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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION 
NEWSLETTER 
	 
  
IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 6                September 1997 
 
	CONTENTS 
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September Meeting 				 1  
Reservations for the September Meeting		 2 
HELP WANTED					 3 
Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits		 4 
VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year 	 5 
HELP						 6  
VMS Activities 
            Election Results			 7 
Executive Committee Meeting			 8 
National Engineers Week Announces 1998  
Billboard Campaign				 9 
What Is?  
        The Virginia Coordinating Council	10 
VMS Home Page					11 
Chapter Chairmen				12 
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September Meeting 
 
EE at Virginia Tech 
 
Leonard Ferrari 
 
Head 
Bradley Dept. of Electrical Engineering 
Virginia Tech 
 
The many new educational and economic development  
programs recently implemented will be reviewed.  
Possible revisions and prospects and plans for the future  
of the Department will be discussed. 
 
About the Speaker 
Dr. Ferrari joined the Bradley Department of Electrical  
Engineering as Department Head on July 1, 1995. He was  
previously at the University of California, Irvine, where he  
was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He  
served as Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering  
Department for three years, and as Director of an NSF  
Center for High Speed Image Processing. 
 
Ferraris' specialty is image processing. He joined the faculty  
of the University of California in 1980, as a researcher in the  
Radiological Sciences Department of the College of  
Medicine, then joined the Department of Electrical and  
Computer Engineering in 1985. He served as Department  
Chair from 1990- 1993. He has taught courses in circuit  
design, communications, digital signal processing, image  
processing, computer algorithms and computer graphics. 
 
Ferrari has more than 12 years experience in industrial  
research and development, and has authored more than 40  
patent disclosures. 
 
Early in his career he worked as a researcher for Polaroid  
Corporation. In 1969 he moved to the Bell and Howell  
Research Laboratories as director of the group responsible  
for corporate research in video systems, magnetic and optical  
recording, facsimile systems, airborne entertainment systems  
and electro- optical products. In 1974 he returned to school  
and received a Ph.D. degree from the University of  
California, Irvine in 1980. He earned his MSEE degree from  
Northeastern University in 1967, and his BSEE degree from  
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1963.  
 
 
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Reservations for the September Meeting 
 
Date:	Thursday, September 18 1997  
Social:	6:30 
Dinner: 	7:00 
Talk:	8:00 
 
Place:	Donaldson Brown Hotel 
	Virginia Tech Campus 
	Blacksburg 
 
Cost:	Member or Guest	$12.00 
	Student		$ 4.50 
 
Please make reservations by Monday, September 15, 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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HELP WANTED 
See  Page 3 
 
 
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VMS Meeting Schedule for the 1997-1998 Year 
 
Date    
Speaker           
Topic             
Place 
 
October 16, 1997  
Joint with Power  
Eng. Chapter(Subhas  
Sarkar arranging) 
Power Engineering 
Holiday Inn Salem, 
 
November 20, 1997(Spouses'  
Night) 
Bev Fitzpatrick 
Technology Impact  
on New Century  
Region 
Hotel Roanoke 
 
January 15, 1998 
Charles Alexander  
(Tentative) 
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 
 
Executive Committee Meetings:   5:30 p.m. on:   
October 16, 1997;  January 16, 1998;   
March 16, 1998;  and April 21, 1998 
 
 
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HELP 
 
For the first time in several years, at the outset, the VMS has  
an agenda for meetings for the entire year. See Page 2. Usha  
Varshney and Russell Churchill have planned an exciting and  
interesting series of programs. This is just the start of an  
undertaking to improve services to the members and generate  
interest in the IEEE in general and our Section in particular. 
 
There is a host of things that can be done to achieve these  
goals and simultaneously serve the profession and the  
community, something we seldom do. Public awareness and  
benefits can be achieved by making technical information and  
insight available, advising on issues of public safety,  
enhancing pre-college education with support in science fairs  
and talks, to name a few. An active role in Engineers Week,  
see the announcement on page 3, is another small step in this  
direction. 
 
All of these things take time, BUT, it will not be a great deal  
of YOURS if enough of us pitch in to help. Demonstrate your  
willingness to give at least a little in service to the  
community, the profession and yourself. Contact any of the  
Officers or ExCom members, or attend the ExCom meeting  
at 5:30 on the 18th. And bring your ideas as well as your  
body. This is to be a kick-off session. 
 
