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Issue Winter • Fourth Quarter 1983

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): c2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 1
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  • List of staff

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 2
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 3
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  • Chairman's corner

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 3
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  • Feedback letters

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 4
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  • R.S.V.P.

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 4
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  • What's happening

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 5
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  • Defying Murphy's law at branch functions: Branch activities leaders and participants beware. Murphy is alive and well, but subject to the rules of creativity and organization

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):6 - 8
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  • “Flying” an electric power system: Not unlike a pilot, the power system operator can monitor the automatic control of the system or manually “fly” the system during an emergency

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):9 - 15
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    Electric power systems are continually becoming larger, more interconnected, and are being forced to operate with lower capacity reserves in both generation and transmission. Transmission voltage levels are increasing so that each line can carry more and more real power. An extra high voltage (EHV) transmission line may carry up to 2500 MWe; individual generating units are often capable of generat... View full abstract»

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  • Grad student speakout: Is it worth the challenge? Grad study requires that you postpone working, make financial sacrifices, and face rigorous academic requirements. Three students tell why they did it

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):16 - 18
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    The precariously low graduate enrollments in engineering of the late 1970s have been a major concern to those who worry about the future economic condition of the United States. But there is good news on the way. Today, the sizable undergraduate population in engineering contains a substantial number of people who are seriously considering obtaining graduate degrees. This represents a significant ... View full abstract»

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  • Reading up books: Analysis of electric power systems: A discussion of the evolution of power systems analysis tools is followed by a review of several texts, ranging from the better-known to the more obscure

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • When the problem is stress: Every area of a student's life provides its own type of stress. Coping tactics range from “flight” through drugs to “fight” through various therapies

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):23 - 26
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    If you were asked to, you could probably not define all the stresses that you encounter on a daily or weekly basis as a college student. First, there are the obvious stresses such as lab research, essays, term papers, midterms, and final exams. But most students have these to contend with. What about the more personalized stresses, such as the fact that you may be particularly afraid of the math c... View full abstract»

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  • A compact card guide and program for your HP-41C: A card guide documentation that fits in your calculator case and a program that allows Laplace transform solutions of differential equations

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):27 - 29
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    Generally, complex hand-held computer programs require fairly lengthy and detailed documentation, especially when used infrequently. This is particularly true for general-purpose programs. With new machines, such as the HP-41C, this problem can be alleviated by using alphanumeric display prompts and cues. However, memory consumption is high, and the display is too limited to present the overall or... View full abstract»

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  • EE at work: Keeping the lights on at TVA: Two field test engineers, one seasoned and one green, discuss their careers in one of the largest electric utility operations in the country

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):30 - 33
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    After 30 years of service with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), John R. Boyle can justifiably look back on his career with pride. John was recently named Federal Engineer of the Year for 1982 in all Federal government services. He is also considered one of the more prominent relay and protection engineers in the electric utility industry. View full abstract»

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  • Having a field day! Field trips are a lesson in organization and team work. More important, they are a chance to view technology at its latest

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):34 - 35
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  • How to structure your technical paper or report: Using basic engineering training as a take-off, the author gives you a step-by-step construction of a comprehensive paper or report

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):36 - 40
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    The engineer's talent for analyzing, planning, and organizing can be a great asset in the preparation of a technical paper or report. To the extent that in either the carrying out of an engineering project or the writing of a technical report, an engineering problem is defined and subsequently solved, project work and manuscript development go hand-in-hand. Planning is the first step in either sit... View full abstract»

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  • The on-site interviews: Three phases with one purpose: Even in an open market for engineers, competition for jobs is stiff. You must have a sense of purpose and be intent on selling yourself

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):41 - 43
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    Whether scheduled as a result of a campus interview or other job-seeking efforts, the on-site interview is a major step toward acquiring a professional job. No hiring company will schedule an on-site interview with you unless it is seriously interested in your qualifications. In turn, it is a waste of your time as well as a discourtesy to a prospective employer to accept an interview unless you ar... View full abstract»

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  • Circuit rider branch news

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 44
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  • Looking back [birth of the transistor]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 45
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    "A device called a transistor, which has several applications in radio where a vacuum tube ordinarily is employed, was demonstrated for the first time yesterday" [from the New York Times, July 1,1948]. This official announcement marked the public birth of the pointcontact transistor. Its "private birth," however, had already taken place some six months before, on December 23, 1947. Walter Brattain... View full abstract»

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  • The gamesman puzzles and sticklers

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):46 - 47
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  • View from the top: The value of volunteering: Make an invaluable contribution to your profession by participating in the volunteer activities of the world's largest professional organization

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 48
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  • [Inside back cover]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): c4
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