Archive for May, 2010

May 2010 Section Meeting Information

MAY MEETING

STUDENT PROJECTS

 DATE: Thursday, May 27, 2010
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

NOTE: DINNERS ARE ALWAYS OPTIONAL – YOU MAY ATTEND THE PROGRAM ONLY.

MENU SELECTIONS: Country Fried Chicken, Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Meatloaf served in Brown Gravy, Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, Succotash, Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits, 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 mailto:fnadeau1@earthlink.net (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 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: Two college’s senior students at UC will give presentations at the meeting. The two colleges are College of Engineering and College of Applied Science. Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECE & CS) programs are in the College of Engineering. Electrical and Computer Engineering TECHNOLOGY (ECET) programs are in the College of Applied Science.

In addition, in each spring quarter, seniors from UC College of Applied Science take their senior design projects to the public at Duke Energy Center and demonstrate their creative design, project management skills and eye-catching ingenuity. This annual senior design project exhibition is called “Tech Expo”. This year, Tech Expo 2010, was on May 4th, 2010, at the Duke Energy Center. For detailed information about Tech Expo 2010, please check it out at http://ceas.uc.edu/expo.html.

May 14th, 2010

May RESC Program

Global Warming – The Data Driven View

RESC Luncheon, Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The data-driven view of Global Warming, where evidence of each source of climate change is considered and the various causes then compared, including human activity. Whatever you may know about global warming, you don’t want to miss this revealing presentation.  See the RESC Newsletter  for details.
by Dr. Marwan Nusair

Time: Lunch 11:30 am, Program 1:00 pm
Location: Evergreen, 230 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215
Lunch Reservations required by May 13: see web site for the online email reservation form www.resc.org
Ohio P.E. CPD Credit: Request in advance, call Bob Haas 859-331-2579
You can attend the program at no charge.

May 13th, 2010

May 2010 Membership News

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

Sudhir R. Kshirsagar

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.

NEW MEMBERS

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

Michael Bell Jarrod Newkirk
Brenda Collins Greg Nienaber
Sarjoun Doumit Travis Reed
Daniel Habes Nathan Ryan
Linda Harrell Eric Swegert
Khalid Hurayb Karl Thompson
Tyler Jenkins Daniel Thyen
Andy Keith Timothy Tolle
Caroline King Masayoshi Tsuchinaga
Steven Lambert Mark Webster
Tracy Lewis Herschel Weintraub
Greg Lewis Jeremy Wright
Joseph Merry Johnathon Yates

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

May 11th, 2010

May 2010 History

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past 

Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1996 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. 84, No. 10, October 1996.

John S. Stone and the Professionalization of Communications Engineering

Eighty years ago this month, the PROCEEDINGS OF THE RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) included a paper by John Stone concerning oscillations in electric circuits. At the time he was a self-employed communications consultant in New York City and the immediate past president of the IRE. As one of the first practicing engineers to apply sophisticated mathematical analysis to the improvement of communications systems, Stone (See Fig. 1) played a significant role in the emergence of communications engineering as a profession.

Stone was born in Dover, VA, in 1869. He spent his childhood in Europe and Egypt, where his father, a former U.S. Army general, helped modernize the Egyptian Army. In 1886, Stone enrolled in the School of Mines at Columbia University, New York, but in 1888 he transferred to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where he devoted two years to the study of physics and electrical engineering. He spent the summer of 1889 in Paris, France, in charge of an exhibit of the American Bell Telephone at the Paris Exposition.

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Fig. 1. John S. Stone, a pioneer in wireless telegraphy, was a founder

of the Society of Wireless Telegraph Engineers and a co-founder

of the IRE. (Reproduced from A Century of Electricals, IEEE Press, 1984.)

In 1890, Stone joined the technical staff of the American Bell Telephone Company in Boston, MA, where he worked until 1899. During this period, he did both theoretical and experimental work related to wire telephony and wireless communication. He introduced Oliver Heaviside’s transmission line theory to his fellow engineers and corresponded with Heaviside concerning applications of the theory. Stone received about 20 U.S. patents during his decade with the company, including an 1897 patent on the use of bimetallic wire with high self-induction to facilitate impedance matching. He also patented the Stone common battery system for use in telephony and experimented with the use of resonant circuits to enable multiplex transmission. His work set the stage for the introduction of loading coils and wave filters by a former assistant, George A. Campbell.

Stone was a consulting engineer in Boston from 1899 to 1902 when he founded the Stone Telegraph and Telephone Company to manufacture and market a system of wireless communication. Fig. 2 shows the typical schematic diagram of a Stone wireless telegraphic system and Fig. 3 shows the typical layout of apparatus in the telegraphic station.

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Fig. 2. This is a schematic for a complete wireless telegraph

station, designed around a cut-over switch which switches the

antenna from sending circuitry on the left to receiving apparatus

on the right. (Reproduced from Principles of Wireless Telephony

by George W. Pierce, McGraw-Hill, 1910.)

