Archive for December, 2009

2009 IEEE Cincinnati Section Election Results

Stephen Fridrick has been elected Member-At-Large and will be serving from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.

December 20th, 2009

UC Robotics Team

The UC Robotics Team, led by Dr. Ernie Hall, needs your support to help them win the 18th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) and in the 7th Annual ION Robot Lawn Mower Competition in 2010.  Please read the UC Robotics Team Brochure to learn how you can help.

Visit to gain insight into their design strategy, to explore their utilization of current technologies, and to follow their research and development of future technologies.

December 16th, 2009

Shift sectors for entry-level engineering

Andrea Kay at the Enquirer has written an article on engineering careers in response to people writing her doubting the future of engineering in the United States. Give it a read. “Shift sectors for entry-level engineering

December 9th, 2009

Life Members Group

The Cincinnati Section now has a Life Members Group.  If you are a Life Member you are automatically a member of this group.  You should be contacted at the beginning of the 2010 regarding Life Member activities in the Cincinnati Section.Also note, on the right-hand side of the Home page, you will find a link in the Articles box for the Life Members  Group.

December 5th, 2009

Where is my ballot?

The election for Member-At-Large is currently in progress. The top seven reasons for not receiving a ballot:

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If you did not receive a ballot, you can still vote.

How to Vote Without an Electronic Ballot

Email your vote to by December 20, 2009.  Include you name, membership number, and your vote.  The ballot is for Member-At-Large to serve a term from 1/1/10 through 12/31/11.  Please vote for one of the following two candidates or provide a write-in:

  • MARC A. BELL – BSEET, University of Cincinnati CAS, 1994.  Employed by Duke Energy (fka: Cinergy Corp) as a Distribution Planning Engineer since 1999 – Primary resource in planning and operating all aspects of distribution system supplying over 900 MW. Previous 15 years engineering, troubleshooting, and repair of coal and diesel generating facilities.  Board member Association of Energy Engineers, AEE. Has been serving as Member-At-Large on the Cincinnati Section Executive Committee since 01/01/08.
  • ——
  • STEPHEN J. FRIDRICK – Principal Engineer for Engine Control Software at GE Aviation.  Experienced in development of control systems and software for full authority digital engine control systems.  I have held several roles while working on multiple engine programs for large commercial transport aircraft.  My focus is now on development and verification activities for software in these systems for all commercial and military programs.  I also chair a technical design board that captures lessons learned and best practices, documents current and improved processes, and leads new technology tools introduction.  I am a Designated Engineering Representative for the FAA to find compliance against applicable regulations for control systems and software; I have held this added role since January 1994.  I am actively participating in an industry committee to revise and update guidance on software considerations for airborne systems (RTCA/DO-178B).  I began working at GE in July 1983.  Prior to that I worked at Goodyear Aerospace in Akron for six years. Earned a BSEE at the University of Cincinnati, 1977, and a MSEE at the University of Akron, 1983. IEEE member since 1977 and have been active in the Cincinnati chapter for a number of years.  I regularly participate with a Habitat for Humanity group to build houses, and am an avid woodworker, mostly building furniture.  I am married, and we have two adult children.

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December 5th, 2009

Andrea Kay Speaking at Joseph Beth Booksellers

Andrea Kay, a Cincinnati business and career consultant, will be speaking at Joseph Beth Booksellers  on January 20th, 2010 at 7PM. Ms. Kay is an engaging speaker with insightful advice about careers and the local economy. This is a free event so come early to get a seat. She will be talking about career concerns for 2010. Ms. Kay is a syndicated columnist and has several published books. See her website or read her articles in the Enquirer.  Joseph Beth Booksellers is located in the Rookwood Pavilion, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH.

December 3rd, 2009


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