ISSUE 3/02 - NOVEMBER 2002


  1. NSW Section AGM & dinner
  2. Chairman's Column
  3. NSW Section celebrates 30 years
  4. Vale Dr Peter Somlo
  5. NSW Section web news
  6. NSW Hunter Valley Sub-section closes
  7. Useful IEEE web addresses
  8. GOLD affinity group function
  9. Become an IEEE Senior Member
  10. Joint technical meetings for 2002 & 2003
  11. Details of upcoming joint technical meetings
  12. Member profile - NSW Section Treasurer David Burger
  13. West speaks on 802.11A - 30 October 2002
  14. Dues to increase in 2003
  15. How to purchase IEEE conference proceedings
  16. 2001 IEEE Annual Report now available
  17. Responding to student needs worldwide
  18. International conferences
  19. Reminder of future events at Charles Sturt University
  20. Student paper competitions
  21. Wanted
  22. If you want to continue to receive circuit by mail please complete this form



All IEEE members are invited to attend the Section Annual General Meeting, which will be held again this year at The Castlereagh Inn, Masonic Club, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, commencing at 7 pm sharp. The Annual Dinner will follow the conclusion of the AGM, at approximately 8 pm. Both events are a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other IEEE members.  

Members wishing to attend should complete the reservation form below, and forward, with payment, to the Section Secretary Andrew Parfitt by Friday 22 November. 

Prior to the Section AGM, Chapters will conduct their AGMs to elect new office bearers. Chapter Chairs are asked to conclude these meetings by 7 pm and also provide annual reports for distribution at the AGM.

The dinner will be held in Cello’s Dining Room. Partners not wishing to attend the AGM will be able to meet in a separate area where drinks can be purchased. The cost of dinner is $35 per person, which includes drinks on the table.

The Masonic Club is within two blocks of the Town Hall Railway Station and car parking at $14 (5 pm to 1 am) is available at the Piccadilly Car Park, located adjacent to the David Jones store in Castlereagh Street. Alternatively, low-cost parking is available three blocks away at Goulburn Street City Car Park.


1. Attendance and Apologies

2. Minutes of 2001 AGM and Discussion

3. Report of Section Chairman

4. Report of Section Treasurer

5. Chapter Reports:

  • Power Engineering,

  • Communications/Signal Processing,

  • Computer,

  • Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory & Techniques,

  • Industrial Applications, Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics,

  • Circuits & Systems

6. Confirmation of 2003 Section Committee:

Filita Barker, Trevor Bird, Ian Boyd, Stephanie Boyd, David Burger, Kate Carruthers, Steven Duvall, Karu Esselle, Graeme Gwilliam, Walter Lachs, Jim Logothetis, Stefan Mozar, Philip Ogunbona, Andrew Parfitt, Bruce Poon, Faz Rahman, Sam Reisenfeld, John Robinson, David Tien, Jim Vasseleu & Ramutis Zakarevicius.

7. General Business



Venue: The Castlereagh Inn, Masonic Club, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Date: Friday, 29 November

Times: 6.00 pm Chapters’ AGMs - 7.00 pm Section AGM

Dinner : :   7.45 pm  for 8.00 pm Cello’s Dining Room

Contribution :  $35 per person (including drinks on table)   Enclosed is payment of $....... for ...... persons


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Post return not later than 22 November to:   Andrew Parfitt  [Tel: 9372 4187, Fax 9372 4106] IEEE Committee C/- PROFESSIONAL CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA,  Private Bag No. 1,  DARLINGHURST NSW 2010





It is hard to believe that my two-year term as Chairman is almost over. At the end of December I pass on the position to one of my colleagues. As any past Chairman will tell you, the position is a busy, though rewarding one. During my term we accomplished some of the goals that I set at the beginning, but others are only partially complete. I would hope the Section Committee would complete the unfinished goals in the near future.  

If I had to nominate the most significant achievement during my term, it would be the appointment of a web master and the development of the web site. This is now a very useful resource and all credit for this must go to Jon Agnew, the web master. If you have not used the web site recently, please try it out. You will find there is news on lectures, back copies of Circuit and a history of the Section, to mention just a few items.

