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Fall 2006 IEEE WMS Speaker Program
The speaker program event for this fall will take place on
Thursday, October 12, 2006, at 6:00PM on the GVSU Grand Rapids
campus. Please see the Upcoming Events in the Calendar link for more
information. RSVP to Dr. Bogdan Adamczyk, PACE chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by October 4.
Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference
Join us for the Great Lakes Software Excellence conference in
Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 25-26. The conference promises
world-class keynotes, hands-on tutorials, and practical
presentations that address real issues in software development.
Developers, business analysts, testers, QA engineers, and
development and project managers will find an opportunity to learn,
grow, and network with other professionals at an affordable price.
The conference will consist of a day of tutorials (Oct 25) followed
by a day of presentations (Oct 26).
Tutorials are organized into two tracks, Analysis and
Development. Presentations are organized in three tracks as follows:
Tutorials, keynotes, and track presenters will address practical
ways to improve information technology projects through software
craftsmanship. The event flyer can be downloaded
here, or visit
www.glsec.org for more
in Reviewing for the FE or PE Examinations?
In Winter 2002 the Section purchased
two sets of video tapes for the Fundamentals of Engineering
Examination (15 lessons 3 hours each, on 45 tapes). These were
used in the course that Dr. Ron Fredricks ran at the Rapistan "Red
School House" in preparation for the April FE examination. The tapes are
now available for check out by West Michigan Section members (including
Student members). Please contact Ron at 616-791-9134 (evenings) or E-mail
him at email@example.com
Section Executive Committee also approved the purchase of 6 (six) review
booksets (4 books in each set) for the P.E. examination. Material for the
new Computer Engineering option is included in the booksets. Sets cost over
$200 each and were purchased by the Section to help our members advance
professionally. Two booksets are currently checked out by Section members
for this April's examination but there are four sets still left for WMSIEEE
members to borrow, Checkout is similar to a library book. (Due May 1st.)
One set is still with Ron (in GR (see above) the other three are with Dr.
Hossein Mousavinezhad at WMU (firstname.lastname@example.org 269-387-8278
text is used for the FE exam prep course. Carrarra's text and three associated
study guides and sample question books are used for the PE course. Only
the tapes are available for checkout for the FE exam so you will have to
order the Lindburg text yourself. Carrarra's main text is hardcover, contains
70 chapters plus appendices, and is excellently written. It belongs on
every practicing E.E.s shelf as it covers the entire gamut of Electrical
Engineering. Both can be examined on line at the Professional Publications
Website WWW.ppi2pass.com. --Ron Fredricks
Most Recent Newsletter
October 2003 Newsletter
On Thursday, January 29th, the West Michigan Section of the IEEE
and it's affinity organization, the West Michigan Consultants Network
(WMCN), held a joint meeting at Smiths Aerospace in Grand Rapids .
The featured speaker was Dr. Carl Erickson, President of Atomic Object,
and former associate professor of Computer Science at Grand Valley State
University. The featured topic was Extreme Programming. XP is a set
of software development strategies and practices that help cut time
to market and improves product quality. Dr. Erickson's company is successfully
utilizing XP to develop software, and his presentation clearly generated
interest in the topic among many of those who attended. The meeting
was very well attended by Section and Consultants Network Section members
and their guests with 19 showing up for dinner beforehand, and 23 at
the meeting itself. Carl's presentation was excellent, and there were
a significant number of questions for him at the end. The group
lingered for almost a half an hour after the meeting talking in smaller
groups, and fun was had by all.---Chuck Parks, President, WMCN
The West Michigan Consultants Network meets regularly on the last
Thursday of odd numbered months (next meeting is in march -- look for a notice
on the their WEB page below). It's charter is to help businesses and consultants
find each other, and to offer a networking tool for independent consultants
and contract engineers to share and learn from each others experiences.
If you are interested in joining us, consultant or not, please check out
our WEB site for meeting details at West
Michigan Consultant's Network website---Chuck Parks, President, WMCN
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Student Branch At Calvin.
2006, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.