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Activities and Events 2011


Technical Meeting

Job Hunting Web 2.0 Style

Date: Thursday 2011-January-06
Time: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Tanya Lunshof & Ashley Stevens, Waggware
Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 1C7

Contact: Leyden Martinez-Fonte

Registration: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/4371

Abstract:
Present various strategies on how to utilize and optimize Social Media to job hunt and market your abilities. Topics covered will include the effective use of LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook to: * Promote yourself professionally * Building your LinkedIn Profile i. What do Recruiters/Hiring Managers look for in a profile (key search terms) ii. What your profile says about you. * What not to do/say/post. * Connect and network with colleagues to share information on opportunities and make introductions. * "Follow" and research companies to get real time updates on new job postings, new hires and events. * Connect with Hiring Managers * How to professionally connect and get noticed.

About The Speakers:
Tanya Lunshof is an Accounts Representative with Waggware, an IT Talent Management and Services company. Waggware provides technology focused companies with IT Professionals for their full time and contract requirements. Tanya has 10 years of Customer Service and Sales experience and 3 years of Recruitment expertise. She utilizes Social Media extensively to Recruit, Network and Prospect.
Ashley Stevens is a Technical Recruiter specialized in sourcing IT Professionals from all levels and technical backgrounds. She has 3 and half years of Recruitment experience and is a CHRP candidate working towards her designation. She has a post-graduate diploma in HR from Mohawk College and a Bachelors Degree majoring in English/Literature from McMaster University.

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Area Technical Conference

Electrical Safety Workshop

The 18th annual IEEE Industry Applications Society Electrical Safety Workshop will be held January 24-28, 2011 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Since inception, the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop has been the premier forum for accelerating advancements in workplace electrical safety. The program features technical tours, tutorials, keynote speakers, more than 20 technical presentations, and an exposition of the latest in equipment, products and services.

Cost: US$ 445.00

Read more at http://ewh.ieee.org/cmte/ias-esw/ESW2011.html

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Technical Meeting

Underground Wireless Communication for Mines

Date: Tuesday 2011-February-01
Time: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Xavier N. Fernando, IEEE member Toronto section, Associate Professor at Ryerson U.
Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 1C7

Contact: Leyden Martinez-Fonte

Registration: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/4375

Abstract:
Ever since the United States passed the MINER Act of 2006 there has been much interest in reliable underground communication systems. In the harsh environment and changing topology of a mine, reliable communication is a high-stakes issue. Regular, above-the-ground techniques can't be applied. There shall be a reliable mean. Transmitting radio signals over optical fibre is an excellent way to bring the RF signals to the mines. This technology, called ROF for short, provides enough bandwidth to handle multiple services. Optical fibres are readily available and are unaffected by the electromagnetic interference or radiation commonly emitted by mining equipment. ROF is already used to provide wireless-communication access to the $985-million Niagara Tunnel, a massive hydroelectricity project sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. However, there are many technical challenges to be addressed. A typical underground communication system consists of three channels that are in cascade (1) the ROF link, (2) a special kind of coaxial cable called the 'leaky feeder' (3) the underground wireless channel. The biggest concern in ROF link is the nonlinear distortion at the RF-Optical modulators. In the two-way multicarrier leaky feeder system, broadband RF amplifiers are used at periodic intervals; they create nonlinear distortion as well. The distortion is severe in the uplink. There are three signal-to-noise ratio's involved in this system. The resulting SNR is a weighted sum of these three and smaller than the smallest of them. The talk will address both the design and nonlinearity compensation issues of the underground communication systems!