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Fig. 3. A view of the wireless telegraph installation including the

distinctive sending helix on the table. (Reproduced from Principles

of Wireless Telephony by George W. Pierce, McGraw-Hill, 1910.)

He presented a paper on the theory of wireless telegraphy at the International Electrical Congress in St. Louis, MO, in 1904. He also gave lectures on electric oscillations and resonance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an outgrowth of the seminars for his employees, he founded the Society of Wireless Telegraph Engineers (SWTE) in Boston in 1907. Stone served as the first president of the SWTE and its members were commonly known as “swatties.” Twenty-two members, including Stone and Lee de Forest, became charter members of the IRE when it was formed in May 1912 through a merger of SWTE and the Wireless Institute of New York City. After the Stone Telegraph and Telephone Company went out of business in 1910, he moved to New York where he worked as a consultant and as an expert witness in patent litigation cases.

Stone called attention to the potential of the de Forest audion as a telephone amplifier in a paper at the Franklin Institute in 1912. In October 1912, he arranged a demonstration of the audion for engineers of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). This initiative led AT&T to purchase rights to the de Forest patents on the audion and to develop it into a reliable repeater for long distance telephony.

Stone served as the president of the IRE in 1915 and was awarded the IRE Medal of Honor in 1923. He received approximately 120 patents during his career. In 1919, he moved to San Diego, CA, for health reasons but continued to work as an AT&T consulting engineer from 1920 to 1934. He died in 1943 at age 73.

James E. Brittain

School of History , Technology and Society

Georgia Institute of Technology

May 11th, 2010

May 2010 IEEE News (Updated through July)

 IEEE-USA Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to 25 August; Entries Sought to Recognize Service & Achievements of U.S. IEEE Members

WASHINGTON (29 July 2010) — IEEE-USA, seeking to recognize outstanding service and achievements of U.S. IEEE members, has extended the nomination deadline for its 2010 awards to 25 August.

IEEE-USA awards are presented in recognition of professional, technical, entrepreneurial and literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of engineering in the United States. 2010 award recipients will be honored during the 2011 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Nominations are sought in the following areas: Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award; Award for Distinguished Public Service; Citation of Honor; Precollege Education Committee Teacher-Engineer Partnership Award; Entrepreneur Achievement Award for Leadership in Entrepreneurial Spirit; Regional/Divisional Professional Leadership Award; Professional Achievement Award (for individuals and organizations); Harry Diamond Memorial Award; and the Electrotechnology Transfer Award.

In addition, IEEE-USA offers two literary awards: for furthering public understanding of the profession and for advancing engineering professionalism. Nominees for these awards and the public service award do not have to be IEEE members.

For more information and a description of each award, see http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/awards/index.html.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/awards/forms.html.

IEEE Green Technologies Conference Seeks Technical Papers

WASHINGTON (29 July 2010) — IEEE Green Technologies Conference organizers are seeking technical papers on topics related to current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies.

Accepted papers will be presented during the third-annual conference, 14-15 April 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/guesthome.jsp).  

Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:

— Energy generation and storage technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar, water, geothermal,
biomass, energy harvesting and storage

— Energy usage reduction and conservation, including energy management, planning and
forecasting, home and commercial automation, innovative HVAC and lighting

— Architectural and engineering sustainable designs, including strategies for sustainability, performance evaluation, use of green building components and system management

— Environmental, legal, social, economic and political impacts, including emerging standards for
renewable and reduced carbon emission energy sources, safety and technologies for developed and underdeveloped countries

— Smart Grid communication and control, including evolution and integration of renewable and reduced emission energy sources

— Environmental protection, including oil spill prevention and control

PAPER SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

To submit a paper, go to http://edas.info, log in and use “GTC’11.” Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at  
(http://www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs/pubs/confpubcenter/pdfs/samplems.pdf). The paper template is accessible at http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/pubservices/confpub/AuthorTools/conferenceTemplates.html.

Papers must be submitted between 1 September and 1 November. Authors will be notified by 20 January 2011 whether their papers are accepted. For questions regarding paper submissions, contact technical program chairs Dr. Jorge Aravena at aravena@ece.lsu.edu or Dr. Hsiao-Chun Wu at wu@ece.lsu.edu.

Proposals for seminars and special sessions are also welcome and can be sent to Aravena at aravena@ece.lsu.edu.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The second IEEE Green Technologies Conference was held in Grapevine, Texas, in April. For an overview of the event, see http://www.todaysengineer.org/2010/Jul/Green.asp.  

Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The 2011 conference aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The 2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 5, the IEEE Baton Rouge Section and IEEE-USA, and supported by Louisiana State University and the city of Baton Rouge. For more information, see http://www.ieeegreentech.org.

Investigations into Unintended Acceleration Should Include Engineers

WASHINGTON (23 July 2010) — Because of the electronic complexity of modern passenger vehicles, investigations into sudden, unintended acceleration should draw upon the expertise of a broad array of electrical, electronics and software engineers and computer professionals.

