Volume XXXIII, Number 02

A Monthly Publication of the IEEE Orlando Section - September 1999
Meeting Announcements - Chairman's Corner - Awards Chairman's Message - The SCOOP
IEEE CONTACT INFORMATION - P.E. Corner - Events Calendar
 Meeting Announcements
Unless otherwise stated, non-IEEE members are welcome to attend the meetings listed here. Members are encouraged to invite and bring guests to these events.

Power Engineering Chapter Meeting

Sponsor: PE/IA/PEL chapter

Subject: Y2k - We are Prepared
A panel discussion with a variety of industry people to talk about their activities preparing for Y2k.
Place: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Engineering Building Room EN288
Directions: From I-4 take Hwy 50 or Toll Road 428 to Alafaya Trail. Go north on Alafaya Trail to the campus main entrance and follow the signs to the Engineering Building.(Vicinity Map attached & campus map at
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Reservations: Respond by September 7th to or 407-824-4194 or Bob Gray at 407-281-3269 to reserve a place.
One of the goals of the IEEE-USA Precollege Education Committee is to increase the participation of IEEE members in K-12 education and related activities at the local level. To recognize the most outstanding of these activities, the Committee is pleased to anounce a competition to select three pre-eminent projects. The reward for winning the competition will be participation for one leader of each of the three selected projects in the 1999 IEEE-USA Professional Development Conference over labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, in Dallas.
To enter the competition, complete a project description form and submit it to the Precollege Education Committee, c/o Ann Hartfiel at the IEEE-USA Office. You may download the form from the web at <> or call the IEEE-USA Office at 202-785-0017, ext. 341, to request a hard copy of the form.
The deadline for receipt of project descriptions is July 15. The projects selected will be announced by July 25. The IEEE-USA Precollege Education Committee will reimburse the travel expenses of the IEEE member associated with each of the selected projects. Mail, fax, or e-mail your project description to Ann Hartfiel, IEEE-USA, 1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1202, Washington, D.C., 20036; Fax: 202/785-0835; e-mail: <>.

Meeting Announcements - Chairman's Corner - Awards Chairman's Message - The SCOOP
IEEE CONTACT INFORMATION - P.E. Corner - Events Calendar
Chairman's Corner
Dr. Issa Batarseh
 I am very honored to serve as Chairman of the IEEE Orlando Section for 1999-2000 year. On the behalf of our members, I would like to thanks Dr. Albert Berg for serving his term faithfully as Section chair for last year. We wish Al all success in his job and we look forward for his leadership in serving as the Awards Chairman for our Section.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the ExCom Committee members who have accepted to serve our section. I look forward to working with all of you. For a very productive meetings, please encourage all chapter chairs to attend the ExCom meetings. It is extremely important that we have everyone represented at our meetings.
This year I would like to work with the ExCom committee members to raise funds for the Section. Over the last four years, the Section budget has been slowly decreasing without any new income. Please give me your ideas in how to raise funds.
Please look for the announcement coming soon on the Wet&Wild Splash Bash for this year. The date will soon be decided in late September or in early October. This is a great opportunity to meet people and have wonderful time with family and friends with delicious food. Please plan to attend. I hope to see many of you at this and future Section activities.

Financial Advantage Program
Seeks Member Feedback
IEEE Financial Advantage has implemented an online survey program to gain feedback from members about current or prospective programs. The first survey queries members on their needs for and interests in a callback service that could reduce costs of international calls. Members are invited to fill out the five-question form at For information contact Doug Razzano, ext 6359.
Awards Chairman's Message
Dr. Al Berg
As you all know (if not, see last month's news letter) the IEEE "has established a new Institute-wide medals program to mark the new millennium and honor members who have been selected by their societies, sections and major boards for outstanding contributions". A total of 3000 Millenium Medals will be distributed. The section medals are to be awarded to those who have made "outstanding contributions to the section, the chapter or community."
Based upon the current number of members (excluding student and associate members) in the Orlando section, our allocation is 11 medals. Please plan to attend the XCOM meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 PM in room 288 of the UCF Engineering building and bring the names and background of your nominees. Each nomination must include the candidate's name, IEEE member number, mailing address, telephone number, and if available, fax number and Email address. If you ABSOLUTELY can not attend, you can Email me the information.
All nominations are due to headquarters no later than October 1. I will be collecting nominations for the section and submitting them to IEEE headquarters via Email on September 30. If more than 11 nominations are received, the executive board will choose 11 primary and several alternate nominees. (An alternate will be selected by headquarters if a primary nominee has received a duplicate nomination from a society or board). The medals will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet to be held early next year.