About The Speaker:
Xavier Fernando is an Associate Professor and Multimedia Stream Coordinator at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is a member of IEEE COMSOC Education Board - Working Group in Wireless Communications. He leads Ryerson Communications Lab. He has co-authored more than eighty research articles and holds a patent 'An Optical Fiber-Based Wireless Scheme for Wideband Multimedia Access'. He has been working in Fi-Wi systems for over a decade. He has delivered invited talks worldwide in the area of Fi-Wi systems. He got the Canadian best paper award for his paper on Fi-Wi system in 2001. His students have got several prizes including second prize at Sarnoff Symposium 2009 and first prize at Opto-Canada 2003. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications (IAT), UK in 2008. He is a co-author of WEBOK, the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge used for standard text to the wireless IEEE COMSOC Wireless Communication Engineering Technology program (WCET). He is the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Chapter and won IEEE COMSOC Chapter Achievement Award for 2008. He is the TPC Co-Chair of the Access Networks and Systems track in the Symposium on Selected Areas of Communications at GLOBECOM 2010. He is the General Chair of IEEE Toronto International Conference – Science and Technology for Humanity 2009 (http://toronto.ieee.ca/tic-sth2009/) and the Tutorials Chair of the Canadian Conference (CCECE) 2008. He has worked for AT&T for three years. He has won the research grants and awards from Finnish International Development Agency (FINNIDA), Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (ICORE), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Canadian Foundation of Innovations (CFI), Ontario Innovations Trust Fund (OIT) and Canadian Photonic Fabrication Research (CPFR). Please visit his web site to see more details.

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Woodland Art - Collection donated by Paul MacPherson

Guided tour and discussion

Date: Thursday, 2011-Feb-10
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15.00
Location: McMaster Museum of Art - Tomlinson Gallery, Hamilton, ON

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Social Event

2011 Annual Dinner
 

 

Annual Dinner Evening

Annual Dinner Evening at the Old Mill
Date: Saturday 2011-February-19
Time: 6:00 PM Reception (cash bar)
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Speaker
Speaker: Nik Garkusha, Open Source Lead - Microsoft Canada
Topic: Open Data Initiatives
Location:
The Ancaster Old Mill, 548 Old Dundas Road, Ancaster, Ontario
Restaurant details - www.ancasteroldmill.com
Cost: $20.00 Members (including students), $30.00 Guests
Limit: 50
RSVP by 2011-Jan-31 to John Harris at

Make cheques payable to "IEEE Hamilton Section"
Mail cheque to 394 Callaghan Cres., Oakville, ON L6H 5H2
Alternatively you can pay using your credit card and the Paypal "Buy Now" button:
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Please print this pdf Event Notice

Dinner Speaker Information

"I Sing The Data Open" (Open Data Initiatives)

Speaker: Nik Garkusha, Open Source Strategy Lead at Microsoft Canada

Abstract:
We'll discuss what's and why's of open data, why it's a big deal both in Canada and WorldWide, how it fits as part of Open Gov initiatives as well as how private companies and organizations can find business opportunities to use open data, talk about developer opportunities with open data in Canada, walk through some examples and talk about short term and long term views on development in the open data space.

About The Speaker:
Professional geek, technology evangelist, open source strategist, open data enthusiast, web developer and consultant and marketing professional. Nik is the founder of OpenHalton.ca, and works as the Open Source Strategy Lead at Microsoft Canada (Port25.ca) responsible for building relationships with the local Open Source developer and Open Government communities.

Web Link

Nik promised to leave a copy of his presentation, but didn't do it. However he did write in his blog on Open Halton. openhalton.ca/2011/02/i-sing-the-data-open

There must be a new language for people using Open Data since a typical comment on Nik Garkusha's posting is:

RT @Nik_G: RT @OpenHalton: New on OpenHalton.ca: I Sign The Data Open http://bit.ly/OHsing #opendata #gov20 /cc @SiliconHalton @leydenmf

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Blue Notes & Sharp Chicken - The Linked Senses of Synaesthia

Speaker: Daphne Maurer
Date: Wednesday, 2011-Mar-09
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Non-IEEE Event
ISA Expo
Free Lunch

 

Hamilton ISA Expo

Experience the future of Instrumentation, Systems and Automation

Date: Tuesday, 2011-Mar-22
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Main Auditorium, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON

A "Must Attend" for: Process Engineers, Control Systems Engineers, Operations and Maintenance Personnel, Technical or Engineering Support, InformationSystems Engineers, CorporateManagement, Measurement, Testing, and Quality or Standards Engineers, Technologists and Technicians, Software Engineers, Systems Designers, Systems Integrators, Research and Development, Production Engineers, Purchasing and Educators.

