1985 - 1989
his addendum is made necessary by the
passage of time since the history was
‘2=_ first produced on the 80th anniversary
of the Berkshire Section. This was
also the 100th anniversary of the AIEEARE/IEEE.
These five years have had many significant items of
This addendum includes the new items of historic
interest which pertain to the section members as well
as corrections or additions to the previously printed
Edward J. Ptak
10 may 1990
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8ECTION OFFICERS 1989/1990
Chairman Rich Kolodziejczyk
Vice Chairman Bob Steele
Treasurer Mike Krok
Secretary Dave McCall
Past Chairman Carroll Kane
PACE Allan Boschen
Education Freeman Perry
Awards & Joe Slocik
Scholarships Andy tliller
Student Elct. Qnn T. Mastrey
Publications Clarence Bode
Hemb_ership Bruce Henry
Publicity Edward J. Ptak
Members at John Webster
Large Gene Car lson
Computer and Control Systems
Chairman Richard Spencer
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Awat- d “ I n R e c o g n i t i o n o f H i s I m p o r t a n t
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Eet-kshi t - e S e c t i o n , a n d HIS C a r e e r - Work i n
F’ower 1 r ansfut-met-. a n d Ot driance Sys2 e m s
IEEE’s 13th Videoconference on
A p p l i c a t i o n s o f - A r t i f i c i a l I n t e l l i g e n c e w-a5
h e l d o n F e b r u a r y 2 6 a t t h e Lenox Hour;@ f r o m
1 1 : (30 a . m. to 4: 00 pm m.
Pittsfield Mayor Charles Smith signed a
proclamation declaring the celebration of
N a t i o n a l E n g i n e e r s W e e k i n Pitts+ield.
Participating in the signing ceremony were
E d d P t a k a n d Betty Bowersox of GE and Russell
Sutphen, v i c e p r e s i d e n t o f O ’ B r i e n a n d G e r e
%zngineering f i r m .
allan C. Eoxhen announces the first
annual Writing Contest to the high schools of
Edward J. P t a k r e c e i v e s notification o f
being elected to the g r a d e o f S e n i o r M e m b e r .
T h e J u l y i s s u e o f T h e Institute
publ: cat ion 1 isted George T. Tanlgawa
P i t t s f i e l d , Mas;c,. as a new Senlc-it- M e m b e r in
IEEE’s 19th Videoconference on High
Performance Integrated Circuit Packaging was
held September 22 from 1l:OO a.m. to 4:OO
p.m. at Berkshire Community College.
The Writing Contest material was
delivered to the 12 high schools in Berkshire
Edward J. Ptak received a Region 1 Coward
"In Recognition of Excellent Career Work i n
Military Ordnance Systems, and +or his
Dedication to the Eerkshire Section and
Allan C. Eoschen made a motion that IEEE
sell advertising space in our newsletter.
Rich Ni'gbor seconded the motion.
Bob Koch of the Power Engineering
Chapter reported on the survey. Due to lack
of interest, the Power Chapter will become
IEEE's 20th Videoconference on New
Technolohies in Biomedical Engineering was
held at Berkshire Community College October
27 from 11~00 a.m. to 4000 p.m.
A Career Design Workshop was sponsored
by IEEE and held on Saturday, the 14th of
November. The workshop was conducted by the
Crystal-Barkley Corporation of. New York City.
Writing Contest winners chosen by the
review. committee. T-he participating schools
and winners were:
Hoosac Valley - Konstantina Trbovic
2nd M o n u m e n t M o u n t a i n - Sandra F. Keefner
1st Mount Everett - Laurie Kinna
Saint Joseph - Lillian Fuchs
Wahconah -Regiona, - Mary Langendorf
Each of the other three were awarded 3rd
Laurie Kinna of Mount Everett Regional
High School in Sheffield won first prize and
a 9400.00 scholarship from the Berkshire
Section of IEEE in the annual IEEE Writing
Contest, said the newspaper article. The
awards were presented by Allan C. Boschen,
chairman o+ the event, at an IEEE dinner at
the Cranwell Resort and Conference Center.
