January Meeting



Thursday, January 26th, 2012


Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)


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 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation


$12- $20, See information in Reservations


Buffet Menu: Spinach  Stuffed Tomato, Pan Fried Tilapia w/Lemon Caper Sauce, Beef Stroganoff, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Steamed Fresh Broccoli, Buttered Noodles, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter.

ABOUT THE MEETING:   (updated 12/31/2011)

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) has a long history of using quality improvement methods to improve patient outcomes.  The arrival of electronic health records (EHRs) has allowed these quality improvement methods to become more widespread in scale and more real-time in nature.  Over the past several years, CCHMC has implemented an enterprise-wide EHR, and as part of this implementation, has worked to develop screens that allow for the capture and eventual calculation of condition-specific outcome measures.  In parallel to the rollout of the EHR, CCHMC has also deployed a research patient data warehouse built upon an open-source informatics framework called i2b2.  Developers at CCHMC have extended this framework to make it suitable for storing outcomes data and also as a platform for research patient registries.  This talk will focus on the rationale and technical solutions that have made these efforts possible.


Keith Marsolo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director, Software Development & Data Warehouse

Division of Biomedical Informatics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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. 

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 noon on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 (Updated).

An email to Reservations@ieeecincinnati.org prior to the close of reservations 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: Walk-ins are available for this meeting.

All Reservations must be made by noon, Thursday, January 19th, 2012 (Updated)

 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.


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. 8, August 1997.

Harold S. Black and the Negative Feedback Amplifier

Seventy years ago this month, H. S. Black (Fig. 1) of Bell Telephone Laboratories conceived the negative feedback amplifier while aboard the Lackawanna Ferry on his way to work. Thirty years later, M. J. Kelly, president of the Bell Labs, characterized Black’s invention as ranking with the de Forest audion “as one of the two inventions of broadest scope and significance in electronics and communications of the past 50 years.” Kelly credited the negative feed­back amplifier with having made possible the long-distance telecommunications networks that covered the country, as well as transoceanic telephone cables. He noted that by 1957, the application of the negative feedback principle had transcended telecommunications and had stimulated “the entire explosive extension Continue reading


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



Abdulla AL lbdah

Hussein Al Qurain

Abdulaziz Alanazi

Mishary Aldulaljan

Monther Aleisa

Hussain Alfakhr

Lbrahim Alhaik

Fawaz Alhajri

Hani Alharbi

Omar Alhelal

Ali Alkhumairi

Adnan Almuwallad

Mohammed Alnajrani

Abdullah Alshehri


Mubarak Alzahrani

Russell Banner

Edwin Craig

John Curran

Chunsheng Fang

Nathan Jaskowiak

William Manning

Oscar Moreno

Amr Najjar

David Pennington

Michael Sagan

Will Wallace

Rong Wang

Christopher Yazell




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


IEEE Green Technologies Conference Extends Deadline for Papers on Current & Emerging Renewable Energy Sources & Energy-Reduction Technologies
WASHINGTON (21 November 2011) — IEEE Green Technologies Conference organizers have extended the deadline for technical papers to 1 December.

Papers can be submitted at http://edas.info/N11261, and authors will be notified on 4 January 2012 whether their papers are accepted. For more information on the event, see http://www.ieeegreentech.org/.

Accepted papers will be presented during the fourth-annual conference, 19-20 April 2012, at Oral Roberts University and the Hilton Tulsa (Okla.) Southern Hills. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore.

Contributed papers on topics related to current Continue reading