For more information and to register see
www.isahamilton.com/expo.html

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Non-IEEE Event

BAy Area Science and Engineering Fair

Annual Sciece Failr for students in Grades 7 to 12

Date: Wednesday, 2011-March-23 to Saturday 2011-March-26
Time: see www.basef.ca
Location: Mohawk College

Winners of IEEE Hamilton prizes for best use of electricity/electronics:
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photo E03   project E03BASEF   photo A04   project A04BASEF

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Technical Meeting

Powerpoint
(ppt file link will remain active)
(   until Friday 2011-Apr-08   )
Open Office Impresss slides
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Powerpoint 2007
Presentation slides
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Tesla's Wireless Power Transmission System

Speaker: Steve Jackson, SMIEEE
Date: Thursday, 2011-Mar-24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 1C7

Come and be amazed! Tesla knew a way to isolate a frequency and "suck" all the energy transmitted on that frequency with minimum losses. Steve will be demonstrating Tesla's Wireless Power Transmission System, specifically a 1 amp fan operating 20 feet away from the power source!
Tesla said, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." Steve's talk will be about this Tesla future.

Registration: meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/5611

For a video Demonstration of Tesla's Wireless Power Transmission System duplicated at the Tesla Tech Conference in 2007 see www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxZKqhDQujk&feature=related

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Non-IEEE Event

Redeemer University College Public Leture
TECHNOLOGY AND OUR AGE

Speaker: Dr. Bill Vanderburg, Centre for Technology and Social Development, University of Toronto
Date: Friday, 2011-Mar-25
Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Redeemer University College, Room 213 directions

In 2002, Bill Vanderburg was honoured by the Canada Foundation for Innovation as one of 25 leading Canadian innovators. He is the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development, Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, and the President of the International Association for Science, Technology and Society.

For more information see www.redeemer.ca newsEvents

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Speaker: Peter Szatmari
Date: Thursday, 2011-Mar-31
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Non-IEEE Event

Hodgins Public Lecture
The Mobile Future

Speaker: Stephen Elop, President & CEO Nokia
Date: Thursday 2011-April-01
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: McMAster University, MDCL-1105

For information, please visit www.eng.mcmaster.ca/hodginslecture

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Non-IEEE Event

EPTECH High-Tech Electronics Spring Show

Date: Thursday 2011-April-07
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Le Parc, 8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill, ON L3T 7M6

For free registration and more information, please visit www.ept.ca/eptech/


Eptech Seminar: Innovations for Solar Power
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Register online at www.phoenixcontact.ca/seminar
Eptech Seminar: 12 Common Mistakes When Specifying Circuit Protection
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Register by email elvie.garcia@e-t-a.ca
Eptech Seminar: Getting Lab Power Right
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Register online at www.tmetrix.com/seminars

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Technical Meeting and Tour

Powerpoint
Presentation Charts
United Church
Laidlaw Power Meter
RETScreen Software

Solar Panel Installation for Feed-In Tariff

Date: Thursday 2011-April-14
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Triska of Direct Current
Location: Laidlaw Memorial United Church, 155 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Z2

Contact: Leyden Martinez-Fonte

Registration: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/4767

Abstract:
Generating Electricity with Photovoltaic Cells and Connecting to the Grid.
An introduction on the technology of, and how to sell clean, green, renewable power back to the grid.
The church has recently installed a solar panel system under the Government of Ontario's "Green Initiatives" Feed-In-Tariff program. The meeting includes a tour of the completed installation, an opportunity to learn about the process of solar installation from start to finish, and a look at their payments from Horizon Utilities for solar power generated.

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Technical Conference

IEEE Educational Outreach Program National Workshop
Calling all IEEE Members in Region 7

Date: Thursday 2011-April-28 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM & Friday 2011-Apr-29 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
Cost: Hotel and transportation paid by IEEE

The IEEE Educational Outreach Program a.k.a "Teachers in Service Program" or TISP for short, is planning a major Canada-Wide Workshop for Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, 2011. The location will be at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel, on Meadowvale Rd, at the junction with Hwy 401.

