Another Banner Year for SSCS Chapters
|C.T. Wu, Taipei Chapter Chair, receiving the Outstanding
Chapter award certificate and a check for $1,000 for the Taipei
Chapter's use from Professor Charles Sodini, SSCS president.
I am glad to report that
last year was a banner year for the SSCS chapters. I am confident that
this year will be equally successful. The number of chapters has grown
to 43 with 5 new chapters formed this past year. It is my great pleasure
to welcome the newest members to the family of SSCS chapters: Bulgaria
(joint with EDS; Professor J. Kolev, Chair), Hong Kong (joint with EDS;
Professor H. Wong, Chair), Denver (R. Rannow, Chair), a student chapter
in Turkey (Dr. Besikci, Chair) and Shanghai (Professor Tang, Chair).
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the founding chairs for
their efforts. I look forward to working with each of them in the coming
The ISSCC celebrated its 50th anniversary last February
in San Francisco. In the tradition of the ISSCC, 2003 was another high-quality
conference with a record number of papers. The SSCS chapters received
center stage attention during the opening ceremony when Professor Charles
Sodini, SSCS president, handed out the Outstanding Chapter award to
Professor C. T. Wu, Taipei Chapter Chair. I would like to add my congratulations
and thanks to the Taipei Chapter for their leadership in organizing
an impressive range of educational and professional activities.
The fifth annual SSCS Chapters' meeting was held in conjunction with
the ISSCC. Representatives from twenty-three chapters were present.
After a brief introduction by Professor Jan Van der Spiegel, Professor
Charles Sodini, SSCS president, welcomed the participants and expressed
his appreciation for all the work the chapters have been doing for the
benefit of their members. He stressed the important role that the chapters
play in engaging their members in local activities.
|The participants in the fifth SSCS Chapters' meeting
in San Francisco, left to right: Francis Jeung, Jonathan David,
Ahmad B. Dowlatabadi, Neil Weste, Jan Van der Spiegel, Anas Hamoui,
Vojin Oklobdzija, Jieh-Tsorng Wu, Shen-Juan Liu, Upkar Dhaliwal,
Sreedhar Natarajan, Charlie Sodini, Moon-Key Lee, Katsuro Sasaki,
Kwang Yoon, Jay Ackerman, Jerry Lin, Zhihua Wang, and Dr. Khorman
After the lunch, Van der Spiegel gave an update on
the status of the SSCS chapters. He reviewed the chapters' growth over
the past five years, as shown in the figure below.
|Figure showing chapter growth since the inception
of the SSC society in 1997.
The Society has chapters in nine regions worldwide.
There are currently 10 chapters in regions 1-6 (U.S.), 4 in region 7
(Canada), 20 in region 8 (Europe and Africa), and 9 in region 10 (Asia
and Australia). Several chapters are being formed with the hope of forming
a chapter in region 9 (South America) soon. It is a Society's goal to
continue chapter formation.
Van der Spiegel informed the chairs that the deadline for chapter subsidy
applications will be the first of September instead of July. Checks
for the subsidies will be mailed out early in January. This change was
made mainly to accommodate the joint chapters with the Electron Device
Society , which has a similar time line for subsidy requests. Van der
Spiegel told the participants that the subsidies have been growing over
the years with a budget of $25,500 for 2003, in addition to a $15,000
budget for the Distinguished Lecture program. He also mentioned several
new initiatives including the launching of eNews in January of 2003,
the SSCS Digital Library, and all-electronic distribution of the newsletter.
Anne O'Neill, the Executive Director, talked about the chapter events
Web page, which lists upcoming chapter activities. She asked each chair
to send her a list of upcoming chapter events for listing on the events
Web page. Ms. O'Neill also asked chapter chairs to evaluate how useful
they find a new report of speakers that SSCS chapters recommend. Posted
online in January, this list of highly rated speakers helps chapters
find interesting topics and speakers. It is available from the SSCS
chapters page or can be downloaded directly from www.sscs.org/Chapters/ChptrSpeakers.pdf.
Participants had several questions related to the Distinguished Lecture
program and how to reimburse the speakers. Ms. O'Neill explained that
it is the responsibility of the lecturer to contact the SSCS executive
office to get reimbursed for travel and accommodations. The chapters
should not be involved in the reimbursement. For planning and budgeting
purposes, she also asked the chapters to inform her office and the chair
of the Distinguished Lecture program, Professor C. Svensson, ahead of
time of any planned trip(s). Professor Vojin Oklobdzija suggested posting
guidelines explaining the procedures for the Distinguished Lecture program.
|The Montreal Chapter February meeting featured
SSCS Distinguished Lecture Professor Albert Wang, who presented
a Short Course on "Advanced ESD protection for integrated circuits
- a design perspective." The two men in neckties in the center
of the front row are chapter chair, Professor M. Sawan on the left
and Professor Wang on the right.
Several of the chapter officers gave brief presentations
and shared their best practices. Dr. Ahmad Dowlatabadi reported on the
Santa Clara Chapter activities and mentioned that his chapter has been
very active in organizing Distinguished Lectures. Most of the presentations
are available on the Santa Clara Chapter Web page. Dr. K. Sasaki, Japan
Chapter Chair, gave a brief history of his chapter and reviewed past
and planned activities. The Japan Chapter will be co-hosting with the
Kansai, Seoul, Taipei, and Beijing Chapters the Asia-Pacific ASIC 2004
conference, which is scheduled for 3-4 August 2004 in Fukuoda, Japan.
Professor Yoon reported on behalf of the Seoul Chapter. Among its activities
is an updated chapter Web page, sponsorship of several conferences (including
the IEEK VLSI and CAD, and the SOC Design conferences), and the Seoul
Chapter Best Student Paper award. The plans for 2003 include several
Distinguished Lectures, membership development, educational activities,
and publication of a newsletter in cooperation with the Seoul Chapter.
Professor K. Phang reported on the activities of the Toronto Chapter
including several invited lecturers, a membership drive, and Web page
development. Professor Z.H. Wang, Beijing Chapter Chair, gave a brief
historical overview of the chapter, which has emphasized educational
activities and membership growth. Among its activities are the development
of a Web site, the organization of training courses and seminars in
the area of CMOS ICs for communications and CAD techniques, the construction
of a mini library for SSCS members, a student EDA technique competition,
and the cosponsoring of
the Tianjing Economic Development Area (TEDA). He reported that the
membership has grown considerably since the chapter's inception in 1999
and that he expects this trend to continue. Professor J.T. Wu of the
Taipei Chapter reviewed the chapter activities that included nine highly
successful Short Courses, five conferences, and an impressive membership
drive resulting in a membership growth of 80 members over the last several
years. Dr. Jerry Lin, chair of the Dallas Chapter, gave an overview
of his chapter's activities that included a Distinguished Lecture series
and a series of seminars to review the top papers at the ISSCC and CICC
(an activity the chapter plans to continue this year). Don McGrath represented
the Denver Chapter and reported on its activities, which included Distinguished
Lectures, seminars, and a membership drive.
J. Van der Spiegel concluded the Chapters' meeting by thanking all the
participants for their efforts. The quality and scope of the activities
presented was truly impressive. It is thanks to the hard work of many
volunteers that we can have such a wide range of chapters' activities.
If anyone is interested in exploring the formation of a new chapter,
please contact J. Van der Spiegel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or the executive office (email@example.com).
We'll be glad to assist you in chapter formation and provide a list
of members in your section along with the necessary forms. Also, the
SSCS Web site has information and pointers on how to form and run a
Let's make this one more banner year for the SSCS chapters!
Jan Van der Spiegel
SSCS Chapters Coordinator