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1903 IEEE Toronto Section 2009
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» 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
(TIC-STH 2009)

September 27–29, 2009 – Organized and Hosted by the IEEE Toronto Section
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Summary of Scheduled Meetings - Current Month and Beyond
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Jun 4, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Steve Eng of Enviro-Energy Technologies Inc. presents, "Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems & Details for Commercial/Residential Installations" organized by our Industry Applications Chapter.   Click for details.

Jun 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Ehab F. El-Saadany presents, "Distributed Generation ? Overview" organized by our Power and Energy Chapter.   Click for details.

Jun 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz of the University of Texas at Dallas presents, "A Look Inside Digital/Cell-phone Cameras" organized by our Industry Applications Chapter.   Click for details.

Jun 16, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Benjamin Lee of Harvard Applied Physics and IIT Bombay presents, "Quantum Cascade Lasers – Distributed Feedback Lasers and Arrays for Chemical Sensing" organized by our Circuits and Devices Chapter.   Click for details.

Jun 25, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. Dominic Lalli of National Instruments, and Mohamed Hafed of DFTMicrosystems Inc. present, "Test Challenge and Solution in High-speed IO" organized by our Instrumentation and Measurement Chapter.   Click for details.




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Local IEEE Educational Programs

"Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) Training" by Javan Erfanian and Luis Blanco — Jun. 11 and 12, 2009
A 2-day course aims to cover end-to-end wireless engineering concepts, technologies, standards, architecture, design, services, management, and related infrastructure, regulatory and other attributes.  This course targets the requirement for the WCET certification examination.
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Project Management Institute - Southern Ontario Chapter (PMI SOC) and
IEEE Toronto Section Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On March 26, IEEE Toronto Section and PMI Southern Ontario Chapter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of exchanging ideas and experiences on how to benefit from each others? operations. Under the MOU, both organizations will hold joint activities and facilitate the knowledge sharing among the constituents. More details here.

Project Management News: Canadian Project Management Week (Apr 20-25, 2009). See more information at the PMI SOC website.

Marcelo Mota Awarded the 2008 IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award

Marcelo Mota, IEEE Toronto Section Secretary, has been awarded the 2008 IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award. Marcelo's long and fruitful volunteer work for the IEEE developing and promoting the Institute’s activities internationally in all Regions outside the U.S. (Regions 7, 8, 9 and 10), with a stronger focus in Regions 9 (Latin America) and 7 (Canada), has largely contributed to the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board’s mission of serving the needs of the members of the IEEE by maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the geographical organizational units of the IEEE and met the following MGA Board goals, with a transnational scope in the true spirit of the Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award. Read more about this award here.

The IEEE Toronto Section would like to congratulate Marcelo Mota for his achievement and contributions to the IEEE community.

Launch of IEEE Toronto Section Consultants Network Affinity Group & Online Consultants Database

The petition to form the IEEE Toronto Section Consultants Network was approved by IEEE HQs on October 7, 2008. On October 25, the IEEE Toronto Section launched the online Consultants Database under the stewardship of Fasih Masood, Chair, Industrial Relations Committee & Consultants Network Affinity Group. The technical architect of the database is Karl Martin, IEEE Toronto Section Webmaster.

In phase-I, the objectives of the Consultants Database include, but not limited to, fostering the growth of Consultants in fields under the umbrella of IEEE & its Societies, encouraging local consultants to join the IEEE Toronto Section Consultants Network and form new alliances, promoting the use of independent technical and engineering consultants by industry and business, and providing educational activities for self-employed members.

Under the MOU of IEEE and PMI Southern Ontario Chapter, the Consultants Database will also be advertised on the home page of PMI SOC Website at http://www.soc.pmi.on.ca/

In phase-II, IEEE Toronto Section will publish a print catalogue of all consultants with pictures & profiles which will be distributed at all the IEEE Events.

Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy:
Proceedings and Presentations Slides Available for Download

On July 15, 2008, a highly successful one-day Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy was hosted by Ryerson University, co-sponsored the IEEE Toronto Section (represented by the WIE Affinity Group). The symposium proceedings and presentation slides have been made available here.

IEEE Communications Society Offers Free Free Webinars/Tutorials

  1. Free online tutorials available... Commercial Wireless Networking (3 hs, 220 slides) joins WiMax: Mobilizing the Internet (2 hrs 7 min; 89 sldes) and Next Generation Cellular Networks (2 hrs 40 min, 93 slides) as complimentary online tutorials.  See them now; limited time access.
  2. VIEW a Webinar on the WCET Certification Program to learn more about it!
  3. Watch the commercial on WCET brought to you by IEEE.tv

Summary of Local IEEE Conferences

Sep 27–29, 2009Toronto International Conference – Science and Technology for Humanity – TIC-STH 2009 will be held in Toronto, Ontario.

Oct 19–21, 2009Product Safety Engineering Society Symposium – PSESS 2009 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.

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 2008-2009 Section Officers (L to R):
Wai Tung Ng - Vice Chair
Alex Bot - Chair
Marcelo Mota - Secretary
Pelle Westlind - Treasurer

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