October 18 – Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School Workshop, Six Hours of CPD

IEEE Cincinnati Section is offering a professional development workshop on Saturday October 18 that provides six CPD credits for Ohio P.E.’s.  Carl Selinger, a contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum will be presenting his toolbox for life – a collection of non-technical “real world” leadership skills including decision-making, setting priorities, negotiating, teamwork, running meetings, and better writing and speaking.  For details: Professional Development Workshop.


The Retired Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati have scheduled a tour of the Rumpke Recycle Facility, (5539 Vine St.) for October 7, 2008, 10:00 am. Total tour time is 1½ hours including a presentation that will precede the tour. The tour is limited to 30 RESC members, their guests, or nonmember P.E.’s seeking one CPD credit. An Ohio registration number is required for the CPD Certificate of Attendance. No charge for the tour or Certificate. Wear old clothes, i.e., blue jeans, etc. We will meet for lunch (your expense) at Bacall’s Café, 6118 Hamilton Avenue, after the tour. Map is posted on www.resc.org and in the RESC October Newsletter.

Call John Gilman by noon, October 6, for a reservation. 513 541-1147.

From Brian’s Desk

Your Executive Committee worked hard this summer to put together a great set of programs for this fall.

We begin with the September 25th meeting that features cool and  affordable stuff from TI; see details below.

Sticking with the stuff motiff, Carl Selinger arrives in October to present his famous “Stuff” seminars.  First, to our section at our Thursday night meeting, then on Friday to the Student Branch, and finally, on Saturday, at a six-hour workshop.

Note: The October meeting is on Oct 16 (the third week of the month – not our usual fourth week). 

The workshop, on Oct 18, provides six professional development hours for Ohio Professional Engineers.  Members of the IEEE Cincinnati Section may attend this workshop a reduced rate and have an opportunity to register before non-members.  To register for this workshop, please use the “Professional Development Workshop – October 18” link in the About Us column on our Home page. 

In December, we unwind with a wine-tasting party.

Our Nominating Committee has been hard at work this summer, and they have pulled together a terriffic slate.

I will be representing the Cincinnati Section at the IEEE Sections Congress.  I return just in time to see you on September 25th at Raffel’s.

Also, please mark your calendars for the Nov 10 and 11 celebration of 50 Years of Computing at the University of Cincinnati. For more details: 50 Years of Computing at UC

September 2008 Meeting Information

Development Tools and Slick Devices from Texas Instruments that Anyone can Afford

DATE: Thursday, September 25, 2008
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
           6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
           7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. –  Presentation


MENU SELECTIONS:   Maryland Crab Cakes, Baked Pork Chops with Apples, Boneless Chicken in Sherry Wine Sauce, Twice Baked Potatoes, Wild Rice, Sautéed Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, Assorted Bar Cookies, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks. There is also a bar available for the purchase of alcoholic drinks.

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at mailto:fnadeau1@earthlink.net (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, September 23, 2008 if you plan to attend. Please leave your Name, IEEE Member Number, and a daytime telephone number.

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!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

ABOUT THE MEETING:  This month’s meeting will feature a presentation by a representative from Texas Instruments entitled “Development Tools and Slick Devices from Texas Instruments that Anyone can Afford.”  It will feature the MSP430 microcontroller family and their uC with RF transceiver USB development kit costing $50 as well as less expensive kits.

September 2008 – Membership News

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

Brian Anderson
Christopher C. Baker
Nicholas Bedford
Jeremy M. Bock
Brian Booher
Sheila L. Brown
Cristina Burcica
Thomas Burns
David Michael Cannane
Cory S. Castle
Christopher J. Davis
Justin Day
Harry Dressler
Timothy Joseph Franke
Jeffrey Gladish
Nicholas D. Glockner
Bobby Goins
Leonard P. Grammel
Daewoo Han
Kyle Matthew Hardin
Kevin L. Hooker
Charlie S. Howell
Hetal Jasani
Michael Jones
Igor Kalennyy
Duk Young Kim
John F. Kline
Matt Knollman
Steven Landon
Gary Long
Scott Masturzo
William McGuire
John Andrew Mistler

September 2008 – History

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor

Copyright 1995 IEEE. Reprinted with permission from the IEEE publication, “Scanning the Past” which covers a reprint of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 83, No. 6, June 1995.

Raymond A. Heising
Seventy years ago this month, the PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) included a paper by Raymond A. Reising concerning the use of single sideband modulation for transatlantic radio communication. At the time, Heising, a future IRE president, was a research engineer with the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Heising was born in 1888 in Minnesota and graduated in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1912. He went on to earn an M.S. in physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1914 and, the same year, joined the research department of the Western Electric Company New York City. One of his first assignments was to design an experimental two-channel carrier system for wire telephony. At about the same time he developed a successful vacuum-tube voltmeter circuit.

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September 2008 – IEEE News

IEEE-USA-Supported Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Signed into Law
WASHINGTON (30 May 2008) —
Legislation that IEEE-USA has long supported protecting people from discrimination in employment and health insurance based on genetic information was recently signed into law.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) passed the House, 414-1, and the Senate, 95-0. President Bush signed the bill on 21 May. IEEE-USA President Dr. Russell Lefevre expressed his appreciation in a letter (http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/policy/2008/052108b.pdf) to one of the bill’s key sponsors, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

“The overwhelming bipartisan support for this historic legislation is indicative of the commitment by you and other congressional leaders toward ensuring our nation’s future in a rapidly changing world,” Lefevre wrote.

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