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. 

Website Software Has Been Upgraded

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

Ford to recruit engineers in Cincinnati

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.

Our New 2011-2012 Section Officers

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.

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 . If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me at .

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

Remember to Vote

Remember to vote in the IEEE national elections. Voting is open until October 1st. Just click on this IEEE ballet link, login in with your IEEE userid/password, and you will see the ballet. Beside each candidate is a photo and short biography. It will take 5 minutes at most. Let’s give the Cincinnati Section a good showing.

Charlie Nash, Section Chair