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IMS Newsletter, Issue 2

July, 2011

President's Perspective

Cost Vs. Benefit

In February, Roger Pollard, a member of TAB, asked this question in a Linked-In forum, "Why are fewer IEEE members joining Societies?" For most respondents cost versus benefit concisely summarized their concerns. The
responses included the following:

• Digital library access is already in universities and large companies

• Free magazine is the only perk for most societies

• Payment for papers in IEEE Xplore is costly

• Most journals are not suited to practitioners; they are too theoretical and far too few applications. One respondent wrote, "big articles, lots of words, small summaries."

Here are some proposed solutions. Some or all of them should be implemented for IEEE, and IMS in particular, to remain relevant and useful to you.

• interactive publications on society websites

• virtual conferences so that members who cannot travel can still gain some benefit with readily available keynote addresses online

• For practitioners the following would be useful:
- more application content in the journals and magazines
- application and round table webinars to serve those who cannot travel
- interactions with entrepreneurs
- continuing education
- career growth guidance (mentorship)

The IMS AdCom is wrestling with these issues. Once the website is redesigned in several months, weigh in at and click on the "Membership" tab and find the discussion forum and contribute to the online discussion.

Kim Fowler
President, IEEE I&M Society


The I&M Society awards four Society-level awards annually:

• the Outstanding Young Engineer Award - The I&M Outstanding Young Engineer Award recognizes an outstanding young I&M member who has distinguished him/herself through achievements, which are technical, of exemplary service to the I&M Society, or a combination of both early in their career. The nominee must not have reached their 39th birthday and must be an I&M member at the time of nomination. Click here to nominate.

• the Technical Award - The I&M Society Technical Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contribution or leadership in advancing instrumentation design or measurement technique. Click here to nominate.

• the Distinguished Service Award - The I&M Society Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual who has given outstanding service to the Society and to the profession. Click here to nominate.

• the Career Excellence Award - The I&M Career Excellence Award is awarded to recognize a lifetime career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution by an individual in the field of instrumentation and measurement. Click here to nominate.

Nominations for the 2011 awards cycle are now being accepted.

Rik Pintelon of Vrije Universiteit Burssel has been named the 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award recipient. Congratulations, Rik!

Congratulations to our lates Senior Members: Arijit Basu Ray, Richard Candell, Yonuk Chong, Robin Dykstra, Eric Femi, Yanfeng Gong, Dardo Guaraglia, Dong Ming, Yihong Qi, Jose Rocha Neto,and Romuald Zielonko.

I&M Fellows - Class of 2011

Voicu Groza
University of Ottawa
for contributions to floating-point analog-to-digital conversion

Sergey Kharkovsky
Missouri University of Science & Technology
for contributions to microwave techniques for the evaluation of materials and structures

Subhas Mukhopadhyay
Massey University
for development of low-cost smart sensors and sensing systems

Yong Yan
University of Kent
for contributions to pulverized fuel flow metering and combustion flame imaging.


Upcoming Conferences

September 12-15, 2011
Baltimore, MD, USA

Future of Instrumentation International Workshop will be held November 7-8, 2011 at the Oakridge National Laboratory, Oakridge, TN, USA.

For more information, visit the website at:

Smart Measurements for Future Grids will be held November 14-16, 2011 in Bologna, Italy.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
July 15, 2011

Acceptance/Rejection Notification:
August 15, 2011

Final Manuscript Submission and Registration:
September 15, 2011

For more information, visit the website at:

2012 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS) will be held February 7-9, 2012 at the University of Brescia, Italy.

Abstract Submission Deadline
October 1, 2011

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
November 10, 2011

Final Manuscript Submission and Registration
December 23, 2011

For more information, visit the website at:

2012 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) will be held May 13-16, 2012 in Graz, Austria.

Abstract Submission Deadline
November 6, 2011

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
December 30, 2011

Final Manuscript Submission and Registration
March 4, 2012

For more information, visit the website at: