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Background

The Victorian Section is part of Region 10, and is represnted at the Australia Council. Up until its formation it was orginally part of the original Australia Section. The geographic area responsibility of this section covers Victoria and Tasmania, with most activity around the city of Melbourne. On 10 April 2009, Lewis Terman advised the IEEE Tasmania Subsection of the Victorian Section in Region 10 was formed.

Historic Sub-Section

The IEEE Victorian Section began originally as a sub-section in 1975 to the then ‘Australia Section’. It was primarily driven by staff from the now historic Telecom Australia (Telstra) Research Laboratories located in Clayton.

The 1975 IEEE President, Arthur Stern, visited Australia in October 1975. In late 1975, as a result of an earlier petition, the Victorian Sub-Section was formed. The Victorian sub-section was active for around 3 years, and then became dormant.

Section

The old sub-section was rejuvenated and was re-formed as a Section on 12 August 1983.

Colin Kline was the first Student Branch Councillor at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (now known as the University of Ballarat), circa 1983.

THE IEEE Australia-New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON) was held in Melbourne from 24-26 November 2010. This inaugural event was designed to promote networking and interaction between IEEE student members from Australia and New Zealand. Distinguished guests included Joseph V. Lillie, IEEE Treasurer and Executive Committee member, and Gordon W. Day, IEEE President-Elect for 2011.

History at a Glance

Prehistory

1884 - American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) formed

1912 - Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) formed

1913 - First issue of IRE Proceedings (later Proceedings of the IEEE)

1963 - IEEE formed from merger of AIEE and IRE

IEEE Region 10

1968 - Creation of IEEE Region 10. Chair of steering committee and founding Director Shigeo Shima (Japan)

1977 - James J. Vasseleu (NSW) appointed Region 10 Director

1980 - First Region 10 Technical Conference (TenCon) held in Hong Kong

1983 - Harry E. Green (SA) appointed Region 10 Director. Alan J. Gibbs (Victorian Section committee) Region 10 Secretary/Treasurer

2007 - Janina Mazierska (Past Chair, North Queensland Section) appointed Region 10 Director(first female incumbent)

IEEE In Australia

1972 - IEEE Australian Section established in Sydney (Aug 16). James J. Vasseleu founding section chair.

1976 - Victorian Sub-Section approved by HQ, but nil recorded activity until 1981.

1981 - Victorian Sub-Section re-established (Oct 20)

1983 - Victorian Sub-Section becomes Section (Aug 12)

1984 - WA Section formed (May 24)

1985 - Queensland Section formed (Feb 22), IEEE Australia Council established (May 30), Former Australian Section renamed NSW Section (May 30), SA Section formed (Aug 23)

1988 - ACT Section formed (Nov 18).

1994 - North Queensland Section formed (Jan 29)

2008 - Former North Queensland Section renamed North Australia Section

2009 - Tasmanian Sub-Section formed within Victorian Section (Feb 14)

IEEE In Victoria/Tasmania

1975 - Petition circulated for the formation of a Victorian Sub-Section of the (then) Australian Section. The Petition was subsequently approved, but there is no record of local activity until 1981.

1981 - Victorian Sub-Section re-formed following a Special General Meeting held in Melbourne (October 20). One hundred and fourteen (114) Victorian Section members in attendance, together with Max J. Simons representing the Australian Section. Brian G. Love (IBM Australia) was confirmed as Interim Sub-Section Chair.

First formal meeting of IEEE Victorian Sub-Section Committee (December).

1982 - IEEE President Robert W. Larson visits Victoria. Larson also presented a lecture on Control Theory before a meeting of Victorian Sub-Section.

1983 - IEEE Victorian Sub-Section upgraded to Section status (Aug 12).

Symposium on Women in Engineering and Computer Science held in Melbourne (Aug 23), jointly sponsored by IEEE Victorian Section and IEAust. Electrical & Communications Engineering Branch, Victoria Division. This was (arguably) the first women-in-engineering event of its type held in Australia.

1984 - IEEE Centennial Medals awarded to Prof. Douglas G. Lampard (Monash U.) and Ian P. Bates (SECV).

Visit of IEEE President James B. Owens and General Manager Eric Herz

First issue of Victorian Section Newsletter (no masthead title). Anthony E. Gascoigne, editor.

Communications Chapter established (Apr 4); L. John Millott (Telecom Australia) founding chair. This was the first technical chapter of IEEE in Victoria.

Inauguration of EEEVIC inter-society cooperative scheme on initiative of IEEE Victorian Section.

1985 - Computer Chapter established (Jul 8). Prof. Peter C. Poole (University of Melbourne) founding chair.

1986 - First issue of Victorian Section Journal Uplink (June). Anthony E. Gascoigne, editor.

1988 - Power Engineering Chapter (later Power & Energy Chapter) established (Jan 19). Harry McDonald (CitiPower) founding chair.

