The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section October 2002


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson




Date: November 12, 2002

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Art Varanelli
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

The debate on the safety of electromagnetic energy to humans has been the source of continued controversy up and down the spectrum. The path from power frequencies, to broadcasting, to wireless communications, to microwave ovens, to millimeter microwaves has been well trodden since the safety controversies surfaced in the 1930’s. Each technology has had to endure an almost never-ending carousel of circular reasoning, proof of the negative, prudent avoidance and attraction, and "post-normal" science. The author develops the subject from historical roots, and discusses the contemporary effects of fear based electromagnetic energy safety standards. The role of the scientific method and open consensus science-based standards in fostering an informed public is reviewed. Current standards will be discussed.

After receiving his BA in Physics from the University of Maine, Arthur Varanelli became a Senior Loss Engineer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Since 1978, he has been with Raytheon as a manager in its Environmental Health and Safety Organization. He has helped write several IEEE standards relating to electromagnetic field measurement, human exposure and safety.

Conferences Coming to Tucson

The Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) will be holding a conference entitled "LEOS 2003" October 26-30, 2003 in Tucson. It will be the 16th annual LEOS meeting. For information, email:

Also, there will be a conference entitled Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) co-sponsored by OSA, ICO, and SPIE. For information, point your web browser to:

Feedback and Volunteering

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Standing Committees

The Tucson Section 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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Awards and Recognition


Student Paper Contest

The Tucson Section ran a Student Paper contest this year and received four outstanding papers from students from the U of A. The winner of the Section contest went onto the Southwest Area meeting to compete in their contest and won that contest as well.

The Tucson Section would like to congratulate Vivek Farias for his winning paper on A 2-D Simulation of the Crystallization Process in the Presence of Impurities. We wish him luck taking the paper to the contest at WESCON in the Fall.

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 master’s 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!

Reliability Engineering Conferences

The 40th Annual Reliability Engineering and Management Institute Conferences will be held in Tucson and cover topics on reliability engineering and product assurance, reliability prediction techniques, and development testing. For more information about these and other Reliability Engineering conferences and seminars, contact Dr. Dimitri Kececioglu at 621-6120 or through email at You can also find more information the website:

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Tucson Section Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

6:00 PM, at the U of A

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