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Motor Rebuild Experts?

One of our members is looking for someone who has expertise in rebuilding fractional horsepower electric motors, specifically capacitor start switches. If you can help please write a comment to this posting. Thanks.

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Ford to recruit engineers in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is one of nine U.S. markets where Ford Motor Co. said it will be recruiting engineers this year for its push into electric vehicles. The automaker announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit it will add more than 7,000 salaried and hourly jobs over the next two years. Included in that number is 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Check out this article for more information.

January 11th, 2011

January 2011 Section Meeting Information

Tour of Imaging Research Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation (CCRF)


DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011
PLACE : Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Social and Dinner
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Presentation by Chuck Dumoulin, PH.D
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Tour of Imaging Center
8:00 p.m.  Departure

COST:   No charge for this event, but is limited to the first 20 participants.  PLEASE NOTE PRIORITY WILL GO TO IEEE MEMBERS FOR THIS MEETING

MENU SELECTIONS:   Pizza, Salad, and drink.

LOCATION:  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is located at 3333 Burnet Avenue, between Erkenbrecher and Albert Sabin Way, about ½ mile from I-71.
*Driving Directions can be found at:

Park in the main visitor parking area at the main entrance off of Burnet Avenue

Meet for social hour and dinner in front of the Sabin Auditorium across from main hospital cafeteria, between locations C1 and D1 on the main concourse map

RESERVATIONS:  Please email Brian Resnick for reservations at mailto: or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 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:   The Imaging Research Center at CCRF was founded in 1993 and serves as the primary imaging research facility for MRI based imaging studies in animals and pediatric subjects in the Cincinnati area.  The IRC provides imaging services and also collaborates with University of Cincinnati researchers as well as scientists at universities and corporations in the USA and around the world.  The IRC currently operates a 3T whole body MRI scanner, and 1.5T and 7T small animal MRI scanners as well as a CT scanner for small animal imaging research.  The 3T Philips whole body scanner is also equipped with MRI compatible audio visual capabilities as well as simultaneous EEG recording equipment.  In addition, the IRC engages in clinical research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital using MRI, Ultrasound, and X-ray imaging systems operated by the Department of Radiology.  More information about the IRC can be found at:

The tour will begin with a short presentation by the IRC Scientific Director, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Dumoulin, PhD who will provide an overview of the IRC resources and facilitIes as well as a primer on how MRI works and what it can tell us about biological systems.  The group will then tour the MRI research systems and facilities in the IRC.

Note:  This tour will be limited to 20 participants on a first come first serve basis.  Sign up online or section voicemail.

Note:  In the event of inclimate weather, the meeting will be rescheduled.  Check the website prior to the meeting for any updates.

January 6th, 2011

Membership News

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:

Dillon Amburgey
Brian Beckman
Romana Fernandes
Philip Hurier
Alicia Klinefelter
Tony Kremer
Zachary Merana
Joseph Porter
Matthew Swan

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

January 6th, 2011


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Washington, DC 20036-4910

IEEE-USA President Commends House for Passing Innovation Legislation

WASHINGTON (21 December 2010) — IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt commends the House of Representatives for passing the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 on Tuesday.

The legislation, which the Senate passed on 17 December, authorizes federal investment in science, engineering, innovation, technology and competitiveness, and is designed to help the United States maintain its world leadership in high-technology and create jobs. It will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

COMPETES strives to, among other things, prepare students for high-skilled, high-paying jobs by improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; keeps basic research program budgets on a path to doubling at the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); reauthorizes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), which supports high-risk, high-reward transformational energy technology development; and provides loan guarantees “for a project that re-equips, expands, or establishes a manufacturing facility in the United States.”

“This legislation is important for the United States as it competes to retain global leadership in technology innovation, research and math and science,” Hirt said. “It will enhance needed economic growth and U.S. STEM education, while helping manufacturers become more competitive by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies.”

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), outgoing chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee, said on the House floor Tuesday that more than half of U.S. economic growth since the end of World War II in 1945 can be attributed to the development and deployment of new technologies.

“These investments are the path toward sustainable economic recovery and growth and the path toward prosperity for the next 50 years,” Gordon said. “There is an undeniable relationship between investments in R&D and the creation of jobs, the creation of companies, and economic growth.”

“COMPETES,” short for “Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science,” is based on recommendations outlined in the 2005 National Academies’ report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm.”

IEEE-USA, one of more than 750 organizations to endorse the legislation, worked to support its passage.

Major Upgrades to IEEE-USA Consultants Database Enhance User Experience

WASHINGTON (29 November 2010) — The IEEE-USA Consultants Database has been matching technical professionals and clients for years. IEEE-USA recently unveiled several major upgrades designed to enhance database functionality and improve the user experience.

New features include:

* Member database profiles now accessible on Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Previously, profiles could only be found by searching the IEEE-USA Consultants Database.

* Form-based communications tools that prevent e-mail addresses from being harvested for spam

* Monthly Web viewing statistics for each member profile

* Improved filtering of employer assignment postings

For more on these and other upgrades, see the Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks’ (AICN) Fall 2010 newsletter at

A one-year membership in the IEEE-USA Consultants Database is $79:

Through AICN, IEEE-USA promotes the interests of members working full-time or part-time as consulting engineers, computer professionals and project managers. Local networks provide their members with coaching and seminars on how to run a successful consulting practice.  

More IEEE-USA resources for consultants are available at

Cybersecurity a Shared Responsibility, White House Advisor Says at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WALTHAM, MASS. (9 November 2010) — It’s not just government and private technology companies that are responsible for ensuring the safe and reliable functioning of our world’s interconnected computer systems.

“When it comes to cybersecurity, everyone has a role to play,” said Howard A. Schmidt, national cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to President Barack Obama via video message Monday to attendees at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security.

The 10th-annual peer-reviewed technical conference began Monday at the Westin Waltham Boston and continues through Wednesday.

Schmidt said there are steps we all can take to help keep the Internet secure: don’t visit suspect Web sites, download suspicious documents or attachments, or open e-mails from people you don’t know; have regularly updated anti-virus software installed on your computer, back-up your files frequently and educate children about potential online dangers.

“Together we can build a more resilient international community that is stronger and smarter than the determined adversaries we face every day,” he said. “Everyone has a role to secure their part of cyberspace, including the computers, devices and networks they use. We all need to understand how our individual actions can have a collective impact on cybersecurity and protecting the Internet.”

Much of the world depends on computer networks to communicate and conduct business. If those networks are compromised through viruses and other cyber attacks, the consequences could be deadly. For example, if computer-controlled street signals were to suddenly malfunction, vehicles could crash into each other.

“We rely on cyber networks to control and manage transportation, electricity and banking, just to name a few parts of our critical infrastructure,” Schmidt said. “Cybersecurity risks pose some of the most serious economic and national security challenges of the 21st century. Going forward, economic prosperity and our way of life depends on strong cybersecurity built on the backbone of resilient cyber infrastructure.”

The IEEE Homeland Security Conference is produced by IEEE with technical support from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support. For more information, visit

January 6th, 2011

Our New 2011-2012 Section Officers

I would like to announce our newly elected section officers.

Section Chair – Stephen Fridrick

Vice Chair –  Fred Nadeau

Treasurer – Marwan Nusair

Secretary – Frank Zhou

Member at Large – Jason Wilden

They will all serve for the next two years. Their email addresses and phone numbers are listed on the Section Officers page.  Congratulations to everyone.

January 5th, 2011


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