IEEE Delegation In The Soviet Union

Eight members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. returned home from their visit to the Soviet Union with basically what they were looking for—more insight into the Soviets’ research in optoelectronics. The IEEE delegation met with its engineering counterpart, the A.S. Popov Society, for the first time since 1984 (The Scientist, July 24, 1989, page 8), and toured Soviet industries, labs, and universities in Moscow and Leningrad. IEEE president Emerson Pugh says that his delegates observed the Soviets progress in fiber optics and lasers, and adds that their most impressive contribution is their work with glass, which was observed by Pugh and his colleagues at an optical institute in Leningrad, which he says is as sophisticated as a U.S. high-tech company. Looking at Soviet science in general, however, Pugh says that while Soviet engineers have the technical knowledge, ‘iheir...

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