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Editorial
This is the first issue of the IEEE SMC Society e-Newsletter for 2014 and we have many exciting news to share with you. A major update of the Society's Awards program was approved by  the Board of Governors at its meeting which was held in conjunction with  IEEE SMC 2013 Conference in Manchaster, UK in October. The IEEE Technical Activities Board approved the publication of the SMC Magazine which will be launched in January 2015.

We have all details regarding the IEEE SMC International Conference being held in San Diego October 5-8, 2014 and I urge you to plan on participating and work to make it a much successful event. This issue is once again focusing on our technical committees and Transactions.

It is my intent to solicit and publish status reports from SMC volunteers at all levels. The reports will highlight the activities of each unit and encourage participation of members and non-members alike to further advance our contributions to technological and theoretical aspects of our fields of interest. Please do not wait for an invitation, just go ahead and submit all your news to share with your colleagues new and well established practices.

Future issues will feature reports by technical committee chairs on some of their activities, call for papers of special issues of transactions, tables of contents of forthcoming transactions, introduction to some of our local chapters, and at least one guest editorial among other novel features being planned.

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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