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Activities and Events 2012


Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Thursday 2012-Jan-19
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Blair's House, Stoney Creek
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome
For more information contact John

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Social Event

2012 Annual Dinner
 

 

Annual Dinner Evening

Annual Dinner Evening at the Ancaster Mill
Date: Saturday 2012-February-18
Time: 6:00 PM Reception (cash bar)
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Speaker
Speaker: Sandy Manners
Topic: You can be SURE... if it's Westinghouse.
Location:
The Ancaster Mill, 548 Old Dundas Road, Ancaster, Ontario
Restaurant details - www.ancastermill.ca
Cost: $20.00 Members (including students), $30.00 Guests
Limit: 50
Register and pay by credit card at (Don't forget if your member number starts with a '0'):
    https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/9879

Alternatively RSVP by 2012-Jan-31 to Scott lowell at
Make cheques payable to "IEEE Hamilton Section"
Mail cheque to 18 Robinhood Dr, Dundas, ON L9H 4G1
Printable Event Notice

Here is her presentation for those of you that missed it. It's copyright so don't use it without permission.
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Dinner Speaker Information

"You can be SURE... if it's Westinghouse "

Sandy
Speaker:
 Director of Corporate Communications, Guelph Hydro Inc.
 Author of "Westinghouse / Siemens Westinghouse - 100 Years in Canada"

Abstract:
From appliances and televisions to waterwheel generators and gas turbines for power generation - the "electrifying" role played by Westinghouse in the development of Canadian society.
1923 - Westinghouse in Hamilton was the first company in Canada to manufacture radios and electric air cleaners.

Speaker's Biography:
Sandy Manners is an award-winning senior communications professional with extensive experience in the energy and utilities sector. She joined the local electricity distribution company, Guelph Hydro Inc., in 2010 as Director of Corporate Communications after working at Horizon Utilities in Hamilton for four years in the same capacity. Prior to that, she handled strategic communications for 16 years for Westinghouse Canada's Power Generation Division, which merged with Siemens in 1998 to become Siemens Westinghouse.
Sandy has taught Issues and Crisis Communications Planning at McMaster University and is past-chair of the Communicators' Council of the Electricity Distributors Association. Her latest achievement is writing and producing Guelph Hydro's first Sustainability Report which enhanced Guelph Hydro's reputation in the industry and resulted in Guelph Hydro being named Large Company of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2011.
However, of most interest to this audience is the fact that in 2003, during her time at Westinghouse, she authored the book entitled Westinghouse / Siemens Westinghouse - 100 Years in Canada. This book was distributed to 4,200 retirees and employees of Westinghouse and Siemens Westinghouse and was subsequently honoured with awards by the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators.
Sandy will be providing us with highlights of Westinghouse's 100-year history in her presentation tonight. For those interested in reading the book, copies are available through your local public library.

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Thursday 2012-Feb-23
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Cogeco Office
     950 Syscon Rd
     Burlington, ON L7R 4S6 map
      which is at the corner of Harvester and the South Service Rd (near Burloak).
     The main doors are locked after 5:30pm but there is a small door to the left and just around the corner from the main doors.
     Call Scott at (2)89) 983-5439 to let you in.
     
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome

Agenda
For more information contact John

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Non-IEEE Event

ISA Expo 2012

FREE Technical Presentations, Lunch,Admission, Parking

Date: Wednesday, 2012-March-20
Time: see www.isahamilton.com/expo.html
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens - Main Auditorium

Admission Free Lunch Ticket

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Technical Meeting

Nuclear Energy and Health

Free coffee and cookies.

