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Last Call for IEEE MGA Awards Nominations: Deadline 15 October

You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Awards.  Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.

If you know someone who has made substantial regional contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals of transnational activities, please consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

·        MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award
·        MGA Innovation Award
·        MGA Leadership Award
·        MGA Achievement Award
·        MGA GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Achievement Award

Earlier this year, the MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and the IEEE Region Awards Chairs worked to pilot the MGA Outstanding Section Award submission process through an online portal.  Due to the success of this pilot, the portal is also being used for the submission of the above MGA awards.  Nominators can submit nominations, endorsers can upload endorsement letters, and reviewers can review and rank nominations, all within the online system.

Please visit the MGA Award Nomination web page to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements, reference the step-by-step submittal instructions, and link to the portal for nominations.

The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2011.

Please note: As this is still a pilot program, all feedback about the new online portal is welcome, so that we may continually work to improve the IEEE MGA Awards process.  Please email questions and/or feedback to MGA Awards.

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Technological Advancements in Power & Energy Meters


  • Industrial & Utility Application Metering
  • Accuracy Standards
  • Memory Capacities and Methods
  • Load Profiling & Power Quality Capabilities
  • Communications Options and Challenges
  • Regulatory and Security Issues
  • Future Developments

 Jointly Presented by Cincinnati IEEE Chapter member, Mark S. McCloy of CE Power Solutions and Shaun Olson, Regional Manager Satec, Inc. Union, NJ

 Though Shaun does represent a manufacturer of metering products and solutions; we are mutually committed to maintaining a non-commercial, technical presentation and discussion relative to this technology, equipment, standards and industry developments


Mark McCloy is Director of Marketing and minority owner of CE Power Solutions; an Engineering Service provider and Manufacturer’s Representative Agency to the electric Utility and large power producer and consumer markets throughout the United States.   As a third generation in technical sales, Mark has been continuously involved with the Cincinnati IEEE Chapter since 2006 with previous memberships dating back to 1991.   Founder of Power Distribution Services in 1985; Mark has been instrumental in developing and promoting advancements in circuit breaker technologies, such as vacuum and SF6 interrupting mediums (in which he has held one patent for); advanced digital testing technologies for HV and EHV power circuit breakers; and the development and promotion of solid-state and digital technologies in Protection and Metering components and equipment.

Shaun Olson – Regional Sales Manager Satec Inc.  graduated from West Virginia University and started his career in 2001 working for an electrical distributor Turtle & Hughes.  After gaining experience in dealing with electrical distribution equipment and the pleasure of working with electrical contractors, he moved onto work for Siemens Energy & Automation in 2004.  Shaun started his career at Siemens as a project manager for a number of years and then advanced his career into power monitoring sales.   Shaun worked with design consultants and assisted in laying out communication network infrastructures for the critical power market.  After working with Siemens for a number of years, Shaun advanced his a career again and currently works at SATEC Inc. as a Regional Sales Manager.  SATEC Inc. is a leader in electrical meter manufacturing for the utility, industrial, and commercial market.


Thursday, September 22, 2011


Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)


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 8:45 p.m. –  Presentation


$12- $20, See information in Reservations

MENU SELECTIONS:   Buffet Menu: Homemade Crab Cakes, Stuffed Pork Chops, Grilled Portobello w/ Ratatouille & Yellow Rice, Twice Baked Potatoes, Sauteed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter.  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. 

Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00

Two ways to pay for dinner:
1) [Register and pay the fee now] using PayPal.
2) [Register and pay the fee at the meeting]. Check or cash; correct change appreciated.

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 noon on September 15, 2011.

An email to prior to the close of reservations 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 noon, Thursday, September 15th, 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.


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IEEE Professional Communication Conference 2011

IEEE Professional Communication Conference 2011

 On October 17-19, the IEEE Professional Communication Society will host the International Professional Communication Conference 2011 on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.  As a member of the IEEE Cincinnati chapter, your participation in the conference is encouraged as we network with colleagues, learn about the conference topic of sustainability, and share research and information important to technical communicators, educators, practitioners, engineers, and others! 
This article provides you with a summary of information to plan your attendance at the conference.  All information is available at the conference website
Registration for the conference is online on the conference website.  We have reduced registration fees this year to make the conference more affordable, and you can bring a student for free with your paid registration.  IEEE members enjoy discounted registration, even if you aren’t a member of PCS.   

