Archive for October, 2010

Volunteer Needed

IEEE-USA will be holding it’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati and is asking the Cincinnati Section for a volunteer to help them organize the meeting. This volunteer position will serve as an assistant for the March3-6, 2011 Annual Meeting in Austin Texas serving some minor duties, and then will take the lead role for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati. I have been given an estimate of the commitment levels for both the 2011 and 2012 meetings and they are not overwhelming. For one of our section members who would like exposure to the IEEE national organization, this will be a great networking opportunity. For more information about IEEE-USA please see their website at . If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me at .

October 28th, 2010

RESC November Tour

TOUR – Envision Center, Nov. 18

Regional Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati

Smart Electric Grid, Duke Energy® Envision Center
OH,KY & IN P.E. CPD Credit Available (Use Reservation Form)

Not open to the public & limited to the 1st 25

RESERVATIONS: OnLine Reservations
Or call John Gilman at 513-541-1147
DIRECTIONS Download Flyer (Recommended)
TOUR DETAILS: See website
WHERE: 4580 Olympic Boulevard, Erlanger, KY 41018
TOUR TIME: Meet at 9:45am (Begins at 10:00 am)
LUNCH: Karlo’s Bistro Italian, 4911 Houston Rd. Florence, KY 41042
See Flyer for Directions

October 28th, 2010

RESC November Program

Small Nuclear Power Sources
Regional Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati
OH, KY & IN P.E. CPD Credit Available (Use Reservation Form)
You Can Always Attend The Program At No Charge
RESERVATIONS: OnLine Reservations
WHERE: Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 W Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45215, Ph 513-948-2308
WHEN: November 16, Tuesday
TIME: Lunch at 11:30 am, Program at 1:00 pm

October 28th, 2010

October 2010 Section Meeting Information

Multi Core Computing in the Modern Process

DATE: Thursday, October 28, 2010
PLACE : University of Cincinnati, Engineering Research Center  Room 427
(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. –  Pizza and Beverages
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  Tour and presentation
COST:   Dinner is being provided by the IEEE Cincinnati
Parking is $7 if you use a UC garage.


MENU SELECTIONS:   Pizza and Beverages (free)

LOCATION:  Parking is available in the Woodside and Campus Green Garages- enter Woodside Gateway (Woodside Drive) from Martin Luther King Drive.  After parking, walk south on Woodside Drive- the library is on the right.  The ERC (Engineering Research Center) is the next building on the right.

Here is a Google Map to the Campus Green Garage. You can use it to get directions from your home. The Engineering Research Center is just down Woodside Place from the garage. Meeting is in ERC room 427.
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RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              513-629-9380      end_of_the_skype_highlighting by Noon, Tuesday, October 26, 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:  Struggling to increase the processor clock rate, computer manufacturers have turned to adding parallel processing to modern processors.  Primarily this parallelism takes the form of hyperthreading or multiple core processor designs (and sometimes both).  Multi-core and hyperthreading (also called simultaneous multi-threading, SMT) are become widely available in desktop and laptop computing as well as within processors designed for embedded computing.  In this talk, we will examine what these terms really mean and how they are implemented.  Implications for improving (or not) your processor’s throughput and power are reviewed and examined.  We will also briefly touch on the programming approaches to utilize multi-core/hyperthreaded processors to introduce parallelism into your running programs.

About the Presenter:  Dr. Philip Wilsey, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.
A self-described experimentalist working in distributed systems. For the past 5 years, he has been studying the application of feedback control to optimize distributed system operation. The focus of his investigations has been Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS) with applications to: Mixed-Technology (continuous/discrete) Systems, VLSI, and Digital Systems. His principle objective is the introduction of online control systems into distributed systems by: (i) development of pragmatic methodologies; (ii) development of prototype tool sets; and (iii) introduction into the graduate and undergraduate curricula. In addition, he has been actively involved in: parallel and distributed computing, VHDL-CAD, the computer system design process, and formal modeling, and mechanized reasoning. Dr. Wilsey is the academic advisor to the U.C. Student Branch of IEEE.