As this issue of Circuit goes to print, I will be attending the triennial Sections Congress, which in 2002 will be in Washington DC. There are many important issues facing IEEE at this time including retention of members, conversion of student members to full membership and financial management. Recently, the first dues increase in many years was announced (see elsewhere). This included a rise in annual student member fees for Region 10 to about A$44. Naturally many students are unhappy about the fee increase. I believe also that it’s a wrong message to be sending to students at this time. We are trying to attract more student members and this year the Section provided over 200 free student memberships to new recruits. Notwithstanding the fee increase, student membership still represents excellent value for what is received. To put the fee into perspective, it is equivalent to about one tank of petrol for a medium size car, five movie tickets or a fraction of an up-to-date engineering textbook. 

The Section recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dinner (see a report and pictures elsewhere). Present at the anniversary dinner was the President of the Sydney Division of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Bruce Howard. His attendance at this event symbolised the excellent relationship that exists with sister Institutions in NSW. For instance, we have worked with the sister institutions to organise conferences and lectures. Over many years IEEE has helped organise Engineering Week and this year we made a financial contribution. This year’s Engineering Week was held in July for the first time and was very successful. In many respects NSW has shown how the existing tripartite agreement between IEEE, IE Aust and IEE can operate not only in spirit but also in practice.  

In conclusion, I thank my fellow Committee members for the support they have given me during my term. I wish you and your families all the very best of fortune for Christmas and the New Year.

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On Friday 27 September, the NSW Section celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a dinner at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli. The Section Chairman Dr Trevor Bird welcomed distinguished guests that included Life Members, Bruce Howard, President of the Sydney Division, Institution of Engineers and the Division’s Hon. Treasurer John Gebler.

To set the scene, he outlined a little of the history of the Section and touched on major events that occurred in 1972 when the Section was formed. (An updated history can be found on the Section web site.) He presented the Max Simons award to Mr Yuehe Ge of Macquarie University for his paper entitled "Efficient Analysis of Microstrip Circuits Using New Closed-Form Green's Functions".

Following the main course, plaques were presented to members who have served continuously on the Section Committee for ten years or more. These members were: Bruce Poon, Sam Reisenfeld, Ramutis (Zak) Zakarevicius, John Robinson, Walter Lachs, Jim Logothetis and Jim Vasseleu. A display of memorabilia included early issues of Circuit and an Edison light globe. An enjoyable night was had by all at what is a beautiful Sydney venue.
Jim Vasseleu receives his 10-year continuous service plaque from 2002 Chairman, Trevor Bird.

In presenting the seven awards, Dr Bird made the following remarks.  

“I mentioned in my historical introduction that the Section has had many dedicated servants over the years. On the present occasion, the Section Committee resolved to honour Section members who have served continuously for ten years or more on the Section Committee. This evening 7 awards will be given.

Bruce Poon

Has served on the Committee since 1992 and has been the Membership officer since 1995. He has been active in promoting IEEE at year 11 and 12 careers day activities since 1996.

Sam Reisenfeld

Chair of the Communications & Signal Processing Chapter, instigator of the highly successful Globecom 98 conference in Sydney and member of the conference Technical Program Committee.

Ramutis Zakarevicius

Zak has served more or less continuously on the Committee since the mid 1970s. He was Section Chairman from 1979 to 1981. Up until this year he was the Committee member responsible for Educational Activities.

John Robinson

John has held most executive positions on the Section Committee, including Chairman in 1999-2000, Secretary in 1998 and Treasurer from 1990 to 1998.

Walter Lachs

Walter was Chairman in 1988 to 1990 and again in 1995. He was Chairman of Australia Council from 1990 to 1991. He has served as Vice Chair in 1998 and Secretary from 1991 to 1993 and also 1996 to 1997. I believe he was Editor of the newsletter Circuit for over 10 years.