The TISP programme has been running now for about six years. The main activity of TISP is to bring to the attention of science teachers, the availability of a whole spectrum of fully developed lesson plans, FREE on the net. These lesson plans are being developed jointly by the IEEE and IBM, truly a powerful combination. Currently there are a total of 86 plans available and they are proving very popular with teachers because of the preparation time saved. This applies equally to newer teachers as well as those who have been teaching something other than science recently but are now re-entering the science field.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together IEEE members and science teachers. We are anticipating about 75-80 IEEE members plus maybe 8-10 representatives of the teaching profession and the Ontario Ministry of Education. It has been suggested that Section Chairs try to attend, as well as others from the 21 IEEE Sections across Canada. Please note that the Region 7 Board Meeting will be held in the same hotel on the days of Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30. This overlapping of schedules has been deliberately set in order to facilitate informal "get-acquainted meetings" of both groups during the breakfast and lunch breaks on Friday April 29.

More details of the TISP program can be found on www.tryengineering.org

Attached is the official registration for the Workshop. IEEE will pick up the tab for one night in the hotel plus reasonable transport costs. Cut-off date for registration is April 7, but you are encouraged to register early.

Register at: http://guest.cvent.com/d/mdqtbn/1Q

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Technical Conference

IEEE Canada Women in Engineering National Conference

Date: Saturday 2011-April-30
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Cost $150.00 ($125.00 before 2011-Apr-01)

Website: www.ieee.ca/wie/wienc11

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: The Year of the McQuesten Family

Speaker: Mary Anderson

Date: Tuesday, 2011-Apr-19
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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CCECE Conference
Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
Theme: "Technology Driving Innovation"

CCECE provides researchers, students, and practicing professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Canadian venue in which they can present the latest technological advancements and discoveries. It is also a valuable opportunity to network, exchange ideas, strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations. CCECE 2011 will feature mini-symposia with papers presented from a broad range of areas in Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be tutorial sessions in leading topics, plenary talks from senior executives in industry and academia, special sessions in hot topics, social programs, the IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night, best student paper awards luncheon, and industrial exhibitions.

Date: May 8-11, 2011
Location:
   Sheraton Fallsview
   Niagara Falls
   Ontario, Canada

The 24th Canadian Conference of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be held in Niagara Falls in May 2011. This conference, organized by local IEEE sections, provides a forum for Canada's best emerging Engineering talent and industrial leaders to present, participate, sponsor and network between partners in Canada's High Technology Frontier.

University and Industry - Partners in Success
All Are Welcome!
http://www.ieee.ca/ccece11/index_en.php
For more information contact admin@ieee.ca

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: The Genesis of the Genesis Stories

Speaker: Paul Evans

Date: Wednesday, 2011-May-11
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Non IEEE Event

Seminar: Debugging Embedded Designs with Modern Oscilloscopes

TMetrix and LeCroy are presenting a technical seminar in Mississauga on Tuesday May 17th starting at 10:00 AM.

This is a 2 hour technical seminar about Debugging Embedded Designs - with a special emphasis on serial data busses, presented by a technical expert. This is not a sales pitch.
The presenter is Mike Hertz from LeCroy who is truly an expert in the field. Mike holds several patents in Measurement techniques and has many years of extensive work in the field.

For more information and to register see
May2011seminar.pdf

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Social Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
IEEE Life Member
Semi-annual Lunch

Date & Time: 12 Noon May 18, 2011 (Wednesday)
Cost: $15.00 each

Agenda: An up-to-date account of the driving of Tunnel #3 at the Sir Adam Beck Hydro Plant, Niagara Falls. Speaker Dean Norton, PR Manager for OPG based at the Beck Plant at Niagara Falls. Note: The scheduled "breakthrough" is May 13, 2011 so, if they make that, he should have some interesting photos by May 18.
Please RSVP: by May 14, 2011 to frank.barnard@sympatico.ca Phone 905.628.8851
or to Bert de Kat at BDEKAT@sentex.net Phone 519.647.3075
Location:Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club; 10 Woodley's Lane, Dundas, Ontario

For PDF event notice and directions, please click here.

