Archive for January, 2008

Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

Southwest District Science and Engineering Expo (SEE)

Saturday, March 15th at UC

UC’s Science & Engineering Expo relies on many area scientists to serve as volunteer judges.  Your help is needed.

Online Judges’ registration:

January 31st, 2008

From Brian’s Desk

We kicked off 2008 with a great, high-attendance meeting.  Many thanks to Paul Ritchie of Ethicon Endo-Surgery for an excellent presentation on his experiences with off-shore outsourcing.   Lots of good discussion. 

Also, we had many new faces, including EMBS members and students.  It was a very enjoyable evening; please spread the word, and keep coming back. 

Next up is Engineer’s Week (FEB 17-23) and our Family Day Robot activity for you and your kids (grandkids, neighbors, whomever).  Grab a kid, and get them excited about engineering.

Our February 28 meeting will feature the hot topic of Global Warming.

As always, please consider elevating your membership level to Senior Member.  It does not cost you anything (except a few minutes of your time) and it helps out the Section.  You receive a nice plaque and $25 towards IEEE items.  NOTE:  Seniors are not old, just active in engineering for at least 10 years.  Contact an officer at the next meeting for assistance in becoming a Senior Member.

January 27th, 2008

Family Day LEGO Robot Workshop – February 23

Family Day Robot Activity

As part of our celebration of Engineer’s Week, the Cincinnati Section is sponsoring a family activity on Saturday February 23 in which you and your child will build and program a LEGO robot, and optionally participate in a friendly competition.  It was great fun last year, and is a super way to inspire your child.

In 2006, the Cincinnati Section purchased twelve LEGO robot kits to help with K-12 educational activities. The Executive Committee thought it would be a nice idea to let the members and their families play with the robots. Because of that desire, we invite you and your child to attend a robot workshop on February 23, 2008 at the College of Applied Science (2220 Victory Parkway).

During the morning session, you will build a robot per predefined plans, and then with a very cool, easy to learn, drop-and-drag language, and step-by-step instructions, you will program the robot to move and respond to sensors. After lunch, you have an opportunity to be creative. You will have about two hours to modify your robot (program and structure) and prepare it for a friendly competition that involves pushing soda pop cans around. The workshop runs from 8:30 to about 3:30. If you cannot stay the whole day, it is okay to attend just the morning session.

The LEGO kits state that the age appropriateness is 8 and older. Teenagers like it too. Since, you, the engineer, will be present to help, and since you know your child, we will leave it up to you. Warning: the parts are very small and present a chocking hazard for toddlers.

Attendance is limited to twelve families. Reservations are via email and taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact Brian Resnick ( to register.

January 27th, 2008

2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates at WVNANO

West Virginia University LogoThe West Virginia University is offering a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in the science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and WVNano, the West Virginia state initiative for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Applicants will be evaluated starting on February 15 and will be admitted on a rolling basis. See their 2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates web page for more information

January 14th, 2008

UC College of Applied Science’s Tech Expo 2008

UC LogoThis May the U.C. College of Applied Science will hold it’s Tech Expo 2008 where middle school and high school students can meet local businesses and UC staff to explore careers in science and engineering. Businesses interested in showing these students the technical careers opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area please contact Anthony Ricciardi at (513) 556-4221 or Betsy Zelek at (513) 702-2732 or Attached is a Tech Expo 2008 flyer with more information.

January 12th, 2008

January 2008 Section Meeting


DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2008
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



MENU SELECTIONS: Baked Cod with Crab Topping, Sliced Roast Beef with Gravy, Roast Pork Loin with Dressing, Rice Pilaf, Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls, Assorted Cakes, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks. 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 email Fred Nadeau for reservations at (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 if you plan to attend. Please leave your Name, IEEE Member Number, and a daytime telephone number.

