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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER

IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 6 November 1997 **************************************************

CONTENTS

1. November Meeting, Spouses Night Bev Fitzpatrick "The Impact of Technology on the New Century Region" 2. Reservations 3. Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits 4. Remaining VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year 5. Executive Committee Meetings: 6. Engineers Week Homepage: http://www.eweek.org 7. VMS Activities 8. Student Paper Contest 9. MTTS Chapter: Short courses 10. Correct Your Personal File at IEEE (PLEASE) 11. A Star Assignment: Women in Engineering 12. You Are Responsible For Your Own Career 13. VMS Home Page 14. Chapter Chairmen (Message) 15. IEEE Virginia Mountain Section (FYI)

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November Meeting

- - - Spouses Night - - -

Bev Fitzpatrick

Partner The Issues Management Group

"The Impact of Technology on the New Century Region"

The New Century Council provides a long range planning and advisory function for the greater Southwest Virginia region. The role of technology in this area, as it affects employment, resident industry, economic growth, and the environment, has been the study area of one of the sub-committees of the Council.

Mr. Fitzpatrick will discuss some highlights of this activity, the present role of technology in the "Virginia's Technology Corridor" and its potential impact on local business over the next decade or two.

About the speaker: Mr. Fitzpatrick, a certified economic developer, received the BA degree in Political Science from Va. Tech. in 1970, and studied economic development at the

Universities of Oklahoma and North Carolina. He has been active in state and local government and civic affairs during most of his career. He has been, or currently is, on the Board of Directors of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Lewis-Gale Foundation, Downtown Roanoke, Inc., Ferrum College, and many other organizations. He has provided professional assistance to several state agencies by serving on the Lt. Governor's Virginia Economic Recovery Commission Capital Formation Task Force, the Secretary of Transportation Telecommuting Task Force, and the Governor's Rural Development Finance Task Force, to name a few. He served as a member of the Roanoke City Council from 1988 through 1993, and twice as Vice Mayor of Roanoke.

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Reservations for the November Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 20, 1997 Social: 6:30 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM Talk: 8:00 - 9:00 PM Place: Hotel Roanoke

Cost: Member or Guest $12.00 Couples $25.00 Student $6.00

Please make reservations by Monday, November 17, 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) 731-0655

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Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits

- CONTINUING EDUCATION - CURRENT TECHNICAL INFORMATION - IEEE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

Ask*IEEE Document Delivery Service Information: e-mail: askieee@ieee.org

CAREER TRANSITION SUPPORT Employment Services Job Listings Entry Level Resources Resum_ Listing Service Job Fairs Job Search Tools and Advice

LINKS TO OVER 30 OTHER EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES SUCH AS: THE ACADEMIC POSITION NETWORK ADAMS JOBBANK ON-LINE AMERICA'S JOB BANK CAREERBUILDER OTHER Electronic Communications Services Directory Service (Aliases) Electronic Mail Services Mailing-Lists and Discussion Groups Majordomo Tutorial for ListOwners Usenet Newsgroups - ieee.* hierarchy Public Information Retrieval

Anonymous-FTP Server File-Retrieval via E-Mail Traveling the Information Highway with Bob Alden IEEE Internet Project Info on IEEE RABFacts System

HERE ARE SOME OF THE PERSONAL BENEFITS IEEE MEMBERSHIP BRINGS YOU: Receive your own personal subscription to SPECTRUM. Become an active part of your local professional community. Enhance your career by networking with technical experts. Save with low member prices on IEEE products. Attend top technical conferences at low member rates. Increase your professional prestige. Join a technical society. The IEEE Financial Advantage Program Program Highlights: IEEE Gold MasterCard and VISA Gold IEEE Mutual Funds IEEE Group Insurance IEEE Conference Management and Travel Program Benefits and Services: Business Services Education Services Financing, Planning & Investing Home Services Insurance Plans/ Supplements Travel & Conference Registration

For access information and details on any of these, take your browser Directly to the IEEE at: http://www.ieee.org/member.html Or to the VMS Home Page at: http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/ and select: IEEE Quick Links, then Member Services (No.11)

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Remaining VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year

January 15, 1998 Charles Alexander TBA Donaldson Brown Hotel Blacksburg

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

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Executive Committee Meetings:

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

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Get The Details

Engineers Week Homepage: http://www.eweek.org

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VMS Activities

October Meeting The joint meeting between Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) and Power Engineering Chapter was held on October 16, 1997 at the American Electric Power (AEP) Company in Christiansburg. Some 37 professionals and students were in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Mr. Teddy E. Aaron, Area District Manager of AEP. Mr. Aaron opened his presentation by saying the AEP model for deregulation of the electrical power industry includes four separate entities. A competitive generation company, a federally regulated transmission company, a power marketing company, and a state regulated distribution company would work together in providing electrical service to the end user.

