The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section - the latest news
about upcoming events and the people that make them happen - Section and
Chapter meetings, workshops, conferences, and other events of interest
occuring in Toronto and surounding areas. Posted every month.
Santa Kostas Plataniotis, with all his little elves - Dennis, Al, Pelle,
Bruno, Alex, Bob, Bob, Wai Tung, Aleksandra, Wallas, Visda, Emanuel, Alagan,
George, Jody, George, Ed, Vince, Florin, Ron, Sridar, and Raymond wish
you happy holidays and a prosperous new year!
IEEE Toronto has arranged for all our members' families - especially the young
potential IEEE members - to keep track of Santa's activities over the
holiday season using this high tech NORAD Santa web
site. Your kids can also send a letter to Santa.
Upcoming Chapter/Group Activities
December 10 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Our Gold and Women in
Engineering Affinity Groups will hold a "Holiday Party 2004" at the U of T
International Centre at 33 St. George Street, Toronto. Come and enjoy
a warm evening during this cold Holiday Season - meet with your peers and
celebrate the successes and milestones of the Year 2004. Print your
very own personal invitation.
January 12 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Our Women in Engineering
Affinity Group will hold a "Wen-do - a Women's Self Defense Workshop".
Click for details. This event was postponed from last November.
Feb 10 2005 Our Computer Chapter is
cosponsoring a meeting with the Toronto Dufferin and Kingsway PEO Chapters.
Paul Cooper, VP of Business Development and R&D at MD Robotics. will be the
speaker - details to be announced
Coming in 2005 Our Life Member Affinity Group is planning a
tour of the Trillium Hospital to see their first class cardiac facilities.
If you are interested, please call Wallas Khella (905-279-2976) or
Sim Murthy (905-826-2553). Date and time will be set later to suit
The 18th Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
Engineering will be held May 1-4, 2005 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The the deadline for abstract submissions is December 10, 2004.
This is an excellent opportunity for authors to publish and
present papers on a wide variety of topics to an international audience.
Please visit their web site for additional information and links to
the Paper Submission System.
IAS Chapter - Industry Applications Chair Chair Vince Scaini
reports on his November 24 seminar.
There was an IAS Toronto Chapter meeting held Nov. 23, 04. at Ryerson
University. The presentation topic was "Arcing Ground Faults and Arc
Flash Hazards" given by Mr. Ajit Bapat. This meeting was well attended
with 23 people present - see photo at left. It was also a pleasure to
introduce Dr. Dewei (David) Xu as Chapter Vice Chair and Mr. Ehsan
Behdoudi as Chapter Secretary for the first time in their official capacity.
Other IAS News... We are looking for feedback from our members
on presentation topics or speakers you would be interested in. Please
forward your ideas to any of the chapter executive members. Their email
links are found on the following web site
Life Members -
Chapter Chair Wallas Khella is seeking a volunteer to serve as the "history
chair". This person will contribute by documenting some historical
events and milestones for the IEEE Toronto Section. The life member
group activities cover a variety of technical programs, public service
contributions, talks on current issues and social activities. IEEE life
members have benefited from their membership over the years and now it is
"pay-back time". Please come forward and serve the organization that
served you! (and please phone Wallas at 905-279-2976)
Links - Did you know that there are links to a variety of
News web sites (local and international) at the top of our News web page?
There are some new awards that Student and Gold members can apply or be
nominated for - check out the IEEE Canadian Foundation web site for details.
- The IEEE Communications Society is offering free 5-minute previews
of its enhanced conference tutorials online. Topics available for
preview include security and information assurance, smart antennas for
wireless systems, an introduction to UPnP and broadband wireless IP.
Originally presented at recent IEEE Communications Society sponsored
conferences, the tutorials run 2.5 to 5 hours in length and contain the
original visuals and audio by the presenter. They are available for
purchase for US$200 for society members and US$250 for non-members. For
more information, visit the IEEE Communications Society web site.
- Celia Desmond (Toronto, Ontario) a former IEEE Canada president
has been elected as IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities.
- Mohamed El-Hawary (Halifax, Nova Scotia) IEEE Canada past president
has been elected as IEEE Secretary for a second one-year term.
- Did you renew your IEEE membership yet? Renewing on the web is
simple and convenient - just grab your credit card and click here, then use your
IEEE web account for access.
Upgrading Your Membership
Your IEEE Membership ! The following membership grades
exist; Student Member, Associate Member, Member, Senior Member, Fellow,
and Honorary Member. IEEE Society Affiliates are not IEEE members
but can apply to join. Student Members are those members in
full-time attendance in an accredited University programme and who
automatically become Members following graduation; likewise, Community
College Student Members automatically become Associate Members.
Associate Members can apply to become Members. Members can apply or be
nominated to become Senior Members. Senior Members must be
nominated to be elected as Fellows by the IEEE Board of Directors.
The nomination process for Senior Member and Fellow grade includes
references. Honorary Members are individuals who do not normally qualify for
IEEE membership and who are elected by the IEEE Board of Directors for
some unique reason. The Life Member designation is automatic and
applies to all grades of membership - it indicates a combination of age
and continuous membership in the IEEE. In any distinguished professional
organization, higher grades of membership denote professional advancement of
the individual and add value to one's resume and reputation.
Associate Members of the IEEE Toronto Section - this is for you!
Section Chair Kostas Plataniotis is extending a personal invitation
to each and everyone of you to consider upgrading to Member or Senior Member
grade, and he is offering to help you. Please click this link for full details.
All Other Members of the IEEE Toronto Section
While there is a special effort to help Associate members this month,
all of our viewers are encouraged to join or to upgrade their membership.
The application and nomination process is straightforward, fully
described, and can be done directly from this web site.
All the links to the convenient online web forms that you might need
are at the top of our membership page. Upgrading does not change
your membership dues! Why not see if you qualify right now... and upgrade
for the new year.
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interest to our members. If you would like to advertise in our newsletter,
please contact the editor.
Thanks For Reading
That's all for now, hope to have you visit again next month ..... Bob Alden,
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editor at this email
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