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 / SPEAKER: Paul G. Ritchie, PE, Project Director, Breast Care R&D, at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Cincinnati., will discuss his experiences with offshore outsourcing and development. Paul has been involved in medical device development for over 18 years. He spent 7 years with Boehringer Mannheim Corporation in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for the design and developed of firmware for consumer and professional electrochemical diagnostic systems. He has spent the last 11 years with subsidiaries of J&J, including Indigo Medical and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, in various roles including technical integration of acquisitions, firmware engineering, and program management for complex electro-mechanical systems. His current responsibility as Project Director encompasses leading the definition, design, and commercialization of a third-generation vacuum-assisted Breast Biopsy system, and includes responsibility for extensive off-shore development.

Paul is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Indiana) with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is the inventor of 7 issued and 14 pending US patents. He is also a 2003 recipient of the Philip B. Hoffman Research Scientist award from Johnson & Johnson.

ABOUT ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) develops and markets advanced medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. The company focuses on procedure-enabling devices for the interventional diagnosis and treatment of conditions in general and bariatric surgery, as well as gastrointestinal health, gynecology and surgical oncology. Products include the ENDOPATH XCEL(r) Access System; CONTOUR(r) Curved Cutter Stapler; HARMONIC(tm) ultrasonic cutting and coagulation surgical devices; and the MAMMOTOME(r) Biopsy System for diagnosis of early stage breast cancer.

January 11th, 2008

Membership News

New Cincinnati Section Senior Member
The Cincinnati Section would like to congratulate its newest Senior Member,

Clayton Sippola

whose upgrade application was recently approved.

If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee. You can also see our PACE Chair, Brian Resnick, or any other member of the Executive Committee immediately following any Section Meeting.

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

Javon D. Carson
Ningjie Chen
Robert A. Clemens
Luke C. Dininger
Pradipto Ghosh
Pete Johnson
Jonathan A. Kopechek
Jeffrey A. Kruth
Rajesh Narsimha
Justin P. Schroeder
Balasubramanian Sethuraman
Michael D. Simms
Ramesh Srinivasan
Nicholas R. Ustick
Nicholas J. Ventre
Junfang Wang
Junmei Zhong

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

January 10th, 2008

History – Electrical Technologies in the Movies

Electrical Technologies in the Movies : Jukeboxes

Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor
Reprinted from IEEE History Center Newsletter, Issue #73, March 2007

In the late 19th century there were coin-operated weighing machines and gum-dispensing machines. In 1889 a man by the name of Louis Glass equipped an Edison phonograph with a nickel-in-the-slot operating device and placed this forerunner of the jukebox in a San Francisco saloon. The machine was so well received that by mid-1891 more than a thousand coin-operated phonographs were in use. Such machines were battery-operated because at that time electric current was not available in most places. Many of the machines were in so-called “phonograph parlors,” which, with the addition of other coin-operated entertainment devices, evolved into penny arcades. Machines that could change the record cylinders or disks automatically, according to customer choice, began appearing in 1905. The coin-operated phonograph business peaked shortly after the turn of the century, in part because of the growth of the home-phonograph market and in part because the lack of effective amplification limited the appeal of the coin-operated machines.

Shortly after the advent of the electronic phonograph in the mid 1920s came a much improved phonograph-playing machine, the “jukebox,” a name acquired in 1930s. Customers were attracted by the big sound made possible by electronic amplification fidelity and volume greater than what radios or phonographs in the home offered—by the impressive record-changing mechanisms, and by the opportunity to choose the music and often to adjust the volume. An early jukebox, one from about 1930, can be seen in the movie “The Whole Wide World” (1996). A chest-type jukebox in the waiting area of a bus terminal features in the 1947 Humphrey Bogart – Lauren Bacall movie “Dark Passage”. In the movies “Gung Ho!” (1943) and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946) we see jukeboxes in eating places. The record-changing mechanism is shown prominently in several movies, such as in “The Lady from Shanghai” (1948), in “The Glenn Miller Story” (1954), and in “I.Q.” (1994), which takes place in the 1950s.