IEEE-USA has published the latest version of SALARY BENCHMARKS: A PERSONAL WORKBOOK, a tool for electrotechnologists who are evaluating their market value in today's labor market. According to the publisher, the product is designed to answer two questions for employees: Are you getting paid what you're worth? And, How do you know?
Based on data and analysis from the current IEEE-USA Salary Survey, the Workbook provides a personal salary estimate that allows engineers to factor in their individual circumstances for their current or prospective future job, including 75 variables such as location, experience, industry, education and other economic and demographic characteristics.
Last year, a study of 50 engineer volunteers found that the Workbook estimated their current salaries within an average of $800 of their actual salaries. According to one study participant: "There is sound basis for the numbers which would be hard to dispute by an employer. If an employee wanted a better feeling for his or her pay, then this is a good avenue to find out."
SALARY BENCHMARKS: A PERSONAL WORKBOOK is available for $14.95 to IEEE members and $19.95 to nonmembers by calling 1-800-678-IEEE. Ask for Product no. UH-2982.

Meeting Announcements - Chairman's Corner - Awards Chairman's Message - The SCOOP
IEEE CONTACT INFORMATION - P.E. Corner - Events Calendar
Vicki Waldman, Editor
Tracy Hawkins, Manager S/CS
To help volunteers, members and prospective members answer questions about IEEE membership easily and quickly, the IEEE Membership department has compiled a listing of key Web pages for membership information at:
These pages contain answers to questions about such topics as the benefits of membership, IEEE dues, what publications are included in which Society memberships, and how a membership grade can be changed. For more information, contact Maria D'Alessio, IEEE Regional Activities.
In order to fulfill the legal requirements of his new position as deputy director of the National Science Foundation, IEEE Past President Joe Bordogna has resigned his position with the IEEE. The position of Past President will be filled by Charles K. Alexander who served as IEEE President in 1997 and Past President in 1998.
Alexander is currently Chair of the IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee, which is generally held by the person who had most recently served as Past President. Alexander will continue as Chair of the Nominations and Appointments Committee in the year 2000. Bordogna assumed the IEEE presidency on 1 January 1998, succeeding Alexander. Bordogna intends to stay involved with the IEEE, of which he has been a member since 1955.
Managing the IEEE brand has become an important topic within the IEEE. To help volunteers and other members stay up to date on the subject, a new site has been added to the IEEE Home Page at
The site contains timely, accessible and authoritative information about the IEEE's Branding project and provides details about the activities and progress of the Branding Ad Hoc Committee. In addition, the IEEE Branding site contains general background on branding and various terms regularly used in branding discussions, and other frequently asked questions. The site will be continually updated and expanded. Comments about the site, or the Branding project, can be sent to the Committee at
The IEEE ad hoc Branding Committee has recently issued a request for the return of the 1999 IEEE Society/Section Information Survey. This survey was issued to all IEEE Societies and Sections during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 1999. A major effort is underway at the IEEE to review current policies regarding approaches to membership and the working relationships of IEEE entities. It is of the utmost importance for all IEEE Societies and Sections to be heard in this forum. The submittal of the completed questionnaire is the most direct manner to guarantee those IEEE Societies and Sections will have a voice in these important deliberations.
If you have already responded, congratulations and thank you for your participation! Should you need a copy of the questionnaire, it can be found on the Web. Look under, or you can request a copy directly from the IEEE Strategic Planning/Institutional Research department by e-mail: sp/, or phone 732.562.3938. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.
IEEE seeks volunteers to review its new Pre-college Engineers Training (PET) resource web site. This site, once completed, will be a main component of IEEE PET, a program that will train engineers to work with K-12 teachers in an effort to increase the technological literacy of students worldwide.
Members who volunteer to review the site will be given the secured web address and asked to share their comments/suggestions for improvement of the PET project. The IEEE will then revise the site as necessary. Following the revision, PET will be pilot tested by members in the Worcester, Massachusetts & North Jersey Sections. A presentation about PET and a report on the test progress will be delivered at IEEE Sections Congress 1999. In early 2000, PET will be deployed throughout all IEEE Sections, and members will be encouraged to use it as a resource to help them serve the education community. Those interested in testing the PET training site should send an e-mail to
When you have a question regarding a Chapter, whom do you contact? If this is something you have asked yourself, we can help.
For details on how to form a Chapter, contact Peggy Kovacs. She can answer questions regarding IEEE‚s Chapter formation rules and guidelines and can supply you with a Chapter formation petition. When you have the completed petition, send it to Peggy. Peggy also records Chapter officers and maintains the Section/Chapter Officer roster.
Vicki Waldman can answer your questions about Section/Chapter relations, required reporting and rejuvenation. Forms and information regarding Chapter formation, reporting requirements and rejuvenation can be found on the Section/Chapter Support Web site at
If you are a Society volunteer and have a location in mind to form a new Chapter, you will need to know if local membership can support a Chapter - Linda Pellis is your contact. She can supply you with a Chapter opportunity analysis that will contain the statistics necessary to make an educated decision. Along with the analysis, she can provide contact lists for your project. Linda can also assist you regarding Society subsidy payments to Chapters, give you information on Society support for Chapters and can help you coordinate Chapter mailings. Check out the Society Chapter Web site at


