The Monthly Connection
The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section
Issue #20040201, February 2004
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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.

Photo of Dennis Cecic Profile on Dennis Cecic
Dennis is our Section Vice Chair for 2004 and 2005.   He formerly chaired our IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society Chapter from 1999 to the end of 2003, when he assumed his present position.   Dennis Cecic, B.Eng. P.Eng., obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto.   He is a Field Applications Engineer with Insight Electronics Canada, specializing in analog, microcontroller and DSP products and applications.   His 12+ years of design experience includes development of microwave, infrared and acoustic motion sensors for the commercial security system market.

You can read the biographies of any of our volunteer leaders on our web site by visiting our executive page.

Upcoming Chapter Activities

February 12 Dr. Ady Solomon, P.Eng., M.A. Econ. of Sparton Electronics will present a seminar on "Novel Frontiers in Engineering: MEMS and Nanotechnology" organized by our Computer chapter in collaboration with the Toronto-Dufferin & Kingsway Chapters of PEO after a short AGM meeting of the Toronto-Dufferin PEO chapter. Refreshments before and afterwards. Click for details.

March 17 Tony Orsi of the law firm, Bereskin & Parr, in Toronto, Ontario, will present a seminar on "An Introduction to Intellectual Property Protection" organized by our Communications Chapter. Click for details.

Upcoming Conferences

PQ Logic is pleased to announce 2 new professional level seminars - full details [PDF]  
For more information and registration, please visit the PQLogic web site.

3 Day Power Quality Seminar March 22-24, 2004 -- Niagara Falls, Ontario   This 3-day course will equip the participants with the "right" train-of-thought needed to identify the Root-Cause of Power Quality problems. Participants will be able to establish the basic analysis criteria and learn proven mitigation techniques. The third day will consist of sessions delivered by industrial specialists.  

2 Day Short Circuit Analysis Seminar March 25-26, 2004 -- Niagara Falls, Ontario   Based on "A Practical Guide to Short Circuit-Calculations" by Conrad St. Pierre, two-day course has been designed as a step-by-step reference for engineers planning on calculating short-circuits currents in electrical power systems. The course deals exclusively with ANSI guidelines.

RWL04 Real World Linux 2004 Conference & Expo, April 13 - 15, 2004, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

Your Connection to Today's Applications and Solutions - overview [PDF]
Attend Real World Linux Conference & Expo, April 13-15, 2004   Canada's only national comprehensive event focusing on Linux and Open Source operating systems for business, government and education users, resellers and developers. For more information and registration, please visit the conference web site. IEEE members - free pre-registration for trade show, 25% discount for conference/tutorials.

2004 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, May 2 - 5, 2004, Niagara Falls, Ontario.   Response to this conference has been fantastic ! Over a thousand abstracts have been received and are now being reviewed. A combination of author interest and a delightful location make this conference one to attend - so plan to make that short drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls, attend the technical sessions that interest you, start with a Sunday workshop, enjoy the Monday evening awards banquet which will be a formal and fun affair, and take in the Niagara area attractions - browse the conference web site for lots of ideas, specific information and links.

2004 RTAS Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Application Symposium, May 25 - 28, 2004, Le Royal Meridien - King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.   Submission deadline is January 12, 2004. For more information, please visit the conference web site.

Member News

Congratulations to two of our members who have been recently elevated to Senior Member grade; Dianne C. Kennedy and Haibin Zhu.   If you wish to apply for Senior Member elevation, or nominate someone else, please use this link.

Now we have a much better chance to nominate highly qualified engineers who are employed in industry for the grade of "IEEE Fellow".   A new fellow category has been created this year specifically for professionals in industry.   "Engineer/Practitioner" will apply to nominees who work in such areas as process or production engineering, quality control, and systems integration.   Read more at this link.

Career Services

Our new career programme is working! General Electric have approached us to post a couple of job openings that should appeal to some of our members. They are looking for an applications engineer who will be responsible for application engineering in the area of power system protection and control, and a technical support specialist who will be responsible for technical performance and reliability of their GE Multilin product lines - check out our careers page for more information.


The large volume of spam is creating programs and strategies to mitigate its effect. As many Internet Service Providers move to offer spam quarantine services which segregate suspected messages into a distinct folder for inspection/deletion, we need to learn new approaches in composing messages - especially the subject line or header. Each day I quickly scan the Subject lines of quarantined messages. I get about 200 spam messages each day, and I have tuned the parameters of my spam quarantine service so that less than one per thousand of these messages is non-spam. This means that I scan very quicky - looking for meaningful Subject lines. Ones like "Hi", "Hello", "Re", "Re your message", etc. do not rate a second thought on my part as I speed through the garbage. The moral of this story is - compose your message subject lines carefully - make them meaningful for the receipient - if you want your message to survive the spam quarantine.

Wiarton Willie - It's Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day

February 2 is traditionally Groundhog day - and our local symbol of this mid-winter hero is Wiarton Willie. Click on Willie's image to read all about this facinating large rodent. Or plan to visit Wiarton yourself and see what all the fuss is about - you can get there by plane, boat, car or right now - snowshoes.


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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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