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

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1. Applications will be available on the Cincinnati Section IEEE Web Page:

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:

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 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

May Meeting

How the Next Generation of Industrial Electricians is Being Trained

DATE:             Thursday, May 27, 2021

PLACE :         ZOOM Virtual on-line

TIME :            7:00 p.m.  Presentation  (45-60 min)

COST:             Free

ABOUT THE MEETING:     Discussion about the training used to teach students to become industrial electricians, including controls, motors, relays and troubleshooting. How we are placing students to meet skills gaps within companies.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:    Jason Hendrickson is a Program Manager at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.  Experience includes:  Navy Nuke – 8 years, Steel Mill – 9 years, Brewery – 3 years, Machine Installation- 3 years, Management 3-years, Teaching and Program Management – 4 years

Master’s degree in Workforce Education

MENU SELECTIONS:   Virtual meeting.

LOCATION:  ZOOM  (Please make certain your device microphone and camera are turned OFF during the presentation.)

RESERVATIONS:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note:  Meeting list on webpage can be slow to load on some browsers)

Reservations close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday May 26, 2021.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by E.O.D. May 26, 2021.

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.


University of Cincinnati and Miami University Senior Project Presentations (This week)

DATE:           Thursday, April 29, 2021 

PLACE :        Virtual / On-line Meeting

TIME :           7:00 p.m. to ≈ 8:00 p.m. –  Presentation

COST:            Free with registration

ABOUT THE MEETING:   Each year the engineering students at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University complete their senior projects.  We are amazed at the talent and creativity of these students as they present their projects to us. These presentations are typically an interesting mix of hardware and software, solving problems, improving efficiencies, and creating new opportunities.

Miami University:

Investigation of Hyperdimensional Computing

Advisors:  Prof. David Hartup and Prof. Gokhan Sahin

Team Members:  Casey Corless, Jonathan Hagen, Hiep Le, Jake Russell

Project Summary: HyperDimensional Computing (HDC) is a novel AI technology first developed in 2009. This emerging computing technology is built around hypervectors. Hypervectors are vectors with high dimensionality, typically containing tens of thousands of dimensions. Inspired by the attributes of the human brain such as high dimensionality, fully distributed holographic representation, and randomness, HDC can be employed for machine learning tasks such as classification and recognition. This project explores the feasibility of using HDC machine learning algorithms for classification of texts, images, and sounds.

Solar Powered Vertical Take-Off Airplane

Advisor:  Mr. James Leonard

Team Members:  Jacob Gero, Ryan Gracia-Rodriguez, Evan Johnson, Thomas Warrick

Project Summary: The team, composed of Jacob Gero, Ryan Gracia-Rodriguez, Evan Johnson, and Thomas Warrick and advised by Mr. James Leonard, was tasked with assembling and flying an unmanned aerial vehicle at the 2021 Midwest Regional UAS Competition sponsored by NASA. This aircraft is required to have vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities, utilize a solar battery charger, fly via autopilot, drop glow sticks on a visible target from an altitude of 200 feet, and have a video camera to stream to a ground station.

University of Cincinnati:

Senior Design Research Award:  “Split Manufacturing: Dividing Designs to Enhance Hardware Security”

Daniel Mraz and Andi Thomas

Senior Design Awards:  BetterRead

CS– Isaih Lloyd, William Cupp, Maddie Eckhart, Sean Hearne

Advisor: Dr. Badri Vellambi

BetterRead is an accessibility tool meant to improve the web browsing experience for those with visual impairments. BetterRead uses machine learning to identify important content of web pages and ignore the superfluous information that someone with visual impairments shouldn’t worry about. BetterRead’s purpose is to promote diverse internet usage by allowing vision-impaired users to navigate the internet and give them experiences similar to able-bodied users. A visually impaired user surfing the web will be able to use our browser extension to get an audio description of the webpage that they are currently accessing. The web extension will use the text-to-speech API available in the user’s browser to convert the text description to audio and play that audio to the user.   POSTER

CMPE–   “Fully Operational 3D Printed Model Roller Coaster with Industrial Safety PLC Control System

Team Member:  Jared Holladay

Roller coasters are some of the most terrifying and thrilling machines ever built. They take millions of people every year on the ride of their lives and do so with an incredible level of safety. This new educational experience allows guests to “become the ride operator” as they interact with the same technology used to keep riders safe on real roller coasters in this small scale engaging setup.   POSTER

EET– “Internet of Things Smart Home

Team Members:  Kirsten Benney, Nathan Hemmelgarn, Brett Hoelscher, Jeffrey Johnson

Advisor:   Professor Xuefu (Frank) Zhou, Ph.D. Associate

The Internet of Things (IoT) conceptualizes the idea of remotely connecting and monitoring real world objects through the Internet. This concept can be applied to the home itself to improve its safety and security by connecting specialized sensors to a microcontroller that alerts users of hazards regardless of their proximity.   POSTER

EE– “Sentiment Analyis Tool

Team members:  Coleman Lyski, Jeet Shah, Tim McCabe

Advisor: Dr. Ali Minai

This project analyzes the sentiment of social media data to display trends in public opinion. Users search for a set of keywords, then data from the past week is analyzed from Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr and displayed on a graph.    POSTER:

MENU SELECTIONS:   Whatever you bring- it’s a virtual meeting.


