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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER       e-mail version

Contents:
        March Meeting
        Best Wishes
        Section  Activities
        Electronic Newslter - notes
        VMS Meetings
        Computer/Control/IES Chapter
        IEEE News
        Upcoming Events
        From Other Sections
        IEEE Congressional Fellowships
        For Your Info
 
IEEE  Region  3,  Council  9,  Section  65                      March  1995
 
March Meeting
 
Elic D. Gilbert
 
Financial Advisor
American Express Financial Advisors
Pulaski, Virginia
 
Financial Planning Awareness
 
Quality Inn - Salem
7:00 PM, Thursday
March 16, 1995
 
Program Notes
The thrust of Mr. Gilbert's seminar is to make people aware
of the importance of personal financial planning.  It is
designed to stimulate your curiosity and provide incentive to
become more active in your financial affairs. The
presentation proceeds through four major topics, providing
the background for, and basic approach to, an improved
personal financial  picture.
 
        1. Common concerns
        2. The most common mistakes people make
        3. The basics of sound financial management, and
        4. Personal financial planning
                What is it?
                How can you benefit from it?
 
There will, of course, be a question and answer period at the
conclusion of the talk.
 
About the Author
Elic Gilbert received the MBA degree from Marshall
University, and is licensed and registered as a Financial
Advisor for the state of Virginia. He is also licensed and
registered with the National Association of Securities
Dealers, the State Securities Commission, and the State
Corporation Office.
 
He has been a Financial Advisor with American Express
Financial Advisors for seven years and his areas of expertise
include:
        Assessment of financial position
        Investment Counseling
        Income tax planing
        Retirement planning
        Protection planning
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Reservations
for the March Meeting
 
        Thursday, March 16
 
        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 (old 41)
 
        Cost:   Member or Guest $ 12.00
                Student                 $   4.50
 
For reservations, please contact one of the following
representatives before 5 PM on Monday, March 13:
 
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
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Thank you and Best Wishes
 
K. Reed Thompson, a long time contributor to the IEEE and
a current member of the VMS Executive Committee, having
recently retired from GE, Salem, is leaving us for a warmer
climate (No. Carolina).
 
Upon receiving both Bachelors and Masters degrees from
Georgia Institute of Technology, Reed began his career with
the General Electric Company in 1954. For a number of years
he was active in the development of analog and digital drives
and automated controls for metal rolling mills before moving
on to a variety of management positions.
 
One of our most active VMS people, a senior member of
IEEE, Reed has served on the Board of Directors and TAB, is
a member of the IAS and the Computer Society and was on
the board of SouthCon for five years. He was also on the
Board of Directors for the Virginia Society of Professional
Engineers, and has been honored with several engineering
awards, including the IEEE Centennial Award in 1984.
 
We will certainly miss Mr. Thompson and his contributions
to our organization and we wish well in his new home just
south of the border. Thank you Reed.
..VMS Members
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VMS Section Activities
 
Meeting Report
The speaker for our February meeting was Prof. Jack
Brenizer Jr. from the Nuclear Engineering Department at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His presentation
focused on the health effects of  exposure to ionizing
radiation. After defining ionizing radiation from a  nuclear
physics point of view, Prof. Brenizer described models that
may be used to assess its effects on human tissue through
chemical processes.  The health effects produced by the
ionizing radiation include changes in the blood, cancer,
damage to the DNA and central nervous system, depending
on the degree of exposure. A key point brought out by Prof.
Brenizer was the difficulty in accurately accessing the health
effects of low level exposures to radiation since the natural
occurrence of various health problems greatly exceeds those
produced by the ionizing radiation.
 
This presentation was fascinating, informative, and provided
a nice mix of scientific as well as practical engineering and
health issues. The discussions and questions by the audience
were extremely lively.
..Wayne
 
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Electronic Newsletter
Distribution of the February issue was smooth so it seems we
are well under way in this venture. If you have not yet
subscribed you are strongly encouraged to sign up. More
than just the Newsletter is already available from the server.
Dan Jackson has been forwarding IEEE-USA Bulletins with
information on their activities in Washington, national
budget items that relate to science and engineering, etcetera.
More items from other sources, such as the Region and the
Virginia Council could be made available in the future.
However, we are aware of the problems associated with
information overload, even within Bulletin Board type
media. Therefore, we really would like your input as to what
kinds of info, IF ANY, you would appreciate having
available. Sample categories or subjects include:
 
        IEEE Services and Access Summary
        Who's - who in the Region, Council
        Excerpts from other Section Newsletters describing
                different or unusual activities
        Awards: National, Regional
        Employment/Job hunting info access
                National and Region both have things up
                and running and more in the works
        Student Activities
        Conference Notices
                But not without specific type requests
                There are hundreds of them
        You're ideas here
 
A very little bit of these sorts of things get into the
Newsletter, but there is limited space, so an expanded e-mail
function could be useful if used properly. However, we must
remember that an unknown, and perhaps large, percentage of
the members do not have e-mail access so, even if expanded,
it must remain a secondary service.
 
