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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN SECTION
NEWSLETTER

IEEE Region 3, Council 9, Section 6  
September, 1998

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        CONTENTS

September Meeting
        Radford

        Transgenic 
        Livestock as 
        Bioreactors for 
        Complex Medicines       1

Directions                      2 
Reservations                    3
May Meeting Report              4
VMS Election - 1998             5
WEB Page URL Change             6
1999 Student Competition        7
Election '98 participate        8
PACE  PATTER (Conference)       9
Senior membership of VMS        10
1998-99 VMS Schedule            11
Your IEEE Benefits              12
Virginia Mountain Section       13

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September Meeting

Radford

Transgenic Livestock as Bioreactors for Complex Medicines

Dr. William H. Velander


Professor of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Joint meeting with the American Chemical Society


Biotechnology is a diverse field that strongly impacts the 
pharmaceutical industry. However, the pharmaceutical industry 
has been slow to develop biotechnologies which enable 
economical methods of manufacturing complex protein 
therapeutics. Many of these medicines are normally derived from 
the limited supplies of blood plasma. Safety associated with blood 
borne diseases and limited blood plasma supplies are difficult 
issues with plasma derived products. Alternatively, the 
Pharmaceutical Engineering Institute at Virginia Tech has 
genetically engineered livestock to produce complex 
pharmaceutical proteins in milk. The productivity of these 
livestock is at two to three orders of magnitude greater throughput 
than is possible using genetically engineered mammalian cells 
cultured at large scale. Thus, both safety from disease risks and 
abundant supplies of medicines needed by humans to treat 
catastrophic diseases 
like hemophilia, stroke, traumatic bleeding, cancer, and infection 
has been enabled by this biotechnology.

Dr. Velander is lead scientist for the transgenic livestock group at 
Virginia Tech. His laboratory specializes in the biosynthesis of 
complex proteinacious pharmaceuticals. He is also a recognized 
leader in research concerning affinity technology used in the 
purification of pharmaceuticals and biosensors.  He is a 
biochemical engineer with industrial experience with Merck and 
Company and has been principal investigator for over 3 million 
dollars in research in the development of recombinant human 
proteins produced in the milk of transgenic livestock.  His 
research has been recently published in Scientific American, 
Discover, Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, Nature 
Biotechnology, Biophotonics and featured on CNN's Future 
Watch.

Dr. Velander is a member of the American Chemical Society and 
the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.

Reservations for the September Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 17, 1998
Social hour:    5:00 PM
Dinner:         6:00 PM
Speaker:        7:00 PM

Place:  Norwood Room in the Bondurant Center for the Arts, 
Radford. 

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Directions to the Radford meeting place:

Take the first Radford exit (109) off I-81 south. This 
becomes Rt. 177. Continue toward Radford (3 miles) and Rt. 177 
will become Tyler Avenue. Harvey's Chevrolet dealer is on the 
left. The road will  T at Norwood street. Turn left onto Norwood 
street and the Bondurant Center for the Arts is on the left side of 
the street about 3 blocks down. The Norwood Room is in the 
Center and we will try to have some sort of sign out advertising 
the ACS-IEEE meeting.

Cost:   
Members:        $12.00
Students:       $ 4.00
Guests:         $12.00


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Please make reservations by 
Monday, Sept. 14,  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:
Russell Churchill               (540) 731-0655

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VMS Activities

Meeting Report

In May, members of the Virginia Mountain Section of IEEE 
visited the Roanoke Electric Steel plant in Roanoke.   This plant 
recycles scrap metal, a significantly lower energy cost compared 
to beginning with ore, to produce a variety of finished steel 
products.   Small groups were led in tours to view the entire 
process(from receiving the scrap metal, to producing the melt, 
refining and analyzing the melt, forming the hot steel ingots, and 
final shaping in the rolling mill, through quality control checks in 
the laboratory.  

The plant is a modern facility with sophisticated control and 
instrumentation systems.   At the furnace, a station is provided to 
allow the raw molten steel melt to be refined to the desired 
metallurgical specifications.   In the rolling mill, electrical 
systems monitor and control the procedure.   An on-site 
laboratory provides detailed chemical and structural analyses on 
samples of the plant's output ensuring high quality.

This plant trip was informative and was enjoyed by all those 
present.  We can be proud that this modern and forward-looking 
concern is in our area.  Our thanks go to the staff of Roanoke 
Electric Steel, including Bob Landry, Lloyd Abdelnour, David 
Brand, and Kyle Ferris.

