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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER


IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 6 
   January 1998

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		CONTENTS

1. January Meeting 
2. Reservations for the January Meeting
3. National Engineers Week - Ideas for Your Community 
4. Remaining VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year
5. VMS Activities
	November Meeting 
6. Student Paper Contest
7. PACE
	IS YOUR CAREER KEEPING PACE? 
8. What is
	IEEE Leadership Wire 
9. Correct Your Personal File at IEEE
10. VMS Home Page
11. Message for Chapter Chairmen 
12. For Your Information 

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January Meeting

THE SECRET OF SUCCESS

Jim Watson, P.E.

President, WATSON ASSOCIATES

Engineers are aware of the challenges associated with rapid 
changes in technical aspects of the profession. But there is 
another important challenge that may be overlooked. In a 
world growing more dependent upon practical uses of 
technology, the role of engineering is often misunderstood. Jim 
maintains that, to be successful in this changing environment, 
engineers need to demonstrate many non-technical skills to 
their employers and the general public.

"Despite our efforts to promote professional registration, 
many non-engineers use the title of 'engineer.' We are the 
target of jokes about our profession. In informal settings we 
may be perceived by others as quiet, boring, or alone in our 
own world. The role of the Electrical Engineering Profession 
in the 90's is too important to be undermined by 
misconceptions. It is time for all engineers to put more 'polish 
on our images.' "

Mr. Watson's talk will expand on this thesis and he will 
present his "engineering" approach to solutions for the 
problems as he sees them.

About the Speaker
Jim received a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering 
from Purdue University. He is a Registered Professional 
Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of IEEE 
Professional Communications Society, a charter member of 
IEEE Student Professional Awareness Committee, member of 
the 1997 IEEE Presidents Vision 21" Project Team, an S-
PAC speaker, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

He is the author of the WRITETALK COMMUNICATION 
SYSTEM designed to incorporate communication skill 
development and exercises within the university engineering 
curriculum. His consulting firm, Watson Associates, has 
directed the use of this communications program at several 
major Universities including California State University - 
Northridge, Lehigh University, Temple University, and The 
University of Toledo.

Jim has received numerous awards, including the Citation of 
Honor for "Exemplary Contributions Toward Securing 
Recognition of Professional Activities in the United States" 
in 1987, and the Innovation Award, the highest award 
provided by the IEEE Regional Activities Board, in 1991 for 
his multi-media presentation, "IEEE - From Pole to Pole and 
Sea to Sea to Sea," at the 1990 Sections Congress in 
Toronto, Ontario.

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Reservations for the January Meeting

Date:	Thursday, January 15, 1998
Social: 	6:30 PM
Dinner: 	7:00 PM
Talk:	8:00 - 9:00 PM
Place:	Donaldson Brown Hotel
	VA Tech
Cost:	Member or Guest	$12.00
	Student	$4.00

Please make reservations by Monday, 
January 12,  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) 731-065

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National Engineers Week - Ideas for Your Community

(The following are thumbnail sketches of ideas for National 
Engineers Week programs. Details on these and many other 
projects are available. Contact Dan Jackson or me for more 
information. ...editor)

Here are ideas for interesting National Engineers Week 
programs appropriate for every community.

Awards--During planned events, mall exhibits or banquets, 
present awards to outstanding teachers, students, employers 
or engineers.

The National Engineers Week Committee is sponsoring the 
second Outdoor Advertising Campaign, available to college 
students. We will provide material to be posted on outdoor 
billboards at no cost to you, if you provide the space.

Consultants--Organize a public tour of interesting local 
projects the firm has engineered and distribute a brochure a
bout the projects.

Discover "E""-- National Engineers Week Discover "E"
student outreach program. Visit local elementary, middle, 
and secondary schools and sponsor extracurricular activities. 
Work with scout troops, school clubs, and others to highlight 
engineering careers.

Employee Communications--Work with in-house publications 
to publicize the Week and the work of your engineers. Develop 
ideas for stories about engineer employees. Contact the chairman's 
office to ask for a special message in recognition of the 
company's engineers.

Future City & trade;--National Engineers Week Future City 
Competition & trade; Engineers serve as volunteer mentors 
to help seventh-and eighth-grade student teams design and 
build a future city, using Sim City 2000 software. Among other 
things, teams are required to build a table-top scale model of 
their city, and present their city design and model to a panel 
of judges. Schools register to compete in local contests and 
those winners compete in Washington, DC, during National 
Engineers Week

Government Headquarters--Create special exhibits in public 
areas showcasing on-going engineering projects. Leave hand-
outs such as bookmarks (see order form) for employees and their families.

Industry Programs--Tie corporate advertising to the week and 
produce local public service announcements about the company's 
Engineers Week activities. Libraries--As part of "Engineering Goes 
Public," sponsor an "Engineering Day" demonstration or exhibit at 
your local library. Donate books for a special engineering section 
for students.