Topic: Nuclear Energy and Health
Speaker: Jerry Cuttler, President of Cuttler & Associates Inc., Toronto
Date: Thursday 2012-Mar-22
Time: 6:45 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)
    (between Walkers Line and Appleby Line) map

Energy needs worldwide are expected to increase for the foreseeable future. Nuclear energy plants could supply much of the demand in a safe, sustainable manner were it not for fear of potential releases of radioactivity. Releases to nearby residents would deliver a low dose or a low dose rate of radiation, within the range of naturally occurring radiation, to which life is already accustomed. The key areas of concern are discussed. Studies of actual health effects, especially thyroid cancers, following exposures are assessed. The response of living organisms to radiation is explained, pointing out that beneficial effects are expected following a low dose or a low dose level because protective responses against stresses are stimulated. The notions that no amount of radiation is small enough to be harmless and that a nuclear accident could kill hundreds of thousands are challenged in light of experience: more than a century with radiation and six decades with reactors. If nuclear energy is to play a role in meeting future needs, regulatory authorities must examine the scientific evidence and communicate the real health effects of nuclear radiation. Negative images and implications of health risks derived by unscientific extrapolations of harmful effects of high doses must be dispelled.

speaker presentation Jerry's powerpoint presentation (27MB)

Speaker's Biography:
Speaker Dr. Jerry Cuttler received his BASc-Eng degree (1964) in engineering physics from the University of Toronto and his MSc and DSc degrees (1967-1971) in nuclear sciences and engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology. Until 1974, he managed a radiation detector company.
At Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, he led the design and procurement of the reactor control, safety systems and radiation monitoring instrumentation for the first CANDU-6 reactors, the four-reactor Pickering-B station and the four-reactor Bruce-B station. He was engineering manager of AECL's Bruce-B Project, resident engineering manager in Romania, engineering manager district heating reactors, manager of services to the eight-reactor Pickering station, engineering integration manager of the CANDU-9 Project and manager of technical services including Y2K support to 28 reactors.
Dr. Cuttler has been an active member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Canadian Nuclear Society (president 1995-1996), American Nuclear Society, American Physical Society, Canadian Nuclear Association, Health Physics Society, Canadian Radiation Protection Association and the International Dose-Response Society. He has written hundreds of technical reports for nuclear stations, tens of conferences papers and articles for peer reviewed journals.

Some peer-reviewed articles:
2012 Commentary on the Appropriate Radiation Level for Evacuations link
2010 Commentary on Using LNT for Radiation Protection and Risk Assessment link
2009 Nuclear Energy and Health: And the Benefits of Low-Dose Radiation Hormesis link (like this presenation)
2007 Health Effects of Low Level Radiation: When Will We Acknowledge the Reality? link

Meeting Agenda:
6:45 pm Refreshments & Networking
6:45 pm Distribution of parking vouchers
7:00 pm Technical Talk Presentation
8:00 pm Question & Answer Session
8:30 pm Cookies and Networking

For more information contact Julie Wallace

Free Parking Voucher: Register here (so we get enough coffee and cookies)

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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, 2012-March-28 to Saturday 2012-March-31
Time: see www.basef.ca
Location: Mohawk College

Last year's winners of IEEE Hamilton prizes for best use of electricity/electronics:
project E03   project A04

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Technical Meeting

Distinguished Lecturer
Overview of Electromagnetic Scattering-Based Imaging Techniques

Making images consists in producing some footprints of a scene, allowing the human eye to view this scene. Intuitively, the footprint is supposed to show some kind of point-to-point correspondence between the scene and its image. Initially performed with natural light thanks to the human eye / brain combination, either alone or upgraded by means of optical instruments, the imaging procedures have been largely diversified during the last century. Such a diversification has been continuously stimulated by technological developments and led to consider new modalities to "see" objects escaping to human vision such as those buried in a medium opaque to the visible light. But penetrating opaque media usually requires operating at much larger than optical wavelengths, with the consequence that diffraction and scattering mechanisms, considered as second order perturbation in optical instruments, become first order effects decreasing image quality. For instance, the point-to-point correspondence between the observed object and its raw footprint is degraded or even may be apparently lost, requiring appropriate data processing. Many imaging systems dedicated to Industrial, Scientific, Security and Medical (IS2M) applications are based on electromagnetic waves, making them a convenient didactic support for a unified overview of scattering-based imaging techniques.