A February 2009 IEEE Spectrum article, “This Car Runs on Code,” said that a modern premium-class automobile “probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code,” and “all that software executes on 70 to 100 microprocessor-based electronic control units networked throughout the body of your car.” By comparison, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner “requires about 6.5 million lines of code to operate its avionics and onboard support systems.”

“The skilled engineers and technical professionals who design and evaluate modern vehicle systems bring not only knowledge and expertise from their specific disciplines, but also their experience and lessons learned from integrating technology into these vehicles,” IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt said. “It goes beyond just having experience in a technology to understanding the complexity and application of that technology in its specific operating environment. This is frequently what is needed to assess why systems sometimes fail.”

Faulty electronic throttle control systems have been cited as a possible cause of unintended vehicle acceleration incidents that have resulted in death and injury. The Toyota Motor Corp., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) National Research Council are each conducting separate studies into unintended acceleration.

NHTSA’s study has enlisted “NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity.” NAS’ 12-member panel has, according to The Washington Post, three electronics experts and is planning to add three more. Its study will review unintended acceleration across all automotive manufacturers and investigate “electronic vehicle controls, human error, mechanical failure and interference with accelerator systems.”

“There is no question that any effort to investigate these incidents will clearly benefit by including engineers with a firm grasp of the complex systems threaded through today’s automobiles,” said Doug Taggart, chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy.

In a 6 April letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, IEEE-USA encouraged NHTSA to increase its number of electrical, electronics, computer and software engineers “to allow the agency perform the vital task of ensuring vehicle safety.” On 24 May, NHTSA replied that it is “in the process of hiring a large number of engineers in response to the increased activities of the Agency.”

Links:
“This Car Runs on Code”: http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/advanced-cars/this-car-runs-on-code
Toyota’s North American Quality Advisory Panel: http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/leading-safety-and-quality-experts-157685.aspx
NHTSA announcing two investigations into unintended acceleration: http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/DOT-54-10
IEEE-USA’s 6 April letter to Ray LaHood: http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/policy/2010/040610.pdf
NHTSA’s response to IEEE-USA letter: http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/policy/2010/NHTSAReply.PDF

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security Officials Headline Speakers at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (22 July 2010) — Howard A. Schmidt, national cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the U.S. president, will be a featured speaker at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) in November.

Dr. Starnes E. Walker and Christopher Doyle of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will join Schmidt as featured speakers.

HST 10 will be held at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010. It will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. The conference features a technical advisory committee of leading S&T experts from academia, national laboratories, federally funded research and development centers, the federal government and industry.

The event will showcase selected technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:

*Cybersecurity
*Land and maritime border security
*Counter-WMD techniques and critical infrastructure and key resources physical security
*Attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response

HST 10 is produced by IEEE with technical support from DHS S&T and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support.

More than 450 people attended the 2009 conference, including representatives from at least 10 foreign countries. Raytheon is the event platinum corporate sponsor. For more information, visit www.ieee-hst.org or contact Robert Alongi at information@ieee-hst.org or +1 781-245-5405.

IEEE-USA IN ACTION** IEEE-USA’s Latest Salary Survey & Consultants Fee Survey Profile Available as E-Books; Two Government Documents Free to IEEE Members

WASHINGTON (27 May 2010) — If you’re an electrotechnology professional and you’d like to know how your salary and benefits, or consultants fees, compare to your peers, two new publications from IEEE-USA E-Books can help.

Here’s a closer look at each one:

The 2009 IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey is the 22nd compensation study IEEE-USA has published to provide timely information on current and long-term trends related to the income, salary and benefits of U.S. IEEE members. This information is critical for accurate understanding of compensation practices in the profession, including how those practices affect individual engineers. You can download the 2009 IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey for the IEEE member price: $75.00. Nonmember Price is $99.00.

Members who responded to the salary survey receive five free uses of the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator, which uses data from the report. Go to http://salaryapp.ieeeusa.org/rt, log in and select the salary calculator tab.

As a consultant is preparing a proposal or negotiating a contract, one of the primary concerns is deciding how much to charge. To establish a fixed price or a fee that is both competitive and fair, the consultant needs to know what other consultants working in similar fields charge. In response to this need, the Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks (AICN) conducts national fee surveys of its members. This report on the IEEE-USA 2009 Consultants Fee Survey provides the profile of typical self-employed and independent technical consultants, including their education, experience, business practices, median earnings and hourly fee. You can download the 2009 Profile of IEEE Consultants for the IEEE member price: $9.95.  Nonmember Price is $19.95.

Members who responded to the consultants fee survey can receive a free copy of the report by contacting Helen Hall at h.hall@ieee.org.
In addition, two government documents, Science and Engineering Indicators and Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable are available for free.