1989 - Death of Brian G. Love, founding Section Chair (May 17).

1990 - Engineering Management (later Technology Management) Chapter established (May 14). Robin A. Court (Telecom Australia) founding chair.

1991 - Victorian Section membership passes 1000.

Raymond A. Jarvis elected IEEE Fellow on nomination by Victorian Section.

1992 - Region 10 Technical Conference (TenCon'92) held in Melbourne (Nov 11-13). Kevin Forward (University of Melbourne) and Bala S. Kumble (Telecom Australia) joint conference chairs. This was the first TenCon held in Australia.

1993 - 100th committee meeting of IEEE Victorian Section (April)

1994 - First issue of revamped section newsletter Uplink** (March). Chris W. Dobson, editor.

Death of Prof. Douglas G. Lampard (Sep 01). Lampard was a member of the original IEEE Australian Section committee, a founding member of Victorian Sub-Section and Section committees, and an IEEE Centennial Medallist.

1995 - Visit of IEEE President Tom Cain with Past President H. Troy Nagle (date)

1996 - Dalma Novak (University of Melbourne) elected Section Chair (first female incumbent).

1997 - Communications Chapter wins the IEEE Chapter of the Year Award 1997. Award later presented to 1997 Chapter Chair Enn Vinnal at Sections Congress '99 in Vancouver.

1998 - Rodney B. Waterhouse (RMIT University) appointed as the first Student Activities coordinator in Victorian section.

EMBS Chapter formed (May 28). Brian J. Lithgow (Monash University) founding chair. AP/MTT Chapter formed (Jun 19). James R. Scott (RMIT University) founding chair. ED/LEOS (later Electro-Optics) Chapter formed (Oct 7). Dalma Novak (University of Melbourne) founding chair.

Globecom'98 conference held in Sydney. Prof. Hugh Bradlow (Telstra) conference chair; Enn Vinnal (Victorian Section) conference secretary.

1999 - Dalma Novak (immediate past Victorian Section Chair) elected Chair of IEEE Australia Council (first female incumbent).

University of Tasmania Student Branch formed (Dec 27). Nil recorded activity of this subunit to present date (2011).

2000 - Eleven (11) Victorian Section members awarded IEEE Millennium Medals (see Appendix A). Certificates presented at a commemorative dinner in Carlton (Jun 16). 2001 Signal Processing Chapter formed (Dec 20). Robert Slaviero (Analog Devices) founding chair.

2002 - Circuits & Systems Chapter formed (May 20). Jugdutt Singh (Victoria University) founding chair.

2003 - Monash University Student Branch formed (Sep 12). Shamim S. Hossain founding chair.

Computational Intelligence Chapter formed (Dec 12). Nalamswami Mani (Monash University) founding chair.

2004 - University of Melbourne Students WIE Affinity Group formed (Sep 21). Chia-Yin (Jennifer) Che founding chair.

2005 - WIE Affinity Group formed (Jul 22). Irena Atov (Telstra) founding chair.

GOLD Affinity Group formed (Jul 31). Charlotte N. Marra founding chair.

Education Chapter formed (Sep 29). Iouri Belski (RMIT University) founding chair.

SSIT Chapter formed (Dec 9). Greg Adamson (ANZ Bank) founding chair.

Tencon’05 Conference held in Melbourne (Nov 22-24). Prof Hugh Bradlow (Telstra) conference chair; Enn Vinnal (Telstra) conference vice-chair. This was the fifth TenCon held in Australia and the second in Victoria.

2006 - EMC Chapter formed (Jan 27). T. Malcolm Mulcare founding chair. WIE Affinity Group gets Honourable Mention in the 2006 Affinity Group of the Year competition.

RMIT Students WIE Affinity Group formed (Nov 2). Wai Chee Yau founding chair.

2007 - University of Melbourne Student Branch formed (May 9). Peng Hao founding chair. SSIT Chapter upgraded to "Joint Australian Sections Chapter" hosted by Victorian Section (effective May 30)

2008 - Twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations of IEEE Victorian Section (VIC25). Anniversary dinner held in Carlton (Sep 29). Distinguished guests included R10 Director Janina Mazierska and visiting DL fred. harris (UCSD).

Victoria University Student Branch formed (Sep 29). Leila Koushaeian founding chair

2009 - Tasmanian Sub-Section formed (Feb 14). Greg P. Timms founding chair

One hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations of IEEE founding society (AIEE) Re-launch of section newsletter (Uplink series III) (May). Alan L. Harvey, editor

Irena Atov elected 2010 Chair of IEEE-WIE Standing Committee (global)

2010 - Australia New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON 2010) held in Melbourne (Nov 25-26). VIP delegates included IEEE 2011 President-Elect Gordon W. Day.

