- 30th Anniversary Dinner
- Chairman's Column
- Report on Region 10 Meeting: Bangkok 5-6 April 2002
- Andrew Parfitt receives outstanding volunteer award
- Region 10 Student Congress: Singapore 17-21 July
- NSW Section web news
- Useful IEEE web addresses
- GOLD affinity group formed in NSW
- NSW CAS/SSC Chapter Saved
- Delisting of NSW Hunter Valley Sub-Section Slate
- Petition to form a Chapter of the Engineering
Management Society in NSW
- Joint technical meetings for 2002
- Details of upcoming joint technical meetings
- International Conference to be held in Bathurst
- Professional Engineers Week 14-21 July kicks off
with Harricks Address
- Become an IEEE Senior Member
- Member profile - NSW Section Vice Chair Graeme
- Sections Congress 2002
- Students rush for free membership
- Harvard Business School publishing partners with IEEE
- Successful Seminar on EMC
- Computer Society News
- Max Symons Memorial Prize
- International Conferences
- Summer School in Complex Systems
- Stop Press: RF-CMOS Course
- NSW Section and Chapter Committees for 2003
1. 30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER
August 2002, the NSW Section will be thirty years young. To celebrate the
occasion we are holding a silver service dinner at the Royal Sydney Yacht
Squadron, Kirribilli, on Friday 27 September, for all members and their
partners. At this event, certificates will be presented to members who have
served continuously on the Section Committee for ten years or more. These people
are Walter Lachs, Jim Logothetis, Bruce Poon, Sam Reisenfeld, John Robinson, Jim
Vasseleu and Ramutis Zakarevicius. Nine new Life Members will also be guests.
Below is a slip for you to fill in to attend. Please select and print out the
text between the two lines. Don’t delay, as
a maximum of 60 persons can be accommodated at the venue.
IEEE NSW SECTION
30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Club, 33 Peel St., Kirribilli.
27 September Time:
6:30 pm for 7.00 pm
$30 per person (including drinks)
Enclosed is payment of $....... for ...... persons
return not later than 13 September 2002 to:
Jim Vasseleu [Tel: 9449 5076] PO Box 6001, Pymble
2. CHAIRMAN'S COLUMN
Over the past few months, the Section Committee has been
very busy, as you will see from the announcements in this issue. Most important
of all, I draw your attention to the 30th Anniversary of the Section, which will
be celebrated with a dinner at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli.
Several members of the original Committee have been invited to what should be an
Many of you will have followed the plan to establish a GOLD
(graduates of the last decade) affinity group in New South Wales. I am very
pleased to announce that in April the IEEE approved the formation this group.
The first function will be a dinner to which all recent graduates are invited to
attend. A registration form for attending the dinner is given elsewhere in this
newsletter and also on the web site.
At the beginning of April I attended the annual Region 10
meeting in Bangkok. My report of this meeting is given later in this issue. Once
again I was struck by the diversity of talent and ethnicities in this Region.
Surely the level of cooperation and positive interaction that occurs in Region
10 must be a model for IEEE of the future. Currently Region 10 is the second
largest IEEE Region, behind Region 6, which encompasses the west coast of the
US. Looming up close behind is Region 8, which is the fastest growing region,
and is even predicted to grow larger than Regions 6 and 10 by the end of the
As an initiative to promote IEEE in New South Wales, the
Section Committee agreed in March to fund about 200 new Student members in 2002.
The response to this promotion has been amazing and the quota was filled very
quickly. Unlike other similar schemes, a follow-up strategy is planned to assist
the student make the transition from Student to full member.
Over the next few months there is a very full program of
activities, including lectures, dinners and courses. I urge you to make the most
of these opportunities and help build the interpersonal network that is IEEE in
New South Wales.
