Archive for April, 2011

RESC – May 17th Program

Modern Technology in Operational Law Enforcement by:Cincinnati Police Department

1hr P.E. C.E. Credit (Free to members, $5.00 non-members)
Reservation: Online Reservation HERE   (Required for lunch & P. E.-C.E. Certificate)

Reservation deadline: Thursday, May 12th – 6:00 p.m.
Newsletter download:  HERE (Program Details)
When: May 17, 2011 – Lunch @ 11:30 a.m.  Program @ 1:00 p.m.
Where: Evergreen Retirement Community, 230 W Galbraith Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45215   Ph: 513-948-2308
Directions: HERE

You can always attend the program at no charge. (Reservation required for P. E. – C.E. Certificate)

 Time Travel Crime Fighting

License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology is one of the hottest technologies in the law enforcement community today through the power of capturing an actual photo of a suspect’s vehicle, sometimes even before they commit crimes. It has given investigators the ability to track suspects back in time.

The CPD is now leading the development and deployment of a large regional LPR network covering 12 counties in the Tristate Southwest Ohio/Southeast Indiana/Northern Kentucky (SOSINK) region. All LPR data in the SOSINK project will feeds into a central database that is accessible to numerous law enforcement agencies across the region for what is an unparalleled model for the broad regional deployment of LPR technology throughout the country.

Citywide Neighborhood Public Safety Camera Project

Mounted on buildings and bridges, and often mistaken for lights, the Neighborhood Public Safety Cameras began with the Western Corridor Safe City Project in early 2008 with a donation from the Target Corporation. In May, 2010, additional camera locations were installed in the uptown areas and to the West End area of District One. The latest phase was completed in October, 2010, in the Western Corridor.

All cameras have full pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) functionality. All of the cameras operate on a wireless network in 4.9GHz Public Safety Band or 18/23 GHz Point to Point, and also utilize the City’s existing high speed fiber network.

April 27th, 2011


GPS Technology

DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
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
COST:   $12- $20, See information in Reservations

MENU SELECTIONS:   Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Buttered Noodles, Asparagus Spears in a Fresh Cream Sauce, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter.  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 note New Procedure)  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  You may now pay on-line. 
Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00

Two ways to pay for dinner:
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Make checks payable to “IEEE Cincinnati Section”.
Those desiring to use their bank’s bill payer service to send a check, rather than paying at the meeting, should contact for details.

Reservations close at midnight on April 20, 2011.

An email to prior to April 21 is required to properly cancel your reservation. Failure to cancel does not eliminate your responsibility to pay for the dinner. Refunds for PayPal payments are more complicated, and we request that you leave the funds on deposit for a future meeting.

WALK-INS: If you don’t have a dinner reservation, there may not be enough food to serve you. Walk-ins pay a higher rate: $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Cash or checks only.
All Reservations must be made by Midnight, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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.

 RF navigation aids have progressed over the years from TACAN, S band High Accuracy Radio Navigation (SHIRAN), Long Range Navigation (LORAN C/D), Navy satellite based Transit, up to today’s US Global Position System (GPS) and Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). Technology advances have made navigation accuracies improve orders of magnitude since the 70-90’s. These advances have also reduced the size, weight and cost of receivers and displays significantly to the point where anyone can afford GPS in receiver/display units or cell phones. Numerous applications have sprouted up from the GPS technology saving thousands of man-hours and billions of dollars in benefits. This talk will cover the development of GPS, advances in technologies, operations capability and applications, interference mitigations, and upcoming feature advancements.

Fred Nadeau retired from the Air Force serving as an officer and civil servant for 36 years and consulted with ARINC for Navy projects. He held various positions such as technical director of the Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility at Holloman AFB, chief of the Navigation Systems Section at WPAFB Avionics Laboratory, chief avionics engineer, project engineer, and test director for various fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. He is a graduate of Purdue University and Air War College. Past IEEE section and area chairs.

April 4th, 2011


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:

Ryan Anderson
Robert Bartheld
Ekaterina Biscay
John Curran
Kwame Edjah
John Gebhardt
Gregory Gerber
Brian Jameson 
Kevin Kidder
Michelle Latham
Hao Lei
Jason Monnin
Michael Nelson
Brady Neukam
Felton Smith
Yuan Wei
We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

April 4th, 2011


Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1997 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. 85, No. 3, March 1997.

