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 VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION NEWSLETTER

IEEE Region 3,  Council 9,  Section 65              January  1997

Contents
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1. January Meeting
	Load Tap Changing Type Transformers 
2. Reservations for the January Meeting
3. VMS Section Activities
	NOVEMBER MEETING REPORT
	IEEE Computer Society Honors 10-year Members
4. PACE Patter
5. SouthEast Conference 1997
6. Computer/Control/IES Chapter
	Spring Calendar
7. Excerpts: THE IEEE LEADERSHIP WIRE
	IEEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PASSES NEW BYLAWS
	IEEE AND IEE TO SPONSOR 1997 FARADAY LECTURE
8. What Is? (Special Edition)
	IEEE Sections Congress '96, Report by David L. Livingston 
9. VMS Info Sources
10. For Your Information

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1. January Meeting

Joint meeting of VMS with the 
Power Engineering Society Chapter 

Load Tap Changing Type Transformers 

Richard von Gemmingen
Virginia Transformer Corp.

This presentation will be an overview into the most complicated 
substation type transformer option: the load tap changing 
mechanism, commonly referred to as "LTC" mechanisms.

Outline:
I. Introduction to LTC transformers 
	 a) advantages and benefits 
	 b) how they work

 II. Types of LTC mechanisms  
 		a) resistive
	 b) reactive 
	 c) brief comparison and contrast

 III. Paralleling LTC methodologies

About the speaker
Richard von Gemmingen holds a Bachelors of Science in 
Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelors of 
Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Old 
Dominion University.  Mr. von Gemmingen has 10 years 
experience in the transformer manufacturing industry.  He has 
held positions as an applications engineer and a controls 
engineer for H.K. Porter/Delta Star and is currently a controls 
engineer for Virginia Transformer Corp.


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2. Reservations for the January Meeting
Date:	Thursday,  January 16, 1996
Time:	
	6:30 PM	Social
	7:00 PM	Dinner
	8:00 PM	Program
Place:	Holiday Inn - Salem
	off I-81 at Exit 137,
	North on Wildwood, then 1st right
Cost:	Member or Guest	$12.00
	Student	$ 4.50

There is no charge for the Program only. If you come for dinner, 
please contact one of the following by 5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov.  
18, so that we arrange and pay for the correct number of meals.

Roanoke:	David Livingston	857-6261
Blacksburg:	Anbo Wang		231-4355
Lexington:	Dick Skutt		464-7236
Radford and 
Christiansburg: 	Usha Varshney	731-0655


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3. VMS Section Activities
NOVEMBER MEETING REPORT

On November 21, Dr. S.S. Iyengar, Director of the Robotics 
Research Laboratory and Chairman of the Computer Science 
Department of Louisiana State University visited the Virginia 
Mountain Section. He first toured the Cybermotion facility in 
Roanoke, escorted by Dr. David Livingston, Section Vice-
Chairman, and John Holland, Cybermotion President. He then 
spoke to a Student Branch meeting at Virginia Tech, chaired by 
Chris Learn. He finished his busy day by addressing the monthly 
dinner meeting of the Section.

Dr. Iyengar's talk was broad ranging. Titled Autonomous 
Intelligent Machines, it touched on many of the problems facing 
the development of vision-directed robots. The goal of such robots 
is autonomous decision making and action. The mission of the 
Robotics Research Laboratory at LSU, in addressing these 
problems, includes rapid sensing and integration of data, re-
structuring of data for the purpose of drawing inferences, real-
time response to sensory input, and fault tolerance.

Among the problems of current interest are: navigation problems, 
including sensor fusion and fine and gross motion planning; 
Vision problems, such as object recognition; Kinematic problems, 
including grasping an object with a robot hand equipped with 
touch sensors; and problems of Spatial Reasoning: reducing the 
data in a visual scene and creating rules for its interpretation.

Some of the technologies being explored include Knowledge 
Based Systems and Artificial Neural Networks. Knowledge Based 
systems require development of rules, conflict resolution, and 
inference generation. An important aspect of these systems is the 
human interface. The operator needs to know how a conclusion 
was reached from the sensory data and rule base.