Professional Development Seminars are offered for Continuing Education Credit (important for Professional Licensure) on Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18.  Kim Campbell will offer “Thinking and Interacting Like a Leader” and Michael Alley will offer “Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides.”  Your seminar registration fee gives you access to all conference sessions and workshops for one day. 

New to IPCC 2011 is the Student Poster Competition, a chance for students to showcase their sustainable solutions to technical challenges.  We hope you will encourage students to participate in the competition, either in person at the conference or virtually. 
A ticket to the conference Awards Reception is included with your registration.  This year’s Reception location is the Newport Aquarium.  The reception will allow us to honor the exceptional contributions of society members Ginny Redish and Judy Ramey, as well as the important work in sustainability communication by Jimmie Killingsworth.  The awards presentation will occur against the backdrop of the spectacular shark tank at the Aquarium.

Noted author Alex Steffen is Monday’s keynote speaker (sponsored by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati).  Check our Alex’s website!
About IEEE PCS:  The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) mission is to foster a community dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific, and other technical environments. Our 1,700 members worldwide are interested in the study, development, and promotion of technical information for individuals and groups. The society also promotes technical, scientific, industrial, and other activities that contribute to the techniques and products used in this field.  PCS is part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional society, with 375,000 members worldwide.  To learn more about PCS and the IPCC 2011, visit our site at

The draft program of the conference will be available soon. I hope to see you at the University of Cincinnati at IPCC 2011­!

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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. 5, May 1997.

Shintaro Uda and the Wave Projector

Seventy years ago this month, the proceedings OF the institute of radio engineers (IRE) included a paper by Shintaro Uda (Fig. 1), a Japanese engineer, on the radia­tion of short waves. His paper included information on a recently invented antenna, which he called a wave projector but which later became known as the Yagi-Uda antenna. During his long career as a teacher and researcher at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, Uda made significant contributions to communications engineering.

Uda was born in 1896 in Toyama Ken, Japan. He studied electrical engineering under H. Yagi at Tohoku University and graduated in 1924, and then joined a communications research group directed by Yagi. One of Uda’s first projects was to design a vacuum-tube oscillator that would operate at wavelengths of’around 440 cm. Experiments using the oscillator as a transmitter led to the discovery of the wave projector, Uda initially used a resonant loop antenna and observed the directive radiation it produced. He then tried placing a parasitic loop near the driven loop in an effort to obtain a more directive beam. The idea for this arrangement apparently was suggested by an earlier investigation of loops of various shapes conducted by one of his classmates as a thesis under Yagi’s direc­tion. Subsequently, Uda substituted metal rods for parasitic loops and found that the field intensity in a preferred direction increased with the number of parasitic rods. He then undertook a systematic investigation to determine the effect on antenna directivity of changes in length, spacing, and geometric arrangement of parasitic elements (Figs. 2 and 3).


Yagi and Uda reported on the properties of the new antenna in a jointly authored paper entitled “Projector of the Sharpest Beam of Electric Waves” published in the Proceedings of the Imperial Academy of Japan in February 1926. Uda provided further information on the antenna in a long series of papers in the Journal of the IEE of Japan beginning in the March 1926 issue. Delegates from the United States and elsewhere learned about the wave projector and related research when Yagi and Uda presented a joint paper entitled “A New Electric Wave Projector and Radio Beacon” at the Third Pan-Pacific Science Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 1926. This was soon followed by Uda’s IRE paper published in May 1927, in which he wrote that an array of parasitic director elements caused the directivity of a radiated beam to be “remarkably improved.” Prof. Yagi visited the United States in 1928 and gave a number of talks to engineering groups about work done by the Tohoku research team. He also published a paper in the proceedings OF the IRE in June 1928, in which he discussed both the wave projector and a split-anode magnetron developed by K. Okabe.

During 1929, Uda designed a regenerative shortwave receiver (Fig. 4) using a Barkhausen tube capable of reception down to about 40-cm wavelengths (Fig 5). He and his Tohoku colleagues used this receiver in con­junction with the wave projector antenna to demonstrate that communication was feasible at distances of up to 30 km at wavelengths below 1 m. Uda discussed these experiments in a second IRE paper published in June 1930 entitled “Radio-Telegraphy and Radiotelephony on Half-Meter Waves.” He went on to design a super-regenerative receiver that could be used for reception at 17 cm and reported on tests conducted at this wavelength at an IEE of Japan meeting in April 1931. The same year, he. Was awarded the doctorate degree in engineering by Tohoku University.

