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- Call for Papers
- Message from Oceans'08 MTS/IEEE Conference
- IEEE News
- Views, Features and
- New Brunswick
(for non-IEEE Canada members)
- From Spring'08 Regional Board Meeting
- Adhoc Committee on the History of IEEE Canada has been approved
- Professor Masoud Farzaneh is awarded the Charles-Biddle Prize
- Newly elevated IEEE Canada members to Senior Status
- 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (May 12-15, 2009)
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
- Certification Programs Aimed at Wireless and Software Engineers
- Nanotechnology Explained
- Sections Congress 20008
From Spring'08 Regional Board Meeting
It's pleasure to report on the outcome of our Spring'08 Regional Board Meeting which was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 - 4th, in Niagara Falls. The meeting was followed by a very successful CCECE'08 which was well attended with the highlight on the celebration at the Awards Banquet . Preceding the Region Board meeting on Friday May 2nd was a one day Training Session for Section Chairs . The Training sessions were well attended , the topics and the speakers were very well selected focusing on the new Member Geographical Activities (MGA) Model. I would like to thank all the invited speakers for their efforts and for attending our meetings. Also, to thank the team of organizers for their fine volunteer work that added success to these events.
Adhoc Committee on the History of IEEE Canada has been approved
With the impending arrival of the IEEE 125th Anniversary Celebrations, there is an urgent need to establish an ad hoc committee to document the History of IEEE Canada based on expanding existing resources documenting these matters. The Board has approved forming the Adhoc Committee on the History of IEEE Canada. The purpose of this Committee is to focus on the History of IEEE-Canada since it started .
To collect and document the History of the Region with a view to publishing a History of IEEE Canada in Hard Copy as well as in Electronic Form.
To recommend on financial implications, a budget, and explore means of funding for reporting to the IEEE Canada Board in the Fall Meeting at St. Johns, Newfoundland.
This project should be completed by beginning of 2009 for the 125 years Anniversary of IEEE.
The Committee Structure is as follows:
President-elect Om Malik has agreed to be the Coordinator of this Committee on the Executive Committee and the Board of IEEE Canada .
Directors Emeriti Wally Read and Ray Findlay are Co-Chairs.
Members are the Past Presidents of IEEE Canada as follows:
Wally Read, Ray Findlay, Bob Alden, Linda Weaver, Vijay Bhargava, Tony
The committee has the discretion to include additional members on an as needed basis. (Ron Potts and Pelle Westlind have showed their interest to join the committee and both are welcomed).
Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, P.Eng., F. IEEE, F. EIC, F. MTS
Engineers honor Alexander Graham Bell
By Cate Bearugh
"We make an effort to recognize these things across the world. Some are obvious like the Alexander Graham Bell's achievement but others are not like the 7,500 kilowatt transmission line out in Quebec," Maryan told The Paris Star. The plaque honouring Bell is one of just eight or nine in Canada placed by IEEE and one of only about 100 in the world.
The full report of this event is available on Paris Star's web site.
On May 5th, the prestigious Charles Biddle prize was awarded to Professor Masoud Farzaneh by the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Ms. Yolande James during a special ceremony in the Quebec National Assembly. This award highlights the outstanding contribution of a person from cultural communities to the development of Quebec society.
A native of Iran, Prof. Farzaneh is currently Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair on Atmospheric Icing of Power Network Equipment (CIGELE) and the Canada Research Chair on Engineering of Power Network Atmospheric Icing, at University of Quebec in Chicoutimi (UQAC). Shortly after his arrival in Canada, in 1982, as visiting researcher, he realized the strategic importance of research on atmospheric icing to ensure the reliability of transmission and distribution of electricity for Quebec and other cold climate regions.
Newly elevated IEEE Canada members to Senior Status
The A&A meeting was held on May 24 at Prince Westin Hotel, Toronto, ON. The review panel members consisted of 17 SMIEEE and 1 FIEEE. The panel reviewed roughly 200 applications for elevation to Senior Member grade from all around the world. The names of members elevated to Senior member grade will become available in June.
2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (May 12-15, 2009, Hamilton, ON)
The 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2009) is a Canadian and international forum for engineers, scientists, policy advisors, industry and other stakeholders to share and exchange new information and ideas for dealing with climate change and global warming. It also provides an opportunity for participants to keep abreast of emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. The CCTC2009 is organized by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and nine of its member societies. The CCTC2009 will be held on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton. The theme of the conference is:
CLIMATE CHANGE ... DEAL WITH IT!
The above theme reflects the need to prepare practical responses to climate change and global warming. The proposed conference topic categories are:
· Impacts: Environmental and economic impacts; potential safety, health and security risks
· Monitoring: GHG tracking, emission measurement, engineering issues and indicators
· Modeling: Emissions/economic/climate, infrastructure design, energy systems and lifecycle
· Mitigation: GHG management, carbon free energy, carbon management and biofixation
· Adaptation: Engineering design, planning, processes, tools, risk management
· Biorefining: Products, biochemical and thermo-chemical technology
· Education: Strategies, paradigms and effect on the professiont
· Standards: International standards initiatives, protocols, benefits of standards and other initiatives
· Policy and Regulation: Emission trading, environment, carbon sink and emission reduction incentives
Mr. Eric Williams
Dates to Remember:
For more information, please visit the conference web site at www.cctc2009.ca
I note with pride that IEEE-Canada (R7) hosted the prestigious IEEE/OCEANS Conference and Exhibition for a number of years. The conference was hosted by Halifax, Nova-Scotia and Victoria, B.C. for more than once and currently for the first OCEANS'07 MTS/IEEE Vancouver, B.C. and OCEANS'08 MTS/IEEE Quebec.