Demetrios (Jim) Logothetis

Jim has served in total 7 years as Chairman, from 1991 to 1994 and again from 1996 to 1998. He was secretary from 1987 to 1990, in 1995 and again in 1999. Most recently, Jim has been responsible for Professional Activities, which includes IEEE’s involvement in Engineering Week.  

James Vasseleu

Jim Vasseleu is the Father of the Section. He has served almost continuously on the Committee since its inception, except for when he was Region 10 Director in 1977 and 1978 and member of the IEEE Board. He was Chairman in 1972 to 1973 and again from 1985 to 1987. He has held several other positions including Vice Chair from 1995 to 1997, and Treasurer from 1974 to 1975. For a number of years he has been Chair of the Nominations Committee, the Awards Committee and the Life Member Committee.

Please give a round of applause for these most distinguished members of the New South Wales Section Committee!”

Recipients of 10-year awards and the Section Chairman in front of the original banner of the Australian Section which ultimately became the NSW Section. Left to right: John Robinson, Jim Logothetis, Trevor Bird (Chairman), Sam Reisenfeld, Jim Vasseleu, Ramutis Zakarevicius, Bruce Poon and Walter Lachs.





IEEE Fellow Dr Peter I. Somlo passed away on 17 August 2002 following a stroke that he suffered a week before. He was 69. Peter was a member of the Australian Section Committee (now NSW Section) in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was Vice Chair from 1979 to 1981. He received an IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984 and was elected a Fellow in 1987 “for contributions to precision metrology at radio and microwave frequencies”.

IEEE Fellow Dr Peter I. Somlo 1933-2002

As well, he was a Member of the Editorial Review Board of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory & Techniques from 1970 to 1993, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Antennas & Propagation – Microwave Theory & Techniques NSW Chapter in 1992.

Peter was born in Budapest, Hungary, and obtained the Dipl. Ing degree in 1956 from the University of Technology, Budapest. After arriving in Australia, Peter was employed by the CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory, Sydney, where he remained until 1993. In the latter years at CSIRO he was Leader of the RF/Microwave Group and a Senior Principal Research Scientist.  

An internationally renowned expert in accurate microwave measurements, Peter was co-author of the book “Microwave Impedance Measurement” (Peter Peregrinus, 1985) with his CSIRO colleague Dr John Hunter. After retiring from CSIRO, Peter was a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, from 1993 to 1996. Until a few years ago, Peter was a regular attendee at Joint Institution meetings and especially enjoyed discussions on knotty physics questions and innovative approaches to problems. He was an avid windsurfer and made several contributions to the design of boards. Peter will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues around the world.





The NSW Section Web Master is Jon Paul Agnew. Chapter Committee members should contact Jon Paul to update the details on the web site. Don’t forget to place the web address in your Bookmarks so as to keep up to date with the latest Section news and information.


Visit the ‘News’ section for updates to the lecture programs on the NSW Section web site.


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The NSW Section Committee has recommended to IEEE Headquarters that the NSW Hunter Valley Sub-section be delisted. This follows a request for expressions of interest in the last issue of CIRCUIT to form a local organising committee. The response was very disappointing both for the Section Committee and some members in the Hunter. However, there was insufficient interest to form a committee and restart activities that would ensure the viability of the Sub-section in the future.




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The first function of the GOLD Affinity Group will be a dinner on Friday, 1 November to be held at the Duxton Hotel, North Sydney, 88 Alfred St, Milsons Point, commencing at 7pm. It was originally planned for August 16 but due to several factors the event was rescheduled. Members who graduated in the last ten years and also Student Members are especially invited to attend. The cost is $20 and this includes all food and beverages. Dress is semi Formal/Business.

To attend please contact Andrew Parfitt  (Tel: 9372 4187, Fax 9372 4106, email by 24 October . Payment can be by cheque or credit card (Mastercard, Bankcard or Visa).