REPORT ON REGION 10
MEETING BANGKOK 5-6 APRIL 2002
The Chairman, Trevor Bird, attended the annual Region 10
Meeting held this year from 5 to 6 April at the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel,
Bangkok. The IEEE President Ray Findlay was present as was President elect Art
Winston. A photograph of the delegates is shown below. Some of the highlights
Dr Teck Seng Low reported continued growth of Region 10 members. Major issues
include retention of students, the number of delinquent branches and the sharp
decline of numbers in some student branches. For these and other details visit
the Region 10 web site
of Outstanding Volunteers and NSW Section Secretary was one of them.
creation of Section Distinguished Members Awards. In future, the Region 10
Outstanding Volunteer awards will be selected from these awards.
plans for the first Region 10 Students Congress organized by the Singapore
of a Region 10 Operations Manual is well underway with final draft deadline by
provided of the 2002 Sections Congress “Creating a Global Community”.
presentation by President Ray Findlay of the vision of IEEE, which is to promote
the community worldwide.
is developing strategies for improving the conversion rate of Student Member to
full Member grade.
interest in the NSW Section’s project to develop a CDROM to promote the
electrical engineering profession.
second day, the delegates worked in four groups on the second stage of a 5-year
Strategic Plan for IEEE in Region 10.
2001, which was held on a cruise ship, was a huge success, with about 350
attendees and an excellent profit reported. TENCON 2002 will be held in Beijing.
A significant number of papers have been submitted from Australia. Next year
TENCON 2003 will be held in Bangalore, India, with the theme “Convergent
Technologies for the Asia Pacific”. Proposals for tutorials are requested. The
closing date for submission of papers is 15 March 2003.
10 Director-elect, Dr Jung-Uck Seo, decided that next year’s Region 10 meeting
will be held in Penang, Malaysia on 4 to 5 April 2003.
RECEIVES OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
The NSW Section Secretary, Andrew Parfitt, has been awarded an
outstanding volunteer award by Region 10. Andrew has provided over thirteen
years’ service to the South Australia and New South Wales Sections. He was
presented with a certificate at the April meeting of the NSW Section.
Congratulations Andrew on the award and your exemplary record of volunteer work
5. REGION 10 STUDENT CONGRESS: SINGAPORE 17-21 JULY
David Pollum, a student at the
University of Wollongong, has been selected by the New South Wales Section to
attend the Region 10 Student Congress. The aims of the Congress are to exchange
ideas, to encourage student participation in IEEE and to develop a student
network in Region 10. David is currently
the IEEE Student Branch at
the University of Wollongong.
NSW SECTION WEB NEWS
The NSW Section Web Master is Jon Paul Agnew. Chapter Committee
members should contact Jon Paul to update the details on the web site. Don’t
forget to place the web address http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw
in your Bookmarks so as to keep up to date with the latest Section news and
CIRCUIT AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
For the remainder of this year,
CIRCUIT will be mailed to members and will also be available from the website.
Next year, CIRCUIT will be mailed to only those members requesting a printed
copy. If you require a printed copy of CIRCUIT to be mailed to you in 2003
please contact the Editor via email (email@example.com)
or the Secretariat at the address on the front page of this issue.
REGISTER FOR A PERSONAL EMAIL ALIAS “firstname.lastname@example.org”
IEEE members do not realise that the IEEE offers an Alias service with free
Virus Scanning. 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 follow the directions.
In 2001 IEEE's Email Alias service with virus
scanning stopped 158,126 viruses from being delivered to members. This is more
than six times the 24,000 infected messages stopped in 2000. This free benefit
offered to IEEE members is one of many advantages of an IEEE Email Alias. To
continue to have access to this service, members in Region 10 must have renewed
their membership by the end of April. To find out more about the IEEE Email
Alias, visit http://eleccomm.ieee.org/personal-aliases.shtml.
USEFUL IEEE WEB ADDRESSES
the IEEE is relying on the Internet to deliver services to members. Some
useful web addresses are summarised below for your information.
IEEE Operations Centre: www.ieee.org
IEEE Regional Activities: www.ieee.org/ra
Region 10: www.ewh.ieee.org/reg/10
Senior Member upgrade:
Region 10 Student Branch activities: www.cairo.utm.my/ieee/r10s
IEEE Contract administration:
Volunteer 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
IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the last decade) program: www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/gold/programs.html
Educational activities: www.ieee.org/eab/
Professional development: www.ieee.org/pdi
Career resources: www.ieee.org/eab/education.htm
IEEE Award programs: www.ieee.org/about/awards,
8. GOLD AFFINITY GROUP FORMED IN NSW
(graduates of the last decade) affinity group has now been formed in NSW. The
Coordinator of the GOLD Affinity Group, Filita Barker, received notification of
this from Cecelia Jankowski, Managing Director, IEEE Regional Activities. Ms
Jankowski wrote, “On behalf of the IEEE Executive Director, Dan Senese, it is
a pleasure to inform you that the requirements of the IEEE Bylaws have been met,
and the Graduates Of the Last Decade Affinity Group of the New South Wales
Section has been formed.