I am honored to serve as a General Co-Chair for OCEANS'08 MTS/IEEE Quebec and to lead the superb team of the Organizing Committee Members with their fine volunteer work. I invite you to join us in exploring and learning more from the Conference Theme "Oceans, Poles and Climate: Technological Challenges" . In addition to OCEANS traditional technical papers, OCEANS'08 MTS/IEEE Quebec will specifically offer presentations to highlight significant technological challenges involved in Remote Sensing and studying the polar seas, with their profound effect on climate and the future of the bio-sphere.
A series of plenary, keynote and technical papers will focus on the 'Challenges' theme and cover a comprehensive and diverse range of topics that highlight the advances and innovations being made in all aspects of oceanic technology and how these enhance our knowledge and understanding of this unique and precious environment. Also, this Conference features a wide variety of related Tutorials Topics designed to upgrade participants engineering knowledge. Students Program with Students Papers Competition is included. Exhibits Program with over 100 booths will show case the Marine Industry at OCEANS'08 MTS/IEEE Quebec.
Quebec City is having a Historical Celebration marking the 400th years anniversary of the City. Come and join us for the great party. We are looking forward to have you all in Quebec City in 2008 to share with us this remarkable celebration.
Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, P.Eng., F.IEEE, F.EIC, F.MTS
Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
EML 2008 - 14th Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology
CMBEC31- 31st Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference
IMSTW 2008 - 14th International Mixed Signal Testing Workshop
ITS 2008 - 9th International Conference On Intelligent Tutoring Systems
QBSC 2008 - 24th Biennial Symposium on Communications
ISTAS 2008 - International Symposium on Technology and Society
2008 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - ISIT 06
IPCC 2008 - International Professional Communication Conference
EMBC 2008 - 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
ICWCUCA 2008- 2nd International Conference on Wireless on Communications in Underground and Confined Areas
All IEEE Conferences in Canada
Ø IEEE News
Certification Programs Aimed at Wireless Engineers
GROWING DEMAND Rapid growth in wireless communications has created a need for communications professionals. But what must they know? A standard baseline of knowledge-or a test to certify a communication expert's practical knowledge-did not exist until March, when the IEEE Communications Society launched its Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) certification program. It's aimed at engineers who already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have about three years of experience.
More than 100 industry experts from different wireless industry sectors helped develop the program and the exam that goes with it. Areas the exam covers include radio-frequency engineering, propagation, and antennas; access technologies; network and service architecture; network management and security; facilities infrastructure; licensing agreements; industry standards and policies; and government regulations. The Communications Society developed a handbook to help candidates understand eligibility requirements, as well as how to apply, study, and take the exam. Visit http://www.comsoc.org/bin/wcet/request1.html to request a free copy.
"We anticipate that the WCET certification program will become the standard that organizations will use to develop curricula for wireless communications training," says IEEE Member Rolf Frantz, the program's industry relations manager and a communications industry veteran.
The first testing period is between 22 September and 10 October, with the next period slated for March. The cost of the exam is US $450 for IEEE members and $500 for non-members.
Nanotechnology Explained Many engineers are still mystified by just what nanotechnology is all about, nor do they know how to involve themselves in what is expected to greatly benefit such fields as electronics, medicine, and the environment.
To help professionals get a handle on what's going on, a recent online seminar covered the fundamentals of nanotechnology. To learn more, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/11386/40211780 Sections Congress 2008 Celebrating Volunteer Achievements Worldwide is theme of Sections Congress 2008 to be held September 19-22, 2008 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Ø
Views, Features and Analysis Being endorsed by my peers was priceless! Of course, getting a $25 (USD) gift certificate to apply to any Society membership and a letter of recognition sent to employer (upon request) are good stuff as well --sort of an "icing on the cake". Once there, I got to pass this on! I can serve as a reference for others who aspire to become a Senior Member of IEEE and/or sit on a panel to review applications for Senior Membership. You may have more questions, such as: "Why would I want to be a Senior Member of the IEEE? Doesn't that designation indicate I'm getting old? Do I have to be a professor to qualify? Must I pass some kind of test? How much more will it cost me? These are just some of the questions posed by members inquiring about what it takes to become an IEEE Senior Member." Find answers in the article published in The Institute on-line. For more information and to apply visit Senior Member place on the IEEE portal.
Many engineers are still mystified by just what nanotechnology is all about, nor do they know how to involve themselves in what is expected to greatly benefit such fields as electronics, medicine, and the environment. To help professionals get a handle on what's going on, a recent online seminar covered the fundamentals of nanotechnology. To learn more, visit http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/11386/40211780
Sections Congress 2008
Celebrating Volunteer Achievements Worldwide is theme of Sections Congress 2008 to be held September 19-22, 2008 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Ø Views, Features and Analysis
Being endorsed by my peers was priceless! Of course, getting a $25 (USD) gift certificate to apply to any Society membership and a letter of recognition sent to employer (upon request) are good stuff as well --sort of an "icing on the cake".
Once there, I got to pass this on! I can serve as a reference for others who aspire to become a Senior Member of IEEE and/or sit on a panel to review applications for Senior Membership.
You may have more questions, such as:
"Why would I want to be a Senior Member of the IEEE? Doesn't that designation indicate I'm getting old? Do I have to be a professor to qualify? Must I pass some kind of test? How much more will it cost me? These are just some of the questions posed by members inquiring about what it takes to become an IEEE Senior Member."
Find answers in the article published in The Institute on-line.
For more information and to apply visit Senior Member place on the IEEE portal.
I look forward to receiving news/article(s) from your sections and/or yours or other IEEE colleagues' achievements for the newsletter. Please forward any such correspondence by the 20th of the month to the Editor at
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