MONELEC ALUMNI NEWS
Newsletter of Alumni of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems
Clayton Campus, Monash University
Editor : Sue Morgan 9905 3467 firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been remiss in not keeping our alumni in touch with the Department
and with the careers of the 1,500+ graduates who have experienced four or
more years of intense activity as students here. This is a newsletter which
we intend to issue as a means of regular contact with alumni. Our Administrative
Officer, Sue Morgan (wife of David) is the editor and will be seeking to
inform you of many things to do with the Department. She says, "Those
with long memories please forgive the title - I realise that 'Monelec' is
or was once a registered business name and will evoke many memories."
Please write to her with any items of interest or news about yourself or
about other graduates from the Department.
We didn't organise a general SMEEA dinner in 1993, but instead held a dinner
to inaugurate the award of a medal in honour of Doug Lampard (see the next
item). Since it is a research student award, we only invited past research
students and staff. This year we will organise a SMEEA dinner in the middle
of the year.
So far as the department is concerned, the news is that we are bigger than
ever. Our normal government-funded activities have grown, but we now receive
almost as much money again from other sources. We are bursting at the seams,
even though we have taken over the old drawing offices 2, 3, and 4 and partitioned
them for various research activities. Of course, bigness is not a measure
of quality, and in addition to growing we are also striving to maintain
academic excellence in a world where it is difficult to cope with the changing
role of Universities.
President of SMEEA and Head of Department.
This medal has been established in honour of Professor Lampard, who retired
in 1990. In any year, it will be awarded to the research student in the
department whose thesis is considered to be the most outstanding either
as a contribution to the fundamentals of electrical engineering science
and/or as an application involving hardware using electrical engineering
principles. In addition to the inscribed medal, the winner will receive
a prize of $1000.
INAUGURAL DOUGLAS LAMPARD ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Forty eight staff members and former postgraduates and their partners attended
a dinner on Friday, November 12 to witness the presentation of the first
two Douglas Lampard Electrical Engineering Research Medals. The recipients
were Rick Alexander, who completed his PhD on "High Accuracy Non-contact
Three Dimensional Shape Measurement" in 1990, and Wang Xinhua, who
completed his PhD on "Finite Element Methods for Nonlinear Waveguides"
We were saddened to learn of the death of Karol Morsztyn last year. Students
from the sixties and seventies will all remember his lectures on tensor
analysis! He retired in 1979, so at least was able to enjoy thirteen years
1914 - 1993
John Bennett will be returning to the department in 1994 after a
two year placement with the High Frequency Radar Division of the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation in Salisbury, SA. He has been working
on the problem of coordinate registration for the Jindalee over-the-horizon
NEWS OF STAFF
Lindsay Kleeman has just returned from Yale after a very successful
year working on the use of sonar for distance measurement for robotic purposes.
Lucian Gruner retired at the end of 1993 after 31 years in the department.
He has been honoured with Life Membership of IEEE, in recognition of his
long association with the Institute and experience in the profession. A
retirement dinner was held on December 15.
Two staff will be off soon for OSP:
Ed Cherry, who will be working with Tektronix in Portland, Oregon,
on High Speed Data Transmission. They have a custom IC process which makes
13 GHz transistors. This will be Ed's first sabbatical in 20 years.
Andy Russell, who will be working with the Robotics Group in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo
in Ontario, Canada.
Three PhD degrees were conferred on previous research students of the department
at a ceremony held on 6th October:
Jean Armstrong for a thesis entitled "Symbol synchronisation
using signal samples". Unfortunately, we are losing Jean to Latrobe
University at the end of the year. Her contributions to the department in
the few years she has been with us have been substantial.
Bernard Hendrey for a thesis entitled "Robot manipulator path
planning". Bernard is still working with Ray Jarvis in the robotics
Chek Yoon Wong for a thesis entitled "On Petri net models with
time." Although his PhD examination was completed in 1988, he has waited
until now to take out the degree. He is with the Microsoft Institute in
Sydney as a Consultant Lecturer.
Two others to complete their PhD's in 1993 are:
Ben Lawrence for a thesis entitled "Three-dimensional finite
element analysis of passive microwave devices". He has been in Japan
for the past four months working in the Communications Research Laboratory
of the Kashima Space Research Centre, 100 kms east of Tokyo. He has now
left this position to go to Sri Lanka to become a Buddhist monk.
