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  • The IEEE Latin America and the Caribbean Magazine

    DIGITAL LIBRARIES

    Volume 24, Number 4, July/August 201 3 [81 ] ISSN 21 57-8354English | Portuguese | Spanish

  • Editor-in-Chief | Editor en JefeSalomn A. Herrera (Ecuador)salomon.herrera@ieee.org

    IEEE Region 9 Executive Committee | ComitEjecutivo de la Regin 9 del IEEERegional Director | Director RegionalGustavo Giannattasio (Uruguay)gianna@ieee.orgDirector-Elect | Director ElectoNorberto Lerendegui (Argentina)nlerendegui@ieee.orgPast Director | Director PasadoTania Quiel (Panam)t.quiel@ieee.orgRegional Secretary | Secretario RegionalJ. Ignacio Castillo-Velzquez (Mxico)icastil lo@ieee.orgRegional Treasurer | Tesorero RegionalJuan Carlos Mguez (Uruguay)j.miguez@ieee.org

    Regional Committees Chairs | Presidentes deComits RegionalesEducative Activities | Actividades EducativasAntonio Carlos Ferreira (Brasil)antonio.ferreira@ieee.orgInformation Management | Gestin de laInformacinCecilia San Roman (Uruguay)cecisr@gmail.com

    Student Activities | Actividades EstudiantilesDaniele Monteiro (Brasil)dani_monteiro@ieee.orgAlejandra Camacho (Venezuela)alejandra-camacho@ieee.orgTechnical Activities | Actividades TcnicasJos David Cely (Colombia)j.d.cely@ieee.orgE-NoticIEEEro - EiCSalomn A. Herrera (Ecuador)salomon.herrera@ieee.orgMembership Development | Desarrollo deMembrecaNorberto Lerendegui (Argentina)nlerendegui@ieee.orgAwards and Recognitions | Premios yReconocimientosEnrique Tejera (Panam)e.tejera@ieee.orgTransactions | TransactionsMirela Sechi Morelli (Brasil)mirela@ieee.org

    AdHoc Committees Chairs | Presidentes deComits AdHocNominations / Past-Directors | Nominaciones /Ex-Directores / Vitality CoordinatorTania Quiel (Panam)t.quiel@ieee.orgHistory | HistoriaJuan Carlos Mguez (Uruguay)j.miguez@ieee.orgGOLD | GOLDCarlos Rueda (Colombia)artunduaga@ieee.orgWIE | WIENury Ramrez (Mxico)nuryramirez@ieee.orgStrategic Planning / Humanitarian Projects |Planeacin Estratgica / Proyectos HumanitariosNorberto Lerendegui (Argentina)nlerendegui@ieee.orgAccreditation Advisory Committee | ComitAsesor de AcreditacinTeofilo Ramos (Mxico)t.ramos@ieee.orgNew Initiatives | Nuevas IniciativasCarlos Lozano (Colombia)calozanog@ieee.orgFundations | FundacionesRubn Barrera Michel (Guadalajara)rub_barrera@ieee.org

    Council Chairs | Presidentes de ConsejosAndean | AndinoSergio Flores (Ecuador)sergioflores@gmail.comBrazil | BrasilAlessio Borelli (Sur Brasil)aborelli@ieee.orgCAPANA: Central America and Panama | AmricaCentral y PanamOscar Aguilar (Honduras)oaguilar@ieee.orgMexico | MxicoJose Alejandro Daz (Puebla)consejo.mexico@ieee.org

    NoticIEEEro (ISSN 21 57-8354) es una publicacin bimestral de la Regin 9 del IEEE, Amrica Latina y el Caribe, que sedistribuye a toda su membreca en formato digital y se encuentra disponible para toda la comunidad enwww.ieee.org/r9. Los idiomas oficiales de la publicacin son ingls, portugus y espaol (castellano). El contenido delos artculos publicados es responsabilidad de los autores y no compromete al IEEE. Esta obra se public el 1 de agostode 201 3.

    Citar artculos en esta edicin del NoticIEEEro como: "IEEE NoticIEEEro, nombre del artculo, Volume 24, Number 3,May/June 201 3 [82] , pp-xx".

    Copyright Notice: 201 0 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained forall other uses, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating newcollective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work inother works. Contact NoticIEEEro's Editor-in-Chief. According 8.1 .9 Electronic information dissemination, IEEE PSPBOperations Manual, 1 3 February 2009.