Developed by the National Science Board and published in January, the 19th edition of Science and Engineering Indicators is designed to provide a broad base of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering and technology for use by policymakers, researchers and the general public.

The Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable comes from the House Science and Technology Committee, in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which convened a roundtable to examine the current state of scholarly publishing and develop consensus recommendations for expanding public access to journal articles arising from research funded by U.S. government agencies. Government documents are free to IEEE members.

You can access these and other IEEE-USA E-Books at www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks.

 July 9, 2010

 Income of Electrotechnology, IT Professionals Shows Twofold Percentage Increase, IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals

WASHINGTON (8 July 2010) — Median income for electrotechnology and information technology professionals showed a twofold percentage increase from the previous year, according to the latest IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey.

Median incomes from primary sources — base pay plus commissions, bonuses and net self-employment income — for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their primary area of technical competence went from $110,610 in the 2007 tax year to $116,000 in 2008. The 4.9 percent increase more than doubled the 2.4 percent rise from the previous survey.

Of the 12,119 U.S. IEEE members who participated in the Internet-based survey, 10,177 were employed full-time in their primary area of technical competence, or job specialty. The five largest job specialties were — in descending order — computers, energy and power engineering, circuits and devices, communications technology and systems and control.

The IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2009 Edition, is the 22nd compensation survey the organization has conducted since the first one in 1972. The results are valuable to employers seeking to know what type of compensation package they should put together to attract and retain electrotechnology and IT professionals, and to employees seeking to benchmark their salary and benefits.

The 82-page survey is available electronically at http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks/.

IEEE members who responded to the salary survey receive five free uses of the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator, which uses data from the report. Go to http://salaryapp.ieeeusa.org/rt , log in and select the salary calculator tab.

IEEE-USA just completed its 2010 survey with a record 14,724 responses. That report will be released in September.

FOX 5 Reporter, NAE Program Officer to Receive IEEE-USA Engineering Journalism Awards

WASHINGTON (6 July 2010) — IEEE-USA will honor two Washington journalists who have added to greater public understanding of the contributions of engineers and computer professionals to society Wednesday.

Holly Morris, a live reporter for Washington’s FOX 5 Morning News; and Randy Atkins, senior program officer for media/public relations at the National Academy of Engineering, will share the IEEE-USA Award for Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession. Their awards include a $1,500 honorarium.

Morris, who has a degree in civil and environmental engineering, will be recognized for her live coverage of last year’s National Engineers Week Future City Competition National Finals. Morris has served as co-emcee of the February 2009 and 2010 events and provided reports for FOX 5 television and Internet viewers.

To see Morris’ reports highlighting Discover Engineering Family Day, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/eweek/default.asp.

Atkins is being honored for his “Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series” on Washington’s WTOP FM and Federal News Radio, WFED AM. These one-minute weekly radio features highlight engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.

Atkins’ stories, archived to 2003, are accessible at http://www.nae.edu/radio.

The awards will be presented during a luncheon for sci-tech journalists at Washington’s Restaurant Nora.

IEEE-USA is accepting nominations for both of its engineering journalism awards, including one furthering engineering professionalism, until 31 July. See http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/awards/forms.html.

 

IEEE-USA Pleased that Supreme Court’s Ruling Preserves Software Patents

WASHINGTON (29 June 2010) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that a new method of doing business can be patented, and that the ability to patent software should not be limited.

In Bilski v. Kappos, the high court ruled that passing the “machine or transformation” test is not the sole test for determining whether a business process is patentable. Abstract ideas, however, cannot be patented.

IEEE-USA was party to an amici curiae brief filed with the court.

“We are generally pleased that the Supreme Court did not introduce rules that would limit the scope of ideas available for patent protection in our current information age,” IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee Chair Keith Grzelak said. “We are disappointed, however, that the court’s decision did not provide a clearer standard for determination of patentability. The court cited a trilogy of cases that basically say patents should not be granted for abstract ideas. By ruling that Bilski’s business method was too abstract, the Supreme Court essentially provided lower federal courts a you’ll-know-it-when-you-see-it legal standard to follow.

“Applicants attempting to protect business methods will now be left to guess what is and is not abstract. Inconsistent determination by patent examiners and courts could lead to years of costly litigation, something we warned against in our brief.”

Bernard Bilksi and Rand Warsaw, petitioners in the case, attempted in 1997 to patent a hedging system to protect consumers and utilities from major swings in energy prices and demand. The U.S. Patent Office denied the application and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision. Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, called Bilski and Warsaw’s system an “unpatentable abstract idea.”

IEEE-USA seeks to ensure that U.S. patent and copyright law promotes the progress of science and the useful arts consistent with the principles set forth by our nation’s founders.

To see the amici curiae brief that University of Utah Professor of Computer Science Lee Hollaar and IEEE-USA and filed in this case, see http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/POLICY/2009/090109.pdf.

