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Issue 3 • Date Oct. 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): c2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 1
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  • List of staff

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 4
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  • Chairman's corner

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • Feedback letters

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 6 - 11
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  • Biomolecular information processing: Biotechnology paves the way for new approaches to computing

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 12 - 15
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    The differences and similarities in structure and function of biological systems and electronic computers are examined. The relative costs of structurally dependent and independent systems are discussed in terms of tradeoff among programmability, computational efficiency, and evolutionary adaptability. The key computing attribute of protein enzymes, namely, their folded shape, allows them to recognize molecular objects on the basis of tactile (touching) interactions, reminiscent of the way a key fits into a lock. This provides both a switching and a recognition mechanism. The race to develop an artificial tactilizing processor is discussed. View full abstract»

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  • The plight of software engineers: An examination of people who will have the whole world at their fingertips

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    Those of you now preparing to be software engineers will be the architects of computer systems which will profoundly influence life in the early twenty-first century. You will face challenges as large as those that brought us railroads, airplanes, and space travel. And as in all engineering disciplines, acceptable trade-offs will have to be made among economic factors, the laws of nature, and concern for safe and practical end results. View full abstract»

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  • Petri nets: An examination of a versatile modeling tool

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 18 - 20
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    The features of Petri nets that make them useful as models of large and complex systems-especially high-speed computers possessing a large number of interactive components, concurrency and synchronization problems-are outlined, as well as their limitations. The structure of a Petri net is explained, and the role of interpretation in modeling is discussed. Marked Petri nets and their features are examined. The historical development of Petri nets is briefly addressed. View full abstract»

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  • Logic and functional programming: Fresh concepts in computer processing are revolutionizing modeling needs

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 21 - 24
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    Early models of computation and the development of imperative languages are reviewed briefly as a background for understanding the evolution of nonimperative languages. Prolog and SASL are examined. Machine architectures that require nonimperative languages are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Petri net applications: Modeling software, hardware, and other systems with this powerful tool

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 25 - 28
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    Modeling computer software, hardware, and other systems using Petri nets is discussed. The various analysis techniques and extension of Petri nets are considered. Problems in Petri net analysis techniques are examined, and analysis techniques that solve them are given. View full abstract»

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  • In search of the superemployee: Corporate tests seek the best, brightest, and most productive employees

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 29 - 31
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    After four or more years of constant testing to make the grade, students relish the thought of leaving this annoyance behind as they move into the professional arena. Well, your testing days are not yet over. With employment testing having taken corporate America by storm, don't be surprised if you are asked to submit to psychological, intelligence, honesty, drug and/or genetic tests before a job offer is made. View full abstract»

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  • Saving for that first job: The key to financial success after graduation is smart planning

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    Looking forward to graduating next spring? Are you anxious about getting that high paying job and buying that new car? Well, your days of scrimping and saving are not quite over. While your new annual salary may be more money than you've ever made, you will have new expenses associated with working and living on your own. Apartment rent, car payments, and living expenses may be familiar to people who have lived off campus, but when you enter the professional ranks your needs and desires change. Preparing now is the best way to avoid financial despair from trying to have it all too soon. View full abstract»

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  • Pace conference report: Early involvement in professional issues will net you positive results

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 34 - 35
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    Are you ready for the professional world? Have you wondered what it is like to be a practicing engineer? If you had an all expenses paid trip to Arizona to spend four days with 200 professional engineers, do you think you would get some answers? I know I did. As the IEEE Chairman of the George Washington University Student Branch in Washington, DC, I went with six other student branch chairmen from the Washington area to the 1986 National PACE (Professional Activities Committee for Engineers) Conference. We flew to sunny Phoenix for the Labor Day weekend conference, joining approximately 210 other attendees. View full abstract»

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  • Going for the long term: Increased automation in spacecraft power systems to lengthen the duration of voyages is being developed

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 36 - 38
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    A description is given of the AMPS (autonomously managed power system) program, which is developing a photovoltaic-based power system suitable for long-term space missions, particularly the US Space Station. The AMPS test facility is discussed, and the role of artificial intelligence is examined. View full abstract»

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  • Parts obsolescence: A new concern for EEs: Microcircuits you plan to use today may not be available tomorrow

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 39 - 41
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    The authors discuss how engineers can avoid the problem of obsolescence of their designs. Two types of solutions are examined. Those that deal with the problem after it occurs include discussion with the vendor, which may provide a solution not previously known to the designer, and life-of-type buys, i.e., buying a large quantity of the component that will carry the product through its expected life. Alternatively, the design can anticipate the parts obsolescence problem and make it a major design criterion. The authors discuss this solution. View full abstract»

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  • The current that kills: Some shocking facts about electricity that deserve notice

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 42 - 44
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    Statistics show that over one thousand people are killed in electrical accidents every year in the United States. Approximately 15 percent of these accidents occur in industry. A larger percentage are electrocuted in the home. View full abstract»

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  • The EE as naval officer: Now more than ever the U.S. Navy has a lot to offer the undergrad and grad

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 45 - 46
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    The United States bases a significant portion of its defense strategy on advanced technology. Thus, the need is obvious for technically qualified personnel to design, evaluate, and operate the vast array of equipment that supports the national defense. View full abstract»

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  • Naval center for space technology [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 47
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  • The gamesman puzzles and sticklers

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 48 - 50
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  • What's happening

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 51 - 54
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  • Looking back

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 55 - 56
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  • [Inside back cover]

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): c4
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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