The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section March 2001


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson

IEEE Section Meeting

Wireless communications in the People’s Republic of China

Date: March 6, 2001

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

There will be food served!

Are there enough cell phones out there? In many parts of the developing world, people may never see a regular telephone. With the advent of wireless communications, the infrastructure for the standard land-line may be bypassed in favor of cheaper wireless alternatives.

In October 2000, Mark Metcalf was a member of a wireless communications delegation to the PRC. The 18-member delegation was led by Dr. J. R. Cruz (University of Oklahoma), President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and was sponsored by People-to-People Ambassadors. The delegation participated in a series of technical exchanges with government, university, and industry representatives in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. Mr. Metcalf will discuss the current state of mobile communications in the PRC and the country's future plans.

Mark Metcalf is an Engineering Specialist at Rincon Research Corporation, Tucson, Arizona. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, the US Naval Postgraduate School, is a member of the IEEE Communications and Vehicular Technology Societies and is currently completing an MA in Chinese Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Tucson Section Meeting Tuesday, March 6, 2001

5:30 PM, at the U of A

AME S202

(NE corner of Speedway and Mountain – Parking available east of the building after 5 P.M.)



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