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I like to welcome you all to this first issue of the SMC e-Newsletter for 2012. I wish to thank the Society leadership for having appointed me to the editorship of the eNewsletter to succeed Dr. Hong Yan who has ably steered the Newsletter over the past three years. I also thank him for agreeing to help with the transition between two systems. The eNewsletter is the main vehicle of communications and interactions between members and volunteer leaders of the SMC Society. Our editorial focus will be on communicating with present and potential members of the Society of development trends and opportunities for the growth of the Society. More importantly, the eNewsletter will offer a vehicle for members' feedback to plans suggested by the volunteer leadership.
Here are some of the plans that we have for you in 2012 and beyond.
1- Expect to see regular feature-articles related to leading-edge SMC Transactions papers that appeal to a broad cross section of members. This will be based on recommendations of each the transactions teams. Up to three articles per year would highlight the contributions of high-value Transaction papers to alert the readership of the latest advances in the SMC field of interest.
2- We will offer short articles based on key-note presentations made at the SMC Annual Conference and other venues.
3- The centre-piece of each issue will be an article by a leading volunteer such as the SMCS Presidents, Vice Presidents, or Transaction EIC's.
4- The thrust of the eNewsletter would reflect the global nature of the SMC Society and IEEE as a whole. The articles would originate in Regions 1-10 to facilitate broad exchanges of ideas.

As eNewsletter Editor I pledge to make it an agent of growth for the Society. Let me hear from you

M.  E. El-Hawary, Ph.D.  P. Eng.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalhousie University
1360 Barrington Street
Box 15000, Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-6198
Email: elhawary@dal.ca
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