It was a very close election this year and I would like to announce that Jay Perin has been elected as the Member At Large section officer serving for the terms in 2012 and 2013. The Member At Large officer is a voting member of the sections executive committee and participates in running the section and planning its meetings. Congratulations Jay.
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.
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.
Section members the software running our website has been upgraded over the summer. WordPress has been upgraded to the latest release WordPress-3.2.1 and a number of needed plugins were installed:
- A new WYSIWYG editor to make authoring posts and pages easier
- A backup package
- A reCAPTCHA security package to protect the site from spammers
- An image viewing gallery package – integration of it is still in progress
- A forms authoring tools
- A Google Analytics package for reporting the website’s usage
Please use this link to register for the May Section Meeting featuring Senior Design Projects:
Fellow Robot Enthusiasts: The Cincinnati group Hive13 is hosting a Sumobot competition this April. Click here for details.
One of our members is looking for someone who has expertise in rebuilding fractional horsepower electric motors, specifically capacitor start switches. If you can help please write a comment to this posting. Thanks.
Cincinnati is one of nine U.S. markets where Ford Motor Co. said it will be recruiting engineers this year for its push into electric vehicles. The automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit it will add more than 7,000 salaried and hourly jobs over the next two years. Included in that number is 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Check out this article for more information.
I would like to announce our newly elected section officers.
Section Chair – Stephen Fridrick
Vice Chair – Fred Nadeau
Treasurer – Marwan Nusair
Secretary – Frank Zhou
Member at Large – Jason Wilden
They will all serve for the next two years. Their email addresses and phone numbers are listed on the Section Officers page. Congratulations to everyone.