- Chairman's Column
- NSW Section Annual General Meeting
- Message from Power Engineering Chapter Chairman
- Useful IEEE web addresses
- NSW Section web news
- Register for a personal e-mail alias
- Accessing PICA 2001 technical information
- Become an IEEE Senior Member
- Coordinator needed for Gold Affinity Group
- Calling all CAS/SSC Chapter members
- Vale Professor Lou Davies LFIEEE
- Joint technical meetings for 2001-2
- International conferences
- Details of upcoming joint technical meetings
- A message from IEEE President Joel Snyder
- The fun of volunteering : an allegory
- Failure of the U.S. restructured electricity
news has been dominated understandably by the appalling terrorist attacks in the
USA. As I write it appears that the world economy could be headed for recession
with many electrical engineering professionals already laid off by
telecommunications and aerospace companies. In uncertain times such as these,
IEEE membership becomes more valuable and important than when all is plain
sailing. Make the most of the many services, information and technical support
that IEEE can provide to enhance your qualifications, skills and contacts.
was pleased to receive several positive comments on my July column on the
subject of volunteers. Further to this theme, in this issue, there is an article
on being an IEEE volunteer, which makes worthwhile reading. You may recall also
that the last issue of CIRCUIT carried a request for volunteers for the position
of Webmaster for the NSW Section. Thanks go to the many people who offered their
services. We are grateful, in particular, to Jon Agnew who was selected for this
position. On the negative side, however, I received no response to my request
for a volunteer to form a GOLD affinity group. The topic of GOLD is covered
elsewhere in this issue.
final event of the year for the Section is the AGM. Plan to attend by filling in
and returning the coupon below. I look forward to seeing you there.
NEW SOUTH WALES SECTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Friday 30 November
IEEE members are invited to attend the Section Annual General Meeting which will
be held again this year at The Castlereagh Inn, Masonic Club, 169 Castlereagh
St, Sydney, commencing at 7 pm sharp. A ‘not-to-be-missed event’ is the
Annual Dinner which follows. The AGM and dinner is a wonderful chance to meet
new people and see old friends. Prior to the Section AGM, starting at 6 pm,
Chapters will conduct their AGMs to elect new office bearers.
Masonic Club is within two blocks of the Town Hall Railway Station and car
parking at $14 (5 pm to 1 am) is available at the Piccadilly Car Park, located
adjacent to the David Jones store in Castlereagh Street. Alternatively, low-cost
parking is available three blocks away at Goulburn Street City Car Park.
dinner will be held in Cello’s Dining Room at approximately 8 pm. Partners not
wishing to attend the AGM will be able to adjourn to a separate area where
drinks can be purchased. The cost of dinner is $35 per person which includes
drinks on the table. Attendees should complete the reservation form below, and
forward, with payment, to Andrew Parfitt by Friday 23 November.
The Castlereagh Inn, Masonic Club, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Friday, 30 November
for 8.00 pm Cello’s Dining Room
$35 per person (including drinks on table)
Enclosed is payment of $....... for ...... persons
return not later than 23 November to:
[Tel: 9372 4187, Fax 9372 4106]
Committee C/- PROFESSIONAL CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA,
Private Bag No. 1,
DARLINGHURST NSW 2010
AGENDA - NSW Section
Attendance and Apologies
Minutes of 2000 AGM and Discussion
Report of Section Chairman
Report of Section Treasurer
& Propagation/Microwave Theory & Techniques,
Applications, Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics,
Confirmation of 2002 Section Committee:
Bird, David Burger, Kate Carruthers, Karu Esselle, Graeme Gwilliam, Tim Hesketh,
Walter Lachs, Jim
Logothetis, Stefan Mozar, Philip Ogunbona,
Bruce Poon, Faz Rahman, Sam Reisenfeld, John Robinson, D. Tien, Jim
Vasseleu & Ramutus Zakarevicius.
MESSAGE from the Power Engineering Chapter Chairman – Graeme GWILLIAM
traditionally brief AGM is on Friday, 30 November, at 6.00 pm, prior to the
Come and join us, have your say, with good food and fine wine to follow,
if you pay.
4. Useful IEEE Web A
the IEEE is relying on the Internet to deliver services to members. Some
useful web addresses are summarised below for your information.
10 Student Branch activities: www.cairo.utm.my/ieee/r10s
travel accident/medical plan. This is available to all IEEE volunteers and
applies outside your normal country of residence. It starts and ends when you
leave/arrive in your own country. For details see www.ieee.org/organizations/vols
GOLD (Graduates of the last decade) program: www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/gold/programs.html
IEEE Award programs: www.ieee.org/about/awards,
NSW SECTION WEB NEWS
Agnew has been appointed the new NSW Section Web Master.
