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IEEE  Region  3,  Council  9,  Section  65                October 1995
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                                    CONTENTS
October Meeting
VMS Section Activities
        Meeting Report
        Executive Committee
        Electronic Newsletter
Student Activities Committee
Computer/Control/IES Chapter
        Fall Video
        IEEE VMS Video Library
IEEE Activities
        IEEE Names New General Manager
PACE  News
        WHAT IS IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA ?
Something New
        WHAT IS?
        PACE
The IEEE - How Should It Be Organized?
        Message from Past President Merrill Buckley
Virginia Western Community College
        Course Offering
For Your Information
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October Meeting

DANIEL W. JACKSON, P.E.


CHAIRMAN,  PROFESSIONAL  DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE
IEEE  EDUCATIONAL  ACTIVITIES  BOARD


HOW'S  YOUR  HEALTH ?

THE  WHY  AND  HOW  OF  TECHNICAL
VITALITY


Quality Inn - Salem
7:00 PM, Thursday
October  19, 1995


Today's engineering environment has changed drastically from the
past.  Rapid technological changes have caused organizations to
flatten, downsize, and shift employment growth to smaller
companies.  The changing world political scene has resulted in a
loss of jobs in the defense industry and cuts in government
supported research. There is increasing global competition not only
in manufacturing but also in engineering. All these factors are
requiring engineers today to put much more emphasis on
maintaining their technical vitality in order to continue in
engineering throughout their careers.

Maintaining technical vitality is not simply a responsibility of the
individual, engineers have to know that their very survival depends
on life long education.  Company competitiveness and business
success, also, is dependent on the technical vitality of the
workforce. Mr. Jackson's talk will address some of the measures
which industry, individuals, and professional societies, can take and
are taking, to insure that engineers stay technically healthy.


About the Speaker
In 1991 Dan Jackson retired from GE Drive Systems, Salem VA,
where he was a senior engineer responsible for electromagnetic
control devices and neutral grounding equipment for industrial and
commercial distribution systems. Since retirement he has been very
active in the IEEE, particularly in the area of continuing education
and professional development.  It is because of his interest in this
area and his concern for the technical and professional well being of
his fellow engineers that he has continued as an active volunteer in
the IEEE.  He has been an officer of the Virginia Mountain Section,
is a past Region 3 Director, and is still active at the local, regional,
national, and international levels of the IEEE.  He is a life senior
member of the IEEE and a recipient of the 1984 Centennial Medal.
________________________________________________

Reservations
for the September Meeting

        Thursday, October 19

        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
        Cost:   Member or Guest $ 12.00
                Student                 $   4.50

For reservations, please contact one of the following
representatives before 5 PM on Monday, October 16:

Roanoke:            John Naber          563-3913
                    Hausila Singh               563-8639
Blacksburg:         Anbo Wang,          231-4355
                    Wayne Scales                231-5622
Lexington:          Dick Skutt          464-7236
Radford and Christiansburg:
                   Russell Churchill    731-0655
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VMS Section Activities
Meeting Report

Rick Claus detailed some of the numerous applications of optical
fiber implementations of instrumentation sensors. To demonstrate
the wide range of measuring capabilities, he picked one simple
concept: measuring interference patterns of reflections in a fiber. He
showed how fairly minor variations in the structure of reflecting
terminations would allow measurement of  such things as pressure,
temperature, strain, and viscosity. The common denominator being
a change in the physical length of a very small reflecting cavity
under the influence of the property being measured. The sensitivity
of these transducers is basically determined by the wavelength of the
light used and is, therefore, very great.

Dr. Claus emphasized that this particular "workhorse" device is
only one of a number of optical fiber sensor techniques developed
and under continuing study at FEORC, the Fiber & Electro-Optics
Research Center at Virginia Tech.

...editor
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Executive Committee

In their first meeting of the new Section year, the Executive
Committee formally approved the appointments announced in the
last Newsletter: Anbo Wang as Vice Chairman and David
Livingston as Secretary/Treasurer.

Dick Skutt of VMI sent notice to the committee that other duties
have compelled him to resign from his appointment as the VMS
representative to the Virginia Council. Several people were
suggested as possible candidates, and the Committee is seeking
someone to fill the position. Any volunteers?

A draft budget for the current year was presented and discussed but
approval was put off because some of the estimates have not been
finalized.

Electronic Newsletter

If you have not yet subscribed you are strongly encouraged to sign
up. No, we will not remove your name from the regular mailing list
if you do sign up.
To Subscribe, see instructions in the For Your Information
section on the last page.