The generating company would supply power to the transmission grid based on electrical demand and incremental cost. The low cost generators would operate first with additional more expensive generation brought on line as demand required. The availability of existing generating units and their associated incremental cost would determine which generators would operate during a given day. The price of electrical generation would be determined by supply and demand.

The federally regulated transmission system would be operated by an independent system operator (ISO). The ISO would protect the system reliability and determine pathways for delivering the electricity. The ISO would also be involved with load forecasting and assisting in determining the generation required to meet demands on a real time basis. The ISO would also be responsible for scheduling transmission line outages and tracking generating plant outages either planned or forced.

The state regulated distribution company would operate in an assigned area and provide power to new and existing customers within this area. The distribution company would be allowed a rate of return based on performance such as reliability, accurate billing, and customer service functions. The distribution company (the local wires business) would eliminate duplication of facilities needed by several generating companies providing energy in the same locale.

The exact structure of the electrical power industry after deregulation is unknown at this time. Many state and federal agencies will be involved in shaping this change. The goal of AEP and other electric utilities is to provide the most reliable, low cost, and environmentally sound energy sources available.

Mr. Aaron received a warm response from an appreciative audience and was thanked by VMS Vice-Chairman, Dr. Usha Varshney, who presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Aaron on behalf of Virginia Mountain Section.

... Usha Varshney

**************************************************( 8 ) Student Paper Contest

Attention all UNDERGRADS. The VMS annual Student Paper Contest will be held on February 19, 1998.

This year the competition will be open to undergraduate students only. Prizes for the three 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. Watch for details posted and circulated on campus, or contact your local IEEE student advisor:

VWCC Prof. David Livingston Va Tech Prof. Yilu Liu VMI Prof. Edward Wheeler

... editor

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MTTS Chapter

IEDM VIDEOTAPE SHORT COURSES

As many of you are aware, the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) holds two short courses each year. These four taped courses run about 7-8 hours and are made available through IEEE. A chapter may borrow one course at a time, and it must be returned six weeks from its date of receipt.

We are planning tape showings at ITT GTC for E/D and MTT chapter members in November and December. A brief description of the courses follows.

1987 IEDM - GaAs MONOLITHIC MICROWAVE INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (MMIC) - Presented by Donald Estreich, Richard Decker. GaAs MMICs have achieved performance levels beyond those attainable by silicon ICs. This 4-part tutorial covers the devices, technologies, and design of GaAs MMICs, as well as the current significance and projected contributions of these state-of-the-art integrated circuits. Topics include an overview, component design, fabrication technologies, and examples of current applications.

1988 IEDM - HETEROSTRUCTURE TRANSISTORS - Presented by Herb Goronkin, Umesh Mishra, Peter Ashbeck, and Federico Capasso A 4-part course focusing on device physics, design application of heterostructure transistors, and inventions which may be key to the industry of the future. You need a basic knowledge of field-effect transistors to benefit fully from this tutorial. Topics include introduction, heterostructure field-effect transistors, heterojunction bipolar transistors, and future transistors.

1993 IEDM - LOW VOLTAGE/LOW POWER DEVICES - This course deals with the technology and design of low voltage and low power applications. Starting with transistor level technology to the specific issues associated with memory, communications and control, and microprocessors. Part 1: Low Voltage/Low Level Power Device Technologies -Bijan Davari, IBM. Part 2: Low Power for Communications and Control - Jim Thomas, Motorola

1995 IEDM - TECHNOLOGIES FOR PORTABLE SYSTEMS - Widespread use of high-performance portable systems is limited by the weight and size of batteries, battery life and heat dissipation. Low-power dissipation components and system architecture are key to overcoming these bottlenecks. This course provides a comprehensive overview of low-power portable systems, from component technologies to system/architecture design techniques. It starts with an overview of the technologies required for portable computers, including battery and display technologies, processor and memory design and storage technologies. This is followed by low-power design techniques for multimedia applications. The third presentation addresses the technology and circuit issues related to RF design. Trade-offs between Si and SiGe BJTs, GaAs and CMOS technologies will be presented. Finally, LCD technologies and circuits for portable systems will be discussed. Part 1: Portable Technologies: A System Perspective - Erik P. Harris, IBM Watson Research Center Part 2: Low-Power Baseband Electronics - Akira Matsuzawa, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Part 3: Low Power RF Technology and Design - William R. Eisenstadt, University of Florida Part 4: Low Power Display Technology for Portable Systems - Alan Lewis, Xerox PARC

1997 IEDM - Trends in RF Devices and ICs for Wireless Applications (available after IEDM Meeting, December 10, 1997)

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions at ITT GTC, please let me know the course(s) of interest. The time will be 6 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. Wednesday or Thursday, once a week. My email is hsingh@gtc.itt.com

... Hausila P. Singh E/D, MTT Chapter Chairman

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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 Section 15).