 

                  **IEEE-USA IN ACTION** New E-Book Helps Engineers Strategize, Prepare and Plan Effective Technical Presentations
 
WASHINGTON (28 June 2010) — You’ve got a great idea for a new product or service. But unless you can convince your executives and potential clients of your idea’s merits, it’s not going to go anywhere.

Technical Presentations Book 1: Strategy — Preparation & Planning, a new release from IEEE-USA E-Books, is the first in a four-part series to help engineers prepare, write and deliver effective technical presentations.

Author Nita K. Patel, a practicing systems/software engineer, active IEEE volunteer and Distinguished Toastmaster, shares her expertise in delivering technical presentations and includes plenty of strategizing, preparing and planning examples.
 
“A technical expert must know and understand technical facts, but to ensure that others interpret that complex data in the same way, the facts must be presented through clear, concise and correct speech,” Patel writes. “If your audience does not understand, they will not accept your idea.”

You can purchase your copy of Technical Presentations Book 1: Strategy — Preparation & Planning at www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks for the IEEE member price: $9.95. Nonmember price is $19.95.

IEEE members can purchase other IEEE-USA E-Books at deeply discounted member prices — and download some free e-books at www.ieeeusa.org/communications/ebooks.

 

June 23, 2010 

Second of Five-Part IEEE-USA Webinar Series on Financing for Entrepreneurs Continues Thursday

WASHINGTON (23 June 2010) — Dr. Dileep Rao’s IEEE-USA webinar series for future and seasoned entrepreneurs continues Thursday. Focusing on strategies that minimize the need for venture capital, Rao will present, “From Financing Needs to the Right Financial Structure” from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT.

Webinar registrants will receive a copy of Rao’s book, “Bootstrap to Billions.” In it, he shows entrepreneurs and managers of entrepreneurial companies how many large businesses have used alternative financing options to grow. He says that 80 percent of them never received venture capital.

Rao, a financial adviser, adjunct professor and author, has financed more than 450 start-ups, growing businesses and real estate projects. He advises governments, Fortune 1000 corporations, development finance institutions and entrepreneurs on business development and financing.

Rao has taught courses in MBA and executive MBA programs in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and was recognized three times as its Outstanding MBA Teacher.

Rao is an entrepreneurial finance columnist for Forbes.com and authored “Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources” and “Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money.” He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in business administration.

The complete webinar series is:

20 May — “Link Your Business Plan to Your Financing Needs”
24 June — “From Financing Needs to the Right Financial Structure”
22 July — “Fine-Tuning Financing: Find the Right Sources/Instruments”
19 August — “Reduce the Agony: Learn How to Find Financing”
16 September — “After the Financing: Better Decisions & Control”

The cost for the remaining four presentations is $109 for IEEE members and $205 for nonmembers. For an individual webinar, the cost is $69 for members and $99 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2010/Bootstrap-to-Billions.html

IEEE-USA Engineering Mass Media Fellow Begins Reporting on Sci-Tech at Voice of America in Washington

 WASHINGTON (18 June 2010) — IEEE-USA Engineering Mass Media Fellow Smitha Raghunathan has begun her 10-week media internship preparing news stories on science, engineering and technology in Washington at the Voice of America.

Raghunathan has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. She served this past year as social chair of Wake Forest’s IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society student branch.

Raghunathan has “a natural gift for communication and social interaction,” wrote Dr. Jessica Sparks, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech-Wake Forest, in her recommendation letter for her student’s Mass Media Fellow application.

Raghunathan has spoken on her graduate research into liver tissue modeling as a volunteer at high schools near Winston-Salem, N.C. She also volunteers at an animal adoption and rescue organization.

Since 2000, 13 U.S. IEEE undergraduate and graduate students have served as IEEE-USA Mass Media Fellows, helping journalists in print and broadcast fields communicate authoritatively to the public about science, engineering and technology.

IEEE-USA is the only engineering organization in the Mass Media Fellows program, which is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2009, 12 AAAS Fellows produced more than 285 original sci-tech stories in print and broadcast media.

For more information on IEEE-USA involvement, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/massmedia.asp.
 

 June 9, 2010 

 IEEE-USA President Urges Senate to Pass Innovation Legislation

WASHINGTON (9 June 2010) — IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt urges the Senate to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. The House of Representatives passed the bill on May 28.

The legislation, similar to the America COMPETES Act that was signed into law in 2007, invests in science, education, innovation and competitiveness. It is designed to help the United States maintain its global leadership in science and technology and create new jobs.

“This bill will help create a new generation of innovators, ensure sustained commitment to research and development, strengthen our energy independence, improve math and science education and fuel economic development,” Hirt said. “In addition, programs will be established or extended to strengthen U.S. manufacturers.”

