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Issue 4 • Date Dec. 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

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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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  • Circuit rider branch news

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 6 - 8
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  • Art in technology: A photo essay demonstrating the close relationship between art and technology

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 9 - 11
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    Fiber optics, a communications medium in which light signals are transmitted through a fiber of ultra-pure glass. Looking into the soul of this medium, we also find the artistic side of technology. The photography shown on this page and the following two pages is from a traveling exhibition entitled “MicroScapes: The Hidden Art of High Technology.” View full abstract»

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  • Proliferating hospital testing devices: Too much monitoring could be hazardous to a patient's health

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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    The rapid development of instruments for use in hospitals and clinics has created problems in various areas of the medical field. The majority of these problems are caused by the large number of instruments used. Physically, the mass or mess of cables and tubes can be confusing, be hard to untangle, and require patience. The number of alarms that could ring at any time are very intimidating and di... View full abstract»

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  • Wanted: Eng. D. degrees: Four undergraduate years are not sufficient to produce a practicing engineer

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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    The crisis in engineering education is evident. Four years of undergraduate studies are not sufficient to properly educate and produce a practicing engineer. Every report on engineering education, from the Mann report in 1918 to the NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) study in 1976, has recommended that certain subjects be added to the engineering curriculum without recommending that... View full abstract»

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  • APL: Dramatically reduce coding time on your PC with this powerful language

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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    The author describes how APL can be used to greatly reduce programming time on a personal computer. He introduces some of the primitive APL functions and illustrates their use. Data selection, sorting, and matrix problems are discussed. The use of APL with character, rather than numerical, data is shown. View full abstract»

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  • Measurements in nondestructive evaluation: An interdisciplinary subject dedicated to understanding flaws and failures

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 20 - 23
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    The motivation for nondestructive testing (NDT) and the techniques used are briefly reviewed. Measurement problems that arise in NDT are examined. X-ray imaging and ultrasonic techniques are described. View full abstract»

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  • What happens to the other 75 percent? A case study of one university's findings on GPA statistics versus job opportunities

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 24 - 26
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    Interfacing with industries interested in our graduates is one of the enjoyable aspects of teaching. Typically, all the parties share a sincere desire to be as helpful to each other as possible, along with a shared concern for the future welfare of the graduating students. This attitude of mutual good will is especially apparent in recruitment representatives who are proud of their companies. Occa... View full abstract»

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  • Surviving in the corporate jungle: Adjusting to your new company's political structure can be more difficult than the job requirements

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 27
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    You have the grades. You have the talent. You have the drive to succeed. But, getting to the top requires political savvy. Whether you work for a research laboratory, university, or corporation, you will be subjected to on-the-job politics unique to that organization. View full abstract»

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  • Cover letters can open doors: This important key to a new position is often overlooked

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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  • The concept of inheritance takes shape: The road to understanding genetic engineering is paved with DNA

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 30 - 33
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    Everything we are is determined by the genetic information we carry. Forays into conquering disease and birth defects depend on understanding genes first. Through the millenia man has known that certain characteristics can be inherited. However, just what and where these genes were remained a mystery until the experiments of Avery, MacLeod, and McCarty (1944) revealed that a polymer called deoxyri... View full abstract»

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  • Hybrid optical computing: High accuracy, high data rate, electro-optical architecture

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 34 - 37
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    The technology base of digital optical computing is briefly described. An electrooptical processor that utilizes the inherent parallelism of optical processing is shown and applied to matrix-matrix multiplication. Symbolic logic processing is examined. Discrete linear transformations using optical processors are described. View full abstract»

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  • Increasing the industrial robot's IQ: Teaching robots to adapt more intelligently to changes in their environment

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 38 - 40
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    High-level control in which the computer determines the motion path required to accomplish a task (known as intelligent control) is considered. The concepts of artificial intelligence and of a universal machine are examined in this context. Robot programming is then discussed. View full abstract»

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  • 1987 Outstanding branch counselors: This year's roster of the facilitators of campus professional activities

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 41 - 42
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  • The F3 systems: A start to time management: Learning to prioritize tasks leads to greater productivity and fulfillment

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 43
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    So you're about to enter the “real working world?” Great! Just realize, though, that it's tough to spend 100 percent of your time on engineering. Paperwork and other nontechnical tasks can occupy a big chunk of the day leading to frustration and dissatisfaction. However, you can increase your engineering productivity by mastering some simple techniques to handle paperwork and related... View full abstract»

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  • Electrical engineering and the computer: A look at the practical uses of computer modeling in industry and academe

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 44 - 49
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    The use of computer simulation in engineering education are discussed. The notions of discretization, sampling, and approximation are defined. The use of matrix descriptions and numerical analysis is examined. Some modeling applications in electrical engineering are described. View full abstract»

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  • What's happening

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 50 - 55
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  • The gamesman puzzles and sticklers

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

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  • [Back cover]

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IEEE Potentials is the magazine dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals.

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David Tian
Carnegie Mellon University
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