Dean's presentation tunnel .

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Technical Meeting

Electrical Power Leveling

Date: Tuesday 2011-May-24
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Electrical Power Leveling
Speaker: Eric Harrison, SMIEEE
Location: Room A113, Information Technology Building, McMaster University, 1580 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON

Meeting Agenda:
7:00 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:15 pm Technical talk
8:15 pm Q & A session

In "World of Warcraft" power leveling is the term used to describe the process of leveling a character as rapidly as possible. We are talking about something different.
In the efforts to use green energy, there is a need to equalize the timing of power generation and power consumption. No longer do we have base load supplied by nuclear and hydro plants that run constantly; we have solar panels and windmills that have varying output that must be used.
We can not tell electric car users that they can only recharge when the sun is shining! But, there are some clever things that can be done to industrial machinery control systems to speed them up when the excess power needs to be consumed.

Register at meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/6211

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Social Event

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament 2011-June-04 Open to members and guests.

Printable Event Notice GolfTourneyNotice2011.pdf (opens in new window)

The IEEE Hamilton Section is pleased to invite you to the Fifth Annual Golf Tournament. Tee off times will be assigned the week before the tournament. The format for the day will be best ball, so every team has an opportunity to win bragging rights for winning this prestigious tournament.

Date: Saturday 2011-Jun-04
Time: Tee times starting at 1:00 PM
Location:
    Chedoke Martin Golf Club
    563 Aberdeen Avenue
    Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8P 2S8
    Pro Shop: 905-546-3116
Cost: $75.00 (includes 18 holes of golf, cart and dinner)
Limit:20
RSVP: Reserve your spot by 2011-May-20 with Blair.

For more information contact Blair at
Mail cheque payable to "IEEE Hamilton Section" and mail to:
    Blair MacCuish
    293 King St. E.
    Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1M2
Alternatively you can use your credit card to pay electronically:
    Number of Golfers
    Sold Out. Look for next year's tounament.

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Technical Conference

21st International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations

Sponsored in part by IEEE Hamilton Section.

The International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF) is a biennial event, with the aim of bringing together specialists in fluctuation phenomena from different fields in science and engineering, to address both fundamental and applied issues.
Recent past conferences in this series were organized in St. Louis (1993), Palanga (1995), Leuven (1997), Hong Kong (1999), Gainesville (2001), Prague (2003), Salamanca (2005), Tokyo (2007) and Italy (2009).
General Chairs:
M. Jamal Deen, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Safa Kasap, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Date: 2011-June-12 to June-16
Cost: $800.00 ($650.00 before 2011-May-12)
Location: Ryerson University Toronto, ON
ICNF website www.icnf2011.org

For more information contact icnf2011@icnf2011.org

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WIE logo
 
Family Event

Children's Painting/Drawing Contest

This is an event sponsored by the "Women in Engineering" chapter of the Hamilton Section, but all members' children and grandchildren are encouraged to participate.

Do not miss this fun opportunity to learn, enjoy and create! All artworks will receive a gift for participating. Eligibility:
  1. Parent/grandparent should be an IEEE member of Hamilton Section (not necessarily WIE member)
  2. Children aged 11 and under
  3. Paintings/colored drawings should be done on papers no larger than Letter size (8.5in X 11in)
  4. One painting/colored drawing per one child
Topics for Painting/Colored Drawing:
  1. How to produce electricity/electrical energy
  2. How electricity comes to your home
  3. Where electricity is used at your home
  4. How to save electrical energy at home
Deadline: Friday August 12, 2011

Do not miss this fun opportunity to learn, enjoy and create! The first 50 ALL artworks will receive a gift for participating.

