Volunteer Needed

IEEE-USA will be holding it’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati and is asking the Cincinnati Section for a volunteer to help them organize the meeting. This volunteer position will serve as an assistant for the March3-6, 2011 Annual Meeting in Austin Texas serving some minor duties, and then will take the lead role for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati. I have been given an estimate of the commitment levels for both the 2011 and 2012 meetings and they are not overwhelming. For one of our section members who would like exposure to the IEEE national organization, this will be a great networking opportunity. For more information about IEEE-USA please see their website at www.ieeeusa.org . If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me at cnash@ieee.org .

October 2010 Section Meeting Information

Multi Core Computing in the Modern Process

DATE: Thursday, October 28, 2010
PLACE : University of Cincinnati, Engineering Research Center  Room 427
(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. –  Pizza and Beverages
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  Tour and presentation
COST:   Dinner is being provided by the IEEE Cincinnati
Parking is $7 if you use a UC garage.


MENU SELECTIONS:   Pizza and Beverages (free)

LOCATION:  Parking is available in the Woodside and Campus Green Garages- enter Woodside Gateway (Woodside Drive) from Martin Luther King Drive.  After parking, walk south on Woodside Drive- the library is on the right.  The ERC (Engineering Research Center) is the next building on the right.

Here is a Google Map to the Campus Green Garage. You can use it to get directions from your home. The Engineering Research Center is just down Woodside Place from the garage. Meeting is in ERC room 427.
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RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at mailto:fnadeau1@earthlink.net (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              513-629-9380      end_of_the_skype_highlighting by Noon, Tuesday, October 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:  Struggling to increase the processor clock rate, computer manufacturers have turned to adding parallel processing to modern processors.  Primarily this parallelism takes the form of hyperthreading or multiple core processor designs (and sometimes both).  Multi-core and hyperthreading (also called simultaneous multi-threading, SMT) are become widely available in desktop and laptop computing as well as within processors designed for embedded computing.  In this talk, we will examine what these terms really mean and how they are implemented.  Implications for improving (or not) your processor’s throughput and power are reviewed and examined.  We will also briefly touch on the programming approaches to utilize multi-core/hyperthreaded processors to introduce parallelism into your running programs.

About the Presenter:  Dr. Philip Wilsey, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.
A self-described experimentalist working in distributed systems. For the past 5 years, he has been studying the application of feedback control to optimize distributed system operation. The focus of his investigations has been Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS) with applications to: Mixed-Technology (continuous/discrete) Systems, VLSI, and Digital Systems. His principle objective is the introduction of online control systems into distributed systems by: (i) development of pragmatic methodologies; (ii) development of prototype tool sets; and (iii) introduction into the graduate and undergraduate curricula. In addition, he has been actively involved in: parallel and distributed computing, VHDL-CAD, the computer system design process, and formal modeling, and mechanized reasoning. Dr. Wilsey is the academic advisor to the U.C. Student Branch of IEEE.

Nominating Committee Announces Slate

The Nominating Committee for the Cincinnati Section is pleased to announce its slate for our November election:

Chair – Stephen Fridrick
Vice Chair – Fred Nadeau
Treasurer – Marwan Nusair
Secretary – Frank Zhou
Member-At-Large – Jason Wilden
The Section is also accepting Petition Candidates until November 5, 2010.  A petition candidate must have the signatures of at least nine (9) voting members of the Cincinnati Section.
The election will occur in November.  More information about the candidates will be available prior to the election.

Membership News

New Cincinnati Section Senior Member
The Cincinnati Section would like to congratulate our newest Senior Member,
Xuefu (Frank) Zhou
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.

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

Venkat Krishnan B
Wilton Colbert
Kevin Daily
Ranran Ding
Clay Dubendorfer
Joseph Eaton
Benjamin Flick
Zhen Hu
Murali Kilaru
Wesley Duryluk Robert Kuschel
Alois Maichin
Ivor Niggebrugge
James Oldendick
Joseph Rumpler
Thomas Sagraves
Reuben Smith
Scott Spalding
Joshua Wilson
Rui Zhang Muhammad Zia 
We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

October 2010 History

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Marc Bell, 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. 11, November 1996.

Harris J. Ryan and High Voltage Engineering

Eighty years ago this month, Harris J. Ryan presented a paper on porcelain insulators for high voltage transmission at a meeting of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in San Francisco, CA. At the time he was a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University and his paper was related to a series of laboratory tests carried out at Stanford during the summer of 1916. A pioneer educator in electrical engineering, Ryan already was known for his research in high voltage engineering and , was later to serve as a president of the AIEE. Continue reading


Briefing on Potential Benefits of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Draws Congressional Interest

WASHINGTON (4 October 2010) — Small Modular Nuclear Reactors have the potential to help our nation meet its future electricity needs, create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness, congressional staff heard on Capitol Hill last Thursday.

