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The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section
Issue #20060101, January 2006
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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.   Now formatted for portrait-orientation printing.

Upcoming Courses   Now is the time to register if you have not done so.


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Upcoming Conferences

The 19th Annual IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering will be held May 7-10, 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario. Click here for details.

The Engineering Institute of Canada Conference on Climate Change Technology: Engineering Challenges and Solutions in the 21st Century will be held May 9-12, 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario. Please visit their web site for full details

The 2006 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo will be held July 9-12, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario at the Hilton hotel. Click here for details

The 9th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems will be held September 17-20, 2006 in Toronto at the Marrott Downtown hotel. Click here for details.

The 2006 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology will be held September 28-9, 2006 in Toronto at the Renaissance Downtown hotel.Click here for details.

Section News

Please welcome the following IEEE members as they assume Executive Positions in the Women in Engineering Affinity group

Ms. Susan Treki, P.Eng, has assumed the position of WIE Vice-Chair. Susan brings extensive industry as well as volunteer experience to the team. Susan led the York Region PEO Education Chapter and volunteered with other organizations such as Engineers without Borders. Susan's interests include but is not limited to fuel cell industry, wind power generation and nano-technology and works for the Ontario Power Generation.

Ms. Sylvia Raynham,has assumed the position of WIE Treasurer. Sylvia is Senior System Analyst with CIBC. She was a volunteer member of the Executive Team of the WIE Affinity Mentoring Event. Sylvia's interests include but is not limited to new and emerging computer technologies and algorithms.

Ms. Rachenl Zhan, Stone and Webster, has assumed the position of WIE Secretary. Rachel has successfully migrated her engineering and management experience from her home country, China, to Canada. She is now part of the Stone and Webster engineering team. Rachel was a volunteer member of the Executive Team of the WIE Affinity Mentoring Event

Dr. Kostas Plataniotis - IEEE-Toronto Section Chair 2005, and the Entire team at IEEE Toronto Section thank Mr.Vince Scaini for his dedication and contributions to IEEE-Toronto Section and wish him all the best as he steps down as Chair of the Industry Applications Society.

Member News

Senior Membership Elevation - 2005

Robert (Bob) Hanna - President IEEE Canada and IEEE Director (Region 7) 2006-2007, reports that the overall senior membership elevation within Region 7 for 2005 was 110 of which Toronto section contribution was 30%. He extended his sincere appreciation and thanked the IEEE Toronto Section Leadership for a job well done.
To check how our Region, Section or Society is doing on Senior Member elevations and nominations, click here


IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Recognized with Three STC Awards of Excellence in 2005 Publications Competition

December 14, 2005 - IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (T&S Magazine), published by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (IEEE-SSIT), has been recognized with three 2005 "Awards of Excellence" by the Society for Technical Communications (STC) at the chapter level.
The Awards were announced in December and will be presented to the honorees at an Awards Banquet in March 2006, in Philadelphia, PA. Please click here for details.

IEEE Standards Association Names HP Winner of its 2005 Corporate Award

PISCATAWAY, N.J.,December 5, 2005 . - The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has awarded HP its 2005 Corporate Award in recognition of HP’s broad participation in IEEE-SA operations and its leadership in the IEEE-SA Corporate Program.Please click here for details.


Future Senior Members of the IEEE Toronto Section   Have you been in professional practice for at least ten years and have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years?   You should be an IEEE Senior Member.   Need help in obtaining your three references?   We will help you - just contact Alex , our membership chair.   Please click this link to find out the advantages, the requirements, and an explanation of the process including key links to apply online.

Volunteers Invited

Volunteering a few hours a month is a very rewarding experience - we have a great group of about 45 volunteers who contribute to the smooth running of our Section - by distributing the workload over many Section members, the individual load is kept small - we are looking for a few additional members to help out in the following specific areas:

- Secretary for our Industry Applications Society    If you are interested, please contact David


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A closing quote by Enrico Fermi - 1938, Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics

There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.”

Thank you for reading - Naresh Kurada(Editor).

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