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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER

 
IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 6                             May, 1998
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		CONTENTS

May Meeting _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  ( 1 ) 

NEW MAILER _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ( 2 )

Reservations for the Tour	_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _( 3 )

VMS Activities _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ( 4 )

	Meeting Report
Southeastcon '97 Co-Chairs Recognized _ _ _  _ _ _( 5 )

Services you should know about _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ ( 6 )
	Project Funding
	E-Mail
	Bulletin Board
	IEEE  Region 3  Lending  Library
		CATALOG  OF  MATERIALS
		PROMOTIONAL VIDEOTAPES
		SELF-STUDY COURSES
		TUTORIAL VIDEOTAPES
		VIDEOCONFERENCES (1990 to 1994)

Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits _ _ _ _ _ ( 7 )
	CONTINUING EDUCATION
	CURRENT TECHNICAL INFORMATION
	IEEE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
	CAREER TRANSITION SUPPORT
	OTHER
	The IEEE Financial Advantage Program

IEEE  Virginia  Mountain  Section	_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ( 8 )

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May Meeting

Roanoke Electric Steel

Wear heavy soled shoes, & 
Clothes that can be cleaned.

Roanoke Electric Steel is a mini-mill 
producer of finished steel products, 
which are sold to steel service centers 
and fabricators, and semi-finished steel 
billets, which are sold to other steel 
producers.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, 
the company has strategically 
integrated both supply and 
consumption of its materials and 
products, giving it greater stability than 
one might expect from a steel company.

Shredded Products Corporation, one of 
Roanoke's subsidiaries, extracts scrap 
steel and other products from junked 
automobiles and other waste materials, 
providing a steady source of raw 
materials to the parent company.  
Three other subsidiaries, John W. 
Hancock, Jr., Inc., Socar, Inc.,and 
RESCO Steel Products Corporation 
are all steel fabricators, providing a 
captive market for Roanoke's products.

The company presently operates two 
electric arc furnaces, an 80 ton EBT 
(Eccentric Bottom Tap) furnace, and a 
conventional 40 ton furnace.  The 
company also operates a Ladle 
Refining furnace which provides a 
station for refining the raw molten steel 
to final metallurgical specifications.  
Molten steel is fed to two continuous 
casters, a 5 strand, and a 3 strand 
which cast the molten steel into billets.  
These billets are rolled into merchant 
steel products, consisting of angles, 
rounds, flats, channels, and reinforcing 
bars in a 17 stand continuous rolling 
mill.  These are then sold to steel 
service centers and fabricators, 
including two of the company's 
subsidiaries, which use the angles and 
rounds to make steel joists.  The plant 
has a melting capacity of 650,000 tons 
per year and a rolling capacity of 
400,000 tons per year.

Roanoke Electric Steel has invested 
more than $100 million dollars in plant 
and equipment since 1986 to improve 
operating efficiencies, increase 
production and maximize earnings.  
The company has been consistently 
profitable every year since 1956.  
Strong sales and the company's new 
state-of-the-art ladle furnace create a 
solid foundation for the future.

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NEW MAILER

We are experimenting this month with 
envelope mailing. It is just a little more 
work but less expensive than tabbing, 
which cost more than the postage!!

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Reservations for the Tour
Date:	Thursday, May 21, 1998
Tour: 	6:30 PM
Place:	102 Westside Blvd, Roanoke
	See Map
Cost:	No Charge
Please make reservations by 
Monday, May 18,  5:00 P.M.

Roanoke:
David Livingston	(540) 857-6261
Blacksburg:
Ira Jacobs	(540) 231-5620
Lexington:
Ed Wheeler 	(540) 464-7548
Radford and Christiansburg:
Usha Varshney		(540) 731-0655

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VMS Activities

Meeting Report

Ronald W. Waynant, a scientist with the Food and Drug 
Administration, presented an extremely interesting discussion 
of the use of lasers in medicine.  Dr. Waynant pointed out 
that recent advances in laser technology have given medical 
researchers unprecedented flexibility in laser use.  Scientists 
and engineers have demonstrated lasers that can produce 
pulses of light as short as a femtosecond and lasers having 
very high power densities.  The net result is that, in addition 
to wavelength, researchers now have a wide latitude with 
regard to the laser power and pulse duration they employ in 
their investigations.

These advances in laser technology have resulted, and 
continue to result, in real improvements in health care.   
Doctors can now sculpt the eye’s cornea to achieve the 
desired curvature.  Since much of the eye’s focal properties 
are associated with the cornea’s curvature—the lens is the 
“fine tune”—the impact will be profound.  Lasers can be 
employed to relieve the over-pressures associated with 
glaucoma by drilling holes through certain structures within 
the eye.  Lasers can also be used to eliminate many cataracts.

