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MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER

IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 65     November 1996

Contents
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1. 	November Meeting.
		Joint with Computer/Control/IES Chapter 
2.	Reservations for the November Meeting
		New Location
3.	VMS Section Activities
		Executive Committee Meeting
		October meeting: Weather Station Visit
4. 	PACE Patter
		1996 PACE Conference and Workshop
5. 	SouthEast Conference 1997
		Schedule Updates
6. 	Computer/Control/IES Chapter 
		Joint with Section Meeting
7.	THE IEEE LEADERSHIP WIRE
		`JOLLY' LAUNCH WILL POST SOCIETY P UBS ON 
		THE WEB
8.	What Is?
		IEEE Sections Congress
9.	VMS Info Sources
		What, Where, and How
10.	Is Your Membership Listing Current?
		Please Check it
11.	FYI: Info Access, Change of Address, etc.
12.	VMS Officers

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							1.
November Meeting

Joint with Computer/Control/Industrial Electronics 
Chapter


S. Sitharama Iyengar

Director, Robotics Research Laboratory
Professor and Chairman, Department of Computer Science
Louisiana State University

Autonomous Intelligent Machines

Today, the robotics and automation community is being swept 
by broad demands. The successful deployment of industrial 
robots has sparked interest in expanding this technology to 
more exacting applications. Scientific applications in remote, 
unstructured, and hazardous environments are now being 
considered. This surge in research activity is motivated both 
by economic objectives and a desire to replace humans for 
hazardous, strenuous, or repetitive tasks.

Next generation robots are targeted for applications such as 
deep-sea mining and salvage, assembly and service tasks in 
space, and maintenance in radiation-prone or toxic 
environments.

This talk includes such topics as sensing and perception, 
spatial planning, manipulation, adaptive control, machine 
vision, operating and support systems.
About the Speaker:
Dr. S.S. Iyengar is an IEEE Fellow. He has been involved 
with research in high-performance algorithms and data 
structures since receiving his Ph.D. in 1974. He has served as 
a principal investigator on research projects supported by the 
Office of Naval Research, NASA, and several other 
Departments and Agencies. He is author of several books and 
over 200 papers in areas of parallel and distributed algorithms 
and data structures for image processing and pattern 
recognition, autonomous navigation, and distributed sensor 
networks. He has been a visiting professor at JPL, Oak Ridge, 
and the Indian Institute of Science. He is a series editor for 
"Neuro Computing of Complex Systems" and area editor for 
IEEE Transactions on: Software Engineering; Systems, Man, 
and Cybernetics; and Knowledge and Data Engineering. He 
was awarded the Williams Evans Fellowship from the 
University of New Zealand 1991. 

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							2.
Reservations for the November Meeting

Note New Location
	Date:	Thursday, November 21, 1996
Time:	6:30 PM	Social
	7:00 PM	Dinner
	8:00 PM	Program
Place:	Holiday Inn - Salem
	off I-81 at Exit 137,
	left (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

Executive Committee Meeting
There will be an executive committee meeting preceeding the 
regular meeting on the 21st, 6:00pm at the Holiday Inn 
Restaurant.

OCTOBER MEETING REPORT

About 23 Section members enjoyed a tour conducted by Mr. 
Brian Campbell, Electronics Program Manager, of the 
National Weather Service (NWS) Station in Blacksburg. 
Beginning shortly before the 7:00 PM scheduled balloon 
launch time, Mr. Campbell instructed the group on the weather 
balloon program: Balloons are launched twice a day, 
simultaneously from over 300 sites across the country. As they 
ascend at about 1000 fpm, temperature, barometric pressure, 
and relative humidity data are returned via frequency encoded 
data on a 1.68 GHz signal. The result is a 3-dimensional 
atmospheric chart of these conditions for the entire country, to 
an altitude of about 85,000 feet. This is one of the major 
inputs in the weather tracking and forecasting process.

The balloons break at about that height (85 kft), a parachute 
opens, and the shock-protected electronics package falls back 
to earth - somewhere. About 60 percent of the packages are 
eventually found and returned in the post-paid mailer included 
with the assembly.

The newest feature at the station is the Doppler radar, used to 
determine storm locations, wind velocity and direction, and 
estimate precipitation. The system, engineered in 1988, known 
as NEXRAD  for NEXt generation weather RADar, is one of 
154 weather radar installations in the US. Ownership of these 
is split among the NWS, FAA, and the DOD.  This one is in 
Floyd county and data are returned to Blacksburg over a T1 
link at 1.544 Mbps.