IEEE's 22nd Videoconference on Practical
Applications of Artificial Intelligence was
+ held on February 18 at Berkshire Community
College from 12:OO noon to 3:OO p.m.
Comprehensive report on the Paper
Writing Contest was made by chairman Allan C.
IEEE's 23rd Videocon+erence on
Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, CISIC was
held on March 23-d at Berkshire Community
Commander Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. -
NASA Astronaut - spoke at a joint meeting of
the Aqerican Society +or Quality Control, the
Elfun Society and IEEE at Wahconah Country
Club on Friday the 28th.
T h e B e r k s h i r e E a g l e rqmrted on F r i d a y
May 1 3 t h a t O r d n a n c e i s t o c u t 930 j o b s .
The second annual Paper Writing Contest
m a t e r i a l s h a v e b e e n d e l i v e r e d t o 1 4 area h i g h
Car-r-o11 K a n e w a s a p p o i n t e d A r e a “C”
Chairman by Region 1 Director, Victor
+ Zout- i des. D i r e c t o r Zour ides a t t e n d e d t h e
September meeting in North Adams at the
Freight Yard Pub in Heritage Park.
C a r r o l l K a n e r e c e i v e d a R e g i o n 1 fiward
“For Contributions to the Development of
Ordnance Systems and Service to the Lierkshir-e
A n E n g i n e e r i n g Fair was held at BCC
Derember 8. IEEE was represented by F?.
Kolodziejczyk, J . Slocik, C. K a n e , 6. Miller,
t?. N i g h t e n g a l e , D . Robbins, G . B e n d e r a n d I?.
The Paper Writing Contest committee
selected the winners for 1989:
1st Mount Greylock - Lisa Kelly ($250)
2nd Monument Mountain - Laura Lavery ('$100)
2nd Saint Joseph,- Ellie Noto (&lOO)
3rd Mount Everett - Andrea Novak ($50)
3rd Berk. Country Day - Matt Eellyzi ($50)
3rd Berk. Country Day - Ellen Wingard ($50)
McCann Tech - Robbie Gomeau ($25)
Lee High School - Marc DiGrigoli ($25)
t National Engineers Week was observed by
a joint meeting of ASME and IEEE at the
Hilton Inn. Mayor Anne E, Wojtkowski signed
the Engineers Week Proclamation at this
fillan C. Boschen presented the awards to
the recipients of- the second annual Paper
Rich Kolodziejczyk welcomed the
300,001st member o+ IEEE at the March dinner
meeting. Michael Krok, TSD senior systems
engineer was so designated in the Berkshire
f?ichard Spencer made a motion at the
executive committee meeting to donate 81CK) to
the Visiting Nurse &ssociation in memory o+
Rich Nigbor who passed away recently. Motion
Rich Kolodziejczyk a Fjhillippe nominee.
A 15 year GE veteran, and a TSD Fldvance
Systems Analysis Engineer, Rich was nominated
f-or his extensive contributions to IEEE and
all engineers in the area.
Allan Eoschen and Richard Kolodziejczyk
jointly chaired a dinner conference at Debbie
Wang's Restaurant on Monday, May 15, at 6:X)
p.m. The attendees were teachers and
administratevs f r o m a r e a s c h o o l s w h o w e r e
involved in the paper writting contest.
F’t-0s. John W. Delano from SlJNY. /Albany
spoke at the annual dinner meeting held at
Cork’n H e a r t h . O v e r - 40 were in a t t e n d a n c e t o
hear about the "Origin of the E a r t h - M o o n
A joint meeting with the Springqield
Section was held on Friday? 15 September at
the Whale Inn, Route 9, Gwshena MCI. Mr.
Llewellyn Clark, of Vicon Recovery
fissociates, was introduced as the main
Carroll F. Kane was reappointed Region
1, fired "C" chairman by John Kaczorowski,
Region 1 Director.