Many members may not be aware of the benefits of IEEE Senior Membership. As well as recognizing your performance and contribution to the profession in a tangible way, each new Senior Member receives an attractive fine wood and bronze engraved Senior Member plaque and a US$25.00 gift certificate toward one new Society membership. Who can become a Senior Member? Anyone with ten years in the profession (not 10 years of IEEE membership.) Your educational experience is counted towards this ten-year requirement. Other criteria are five years of significant performance and have three IEEE Senior Member or Fellow references. If you are nominated only two references are needed. Now it is even easier to become a Senior Member via the IEEE website. Details and application forms are obtained at



All members are invited to attend the listed joint meetings with the I.E. Aust., ITEES and IEE. All meetings are held at 5.30 for 6.00 pm (with light refreshments) at the Institution of Engineers, Australia Lecture Theatre, 118 Alfred St., Eagle House, MILSONS POINT unless otherwise shown.

14 Nov 2002 Strategic Asset Management Dr Platfoot  
28 Nov 2002 The Expanding Scope of Professional Liability  – IEAust. Elec. Branch AGM   Jörn Schimmelfeder, Pricewaterhouse- Coopers IEAust
29 Nov 2002 IEEE AGM   IEEE
13 Feb 2003 Protection against arcing faults on LV switchboards. TBA, Uni. Syd. IEAust
27 Feb 2003 Power line communications R Watts, InovaTech IEAust
13 Mar 2003 Intensive care by wire-telemedicine Dr L Wilson, CSIRO Telecom. & Ind. Phy. IEE
27 Mar 2003 JPEG2000 - a new image compression standard Dr David Taubman, UNSW IEEE
10 Apr 2003 Callide C power station Philip Neal IEAust
8 May 2003 New developments in railway signalling SRA IEAust
22 May 2003 Gamma camera for detecting landmines Dr J Tickner, CSIRO Minerals IEE
12 Jun 2003 E-liability TBA IEE
26 Jun 2003 Transformers for the modern world Colin James, ALSTOM IEAust
10 Jul 2003 Update on Bluetooth TBA ITEE
24 Jul 2003 Truscan-a scanning probe for cancer in women Polartechnics IEE
14 Aug 2003 Electromagnetic Engineering in the world of photonic crystals Drs Andrew Weily & Karu Esselle, MacQ. Uni IEEE
28 Aug 2003 Intelligent Networked Home Dr Peter Beadle, Motorola IEEE
11 Sep 2003 Electronics in the medical industry Siemens or GE IEE
25 Sep 2003 Process control systems in the printing industry Fairfax IEE
9 Oct 2003 Protection against terrorism Eric Parker ITEE
23 Oct 2003 Space Time Signal Processing Dr Petrag Rapajic, UNSW IEEE
13 Nov 2003 Update on contestability of LV power distribution TBA IEAust
27 Nov 2003 Board Band Optical Fibre Sources Assoc Prof Graham Town, MacQ. Uni IEEE
28 Nov 2003 IEEE Annual General Meeting   IEEE




Thursday, 14 November 2002

Speaker: Dr Bob Platfoot, Covaris Pty Ltd  

Synopsis: This paper presents various methodologies and issues associated with a total asset management process that embraces the use of capital and maintenance expenditure to ensure assets meet the full spectrum of operational requirements, including safety, performance and return on investment.  Pervading the entire process is a risk management process that is a function of the condition of the asset base and the responsiveness to identified needs.  The tangibles of the asset management plan are physical documents and systems that make up the individual elements within the framework. In this case, they are the outward signs of a business process, which is comprised of many business rules.

Output from the asset management plan described in the paper includes distribution of costs across systems and areas, efficiency of the

expenditure (including reactive versus proactive maintenance plus anecdotal notes on known problems), and effectiveness of the expenditure – management of the reliability and capability of the systems, where capability represents ability of an asset to provide its intended function with expected levels of flexibility, efficiency and quality.  In conclusion this work has achieved interpretation of the broad overall business targets in terms of operational requirements for specific assets and groups of assets, planning ahead to check likelihood of asset capability being able to meet operational requirements, and gap analysis between operational requirements and operational performance.

Biography: Bob Platfoot is a Principal of Covaris Pty Ltd, an engineering consulting and technology development company based in Sydney, Australia.  The main focus of the company is divided into four core programs streams: strategic asset management, maintenance systems, process optimisation and energy optimisation. 

