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1903 IEEE Toronto Section 2008
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Summary of Scheduled Meetings - Current Month and Beyond
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Jul 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Prof. El-Hang Lee, Director of OPERA (Optics and Photonics Elite Research Academy) INHA University, South Korea, presents a Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Distinguished Lecture, "Optical Printed Circuit Board (O-PCB) and VLSI Photonics," organized by our Circuits and Devices Chapter, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Optical Sciences at the University of Toronto.   Click for details.

Jul 17, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.  Marlene George presents "Are You Living The Life You Want? Success is your Birthright!," organized by our Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group.  Click for details. Registration required.

Aug 14, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.  Janet Barclay presents "Getting Organized Once and for All," organized by our Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group.  Click for details. Registration required.

Sep 11, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.  Dr. Daniel Fischer, Senior Engineer, Kinectrics presents, "Artificial Intelligence Stops the Car (so you don?t have to)," organized by our Signals and Computational Intelligence Joint Chapter.   Click for details.

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Toronto Section and Ryerson University are hosting a Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy
Co-organized with the IEEE Toronto WIE Affinity Group

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
8:15 AM – 5:00 PM

ENG LG13 and ENG LG21
George Vari Engineering and Computing Center
Ryerson University
245 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1Z2

Attendance is Free.
Registration by e-mail is compulsory by July 7, 2008

Vision and Objective

  • Brainstorm on viable/implementable technologies to be developed through R&D efforts on “Alternate Energy” in view of climate change, global warming, international commitments and depleting fossil fuels.
  • Identify technologies for local and global applications.
  • Identify the role of stake holders: Universities, Industry, Govt./Funding Agencies (National and international) and Utilities/ User Agencies- in this effort.
  • Identify possible teams comprising individuals and organizations for specific projects.
  • Prepare a roadmap to implement the above ideas for follow up.
  • Discuss workable mechanism to carry out R&D efforts for the desired goal - develop transferable technologies leading to demonstration projects in the field.
  • Discuss mechanism of international cooperation in these efforts to affect ‘Global Synergy’.
Registration by email is compulsory.
Please email before July 7th, 2008 to:
Dr. Bala Venkatesh, ELCE Dept, Ryerson University
For general contact:
Prof. S (Sreenivasa) Murthy (Chair)
Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ryerson University
245 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1Z2

For more details visit:

IEEE Communications Society Launches New Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Program

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has launched a new program to certify the practical knowledge and skills of wireless communications professionals.

The IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) Certification Program has been specifically designed by IEEE ComSoc to address the worldwide wireless industry’s growing need for communications professionals with practical problem-solving skills in real-world situations. With this certification, professionals will be able to clearly demonstrate their knowledge of wireless communications technologies to employers or change engineering fields as new opportunities arise in the wireless industry.

In the coming months, IEEE ComSoc will also launch a set of resources designed specifically to help participants prepare for the examination. In addition, a Candidate Handbook for the IEEE WCET certification program containing policies, complete details of the subject areas covered, reference sources, sample questions, application procedures and contact information is currently available free-of-charge through IEEE ComSoc.


For more information on the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Program (IEEE WCET) contact:  Jean Niblett, IEEE Communications Society, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.  Phone: (212) 705-8913. E-mail: or visit

Visda Vokhshoori Awarded the 2008 IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize

Visda Vokhshoori joined IEEE as a student member in 1996 (elevated to member in 2002) and has been actively involved with the organization ever since. In 2000 she founded the IEEE Hudson Valley WIE Affinity and served as its chair until she moved to Toronto, Canada in 2003. She served as Chair of the Toronto Section WIE Affinity Group for several years until becoming the Section Public Relations Commitee Chair in 2007. She is being awarded the 2008 Women in Engineering Prize, awarded to a female IEEE Canada member who received her first professional degree within the last ten years and who is active in IEEE activities.

The IEEE Toronto Section would like to congratulate Visda Vokhshoori for her achievement and contributions to the IEEE community.

Dr. Bruno N. Di Stefano Awarded the 2008 IEEE Canada W. S. Read Gold Medal

Bruno DiStefano, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is President of Nuptek Systems Ltd. He is being awarded the 2008 W.S. Read Gold Medal (Outstanding and Sustained Service to IEEE Canada and the Institute) in recognition of service to the profession & IEEE.

The IEEE Toronto Section would like to congratulate Bruno Di Stefano for his achievement and thank him for his service to the profession.

Summary of Local IEEE Conferences

July 6–11, 2008IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory – ISIT 2008 will be held in Toronto, Ontario.

All IEEE Conferences in Canada - please use this link.

Pas Pasupathy: Meeting Challenges Head On

IEEE Life Fellow and Toronto Section member, Prof. Subbarayan "Pas" Pasupathy, was recently profiled in the IEEE publication "The Institute":

"A lunch with co-workers and perhaps a fancy watch or a piece of luggage are typical retirement gifts for many people. But those weren’t adequate to mark the career of IEEE Life Fellow Subbarayan “Pas” Pasupathy. Instead, his students and colleagues at the University of Toronto, in Canada, devoted an all-day workshop to honor his contributions as teacher, pioneering researcher, and international authority on wireless digital communications, detection and estimation theory, and biomedical signal processing."

Read the full article by Kathy Kowalenko and visit the official workshop web page.

Communications Society Free Online Tutorial

Sept 18, 2007: IEEE Communications Society is pleased to offer all IEEE members a free two-hour online tutorial...presentation on "Software Radio Implementation for MIMO/OFDM High Speed Wireless LAN/MAN" from IEEE Communications Society's popular Tutorials Now. Free for a limited time only.

This tutorial was originally presented at the IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference, and covers cutting-edge wireless parallel transmission technologies in OFDM and MIMO. Development and systems engineers and technical managers will find the fundamental and helpful information very useful.

photo image IEEE Milestone - First External Pacemaker   The IEEE Toronto Life Members affinity group has successfully nominated the "Hopps First External Pacemaker" as an IEEE Milestone.

Pat Finnigan (LM Chair) is leading this initiative and he needs some help in working with researchers and IEEE members in the life sciences/medical area to gather some more information about Dr. Hopps and his pioneering work in the late 1940's. Click this link to see Dr. Hopps interviewed on a 1950's CBC archive clip from Front Page Challenge.

If you have any relevent information or expertise or are just interested to help out, please contact Pat using his .

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Your 2008 Section Officers (L to R):
Wai Tung Ng - Vice Chair
Alex Bot - Chair
Marcelo Mota - Secretary
Pelle Westlind - Treasurer

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