2023 Cincinnati Section Executive Committee Election Results

Chair Elect:           Robert Schindler

Vice Chair Elect:   Mahdi Yazdanpour

Secretary Elect:    David Hernandez

Member At Large Elect:  Yong Lin

Thank you to those serving the Cincinnati Section and to those that voted- every vote counts!

January Section Meeting

How Engineers Avoid Decisions Leading to People Disasters via Behavioral Science

DATE:    Thursday, January 26, 2023 (Reservations required)
PLACE : Summit Park Community Room– 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. Social Time & Registration
_______6:00 p.m. Dinner
_______7:00 p.m. Presentation (approx.60 min)
COST: $15- $20, See information in Reservations

How Engineers Avoid Decisions Leading to People Disasters via Behavioral Science
In this engaging, interactive, and entertaining presentation, engineers will dramatically improve their skills at making excellent decisions about people. Cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that the large majority of people-related problems stem from one or a number of poor decisions. These bad decisions result from unconscious dangerous judgment errors that scholars call cognitive biases. Fortunately, recent behavioral economic decision science has shown how simple yet effective decision-making strategies can enable you to protect yourself and those you lead from cognitive biases and consequently avoid disastrous people-related decisions. This presentation will offer you case studies and best practices, combined with groundbreaking research in decision science, to give engineers the most critical skills and take-aways that you need to help yourself and those on your teams make the best people decisions.

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of Disaster Avoidance Experts
Dr. Tsipursky helps engineers make the wisest decisions as the CEO of the boutique future-of-work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts.
A best-selling author of 7 books, he is especially well-known for his global best-sellers- Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Career Press, 2019) and The Blind spots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships (New Harbinger, 2020). His newest book is Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams: A Manual on Benchmarking to Best Practices for Competitive Advantage (Intentional Insights, 2021). His writing was translated into Chinese, Korean, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish, French, and other languages. His cutting-edge thought leadership was featured in over 650 articles and 550 interviews in prominent venues.

Menu: Buffet Dinner to be catered by Brown Dog Café: House Salad (Oho greens with dried cherries, spicy pecans, toybox tomatoes & gorgonzola Cheese with balsamic vinaigrette dressing), Grilled Herbed Chicken, Roast Pork Loin, Grilled Asparagus (white truffle oil, lemon, parmesan), Spinach au Gratin Potatoes (sliced potatoes, cheese sauce, chopped spinach, seasoned crumbs)

LOCATION: Summit Park is located on Glendale Milford Road between Plainfield Rd & Reed Hartman Hwy.  ( 39.251785, -84.388237 ) 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242

RESERVATIONS: http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/meetings/  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. (Note: Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)
Cost is $15 for members. Non-members cost is $20.
Reservations close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday January 24, 2023.

An email to reserve.cinti@ieee.org prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.
All Reservations must be made by January 24th, 2023 end of day.

WALK-INS (those without reservations): Due to catering and limited seating reservations are required for this meeting.

PE CREDITS: Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting if qualified! The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.



December Social Event (Special date and time)

DATE: Friday December 2, 2022
PLACE : MadTree Brewing – 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (see below for directions)
TIME : 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
COST $30, See information in Reservations

ABOUT THE MEETING:   IEEE Social Event includes food and beverage in the Oakley meeting room as well as a brewery tour for all participants.

MENU:  Wood-Fired Fiesta

Appetizers:  Chips with Salsa Verde, Fuego, Fresca, Guacamole, Queso

Main Course:  Fajitas with Chicken, Steak & Vegetables Tortillas, Cheese, Lettuce, Cilantro-lime Crema

Sides:  Black Bean & Roasted Corn Salad Mexican Rice

Dessert:  Churro Cupcakes

Beer & Wine included

LOCATION:  MadTree Brewing – 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209  (39.156682, -84.423461)

RESERVATIONS:  http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/meetings/.  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note:  Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)

Cost is $30 for members.  Members may bring their significant other for a cost of $30  ($60 per couple)

Reservations close at 11:59 PM on Monday November 28th , 2022.

An email to reserve.cinti@ieee.org prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by November 28th, 2022

WALK-INS (those without reservations): NO Walk-ins available for this meeting.

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses.  Required documentation will be available following the meeting if qualified!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

October Section Meeting

Miami University will host the Cincinnati IEEE section at their VOA Campus


Miami University Presents:

DATE:     Thursday, October 27, 2022  (Date updated)
PLACE :  Miami VOA center
TIME :     6:15 p.m. Dinner/ Social
7:00 p.m. Presentation (45-60 min)
COST:     Free , See information in Reservations


Title: EMI Diagnostics – A Tool for Measuring Capacitor HealthSpeaker: Dr. Mark Scott

Talk Abstract: Power electronics generate electromagnetic interference (EMI) due to semiconductors’ high-speed switching transitions and naturally occurring parasitic coupling paths.  EMI makes power conversion hardware less reliable and presents compatibility issues for surrounding equipment.  While it is generally a nuisance, EMI also contains useful diagnostic information about the power electronics, its energy sources, and loads.  This is because EMI changes with the age of components.