The  radar beam sweeps 360 azimuth degrees and from 0.5 to 
19.5 degrees in elevation. The beamwidth is a nominal 1 
degree with a 1 km resolution for reflections to 230 km and a 
2 km resolution for reflections to 460 km. The sensitivity is 
great enough that birds and insects can at times, pose 
problems. All the measurements are based on the fact that the 
echo intensities are proportional to the size of the raindrops (or 
snowflakes) and, fortunately, they are an indicator of intensity 
or rate of precipitation. The system is due to be augmented 
with remotely monitored rain gauges. When these are in place, 
pinpoint forecasts and warnings of  flash floods, for example, 
will be possible.

Mr. Campbell also described the data processing that is 
carried out in three stages, one on site and two at Blacksburg, 
that converts radar echoes into the storm tracking displays we 
see on TV, and other data used by NWS.

...editor
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							4.
PACE Patter

Where were you Labor Day week-end?  Approximately three 
hundred of your IEEE volunteer leaders were giving up their 
holiday to attend the 1996 PACE Conference and Workshop 
in Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature of 105 was no hotter 
than some of the discussions held on many different topics of 
concern to the Professional Activities Committee for Engineers 
(PACE).

The theme of this year's conference was "Changing 
Environments: The Proactive Engineer.  In addition to the 
more traditional sessions there was a parallel track aimed 
specifically for the Young Professional (YP) although all 
sessions were open to all attendees and YPs attended 
traditional sessions and many mature engineers attended the 
YP sessions. Among subjects on the traditional track were 
Building a Section Media Network, The Employment 
Cybersearch: Job Hunting on the Internet, Building Careers 
With Networking, Finding A Job, Mid-Career Investment/ 
Financial Strategies, The PACE Planning Process, Managing 
Career Transitions, The Engineering Career Crisis, Early 
Retirement Decisions and others.

The Young Professionals had sessions on Personal Positioning 
for the Young Professional, Outside Forces Affecting Your 
Career, The GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Program, 
The Volatile Working Environment, Virtual Organizations, 
Managing Your Career As If It Were A Business, Balancing 
Your Personal and Professional Life, Early Career Investment 
Strategies and several others.  About sixty of the attendees 
were in the Young Professional category which was about 20 
percent of the total.

All the sessions were intended to make the participants 
proactive engineers in this present world of changing 
environments.  In addition to becoming better informed 
themselves, the attendees were charged with taking all their 
new knowledge back to their Sections and sharing it with their 
colleagues by providing programs or articles on topics of 
particular interest to the Section.  If there is a professional 
topic of particular interest to you, whether listed above or not, 
please contact Daniel W. Jackson, , 
540/774-0484.  He will be willing to provide information or 
steer you to additional resources.

...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.

Currently important dates:
(New & Revised)

  Tutorial Paper proposal submission, Nov. 26 1996.
  Author's Kit, Nov. 26, 1996.
  Hardware Competition
  Web Page Competition

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

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

See the Call for papers, Conference Overview, Student Events, 
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 main announcement 
on page 1.

...Dave Geer, Chapter Chair
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							7.
Excerpts from
THE IEEE LEADERSHIP WIRE
25 October 1996 Vol. I, No. 4

Compiled from internal IEEE communications, including The 
Circuit Board and reports by staff correspondents.

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

`JOLLY' LAUNCH WILL POST SOCIETY PUBS ON 
THE WEB

IEEE Periodicals and Electronic Products on 23 December 
will launch a new project to disseminate transactions, journals 
and letters publications on a secure World Wide Web site for 
society members or society member subscribers.

The project, dubbed "JOLLY" (Journals On-Line Launch 
Year) by Publications staff, was the initiative of volunteer 
Randy Geiger, Transactions Committee Chair, Technical 
Activities Board Periodicals Council and a Circuits and 
Systems Society member. Geiger contacted several IEEE 
societies/councils interested in making their scholarly 
publications available electronically on the Web, in addition to 
print. Supported by volunteers Dexter Johnston, Periodicals 
Oversight Committee member of the Publications Board and 
Electron Devices Society junior past president, and Friedolf 
Smits, Publications Board finance chair, Periodicals and 
Electronic Products staff offered its development and project 
management services to the societies interested in launching 
this project in time for their January 1997 issues.

So far, four societies and one council are participating: 
Circuits and Systems, Electron Devices, Lasers and Electro-
Optics, Neural Networks and Signal Processing.

Each society/council selected from these options:
  which transactions, journals or letters publications to 
make available; 
  whether publications would be accessible to either their 
society/council membership or member subscribers; and      
  the length of time each specific publication will be 
available on the Web.

The on-line availability of each publication will coincide with 
the mail date of the print product. The Communications 
Society has offered financial support to the project, but has 
chosen to create its own Web site.

JOLLY, currently viewed as an experiment supported by these 
six societies/council, may allow Publications staff to expand 
the project's menu of optional services to other IEEE societies 
interested in future electronic dissemination.

