IEEE Newsletter - Download as DOC

Document Sample
IEEE Newsletter - Download as DOC Powered By Docstoc
					                                       IEEE Boise Section
                                        September 2006

Upcoming Events:                                        October – GOLD Social (Bowling)
                                                        Date/Time:   Friday, October 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm
October – Power Engineering Society Meeting             Location:    Bowling Alley at Boise State University
Speaker:     Dr. Milorad Papic, Idaho Power                          Student Union Building
             Company                                    Information:
Topic:       Advanced Applications for Security and
                                                        November – GOLD Social
             Reliability Enhancements at Idaho
                                                        Date/Time: Friday, November 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
                                                        Location:    To be determined
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10, 12:00 to 1:00pm
Location:    Idaho Power Corporate Headquarters
Information:              December – GOLD Social
                                                        Date/Time: Friday, December 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm
October – Computer Society Boise Chapter
                                                        Location:    To be determined
          Banquet                                       Information:
Speaker:     Jerry Saltzer, Emeritus Professor of
             Computer Science, Massachusetts            January – Future City Competition
             Institute of Technology                    Date/Time: Saturday, January 6, 2007
Topic:       Risks of Failure: Coping with              Location:    Boise State University
             Complexity                                 Information:
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25, 6:00pm to             February – BCS Technical Seminar
             9:00pm                                     Date/Time: TBD
Location:    BSU Student Union, Farnsworth room         Location:    FPGA Study
Dinner:      Italian buffet includes chicken entrée,    Information:
             pasta entrée, salad, grilled vegetables,
             biscotti, iced tea, and coffee             April – Region 6 Northeast Spring Meeting
Cost:        $15.00 each for IEEE members and one       Date:        April 14, 2007
             guest, $5.00 for IEEE Student members,     Events:      Student Paper Contest, MicroMouse
             $20.00 for the general public                           Competition, et al.
Reservation: Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19,       Location:    Boise State University
             at      Information:
Information:, or

IEEE Boise Section Newsletter                                                                              September 2006
Advanced Applications for Security and Reliability Enhancements at Idaho Power
Dr. Milorad Papic will be speaking at the Idaho Power Corporate Headquarters, 87345 N. 13 th Street, Boise, on Tuesday, October
10th, from noon to 1:00pm. For security purposes, attendees are requested to meet at the front desk at 11:45 p.m. Free lunch will
be provided.
Dr. Papic is presently working for the Idaho Power Company in the System Planning Department. He obtained his M.Sc. degree
from Zagreb University in 1977, and his Dr. Tech. degree from Sarajevo University in 1980. Prior to his arrival at IPC, Dr. Papic
held the Associate Professor position at Sarajevo University and was a consultant for Energoinvest and Electric Power Company
of B&H. His principal interests include reliability modeling and evaluation of power systems, transfer capability, transmission
planning and economics in power systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the Reliability, Risk and Probability
Applications Subcommittee. Dr. Papic has published more than 50 research and professional papers and was principal investigator
on several international research projects.
Risks of Failure: Coping with Complexity
Surveys report that one out of every six computer projects is scrapped without ever seeing the light of day. And of those six,
another three are at least 50% over budget, take twice as long as expected, and are missing half of their planned features when they
are finally delivered. The bottom line is two successful projects for every six undertaken. Why, after 50 years of experience
building systems, is the record so dismal? One primary reason is that rapidly improving technology encourages overwhelming
Dr. Jerry Saltzer, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be speaking on some of the
recurring problems and explore some techniques that have proven useful in coping with complexity. The presentation will be on
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, at the Boise State University Student Union in the second floor Farnsworth Room. The doors
open at 6:00 PM and the dinner will start at 6:30. The cost, including an Italian buffet with a chicken entrée or pasta entrée, salad,
grilled vegetables, biscotti, iced tea, and coffee, is $15.00 each for IEEE members plus guest, $20.00 for non-members, and $5.00
for IEEE student members. Guests are requested to RSVP by Thursday, October 19, at
Dr. Saltzer grew up in Nampa, Idaho. He received his S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, all in Electrical Engineering.
Since 1966, he has been a faculty member of MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he helped
formulate the undergraduate curriculum in Computer Science, and developed the core subject on the engineering of computer
systems. He was involved in all aspects of the design and implementation of Multics, an influential early time-sharing operating
system. With David Clark and David Reed, he articulated the end-to-end argument, a key organizing principle of the Internet.
From 1984 through 1988 he was Technical Director of MIT's Project Athena, probably the first successful implementation of the
network computer. Throughout this work, he has had a particular interest in the impact of computer systems on society, especially
on privacy and the risks of depending on fragile technology.
Future City Competition
Boise will be hosting the third annual regional competition for Future City on January 6, 2007, a competition among seventh- and
eighth-graders designed to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on applications. This
years challenge includes developing an energy plan for a future city that employs fuel cell technology.
The IEEE encourages its members to get involved with the Future City by partnering with a middle school or junior high school to
form a team and compete in the Future City competition. The registration deadline is October 18, 2006, so contact Lynn Olson at to register a team. More information can be found at, or at
Leadership Changes
We have had a number of changes to the leadership of the Boise Section recently. A summary of the current officers is on the back
page. We are always looking for new talent, so please contact any officer if you want to get involved.
Dorian Kiri has replaced Brooklin Gore as Chair. Brook was elected Boise Section IEEE Chair in 2004. He was the natural
successor of Dr. Elisa Barney Smith, as he was vice chair when Elisa was the Boise Section IEEE Chair. Brook had some big
shoes to fill, and IEEE stayed strong during his time in office. In May 2006, he left Boise to pursue an opportunity as Senior IT
Fellow at the Micron Technology, Inc. plant in Avezzano, Italy. Dorian has been a member of IEEE since 2001, and is now chair
of the Boise Section. He served as Boise Section IEEE vice-chair while Brooklin Gore was chair. While a student, he served as
chair of the Boise State IEEE Student Branch, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in May 2004.
He now works at Micron Technology, Inc. in Yield Enhancement Engineering, and is Part Lead Engineer in the NAND Flash
Yield Enhancement Engineering Group.