Highlights of the bill include:

* Keeps basic research programs on a path to doubling authorized funding levels over 10 years at the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

* Reauthorizes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, which supports high-risk, high-reward energy technology development

* Authorizes Energy Innovation Hubs to advance promising areas of energy science and engineering from early-stage research to the point where it can be delivered to the private sector

* Supports local efforts to form Regional Innovation Clusters to strengthen regional economies

* Creates Innovative Technology Federal Loan Guarantees to help small and mid-size manufacturers receive capital to become more efficient and stay competitive

* Assists industry by ensuring that the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program at NIST provides companies with services and access to resources that enhance growth, improve productivity and expand capacity

* Reorganizes NIST laboratories to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of technology and better meet the needs of industry
 
* Reauthorizes the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 math and science teachers

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act passed the House by a vote of 262 to 150. House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) sponsored the bill, which had 101 cosponsors.

“If we are to reverse the trend of the last twenty years, where our country’s technology edge in the world has diminished, we must make the investments necessary today,” Gordon said in a statement. “The path is simple. Research and education lead to innovation. Innovation leads to economic development and good paying jobs and the revenue to pay for more research. And as private firms under-invest in research and development because the returns are too far off in the future, there is a clear and necessary role of government to help our nation keep pace with the rest of the world.”

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), co-chair of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, characterized the bill as “an investment in scientific advancement with proven economic returns for many years to come.”

IEEE-USA was one of more than 750 organizations to endorse the legislation.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. http://www.ieeeusa.org

 May 14, 2010

2010 IEEE President and CEO Moshe Kam presented the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship Thursday evening during the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, was held was held in San Jose, CA, from May 9-14. James Sinclair Popper an 18-year old senior of Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire, United Kingdom won the Scholarship for his CookerSmart Project. Students must compete in the Intel ISEF competitions beginning at the state/local level and advance onto the international competition, held annually in May.

The IEEE Foundation established the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship Fund in order to accept contributions that can support the award. Contributions made to the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship provide the financial resources students need to pursue their engineering dreams.
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Ultrasound Pioneer to Receive Highest Award in Engineering Profession; Among Six Honored with AAES National Engineering Awards

WASHINGTON (19 April 2010) — Ultrasound pioneer Gerald J. Posakony will be honored with the John Fritz Medal — the highest award in the engineering profession — tonight by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES).Posakony’s pioneering contributions to the fields of ultrasonics, medical diagnostic ultrasound and nondestructive evaluation technologies will be recognized during AAES’ 31st annual awards ceremony at the Great Hall of the National Academy of Engineering. He is one of six engineers being honored.Posakony’s work on medical ultrasound technology began in the early 1950s when he was the lead engineer on an ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system for investigating human disease processes. His efforts, particularly in the development of ultrasonic transducers — the “eyes” of an ultrasound system — have contributed greatly to modern ultrasound technology. The medical imaging of muscles, tendons and internal organs is used to gauge their size and structure and determine if pathological lesions are present. Obstetric sonography is important in monitoring the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Posakony also designed, fabricated and tested an ultrasonic phased array system for the Electric Power Research Institute to conduct inspections of nuclear power plant components. The transducer he developed to test for aging in the Sparrow solid rocket motor enabled the U.S national inventory to be screened, and aged motors to be removed.

A former senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., Posakony graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. He holds 13 patents and became an honorary IEEE member in 2009.

The John Fritz Medal is presented each year for scientific or industrial achievement in any field of pure or applied science. It was established in 1902 as a memorial to the engineer whose name it bears. Past recipients include Alexander Graham Bell (1907), Thomas Edison (1908), Alfred Nobel (1910), Orville Wright (1920) and Guglielmo Marconi (1923).

National Engineering Award

Dr. Charles M. Vest will receive the National Engineering Award for his long and distinguished career as a leader in engineering education, his strong advocacy for the engineering profession, and for strengthening national policy on science, engineering and education. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Vest began his tenure at Michigan by earning his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering. He taught courses in heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and conducted research in heat transfer, laser optics and holography. He concluded his 27-year Michigan career as dean of engineering.

During his 14 years as MIT president (1990-2004), Vest was active in science, technology and innovation policy; building partnerships among academia, government and industry; and promoting the importance of open, global scientific communication, travel and sharing of intellectual resources.

Vest was awarded a 2006 National Medal of Technology — since renamed the National Medal of Technology and Innovation — from former President George W. Bush. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president on America’s leading innovators. Vest became NAE president in 2007.

The National Engineering Award is presented for inspirational leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of engineering education and to the advancement of the engineering profession, as well as to the development of sound public policies as an engineer-statesman. Previous recipients include IEEE Fellow and former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine (1991) and former astronaut Neil Armstrong (1979).

Norm Augustine Award

IEEE Fellow Dr. Karen Panetta, a Tufts University professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive the Norm Augustine Award for communicating the excitement of engineering through outreach activities that promote careers in science and engineering, and encourage youth to improve the environment and change the lives of individuals and communities.
 
