From Brian’s Desk

We kicked off 2008 with a great, high-attendance meeting.  Many thanks to Paul Ritchie of Ethicon Endo-Surgery for an excellent presentation on his experiences with off-shore outsourcing.   Lots of good discussion. 

Also, we had many new faces, including EMBS members and students.  It was a very enjoyable evening; please spread the word, and keep coming back. 

Next up is Engineer’s Week (FEB 17-23) and our Family Day Robot activity for you and your kids (grandkids, neighbors, whomever).  Grab a kid, and get them excited about engineering.

Our February 28 meeting will feature the hot topic of Global Warming.

As always, please consider elevating your membership level to Senior Member.  It does not cost you anything (except a few minutes of your time) and it helps out the Section.  You receive a nice plaque and $25 towards IEEE items.  NOTE:  Seniors are not old, just active in engineering for at least 10 years.  Contact an officer at the next meeting for assistance in becoming a Senior Member.

2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates at WVNANO

West Virginia University LogoThe West Virginia University is offering a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in the science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and WVNano, the West Virginia state initiative for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Applicants will be evaluated starting on February 15 and will be admitted on a rolling basis. See their 2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates web page for more information

UC College of Applied Science’s Tech Expo 2008

UC LogoThis May the U.C. College of Applied Science will hold it’s Tech Expo 2008 where middle school and high school students can meet local businesses and UC staff to explore careers in science and engineering. Businesses interested in showing these students the technical careers opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area please contact Anthony Ricciardi at (513) 556-4221 or Betsy Zelek at (513) 702-2732 or Attached is a Tech Expo 2008 flyer with more information.

Membership News

New Cincinnati Section Senior Member
The Cincinnati Section would like to congratulate its newest Senior Member,

Clayton Sippola

whose upgrade application was recently approved.

If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee. You can also see our PACE Chair, Brian Resnick, or any other member of the Executive Committee immediately following any Section Meeting.

The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section:

Javon D. Carson
Ningjie Chen
Robert A. Clemens
Luke C. Dininger
Pradipto Ghosh
Pete Johnson
Jonathan A. Kopechek
Jeffrey A. Kruth
Rajesh Narsimha
Justin P. Schroeder
Balasubramanian Sethuraman
Michael D. Simms
Ramesh Srinivasan
Nicholas R. Ustick
Nicholas J. Ventre
Junfang Wang
Junmei Zhong

We wish to welcome these new members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

History – Electrical Technologies in the Movies

Electrical Technologies in the Movies : Jukeboxes

Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor
Reprinted from IEEE History Center Newsletter, Issue #73, March 2007

In the late 19th century there were coin-operated weighing machines and gum-dispensing machines. In 1889 a man by the name of Louis Glass equipped an Edison phonograph with a nickel-in-the-slot operating device and placed this forerunner of the jukebox in a San Francisco saloon. The machine was so well received that by mid-1891 more than a thousand coin-operated phonographs were in use. Such machines were battery-operated because at that time electric current was not available in most places. Many of the machines were in so-called “phonograph parlors,” which, with the addition of other coin-operated entertainment devices, evolved into penny arcades. Machines that could change the record cylinders or disks automatically, according to customer choice, began appearing in 1905. The coin-operated phonograph business peaked shortly after the turn of the century, in part because of the growth of the home-phonograph market and in part because the lack of effective amplification limited the appeal of the coin-operated machines. Continue reading

IEEE News – January 2008

Former IEEE-USA President Highlights IEEE-USA Innovation Institute at IEEE Globecom 2007
WASHINGTON (30 November 2007)
— Former IEEE-USA President Ralph W. Wyndrum highlighted the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute during a panel session on entrepreneurship at IEEE Globecom 2007 on Wednesday.

Wyndrum, who served as IEEE-USA president in 2006 and is now president of the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute, told attendees that “innovation is everything from invention to the final sale.”

The seven-person panel, sponsored by IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), was designed to help graduate students and young professionals learn about what skills and techniques are key to the successful commercialization of research ideas. Continue reading