Telecasts-- February 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (ET), National Technological 
University hosts an interactive satellite telecast, "Discover 
Engineering." Engineers, students and Pictel interaction will be 
featured. Thursday, February 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET), 
"International Space Station: Open for Business" offers 
dialogue among experts on research opportunities aboard 
the International Space Station.

Get The Details
Engineers Week Homepage: http://www.eweek.org

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  Remaining VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year

Date             
  Speaker        
    Topic        
      Place

February 19, 1998
  Student Papers 
  Competition 
    Various
      Donaldson Brown 
      Hotel Blacksburg


March 19, 1998
  Richard O. Claus
    Fiber Optics and 
    Electro-optics at 
      Virginia Tech
      Donaldson Brown 
      Hotel Blacksburg


April 16, 1998
  IEEE Distinguished 
  Lecturer: Ronald W. 
  Waynant
    Applications of 
    Lasers in Medicine: 
    Current/Future 
    Status
      Donaldson Brown 
      Hotel Blacksburg

May 21, 1998
  Industrial Field Trip
  Manufacturing
    Roanoke or Salem

Executive Committee Meetings:  5:30 p.m. on: 
January 15, 1998; 
March 19, 1998; and 
April 16, 1998

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			VMS Activities

November Meeting
Spouses night 1997 achieved the largest turn out of 
members and guests in many years. More than 40 
people heard Bev Fitzpatrick present the New Century 
Council's view of "Virginia's Technology Corridor".

While optimistic about the economic and cultural 
future of Southwest Virginia, Mr. Fitzpatrick stressed 
the need to expand on recent improvements in scope 
and availability of its educarional facilities. He cited 
advances by the community colleges, Virginia Western 
in particular, and pointed to areas in which he thought 
Virginia Tech should assume a greater role. He 
asserted that Tech has a wealth of untapped potential 
and referred to it as "a sleeping giant" in this regard.

He praised Representative Boucher for bringing new 
industry to the entire region through his indutrial park 
initiatives, and lauded the state legislature for 
modifying its revenue sharing bans on local 
governments. Financing of the upcoming major park in 
Pulaski, tailored to the needs of microchip 
manufacturing, would not have been possible without 
them.

Bev also used this new park to underscore his remarks 
on education. Industry such as microchip manufacture 
requires a large pool of technically aware employees. 
The park will not succeed if the human resources are 
not available.
...editor

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		Student Paper Contest

Attention all UNDERGRADS. The VMS annual 
Student Paper Contest will be held on February 19, 
1998. This year's competition is open to 
undergraduates only. Prizes for best papers and 
presentations will be:

		$100  - first place
		  $50  - second place
		  $25  - third place

In case of tie(s), awards will be combined, then split 
equally. Contact your local IEEE student advisor:
VWCC		Prof. David Livingston
Va Tech		Prof. Yilu Liu
VMI		Prof. Edward Wheeler


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			PACE

IS YOUR CAREER KEEPING PACE?

Is your career keeping PACE with industry? IEEE members 
can find the tools they need for the future through the PACE 
network of IEEE-USA. Every year there is the annual 
Professional Activities Conference over Labor Day which I 
discussed in this column in October. There is in addition the 
biennial Careers Conference sponsored by the Career 
Maintenance and Development Committee. The Tenth 
Biennial Careers Conference will be in Phoenix, AZ, April 
30 and May 1, 1998. This conference is for engineers who 
want to remain employable and effective; for managers who 
want to find new tools for motivating and developing 
engineers; for organizations and human resource 
professionals who want to maximize the use of engineering 
talents; and for academics who want to effectively prepare 
students for work. For additional information contact Scott 
Grayson, s.grayson@ieee.org, phone (202)785-0017, or 
Dan Jackson, d.jackson@ieee.org phone (540) 774-0484.

IEEE-USA has many other products available which can 
help you with your career. Two new ones are IEEE-USA 
Guidelines for Professional Employment: A Framework for 
Communication, and Career Issues for Engineers to Monitor 
in a Global Economy. The first document lists 
recommendations on specific workplace practices for both 
employers and engineers under current conditions of global 
competition. The second, an audio tape, calls attention to 
some of the career issues engineers in the United States face 
today. There are other publications as well. The Engineer's 
Guide to Lifelong Employability is a practical resource book 
on locating and obtaining engineering jobs which will teach 
the skills you need to prosper. The 1997 IEEE U.S. 
Membership Salary and Fringe Benefits Survey provides 
current information regarding salaries and benefits for U.S. 
electrical engineers which you can compare with your own. 
There are Proceedings from the 1996 and 1997 PACE 
Conference and Workshop, and records of the first seven 
biennial IEEE-USA Careers Conferences (1977-91), and the 
1996 IEEE-USA Careers Conference, Winning in a Global 
Environment. Also available is Career Advice for Engineers 
in the 1990's which contains selected papers from the IEEE-
USA Careers Conferences which can help bolster your 
engineering career and prepare you for a more secure future 
in your profession.