Please mail the following:
  1. The painting/colored drawing
  2. A separate sheet with the name and age group of your child and the name of parent/grandparent IEEE member along with the mailing and email addresses
  3. A self addressed stamped envelope (if you would like your artwork back)
To:
   IEEE Hamilton Painting Contest
   Suite 212, 2267 Lake Shore Boulevard West
   Etobicoke, Ontario, M8V 3X2

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For more information contact Naghmeh

Winning picture in under 8 category picture (opens in new window)

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Technical Tour

Cancelled/Postponed Tour of Northland Cogeneration Plant

Date: Saturday 2011-Jul-16
Time: 10:00 AM
Topic: Tour of AbitibiBowater / Northland Cogeneration Plant
Location: Thorold Cogeneration Station, 90 Allanburg Road, Thorold, ON L2V 0A8
Cost: None
Limit: 20 (Please register or contact Ron Potts r.potts@ieee.org)

Registration: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/7357

The Thorold plant is a highly efficient cogeneration facility producing electricity and steam. Electricity is generated by a natural-gas-fired 170 MW industrial gas turbine with a heat recovery steam generator and a 95 MW steam turbine generator.

Excess from the main steam generator combined with two natural-gas- and landfill-gas-fired auxiliary boilers supplies up to 350,000 lb. of process steam per hour to the adjacent AbitibiBowater paper mill.

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Technical Meeting

New Tunnel at Sir Adam Beck

Date: Wednesday 2011-Sep-07
Time: 7:00 PM
Speaker: Dean Norton, Public Affairs and Property Management Advisor, Ontario Power Generation
Topic: New Tunnel at Sir Adam Beck
Location: Room A113, Information Technology Building, McMaster University, 1580 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON

In 1921, Beck #1 had 4 miles of Welland River and 8.5 miles of canal feeding a 590 foot wide gatehouse with 10 penstocks. It provided 26.1 kW per cfs.

In 1952, Beck #2 had two concrete lined tunnels 5.5 miles long and 2.5 miles of open cut canal and reservoir feeding an 880 foot wide gatehouse with 16 penstocks. It provided 23.5 kW per cfs. In 2011 more water is being added to get more power, approximately 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours..

Tonight's speaker will provide an up-to-date account of the driving of Tunnel #3 at the Sir Adam Beck Hydro Plant, Niagara Falls. The 14.4 metre tunnel runs 10.2 km under the casino and other populated areas at Niagara, and provides an additional water flow of 500 cubic metres per second to the turbines at Queenston. It was made using "Big Becky" the world's largest open-gripper hard-rock tunnel boring machine, and named in homage to Sir Adam Beck.

Meeting Agenda:
7:00 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:15 pm Technical talk
8:15 pm Q & A session

Register here (so we get the right number of donuts) (opens in new window)

Dean's presentation Niagara Tunnel (opens in new window) .

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Meeting

IEEE Canada Student Workshop

Training and resource sharing for student branches.

Date: Friday 2011-Sept-16 starting at 4:00 PM to Sunday 2011-Sept-18 12:00 noon
Place: Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel, Missississauga, ON
Limit: Student Executive members
For more information contact Blair

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LeCroy Non-IEEE Event

Practical Approaches to Signal Integrity Measurements

This seminar is an advanced technical course on signal integrity measurements and troubleshooting techniques aimed at designers of high speed circuits.
Designers using DDR 2/3, PCIe Gen 2 and 3 or 6G and 12G SAS or other high speed circuits will benefit. Specific attention will be paid to Jitter and Timing measurements with references to Compliance testing, decoding and debugging in these environments. Fixture de-embedding, channel emulation and emulation will be discussed.

The Presenter is Mike Hertz of LeCroy. Mike is an expert on Oscilloscopes, holds several patents on measurement techniques and writes extensively for the technical press.

Date: Tuesday 2011-Sept-27
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: Free
Location: Mississauga

For more information contact Patrick Leung Account Manager at ACA TMetrix (905) 890 2005

For free registration please visit http://tmetrix.com/events/

Printable pdf Event Notice (opens in new window)

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Non-IEEE Event

ISA Hamilton Section: Stress Management - At Work & At Home

Over the past several decades we've certainly become a much faster paced society where (constant) change is almost always the norm. Increasing demands & pressures in the workplace coupled with requirements in our personal lives have increased stress levels to alarming levels. This presentation will cover the following key areas:
- Fundamentals of Stress
- Responses to Stress
- Occupational Stress
- Stress Reduction Techniques

Speaker: Roland Gelhard - Health & Safety Advisor,Eastern Region - ABB Inc.

