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Greetings members of the Virginia Mountain Section,

Awards season is upon us:

VMS Awards Ceremony: December 7, 2017
Plan to join us for the 2017 VMS Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn ~ Valley Veiw. See more about the awards and the nominating process here.

The deadline to submit VMS Award nominations is Friday, November 17

Region 3 Awards:
"The Awards and Recognition Program provides the means to recognize those members or Region entities that have brought improvement and recognition to our profession and to the Institute. By recognizing these accomplishments and contributions, it provides positive reinforcement to all members and entities to follow suit.

IEEE awards awards are:
  1. an expression of recognition for outstanding contributions to the art and science of electro-technology,
  2. an incentive to youth to emulate excellence,
  3. a personalized presentation to the public of the achievements of the profession and its members, and
  4. the identification of IEEE with these achievements."
See details of the Region 3 Awards and the nominating process here.

The deadline to submit Region 3 Awards is December 1st.

Meeting Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Roanoke.
One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation.



Dr. J. Keith Nelson

Speaker's Bio::
Dr. Nelson was educated at the University of London (where he obtained his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with First class Honours in 1965, and a Ph.D in Power Engineering in 1969) and has made the switch from industry to academia twice – once on each side of the Atlantic. After starting his career in the electric utility industry, he served on the academic staff of the University of London, UK where he was responsible for research and teaching in the high-voltage and short-circuit current laboratories. In 1979, he accepted an appointment as a research manager at the General Electric corporate R & D laboratory in Schenectady, NY USA. He is now a Professor Emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Over this career, his research interests have encompassed the physical (and often chemical) phenomena underlying power system equipment. This has involved multi-disciplinary work in physical electronics, electromagnetic fields, polymer science, and plasma physics. Of particular emphasis is the work carried out in the field of dielectric technology for high electric field applications, and its application in the design context. As an experimentalist, he was the first, in 2002, to show the unique properties associated with nanodielectrics which have now formed a new burgeoning field of endeavor. Professor Nelson had a book on this subject published in 2010 by Springer-Verlag.

In the professional arena, Dr. Nelson is a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK) and the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a chartered professional engineer. He is a past President of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society and was a Director of the IEEE. His work has attracted many national awards including the IEE Snell Premium, IEEE Forster and Whitehead Awards, the Edison Electric Institute Award and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He has acted as a consultant to many industrial Companies and as an advisor to governments.

Professor Nelson is married with 2 children, and enjoys flying, sailing, squash and is a certified scuba diver.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Social:   6:30 PM
Dinner:  6:45 PM

Presentation:  7:30 PM

Members and Guests:  $20, Educators and Students $10
Let us know if you have special dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc.)

Holiday Inn : Roanoke - Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn : Roanoke - Valley View:

From I-581 take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 studios & Zaxby’s) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

Reservations:  Please RSVP by End of Day (EOD), Sunday October 15, if possible. Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary restrictions. Please RSVP to Andrew Tribbett, Sec/Treas, at

Credit: • One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation..

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Congratulations on meeting your goal!

Dear George W Williams, Virginia Mountain Section Chair, and
Dear Obumneme Emmanuel Osineme, Virginia Mountain Section Vice Chair,

I am pleased to recognize the Virginia Mountain Section for meeting its recruitment goal for the 2017 membership year. Congratulations!

The membership development goals were developed based on your Section’s three year performance. You are to be commended for continuing to grow IEEE membership in the Virginia Mountain Section.

In recognition of this achievement, I have attached an image that you can place in your e-mail signature and on your Section website or newsletters, which signifies your outstanding achievement for the 2017 membership year.

Please feel free to share this with other leaders in your Section to recognize the good work you are doing, and to let your members know you are working hard to provide them the best member experience possible.

Takako Hashimoto
2017 Chair, IEEE Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee

Virginia Mountain Section Officers for 2017~2018

ChairmanGeorge Williams
Vice ChairmanObum Osineme
Secretary/TreasurerAndrew Tribbett
Member-at-LargeJohn K John
Member-at-LargeA. K. Briele
Member-at-LargeCy Harbourt
Member-at-LargeAndrew Pouche
Past ChairmanJoe Hartwell

The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Branches in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech
and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group.

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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