...editor
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Student Activities Committee

As part of SAC's efforts to "train" student leaders, there will be an
IEEE SAC/ Region 3 Training Workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The date for this workshop is October 7, 1995 and will be held in
the 2nd floor EE Student Lounge in Whittemore Hall on the
Virginia Tech campus.  The workshop will start at 10 AM and end
around 5PM.  A mailing was sent to Student Branches within the
geographical area of the workshop.

Any IEEE member is invited to attend.  There are no registration
fees but registration is required so we can know how many people to
expect.  For more information, contact David Lee at 540-231-7279
(leave a message).   Fax number is 540-231-3362 and e-mail is
d.c.lee@ieee.org.

...David  Lee

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Computer/Control/IES Chapter

Fall Video

October 10, 1995

  5:30 PM

General Electric Co. Auditorium
1501 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA

A half hour video of a presentation by Bill Rowen on the GE Mark
V control system as applied to heavy duty single shaft gas turbine
generator power plants. It covers the basics of control and
protection of the machines, and touches on the control availability
achieved by this TMR (Triple Modular Redundant) system.

Bill Rowen has held many positions with GE in the gas and steam
turbine controls including manager of the controls and accessories
for requisitions and development.

After the video, John Cunningham and Dan Johnson will be present
to discuss the video and  answer any questions about the video or
related turbine controls topics.

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.

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.
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IEEE Activities

IEEE Names New General Manager

PISCATAWAY, N.J., September 18, 1995 -- Daniel J. Senese has
been named General Manager of The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc.

IEEE President, Dr. Tom Cain, said Mr. Senese's appointment as
General Manager concluded an eight-month search. "The IEEE is
pleased to welcome Dan Senese to the staff leadership position,"

Mr. Senese, who spent 27 years with AT&T and Bellcore, joined
AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1968. In 1984, he went on to Bellcore
where he continued to serve in increasingly responsible technical
and executive-level positions. He eventually became general
manager for Network Product Management, where he both led an
organization that managed $350 million of the company's products
and services and was primary contact for the seven largest
customers. He was named Vice President, Quality in 1993 and led a
company-wide quality improvement program resulting in a dramatic
improvement in customer satisfaction. An IEEE Member, Dan holds
BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Illinois.

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PACE  News

WHAT IS IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA ?
Why did 275 IEEE volunteers go to Cedar Rapids, Iowa over the
Labor Day Week-end?  Of course, it was the annual PACE
Conference and Workshop: PACE - Professional Activities
Committee for Engineers.

At the Conference a record number of attendees spent two and a half
days learning how to "Make A Difference" back home in their
Sections in establishing programs to meet the local professional
needs of their colleagues.

In the area of Member Services, the Employment Assistance
Committee led a workshop, Cybersearching for a Job.  This
included an overview of resources available on INTERNET,
including the IEEE-USA National Job Listing Service, and showed
how to take advantage of these various resources.  The State
Government Activities Committee discussed the threats and
opportunities occurring because of changes in telecommunication
policy.  These can provide business opportunities for electronic
engineers but may threaten the jobs of those who are not registered
Professional Engineers.  Many of the delegates were interested in

discovering how to make a successful transition to consulting.  This
is a growing option for many engineers, either by choice or by
necessity.  The role of the national Alliance of IEEE Consultants
Networks (AICN) was explained and also the potential benefits of
membership. IEEE United States Activities is an active participant
on the US members' behalf in trying to influence national
technology policy affecting employment availability, income, work
environment, employment based immigration, and other issues.

Three past IEEE presidents, members of the Committee on US
Competitiveness Policy, discussed current issues in competitiveness
including electronics manufacturing, US population demographics,
and the ability of US industry and engineers to compete world wide.
The Energy Policy Committee presented issues of current regulatory
initiatives and their affect on the electric utility industry, with the
consequent affects on IEEE members' careers.

The Research and Development Policy Committee reviewed
activities of the committee, current issues facing the R & D
community including proposed federal budget reductions which may
affect the careers of many IEEE members, even some in the Virginia
Mountain Section.

In all the sessions there was emphasis on how those members
interested in "Making A Difference" could actively participate in the
process of influencing national R & D and technology policy.