Date: Thursday, 2012-March-29
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: McMaster University 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S4L8
Room ITB-A113

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Bolomey Jean-Charles Bolomey is currently an Emeritus Professor at Paris-Sud University. He graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite (Supelec) in 1963, received his Ph.D. degree from Paris-Sud University in 1971, and became a Professor at this University in 1976. His research has been conducted in the Electromagnetic Research Department of the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systemes, a joint unit of Supelec and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Since 1981, his research contributions have been devoted to Near-Field techniques in a broad sense, including antenna measurement, EMC testing as well as Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) applications. These contributions have largely concerned measurement techniques and have been deliberately oriented toward innovative technology transfer and valorization. Jean-Charles Bolomey has more particularly promoted the modulated probe array technology, demonstrating its unrivaled potential for rapid Near-Field scanning. He has co-authored with Professor F.Gardiol a reference book on principles and applications of the Modulated Scattering Technique (MST). He is holder of numerous patents covering various MST-based probe array arrangements for microwave sensing and imaging systems. In 1986, under the impulse of the National Agency for Valorization (ANVAR) and of the CNRS, Professor Bolomey founded the Societe d'Applications Technologiques de l'Imagerie Micro-Onde (SATIMO), which is now considered as a leading company in the field of antenna measurement. He has been also involved in industrial applications of microwave heating as a Chairman of the Microwave Group of Electricite de France (EDF) and was appointed as a consultant by the Delegation Generale de l'Armement (DGA) in the field of High Power Microwave (HPM) metrology. He has also actively contributed to several cooperative European Programs ranging from medical hyperthermia to industrial process tomography and has contributed to various prototype transfer and evaluation procedures in these areas. Recently, his research was related to RF dosimetry and rapid SAR measurements for wireless communication devices.

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Non-IEEE Meeting

Silicon Halton Meetup #30
Are Technology Professionals Ready for the Future?

Slicon Halton Meeting http://www.siliconhalton.com/events/
Topic: Are Technology Professionals Ready for the Future?
Speaker: Leyden Fonte
Date: Tuesday 2012-Apr-10
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Emma's Back Porch Restaurant, 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON L7R 1E3 map
Cost: Free

Did you know for every seven engineering and IT job opportunities there's only one post secondary graduate qualified to do the job? Aging demographics combined with the lack of interest in tech related careers among today's youth in the Toronto region poses problems and opportunities for Silicon Halton members.
Come listen, learn and engage with key leaders and advisors of the ground breaking IT labour market study: RESEARCH & INNOVATION JOBS, Opportunities and challenges in the Toronto Region Labour Market by the Toronto Region Research Alliance.
Leyden Fonte was the lead project manager on this report and we're very fortunate to have her presenting along side Rita Fundner from the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills.

Speakers Biography:
leyden-avatar Leyden M. Fonte is a Silicon Halton member and Hamilton Section IEEE senior member. Leyden is a seasoned researcher and project manager for business intelligence. With several executive and research awards, and dozens of publications and reports, she is now adviser for several Canadian organizations. Her most recent project 'Research & Innovation Jobs' created new ways to analyze labour markets' gaps and opportunities, with direct economic implications. Its findings have been welcomed by local government, businesses and academia, sparking a national debate in the Canadian press and radio.

Register here (You must be a member of LinkedIn - free to join)
If you choose not register using LinkedIn, email Leyden to let her know you might be coming.

For more information contact Leyden

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Thursday 2012-Apr-12
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Ray's House, 11 Georgian Trail, Hamilton, ON L9B 2X8 map
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome

For more information contact John

Register here (optional so we get enough pizza)

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Non-IEEE Event

EPTECH Show Toronto 2012

FREE Technical Presentations, Admission, Parking

Date: Wednesday, 2012-April-17
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Le Parc Hotel
8432 Leslie St
Thornhill, ON L3T 7M6

Register here

Seminars:
Thursday 2012-Mar-29 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Introduction to High Speed Layered Protocols - Register here

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Administrative Conference

IEEE Canada Board Meeting

This semi-annual conference is the place to voice your opinions to the higher ups in IEEE. We send one person to vote at the meeting, and a second person should go to learn the system.