Dr. Elisa Barney Smith has replaced Dorian as Vice-Chair. Elisa was chair of the Boise section of IEEE from 2000 to 2003, and
has remained active while not an officer in the time since. Elisa has taken on the position of vice-chair to help the transition of
officers go more smoothly until such time as new officer blood can be found or grown. (Volunteeers wanted!)

IEEE Boise Section Newsletter                                                                              September 2006
Randy Wolff has replaced Erwin Schwiebert as Treasurer. Erwin Schwiebert served as the treasurer of IEEE for several years, but
his responsibilities with his job have recently lead to lots of travel and time committment. While Erwin is resigning from office, he
is still a member of Boise Section IEEE, and we are sure we will see him again in one of the upcoming events. IEEE thanks him
for his valuable contribution and we wish him the best of luck. Randy Wolff has served as the IEEE GOLD coordinator in the
Boise Section since 2000, and is looking forward to the new challenge of Treasurer. His involvement with IEEE started when he
was a student at Montana State University where he served the MSU IEEE Student Branch as chair and vice-chair. Randy
graduated from Montana State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has been working in
various Signal Integrity/Modeling Engineer and management positions at Micron since January 2000. Randy did a terrific job as
GOLD Chair, and we are looking forward to his continuing contributions as Treasurer.
Patrick Nagler has replaced Randy as GOLD Coordinator. Patrick graduated from Boise State University in May of 2006 with a
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was a student member of IEEE since 2003. He interned at Micron twice during
his undergraduate career and is currently a product engineer in the NAND flash division at Micron Technology, Inc.
Shane Kennedy has replaced Russell Pucket as Newsletter Editor. Russell E. Puckett is a Senior Software Engineer at Micron
Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, and his M.S. in Software
Engineering from NTU. He has been a member of the Boise IEEE Computer Society since its inception, and served as Newsletter
Editor for 1.5 years. Shane Kennedy has been a member of IEEE since 2004. Shane is a patent attorney and owns his own firm,
Kennedy Law Office. He looks forward to gathering and publishing information about the Boise Section, so please send story
ideas and news!
IEEE Boise Section thanks Brook, Erwin, and Russ for the valuable service they provided to the IEEE.
GOLD Group
The Graduates of the Last Decade Affinity Group will be co-hosting socials with the Boise State University Student Chapter on the
second Friday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The first social, on October 13th, will include bowling at the BSU
Student Union bowling alley. Contact Patrick Nagler at for the locations of future meetings.
Boise State University College of Engineering’s 10th Anniversary
Boise State University’s College of Engineering celebrates its 10 th anniversary this fall. The College held a back-to-school
barbeque on Friday, August 25, with Mayor Dave Bieter presenting a city proclamation congratulating the college on its milestone
anniversary. Other events during the upcoming school year include an alumni recognition luncheon in October, Family
Engineering Day and National Engineers Week in February, and a special Commencement celebration in May.

The College of Engineering traces its roots to November 1996, when the State Board of Education approved four-year
baccalaureate degree programs in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering at Boise State. In the ensuing decade, engineering
programs at Idaho’s largest university have experienced dramatic growth. The College of Engineering now offers 13 bachelor’s
and master’s degree programs and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. The College enrolls more than 1,600 students in
its graduate and undergraduate programs. Its researchers have $16.8 million in active externally funded research grants, a fifty-
percent increase over the past year. In 2004, 68 percent of the engineering graduates from Boise State obtained employment in
Idaho industries, according to statistics gathered by the College.
Annual Picnic Held on September 8th
Turnout at the annual picnic was extremely good even though through lack of communication the Boise EDS had a picnic on the
same date. Good food and networking was had by all and we hope to see everyone next year in the week after Labor Day. Many
thanks to the BSU undergraduate students for catering this event!

IEEE Boise Section Newsletter                                                                    September 2006

Current Officers:
IEEE Boise Section:                                   Boise EDS Chapter:
    Chair: Dorian Kiri -                Chair: Steven Parke
    Vice Chair: Elisa Barney Smith -                  Boise PE&IA Chapter:
                                                         Interim Chair: David Sikes –
    Secretary: Shawn Hilde -         
    Treasurer: Randy Wolff -       Boise Computer Society Chapter:
    Membership Chair: Liz Weese -        Chair: Scott Jeide –
    Speakers Chair: Luan Tran -     Student Branch at Boise State University:
    GOLD Chair: Patrick Nagler –      Chair: Cameron Stewart –
    PACE: Ron Oberleitner –
    Web Page: Drew Dunn -
    Newsletter: Shane Kennedy –


IEEE Boise Section                                                                 PRSRT STD
c/o Scott Jeide                                                                   US POSTAGE
3550 N Summerside Way                                                                 PAID
Meridian, ID 83642                                                                  BOISE, ID
                                                                                 PERMIT NO. 60