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A STAR ASSIGNMENT

Starting in January 1998, the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIE) will be administering a mentoring program that encourages young women in junior high and high schools to pursue careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

The Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) program was developed in 1995 by the IEEE Electron Devices (EDS) and Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTTS) Societies to address a growing concern that girls are discouraged from careers in mathematics, science and engineering at a young age.

STAR promotes involvement of IEEE members with local junior high and high schools to inspire a positive image of engineering careers. STAR has been implemented by EDS and MTTS chapters worldwide in cooperation with the schools and teachers in their respective local areas.

Through WIE, STAR is now available to all IEEE societies and sections. Societies and sections will determine their own level of implementation. (administrative committee and/or chapter level). The program provides an opportunity for the various IEEE entities to increase their community involvement and to interest girls in mathematics, science, and engineering.

For more information or to inquire about participating in the STAR program, contact Cathy Downer, Corporate Activities; e- mail "c.downer@ieee.org"; telephone 1-732-562-3929.

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"You Are Responsible For Your Own Career"

Sound familiar? Everywhere you turn today, you hear the same refrain: "No one will look out for your career but you. You cannot expect a lifetime job - only lifetime employment." It is clear that the time is past when the loyal employee works for the same company for 40 years, and in turn is taken care of by that company. That scenario has been replaced by downsizing, outsourcing, and a succession of short-term assignments.

What's an engineer to do under these circumstances? Well, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to maintain technical currency. Your survival and prosperity depend on the skills you bring to the market. The IEEE recognizes the need for continuing education for engineers, and has taken a number of steps to assist you.

One entire committee of the Educational Activities Board is devoted to Continuing Education (CE). Here are just some of the current projects of the CE Committee:

Help design life-long learning curricula, with technical societies Produce educational materials Conduct conferences and workshops related to lifelong learning Prepare plans for tools for distance learning Review and support new product development by EAB Products Committee Produce and acquire new video programs Assist in development of electronic self study courses Set up and maintain web page on Continuing Education services Plan and budget for live seminar program Help develop career path profile (CD-ROM)

Does a11 this sound a little abstract? Then, how about some of the specific products of the Educational Activities Board? Just to take a few examples, over the last few years, the Board has produced the following to assist members in life-long learning:

The IEEE Guides to Business - invaluable for the budding entrepreneur. Self study courses, nearly 20 in a11, on subjects such as Power System Fault Calculations, Spread Spectrum Theory and Applications and Mobile Cellular Communications. Video Tutorials on such diverse topics as Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems, Knowledge-Based Systems, Neural Networks and Virtual Reality are also available.

Another product to help advance your career is the Career Asset Manager (CAM). This unique guide to career management features a step-by-step process for defining your personal career goals, preparing a professional development plan and maintaining records for convenient resume generation. With the mobile nature of today's engineering workforce, CAM promises to be a very handy tool.

In addition to products like those described above, the IEEE sponsors workshops and seminars on engineering careers. In 1996 alone, the society sponsored "A Best Practices Forum on Skills and Knowledge Assessment" in Minneapolis, and "Road Map to Engineering Careers: A Workshop on Personal Strategies for Technical Vitality" in Dallas. And the list goes on. There is something available from your IEEE to help YOUR career. To find out more, just call Tatiana Garnys, IEEE Continuing Education, at 732-562-5485 or email tgarnys@gelatin.ieee.org. You can also get tons of information via the Educational Activities Board home page at http://engine.ieee.org/eab/ This brief note summarizes just some the ways that YOUR society works for YOU. As always, your feedback is solicited.

Jim Hahn, Outreach Coordinator, Continuing Education Committee, IEEE Educational Activities Board.

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VMS Home Page

The Virginia Mountain Section Web Home Page (http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/) has recently been modified and expanded to make it easier to use and include more 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. There are also more than a dozen direct links to particular IEEE services such as Educational, 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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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 Industry Applications Walter Hill hill-wa@salem.ge.com (540) 387-8619 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

NEWSLETTER Editor: John Fennick j.fennick@ieee.org (540) 552-0052

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