Lee de Forest and the Amplifying Audion

      Seventy-five years ago this month, the INSTITUTE OF RADIO ENGINEERS (IRE) awarded its Medal of Honor to Lee de Forest as recognition for his invention of the three-electrode amplifier and his other contributions to radio. In 1946 he received the Edison Medal of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and the citation mentioned the profound technical and social consequences of the grid-controlled vacuum tube which he had intro¬duced. img018.jpgKnown for having a rather flamboyant personality, de Forest (shown in Fig. 1) was both an entrepreneur and a prolific inventor who received more than 300 patents.
     De Forest was born in Council Bluffs, IA, in 1873, the son of a Congregational minister. In 1879, the family moved to Talladega, AL, where his father served as president of Talladega College. After attending a college preparatory school in Massachusetts for two years, de Forest enrolled at the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University in 1893, where he graduated in 1896. He went on to earn a doctoral degree from Yale in 1899 with a dissertation on standing waves produced by Hertzian waves on an open-ended transmission line. His first employment after college was in the Dynamo Department of the Western Electric Company in Chicago. He experimented with wireless communication in his spare time and developed a device he called a responder as an alternative to the coherer as a detector of wireless waves. He left Western Electric in 1901 and worked as an editor for the Western Electrician and as a part-time teacher until early in 1902 when he organized the de Forest Wireless Telegraphy Company. His company gained publicity from public demonstrations of wireless communication and the award of a gold medal for the best wireless system at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. The U.S. Navy also began to purchase some of the radio apparatus manufactured by the de Forest Company.img019.jpg
     In 1906, de Forest filed a patent application on a wireless detector which he called an audion and which, in its initial form, was a two-electrode device. He presented a technical paper at an October 1906 ATEE meeting, “The Audion: A New Receiver for Wireless Telegraphy,” and commented that in all this work, a bewildering host of new and puzzling phenomena is continually encountered. He anticipated that the audion would provide “… rich fields for study to the physicist and delight to the practical man.”img020.jpg
     In January 1907 he applied for a patent on a three-electrode audion in which one electrode consisted of a control grid inside the tube. The following month he organized a new company, the De Forest Radio Telephone Company. During 1908 he staged a radio broadcast from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, which was received as far as 500 miles from the transmitter.
     De Forest served as president of the Society of Wireless Telegraph Engineers and became a charter member of the
IRE when it was formed in May 1912. By that time he was employed as a research engineer by the Federal Telegraph Company and his paper “Recent Developments in the Work of the Federal Telegraph Company” appeared in the first issue of the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IRE in January 1913. With the assistance of his friend, John S. Stone, de Forest approached the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in October 1912 about selling rights to use the audion as a telephone amplifier. The negotiations led to an initial payment of $50 000 in July 1913 and de Forest received an additional $340 000 from AT&T by March 1917. In March 1914, he published an IRE paper, “The Audion-Detector and Amplifier,” in which he reported that the audion now enjoyed widespread use. Several examples of audion circuits of this era are shown in Figs. 2-4.
  img021.jpg   In October 1916, de Forest began broadcasting music from phonograph records five nights a week using a 250 W transmitter in New York City. The music was heard as far away as Mansfield, OH, and on one occasion, a dance was held in Morristown, NJ, using music broadcast from the de Forest radio station. At the time, he predicted that radio would especially benefit rural areas by providing news as well as img022.jpgentertainment. By 1918, the de Forest company had developed an experimental radiophone transmitter for use in airplanes with its power provided by a generator driven by an air propeller (Fig. 5). During the 1920’s, de Forest worked on the development of talking motion pictures and also became interested in television. He served as president of the IRE in 1930 and, in his presidential address, called radio a young giant which had attained maturity with astonishing speed. However, he expressed dismay at excesses in radio advertising and claimed that the public was becoming nauseated by the quality of many of the present programs. He referred to television as a sleeping giant which still was in its infancy but deserved close attention as it developed. De Forest died in June 1961 at age 87.
[ 1 ]  A.M. Goldsmith, Radio Telephony.    New York: Wireless Press,
1918. [2] J. Zenneck, Wireless Telegraphy.    New York: McGraw-Hill,
1915.                                                                                                                                                                                                               James E. Brittain

April 4th, 2011


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IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Issues Call for Papers

WASHINGTON (11 March 2011) — IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers are seeking technical and non-technical papers on topics related to the role technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations.