Members are asked to review the material on the current website ((http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/ns
w) and provide Jon with comments,
suggestions and updates by email to jpagnew@ozem
WEB PAGE FOR NSW
SECTION and CHAPTERS http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw
CIRCUIT continues to be posted to members, a web page is also available on which
updated issues of CIRCUIT will be provided as well as any additional meetings,
workshops and activities that occur between issues of CIRCUIT. The Section web
page will allow a direct link to all Chapter web pages. When a large number of
members have registered their email addresses, the Section will be able to more
promptly distribute issues of CIRCUIT.
CORRECTION – WEB
ADDRESS OF NSW SECTION
note that the IEEE NSW Section web address is now http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw (all
lower-case characters) and not as advertised in the last issue.
6. REGISTER FOR A PERSONAL EMAIL
The IEEE offers an Alias Service with free Virus Scanning in
which all IEEE members can register or update a personal alias of their choice
(subject to availability), which will forward email to their real Internet email
address. This overcomes the need to notify the IEEE (or the Section) if you
change your home email address. To obtain an email alias go to the IEEE website
(www.ieee.org), click on “Web Account”
and then follow the directions.
7. ACCESSING PICA 2001 TECHNICAL
Members interested in obtaining material from the recently
held PICA2001 Conference held in Sydney can go to the PICA 2001 web site - http://www.ee.unsw.edu.au/conference/pica2001/
This gives access to proceedings papers (not the 26 transaction papers that will
be published in IEEE’s Power Engineering Society Transactions) as well as
PowerPoint presentations from the Plenary and Panel Sessions.
8. BECOME AN IEEE SENIOR MEMBER
Many members may not be aware of the benefits of IEEE Senior
Membership. As well as recognizing your performance and contribution to the
profession in a tangible way, each new Senior Member receives an attractive fine
wood and bronze engraved Senior Member plaque and a US$25.00 gift certificate
toward one new Society membership. Who can become a Senior Member? Anyone with
ten years in the profession (not 10 years of IEEE membership.) Your educational
experience is counted towards this ten-year requirement. Other criteria are five
years of significant performance and have three IEEE Senior Member or Fellow
references. If you are nominated only two references are needed. Now it is even
easier to become a Senior Member via the IEEE website. Details and application
forms are obtained at
9. COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR GOLD
The Graduate Of the Last Decade (GOLD) activity is an
initiative from IEEE to encourage greater participation of recent graduates in
IEEE and electrical and electronic engineering professional activities more
generally. GOLD groups around the world are involved in many activities ranging
from liaison with the Student Branches to organizing conferences. More
importantly GOLD is intended as a mechanism for change within IEEE. The NSW
Section has embraced this approach and moved to form a GOLD affinity group.
However, it needs a GOLD Co-ordinator. Anyone who has graduated in the last 10
years and is interested in being the Co-ordinator or more generally
participating in the GOLD affinity group, please contact the Section Chairman,
Trevor Bird, tel. 9372 4289, email email@example.com.
10. CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF CAS/SSC
The future of the NSW Chapter for Circuits & Systems /
Solid State Circuits will be discussed at a meeting to be held at 12.30 pm on
Thursday, 12 November at CSIRO Telecommunications & Industrial Physics, Cnr
Vimiera & Pembroke Roads, Marsfield.
Members of both societies, and IEEE members in general, are welcome to
A pizza lunch will be provided.
To register interest, please contact Ms Dallas Rolph, tel: 9372 4289,
email: Dallas.Rolph@csiro.au, by 11
11. VALE PROFESSOR LOU DAVIES LFIEEE
It is with regret we advise of the passing of Life Fellow
Professor Louis Walter (Lou) Davies AO FAA FTSE FIEEE on 28 September. He was 78
years old. Professor Davies was Emeritus Professor, University of New South
Wales, and was formerly Chairman of Ludowici Ltd and Chief Scientist and
Director of AWA Ltd. Prior to joining UNSW he was with CSIRO Division of
Radiophysics. During World War II he served with the RAAF and in 1948 he was a
NSW Rhodes Scholar. Professor Davies was known internationally for his
pioneering work on semiconductor devices. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in
1981 “for leadership of industrial and university solid-state electronics
research” and was awarded an IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984. He served on the
IEEE Fellow Committee from 1983 to 1986.