At lower power densities and longer exposure times, there 
exists an active area of investigation which indicates that 
lasers can aid in healing and rehabilitation.  The reason 
seems to be, at least in part, that the laser’s energy can be 
used by cells to manufacture food—ATP.   The resulting 
cellular environment, being rich in nutrients, then allows 
rapid healing to occur.

Cardiac researchers have developed a technique, still 
relatively new, by which heart vasculature can be improved 
by literally drilling holes through the heart muscle.  As an 
aside, let me note here that this technology will soon be 
introduced at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  Dentists, by 
employing lasers in their procedures, will be able to reduce 
tooth loss associated with many of their procedures.    

If a laser is employed having a wavelength at an absorption 
peak of the ink in a tattoo, it can be removed without a trace.  
Also, many types of skin blemishes are amenable to laser 
treatment.  Cosmetic surgery in general will be empowered 
through laser technology.  

The fact that Dr. Waynant’s lecture elicited a great deal of 
interest was evidenced by several well-informed questions 
asked at its conclusion.

...Ed Wheeler

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Southeastcon '97 Co-Chairs Recognized

Russell Churchill, Chairman and Ira Jacobs, Co-Chairman, 
were awarded plaques for their efforts leading to the 
successful operation of Southeastcon '97, held last year at 
Virginia Tech.

Doctors Churchill and Jacobs were recognized for their 
continued support of the Virginia Mountain Section and, in 
particular for time and energy resulting in the success of 
Southeastcon '97".

It has been quite some time since the VMS has formally 
recognized members for contributions to IEEE or to the 
Section. We hope that these presentations might be taken as a 
"first step" and encourage nominations for other awards. Any 
member can make or suggest a nomination if he feels 
someones contribution(s) to the group are outstanding. 
Contact Dan Jackson or the editor for details.

...editor

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Services you should know about

Following are a few reminders of IEEE services you may 
have heard of but forgotton about. Refresh your memory and 
perhaps make use of some. (Your dues support them.)

Project Funding
Funding is available for special projects in Region 3 sections. 
All that is needed is for the section PACE chairman to fill out 
a project plan, and submit it to Region 3 PACE Coordinator.  
(Suggestions are welcome. Contact Wayne Scales or Dan 
Jackson.)

E-Mail
If anyone has e-mail access, he or she can ask for an alias 
IEEE  e-mail address targeted to a local address. It helps the 
individual to keep in touch with IEEE activities, provides a 
great deal of flexibility and a wealth of information. Contact 
Helen A. Shiminsky at h.shiminski@ieee.org, or call 1-800-
678-IEEE.

Bulletin Board
Region 3 is the only region that has a bulletin board within 
the IEEE-USA organization. Each section has an allocated 
space, and access is free. This provides the individual the 
opportunity to download and upload job positions, 
newsletters, or any other useful information. In Region 3, call 
1-800-555-reg3.



IEEE  Region 3  Lending  Library

CATALOG  OF  MATERIALS

Region 3 maintains a lending library of materials of interest 
to individual enigineers and to Chapters or other groups. The 
following is only a partial list.

For more information and assistance with checking out 
library holdings of interest, please contact Perry Wheless at 
p.wheless@ieee.org

The catalog listing is arranged under these categories:
P: PROMOTIONAL 
S: SELF-STUDY COURSES
T: TUTORIAL
VC: VIDEOCONFERENCES
PACE 94: IEEE-USA 1994 PACE Conference*
PACE 95: IEEE-USA 1995 PACE Conference*
PC: PACE COMMITTEE - Audio & Video Library*
*None of these are listed here

PROMOTIONAL VIDEOTAPES
P-1. "ENGINEERS: TURNING IDEAS INTO REALITY" 
(10 minutes) Promotional video of interest to anyone 
planning to speak to a Junior or Senior High School group 
about engineering careers.
P-2. "FAST FORWARD TO THE FUTURE WITH WIL 
WHEATON" (24 minutes) Produced by AIAA. Stresses need 
for good background in High School mathematics for those 
considering engineering as a career.
P-3. "COMMIT TO THE FUTURE" (11 minutes) Promotes 
benefits of membership in IEEE and IEEE Student Branches.
P-4. "WHO ARE ENGINEERS ? YOU ? (12 minutes) 
Produced by NSPE. Promotes Engineering as a career to 
High School students.
P-5. "JET-TEAMS COMPETITION" (7 minutes) Produced 
by JETS. A promotional tape aimed at potential sponsors of 
Junior Engineering Technical Societies activities.
P-6. "JUST ONE HOUR A WEEK"
P-7. "HOW TO GET A BETTER JOB QUICKER" Richard 
Payne. The videotape only from a self paced workshop on 
getting a job. This was provided by IEEE-USA PACE 
activities.
P-8. "PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: WHERE DO 
YOU STAND ? A MESSAGE FROM INDUSTRY 2000" 
(15 minutes) This is a video report on the INDUSTRY 2000 
workshop held in May 1994. A written proceedings is 
available from IEEE Educational Activities Dept., 
Piscataway NJ.