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VMS Activities 
Election Results 
In the May 1997 VMS election, a total of 45 ballots were  
submitted. The results are as follows: 
 
Officers: 
Chairman: David Livingston - 45 votes 
Vice Chairman: Usha Varshney - 43 votes 
Secretary/Treasurer: Edward Wheeler - 42 votes 
 
Chapter Chairs: 
Industry Applications Chair: Walter Hill - 27 votes 
MTT/Electron Devices Chair: Hausila Singh - 25 votes 
Power Engineering Chair: Subhas Sarkar - 28 votes 
Industrial Electronics Chair: David Geer - 30 votes 
 
Executive Committee: 
Subhas Sarkar - 13 votes 
Lynn Abbott - 30 votes 
Russell Churchill - 28 votes 
Ira Jacobs - 29 votes 
Scott Midkiff - 27 votes 
John Fennick - 23 votes 
Andy Stevenson - 30 votes 
 
So, the new executive committee consists of 
 
Lynn Abbott, 
Russell Churchill, 
Ira Jacobs and, 
Andy Stevenson and, of course, all officers and chapter  
chairs, and Anbo Wang, first past Chairman. 
 
Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the  
winners. 
 
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Executive Committee Meeting 
The Executive Committee will meet, at the Donaldson  
Brown, at 5:30 PM. 
 
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National Engineers Week Announces 1998  
Billboard Campaign 
 
For its 1998 celebration, the National Engineers Week  
Committee will again be taking its message that "Engineers  
Make a World of Difference" to the streets and the highways  
through its Outdoor Advertising Campaign. The goal of the  
program, which will be led by campus chapters of  
engineering societies around the country, is to place a public  
service announcement involving engineers on a minimum of  
100 billboards during the month of February. Last year's  
campaign garnered 21 placements around the country,  
despite a late start. Based on a successful program run  
annually by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the  
campaign has a dual purpose: to increase "grassroots"  
involvement, particularly among undergraduate engineering  
students, in National Engineers Week, and to make a broader  
audience aware of the week-long celebration and the  
technological achievements it honors. The program works as  
follows: First, chapters should contact National Engineers  
Week and request an Outdoor Advertising Campaign kit.*  
Then, they would identify one (or several) billboards or other  
public advertising spaces within their community, preferably,  
in prominent spots which can be seen by a large number of  
people. Once the space is secured, the group will mail back a  
"reservation form," providing all the details no later than  
December 1. The Committee will provide the artwork and  
will return the completed materials. The theme for the 1998  
campaign is currently under development but, in a11  
likelihood, will revolve around the idea of engineers as  
"hands-on" problem-solvers. The artwork will contain a  
tagline stating "This message brought to you by the National  
Engineers Week Committee and...," with room to fill in the  
name of the sponsoring chapter or group, giving the ad more  
of a local focus and providing a "plug" for the group doing  
the work. 
 
* Dan Jackson has done this. 
 
 
Note: The VMS plans to participate vigorously in this year's  
national effort and in the Roanoke area program. Volunteers  
are needed to assist in the planning and preparation. Please  
contact Russell Churchill or send a note to the Editor. 
 
...editor 
 
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What Is? 
 
The Virginia Coordinating Council 
 
The Virginia Coordinating Council (VCC) is a unique entity  
created to provide a means of bring all the IEEE sections in  
Virginia into a single cohesive group. The VCC consists of  
the Virginia Council, which is the four sections in Virginia in  
Region 3, and the Northern Virginia Section which is in  
Region 2. The representatives from the Central Virginia  
Section, the Hampton Roads Section, the Richmond Section,  
and the Virginia Mountain Section who serve on the Virginia  
Council are on the Virginia Coordinating Council as well.  
Two members from the Northern Virginia Section serve as  
representatives to the VCC. The VCC normally meets  
immediately following the Virginia Council meeting, and the  
Northern Virginia representatives sit in on the Virginia  
Council meeting. There are no other geographic councils in  
IEEE which cross Regional boundaries. 
 
The VCC was created to provide a single entity to consider  
state wide concerns of all IEEE members in Virginia whether  
in one of the four sections which are in Region 3 or the one  
section in Region 2. There was no possibility of getting  
Northern Virginia into Region 3 because of its orientation  
toward Washington, DC. It is a member of the National  
Capital Area Council of Region 2 in the same manner that  
the other four Virginia Sections are members of the Virginia  
Council. The VCC represents many more IEEE members  
than the Virginia Council because Northern Virginia has  
more members than the other four combined. This is helpful  
in some lobbying efforts in Richmond on behalf of all  
electrical engineers. 
 
The VCC also provides a good vehicle for cooperation and  
coordination among all Virginia IEEE members. Every now  
and then the Virginia Council will hold its meeting in the  
Northern Virginia area to help in this regard. The  
chairmanship of the VCC rotates between the Chair of the  
Virginia Council and a representative from Northern  
Virginia. 
 
As you can see from my explanation the VMS participates in  
the VCC only through the Virginia Council. 
 
...Dan Jackson, PACE Chair  
 
 
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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 ... . Please send your material to the  
editor or submit it with the auto-mail feature on the Web  
Page. 
 
... editor 


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