Prior to this, Bob was a Senior Lecturer at the University of NSW where he extensively researched maintenance engineering methods, and developed various processes applicable to the shop floor as well as restructuring of company processes. He was responsible for introducing maintenance course work and various research projects associated with preventative maintenance systems and contemporary approaches.

He worked for the Electricity Commission of NSW, now known as Pacific Power, between 1979 and 1992, covering various aspects of coal fired boiler plant life assessment and maintenance.  Key work included predicting three dimensional gas flows inside boiler, dust collection and milling plant, and life assessment of high temperature tube banks.

He holds BE and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

His current primary interests are in the all-of-life sustainment of performance-based maintenance contracts and company strategic improvement in asset management.  He is responsible for packaged systems in the establishment and implementation of planned maintenance in a variety of facilities and organisations.  Recent career highlights have included work in total asset management approaches to an alumina refinery and the Collins class submarine fleet.  


Thursday, 28 November 2002

Speaker: Jörn Schimmelfeder, Senior Associate – Infrastructure, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Tel: 61 2 8266 6684) 

Synopsis: The scope of professionals' liability is expanding such that each participant involved in a construction project is obliged to act in a manner which may often cause them to accept responsibilities beyond those set out in the terms of their agreement.  Legal obligations can be imposed where an engineer should be capable of identifying a potential problem or scope for liability.  This duty is often discharged by warning the relevant party, being the superintendent administering the contract or the principal himself or herself.  In some circumstances, the duty requires something more to be done.  The concerning aspect of this development in the law is that engineers may not know when the duty arises or what, in precise terms, is ! required of them.  This is particularly unnerving where engineers may seek to rely on the approved practices of their professional body, such as the Institution of Engineers. 

This development in the law is one reason why consulting professionals need to adopt a more sophisticated approach to providing their services.  One way to control contractors' claims is to consider these issues when drafting contracts to engage consultants.  Limitations on, or indemnity from liability where it arises in particular circumstances are a pre-emptive way of managing the risk which is introduced by these developments in the law.  Exclusion clauses need to be carefully drafted and raise further issues for consideration.

Biography: Jörn Schimmelfeder has a broad range of experience in construction, infrastructure and engineering transactions and disputes.

He has been involved in the drafting of long term road and rail maintenance agreements, joint venture agreements for consortiums undertaking major infrastructure projects and drafting mining infrastructure agreements as well as major construction disputes.

Jörn was identified in the 2001-2002 edition of Legal Profiles as a "Young Gun". His practice areas are identified as "construction and maintenance of major infrastructure including project finance and establishing transaction structures". The client comment is noted as "knowledge of law, understanding government and rail contracts. Punctual with commercial responses. Available to answer queries".


Thursday, 13 February 2003

Speaker: TBA

No details provided at time of printing. Please visit the ‘News’ page of the Section web site for details in the weeks preceding the meeting.



David Burger is Treasurer of the Section and previously was Assistant Treasurer in 1998 and Vice Chair in 2001. David is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the IEAust. He also has a Chartered Professional Engineer accreditation, and is a member of the IEAust Electrical College. As well, he is a member of the IT&C College of IEAust and is on the panel of interviewers for this College. In his spare time, David is actively involved in Amateur Radio, holding the highest-grade licenses in both Australia and the USA.

David is currently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Infocomms consultancy group. His work involves voice/data and multi-media telecommunications network diagnostic work, telco operations process improvement and capacity planning and forecasting, including emerging mobile networks.

David has over 18 years experience in telecommunications and consultancy services, including 7 years servicing the financial industry's specialised communications needs. He has wide telecommunication experience with cellular systems, satellite, fibre, voice and data services, including cost estimation and justification processes.