Date: Friday-Sunday, 2012-Apr-27 to 29
Cost: Just your time
Location: Montreal, Quebec

For more information contact John

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Technical Meeting

Photovoltaics
Next Generation Materials and Devices in Engineering Physics at McMaster University

    Gabriel's Presentation (11 MB)

Solar cells are an increasing component of the energy infrastructure of the developed world, and offer an excellent off-the-grid energy source for the developing world. A mature photovoltaics industry, supported by concerned consumer demand and government feed-in-tarrifs is centered around Silicon solar cells, comprising 85%+ of the total market. Silicon cells are for many reasons not an ideal choice, so much research is concerned with displacing them from their current market domination. This talk will provide a short introduction into the limitations of current commercial solar cell technologies and detail several of the research projects in this field ongoing in Engineering Physics, with emphasis on the presenter’s own work. First, several potential alternative photovoltaic materials will be discussed, as to the state of the art and the challenges remaining. Second, potential solar cell designs which aim to utilize new physical processes in the capture of energy will be discussed as to their feasibility and future progress.

Speaker: Gabriel Devenyi
Date: Wednesday, 2012-May-09
Time: 6:30 PM Meet, greet, and coffee   7:00 PM Meeting
Location: Information Technology Building Annex Room ITB-A113
McMaster University 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S4L8

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gabriel

Gabriel Devenyi holds a B.Eng. in Engineering Physics from McMaster and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Dept. of Engineering Physics under Dr. Peter Mascher and Dr. John Preston.

After spending time after his third year in an extended industrial internship, Gabriel decided that he wanted to work on bleeding edge problems in science and engineering. As PV has the potential to provide energy security for humanity but many innovations are still required it seemed like an excellent place to tackle some challenging problems.

Register here (so we get enough coffee and cookies)

For more information contact Julie

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Social Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
IEEE Life Member
Semi-annual Lunch

Date: 2012-May-16 (Wednesday)
Time: 12 Noon
Location: Hamilton Air Force Association (HAFA)
    The Air Force Club 128 King St. East, Dundas, ON, L9H 1C5 map
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. Coffee available at the bar for 50 cents.

Agenda: Russian Hydro Plant Catastrophe

Please RSVP: by May 11, 2012 to Phone 905.628.8851
or to Bert de Kat Phone 519.647.3075

Note: The Air Force Club is at the eastern outskirts of Dundas rather than at the other end of Dundas where last year's meeting was held.

For PDF event notice and directions, please click here.

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday 2012-May-16
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Cogeco Office
     950 Syscon Rd
     Burlington, ON L7R 4S6 map
      which is at the corner of Harvester and the South Service Rd (near Burloak).
     The main doors are locked after 5:30 PM but we will use the cafeteria door at the back of the building.
     Call Scott at (289) 983-5439 to join us.
     
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome

Agenda
For more information contact John

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Technical Meeting
Speaker Certificate
Presentation
Presentation not cleared for publication
 

Solar Panel Installation

Free coffee and cookies.

Topic: Solar Panel Installations and the FIT/ MicroFIT programs
Speaker: Steve Bartlett founder Clear Sky Energy
Date: Thursday 2012-May-31
Time: 6:30 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)
    (between Walkers Line and Appleby Line) map

Meeting Agenda:
6:45 pm Refreshments & Networking
6:45 pm Distribution of parking vouchers
7:00 pm Technical Talk Presentation
8:00 pm Question & Answer Session
8:30 pm Cookies and Networking

Sloped-roof Mounting System
For pitched roof solar installations, ClearSky Energy Inc. offers Conergy manufactured SunTop, the world’s most installed pitched-roof mounting system. SunTop is designed and manufactured by Conergy to offer improved durability and energy yields, ease of installation and decreased inventory
Flat Roof Solar Mounting Systems
Solar arrays for commercial flat roof structures present many design challenges for the system integrator. Minimizing load on the roof, eliminating roof penetrations and not interfering with the roof drainage system are critical considerations for the system designer to avoid costly building and roof maintenance in the future. To achieve all of these requirements, the critical component in commercial flat-roof solar PV systems is the solar mounting system.