In an effort to enhance the visibility of the Distinguished Lecturer's Program and accessibility of the speakers, the IEEE Technical Activities Department is currently planning to incorporate the travel plans of each Distinguished Lecturer within the program information that is currently circulated using the current auto-retrievable file system. This program enhancement is based on the success that IEEE Electron Devices Society has had in soliciting and publishing their Distinguished Lecturers travel plans for the benefit of their membership.
The dissemination of speakers' travel plans will allow IEEE Sections and Chapters to better synchronize meetings with a specific Lecturer's current travel plans. Plans are currently being coordinated to accomplish the capture of this information through an outreach directly to the speakers for their travel plans. Travel plans will be incorporated into the auto-retrievable files of the specific Society's speakers. A database will also be kept of all captured travel information for tracking purposes and updated regularly. For more information, contact
Would you like to be able to express your ideas more persuasively, write more quickly and easily or just get along better with some tough folks at work? Well, the answer is just an email away. The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) offers short courses and workshops on all aspects of effective communication to other IEEE Sections and Chapters, as well as in-house courses for members‚ companies. Courses include: Giving a Winning Presentation Without Fear; Writing Effective Proposals, Technical Reports, Letters, and Email; Doing Usability Testing; and Developing Web sites.
The PCS trainers are all experts in their fields and experienced presenters. They are always happy to customize a course to meet the interests and needs of your Section, Chapter or company.
To learn more about the PCS, you can visit the web site at or contact the PCS Education Chair, Lisa Moretto.
Looking to recruit some prospective members for your next Chapter meeting? Identifying members with Technical Interest Profiles (TIPs) is an excellent recruitment tool to identify IEEE members with interests that closely match your Society's technical profile. Consider using these listings to invite these members to become an active part of your Chapter. You may gain increased Society membership. This effort could also create a positive impact on your Society's Chapter activities and bring increased networking opportunities.
For more information on how to obtain these listings, please contact or your Section's SAMIEEE recipient
Has your contact information (home or work) changed recently? If so, then please drop a note to or enter the changes from the Web at Contact information can be any combination of change of address, email address, phone number and area code.
Should a member notify the Section, Chapter or SAMIEEE recipient of a change, please remind them to also contact the IEEE N.J. Operations Center at the email address or URL above.
If you have not moved far and wish to remain a contiguous member of your old Section, be sure to mention it when submitting the address change, or contact Peggy Kovacs, IEEE Regional Activities.

Meeting Announcements - Chairman's Corner - Awards Chairman's Message - The SCOOP
IEEE CONTACT INFORMATION - P.E. Corner - Events Calendar
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P.E. Corner

New IEEE Video Prepares

Engineers for P.E. Exam
The IEEE has released P.E. Review: Electronics, a video tutorial that will prepare engineers to take the Electronics portion of the Professional Engineering (PE) Licensing Examination in October, 1999 or April, 2000.
P.E. Review: Electronics focuses on the essential concepts required to analyze and design complex circuits and provides valuable hints on maximizing test scores. State licensing boards use examinations prepared by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Expanding on the sample problems put forth in the NCEES's Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE), this video tutorial covers the following topics:
  • Bipolar junction transistors (BJTs)
  • Field effect transistors (FETs)
  • Switching power supplies
  • Operational amplifiers (Op-Amps)
  • Frequency Response, and much more
Presenters Dr. Martin S. Roden and Dr. Sidney Soclof have utilized their combined 65 years of experience, including courses presented through instructional television networks, to anticipate the types of questions viewers will have. Both Roden and Soclof are professional engineers and university professors.
Run Time: 2 Hrs./15 Mins.; IEEE Order #: HV7044-QVE; List Price: $199.00; IEEE Member Price: $125.00
Order from IEEE Customer Service, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA; e-mail:; phone: 1.800.678.4333; Web: <>.

For more information on this video tutorial, contact Patty Mickus, IEEE Media Producer, at <>. To learn more about P.E. licensure, visit the NCEES Web site at <>.

Meeting Announcements - Chairman's Corner - Awards Chairman's Message - The SCOOP
IEEE CONTACT INFORMATION - P.E. Corner - Events Calendar
 Events Calendar
For the latest information contact the IEEE Orlando Voice Information Center (407) 260-1676, FAX: (407) 260-1636
E-mail: - Web Page:

Sep 07 - 6:00 PM

Orlando Section - EXCOM - UCF, Engineering Building Room EN288, Dr. I. Batarseh 407-823-0185,

Sep 09 - 6:00 PM

PE/IA/PEL - Y2k - We are Prepared - UCF, Engineering Building Room EN288, Jerry Murphy - (O) 407-824-4194 -

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