RESERVATIONS:  Make Reservation Here (updated)  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note:  Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)

No cost.

Reservations close at 5PM on Thursday  April 29, 2021.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

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.


Modern Embedded Engineering: Where we are and our Exciting Future
DATE: Thursday, March 25, 2021
PLACE : VIRTUAL (see below for directions)
TIME : 6:45 p.m – 7:00 p.m.. Sign-In
  7:00 p.m.   Presentation (45-60 min)

Nearly anyone today can feel like an embedded engineer. A plethora of new electronic systems are being developed by individuals outside of our profession. We enabled this new customer base, and it is flourishing. Though initially this trend could be viewed as concerning to professionals, I am excited by the prospects for the professional engineer. I predict embedded engineering will increase in importance as it continues to create leverage for all developers. Electronic systems will become even more important as the backbone of modern economies. In this keynote, I aim to describe the technical details which enabled this change to occur and explain the role of the modern embedded engineer in reducing integration complexity to attract new customers and traditional ones alike.
Randall Restle has worked in embedded engineering for over 40 years as a developer and manager of embedded engineering teams. He started his career in late 1975 by applying microprocessors to electronic musical instruments like church organs and synthesizers at Baldwin Piano and Organ Co in Cincinnati. His career is split into three, nearly equal parts:

  1. As a customer embedding electronics into products,
  2. As an Applications Engineer helping customers adopt new electronic technologies, and
  3. As a Manager and Executive of teams of engineers doing these things.

His embedded experience is broad and holds patents spanning such fields as using software to demodulate Frequency Modulation (FM) radio broadcasts in real time to high speed packaging machine design.
He has presented at several technical sessions at Embedded World conferences in past years and other international technical conferences.

LOCATION: For your safety our meeting will be presented virtually this month. We hope to be in person again for our fall sessions.

RESERVATIONS: Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please register at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to allow time for your invitation to arrive.

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.

Remembering Jim Everly

Jim Everly was a longtime IEEE member and board member, and University of Cincinnati Engineering professor.  He loved engineering and all that surrounds it.  Below is his obituary.

Jim Everly

West Chester – James “Jim” O. Everly, age 74, passed from this life to the next on Sunday, January 17, 2021. He was born on November 23, 1943 in Marion, Ohio to the late Owen V and Mary (nee Brown) Everly.

Jim served our country as a member of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He attended the Ohio State University where he met the love of his life that he spent the last 53 years of his life with, Judith Everly (nee Ballenger). Jim is survived by his three children: Amy (Brian) Sears, Jason (Christina) Everly, and Matthew (Kellyann) Everly. He is also survived by five grandchildren Brian Evans, and Gustav, Piper, Andrew, and Rachel Everly.

Being an engineer and teacher were at the core of Jim’s personality. He was a thorough problem-solver and could work around any obstacle. Whether it was fixing his mother’s toaster, building a radio, or constructing a workbench, Jim knew how to get the job done and he was always willing to share that knowledge with his children and grandchildren.

As well as being a teacher, Jim loved to learn, especially about other places. Jim made travel an essential part of his children and grandchildren’s life, and he made sure that while he and his family traveled, they learned something about the places they visited—the historic buildings of D.C. and Williamsburg, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the distilleries of Kentucky, the riverwalk of Chicago, even bike rides across the plains were all open air classrooms.

The family is having a private mass at their local church and will not be making details public. To honor Jim’s memory and the many others who suffer from heart conditions, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association at . Condolences may be shared at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home in Evendale/ Blue Ash is honored to assist the family.

Election Results 2020

The Teller Committee is pleased to report the election results for the Cincinnati Section. Voting was open from November 15, 2020 to December 22, 2020. Six percent (6%) of our membership voted.

The following officers will serve for two years (2021 to 2022):

Chair: Robert Schindler
Vice Chair: Sai Sudheer Reddy Bonthu
Secretary: David Hernandez
Treasurer: Andrew Foerster
Member-At-Large: Joseph R. (Bob) Morrison

Congratulations to these volunteers.

We also owe a big THANK YOU to the outgoing officers who served from 2019 to 2020:

Chair: Joseph (Jay) Perin
Vice Chair: Brendan Moser
Secretary: Sai Sudheer Reddy Bonthu
Treasurer: Robert Schindler
Member-At-Large: David Hernandez