Section Officers

IEEE Victorian Section Officers
Year Chair Vice-Chair Secretary Treasurer 'notes'
1976 - 1980 (sub) - - - - Victorian Sub-Section of IEEE Australia Section approved in 1976 but nil recorded activity of this unit. (Sub-Section officers unknown).
1981 (Oct.) Brian G. Love K.S. Vasudeva G. Norman Bell G. Norman Bell Sub-Section still officially existed, but it was formally re-established at a Special General Meeting in Oct 1981.
1982 Brian G. Love K.S. Vasudeva (to Jun 1982) G. Norman Bell G. Norman Bell I.W. Meldrum Vice-Chair from Jul 1982
1983 Brian G. Love Ivor W. Meldrum (to Oct 1983) G. Norman Bell G. Norman Bell Victorian Section approved on 12 Aug 1983. R.A. Court Vice-Chair from Oct 1983.
1984 Brian G. Love Robin A. Court G. Norman Bell G. Norman Bell -
1985 Robin A. Court Anthony E. Gascoigne James P. Baker (to Jun 1985) James P. Baker (to Jun 1985) J.C. Campbell Secretary/Treasurer from Jul 1985
1986 Robin A. Court Anthony E. Gascoigne John C. Campbell John C. Campbell -
1987 Robin A. Court Anthony E. Gascoigne Peter A. Evans Peter A. Evans -
1988 L. John Millott Anthony E. Gascoigne Robert A. Palmer Robert A. Palmer -
1989 L. John Millott Anthony E. Gascoigne Robert A. Palmer Robert A. Palmer -
1990 Bala S. Kumble Anthony E. Gascoigne John P. Nakulski John P. Nakulski -
1991 Bala S. Kumble Michael K. Moore John P. Nakulski John P. Nakulski -
1992 Bala S. Kumble Michael K. Moore John P. Nakulski John P. Nakulski -
1993 Anthony E. Gascoigne Harry McDonald John P. Nakulski John P. Nakulski -
1994 Anthony E. Gascoigne Harry McDonald John P. Nakulski John P. Nakulski -
1995 Harry McDonald (to Aug 1995) Dalma Novak Robert Slaviero Anthony E. Gascoigne Dalma Novak was Acting Chair from Sep-Dec 1995
1996 Dalma Novak Robert Slaviero Robert Slaviero Anthony E. Gascoigne -
1997 Dalma Novak Robert Slaviero Robert Slaviero Anthony E. Gascoigne -
1998 Dalma Novak Robert Slaviero Robert Slaviero Anthony E. Gascoigne -
1999 Robert Slaviero Rodney B. Waterhouse Michael K. Moore Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2000 Robert Slaviero Rodney B. Waterhouse Michael K. Moore Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2001 Robert Slaviero Rodney B. Waterhouse Peter A. Wills Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2002 Peter A. Wills Enn Vinnal Roger L. Venning Anthony E. Gascoigne H. L. King was Acting Treasurer from Sept 2002
2003 Peter A. Wills Enn Vinnal Roger L. Venning Horace L. King -
2004 Enn Vinnal Horace L. King Roger L. Venning Peter A. Wills -
2005 Enn Vinnal Horace L. King Dylan J. Radcliffe Horace L. King -
2006 Enn Vinnal Horace L. King Dylan J. Radcliffe Horace L. King -
2007 Dylan J. Radcliffe Horace L. King Paul V. Kubik Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2008 Horace King Paul Kubik Paul Kubik Tony Gascoigne -
2009 Horace King Paul V. Kubik Paul V. Kubik Anthony E. Gascoigne Enn Vinnal appointed Assistant Treasurer in Feb 2009.
2010 Paul V. Kubik Greg Adamson Kam Ho Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2011 Paul V. Kubik Greg Adamson Kam Ho Anthony E. Gascoigne -
2012 Greg Adamson - - Enn Vinnal -

IEEE Awards to Victorian Section Volunteers

Year Award Recipient(s) Notes
1984 IEEE Centenary Medal Douglas G. Lampard Member of original sub-section and section committees
1995 Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Anthony E. Gascoigne Inaugural award
2000 IEEE Millennium Medal Lawrence W. Cahill, Robin A. Court, Chris W. Dobson, Anthony E. Gascoigne, Bala S. Kumble, Michael K. Moore, John P. Nakulski, Dalma Novak, Robert Slaviero, Enn Vinnal, Rodney B. Waterhouse -
2007 Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Enn Vinnal -

IEEE Victorian Section Awards to Students

Year Award Recipient(s) Notes
1984 Communications Society Student Prize James R. Scott Sole recipient in Region 10
2008 Student Paper Competition – Travel Awards Ganesh Naik & Sridhar Inaugural competition
2009 Student Paper Competition – Travel Awards Kai Xi, Elma O'Sullivan-Greene Two competitions for year
2010 Student Paper Competition – Travel Awards Sorrell Grogan One competition for year
2011 Student Paper Competition – Travel Awards Hao Hao Two competitions for year