13. WESTE SPEAKS ON 802.11A - 30 OCTOBER 2002

The next meeting of the NSW Joint Chapter of Solid State Circuits/Circuits and Systems on 30 October will be addressed by IEEE Fellow Neil Weste, Director of Engineering, Cisco. Neil’s talk is entitled “RF, CMOS and friends – a potpourri of experiences with IEEE 802.11a chipset”. The venue is Cisco Systems, Level 2, 3 Innovation Road, North Ryde, NSW. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 9 pm and includes refreshments and the opportunity to network.

For further details please contact the Chapter Chair, Steven Duvall (ph 9937 5861, email .



The IEEE Board of Directors voted in June to increase dues and assessments for the 2003 membership year. The rate for higher-grade members will increase to US$110 plus Regional Assessments.  Student dues will rise to US$30 for Regions 1-7 and US$25 for Regions 8-10. (A subscription to "IEEE Potentials" magazine is included in membership for students in Regions 1-7, accounting for the difference.) This is the first increase in Student dues since 1993, and only the second increase in higher-grade dues since 1996. 

In addition, the Board raised the IEEE-USA assessment to US$33 and revised the reduced-dues program for recent graduates. The now one-year program offers individuals a 50 percent discount off full member dues the first year after graduation.

At a special meeting on 2 August, the IEEE Board of Directors voted to revise the Affiliate fee for 2003 to US$49. The Board also voted to set the Affiliate fee to 50 percent of full IEEE dues for the 2004 membership year and beyond.

After 15 August, the new 2003 dues rates will go into effect and all applications received at IEEE will be processed for the 2003 dues year. The online 2003 IEEE applications will be available as of 1 September for applicants paying by credit card.  The online applications may be found at, select the link for "Membership." 

IEEE Scoop September 2002





IEEE has launched a new Conference Search function that enables a visitor to go right to the appropriate "shop" page if she wants to purchase a publication associated with her conference (if a publication exists). Start your search at

The easiest way to find a conference is to select a "Year" and a "Sponsor," then click on "Submit."  Select the conference from the search results, and then scroll down to the "Proceedings/Publications" cell. If there is a publication for that conference, you will see a number.  Click on it, and you will be directed to the "shop" page.  For further information, contact Patricia Thompson, IEEE Technical Activities, telephone +1 732 562 3872;

IEEE Scoop September 2002



The 2001 IEEE Annual Report is now available.  To conserve costs and achieve a broad, global distribution, the report will be primarily accessible online from the IEEE home page,  Printed copies will be mailed to the IEEE Board of Directors, major boards and committees, as well as about 4,000 corporate, government and academic leaders around the world.  Delegates to the 2002 Sections Congress will receive both a printed copy and a CD-ROM.

For more information, contact Helen Horwitz, IEEE Corporate Strategy and Communications, at or +1 732 562 6821.

IEEE Scoop September 2002



Through its Rapid Response Program, the IEEE Foundation is able to quickly respond to funding requests under US$5,000 for projects and activities related to IEEE student and young professional members.  Three such projects - a robotics competition in Chile, a four-day student workshop in Spain, and student leadership conference in the United States, were awarded a total of US$10,400 during September 2002.  To learn more about how to apply for a grant from the IEEE Foundation, go to

IEEE Scoop October 2002





Details of conferences and other forthcoming international events can be found by visiting the IEEE web site




The NSW Section is a technical co-sponsor of the First International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2002), to be held in Bathurst from 24 to 28 November 2002. Details may be obtained from the Conference web site .  

The third Biennial Complex Systems Summer School will be held from 1 to 6 December 2002. Details can be found at:



Entries are now invited for three student paper competitions. Two are provided by the IEEE Australia Council and the third, the Max Simons Prize, by the IEEE NSW Section. The aims, the conditions of entry and the method of submission are the same. These and other details are given below.

Aims: (a) To promote the interest of undergraduate / postgraduate students in writing high quality technical papers in the research areas within the technical areas of IEEE.·(b) To promote the interest in all aspects of electrical, electronics, communications, and Computer engineering inclusive of all areas of IEEE interest.·(c) To promote IEEE membership throughout Australia.

