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- IEEE Canada Board
- Your News
- News of Interest
- Our Members in the
- Call for Papers
- New Brunswick
(for non-IEEE Canada members)
- 2009 MGA Outstanding Large and Small Section Award Recipients
- Two new milestones in Vancouver approved
- New templates available for IEEE web sites
- Renew Your Membership for 2010
- Membership Dues in Special Circumstances
- McNaughton Learning Resource Centre at University of Saskatchewan
- South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
- New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
- Kingston Section hosts FOS for fun and profit
- In memory: Dr. Nicolas Georganas
- IEEE GOLD to Host Upcoming Webinars
- Humanitarian initiatives looking for volunteers
- IEEE President Elect and Director Elect - Candidates
- Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
- IEEE Career services
- Auto Insurance Rates Update, from The Personal
- Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up
- IEEE MasterCard® credit card
- Member Benefit - HP
- 2010 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award: Ray Findlay
- 2010 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering: Prabha Kundur
- IEEE WIE Carleton University Student Branch Affinity Group wins first place
- 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
- IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2010 (EPEC 2010)
- Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Engineering (LESCOPE 2010)
- ISOT 2010 International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
2009 MGA Outstanding Large and Small Section Award Recipients
Congratulations to the IEEE Vancouver Section (R7) for being chosen as the recipient of the 2009 Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Outstanding Large Section Award and the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section (R7) for being chosen as the recipient of the 2009 MGA Outstanding Small Section Award. The Vancouver and Canadian Atlantic Sections were chosen "For successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public by maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries." The MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and the MGA Board were impressed by the quality of the nominations submitted and congratulate all Sections that submitted nominations for these awards.
Canada Atlantic Section: 2009 MGA Outstanding Small Section Award Previous 2010 Chair Charles Cooke Michael Lamoureux Vice Chair Michael Lamoureux Jianjun (Jason) Gu Secretary Philip Zinck / Neil Glennie Richard Itiveh Treasurer William Perry Laurence T. Yang
Canada Atlantic Section: 2009 MGA Outstanding Small Section Award
Jianjun (Jason) Gu
Philip Zinck / Neil Glennie
Laurence T. Yang
The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section (R7) works to facilitate relations between Higher Grade members and Student members. The Section's fall Student Branch event is open to all members, and the Section always organizes talks by Higher Grade members on the Engineering profession so Student members can "Meet an Engineer." IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) held a social event to allow Student members to meet members from industry. Many technical events were held at the University to encourage interaction between Higher Grade members and Student members. The Canadian Atlantic Section is also heavily involved in the Annual Student Paper Competition, where they present awards to the top three presenters before sending the finalist on to the National IEEE Student Paper Competition. At this event, students not only get judged by professional members of IEEE from industry, but also get a chance to interact with the members in an informal session after the competition is over.
Vancouver Section: 2009 MGA Outstanding Large Section Award Previous 2010 Chair Eugen Trandafir David Michelson Vice Chair David Michelson / Robert Leitchx Mazana Armstrong Secretary Kouros Goodarzi Alon Newton Treasurer Mazana Armstrong Kouros Goodarzi
Vancouver Section: 2009 MGA Outstanding Large Section Award
David Michelson / Robert Leitchx
The IEEE Vancouver Section (R7) participates in programs that improve industry relations. The Section formed an Industry Advisory Council (IAC) in July 2009, which is composed of senior level individuals within the local technology sector. The IAC ensures that: (1) a direct line of communication exists between the Section and their industry, association, and government partners; and (2) the Section is aware of opportunities for guest speakers and tours relating to the interests of local industry. The Section also contributed to the advancement of the profession, local industry, and the local economy by working with Tourism Vancouver to help attract more IEEE and other professional conferences to Vancouver, making it easier for Section members and other engineers to stay current; raise the profile of local industry; raise awareness of local government, of IEEE, and the electrotechnology industry; and benefit the local economy.
Two new milestones in Vancouver approved
IEEE Board of Directors approved the following two Milestones at its June 27-28 meeting. Both of these Milestones were sponsored and are located in the Vancouver Section.
First television broadcast in Western Canada, 1953
First Radio Astronomical Observations Using VLBI, 1967
New templates available for IEEE websitesd
Customized sub-site templates are now available to volunteers tasked with producing Web content for an IEEE society, conference or program sub-site. Designed by the Corporate Web Team, with help from a number of IEEE stakeholders and an outside vendor, the templates provide site maps (starter information architecture documents) and a collection of HTML pages and files for each of the three common types of sites.