Additional sessions on resilient careers, intellectual property,
discrimination, and immigration will be described in a future issue.
The whole PACE Conference and Workshop is an annual effort to
inform the active PACE leaders in the Sections and Societies on the
important professional, that is non-technical, issues of concern to
many of the members. The intention is that the PACE leaders take
their new or increased knowledge back home and share it with their
colleagues.  The program at our Section meeting this month will
present some of the factors on Resilient Careers which were
discussed in Cedar Rapids.  If you want more information on
professional activities contact:

        Daniel W. Jackson
        PACE Chair
        d.jackson@ieee.org
        (540) 774-0484.
________________________________________________

Something New

It's really a little sad. I have been a member for more years than I
like to think about but, until some time after I retired, and then
more or less stumbled into this job, except for an occasional
Convention and use of a Standard, the IEEE meant little more to me
than SPECTRUM. And, because I figure that I am just like you, a
typical engineer, you must be in the same boat. Now, because of
this job, I have discovered that IEEE really has some interesting
stuff and good things to offer.

So. This is the first of (I think) a series of short items introducing
and explaining some of the pieces and structure of your IEEE
organization. Hopefully they will help you avoid my sad experience
and let you get more for your dues.

It is not a coincidence that this first "What Is?" relates to Dan
Jackson's article above. He supplied a two page write-up, of which
the following is a bare abstract. If you would like to see the full
article, contact me.
...editor

WHAT IS?
PACE

The United States Activities Board (USAB) of the IEEE is
responsible for recommending policies and implementing programs
specifically intended to serve the US members in appropriate
nontechnical areas of economic, ethical, social, and legislative
concerns. USAB consists of PACE along with the Career Services
Council, the Member Services Council, and the Technology Policy
Council. So what is PACE?

PACE is a network of Professional Activities Committees for
Engineers, which provides a communication channel to Sections,
Chapters, and individual members on the services provided by the
IEEE-US Activities' three councils. PACE also provides for
communications so that members can inform the IEEE-USA
volunteer leaders of local needs and priorities. Programs are
conducted at the Section and Chapter level, with assistance from
Region and National. The technical Societies also conduct PACE
programs.

Nearly every Section in the US has an active (PACE) committee.
This is the local component that conducts PACE programs for local
membership. These committees form a network that permits IEEE-
USA to have an impact on national policy. Local Chapters are
encouraged to appoint Chapter PACE Chairs to serve on the Section
PACE Committee and organize Chapter professional activities.

Regional PACE Coordinators coordinate PACE activities
undertaken by their Regions' Areas, Councils, and Sections and
provide financial assistance when needed. Regional PACE
Coordinators are assisted by specialists in the areas of career
enhancement, technical policy issues, employment assistance,
government action, professional education, precollege education,
and student professional awareness.

What are the Objectives of the PACE Network?
        1. Encouraging the provision of member services.
        2. Enhancing public awareness of the socio-technical issues
            affecting American society.
        3. Engaging in government action at the local, state, and
            national levels.

What are the Activities of the PACE Network?
        1. Dissemination of Information:
        2. Orientation and training of PACE representatives.
        3. Influencing state and federal legislative action.
        4. Promoting improvements in education for a more
            technically literate society.
        5. Promoting other projects which satisfy PACE objectives
            at all levels.

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The IEEE - How Should It Be Organized?

Urgent Message from Past President Merrill Buckley

One of the most vexing problems now confronting the IEEE is its 
organization. Should it be changed? Does it need a complete 
restructuring? And so on. All of these options have been proposed, 
but which is the wisest choice? 

First some background.
In 1992, when I was president, the IEEE initiated a far reaching 
study to prepare the Institute for the next century. A Corporate 
Vision, Mission Statements, Critical Issues, and other supporting 
documents were developed with inputs from individuals, committees 
and boards. This process has, for the most part, been completed and 
results were published in The Institute for review and comments. 
Work is now in process to implement many recommendations. The 
one exception is the keystone concept of how the IEEE should be 
organized for the future. The overriding concern is, of course, what 
structure will best accomplish what the Strategic Plan calls for.

For the past two years this subject has engaged the attention of over 
80 volunteers as direct participants in the Strategic Planning 
Committee task forces and others who have contributed their 
comments. There is so much disagreement because of the 
complexity and diversity of the activities performed by the Institute 
and the many constituencies (academic, industrial, government, 
standards, publications, local meetings, students, professional 
activities, etc.), all of which have their own specific interests.

The strategic planning process is now concentrating on what are 
believed to be the best three of seven proposals. You may have 
noticed the discussion and description of the models printed in a 
recent issue of The Institute .

To really put all of this in perspective, it is a good idea to review 
the existing organization and how it came into being. The present 
organization is based on the fact that all members have two basic 
orientations: the geographical area in which they work and their 
technical specialties.