Roland graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 (Bachelor of Science - Molecular Biology).After completing his co-op and apprenticeship at Paperboard Industries(Toronto) he joined ABB (AccuRay/Combustion Engineering) in 1988. During his career at ABB, Roland has worked with Quality Control Systems (QCS), gauging technologies, customer support, field service supervisor and in health and safety. Roland's current responsibilities include planning and scheduling of field service resources for Ontario and H&S advisor for the eastern region.
Please RSVP by Friday morning - September 23rd to Jerry Gelata program@isahamilton.com

Date: Tuesday 2011-Sept-27
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: ?
Location: ABB Canada, 3450 Harvester Road, Burlington, Ontario

For more information see www.isahamilton.com/meetings.html

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: The Federal General Election of 2011

The Federal election of May 2nd revealed a dramatic shift in the Canadian political party system. The Liberal Party, the most successful Federal party over the past 100 years, was reduced to a weak third party. The Bloc Quebecois, the main Quebec Federal party for 18 years has almost disappeared. The New Democrats, a small third party, became the major opposition party. Why has this happened? Will this new ranking of the parties persist for elections in the future?

Speaker: Professor Henry J. Jacek
Date: Wednesday, 2011-Oct-05
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Membership Benefits

Upgrade to Senior Member Status Night

Meeting: Whenever requested

Have you ever considered upgrading to IEEE Senior Member status? It is free. The requirements for elevated status are:
1. 10 years experience, or equivalent,(i.e. seven years since graduation)
2. 5 years of significant engineering performance,
3. Reference letters from Senior Member or Fellow grade IEEE members.
The two problems usually encountered are:
1. Getting discouraged by the paperwork,
2. Finding Senior Members to act as references.

The IEEE Hamilton Section frequently hosts meetings which eliminate the two problems. You bring a resume showing five years engineering experience (an old one will do, if you don't keep an up-to-date one in your desk drawer or are retired) and the section will bring the forms and the Senior Members to act as references.

Pop, coffee and cookies provided.

To request a night, or volunteer to host one, please contact

Oakville Meeting Night:
Date: Wednesday, 2011-Oct-05
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location:
    John Harris
    394 Callaghan Cres
    Oakville, ON L6H 5H2
    905.257.0084

For more information and to register email Leyden Martinez-Fonte leydenmf@ieee.org
registration

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Meeting

Executive Meeting

A networking opportunity (as well as a chance for input on events)
(Usually pizza is provided)

Date: Tuesday 2011-Oct-11
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Blair MacCuish, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1M2
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome
For more information contact Blair

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Non-IEEE Event

EPTECH High-Tech Electronics Fall Show

Date: Thursday 2011-Oct-20
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5W 1G3 Directions to Show

For free registration and more information, please visit www.ept.ca/eptech/


Eptech Seminar: TBD
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Register online at www.
LeCroy Eptech Seminar: Get more out of your Digital Storage Oscilloscope
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Speaker: Barry Kitaen of LeCroy
Printable pdf Event Notice (opens in new window)
Register online under "seminars" at www.tmetrix.com/
Lambda Eptech Seminar: Getting the Power Right in Your Lab
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Speaker: George Scherma of Lambda
This seminar covers common challenges that are experienced when people use Lab Power Supplies. This knowledge could save you hours of trouble shooting in your lab.
Printable pdf Event Notice (opens in new window)
Register online under "seminars" at www.tmetrix.com/

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Meeting

IEEE Canada Board Meeting

You can't come! But if there is anything you want mentioned at the meeting, let the Hamilton executive know and we will take it for you.