This resource is intended to enable IEEE groups to more easily develop cost-effective Web sites that leverage the IEEE brand, adhere to IEEE guidelines and styles, and drive user engagement.
Volunteers can request access to these templates by filling out the contact form.
Learn more about IEEE Web sub-site templates at www.ieee.org/go/subsites.
Renew Your Membership for 2010
If you have not renewed by the end of February 2010, please do so ASAP. Remember, IEEE membership can connect you with professionals who can open doors to many opportunities. There are also many online resources available to members (e.g. online books and publications). Use your IEEE Web Account and password to renew online at http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/renew/index.html
Membership Dues in Special Circumstances
IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. For this reason, the following special circumstance categories have been established. Special circumstances are not available to Student members. Only one category may be claimed in any year.
McNaughton Learning Resource Centre at University of Saskatchewan
The IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre at the University of Saskatchewan recently received an upgrade grant from the IEEE Canadian Foundation. The grant enabled them to expand the range of equipment available to IEEE members in their out-of-class learning experiences. For example, several IEEE student members are part of the University of Saskatchewan multidisciplinary Space Design team which won first place in NASA's 2010 space elevator competition. This team needed to test different motor systems and made use of the new McNaughton Centre equipment to obtain motor characteristics. The photo shows their lab setup. By the way, this NASA competition included 29 teams from 7 countries and our Canadian team was the winner - congratulations to the U of S for providing this entrepreneurial environment..
South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the South Alberta Section: http://sas.ieee.ca/events.html
New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the New Brunswick Section: http://nb.ieee.ca/
Kingston Section hosts FOS for fun and profit
Thursday, Aug 12, 2010, 11-12 pm, WLH 302, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Digital signal processing has become ubiquitous in our technology today. At the heart of many DSP algorithms is the well known fast Fourier transform algorithm. The algorithm is based on measuring the amplitude and phase of sinusoidal basis functions that have no common energy (orthogonal) to make a functional expansion of a given function. For signals containing frequency components the are not orthogonal, energy is spread across the entire spectrum of the FFT in every frequency bin. The fast orthogonal search algorithm (Korenberg 87) fits a functional expansion using non-orthogonal basis functions. This can allow an efficient functional expansion with many fewer terms in the model. FOS has been used in several applications to improve the performance of existing algorithms. Some of the applications to be presented in this talk include: breast cancer detection, data compression, torpedo detection, correcting atmospherically distorted images and target tracking.
For detailed information: http://ewh.ieee.org/reg/7/www_kingston/
In memory: Dr. Nicolas Georganasl
It is with greatest sadness that we have to announce that our friend and colleague, Professor Nicolas D. Georganas, OC, OOnt, FIEEE, FRSC, FCAE, FEIC, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, suddenly passed away on July 22nd after a short illness. Before his death, Professor Georganas was member of IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition Committee. Our thoughts are with Professor Georganas' family and friends in these difficult times.
The following is a short biography of Professor Georganas, courtesty of the IEEE Ottawa Section newsletter.
Prof. Nicolas Georganas, IEEE Fellow. Prof. Nicolas Georganas was a Distinguished University Professor in Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. He was appointed founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 1986, where he served a seven-year term. He was appointed associate vice-president, research (external) on May 1, 2005. Nicolas Georganas published over 400 technical papers, co-authored a book on computational algorithms and was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, as well as an editorial board member for many respected computing journals. Some of the many prestigious honours he received include the Humboldt Research Award (2010), the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Killam Prize for Engineering (2002). He was named secretary of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada (2008); Officer of the Order of Canada (2007) and Pioneer of Computing in Canada (2005). He held a Canada research chair in information technology from 2001 to 2005 and was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1990), the Engineering Institute of Canada (1994), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (1997) and the Royal Society of Canada (1997). Professor Georganas received an honorary doctorate from the Darmstadt University of Technology, in Germany, and from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
IEEE GOLD to Host Upcoming Webinars
IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) invites IEEE members to attend upcoming Webinars in August:
"Sponsorship and Events Promotion 101," presented by Helene Fung. Many books have been written about sponsorship hunting, PR, events promotion, and marketing; but you don't really need a book or a course to learn the basics. Attend this webinar and hear how the speaker learned these skills through "on the job" experience while organizing activities as a university student. This training webinar will leave participants with skills and tips on how to best organize an event with sponsors. This session is particularly useful for IEEE volunteers, but is open to all IEEE members. This event will be held on Tuesday, 17 August 2010, at 9:00-10:00am EDT (13:00 UTC). View more information and/or register. "Introduction to Leadership," presented by Elya Joffe, sets the foundation for leadership training. It describes the skills required of leaders, leadership development, and attributes of leaders. The distinction between leadership and management are discussed in detail. This event will be held on Thursday, 26 August 2010, at 9:00-10:30am EDT (13:00 UTC). View more information and/or register.
