Make Plans for our December Meeting

This year for our December 1st meeting we decided to try something different. We would like everyone to bring your favorite tool or toy to share with everyone. Bring that new 3D smartphone, 3DSi,  the old Radio Shack TRS-80 computer in your basement, that new handheld digital oscilloscope, the electric car you’ve been working on, that K&E mahogany slide rule you had in college, or any intriguing bit of technology to share with us. We will arrange tables around the meeting room for you to set up on and if you want to give a short presentation we’ll have the video projector ready. Of course Raffels will lay out a great holiday spread so it will be a great evening. Please let me know what your thinking about bringing and I’ll update this posting with all the stuff.

So far the following items will be at the meeting:

  • Handheld digital oscilloscope
  • Altair 8800 – 1975 personal computer
  • A 1920s and 1960s slide rules and geometry kits
  • Examples of some die cast British-made model trains
  • A very rare toy hovercraft from 1964, made in England by the same company that made Dinky Toys and other things
  • A 1950s windup “perpetual motion” ride (the windup motor betrays it) made by Wolverine
  • 1922 RCA Radiola Senior Regenerative Receiver

If you have a gizmo that the members would like to see send me a email and let me know what your bringing.

Charlie Nash

Nominating Committee Announces Slate

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


  • Ted Longshore
  • Jay Perin

The Section is also accepting Petition Candidates until November 4, 2011.  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. 


Electronic Paper (e-Paper), a review of the state of the art and highlight of activities at the University of Cincinnati

 UPDATED 10/11/2011


Thursday, October 27, 2011


University of Cincinnati (see below for directions)


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner & Social


7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. –  Presentation





 MENU SELECTIONS:   Pizza from Adriatico’s , Soda and water will be available during the meeting.

LOCATION:  University of Cincinnati Main Campus, 427 Engineering Research Center (ERC)

 Park in the Campus Green parking garage located on Woodside Pl. on campus.  All attendees from the Cincinnati Section will have parking fees waived for the garage.  The ERC building is then located on the same street going south and to the west.   Google Maps link from the parking garage to the ERC.

 The conference room, 427 ERC, is located up the stairs after entering the building. The corridor is to the right on the 400 level.  There are signs posted for the conference room.  Signs will also be posted in the area to point attendees specifically toward the IEEE event.

 RESERVATIONS:  (Please note New Procedure) Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at noon on October 25th, 2011 and is limited to 70 people.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by noon, Tuesday October 25th, 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.


Dr Heikenfeld will be presenting details of his research at UC of e-paper technologies, the technology behind his specific method of e-paper as well as its advantages over other existing technologies.

Additionally:  there should be plans, diagrams, and concept drawings available of the future EE/CompE area presently under renovation.  Student IEEE members will be on hand to assist and answer questions.

Tours will also be available of the site (under construction) for the $3M Ohio Center for MicroFluidic Innovation.


Jason Heikenfeld received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 and 2001, respectively. During 2001-2005 Dr. Heikenfeld co-founded and served as principal scientist at Extreme Photonix Corp. In 2005 he returned to the University of Cincinnati as a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Dr. Heikenfeld’s university laboratory, The Novel Devices Laboratory, is currently engaged in electrofluidic device research for beam steering, displays, and electronic paper. He has greater than 100 publications, has presented numerous invited talks, and his inventions have resulted in over a dozen pending or granted patents. Dr. Heikenfeld is a Senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Senior member of the Society for Information Display, and a member of SPIE, MRS.


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: 


Daniel Arntsen

David Butler

Francesca Cecioni

Ryan Child

Zhen Hu

Jonathan Kopecheck

Seth Kravetz

Jonathan Maglaty

Kyle McAllister

Tomislav Novakovic

Quintin Oliver

David Pyrak

Charles Smith

Chad Sobota

Eric Statzer

Douglas Tittle

George Topala

Jason Varbedian




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

History of Electrical Engineering

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. 6, June 1997.

 Edwin H. Colpitts, a communications engineer and re­search manager, was born 125 years ago this year. Remem­bered especially as the inventor of the Colpitts oscillator, he made significant contributions to both wire and radio telephony.

  Born in 1872 in New Brunswick, Canada, Colpitts grad­uated from Mount Allison College in 1893. After two years as a teacher and school principal in Newfoundland, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he studied physics and mathematics and received a Master’s degree in 1897. He remained at Harvard for two additional years while taking advanced courses and serving as a laboratory assis­tant to John Trowbridge, director of the Jefferson Physical Laboratory.

  Early in 1899, Colpitts joined the engineering staff of the American Bell Telephone Company in Boston, MA, where he began as an assistant to George A. Campbell, known for his Continue reading

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Small Business Innovation Research, Technology Infrastructure Can Help Create Jobs

WASHINGTON (9 September 2011) — To help encourage job growth, Congress should reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and invest in America’s technology infrastructure.

During his speech to Congress last night, President Barack Obama specifically cited small businesses as a key to job creation. “Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin,” Obama said. “And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven’t.”  

One simple way that Congress can immediately Continue reading