Date: Friday 2011-Oct-21 starting at 12:00 noon
to Sunday 2011-Oct-23 6:30 pm
Place: Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel, Missississauga, ON
Limit: Executive members
For more information contact Blair

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Technical/Social Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
IEEE Life Member
Semi-annual Lunch

Date & Time: 12:00 Noon October 26, 2011 (Wednesday)
Cost: $10.00 each

Arrive early and meet with your comrades before lunch. Lunch will be Vegetable Soup followed by a Beef on a Bun Sandwich and Coffee.

Agenda:

Elect Hamilton LM Chair and Vice Chair for 2012 and to submit a report and establish a budget.
Ron Potts will report on his attendance at the IEEE Section Congress in August.
Dave Hepburn will provide a presentation on "Travels with CESO"

Please RSVP by Oct 21, 2011 to Frank Barnard frank.barnard@sympatico.ca Phone 905.628.8851
or to Bert de Kat at BDEKAT@sentex.net Phone 519.647.3075

Location: Hamilton Air Force Association (HAFA)- The Air Force Club 128 King St. East, Dundas, ON, L9H 1C5
Note: The Air Force Club is at the eastern outskirts of Dundas rather than at the other end of Dundas where May's meeeting was held.

For printable event notice and directions, please click here.

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud's ideas, controversial since they were first proposed, continue to have a substantial impact on our conceptions of the mind and of mental disorder. Freudian mechanisms lie behind the characters and actions of many novels, stories, TV scripts, and films. Freudian terms and concepts like 'repression', 'sublimation', 'libido', 'Oedipus complex', and 'anal retentive' have become part of our everyday vocabulary. Nevertheless, Freud's ideas are often misunderstood. What did Freud actually say about the mind, and what led him to his ideas? We will consider these questions and the fate of Freud's ideas in the 70 years since his death.

Speaker: Dr. Dick Day
Date: Wednesday, 2011-Oct-26
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Meeting

Executive Meeting

Date: Tuesday 2011-Nov-09
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: Email meeting to coordinate elections/acclamations at AGM.
For more information contact

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Technical Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Topic: Repowering Ontario's Coal Plants with Biomass and Natural Gas
Speaker: Bob Osborne, Director of Public Affairs - Thermal, OPG

Free coffee and cookies. Brief Section elections

Date: Tuesday 2011-Nov-15
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free (Paid parking - Free voucher if you register)
Location: Executive Boardroom 363, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7L 5R8 (part of McMaster's DeGroote School of Business)

Ontario will phase out the use of coal to make electricity by the end of 2014. Ontario Power Generation is exploring opportunities to repower some of its coal-fired generating units with natural gas and biomass. The presentation will look at the current electricity market, the potential role in the electricity system that repowered coal units could provide and the status of repowering studies.

Speaker's Biography: Bob Osborne has been Director of Public Affairs, Thermal Generation, at Ontario Power Generation since 2006. He started with Ontario Hydro in the environment function in 1977. Since that time he has worked in the nuclear, hydroelectric and fossil-fuelled generation businesses including time working for the Bruce Nuclear Power Development project, at the Niagara Plant Group and at the Nanticoke Generating Station. He currently oversees community relations programs at OPG's five Thermal generating stations and provides public affairs support to the Thermal Generation Development group. He has a Masters in Geography from the University of Windsor and an MBA from McMaster.

Meeting Agenda:
6:45 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 pm IEEE-Hamilton elections
7:15 pm Distribution of parking vouchers to registered
7:30 pm Technical Talk Presentation
8:15 pm Question & Answer Session
8:45 pm Cookies and Networking

For more information contact Jim Kozlowski

Free Parking Voucher: Register here (so we get enough coffee and cookies) (opens in new window, only the starred item are required)

Please print this pdf Event Notice

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Facts Revealed in a Discovered 1813 Ship's Log

This is a chapter of Canadian history not found in any history book. It is a most appropriate subject for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Speaker: Commander Bob Williamson
Date: Wednesday, 2011-Nov-16
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information and to register see
www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/programs_events_registration.html

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Meeting

Executive Meeting

Date: Tuesday 2011-Dec-08
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Place: The Old Magill House, Hamilton
Cost: None
Limit: 2011 and 2012 executive

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