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The Architecture of Great American Tower at Queen City Square

Retired Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati will offer CPD credit to Ohio P.E.’s with this April 21 Program.  Lee LeBoeuf, AIA, Project Architect with Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), Lawrence Niemiec, Senior Project Executive with Eagle Realty Group, and Heather Simpson Archiable, Construction Project Manager with Eagle Realty Group will discuss the new tallest and most environmentally sensitive office building in Cincinnati Business District.  The 41-stories of the Great American Tower, named after its lead tenant, Great American Insurance Company, contains 800,000 SF of office space and 25,000 SF of retail space.  The dramatic design of the Great American Tower topped by the spectacular tiara will create a defining image for the City of Cincinnati skyline.  The building features an inviting entry plaza and grand rotunda at Fourth and Sycamore Streets.  The spacious promenade and retail arcade leads to the office tower lobby.Queen City Square integrates the building and parking garage of Phase I of the Queen City Square, known as 303 Broadway, a 17-story, 188,500 SF office tower completed in 2006.  In total Queen City Square project will provide nearly one million square feet of office space and over 2000 parking spaces.A project of this magnitude presents a number of design and construction challenges.  The project team will discuss design, construction, building systems, economic impacts, and sustainable efforts (LEED) for the Great American Tower at Queen City Square, currently under construction.

  • When: April 21, 2009, 11:30 am Registratin and Lunch; Program in the Auditorium 1:00 pm.
  • Where: Evergreen, 230 West Galbraith Rd. (Hartwell), Cincinnati
  • Lunch & CPD Certificate: $13.00 (Provide P.E. Reg number)
  • Lunch Reservations: to Zan Smith, RESC Treasurer, (513) 520-4338, by April 16. Visit for the mail-in reservation form and April Newsletter about April 2. 

If you are unable to attend the Luncheon, you may attend the 1:00 pm program to obtain the CPD Cerificate but you must register with Bob Haas, 859 331-2579, by 10:00 am, April 20.   You may attend the program, no charge, if you are unable to come for lunch. For the Program only, please register with Bob Haas by 10:00 am, April 20, 2009. (859) 331-2579 or To receive the CPD Certificate, you must provide your Ohio P.E. registration number, as Certificates are prepared in advance. Visit for instructions for paid Luncheon/program reservations.

April 1st, 2009

April 2009 – Section Meeting Information

APRIL MEETINGTour of Duke Energy’s Envision Center in Erlanger, KY


DATE:       Thursday, April 23, 2009PLACE :    Duke Energy’s Envision Center (see below for directions)                   4580 Olympic Blvd                   Erlanger, KY 41018AGENDA:   5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Pizza and soft drinks provided                    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. –  TourRESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 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:  This month’s meeting consists of a tour of Duke Energy’s Envision Center Located in Erlanger, Kentucky, Duke Energy’s Envision Center provides visitors a dynamic experience that demonstrates the possibilities of modernizing to smart grid and energy efficient technology.The center features a movie-style studio with sets consisting of a substation with two-way digital technology, a smart home – complete with solar panels and a plug-in hybrid vehicle, an apartment complex with smart meters and a power delivery work center – monitoring conditions with real-time data. Electric poles equipped with intelligent power equipment are also staged throughout.Center visitors can watch video presentations that showcase a day in the life of a variety of energy customers in the year 2015. Visitors will also experience simulated demonstrations such as a thunderstorm, lightning strike and power outage. Home simulations feature the use of an energy-management system to control high efficiency appliances (e.g., dishwasher, water heater, HVAC equipment).Smart grid technology will enable:• Improved system reliability and operational efficiency• Quicker and more accurate response to outages• Greater customer offerings (e.g., energy efficiency programs and payment options)• New tools and programs that enable customers to predict and gain control of energy usage.The center also promotes the importance of renewable power to meet the energy needs of tomorrow and how customers can play an important role in helping us reduce our carbon footprint.


Click on the following link to see a WKRC-TV news report on the Envision Center:



NOTICE: Anyone interested in carpooling to the Envision Center contact Ted Longshore at He wants to meet at ~5:00PM at the Walmart off Glendale-Milford Road just west of Reading Road.