We want to hear from you with any thoughts on this matter.
If not, nothing will be done, because some effort is involved.
No feedback will be interpreted as meaning that the info-
overload is already too big.
 
No, we will not remove your name from the regular mailing
list if you do sign up.
 
Send comments to the editor, an Officers, or any Executive
Committee members, see For Your Info on the last page.
 
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...editor
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VMS Meetings & Speakers
NOTICE: There will be a meeting of the Executive
Committee before the regular meeting on March 16; 6:00 PM
in the dining room at the Quality Inn.
 
Tentative meetings and speaker topics for the remainder of
the current year are as follows:
 
April:          Tour of  VA Tech Multimedia
                Laboratory
 
May:            Speaker from GE (Lynchburg)
                Cellular Communications
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A reminder: Section elections for Officers and Executive
Board members are scheduled for May. Watch for your
ballot, they should be sent out sometime in April or early
May.
 
If you would like to run for one of these positions, or wish to
nominate someone, contact a current officer or Board
member.
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Computer/Control/IES Chapter
 
Spring Video '95 Series
 
"Alpha Architecture"
 
Dick Sites & Dirk Meyer
Digital Equipment Corporation
 
Tuesday
March 7 at 5:80 PM
General Electric Co.
1501 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA
 
What are the characteristics of a pipelined RISC processor?
And what does it look like to the machine language
programmer?
 
Co-architects Dick Sites and Dirk Meyer detail the DEC
Alpha RISC architecture, designed for high performance and
longevity. They describe the behavior of all Alpha
implementations, including some implementation details of
the first 21064 chip.
 
Dr. Nat Davis of Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of
Electrical Engineering will introduce the tape and lead
discussion afterwards. Dr. Davis was the moderator for the
RAID tape last year.  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.
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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
geer_dh@salem.ge.com.
...Dave

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IEEE News
 
IEEE-USA ENDORSES  'FRONT LOADED'  IRA
AT SAVINGS INCENTIVE HEARINGS
 
An expanded, tax-deductible Individual Retirement Account
(IRA) will generate similar benefits for savers and more tax
revenue for the US Treasury than the non-deductible
American Dream Savings Account (ADSA), according to
IEEE-USA Board Chairman Joel B. Snyder. Snyder testified
Jan. 31 on savings incentives before the House Ways and
Means Committee.
 
According to Snyder, IEEE-USA agrees with congressional
leadership that changes in tax policy are urgently needed to
boost personal savings and stimulate private domestic
investment. However, he said: "Other than providing for
easier access to and greater flexibility in the uses which can
be made of account balances, the proposed ADSAs offer few,
if any, advantages over other savings incentives that are
currently available to taxpayers."
 
Snyder proposed a dramatic expansion of tax-deductible
Individual Retirement Accounts. Noting the 63 percent
decline in IRA contributions that followed restrictions
enacted in 1987, he concluded that "an expanded 'front-
loaded' IRA will stimulate much more in new savings than
the proposed 'back-loaded' ADSA."
 
In addition to making IRA contributions tax-deductible,
Snyder recommended the following savings incentives:
removing income eligibility ceilings; expanding allowable
contribution limits; and substituting loan provisions for
penalty-free withdrawals.
 
An improved IRA will not only benefit savers and taxpayers,
it will also benefit the federal Treasury, according to Snyder.
"In the long run, an incentive with tax-deductible
contributions and fully taxable proceeds will generate
considerably more revenue when the accounts are eventually
cashed out," he testified.
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IEEE-USA ENDORSES EFFORTS TO CURB
DISPLACEMENT OF US HIGH-TECHNOLOGY
WORKERS
 
IEEE-USA has endorsed new US Department of Labor
regulations governing temporary admission of foreign
professionals to work in the United States.
 
The new rules, effective last month, "close
loopholes in existing laws and make it more difficult for
companies to replace American professionals with lower-paid
foreign workers," said IEEE-USA Board Chairman Joel B.
Snyder. "These improvements are critical because of high
unemployment among US engineers, and increasing numbers
of professionals in developing countries who are especially
vulnerable to exploitation," Snyder added.
 
Under the H-1B program of the Immigration Act of 1990,
temporary "specialty workers" such as engineers and other
computer professionals could work In the US for up to six
years. The new rules limit H-1B visas to three years and beef
up enforcement of employer reporting requirements.
Employers must now provide specific information on the
numbers of foreign nationals they intend to hire. They must
also certify that H-1B workers will be paid the prevailing
wage, employment of foreign nationals will not hurt working
conditions for US. citizens, and no strikes or lockouts exist
at intended work sites. In addition, the Labor Department
will be empowered to investigate suspected abuses without
waiting for a formal complaint.
 