"Sponsorship and Events Promotion 101," presented by Helene Fung. Many books have been written about sponsorship hunting, PR, events promotion, and marketing; but you don't really need a book or a course to learn the basics. Attend this webinar and hear how the speaker learned these skills through "on the job" experience while organizing activities as a university student. This training webinar will leave participants with skills and tips on how to best organize an event with sponsors. This session is particularly useful for IEEE volunteers, but is open to all IEEE members. This event will be held on Tuesday, 17 August 2010, at 9:00-10:00am EDT (13:00 UTC). View more information and/or register.
"Introduction to Leadership," presented by Elya Joffe, sets the foundation for leadership training. It describes the skills required of leaders, leadership development, and attributes of leaders. The distinction between leadership and management are discussed in detail. This event will be held on Thursday, 26 August 2010, at 9:00-10:30am EDT (13:00 UTC). View more information and/or register.
To register for a Webinar, or to find more information about other future and archived Webinars, please visit the IEEE GOLD Events Web page.
Humanitarian initiatives looking for volunteers
IEEE Canada has established a new committee to support humanitarian initiatives in Canada. The Humanitarian Initiatives Committee (HIC) shall contribute to promoting IEEE core value of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity; raise awareness of how IEEE Canada can best use its strengths and relevant technologies to address societal problems; provide leadership, encouragement, and support to Sections and Chapters interested in humanitarian initiatives; identify and inventory humanitarian activities across Canada; coordinate activities with IEEE worldwide humanitarian committees and initiatives.
We are looking for volunteers from all sections to get involved. We would love to work with you; and we will be more than happy to have you join one of our current initiatives: create process for shipping and receiving equipment for humanitarian initiatives, design of open source Lithium Ion battery charger, organization of Canada-wide student competition of open source hardware for humanitarian projects, organization of humanitarian workshop for CCECE 2011.
IEEE President Elect and Director Elect - Candidates
Ballots for IEEE (world wide) elections will be mailed out in August. Your choice of IEEE President (worldwide) directly affects your services and benefits as a member. Your vote makes a great difference as the one you would have hoped to win may lose by only a few votes. You Count! Canada's Vote Counts! http://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/election/candidates.html.
This year, there are only two candidates for the 2011 position:
Please visit the website to learn of candidates for other positions, and exercise your privilege as a member in the world's largest professional organisation: http://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/election/candidates.html
As an example, for Division Seven (Energy and Power Engineering) & Director Elect candidates are:
Mohamed E. El-Hawary (Nominated by Petition) http://www.moelhawary.com/
Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
In response to Section Congress recommendation, the IEEE is offering e-books and webinars free to all IEEE members. Check out the free e-books and archived webinars at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/gpa/
IEEE Career services
Looking for a new job? Check out the following site! The http://careers.ieee.org/
Auto Insurance Rates Update, from The Personal
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If you have not yet received a quote from The Personal, there's never been a better time to take advantage of this IEEE member benefit. If you have received a quote in the past, we encourage you to get a new quote to see how much you could save today. For a home or auto insurance quote, call 1-888-476-8737 or visit http://www.thepersonal.com/ieee
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Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up
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2010 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award: Ray Findlay
PISCATAWAY, N.J., 17 June 2010 - Raymond David Findlay, a professional engineer whose volunteer leadership and service have enhanced the technical prestige of IEEE and benefitted its members, is being honored by IEEE with the 2010 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award. IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity.
The award, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, recognizes Findlay for sustained leadership at IEEE and regional levels in effecting positive change for IEEE and its members. The award will be presented on 26 June 2010 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will be broadcast live on the Web through IEEE.tv (www.ieee.tv).
