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Issue 4 • Date July-Aug. 2010

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  • [Front cover]

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  • [Table of contents]

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  • [Masthead]

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  • Wanted Associate editors to join the IEEE Potentials Editorial Board

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  • Editorial

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  • the way ahead

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  • You can be the next student editor of IEEE Potentials!

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  • Care package

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  • Search and discovery—Tips on getting involved in research

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    Participation in research opportunities as both an undergraduate and graduate student often provides a wealth of both personal and professional benefits to prospective graduate students, including an increased knowledge base, the ability to work as a part of a team, and humility. This type of hands-on experience is invaluable, but how can undergrade go about finding the research opportunities that best match their interests and help launch them into a successful graduate program? What do students need to consider prior to applying to join a research project? IEEE Potentials spoke with a number of current students and recent graduates regarding their research experiences and what they have learned from the process of finding and participating in research projects. Their voices are as diverse as their backgrounds-one graduate student serving as an intern prior to beginning his Ph.D. in the fall, three Ph.D. students, a postdoctoral fellow, and a senior research scientist each share their tips on how to secure research opportunities. These experiences may help prepare you for any surprises you encounter on your road to research. View full abstract»

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  • The impact of globalism on the engineering student

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    The world of engineering has changed significantly over the past ten years due to global competition along with technological advancements. Global competition has forced suppliers in many industries to significantly reduce their cycle time to market because market windows are much shorter now. A study from IBM showed that in a fast moving market, being just three months late can cost over 25% of the product's potential lifetime revenue. This has caused a demand for engineers to reduce development cycles. Engineers today are tasked to design to meet more requirements in less time. In order to compete in the global market, products must be designed that also meet global requirements. To reduce the design cycle time, companies have begun to outsource the development of new products. The concept of outsourcing development to subject matter experts has created a change in the way students must prepare for a career in engineering. As a result of globalization, a designer can be hired from any part of the world. Thus, today's engineer has to think in terms of integration. The engineer has to sharpen their skills in terms of integrating other designs into his or her design. View full abstract»

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  • Learning to Teach

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    While many intellectually and financially rewarding engineering jobs require just a bachelor's degree, graduate education is the key to careers in research and university teaching. Many graduate students- perhaps you are one of them-pursue doctoral studies because they are considering academic careers. Some students are passionate about teaching from the beginning, while others want to find out if they enjoy it in order to decide whether to seek work in industry or in academia. View full abstract»

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  • Find yourself a mentor

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    One of the first things you will learn as you begin your new career is that your experience base is typically sadly lacking fundamental knowledge for successful completion of some assignments. The lack of experience will come into play for a number of projects and assignments until you find you have spent three to ten years in the development of your career. Suddenly, you find yourself one of those experienced engineers that others look to for advice and counsel. The length of time will vary based on the type of engineer, the projects assigned, and the ability of the engineer to absorb the requisite knowledge. Could there be a better way than to slowly slog your way, project by project, adding to your experience base bit by bit? One approach may be through association with a mentor (or mentors). In the classical sense, a mentor is assigned to assist more junior members of the organization with learning what is necessary to move quickly to become a productive member of the group. The mentor may provide technical assistance or procedural assistance as the situation dictates. View full abstract»

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  • A matter of degrees

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    What do you want to do during your career? If you're thinking about applying to a graduate program, you should know the answer to this question first-or at least have a good sense of your preferred direction. Engineers and engineering students who are considering pursuit of a graduate degree often consider the obvious options: A master of science in engineering (M.S.), a master of business administration (M.B.A.), or a master of engineering and management (M.E.M.). None is inherently better than the others, but each provides a skill set tailored to prepare you for a particular career path. View full abstract»

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  • Keeping your body in mind

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    This paper dealt with body building activities, exercises and other physical training activities for health and body shape-enhancement purposes in a gym. View full abstract»

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  • The limits of schooling

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    Overpaid executives have become the flogging horse in times of recession, maybe rightly so. Reduction in salaries has been a usual recourse for “cost management” in many companies. It is not known whether these companies analyze why costs are high in the first place. Why are some employees paid a higher premium than the rest? Why are some employees recruited at higher costs while the rest are accommodated at a lower cost? It is understandable that employees “richer” by experience cost more than the rest. Apart from experience, schooling also has been a major factor in the pricing of employees. View full abstract»

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  • Forming a Bell-shaped head

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    My first permanent job coming out of college was working for Bell Labs in Naperville, Illinois in 1985. I was a “member of technical staff” and working as a systems engineer for the 5ESSR telephone switch. Specifically, I was assigned to help develop requirements for data features of the 5ESS, such as integrated services digital network (ISDN). View full abstract»

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  • Signals and systems II-Part IV: DSP approaches to IQ modulation and demodulations

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    This six-part series is a mini-course, focused on system concepts, that is aimed at the gap between Signals and Systems and the usual first DSP course. This fourth article in the series is about analog and DSP-based IQ demodulation. View full abstract»

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  • Wireless wises up with smart antennas

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    The concept of smart antennas (also known as adaptive antennas) is not new. However, until recent years, their cost has prevented their use in commercial systems. Smart antennas are antenna arrays with smart signal processing algorithms used to identify spatial signal signature. Smart antenna techniques are used notably in acoustic signal processing, radar, radio telescopes, and cellular systems. View full abstract»

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  • Listen up—The present and future of audio signal processing

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    Throughout this article, the authors have given an overview of the different research areas in the audio processing community. Current audio processing techniques are becoming oriented to the way humans process and perceive sound. In the future, statistical analysis, databases, the growing computation capacity, multimodal techniques, and neurosciences will play a major role in the research and development of new algorithms and systems related to sound and hearing. View full abstract»

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  • Gamesman solutions

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  • Express Yourself in IEEE Potentials

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  • Are you a cat...or a mouse?

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  • 2010 Student Activities Committe e-mail addresses

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  • IEEE Media Advertising Sales Offices

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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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Meet Our Editors

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