In 1939 the Seeburg company offered a “wireless” jukebox system, in which selections made at any of many small units, which were plugged in at ordinary sockets, were signaled—over the building’s wiring—to the central record-playing unit. The Depression, together with the soaring popularity of radio, had hit the record industry hard—record sales in the U.S. fell from 100 million in 1927 to six million in 1932—but jukeboxes helped revive the industry. Indeed, in the late 1930s half of all records produced in the U.S. went to the some 500,000 jukeboxes in use. In the 1942 movie “Orchestra Wives,” which stars Glenn Miller and his orchestra, the bandleader says that it is the kids putting nickels in jukeboxes who keep the band in business, and, of course, jukeboxes are shown. Something about the jukebox business is revealed in the 1957 Elvis Presley movie “Jailhouse Rock,” where we meet a woman whose job it is to open jukeboxes to check how many times particular records have been played.

The early jukeboxes had wooden cabinets and resembled traditional furniture. In the 1940s jukeboxes took on a different look, with cabinets of translucent plastic that were brightly backlighted. In the 1950s jukeboxes often had automobile styling, in that era of flashy cars with tail fins and chromed protuberances on bumpers, fenders, and hoods. Jukeboxes of the 1950s can be seen in “Last Picture Show” (1971), “The Wild One” (1954), and “Touch of Evil” (1958).

The malfunctioning of jukeboxes is sometimes shown. In the James Dean – Elizabeth Taylor movie “Giant” (1956), a jukebox starts playing when bumped into. More famous is the jukebox in the TV series “Happy Days”: coming into the diner, the Fonzie would hit the jukebox to get it to play.

Though the jukebox business declined in the last decades of the 20th century, the machine continued to be used in bars and eating places. It was no longer a nickel per play, but more often, as shown in “Top Gun” (1986), a quarter per play. The records on a particular jukebox could be selected to appeal to the clientele of the establishment, as in the 1974 movie “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” where, in a bar in Munich which caters mainly to guest workers, the jukebox seems to play only Arab music. In the 1980s CDs replaced vinyl records, and jukeboxes showed that transition. In the 1994 movie “Chungking Express” we see a CD jukebox, with rotating CDs, in a Hong Kong eating place.

January 10th, 2008

IEEE News – January 2008

Former IEEE-USA President Highlights IEEE-USA Innovation Institute at IEEE Globecom 2007
WASHINGTON (30 November 2007)
— Former IEEE-USA President Ralph W. Wyndrum highlighted the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute during a panel session on entrepreneurship at IEEE Globecom 2007 on Wednesday.

Wyndrum, who served as IEEE-USA president in 2006 and is now president of the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute, told attendees that “innovation is everything from invention to the final sale.”

The seven-person panel, sponsored by IEEE GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), was designed to help graduate students and young professionals learn about what skills and techniques are key to the successful commercialization of research ideas.

Wyndrum’s presentation included information on the pilot Innovation Forum that IEEE-USA hosted in Falls Church, Va., on 6-8 November. Twenty-two people from organizations such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the FCC and the Office of Naval Research, participated in the event. Attendees had the opportunity to earn either 1.5 CEUs or 10 PDHs.

Wyndrum revealed that three Innovation Forums will be held around the country in 2008, six in 2009. The forums are designed to promote the innovation process, highlight new technologies and trends, and help high-tech professionals improve their innovation skills. The faculty is composed of successful technology innovators.

The IEEE-USA Innovation Institute offer programs designed to advance the preparation of leaders responsible for the innovation of new products and services by sharing the experiences of successful innovators in a coordinated program of interaction, teaching, mentoring and networking.

Other key aspects of the Innovation Institute ( include an online community; a clearinghouse of additional resources; e-books; and eventually, a national conference.

Innovators can also benefit from the IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs Village ( Introduced in May 2006, the village provides high-tech entrepreneurs with tools and resources conducive to innovation and company growth.