...Ed Wheeler

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VMS Election - 1998

A total of 65 ballots were received in the May 1998 election. This 
number is about 16 percent of eligible voters in the Section.

Your newly elected officers and Executive Committee members, 
together with number of votes received,  are:

Chairman:  David Livingston:  63 
Vice-chair:  Edward Wheeler:  60 
Secretary-Treasurer:
               Andy Stevenson:  61 

Executive Committee
        John Bay:  32
        Russell Churchill:  52 
        Ira Jacobs:  48
        David Kingma:  30

Industrial Electronics Chair:
David Geer:  45 
Industry Applications Chair:
Andy Stevenson:  44 
Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices 
(no candidate listed):
Power Engineering Chair:  
Ted Aaron:  43

Congratulations to all.
...editor


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NOTICE:
WEB Page URL Change
Expanded Coverage
Easier to Use

The URL for the VMS Home Page is changing 
from:
http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/
to: 
http://fiddle.ee.vt.edu/ieeevms/

The old URL is still working but may be subject to disconnect in 
the future. This change has to do with moves to the new 
engineering building at Tech.

PLEASE CHANGE YOUR BOOKMARKS OR FAVORITES 
FILES ACCORDINGLY.

The Page has been completely redesigned for easier use and 
greater coverage.  With current and past issues of IEEE USA, 
PACE reports, The Leadership Wire, Quick Links to all IEEE 
Services and more, it is a great way to keep in touch with 
National, Regional and Section business. Visit us soon and see 
what's available.

Your suggestions for changes or additions are welcome
...editor

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1999 Student Competition
NEW
Format - Prizes

The annual VMS Student Competition is changing. This year, 
instead of the formal presentation of papers, we will be holding a 
"Science-Fair" for undergraduates.

In addition, the number of awards and the dollar amounts will 
both increase.

Details are still being worked out, but it is not too early to begin 
thinking about what you might demonstrate, display, or discuss.

Dr. John Bay of VA Tech. our new Student Activities Chair (see 
last page) will have more information as it becomes available.
Keep in Touch


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ELECTION '98 PARTICIPATE !

YOU and your VOTE can make a difference in the IEEE election. 
Only YOU with the rest of the IEEE membership can approve 
amendments to the IEEE Constitution. It takes a 20 percent 
quorum of the voting membership casting ballots with two thirds 
of those voting in favor to approve an amendment. The 
amendment on the 1998 ballot is to reduce this quorum to 10 
percent. Our problem is that since 1993 less than 20 per cent of 
the IEEE members have been voting. The Board of Directors 
recommends a "yes" vote on the amendment and WE NEED YOU 
TO VOTE.

Besides the constitutional amendment there are other important 
contests on the ballot. All IEEE voting members are eligible to 
vote for the IEEE President-Elect. Three good candidates listed in 
reverse alphabetical order: Joel Snyder Ray Findlay Bruce 
Eisenstein.

All USA IEEE voting members are eligible to vote for the IEEE-
USA President Elect. Again three candidates but in normal 
alphabetical order: Mike Andrews Merrill Buckley Charles 
Lessard.

For the first time ever in 1998 all voting members will be able to 
elect the IEEE Vice President-Technical Activities. This year you 
will be voting for the 1999 VP-Technical Activities and the 1999 
VP Elect - Technical Activities. See the ballot for the candidates.

Get your ballot NOW and mark "yes" for the constitutional 
amendment and mark your choices for all the individual offices.

ONLY YOU CAN MAKE THE CHANGE ! YOU CAN MAKE 
A DIFFERENCE !

...Dan Jackson - PACE Chair


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PACE  PATTER

By the time you read this column the IEEE-USA Professional 
Activities Conference will have taken place in Phoenix , but I am 
writing beforehand. This is the only annual IEEE conference 
devoted entirely to non-technical, career-related skills information 
and training. The theme was "Preparing for the New Millennium" 
with an opening plenary at which Dr. John R. Reinert, IEEE-USA 
President, spoke on "Launch Pad 2000: What Will Our Future 
Hold?"

The conference participants attended workshops grouped into 
several topical tracks; everyone could attend any session 
regardless of the track. There were two tracks each on Careers 
and Career Skills. Two tracks targeted primarily Graduates of the 
Last Decades (GOLD), the other two were aimed toward more 
experienced engineers although both groups crossed over to attend 
specific sessions. Another track had workshops on personal skills 
and the last track, Professional Activities, addressed the training 
and information needs of IEEE section and society professional 
activities chairs.