The effective date of this Affinity Group formation is 16 April, 2002.”
encourages 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. Anyone who is interested in
participating in the GOLD Affinity group, please contact Filita Barker, email email@example.com.
function of the GOLD Affinity Group will be a dinner on Thursday, 15 August at
the Duxton Hotel, North Sydney, 88 Alfred St, Milsons Point, commencing at 7pm. The cost is $20 and this includes all
food and beverages. Dress is semi Formal/Business. To attend please complete the
coupon at the bottom of the page and send to the address indicated. If you have
any inquiries send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. NSW CAS/SSC CHAPTER SAVED
result of an article in February’s CIRCUIT regarding possible delisting, Dr
Steven Duvall, Intel Australia, agreed to Chair the NSW Circuits & Systems /
Solid State Circuits Joint Chapter in 2002. He is seeking members of both
Societies to form a local Committee to organise events. It’s important that a
Committee is formed and activities commence. The IEEE has agreed to wait and see
if this attempt to save the Chapter is successful before proceeding with
delisting. Steven’s contact details are as follows: ph 9937 5861, email: email@example.com
10. DELISTING OF NSW HUNTER VALLEY
Hunter Valley Sub-section may be wound up because there has been little activity
there for several years. The New South Wales Section Committee is seeking
expressions of interest in forming a Committee and restarting activities.
Failure to restart activities would lead to IEEE delisting of the Sub-section in
the next three months.
If you are
interested in helping to form a Committee in the Hunter Valley and avoid
delisting, please contact the Chairman, Trevor Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TO FORM A CHAPTER OF THE ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT SOCIETY IN NSW
A petition for the formation of a Chapter of the Engineering
Management Society in NSW is being collected. To find out more, contact either
Claude Le Comte (mobile: 0414 635 103) or Stefan Mozar (mobile: 0402 083 500 or
JOINT TECHNICAL MEETINGS FOR
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.
||Modern Traffic Control
||Hybrid Electric/Petrol Vehicle
||Dr. Howard Lovatt
||Space Exploration & the Future of Radio Astronomy
||Metropolitan Fibre Networks
||Steel Lifting Magnets
||Recovery from Power Plant Accidents
& an Insurer's View – Half day Seminar
from 12.00 - 5.30 pm. Cost $55 per head
||The Square Kilometre Array
Generation – A Distribution Perspective
||Intelligent Transport Systems
– Processing of Microwave Signals
||Repairable Systems Reliability – Analysis of Failures
Liability of Engineers – IEAust. Elec. Branch AGM
13. DETAILS OF UPCOMING JOINT
MODERN TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
Thursday, 27 June 2002
Speaker: Terry Richards
No details provided at time of printing. Please visit the
‘News’ page of the Section web site for details in the weeks preceding the
A HYBRID ELECTRIC/PETROL VEHICLE Thursday, 11 July 2002
Speaker: Dr Howard Lovatt, CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial
Physics, Lindfield, NSW.
Hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, because they reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and also reduce urban pollution. Toyota produces the
Prius and the Targo/Estima Hybrids, and Honda produces the Insight and the Civic
CSIRO has developed two concept hybrid vehicles: the Holden
ECOmmodore, built in conjunction with Holden, and the aXcessaustralia LEV, built
in conjunction with the car parts industry. The talk explains: why a reduction
in greenhouse gas and urban pollution is important, how hybrid cars work, why
hybrid technology is attractive, and how CSIRO contributes to the technology of
Dr. Lovatt has a first degree from Nottingham University and a PhD from Leeds
University, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He worked for
Switched Reluctance Drives Ltd, a private consultancy firm in the UK, and now
works for CSIRO. He specializes in electrical motor design, power electronics,
and control. For the CSIRO Hybrid car project he led the team that designed the
electric drive train and co-ordinated the design and development of the
batteries, the super capacitors, the energy management algorithms, the
performance modelling, the light metal alloy parts, and the environmental
25 July 2002
No details provided at time of printing. Please visit the
‘News’ page of the Section web site for details in the weeks preceding the
Speaker: Justin Rickard, Managing Director – Jones &
Rickard Pty Ltd & J&R Magnetics Pty Ltd.