Findlay's knowledge of the history of electrical engineering and IEEE, his dedication to member services and student activities and his belief in IEEE as a transnational technical society can be seen in his over 40 years of dedicated volunteer service. Known for an ability to effect change in people to produce positive results, Findlay has made an impact on IEEE at all levels. From student branches all the way to the president's office, Findlay has made a difference for the good of engineering and IEEE.
An IEEE Life Fellow and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Findlay has been awarded the IEEE Regional Activities Innovation Award, EIC Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal, IEEE Canada Merit Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IEEE Canada W.S.Read Outstanding Service Award, Toronto Section Centennial Medal and IEEE Canada McNaughton Medal. Findlay received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an Emeritus Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
2010 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering: Prabha Kundur
PISCATAWAY, N.J., 17 June 2010 - Prabha Kundur, an engineer who has impacted the modern electric power industry with modeling and control techniques that have improved power system reliability, is being honored by IEEE with the 2010 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering. IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity.
The medal, sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics and Power & Energy Societies, recognizes Kundur for leadership in the development and application of analytical methods, tools and techniques for modeling, simulation and control of large-scale interconnected power systems. The medal will be presented on 26 June 2010 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will be broadcast live on the Web through IEEE.tv (www.ieee.tv).
Kundur has been at the leading edge in the development and application of technology that improves the design and operation of power systems for over 40 years. He has impacted many areas including modeling and measurement, analysis methods and tools for large-scale systems and control techniques that enhance power system stability, security and reliability. As new technologies such as distributed resources and smart grids are interconnected to the bulk power system, the reliability of the overall system must be maintained. Kundur's contributions have been vital to maintaining and improving bulk power system reliability worldwide.
An IEEE Life Fellow and Honorary Member of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), Kundur has received numerous awards including the prestigious IEEE Nikola Tesla Award (1997), the CIGRE Technical Committee Award (1999), the Ontario Hydro New Technology Award (1992) and the IEEE Power & Energy Society Charles Concordia Power Systems Engineering Award (2005). Kundur obtained a master's degree in power engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is currently president of Kundur Power Systems Solutions, Inc., Toronto.
IEEE WIE Carleton University Student Branch Affinity Group wins first place
The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) is pleased to announce that the IEEE WIE Carleton University Student Branch Affinity Group has been selected to win first place as the 2009 WIE Affinity Group of the Year.
As this year's winner, the group will receive US$250 to help support future activities, and a certificate of your achievement.
Congratulations and best wishes for the continued success!
IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2010 (EPEC 2010)
Date: August 25-27, 2010
Large Engineering Systems Conference o Power Engineering (LESCOPE 2010)
Date: August 23-24, 2010
For more information contact:
ISOT 2010 International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies
Date: October 25-27, 2010
CANEUS Fly-by-Wireless Workshop 2010
2010 CANEUS Fly-by-Wireless Workshop will bring together leaders from aerospace industry, academia, and government agencies, to discuss recent advances in wireless communications focused on applications in aerospace industry. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA, on August 24-27, 2010.
The Workshop is co-sponsored by CANEUS, NASA, WiSe-Net Lab, IEEE R1/ R7/ Montreal/ Maine/ COMSOC.
For more information: http://www.caneus.org/fbw/content.aspx?ID=2010_home
IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop
The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop will be holding its 18th Annual Workshop in Toronto, ON, January 24 - 28, 2011. The workshop which is held in Canada every 5 years, will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The Call for Papers, attached, is open until May 1, 2010. The workshop is IEEE conference number 17140.
The workshop website is www.ewh.ieee.org/cmte/ias-esw
The mission of the workshop is to provide an international forum for changing the electrical safety culture and serving to advance applications of technology, work practices, codes and regulations to prevent electrical incidents and injuries in the workplace.
The 24th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date: May 8- 11, 2011
CCECE provides researchers, students, and practicing professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Canadian venue in which they can present the latest technological advancements and discoveries. It is also a valuable opportunity to network, exchange ideas, strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations. CCECE 2011 will feature mini-symposia with papers presented from a broad range of areas in Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be tutorial sessions in leading topics, plenary talks from senior executives in industry and academia, special sessions in hot topics, social programs, the IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night, best student paper awards luncheon, and industrial exhibitions.
All IEEE Conferences in Canada
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