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    The IEEE Latin America and the Caribbean Magazine

    Volume 24, Number 4, July/August 201 3 [82] ISSN 21 57-8354

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  • Estimado Lector:

    A travs de esta nueva edicin, la nmero 84, hacemos referencia principalmente al reconocimiento a varios MiembrosIEEE de nuestra Regin, desde la celebracin del da del Ingeniero en Guadalajara hasta el reconocimiento a uno de losmejores grupos GOLD actuales como lo es el grupo GOLD de IEEE Seccin Nicaragua. As mismo un reconocimiento aun distinguido Miembro de IEEE Seccin Panam.

    Queremos agradecer a nuestros invitados, Miembros IEEE que han contribuido con su experiencia y conocimiento envarios artculos de la presente edicin. Finalmente, se presentan actividades que se han realziado en varias Secciones dela Regin y futuros eventos a los que se invita a los Miembros IEEE.

    Esperamos que esta nueva edicin sea de su agrado y recuerde que Usted tambin puede contribuir con suconocimiento y experiencia redactando una nota o artculo, esta revista es de todos los Miembros de Latinoamrica y elCaribe. Si Usted est motivido(a) en realizar una publicacin en el NoticIEEEro, por favor escrbanos a

    noticieeero@ieee.org.

    Un cordial saludo!

    EDITORIAL

    Mantenga el contacto con el en:

    Salomn A. HerreraEditor-in-Chief

    salomon.herrera@ieee.org

    Reconocimientos a MiembrosIEEE

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  • IEEE ACTIVITIES IN REGION 9 | ACTIVIDADES IEEE EN REGION 9

    Technology, Management andSoft Skil ls

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    All jobs require the ability to interact with other people atsome time, because none of our work can occur in avacuum. We need to work with other developers, withpartners or other departments, with customers, or justpeople who have an interest. To do this effectively weneed those soft skil ls and sometimes also the businessskil ls, along with the technical skil ls. Some of us come bysome of these skills naturally, and we find it interestingand fun to learn more about these, just as it is interestingand fun to learn more about technology. Others findthese more of a challenge. As a group the general publicoften labels us with names such as nerds, or techies,mainly because we can easily become so wrapped up inthe technical aspects of our worlds that we sometimesforget that dealing with people requires a different skil lset. We look, to them, like people who dont know howto deal with people. Or people, in some cases, who dontunderstand business. Maybe we focus too much, fromtheir perspective, on building solid technical quality butat a cost that will not allow the business to succeed(make money, sell products or services, etc.) After all , ourjobs are technical, and it is our responsibil ity to ensurethat the technical aspects and products are sound, ofgood quality, etc. Sometimes we get more caught up inthe gee whiz aspects that we enjoy so much to thinkabout whether or not this can sell, or can meet theneeds of the clients, or the business. Because of thingslike this, we get the labels.

    Soft skil ls are also very different from technical skil lsbecause they are rarely clear cut. When you feed aspecific input into a machine, it processes it according toa set of rules and processes, and produces an output.The specifics of the output can usually be predicted, evenwhen the machine is highly complex. When you feed aspecific input into a person the output is considerableless likely to be predictable. When you feed inputs into agroup of people, the problem magnifies. Then if youintroduce an environment such as a project or a newmarket, where there are multiple inputs feeding intomultiple systems which are all in states of constant flux,it becomes impossible to determine which input iscorrect and what the output might be. This isdisconcerting to an engineering mind which works in alogical fashion.

    IEEE is an organization that values technology andtechnical concepts. IEEE members are among the leaderswho conceive of new technologies or new uses fortechnologies, who design and develop these, whoimplement them, and then provide these to the world.Our world is a much better place because of thetechnical contributions, and without IEEE many of theproducts and applications would never have beenpossible. Our respect for and interest in these technicalconcepts keeps thousands of members and volunteersclose to IEEE. We are a technology organization.

    Our members work in jobs that span all areas ofemployment, from industry to government to academia,from research to technical design, through marketing andsales. We have members at the entry level oforganizations, and at every level of management throughto the top. It is the interest in the technology that holdsus together as IEEE members.