Speaker's Biography:
ClearSky ClearSky Energy Inc.
Steve Bartlett Steve Bartlett is the founder of ClearSky Energy, a company that specializes in solar panel installations in the Golden Horseshoe area. Steve will discuss a range of topics including the benefits of going solar, the FIT/MicroFIT programs, solar products, suitable sites for installation and some of his installation projects.
They are solar installation specialists and can help you maximize the financial benefits by properly leveraging the current government incentive programs.

Glossary of Solar Terminology

For more information contact Julie

Free Parking Voucher: Register here (so we get enough coffee and cookies)

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Social Event

Our 6th Annual Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament 2012-June-02 Open to members and guests.

Printable Event Notice

The IEEE Hamilton Section is pleased to invite you to the Sixth 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 2012-Jun-02
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 Sold out!
RSVP: Reserve your spot by 2012-May-16 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

Click here to pay by credit card here (only if you are on Blair's list!)

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Technical Meeting
Speaker Certificate
Presentation
Presentation PDF (3.3 MB)
 

Distinguished Lecturer
Microwave Near-Field Imaging Of Human Tissue:
Hopes, Challenges, Outlook

This talk will briefly review past and recent developments in near-field microwave methods for tissue imaging. In the context of these developments, the major challenges will be discussed – challenges which have so far prevented microwave imaging from becoming a clinically viable modality. Promising new directions of research will be described. These include advances in hardware design and characterization (sensor arrays, custom and laboratory measurement instrumentation), methodologies for tissue-parameter characterization, and the development of data-processing and reconstruction algorithms.

Date: Thursday, 2012-June-14
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: McMaster University 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S4L8
Room ITB-A113

natalia

Short Professional Biography
Natalia K. Nikolova received the Dipl. Eng. (Radioelectronics) degree from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997. From 1998 to 1999, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), during which time she was initially with the Microwave and Electromagnetics Laboratory, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and, later, for a year, with the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory, McMaster University, Canada. In 1999, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, where she is currently a Professor. Her research interests include theoretical and computational electromagnetism with applications in inverse scattering, microwave imaging and computer-aided design. Prof. Nikolova has published more than 200 refereed manuscripts. She has authored 4 book chapters and has delivered many invited lectures on the computer-aided microwave analysis and design as well as on microwave near-field imaging.
Prof. Nikolova holds a Canada Research Chair in High-frequency Electromagnetics. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Non-IEEE Event
Billboard
John Bandler
 

That The Multitude May Live

Part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival Theatre Series
Written, produced and directed by Hamilton Section member John Bandler

Dates: Saturday, 2012-July-21 to Sunday 2012-July-29
Time: varies see www.bandler.com/phasetwo/
Cost: $ 9.00
Location: Downtown Arts Centre, Venue 4: Citadel Studio, 28 Rebecca Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1B4
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Hamilton Fringe Festival website
Play press release

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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 15, 2012

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

Email a scan of the drawing to Naghmeh
or
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
   2485 Felhaber Crs.
   Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7R8

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Winning Pictures
under 8

Wind: Waiting For A Windmill
Christopher Age 3

Lightning Storm
Laura Age 3

Electric Bicicyle
Mackenzie Age 5

Walking Doesn't Use Any Energy
Jeremy Age 5

Renewable Energy
William Age 7
 
8 and over

The Earth Is A Fragile Thing
Kira Age 10

Windmill
Julia Age 10

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Technical Meeting

2012 IEEE McNaughton Award Winner
Have You Ever Wondered About The Engineer's Mysterious "Feel" For A Problem?

I first encountered the engineer's so-called "feel" for a technical problem when I started out as a graduate student. But, against all professorial advice, I instantly committed myself to a life-long study of computer-aided design and optimization technology, then widely considered (by engineers) contrary to both respectable mathematical theory and sound engineering practice. Now, almost half a century after my bachelor's degree, I find that I can explain the engineer's mysterious "feel" as well as the motivations of those who discouraged me.
I encourage you to follow your pioneering instinct even if you find yourself initially ridiculed or rejected.
Printable abstract

Date: Wednesday, 2012-Sept-19
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: McMaster University 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S4L8
Room ITB-A113