THESE PRODUCTS WILL REMAIN USELESS 
TO YOU
IF YOU DON'T USE THEM.



For additional information on any of these or any career 
related material contact Daniel W. Jackson 
d.jackson@ieee.org, (540) 774-0484 or the IEEE-USA 
Office ieeeusa@ieee.org, (202) 785-0017.

...Dan Jackson, PACE Chair 

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			What is

IEEE Leadership Wire

A recent addition to your Web Page is a file of  the current and 
past issues of the IEEE Leadership Wire. The Wire is
a bi-weekly posting of news items of interest to IEEE 
members but not commonly disseminated through other 
media. A wide range of topics are covered, even updates on 
the headquarters staff.

A sampling of topics from recent issues:

o MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION ON THE WEB 
o STANDARDS SEEKS MANAGING DIRECTOR
o IEEE-USA TO ASSIST OLDER WORKERS 
o FELLOW LIST POSTED 
o FARADAY LECTURE 
o COMSOC NETWORKS WITH PCIA
o IN THE NEWS
o BOARD NOTES 
o ON-LINE STUDENT APPLICATION 
o HealthCare OPEN ENROLLMENT 
o ON-LINE CATALOG COMING SOON
o LEWIS CHOSEN FOR TECH COUNCIL
o ABOUT ELECTION RESULTS 
o IEEE PARTNERS WITH BELLCORE
o IEL SITE LICENSES 
o DATA INTEGRITY UPDATE
o A STAR ASSIGNMENT 
o IEEE SPECTRUM SPEEDS DELIVERY
o NATIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE WEEK
o PRINCETON RETREAT
o ANNUAL MEDIA BRIEFING 
o FORTESCUE APPLICATIONS

We encourage you to scan past issues for tidbits of IEEE 
news and happenings. It's a neat way to gain insight to your 
professional organization. Now available on your Web Page, 
at:
http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/

...editor

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	Correct Your Personal File at IEEE

ERRORS  ERRORS  ERRORS

When was the last time you checked your personal data file 
at Headquarters? Many member records at IEEE are in 
error.

Most, but not all, names are correct. Common errors are 
area codes, we still show a lot of 703 and 801(!) codes for 
local numbers. 

Do you have an e-mail address, please add it. Are your 
preferred and secondary addresses correct? Yes, there are 
two. 

A minimum listing includes:

Name
Grade 
Member Number 
Work Address, Phone
Preferred Address, Phone
E-Mail Address 
Employer Name
Society Memberships
TIP (Technical Interest Profile) Codes 
School
Most Recent Graduation Date 
Original Admit Date

If you are unsure about any of these data, send an update:
Tel: 1-800-678-IEEE (1-800-678-4333)
Fax: 1-732-981-9667
e-mail: address.change@ieee.org

If you would like to see your current listing, send a request 
to the editor (see page 6 for contact info.).

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		VMS Home Page

Use your Virginia Mountain Section Web Home Page 
(http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/) Keep current on information 
about the Section, the Region, and National, and items of 
interest to engineers.

You will find quick access to schedules, details about the 
Section, numerous publications and articles normally not 
distributed to the general membership (in complete format). 
Links to professional, federal, and private organizations and 
groups active in national issues affecting our profession. Includes 
links to particular IEEE services such as Education, Employment 
Assistance, PE-Licensure. Standards and Publications, Address 
and Membership Info Changes, and more.

Check it out and use the autofeedback to the editor (available on 
the main page) to let us know what you would like to see there to 
make it even better.

... editor


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		Chapter Chairmen

Places have been reserved in the Home Page for any and all 
kinds of information about your Chapter: History, function, 
requirements, activities, schedules, flash announcements, 
meetings, speakers ... . Send your material to the editor or 
submit it with the auto-mail feature on the Web Page, 
http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms

... editor

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		For Your Information

IEEE  Virginia  Mountain  Section

VMS OFFICERS
Chairman: 		David Livingston
	d.livingston@ieee.org		(540) 857-6261
Vice Chairman: 	Usha Varshney
	varshney@usit.net		(540) 731-0655
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
	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

Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices
		Hausila Singh
	hsingh@gtc.itt.com		(540) 563-8639

Industrial Electronics/Computer/Control Systems
		David Geer
	d.geer@ieee.org			(540) 387-7359
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
	varshney@usit.net 		(540)-731-0655
Publicity :	John Fennick
	j.fennick@ieee.org		(540) 552-0052
Student Activities:
		Ira Jacobs
	ijacobs@vt.edu 		 	(540)-231-5620
		

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