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The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IEEE Orlando Section
Established in 1959 and serving over 1,400 members in
Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter counties.

IEEE Orlando Section Monthly

Vol. XXXVII No. 04
April 2004



IEEE Orlando Section 2004 Awards Banquet


Engineer of the Year
Engineering Educator of the Year
Orlando Section Service Award
Graduate Student of the Year
Undergraduate Student of the Year


Saturday, April 3rd


6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner


Radisson Plaza Hotel Lake Ivanhoe


Sarah Rodgers Vice President, Transmission & RTO Development for Progress Energy


$20 for IEEE Members
$30 for Non-IEEE Members
$5 for IEEE Student Members
Complimentary for IEEE Fellows


Tickets may be purchased before 1 April 2004 by contacting:
Rebecca Hayman,
Joe Juisai,
Debi Prince,
Robert Pirela,
Thomas Wu,
Clear here to view Banquet Flyer to post throughout your organizations and workplace


Executive Committee (EXCOM) Meeting


Tuesday, April 6th


6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Social
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EXCOM Meeting


Louie & Maria Restaurant
9728 E. Colonial Dr., 407-277-7755


* March Meeting Minutes
* Treasurer's Report


Joe Juisai at 407 808-1301 or e-mail to reserve space.


CS/RA/SMC - Nonlinear PI Control


Thursday, April 8th


11 am




Nonlinear PI Control


Dr. Z.P.Jiang, Associate Professor, Polytechnic University, New York, NY


In this talk I present a nonlinear small-gain method for thedesign of nonlinear controllers for systems with parametric and dynamic uncertainties. Through examples it is shown that this novel method can be employed systematically to unify various results available in past literature of nonlinear control. Nonlinear parameterization, partial-state and output feedback designs will be discussed.


Dr. Jiang received the Ph.D. degree in automatic control and mathematics from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, he held visiting researcher positions in several institutions including INRIA (Sophia-Antipolis), France, the Department of Systems Engineering in the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and the Dept of Electrical Engineering in the University of Sydney. In January 1999, he joined the Polytechnic University at Brooklyn as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is now an Associate Professor. His main research interests include stability theory, robust and adaptive nonlinear control, with special emphasis on applications to underactuated mechanical systems and communication networks. Currently, Dr. Jiang is a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, and an Associate Editor for Systems and Control Letters and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Dr. Jiang is the recipient of a prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship Award (1998) from the Australian Research Council and a CAREER Awardfrom the U.S. National Science Foundation (2000).


Yi Guo, (407) 823-5762,


2004 Florida Conference in Recent Advances in Robotics (FCRAR)


May 6 and 7


UCF (main campus)


It is an unpeered conference reserved to researchers working in Florida, with no registration fees, no copyrights and no page limit for the papers submitted.
It represents an opportunity to talk about on-going research, for the students to gain experience in presenting technical material to a large audience, to learn what other universities are doing in their research, and to help us make useful connections.

Contact: or directly contacting one of the members of the organizing committee listed on the conference website at:
click here for more information

IEEE-USA President's Column: Offshoring
IEEE-USA President John Steadman's latest
president's column deals with offshoring and can be found at
Senior Member Update
IEEE Orlando Section congratulates our new Senior Member elevated this month:
Yanqing Lu of the Lasers & Electro-Optics Society
Southeastcon 2004 Student Competition Results
Congratulations to all the UCF students who participated:
    • First Place: University of Central Florida
    • Second Place: Adje Mensah and Rebecca Hayman, University of Central Florida
February 2004 Membership Development Progress Report
This report is also available on the Web as the February 2004 link on the MD Progress Reports main page,
The Progress Report is issued monthly to volunteers and Region and Society officers. It provides membership statistics and information about IEEE Membership Development activities.
If you have any questions, comments or membership information you wish to share or have included in this report, please contact Mike Binder at
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Thank You Letters from Congressional Visits Day (CVD)
The three letters that George F McClure faxed to his delegation, in support of funding of the basic and applied research budgets, after the Congressional Visits Day on Capitol Hill, are shown below:
 First S-PAC at UCF a Success
The University of Central Florida held its first ever S-PAC on Feb. 25th, on the topic of "Self-Management", with three speakers and a lunch. All of the 80 seats were filled for the lunch. The Webmaster took photos which will be posted on the student branch Website, at
The program was:
  • 11:30 a.m. - Kickoff and Introduction: Dr. Louis Chow, Dean, College of
  • Engineering (a M.E.)
  • 11:45 a.m. - "Career Crossroads," Irwin Weitman
  • 12:30 p.m. - catered lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. - "Managing to Manage Your Career," John Paserba
  • 2:15 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 p.m. - "Life Cycle Guide to Retirement Planning", George McClure
  • 3:30 p.m. - Q&A, Adjourn
EWeek Photos Available
We have a host of photos from the 2004 National Engineers Week effort that the IEEE led with the Fluor Corporation available at


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