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Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999
AGM & Technical Meeting
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:EN4002, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN, St. John's, NF
By: Terry Carter and Danny Neil, Bailey SEA Newfoundland
A description of the Hibernia Distributed Control System (DCS) Architecture, its functional application (what we are controlling on the platform) with focus on the Power Management System. In addition, a discussion of the architecture of the Terra Nova Project DCS and how that system differs from the Hibernia System. Generally, the talk will focus on electrical aspects of the installation including Power Supply and grounding.
About the Speakers
Terry Carter - General Manager
Born in the UK, Terry graduated from Teesside University with a Bachelor of Sience in Control Engineering. He started working with the British Steel Corporation as an Electrical Technician and has spent the last 25 years with BAILEY/ ABB in various Commissioning, Engineering, Project Management and General Management assignments. Terry's various positions with BAILEY/ABB have required him to to live overseas for a number of years and he has been involved in both Power Generation and Offshore Projects in Canada, Australia, UK, USA, Spain, China, and Mexico.
Danny Neil - Senior Application Engineer
Danny has been involved in the Hibernia Project for a period of 7 years. He has been involved in all stages of the Hibernia Project from the Design stage through Commissioning and Operations support. Danny is a Newfoundlander and a MUN graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. Danny has worked in the Oil Industry for a period of 17 years, mostly in Atlantic Canada.
Attendance: 10 students, 14 members and 24 non-members (38 Total)

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999
Technical Meeting - NECEC '99
Time: All Day Event 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Various Room, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN, St. John's, NF
Keynote: Stephen Wetmore
Another great technical conference put off by your local IEEE community.  Details of the event and pictures can be found here... NECEC'99.
Attendance: XX students, XX members and XX non-members (XXX Total)

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999
Technical Meeting - Power by Wireless - In, From, and To, Space
Time: 7:15 for 7:30pm
Location:EN4002, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN, St. John's, NF
By: Dr. R. Bryan Erb, Manager, Canadian Space Power Initiative
Wireless transmissions for communication have been a defining technological feature of the 20th Century. It is quite
possible that wireless transmission of power for various uses will be equally important in the next century.

Dr. R. Bryan Erb of the Canadian Space Agency will describe some of the work going on in various countries in the area of WPT (wireless power transmission) and its applications. Applications may include such things as:

  • A "Power Plug in Space" for industrial applications
  • A source of carbon-free power for the Earth
  • Means to launch space vehicles and de-orbit space debris

Canada's role in this new area of spacefaring is presently being defined and Dr. Erb will describe the current exploratory efforts.

About the Speaker
Bryan Erb is a native of Calgary and he obtained undergraduate and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He won an Athlone Fellowship for post-graduate work in England where he earned a Master's degree in Aeronautics. In mid-career, he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship to MIT in the United States where he earned a Master of Science in Management. In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Alberta.

Early in his career, Dr. Erb worked in the then-novel field of aerothermodynamic engineering on the Avro Arrow. After the demise of that program, he joined NASA and carried out new and challenging spacecraft engineering and management assignments with NASA through the mid-1980s. Major professional contributions included: conducting aerothermodynamic analysis on Project Mercury; establishing the concepts, with the original 8-person team, for what became Apollo; managing the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, with responsibility for the quarantining of lunar astronauts and examination of the lunar material; and planning and managing important remote sensing experiments, including the first world-scale inventory of wheat using satellite data.

From 1986 until last year, Dr. Erb represented Canada on the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he still resides. During the mid 1990s, he focused his professional time and talents on applications of space technology to the pressing problem of terrestrial energy supply. This led to the formation in 1998 of the Canadian Space Power Initiative which he manages for the Canadian Space Agency.