In 1954, Uda and Y. Mushiake jointly authored a book entitled The Yagi-Uda Antenna, which included theoretical work completed after World War II. The two men designed Yagi-Uda antennas suitable for use as television receiving antennas for the Yagi Antenna Company during the 1950’s. Uda also carried out microwave propagation research in India during 1955-1958. Other research after the war included work on millimeter traveling-wave tubes and lasers. Uda published Short Wave Projector: Historical Records of My Studies in Early Days in 1974. He died in 1976 at age 80. His mentor, Prof. Yagi, died earlier the same year at age 90.

James E. Brittain

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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: 

James Ablordeppey

Mohamed AbuAli

Oluseye Akomolede

Ryan Anderson

Chukwuka Anyadiegwu

Gerado Ayes

Andrew Bak

Nathan Ball

Tamara Colette Baynham

Brian Buxton

Devin Cottier

John Curran

Lien Dang

Christopher Datko

David Feng

Michael Gross

Aaron Hacker

Jeff Hanson

Theodore Harper III

Joshua Hay

Gerardo Heidenreich

Christopher Hillger

Dale Horan

Joshua Hoy

Andrew Huster

Xuchu Hu

Cory Jeffers

Susan Johnson

Laveeta Joseph

Jacob Kilver

Robert Lancaster

Brian Lawrence

Jonathan Lewis

Michael Logies

Elliott Long

Jack Lorthioir

William McWhirter

Ben Michels

Jeff Overbeck

Douglas Porter

Cameron Ross

Andrew Sampson

Christopher Schieman

George Shiekh

Michael SoRelle

Vradimir Sotnikov

David Stout

Haibin Su

Douglas Tittle

Jeffrey Tomask

Yingying Wang

Shea Watson

Daniel Weber

Eric Wei

Edward Weite

Edwin Williams

Wes Williams

Wenyu Zhao

Xinya Zhao

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

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2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910

IEEE Electric Vehicle Conference Seeks Technical Papers

WASHINGTON (18 July 2011) — IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) organizers are seeking technical papers on the technology, standards and engineering of electric vehicles.

Accepted papers will be presented during the inaugural conference, 4-8 March 2012, at TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. They will also be published in conference proceedings and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore. The deadline for extended abstract submissions is 15 October.

For more on the specific types of papers being sought, as well as paper submission guidelines, see

IEVC ( is expected to draw electric vehicle engineers, manufacturers, utility experts, corporate executives, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, legislators and regulators, among others, to discuss the impact the electrification of transportation is having, and will have, on society and the electric grid. Smart Grid planners are interested in EVs because of the increased demand they are expected to have on the electricity delivery system.

Greenville has become a major hub of electric vehicle research because of the nearby presence of major auto manufacturers and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (, a public-private partnership advancing automotive safety, testing and design.
For sponsorship opportunities and more information on the conference, contact Lee Stogner at

IEEE Electric Vehicle Committee Chair and former IEEE-USA President Russ Lefevre is one of the event organizers. IEEE-USA is a financial cosponsor.



WASHINGTON (1 September 2011) — is airing a special public access presentation on “Engineering Our Future: Because Dreams Need Doing” at

The “Engineering Our Future” forum was convened for some 150 Hollywood professionals by The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in collaboration with IEEE-USA. It was held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles on 9 June.

According to Frances Arnold, one of the three Hollywood forum panelists, and Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology: “Science is a limitless source of ideas, and engineering is both cool and fun. Filmmakers like those here tonight need to spread the word to young people that engineering gives you the tools to change the world.”

During the program, Dr. Arnold, who creates new biological molecules and organisms by forcing their evolution in the laboratory, stated: “I began my career by studying astronomy, but found that I didn’t need to look to the stars for wonder or magnificent complexity — it was all around me in the cellular world. I now study how nature solves problems so I can then figure out how to solve others.”

Maja Mataric, who develops socially assistive robots that provide personalized human-machine interaction, explained that robots can assist individuals with autism, in stroke rehabilitation, and those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. As she noted, they never get tired and minimize embarrassment. Added Dr. Mataric: “People respond to co-present, physical caregivers. They form relationships, even with machines.” She is an IEEE Fellow and professor of computer science, neuroscience and pediatrics at the University of Southern California.