Prizes: For the undergraduate competition, a $500 cash prize is awarded to the student author of the paper judged to be the best submission.  For the postgraduate competition a cash prize of $500 is also awarded, together with up to $1000 support for the winner to travel to an IEEE sponsored Australian or International conference of his/her choice in 2003, provided that the student presents their paper at that conference. The IEEE Australia Council/NSW Section reserves the right not to award either prize if it believes that there is no paper of a suitable status. 

Max Simons Prize: The best paper submitted from the New South Wales Section will be eligible for the Max Simons Prize. This includes $200 cash and a certificate.

Certificates: Each of the Best Paper winners of the two competitions (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) is awarded a Certificate from the IEEE Australia Council. In addition a Certificate of Rank is awarded to each of the first and second runner-up student papers of the two competitions. 

Subject of the Paper: The author is free to choose the subject of the paper which, however, must be within the traditional fields of Electrical, Electronic, Communications, and Computer engineering, or within the emerging fields of Information Technology, Bio-medical, and Nano-Technology inclusive of all technical areas covered by the IEEE.

Eligibility: The IEEE Australia Council Student Paper Competition is open to all IEEE Undergraduate and Postgraduate Student Members studying in Australia. Separate undergraduate and postgraduate prizes will be awarded.  Papers must be submitted in the first instance to the IEEE Section in which their institution is located if a Section level contest is held.  The best and the first runner-up undergraduate and postgraduate papers from each Section will then be sent to the IEEE Australia Council where the final decision will be made. In case where there is no section level contest, the student authors may send their papers directly to the IEEE Australia Council. The papers will be judged on technical merit (50%) and presentation (50%).

Judging Criteria: The papers will be judged on their technical contents, original ideas as well as written presentation. Details of the criteria can be found in the IEEE Australia Council web site:

Paper submission: Papers should be submitted to:

Dr A. J. Parfitt

Secretary, New South Wales Section

CSIRO Telecommunications & Industrial Physics

PO Box 76, Epping  NSW 1710


by 11 November 2002 so that the short-listed papers can be forwarded to the IEEE Australia Council committee before 30 November 2002.

Paper Format: NSW Section should receive six copies of hardcopy or a softcopy (pdf file) of the Technical Paper in IEEE standard paper format. The IEEE Format is available from: or from other web-sites of IEEE.

Contest Rules: All entries must be accompanied by a certificate from an IEEE Student Branch Counsellor or Faculty Member of the entrant’s home institution, confirming the entrant is an IEEE Student Member and indicating which competition (undergraduate or postgraduate) the student is entering. The entrant’s IEEE Student Membership Number must be stated in the certificate.  If the student is in the process of becoming an IEEE student member, then a photocopy of the duly completed application must accompany the manuscript. The paper may report on the entrant’s undergraduate thesis or postgraduate research on a topic in the areas of electrical, electronic engineering, computer science or allied subjects in the fields of interest of the IEEE Technical Societies.  The paper must be the student’s own work, and the student should declare this in a cover letter with the submission.  The maximum length of the paper is six A4 pages including all text and figures.

Deadline: Six printed copies or one softcopy (pdf file) of the technical paper in accordance with the Contest Rules must be received by the NSW IEEE Section no later than 11 November 2002.  In the event of a student failing to submit before this deadline due to a valid reason (e.g. medical reasons), the student may still submit the package to the IEEE Australia Council before 30 November 2002.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Parfitt (details above) or

Dr. W. W. L. Keerthipala

Student Paper Contest Coordinator

IEEE Australia Council

Tel: 61 (08) 9266 7901




Wanted to purchase. Hardbound copy (1st or 2nd edition) of ‘A treatise on the theory of Bessel functions’, by G.N. Watson. Contact: the Editor (ph 9372 4289, email



As has been foreshadowed for over a year now, from 2003 CIRCUIT will normally be provided electronically by downloading from the NSW Section Web site Members will be notified by email using the address provided at the membership renewal time when a new issue has been posted on the web site.

In 2003 CIRCUIT will be mailed only to those members requesting a printed copy or those not having an email address. If you require a hard copy of CIRCUIT mailed to you please complete the form below and return to the Editor at the address shown.



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