This presentation teaches the fundamentals of using conducted EMI as a tool for diagnosing capacitor health.  The talk begins by comparing this method to existing approaches used in literature and applications.  Next, it reviews the precursors for capacitor failure.  Afterwards, it illustrates, via circuit analysis techniques, how certain precursors impact conducted EMI. It further demonstrates the use of digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and machine learning (ML) tools as a means for improving diagnostic capabilities of prognostic and health management (PHM) systems.  The presentation includes experimental results to support the theoretical analysis provided to the audience.

Title: : UAV Communication NetworksSpeaker: Dr. Ran Zhang

Talk Abstract: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been demonstrating impressive potentials in next generation wireless communications. Compared to the terrestrial cellular base stations, UAVs equipped with wireless transceivers can serve as mobile base stations, and stand out in providing highly on-demand services with flexible 3D mobility, better wireless connectivity with higher chance of Line-of-Sight links, and much lower deployment cost with almost infrastructure-free network construction. As promising the UAVs are, how to optimally regulate the UAV network when the serving UAV crew dynamically changes remains embryonic. To this end, our work investigates how the UAV communication networks should responsively handle and further proactively control the dynamic change of the UAV crew. Specifically, responsive self-regulation of the network is first studied when one or more UAVs are about to quit or join the network, with considering dynamic user distribution. We target an optimal UAV trajectory control strategy which can relocate the UAVs whenever the UAV crew is about to change, rather than passively dispatch the UAVs after the change. Moving one step further, a proactive control strategy is developed for the solar-powered self-sustainable UAV communication network. The strategy can proactively control the quit and join-in of the UAVs by pre-shaping their solar-charging plan leveraging on the time-variability of solar radiation intensity and user traffic demand. The research outcomes are expected to provide valuable inspirations and benchmarking to autonomous AI powered management of aerial access communication networks under a dynamic network setup.

MENU SELECTIONS:  Pizza and Drinks

LOCATION:  Miami VOA center  7847 VOA Park Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069   (rm VOA-123)

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations close at midnight October 26th– Required for dinner.   Walk-ins welcome for meeting.  http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/meetings/.  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation

Section Web Page http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/
Reservations reserve.cinti@ieee.org

Congratulations IEEE Cincinnati Scholarship Recipients

The Cincinnati Section of the IEEE has awarded three scholarships ($1,000) for the Fall Semester 2022 to the following students:

  • Dana Elizabeth Clark from Miami University
  • Katy G. Hildebrant from the University of Cincinnati
  • Nathan Z Rolfes from the University of Cincinnati

Scholarships are open to IEEE student members from the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Miami University.  Announcement of 2023 application period and applications/eligibility criteria will be released in the Spring 2023..

May Section Meeting


UC & Miami Students

DATE:     Thursday May 5, 2022
PLACE :  Virtual Event
TIME :     7 p.m- 8:30 p.m. Presentation
COST:     Free.  A Zoom Link with be issued with registration

The school year has been different for everyone this year, including for UC and Miami. This year’s presentation had to be a little late, but it’s here. Please join us for the virtual presentations.

Projects from Miami University.

  •  “Implementing Arduino Toolflow on RISC-V Soft Processor”   Huan Le, Nathan Martin, and Yicheng Qian (advisor: Dr. Peter Jamieson)
  • “Solar Charger”  Bradley Snyder, Mike Wilson, and Gemma Fazekas, (advisor: Dr. Mark Scott)

Projects from The University of Cincinnati

An Electronic Input System for Saltwater Animal Enclosures

  • Team Members:   Chris Dombrosky, Brandon Carroll, Nathaniel Collum, Hayden Lampert
  • Advisor: Dr. Dieter Vanderelst
  • Abstract:  In this project, we designed a prototype input collection system for use in interactive electronic systems in saltwater animal enclosures. Increasing interactivity in enclosures has the potential to improve animal welfare and allow for research and behavior monitoring. Implementing an input device underwater is made difficult by the lack of premade input devices that function underwater, waterproofing requirements, and the ineffectiveness of wireless communication methods underwater. To address these challenges, we designed a prototype input system that includes a custom submersible pushbutton, fiber optic communication, wirelessly rechargeable battery, and extensive waterproofing features. This prototype functions as a pushbutton that can be installed underwater and connected to an Arduino through a fiber optic cable. It provides a tactile input for animals while maintaining safety by not exposing wires or electronics to water. Although it only functions as a pushbutton in its current state, this prototype was designed to be easy to use and easy to add additional sensors or input devices to. Overall, it meets the basic needs presented by our advisors while also making future work and improvements easier.