October 5th, 2010

Nominating Committee Announces Slate

The Nominating Committee for the Cincinnati Section is pleased to announce its slate for our November election:

Chair – Stephen Fridrick
Vice Chair – Fred Nadeau
Treasurer – Marwan Nusair
Secretary – Frank Zhou
Member-At-Large – Jason Wilden
The Section is also accepting Petition Candidates until November 5, 2010.  A petition candidate must have the signatures of at least nine (9) voting members of the Cincinnati Section.
The election will occur in November.  More information about the candidates will be available prior to the election.

October 5th, 2010

Annual Christmas Dinner

SAVE THE DATE:  The Cincinnati IEEE Annual Christmas Dinner will be December 2nd.  It promises to be an evening of social interaction and fun.  More information will be provided as the date approaches.

October 5th, 2010

Membership News

New Cincinnati Section Senior Member
The Cincinnati Section would like to congratulate our newest Senior Member,
Xuefu (Frank) Zhou
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.

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

Venkat Krishnan B
Wilton Colbert
Kevin Daily
Ranran Ding
Clay Dubendorfer
Joseph Eaton
Benjamin Flick
Zhen Hu
Murali Kilaru
Wesley Duryluk Robert Kuschel
Alois Maichin
Ivor Niggebrugge
James Oldendick
Joseph Rumpler
Thomas Sagraves
Reuben Smith
Scott Spalding
Joshua Wilson
Rui Zhang Muhammad Zia 
We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

October 5th, 2010

October 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. 11, November 1996.

Harris J. Ryan and High Voltage Engineering

Eighty years ago this month, Harris J. Ryan presented a paper on porcelain insulators for high voltage transmission at a meeting of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) in San Francisco, CA. At the time he was a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University and his paper was related to a series of laboratory tests carried out at Stanford during the summer of 1916. A pioneer educator in electrical engineering, Ryan already was known for his research in high voltage engineering and , was later to serve as a president of the AIEE.
Ryan (see Fig. 1) was born in 1866 in Matamoras, FA. After attending Baltimore City College and Lebanon Valley College for three years, in 1883 Ryan enrolled in engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he studied under Prof. William A. Anthony. While at Cornell, a field trip to a plant owned by Frank Sprague stimulated Ryan’s interest in high voltage transmission. Following his graduation from Cornell in 1887, he worked for the Western Engineering Company in Nebraska for a year before returning to Cornell to teach. Fig. 2 shows Ryan giving a lecture at Cornell around the turn of the century. His first technical paper concerned power transformers and was published in the Transactions of the AIEE in 1890. Soon afterward he constructed an experimental oil-insulated transformer suitable for high voltage applications.


Ryan introduced the cathode ray tube as a research instrument in the United States. He acquired his first cathode ray tubes from Germany where they had been developed by Ferdinand Braun and they were known for some time as Braun-Ryan tubes in the United States. Ryan published an AIEE paper in 1903 on the use of the cathode ray tube as an alternating current wave indicator and received a U.S. patent for an “electric wave form tracer” in 1906. The patent drawing is shown in Fig. 3. He used the instrument to collect data for a formula expressing the relationship between corona discharge and the size and separation of conductors in a transmission line. The formula was included in an AIEE paper published in the 1905 Transactions.


Ryan left Cornell in 1905 to accept a teaching position at Stanford University where he continued his .research on high voltage phenomena. Among his numerous publications was a 1915 PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS paper on radio frequency high voltage dis¬charges. To facilitate his research on high voltage insulators, he developed an improved “megger” instrument which extended the range of resistance by a factor of about 160 compared with available commercial instruments at the time. His megger, shown in Fig. 4, utilized a kenotron (vacuum tube rectifier) to furnish up to 25 kV direct current for measuring leakage current in insulators. Fig. 5 shows a cutaway view of a porcelain insulator or guarding scheme. Ryan persuaded a number of power companies to sponsor the comprehensive tests of porcelain insulators at Stanford which he and two colleagues discussed in three AIEE papers presented in November 1916.


