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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.
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Profile on Bob Alden
Bob received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1968.
His professional career included working at the Sangamo Company
in Toronto, the Electricity Commission of New South Wales in Australia,
a number of consulting assignments in several countries, the University
of Toronto, and McMaster University where he was awarded the title of
Professor Emeritus in 2001. He has published over 75 technical
papers in his field of electric power engineering. He is a
registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a newly elected Fellow
of IEEE and EIC.
He has been an active IEEE volunteer for over 30 years, serving as Chair
of the Hamilton Section, Director of Region 7 (now IEEE Canada), and
IEEE Vice President for Regional Activities. Dr Alden is
currently President of the IEEE Canadian Foundation, a Director of the
IEEE Foundation, Chair of the IEEE Information Technology Strategy
Committee, and Webmaster for IEEE Canada. Over a 10 year period,
he published more than 80 articles in IEEE's THE INSTITUTE under the
title "traveling the information highway with Bob Alden". He has
received numerous awards from IEEE and IEEE Canada - most recently the
prestigous Haraden Pratt Award for Outstanding Service to IEEE, and a
Toronto Section Scholarship named in his honour. Within the
Toronto Section, he was the founding chair of the Life Members Group
and assumed the Chair of the Publications Committee in October 2003.
You can read the biographies of any of our volunteer
leaders on our web site by visiting our executive page.
Upcoming Chapter/Group Activities
Jan 22, 2005 1-day course, “Positioned for Success,
Differentiating Yourself”, Celia Desmond & Carolyn Wright, lecturers
Click for details
Jan 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.
Jan 31 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Antonio Martins of the State University
Júlio de Mesquita Filho in Sorocaba, Brazil will present a seminar entitled
"Computer Tomographic Imaging for Non-destructive Testing of Materials",
organized by our Signals and Applications Joint Chapter. Click for details.
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 speak
on the topic "Space Robotics in the 21st Century: Canada's Expanding Role"
- this is a facinating topic, likely of interest to most of our members
and a great one to start our new year... hope to see you there - remaining
details to be announced shortly, why not mark your calendar now !
March-April 2005 Our Life Members Affinity Group has made
preliminary arrangements for a special visit to the Trillium Hospital
(Mississauga Site) to tour their Cardiac Department to show
us the latest technical equipment for diagnostics and treatment.
Click for details. If you are interested, please call Wallas Khella
(905-279-2976) or Sim Murthy (905-826-2553).
Feb 12, 2005 1-day course, “Breakthrough Thinking”,
Celia Desmond & Randy Park, lecturers Click for details
Feb 26, 2005 1-day course, “Networking with Others: The
most important job you will ever have”, Celia Desmond & Carolyn Wright, lecturers
Click for details
Mar 5, 2005 1-day course, “Understanding Personality
Type: Reading Character through TRUE COLORS”, Carolyn Wright, lecturer
Click for details
Mar 26, 2005 1-day course, “Essential Communications for
Engineers”, Celia Desmond, lecturer
Click for details
Mar 4 & 5, 2005 2-day course, “Project Management –
Meeting those pesky Requirements”, Celia Desmond, lecturer
Click for details
The 18th Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
Engineering will be held May 1-4, 2005 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The deadline for abstract submissions is extended to January 7, 2005.
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.
Life Members -
Wallas Khella is seeking a volunteer to serve as the "life member history
chair". We have a need to document 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.
If you can spare a few hours per month, please phone Wallas at 905-279-2976)
Bob Alden (Newsletter Editor) has been elected an IEEE Fellow "for
contributions to eigenvalue analysis of power system stability".
For the complete list of 2005 IEEE Fellows and their citations, visit the
IEEE Fellow web site.
If you are an IEEE Fellow and wish to nominate a candidate for the 2006
election process, please visit the IEEE Fellow web site for full details.
Dr. Alden has also been elected a 2005 Fellow of the Engineering
Institute of Canada.
Congratulations to two of our members who have been recently elevated to
Senior Member grade; Muhammad Ashfaq and Mohammed Reza Rafiei
If you wish to
apply for Senior Member elevation, or nominate someone else, please use this link.
IEEE to Introduce New Browser Requirements in 2005.
New Web browser requirements will go into effect in January 2005 to
support a major upgrade of the IEEE Xplore online delivery system. The
new requirements are based on IEEE Xplore usage statistics indicating
the most highly used browsers, and browser compatibility with required
elements of the new design. IEEE Xplore may not function if the
requirements identified below are not followed. For
more information, visit the IEEE web site.
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
Associate Members of the IEEE Toronto Section
Section Chair Kostas Plataniotis has extended the deadline for a special
opportunity 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 right now,
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 this new year.
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Thanks For Reading
That's all for now, hope to have you visit again next month ..... Bob Alden,
Please send any news item submissions, comments, suggestions, concerns to the
editor at this email
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