e-Newsletter: June 2022

Career Opportunities

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Computer Science and Information Technology Instructors – Melville School of Business

The Melville School of Business is seeking full-time regular, qualified Computer Science and Information Technology [CSIT] faculty members [3] to start September 1, 2022. The successful candidates will be required to teach courses in support of the Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology Degree and the Computer Information Systems Certificate and Diploma. For more information about CSIT programs and courses, please go to https://calendar.kpu.ca/programs-az/business/information-technology/.

The School of Business offers courses online as well as in-person, with in-person classes provided on all five campuses of Kwantlen Polytechnic University [Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale, Surrey Civic Plaza and Langley]. In the case of in-person classes, faculty are expected to be available to teach on all campuses.
The ability to teach using online and in-person delivery modes for the following courses is required:

  • INFO 1111 – Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software
  • INFO 1113 – Systems Analysis and Design
  • INFO 1211 – Operating Systems Principles and Applications
  • INFO 1213 – Web Application Development
  • INFO 1214 – Discrete Mathematics for Information Technology
  • INFO 3171 – System Security
  • INFO 4125 – Website and Cloud Security

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Milestone Celebration on July 1st to Recognize the Historic Significance and Legacy of the Trans-Canada Microwave System

On Canada Day 2022, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (CNC-URSI) will partner with Bell Canada, TELUS, and SaskTel to recognize one of the greatest engineering achievements in Canadian history – the completion of the Trans-Canada Microwave System in 1958 – and the immense impact that it had on both Canadian society and the Canadian economy.

Officially opened on 1 July 1958, the Trans-Canada Microwave System introduced live network television and direct-dialled long distance telephone service to Canadians from coast to coast. Comprising 139 relay towers spanning more than 6275 kilometres from Victoria, BC to Sydney, NS, it was, when completed, the world’s longest microwave network. Extended and upgraded several times during its four decades of operation, it set the stage for most of the telecommunication infrastructure that we rely upon today.

Bell Canada, TELUS, and SaskTel are partnering with IEEE and EIC to mount bronze plaques in both official languages at nineteen locations along the route taken by the Trans-Canada Microwave System. The plaques will serve as reminders of the people and places that contributed to and benefited from this tremendous engineering achievement. The recognition will also kick off the Trans Canada Microwave System History Project, an effort to reach out to the many Canadian engineers with recollections and memorabilia of the system and preserve these in a digital archive to be jointly administered by IEEE Canada and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science. A webinar featuring some of this material together with commentary by key individuals from IEEE, EIC, CNC-URSI, Bell Canada, TELUS, and SaskTel, will be presented this fall. For more information, please contact the IEEE Canada Historian, Prof. Dave Michelson at dmichelson@ieee.org.

Check the Vancouver Section website in mid-June for news regarding the dedication event for Vancouver’s plaque. For more information, please contact the Vancouver Section Chair, Matthew Wilder at matthew.wilder@ieee.org.


Section Scholarship Winners Honoured at Awards Reception

On May 9, 2022, members of the Vancouver Section Executive Committee – along with Past Section Chair Bob Gill – hosted a reception and presentation of the 2022 Vancouver Section Scholarship awards to the four recipients, who were previously announced at the 2022 AGM.

Section chair Matthew Wilder presented the recipients with certificates to commemorate their individual achievements.

The executive committee members and scholarship recipients were joined by Alfredette MacDonald, in recognition of the very first time the section has awarded the new John S. MacDonald Scholarship Award

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Summer Social Event August 20th – Save the date!

The Vancouver section is eager to create opportunities for members to reconnect with one another in person. In that spirit, planning is underway for a “summer social” to be held at Burnaby Central Park on August 20, 2022.

The event will run from 11 AM to 3 PM, at the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot accessible from the Kingsway entrance to the park.

In order to plan the right amount of food and beverages, we are asking members to register early. Registration is free for members, and $10 for non-members. Please register now – and save the date!

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Upcoming Events

Interconnect Meets Architecture: On-Chip Communication

Dr. Partha Pratim Pande of Washington State University

Organizers: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

Monday June 6, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Hybrid Meeting Online and Room 2020, Kaiser Building, University of British Columbia, 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z4

Neural Networks, graph analytics, and other big-data applications have become vastly important for many domains. This has led to a search for proper computing systems that can efficiently utilize the tremendous amount of data parallelism that is associated with these applications.

Dr. Partha Pratim Pande is a professor and holder of the Boeing Centennial Chair in computer engineering at the school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, USA. He is currently the director of the school. His current research interests are novel interconnect architectures for manycore chips, on-chip wireless communication networks, heterogeneous architectures, and ML for EDA.

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