Directions:4580 Olympic Blvd, Erlanger, KY 41018From Cincinnati, OH:­ Take I-75/I-71 South into Kentucky to I-275 West (towards the airport) ­ Take Mineola Pike Exit (first exit off of I-275)­ GO LEFT on Mineola Pike­ At the second stop light, GO LEFT onto Olympic Blvd.­ Travel down Olympic Blvd past companies like Toyota and Pepsi­ The Envision Center is located in the last building on the left – Building C – before you intersect Turfway Road­ GO RIGHT into the parking lot in front of Building C. The Envision Center is at the endFrom Columbus, OH:­ Take I-71 South toward Cincinnati, OH­ Merge onto I-71 South via Exit 99A on the LEFT toward Cincinnati (crossing into Kentucky)­ Take I-75/I-71 South into Kentucky to I-275 West (towards the airport)­ Take Mineola Pike Exit (first exit off of I-275)­ GO LEFT on Mineola Pike­ At the second stop light, GO LEFT onto Olympic Blvd.­ Travel down Olympic Blvd past companies like Toyota and Pepsi­ The Envision Center is located in the last building on the left – Building C – before you intersect Turfway Road­ GO RIGHT into the parking lot in front of Building C. The Envision Center is at the endFrom Greater Cincinnati / N Ky Airport:­ Take I-275 East ­ Take Mineola Pike Exit­ RIGHT on Mineola Pike­ LEFT onto Olympic Blvd.­ Travel down Olympic Blvd past companies like Toyota and Pepsi­ The Envision Center is located in the last building on the left – Building C – before you intersect Turfway Road­ GO RIGHT into the parking lot in front of Building C. The Envision Center is at the end

April 1st, 2009

April 2009 – Membership News


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

Travis Boraten
Charles S. Brown
Davis Debord
Daniel L. Ford II
R. N. Hargis
Chunyan Li
David R. Miller
Ngozi Victoria Uti
Suresh Vasa
Rui Wang
Mingyu Zhong

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

April 1st, 2009

April 2009 – History

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor

Copyright 1995 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. 83, No. 11, December 1995.

Harald T. Friis

Seventy years ago this month, the PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) included a paper on directional radio receiving systems by Harald T. Friis. At the time he was employed as a research engineer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories where he made numerous contributions to telecommunication engineering. He was later to become a recipient of the IRE Medal of Honor and other awards.

Friis was born in 1893 in Naestved, Denmark, and graduated in electrical engineering from the Royal Technical College in Copenhagen in 1916. He then spent about two years at the Royal Gun Factory in Copenhagen. In 1919 he received a fellowship which enabled him to come to the United States where he studied radio engineering at Columbia University under John H. Morecroft. In 1920, Friis joined a research group headed by Edwin H. Colpitts at the Western Electric Company, a group which became part of Bell Laboratories in 1925.

Friis initially was assigned to investigate radio reception from ships at a station in Elberon, NJ. He designed a double-detection superheterodyne receiver and undertook a long series of measurements of field strength and noise over a wide range of frequencies. He developed techniques to compensate for signal fading and used oscillographs to determine phase differences and other propagation phenomena. He and two colleagues published an important IRE paper on radio transmission measurements in 1923. They stressed the need to measure signal to noise ratio rather than field strength alone and discussed how to achieve satisfactory radio communication while minimizing equipment cost. Friis published further results of his research in his December 1925 IRE paper on directional antennas, in a 1926 paper on the static recorder in the Bell System Technical Journal, and in a May 1928 IRE paper on oscillographic observations.

Friis assisted in the design of the receiving system used by his colleague, Karl Jansky, to detect and record galactic radio noise in the early 1930’s. These observations launched the new science of radio astronomy. Friis and Edmond Bruce were co-inventors of the rhombic antenna which came into wide use as a shortwave antenna. Friis subsequently designed a multiple-unit steerable antenna (MUSA) which employed an array of rhombics and was altered electrically for optimum reception of shortwave signals. He received the Morris N. Liebmann Award of the IRE in 1939 in recognition of his many contributions to radio science and engineering.

In 1938, Friis became the director of a research team at the Holmdel laboratory facility of Bell Labs with the mission of developing microwave systems. He and a colleague, Alfred C. Beck, designed a horn-reflector antenna and the Holmdel group went on to develop both microwave radar and communication equipment used by the military during World War II. Friis invented an ingenious “rocking horse” mechanical scanner for a radar set used to locate enemy mortars. In a May 1946 IRE paper, he disclosed a radar transmission formula which had proven useful to the group at Holmdel. A microwave relay network based on their work was installed for commercial use in the US soon after the war.

In 1954, Friis received the Valdemar Poulsen Medal of the Danish Academy of Sciences and, the following year, the IRE Medal of Honor. He also received the Ballentine Medal from the Franklin Institute in 1958 and the Mervin Kelly Award of the IEEE in 1964. He retired from the Bell Labs in 1958 but continued work as a research consultant to the Hewlett-Packard Company for the next decade. His autobiography, entitled Seventy Five Years in an Exciting World, was published by the San Francisco Press in 1971. He died in 1976 at age 83.

James E. Brittain
School of History , Technology and Society
Georgia Institute of Technology

April 1st, 2009

April 2009 – IEEE News

Biomedical Engineering Student Recognized as IEEE’s ‘New Face of Engineering’

WASHINGTON (17 March 2009) — Guruprasad Madhavan is working on neuromuscular stimulation approaches that may help prevent osteoporosis, heart failure and mild cognitive impairment — all related to low blood pressure.

