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IEEE  Region  3,  Council  9,  Section  65     April  1995    Electronic


April Meeting                                                  
March Meeting Review
VMS Mini-Symposium                                      
Financial Rulings Due
IEEE Computer Woes - Check Your Recods     
Electronic Newsletter Info
Computer/Control/IES Chapter
        Next Video
        Past Meeting Reviews
Considering Consulting?                                    
APCO Offers PE Training
Election Candidates                                            
 For Your Info
April Meeting
Rick Timmons
Grayson Electronics
Cellular Evolution*
Quality Inn - Salem
7:00 PM, Thursday
April 20, 1995
The focus of this presentation will be on the evolution of personal
communications involving the cellular deployment of AMPS, N-
AMPS, TDMA, and CDMA systems. Various system related issues for all four of
these will be discussed, including some of the
advantages and disadvantages of each. Some other worldwide standards will be
presented briefly, especially as they relate to various
products manufactured by Grayson Electronics, Mr. Timmons' place of
employment. Several subassemblies and products
manufactured by Grayson will be on display.
About the Author
Rick Timmons is the Manager of Product Development Engineering at Grayson
Electronics company, which is a division The Allen
Telecom Group. Grayson designs and manufactures wireless products for the
cellular industry; repeaters, base stations, and
measurement products (AMPS, ETACS, JTACS, NADC, TDMA, CDPD, and PCS). Rick
received a BSEE in 1976 from the
University of Florida, and an MSEE from Florida Atlantic University in 1983.
Rick's career has been in the commercial land mobile
industry, including stints at Motorola (Ft. Lauderdale, 800 MHz handheld
products, General Electric (Lynchburg, land mobile and
cellular product development), Hughes Network Systems (San Diego, TDMA rural
telephone and dual mode cellular mobile
development), and Grayson (Lynchburg, TDMA repeaters and base station
* Note that this is a change from the previously announced program.
for the April Meeting
        Thursday, April 20
        Time:   6:30 PM Social
                7:00 PM Dinner
                8:00 PM Program
        Place:  Quality Inn - Salem
                Route 419, east of I-81
                at Exit 141
        Cost:   Member or Guest $ 12.00
                Student         $   4.50
For reservations, please contact one of the following representatives before
5 PM on Monday, April 17:
Roanoke:            John Naber          563-3913
                    Hausila Singh               563-8639
Blacksburg:         Lynn Abbott         231-4472
                    Wayne Scales                231-5622
Lexington:          Dick Skutt          464-7236
Radford and
Christiansburg:   Russell Churchill             731-0655
VMS Section Activities
Meeting Report
Mr. Elic Gilbert of American Express Financial Planners provided the seminar
for our March "spouses night" meeting. The topic
was Financial Planning Awareness. Mr. Gilbert covered a considerable amount
of useful financial information including common
financial concerns and mistakes, and  personal financial management. There
was also discussion of several current hot topics from
the financial arena. The seminar was quite interesting as was evident from
the lively discussion from the audience.
Mini-Symposium Planned
Papers, Talks, and Prizes
In what we believe is a first time for us, the IEEE Virginia Mountain
Section will hold a Technical Mini-Symposium and Student
Paper Contest at the Quality Inn in Salem Virginia on Thursday, May 25 from
6 - 9 PM. This will constitute the regular May
meeting. The symposium is meant to  bring electrical engineers from
Southwest Virginia together in an informal technical forum to
discuss all areas of electrical engineering. Each talk is limited to a
maximum of 20 minutes, including questions and answers. All
members and graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate.
Members, present a version of a paper or talk you have
given in the past two years, or one you are currently working on. Students,
tell us about your thesis work, senior, master or Ph.D.
Two, non-trivial, cash prizes will be awarded for the best student papers,
in classes to be determined by a panel, after the fact. Please
submit an abstract of your paper (be sure to indicate if the paper is a
student paper) to Dr. W.A. Scales, 615 Whittemore Hall,
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Financial Guidelines Coming Up
In accordance with the New York laws of incorporation, the IEEE Bylaws,
Policies and Procedures, all monies held by the Institute,
no matter at what level, belong to, and are under the control of the Board
of Directors. As a result of recent audits, the Board has
determined that Regions and Sections must put in place a plan ensuring that
no entity exposes its sponsoring organization, Chapter
to Section for example, to extraordinary financial risk.
Region 3 adopted such rules at the March 25 meeting of the ExCom in Raleigh.