Russell Lang for a thesis entitled "Channel allocation in mobile
telephone systems using narrow beam antennas". Russell has been teaching
in the department since July and will work in the Video Coding Group for
the next two years.
Kim Ng has received funding for a project on Noncontact Shape Measurement
using Computer Vision. The aim of the project is to develop the prototype
system that he and his research students, Rick Alexander, Boey Seng Heng
and Humphrey Hui, have been working on over a number of years into a commercially
exploitable product for full three-dimensional shape measurement. The funding,
worth $1.115M, from non-government sources through a R&D syndicate is
for three years, beginning July 1993. The project will employ a team of
three full time research staff under Kim Ng as project leader. Lindsay Kleeman
will also be involved in the project. Kemal Ajay has joined the project
as team leader.
3D SHAPE MEASUREMENT PROJECT
As part of the Monash University Quality Portfolio recently submitted to
the DEET Quality Subcommittee, the University has listed the top 20 departments
in terms of grant success for the years 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.
MONASH UNIVERSITY QUALITY PORTFOLIO
In those years, our department has ranked 4th, 2nd, 2nd and 4th respectively.
It is the leading engineering department, and is beaten only by Physiology,
and (on occasion) by the Centre for Early Human Development, Pathology and
Immunology, and Chemistry.
Robert Distel (a final year student in 1992) is one of the winners of the
1992 Motorola Student Design Competition. The prize was presented to Robert
in August at Motorola Semiconductor Product's office in Wantirna.
STUDENT WINS MOTOROLA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY DESIGN
Robert's project entitled 'The Electronic Sheep' was one of only three prizes
offered world-wide. Robert was given a framed certificate, a cheque for
US$500, a very impressive Macintosh computer system and will also take delivery
of a laser printer at a later date. For the department, Bill Brown accepted
a letter promising the delivery of US$5000 worth of Motorola products. Andy
Russell, Robert's supervisor, has chosen to spend the money on evaluation
systems for the 68HC11 and 68332 microprocessors.
Mal Wilkinson (BE 1971) is back at biomedical research, this time
at the Monash Medical Centre. This follows periods at the Queen Victoria
Hospital, Alberta, Health Standards in Melbourne and Telecom Research. He
and Judi (BE 1971, MEngSc 1976) and their two children live in Forest
John Retford (BE 1984) ex Ford is successfully managing both a circuit
board company and a young family in Penang.
We recently heard from KK Wong (BE 1981 MEngSc 1985), Boey Seng
Heng (PhD 1991), and Soo Jia Sien (BE 1985 PhD 1990). They are
participating in the great industrial boom taking place in Singapore and
Alan Finkel (BE 1975 PhD 1981) commutes between Melbourne and San
Francisco. His company, Axon Instruments, is successfully selling high quality
electronic equipment into the biomedical measurement market.
Alan Wells (BE 1968 PhD 1974) is still with Ford and recently chaired
a conference on Manufacturing Engineering where he expounded on the virtues
of cellular manufacturing.
Kathy Meyer (nee Fisher) (BE 1988) married while working for Siemens
in Germany. She and her husband are both now with Siemens in Melbourne.
Jon Billington (BE 1974 MEngSc 1978) has been appointed to a chair
in computer systems engineering at the University of South Australia.
Ian Brown (BE 1967 PhD 1974) has returned to the department to head
up the Monash University Centre for Biomedical Engineering, coming via RMIT,
Therapeutic Devices and London Hospital. The Centre offers an MEngSc in
Bioengineering by coursework and minor thesis, and is involved in the undergraduate
BSc/BE in physiology and electrical and computer systems engineering.
Jack Phillips joined the fledgling faculty in 1961 as a Senior Lecturer
and had a great deal to do with the formation of the department and with
early years and control systems teaching. He resigned in 1970 to become
Head of Electrical Engineering at the Preston Institute of Technology. He
is now enjoying retirement after many years on the staff of the Swinburne
University of Technology.
Ian Wright (BE 1965 PhD 1971) is now the Chief Engineer of AMECON
and is pre-occupied with making frigates. He left the SECV a few years ago
after many years of service.
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