Panetta, who founded and serves as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Women in Engineering magazine, has devoted much of her energy toward encouraging young women and minorities to become engineers. She developed the highly successful international program “Nerd Girls,” which challenges women engineers to complete interdisciplinary projects and connect with K-12 girls to generate interest in the profession. By demonstrating how engineering helps society and improves the quality of life for humans and wildlife, she has motivated thousands of girls to pursue engineering careers.

Panetta also developed India’s “Health and Human Information System,” a database program used to track and analyze disabilities in young children. It has been accessed by more than four million users and provides reliable data for medical doctors and the government to identify the causes of several disabilities. The Indian government of Tamil Nadu recognized her with an Award for Outstanding Contribution.

The Norm Augustine Award is presented to an engineer who has demonstrated the capacity for communicating the excitement and wonder of engineering. The award is conferred on those rare individuals who can speak with passion about engineering — its promise as well as its responsibility — so that the public may have a better understanding of engineering and a better appreciation for how engineers improve our quality of life.

The Kenneth Andrew Roe Award

Daniel D. Clinton, Jr., P.E., will receive the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award for being an inspirational leader, ambassador and crusader for the advancement of worldwide unity among engineers throughout his more than 50-year career.

Clinton’s leadership as a member of numerous international societies and federations has resulted in many successful initiatives, such as promoting the development of engineering capabilities in developing countries through accreditation, licensing and knowledge transfer, and the publication of a “Guidebook for Capacity Building in Engineering.”

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Clinton worked at the firm of Lockwood, Andrews and Newman, Inc. for 41 years. He retired as senior vice president, director and corporate secretary. He is a former president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the Engineers Council of Houston, the Houston Engineering & Scientific Society and the Council of Engineering Companies of Texas.

Clinton has served as a member of the United States Council of International Engineering Practice, and as the NSPE representative to the Union Pan American de Asociaciones de Ingenieros and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). He is currently president of the WFEO Committee on Engineering Capacity Building and has organized and participated in capacity building sessions in India, Brazil and Kuwait.

He received civil engineering degrees from Texas A&M University and Stanford University.  

The Kenneth Andrew Roe Award is presented on behalf of the engineering community to recognize an engineer who has been effective in promoting unity among the engineering societies.

Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal
Clifford W. Randall, Ph.D.

Dr. Clifford W. Randall will receive Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal for leading the cooperative efforts of engineers, scientists and environmentalists to create innovative solutions to environmental problems specific to estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay.

Randall, who has devoted decades of service to improved water quality throughout the world, was a key member of the Chesapeake Bay Project team that identified and quantified pollution sources; developed, promoted, and negotiated solutions with the stakeholders; and significantly improved the bay’s water quality. His work has also led to innovative approaches to nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plant discharges — improvements which were imperative to meet the water quality goals of the project.  
 
Randall’s contributions throughout his career have had a major impact on hundreds of wastewater facilities around the world, allowing them to greatly reduce nutrient releases without incurring major increases in treatment process costs. He has worked tirelessly with environmental engineers and scientists to improve treatment facilities in South Africa, India, China, Canada, Puerto Rico and South Korea. The cost-effective solutions he promoted and implemented bridged the gap between engineers and environmentalists, while satisfying the demands of regulators and those being regulated.  

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in the field of civil/sanitary engineering, Randall completed a doctorate in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas in 1966.

The Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal honors an engineer’s outstanding achievement in environmental conservation. The medal underscores the vital importance of mutual understanding between conservationists and engineering professionals.

AAES Chair’s Award

Dr. John S. Mayo, a veteran designer of advanced communications and computer systems, and former president of Bell Laboratories, will receive the AAES Chair’s Award for leading the development of the digital technology foundation for the Internet age, from early PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) transmission systems to later broadband optical transmission systems and advanced digital switching systems.

An IEEE Fellow, Mayo received a National Medal of Technology from former president George Bush in 1990.

Mayo began his career with Bell Labs — now Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs — in 1955. He worked on the design of the first transistorized digital computer, Tradic, a military development project. He then became supervisor for the T1 carrier project, a time-division multiplexed digital transmission facility capable of supporting 24 voice channels. Mayo also contributed to the development of the Telstar satellite communications system, electronic systems for ocean sonar and the world’s first long-distance digital switching system.

After serving as Bell Labs’ director of Ocean Systems Laboratory, executive director of the Ocean Systems division and the Toll Electronic Switching division, and vice president of Electronics Technology, Mayo became Bell Labs president in 1991. He served until mandatory retirement age in 1995. He is credited with globalizing Bell Labs and forging closer ties between its research and development and business units.

Mayo earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Ralph W. Wyndrum, Jr., who worked with Mayo at Bell Labs and served as AAES chair last year, nominated him.

Established in 1980, the AAES Chair’s Award is presented to a distinguished American whose leadership and dedication to the engineering community have significantly contributed to the advancement of the engineering profession in the United States.

For more on AAES awards, see http://www.aaes.org/communications/awards.asp.

The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) is a federation of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the knowledge, understanding and practice of engineering. AAES’ membership represents more than a half million engineers in the United States. www.aaes.org.

