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combustion engine. But both variants are still adapted from the same design handed down during a century of mechanically driven cars, in which the engines torque is transferred mechanically to the wheels. The only problem: cost and batteries. Find out why at IEEE Spectrum Online at http://spectrum.ieee.org/may08/6215. Excerpt from IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert

How Green Is Your Company?

How green is your company? IEEE Spectrum wants to know. Weigh in on the energy, building, nanotechnology, chemistry and purchasing aspects of your company that make it environmentally conscious. Please take the survey! Excerpt from IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert

Meet the WIE Newsletter Editor.

Paulette January IEEE Women in Engineering Newsletter Editor

Paulette January became the WIE Newsletter Editor in January 2008. Recently featured in Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology Magazine as a minority female working in a high tech field, Paulette is a Senior Software Quality Engineer for DRS Technologies, Inc., a defense technology company headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. DRS Technologies, Inc. is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, the Company develops, manufactures and supports a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security.

Paulette’s profile can be viewed in the article at http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/08- aprmay/chg tech aero defense.htm. Responsible for bringing current news and events of importance and interest to WIE members, Paulette finds this a welcome opportunity. WIE would also like to take this opportunity to encourage our members to feel free to contact Paulette at anytime with news and current events happening in your local section, suggestions, or requests for assistance. WIE would be delighted to hear from you!

What is IEEE-USA? …… IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 215,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of the IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with 375,000 members in 160 countries. Find out more at http://www.ieeeusa.org.

Marketplace of Ideas: How Bad Do Engineering Students Have It? A blogger on Wired.com recently posted the "Top 5 Reasons it Sucks to Be an Engineering Student." Cited were awful textbooks, professors who are rarely encouraging, poor academic counseling, assignments that all feel the same, and -- perhaps worst of all -- that other disciplines routinely offer inflated grades. According to the blog, "brilliant engineering students may earn surprisingly low grades, while slackers in other [academic] departments score straight A's for writing book reports...about their favorite zombie films." Do you agree with this blogger? Do you have unfortunate reasons of your own to add?” Weigh in at <mailto:institute@ieee.org> Excerpt from The Institute

IEEE Fellow is First Woman to Receive Highest Award in Engineering Profession. Washington (May 16, 2008) -- Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, recently received the John Fritz Medal from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES). She is the first woman so honored. Johnson was one of seven honorees during the AAES’ 29th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Great Hall of the National Academy of Engineering on May 5, 2008. She was cited for her internationally acknowledged expertise in optics, optoelectronic switching and display technology.

The John Fritz Medal, referred to as the highest award in the engineering profession, is presented each year for scientific or industrial achievement in any field of literature or applied science. It was established in 1902 as a memorial to the great engineer whose name it bears. Past recipients include Alexander Graham Bell (1907), Thomas Edison (1908), Alfred Nobel (1910), Orville Wright (1920), and Guglielmo Marconi (1923). Johnson is an IEEE Fellow and electrical engineer who, as the former dean of engineering at Duke University, increased the engineering faculty by 50 percent, tripled the size of the teaching and research facilities, and tripled the number of women engineering faculty with many in leadership positions. She co-founded the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute for Excellence

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