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IEEE Potentials

Issue 3 • Aug.-Sept. 2002

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  • Circuit rider - Opanna radar site dedicated as an IEEE historical milestone

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):43 - 44
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  • The Woman's Guide to Navigating the PH.D. in Engineering & Science [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 20
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  • R&D funding levels: how they affect engineering opportunities

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):26 - 31
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    Because of their roles in fostering design innovation, engineers naturally have a strong interest in research and development (R&D). Although over 68 percent of R&D is spent by industry, industrial R&D focuses on short-term payoffs, so it is mostly directed toward product improvement or more efficient manufacturing processes. In economic downturns, industrial R&D budgets may suffer, even though th... View full abstract»

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  • Keyboard encryption

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):40 - 42
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    Network security is a never ending battle between the system design engineers and the computer hackers. In an effort to keep the hackers out, engineers have developed an impressive array of encryption algorithms, authentication protocols, and intrusion detection systems. Not to be outdone, the hackers have developed equally impressive ways around the arsenal of security protecting our most sensiti... View full abstract»

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  • Choosing a grad school advisor

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):21 - 23
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    The decision to attend graduate school to work on a Masters or a PhD degree should not be taken lightly. It involves a potentially long time commitment as well as a substantial financial outlay. Aside from deciding on a disciplinary specialty/degree at a particular university, perhaps the most important issue is the choice of a graduate advisor. Indeed, this latter choice may be intimately tied up... View full abstract»

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  • Human risk factors in making sound decisions

    Publication Year: 2002
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    By examining the works of Dawson, Kahneman and Tversky, the author examines the human risk factors that are inherent in making sound decisions. View full abstract»

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  • Robotic surgeons

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):4 - 7
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    A small number of medical robots have already been applied in actual orthopedic surgery. More broadly, other surgical robots have found clinical application in the fields of neurosurgery and prostate surgery. In addition to these robots, which have reached the stage of clinical trial, many more prototype systems have been developed in research laboratories. Potential orthopedic applications includ... View full abstract»

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  • The allure of e-learning

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):33 - 35
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    Once upon a time, distance learning meant using the postal service to receive educational tools, submit papers and receive feedback. Now, thanks to the Internet, submission and feedback can be virtually instantaneous. However, although online education is a growing business, it doesn't necessarily mean that traditional classroom doors will be closed forever. Distance education is not for every stu... View full abstract»

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  • The creative flow

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):24 - 25
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    This paper describes how creative thinking involves inductive reasoning (going from specific facts or observations to general principles) and deductive reasoning (going from general principles to specific situations). It requires logical processing (going from given information to new conclusions based on explicit rules) and illogical processing (intuitive, associative or personal). View full abstract»

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  • The reality behind "future" decisions

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Decision theory's goal is to use knowledge coupled with related analytical techniques to help the "decision maker" choose among a set of alternatives based on their possible consequences. Certainty, risk and uncertainty are the three main conditions under which decisions can be made. Certainty means that a given choice leads to one and only one consequence. Risk means each choice has several possi... View full abstract»

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  • The ferroelectric cathode

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):8 - 11
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    The ferroelectric electron cathode is a newly developed source of electrons. The mechanism of electron emission from the ferroelectric ceramic to the vacuum is different than that of the common thermionic cathode. As a result, its useful features enable new schemes of microwave tubes with considerable advantages such as a high current electron beam. What's more, the restrictions associated with it... View full abstract»

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  • The role of the lab TA [teaching assistants]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):36 - 38
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    The goals of this article, which is aimed at teaching assistants (TAs), are to help the teaching assistant appreciate the vital importance of the laboratory experience; to enjoy the time spent in lab; and to help students get the most out of it. View full abstract»

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  • What are qualifiers? [engineering education]

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Before a student begins actual work on their dissertation, they must pass what are commonly known as qualifiers or comprehensive exams. This paper describes qualifying exams, which are given by an education department to test a student's breadth and depth of knowledge and to see if they have "what it takes" to earn a doctorate. These written and/or oral exams test a student's ability to reason, to... View full abstract»

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  • The state of VLSI testing

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):12 - 16
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    The phenomenal development in electronic systems has, in large part, the advances in Very Large Scale of Integration (VLSI) semiconductor technologies to thank. Performance, area, power and testing are some of the most important improvements. With the reduction in device sizes, it is becoming possible to fit increasingly larger number of transistors onto a single chip. However, as chip density inc... View full abstract»

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