Geographically, with members in over 130 countries, we are truly 
global. For convenience each person is considered to be a member 
of the Section responsible for his/her work location. This gives us 
approximately 270 Sections, which encompass the globe. Sections 
serve several purposes, not the least of which is permitting 
engineers at the local level to come together for technical meetings, 
social functions, award banquets, etc. The leadership of each 
Section is elected locally .
With so many Sections, it is necessary to group them into 10 
Regions, 6 of which cover the USA. Each elects its own leaders 
from the Section leadership. One person from each Region is elected 
by all members in that region to be its Director, and this person is 
automatically a member of the IEEE Board of Directors (BOD). 
Each Section and each Region pretty much run their own business 
within broad IEEE guidelines.

Technical specialties is the other primary member orientation. Sixty 
percent of our membership, belong to one or more of the 37 
Societies. Societies are also autonomous in that they elect their own 
President and Board of Governors and manage their own affairs. To 
maintain an equitable representation on the BOD, the 37 Societies 
are grouped into 10 Divisions. The Divisions elect one member to 
be the Division Director who then represents the interest of its 
Societies on the BOD.

While Sections, Regions, Societies, and Divisions encompass a 
majority of IEEE's activity, our membership has also requested 
services encompassing education, standards, special publications, ( 
Spectrum, The Institute, etc.) and a serious involvement in 
professional activities as well as providing individual member 
benefits (insurance, investment opportunities etc.).

To do all of this our volunteers need the help of approximately 500 
full time employees. To fill in the BOD, the 20 Region and Division 
Directors (the Assembly) elects a Treasurer, a Secretary and six 
Vice Presidents (Regional Activities, Technical Activities, 
Standards, Publications, Professional Activities and Education) that 
oversee and direct the employees.

The President is the CEO and Chairman of the Board. The IEEE is a 
non-profit corporation equivalent to a business of approximately 
$110 million per year . Should this organization be changed? Let me 
give you my opinion. It seems to me, having witnessed up close 
how IEEE works over a number of years, that the present 
organization which has successfully seen us become the largest 
professional technical society in the world should not be materially 
changed without very good reasons.

I believe the strengths of the existing organization are:

1. It's decentralized structure keeps management at the lowest 
practical level. Volunteers are encouraged to assume responsibility 
and get involved.

2. Sections, Regions, Societies and the existing functional boards 
and committees are free to seek improvements and are encouraged 
toward excellence without unnecessary interference.

3. Election to the BOD requires a demonstration of leadership, 
accomplishment and participation in our volunteer lead 
organization.

4. Members elected to the BOD provide a good balance of different 
interests and geography. It has been stated that the BOD is too 
large. Using some other method of election could very easily reduce 
the number but it could also give us a Board out of touch with the 
members. Cost is not a significant factor since the BOD members 
are volunteers. My experience is that the BOD is not too large and 
provides a balanced forum.

5. The number of hierarchical levels in the present organization is 
about as small as practical. This has proven to be a key factor in 
productivity and efficiency.

6. The present organizational relationship between the members, the 
volunteers and the staff works very well.

In summary, it should be obvious that I have not been persuaded 
that any of the recently proposed organizational models will 
improve the IEEE organization and could very easily give us a lot of 
trouble. Some minor adjustments such as electing the V.P. of 
IEEE/USA by US members may be wise but let's stop there. What 
do you t think? Do you have some suggestions?
Please let us hear from you. Contact the IEEE office.

	Tel:	(908) 562-3986
	e-mail:	 institute@ieee.org
_________________________________________________________

Virginia Western Community College

Course Offering 

EGR 295 N1

C  Programming  for  Engineering

An introduction to C programming designed for engineers and 
technologists. Areas covered include data types, operators, 
functions, program statements, arrays, strings, structures, pointers, 
and input/output operations.  Special emphasis will be placed on 
program structure, elements of style, and documentation practices.  
Programming projects will involve the solutions of problems in 
engineering and technology.  (2 credits)

Prerequisites:  DOS familiarity and programming experience in a 
high-level language.

Cost: including tuition and fees:  $93.30
Sessions will be held at:

	Webber Hall 316
	Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. - 9:50 P.M.
	October 17 - December 5
	(An eight week course)

To register, call the Admission and Registration Office at

	(540) 857-7231
________________________________________________________
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IEEE Virginia Mountain Section

Chairman:	Anbo Wang	awang@vt.edu	231-4355

Vice Chairman:	David Livingston 	dllphdpe@roanoke.infi.net	857-6936

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

Executive Committee:
	Russell Churchill	rcova@bev.net	731-0655
	Ira Jacobs	ijacobs@vt.edu	231-5620
	Daniel W. Jackson	d.jackson@ieee.org 	774-0484
	Scott Midkiff	midkiff@vt.edu	231-3362

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

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