In recent years, IEEE-USA has become
concerned about potential abuses of the H-1B program as
numbers of temporary admissions have skyrocketed -- even
while engineering unemployment has increased to record
levels. Estimated temporary admissions of foreign scientists
and engineers more than doubled between 1986 and 1993 --
from 28,106 to 59,664 (based on Immigration and
Naturalization Service unpublished data). During the same
period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U S
engineering unemployment ballooned from 2.3 percent to 4.1
percent. A 1993 Labor Department crackdown fined eight
employers for significant H-1B violations, resulting also in
payment of back wages to under-paid foreign workers.
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IEEE OFFERS US MEMBERS NEW
RETIREMENT PLANNING SOFTWARE
 
The IEEE has introduced a new software package to help its
US members achieve financial security after retirement. The
Institute is offering the Retirement Asset Manager software
to members at a special discount through the IEEE Financial
Advantage Program. The software was developed in
consultation with the IEEE-USA Engineering Employment
Benefits Committee.
 
Retirement Asset Manager for Windows provides a
comprehensive, step-by-step approach to saving and
investing for a secure retirement. It helps users focus on their
retirement income goals, determine realistic future income
needs, and explore income sources and investment strategies
to meet those goals.
 
The software carries a retail price of $69.95, but IEEE
members can purchase it for only $44.95 through the IEEE
Financial Advantage Program, a member service that brings
value added benefits on a variety of financial services. For
more information or to place an order, call 1-800-
ASSTMGR.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
March Meeting
 
Place:  Quality Inn Salem
Time:   7:00 PM
 
Financial  Advice
American Express Financial Planning
 
April Meeting
 
Tour of  VA Tech Multimedia
Laboratory
 
Details in the next issue
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 (Occassionally we spot an article in another Newsletter that
we feel may be of interest to members. As space permits, we
will pass on excerpts. The following is from one by Ken
Doniger, PACE Chair, Santa Clara Valley (CA) in the IEEE
Grid, the publication of the Bay Area Council.  The opening
lines spell out the author's rationale for the article.)
..editor
What is PACE ?
 
I have been talking to some of the technical society chairmen
lately, asking for help in planning and implementing the
upcoming PACE season. Almost half of the people I
contacted did not know what PACE was or what it was
supposed to do. That is the reason for this column.  PACE
stands for Professional Activities Council for Engineers. It
concentrates on the "soft" side of engineering. This falls into
three main categories:
1) nontechnical skills and knowledge that engineers (and all
professionals) should possess;
2) serious to the community and enhancement of the
engineering image; and
3) providing a conduit for information from the US Activities
Board (USAB) to the membership, and vice versa.
Nontechnical education for the IEEE membership forms the
basis for the calendar of rAC13 events. Possible topics for
talks and workshops are:
 
1. speaking and writing skills
2.financial planning
3. intellectual property and patents
 
4. ethics
5. licensure
6. financial and retirement planning
7. career management
8. defense conversion
9. grant writing
10. the Small Business Innovative Research
        (SBIR) program,
11. interviewing skills
12. resume writing
13. rights of laid-off employees
14. age discrimination
15. engineering history
 
These topics should be of interest to many IEEE members. If
you have a topic idea that isn't listed here, or feel strongly
about any of those listed please contact me. My phone number
and e-mail address are at the end of this article. I hope to
have at leas one person in each society
 
 The second category is service to the community and
enhancement of the image of the engineer. The way we do
this is to get engineers involved in projects that are beneficial
to the community and give the non-engineering public some
exposure to engineers.  There are several programs that put
engineers into classrooms, or into contact with teachers.
 
The third category involves passing information from USAB
to the membership. More importantly, it involves passing
member concerns back to USAB.
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.  - USA
 Announces the 23rd annual Competition for  IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowships
 
PROGRAM: Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Allied Scientists arc
competitively selected toserve a one-year term on the
personal staff of individual Senators or Representatives or on the
professional staff of Congressional Committees. The program
includes an orientation session with other Science-Engineering Fellows
sponsored by the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS).
PURPOSE: To make practical contributions to more effective use of scientific
and technical knowledge in government, to educate
the scientific communities regarding the public policy process, and to
broaden the perspective of both the scientific and
governmental communities regarding the value of such science-government
interaction
CRITERIA: Fellows shall be selected based on technical competence, on
ability to serve in a public environment, and on evidence of
service to the Institute and the profession. Specifically excluded as
selection criteria are age, sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and
partisan political affiliations However, the Fellow must be a US citizen at
the time of selection, must have been in the IEEE at
Member grade or higher for at least four years, and must have at least 10
years of professional experience, which may include
graduate education. Additional criteria may be established by the selection
committee.
AWARDS: IEEE-USA plans to award at least two Congressional Fellowships for
the 1996 term. Additional funding sources may
permit expansion of awards.
APPLICATION: Further information and application forms can be obtained by
calling Chris J. Brantley at (202) 785-0017, by
faxing (202) 785-0835, by electronic mail to c.brantley@ieee.org
(Internet), or by writing to the Congressional Fellows Program at
 
IEEE United States Activities
18U L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036 S104
 
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 1995 to be eligible
for consideration.
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Deadline: Material for the February issue must be received by Monday,
February 13, 1995.
 
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Virginia Council Newsletter
Editor: Adeeb Hamzey    Telephone:  804-796-6183
 
USAB  Information, Questions, Comments:
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        Telephone:    (202) 785-0017
 
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
 
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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