Archive for May, 2011

2011 UC Senior Design Projects Awarded by IEEE

Title: Project HINTERNET
Students:  Benjamin Jones (EE), Ed Kimball (CS), Adam Stylinski (CompE), Stephen Zeisler (EE)
Addvisor: Howard Fan
Description: This project implements a wireless modulation scheme over the amateur
radio bands using a custom built wireless interface card and driver to communicate data over long distances.

Title: AIS Radio
Students: Jeffrey Hamm (EE), Ian Larkin (EE), Benjamin Michels (EE), Jeffrey Overbeck (EE), Advisor: Howard Fan
Description:  This project receives and demodulates an AIS signal, then displays the location of the ship that the signal is received from on a map application using Google Earth.

Title: Real-time Stereo Vision Controller
Student: John Curran
Advisor: Lei Miao
Many applications of robotics today require the perception of unknown surroundings in three dimensions to aid in obstacle detection and autonomous navigation. However, until recently, stereo vision processing required large banks of computers, or could not handle data in real-time, effectively limiting which platforms could implement this technology.

This project sets out to solve the problems in these previous implementations by leveraging the latest in DSP technology to create a real-time stereo vision system, that has a high enough resolution to be useful for navigation and obstacle detection, while being small and efficient enough to be deployed to mobile, battery powered applications.

Title: Low Air Pressure Regulator
Student:  Dung Nguyen
Advisor: Max Rabiee
Description: This project is building an electronic controller that regulates the air pressure from 0 to 120 PSI to smaller ranges from 0 to .36PSI. This small range air pressure is used to simulate the air pressure for testing environment used  at L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems. At the Tech Expo, I will demonstrate the working loop control that regulates about 2psi air source to a constant air pressure from 0 to .36psi; using the data acquisition, Labview and electronic control valve. Also in future works, the project will be integrated to a microcontroller-base as a standalone unit or combined with a pc for more advanced features.

Title: The Tweetographer
Students: Billy Clifton (CS) and Alex Padgett (CS)                  Advisor: Fred Annexstein
Description: This project is a web application that collects Twitter posts from a geographic region and analyzes them to determine which ones refer to events; it displays the events on a calendar.

May 26th, 2011

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May 13th, 2011

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May 13th, 2011



The Cincinnati Section sponsors awards for the Senior Design Projects at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science. Each year, our members judge the entries from the Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students. We present checks to the winners, and we invite the winners to present their projects at our May Section meeting.

Please come and help us celebrate the future of engineering on May 26. Invite someone special and share the excitement. Inspire. Engage. Encourage. Empower.

DATE: Thursday, May 26, 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:   Country Fried Chicken, Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Meatloaf served in Brown Gravy, Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, Butter Corn, Caesar Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits  There is also a bar available for the purchase of alcoholic drink.

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. 
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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 noon, Thursday, May 19, 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.

May 5th, 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:

Larry Bennett
Devin Cottier
Zac Harford
Jason Hendrix
Matthew Hinger
Kevin Kidder
Andrew Lepkowski
Nathan Loyer
Deanne Otto
Christopher Welch
Ethan White
We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

May 5th, 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. 4, April 1997.

 George W. Pierce:  Radio Pioneer and Educator

    George W. Pierce, one of the founding fathers of com¬munication engineering, was born 125 years ago this year. He served as president of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in 1918 and 1919, the only person to serve a two-year term in the 50-year existence of the IRE. He received the IRE Medal of Honor in 1929 in recognition of his contributions to the theory and applications of crys¬tal detectors, piezoelectric crystals, and magnetostriction devices. The award citation also mentioned his role as a leading educator and author of books in the electrical field. 

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    Pierce was bom in Webberville, TX. He studied under Alexander Macfarlane (known for his contributions to the theory of alternating currents) at the University of Texas, where he graduated in physics. In 1900, Pierce earned a doctorate from Harvard University for his dissertation on high-frequency electromagnetic waves. He then studied for about a year at the Boltzman Laboratory in Leipzig, Germany, before returning to Harvard where he spent the rest of his professional career.
    In one of his first researches, Pierce used a high-frequency dynamometer to measure the current distribution in a loop antenna. He verified the image theory for antennas elevated above the earth as well as over artificial grounds. He also investigated the effects of both inductance and shunt capacity tuning of receiving antennas. His wave meter (see Fig. 1) was used in wireless telegraphy applications. At resonance, a high-pitched signal was produced in the telephone receiver. After hearing reports of the good performance of carborundum radio detectors, Pierce carried out a long series of quantitative experiments on various minerals used as crystal rectifiers (Fig. 2). He was one of the first to employ the Braun cathode-ray tube indicator with a camera to obtain visual images of rectification. His findings convinced him that the thermoelectric theory was not an adequate explanation of the rectification phenomenon. He used a similar experimental setup (Fig. 3) to study electrolytic detectors and found that, in sensitivity, “the best crystal rectifiers are about equal to the electrolytic detector.” Much of his early research was reported in his classic book Principles of Wireless Telegraphy, published in 1910.

     Oscillographic apparatus and circuits for the study of Pierce became the first Director of the Cruft Laboratory at Harvard in 1914 and was elected a Fellow of the IRE in 1915. During the World War I, he was involved in investigating ultrasonic detection of submarines for the U.S. Navy. His second book, Electric Oscillators and Electric Waves, was published in 1919. He succeeded Edwin H. Hall, remembered as the discoverer of the “Hall effect,” as Rumford Professor at Harvard in 1921. Pierce also was ele’cted to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. During the 1920’s, he added piezoelectric crystals to his research agenda and invented the “Pierce oscillator,” which he patented in 1923. He also studied the magnetostriction phenomenon and received a patent on a magnetostriction oscillator in 1928. He published a technical paper on the magnetostriction oscillator in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IRE in January 1929. In his later years, Pierce researched the sound of bats and insects and published The Song of Insects in 1948. He died in August 1956 at the age of 84.
[1] G. W. Pierce, Principles of Wireless Telegraph.   New York: McGraw-Hill, 1910.
James E. Brittain

May 5th, 2011


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