In his paper, Ryan discussed the electrical, mechanical, durability, and cost requirements for successful high voltage insulators. Among his conclusions were that porcelain with appreciable porosity should never be used for suspension insulators and that “defective materials in otherwise well designed and manufactured insulators have been responsi¬ble for most of their service failures.”  He also mentioned that clear fused quartz seemed an attractive substitute for porcelain for high voltage insulators.


Ryan was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1920 and served as president of the AIEE during 1923-1924. The AIEE awarded him its Edison Medal in 1925 as recognition for his contributions to the art and science of high voltage power transmission. A high-voltage laboratory named for him was dedicated at Stanford in 1926. In his later years, Ryan worked on the development of electric hearing aids for hearing-impaired individuals like himself. He retired from Stanford in 1931 and died in 1934 at age 68.
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Fig. 1. Harris J. Ryan, considered to be the first great electrical engineer at Cornell University, taught his specialty as a member of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1888 until 1905 [I].

Fig. 2. Ryan in an electrical engineering lecture hall at Cornell, circa 1900. Ryan prepared almost 1000 students for electrical engineering careers [I).

Fig. 3. Drawing of the cathode ray tube modification, patented by Ryan in 1906 [1].

Fig. 4. Connection drawing of Ryan’s high voltage megger. Note that K indicates the kenotron vacuum tube, G is a galvanometer, and S a porcelain insulator and load, referred to as a circuit “guarding scheme.” [2]
Fig. 5. Details of the Ryan porcelain insulator or “guarding scheme,” as depicted in the J. Cameron Clark AlEE Transactions paper [2].


[1] Cornell Engineering Quart., vol. 2, no. 2, ]976. [2] J. Cameron Clark, AlEE Trans., vol. 35, Nov. ]916.
[2] J. Cameron Clark, AIEE Trans., vol. 35, Nov 1916

James E. Brittain


October 5th, 2010


Briefing on Potential Benefits of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Draws Congressional Interest

WASHINGTON (4 October 2010) — Small Modular Nuclear Reactors have the potential to help our nation meet its future electricity needs, create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness, congressional staff heard on Capitol Hill last Thursday.

The event featured Paul Genoa, director of policy development for the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Daniel Ingersoll, senior program manager, Nuclear Technology Programs Office, at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory. Gordon Day, 2009 IEEE-USA president, served as moderator.

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), whose district includes Oak Ridge, gave introductory remarks. He thinks nuclear energy will play a key role in the United States’ future energy portfolio, and noted that the Obama administration supports it.

“We have a need for efficient designs, and we have the capacity in this country to do this well,” Wamp said. “… This has to be our centerpiece of next-generation energy.”

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, or SMRs, are in the design and planning stages right now. If constructed, they would be smaller than a typical nuclear plant, but can be scaled to various sizes depending on the number of modules.

Ingersoll said once a design was approved, it would take 3-4 years to construct, and that the goal was to have one producing power by 2018 or 2019. He said the key benefits of SMRs are, among others:

* Enhanced safety and robustness from simplified designs
* Enhanced security from underground siting
* The ability to add new electrical capacity incrementally to match power demand and growth
* Lower capital costs
* Domestic supply chain

“SMRs can be completely fabricated with U.S. technology and workers,” Ingersoll said.

If the United States can become a leader in SMR technology, it could export its designs and manufactured plants to other countries. This would create jobs for U.S. scientists, engineers and construction workers.

“We can do well here if we export these technologies abroad,” Genoa said.

Countries such as India, South Korea, China, Russia and Argentina are also looking to build and export SMRs. President Barack Obama’s FY2011 budget requests $38.8 million for SMRs and $103 million for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant program. But that money is on hold until Congress passes an FY2011 budget.

“When we deploy them in the U.S.,” Genoa said, “will we build them or will we buy them from China?”

Ingersoll’s presentation included a portion of an op-ed by Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on 23 March 2010.

“… If we can develop this technology in the U.S. and build these reactors with American workers, we will have a key competitive edge,” Chu wrote. “… Our choice is clear: develop these technologies today or import them tomorrow.” See

The SMR event was sponsored by Discover Magazine, ASME and IEEE-USA. It was the sixth in a series of congressional briefings entitled, “The Road to the New Energy Economy.” To see videos of previous events, go to

Special Session on Federal Cybersecurity Research Priorities to Follow IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (29 September 2010) — The federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program will present the strategic directions of U.S. federal cybersecurity research immediately following the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) in November.