Wyndrum’s presentation highlighted IEEE-USA’s participation in IEEE Globecom 2007 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. IEEE-USA staff was on hand to provide attendees with information on the organization’s career resources and government relations activities.

IEEE Globecom 2007, held 26-30 November, was the IEEE Communications Society’s 50th anniversary of its Global Communications Conference. It is annually “the premier telecommunications event for industry professionals and academics from companies, governmental agencies and universities around the world.”

IEEE Globecom 2008 will be in New Orleans:

IEEE Foundation Announces 2008 Application Deadlines
The IEEE Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE, is committed to improving the technological literacy of society from childhood through adulthood. One way the IEEE Foundation seeks to achieve this goal is by awarding grants to new and innovative projects. During 2008, unsolicited applications will be accepted in three cycles from IEEE units and other organizations working in areas of relevance and importance to the IEEE and its membership. Projects should achieve one or more of the following objectives:

– Improve primary and secondary science, technology, and math learning
– Encourage pre-university students to consider engineering as a career path
– Increase the public’s understanding of the role of engineers and technology in society
– Preserve the history of IEEE associated technologies
– Tap the technological expertise of IEEE members
– Demonstrate ability to be replicated

Application deadlines:
Deadline IEEE Foundation Meeting Date
4 Jan 2008 Mar 2008
18 Apr 2008 Jun 2008
5 Sep 2008 Nov 2008

Before submitting the online application, please review “How to Apply for a Grant” ( All applications will be considered for funding by both the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors and the IEEE Life Members Committee. Questions should be directed to the IEEE Foundation Administrator at +1 732 981 3435 or


Included in this issue:

– Model Stomach Takes Digestion Outside the Body After nearly a decade’s worth of research and more than US $2 million from the British government, scientists at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich, England, have built an artificial stomach. Read this IEEE Spectrum Online exclusive to find out how it works and why food engineers, pharmaceutical companies, and organic farmers are lining up for the artificial organ at

– WIE Launches Outreach Efforts: Responding to a survey, members of IEEE Women in Engineering said they wanted more networking events to raise the profile of female engineers and more outreach programs that encourage young women to pursue an engineering education. Find out what WIE has done to meet these requests at– Upcoming IEEE Conferences: Six IEEE conferences from February to April 2008 cover topics that include solid-state circuits, human-machine systems, and signal processing. Learn more about them at

– Robot Showdowns Sharpen Skills: IEEE student branches around the world are holding robotics competitions to put to use the theories they learn in class. Find out more about robots that can monitor a fire, shoot balls into a hoop, or thread their way through a maze at

– Part-time Passions: A Stage Star and a Triathlete: Read about two IEEE members who have taken up the hobbies of acting and competing in triathlons at

– Countdown to IEEE Award Nominations: Nominations are being sought for 2009 IEEE medals, awards, recognitions, and prize papers. The deadline for nominations is 1 July 2008. Learn how to nominate a colleague at

18 January 2008 Deadline Looms for IEEE-USA Online Engineering
Video Scholarship Competition; $10,000 in Scholarship Awards Expected
The deadline for entries into the IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Scholarship Competition on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference” is 18 January, with $10,000 in scholarship awards available. IEEE-USA launched the online video competition in October 2007, calling on undergraduate engineering students to create single 90-second video clips — aimed at 11-13 year-olds, that reinforce engineers’ contributions to the quality of life and that help debunk engineering stereotypes.

IEEE-USA will award seven scholarship prizes totaling $10,000 for the most creative and effective video clips that convey why undergrads think engineering is cool and that underscore “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.” The competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate students in engineering and computer science with at least one U.S. IEEE student member on a team.

All entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight (Eastern time) on Friday, 18 January. The winners will be announced and winning entries will be shown during National Engineers Week, 17-23 February. To enter the competition, go to; or e-mail

January 9th, 2008


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