John Bandler

Short Professional Biography
John W. Bandler (LFIEEE) j.bandler@ieee.org is Professor Emeritus at McMaster University and President of Bandler Corporation. He is a Fellow of several societies including the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada.
Based on his work, design with tolerances, yield-driven design, and electromagnetic optimization -once academic fantasies- are now taken for granted by microwave engineers. His implementations into major commercial design tools, including those from Compact Software (now Ansoft/Ansys) and Hewlett-Packard (now Agilent Technologies) have impacted high-frequency and microwave design initiatives world-wide.
John introduced space mapping in 1994. From automotive crashworthiness to magnetic systems, his concept has been adopted into design portfolios across the entire spectrum of engineering, making possible the high-fidelity design of devices and systems at a cost of only a few high-fidelity simulations.
Active in artistic endeavors, John has written a novel, a screenplay, and several stage plays, two of which have been performed.

Printable abstract

Register here (so we get enough coffee and cookies, or whatever)

For more information contact Julie

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Tuesday 2012-Sep-25
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: McMaster Innovation Park, Meeting Room 5
   175 Longwood Road S., Suite 105
   Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome
Parking: Free parking in the Special Events area at the north side of the building.
For more information contact John

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Technical Conference

IEEE 2012 EPEC
Electrical Power and Energy Conference

This annual conference takes place in a different area in Canada each year. This year it is in London, Ontario. The conference is an opportunity for electric power and energy systems experts from industry, academia, and other interested organizations to discuss the latest developments in the field. This may include debate on the potential impact of these developments including discussions on regulatory and policy aspects.

Date: Wednesday, 2012-Oct-10 (Tutorials)
Cost: $115.00 (before 2012-Sep-01)(Student, Life Member discounts)
Date: Thursday,Friday 2012-Oct-11,12 (Conference)
Cost: $475.00 (before 2012-Sep-01)(Student, Life Member discounts)
     Price Chart
Location: London Convention Center, London, Ontario

Call For Papers Click here
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
1.Resiliency of Electrical Power Systems
2.Smart Grids including HVDC and FACTS
3.Communications aspects of Smart Grids
4.Microgrids
5.Energy Storage
6.Energy Conservation and Efficiency
7.Nuclear Energy
8.Renewable Energy - Generation and Integration
9.Electrification of Transportation and its Impact
10.Integrated Energy System Planning and the Energy - Water Nexus
11.Asset Management and Condition Based Maintenance
12.Government Support and Incentives
13.Computational Methods
14.Advanced Technology Developments

Event website www.ieee.ca/epec12/

For more information contact John

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Administrative Conference

IEEE Canada Board Meeting

This semi-annual conference is the place to voice your opinions to the higher ups in IEEE. We send one person to vote at the meeting, and a second person should go to learn the system.

Date: Friday - Sunday, 2012-Oct-12 to 14
Cost: Just your time
Location: London, Ontario

For more information contact John

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Social Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
IEEE Life Member
Semi-annual Lunch

Date: 2012-Oct-17 (Wednesday)
Time: 12 Noon
Location: Hamilton Air Force Association (HAFA)
    The Air Force Club 128 King St. East, Dundas, ON, L9H 1C5 map
Cost: $10.00 each

Arrive early and meet with your comrades before lunch. Lunch will be Soup and a Western Sandwich. Coffee available at the bar for 50 cents.

Agenda: International Life Members Tour of Canada
   Westinghouse development of speed measuring radar
   Project Manager on Rapid Bridge Replacement

Please RSVP: by Oct 12, 2012 to Phone 905.628.8851
or to Bert de Kat Phone 519.647.3075

Note: The Air Force Club is at the eastern outskirts of Dundas rather than at the other end of Dundas where last year's meeting was held.

For PDF event notice and directions, please click here.

