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Issue 3 • Date July-Aug. 2006

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  • The way ahead [to attend the annual IEEE Student Conference in your region]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 3 - 5
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  • IEEE Potentials the magazine for high-tech innovators

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 2
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  • Essay: Combating design illiteracy

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • IEEE Potentials - May-June 2006

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 0_1
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  • IEEE Enterprise - Free trial [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 02
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  • Table of contents - Vol 25 No 3

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 1
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  • Editorial [first editorial as student editor]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 3
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  • Engineering your electrical engineering education

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 6 - 10
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    The expectation and reality of engineering as a profession is described in this paper. As a new graduate professionals logically expect the first job to be working on a design project with new technology and actually designing a product or system all of the time. The reality is a bit different. They find that they need input from other engineers; design reviews with the team are necessary. In the new job, professionals begin to understand just how challenging and rewarding is the engineering career. Developing technical innovation, practicing creative leadership, and building strategic alliances are the tasks that an engineer will encounter on a daily basis. Deployment of various research technologies and knowledge of international and business markets is an important area to master as an engineer. Thinking of engineering beyond pure technology and design, understanding that soft skills are in demand, taking responsibility for the career development and advancement, and most importantly building communication skills will have successful and rewarding career as an engineer View full abstract»

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  • Dreams of business ownership tested

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 8 - 9
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    In this paper, it describes the dreams of business ownership. Owning a business is not for every one. A careful study should be completed before making the major decision to start a business. In addition to the review of technical knowledge and skills, potential business owners should also review the marketplace, existing competition, and personal attitudes and skills. This article demonstrates that business decisions must be made in addition to the selection of a product or service on which to base a new venture. By working for a successful business, business and business experience can be expanded by observing and asking questions of various department personnel. This is also a great way to expand the professional networks that will be very helpful if own business is started. Start small and keep the day job until how the ideas are received by potential customers. Rent tools and use a basement or garage for the first factory and warehouse. Keep initial investment as small as possible. Hire expertise on a part-time or short-term contract basis. Then, if all goes well, then the own business can expended at a successful rate View full abstract»

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  • A career in motion: from the back office to the executive office

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 10 - 23
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    Some organizations particularly companies that create new technologies may have a CTO and a CIO. In that case, the CTO is generally responsible for overseeing the technologies that the company creates, and the CIO is responsible for applying information technologies to the organization. The priorities of the position can be somewhat defined by the organizational unit to which they report. The reporting line is between the CIO and the CFO, it can be because the CIO function is viewed as a cost that needs to be managed and controlled. As a result, it is important to a CIO to have people in the IT organization who are both competent and comfortable to express their opinion about what should be done View full abstract»

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  • Career crossroads are a sign of the times for engineers

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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    This paper describes career crossroads are a sign of the times for engineers. Once the first technical job is begun, warning signs of the crossroad are shown up on the career path around the time when the level of boredom or disinterest is noticed. The time it takes for this to occur will vary with each engineer and the reasons for the boredom. When the engineers decide to take a new path, the technology area and the suitability of the new path with their abilities should be first considered. After analyzing the reasons for the crossroad, think whether the new position will truly solve the problem that brings the crossroad. Wherever employed, good reputation for the quality of the work, good source of information and high sense of ethics should be developed View full abstract»

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  • Mining for diamonds in the land of networking

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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    Mining for diamonds in the land of networking is described in this paper. Because there is no job security, engineers must develop career security by planning and controlling their own destiny. This includes setting goals, taking reasonable risks, expecting detours along the way, not being afraid to fail but always learning failure and developing the confidence to take advantage of our opportunities everyday. Networking provides sources of information and improves the technical skills. Networking can improve the image by removing roadblocks of misunderstanding in the nontechnical world. Although engineering is based on technology, to be successful, engineers must also have effective nontechnical skills. The secret of success is joining these two important skill areas into a winning duo. A balanced approach of knowing as much about the technical field as possible over a life-long career and building networks by applying effective interpersonal and many other communication skills will maximize career success View full abstract»

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  • The value of IEEE student membership

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    The value of IEEE student membership is described in this paper. IEEE membership can help students build their personal and professional network of contacts. Becoming a part of the profession should be as much a part of the educational experience as is technical education gained through course work. This involvement in the membership presents great opportunities to gain leadership, management, and professional development experience that will be invaluable in the working world. These opportunities can also help students develop the soft interpersonal skills View full abstract»

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  • The art of public speaking for engineers