Dr. Iyengar finished his talk with a quick overview of a current 
project, a military application involving the use of satellite data by 
autonomous military vehicles. Terrain elevation data is currently 
accurate to within 5 meters, and will be within one meter in the 
next five years. From such data, the autonomous vehicle must 
identify targets and threats. Using this information it must then 
develop avenues of approach to the target, avoiding the threats. 
This work involves the refinement of search algorithms, and the 
conversion of grid co-ordinates to directed graphs.


IEEE Computer Society Honors 10-year Members

1996 marks the 50th anniversary of the IEEE Computer Society. 
Of the 99 members of the local chapter, there are 36 who can 
boast of ten years or more of continuous membership. Eight of 
these have been members for 24 years! Ten-year members were 
honored at the November Section meeting, with the presentation 
of red and gold lapel pins. The pins bear the IEEE Computer 
Society logo and carry the number ten, in six-bit binary notation, 
beneath the logo.

An interesting fact about membership statistics: while more than a 
third of our CS members have at least ten years of tenure, another 
third have been members for only one or two years. 
...Dave Geer


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4. PACE Patter

So what is PACE?  PACE is the Professional Activities 
Committees for Engineers.  Actually it is the network of IEEE 
volunteers through which IEEE-USA communicates from 
members to the IEEE-USA committees and from the committees 
to the members.  It is through this network that the councils of 
IEEE-USA determine the needs of the members and disseminate 
the programs which are created to meet these needs.  The three 
councils are the Career Policy Council, the Member Services 
Council, and the Technology Policy Council.

Career support for IEEE members is the most sought after 
member benefit, according to a recent survey.  The committees of 
the Career Policy Council provide both career support for US 
members and career advocacy to legislators.  Committees include: 
Career Equality, Career Maintenance and Development, 
Engineering Employment Benefits, Intellectual Property, 
Licensure and Registration, Precollege Education, Workforce, and 
the Student and Member Professional Awareness Conferences.  
All committees welcome active new members so if you are 
particularly concerned about one of these areas contact Daniel W. 
Jackson, address at end of column.

Member Services Council consists of the committees responsible 
for developing programs and services to support individual 
members, sections, and section leaders.  These committees include 
Awards & Recognition, Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks 
(AICN), Communications, Employment Assistance, State 
Government Activities, and the Surveys.  The AICN and the 
Employment Assistance committee have been particularly busy 
the past two years but all of them are very active and would 
welcome your help if you are interested.

The committees of the Technology Policy Council present 
information and the views of IEEE-USA to the public, Congress, 
and the executive branch of the federal government on various 
technology issues.  The committees are Aerospace Policy, 
Communications and Information Policy, Energy Policy, Medical 
Technology Policy, and Research & Development Policy.  More 
than 200 volunteers are involved in the work of this council.  All 
of these committees have testified before Congress and have 
developed the reputation of providing valuable and unbiased 
testimony on many technology issues. A particular focus this year 
has been support funding for US research and development.  If 
these kinds of activities appeal to you contact Daniel W. Jackson, 
address at end of column, for additional information.

Let me know if you would like to learn more about any of the 
IEEE-USA activities: Daniel W. Jackson, (540)774-0484, 
d.jackson@ieee.org.  

...Dan Jackson 

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5.  SouthEast Conference 1997

The VMS is sponsoring the 1997 Region Conference to be held at 
Tech, April 12 - 14, 1997.

Watch this space for continuing highlights. In the meantime, 
check out the Secon97 Web Page and obtain details at

	http://www.vt.edu:10021/org/ieee/secon97/

See the Conference Overview, Student Conference information, 
and a continually growing number of other items.

The Conference Committee is looking for representatives from 
industry to participate in many phases of the planning and 
implementation. If you or someone you know can lend a hand 
please contact Ira Jacobs at:

Tel:	 (540) 231-5620, or
e-mail:	ijacobs@vt.edu.

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6. Computer/Control/IES Chapter

The Computer/Control/IES Chapter is co-sponsor with the Section  
for the November meeting. See meeting announcement on page 1.