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Toronto Meeting
Presented by Women in Engineering, but everyone welcome.
Title Aspects of Persuasion: Confirmation Bias, First Impressions and Subtext
Speaker John W. Bandler
President, Bandler Corporation
Day and Time Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Registration is required, but is free
Please register by October 15th, 2012 by using the following form:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dENORm0xSW01VFFzanJrdEJyYmgxYmc6MQ
Location Fitzgerald Building
Room 103
University of Toronto - St. George Campus
150 College St.  map
Organizer IEEE Women in Engineering Toronto Chapter
Contact Talieh
Abstract When delivering a speech, making a technical presentation, attending a job interview, appearing in front of examiners or judges, discussing new ideas with a colleague, or going to a meeting under unfamiliar circumstances, apprehension is normal. As well as the "impressions" you make, you are rightly concerned about being prepared, and about effectively harnessing your knowledge. There’s more. Once into any communication/persuasion event, subtext - an underlying and often distinct theme - and confirmation bias"the imperative to confirm rather than disconfirm a prior belief - come into play. Mastering first impressions and subtext and conquering confirmation bias may be keys to landing a job, getting promoted, being inducted into a prestigious society, making an effective presentation, having your work recognized by your peers, and more. Traps and hidden agendas include perceived respect, believability, conflicts of interest, even simple attribution of the contributions of others. You should be mindful of the subtext carried by your words, speech, and mannerisms. This talk not only identifies certain subjective perceptions, but also suggests ways of controlling and/or correcting them. It is essential to be aware that others will make life-altering decisions about us, of which we may forever be unaware.
Biography See http://toronto.ieee.ca/events/oct1712.htm

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

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

Date: Tuesday 2012-Oct-23
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: McMaster Innovation Park, Meeting Room 5
   175 Longwood Road S., Suite 105
   Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome
Parking: Free parking in the Special Events area at the north side of the building.
For more information contact John

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Annual General Meeting/Technical Meeting

Global Partnership Program - Nuclear Submarine Dismantlement Overview


Date: Wednesday 2012-Nov-14
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Michael Lee
Place: ArcelorMittal Dofasco
   1330 Burlington St. E.
   Hamilton, ON L8N 3J5
Cost: None
Limit: All members welcome

After the attack on the US in September 2001, there was an urgent need to examine the risks of potential nuclear terrorism. At the 2002 G8leaders meeting in Kananaskis, under Canada's leadership, the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GPX) was initiated. As an integral component of this initiative, the Russian Federation specifically requested the assistance of the international community in advancing the elimination of its nuclear submarine legacy with the aim of eliminating the problem by2010. A nuclear submarine is considered to be a weapon of mass destruction(WMD). It has no other role than to slip through the seas of the world,undetected, ready to deliver incredible destruction upon command and without warning. During the cold war the Soviet Union had approximately 250 of these machines, ensuring saturation of the high seas with Weapons of Mass Destruction at any given time. Russia was not alone in their endeavours. UK, USA, France and China were also member of the submarine WMD club. The legacy is that there is no longer a cold war and there is no longer the need or the funding to keep more than a token number of these submarines at sea. Russia has the daunting task of decommissioning the largest number of hulls, and needs help to do so. The majority of Russian nuclear submarines have two pressurized water reactors that use highly enriched fuel. Elimination of the cold war legacy reduces both the terrorism and proliferation threats associated with this fuel. Decommissioning of these machines to international standards reduces the significant environmental threat posed by corroded hulls filled, with nuclear fuel and other radioactive materials, on the Arctic and Pacific Ocean regions that Canada shares with Russia. Canada, in conjunction with the US, UK, Japan, Italy and Norway are providing assistance to Russian through the GPX. This presentation discusses Canada's work from the onset of GPX to the present day at the Russian Federation Shipyards of Zvezdochka on the White Sea, near Archangel and Zvezda, North of Vladivostok on the East coast. The presenter is Michael G. Lee P. Eng. who served as a Nuclear Submarine officer in the Royal Navy during the cold war, and spends much of his time in Russia these days, still playing with submarines.

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Administrative Meeting

Executive Meeting

A networking opportunity (as well as a chance for input on events)

Date: Monday 2012-Nov-26
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place:To Be Determined
Cost: None
Limit: All executive and volunteers of 2012 and 2013 welcome
For more information contact John

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