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Call for Executive Nominations for 2015

November 26, 2014

Nominations for the positions of IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, to be elected at the AGM on November 28, 2014, are now open. Nominations, including self-nominations, for the positions are to be forwarded to the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Mae Seto [Mae.Seto@dal.ca] by November 26, 2014. Nominations may also be made at the AGM.

Before nominating yourself, or someone else, we would ask that you familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities, which are outlined in the new officer training section of the IEEE website and in the Canadian Atlantic Section operations manual. While the positions are not very demanding, they do require a regular commitment and a basic knowledge of IEEE and section operations. Plus, as per our current By-Laws, the Vice Chair commits to a 3-year term as they becomes Chair in the following year and Past Chair in the year after that.

IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section 2014 Annual General Meeting

November 28, 2014
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wishes to invite you to attend their 2014 Annual General Meeting taking place on Friday November 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm in the private function room of the China Town Restaurant on the Bedford Highway near Bedford, Nova Scotia. Details of the event and of the guest speaker will follow shortly.

Call for Award Nominations

November 14, 2014

The Canadian Atlantic Section of the IEEE gives out up to FIVE prestigious awards to members or honorary members of the IEEE on an annual basis at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Awards and Nominations committee is currently soliciting nominations for these awards, which are:

The Murugan Memorial Award

The Murugan Memorial Medal was established in June of 1986, one year after the tragic and untimely death of its namesake, Gnanendran Murugan, Chairman of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section 1983-84. The Medal is presented on an annual basis to “the member who best demonstrates the qualities of professionalism and dedication to the purposes of the IEEE”.

This Bronze Medal is awarded to the member who, in the opinion of the awards committee, best demonstrates the qualities of professionalism, integrity, and dedication to the purposes of the IEEE. The Medal may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, in the form of a plaque, to an outstanding engineer recognized by the Canadian Atlantic Section who has shared their technical and professional abilities (in industry, government or an institution of higher learning) and, in doing so, has made an outstanding contribution to engineering within the territory of the Canadian Atlantic Section. The outstanding engineering achievement award may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award

The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award, in the form of a plaque, to an industry professional and practitioner in an area of significant interest and importance to the IEEE residing within the territory of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section who, through technical abilities and professional conduct, has made an outstanding contribution to the technology profession in the Canadian Atlantic Section. The Outstanding Industrial Contribution Award may not be awarded in any particular year.

Outstanding Engineering Education Award

The Canadian Atlantic Section will provide an Outstanding Engineering Education Award, in the form of a plaque, to an outstanding individual or organization recognized by the Canadian Atlantic Section who has shard their professional and educational abilities (in the private sector or an institution of higher learning), and, in doing so, has made an outstanding contribution to engineering and technical education within the territory of the Canadian Atlantic Section.

Citation for Distinguished Service

The Citation for Distinguished Service to the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section recognizes and honors outstanding services and contributions of service to IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section. The certificate and copy of the citation is presented at the AGM.
 

Nominations with the nominee’s brief bio and reason for being nominated can be sent directly to the chair of the Awards & Recognition committee, Dr. Laurence T. Yang <ltyang@ieee.org>, and are due no later than November 14, 2014.

Reactive Power and Voltage Control

October 1, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Power and Energy Society/Industry Applications Society Joint Chapter wish to invite you to the following seminar event.

Title of Talk: Reactive Power and Voltage Control
Industrial Partner: Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI)
Time: Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room C104 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.

Details:

Reactive Power is a fundamental characteristic of AC Power Systems. The Volt Ampere Reactive (var, Kvar, Mvar) is critical to delivery of real power (Watt, kW, MW) to hold power system voltages within acceptable limits for efficiency and stability. This presentation will review the fundamentals of reactive power, sources of reactive power, and the characteristics of power systems and load which affect voltage and reactive stability.

About the Presenter:

Robert W. Creighton, P.Eng. has more than 39 years of experience in the design and operation of interconnected power systems. He is currently Senior Specialist Engineer with the Nova Scotia Power System Operator at the Energy Control Centre in Halifax. His past experience includes a year in Pakistan working with the National Power Plan, a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as many years membership on technical committees of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council and the Canadian Electricity Association. Mr. Creighton is a Senior Member of the IEEE and served as Chair of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section in the past.

Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare

September 26, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Dalhousie University, along with the The Signal Processing / Microwave Theory and Techniques Joint Chapter and Circuits and Systems / Solid State Circuits Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. Jamal Deen, McMaster University
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, September 26th, 2014
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B308 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract:

Over the past century, in most developed and rapidly developing countries, there has been a continual increase in life expectancy primarily due to improvements in public health, nutrition and medicine. However, this is now coupled with aging population demographics and falling birth rates, which when combined, are expected to significantly burden the socio-economic well-being of many of these countries. In fact, never before in human history have we been confronted with such a large aging population, nor have we developed solid, cost-effective solutions for the healthcare and social needs and well-being of the elderly. In this presentation, we will describe an ongoing project in Ubiquitous (U)-Healthcare – a smart medical home. In our work, we are using advances in information technology, wireless communication, web-based technologies and autonomics, to develop new, smart and cost-effective solutions for the health wellness of the elderly. Such a solution would enable elderly to lead independent lifestyles in their own homes while being continuously monitored for the early detection of symptoms, so diseases can be treated earlier than in later stages as is currently done; to promote health wellness; as well as to treat chronic illnesses. In this presentation, through a few examples, we will discuss our ongoing work and the challenges we have uncovered, plus some of the research issues we are pursuing. In particular, we will focus on the critical role of information technology (IT) in developing innovative, low-cost and high impacting solutions to the pending elderly demographic crisis. Several examples will be described to highlight IT for U-Health.

About the Speaker:

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is currently Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director, Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory at McMaster University, Canada. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes about 490 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks on Silicon Photonics – Fundamentals and Devices, (Wiley 2012) and Fiber Optic Communications – Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley 2014), 20 authored/edited books and conference proceedings, 16 invited book chapters, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 12 best paper/poster awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors.

As a graduate student, Dr. Deen was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society. His awards and honors include the Thomas D. Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Division from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; an IBM Faculty Award; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; the McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers from IEEE Canada), the Fessenden Silver Medal, and the Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada. For his exceptional scholarly achievements, exemplary professionalism and service contributions, Prof. Deen was awarded three honorary doctorates – the degree Doctor of Engineering – honoris causa from University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011 and the degree Doctor – honoris causa from both Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2012 and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain in 2014.

Dr. Deen’s peers have elected him Fellow in nine national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) – The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (the highest honor for scholars, academics and artists in Canada), The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), The American Physical Society (FAPS), and The Electrochemical Society (FECS).

Location Information:

Room B308 is located in the 3rd floor of the ‘B’ building of Sexton Campus. After 4:30PM you may park in any unreserved spots on the campus parking lot, you should notice signs indicating that a valid parking pass is only required before 4:30PM. Do not park in reserved spots, typically those nearest to the building.

 
 
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