During this special session, senior U.S. government officials will describe R&D themes developed to orient federal cybersecurity research and to stimulate related private sector cybersecurity activities. The themes are: tailored trustworthy spaces, moving target, and cyber economics and incentives. The session will provide insights into those priorities and how they are shaping the direction of federal cybersecurity research. Speakers will come from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The NITRD Program ( coordinates the government’s unclassified networking and information technology R&D investments. Agencies include those above and the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the National Security Agency, among others. These organizations work together to develop advanced federal networking and IT capabilities; U.S. science, engineering and technology leadership; and U.S. economic competitiveness.

HST 10, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010, will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. It will showcase selected technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in four tracks: cybersecurity; land and maritime border security; counter-WMD techniques, and critical infrastructure and key resources physical security; and attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response.

An invitation-only track, featuring business development and user experience, will help invitees learn about business opportunities and user’s needs and requirements.

For more information, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or 781-245-5405.

HST 10 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support. Raytheon is the event platinum sponsor.

Organizing ‘Digital Media Skills’ Panel at FutureMedia Fest in Atlanta

WASHINGTON (24 September 2010) — IEEE-USA is organizing and cosponsoring a panel session on “Digital Media Skills” during FutureMedia Fest 2010 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The panel, scheduled for 6 October, “will focus on how graduating engineers and mid career professionals are tuning (or retuning) themselves in the era of digital, social and mobile media communications.”

Peggy Hutcheson, founding partner of the Odyssey Group and a member of IEEE-USA’s Employment and Career Services Committee, will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

* Eric Burger, adjunct professor of computer science, Georgetown University, and chair of IEEE-USA’s Committee on Communications Policy

* Rebecca Burnett, director of writing and communication, Georgia Tech

* Chris Dodson, game artist and game, content and narrative designer, Savannah College of Art and Design

* Tino Mantella, president, Technology Association of Georgia

* Clyde Smith, senior vice president of global broadcast technology and standards, Turner Broadcasting System

FutureMedia Fest 2010, 4-7 October, will look at new and future ways content is being created, distributed and consumed. Event organizers describe it as “an interactive mash-up of talent, ideas, trends and technology.” Additional panel sessions include, among others, fostering entrepreneurship, music technology and business, intersection of digital and paper mediums, healthcare drivers for information science, mobile media security, storytelling and cloud computing.

You can attend for one day or the entire conference. For more information and to register, see

The IEEE-USA panel is being coordinated by the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute and Employment and Career Services committees.

IEEE-USA Commends Senate Confirmation of Nobel Laureate as Associate Director for Science

WASHINGTON (17 September 2010) — IEEE-USA commends the confirmation of Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl E. Wieman to be associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Wieman was nominated by President Barack Obama in March and confirmed by the Senate on Thursday.

“Dr. Wieman will provide strong leadership in support of the increased federal focus on improving K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt said. “STEM education is essential to sustaining America’s standard of living, quality of life and long-term economic and technological competitiveness. The United States must have a scientifically and technologically literate workforce to compete in a global market.”

Wieman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, along with Eric A. Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle, for their discovery of a new form of matter, a Bose-Einstein condensate. In recent years, Wieman has been widely recognized for his efforts to improve undergraduate physics education, including curricula development and research into learning processes.

One outgrowth of his work is the Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) at the University of Colorado, which provides JAVA-based applets for highly interactive simulations that help students make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. See

Wieman earned his B.S. in physics from MIT in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977.

$5,000 in Scholarship Awards to Be Presented in 2010-11 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition on ‘How Engineers Make a World of Difference’  

WASHINGTON (16 September 2010) — IEEE-USA is launching the organization’s fourth online engineering video competition for U.S. undergraduate students on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.” IEEE-USA will present four scholarship awards totaling $5,000 to undergraduates who create the most effective 90-second video clips reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers improve the world.

Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 21 January 2011. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, 20-26 February 2011, and will also be featured on PBS’ “Design Squad” website (

Entries in the 2010-11 competition should provide an individual profile of an engineer or technical professional and how he or she makes “a world of difference” in engineering, computing and/or technology. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness in reaching the target audience by portraying engineers or technical professionals as creative people who seek to make life better, as well as on their originality, creativity and entertainment value.

First prize is: $2,000; second prize, $1,500; and third prize, $1,000. The first-place winner will also receive up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to receive his/her award at the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 5 March 2011.

Further, a special award for $500 will be presented for the most innovative and effective showing of a video entry to a “tweener” target audience. This could involve presenting the video entered in the competition at a university engineering expo for K-12 students, in a middle school classroom, with a scout group, or in another setting with 11-to-13-year-olds.    

The video competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate students regardless of academic discipline. However, at least one undergraduate participant must be a U.S. IEEE student member. For the fourth consecutive year, the competition will be judged by two engineering graduate Ph.D. students, Andrew Quecan and Suzette Aguilar; and by Nate Ball, engineer-host of “Design Squad.”    

Details on entering the 2010-11 competition are appended below.

To view the 2009-10 entries in the IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition, visit

For tips on how to make a video on YouTube, see

To become a U.S. IEEE student member, see

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.

Contact: Pender M. McCarter
Senior Public Relations Counselor, IEEE-USA

1) Include a brief self introduction at the beginning of your 90-second video in which you state your name, your college or university and the degree you are pursuing or receiving, as well as the name of at least one U.S. IEEE student member on your team.

2) In addition, as part of this introduction, indicate that you give IEEE-USA the right to use your video, and that you are incorporating non-copyrighted materials.  

3) If you choose to be considered for the special award for presentation of a video entry, include in the introduction to your video: a short description of the event you chose, how your video was incorporated in to the event, the number of students reached, how the students responded, and other impacts of the presentation, such as the publicity generated.  

4) Upload your video to “YouTube” at, and send the link to **no later than midnight Eastern time, Friday, 21 January 2011**.  

Counterfeiting Detection and Prevention to be Featured at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (10 September 2010) — Counterfeiting is an emerging national security issue for military and homeland security officials, as well as the commercial industrial base. The detection and prevention of counterfeiting is one of the topics that will be presented at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) in November.

Counterfeit products, such as electronics and computer systems and networks, compromise mission assurance, may introduce cybersecurity risks and cost companies billions of dollars in lost revenue. Vivek Pathak, in his paper, “Preventing Counterfeiting through Authenticated Product Labels,” will discuss how a cryptography-based counterfeit detection method identifies counterfeit products and can pinpoint their source in the supply chain.

Pathak will present his paper during HST 10 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010.

The HST 10 Technical Program Committee is made up of leading science and technology experts from academia, national laboratories, federally funded research and development centers, the federal government and industry. The committee reviewed 135 papers and accepted 80, for a 59.3 percent acceptance rate. Thirty-seven papers came from outside of the United States.

“We know that attendees from many backgrounds come to the conference to learn about the state of the art and recent advances,” said Dr. Robert Cunningham, leader of the Cyber Systems and Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and HST 10 technical co-chair. “Some attendees come to deepen their understanding of their own field, and some come to gain breadth. Some come to learn about national priorities and future directions. This year’s program has a little of something for everyone.”

HST 10 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. It will showcase selected technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in four tracks: cybersecurity; land and maritime border security; counter-WMD techniques, and critical infrastructure and key resources physical security; and attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response.

For more information, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or +1 781-245-5405.

HST 10 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support.

IEEE-USA Urges Congress to Permanently Extend R&D Tax Credit

WASHINGTON (7 September 2010) — IEEE-USA urges Congress to make the research and development (R&D) tax credit permanent. The White House is expected to propose it Wednesday.

“Making the R&D tax credit permanent would provide corporations some needed economic predictability in these turbulent times,” IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt said. “The credit reduces the monetary risk of investing in research that might not result in profitable products and systems for many years. The technologies U.S. companies develop or improve will ultimately have a positive effect on U.S. competitiveness, the growth of small businesses and job creation.”

The R&D tax credit reduces a company’s federal tax liability based on the money it spends researching and developing new products or improving existing ones. Credit can be taken for such things as salaries and wages, contract research (65 percent), supplies and patent attorney fees.

The R&D tax credit — officially known as the Research and Experimentation tax credit — was created by Congress in 1981 as a temporary measure. It has lapsed on several occasions and been extended 13 times. The most recent credit expired in December, causing unease among companies about whether they should continue current levels of R&D investment. Making the credit permanent would provide a level of certainty to businesses that money they invest in R&D will receive the credit.

IEEE-USA has supported permanent extension of the tax credit for many years. It reconfirmed its support in June with a position that reads, in part, “By providing an incentive for expanding private-sector investments in technology, the R&D tax credit improves productivity and encourages technological innovations that help sustain U.S. competitiveness, create jobs and ensure our national security.” See

IEEE/IEEE-USA Seek Nominations for 2011 “New Faces of Engineering” Recognition Program

WASHINGTON (3 September 2010) — Nominations are now open for a younger engineer to be recognized as the IEEE/IEEE-USA’s 2011 “New Face of Engineering.”

The Engineers Week (EWeek) “New Faces of Engineering” program recognizes engineers new to the profession with outstanding educational and career accomplishments. The program is open to IEEE members worldwide.
“New Faces” is designed to promote the importance of technical education, celebrate engineering careers and recognize significant contributions to the engineering profession and society. Each year, the EWeek website ( features the photos and biographies of five notable young engineers from each EWeek sponsoring society. In addition, each society’s top nominee is recognized during EWeek in a full-page ad in USA Today.
EWeek 2011 is 20-26 February.

To be eligible for recognition, engineers must be 30 or younger as of 31 December 2010, have a degree in engineering from a recognized U.S. college or university or equivalent international educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science and similar disciplines do not qualify; a degree in computer engineering is acceptable. IEEE/IEEE-USA nominees must be an IEEE member.

Judges will evaluate nominees based on their educational attainment, engineering achievements and participation and accomplishments in professional and technical society activities. Particular consideration is given to work (e.g. volunteering, publishing, conference presentations) in IEEE technical societies.
IEEE nominations can be submitted through IEEE regional directors, section and GOLD chairs, or independently, and should be directed to Sharon Richardson at Self-nominations are not permitted. The nomination form and more information are available at  

The deadline for all IEEE nominations is 15 October 2010.

The “New Faces of Engineering” program was the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) legacy project for EWeek 2003. The program is now in its ninth year. Among the IEEE/IEEE-USA’s “New Faces” were Deborah Zwitter, IBM Corporation (2003); Dr. Mark Hersam, Northwestern University (2005); Dr. Carlos Cordeiro, Philips Research North America (2007); and Sanna Gaspard, TLneoCare, LLC (2010).

Gaspard was featured in the Sept. 2010 print edition of IEEE’s newspaper, The Institute:

Sponsored by more than 100 engineering, science and education societies, as well as major corporations dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of engineering, EWeek is celebrated annually by thousands of engineers, engineering students, teachers and leaders in government and business. IEEE served as lead society during EWeek 1993 and 2004.

Raytheon Company and ASHRAE are serving as EWeek 2011 co-chairs.

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.

Contact: Chris McManes
IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager
Phone: 1 202 530 8356

October 5th, 2010

RESC – October Program

Cincinnatians Invent and the Patent Process

Ohio P.E. CPD Credit
October 19, 2010. This program will discuss how the patent process has evolved through the years and the resources offered at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County for researchers and independent inventors. In addition, the program will highlight patents and their inventors throughout the history of Cincinnati.
By Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.  See the October Newsletter  for additional info and the reservation form.

You may attend the program (no lunch) and receive the CPD credit if you register using the luncheon reservation form.

Time: Lunch 11:30 am, Program 1:00 pm
Location: Evergreen, 230 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215
Lunch Reservations required by Oct. 14: see web site for the online email reservation form

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