Bryan has published widely, has numerous professional honours and affiliations, and was featured as one of Canada's Space Pioneers in a television documentary.
Attendance: 10 students, 12 members and 13 non-members (35 Total)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999
Technical Meeting - Server and Applications Performance Management
Time: 7:15 for 7:30pm
Location:EN4002, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN, St. John's, NF
By: Peter Green, BSc.Eng.
The business community has started to recognize that the Internet can provide many opportunities for reaching the new wired global market place. With the huge deployment of dialup Internet services, the increasing number of dedicated high speed Internet users, and the push by mass media to move business to this multimedia rich forum, the Internet users are starting to demand quality of service. To meet these demands, the major Internet Service Providers (ISP) are building server and network infrastructure that will meet the mission critical needs of  hundreds of business and thousands of individual users. This seminar will discuss the industry standards and developments that have come about to meet these service level demands. Specific emphasis will be placed upon explaining the concepts and terminology of server and application performance management. An example performance management infrastructure will be modeled, to allow the participants to understand the relationships between applications, servers, network devices and end user services.
About the Speaker:
Peter Green is an Engineer in the Network Planning Group of NewTel Communications, responsible for planning and designing network architectures for the delivery of data services.  He has been a core team member for most of the major data communications plans including; architecture for dialup Internet, network expansion for frame relay services, ATM backbone architecture for LAN and WAN services, architecture of DSL based high speed Internet, network and systems performance management.  He obtained a Diploma of Technology in Electronics from the Marine Institute in 1992 and Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1995.  Peter's most recent academic studies have been at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he was pursuing his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.
Attendance: 6 students, 10 members and 14 non-members (30 Total)

Thursday, Sept 9, 1999
Technical Meeting - Tour of Centre for Marine Simulation
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Fisheries and Marine Institute, St. John's
By: Dr. J. Pawlowski
Details concerning the Centre for Marine Simulation can be found at their website.
Attendance: 2 students,  3 members and 4 non-members (9 Total)

Friday, June 4, 1999
Social Event - Annual Lobster Boil and BBQ
Time: 7:15 for 7:30 pm
Location: Elk's Club, Carpasian Road, St. John's
By: Various
Attendance: 3 guests, X students,  X members and X non-members (73 Total)
The menu included steak, vegetarian and, of course, lobster.
The entertainment was lavish, this year feature two different acts.

Look to here for pictures of Lobster Boil 1999

Wednesday, May 5, 1999
Technical Meeting - Directions in Private-Key Cryptography
Time: 7:15 for 7:30 pm
Location: EN4002, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN
By: Dr. Horward Heys
Cryptography is becoming an increasingly important tool for maintaining the privacy and authenticity of electronic communication. The field of private key cryptography--where the cipher uses the same key for both encryption and decryption--has a long history but its practical application to modern computers and communications is still in its infancy.
In this seminar, new developments in the design and analysis of modern private key ciphers will be discussed. In particular, the basic principles used in modern ciphers will be introduced and the recently discovered methods of "breaking" ciphers will be presented. Specific emphasis in the seminar will also be given to developments in the recent ongoing effort to develop a new "world" standard referred to as the Advanced Encryption Standard.

About the Speaker
Howard Heys is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He obtained a B.E.Sc.\ in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and a Ph.D.\ in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen's University in 1994. He also worked for several years as a software designer at Bell Northern Research (now Nortel) in Ottawa and Toronto. His current research is primarily concerned with the design and analysis of private key cryptographic algorithms.

Attendance: 10 students,  4 members and 6 non-members (20 Total)

Thursday, April 1, 1999
Technical Meeting - IEEE Night
Time: 6:45 for 7:00pm
Location: EN1040, S.J. Carew Building (Engineering), MUN
By: Dr. R. Venkatesan

IEEE Night is the professional part of the MUN Electrical Engineering Term 8 project. The evening began with three oral presentations which had been selected based on the ENGR 8800 academic oral presentations held March 24 and 25. The presenters where Paul Yanchus (Voice Over IP), Paul Andrews (Performance Digital Distributorless Ignition System) and Faustina Hwang (DEMON: Discrete Event Modeling of Navigation Simulating mobile robots in a 2-D semi-structured environment).  Following the oral presentations, all students demonstrated their projects to interested industry visitors. The evening concluded with refreshments and the presentation of the awards.

The IEEE section judges for the presentations where Yves Fontaine (NewTel Communications), Paul Hatcher (Cable Atlantic) and John Mackey (Stratos).  The judges noted that all students did an excellent job in presenting and that they had a hard decision of determining who should be awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Awards for IEEE Night 1999 presentation where distributed by Paul Hatcher as follows 1st place ($250) Faustina Hwang, 2nd place ($150) Paul Yanchus and 3rd place ($100) Paul Andrews.

For the first time, IEEE Night was preceded by an afternoon demonstrations of the MUN Electrical Engineering Term 8 projects.  This gave the demonstration judges ample time to visit each individual  student's project. The team of judges consisted of MUN faculty members and IEEE members noted below.