Spring 1997 Meeting Schedule

Chapter meetings are held on the second Tuesday of  each month, 
January through May.  Meetings start promptly at 5:30 PM and 
end by 7:00.

All meetings are held in Cafeteria "A" at the GE Main Plant, 
1501 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA.  Enter the front door, near 
the flag pole.  An escort will meet you.  

This year we will have "live" speakers instead of videos for the 
Spring meeting series.   All IEEE Members and guests are 
welcome.  You do not have to be a member of the Chapter.  

Soft drinks and snacks are available from the cafeteria for a 
nominal fee.  There is no charge for the meeting.  Please come 
and bring a friend!

Reservations ARE appreciated!  Please call Dave Geer, 540-
387-7359 by 5 PM on the Monday before the meeting.  Walk-ins 
will be tolerated, but you are taking a risk.

If insufficient reservations are received by Monday Night, the 
meeting will be canceled.

Tuesday, Jan. 14		"Cold Mill Models"	

			Tim Cribbs, Manager
			Process Automation
			GE Motors & Industrial Systems


Tuesday, Feb. 11		"Artificial Neural Networks"

			David Livingston
			Virginia Western Comm. College

Tuesday, Mar. 11		"Automation Systems for the 
			  Metals Industry"

			Rajagopalan Srinivasan
			Mill Automation
			GE Motors & Industrial Systems

Speakers for April and May will be announced at a later date.  
Watch this space for details.


...Dave Geer, Chapter Chair

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7. Excerpts from

THE IEEE LEADERSHIP WIRE

13 December 1996 Vol. I, No. 7

IEEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PASSES NEW BYLAWS

The IEEE Board of Directors,  meeting Wednesday, 11 Dec., at 
Marco Island, Fla., approved changes in the organization's bylaws 
that open the way to establishment of an autonomous IEEE-USA.

The Board approved proposed new bylaws submitted by IEEE-
USA which will allow US members to vote for an IEEE-USA 
president who will also hold a seat on the IEEE Executive 
Committee. The Board also specified in the new bylaws that the 
IEEE Computer Society, the largest of all the organization's 
technical societies, will be represented on the ExCom by the 
senior director from either Division V or Division VIII.

Another bylaw change provides that any IEEE entity seeking to 
levy an assessment on its members must either win 2/3 approval 
from the Board of Directors, or receive endorsement from a 
majority of the entity's membership, plus 2/3 approval from the 
Board.

The new IEEE bylaws will become effective January 1.

IEEE AND IEE TO SPONSOR 1997
FARADAY LECTURE

The IEEE, in conjunction with the Institution of Electrical 
Engineers (IEE), will broadcast the 1997 Faraday Lecture via 
satellite on 4 Feb. 1997

The North American broadcast is being coordinated by the 
Educational Activities Board, the Regional Activities Board, and 
the United States Activities Board. The Regional Activities Board 
has coordinated the North American broadcast of the Faraday 
lecture for the past three years.

The 1997 lecture, entitled, "But what's the use of it, Mr. 
Faraday?," will demonstrate the concept of electromagnetism and 
show how it is used in a variety of ways in medicine, industry, 
commerce and leisure.

The Faraday Lectures, begun in 1924, introduce secondary school 
students to the field of electrical engineering through a lively 
hour-long program which combines background, demonstrations, 
experiments, and explanations of cutting-edge technology. 
Schools may receive the hour-long, free broadcast via a satellite 
downlink. The program will be simulcast live to both C-band and 
KU-band satellites. IEEE sections frequently volunteer engineers 
to be available in person following the broadcast to answer 
students' questions, and can also help identify the availability of 
local satellite downlink sites.

For information on how to receive the Faraday broadcast, contact 
IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ, USA 08855; Tel: 1-908-
562-5485; e-mail: "faraday-program@ieee.org".

IEEE staff contact: Ken Moore 
The Institute
Tel: 1-908-562-3954
fax: 1-908-562-1745
e-mail: "k.moore@ieee.org"

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8. What Is?