SELF-STUDY COURSES
Note: May also be used for group study.
S-1. "Communication Techniques for Scientists, Engineers, 
and Computer Specialists". 1987. Course includes study 
guide (128 pp); workbook; answer book; audio tape; final 
exam; text: Technically Writing, 3rdEdition, by Ron Blicq; a 
videotape: Communication and Report Writing by the Roning 
Group, Inc.

TUTORIAL VIDEOTAPES
T-1. "COMPUTER AIDED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING" 
T-2. "COCKPIT AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY" 
T-3. "INTRODUCTION TO AI AND EXPERT SYSTEMS 

VIDEOCONFERENCES (1990 to 1994)
(Just a subset of what is available [Editor])
VC-34. "Expert Systems: Integration with Databases and 
Real-Time Systems" (Date: 3/28/90)
VC-35. "Rapid Development of Software" (Date: 5/20/90)
VC-36. "Total Quality: Malcolm Baldridge Award Approach 
to Quality Management" (Date:9/13/90)
VC-37. "Computer Graphics: Construction to Interaction" 
(Date: 10/3/90)
VC-38. "Computer Simulation: Engineering in the Future" 
(Date: 11/17/90)
VC-39. "Fiber Optics Applications" (Date: 12/5/90)
VC-40. "Uses of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing" 
(Date: 3/29/91)
VC-41. "Fuzzy Logic: Applications & Perspectives" (Date: 
4/25/91)
VC-42. "Uses of Neural Networks for the 90's" (Date: 
5/23/91)
VC-44. "Software Testing and Reliability" (Date: 
10/30/91)VC-45. "Optical Digital Computing" (Date: 
12/11/91
VC-46. "Making Optoelectronic High Performance Data 
Communications Work" (Date: 3/26/92)
VC-47. "Work Stations of the Future - A User's Perspective" 
(Date: 4/30/92)
VC-48. "Environmental Issues and Impact to Engineers" 
(Date: 5/28/92)
VC-51. "Getting Rid of Interference" (Date: 12/3/92)
VC-52. "Chaos, Fractals, and Non-Linear Dynamics" (Date: 
3/25/93)
VC-54. "Delivering Software Products to the Global 
Marketplace" (Date: 5/20/93)
VC-59. "Engineering Workstation Operating Systems: A 
Comparative Analysis of Windows NT(tm) and UNIX 
Solaris(tm)" (Date: 3/16/94)
VC-60. "Quality Issues For Engineers: Putting Theory Into 
Practice" (Date: 4/13/94)


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IEEE  Virginia  Mountain  Section

VMS OFFICERS
Chairman: 		David Livingston
	d.livingston@ieee.org		(540) 857-6261
Vice Chairman: 	Usha Varshney	
	
Sec./Treasurer: 	Ed Wheeler
	wheeler@vmi.edu 		(540) 464-7548

VMS Executive Committee
		Lynn Abbott
	e-mail: abbott@vt.edu		(540) 231-4472
		Russell Churchill
	arcova@swva.net			(540) 731-0655
		Ira Jacobs
	ijacobs@vt.edu			(540) 231-5620
		Andy Stevenson
	stevenson-ac@salem.ge.com	(540) 387-8471
Junior Past Chairman:
		Anbo Wang
	awang@vt.edu			(540) 231-4355
Virginia Council
	Representative:	vacant
VMS Chapter Chairs
Industry Applications
		Andy Stevenson
	stevenson-ac@salem.ge.com	(540 )387-8471 
Industrial Electronics/Computer/Control Systems
		David Geer
	d.geer@ieee.org			(540) 387-7359



Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices
		Hausila Singh
	hsingh@gtc.itt.com		(540) 563-8639
Power Engineering
		Subhas Sarkar
	vtc@roanoke.infi.net	(540)  345-9892  x-152

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Awards :
		Vacant 
Membership Development:
		Russell Churchill
	arcova@swva.net 		(540)-731-0655
Nominations: 	 
		Anbo Wang
	awang@vt.edu 			(540) 231-4355
		Lynn Abbott
	abbott@vt.edu 			(540)-231-4472
		Wayne Scales
	wayne@starchild.ee.vt.edu 	(540)-231-5622
PACE :	Dan Jackson
	d.jackson@ieee.org 		(540)-774-0484
Program :	Usha Varshney
Publicity :	John Fennick
	j.fennick@ieee.org		(540) 552-0052
Student Activities:
		Ira Jacobs
	ijacobs@vt.edu 			(540)-231-5620
		



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