Moshe Kam IEEE President
Appointment of Dr. Moshe Kam to Dean, Newark College of Engineering
3 April, 2014

ENGINEERING AS A LIBERAL ART: an address to the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit (The Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament; Edinburgh, Scotland; 14 August 2012)
14 August, 2012

Comments during the dedication of an IEEE Milestone on the World’s First Reliable High Voltage Power Fuse, 1909 (3 August 2012, Chicago, IL, USA)
3 August, 2012

Comments at the Dedication of the IEEE Milestone Mainline Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1895 (21 June 2012, Baltimore, MD)
9 July, 2012

Comments at the installation of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu at the University of Hong Kong (13 January 2012)
13 January, 2012

Comments at the Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone on the Apollo Guidance Computer, Cambridge, MA
13 December, 2011

Roger Pollard (1 June 1946 - 3 December 2011)
4 December, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close...
3 December, 2011

Member Letter – U.S. Hurricane Irene/Floods
10 September, 2011

Message to IEEE Volunteers and Members in Japan
14 March, 2011

It Is About Value (Not About Price)
11 February, 2011

A Small Miracle in Hyderabad
27 January, 2011

So you are traveling a lot, eh?
17 January, 2011

How Should We Proceed with IEEE’s Humanitarian Efforts?
1 January, 2011

IEEE and Haiti
20 January, 2010

A Most Impressive Quasquicentennial in Hyderabad
7 January, 2010

My New Year Resolution - Seeking Less Experienced Volunteers
2 January, 2010

Mail about IEEE Spectrum article - Powerless in Gaza
26 December, 2009

The list of new IEEE Fellows is out
15 December, 2009

In praise of three tough guys from Trinidad
25 November, 2009

Who will be the 50th President of IEEE?
23 November, 2009

Smart Grid and Standards Search - the Board of Directors approves new initiatives
22 November, 2009

Globalization and Music - a Visit to the IEEE France Section
12 November, 2009

Moshe Kam elected IEEE 2010 President-Elect
7 October, 2009


A Most Impressive Quasquicentennial in Hyderabad

IEEE members celebrated the Institute’s 125th anniversary year (which extends to April 2010) in many ways.  In some Sections, this milestone was noted by learned lectures on IEEE’s history.  In others, there were multilayered cakes and Helium balloons (even fireworks in one event, I hear…)  The Hyderabad Section, which I had the privilege to visit as 2009 turned into 2010, decided to organize a very impressive technical symposium to mark the quasquicentennial (see  

Established 25 years ago, the Hyderabad Section is large, with more than 3300 members.  Its growth and continued success are a tribute to the dedication and hard work of its leaders (the first Chair of the then India Section was F. C. Kohli; the current Chair of the Hyderabad Section is N. V. Rao).  Another key factor is the increased significance of the Hyderabad region as a center for technical education and high-tech industry, in India and in the World.  The industrial parks surrounding the city house powerful facilities operated by a large array of corporations, from Accenture and Agilent, through Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle to Virtusa and Wells Fargo.

The Hyderabad 125th anniversary event, with about 120 members and guests in attendance, was divided into two parts.  The first was technical, the second – professional.  In the technical part I found great merit in a lecture by Shivan K. Koul of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He spoke on RF and Microwave circuit design, demonstrating how much innovation, potential and opportunities this rather longtime core field of Electrical Engineering can still offer.  This technical area is being challenged to reach new heights by the needs of new applications in areas such as Wireless Communications, and by developments in Materials Science and Nanotechnology.  Professor Koul was also honored during the event on account of his being recently elected to be a Fellow of IEEE “for contributions to analysis and design of microwave and millimeter wave components and circuits.”  I was thrilled to present him with the IEEE Fellow pin and plaque.

Another IEEE Fellow, the famed M. Vidyasagar, spoke about Computational Biology.  This is a lecture I really look forward to read again on line (all the slides will be posted on the website of the Section in a few weeks).  Professor Vidyasagar's was by far the best explanation I have heard about the role of System Theory in the study of computational biology (a.k.a bioinformatics).  Among other merits, his insightful and entertaining presentation highlighted the relevance of the knowledge and experience of researchers and scientists who “grew up” in IEEE to the rapid development of new areas within Life Sciences.  These include the development of new potent drugs, and predictive toxicology.  Many of the tools we, "IEEE folk," have developed, and, more importantly our traditions of learning and inquiry that were honed for more than a century in our premier publications and conferences – are proving to be essential for progress in Life Sciences.  Biology, one must conclude,  just cannot be left for the Biologists anymore :-)

I spent significant time with IEEE members and volunteers – past Region 10 Director Prasad Kodali was immensely generous with his time, and arranged for me to meet several different groups of members, and hear what is on their minds.   Along with long-term, already well known seasoned volunteers of the Section, I was very pleased to be introduced to the new generation of enthusiastic, committed and energetic younger volunteers.  I think we will hear much more in the next few years about S. Venkataramanan who edits the Section’s publication Synapse, and about Prasanna Venkatesan who chairs the affinity group for Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD).  The Hyderabad Section does not only have a very respectable past, it also has a very promising future.

I came back from Hyderabad with a long 'to-do' list. On this list are items that are relevant to members in India, members in Region 10, and members of IEEE everywhere.  Seeds were sown during my visit for new activities that, we hope, will enhance the reach and effectiveness of the Section, especially in the area of pre-university education.  My only regret is that due to unrelated political demonstrations in the city’s vicinity, we needed to cut short an afternoon meeting with students and GOLD members.  This meeting started very well, and I hope that participants who have not had an opportunity to express themselves during the shortened gathering will write to me with their ideas, suggestions and concerns.  

… And then I may just use the early adjournment of this particular meeting as my official “excuse” to come back to Hyderabad, in order to enjoy the company and interact again with this group of most active, focused, motivated and productive young volunteers.

I miss them already.

Moshe Kam ( ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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