Synopsis: Lifting (electro) Magnets play an important role in
materials handling for the steel industry.
Whereas this was once mainly confined to the input end of the steel
making cycle, today’s magnets are increasingly used downstream at the final
product stage or in the distribution warehouses where they are a major labour
In this address, Justin Rickard, who has been associated with
the Australian steel industry for most of his professional life and whose
Company, Jones & Rickard Pty Ltd, has long been the major supplier of
Australian-made electromagnets to Australian steel producers and users, will
look at both the design and construction of large magnets including their many
The lecture will deal with the seldom discussed theoretical principles of
magnetic lifting as well as important practical & constructional
Variable voltage power supplies for magnets, developments in
control equipment and safety provisions are also discussed & illustrated, as
are some more recent developments such as “electro-permanent” magnets.
The lecture will conclude with a brief video.
Biography: Justin Rickard AO, FIE (Aust.), MIEE, began his
professional career with the Electricity Commission of NSW, and held the
position of Senior Investigations Engineer in its Transmission Division before
leaving to join his father’s company, Jones & Rickard Pty Ltd. This
Company was for many years a leader in the provision of electrical repairs and
refurbishment services to the Australian power industry. It also boasted a
significant manufacturing capability, mainly in specialized rotating machines
and large electro-magnets. In June, last year, he was awarded the Medal of the
Order of Australia “for services to electrical engineering and the community
through Mission Australia”.
RECOVERY FROM POWER PLANT ACCIDENTS
Time: Noon to 5.45pm
Cost: $55 Cheque to IEAust.
Contact: Rimma Koldodizner Tel: 89237100
Synopsis: The Seminar will consist of six talks from experts on
various aspects of risk related to the electricity generating industry. An
outline is given below.
A. Loy Yang B No. 2-500MW Generator
Mark Pearson from Loy Yang P.S., will describe the events that
led to a major failure, in 2000, and return to service, of a 500MW brown coal
generator. The unit had to be completely dismantled and rebuilt on site at a
cost of over $20 million.
B. Hazelwood 200MW Generator Transformer
In June 1999, the Generator transformer on the
200MW generator transformer failed, and within 9 days, the
spare transformer also failed. The measures taken in overcoming this dire
problem are to be described by John Morrisey from Hazelwood P.S.
C. Wallerawang 500MW Generator Turbine
The Wallerawang turbine suffered severe damage following major
water ingress to the LP cylinders. David Prike of Siemens will describe the
dismantling and interim return to service until all the necessary parts became
available one year later when the turbine regained its full rating.
D. Liddell 500MW Generator
Loss of AC switchboard supply led to severe damage when the
Liddell 500MW generator shut down without barring gear in operation. David Hurst
of Alstom will describe the extensive repairs and modifications undertaken at
Alstom Power's Maitland workshop.
E. Tarong Generator Transformer
When facing a generation shortfall during a high load period in
August 1998, a failure occurred on a Tarong generator transformer. Alan du Mee
of Tarong Energy will describe how, following a worldwide search, a replacement
transformer was found in Collie Power Station (West Australia), then under
construction and the difficulties in transporting it across Australia.
F. How insurance works to deal with accidents
Colin Cheney, Principal, Marsh's Risk Management Practice, will
provide the overview.
KILOMETRE ARRAY: HAS THE ANTENNA QUANDARY BEEN SOLVED?
12 September 2002
Speaker: Dr Graeme James, CSIRO Telecommunications and
Industrial Physics, Marsfield NSW (Email: email@example.com)
Synopsis: The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is proposed as the
next major radio telescope which, as the name implies, is designed to have an
enormous antenna collecting area of around one square kilometre. This, of
course, will not be achieved with one large antenna but will consist of many
(several thousand in some designs) identical antenna elements to form a large
The search for possible designs has posed a major quandary for
antenna engineers in meeting the demanding specifications within an acceptable
A number of designs is being pursued by several countries including
China, Canada, USA, the Netherlands and Australia. Of these, the Australian
proposal using a Lüneburg lens as the antenna element is seen by some as the
most outlandish of all. Why use a Lüneburg lens? This talk will discuss in
layman’s terms the SKA antenna problem, the various solutions proposed by
others, the basic operation of the Lüneburg lens and why we believe the
Australian solution offers the most advantages to future generations of
A critical factor in the successful realisation of a Lüneburg
lens is the availability of suitable dielectric materials with the necessary
electromagnetic properties. To this end, CSIRO has undertaken a
multi-disciplinary project to develop artificial dielectrics and the current
status of this work will be included in the talk.
