February 2010 – RESC CPD Opportunities

February Program,  February 16, 2010
All-Electric Drive-Train Saturn Sky Conversion AMP™ Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc.
by Tim Wieck, Chief Engineer

ATTENTION: This luncheon is canceled for Feb. 16 and has been rescheduled for Thursday Feb. 18. Check the RESC website for other important rescheduling details.

On October 19th, 2009, AMP was selected by the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE to be included in the 43 Qualified Teams who received passing scores from the Design Judges. The process evaluated 97 registered entries and reduced the field by more than half. The remaining teams will bring a total of 53 vehicles (28 Mainstream and 25 Alternative Class) into the next stage of the competition. Qualified Teams have passed two hurdles – the Registration process and Design Judging. The next phase of the competition is the technical qualifiers, which begin in Spring, 2010. Continue reading

January 2010 – Section Meeting Announcement

Active Tonal and Broadband Noise Control for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems

DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2010
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
 

COST FOR DINNER: $10.00 per person – Regardless of Membership or Membership Grade!

NOTE:  DINNERS ARE ALWAYS OPTIONAL – YOU MAY ATTEND THE PROGRAM ONLY. 

MENU SELECTIONS:   Spinach Stuffed Tomato, Fried Tilapia w/ Lemon Caper Sauce, Beef Stroganoff. Buttered Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Buttered Noodles, Salad, and Rolls, 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 Reservations@ieeeCincinnati.org (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, January 26, 2010 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:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful medical diagnostic tool. However, an undesirable side effect is the loud noise produced during scanning. This noise is unpleasant at best, and must be considered when determining imaging protocol to avoid the potential of harming the patient.  A research project to develop an active noise control system for MRI patients has been under way at the University of Cincinnati over the last few years. This work is a collaborative effort between the Mechanical Engineering Department and the College of Medicine’s Center for Imaging Research. It has resulted in an operational prototype that has been demonstrated during in-situ scanning, with significant reduction in sound pressure levels measured at the “patient’s” ear.

Brent W. (Bernie) Rudd, P.E., a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at UC, is a member of the research team developing the control system for MRI noise. He will share the history of the project, including background information on MRI systems, the technical challenges of developing the system, and recent results.

January 2010 – Science Olympiad in need of EE Volunteer

The Cincinnati Regional Science Olympiad, an annual science competition, needs a volunteer to run the SHOCK VALUE event this year.  This is a perfect opportunity for you, an electrical engineer, to have some fun, to motivate students and to help the community.   The event is held on March 6, 2010 at Raymond-Walters.  You would be responsible for creating an activity to test basic understanding of electricity, magnetism and simple electrical devices.  Contact Brian Resnick for more details (Brian.Resnick@ieee.org).

January 2010 – Membership News

NEW MEMBERS
The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section

Balaji Ananthanpillai
Asitha U. Bandaranayake
Jing Chen
Henry David Clark
Gary Lee Evans
Weihuang Fu
Jeff Glaspie
Morgan Griffith
Adam J. Gross
Jacob Haney
Jeffrey Michael Heeney
Jason Michael Hehman
Peter A. Jamieson
Bernard Knueven
Bernard Kossenjans
Ndabezinhle Ndabeni-Ncube
Logan Romantic
Daniel K. Ryan
Balasubramanian Sethuraman
Brian Wagner
Nicholas Wanstrath
Xubing Xia

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

January 2010 – UC Robotics

UC Robotics Team Will Design for Senior Citizens

The 2010 UC Robotics Team has again entered the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (http://www.igvc.org) for the 18th year.
 
Their project is to convert a Motorized Scooter into a computer controlled device that would permit senior citizens or people with disabilities to be transported around campus. One variation would even permit someone without arm control to use muscle or mind control. They have a special focus this year called ” Aid to the Elderly”.

They have a new donated Motorized Scooter shown at:
http://picasaweb.google.com/RobotProf/TheSCOOTERStoreDonationToUCRobotTeam#

The Team Needs Our Help

They have asked a few engineering organizations for a small amount of funding to get a motor, a gearbox, a small laptop computer and a mind control sensor. RESC has been one of the organizations they asked. 
 
They also welcome your participation with the project. They meet each Friday during the academic year in Room 551 Baldwin Hall and would welcome anyone.
 
For the Project Brochure and details on how to contribute financially to the team, go to  https://ieeecincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/robotics-2010-brochure.pdf
 
If you can HELP, please contact : Dr. Hall at hallel@ucmail.uc.edu

January 2010 – History of Electrical Engineering

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past

Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor

Copyright 1996 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. 84, No. 5, May 1996.

Fireless Fireworks: Lighting at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915

Eighty years ago this month, Walter D’Arcy Ryan presented a paper at a meeting of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) on the illumination of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Ryan had served as Chief of Illumination for the Exposition and he also served as the Director of the Illuminating Engineering Laboratory for the General Electric Company (GE). American poet Edwin Markham characterized  the spectacular Exposition lighting as “the greatest revelation of beauty that was ever seen on the earth.” Ryan’s paper, as published in the 1916 volume of the TRANSACTIONS OF THE AIEE was lavishly illustrated with color plates showing illuminated buildings, towers, fountains, and other features of the Exposition. This blending of aesthetics and illumination engineering produced perhaps the most elegantly illustrated technical paper ever included in the TRANSACTIONS.

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January 2010 – IEEE News

IEEE-USA Releases Third E-Book in Innovation Series — ‘Fostering an Innovation Subculture’

WASHINGTON (25 November 2009) — IEEE-USA has released the third e-book in its innovation series, “Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value,” this one focusing on “Fostering an Innovation Culture.”
 
Author Gus Gaynor, a retired 3M director of engineering, writes that this third book “provides the fundamentals for developing a culture that supports innovation.” These fundamentals, according to Gaynor, include “finding the right people and providing the freedom to act, but with discipline; implementing effective and supportive management practices; providing the organizational resources and infrastructure; and promoting an organizational attitude that focuses on achieving results.”
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Science Olympiad in need of EE Volunteer

The Cincinnati Regional Science Olympiad, an annual science competition, needs a volunteer to run the SHOCK VALUE event this year.  This is a perfect opportunity for you, an electrical engineer, to have some fun, to motivate students and to help the community.   The event is held on March 6, 2010 at Raymond-Walters.  You would be responsible for creating an activity to test basic understanding of electricity, magnetism and simple electrical devices.  Contact Brian Resnick for more details (Brian.Resnick@ieee.org).