Although the conference schedule was full there was still much 
opportunity to network during the breakfasts, lunches, and 
dinners and during the resort sponsored social hours before 
dinner. Luncheon programs included a panel on Educating 
Engineers for the Next Millennium and a forum for the candidates 
for IEEE President-Elect and the IEEE-USA President-Elect to 
outline their platforms and answer questions. This year there are 
three candidates for each of those offices. You have received your 
ballots; VOTE!!

Social events included a theme dinner on Saturday night, and the 
reception and banquet in connection with the annual IEEE-USA 
Awards ceremony. This ceremony is always a highlight of the 
conference. It is a honor and a privilege to recognize individuals 
for their accomplishments and achievements in advancing the 
professional objectives of IEEE-USA.

In addition to the workshops for IEEE members there were four 
seminars specifically for their spouses: Native Americans of the 
Southwest, Line Dancing, Architecture of the Southwest, and 
Tax-Free Investing.

Although the Virginia Mountain Section did not have a GOLD 
member attending this year's conference we plan to send one next 
year. If you are GOLD, let me know if you are interested. Dan 
Jackson <d.jackson@ieee.org 

...Dan Jackson - PACE Chair


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Senior Membership of VMS

Senior Member grade in the IEEE is a recognition of "significant" 
work accomplishment and cannot be gained by passing a test or 
just by being around for a long time. It can only be attained by 
having the respect of your peers. You can apply or be nominated 
for Senior Member but you must have three references from 
Senior Members or Fellows.

If you have ten years of professional experience (including the 
time acquiring a degree) you may be eligible. To get details 
contact:

Russell Churchill, VMS Membership Development Chair,
(540) 731-0655
e-mail: arcova@swva.net

On the next page there is a list of current Senior Members and 
Fellows in the Virginia Mountain Section. Most of these people 
are available as references.

Feel free to contact them.

Dan Jackson... PACE Chair


Senior  Members  of  IEEE  in  the  VMS  Section

B. ADKINS,              LS
W. ALDERSON,            LS
A. ANDERSON,            LS
JAMES ARMSTRONG,        SM
PETER ATHANAS,          SM
R. AVENT,               SM
INDER BAHL,             F
G. BALAZS,              LS
DR. DAN BARR ,P.E.,     SM
JOHN BAY,               SM
A. BEEX,                SM
B. BENNETT,             LS
IOANNIS BESIERIS,       F
W. BLACKWELL,           LF
CHESTER BOESEWETTER,    LS
CHARLES BOSTIAN,        F
EDWIN BRAUNER,          LS
MERUIN BROWER,          SM
GARY BROWN,             F
JOHN BURNS,             SM
JOHN CARROLL,           SM
B. CHAUSSE,             LS
DAN CHEN,               SM
RUSSELL CHURCHILL,      SM
RICHARD CLAUS,          SM
G. COLLISON,            LS
R. COREKIN,             SM
HUGH DAVIDS,            LF
NATHANIEL DAVIS,        SM
W. DAVIS,               LS
WILLIAM DAVIS,          SM
D. DE WOLF,             F
F. DEAN,                LS
PATRICK DOOLEY,         SM
L. EDDY,                LS
ROGER EHRICH,           SM
W. ELMORE,              LF
AICHA ELSHABINI-RIAD,    F
ANDREW FARRAR,          LS
LEONARD FERRARI,        F
R. GASPAROLI,           LS
FESTUS GRAY,            SM
EDWARD GRIFFIN,         SM
DONG HA,                SM
H. HARTSON,             SM
WALTER HILL,            SM
M. HOLCOMBE,            LS
M.  HOPKINS,            LS
GUICHAO HUA,            SM
QIN HUANG,              SM
DANIEL JACKSON,         S
S. JACKSON,             LS
IRA JACOBS,             LF
ROBERT JOHNSON,         SM
WALTER JONES,           SM
G. JORDAN,              LS
J. KEPNER,              LS
RAMU KRISHNAN,          SM
JIH-SHENG LAI,          SM
LAWRENCE LANGLEY,       LS
A. LEE,                 LS
FRED LEE,               F
TED LEONARD,            SM
GARY LEWIS,             SM
G R E LEZAN,            LS
CLOVIS LINKOUS,         LS
Y. LIU,                 SM
G. MASTERS,             LS
W. MCDONALD,            LS
DAVID MCELROY,          SM
WAYNE MICHIE,           SM
SCOTT MIDKIFF,          SM
LAMINE MILI,            SM
D. MILLER,              LS
C. MOODY,               SM
S. MOSELEY,             LS
HOWARD MOSES,           SM
W. MUTSCHLER,           LS
F. NARDI,               LS
E. NASCHOLD,            LS
A JACKSON NEWCOMB,      LS
LEE NICHOLS,            LS
E. PAIGE,               LS
STEVEN PEAK,            SM
J. PEEBLES,             LS
A. PHADKE,              F
GLEN PICKELSIMER,       SM
TING-CHUNG POON,        SM
TIM PRATT,              SM
JOHN PRICE,             LS
DUARD PRUITT,           LS
THEODORE RAPPAPORT,     F
JEFFREY REED,           SM
SEDKI RIAD,             F
FREDERICK SAAL,         F
AHMAD SAFAAI JAZI,      SM
SUBHAS SARKAR,          SM
HAUSILA SINGH,          SM
R. SNEDEGAR,            LS
O. SRYGLEY,             LS
F. STEPHENSON,          F
A. STEVENSON,           SM
WARREN STUTZMAN,        F
KWA-SUR TAM,            SM
YOSEF TIRAI-GEFEN,      SM
WILLIAM TRANTER,        F
JOSEPH TRONT,           SM
C. VAN EPS,             LS
H. VANLANDINGHAM,       SM
V. VERHEYDEN,           LS
LOREN WALKER,           F
STEPHEN WALKER,         SM
ANBO WANG,              SM
LAYNE WATSON,           F
EDWARD WHEELER,         SM
J. WHITMORE             LS