The event featured Paul Genoa, director of policy development for the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Daniel Ingersoll, senior program manager, Nuclear Technology Programs Office, at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory. Gordon Day, 2009 IEEE-USA president, served as moderator.

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), whose district includes Oak Ridge, gave introductory remarks. He thinks nuclear energy will play a key role in the United States’ future energy portfolio, and noted that the Obama administration supports it.

“We have a need for efficient designs, and we have the capacity in this country to do this well,” Wamp said. “… This has to be our centerpiece of next-generation energy.”

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, or SMRs, are in the design and planning stages right now. If constructed, they would be smaller than a typical nuclear plant, but can be scaled to various sizes depending on the number of modules.

Ingersoll said once a design was approved, it would take 3-4 years to construct, and that the goal was to have one producing power by 2018 or 2019. He said the key benefits of SMRs are, among others:

* Enhanced safety and robustness from simplified designs
* Enhanced security from underground siting
* The ability to add new electrical capacity incrementally to match power demand and growth
* Lower capital costs
* Domestic supply chain

“SMRs can be completely fabricated with U.S. technology and workers,” Ingersoll said.

If the United States can become a leader in SMR technology, it could export its designs and manufactured plants to other countries. This would create jobs for U.S. scientists, engineers and construction workers.

“We can do well here if we export these technologies abroad,” Genoa said.

Countries such as India, South Korea, China, Russia and Argentina are also looking to build and export SMRs. President Barack Obama’s FY2011 budget requests $38.8 million for SMRs and $103 million for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant program. But that money is on hold until Congress passes an FY2011 budget.

“When we deploy them in the U.S.,” Genoa said, “will we build them or will we buy them from China?”

Ingersoll’s presentation included a portion of an op-ed by Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on 23 March 2010.

“… If we can develop this technology in the U.S. and build these reactors with American workers, we will have a key competitive edge,” Chu wrote. “… Our choice is clear: develop these technologies today or import them tomorrow.” See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704231304575092130239999278.html

The SMR event was sponsored by Discover Magazine, ASME and IEEE-USA. It was the sixth in a series of congressional briefings entitled, “The Road to the New Energy Economy.” To see videos of previous events, go to http://discovermagazine.com/events/road-to-new-energy-economy/.

Special Session on Federal Cybersecurity Research Priorities to Follow IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (29 September 2010) — The federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program will present the strategic directions of U.S. federal cybersecurity research immediately following the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) in November.

During this special session, senior U.S. government officials will describe R&D themes developed to orient federal cybersecurity research and to stimulate related private sector cybersecurity activities. The themes are: tailored trustworthy spaces, moving target, and cyber economics and incentives. The session will provide insights into those priorities and how they are shaping the direction of federal cybersecurity research. Speakers will come from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The NITRD Program (www.nitrd.gov) coordinates the government’s unclassified networking and information technology R&D investments. Agencies include those above and the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the National Security Agency, among others. These organizations work together to develop advanced federal networking and IT capabilities; U.S. science, engineering and technology leadership; and U.S. economic competitiveness.

HST 10, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010, will bring together global science Continue reading

Secure Computing Lecture at Wright State

The SCAN – Secure Processor with Crypto-Biometric Capability

Date/Time:   Oct. 23, 12 noon at the Engineering Building, Wright State University.
Location:       Room 148,  Russ College of Engineering

All are welcome to attend, they are going to have pizza and soft drinks.

Secure computing is gaining importance in recent times as computing capability is increasingly becoming distributed and information is everywhere. Prevention of piracy and digital rights management has become very important. Information security is mandatory rather than an additional feature. Numerous software techniques have been proposed to provide certain level of copyright and intellectual property protection. Continue reading

Nominating Committee Announces Slate

The Nominating Committee for the Cincinnati Section is pleased to announce its slate for our November election:

Chair – Stephen Fridrick

Vice Chair – Fred Nadeau

Treasurer – Marwan Nusair

Secretary – Frank Zhou

Member-At-Large – Jason Wilden

The Section is also accepting Petition Candidates until November 5, 2010.  A petition candidate must have the signatures of at least nine (9) voting members of the Cincinnati Section.

The election will occur in November.  More information about the candidates will be available prior to the election.