    When our employers, especially industry employers, butnot solely these, look for candidates to hire for positionswithin their organizations, they look for specific technicalskil ls and knowledge. Without these the candidate willnot be hired. However, the employer requirementsextend far beyond just the technical requirements. Themajority of employers look for much more, especially ifthey need people who can help them build and promotetheir business, move into management positions, orwork with others in the organization to ensure that theyhave successful products and provide quality service.

    The employer requirements always include a number ofsoft skil ls, and/or interpersonal skil ls and abilities, inaddition to the technical background. These are asimportant in the candidate as the technical skil ls. Theserequirements generally include things such as innovativethinking, self starter, abil ity to learn, ability tocommunicate clearly, working well in a teamenvironment, demonstrated leadership skil ls, thinkingoutside the box, etc. In addition there might be arequirement for other business oriented skills such asproject management, marketing or technical writing.

    Celia DesmondPresident ofWorld Class Telecommunicationsc.desmond@sympatico.ca

    mailto:c.desmond@sympatico.ca

  • Celia Desmond, President of World Class Telecommunications, which provides training intelecommunications management, has lecturedinternationally on programs for success in todayschanging environment. She recently completed a projectconverting the network of a major Canadian bank to anMPLS network. As a Director at Stentor Resource CenterInc., she was instrumental in establishing culture andnew processes for service/product development and forproject governance. She helped establish a developmentcoaching program for employees, acting as a coachherself for Stentor and Bell Canada employees. She alsocoached project managers as they established a coachingnetwork to build a new project management program forStentor. At Bell Canada, Celia provided strategic directionto corporate planners, ran technology/service trials,standardized equipment, and provided technical andproject management support to large business clients.She has held numerous senior management positions atIEEE including Project Director for Certification inWireless Engineering Technology, Director and Secretaryof IEEE, IEEE Vice President Technical Activities,President of IEEE Communications Society. President ofIEEE Canada, and Region 7 Director, Division I I I Director,Vice President Engineering Management Society, andIEEE Canada Foundation Board member and previousDonations Chair. Celia holds MSc. Engineering, B.Sc.Mathematics & Psychology, Ontario Teaching Certificateand PMP certification. Celia has taught kindergarten, highschool, and university. She is author of ProjectManagement for Telecommunications Managers(Springer) . Her pocket book Project Management forTelecommunications Projects was published by Wiley in201 0.

    Yet, to survive in business, in work and in life, learningsome of the interpersonal, business and soft skil ls isrequired. And, from what I have seen of engineers invarious environments and capacities, they are verycapable of learning such skills, and of implementingthem. Not only that, but they usually enjoy learning thesethings, even in cases in which they were directed oralmost forced to learn them. Once they start, they dovery well, and at least as well as others who are not sotechnically oriented.

    IEEE recognizes the need for such knowledge and skills.Division VI of IEEE contains multiple Societies andCouncils which focus on such skills. Societies such asProfessional Communications and Social Implications ofTechnology publish papers, run conferences, and provideexpertise in areas which are essential in business,government and academia as well. TechnologyManagement Council focuses on management areas,and this Council has 1 4 of the other IEEE Societies as itsmembers. That shows that these Societies realize thattheir members can benefit from management relatedinformation and skills. In fact, a recent survey ofmembers showed exactly this. Significant numbers ofIEEE members are interested in, and need, soft skil ls andbusiness skil ls. TMC publishes articles in differentportfolios that include managing technical professionals,strategic technology management, project management,organizational interfaces and innovation. The topics arequite diverse, demonstrating just how rich ourenvironments are.

    Thus we must always keep in mind that no matter howdeeply we need to immerse ourselves in the technicalaspects of our work, at some point we need to surfacefor a time, step back, and take an objective look at whatwe are doing, why we are doing it, how this can beaccomplished, who we need to work with to accomplishthe goals and objectives, and how we can best work withthem to achieve this. We can all improve our businessskil ls, interpersonal skil ls and soft skil ls, even if we arealready very good at these. And, in doing this, we canexpand our view of work, of people, and of the world,making our lives richer.

    IEEE ACTIVITIES IN REGION 9 | ACTIVIDADES IEEE EN REGION 9

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  • IEEE ACTIVITIES IN REGION 9 | ACTIVIDADES IEEE EN REGION 9

    LOJA, ECUADORAGOSTO 17-18, 2013

    Basado en el contenido del IEEECenter for Leadership Excellence!

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