Accepted papers will be presented during the inaugural conference, 30 October — 1 November 2011, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. They will also be published in conference proceedings and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore. The abstract deadline has been extended to 30 March.

“We’re looking for all types of papers,” conference chair Paul Kostek said. “In addition to technical ones, we’d like to hear from people who have experience running humanitarian projects. We’re interested in what kind of challenges they faced and how they overcame them.”

Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:
— Health, Medical Technology and Telemedicine
— Disaster Warning & Response
— Water Planning, Availability & Quality
— Power for Off-Grid Users
— Power Infrastructure, Renewable & Sustainable Energy
— Connectivity & Communications Technologies (data/voice) for Remote Locations
— Educational Technologies
— Agricultural Technologies
— Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities

For information on submitting a paper, go to Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at  
( The paper template is accessible at

GHTC 2011 is designed to gather scientists, engineers, technology professionals, academics, foundations, government and non-government organizations, as well as individuals engaged in humanitarian work to discuss and develop solutions for present and future humanitarian needs. An international conference, participants are expected from all over the world. For more information, see  

For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Wah Garris at

IEEE Homeland Security Conference Seeks Technical Papers, Posters, Tutorials

WASHINGTON (15 March 2011) — Organizers of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 11) are seeking technical papers, posters and tutorials in the following areas:

 * Cyber Security
 * Borders & Maritime Security
 * Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
 * Biometrics, Forensics, & Physical Security

Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and presented at HST 11 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, 15-17 November 2011. At least one author of an accepted paper will be required to register for the conference and pay the conference fee.  

The event, 11th in an annual series, 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.

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. Tutorial and poster submissions should include a one-page abstract and one-page biography.

Important 2011 submission dates, by midnight eastern time:
 * Abstract & tutorial proposal deadline — 22 April
 * Tutorial acceptance notification — 13 May
 * Full paper submission deadline — 24 June
 * Paper acceptance notification — 29 July
 * Poster abstract submission deadline — 12 August
 * Poster acceptance notification — 26 August
 * Publication-ready paper deadline — 6 September
 * Tutorial presentation deadline — 9 November
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

For more information on submitting papers, posters and tutorial proposals to HST 11, please visit or download Call_for_Papers_2011.pdf .
For general information on HST 11, see or email
Nearly 400 people attended the 2010 conference, including representatives from 11 foreign countries. The IEEE Boston Section ( is producing HST 11 with support from IEEE-USA, the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE. 

 Future Homes will be Energy Self-Sufficient, IEEE Green Technologies Conference Speaker Says

WASHINGTON (22 March 2011) — Can you imagine the day your home produced all the energy it needed and didn’t have to connect to the electric grid? Syracuse University Research Fellow Janet Marsden can.

Marsden, who’s working towards her Ph.D. in the Syracuse School of Information Studies, will present her case during the third-annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference, 14-15 April 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.

“We have created a grid which is so complex that it is unmanageable,” said Marsden on the 7 March radio program, “The Promise of Tomorrow” with Colonel Mason. “So because we have wireless architecture at this point, what we want to look at is a different way to approach the energy delivery problem.”

Marsden foresees the day homes and businesses have their own solar, wind and geothermal power-producing technology, as well as batteries to store excess energy. She thinks the electric-vehicle battery technology being developed by automobile manufacturers will evolve into applications for buildings.

“You make the house itself a charging station and you do the load balancing by putting the batteries there,” Marsden said. She added that because the U.S. electric grid is more than 100 years old, “we really need to look at what 21st century electrical generation needs to look like.”

To listen to Marsden’s interview, go to

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 IEEE Green Technologies 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 conference is organized by IEEE Region 5 and the IEEE Baton Rouge Section. Sponsors include the Boeing Co., IEEE-USA, Louisiana State University, the city of Baton Rouge, Entergy, Kawasaki Rail Car and the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information and to register, see For the technical program schedule, go to

Texas Senator, Illinois Representative to be Honored for Science, Engineering & Technology Leadership

WASHINGTON (29 March 2011) — Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) will be honored with the 2011 George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award on Capitol Hill on 6 April.

Hutchison and Lipinski will receive their awards during a reception in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building from 5 to 7 p.m. IEEE-USA President Ron Jensen will make the presentation to Hutchison.

