Thursday, December 7, 2006
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)


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Upcoming Events


  • Introduction to Antenna Concepts and Testing

Oct. 11-13, 2006
International Institute of Telecommunications, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • LEOS Annual 2006

October 29th-November 2nd, 2006
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • SMC 2007

Oct. 7-10, 2007
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For more information please visit

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  • Introduction to Antenna Concepts and Testing

Oct. 11-13, 2006
International Institute of Telecommunications, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • 9th Annual International IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC 2006)

The University of Toronto Civil Engineering Department
and the IEEE Toronto Section.
September 17-20, 2006
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
Toronto, Canada
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  • IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

28-29 Sept 2006
Renaissance Downtown hotel.
Toronto, Ontario
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  • Toyota Plant Tour in Cambridge

October 30, 2006
Bus Stop at Davis Centre on
University of Waterloo Campus
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  • 2006 Graduate Student Conference

October 15, 2006
University Centre,
Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
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Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Northern Canada


Southern Alberta




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