(Special Edition)

IEEE Sections Congress '96 
Report by David L. Livingston

IEEE Sections Congress '96 was held in Denver, Colorado from 
November 1 to November 4.  The purpose of this meeting was to 
bring together representatives of IEEE sections throughout the 
world to learn leadership skills through a series of tutorials and 
workshops, to exchange ideas via a multitude of networking 
opportunities, and to provide direction to the IEEE leadership in 
the form of a set of prioritized recommendations.  I was the 
Virginia Mountain Section's primary delegate and Dan Jackson 
was a Region 3 representative.

I attempted to get a broad exposure to the "goings-on" at the 
congress and attended a number of tutorials and workshops, 
including Membership Development, Volunteer Recruitment, 
Section Newsletters, Employment Issues, Students, Leadership 
Development, and Section Management.  I will report on these in 
future articles.  One of the more important realizations I obtained 
from these tutorials (and from networking) is that the types of 
problems we have in the VMS, such as meeting attendance, are 
indeed universal.  I was able to discuss these problems with others 
in similar situations. 

The main activity at the congress was to develop a prioritized set 
of recommendations to the leadership of the IEEE to provide 
direction for the future of the institute.  This was accomplished by 
participating in subject caucuses and region caucuses.  Each 
caucus created two recommendations which were submitted to the 
congress.  The congress then prioritized the recommendations by 
tallying votes from the primary delegates.  After the caucuses, 
there were 38 recommendations to prioritize.  The first five are as 
follows:

1)	IEEE should provide electronic facilities on suitable 
servers that are interactively accessible by all IEEE members and 
entities.  Services provided should include: Web Pages, E-mail, 
Member Services (including renewal), Reporting, Technical 
Information, IEEE Information, Training, Help Lines. 

2)	Recommend that IEEE provide the electronic 
infrastructure for disseminating information down to Section and 
Chapter level to include directories, web page links, ROOT/CAM, 
technological insights and practices. 

3)	Enhance and facilitate electronic and personal 
communication with all IEEE entities by hosting interactive entity 
web pages, improving SAMIEEE and better targeted advertising 
of member benefits, services, and conferences. 

4)	Provide resources and mechanisms to improve, enhance 
and maintain a network of electronic communications, for the 
benefit of, and in cooperation with, Regions, Sections, Branches, 
Societies and Chapters, and the members, by December 1997. 

5)	Recommend that to assist Sections with newsletter and 
publicity costs, IEEE provide financial and technical support to 
Sections for the maintenance of a Web site for Section Home Page 
and provide E-mail aliases for all members. (Tie) 

5)	Increase and emphasize outreach efforts to electro-
technology professionals and industry by: determining why we are 
losing members, increasing spending on membership growth, 
enhancing member motivations, and more aggressively supporting 
and pursing industry partnering. (Tie)

An interesting thing to note; the first five recommendations have 
a very common thread:  electronic communications.  In my 
humble opinion, this is primarily an artifact of the way the 
recommendations were developed and prioritized.  The full list of 
prioritized recommendations should soon be available. When I get 
the list I will forward it for publication.

...Dave Livingston

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9. VMS Info Sources

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please take a look and send your suggestions. You can do that 
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Is Your Membership Listing Current?

The IEEE membership data base is now in relatively good shape. 
It is fairly reliable for purposes such as mailing this Newsletter to 
you, keeping your officers and Chapter Chairmen current with 
membership data, and as a platform underlying a host of IEEE 
services of potential benefit to you. However, there are still a 
number of small errors which only you can correct. Some are 
simple typos, some are nearly epidemic. A case of the latter is an 
incorrect area code (703). A number of addresses are not current 
and, do you now have an e-mail address? Your technical 
affiliation should be checked, membership grade and status and, if 
you desire, school information and degree(s). There is also 
considerable confusion over the two addresses, for those who list 
them. There is a "preferred" address to which all correspondence 
is normally sent, and another. The two are usually home and 
office addresses and you can choose the ordering. The non-
preferred is generally an FYI item only.

So. Please take a minute to check your listing. You can look at the 
address on this mailing or your Spectrum mailer cover for the 
basic items, or if you wish, I can send you a copy of your current 
full listing (preferably via e-mail). Otherwise, be sure to examine 
your listing when you renew your membership.

...editor


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