The Section is now obligated to draw up guidelines for its Chapters and the
Council. We can expect details on this action in the near
...Dan Jackson
IEEE Computer Problems:
Is Your Record Current?
Jim Griffiths has received a notice from IEEE Headquarters that they are
experiencing non-trivial problems with the computer and
associated files. End result, of immediate concern to us, is that they have
little confidence in the integrity of the membership data
bases. If you have any doubt about the status of your records at IEEE, e.g.,
missing some mailings, notify them, immediately if not
sooner. See For Your Info on the last page of this Newsletter. Also, if you
know of any member(s) who is not receiving expected
services, please get in touch and have them send or call in an update.
Electronic Newsletter
If you have not yet subscribed you are strongly encouraged to sign up. No,
we will not remove your name from the regular mailing
list if you do sign up.
To Subscribe, see instructions in the For Your Information section on the
last page.
Computer/Control/IES Chapter
Spring Video '95 Series"Why Black Boxes are so Hard to Reuse:A New Approach
to Abstractionfor the Engineering of
Software"Gregor Kiczales:  Xerox PARCTuesday, April 4.     5:30 PMGeneral
Electric Co. Auditorium1501 Roanoke Boulevard,
Salem, VAUsing a number of real systems as examples, this videotape provides
a new approach to designing software systems
intended for broad reuse. Gregor Kiczales takes you on a journey back to
Freshman Computer Science, and shows how and why
some of the basic concepts learned there must be revised. Anyone who
programs or designs software should see this videotape.
Susan Kraterfield, GE Metals Applications Engineer, will introduce the tape
and lead discussion afterwards. Susan has a background
in software development for large distributed control systems, and a
Master's degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
Before coming to GE she worked for Texas Instruments in Austin and, as an
adjunct professor, she has taught software engineering
at Tech.
The meeting is open to all IEEE members and guests. There is no admission
charge. Light refreshments will be available for a
nominal charge. Please call Sandy Gurian, 703-387-5905, or e-mail to
gurian_s@salem.ge.com for reservations. Come to the main
plant entrance, near the flagpole. Please be prompt so we can start on time.
IEEE VMS Video Library
Selected tapes from the Video Series can be borrowed for personal use.
Contact Dave Geer, 703-387-7359 or e-mail to
Video Series Reviews:
"Roadkill on the Information Highway"
Nathan Myhrvold; '95 IEEE Video Series, February 7, 1995.
Dr. Myhrvold is senior vice-president for advanced technology at Microsoft.
In this video he muses over the past 20 years in
computer technology: "one million times improvement in cost/performance",
and ponders whether it will continue: "We'll have
infinite bandwidth in a decade's time". He raises interesting questions
about the effect of computer and network technology on the
future. What will be the impact of the Information Highway on society? Who
will be the winners and losers? How will the current
infrastructure of telephone, cable TV and print media be affected? And how
will businesses and individuals cope with the rapid
evolution? While some of his projections may seem preposterous today, it is
clear that Dr. Myhrvold has thought deeply about this
subject, and has done his homework. The recent announcements by Microsoft of
its ventures in satellite communications and an on-
line service are evidence that his company is willing to back him up.
An interesting sidebar: Myhrvold mentions that Microsoft measures its
success by the percentage of memory that its software
occupies in the world's computers. Gives a whole new meaning to the term
"code bloat", doesn't it?
"Alpha Architecture" Dick Sites & Dirk Meyer, Digital Equipment Corporation,
IEEE Spring '95 Video Series, March 7, 1995
In this tape Dick Sites teaches you something about the problems computer
architects face when trying produce a computer design
that will last for the next ten to twenty years. The need to support
multiple processors operating on the same instruction stream leads
to difficult questions involving cache management, out-of-order processing
and branch prediction. Some features, like condition
codes and read-modify-write instructions for updating resource locks, which
were cornerstones of earlier architectures, are not
present in the Alpha. Removing them permits pipelining; that is, operating
on separate parts of successive instructions
simultaneously. It also allows multiple instruction issue: several
instructions can be processed in parallel by separate processors, and
are allowed to complete out of order. This allows the hardware to zoom ahead
when strict ordering is not important. Of course,
additional burden is placed on the software, which must insert memory
barrier instructions whenever operations must be
In the second part of the tape, Dirk Meyer describes the first
implementation of the Alpha architecture, the DEC 21064 chip. The
chip uses CMOS technology, with 0.75 (m feature size, three levels of metal
interconnect, and a 3.3 volt power supply. It is packaged
in a 432-pin package. There are separate on-chip instruction and data
caches, and separate integer and floating point processors,
each with its own register file and pipeline. On-chip clock rate is 200Mhz,
while off-chip speeds can range from one-half to one
sixteenth of this. The on-chip clock driver switches in 0.5 ns, and drives a
peak current of 43 amps.