A joint dinner meeting was held on
February 17 with CISWE, the CSmerican Society
of Mechanical Engineers and ASQC, the
American Society for Quality Control. Mayor
Anne E. Wojtkowski was the principle speaker
and signed a proclamation for engineers week
Ann T. Mastrey of Pitts+ield, a systems
and software engineer in GE's defense systems
division, received the -first annual Engineer
of: the Year award. Chairman Kolodziejczyk
made the presentation at the engineers week
Region 1 awards were presented to two
Perkshire Section engineers by chairman Rich
Kolodziejczyk at the Engineers Week
Allan Boschen was cited for his "Service
and Leadership to the Student Community."
Richard Spencer was honored for
"Promoting Self-development and Enhancing the
Educational Level and Competence of Practical
The Paper Writing Contest winners were
Margaret M. Banker 1st prize 8250.
Michael S. Graham 2nd prize 100.
Catherine Lanford 2nd Prize 100.
Jamie McDermott 3rd prize 50.
Samantha Swain 3rd prize 50.
Kimberly Moynihan 3rd prize 50.
Greg M. Alexander IEEE 25.
Hether L. Rockefeller IEEE 25.
Anna H. Milkowski GE 250.
Gregg Brighenti Gowdy/Shandoff 50.
Christoqer F. Pezzee Nelson Inc. 50.
Amy L. Stevens Shedd Inc. 25.
Kate J. Hanson West Branch Const. 25.
Ellen Wingard Repro Systems item.
This year f-or the first time, outside
businesses were asked to participate, six of:
which .are so in&-ted above.
A "Career Planning and Employment
f%sistance" workshop was held at the Hilton
Inn on Saturday, March 10. It was +rom 8:OO
a.m. to 4:OO p.m. with about 50 in
attendance. Dill Wilkes of- Region One (from
Long Island) and John Miller o# National
(from Tenesseel were the main presenters.
Butch Savage from Pitts+ield spoke on career
planning in large corporations. Don Allen
from Local, firea, and State employment
assistance also presented data.
About 30 Berkshire Community College engineering students participated in
a career planning program conducted by the local engineering societiesTuesday
in Building 11 conference room. Engineers from the three Pittsfield General
Electric businesses--Ordnance, Plastics and Transformer--discussed their
engineering disciplines as part of National Engineers Week. (From left): Jenny
Ptak, daughter of Ed Ptak, OS engineer; Keith Novaris, son of Lou/s Novaris,
chemical technician for the Plastics Technology Department; Mike Bailey, mar-
keting specialist for the LEXAN” Products Division; and Gene Carlson, OS
engineer and chairman of the Engineers Week committee. Bailey is holding a
LEXAN disk pack, a computer memory storage device casing. Also shown is a
LEXAN data cassette, one of the new techniques for storing computer
ANLl THE WINNFRS ARE - Rich Kobdziejczyk (top photo,
right), chairman of the IEEE Berkshire Section, presented IEEE
R&m 1 awards to Richard Sjxrum (top photo) and Allan Boschen
(lej) at last Saturday j Natianal Engineers’ Week dinner meeting.
Spencer was honored fm prmoting self-deveropme and enhancing
th &uatianul lmel and wmpeterue of pmticing electrical engineers,
while Lb&en was citi for sen~ti and leadershzp to the studat
Paper Wrltting Contest winners February 1990
SIGNING ON U7TH FNGINEERS’ WEEK - R$msentatives of
&rkshire Cbunty engineering societies joined Pitt+fiZd Mayor Anne E.
Wojtkowski last wek for the signing of the city S oJiciu1 fn-oclamafim
marking National Engines’ Week, Feb. 21-27. Taking part in the
m-tmm~ we (l-r) Doug Davis of the American Society of Manuftiuting
Enginetm; Richard Kolodzieja~k of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Eng&m (IEEE); Frank L. Winne of the American Society of
Quali~ control; Nick DelGrmo, chainnan of the dtgartmmt of
enginming ~hnolo~ at BCC; Edd Rak, treasurer of the Nay League;
Allan Boschen, IEEE Student Activities Chairman; S&we GershjJ Western
Mass. chairmun of Sole, and Michael L.ewis of the American Sociely of