12. JOINT TECHNICAL MEETINGS FOR 2001-2
All members are invited to attend the listed joint meetings
with the I.E. Aust., ITEES and IEE. All meetings are held at 5.30 for 6.00 pm
(with light refreshments) at the Institution of Engineers, Australia Lecture
Theatre, 118 Alfred St., Eagle House, MILSONS POINT unless otherwise shown.
|UTMS – Universal Mobile Telephone System (3rd Generation)
||IEAust AGM – Forensic Engineering
||Ensuring Robust Design of Electronic Circuits with 6 Sigma
||Non-Line-of-Sight Wireless Local Loop
||Power Electronics for Power Quality
||Greenhouse & Emissions Trading - Implications for the Energy
||Steel Lifting Magnets
||Internet Security – Half Day Seminar
||R. Dixon Hughes
||Modern Traffic Control
||Hybrid Electric/Petrol Vehicle
||Metropolitan Fibre Networks
||Steel Lift ing Magnets
||Recovery from Power Plant Accidents – Half day Seminar
||Intelligent Transport Systems
||Repairable Systems Reliability – Analysis of Failures
||Reliability of Professional Engineers - & I.E. Aust. Electrical
13. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
Information on the following Conferences can be obtained from
Andrew Parfitt (Tel: 9372-4187)
- 2001 Int. Workshop Register Transfer Level Test Generation
& Testability Design NARA, JAPAN, 22-23 Nov.
- 2nd IEEE-RAS Int. Conference
on Humanoid Robots Waseda Conf. Centre TOKYO, JAPAN, 22-24 Nov. 2001
- IEEE 10th International Fuzzy Systems Conference, Melbourne University
25-28 Nov., 2001
- 2001 International Conference on High Performance Computing
Hyderabad INDIA, 17-20 Dec.
- 2001 Pacific Rim Int. Symposium on Dependable Computing TEMF
Hotel Seoul, KOREA, 17-19 Dec.
- 2002 IEEE Int. Workshop – Electronic Design, Test &
Application Christchurch NEW ZEALAND, 29-31 Jan.
- 2002 IEEE/IEEJ Joint IAS Power Conversion Conference – Osaka
Int. Conf. Centre JAPAN 2-5 April
- 2002 International Underwater Technology Symposium The Sanno
Hotel TOKYO JAPAN, 16-19 April
- 2002 11th International Symposium on Electrets,
MONASH UNIVERSITY CLAYTON VIC., 2-4 Oct.
- 2002 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN 6-10 Oct.
- GLOBECOM 2002 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conf Taipei Int
Convention Centre TAIWAN,
- 2003 INTELEC-IEEE International Telecommunications Energy
Conference YOKOHAMA , JAPAN 19-23 Oct.
14. DETAILS OF UPCOMING JOINT
MOBILE TELEPHONE SYSTEM
(3rd Generation) Thursday, 8 November 2001
Jubb is team leader of wireless
instructors at Nortel Networks in the fields of Switching, GSM, CDMA and UMTS.
The Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System (UMTS) is a third generation technology for mobile
systems that have evolved from GSM (2nd Generation) and GPRS (2.5
generation). The new system has to cope with the explosive growth of data
exchanges resulting from the expansion of the Internet and is expected to be
capable of supporting multi-media applications like video-teleconferencing; high
speed Internet; speech and high data rates (up to 2Mbps). The topics discussed
- WCDMA Radio interface principles
- Quality of Service
- UMTS architecture of Access Network and Core Network
ENGINEERING & IEAust AGM Thursday, 22 November 2001
Clarke has had twenty years of experience in health and safety at the University
of Sydney and with the NSW Government. During a 10-year period he managed major
investigations with WorkCover NSW as Chief Inspector including bringing matter
Engineering investigation for legal purposes is a subject that many
engineers only experience rarely, if at all, in their professional career.
Little if any training is given to engineers in this area, yet engineers may be
thrust into a forensic matter after an incident without notice or preparation.
The talk will outline the techniques that can be used in an investigation for
both litigants and defenders. It will also touch on the powers of government
agencies in carrying out investigations and how to effectively work with other
ROBUST DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC
CIRCUITS WITH THE AID OF SIX SIGMA
Thursday, 14 February 2002
Mozar, General Manager of Covaris
Pty. Ltd. a Sydney based technology consulting company which specializes in
asset management, process capability improvement, reliability engineering &
The presentation will briefly explain the need for design robustness
and the penalties a non-robust design may incur. Design robustness deals with
ensuring a circuit will perform well within specification, despite component
tolerances. The interaction of component tolerances from components, which are
all within specification, can cause major problems in production. Production
staff find it difficult to find solutions to these problems, as all components
are good and within their prescribed specification. Consequently non-robustness
can cause substantial and costly interruptions to the design department.
