The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section September 2001


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson


IEEE Section Meeting

Forensic Electrical Engineering

Date: October 3, 2001

Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Robert Nabours
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

In the modern era, we are surrounded by electricity and electronic devices. Occasionally something goes wrong that causes property damage or personal injury. That’s when people turn to a Forensic Electrical Engineer.

Robert Nabours has worked on cases involving electrical product failures, electrocution deaths and other cases where electrical engineers are needed to determine the cause for such mishaps. He will present this fascinating subject and a case study of what can happen and the clues that lead to what went wrong.

Dr. Nabours has practiced electrical engineering for over 43 years and has served as a forensic electrical engineer for the past 32 years. He has authored numerous papers on electrical and electronic engineering including two books on forensic electrical engineering.

Senior Membership

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Standing Committee Chair Persons

The Tucson Section also has standing committees whose chair person 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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Membership Development

Student Activities

Awards and Recognition

Arizona’s Solar Car Racing Team

Last year, the Tucson Section of the IEEE featured the University of Arizona’s Solar Car Racing Team in one of our general meetings. This July, the team and its car (known as Monsoon) competed in the American Solar Challenge – a 2,300mile race from Chicago to Los Angeles finishing first in its class and ninth overall. Now they are in preparations for the World Solar Challenge in Australia this November. Check out their web page at: to see how you can help!

Congratulations to the team and good luck in Australia!

Feedback and Volunteering

We need to hear from you! We want to know what we can provide to make IEEE a better organization. If you have any ideas for meetings, any activities that promote engineering and the IEEE, let us know! We’d like to hear from you.

Also, remember that we run this as a set of volunteers. If you put something into this organization, you can get much more out of it! We need you to help out! Contact us!

Short Courses and Seminars on Relability Engineering

In the upcoming months there are a few short courses and seminars covering the fields of Reliability Engineering, Maintainability Engineering, and Reliability and Life Testing. They will cover designing to a reliability goal of mechanical as well as electrical products. Some of these put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers. For information about times, locations, and registration fees, contact Dr. Dimitri Kececioglu at or check out the website at


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Tucson Section Meeting Wednesday, October 3, 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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