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Call for MTT-S Administrative Committee Nominations
The MTT Society is governed by an elected body, the Administrative Committee (the "AdCom"). This committee meets three times each year for rather lengthy meetings (often 10 hours over two days) with numerous committee reports, and votes on proposed initiatives. It is very much a working committee! There are a minimum of seven members of the MTT-S Administrative Committee elected each year (more if there are in-term vacancies). Of the seven positions, six are elected by the current Administrative Committee membership, and one is elected by the MTT-S members in an at-large election. Typically, members nominate their peers (or themselves). This is done by sending the names of candidates to the AdCom Nominations and Appointments Committee at Nom_Appointments@mtt.org. A second possible approach is to nominate a candidate by petition. The rules for petition nomination can be found on the MTT-S website (http://mtt.org/index.html) by clicking "MTT-S ByLaws" and going to paragraph 18.104.22.168. But please be aware that there has never been a nomination by petition for the MTT-S AdCom! Presumably this is because it is so much easier to submit a candidate for nomination directly to the Nominations and Appointments Committee.
If a member is interested in submitting a possible candidate to the N&A Committee, they should first obtain the consent of the candidate. Serving on the AdCom is a major commitment of time and energy, and it typically involves travel to the three AdCom meetings per year. Those submitting nominations to the N&A Committee should include:
- Candidate's full name, contact info, and a brief draft (less than 300 words) of qualifications, society service, and motivation.
- The candidate's preference to be placed on the at-large (full membership) ballot, or the AdCom member voted ballot (one cannot be on both ballots).
- Nominator's name and contact information (including email address).
Nominations are due by April 30, 2010. The MTT-S N&A Committee will present the full list of candidates to the AdCom at their spring meeting (just before the MTT-S International Microwave Symposium). After receiving any comments and/or additional nominations at the spring AdCom meeting, the N&A committee will select at least two candidates for the at-large voting by the full membership, and at least 1.5 times the number of openings (typically 10 to 15 candidates) for the ballot presented to the AdCom for voting.
The two primary responsibilities of the N&A committee are: first, to assure that there are sufficient candidates for the election; and second, to limit the total number of candidates to a reasonable number. Obviously, the number of unsuccessful candidates equals the total number of candidates minus the number of positions to be filled. Having too many candidates is therefore a recipe for disappointment and potentially counterproductive over the long term. This is a challenging assignment for the N&A committee, and it is the committee's objective to proceed with as much fairness and transparency as possible. It is, of course, the nature of elections to have competition and this is a part of the democratic process. We all respect those MTT-S members who are willing to be candidates for the MTT-S AdCom, and for their participation in the election process. For more information, please see the MTT-S web site at the address listed above.
IMS2010 Student Volunteers
Student volunteers are needed for every day of the conference. Volunteering is a tremendous opportunity to experience the conference first hand! Typical duties may include
- Monitoring technical sessions/workshops;
- Assisting in registration;
- Directing participants to conference events;
- Generally helping to ensure a successful symposium.
Volunteers who work a total of 8 hours will receive free registration. (Details on receiving free registration will be sent to volunteers by email.) Food and beverages will be provided during hours of service, including breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All volunteers will be eligible to win significant raffle prizes and have the opportunity to attend special events. For example, we are currently planning to raffle several laptop computers, purchased for the conference, to student volunteers. Interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26th with contact information and availability.
Report on MMS2009
After eight successful editions organized respectively in Tetuan, Morocco (2000), Caceres, Spain (2002), Cairo, Egypt (2003), Marseilles, France (2004), Athens, Greece (2005), Genova, Italy (2006), Budapest, Hungary (2007) and Damascus, Syria (2008), the 9th edition of the Mediterranean Microwave Symposium MMS2009 was held in the wonderful Gibraltar Strait overlooking Moroccan city of Tangiers, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean, in November 15-17, 2009. All these editions were technically co-sponsored by the IEEE MTTS.
MMS2009 provided an international forum for reporting progress and recent developments in RF and microwave and in many other related topics both in theory and applications. MMS2009 consisted of several technical sessions from which some of them were invited, keynote and tutorial sessions. These special sessions covered the state-of-the-art of several hot topics in RF and microwave and wireless and mobile networks engineering and technologies.
As was done in the former editions, MMS2009 also organized the Best Paper competition for students attending and presenting their papers.
These events have also marked the official celebrations of the IEEE Morocco Section in the framework of the 125th Anniversary of the IEEE.
The success of this edition of the Mediterranean Microwave Symposium is the result of the dedicated professional work of many people from the Organizing Committee and the Technical Program Committee. All the keynote speakers, the invited sessions and the workshop organizers and the session chairs and even the participants themselves have a very good share of this success. I seize this occasion to express all of them my most sincere and warmest thanks.
Detailed information about MMS2009 is available at: www.ieee.ma/MMS2009/
I am very pleased to invite you to the 10th edition of this symposium, MMS2010, which will take place jointly with the URSI meeting in Guzelyurt, Cyprus in August 25-27, 2010. For more information about this event check this website: http://www.mms.ncc.metu.edu.tr.