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1998-1999   MEETING   SCHEDULE
____________________________

        September 17,1998
 
Joint meeting with the American Chemical Society

Norwood Room
Radford University
William H. Velander, chemical engineering: Virginia Tech

Transgenic Pharmaceuticals

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        October 15,1998

Donaldson Brown Hotel
Virginia Tech

Kami Razvan, 
Durability Corporation

Automation with Labview

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        November 19,1998 

Spouses' Night

Hotel Roanoke

John Marsh, former Secretary of the Army 

Ethics in the technical fields

____________________________

        January 21,1999 

Joint meeting with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating 
and Air Conditioning

Moody Hall
Virginia Military Institute

Jan Helge Bøhn
 mechanical engineering faculty, Virginia Tech

Rapid Prototyping

____________________________

        February 18,1999 

Joint meeting with our Industrial Applications Chapter

Donaldson Brown Hotel
Virginia Tech

Walter Hill
General Electric

Harmonics from Pulse Width Modulated Converters

____________________________

        March 18,1999 

Joint meeting with our Power Engineering Chapter

Roanoke/Christiansburg

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

TBD
____________________________

        April 15,1999

Hancock Atrium
Virginia Tech

Student project night

____________________________

        May 20,1999

Litton Poly-Scientific
Blacksburg

Plant trip

____________________________

        EXCOMM meetings will be held 
        preceding the meetings in 
        October, January, February and March

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IEEE  Virginia  Mountain  Section 
 
 
 
VMS OFFICERS 
Chairman:               David Livingston 
        d.livingston@ieee.org                   (540) 857-6261 
Vice Chairman:  Usha Varshney    
         
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 
        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 
                Andy Stevenson 
        stevenson-ac@salem.ge.com               (540 )387-8471  
Industrial Electronics/Computer/Control Systems 
                David Geer 
        d.geer@ieee.org                         (540) 387-7359 
 
 
 
Microwave Theory & Techniques/Electron Devices 
                Hausila Singh 
        hsingh@gtc.itt.com                      (540) 563-8639 
Power Engineering 
                Subhas Sarkar 
        vtc@roanoke.infi.net                    (540)  345-9892  x- 
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COMMITTEE CHAIRS 
Awards : 
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Membership Development: 
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Nominations:      
                Anbo Wang 
        awang@vt.edu                            (540) 231-4355 
                Lynn Abbott 
        abbott@vt.edu                   (540)-231-4472 
                Wayne Scales 
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PACE :  Dan Jackson 
        d.jackson@ieee.org                      (540)-774-0484 
Program :       Usha Varshney 
Publicity :     John Fennick 
        j.fennick@ieee.org                      (540) 552-0052 
Student Activities: 
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        ijacobs@vt.edu                  (540)-231-5620 
                 
 
 
 
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