DEC supports the Alpha with three operating systems: VMS, OSF-l (aka UNIX),
and Windows-NT. Unlike the early VAXs, which
contained a complete PDP-ll register file and instruction set, the Alpha has
no "compatibility mode". Instead, software translators are
available to convert VAX binary code to Alpha executables. Translators are
also available for the MIPS machines which DEC also
If you are a high-level programmer whose only interest in technical detail
is where to put the semicolon, then this tape is not for you.
But if you are interested in recent advances in computer architecture and
processor chip design, the tape is worth watching.
...Dave Geer
Considering Consulting?
Business Seminar
The Central Virginia Section of IEEE is conducting a seminar for engineers
who contemplate private practice  Any one who expects
to be on his own, whether he seeks independent contract work or takes
temporary employment with corporations, should benefit. The
seminar will be conducted by experienced consultants and people who have
their own engineering firms. It will be held on April 22,
1995 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Days Hotel and Conference Center, Route 29
North, Charlottesville. To partly defray the cost of
the seminar we are charging a fee of $20.00.
Topics will include:
What are the requirements for being a consultant?
Startup - Things to consider before starting a practice
        Costs                   Taxes
        Incorporation           Bookkeeping
        Advertising             Insurance
PE license
Contracts - What should be included
Billing and collection
Planning not to fail
Common mistakes
To reserve a place, contact:
        Sam Harris (703) 942-1696
        Rt. 2 Box 445, Waynesboro, Va. 22980
        e-mail: s.harris@ieee.org
by April 15.
APCO Offers PE. Assistance
Continuing Education Requirements For Professional Engineers Registered In
West Virginia
Appalachian Power Company is sponsoring an opportunity for PEs to get the
required continuing education credits. The classes are
tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-April and will be held on four
consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The
classes will be taught at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke.
Class material will include non-technical engineering
issues such as economics, ethics, litigation, etc.
Any interested IEEE members should contact Mrs. Shirley Bowers at
Appalachian Power in Roanoke (703) 985-2354. The cost of
the classes will be paid by APCO.
... Rex L. Cassady,  APCO

Election Candidates                                             For Your Info
Election Time is Near
Some regular features are missing this month to make room for election
material: Executive Committee and Officer nominees for
this year's election, and short biographies appear on the next two pages.
Candidates for the 1994 VMS Election
The nominating committee has selected the following members as candidates
for the Executive Committee or offices indicated.
A short biography for each candidate is provided below.-
Chair:          Wayne Scales
Vice Chair:     Jim Griffiths
Secy./Treas:    Anbo Wang
Executive Committee:
        Ira Jacobs      Russell Churchill
        David Geer      Daniel Jackson
        John Naber      Ahmad Safaai-Jazi
        Lynn Abbott     Scott Midkiff
IA Chapter Chair:       Walter Hill
MTT/ED Chapter Chair:   Hausila Singh
I.E./C/CS Chapter Chair:        David Geer
Activities and functions of the Power Chapter in recent years demands, under
the applicable rules, that it be dissolved or merged
with one of these three chapters. The formal merger will take some time, but
for the purposes of voting in this election, consider it
already merged with the MTT/ED Chapter.
Please note that other members may be nominated by a petition submitted to
the secretary/treasurer, no later than April 10. For a
petition to be valid, the consent of the nominee must have been obtained,
and the petition must be signed by at least ten
members....Lynn Abbott
A. Lynn Abbott received the BS degree with Highest Honors from Rutgers
University in 1980, the MS degree from Stanford
University in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in
1990 (all in Electrical Engineering). From 1980 until
1985 he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in
Holmdel, NJ, where he designed data communication
equipment. Since 1990 he has been an Assistant Professor in the Bradley
Department of Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech,
where he teaches computer engineering courses and conducts research in the
area of computer vision. He has authored or co-
authored more than 25 research publications. Lynn is a past Chairman of the
Russell Churchill is President of the American Research Corporation of
Virginia (ARCOVA) in Radford. He has had several years
of industrial experience with ARCOVA, which he founded, Inland Motor,
Radford, where he was Vice President for Research and
Development, and Republic Aviation Corp., Long Island, where he was Chief of
Engineering Physics. He was Head of Electrical
Engineering at Colorado State University, Chairman of Electrical Engineering
at Clarkson College of Technology, and on the
faculty at the University of British Columbia. He received his BE from Nova
Scotia Technical College, and his MS from the
University of Birmingham, England, and his Ph.D. from the University of
Liverpool, England. He is past chairman of the VMS and
our representative to the Virginia State Committee.