Biography: Graeme James has B.E., Ph.D and D.Sc. degrees in
Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Between
1973 and 1976 he was a post-doctoral fellow with the Department of Electrical
and Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary and Westfield College. London, England,
and since 1976 he has been with CSIRO. His main research interests are in the
areas of antennas, feed systems and electromagnetic diffraction. He is a Fellow
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) and the Institute
of Electrical Engineers (UK).
GENERATION – A DISTRIBUTION PERSPECTIVE
26 September 2002
Speaker: Guy Grunwald
No details provided at time of publication. Please visit the
‘News’ page of the Section web site for details in the weeks preceding the
14. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE
HELD IN BATHURST
The NSW Section is a technical co-sponsor of the First
International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA
2002), to be held in Bathurst from 24 to 28 November 2002.
Details may be obtained from the Conference web site http://odysseus.mit.csu.edu.au/icita2002.html.
15. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK 14-21 JULY
KICKS OFF WITH HARRICKS ADDRESS
This year the annual Professional Engineers Week will be held
in July. The official opening will be held at the Powerhouse Museum where the
guest speaker will be Professor Ron Ekers, Director, CSIRO Australia Telescope
National Facility. Prof. Ekers will give the Harricks Address entitled:
SPACE EXPLORATION AND THE FUTURE OF RADIO
A SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY
The Powerhouse Museum, 4pm for 4:30pm,
Sunday, 14 July 2002.
Synopsis: Sixty years ago, astronomers finally broke free of
the boundaries of light when a new science, radio astronomy, was born.
This new way of 'seeing' rapidly uncovered a range of unexpected objects
in the cosmos. In its short life, radio astronomy has had an unequalled record
of discovery, with three Nobel prizes being awarded for discoveries in this
field: Big-Bang radiation, neutron stars, and confirming the existence of
Radio telescopes have followed the pattern of exponential
growth seen in many areas of science and technology.
There is no technical reason for this not to continue, but to do so will
require a shift in technology, which will set new challenges.
He will argue that a radio telescope with an aperture of one
square km could now be built.
Such a telescope would be so powerful that we could
expand our knowledge of the universe from the earliest stages of its
formation through to planetary exploration with greatly enhanced spacecraft
He will illustrate the potential applications with some examples related
to observations of the early universe, which would be highly complementary to
planned future instruments in other wavebands.
One path to achieving this vision is through international
collaboration and he will conclude with some remarks on the value of
collaboration in astronomy.
Biography: Prof R.D. (Ron) Ekers
was appointed Foundation Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National
Facility in 1988.
He was born at Victor Harbour, South Australia and graduated from
University of Adelaide in 1963.
He gained his PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in
His professional career has taken him to the California Institute of
Technology, the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge, UK, the Kapteyn
Laboratory in Groningen, Netherlands and the National Radio Astronomy
Observatory, New Mexico, USA.
He was director of the VLA, the major national radio telescope in the
USA, from 1980 until 1987.
He has been a member of various advisory and visiting committees in the
USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
He was Chairman of the International Union of Radio Science Commission J
from 1990-1993, Pawsey Lecturer 1990, Oort Professor 1997, Miller Professor
He is chairman of the International SKA Steering Committee and
President-elect of the International Astronomical Union.
16. 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
17. MEMBER PROFILE
- NSW SECTION VICE CHAIR GRAEME GWILLIAM
Graeme Gwilliam is
the current Vice Chair of the New South Wales Section. Prior to accepting this
role in 2002, he served for three years as Section Treasurer. Graeme received a
BE (Elec.) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney (1963), Grad. Dipl.
Ed. (Tech. Teacher Ed.) Sydney Teachers College (1979), M. Appl. Sc. Univ.