Applying six sigma and other statistical techniques can help substantially
reduce surprises with design robustness. The methods presented were developed by
the author in the Video Development laboratories of Philips in Singapore. These
techniques will be illustrated with some practical examples.
NON-LINE-OF-SIGHT WIRELESS LOCAL LOOP (Fixed Wireless
Thursday, 28 February 2002
Allan Sangster is an Electrical Engineer who has worked in the
Telecommunications and Building/Data Communications area for 40 years and been
involved in Microwave radio installations since graduating from London
University in 1963.
Recent involvements include membership of ACIF Committees (Australian
Communications Industry Forum) writing standards for “End to End Network
Performance” also “Call Charging and Billing Accuracy” and as a Member of
the Independent Appeals Body ACIF.
Allan is also Chairman of the Electrical Branch, IE Aust. Sydney, an
Accredited Certifier EPA Act NSW and member of CIRCEA (College of Investigative
and Remedial Consulting Engineers of Australia).
His experience has covered 20 years with Telstra, 12 years consulting, 5
years building telephone company (Netex) to $60m p.a. and 3 years running a VoIP
Growth in use of internet for surfing the net, large file transfers,
streaming audio, video on demand and email, has promoted the need for high speed
access to the internet.
Often the bottleneck in communications is the connection between the
Home/Office and the Internet Service Provider. An overview is provided of a new
microwave radio system which provides broadband Internet connection to
Households, SOHO and SME, as an alternative to other methods such as ADSL
(Asymmetric Digital Subscribers Line). The system may also be used to provide a
telephone service to households by means of VoIP. The BWIF (Broadband Wireless
Internet Forum) has developed a new MMDS (Multichannel Multipoint Distribution
System) based on VOFDM (Vectored Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and
providing for Non Line of Sight microwave radio communications in the 2GHz to
6GHz frequency band.
The 51 members of the BWIF include companies such as CISCO, Texas
Instruments, Toshiba, National SemiConductor and Motorola.
The overview describes broad engineering principles and also the
financial benefits of such a system.
15. A MESSAGE FROM IEEE PRESIDENT
I'd like to tell you about an IEEE
service that I've found to be invaluable in all aspects of my professional life.
It's a selection of free email newsletters called "What's New @ IEEE."
"What's New" provides the latest news on IEEE activities, industry
trends, member benefits, career tips, and new IEEE products. There are 11
newsletters for engineers and other technology professionals. I subscribe to all
of them, but you can select as many as you would like.
You can choose from the following
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To subscribe, simply log on to http://www.ieee.org/whats-new. Then select one or more of the email newsletters,
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will not be shared with anyone outside of IEEE.
I'm very pleased that IEEE has
developed a service such as this. I encourage you to sign up for this free
"What's New" email newsletter service and give it a try.
2001 IEEE President
16. THE FUN OF VOLUNTEERING: AN
Panos E. Papamichalis
from IEEE Power Engineering Review, June 2001)
Tom was good as an engineer and researcher, and he knew it.
He was proud of his analytical and problem-solving abilities (under his
façade of humility), and that is why he had chosen to focus on signal
And, of course, he was quite ambitious.
Tom’s dream was to distinguish himself in his profession.
He enjoyed the technical part of his work, no question about it, but what
would be wrong with combining this fun with some administration from his
Take, for instance, the president of his Society.
The President’s Column usually bored him to death, but wouldn’t it be
nice to have his picture in the magazine like the president?
Tom felt that it must be quite powerful to be president of the Society.
But how do you go about becoming more prominent in the eyes of your
Tom’s break came.
He was approached by an officer of the local IEEE Section, who was
looking for someone to spearhead the creation of a local Chapter of the Society.
That would certainly put the spotlight on him.
Just imagine, “cofounder of the local Chapter…”
And it would certainly look good on his resume.
Tom accepted immediately and started working hard.
He and his covolunteers had to do all sorts of things:
they had to contact IEEE for information and paperwork, approach other
local Society members for signatures, and after securing the approval for the
new Chapter, spend quite a long time making plans for the activities of the
They had to invite speakers, prepare the announcements, and do the
When the presentation time came, they had to host the speakers and make
sure that all the logistics were taken care of.
Tom was a proud man, and he worked diligently to make sure
that everything was done properly.
Yes, his colleagues were coming to him now to ask questions, offer
suggestions, volunteer, or even complain about the program.