David Geer received the BSEE from Rennesselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy,
NY. He has been a Design Engineer at General
Electric for over 25 years and is currently at GE Drive Systems Division,
Roanoke. His responsibilities include the design and
development of mathematical models for process automation in the steel
industry. Geer is the founder and current chairman of the
Virginia Mountain Section joint Chapter of the Computer, Control Systems,
and Industrial Electronics Societies. He has also served
as the VMS membership chairman, as a member of the Executive Committee, and
as a member of the SoutheastCon Committee.
James R. Griffiths (M'82-SM'88) received the BSEE. from Purdue University in
1976 and a MSEE. from Arizona State University in
1981. From 1976 through 1978 he was a control systems engineer for Sperry
Flight systems where they droned full size aircraft for
military operations. From 1978 to 1982 he worked for Motorola Government
Electronics designing microwave receivers and their
associated test systems. From 1982 through 1991 he worked as an individual
contributor for Texas Instruments designing various
receiver systems and related components and devices. In 1991 he joined
ITT-GTC as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. Jim
has served on the steering committees for the 1987 and 1990 IEEE MTT-S, 1989
IEEE AESS National Radar Symposium and the
1988 Microwave Hybrid Conference. He has also served as chairman for the
Dallas MTT chapter and at various other levels. He has
several published papers and 1 patent filed. Jim is the current VMS
Walter Hill was born in Vienna, Austria. He received a B.Eng.Sc. from the
University of Western Ontario in 1963, a Masters from
Carleton University in 1965, and a Masters from the University of Toronto in
1988, all in electrical Engineering. He worked as a
Control Engineer for General Electric-Canada from 1965 to 1990 in the areas
of cycloconverter drives for ship propulsion systems
and drive systems for process line and heavy mill applications. In January,
1991, he transferred to General Electric Drive Systems in
Salem to work on automation systems for the metal industry. Hill currently
serves as Chairman of the Industry Applications Chapter.
Daniel W. Jackson, P.E., retired from the General Electric Company after
forty years of service, mostly with the Drive Systems
Department in Salem. He is a past Director of the IEEE Region 3, having
served as Director during 1990-91. He has also been
region 3 Vice Chairman, Virginia Council Chairman and Vice Chairman, and the
VMS Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary-
Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor. At present Jackson is on the IEEE
Educational Activities Board and serves as Chairman of the
Continuing Education Committee. He also served as Chairman of the IEEE-USA
Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee for National
Engineers Week 1993. Regional activities in connection with nominations for
regional officers and for various awards in Virginia,
Region 3, and Educational Activities also keep Jackson involved in the IEEE.
Ira Jacobs joined the faculty at VPI&SU as a Professor of Electrical
Engineering and a member of the Fiber and Electro-Optics
Research Center in 1987 following a career of 32 years at AT&T Bell
Laboratories. He received a BS from City College of New
York in 1950, and an MS and Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University in 1952
and 1955, respectively. He was at Bell Laboratories
from 1955 to 1987, working first in the fields of electromagnetic and
communication theory, and then in transmission systems
engineering and development. He has continued to contribute broadly and has
published extensively on fiber optic communication
system development and application. Jacobs was elected a Fellow of the IEEE
in 1981. He has been a technical reviewer for several
IEEE journals, is a member of the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Awards
Committee, and is a senior advisor to the editor of the
IEEE Transactions on Communications.
Scott F. Midkiff joined the faculty at VPI&SU as an assistant Professor of
Electrical Engineering in 1986 and became an Associate
Professor in 1992. He was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Telephone
Laboratories from 1979 to 1982 and a visiting research
Associate at Carnegie Melon University from 1985 to 1986. Midkiff received
the BSE in electrical engineering and computer science
and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1979 and
1985, respectively, and the MS in electrical engineering
from Stanford University in 1980. His research interests include computer
networks, distributed systems, and computer-aided design
and test. Midkiff served as the Virginia Mountain Section Newsletter Editor
from 1989 to 1992 and is a current member of the
Executive Committee.