Technology, Sydney (1984) and Doctorate of Education Pacific Western University,
USA (1989). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of IE Aust. and Member of IEE
Graeme has worked in a variety of
industries with numerous employers. From 1957 to 1975 he worked in Engineering,
Consultancy and Project Management in construction, from 1975 to 1997 in
Technical Education and Training and, from 1997 onwards, in Education and
Projects completed from 1957 to 1975
involved industrial construction and food processes, including waste water
treatment, commercial/ public building construction, and project management of
various developments. Clients included ANU, Maidstone Borough Council (UK), NSW
Government Architect, 3M Company, QANTAS (Flight Kitchen, Mascot), AGL Ltd,
Sydney Opera House, Alfa Laval, Moree Abbatoir, Lindemans Wines and Amatil among
others. Work tasks included engineering planning/design, contract establishment
and administration, construction supervision and commissioning, negotiation with
regulatory authorities, supervision of consultants, feasibility studies, and
general liaison/project management.
He received engineering excellence
awards for the design of lighting of buildings for the ANU Library, Canberra
(1963) and the 3M Building, Pymble (1968).
In the period 1975 to 1997, he was
employed by the TAFE organisation in NSW; during 1975 to 1980 as a
Teacher/lecturer at Bankstown and 1981 to 1982 at Sydney Technical College. From
1982 to 84, he was a secondment to the position of executive Assistant to the
Deputy Director-General (Colleges), and from 1984 to 1997 Head of Section of
(Power) Electrical Engineering at Granville College of TAFE. As an additional
activity, from 1980 onwards, he lectured part-time at the NSW Institute of
Technology/ University of Technology, Sydney at various times. He was appointed
a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1985 to
assist with research on industrial applications of solar energy.
Since 1997, Gwilliam Associates Pty
Ltd is a company within which many of Graeme’s current activities and programs
are conducted. Projects have been completed for the NSW Board of Studies,
Catalyst Training and TOSHIBA, among others.
Outside the engineering profession,
Graeme has, for nearly 30 years, held a variety of Commissioner appointments
within the Scout Association of Australia; most recently he was Assistant Area
Commissioner - Public Relations for the North Metropolitan Area.
The Sections Congress 2002
"Creating a Global Community" will be held 18-21 October 2002 at the
JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, USA.
The Section Chair will be the primary delegate from the NSW Section. SC
2002 will be unlike any other Congress in that it will feature both
administrative officer training and leadership training for the assembled
For more information, visit the web page www.ieee.org/sc
and click on "SC 2002".
19. STUDENTS RUSH
FOR FREE MEMBERSHIP
In the month of May, the New South
Wales Section offered free membership to new student members in approved
courses. When applications closed at the end of May, over 200 applications had
been received. The call for applications was organized by the Student Counsellor,
David Tien, with the help of an academic staff member at universities in New
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SEMINAR ON EMC
Professor Paolo Tenti (M’85,
SM’91, F’99), a past president of IEEE Industry Applications Society, and a
Distinguished Lecturer for this Society, gave a day-long tutorial at the UNSW,
Sydney, on 8 February 2002. He was assisted by his colleague from the University
of Padova Dr. Giorgio Spiazzi, who is a very well known expert of EMI in power
electronic applications. The topic of the tutorial was: Electromagnetic
Compatibility in Industrial Equipment: Standards, Problems and Solutions. The
tutorial was repeated in other major cities in Region 10, including Melbourne,
Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Singapore and Hong Kong, for which Professor Tenti
was on the road for about a month.
The tutorial included the following
topics: Introduction to European Directive on EMC; High-frequency emission
standards and case studies; Origin of high-frequency pollution and Design
provisions to reduce EMI; Spectra of signals; Coupling mechanisms and cable
shielding, Shielding properties of materials, EMI Filters, Grounding;
Low-frequency emission standards: definition and case studies; Origin of
low-frequency pollution, definitions and basic compensation techniques; PFC
structures; Example of application: PFC; Immunity standards and case studies
The tutorial was well attended, and
very well received by the audiences in all cities. There were thirty attendees
at the Sydney tutorial.
Report by Prof. Faz Rahman
The IEEE NSW Computer Chapter held a successful seminar on 30
May 2002 at UTS in Sydney.