Nerf Automated Defense System

  • Team Members:   Austen Brownfield, Andrew Dygert, Fred Jenks, Jared Musser
  • Advisor: Dr. Xuefu Zhou
  • Abstract:  Personal security is a major issue during these times. Individuals shouldn’t need to worry about the safety of their personal belongings while he or she isn’t there to ensure their safety. Our team has decided to pursue the research and development of a project that seeks to remedy this issue: an automated nerf gun that fires at trespassers. No longer will people be worried about the safety of their belongings when this device is in use. While this device is on and in a room, should a trespasser be detected, the nerf gun will fire at them. The sudden confusion and fear of being shot at by a nerf gun will scare away any unwanted guests


Real-Time 2D Game Combat Simulation

  • Team Members:   William Breen, Trevor Hillard, Anna Lanzillotta
  • Faculty Advisor:   Dr. Zachariah Fuchs
  • Abstract
  • :   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming more common in aircraft combat. UAVs are controlled with autonomous control strategies which are trained to compete against other UAVs and manned aerial vehicles. Dr. Fuchs’ research group has developed several autonomous control strategies for multi-agent scenarios such as dog fighting, high-value target defense, surveillance, and pursuit-evasion. The control strategies have previously been tested in simulation. However, it is also necessary to test them in against unpredictable opponents in real-time.
  • The purpose of this project is to develop a two-dimensional simulation environment to test the autonomous controllers in real time against a human player. We developed a physical simulation environment where the human player is represented by a robot and the autonomous control strategy is represented by a projection onto the environment. The autonomously controlled player is only projected when it is within the human player’s detectable radar range. A motion tracker is implemented for precise positioning of the robot in the simulation. The simulation’s combat scenario can be selected by the user. The system will be used by Dr. Fuchs and his research group to visualize the performance of the autonomous control strategies.


  • Team members:   Jack Cordonnier, Ben Elfner
  • Faculty Advisor:   Ali Minai
  • Abstract:   Our project was focused on developing a game of tag as a 2D platformer with specialized chaser and evader AI. The chaser AI attempts to catch the evader using the information provided to it by the neural network. The game simulation will be written in a language conducive to quickly teach the AI through iterative learning. We have utilized neural networks to train and improve our AI’s performance. This project idea is something that pushes the envelope when it comes to video game AI, since AI’s tend to work alone and we are attempting to evolve that into a more collaborative AI approach. This project is a framework for future neural network development since it allows the solving of a varying number of solutions using our application structure.


NORTHROP GRUMMAN, History & Technology

DATE:     Thursday, October 28, 2021 (THIS WEEK)
PLACE : Zoom Virtual Meeting
TIME :     6:45 p.m. Log-on & Registration
7:00 p.m. Presentation (45-60 min)
COST:     Free, via Zoom

ABOUT THE MEETING:   Please join us this Thursday (October 28) for our Cincinnati IEEE section meeting and what promises to be a very interesting presentation on Technology

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Jon Chambers is a seasoned Software Engineering Manager with 21+ years at Northrop Grumman.  Jon has led many successful programs during his tenure. He will cover a brief history of Northrop Grumman, the work environment, and the core technologies they apply from cyber to hardware systems.

While Jon will be talking technology it should be noted that for anyone in the chapter looking for new opportunities, Northrop Grumman is hiring locally.  They have many engineering positions open including Cyber, Software, RF, Hardware, Test, and Signal Processing.  Details at https://www.northropgrumman.com/Careers/

MENU SELECTIONS:  Uber Eat your way through this remote meeting.

LOCATION:  Virtual.  Join Zoom Meeting


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RESERVATIONS: Not required.







1. Applications will be available on the Cincinnati Section IEEE Web Page: http://www.ieeecincinnati.org/

Any student who has previously received a Cincinnati Section IEEE Scholarship is ineligible to be awarded another Cincinnati Section IEEE Scholarship.

2. Candidates can email their applications to the address below by August 1: scholar.cinti@ieee.org

3. The Scholarship Steering committee will review and confirm application eligibility.

4. Up to four yearly awards will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applications.

5. If not awarded, a member is eligible to submit a new application the following year.

6. Award monies will be paid directly to the University Bursar with Student ID and Name.

7. The awardee must be registered with IEEE National as a student member.

8. Awardee must provide their University email alias.

9. If the value of the scholarship exceeds $600, a 1099 must be filed with the IRS. This will require students to provide their SSNs upon award of a scholarship exceeding $600. A process is required to insure the privacy of the SSN is maintained. One method is to use the US Mail for the students to provide their SSNs. Other (TBD) secure methods may be considered, but will require vetting by EXCOM.

Section Scholarships Available

This is a reminder that the application period for the 2021 Cincinnati Section IEEE Scholarships which opened on March 20, 2021 will be closing on August 1, 2021. Candidates can email their applications to scholar.cinti@ieee.org until the close of the application period.

The Cincinnati Section of the IEEE will offer up to 3 awards ($1,000) to fund the college tuition or fees of students that are members of the IEEE student chapters at the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, or Northern Kentucky University. The applications, eligibility requirements and the award process description are available on the Cincinnati Section IEEE Web Page,


Up to three scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester or quarter. Checks will be mailed to the selected awardee’s bursar’s office by the end of August.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Morrison (IEEE Cincinnati Section Scholarship Chair) at