J. Robinson (MUN),  T. Norvell (MUN), H. Heys (MUN), D. Peters (MUN), M. P. Bruce-Lockhart (MUN), B. Jeyasurya (MUN), J.E. Quaicoe (MUN), R. Hale (MUN), S. O'Young (MUN), P. LeFeure (C-CORE), E. Woodman (IDON East Corp), N. Chaulk (ICAN Ltd), P. Green (NewTel Communications), J. Arsenault (Hibernia), D. Tilley (NewTel Communications)

As a distributed team the judges reviewed all of the student projects and then as a collective team decided upon the top demonstrations.  The team was unable to narrow down to three tops demos, so after consultation with some of the IEEE section executive, it was decided that a 4th prize would be awarded. The IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section Awards for IEEE Night 1999 demonstrations where distributed by Peter Green as follows Andrew Vardy (Visual Interpretation of Human Hand Gestures for Wearable Computing Applications), Darrel Wells (Electronic Spirometer for Asthma Detection), Stefan Tarrant (Measurement of Shear Wave Velocity of Soft Sediments) and a team award to Chris Harbin (Software Driver Library for the RT200 Robot) and Jamie King (A Vision System for an Autonomous Robot Arm). Each prize was valued at $100.

The evening was well attended by IEEE members from the local community.  Dr R. Venkatesan is acknowledged for co-ordinating yet another successful IEEE Night and ENGR 8800 - Electrical Engineering Project.

From left to right:
IEEE Representative - Peter Green (NewTel Communications)
1st Place Presenter Faustina Hwang (DEMON)
Team Demonstration Winners Chris Harbin and Jamie King (RT200 Robot)
Demonstration Winner Darrel Wells (Electronic Spirometer for Asthma Detection)
2nd Place Presenter Paul Yanchus (Voice Over IP)
Demonstration Winner Andrew Vardy (Visual Interpretation for Wearable Computing)
3rd Place Presenter Paul Andrews (Performance Digital Distributorless Ignition System)
IEEE Representative - Paul Hatcher (Cable Atlantic)
Missing: Demonstration Winner Stefan Tarrant (Shear Wave Velocity)

Look to here for more pictures of IEEE Night 1999

Thursday, March 4, 1999
Technical Meeting - Stratos Mobile Networks
Time: 7:15 for 7:30pm
Location: 34 Glencoe Drive, Donovan's Industrial Park
By: John Mackey
Stratos is a global provider of mobile satellite communication services with network facilities in Canada, the United States and Australia. Combining the technology of satellite systems such as communication services with network facilities in Canada, the United States and Australia. Combining the technology of satellite systems such as Inmarsat, MSAT and Iridium with unique software and hardware solutions, Stratos is recognized as one of the leading providers of portable satellite communications.
The technical meeting consisted of a short presentation on the company's services and network facilities, followed by a tour and demonstration of various types of satellite equipment.
Attendance: 3 students,  11 members and 2 non-members (16 Total)

Thursday, January 7, 1999
Technical Meeting - Active Filters for Power Conditioning
Time: 7:00 for 7:15 PM
Location: Engineering (S.J. Carew) Building, MUN,  Room EN-4002 (Board Room)
By: Dr. H. Akagi of the Okayama University, Japan.
Dr. Akagi is an IEEE Fellow and presently Industry Applications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 1998-1999.  He received his Ph. D from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1979.  He is one of the world authorities on active filters and active filter applications for power systems as well as power electronics.  Refreshments will be provided following the presentation.

Wednesday, December 9,1998
Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Technical Meeting - ADSL Technical Overview
Time: 7:00 for 7:15 PM
Location: Engineering (S.J. Carew) Building, MUN,  Room EN-4002 (Board Room)
By: Craig Flynn, P. Eng.
Craig is a Senior Engineer with the Network Development of NewTel Communications

Annual general meeting and election of officers: 8:00-9:00pm
Wine and cheeze social: 9:00-10:00pm

Friday, November 13, 1998
The aim of NECEC '98 is to provide a forum where professionals in electrical, electronic, computer engineering and information technologies can present their work to the growing technical community within the province. The conference will focus on technical concepts, innovations and implementations. NECEC '98 will be structured in a format similar to that found successful in previous years.

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