Prof. G. Sivakumar, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Indian Institute of
Technology, Bombay presented on Internet Security and Cryptographic Protocols,
discussing Cryptographic protocols, which are security-related interactions for
reaching agreement between two or more principals. Professor Sivakumar provided
examples of the use of Cryptographic protocols including authentication and key
distribution, and discussed Cryptographic protocols described by alternate
transmission and receipt of (encrypted) messages in a pre-defined format and
sequence between the principals. More information on Prof. Sivakumar's lecture
is available on the NSW Section Computer Society home page http://ewh.ieee.org/r10/nsw/subpages/ch_comp/ch_comp.htm.
The next Computer Chapter seminar will be held at the end of
July. Please check the home page for updates.
Report by Kate Carruthers
23. MAX SYMONS MEMORIAL PRIZE
The Max Symons Memorial Prize, given by
the IEEE NSW Section for the best NSW Student Paper submitted to the Region 10
IEEE Student Paper Contest has been awarded to Mr Yuehe Ge of Macquarie
University for his paper entitled "Efficient Analysis of Microstrip
Circuits Using New Closed-Form Green's Functions". The paper was
co-authored with his supervisor Dr Karu Esselle. The prize will be presented at
the 30th Anniversary Dinner, details of which appear elsewhere in this issue.
Congratulations to Mr Ge on his success.
Details of conferences and other
forthcoming international events can be found by visiting the IEEE web site
25. SUMMER SCHOOL
IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS
The third Biennial Complex Systems
Summer School will be held from 1 to 6 December 2002. Details can be found at: http://clio.mit.csu.edu.au/rgai/csss2002/.
Research engineer/ assistant,
part-time or full-time, wanted in electromagnetics/antennas at Macquarie
University. Contact: Dr Karu Esselle (ph. 9850 9141, email email@example.com).
PhD scholarships. The Research Group
for Complex Systems at Charles Sturt University is seeking one or two PhD
students to work on intelligent agents for data mining. Contact: Professor Terry
Bossomaier (ph 0419 626 824, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wanted to purchase. Hardbound copy
(1st or 2nd edition) of ‘A treatise on the theory of
Bessel functions’, by G.N. Watson. Contact: the Editor (ph 9372 4289, email email@example.com).
The Australian Microelectronics
Network in association with the NSW CAS/SSC Society is holding a course and
workshop in Sydney on RF-CMOS circuit design. The presenter of the course is
Professor Asad Abidi. Information on Professor Abidi is given on the website:
Details are given below.
RF-CMOS Circuit Design
- Principles and Practice
Date: Tuesday, 16 July
MGSM Executive Hotel and Conference Centre,
Low Noise Amplifiers
Specifications: Noise, Impedance, Dynamic Range
Fundamental Limits to Low Noise, and
Practical Design Considerations, low power methods
Understanding mixer action through noise, and
Practical design considerations.
Understanding oscillators through phase
noise mechanisms, and
How to design an integrated VCO to a
specified figure of merit.
Integrated passive elements
- Qualitative understanding
- Influence of Substrate
- Good design practice.
- Continuous voltage-controlled, and
Full Package: $475 non-members, $325
members, $125 students
Workshop Only: $395 non-members,
$275 members, $100 students
Cocktail Reception Only: $100
non-members, $75 members, $50 students
Please contact Steven Duvall (ph 9937 5861, email firstname.lastname@example.org) for
28. NSW SECTION
AND CHAPTER COMMITTEES FOR 2003
The Nominations committee invites members to submit
nominations for appointments to the year 2003 Section and 7 Chapter committees.
Already the following Section Committee nominations have been received:
F. Barker, T. Bird, D. Burger, K. Carruthers, S. Duvall, K. Esselle, G.
Gwilliam, W. Lachs, J. Logothetis, P. Ogunbona, A. Parfitt, B. Poon, F. Rahman,
S. Reisenfeld, J. Robinson, D. Tien, J. Vasseleu & R. Zakarevicius.
Members are invited to nominate no later than
September 2002. Please select and print out the text between the Start and
Finish lines below. Please contact Andrew Parfitt
[Tel: 9372 4187, Fax 9372 4106].
All nominations for Section and Chapter Committee members will
be considered at the Annual General Meeting, to be held on 29 November.
return not later than 6 September 2002 to: Andrew Parfitt
[Tel: 9372 4187, Fax 9372 4106]
IEEE Committee C/- PROFESSIONAL CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA,
Private Bag No. 1,
DARLINGHURST NSW 2010.
Trevor S. Bird