The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section November 2000


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson


IEEE Section Meeting

Law and the Engineer

Date: November 14, 2000

Day: Tuesday
Time: 5:30 PM
Speaker: Robert Sullivan
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

For many engineers, the idea of having to work with a lawyer is not commonplace. However, if you work on proprietary products, it is important that you understand the law that protects them from your competitors. For some companies, the intellectual property that is owned in the form of patents generates a tremendous amount of revenue. For other companies they prevent other companies from capitalizing on your hard work.

Robert Sullivan will talk about some of the ways to protect your ideas. He will talk about four basic areas of intellectual property. Patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights are all ways to ensure that other companies don’t unfairly benefit from your work.

Robert Sullivan is an attorney for IBM here in Tucson. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering as well as a Law Degree from the University of Arizona.

The meeting will be in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building (AME) in room S202. The AME building is on the northeast corner of Mountain and Speedway and there should parking east of the building accessible off of Helen St., one block north of Speedway. There will be food served.

Senior Membership

Do you want to become a senior member of the IEEE? The IEEE wants to promote qualified candidates to senior membership! If you have 10 years of professional experience plus five years of significant professional performance you are qualified for a senior member upgrade. Educational experience such as a bachelor’s degree in an IEEE-designated field counts 4 years to that number, a masters degree counts 5 years and a doctorate counts 6 years. In order to find out more, point your web browser to and search for senior membership!

New Website

The Tucson section has a new website – or an old one anyway. In the past, the Tucson Section of the IEEE has had a website hosted by That wasn’t kept up but there is a new push to revamp it. If you want to find out about the Tucson Section, point your url to:

Like many other pages on the internet, this one is still under construction!

Tucson Section Millennium Medals

At the end of 1999, the IEEE created the IEEE Third Millennium Medal to be given to members that have been important to their sections, chapters, regions, and societies. The Tucson Section has awarded three such medals to members in the section that have given greatly to IEEE. These members are: Kevin Scott, Howard Kohlbacher, and Vern Johnson. The Tucson Section would like to thank them for their contributions to IEEE and congratulate them on their awards.

Elections Coming for the Next Year

Get involved with IEEE in Tucson! The Tucson Section will soon have elections for officers for the coming year and the best way to get involved is to become an officer! If want to see something more than just the mailers and magazines, help us help you get it.

The Tucson Section also has standing committees whose chairperson is not elected, but is appointed by the Section Chairman. If you are interested in any of these positions or are interested in having a say in what the Tucson Section does, please notify Joseph Wu at or at 519-0904.

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Tucson Section GOLD Chapter

Help lead the way to GOLD! If you are an IEEE member who has received your first professional degree within the last ten years, you are automatically a part of IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade). IEEE recognizes that you are a key to the future of the technical profession. IEEE GOLD can empower you to make the most of your developing career and help you find your place in the world of technology.

For information contact Erin Hogbin at or 794-7520.

Joint Chapter

As mentioned in the last newsletter, AP/MTT/Com/EMC joint chapter has reformed with five new officers! This joint chapter is formed from members of the Antennas and Propagation, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Communications, and Electromagnetic Compatibility Societies. There are approximately 140 members in these societies combined in the Tucson Section. The next Joint Chapter meeting won’t be until next year but it never too early to get involved! If you are interested in finding out what activities are being planned or are interested in helping out. please contact Dr. John Papapolymerou at or call 621-4462.

Feedback and Volunteering

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IEEE Tucson Section Meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

5:30 PM, at the U of A

AME S202









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Electrical and Electronics Engineers

1029 N. Del Valle Pl.

Tucson, AZ 85711