Madhavan’s research is a major reason why he was selected the IEEE/IEEE-USA’s 2009 “New Face of Engineering.”

“My energy to perform better has multiplied, and so has my responsibility to better communicate engineering,” Madhavan said after being selected.  

The New Faces of Engineering is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. The program highlights the vitality, diversity and rich contributions of engineers under 30.

Each engineering society’s top choice must hold an engineering degree, be employed as an engineer from two to five years, and have worked with projects that significantly affect public welfare or further professional development and growth.

Madhavan is one of 14 engineers recognized for this international honor. They were featured in a full-page ad that ran in USA Today on 16 February.

Madhavan, 29, is completing his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His research is focused toward non-invasively and non-pharmacologically stimulating the calf muscle pump — also referred to as the “second heart” — to enhance circulation.

The contractions of calf muscles help in propelling deoxygenated blood back to the heart against gravity. External stimulation of the lower leg musculature could help enhance venous return and cardiovascular recirculation of oxygen-rich blood.

Madhavan was born in a village in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. He became the first person in his family’s history to earn an engineering degree when he received his bachelor’s (honors with distinction) in instrumentation and control engineering from the University of Madras (India) in 2001. He added a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook (N.Y.) University in 2002 and an MBA in leadership and healthcare management from Binghamton in 2007. He has also worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist.

In November 2007, Madhavan became the first person in the United States to receive the United Kingdom’s Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award. The honor is given to the young professional deemed to have made the most significant career progress over a number of years. Madhavan, who received the award in London, was recognized for his medical device research.

Last fall Madhavan was selected for a science, technology and economic policy fellowship at the National Academies in Washington. He believes that this experience has helped prepare him for a career in public policy related to economic development and sustainability issues.  Madhavan is also senior editor of “Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology” (Springer, 2008), a volume designed to introduce students, professionals and the public to the diverse career and sustainable-development opportunities within bioengineering, biotechnology and related fields.

An ad hoc committee of IEEE members Paul Kostek of Seattle; Sarah Rovito of Arlington, Va.; Abby Vogel of Atlanta; and Terry Malkinson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, selected Madhavan as the IEEE/IEEE-USA’s New Face.

The committee’s other top choices are at
For more on all the 2009 “New Faces” honorees, go to


For the first time, IEEE-USA has awarded two $1,500 honoraria to recognize print and electronic journalists who have added to a greater public understanding of the contributions of engineering and computer professionals to society.  

The two award winners were recognized by 2008 IEEE-USA President Russell Lefevre at the organization’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City on 28 February: Alan Boyle, science editor of, for his series of articles on future engineering challenges; and John Dodge, editor-in-chief of DESIGN NEWS, for his series of articles on key new technologies in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Past award recipients have included NPR’s Richard Harris (1991); the CHICAGO TRIBUNE’s Jon Van (1993); THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’s  G. Pascal Zachary (1998); and Jon Katz, for his book, “Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho” (2000).

To see articles written by the 2008 IEEE-USA journalism award winners, go to:; and

STEM Workforce Researcher Honored by IEEE-USA for Furthering Engineering Professionalism  

WASHINGTON (1 April 2009) — Richard A. Ellis of Carlisle, Pa., was recently honored by IEEE-USA with an Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism.

Ellis, a consulting sociologist who owns Ellis Research Services, has for more than 25 years made “substantial and sustained contributions that have significantly improved the understanding of science and engineering labor markets by professionals and public policymakers.”

Ellis specializes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) statistical research and analysis. His areas of expertise include STEM employment, enrollments and degrees, compensation and workforce trends.

“Dick’s work has been essential in assessing the job market for engineers in the United States,” former IEEE-USA President Paul Kostek said. “Over the past 25-plus years he has spent more time and energy than anyone trying to understand the engineering job market. He has provided the data and unbiased analysis of the marketplace.”

Ellis, who served as director of research for the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Engineering Workforce Commission from 1985-1996, has also conducted research for IEEE-USA, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society of Women Engineers, the United Engineering Foundation and the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST).

Ellis served CPST as designer and principal analyst for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded IT and STEM Workforce Data Projects. The STEM project, which includes nine reports, white papers and links to detailed statistical tabulations, resulted in demographic information on more than 50 STEM occupations. He was lead author on six of the reports between June 2004 and October 2007, including the most recent, “Is U.S. Science and Technology Adrift?”

For more on the projects see and

Ellis developed the original versions of IEEE-USA’s online Salary Calculator and ACS’ Salary Comparator, pioneering the use of regression modeling to provide multi-variable compensation benchmarking for individual technical professionals. His most recent assignment for IEEE-USA was to produce graphic displays of 21st century workforce trends. He serves as a resource member of the IEEE-USA Career & Workforce Policy Committee.

IEEE-USA’s awards program is administered under its Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. The nomination deadline for 2009 awards is 31 July 2009. For additional information, go to or contact Sandra Kim at

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