The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section February 2002


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson

IEEE Section Meeting


Date: February 21, 2001

Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Stuart Hoenig
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

Even though water molecules do not have charge, they are asymmetrical, and are subject to respond to an electrical field gradient.

A system has been developed using a series of needles carrying a negative voltage (15kV) to remove water from air. The molecules are collected at the needles and then driven to and through a grounded screen. At this point they are collected and removed. In a typical operation air at a relative humidity of 95% is dried to the 30-35% value. The present system operates at a flow velocity of about 150 feet per minute. This system and similar systems can be used to purify water and air as well as destroy bacteria. Come to the meeting and see what its all about!

Dr. Hoenig is a retired professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the U of A. He has been working on this system with Jim Cole, a retired ME.

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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EMC Fest 2002

Is Electromagnetic Compatibility your thing? The Phoenix chapter of EMC Society is presenting EMC Fest 2002, with guest speaker Dr. Clayton R. Paul, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. EMC Fest 2002 will be held on March 11, 2002 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.

The Fundamentals of EMC will be presented at this all-day tutorial and exhibition. For the program and the fee schedule, point your web-browsers to:

Just a friendly notice from the Joint Chapter!

Student Paper Contest

The Tucson Section will be running a student paper contest with cash prizes! First place will get $250, second place $175, and third place $75. Presentations and judging will take place on March 30th but you must notify us of your intent to compete by March 18th and have five copies of each paper submitted in the IEEE format by March 22nd. IEEE format guidelines can be found at:

You must be a college undergraduate and an IEEE member to participate (If you’re not an IEEE member, get your applications in soon!) First place goes onto the IEEE Southwest Area meeting in Phoenix on April 13th for a chance to compete regionally. For more information contact Dr. Hal Tharp at 621-6201, Tovan Adams at 545-6759, or Erin Hogbin at 794-7520. We’re still working out the details but rules and format should be available soon on the website.

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!




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Tucson Section Meeting Thursday, February 21, 2001

6:00 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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