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Issue 3 • Date May-June 2009

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  • IEEE Potentials - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • Editorial

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  • The way ahead

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  • Kiwi Juiced [IEEE Student Branch Profile]

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    The paper discussed about the activities organized by the IEEE Student Branch of University of Auckland. As its leadership has spurred a student membership growth of 40% over the last two years. Current figures cite 220 active members who are offered the opportunity to participate in approximately ten student events every year. Although the branch's executive committee meets at least twice a semester, much of the organization is conducted via e-mail. The branch has grown to become a core social organization for students studying in IEEE-related fields, and students view membership as a great way to pick up professional skills, industry contacts, and to have fun. View full abstract»

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  • 125 years of IEEE history

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    In 2009, IEEE is marking its 125th anniversary with a wide range of activities celebrating a century and a quarter of engineering the future. While it is fitting to see this occasion as an opportunity to look forward, it also is an occasion for IEEE to focus at least a little attention on how, from its modest beginnings in the United States, it grew to become the largest professional technical society in the world. The article looks at the historical development of the IEEE. View full abstract»

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  • Social networking profiles: Are you showing your best side? [Career Building Blocks]

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    With respect to Helen of Troy, the current lot of social networking Web sites, such as MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster, has become the face that launched a thousand ships. Whether you are an androgynous fan clamoring to "Leave Britney alone," an "Obama Girl," or intoning the impending wrath of the "Chocolate Rain," these sites have provided instant notoriety and 15 minutes of fame to a variety of eclectic users. Sure these sites are good for a few laughs, but are users really utilizing the crop of social networking tools to its greatest potential, or is your site sabotaging your employment search? View full abstract»

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  • The art of negotiation [Career Building Blocks]

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    With retailers filing for bankruptcy and companies across the globe laying off thousands of employees, its easy to conclude that we are currently in a buyer's market for talent where employment candidates may have to consider lower salary offers and endure longer job searches before the right offer emerges. Despite the dire outlook, it's important to remain focused on your goals. It's also essential to remember that even in a buyer's market, you still have the ability to negotiate salary and benefits. Before any talk of negotiation can begin, it is important for candidates to first build value. View full abstract»

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  • G.P. eh? --- Grading the attributes that set candidates apart [Career Building Blocks]

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    Once prospects make it past an employer's designated GPA cutoff, what attributes most influence an employer's decision in hiring one candidate over another, particularly when multiple candidates are equally qualified? According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) Job Outlook 2009 study, a student's major was cited as having the most influence on employers' hiring decisions. View full abstract»

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  • Five ways to instantly improve your value proposition [Career Building Blocks]

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    Five different actions have been described that can be used to improve your value proposition. I have implemented every one of these actions and can definitively say that they have helped position me uniquely within whatever local work environment I found myself. Ultimately, their effectiveness is yours to determine, but if a colleague were to describe someone on their team as being "on top of the issues," "insightful," "perceptive," "action oriented," and "solutions focused," wouldn't you conclude they were capable of providing considerable value? View full abstract»

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  • Protecting ideas---Careers in intellectual property and patents [Career Building Blocks]

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    Patent law is the body of law governing the protection of rights to an invention made by an inventor and/or patent owner (such as a company or other organization which has obtained rights to a patent). Such an invention stems from an idea and may or may not result in a tangible product. Patent law protects the idea, and the owner of such an idea can prevent others from making, using, and selling a product that uses that idea by means of one or more associated patents. In the current global economic scenario, protection of intellectual property means protection from theft of potential profits that an individual or an organization can possibly make by commercialization of a patent and/or a family of patents related to a particular technology. View full abstract»

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  • Going once, going twice... sold---by the sales engineer [Career Building Blocks]

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    Sales engineers (SE) are employed by engineering companies to promote and ultimately sell their products and services. An SE should posses technical expertise as well as communicating and negotiating skills. The job could be a first step to sales or marketing management role. View full abstract»

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  • Three minutes to tomorrow [My First Job]

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  • An electron's spin---Part I

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    Recent advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to manipulate the quantum mechanical spin of a single electron trapped in a tiny semiconductor nanostructure called a quantum dot. Experimental techniques for orienting and measuring a single electron's spin have also been demonstrated. These advances raise hopes for a brand new digital electronics technology predicated on the use of the spin degree of freedom of an electron, in lieu of the charge degree of freedom, to store, process, and transmit digital information. This new brand of electronics, that we have termed "single spintronics," is capable of extremely energy efficient computing and signal processing. Part I of this work describes classical single spintronics, where a single electron's spin is utilized for classical computing. Part II (to be published in the July/August 2009 issue) will provide an introduction to the use of single spintronics for quantum computation. View full abstract»

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  • Are wireless sensors feasible for aircraft?

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    Electrical wiring on board aircraft has raised serious weight and safety concerns in the aerospace industry. Wires are antennas. Wires that carry signals, particularly high speed data, can radiate some of the energy of those signals. This can cause interference to radio-based systems on board the aircraft, or, in the case of military aircraft, create a "signature" that can be detected by enemy receivers. View full abstract»

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  • An intelligent traffic control system using RFID

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    An architecture for creating intelligent systems for controlling road traffic is proposed. The system is based on a simple principle of RFID tracking of vehicles, can operate in real-time, improve traffic flow and safety, and fully automated, saving costly constant human involvement. The advantages ITCS can provide were demonstrated in detail which vouches for its effectiveness in traffic management systems. However, it is debatable whether monitoring every vehicle is morally acceptable and whether it is a violation of one of the basic civil rights-privacy. View full abstract»

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  • Gamesman solutions

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  • 2009 Student Activities Committee e-mail addresses

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  • Gamesman problems

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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