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    The art of public speaking for engineers is described in this paper. A couple of points are there for presentation skill. First, practice is more essential. However, almost nobody can present a seminar, lecture, or talk without mistake. Thus, the mistakes can be based on poor understanding or bad spelling but not laziness of lack of preparation. Therefore, familiarity with the research itself, background, results, and most importantly, with the presentation order and material is important. The second point in the same vein is that perfection is neither sought nor required. But an honest attempt at a good job is highly appreciated. Finally, when presenting, lighten up and enjoy the chance to interact with the peers and sonic of the famous names heard before. A conference is a meeting place of ideas and knowledge that offers both ideas and attention, but it also takes away new ideas and a newfound confidence in the work View full abstract»

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  • Charting a course leads to desirable destination

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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    This paper describes, charting a course leads to desirable destination. Because of the major impact on society, members of the engineering profession should strive to achieve their highest level of success. This can be accomplished by the use of proven principles of career management. Career management starts by defining visions of personal and professional life. First step in career management is to develop a strategy by setting goals and identifying technical and nontechnical skill needs. Designing action plans to reach goals and develop new skills is also an important aspect of career management. A very important, and often overlooked, part of successful career management is to implement an action plan. The final step in successful career management is to document activities and periodically evaluate results. When results are less than desirable, the planning process needs to be revisited and appropriate changes made to accomplish life visions. As gain addition experience and the life vision may also expand or change. When it does, it needs to make appropriate revisions in our career plan View full abstract»

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  • How to ace an interview and other job-hunting tips

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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    This paper describes how to ace an interview and other job-hunting tips. With a strong job market, students can afford to be a bit more selective about the job offers received. In job-hunting, students must focus on geographical area, industry, position, or any combination of those, instead of focusing on salary. First step is the resume that tells the employer about the candidate. Demonstrating enthusiasm can be easily done by the candidate's tone of voice and their position in their seat. Preparation for the interview is most important. Finally, a follow-up letter is a necessary one for employment hopefuls to distinguish themselves in the interview process View full abstract»

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  • The changing face of circuit design

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 26 - 30
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    The changing face of circuit design is described in this paper. With the invention of the integrated circuit (IC) and the development and continual improvement of the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET), have brought tremendous changes to the circuit design area. The three types of circuits commonly fabricated on a chip are analog, digital, and mixed signal. Although the IC has led to tremendous developments in the electronics field, the process of IC circuit design has become more difficult. The large range and accuracy of component values in discrete design make the design less difficult. Special methods that apply active loads and matching techniques are required in IC design to minimize the number of resistors used and to remove the dependence of circuit performance on element values. Perhaps the most difficult part of IC design is the time lag between design and fabrication of the circuit, which may be several weeks or even months. Discrete circuits are often constructed within hours of completion of the initial paper design View full abstract»

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  • Agent-user etiquette

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 31 - 36
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    This paper describes the agent-user etiquette. The areas of personal agents and human-computer interaction are the two main contributions. First, it increases understanding of personalization in user-agent interaction. Second, our approach enhances a personal agent's capabilities since it enables developers to build personal agents that will certainly gain higher acceptance among users than traditional personal agents because they take into account the user's interaction and interruption preferences. Thus, to succeed, personal agents should learn how to interact properly with each user in different contexts and how to give them assistance without hindering their work View full abstract»

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  • OpenMP extension to SMP clusters

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 37 - 42
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    This article discusses the approaches to apply the OpenMP programming model to symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) clusters using software distributed shared memory (SDSM). The major focus of this article is on the challenges that the prior studies faced and on their solution techniques. Exploiting message-passing primitives explicitly for the openMP synchronization and work-sharing directives enables light interprocess synchronizations. The studies on loop scheduling for SMP clusters will promise significant improvement in system performance. Finally, OpenMP is considered as promising programming model View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate program in bioinformatics

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 43 - 46
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    In this article undergraduate-level bioinformatics curriculum that is easily tailored to the needs and resources of various institutions are discussed. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field that has emerged from the fields of biology, chemistry, and computer science. Bioinformatics research explores the functional relationships between the composition of the genes within the context of the genome and the structure and function of the proteins encoded by these genes. This model will serve as a framework for and guide towards the rapid development of bioinformatics programs that capitalize on tile strengths of their specific institution View full abstract»

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  • 2006 Student Activities Committee e-mail addresses

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 47
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  • Gamesman problems / Gamesman solutions

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 48 - 46
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  • My IEEE your exclusive gateway to IEEE membership

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 03
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  • IEEE Group Insurance Program [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 04
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IEEE Potentials is the magazine dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals.

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Editor-in-Chief
David Tian
Carnegie Mellon University
david.tian@ieee.org