IEEE Homeland Security Conference Extends Deadline for Technical Papers; President’s Cybersecurity Coordinator Among Confirmed Speakers

WASHINGTON (5 May 2010) — Organizers of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) have extended the deadline for technical paper abstracts to 14 May. Papers are sought in the following areas:* Homeland cybersecurity
* Land & maritime border security
* Attack & disaster preparation, recovery & response
* Counter-WMD techniques & key resources protection physical security

Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and presented at HST 10 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010. At least one author of an accepted paper has to register for the conference and pay the conference fee.  

Papers should focus on technologies capable of deployment within five years, particularly applied research addressing areas in which breakthroughs are needed. Proposals should be no more than 500 words.

A best paper award will be given in each of the four technical tracks. Winning papers will be featured in a special issue of the Homeland Security Affairs Journal.

All submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at http://www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs/pubs/confpubcenter/pdfs/samplems.pdf

For more information on paper submissions, go to http://www.ieee-hst.org/technical_program/cfp/HST_2010_CFP_Nov_24_09.pdf

The 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security is the 10th in an annual series that began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event will bring together leading researchers and innovators working on technologies designed to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures and people, mitigate damage and expedite recovery. Input from international partners is encouraged.

Confirmed speakers include Howard A. Schmidt, special assistant to President Obama and cybersecurity coordinator; and Dr. Starnes E. Walker, director of research, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).

More than 450 people attended the 2009 conference, including representatives from at least 10 foreign countries. DHS S&T is providing technical assistance.

For general information on HST 10, see http://www.ieee-hst.org/.

The IEEE Boston Section (http://www.ieeeboston.org/) is producing HST 10 with organizational support from IEEE-USA. The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society is a technical cosponsor.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. http://www.ieeeusa.org

Employment Up for U.S. Electrical Engineers and Computer Professionals

WASHINGTON (27 April 2010) — In what could be a positive sign of recovery for the U.S. economy, employment in three high-tech job categories — electrical and electronics engineers; software engineers; and computer scientists and systems analysts — returned to levels last seen in 2008, according to data released this month by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For electrical and electronics engineers (EEs), employment grew 7.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2010, and now stands 16.1 percent above its historical low in the first quarter of 2009. Software engineering employment was essentially unchanged quarter to quarter, but remains 5.3 percent above its first-quarter 2009 low.

For computer scientists and systems analysts, first-quarter employment grew 4.7 percent and is now 14.5 percent above its second-quarter 2009 low.

The unemployment rate for EEs has fallen from a high of 8.6 percent in the second quarter of last year to 4.6 percent in the first three months of 2010. In the other job categories, joblessness grew despite the stable or positive employment numbers.

For software engineers, the unemployment rate went from 4.1 percent to 5.5 percent quarter to quarter. During that same time, joblessness for computer scientists and systems analysts rose slightly (5.2 percent vs. 5 percent). This trend might indicate that displaced employees in these areas are again seeking jobs.

“As we watch for signs of recovery, we think it’s important to focus on the employment numbers,” IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt said. “Re-employed engineers, scientists and other technology professionals will help create more jobs and ratchet the economy forward.”

Unemployed and at-risk IEEE members can find help at http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/help/. Career enhancement resources are available at http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. http://www.ieeeusa.org

Finance Expert to Lead Five-Part IEEE-USA Webinar Series on Financing for Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON (13 May 2010) — Dr. Dileep Rao, financial adviser, adjunct professor and author, will lead a five-part IEEE-USA webinar series for future and seasoned entrepreneurs, focusing on strategies that minimize the need for venture capital.

Rao, who has financed more than 450 start-ups, growing businesses and real estate projects, will begin with a 20 May webinar entitled, “Link Your Business Plan to Your Financing Needs.” Registrants will receive a copy of Rao’s book, “Lessons from Bootstrap to Billions.”

In his book, Rao shows entrepreneurs and managers of entrepreneurial companies how many large businesses have used alternative financing options to grow. He says that 80 percent of them never received venture capital.

Rao advises governments, Fortune 1000 corporations, development finance institutions and entrepreneurs on business development and financing. He has taught courses in MBA and executive MBA programs in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and was recognized three times as its Outstanding MBA Teacher.

Rao is an entrepreneurial finance columnist for Forbes.com and authored “Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources” and “Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money.” He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in business administration.

The complete webinar series is:

20 May — “Link Your Business Plan to Your Financing Needs”
24 June — “From Financing Needs to the Right Financial Structure”
22 July — “Fine-Tuning Financing: Find the Right Sources/Instruments”
19 August — “Reduce the Agony: Learn How to Find Financing”
16 September — “After the Financing: Better Decisions & Control”

The cost for the entire series is $129 for IEEE members and $225 for nonmembers. For an individual webinar, the cost is $69 for members and $99 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2010/Bootstrap-to-Billions.html.

May 11th, 2010


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