This was the spotlight, right?
But Tom also started discovering some other interesting
things. During the long hours of planning and work with his covolunteers, he
developed friendships with some very nice people.
Before, he had some casual conversations with them, but now he was
finding that they were wittier than he had thought;
they had some very interesting technical insights that occasionally
raised his eyebrows;
and they gave him ideas on how to do his job more effectively.
When he attended the Society’s annual international conference, these
colleagues introduced him to other people, sometimes famous authors of papers
and books that he was using as references.
He hadn’t known about this perk of volunteering.
On occasion, he would come across someone on his volunteer
team who did not deliver on his assignment, and Tom would have to carry some of
that load too.
But, that’s life, he philosophised.
Tom was doing quite well.
It was a testimonial to his recognition when one of the more senior
members in his Chapter asked him to join, as treasurer, a team organising a
workshop of the Society.
And this brought Tom to another level.
Now, he had the opportunity to communicate with the Society staff and
He had to interact with Society officials who needed information, as well
as with workshop attendees who were asking for help.
It was his nature to be helpful to others, but he discovered an amazing
He found out that there were real people behind the names on paper who,
just like him, were ready to share a joke or discuss a technical idea in a
simple and friendly way.
And many of them already knew him by his first name.
The workshop was a big success both from technical and financial
And people recognised Tom’s contribution.
So, it felt almost natural for Tom to propose to the Technical
Committee the organisation of the next workshop.
It was an easy decision for the Technical Committee.
Tom had his team, and he was the leader.
But he did not really feel like a boss.
His team members were his friends, and it was a chance to have some more
Plus, it would be nice to have these distinguished researchers come to
Of course, everything worked again like clockwork (it always does in
Now, Tom addressed his distinguished colleagues in the plenary session
and had lots of opportunities to chat with them.
It was a memorable event.
After the successful workshop was over, Tom was tired but
Anyone could see that he was distinguishing himself among his peers.
But, somehow, this did not mean as much to him as he had dreamed earlier.
He found out that something else was the source of much higher
The friendships he had established, the networking with colleagues, and
the sense of contribution to his peers were a lot more valuable and meaningful
to him now.
The president’s picture keeps appearing in the magazine, and
the President’s Column is as boring as ever.
But now Tom knows.
The president probably does not have any more power than he does, but
they both certainly share the same priceless reward: the fun of volunteering.
17. FAILURE OF THE U.S. RESTRUCTURED
following brief report is reproduced from a recent Energex Bulletin)
Restructured electricity markets have failed to provide lower
power rates and improved service, making consumers much better off in states
that have not deregulated, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of
America. The report claims that individual electricity markets need at least
twice as many power suppliers, up to 10 companies, as currently deemed
sufficient to support competition. The reality of the current market is that
firms raise prices to increase their profits because they do not lose enough
sales to competitors. The report also says that utilities should be required to
set aside more power reserves in case of supply emergencies. This would help
keep the price for power from being bid up, because more supplies could quickly
be brought on line. Reserve margins need to be well above traditional levels of
15% – 20%, perhaps as high as 40% to prevent the abuse of market power,"
the report said. In addition, the report says transmission power lines should be
independent of all electricity generators' control and operated by entities
whose sole purpose is to promote the public interest. Only a dramatic change in
approach by federal and state policy-makers can offer consumers the possibility
of lower prices and better service. Until the underlying problems in electricity
market are addressed, the group recommends any state that has not deregulated or
is in the process of doing so should slow those efforts or stop them altogether.
The group also says federal authorities should declare a moratorium on utility
mergers until market competition is firmly established. However, the Edison
Electric Institute says that mergers help power companies cut costs that are
ultimately passed on to consumers. Also, requiring utilities to have the large
power reserve margins called for in the report would force companies to produce
too much electricity they could not readily sell. The report listed several
problems found in key deregulated states:
California, wholesale power prices quadrupled and blackouts were a threat
this summer after energy suppliers allegedly withheld electricity and
- In New
York, summer rate hikes of 40% for Consolidated Edison's residential
customers combined with threatened blackouts forced federal price caps,
distribution of emergency diesel generators and conservation programs.
Pennsylvania, the end of temporary rate cuts and a rise in natural gas
prices pushed up power prices and pushed out competitors.
states are currently restructuring their electricity markets and consumers
in early starters like Massachusetts and Montana have seen prices increase
dramatically. Power blackouts this summer have been avoided not by relying
on market forces, but by highly publicized energy conservation programs and
a mild summer, according to the report.