Hutchison serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and is ranking member of the Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences Subcommittee. In 2006 she was an original cosponsor of the Protecting America’s Competitive Edge Act, the National Competitiveness Investment Act and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

Two of her amendments to the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act — to include NASA in inter-agency competitiveness and innovation efforts, and to focus increased funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) on physical sciences, technology, engineering and math — were included in the America COMPETES Act of 2007. America COMPETES is designed to promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness so the United States can maintain its global leadership in science and technology, and create new jobs.

Lipinski is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. As chairman last year of its Research and Science Education Subcommittee, he helped lead House passage of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. He is now the subcommittee’s ranking member.

Lipinski holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in engineering-economic systems. He has for the past six years sponsored the House resolution recognizing the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week.

Lipinski also cosponsored “IEEE Engineering the Future Day,” the 2009 House resolution that recognized IEEE on its 125th anniversary.

The event will also feature a number of exhibits demonstrating how a strong federal commitment to scientific and engineering research spurs U.S. economic growth. “A Hands-on View of Planet Earth,” from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, will include real-time demonstrations of seismic and other activities that can change people’s lives in an instant. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be highlighted.

The George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award is presented annually by the Science, Engineering and Technology Work Group (SETWG) to members of Congress who are effective advocates of federal investment in science and technology. It is named for the late Rep. George E. Brown Jr., a longtime member of Congress who made outstanding contributions to federal support for science and technology throughout his congressional career.

The award is presented annually in conjunction with SETWG’s Congressional Visits Day (CVD), the preeminent yearly event during which hundreds of scientists and engineers from around the country come to Washington for two days of briefings and visits to their members of Congress. About 250 people are expected to participate in 2011 CVD events (6-7 April).

SETWG, of which IEEE-USA is a member, is an information network of professional, scientific and engineering societies, higher education associations, institutions of higher learning and trade associations. It is concerned about the future vitality of the U.S. science, mathematics and engineering enterprise.

This news release is available at

Congress to Hear Testimony Today in Support of IEEE-USA’s High-Tech Immigration Position

WASHINGTON (31 March 2011) — Bruce Morrison, a former member of Congress and chairman of Morrison Public Affairs Group, will testify in support of IEEE-USA’s high-tech immigration position on Capitol Hill today.

Morrison is one of four witnesses who will speak before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. The hearing — “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers” — will be in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2141, at 10 a.m.

Here are excerpts from his written testimony:

“It is clear from the debates over H-1B during the past 15 years that there will be continuing controversy over the ‘right’ contours for that category. You are hearing different views on that controversy today. But while this debate continues, there is a more pressing problem that can and should be addressed: facilitating the employment of the many advanced-degree graduates of STEM* programs in America’s top universities. While the percentages vary by school and program, it continues to be the case that a majority of these graduates are foreign-born. This statistic should be a matter of concern, and an effective response to the underrepresentation of American students in STEM graduate programs is imperative. But this condition has existed for decades and any correction will take decades, as well.”

“In May and June, another class of advanced-degree STEM graduates will join the workforce. Whose welcome mat will be most attractive? America has always won this competition in the past, but our competitors are increasingly aggressive in pursuit of this talent pool. And globalization has made it easier for multinational companies to go where the talent goes, rather than insist that the talent stay in America. With our unemployment so high, we desperately need to hold onto these jobs — those filled by Americans and those that can be filled by foreign-born graduates on their way to becoming Americans — as well as the jobs that their work will create.”

“In short, there are no problems for which green cards are not a better solution than temporary visas. And there are no problems with the H-1B program itself that a system built on green cards will not help to fix. So we are asking this subcommittee to change the subject — from H-1B to green cards — at least long enough to address the opportunity to retain this spring’s new STEM graduates permanently in America and to help their predecessors to not continue having to wait in endless lines for their dates to come up in the green card queue.

“Today the bipartisan leadership of the Judiciary Committee and this subcommittee received a joint letter from IEEE-USA and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). It is remarkable. Organizations composed of the largest high-tech employers on the one hand, and the largest organization of high-tech workers on the other, agree that Congress should focus on green cards, not guest worker visas. This is a sign pointing in the direction that we hope this subcommittee will go.”  

* STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Morrison’s entire written testimony is available at

IEEE-USA’s joint letter with SIA in support of green cards is at

For more on IEEE-USA’s position on “Ensuring a Strong High-Tech Workforce through Educational and Employment-Based Immigration Reforms,” see

April 4th, 2011


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