APRIL 2011 SECTION MEETING INFORMATION

GPS Technology

DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
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:   $12- $20, See information in Reservations

MENU SELECTIONS:   Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Buttered Noodles, Asparagus Spears in a Fresh Cream Sauce, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter.  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 note New Procedure)  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to: https://ieeecincinnati.org/meetings/.  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  You may now pay on-line. 
DINNER RESERVATIONS
Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00

Two ways to pay for dinner:
1) [Register and pay the fee now] using PayPal.
2) [Register and pay the fee at the meeting]. Check or cash; correct change appreciated.

Make checks payable to “IEEE Cincinnati Section”.
Those desiring to use their bank’s bill payer service to send a check, rather than paying at the meeting, should contact Reservations@ieeecincinnati.org for details.

Reservations close at midnight on April 20, 2011.

DINNER RESERVATION CANCELLATION POLICY
An email to Reservations@ieeecincinnati.org prior to April 21 is required to properly cancel your reservation. Failure to cancel does not eliminate your responsibility to pay for the dinner. Refunds for PayPal payments are more complicated, and we request that you leave the funds on deposit for a future meeting.

WALK-INS: If you don’t have a dinner reservation, there may not be enough food to serve you. Walk-ins pay a higher rate: $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Cash or checks only.
All Reservations must be made by Midnight, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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:  
 RF navigation aids have progressed over the years from TACAN, S band High Accuracy Radio Navigation (SHIRAN), Long Range Navigation (LORAN C/D), Navy satellite based Transit, up to today’s US Global Position System (GPS) and Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). Technology advances have made navigation accuracies improve orders of magnitude since the 70-90’s. These advances have also reduced the size, weight and cost of receivers and displays significantly to the point where anyone can afford GPS in receiver/display units or cell phones. Numerous applications have sprouted up from the GPS technology saving thousands of man-hours and billions of dollars in benefits. This talk will cover the development of GPS, advances in technologies, operations capability and applications, interference mitigations, and upcoming feature advancements.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Fred Nadeau retired from the Air Force serving as an officer and civil servant for 36 years and consulted with ARINC for Navy projects. He held various positions such as technical director of the Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility at Holloman AFB, chief of the Navigation Systems Section at WPAFB Avionics Laboratory, chief avionics engineer, project engineer, and test director for various fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. He is a graduate of Purdue University and Air War College. Past IEEE section and area chairs.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.
NEW MEMBERS
The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section:

Ryan Anderson
Robert Bartheld
Ekaterina Biscay
John Curran
Kwame Edjah
John Gebhardt
Gregory Gerber
Brian Jameson 
Kevin Kidder
Michelle Latham
Hao Lei
Jason Monnin
Michael Nelson
Brady Neukam
Felton Smith
Yuan Wei
We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

APRIL 2011 HISTORY

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1997 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. 85, No. 3, March 1997.

Lee de Forest and the Amplifying Audion

      Seventy-five years ago this month, the INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) awarded its Medal of Honor to Lee de Forest as recognition for his invention of the three-electrode amplifier and his other contributions to radio. In 1946 he received the Edison Medal of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and the citation mentioned the profound technical and social consequences of the grid-controlled vacuum tube which he had intro¬duced. img018.jpgKnown for having a rather flamboyant personality, de Forest (shown in Fig. 1) was both an entrepreneur and a prolific inventor who received more than 300 patents.
     De Forest was born in Council Bluffs, IA, in 1873, the son of a Congregational minister. In 1879, the family moved to Talladega, AL, where his father served as president of Talladega College. After attending a college preparatory school in Massachusetts for two years, de Forest enrolled at the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University in 1893, where he graduated in 1896. He went on to earn a doctoral degree from Yale in 1899 with a dissertation on standing waves produced by Hertzian waves on an open-ended transmission line. His first employment after college was in the Dynamo Department of the Western Electric Company in Chicago. He experimented with wireless communication in his spare time and developed a device he called a responder as an alternative to the coherer as a detector of wireless waves. He left Western Electric in 1901 and worked as an editor for the Western Electrician and as a part-time Continue reading

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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Issues Call for Papers

WASHINGTON (11 March 2011) — IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers are seeking technical and non-technical papers on topics related to the role technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations.

Accepted papers will be presented during the inaugural conference, 30 October — 1 November 2011, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. They will also be published in conference Continue reading