For more information, contact Fran Zappulla, Periodicals, 
(e-mail: "f.zappulla@ieee.org") or Klaus Gutfeld, 
Electronic Products, (e-mail: "k.gutfeld@ieee.org").
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							8.
What Is?

IEEE Sections Congress

The Sections Congress provides a means for Sections 
representatives to netowrk among themselves and with IEEE 
leaders. It also serves as a forum for member ideas and 
recommendations about and for IEEE activities. The 
following  description is taken from this year's brochure.

"Each Sections Congress, held every three years since 1984, 
has provided the IEEE Section leadership from each of 
IEEE's ten Regions a priceless opportunity to impact the 
future of the IEEE. Sections Congress is the ideal place to 
network and share knowledge, providing a means to increase 
leadership skills and a working knowledge of the IEEE. It is 
also a venue for expressing opinions and concerns through 
Recommended Actions, which will be used by the IEEE 
Boards to guide the Institute into the 21st century.

"The goals of the l996 Congress reflect the theme of Ideas 
for the Future, and are three-fold: to provide a means for the 
attendees to become familiar with the resources available and 
the means to access them, maximizing their abilities as IEEE 
volunteer leaders; to create an environment conducive to the 
sharing of ideas, concerns, and solutions, both during the 
Congress and after; finally, and perhaps most importantly, to 
serve as a forum for Section representatives and other local 
leaders, enabling them to voice - on the behalf of the 
collective membership - the ideas, issues, and 
recommendations which will impact on the development and 
growth of the IEEE, reinforcing its vitality and relevance to 
those it serves.

"In addition to the individual growth and networking fostered 
by the Sections Congress, there are more far-reaching results. 
The caucuses will generate specific, practical Recommended 
Actions. On Monday morning, during the Closing Ceremony, 
the delegates will have the opportunity to assign a priority 
level to each of the Recommended Actions through the 
balloting process. The results will be announced as part of 
the ceremony, and will be delivered to the IEEE leadership 
for implementation in strategic planning for the future of the 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc."

Dan Jackson reports that past Congresses have been attended 
by representatives from about three-quarters of the Sections - 
world-wide, and that the recommendations are taken very 
seriously by the IEEE leadership.

David Livingston represented the Virginia Mountain Section 
at the congress in Denver on November 1-4 and will have a 
report in the next (January)  issue of the Newsletter.

...editor
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							9.
VMS Info Sources

Electronic Newsletter
Almost 15 percent of our members now subscribe. If you 
have not yet signed up, you are strongly encouraged to do so.

IEEEVMS_info Sever
Storehouse of recent IEEE info/news/bulletins. Submit your 
own notices, comments, "Letter to Editor".

VMS Home Page
About VMS, its Chapters, officers, by-laws, and links to 
IEEE, Region 3, the Student Chapter, and a few more. Still an 
infant so, please take a look and send your suggestions. You 
can do that while you are looking at it. The URL is:

	http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms

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 ... . Please send your material to the editor 
or submit it with the auto-mail feature.

To Subscribe to any or all three, see instructions in the 
For Your Information section. 
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							10.
Is Your Membership Listing Current?

You are probably aware that the IEEE membership data base 
was in poor shape and has undergone extensive revision, 
correction, and updating during the past year or so. It is now 
in relatively good shape and therefore much more usable and 
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.

There are still a number of annoying errors in the base. Some 
are simple typos, some are nearly epidemic. A case of the 
latter in this area 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 considerble 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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							11.
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							12.
Chairman:
	Anbo Wang	
		awang@vt.edu	231-4355

Vice Chairman:	
	David Livingston
		d.livingston@ieee.org	857-6261

Sec./Treasurer:
	Usha Varshney 
		varshney@nrv.net	731-0655

Executive Committee:
	Russell Churchil
		arcova@swva.net	731-0655
	Ira Jacobs
		ijacobs@vt.edu	231-5620
	Daniel W. Jackson
		d.jackson@ieee.org 	774-0484
	Scott Midkiff
		midkiff@vt.edu	231-5190

Virginia Council
	Representative:	vacant




Industrial Application Chapter
Chairman:
	Walter Hill
		hill-wa@salem.ge.com	387-8619

Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices
Chairman:
	Hausila Singh
		hsingh@gtc.itt.com	563-8639

Industrial Electronics/Computer/Control Systems Chapter
Chairman:
	David Geer
		geer-dh@salem.ge.com	387-7359

PE Chapter
Chairman:
	Subhas Sarkar
		vtc@roanoke.infi.net	345-9892 x-152

Newsletter Editor:
	John Fennick
		j.fennick@ieee.org		552-0052

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