Randi Wessen, who has worked on multiple spacecraft searching for Earth-like planets around other stars, asserted: “When it comes to space exploration, we’re not even out of the driveway. We’re  only exploring things in our front yard.” Dr. Wessen is deputy manager of the Project Formulation Office at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).

Jon Spaihts, screenwriter for Ridley Scott’s forthcoming “Alien” prequel, “Prometheus,” and the Hollywood forum’s moderator, enthused: “I’ve been a geek since I was a fetus…I hope this auditorium is filled with storytellers whose imaginations are magnified by what they hear tonight, and think about things like chemistry and robots in ways they never have before. I know that these sorts of fertile conversations have directly influenced my own storytelling.”

JPL’s Wessen agreed: “The importance of a night like tonight is that it allows writers and filmmakers access to a rich world they can then integrate, making for far more compelling stories.”

For a recap of the Hollywood forum, see

IEEE-USA’s Vice President for Communications and Public Awareness Nita Patel escorted a group of IEEE volunteer leaders to the forum, one of several engineering awareness programs spearheaded by IEEE-USA. Patel noted that IEEE-USA is collaborating with the NAS Science & Entertainment Exchange “to increase public awareness of engineers and engineering through television, movies and games.”

Earlier, in 2004, IEEE-USA helped introduce “Primer,” the Sundance and Alfred P. Sloan award winning movie about engineering ethics and the creative process, in a special screening at the Motion Picture Association of America in Washington.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers from across the country to create a synergy between realistic science and engaging entertainment. Chartered by Congress in 1863 under an Act signed by Abraham Lincoln to provide crucial scientific advice to the nation, the National Academy of Sciences, a private, nonprofit institution, is uniquely positioned to draw on the expertise of thousands of men and women who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields in science.

For more information on The Science and Engineering Exchange,see

For more on IEEE-USA public awareness activities, go to


U.S. College Students Challenged to Create Videos for Younger Students on How Engineers Improve the World; $5,000 in Student Awards to Be Presented in 2011-12 IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Competition  

WASHINGTON (18 August 2011) — IEEE-USA is challenging U.S. college students to create YouTube videos that reinforce for an 11-to-13-year-old “tweener” audience “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.”

The organization is seeking to tap the enthusiasm of U.S. college students to spark younger students’ creativity and ingenuity and to inspire their interest in learning about engineering. IEEE-USA also seeks to expand broader public understanding of engineering through the wide dissemination of these videos.

As part of its 2011-12 online engineering video competition, IEEE-USA will present awards totaling $5,000 in four categories to U.S. undergraduates and graduates who create the most effective two-minute personal video profiles:

— CONTENT/MESSAGE: $1,500 scholarship award for best conveying the message most closely aligned with the theme “How Engineers Make a World of Difference”
— PRODUCTION VALUE: $1,500 scholarship award for best production quality and most professional look to the video
— VIEWS: $1,500 scholarship award for the most viewed submission, as determined by the number of YouTube hits as of midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 27 January 2012
— EARLY SUBMISSION: Ten $50 Amazon gift cards totaling $500 to the first 10 students who submit online entries that meet the basic competition requirements

The IEEE-USA video competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate and graduate students regardless of academic discipline. However, at least one undergraduate or graduate participant must be a U.S. IEEE student member.

Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 27 January 2012. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, 19-25 February 2012, and will also be featured on PBS’ “Design Squad” website.

For more detailed information on how to enter, go to


DHS Chief Technology Officer, Massachusetts National Guard Adjunct General and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Official Headline Speakers at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (24 August 2011) — Daniel M. Cotter, chief technology officer of the Department of Homeland Security, will be a featured speaker at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 11) in November.

Mark S. Borkowski, assistant commissioner of U. S Customs and Border Protection; and Major General Joseph C. Carter, adjunct general of the Massachusetts National Guard, will join Cotter as featured speakers.

The Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., USA, will host HST 11, 15-17 November 2011. 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 cyber security; attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response; land and maritime border security; and biometrics, forensics and physical security.

For more on the featured speakers, see

HST 11 is produced by IEEE with technical support from DHS Science & Technology Directorate, the IEEE Biometrics Council and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, MITRE and IEEE-USA are providing organizational support.

More than 380 people attended the 2010 conference, including representatives from at least 11 foreign countries. Raytheon is the event platinum corporate sponsor, and Massport is the event gold corporate sponsor. For more information, visit or contact Robert Alongi at or +1 781-245-5405.

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