The Monthly Connection
The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section
Issue #20041201, December 2004
Links: home page, main news page, upcoming events
This Month: chapter meetings, conferences, section news, students, ieee news, your membership, subscriptions

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.

Seasons Greetings
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 your preferences.

Upcoming Conferences

CCECE 05 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.

Section News

Photo 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 details.

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?

Student News

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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Thanks For Reading

That's all for now, hope to have you visit again next month ..... Bob Alden, Editor
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