John F. Naber (Student 82', M 87') Received the BSEE and M.Eng. degrees from
the University of Louisville in 1983 and 1985,
respectively. In 1992 he received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from
Virginia Tech. From 1985 to 1987 he was employed with
General Electric in Syracuse, NY where he designed analog and digital GaAs
circuits. In 1987 he joined the ITT Gallium Arsenide
Technology Center in Roanoke, Virginia as an integrated circuit designer.
Currently, he is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff
in the commercial group doing RF designs for the wireless market. He has
published over fifteen journal papers and has one patent
filed and two pending. He has served as the VMS Chairman, 92'-93', and is a
current member of the Executive Committee.
Ahmad Safaai-Jazi is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at
VPI&SU where he teaches and conducts research in the
areas of fiber optics and electromagnetics. He received his Ph.D. (with
distinction) from McGill University in 1978, the M.A.Sc.
degree from the British Columbia in 1974, and the BS degree from Sherif
University of Technology 1971, all in Electrical
Engineering. Following the completion of his Ph.D. degree he joined the
Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Isfahan
University of Technology as an Assistant Professor. In 1984, he returned to
McGill as a Research Associate where he studied
propagation of ultrasound waves in optical fibers. Since 1986 he has been on
the faculty in the Bradley Department of Electrical
Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Safaai-Jazi is the author or co-author of
more than fifty research papers and holds three patents.
He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of
America. He has been the Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and
Chairman of the VMS during 1989-1992.
Wayne Scales has been Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at
Virginia Tech since 1992. He received the BS and MS in
Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech in 1982 and 1984 and also received
the MS degree in Mathematics in 1984. He received his
doctorate at Cornell University in Electrical Engineering and Applied
Physics. Before coming to Virginia Tech, he was the recipient
of an American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Postdoctoral
Fellowship at the Space Plasma Physics Branch of the Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. His research intersts include Upper
Atmospheric and Radio Physics, computational
physics, high performance computing and computer visualization and
animation. His is a member of the IEEE, American
Geophysical Union and the American Institute of Physics. He is the past vice
chairman of the IEEE VMS.
Hausila P. Singh ( M'81-SM'88) received the BS degree with honors, the MS
degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in solid-state
physics from the Banaras Hindu University, India, in 1963, 1965 and 1968,
respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and at the University
of Southern California, Los Angeles, from 1969 to
1972. He spent six years as a Reader in Physics at Punjabi University,
India, where he taught graduate courses in solid-state physics
and was engaged in research of the electrical properties of metal-insulator
and metal-semiconductor devices. From 1978 to 1982 he
was associated with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, as a Senior
Visiting Scientist, where he was involved in the
research and development of high-speed digital circuits utilizing GaAs
insulated-gate FET's. He joined the ITT Gallium Arsenide
Technology Center, Roanoke, VA, in 1982 as Senior Principal Scientist. In
his current position as Technical Staff Fellow, he is
responsible for the RFIC product engineering and for the design and testing
of GaAs combined digital and microwave circuits. He is
author or co-author of more than 90 research papers and technical reports.
Hausila P. Singh is the current Chairman of the IEEE
Virginia Mountain Section.
Anbo Wang received his Ph.D. degree in applied optics from Dalian University
of Technology, Dalian, China in 1990. From 1986 to
1990, as Director of the Fiber Optics Research Laboratory and an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Dalian
University of Technology, he focused on eliminating long-term drifts
existing in fiber optic sensors and instrumentation for
industrial applications. In 1990, he joined the Fiber & Electro-Optics
Research Center in the Bradley Department of Electrical
Engineering at Virginia Tech as a visiting research scientist, where he is
now an assistant professor. His current research interests
include fiber sensors, optical materials, thin film devices, and smart
materials and structures. He is an author or co-author of 3 book
chapters, 31 journal articles, and 84 conference papers, and holds 18
patents or patent disclosures concerning fiber sensors and
instrumentation. Dr. Wang is a member of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.
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IEEE Virginia Mountain Section
Chairman:       Hausila Singh           563-8639
Vice Chairman:  Wayne Scales            231-5622
Sec./Treasurer: James R. Griffiths              563-3934
Executive Committee:
Daniel W. Jackson                                     774-0484
Scott Midkiff                           231-5190
John Naber                              563-3913
 (one current vacancy)
Virginia State Committee
Representative: Russell Churchill               731-0655
Industrial Application Chapter
Chairman:       Walter Hill             387-8619
Power Engineering Chapter
Chairman:       Jamie De La  Ree                231-6625
Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices Chapter
Chairman:       Inder Bahl              563-8638
Industrial Electronics/Computer/Control Systems Chapter
Chairman:       David Geer              387-7359

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